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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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The Haunting

An evening pause: For the Halloween weekend, one of Hollywood’s best ghost films, Robert Wise’s The Haunting (1963), based on a short story by Shirley Jackson.

No blood. No gore. No violence. Only an overwhelming sense of dread and fear, evoked by brilliant filmmaking.

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17 comments

  • “Night of the Demon” 1957 Tourneur

    Another blood-free psycho thriller; Qu’est-ce que c’est.

  • wayne

    If you want to download this, go here….
    https://archive.org/download/the-haunting-1963

    Blair–
    Night Of The Demon (1957)
    https://archive.org/details/night-of-the-demon-1957_202104
    Looks to be a pretty good print.

  • wayne

    Glenn Beck Reads…
    Edgar Allan Poe’s; ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’
    (from 2013-ish IIRC)
    https://youtu.be/Fn2YwbqUbAY
    19:59
    (very well done video)

  • wayne

    “Skeleton Frolics” (1937)
    Ub Iwerks
    https://youtu.be/E156ikOHmXI
    7:12

  • Jeff Wright

    I rather liked “The Haunting of Hell House” with Roddy McDowell. Derick Jacobi sounds so much like him. The early ‘70’s was the decade of Lee….both Bruce and Christopher:)

    Night of the Demon is also a favorite.

    From Karswell’s calligraphy to Kurzweil’s coding…
    …from Ligetti’s notes and Ligotti’s notebooks…we are still foolish enough to call unknown intelligences…with the proper casting of the runes.

    I often thought that the Juggernaut craft in PROMETHEUS was made in the shape of the Engineers glyph for Death…

  • wayne

    Jeff-
    Good stuff.

    somewhat obscure, very ‘creepy,’

    The Other (1972)
    -Trailer
    https://youtu.be/BivZrzLB5to
    3:09

  • Chris

    Wayne

    I had typed The Other in earlier today but held back since the prior movies had “no gore”
    I had seen The Other in my teens to twenties and thought the concept and story of the movie was well beyond any other I had seen prior. – good choice.!

  • Localfluff

    I’ve lost all interest in popular culture. I went to the cinema for the first time in ten years the other day to see Dune. It is just boring.
    Reality is far more interesting, I much prefer a lecture online. But I can entertain with a completely unrelated joke:
    After the war a British fighter pilot veteran visited a school class to tell about his experiences.
    “- And then two Fokkers approached me!”
    The teacher who was keen on the pupils polite use of language interrupted him to explain that:
    “- Fokker was the name a German aircraft type.”
    “- That’s right! But these two Fokkers came in a Messerschmitt.”

  • Localfluff

    I would like to recommend this excellent daily analysis of foreign politics. We are going through exciting times right now that is poorly informed about in mainstream media. And in foreign politics, that is no good news. The debacle in Afghanistan was a symbolic turning point for the West whose military and industrial weakness is now all too apparent, as is its lack of political competence. Other powers are taking advantage of this and old friends are changing sides.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AlexanderMercourisReal
    https://theduran.locals.com/
    “Western foreign policy is purely moralistic in its ambitions and painfully amateurish in its execution.”

    This climate panic meeting in Scotland now, for example, is not visited by the leaders of Russia, China, India, Japan. It is an irrelevant internal club meeting of the isolated EU and US.

  • Questioner

    Localfluff:

    I feel the same way as you. So I am completely done with the film as a current cultural product – which is mass-produced in America as a toxic product. You will never see me in the movies again, and I haven’t had a TV in many years. But I can still enjoy the old films, not primarily because of the story that is being told, but out of sentimentality about the good old days.

    Yesterday I specifically looked at excerpts from current American film productions on YouTube. Mostly science fiction or fantasy productions. Absurd, extremely violent stuff that can hardly be increased. In practically all films, women took on the role of heroes. Extreme left propaganda. The far-left producers have not yet dared to approach James Bond, but that is yet to come. Let’s wait, probably only a matter of time, until the white and male character Bond is replaced by a black woman.

  • wayne

    Chris-
    haven’t had a chance to look for the (free) full version of The Other.

    LocalFluff–
    In North America (Mexico/Canada/USA), the Chinese control something like 80% of ALL movie theater seats. So, in the USA, if you watch a Disney movie at an AMC controlled theater, practically all the money goes straight to Peking.

    “Garfield Halloween Special”
    “Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”
    VHS transfer of CBS TV broadcast with original commercials (1985)
    https://archive.org/details/halloween-cartoon-specials-oct-1985

  • wayne

    ah…the good old days. When we actually killed our enemies….

    Fury (2014)
    Seizing Control Of A German Town
    https://youtu.be/5UysrKMlmIc
    6:06

  • Questioner

    Wayne:

    The military capabilities of the American military are massively overrated (by the Americans themselves, of course) because it does not have the morals and the balls to lead its technological and material superiority to victory in reality. See e.g. Afghanistan or Vietnam. So I believe that in a direct (potential) confrontation, e.g. between Russia and America, the Americans can by no means be sure of victory. The Americans would not be able to occupy and control Russia.

    Incidentally, America’s victory against Germany in World War II is not too worthwhile for the assessment of American combat strength, since Germany was already defeated by the Soviet Union in the moment of August 1944 and Germany also raised the vast majority of its armies against the Soviets until May 1945. America then quickly secured a piece of the almost dead corpse with relatively little effort and risk.

  • Bill-OrionArm

    A few years ago I saw a movie on TV called “The Curse of the Cat People”. With a title like that I wasn’t expecting much but it was much better than anticipated. Now Robert Wise can fairly be considered a great director but I’m not a big fan of “The Haunting”. It’s not a terrible movie but Wise has probably 5 or 6 others that I like better. To the extent that Cat People can even be considered a horror movie I think it is my favorite, for now.

  • wayne

    Questioner-
    oh jeez, you’re one of those people. Yeah, sure, the glorious soviet-union blah, blah, blah.

    Bill-OrionArm-
    Totally forget about those.
    There are 2 iterations; “Cat People” from 1942 and “Curse of the Cat People” from 1944.
    Both are available at the Archive.

    https://archive.org/details/cat-people-1942-restored-720p-hd

  • wayne

    Questioner–
    ….did not intend to be overly snarky, just not interested in debating the 2nd world war.

    Enemy at The Gates (2001)
    “One out of two gets a rifle, one without follows him…”
    https://youtu.be/KMjYNKED0U0
    1:31

  • “The Curse of the Cat People”.

    I have this image of older individuals sitting around the all-you-can-eat at 1130 talking about. . . their cats.

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