Conscious Choice cover

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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Tor Andre Børresen – Norway by drone

An evening pause: If you don’t like the cold, or have a fear of heights, then this video is your best way for seeing the natural wonders of Norway.

Hat tip Phill Oltmann.


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  • janyuary

    Spectacular except for serious sphincter factor seeing the guy sitting on the edge of an abyss as comfortably as an ant on a rock. I look and get an ice clench from my guts to my fingers …

  • wayne

    The Swede from Norway
    H.O.W. 2014

  • pzatchok

    I met the guy who designed the fjords in that area. Slartibartfast, A little odd but an alright guy.

  • LocalFluff

    A good friend of mine is Norwegian. He lives near Oslo, nowhere near these God like landscapes. Still, when he bought a house on a slope of 30 degrees or so, I went WOAH when I saw it.
    “- Aren’t you afraid that something, like tons or snow or worse, will fall down and sweep your house away?”
    And he went like:
    “- Nah, that only happens sometimes.”

    At the battle of Stamford Bridge northeast England in 1066, three weeks before the Normands invaded from the south and barely won the more famous battle of Hastings, the Norwegian invasion met its defeat. After having won a battle at Fulford earlier in the week, the Norwegians were relaxing and surprised by the quick advance of Anglo-Saxons’ reinforcements. They had to improvise an order of battle. Meanwhile, they had to defend a small bridge across a minor river to delay their enemy.

    They were about 9,000 strong, and so they allotted ONE man to hold the bridge. A huskarl (a heavy knight on foot) with a heavy long-shafted two-handed axe that could strike through any armor. The King:
    “- Are you sure that you can do this on your own?
    – Yeah, piece of cake. You go get dressed, I’ll take care of the bridge.”

    That guy held the bridge for quite a while, killing 40 (forty) enemies. The pile of bodies blocking the bridge, I suppose. Until they managed to poke him with a spear from a raft under the bridge. His name is unknown, because all the Norwegians were then slain. So the story is told by the victors, which makes it more trustworthy. They had no interest in glorifying their enemy. But were just so impressed by the professional efficiency of a business colleague that they had to spread the word.

    That’s the rock the guys on the north Atlantic coast are made of.

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