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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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Training WWII gunners to hit moving planes from a moving plane

An evening pause: While figuring out why this works is really complicated, the simplicity of the technique and engineering is superb, and illustrates again why the U.S. did so well against Germany.

And yes, that is the voice of Mel Blanc.

Hat tip Jim Mallamace.

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11 comments

  • wayne

    “Stop That Tank” (1942)
    Walt Disney / Canadian Film Board
    https://youtu.be/Lkc2yAaU3CY
    21:36

  • Jeff Wright

    What with the Barrett .5O cal. and its long range, I have heard it said that even the rotation of the Earth has to be taken into account by snipers due to Coriolis effects or something. If true…that means you may have to lead your target even if it is standing still.

  • Col Beausabre

    Commanding Officer of the USAAF’s First Motion Picture Unit was a former corporal in the California National Guard Cavalry by the name of Ronald Reagan

    And, yes, in tank gunnery and artillery fire, the rotation of the Earth must be accounted for (along with temperature, pressure, wind direction and speed, amount of wear on the gun, type of projectile, etc, etc)

  • Jeff Wright

    Bull was thinking about gun launching small-sats.
    The Excalibur shell looks to have tough circuitry that withstands the high g forces. This would even beat Musk’s low rates.

    But cost-cutters who don’t understand testing cut this ballistics von Braun off at the knees, and…well, you know the rest. Where the US abandoned the big guns…China may not be as foolish. They fund a wide variety of tech.

  • Max

    Speaking of technology testing… I wonder if the Russians tested their missile yet.

    https://theblogginghounds.com/2021/06/10/russia-to-test-launch-sarmat-hypersonic-icbm-before-putin-biden-meeting/

  • wayne

    Col–
    Great factoid!

    “Camouflage”
    https://youtu.be/Gb36GQO14k0
    20:00

  • John C

    Couldn’t stop thinking about Sean Connery shooting up the tail of his own airplane in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade..

  • Rick

    Jeff Wright, even shooting @ 1000 yards at your local range, the Coriolis effect has to be accounted for.

  • John

    That was neat.

    I’ve always read/heard that one of the principles of massed bomber formations was that the combined defensive firepower added up for mutual protection. That video implies that unless the fighter is attacking your bomber, the shots would be high deflection and ineffective. I wonder if gunners would fire on fighters attacking other bombers, and if they had lead guidance, and if hits were ever achieved.

    I immediately thought of the B29’s gunnery system- Looks like the gunners there aimed at the fighter and let the computer calculate the lead. Amazing for the 1944’s.

    https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/defending-superbomber-b-29s-central-fire-control-system

  • wayne

    John-

    Hitting a Moving Target for World War 2 Bomber Gunners
    (1944)
    https://youtu.be/DWYqu1Il9Ps
    14:15

  • wayne

    (with inspiration from Col Beausabre)

    “The Rear Gunner” (1943)
    Burgess Meredith & Ronald Reagan
    https://youtu.be/oKdLbEQ6Dv8
    25:30
    (->degraded print & sound)

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