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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An evening pause: In celebration of the first monsoon rain this past Saturday here in Tucson.

Hat tip Willi Kusche.


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  • wayne

    Occasionally get extremely well defined lightning storms coming in off Lake Michigan, but have not seen one like the video, in quite a while.

    Lots-o-rain, thunder, and lightning, the past 10 days in Michigan. Had a very late Spring, then it went straight to the 90’s. We are in peak Tornado Season, colliding Low & High pressure zones, tend to concern us. (On the upside, the Tornado count this season is only 50% of the historic average.)

    >Northern Wisconsin & the Upper Peninsula were hammered over the weekend. Michigan Tech (in Houghton, Michigan,) is temporarily closed.
    “Flash Flooding, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula”
    June 17th, 2018

    Had an F-5 tornado wipe out a few towns 62 years ago-
    The West Michigan Tornadoes of April 3, 1956

  • John M. Egan

    As a meteorologist, this is a true delight!

  • ted

    Visually excellent, but the stupid sound effects could have been left out. Seeing lightning miles away and hearing a crack at the same time?

    It reminds me of combat footage where a bomb explodes in the distance and somebody has added an explosion sound so they occur simultaneously.

    It cheapens the show.

  • wayne

    completely agree on fake sound fx’s. (especially with historical films)

    For this one, it’s more “art” than a documentary (as it were), but agree the delay is an integral part of the experience, it’s a feature of reality, not a bug.

  • Enjoy watching thunderstorms from a safe distance (miles), but after twenty years in the South and some way-too-close-for-comfort-strikes, just as happy to live in place where lightning storms are uncommon.

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