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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Aims of 'Occupy Wallstreet'

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Recently, a group of largely youthful protestors have been “occupying Wall Street.” There has been a great deal of controversy in the press about the goals of the protesters: do they have coherent demands? Are their positions reasonable and consistent? Do they even know what they want?

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: McLuhan's Centennial

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2011 is the centennial of Marshall McLuhan’s birth. McLuhan was the first media critic in academia, a remarkable fact because today’s academia is rife with fashionable media criticism, with entire university departments studying TV, movies, and communications. When McLuhan first started writing about television and communication networks, English professors did not study popular culture, they wrote about Shakespeare and other canonized writers.

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BOOK REVIEW: "The Coming of the Terraphiles" by Michael Moorcock (2010)

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I generally avoid “media novels,” such as Star Trek or Star Wars tie-ins because I think they harm the genre by taking shelf space away from original SF and F; however, I could not resist picking up Michael Moorcock’s Dr. Who novel because I’ve been an avid reader of Moorcock since my teenage years, and I’ve recently started watching Dr. Who via Netflix.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Replicant of Philip K. Dick and Other Links

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We are starting to enter the age of the replicant. Singularity Hub, which is a great website for science fictional topics, posted a link to a very interesting replicant video. Three people with android versions of themselves got together for a press conference. Click through and play the video of the remarkably life-like robots. The robots are humanoid and eerie; in fact, the Japanese robot looks more realistic than its human original.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Unauthorized Transmigration Of Souls

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China has just passed a law forbidding the unauthorized transmigration of souls. “Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people” (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2194682.ece).
This edict is intended to prevent the birth of a Lama that China does not like and facilitates China’s control over Tibet.

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