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A former Russian troll speaks: ‘It was like being in Orwell’s world’  By Anton Troianovski February 17  Washington Post “I arrived there, and I immediately felt like a character in the book “1984” by George Orwell — a place where you have to write that white is black and black is white. Your first feeling, when you […]

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The Shadow of Lhasa: a tale of reincarnation Copyright (c) 2014, Revised and Unabridged 2018. All Rights Reserved, Smashwords Edition.  Published in ebook formats at Smashwords.com and at Barnes & Noble as a NOOK Book. ISBN: 9781311408204  Price: $4.95 In a passionate affair with her doctor Sienna Tiefwald (a transgender therapist), Lhasa Cremieux seeks to discover whether her reincarnation is artificial […]

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From The Examiner “The poets tell us, that after the giants were overthrown by the gods, the earth in revenge produced her last offspring which was Fame. And the fable is thus interpreted: that when tumults and seditions are quieted, rumours and false reports are plentifully spread through a nation. So that, by this account, […]

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There’s No Place Like Home, Especially if It’s Made of Hemp By ADAM POPESCUJAN. 29, 2018 Russians sorting raw hemp fibers in the Kurks region in the 1960s. Hemp has been used as building material for millennia in Europe and elsewhere, but it’s only just starting to get wider recognition as a green construction option. CreditOleg Sizov/TASS, […]

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The Atlantic A Foreboding Similarity in Today’s Oceans and a 94-Million-Year-Old Catastrophe The ocean is suffocating—but not for the first time. Algae blooms off the coast of New York and New Jersey in August 2015 NASA / AP PETER BRANNEN    1/12/18  SCIENCE The ocean is losing its oxygen. Last week, in a sweeping analysis in the journal Science, […]

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Library Quarterly Mobilization of Rural Libraries toward Political and Economic Change in the Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election  by  Bharat Mehra ABSTRACT The 2016 presidential election in the United States was unprecedented in the extent of bitter divisiveness between the candidates’ campaigns, the complex factors attributed to the unexpected results, and the difficult years in […]

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from 2017   Art Censorship: How Social Media Edits Our World View by Uriel Dana With all the horror terrorizing the world, something wonderful happened recently for the arts, and we have the French to thank for it. In a landmark censorship case against art, the French ruled that Facebook can be sued in France for […]

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“There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.” James Baldwin

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The Economist Why is America more tolerant of inequality than many rich countries? Ignorance about the scale of the problem is part of the answer Democracy in America Dec 18th 2017 by C.K. | WASHINGTON, DC MOST Americans are unenthusiastic about Republicans’ efforts to reward the richest with the biggest tax cuts. In polls taken on […]

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The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death. The New York Times. State of the Art. November 29, 2017    Farhad Manjoo CreditIllustration by Doug Chayka, Photo via Library of Congress The internet is dying. Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your […]

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The Atlantic    APR 7, 2014 Greed Is Good: A 300-Year History of a Dangerous Idea Not long ago, the pursuit of commercial self-interest was largely reviled. How did we come to accept it? Cartoon from a 1909 issue of Puck magazine. A caption read, “Dedicated to the states where child labor is still permitted.” Library of  Congress” “Greed […]

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What is the value of money? Will paper money be replaced by electronic money? Who will control the electronic databases? Is the citizen a mere pawn on the chessboard devised by the wealthiest and most powerful? Sixty years ago the following observation was made: “Money bewitches people. They fret for it, and they sweat for […]

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Political language evolves and meanings change. Old words and phrases are rethought in different generations. Tomes (scholarly works) are annually written on any given word and phrase. Certain forms of government overlap at various junctures. Aristocracy:  government by self-perceived “nobility” e.g., family dynasties Conlanguage:  invented language Fascism:  radical authoritarian nationalism (form of dictatorship) Kakistocracy:  government […]

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Courses & Upcoming Events On-line Courses   The Foundations of Lucid Dreaming We’re now offering an on-line audio course called The Foundations of Lucid Dreaming. It’s the first in a series of  courses that will lead the listener into the world of this remarkable nocturnal practice. It’s a great place to start if you are new to the subject. The […]

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Currently scheduled 2018:   The Abstract Tattoo,  literary erotic thriller (novel with a twist)  2018: (literary novel – untitled) 2018/19:   The Edges (Non-fiction, biographical)

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