Irish Travellers at Dale Farm: Activism, Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Identity

September 22, 2011 / 0 comments

As the attempted eviction of Travellers from Dale Farm seemed more likely, claims surfaced in the media that the Travellers themselves had left and that only “activists” were remaining at Dale Farm. Reporting for the Guardian from inside Dale Farm, John Bingham wrote “The girls are angered at suggestions in the media that there are…

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Irish Travellers at Dale Farm: Land, Housing & Eviction

September 20, 2011 / 0 comments

This post represents the beginning of some research I’m doing on the Irish Traveller community at Dale Farm. The working title is “When Nomads Fight To Stay: Land Zoning, Globalized Activism and Forceable Eviction at Dale Farm” On July 4th, 2011, decades of legal battles came to a head with an eviction order for around…

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Family Radio Rapture Counter Hits Zero

May 21, 2011 / 0 comments

This is a screen shot taken of the web site today. Harold Camping, a preacher and radio broadcaster in Oakland, California had predicted that 6pm local time today, May 21, 2011, the Rapture would begin across the world. This idea of a “rapture” or a “rising” comes from a passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17…

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April 2, 2011 / 0 comments

My reaction to finding this article, in which neighbors complain about an Amateur radio operators antenna, was to remember how important Amateur Radio is. Amateur Radio operators (known to one another as Hams) continue to provide the only long distance rapid communication in and out of regions on public, open airwaves during revolutions, disasters, military crack-downs, etc. when…

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Imprimatur for iOS App

February 8, 2011 / 0 comments

Catholic News Service reports on the release of “Confession,” an iOS app that walks users through confession.  And once they’ve confessed, the sins are “erased”: “Once you go to confession, all that information is wiped out,” said Kreager. “All it’s going to remember is personal data like your name, age and date of last confession.”

Religion, Technology: In Print: 1880-2000

December 17, 2010 / 0 comments

It would appear that 1980 was the year… Run your own Books Ngram here.

“The loneliness of the long-distance exoplanetary anthropologist…”

December 10, 2010 / 0 comments

There are two kinds of offworld anthropology: Near Distance and Long Distance. With typical Earth-centrism, the “distance” is measured in light years from the Blue Marble. Try explaining to a Gorgolian that he’s “Long Distance” when you’re on his doorstep. At least Gorgolians won’t spit in your face when you try to interview them about…

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In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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LDS “Handbook 2” online

November 30, 2010 / 0 comments

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has put volume 2 of their “Handbook” on the web.  This has already produced some interesting media content.  For example, the Huffington Post reports “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes no stand on drinking Coca-Cola.”  This suggests one of the immediate effects of…

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What are “Indigenous Religions”?

November 19, 2010 / 0 comments

As I browse publisher’s web sites for forthcoming volumes on religion, anthropology, sociology and other topics relevant to my research, I’m struck by one of the categories frequently used: Indigenous Religions.  Listed with categories for books on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Comparative Religions, etc. this Indigenous genre stands out. The other genres are, for the most part,…

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Aqua Buddha

November 18, 2010 / 0 comments

Rand Paul, Libertarian candidate for Kentucky’s seat in the US Senate and son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, is set to take office January 2011 to replace Jim Bunning. During the election campaign, an article in GQ magazine “revealed” that while an undergraduate at Baylor (the world’s largest Baptist university) he was a member of a…

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Bibliography: Religion in Cyberspace

November 17, 2010 / 0 comments

In the New Religious Movements email list (NRM_Scholars), a request for sources on “Religion and the Internet” brought some interesting responses.  I’ve collected the references offered by the wise community of researchers on that list, added my own and aggregated some from other lists to start a new bibliography on Religion, the Internet and Cyberspace….

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iPhone 4cf: Conflict Free iPhone

November 16, 2010 / 0 comments

In what I have reason to believe is a new campaign from the Yes Men, a web site has launched announcing a free trade-in program for the iPhone 4cf, a new “conflict free iPhone.”


November 16, 2010 / 0 comments

Oversoul, Alex Gray, 1997 In the Fall 2010 issue of Anthropology of Consciousness, Marc Blainey looks at the “discord in the West between viewing psychoactive substances as either ‘hallucinogens’ or ‘entheogens’,” and makes the case for renewed interest in ethnometaphysics. His article has me thinking more about anthropologists produced by a (mostly) entheophobic culture looking…

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Life Creates the Universe

November 12, 2010 / 0 comments

“Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe,” by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman, argues for a theory of everything built on biology, not physics.  Lanza writes “according to biocentrism, it’s us, the observer, who create space and time.”  On the surface, Lanza appears to be applying…

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