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Our space/earth travels with 'Big Brother'

In our previous travels, we have visited land based destinations, ocean based destinations and space based destinations. In our journey today we will visit the earth itself, from space.

The Desert Breath, located in the Egyptian desert near Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, is a double-spiral extra-large piece of art. (Photo : Wikimedia creative commons
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With today's technology, we can actually take worldwide trips with Google Maps and other satellite based images from orbiting satellites, without leaving our chairs. We can sit at our computers and look down upon our homes from outer space, and even see us and our neighbors standing outside in satellite images taken at a previous time. This is truly an advancement in technology, and is the focus of this Memphis International Travel article.

With the ability to see almost anyplace on our planet, and even see the people that were at that particular point when the picture was taken, is extraordinary. Even though we don't have the capabilities of seeing the peoples' faces on our home based computers, the government does have that capability through their satellite advances.

It seems that we are truly living in the age of "Big Brother," which was first penned as a fictional character in George Orwell's novel, "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Big Brother was the dictator of Oceania, a totalitarian state where the ruling party had total control of its people. In this novel, every citizen is being constantly watched by those in charge through the use of what Orwell called, telescreens. His novel was published in 1949 and now seems more of a tool for predicting the future than as a book of fiction.

With the technology of today, many fictional things from the era of the "baby boomers" have come to life. For example, remember "Dick Tracy's" two way radio watch. Well, we have actually improved on the fictional watch with the invention of "smart watches," that can function as a phone, computer and as should be, a watch. Also, if you remember the flip top communication devices on the original "Star Trek" episodes; we have seen them become reality through the flip phone. So many things from fiction have become real in today's world.

As this writer was scanning through information for this article, he found a video, produced by Google, titled, "10 Strange Discoveries on Google Earth Part 2." This video, which can be seen in this article, demonstrates some of the strange things seen from space, and this is the tip of the iceberg. So think hard about being watched by "Big Brother!"

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Until we meet again on these pages, we will let the "World turn onto our next destination."