Acupuncture: More than just a prick with a pin

There are a couple ways to test the effectiveness of a healing modality. One is “FDA Approval.” Most Americans buy into this version, where a drug company pays for and runs very selective tests then shows the results to the federal regulatory body known as the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA stamps approval and the procedure or drug enters the marketplace, usually paid for by health insurance which now all Americans are forced to purchase. An informed person should be aware that the reviewers, doctors and administrators at the FDA are in the back pocket of Big Pharma, either receiving direct payouts or having worked for the drug companies in some capacity in the past. It’s the famous “revolving…

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<p>The bombs will stop falling and the bullets will cease to fly.</p>The end of war

In the next 100 years, we will see the end to war. Through mutual agreement and international policing, war between nations will be outlawed, and world leaders who push for war will be subject to the death penalty. An international police force will be tasked with keeping the peace, and they will be authorized to arrest and put on trial military commanders, rogue militias, and even presidents and prime ministers who authorize war.

The world's militaries will be dismantled, sometimes by force. Attempts to organize armed military groups will be met with quick action, sometimes including execution by drone.

There will be an exception to this: Armed resistance against the state will be allowed in some circumstances, with the recognition…

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Lettuce Alone

Four or five times a week, our evening meal will be some variation of a large salad. The garnish may go from a grass-fed burger or filet to sardines or maybe hardboiled eggs. But always the bed of the salad is a mixture of greens with avocado and tomato and various raw veggies. And, True Confessions time, we’ve been buying those packaged organic lettuce mixes for a few years now. We like the variety those blends offer and it’s nice to get unusual choices like mustard greens, arugula, baby spinach and herbs all pre-washed in one package. Our summertime kale or chard augment but the apparent convenience of just tossing the packaged leaves onto the plate is hard to beat.…

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<p>The future metropolis will fly.</p>The city of the air

One of science fiction's greatest fantasies, the floating city, will soon be a reality. Thanks to a process that pulls millions of tons of helium from the moon's surface, it will soon be quite inexpensive to build massive floating structures, starting with dirigibles, moving on to temporary event venues in the sky (sky weddings will be especially popular), later hotels, and culminating in an actual city built in the clouds.

The city will be the brainchild of a consortium of international developers, and the cost will be billions of dollars, but the resulting city will be extraordinary. It will house tens of thousands, be able to travel wherever it wishes, and its primary industry, of course, will be tourism. The…

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Everything You Need to Know is in ‘60s Music

I was convinced that the 1960s and ‘70s, my teen and young adult years, had to be the quintessential decade of change, a quantum leap in social and human consciousness unseen in history. But then I figured every generation must think that their decade of early adulthood was the most creative and enlightened of all time. I cast my thoughts back to what I knew of the 1920s, the Paris and New York centers of creativity, the Algonquin Round Table. The 1890s were rife with metaphysical exploration. So I began to believe my conviction that the 1960s were special was but a symptom of generational self-aggrandizement.

But as it happens, in the 1990s I became close friends with someone who…

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<p>From many, one.</p>Our multilingual future

The era of English is coming to an end. Within 10 years, one in five Americans will speak Spanish as their first language. Within 25 years, several states will have more Spanish speakers than English speakers, and one in 10 Americans will speak Chinese as their primary language. Within 100 years, there will be 40 languages officially recognized as American languages. English will absorn thousands of new words, as it always does, and the other languages will become Americanized -- in particular, technical words and slang will be almost universal.

Most Americans will be bilingual, and many will be multilingual. Service jobs will demand workers that can speak more than one language fluently, and adult language classes will be a…

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The Power of One

The 1970s was the decade of the digital revolution. Computers existed long before that penultimate chapter of changing history but they came to the fore during the Age of Disco and the “Me Generation.” It was the 1970s when the world began to quantize the universe into a series of ones and zeroes. I was in Los Angeles at the time and perhaps no field popularized the acceptance of digital reality more than the field of recording popular music.

For the first century of recorded music, recorded sound existed in the same way that it exists in nature: as a continuously variable energy wave, an analog sound wave. The pulses of sound in air were actually waves of air molecules…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…


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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Immune Boosters

A few issues ago, we exposed flu shots for what they are: a largely ineffective, money-making scam. [link] And although very few Americans die of...

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Your Tongue Can Save the World

So you want to save the planet? You recycle plastic and consider your carbon footprint but don’t know exactly what that means or how to change your...

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Flu Shots

Each autumn we start hearing tales of employees being either peer-pressured or mandated to get jabbed with an ineffective and dangerous vaccine. You...

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Just Can It!

At farmers markets and in home gardens across the region, produce is poppin’ at a prodigious rate. Summer’s bounty is the tastiest and most...

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