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 know, if I weren’t such a mellow guy who meditates twice a day, seeing all these “Get Your Flu Shot” signs would really piss me off. That indelicate and crass declaration aside, it’s time to look at the insane notion of buying into the media/corporate/government/Big Pharma hype of the seasonal flu vaccine.

Cut to the chase. Just look at the problems surrounding the flu vaccine: 1) It’s ineffective. It does not protect you from getting the flu. 2) It’s dangerous. 3) Look at who is pushing you to get shot: Grocery stores, pharmacies, drug companies and government…

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<p>Look out for these, caused by fungal spores</p>Our zombie tomorrow

As it turns out, all those zombie movies were preparing us for a real future. It isn't the walking dead of horror movies that awaits us, but instead living humans, rendered brain damaged and psychotic by a fungus, who will rise up as a plague in the year 2023.

The original source of the fungus will be a previously undiscovered hallucinogenic mushroom that will gain great popularity, and, for a while, it will be mostly harmless. But after a few years of use, the fungus will adapt to the warm, moist conditions inside the human body, and will quickly go to work locating itself in a part of the body that offers ideal conditions for growth. As it happens, this…

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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 nutritious right now so we’re facing a dilemma: how do we take advantage of it? Seems we have two choices. We could either try to eat everything at once or figure out a way to keep some of it around for eating later. The answer is to preserve the peak of the harvest for later enjoyment.

There are five common methods to keep real food on the table for autumn and winter months: drying, salting, canning, freezing and doing nothing. All are easier than you might think and when done well, are far better than buying…

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The crash

There will be a great eruption on the surface of the sun in three years, and the resulting solar superstorm will destroy electronics on earth. It will fry satellites, cause generators to explode, and shut down communications networks.

The results will be cataclysmic. Much of the data now held on the cloud will be lost, including trillions of dollars of financial records. People's life savings will be wiped out, and only those with paper records will be able to reconstruct their finances. Businesses that rely on the Internet will crash, as, shortly afterwards, will businesses that rely on any electronics.

It will be a cold, dark, quiet world for months, and, in some places, years, while the world's ailing governments…

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Feng Shui

Everyone’s done it at some time or another — rearrange the furniture in your bedroom, living room, apartment or home. There’s a reason we do things like that. Organizing things isn’t necessarily due to obsessive/compulsive disorder. It’s actually a pretty natural thing to do. And it has to do with energy.

Arranging things, whether it’s furniture in your new apartment or just tools in a drawer is something most people do based simply on “feel.” But when you do, you may have unknowingly been following (or violating) vital laws of placement included in the art and science of feng shui.

Feng shui (pronounce it fung schway) is an ancient Chinese practice dating back thousands of years. It parallels some Native…

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Our uniform future

Soon, we will see the return of business uniforms. Businesses will brand themselves, not just by their logo, but by the clothes their employees wear. This will begin with an expansion of existing uniforms: Fast food places, in particular, will start to dress their employees in well-tailored signature uniforms. But it will quickly expand, first to sales staff in big businesses, then to white-collar employees, and, eventually, even politicians will wear uniforms that identify their positions in government.

When people are at work, it will soon be possible to identify where they work, and even what specific job they do, just by looking at their uniform. Even the President of the United States will have his own uniform, a suit…

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Commercial toothpaste is a waste of time since there are better dentifrices to use. Many people recommend baking soda or salt or just a clean brush. When I’m camping, a drop or two of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Peppermint Castile Soap does a great job.

But I confess, we have a tube of Nature’s Gate All-Natural Toothpaste sitting on the bathroom sink. It’s just so easy to grab and use. Add a dip of the brush in baking soda and it’s the best of both worlds: commercial and truly natural. But it seems the Nature’s Gate formula has changed recently and it’s creamier, smoother in texture. Seems to clean and polish better than ever; so much so that I had a…

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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...

more »

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...

more »