Heart Health Month, Scurvy and Vitamin C

England once ruled the world. Really! Sailing the greatest naval force ever assembled at the time, our friends the Brits sent their armada far and wide, girdling the globe and extending their empire. On the open sea for months at a time, thousands of miles from land, those traveling tars existed on a steady diet of salt pork and biscuits, foods that kept for months in barrels and boxes — sort of like Slim Jims and Pop Tarts only healthier. But scurvy soon boarded ship. Scurvy has been described throughout history. Even the ancient Egyptians recorded the symptoms. Amazingly, however, its specific cause remained a mystery for centuries, though fresh foods were found to remedy it. Around 1800, Dr. James…

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Recruiting trail cools as the coaching search gets hot

All is fair in love and recruiting. If Bob Devaney didn’t say that he should have. The Irish Orator of Stadium Street — that name hasn’t quite caught on like I had hoped — would’ve delivered it with a wink and a laugh, charming the pens right out of reporters’ hands. That’s not really Bo Pelini’s approach. On Feb. 2 Pelini signed his best recruiting class to date, a fact that should have been big news given Nebraska’s inert end to the 2010 season. Instead, the typically gruff Pelini press conference focused on the bigger news leaked from Indiana’s head coach Kevin Wilson. Wilson let slip that defensive backs coach Corey Raymond had left the Hoosiers to take the same…

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Cosmic Forecast for Feb. 3-9

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese Year of the Cat. You scratch them, they'll scratch you back. Let's all be "jaguars in love," and dream until spring ... — MojoPoPlanetPower.com AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19) It's quite a party over at your house? Neptune's been in Aquarius for these last 13 "lucky" years, Mars is half way through Aquarius on its transit from mid-January through February 22, when it dives hand-in-hand-in-hand-in-hand with the Sun and Mercury conjunct Neptune into the Ocean of Pisces. Kick it hard until then. It'll be your season. Expect unexpected Sunny weather on the Leo Full Moon the 18th. Wear red (Mars) to get ahead. Put your head down and charge large on your literary (Mercury) career.…

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High on Grass: The Meat We Eat

“Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn. The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.” Stop and think why Little Boy Blue was called to keep the cows out of the corn. Any farmer or rancher will tell you: If a cow eats its fill of corn, it dies. Because a cow, like all ruminant animals, was not designed by nature to eat corn — or any grain, for that matter. Corn will kill a cow as surely as Roundup kills plants. We’ve brought this topic to the table many times in the past and recently published research brings it to our attention again. Good for you. The 2011 British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 105, just published a…

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Cosmic Forecast for Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year of the Cat, Feb. 3, falling (as the Chinese New Year always does) the day after the New Moon in Aquarius, which is at 8:31 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, taking us from the wild, intractable, ferocious El Tigre to the domesticated, aloof, serene La Gata. Get the message? Time to take it home. Here kitty, kitty … — MojoPoPlanetPower.com AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19) It’s your turn to burn. Any sunshine is from your sign. You are the Water Bearer, the sharer of the electric light-blue hue of altruistic lightning/electricity hurled from the third eye (an “enlightened” pineal gland, the brain of the brain) toward deeper, scientifically relevant TRUTHS. Invention, intuition, enlightenment…

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Flu Season: It Doesn’t Add Up — and other news

It’s a topic visited here many times. But a recent article in The Atlantic, titled “Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science: MUCH OF WHAT MEDICAL RESEARCHERS CONCLUDE IN THEIR STUDIES IS MISLEADING, EXAGGERATED, OR FLAT-OUT WRONG,” has led us down this path once more. I’ve just spent hours scanning the web for a shred of … truth? We’re in the midst of what the techno-pharmaceutical-industrial complex calls “flu season” and I’m trying to get to the bottom of things. I’m insulted by the constant number-waving in mainstream media that claims 36,000 people die from influenza each year in the United States. We already know that the Centers for Disease Control’s own statistics confirm that the figure is inflated by a…

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Sports talk stations swap formats

Who’s ready for an early January weekend jaunt to frosty Winnipeg next year? If you’re a UNO hockey fan that trip could be a reality as the Mavs and the University of North Dakota are reportedly close to finalizing a deal to play a game in Manitoba’s capital city Jan. 7, 2012. I’ll confess to not knowing much about Winnipeg other than it’s about three hours north of Grand Forks and therefore likely colder than Omaha, but I did spend some time on the city’s tourism website to cull some valuable facts. Winnipeg is the coldest city in the world with a population greater than 500,000 meaning more people consciously choose to be miserable for months there than anywhere else.…

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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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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Accepting the challenge

Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

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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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Turn Out the Lights, or the Party’s Over

Lists are popular this time of year. Let’s persist. One thing prompted consideration of the types of pollution we endure as we traipse through our...

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What’s in Store for Two-Oh-One-Four

Glow, little glowworm. Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactor turned 40 in August of 2013. Plagued by a plethora of dangerous malfunctions, it looked like it...

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Wha’ Happened!?


That was it? That was 2013? Whew! Well, let’s hope hindsight, being 20/20, converts to foresight with similar acuity in 2014. Find links to all...

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Thanks and No Thanks

“Gratitude is an attitude,” the aphorism goes and there is a lot to recommend a cheery outlook on life. Evidence predicts that a positive attitude...

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