Swine Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Each flu season the dog-and-pony show starts. But this year, health departments countrywide are reporting two very interesting facts: Cases of influenza are lower than usual and fewer people are getting flu shots. Is that coincidence? Each year the Center for Disease Control falsely claims that 36,000 persons die annually in the United States from influenza. In fact, the actual number is in the hundreds, not thousands. CDC’s own data shows that only 257 people died of flu in 2001; only 753 in 2002; 1600 in 2003, viewable at heartlandhealing.com/flu. Fear sells So why does the CDC use the 36,000-a-year claim? It’s my opinion that number is bandied about for one purpose: selling flu shots. The strategy…

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Cosmic Forecast for Dec. 2-8

The New Moon in gregarious Sagittarius will really light up the seasonal festivities. There are three Fire signs in the Zodiac. The first, Aries represents the fiery Solar/Martian victory over Winter’s cold. Leo represents basking in Summertime’s afternoon glow. And the “fire” of Sagittarius represents the warmth of human contact and gathering together to survive our coldest season — as if we needed a reason. Let’s get cozy as our cheeks turn rosy? Use this week to create a happy end to Fall, you all. Peace and Love Shall Conquer All. There are no mistakes. — MOJOPOPlanetPower.com SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.21) Keep your third eye on the first, brightest “star” in the sky. That’s Jupiter, your ruler, high in the…

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Ten Traditional Therapies

American medicine kills hundreds of thousands each year. That’s not an exaggeration. Recently it was reported that hospitals kill 15,000 Americans each month. The report wasn’t from some radical fringe health reporter. No, it comes from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, those with a vested interest in keeping the status quo and not rocking the boat. They’re going to be conservative with their estimates. Additionally, the data included only those on Medicare, a fraction of patients. It excludes the vast majority of hospitalizations, so the number of those killed in hospitals is likely much, much higher. Read this carefully A very reliable source places the number of persons killed by American medicine at just under one…

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Happy Ending?

Cody Green has heard it before. All quarterbacks hear it. “I’m open. Throw me the ball.” In this case, however, he’s the one making the request. “He’s always harping on me in practice to throw it to him,” Rex Burkhead says with a smile. “I don’t know; I haven’t got the whole trust factor with him yet.” Burkhead was addressing reporters following Nebraska’s 45-17 victory against Colorado on the day after Thanksgiving. With the victory, the Huskers earned a return trip to Saturday night’s Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. And yes, playing the Sooners is a fitting way to finish membership in the Big 12. So anyway, Burkhead had thrown two passes against…

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Bye Bye Big 12

It had to end this way didn’t it? The last stop on the Huskers farewell tour of the Big 12 — a trip that’s gotten uglier and more contentious with each passing week — is Arlington, Texas where they’ll face old Big 8 foe Oklahoma with a conference title on the line. No one in Nebraska would have asked for any other ending. Injuries, rumors, conspiracy theories, apologies, emails and PR black eyes haven’t made for a fun few weeks for Nebraska fans, but a little nostalgia seems like just the remedy. Even at its most lopsided, the OU-NU rivalry was always about respect and that’s something most Nebraska fans haven’t been doling out or receiving much of lately. This…

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Henery the Ace

Consider the opening stanza of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; At the risk of being a bit too philosophical, Alex Henery once contemplated divergent roads, though unlike Frost’s narrator, he didn’t take the road less traveled. Nevertheless, the one he chose has certainly made all the difference in his athletic career. It has not made a difference in his personality, however. He’s still the same Alex who chose walking on to the Nebraska football team over accepting a soccer scholarship from Creighton.…

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Cosmic Forecast for Nov. 25-Dec. 1

Happy Thanksgiving. Time for Peace and Love to take over our psychology whenever possible for this next love-filled month of seasonal festivities. You never know who or what will show up? Peace and Love Shall Conquer All. There are no mistakes. — MOJOPOPlanetPower.com SAGITTARIUS (11.23-12.21) Your yearlong dream is just about due for completion. All systems are go on the dream, or so it shall seem. First, let the cream rise to the top. Then it’s time for the dream to stop, as a prelude to action or a deal to be initiated around Jan. 19 (Full Moon in Cancer) through Jan. 22 (as Jupiter enters Aries). Write those dates down. Expect the unexpected to help you Dec.…

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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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