Here’s Why

When I was nine years old, my sister took me to work with her on a summer Saturday. She sat me down in the Children’s Department of the old Omaha Public Library where she worked in the Catalog Department. Kids’ books were in their own special room with big wooden tables and solid wooden bookshelves. She told me I could read anything in there and went upstairs after asking the librarian to keep an eye on me. I was elated. It was the first time I was going to be able to pick out a book to read all by myself. Before that, it was always a schoolbook or one my parents had given me.

I sidled over to the…

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Other lives

There is a popular science fiction concept, that of alternate dimensions that contain versions of us that made different decisions, or lived in worlds with alternate histories, and so their lives have been dramatically different than ours. This concept is true -- there are infinite such dimensions out there, with infiniate versions of ourselves living out infinite variations of our lives.

What we don't know is that in one of those dimensions they have conceived of a way to cross into others. As a result, interlopers from those dimensions regularly exit their own, looking for preferable lives. When they discover a version of themselves who is enjoying a better life, they murder that version and take their life. This has…

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Death for Profit

“Examine the obvious.” That was a favorite imperative of Dr. Fritz Perls, originator of Gestalt Therapy. The ideal is followed too rarely.

Prince Nelson need not have died. Not the way he did, at least: in an elevator, slumped over in an opioid-induced rigor mortis.

Prince was another of the thousands killed each year unnecessarily by prescription drugs. The numbers are staggering. Since a Journal of the American Medical Association tally in 1998 (JAMA Vol. 279, No. 15), somewhere between two and three million people have died from prescribed pharmaceutical drugs in the United States alone. The JAMA article tallied up 106,000 deaths in one year due to prescriptions that were used in accordance with doctors’ instructions.

Prince’s death initiated…

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Crystal Reality

For ten years, people paid UCLA good money to study the art and science of recording in classes I taught each quarter. Few of the students entered the class realizing that they would be learning the basics of metaphysics in the process. And judging by the Instructor Evaluations on file, there was nary a susurration among the students.

Of course my curriculum covered the history of recording, the Nyquist Theorem, Hitler’s role in giving the world hi-fidelity audio, smuggled tape recorders out of post-war Germany, the seven characteristics of sound, mic placement, ego-massage and the revolution of digital audio. But as much as that, it covered the release of fear, connecting with the intuitive mind, A Course in Miracles, hypnosis…

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A series of short predictions

-- 100 years from now, we will still see movies starring the same superheroes on film today. They are our new mythology.

-- By 2025, the most popular household pet will be the hedgehog.

-- Within 10 years, most of our household chores will be done by dedicated robots.

-- By 2060, more Americans will speak Spanish than English.

-- By 2100, more Americans will speak Chinese than English.

-- Donald Trump will begin doing a long prison sentence within the next five years.

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The Bed Dream Time

The greatest problem plaguing mankind in the next decade will be sleep-loss. For a variety of reasons, sleeplessness will become an epidemic, comparable to the current epidemic of obesity. The average American will get less than 4 hours of sleep per night, many getting as little as one or two hours.

The results of this will be poor concentration, exhaustion, and, in the worst cases, hallucinations and psychotic episodes. Some will try to treat sleeplessness with amphetamines, to disastrous effects; the current explosion of amphetamine usage will skyrocket, as will the social problems associated with the drug.

Sleep will become so precious that people will be found non-guilty when they murder those who wake them, and unscrupulous snake-oil salesmen will…

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GMO Shell Game

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” the Bard proclaimed. By that logic and at the other end of the spectrum, a pile of crap is still a pile of crap. That holds especially true for Monsanto and GMOs.

Just a couple years ago, I sat in a conference room with five well-educated, worldly professionals discussing updates for a local farmers market policy. All had been involved with the market and familiar with our mission for five years or more. Because new produce varieties were coming online that year, including some that were genetically modified organisms (GMOs), I noted that we should make the market’s policy on GMOs clear to both consumers and vendors.

Around the table…

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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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Assumptions

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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.

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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…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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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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Death for Profit

“Examine the obvious.” That was a favorite imperative of Dr. Fritz Perls, originator of Gestalt Therapy. The ideal is followed too rarely.

Prince...

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Crystal Reality

For ten years, people paid UCLA good money to study the art and science of recording in classes I taught each quarter. Few of the students entered...

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GMO Shell Game

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” the Bard proclaimed. By that logic and at the other end of the spectrum, a pile of crap is still a...

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Chakras

Google Albert Einstein and you’ll draw about 93 million hits. That’s understandable for such a popular intellectual of the early 20th century. Google...

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