Hydrate

Next to air, water is the most vital element for human survival. The human body is 75 percent water. You knew that. But if you’re under the age of 50, you may not know that there was a time that you could actually stoop over a creek or stream and dip into cool, fresh, drinkable water. You can’t do that anymore. No matter how high you go in the Rockies, no matter how far you roam in the tundra, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a river, rapids or rill undefiled by human-generated pollution, most of it extremely dangerous to consume.

Nowadays, in order to simply survive, society has to push H2O through filters, purifiers and pipes just to remove toxins,…

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The Way of the Wolf

As sophisticated body modification becomes increasingly common, an underground will develop. There will be people who outwardly look normal, but have a series of illegal implants, mostly made with 3D printers. These devices will allow people to change their body shape at will, and some of the more sophisticated implants will allow hair growth or color change.

This will be especially popular in the criminal underworld, as it will allow them to change appearance to such an extent that they are unrecognizable. The most notorious of these will be a gang out of Russia called The Wolves, who literally shift appearnce to resemble wolfmen. These real-life lycathropes will live as a gang in the woods outside major cities, and will…

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Duh!

There is no dearth of stupid human tricks. We are at once our own worst enemies and defilers of Planet Earth. It’s just the way it is. Maybe it goes back to the mythical “Garden of Eden.” To wit, when you violate instructions and eat of the Tree of Knowledge, you think you know it all. However it happened, human hubris is a trademark of our species. And it may be the terminal pathology as well. A small sampling of the evidence, garnered from recent news items, follows.

Cellphone radiation. Only something as obviously distracting, copiously unnatural and definitively ubiquitous as automatons walking, sitting, driving, dining while lost in the pixels of cellphone intoxication could serve as the synecdoche of…

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The Sour Tomorrow

We are about to experience a great shift in our national taste. Instead of craving sweet food, Americans will instead prefer sour food. This shift will be sudden and hard to explain, but may be the result of the popularity of yogurt, which we shall start consuming in unflavored form, enjoying the food's natural acidity and sharp flavor.

First, there will be a pickling craze, in which Americans go mad for home pickling. Anything that can be pickled will be, and foods that make use of pickled ingredients will take over at fast-food restaurants. There will also be a craze for kvass, a European beverage made from fermented bread.

Although these much-fermented foods do pose an increased cancer risk, in…

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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 infinite 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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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

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…
—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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The Bates Method

Let’s get one thing straight: We are constantly being deceived. Oh, I don’t mean everyone is a pathological liar or that it’s done intentionally....

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Dirty Water

Not the Plague of Justinian in the Sixth Century. Nor was it the Cocoliztli Epidemic in the late 1500s. Ebola? Hah! Barely touches it with its 4000...

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Top Ten Tips for Now

So the other day I was once again wanting to codify some behavior characteristics just to share with others. It seems to me that adjusting one’s life...

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Worm Therapy

Sporadically we offer newsy tidbits we’ve gleaned that cover alternative therapies, metaphysics and holistic awareness. Found recently, here’s some...

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