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Billboard along Cornhusker Highway in Lincoln: “Nebraska #1 for Parkinson’s Disease. Why?” That’s the report we got from writer Steve McFadden on the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society listserv last week. McFadden went on to tell us that he looked into that headline further and found that the Nebraska Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association states on its website, “The world's highest prevalence of Parkinson's Disease…is in Nebraska… It is possible that there is a very high prevalence of Parkinson's Disease in Nebraska due to the heavy use of insecticides in what is largely a farming area.”

Possible? In my opinion, it looks more like a smoking gun. There is enough per-reviewed epidemiological research published to remove any…

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Cosmic Forecast, May 3-May 9

Happy Full Moon in Scorpio late on Saturday night, which is Cinco de Mayo! We are halfway through Taurus (“I HAVE”), the sign of Mother Earth. Time to plant your seeds in fertile soil to find what your dreams are worth. As far as your life choices will allow you, engage in this seasonal dance with nature. Watch the movie “Being There,” and tell me what you think. Those are the lessons we all need and can learn from.
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b TAURUS (4.21-5.20) “Fill yourself with desire and study illusion. Empty yourself of desire and explore the Great Mystery.” It happens to us all, eventually. Doesn’t it make sense to prepare for every eventuality — whenever…

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Get Your Garden Growing

When technology fails, when the grid goes down, when the dollar and the economy collapse, you’ll still want to eat. Will you know how? Supermarkets won’t help you. With the transportation sector offline, 24 hours after the crash, store shelves will be bare. With electric power a thing of the past, your freezer and refrigerator will be as useful as an armoire as they would be for food storage. Count on your home reserve of Ramen noodles lasting for a while but that stuff in the fridge is as good as gone.

Unless given some thought, most people will find themselves with about 36 hours’ worth of perishable food. If you don’t know how to grow or gather…

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Cosmic Forecast, Apr. 26-May 2

Happy May Day, or Beltane, which translates as the “Fire of God”! Take in the lessons of gardening, the beauty of nature and the humility that’s so essential for true love to manifest during our short little sojourns through this living space (Jupiter) and time (Saturn). Time for you to put your bare little feet on our Mother Earth to plant the seeds and accrue what (y)our deeds and dreams are worth. Here’s mine: I love you. MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

b TAURUS (4.21-5.20)  Use it before you lose it. This is your luckiest month in your luckiest year in twelve. You had a spin last weekend… Any luck? Try again on Mother’s Day, May 13th, when the setting Sun…

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Who’s Your Farmer?

The United States Department of Agriculture says the number of farmers markets across the United States increased 17 percent over 2010, up to 7,173 farmers markets across the country. Now, granted, the USDA is not exactly my first choice for accurate or reliable information about agriculture or food but writers like to quote numbers and they have to come from somewhere. The Farmers Market Coalition says that as recently as 2005, farmers market direct-to-consumer sales were already exceeding $1 billion nationwide.

The total amount of food dollars spent at farmers markets is still miniscule compared to the bucks spent at supermarkets on processed foods and industrial produce and meats, yet the shift is undeniable. There are compelling reasons…

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Cosmic Forecast, Apr. 19-Apr. 25

Happy Taurus, of “chorus”! Taurus analogously rules the throat. Read Taurus and Cancer, below, so you’ll know my little joke. Hell’s bells, read ’em all — ’cuz that’s all the MOJO wrote.
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b TAURUS (4.21-5.20)  Boy, are you in luck! We’ll have to stay up late Friday night/Saturday morning, ’til 2:18 a.m., to catch the New “Cazimi” Moon in Taurus. Meditate/initiate for half an hour before and after — from 1:48 ’til 2:48 a.m. It is said to be very beneficial to start something important, and there’s only one way for us to check this theory out, right? Plant a seed from your dreams that fructifies on Mother’s Day, May 13th. Now, read…

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Earth in the Balance

As our elected representatives in Lincoln plan to sell us out and plot the corporate takeover of Nebraska farmland and native prairie by a foreign oil company, the annual celebration of Earth Day blossoms. Saturday, April 21 will offer the area’s largest Earth Day event at Elmwood Park in Omaha. The schedule is ripe with displays, stage presentations, music, exhibitors and learning demonstrations. All of it is aimed at earth awareness. Even the beer garden.

We’re way past needing more “green” in 2012. The tipping point has been passed. Peak oil has been reached. The folly of fossil fuel has reaped its rewards. That doesn’t mean we should give up the ship. Like the Titanic, there is plenty…

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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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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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News You Can Use — Good, Bad, Ugly

Recent news items to keep the brain cells percolating.

The Good

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Epigenetics

I was excited to read The Double Helix when I was young. That was the account by James Watson of the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid as the...

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Vaccines: A Shot in the Dark

While raging about vaccines, both sides of the aisle seem fraught with emotion. Anti-vaxxers and pro-vaxxers are vehement in supporting their...

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Good Vibrations — the Cure for Hysteria

Just over 100 years ago, the most common cause for a woman to visit her family physician was a bad case of hysteria, a scourge once common in the...

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