Mayan Prophecy: Fiscal Cliff or the End of Days?

Prophecies and predictions have always been part of human history. From the Oracle at Delphi, through Biblical times and up to present day, most prophecies have been made by two distinct groups of people: the scientists and the mystics. Their methods of divination differ dramatically. Scientists always give what they believe are reasons for their predictions, either mathematical observations, historical trends or, increasingly, computer models. Mystics don’t need to. They claim connection to a higher stratum of information that provides their knowledge.

For whatever reason, modern society seems to place more credence on the claims of scientists. Ironically, modern scientists don’t even take credit for the knowledge, instead passing credence onto a third entity known as “the evidence.”

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Last Time

Will Compton can laugh about it now. But when it happened, it was no laughing matter. “I was like a deer in the headlights,” he said. “I was nervous. I was caught off-guard.”

Compton was a freshman on coach Bo Pelini’s first team at Nebraska in 2008. The Huskers were playing Virginia Tech at Memorial Stadium, and the way Compton remembers it, a linebacker (it might have been Phillip Dillard, a junior) “blew a (pass) coverage.”

The game was the fourth of the season, and as with most of those in his recruiting class, Compton had yet to see action, the intention being that he would redshirt.

At that instant, however, the redshirt was about to…

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Thanks but No Thanks — on Legal Marijuana

The times have changed — in most places at least. While a few states still have harsh penalties for marijuana possession (avoid Arizona, Florida or Missouri if you’re a burner), pot laws have been relaxed across most of the nation. Medical marijuana provisions exist in many states and last week, citizens of Washington and Colorado voted to legalize grass for recreational use. But legalization of marijuana as dictated in the two states is a bad idea. The simple reason: Regulation and taxation is involved and you’ll see Big Pharma step right in and add marijuana to the list of drugs that it pushes.

Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. First, a disclaimer: I’m not a user. Oh, I…

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Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 8-14

“People always told him he’d never hit the Sun with a spear, yet he tried and he tried and he tried for ever so many a year. Now, nobody knows what happened, but everyone thinks it’s weird. The day the Sun exploded, the little boy disappeared. All I ever wanted said of me, when this life is done, is that all he ever wanted to be was be an apple for the Sun.” —my epitaph, written at the age of 12. Only now am I ready to start. Only now do I know my heart. “Cazimi” means “in the heart of the Sun.” Happy New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on the 13th, with Mars conjunct the Hunab Ku.…

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Mistaken Identity

Yep, Justin Blatchford looks a little bit like Taylor Martinez, enough so that Nebraska football fans have even mistaken him, on occasion, for his Husker teammate.

“I’ve gotten that a couple of times from fans, asking me for my autograph, and they’re kind of surprised when they get it,” said Blatchford.

As the starting quarterback, Martinez is the better known player, of course. Blatchford, a senior from Ponca, Neb., is listed as a safety, though he’s been playing the hybrid “dime” defensive back position as well as contributing on special teams – as he has done throughout his career.

Probably his most notable play came on special teams as a redshirted freshman in 2009, in fact,…

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Final Four or Bust!

Go ahead and take a drink. Don’t just stop with a sip, drink deep. For Creighton basketball fans, the blue Kool-aid is flowing and its never tasted sweeter as what promises to be a season like no other sets to tip off.

As preseason practice began in October, Head Coach Greg McDermott set the bar high, publicly stating the team’s goal of reaching the Sweet 16. But why stop there? If you’re going to drink the Kool-aid, you might as well chug the whole damn cooler. You read it here first. This is the year the Jays break through and cut a rug through the Big Dance, capturing the hearts of college basketball fans from coast to coast…

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The Feng Shui Way

Do you remember moving into your first apartment? The day you moved, you had decisions to make. They seemed simple but they were important. One big question was “How do I arrange the furniture?” Maybe you placed the sofa then reconsidered: “No, it’s too far out into the room.” or “It blocks the path to the kitchen.” Or held a picture or mirror up to the wall while asking a friend, “Does it look good here or over there?” We’ve all done that.

Arranging furniture in a new living space is something most people do based simply on “feel.” But when you do, you may have unknowingly been following (or violating) vital laws of placement included in the…

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Bud Rising

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Attention to detail

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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

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

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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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Everything You Need to Know is in ‘60s Music

I was convinced that the 1960s and ‘70s, my teen and young adult years, had to be the quintessential decade of change, a quantum leap in social and...

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The Power of One

The 1970s was the decade of the digital revolution. Computers existed long before that penultimate chapter of changing history but they came to the...

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How We Lost Our Mind

Let’s start with something we all know. Every adult understands the concept that we have two parts of the mind, a conscious mind and a subconscious...

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