<p>In the future, the audience will be in charge.</p>The audience takes over

The future of theater will be very different from the present. Instead of the quiet temple of performance we now experience, it will be a noisy, active space, with audience members visible and openly interacting with the play. Audiences are now discouraged from doing anything other than applauding at the end of the play, but in future performances they will be able to express disapproval even as the play is going on. Audiences will be able to shout at the stage, talk to actors, use cell phones, and even sit on the stage and talk, and it will all be considered completely normal.

This will, in fact, not be a radical new innovation in live performance, but a return to…

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Hidden Toxins in your Food

Every few days we hear of a new outbreak of tainted food reaching the American consumer. Hey, accidents happen, right? The 75 million who fall ill and the 5000 who die annually from food-borne illness are collateral damage when an error occurs and an overload of E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter or Listeria gets past the back door of a food factory. The United States Department of Agriculture is tasked with protecting the public and they do their best, right?

Bacteria-laced food is supposedly unintended, accidental. But there is a long list of toxic chemicals placed in our foods intentionally, with no purpose other than to increase the bottom line of the food corporations. These food additives are approved by the…

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<p>Live long and prosper in a future of pure logic.</p>Spock’s Brain

In the next few decades we will see the rise of something called the Cult of Spock, consisting of people who have taken the fictional Vulcan philosophy of emotionless logic as their life credo. They will start online forums and public meeting groups to train themselves in pure reason, and to teach themselves techniques to keep their emotions at bay. Their first response to any situation will be to analyze it for its logic and reject anything that seems impulsive or unreasonable.

Some will move into politics, where their pragmatism will prove a liability as they blithely make decisions that hurt some to benefit many. But they will rarely get elected, because their campaigns, based on facts and figures, will…

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The Hidden Pitfalls of GMOs

Heartland Healing and The Reader are hardly late-comers to the GMO issue. The Reader published our first cover story on the subject way back in 1996, before most people could spell GMO. By now, most people realize that GMO is the popular acronym for “genetically modified organism.”

Simply put, GMOs are the product of major corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont and BASF. By arcane science, a piece of genetic material is removed from one species (like fish, bacteria or mice,) and inserted into another species (like a tomato or corn plant or soybean). It’s obviously something that couldn’t be accomplished in Nature or by regular husbandry techniques such as cross-breeding cattle. That is, unless some alchemist wizard farmer out…

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They Don’t Teach These in Medical School

The Journal of Patient Safety puts the number of people killed in American hospitals by preventable medical errors at 440,000 yearly. The complete number is much higher, but even using the 440K figure, that’s the equivalent of 60 Jumbo Jet crashes every month killing all on board. How long would we let an industry operate that crashed two Jumbo Jets full of people every day? Would you willingly get on a Jumbo Jet with those odds? Think you might look for an alternative?

American medicine is amazing when it comes to trauma and emergency medicine. But for chronic complaints and illnesses, general overall healthcare, our conventional approach is pretty narrow. The majority of Americans now turn to alternative medicine before…

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<p>Sumer Is Icumen In.</p>The old gods are new again

By 2050, the largest and fastest growing religion in America will be paganism. It will take many forms, including Wicca and Druidism, but will all be marked by respect for nature and a connection to the ancient religions of Europe. These modern pagans will have many holidays in common, all drawn from the pagan past, including the harvest holiday of Samhain at the end of October and the planting festival of Beltane in May.

The popularity of paganism will be hard to explain. Some will argue that it is deliberately a rejection of Christianity, which will have developed a reputation for being repressive. Some will argue that years of retraining ourselves to be stewards of the earth will have prepared…

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Top Ten Rules for Healthy Living

Being healthy is our natural state. When we’re not healthy, it means something has gotten out of balance. In order to keep the body in harmony with that natural state we must align with — wait for it — Nature. That’s not always easy to do considering how modern society has assaulted and insulted the planet. But with only a modicum of effort, we can modulate the damage by adjusting behavior. This Top Ten List is loaded with seemingly simplistic suggestions, in no particular order. When you try them, you’ll see the discipline required.

Drink Water. The planet and our bodies are both about 75 percent H2O so it makes sense to keep it that way. Here’s the rub: most…

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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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Nanotechnology

Commercial toothpaste is a waste of time since there are better dentifrices to use. Many people recommend baking soda or salt or just a clean brush....

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Acupuncture: More than just a prick with a pin

There are a couple ways to test the effectiveness of a healing modality. One is “FDA Approval.” Most Americans buy into this version, where a drug...

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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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