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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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 someone named “Charles W. Leadbeater” and you’ll get some hits; about 92.7 million fewer. Leadbeater would never be trending on Twitter or news on CNN compared to Einstein. Yet, his contributions to the enlightenment of the era were no less significant at the time they both lived. In fact, Leadbeater would have been much more likely to command headlines in the London papers.

As a former Anglican priest turned spiritualist and metaphysician, Leadbeater was a leading figure in the relatively new Theosophical Society, a movement headed by Madame Helena Blavatsky. As Western culture explored the ancient rituals…

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The Year the Music Died

2016 is going to be infamous as The Year the Music Died. We have already lost a number of important musicians, including David Bowie and Prince, but the march of death will continue onward. By the end of the year, over 300 musicians and singers, many considered among the most important in rock and roll history, will have passed away.

Some will be older performers, most will be in their 60s, and some will be very young. There will be no real reason for this, except that the average life span of a pop artist is somewhere in the area of 65, and quite a few musicians from the 60s are now that age or older. But the number of…

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Acupuncture

It was 2 a.m. and Stevie Wonder wanted a Leslie in Studio B. The only problem was that the Leslie he wanted was in the anteroom of Studio C. A Leslie is a specialized speaker cabinet invented for use with a Hammond organ but in the 1970s it was popular to run other sounds through the rotating speaker cones in order to get a swirling stereo effect. For example, Joe Walsh used it a lot with guitar and that April night of 1975, Stevie’s engineer Gary O. (a legend in his own right) needed to run some background vocals through it during a mix. I was Gary’s assistant engineer so the chore of getting that effect was mine. Dutifully traipsing…

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Sneezy?

Have you been feeling a little Grumpy lately? Do you wish you could fall asleep and be Sleepy all night long? And during the day, are your eyes itchy; are you Sneezy? You can’t take it anymore so you just want to be Happy. Though you’re caving into the dark side of drugs and you’re Bashful to admit it, you head to the Doc. A few pills later, even though you’re still Sneezy and Grumpy, you’re even more Sleepy and now you feel Dopey.

That’s right. You’ve fallen under the spell of hay fever and spring allergies. Is there a way out of the maze of sneezes and itchy eyes, coughs and wheezes without becoming Dopey?

Well, honey is a…

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The digital graveyard

The strangest funerary custom to come will be the memorializing of the dead online. It has already started with little monuments and the like left in online games that have persistent worlds, such as Eve and Second Life. But in the future there will be gamers who donate money to online spaces to build structures named after them, which will remain long into the future, as we do with earthly monuments now. There will be online graveyards, where the bereaved can visit a virtual memorial for the dead. 

There will even be social media memorials, where dead people's profiles live on, interacting with the world in ways that are preprogrammed, such as showing old photos or republishing old posts on…

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Sick Building Syndrome

Several years ago, when the local powers decided to avail themselves of the phenomenon of “trickle-up economics,” — you know, where political and corporate fat cats reap the rewards of public tax dollars, — the vaunted Orpheum Theatre was placed on the sacrificial altar. Though it had served as an acclaimed proscenium for 75 years, paid so-called experts proclaimed that the acoustics of the theatre were inadequate. This was in direct conflict with the very words Stephen Stills uttered to me sometime earlier after a rehearsal for a Crosby, Stills & Nash concert in the room.

“Damn,” he said. “This room sounds incredible.” Stephen has been around the block and knows a thing or two about sonics. I knew he…

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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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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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