The Fog of Fear

This season’s most entertaining reality show is not American Idol. Nor is it The Voice or any of the other offerings from the networks’ brain trust. No, it’s the series of debates featuring Republican presidential hopefuls that have been airing on various channels since May of 2011. So far, in 25 episodes, er, debates, we’ve seen several candidates voted off the island: Pawlenty, Johnson, Bachmann, Perry, Huntsman. Oh, and the pizza guy. The cast is down to four and soon to be three.

As world developments shape the topics, fear is coming to the front. Fear of economic collapse, fear of terrorism, fear of a nuclear Iran — all are fodder for pundits’ questions and contestants’ responses. All…

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Cosmic Forecast, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Welcome into the Year of the Dragon. In our culture, dragons are subdued by swords. In other cultures, including the Mayan, dragons are tricked into compliance. Dragons represent the forces of nature. Let’s explore this year dramatically and dynamically, like a dragon. I am a high priest of nature, servant of the sun, and guardian of the twilight well. “May you never thirst.” Check out your Year of the Dragon in our expanded 2012 Preview at MOJOPOPlanetPower.com.

k AQUARIUS (1.21-2.19)  Expected to unexpectedly start falling in love around February 9th, when Venus conjuncts your esoteric ruler, the planet Uranus, at 2 degrees in Aries. Could be someone (or something) born around late March. That’s when you’ll know.…

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Esoteric therapies: They’re here

Over the past three decades, America’s curiosity and interest in traditional therapies aside from conventional medicine has grown to surprising proportions. There has always been an element of American society that investigated therapies available from alternative practitioners. But so-called alternative therapies have become almost commonplace. We are accustomed to hearing about herbal supplements, vitamin therapies, acupuncture, hypnosis and various types of massage therapies. Other areas of therapy that involve more subtle approaches have also found their way into the cultural experience. We read or hear about reiki, cranio-sacral therapy, healing touch and more. When we see terms like Rolfing, Alexander technique, feng shui or primal therapy, we may know that they have something to do with therapy but not…

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<p>  Tony Endelman, author of I Hope There's Pie, celebrates his book lauch party Sunday, Jan. 22, at House of Loom.</p>Local Author Hopes for Pie

When life gives you lemons, make pie. At least, that’s what Omaha-based writer/comedian, Tony Endelman, author of Randy Penny: Cordially F@#*ing with People and I Hope There’s Pie, a recently released collection of personal essays about his life, touches upon in his latest book. “I was always the class comedian, but never really the class clown. I was the kid with the witty comment. I’ve always been a huge smart ass,” says the University of Wisconsin graduate.


It’s Endelman’s apparent lifelong penchant for cheekiness that inspired a practical joke at the office.  “I really wanted to (mess) with one of my bosses. So, I sent him an email (messing) with him.”


After a…

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Death by Medicine

On January 11, 2012, the national Center for Disease Control published its National Vital Statistics Report, Volume 60, Number 4. (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_04.pdf) It’s the annual list of what kills Americans. This year’s tally was notable to the mainstream media because homicide dropped out of the top 15 as a cause of death in the good ol’ USA.

Now one might think that the CDC is performing a tremendous public service by telling how fraught life in America is and the things we should be on guard for if we want to stay alive. However, the CDC fails to warn us about some of the most dangerous threats to our health: modern medicine and the drugs it prescribes.

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Cosmic Forecast, Jan. 12-Jan. 18

Welcome to the last full week of the Year of the Cat. The New Moon in Aquarius on January 23rd marks the emergence of the Year of the Dragon. Take what you’ve gathered in your domestic situation and play it dynamically for this coming year’s participation. Turn your pretty purrrrrr — for sure — into a fiery RROOOAARRR! Tell me what you know about dragons… Dragons represent the powers inherent in nature. In our cultural heritage, dragons are fought with swords and dispatched, a la St. George and the Archangel Michael. In Oriental cultures, dragons have to be/are outwitted and subdued. Study dragon lore this year, and dynamically take charge of your coming karma. Start now. Gather your/any gold…

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Old Home Week

You may have time-honored home remedies around the house that can address any number of ailments. Minerals, foods, plants and herbs have been used for thousands of years. They’re often inexpensive and effective; more so than the nostrums modern-day medicos push on us. If used more often, the cost of health care would be lower.

Supplements, herbals and vitamins are often recommended for eliminating or addressing common health complaints. The thing is, that often requires a special trip to the health food store and those items are so specialized, you might only use them for a singular purpose. Things like valerian root tincture for insomnia or fish oil for heart health or vitamin C for immune system fortification…

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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.

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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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 Scoop on Poop

There is an eye-catching scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s magnum opus and Oscar-winning film, The Last Emperor. The movie details the life arc of the...

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Skin Deep

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Skin contains, protects and functions on the outside and inside. That’s right. Technically, skin doesn’t...

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Chakras: Wheels on Fire

The name Albert Einstein remains one of the most recognizable in all of history. Charles Webster “C.W.” Leadbeater, not so much. Both men made names...

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Our Deadliest Addiction: Convenience

You know you’re addicted to something when you forsake logic and quality of life in order to acquire what you think you can’t live without. A crack,...

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