Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 22-28

More beings leave their bodies during the sign of Scorpio than any other. That’s one reason it’s the sign representing death, which is when the/your “ka” resumes its journey through eternity. Thanksgiving is a counting of heads (from the youngest to the oldest), a sharing of food and a giving of thanks from/unto those still remaining. It always falls on the 4th Thursday in November. “Thor,” after which Thursday is named, equals Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, which is the sign we are entering and the one marking the start of the spiritual quadrant of the zodiac. Mercury is still retrograde ’til Moonday the 26th, so we might as well just enjoy ourselves ’til we have to put ’er…

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Walk-ons Welcome

Nebraska’s long-standing walk-on tradition can be traced to Bob Devaney’s tenure as coach. For all intents and purposes, it began then. But walk-ons became commonplace under Tom Osborne, as a hedge against the NCAA’s reduction in football-scholarship limits.

In 1974, Osborne’s second season as head coach, the NCAA maximum was reduced dramatically, from 45 to 30 annually – 33 percent. So he began encouraging walk-ons, even holding back scholarships to award to those who worked their way onto the two-deeps.

As a result, Nebraska gained a reputation for being a haven for walk-ons.

A national reputation.

In August of 1988, Malcolm Moran wrote in the New York Times: “The effort of the walkons provides the…

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Cosmic Forecast, Nov. 15-21

Last week of Scorpio. Pretty crazy out there! Last week of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio — which is why it’s soooo craaaazy! The proof should show up on Saturday at 13 minutes before 10:00 a.m., when the Sun and retrograde Mercury conjunct, along with the North Node, which rules this lifetime’s karma. Hope I see you next week…?


h SCORPIO (10.23-11.22)  Your onanistic tendencies are getting out of hand — and getting the better of you. You’ve got to get a better grip on yourself. Sure, you’ve got to love yourself before you can truly accept another’s love. I understand that analogy, but lately it’s taking too much time from the art of your…

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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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Attention to detail

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

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Your Tongue Can Save the World

So you want to save the planet? You recycle plastic and consider your carbon footprint but don’t know exactly what that means or how to change your...

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Each autumn we start hearing tales of employees being either peer-pressured or mandated to get jabbed with an ineffective and dangerous vaccine. You...

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Just Can It!

At farmers markets and in home gardens across the region, produce is poppin’ at a prodigious rate. Summer’s bounty is the tastiest and most...

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Feng Shui

Everyone’s done it at some time or another — rearrange the furniture in your bedroom, living room, apartment or home. There’s a reason we do things...

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