<p>Good times, bad times, heavy metal has had its share</p>Bang your head

Although at the moment the two American musical genres most prevalent worldwide are hip hop and pop music, American heavy metal will soon explode in international popularity again. It will be called the Hesher Revolution, and will begin the summer of 2018, which will be known in rock and roll annals as "Headbanger Summer."

The forthcoming style of hard rock will be a throwback to the music of the 70s, and critics will theorize that its popularity will largely be due to its simplicity, and music fans react against the increasingly mechanical qualities of pop and hip hop, which will then be largely produced by computers and autotuned and tweaked in obviously artifical ways. Heavy metal, with its focus on…

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Immune Boosters

A few issues ago, we exposed flu shots for what they are: a largely ineffective, money-making scam. [link] And although very few Americans die of influenza each “flu season,” it is statistically sound to cite an increase in respiratory ailments during the colder months of winter. The seasonal stress on the immune system can leave a body vulnerable. And there are significant steps one can take — aside from the hocus poke-us of a jab with a sharp needle — that can boost the immune system naturally.

Ask a friend for help.  A visit to your family chiropractor or acupuncturist for a tune-up can work wonders for the immune system. For my money, I go for just the chiropractic…

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<p>The future is grave for Scrooge.</p>Christmas yet to come

We are reaching the end of Scrooge. America's longstanding fascination for Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol will wane and then end in the next few decades as a new generation comes of age for whom the Victorian era is too distant to be meaningful. Theaters, which depend on Christmas shows for much of their budget, will be left scrambling for a replacement as ticket sales plummet.

"It's a Wonderful Life" will be a strong contender, as will "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Holiday Inn," but even these will seem dated to contemporary audiences. A musical adaptation of "Elf" will find a following, but it will prove to be short-lived, and the show will appeal to children but less to adults.


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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 shoe size. You want to leave a better place for your kids so you try not to waste water or electricity, you carry a designer tote bag to the store. But really, how much impact can you have doing laundry with “green” detergent, driving fewer miles, using LED bulbs or buying that gas-sipping eco-car to visit the recycling center? The truth? Not much. The greatest thing you can do to save the planet is to put your tongue to the task. What you choose to eat has greater impact than any other choices…

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<p>Burn, baby, burn.</p>Fire time

We are at the start of an era known as the Great Fires. For the next two decades, America will burn. As average temperatures continue to go up, the country will turn dry, and the dry places will catch fire. Within 20 years, every natural park will have suffered repeated and enormous fires, and hundreds of thousands will have been made homeless by brushfires.

In 2022 a great American city will be caught in an enormous fire tornado, killing tens of thousand in just minutes as it sweeps across the city. Most American homes will have fire kits and will regularly practice escaping their homes in case of fire. In many places, the cost of insuring against fire will be…

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Flu Shots

Each autumn we start hearing tales of employees being either peer-pressured or mandated to get jabbed with an ineffective and dangerous vaccine. You know, if I weren’t such a mellow guy who meditates twice a day, seeing all these “Get Your Flu Shot” signs would really piss me off. That indelicate and crass declaration aside, it’s time to look at the insane notion of buying into the media/corporate/government/Big Pharma hype of the seasonal flu vaccine.

Cut to the chase. Just look at the problems surrounding the flu vaccine: 1) It’s ineffective. It does not protect you from getting the flu. 2) It’s dangerous. 3) Look at who is pushing you to get shot: Grocery stores, pharmacies, drug companies and government…

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<p>Look out for these, caused by fungal spores</p>Our zombie tomorrow

As it turns out, all those zombie movies were preparing us for a real future. It isn't the walking dead of horror movies that awaits us, but instead living humans, rendered brain damaged and psychotic by a fungus, who will rise up as a plague in the year 2023.

The original source of the fungus will be a previously undiscovered hallucinogenic mushroom that will gain great popularity, and, for a while, it will be mostly harmless. But after a few years of use, the fungus will adapt to the warm, moist conditions inside the human body, and will quickly go to work locating itself in a part of the body that offers ideal conditions for growth. As it happens, this…

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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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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…


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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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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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Flu Shots

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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