<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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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 nutritious right now so we’re facing a dilemma: how do we take advantage of it? Seems we have two choices. We could either try to eat everything at once or figure out a way to keep some of it around for eating later. The answer is to preserve the peak of the harvest for later enjoyment.

There are five common methods to keep real food on the table for autumn and winter months: drying, salting, canning, freezing and doing nothing. All are easier than you might think and when done well, are far better than buying…

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The crash

There will be a great eruption on the surface of the sun in three years, and the resulting solar superstorm will destroy electronics on earth. It will fry satellites, cause generators to explode, and shut down communications networks.

The results will be cataclysmic. Much of the data now held on the cloud will be lost, including trillions of dollars of financial records. People's life savings will be wiped out, and only those with paper records will be able to reconstruct their finances. Businesses that rely on the Internet will crash, as, shortly afterwards, will businesses that rely on any electronics.

It will be a cold, dark, quiet world for months, and, in some places, years, while the world's ailing governments…

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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 like that. Organizing things isn’t necessarily due to obsessive/compulsive disorder. It’s actually a pretty natural thing to do. And it has to do with energy.

Arranging things, whether it’s furniture in your new apartment or just tools in a drawer is something most people do based simply on “feel.” But when you do, you may have unknowingly been following (or violating) vital laws of placement included in the art and science of feng shui.

Feng shui (pronounce it fung schway) is an ancient Chinese practice dating back thousands of years. It parallels some Native…

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Our uniform future

Soon, we will see the return of business uniforms. Businesses will brand themselves, not just by their logo, but by the clothes their employees wear. This will begin with an expansion of existing uniforms: Fast food places, in particular, will start to dress their employees in well-tailored signature uniforms. But it will quickly expand, first to sales staff in big businesses, then to white-collar employees, and, eventually, even politicians will wear uniforms that identify their positions in government.

When people are at work, it will soon be possible to identify where they work, and even what specific job they do, just by looking at their uniform. Even the President of the United States will have his own uniform, a suit…

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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. When I’m camping, a drop or two of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Peppermint Castile Soap does a great job.

But I confess, we have a tube of Nature’s Gate All-Natural Toothpaste sitting on the bathroom sink. It’s just so easy to grab and use. Add a dip of the brush in baking soda and it’s the best of both worlds: commercial and truly natural. But it seems the Nature’s Gate formula has changed recently and it’s creamier, smoother in texture. Seems to clean and polish better than ever; so much so that I had a…

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<p>Future hunters will be more like the dogs in this image than the man.</p>The most dangerous game

The sport of hunting is about to take a turn toward the weird. The next decades will give humans unprecidented ability to modify their own bodies, both by altering their genes and with custom prosthetics. As a result, there will develop a style of hunting based around modifying the body so that the hunter can chase, capture, and kill his prey just as a wild animal would.

These hunters will be equipped with inhuman speed, metalic talons, and oversized jaws and teeth, and they will often hunt in packs, like wolves. They will insist this is the purest form of hunting, in which they literally battle an animal to the death and then devour it on the spot.

As technology…

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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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Let Science Lead You to Spirit

For all the trillions of dollars spent throughout history, science has yet to prove the existence of one basic thing: solid matter. Even today, at...

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What’s In Your Food?

German shepherds have notoriously sensitive tummies. So when our big one had a little upset recently, I headed for the store to get fixin’s for his...

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Corn Wars

Farmers may be the hardest working people in America. Most rise before dawn, crack ice on water troughs for the animals, get out to till the soil or...

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Mistaken Identity

Hallowtide is a season rife with remembrance of the fragile body. After all, Halloween, “hallowed eve”, signifies the night before the Day of the...

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