Sobering Start

To quote legendary television sportscaster Keith Jackson: “Whoa, Nellie!” The Nebraska football team’s season-opener against Wyoming wasn’t supposed to go quite like that.

Yes, the Huskers won. Yes, they scored 37 points and rolled up 530 yards of offense. And yes, a record crowd of 91,185 was on-hand to watch.

But the fourth quarter, in particular, didn’t make for good viewing from a Nebraska fan’s point of view. And because of the game’s statistics, many among those 91,185 left wondering what the future holds for coach Bo Pelini’s sixth team. 

“Whoa, Nellie!”

The skepticism couldn’t be avoided.

The final score was 37-34, much closer than expected, certainly, but not really cause for concern on…

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Nothing But Questions

Questions with Obvious Answers — Don’t answer these questions with excuses. Just answer. Yes or no is acceptable.

Does anyone listen to those side effect warnings at the end of drug commercials? Is it worth trading an erection for going blind or deaf? (Did you know that’s a real side effect listed for that bathtub boner drug?) Is it worth becoming a compulsive gambler by taking a drug for your Restless Leg Syndrome? Or, do you want to quit smoking badly enough to take a drug (Chantix) that works only 14 percent of the time but could cause you to kill yourself? Did you know the drug maker of Chantix has been sued over 2500 times and settled…

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Preserve the Harvest

In case it has slipped under your radar, this summer is turning out to be a bountiful one for local food farmers and home gardeners. The unseasonably dry weather has been mitigated by unseasonably cool temperatures. A late spring set up an abundant summer. In addition, conditions have worked out just right to keep the level of pest pressure low. Insect cycles are such that there are fewer damaging bugs flying and crawling around. So right now, at farmers markets and in home gardens across the region, produce is poppin’ at a prodigious rate.

Peak of the Crop The summer’s bounty is the tastiest and most nutritious right now so we’re facing a dilemma: how do we take…

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Raw Goat Milk, Meet Natural Soap.

In case you missed the news, the main target of the industrialized dairy cartel, well-produced raw milk, has recently been exonerated and judged safe by the most rigorous of scientific standards. In other words, milk that comes straight from a healthy cow, handled in a safe manner isn’t the evil threat to human health that health departments claim. In fact, many say raw milk is better than industrial milk resulting from mass production that alters the natural makeup of dairy.

The term “raw milk,” refers to milk enjoyed right as it came out of the cow. In most of the world, raw milk is the only kind of milk that people drink. It may sound surprising to some,…

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Natural Companions for Summer Fun

After a tenacious winter and tedious spring we’ve entered the Dog Days of summer, so named because Sirius, the dog star, reappears in the eastern sky during late summer. Ancient Romans credited Sirius with the heat of July and August. For modern Americans, the warmer days mean vacations, gardening, weekend outings take us into the grand embrace of nature. It also means we encounter the full gamut of what nature has to offer in deep summer. As far as challenges, that includes sunburn, insects, poison plants and the like. Nature also provides help for those trying times.

Sunburn solutions. Sunburn can be a real problem when intense solar radiation sears our skin. It’s not only uncomfortable but can…

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News You Can Use: July, 2013

Another compilation of the news.

The Good

GMO Claims Debunked and Exposed — Two major claims and justifications by proponents of genetically engineered seeds and foods are: 1) GMOs lower the need to use chemical pesticides; and 2) GMO crops are needed to feed the world. There are many other spurious claims about GMOs but we hear those two all the time. Well, turns out both are falsehoods. (Who’d a thought?) A new study released by Food & Water Watch finds the goal of reduced chemical use isn’t true. In fact, according to the USDA and EPA data used in the report, the use of genetically engineered crops has increased herbicide use over the past 9 years…

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Every Golf Shot is a Miracle

The mind is an amazing tool. It’s the functional interface between thought and action. Or as quantum theorist David Bohm described, between the implicate order and the explicate. Mind is the seat of power where the Law of Cause and Effect rules. We see examples of the power of mind every day but unfortunately we often mistake analytical prowess as superior to unconscious direction.

Our conscious mind is a rational, data-driven device capable of some pretty impressive tricks. It can assess data and spit out a potential outcome. It can add numbers, enumerate and alphabetize, put things in a quantitative order. And it never hesitates to tell us what it thinks. The reality is, my laptop can do…

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Bud Rising

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Assumptions

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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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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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Here’s Why

When I was nine years old, my sister took me to work with her on a summer Saturday. She sat me down in the Children’s Department of the old Omaha...

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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.

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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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