We will be Babel

Thanks to increasingly sophisticated translation software, coupled with ease of use thanks to wearable tech that will automatically translate anything heard, English will soon cease to be the dominant language of the United States. Instead, minority languages will flourish. Additionally, groups with shared interests will break off and choose the language best for their group.

Some will speak the language of their culture or ethnicity -- German, in particular, will enjoy a massive revival in the United States, as will Scandinavian languages and languages of Africa. Others will choose languages that represent their interests, with some people deliberately reviving dead languages, including Latin and Greek. And some will choose invented languages, or will invent their own, knowing that if they…

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Do These Six Things

Whether a person has a few extra pounds to drop or whether considering a long-term project to peel off multiple layers, there are some relatively easy steps that can help. And if you’re a member of that new, trendy demographic known as “skinny fat,” these can show results in a matter of days.

It’s helpful to remember what purpose fat serves in the body. Of course it’s an accessible source of energy in times when the body needs it. Importantly to modern man, though, is that fat is a place the body likes to store toxins that are damaging to the body or otherwise vexing. When the body encounters anything that enters it through the food path, it does its…

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Tomorrow, the road

The time of the fixed address has come to an end. For most humans, the future will be one of constant, itinerant movement, seeking jobs, seeking safe places, seeking adventure.

A popular book will come out in the next few years that will make the case that the nature state of mankind is that of movement, and we become unstable when moored to one place for too long. This will spark a worldwide revolution, where people will quit jobs, sell homes, pull up stakes, and move. Magazines will detail the history of nomads, as well as techniques used for a life on the road.

The road is our future, and we will spend it traveling.

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Fit to a Tea

Tea means different things to different people. Tea can be a brew made with water and almost any kind of plant material. There are teas from herbs, flowers, roots, stems or even bark. Lewis and Clark kept alive during a harsh winter by using the inner bark of cottonwoods growing along the Missouri River in Nebraska. Tea has come to mean almost any type of beverage that results from steeping or soaking botanicals in water. That definition of tea is tea as the process. But there is also a plant called tea. That’s the one our forefathers tossed into Boston Harbor, a party that bestowed its moniker to a 21st century political faction. The dispute was then over taxation and…

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Waterworld

In 10,000 years, the earth will all be water. Sea levels will have risen to cover the land, and all life will be in the oceans. Humans will have ceased to exist -- or, at least, ceased to exist as we know them. They will have returned to the seas, like the whales and dolphins before them. There will still be cities, and will still be culture, and will still be all that we know to be human. But it will be based in the ocean and unlike anything we experience now.

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Peaceful, Easy Feeling

I stopped smoking pot in 1969. Glenn Frey didn’t know that when he turned toward me in the control room of Studio B during the making of One of These Nights. In his outstretched fingertips was a smoldering joint he had just rolled and ignited. “Here, man. This is da kine. Tommy had to go all the way to Tarzana for this.”

“No, Glenn, I can’t smoke that stuff anymore. It gets me too fucked up,” I argued. He looked taken aback. His hand lowered just an inch or two and his eyes narrowed imperceptibly as he gazed through a rising haze. Tilting his head ever-so slightly, he uttered a phrase that catapulted me back to the safe womb of…

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Our insect future

The future will belong to the insects. Even now, unseen by men, enormous hives of insects are amassing under the earth, prompted by an evolving insect intelligence. Unlike ours, their intelligence is a group intelligence, and it is telling them that humans are an invasive, destructive species.

We will soon be at war with the insects. They will rise from beneath us, and burrow into our homes, and consume our foods. For every hundred of them we kill with poisons, there will be a thousand more, and a million more behind them. They are the most populous creature on earth, and they will soon rule it.

When the end comes for us, it will come with wings.

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Bud Rising

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Assumptions

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Attention to detail

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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

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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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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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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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Chakras

Google Albert Einstein and you’ll draw about 93 million hits. That’s understandable for such a popular intellectual of the early 20th century. Google...

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