Lights Out

Sometimes advocating alternatives requires pointing out the pitfalls of convention. In January of 2012, coerced by federal dictum, the light bulb industry will begin phasing out the incandescent bulb, a beacon of brilliance for nearly 150 years. This dictum promotes the conventional assumption that the fluorescent bulb as a light source is more attractive from an environmental and energy saving point of view. That isn’t the case.

Bush’s Legacy There is much with which to malign former president G.W. Bush and that includes the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Like the Patriot Act, the title of the law makes it sound like a really good idea. But also like the Patriot Act, it will turn out…

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Cosmic Forecast, Oct. 13-Oct. 19

Thank you, Wakan Tanka, the Amerindian spirit of the plains, for such beautiful weather during this marvelous Indian summer of 2011. See what a set of unified good vibes can accomplish as we surf with/amidst the waves of nature, together. When you run out of things to do, you/we can always study Mother Nature. Eventually, we all will. Peace and love to the departed…
  —MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

g LIBRA (9.23-10.22)  Ka boom! Venus just entered Scorpio and now here comes Mercury, in a game of tag which lasts ’til Thanksgiving, when Mercury retrogrades to give you a set to regret ’til a week before Christmas. It’s seXXXy, it’s fun, and you won’t wake (up) ’til it’s done!…

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Taylor’s Tempestuous Week

Taylor Martinez had to pause and laugh while complimenting his teammates following Nebraska’s 34-27 come-from-behind victory against Ohio State.

As he was saying how proud he was of the team, he leaned forward and laughed.

The immediate cause was teammate Ron Kellogg III, a back-up quarterback who was standing behind the bank of cameras and reporters on the edge of the weight room.

Teammates often try to elicit reactions from each other during post-practice interviews but rarely post-game. So this was out of the ordinary – and entirely appropriate, considering Martinez had come through a difficult week to lead the biggest comeback in school history. He needed to laugh.

Just over 4 minutes into the…

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Steve Jobs, Ron Paul and Yoda

I enjoyed working with many Japanese groups during my tenure as a recording engineer and producer. Then and on trips to Japan, I made several friends and business acquaintances. We relied on each other heavily for contacts, sources and ideas, East-to-West and vice versa.

In the early 1980s, one friend solicited my help. Japanese industry was easily on a par with America’s then. In technology and engineering, Japan was seen as superior. Sony, Toyota, Pioneer and other companies owned American consumer interest.

There was one area where Japan continued to lag, my friend told me. Despite all the intellectual and empirical horsepower they could muster, Japan still envied the creative genius of companies like Disney and other…

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Cosmic Forecast, Oct. 6-Oct. 12

The Sun is on its descent as we enter the twilight of the year. One more Moon ’til, once again, Scorpio’s dark night chill shall reappear. Does love mean more amidst the/such twilight? Years, fears and those we hold dear take on added meaning as we watch the setting Sun and experience the moment’s equilibrium. “In a circle of magique. In a circle ’round the Sun. In a circle of love, while the Sun and Moon are one. With the planet of love ascending, forever rising to its zenith, in a circle never ending, Let Venus come between us.” From the 2012 release of “The Zodiac,” for Libra: “Let Venus Come Between Us.”
   —MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

g…

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Perplexing Problems

Few, if any, saw this coming: Wisconsin 48, Nebraska 17.

Yes, the oddsmakers gave Wisconsin more of an advantage than expected for a game involving undefeated teams, ranked seventh and eighth nationally. But a 31-point margin of victory for the No. 7 Badgers? Who could have imagined such a Big Ten debut for Nebraska?

Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the Huskers’ lopsided loss was the continued problems on a defense that coordinator Carl Pelini said prior to spring practice had the potential to be the best during his time at Nebraska. “It’ll be interesting how it all comes together,” he said.

With All-America candidates at all three levels of the defense – tackle Jared Crick,…

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Sunshine Superman: Donovan Leitch on Musical Healing

Between the balmy, carefree beats of the Beach Boys and the edgier introspection of the Beatles, showing less grit than Dylan and more mysticism than the Rolling Stones, Donovan Leitch, known simply as “Donovan” then, bounded to the top of the charts in the mid-1960s.

With iconic hits such as “Sunshine Superman,” “Mellow Yellow,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Catch the Wind,” “Atlantis,” and “Season of the Witch,” Donovan led more than one generation to metaphysics-as-music and music-as-mystical musings. His strong anti-war stance and embrace of Transcendental Meditation made him the epitome of peace, love and elevated consciousness.

Donovan was rock royalty, shepherding the Beatles and Hollywood illuminati to India to study the ancient traditions of awareness long before…

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

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