Healthful Food Holiday

The joke: HEAVEN is where the French are the chefs, the Germans build the cars, the Italians are the lovers, the English are the police and the Swiss make it all run on time. But HELL is where the English are the chefs, Germans are the police, French build the cars, Swiss are the lovers and Italians try to keep it on time. Oh, profiling! Don’t you love it?

According to the joke, English gustatory sense leaves much on the table. With the possible exception of shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and various beers, the stereotype is accurate. English food is not an epicurean’s delight. That’s why publishing a study on food in the British Medical Journal is…

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News of the Weird

 

Is the signature smell of Texas A&M University more “Italian lemon, bergamot and iced pineapple” (that open into “a body of vivid florals, raw nutmeg and cinnamon”) or more “bat feces” and “chilifest stink”? The two commentaries were contrasted in a November Wall Street Journal report on the introduction of Masik Collegiate Fragrances’ Texas A&M cologne (one of 17 Masik college clients) at around $40 for a 1.7-ounce bottle. Louisiana State University’s scent conjures up, insisted one grad, the campus’s oak trees, but so far has pulled in only $5,500 for the school. (To a football rival of LSU, the school’s classic smell is less oak tree than “corn dog.”) The apparent gold standard of fan fragrance…

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Buteyko: A Drug-free Asthma Solution

Asthma is epidemic. Since the 1980s, incidence of asthma has increased 60 percent. It is especially high in children. Explanations are as varied and multiple as the suspected causes. Clearly, humans are doing something differently to spur the increase. We know that asthma is far more common in America’s urban areas than rural, is linked to inflammation and the immune system, affects developed countries much more than underdeveloped, kills about a quarter-million yearly and costs the economy billions. But finding a specific cause has proven elusive. Tokyo has far more pollution than Wellington, New Zealand but the Kiwi asthma rate is much higher. The Isle of Skye has the world’s highest incidence of asthma yet has virtually no pollution,…

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MoJo RIP

Every week I picked up The Reader, I always looked forward to reading MoJoPo’s horoscopes, no matter how bizarre or off-kilter they were. He had way of making me laugh with his wordy and often rhyming predictions of the future.
There is so much more to MoJo than horoscopes. Born Michael Joseph Pryor, the Omaha native attended Creighton Prep and played football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in, what he referred to as, his “warrior days.” Pryor always had an intense interest in astrology, and he got into art after taking classes at Creighton University under Fr. Leland Luebbers.
When I was 19, I waited tables part-time at McFoster’s Natural Kind Café, the ideal establishment for the ageless…

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Assumptions

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 assumption.

The evidence was far from subtle. But it was an assumption, keep that in mind.

First, the basis for such an assumption.

Pelini was brusque with ABC sideline reporter Quint Kessenich, who asked about the interceptions thrown by Ron Kellogg III on the Huskers’ first two possessions.

“What do you think?” Pelini said. “What kind of question is that?”

Pelini’s response is already included in Kessenich’s profile on Wikipedia. Kessenich “made national headlines” for asking the question of an “indignant” Pelini, the entry says.

The entry…

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The Greatest Mystic You’ve Never Heard Of

The Bible is generally considered the most powerful piece of writing of the contemporary era. In 1455, when Johann Gutenberg sought to print something with his newly invented printing press, he decided on the Bible as that first experiment in mass media. Why not start with what most of the Western world believed to be the word of God?

Lost in translation

The Bible, Old Testament and New, covers history from the beginning of the world up to the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It includes writings attributed to dozens of authors over a period of 3500 years. Biblical urtexts were written in at least three languages and it’s been translated into an estimated 3000 more. Yet…

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Planet Power: Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2013

AUM… In our last 24 hours on the planet we are all mystics. At that time, it’s just a matter of whether you are a happy mystic or a sad mystic. If you have no vocabulary for the changes at that time, you will feel/be lost. If you have no mystical experience with which to relate — you will be swept along by the winds of (your) fate. Time to close your eyes to this world. It is time to meditate on your spiritual rebirth. Look for the Sagittarius New Moon around moonset on Moonday, and “see” what your dreams are worth. AUM…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

SAGITTARIUS (11.21-12.20) It’s your world around moonset on Moonday night… Have you guessed…

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Assumptions

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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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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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

i SAGITTARIUS...

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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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The Scoop on Poop

There is an eye-catching scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s magnum opus and Oscar-winning film, The Last Emperor. The movie details the life arc of the...

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Skin Deep

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Skin contains, protects and functions on the outside and inside. That’s right. Technically, skin doesn’t...

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Chakras: Wheels on Fire

The name Albert Einstein remains one of the most recognizable in all of history. Charles Webster “C.W.” Leadbeater, not so much. Both men made names...

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Our Deadliest Addiction: Convenience

You know you’re addicted to something when you forsake logic and quality of life in order to acquire what you think you can’t live without. A crack,...

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