Stay Thirsty My Friends

It gave Frank Zappa a chuckle. Frank’s bodyguard at the time was John Smothers, a very cool black guy with a unique way of looking at things. He was the master of malapropisms, a hoot to listen to. One morning in the studio, struggling to fit a ring on his finger, Smothers looked up and informed Frank, “My body contains water.” We laughed, knowing Smothers meant “retains water.” Like many of his misstatements, this one continued to be quoted ad nauseam in totally inappropriate and divergent ways. “My body contains water,” became the explanation for nearly every questionable note played, action or function for the rest of the project.

Smothers was right, of course. Humans are water creatures.…

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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 Uranian “discovery” in 1750, was ruled by Saturn, and was more of a study of chronology, helping to determine a more harmonious way of working through nature’s cycles. The new Uranian astrology is/will be believed to be a path — and tool — toward forming a more creative psychological outlook. The next 4 months afford opportunities for some of the best usage of astrological info; from Scorpio (the sign ruling enchantment and the mysteries of life and death), through Aquarius (the sign ruling the unusual, the unexpected, the eccentric, the bizarre and any occult advantage). I owe…

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Hail Mary

Ron Kellogg III disappeared. At least from Bo Pelini’s vantage point he did.

Kellogg is the fifth-year senior quarterback who initiated Nebraska football history by throwing a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the Huskers’ 27-24 victory against Northwestern.

No doubt you’re familiar with the pass. The ball was tipped at the goal line, probably by a defender, and Jordan Westerkamp caught it for a touchdown.

Westerkamp is a redshirt freshman wide receiver.

The play itself was unlikely enough, but even more so given those involved. Westerkamp is listed second at his position, getting an opportunity because Jamal Turner missed the game because of injury. Kellogg is listed third at his position, getting…

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News You Can Use: November, 2013

The Good

GMO Labeling — Finally. By the time you read this, four days hence, fate will be sealed for GMOs. November 5 is voting day in Washington State. On the ballot is Initiative 522, requiring food producers to identify genetically modified organisms or genetically engineered food in what you buy at the store in Washington. Despite polls showing that the public overwhelmingly wants to know if a recombinant gene from some fish is showing up in their ice cream or a toxin-causing corn gene is in their Oreos, it remains to be seen whether Monsanto and the other GMO Giants will confuse voters enough to vote down the measure. The voting is still in question. The public’s…

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Jays Locked in and Loaded for First Big East Hunt

Jays Locked in and Loaded for their First Big East Hunt

Coaches peg Creighton 3rd in preseason league poll

 

The calendar may say the holidays are still weeks away, but Christmas already has come early and often for head coach Greg McDermott and Bluejay fans this year…and they must have been awfully good given what Santa has been leaving under the tree.

The biggest gift came last spring when Creighton accepted an invitation to join the revamped Big East Conference, elevating the program from “mid-major” status to the big time.

 A few weeks later, two-time all-American and the nation’s leading scorer, Doug McDermott announced he was putting his NBA career on hold and…

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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 friends, parties and the desire to be naughty to get you through. Welcome into and through the New Moon in Scorpio — which is exactly conjunct Saturn and just finishing a conjunction with the retrograde Mercury — as you turn your clock back to Standard Time. Something or somebody from the past is due to haunt you. Happy Halloween!

—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

SCORPIO (10.22-11.20)  Everything seems alright…always a bad sign during Mercury retrograde in Scorpio. Maybe it’s not really such a bad sign? Maybe everything is just forcing you to go deeper, below…

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Real Obamacare Problem

Most of October, Americans have had their panties in a bunch because a website is crashing. Wow. Humans are so easily distracted; like kittens with a ball of yarn or puppies with a tennis ball. “Ooooh! Shiny!” Like we dropped acid and now stand in front of the biggest, blinking-est Christmas tree in town. Yes, healthcare.gov isn’t working as smoothly as Amazon.com. But that’s not the real problem. Hell, it’s a website for chrissakes! And before you say, “Yeah, it’s Obamacare that is the problem/solution,” forget that, too.

Besides, where did this “Obamacare” moniker come from? I’m no Obamapologist, far from it. For better or worse, I still think he gets a rotten deal having his name attached…

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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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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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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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News You Can Use: June 2014

Time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In case you missed it, here’s the important stuff. See extended links at...

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Don’t Be Dumb

It’s a convincing argument that humans are the dumbest species on the planet. Much of that can be based on observing our apparent willingness to...

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