A Fierce Wind Was Blowing

And the screens we're a rattling

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Winners and Losers

Ahh, democracy. Every few months, we as a nation demonstrate our collective intelligence, proving there’s a reason why great thinkers from Plato to Voltaire and through the ages said that democracy, as a form of government, is not the best choice. Critics maintain it’s a form of organized mob rule. Some say it’s just a clever cover for corporatocracy. Certainly it’s hard to deny that our country is run as an oligarchy, especially when the acknowledged presidential frontrunner from the Republican Party in 2016 is the third Bush out of Texas — and his opponent is likely a second Clinton. Yet many of us go mark ballots in a perversion of a poll dance but with clothes on.

Often the…

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A college freshman calls on his girlfriend at her parent’s house. Waiting for her to come downstairs, he asks her mom if he can go to the kitchen for a glass of water. In the cabinet next to the sink, he reaches a glass and something else — his girlfriend’s 12-year-old sister’s giant bottle of prescription Ritalin, at least 100 pills inside. He pockets 3 or 4, finishes his water and turns on his best Eddie Haskell as he returns to the living room. A modern tale of today’s depraved teenage druggies? No. True Confessions: that was I, in 1969.

See, little “Jackie”, we’ll call her, was diagnosed as being “hyperactive” and prescribed Ritalin, proving our fascination with drugging our…

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Whole Foods a Game-changer

If you were watching game one of the World Series and paying attention, you had to be shocked. Shocked, not because “Big Game” James Shields was rocked but because you saw a commercial in some ways as monumental as the famous 1984 Macintosh Super Bowl advert. Whole Foods Market has gone big time.

For the first time ever, the leading grocery store chain specializing in organic, real, local-ish, and “natural” food has dipped its toe into the waters of national marketing. A full-blown, full-length Whole Foods commercial ran on prime time network television, marking a departure from the company’s longtime (non-)marketing strategy. This is huge.

Though operating over 385 stores worldwide, with most of those in the US, Whole Foods…

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GMO Supporters Spread Manure

Pig sh*t is generally considered to be one of the best natural fertilizers known. Bullsh*t not so much. But bull is what pro-GMO lackeys enjoy spreading.

The pro-GMO lobby has tripled its spending this year in an effort to convince consumers that it’s okay to keep genetically engineered ingredients secret in the foods we eat. It is estimated that 90 percent of all processed food in American supermarkets contain genetically altered DNA yet the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto and other GMO companies want to keep that hidden from you. I stress “American supermarkets” because most of the rest of the world labels GMO food or bans it outright. Only in America do corporate profits so drastically trump consumer rights and…

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News You Can Use “We aggregate so you’ll cogitate.”

The Good

Perdue Chickens Lead the Flock. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? For Perdue Farms, the third largest chicken producer in the country, it all starts with eggs. You gotta hatch ‘em before you can raise them into chicken nuggets. In Salisbury, Md., the Perdue hatchery there processes 1 million eggs a week. And Perdue operates 15 hatcheries around the country. Each one of the eggs gets poked with a vaccination needle so the chicken embryo inside is safe from a common virus. In the past, that needle also injected an antibiotic. But since the livestock industry uses more than 80 percent of all antibiotics sold, they are the major factor in creating antibiotic resistant bacteria which…

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Inflammation: Attack of the Sugar Zombies

Mom loved jellybeans. There was always a candy dish on the coffee table even before Ronald Reagan rocketed Jelly Bellies to fame by serving them in the Oval Office. Those little morsels of sugar and corn starch took permanent residence in our living room. One day, about twenty-some years ago, I was sitting across the room from that bowl of temptation, blithely watching television. With but a thoughtless glance toward the candy dish, I was crossing the room to grab a handful. My sugar urge felt sated… for a minute. But then I had to get up and collect another handful. Then another. And another. Even before the third dose, I knew that I didn’t want more but I had…

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

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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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Wahls Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

There are 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed in the United States each week. MS is usually classified as an autoimmune disease. But...

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Hello, Honey! Hasta la vista, hay fever!

Get ready for the glut of commercials and ads for allergy medicines. It’s that time of year again and right now is when anyone who suffers the...

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Be Besties with Your Beasties

Without bacteria we would die. Yet we wage war against them as if bacteria were a mortal enemy.  And we try to kill everything as a solution to any...

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News You Can Use — Good, Bad, Ugly

Recent news items to keep the brain cells percolating.

The Good

Eggs aren’t bad anymore. Eggs never were bad in my estimation. Decades ago when the...

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