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News You Can Use: January 2014 The Good

VISIONS FROM FIVE MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE • JANUARY 23, 2013 • The fastest growth home business in the next decade will be in the field of psychic reading. Millions of out-of-work men and women will hang neon signs reading "psychic," along with illustrations of human palms or tarot cards. As a result, novel new forms of

psychic readings will appear, along with a return of nearly forgotten forms, such as augury -- predicting the future by the flight of birds. The next decade will be called Ten Years of Good Fortune, and fortune telling will be a national hobby.

Mary Jane Juggernaut Keeps on Rollin’: On Jan. 1, Colorado became the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. This thing is happening and it’s bigger than anyone imagined. Nebraska’s neighboring state has taken a giant leap. Actually, possession and use of marijuana by anyone over 21 was legal in Colorado as far back as Dec. 10, 2012. It’s just that the operation of unfettered retail sales wasn’t legal until this month. There is a sea change upon us. Restaurants in Denver are now offering marijuana “pairing suggestions” on the menu, pairing grass varieties with particular dishes. If the legalized sale and use of the “noble herb,” as John Kay once sang, goes as expected, avoiding giant pitfalls, we could see the end of civic funds wasted by enforcing antiquated laws, racially imbalanced drug arrests, outrageous incarcerations, associated drug violence while enjoying higher tax revenues, a burgeoning recreational economy. The Denver Post has even created the position of “marijuana news editor” and offers an email newsletter, The Cannabist. It will be a struggle to keep up with the fast moving landscape of legalized marijuana. Meanwhile, news from New Hampshire fit into the good and bad categories. The state House voted to legalize pot across the board by approving a bill sponsored by a Republican. But the state’s female, Democrat governor promises to veto any such legalization. Wow. Republican pro-dope and Democrat anti. Is the world upside down? Of course, look at the pic of the gov on our website. She’s wound tighter than a tendollar watch. Note: Heartland Healing does not recommend the use of drugs or alcohol but does suggest learning about herbal and other natural medicines. Facebook Use Dwindles Facebook use by the most important, trend-setting demographic, 18-to-34 year olds, has plummeted. 34-to-49 year olds, too. Facebook is becoming Geezerville. The anti-social, social media experiment is going extinct. Media reports agree that it’s reached the end of its product life cycle. China Rejects American Corn How can that be good news? Easy. The corn that China rejected was genetically modified frankenfood from American farmers. GMO corn has no place in our food system. Most of the world agrees and when a country like China rejects over a billion pounds of GMO corn, US farmers should take note. GMO crops are a bad deal for people, the planet and our economy. Ironic that China, with one of the world’s most questionable records for food safety is teaching us a little lesson.

China is just one of many, many countries that regularly reject American food crops. Let’s wise up. Bitcoin, baby, Bitcoin. Tired of walking around with governments and banks keeping their hands in your pockets? Bitcoin may be the answer. Most everyone has heard of the virtual internet-based currency that operates outside the control of banks and super-economies. Remember Napster, the peer-to-peer network that exchanged music outside the control of record labels and commerce? It changed how we receive and share music. But it failed because the record labels and the evil Recording Industry Association of America (yeah, the same guys who issued the gold and platinum records on my walls,) controlled the raw material Napster traded in: recorded music by big names. But with bitcoin, the raw material is fiat currency. No bank or country has a corner on something that is imaginary in the first place and has no basis in actual fiscal reality like gold. The open source code that created bitcoin is brilliant and as a currency, it has greater stability than that created by any government. Its legitimacy is now a matter of fact. Businesses as prestigious as overstock.com and even NBA franchises accept the new money. If you bought one bitcoin at its $100 value in June of 2013, it would be worth $843 today. Hold on to your pocket book. We’re in for a ride.

The Bad and The Ugly Drug Testing at School Creighton Prep will drugtest students. Making decisions and learning from mistakes is a vital part of adolescence. Prep ignores the individuality of each young man for the sake of control, stifling the ability to grow. Critical thinking, taking responsibility for one’s decisions were valued lessons once learned at Prep. That the administration is proceeding under the false flag of promoting “health” is doubly disturbing. Erosion of personal development mentioned above, invasion of privacy, continued absconding of parental responsibilities by educational institutions and the violation of medical privacy are obvious. The Jesuit Order has a deep-rooted reputation for espousing independent, free thinking ideals, earned across centuries of leadership in educating young men. It is significant that for the first time in its history, Creighton Prep is no longer presided over by a member of the Jesuit Order. By the evidence, I must conclude that Creighton Prep no longer offers what was once known as a “Jesuit education.” Research shows such testing policies are ineffective anyway so Prep gets the Ugly News Award. Be well. , Visit HeartlandHealing.com/news2014.01 for sources.

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y grandfather was always very particular about bagels. If you handed him a bagel that he didn’t consider authentic, he would grumble something in Yiddish and start talking about what bagels were like in New York, where he was originally from. Heaven help you if you asked for “just a little cream cheese, please,” because when it was time for bagels with my Papa, you had a thick shmear of cream cheese. So you’ll have to forgive me if I’m a bit of a bagel snob because as you can see, I come by it honestly. I’m guilty of more than once turning my nose up at generic bagels and trying to explain the difference between a real bagel and a big puff of white dough with a hole in the center to my friends. Instead of lamenting to you about how difficult it can be to find good bagels in the Omaha area, I’m

this one. Bagel Bin offers many other menu items that are quite good, but believe me when I say that this is the best place for bagels in town, hands down.

going to do you a favor and direct you to the places where you can go and eat a “real” bagel around here.

I usually go for the onion chive flavor, I’ve always wondered if the bacon scallion cream cheese might be worth a try, although I’m not entirely sure what type of bagel would go best with that flavor of cream cheese. Whole wheat? Sesame? I don’t know. Another option if you want a decent bagel but can’t make it over to Bagel Bin is Panera Bread, although I don’t recommend ordering something like a “cinnamon crunch bagel” and think that what you’re eating is really a bagel at all. Sure, it’s tasty if you like that sort of thing, but if I handed one of these to my Papa he would have certainly denounced it as a bagel fraud and called it a pastry instead. Some of the coffeehouses in town offer some pretty good bagels, but I find that these are relatively hit-or-miss, so if you’re going to buy a bagel with your morning latte I’ll just advise caveat emptor on that one. So while there are other places you can stop for a quick bagel fix, when you’re ready for an authentic, tasty bagel, head over to Bagel Bin. Or, as my Papa would say, go get a little nosh. ,

Bagel Bin 1215 S. 119th St., www.bagelbin.com Sunday 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Honestly, I could probably end the article right here after having told you to go to Bagel Bin if you’re looking for an authentic bagel. This place is at the top of my list because it’s a kosher, New York style bakery that doesn’t kid around when it comes to bagels. Whether you’re looking for a simple plain bagel with a flavored cream cheese like strawberry or garlic herb, or if you’re heading in to try my personal favorite of an onion bagel with chive spread, you’re likely going to be pleased with what you get at Bagel Bin. A word to the wise: if you do indeed eat an onion bagel with chive spread, you may want to have some gum on hand to freshen your breath before you walk into your morning meeting. Trust me on

n Shucks Downtown, 1911 Leavenworth St., wants you to know that they now have Sunday FunDay all day every Sunday with five different versions of Bloody Mary specials and $5-6 appetizers. n If you are looking for a romantic Valentine’s day dinner, try Bailey’s “Dinner After Dark” with a menu created by Chef Claude. Reservations are required by calling 402.932.5577. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $60 per person plus tax and tip with the first glass of wine included. n Just opening in Omaha in the Shoppes

All the Others Not that I like lumping a bunch of other places into one big mess of bagel recommendations, but if you’re not going to take my first bit of advice and head to Bagel Bin, or if you’re on the other side of town or need a quick bagel fix so you want a drive-thru, there are a few other places that I would recommend. I’m not usually very keen on including big chains within my recommendations, but Bruegger’s is a good choice when you need to quickly get a bagel and get on with your life. One thing I will applaud Bruegger’s for is their impressive selection of cream cheese flavors. While

at Aksarben is First Watch, a daytime cafe, that is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “We’re excited to make our debut in the Omaha market and introduce our fresh approach to breakfast, brunch and lunch to this growing community,” said Ken Pendery, president and CEO of First Watch. n Benson Brewery, 6059 Maple St., is now pouring their latest creation, The Lord Benson English Pale Ale, which is described as a crisp pale beer with a stiff upper lip of hops. Stop by and bring your mates. — Krista O’Malley Crumbs is about indulging in food and celebrating its many forms. Send information about area food and drink businesses to crumbs@thereader.com.

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s state senators assembled for the second, shorter, 60-working-day session of the 103rd Nebraska Legislature Jan. 8, 2014, many observers expected that tax reform and Medicaid extension would be high on the list of priorities, as they had been since the body had adjourned the previous June. And mountain lions. Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers, protector of every threatened species, had declared that he would make State-sanctioned killing of mountain lions everyone’s business. The Reader kept an intermittent eye on proceedings in Lincoln with these results. First Day: Back to School The link between levels of state taxes and economic growth is too weak for tax cuts to be effective economic growth policy. That was the message development economics expert Therese J. McGuire, PhD economist at Northwestern University, brought to members of the Nebraska Legislature on the first day of the current session. At a seminar-like session, the Open Sky Institute brought together 15 senators, along with staff, candidates and community members, to hear Dr. McGuire lay out evidence to support her assertion. The Institute describes itself as a non-partisan organization focused on fiscal research with a mission “to improve opportunities for every Nebraskan by providing impartial and precise research, analysis, education and leadership.” This was the second such event after one held last year on tax basics. The TABOR Study Among highlights from Dr. McGuire’s body of research, accumulated in studies since 1985, were findings from a study in 2006 on the stringent Colorado “Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights” (TABOR). The state constitutional change had been passed by Colorado voters in 1992 to limit state expenditures as a way of expanding the economy. But by measuring economic indicators, McGuire and her associate Kim S. Rueben found the change did not significantly boost Colorado’s economy. Specifically, they reported no effect on the growth rate of real per capita income from the enactment of TABOR, short term or long term. In employment, they observed a positive impact in the five years following the passage of TABOR in Colorado but a negative and much stronger effect in the following five years. They concluded that any short term correlation was offset by losses in employment in the long term. Dr. McGuire admitted that the science of economics did not have “a good model of regional economic growth.” She cautioned that real world studies were not perfect laboratory experiments. If they were, there would have to be random assignment of economic change like the TABOR law to a set of “treatment” states with comparison to a set of neighboring “control” states. In view of such limitations, her conclusions were tempered. “The jury is still out and may always be out,” she said on absolute proof but with the sum of her research, she pointed in stronger directions than tax reductions to spur economic growth. Uncertainty and Economic Growth Dr. McGuire cited recent work done by Nick Bloom of Stanford University quantifying the impact of uncer-

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tainty on economic growth. She said he has been measuring the effect of policy uncertainty on the economy. At the federal level, uncertainty has been measured by 1) the number of newspaper references to economic policy uncertainty, 2) the number of federal tax code provisions set to expire, 3) forecaster disagreement over expected inflation and 4) disagreement over expected government purchases. Bloom and his associates have posited that those four elements alone, independent of other events occurring between 2006 and 2011, were responsible for a 2.3% decrease in the Gross Domestic Product and a drop of 2.3 million jobs. Traditionally, uncertainty has been seen as working by producing cautiousness in investing and hiring, the “wait and see” effect; increased cost of risk-taking or higher cost of financing; and through precautionary savings that reduce consumption. But economists are now including “real-options” effects with their emphasis on timing strategies: “If I can make the decision now or six months from now, I will do it in six months and see what develops.” At the state level Dr. McGuire further illustrated the effects of uncertainty at the state level, drawing on her own work. She said that in the course of interviews conducted for a 1984 Minnesota Tax Study Commission, she was talking to 3M executives who told her that certainty and predictability in state taxes was much more important in business location and hiring than the level of state taxes.

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She said that they also saw company-specific tax breaks as not only unfair but also as a sign of a weak, if not desperate, government. Dr. McGuire also said that there were two tax conditions that were worrisome to companies in the long term. Taxes that were too high and taxes that were too low. If taxes were too low to sustain good schools or good transportation and communication systems, for instance, that would likely work against economic development in a state. She added that insufficient taxation to maintain reserves for operating the state through periods of stress could work against a state. After recommending against the tax reduction schemes that have become the mainstays of most states’ economic development plans, Dr. McGuire closed with two things the senators should do: 1. Pointing to her own state of Illinois, she said states should get out and stay out of debt. In Nebraska, state government is prohibited from incurring debt or deficits. 2. Create tax systems that adequately support the functions of government most important to a vibrant economy: a. Development of human capital through education, health care and public safety b. Provision of infrastructure such as transportation and protection of the environment Governor Heineman Speaks The Open Sky seminar was held in Room 1200 of the Capitol about one block and one story away from the

Governor’s suite but its content appeared to be well insulated from Governor Heineman when he self-leaked his “State of the State Address” to the media in a testy after-hours news conference a week later on January 14. In his prepared remarks, the Governor commented that “high taxes are detrimental to economic growth,” and that “high taxes limit the ability of small businesses to create new jobs.” In his State of the State Address he would declare, “Tax relief is a major driving force for economic success.” The Governor announced that he had found a source of money for “up to $500 million for meaningful tax relief.” He pointed to the record-high state cash reserve fund, indicating that, based on his belief that Nebraska’s economy would grow and by continuing to hold the line on spending, the fund could be tapped over the next three years for a total half billion. According to Nebraska Watchdog, asked by reporters what his plan was for tax rates after three years of relief, the Governor who is in his last year, said, “Whoever’s the governor and the Legislature will have to deal with it.” The cash reserve is set by the Legislature as one of its budget, spending and tax responsibilities. It is set by a Tax Review Committee made up of the Speaker of the Legislature and the Chairs of the Executive Board and the Revenue and Appropriations Committees, working with a formula specified in the law. The formula, however, is subject to speculation on what the rate of economic growth or contraction of the state will be in coming tax years. The Governor also ignored the Legislature’s Tax Modernization Committee finding that Nebraska’s “individual and corporation income tax programs are appropriately progressive but our ‘bracket system’ has not kept pace with the rate of inflation in terms of personal income.” Irony on Irony On the very same day that the Governor released his plan to pay for tax relief, creating variability in tax rates and proposing to pay for it with lowered cash reserves, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University released “State Fiscal Condition: Ranking the 50 States”. Here, Nebraska was Number One. It was first among all states in Long-Run Solvency, described as the ability to use incoming revenue to cover all its expenditures, including long term obligations such as pensions and infrastructure maintenance. The next day, January 15, the Governor would include in his “State of the State Address” in connection with his call for tax reduction, the highly unconventional observation that the State has $1.2 billion in cash in its checking and savings accounts. It is not clear what he had in mind with this comment, although he suggested changing it by lowering taxes. The Mercatus Center report, however, gave Nebraska a lower ranking in Cash Solvency--still a highly respectable 9th among 50 states. This is a measure of cash the state can easily access to pay its bills in the near term or its operating liquidity, the money the Governor had mentioned. The Medicaid Gap Background: Last Spring an unusual organized filibuster by an estimated 17 conservative senators preventy continued on page 8


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senators to obstruct simple extension of Medicaid y continued from page 6 ed passage of a critical part of the Affordable Care Act in 2013 by filibuster. But the vote count on passage of this bill will be in Nebraska that left about 55,000 Nebraskans without health insurance through Medicaid. Health and high since a gubernatorial veto is assumed. That Human Services Chairwoman Kathy Campbell said means that 33 (2/3 of the Legislature) yes votes will she would schedule an interim hearing before the next be needed to make it law. In order to get waivers to spend money that full session of the Legislature to take testimony on a possible solution. That hearing occurred in Lincoln on would otherwise be spent on Medicaid in unique December 18, 2013. As the afternoon wore on, there ways, states must offer the federal government a novel or experimental approach that promises imwas one dramatic moment that stopped everything. A woman named Tammy Fiechtner came forward proved outcomes over Medicaid. After touching on highlights at the news conferto testify. Speaking plainly, she said she ranched with ence, senators were asked whether her husband near Stapleton and was they had any indication there would also an insurance sales associate. She be increased acceptance among legsaid in 2011 she was diagnosed with islators of the new approach. While colon cancer. Fiechtner told the senCampbell diplomatically demurred ators she had health insurance but that senators had not had time to her deductible had just gone from read the bill, Nordquist, often more $3,000 to $5,000 a year and her outoutspoken, stepped forward to say of-pocket costs had gone to $12,700 that “stories are coming in” from a year. uninsured constituents. They were Feichtner said she looked into circulating among his legislative whether her family would qualify for colleagues, he said. help with insurance costs under the THERESE J. MCGUIRE In other words, this time it will Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obambe Tammy Feichtner and, accordacare. But she found in Nebraska she fell into the “Medicaid gap.” With an adjusted income ing to Nordquist, people like the grandparents, both of $10,100 she was too poor to qualify for help in the on Medicare, trying to support a working grandchild ACA Marketplace and not poor enough to qualify for who is uninsured. Other stories were coming in to Medicaid. This was the gap the filibuster had been or- many senators, he said, that would make a difference, along with the wholly new approach to filling the gap. ganized to preserve. “A lot of my family and my friends are in the same boat,” she said. “It’s a great burden on us.” She told The Details the senators listening in the quiet hearing room. “This In these matters, everything hangs on the Federal is not just my personal story. It’s western Nebraska’s Poverty Line and how far away from it a person is, above or below. The line stands at an annual inpersonal story.” In a matter-of-fact tone Feichtner asked the Com- come of $11,490 for an individual or $23,550 for a family of four. mittee to help her and others like Right now in Nebraska, some her. When she finished talking, it Medicaid clients participate in seemed the normally talkative senatheir care with a copay for servictors were at a loss for words. Chaires under the State’s managed care woman Kathy Campbell thanked approach. One of the proposed her, told her she was not alone and experimental features is a change they would do their best. Feichtner from unpredictable copays to walked directly from the room, as more manageable insurance prethough she had given enough time mium participation. WIN proposes to the matter. insurance coverage for most newly eligible persons (people from 19 A Whole New Approach years of age to 64 with incomes Fast forward to January 14, 2014: KATHY CAMPBELL from 0 to 138 percent of the federal The Legislature had convened and was picking up speed. In a small room sometimes used poverty line). But, in order to combat the habitual for news conferences, several members of the Legisla- use of hospital emergency rooms as the first call in ture stood at Chairwoman Campbell’s side on the fifth illness, there would be a copay for that. Positive incentives for meeting “wellness responsiworking day of the session, at a news conference called for the unveiling of a completely new bill. Key sena- bilities” are built in. Premiums will be waived if they tors who had helped draft the bill— Jeremy Nordquist are met. The proposed WIN program provides for keeping and Sara Howard, both Omaha and Sue Crawford, Bellevue, joined Campbell at the podium to present employed people in their employer-based insurance the bill. Others who had signed on to the bill gathered groups, where offered, by assisting with the employee round—Norm Wallman, Cortland; Danielle Conrad, portion of premiums. Some of the newly eligible (at 100-138 percent of the poverty line) would share in Lincoln; and Tanya Cook, Omaha. The measure, called the Wellness in Nebraska premium payments in a marketplace. The bill (LB887) is 32 pages long and is incomplete(WIN) Act, was in part based on “waiver” designs created in other states. It was drafted to sidestep objec- ly described here. All legislative bills are available as tions to Medicaid and to overcome the uncertainty they are filed at nebraskalegislature.gov at the easy– that had allowed a small minority of conservative to-use and richly informative Legislative website. ,

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Lizzie Borden was acquitted of murdering her parents in the 1890s, and ever since historians have wondered whether she really committed the horrible crime. But there’s no mystery in this TV movie — not with Christina Ricci, perhaps the most guilty-looking actress in Hollywood, in the lead Friday-Saturday, Jan. 24-25 role. Here, Lizzie oozes so much evil intensity that even her supportive sister FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAS Omaha Symphony Masterworks Series takes the precaution Alyson Cambridge (soprano) Oren Fader (guitar) of locking her bedKiewit Hall, Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. room door at night. 8 p.m., $27-$80 Ricci commands www.omahasymphony.org the screen with her pent-up anger and A fascinating, colorful tapestry of sound unfolds as the resentment. She ofSymphony’s artists perform inspired work by eight CHRISTINA RICCI fers a modern take American composers. Music Director Thomas Wilkins on Lizzie, who won’t offers a vibrant exploration of melodies and rhythms be squashed by small-town of our part of the world. You’ll delight as Brooklyn’s mores or a tyrannical father. Not that “Lizzie Aaron Copland crosses the border to evoke popular Borden Took an Ax” is music of Mexico. Carlos a message movie — far Chavez, from that same from it. It comes straight country, calls forth sounds out of the horror genre, of native Indian harmonies. with creepy sounds effects, Bach’s concepts meld with phantasmagorical imagery Heitor Villa Lobo’s sense of and sexual perversity. I a Brazilian sunset serenaded locked my bedroom door by birds, in a rare combinaafter watching it, just like tion of eight cellos and one Lizzie’s terrified sister. soprano. Plus the swaying of — Dean Robbins ALYSON CAMBRIDGE field hands leads into a wild

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director. “The dance community came together to help introduce us to the public with a performance at the IWCC Arts Center. “Now that we’re in our fourth season as a professional dance company, we wanted to give back by inviting community dance groups to be part of another collective concert, with us as the hosts.” For Dance Omaha, Ballet Nebraska will perform Overturff ’s 2012 ballet Sweet and Low-Down. Set to a montage of George Gershwin tunes, the ballet features a jazzy neoclassic style, elegant costumes, and lively interactions among the performers, Overturff said. — ES Saturday, Jan. 25

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gaucho stomp on the Pampas gracias a Argentina’s Alberto Ginastera. That program includes beauty from Spain, Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” The following evening offers New York urgency by Leonard Bernstein, William Schuman’s evocation of early American religiosity and patriotism as well as Ferde Grofè’s beloved portrait of natural wonders, his “Grand Canyon Suite.” — Gordon Spencer

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The Encore, 2819 S. 125th Ave. (Westwood Plaza) 7 p.m., $10 balletnebraska.org It’s said that what goes around, comes around. Ballet Nebraska will put that saying into action this Saturday, when it hosts more than a dozen area dance groups for Dance Omaha, a collective concert celebrating community dance. “The first Dance Omaha concert was in March 2010, when Ballet Nebraska was just getting started,” said Erika Overturff, the company’s founder and artistic

It’s not something commonly found in Nebraska, or in the world, for that matter, but The Killigans pride themselves on standing out. The Celtic punk rock group is comprised of Ukrainian men who initially were in a Lincoln hardcore band together called Settle for Less. Comprised of Chris Nebesniak, younger brother Pat and teenage friend Brad Hoffman, The Killigans felt moving from hardcore to Celtic punk rock was a natural progression. Nine years and four studio albums later, they’re still around, balancing family life and day jobs — all for the love of music. The band’s first two full-length albums, 2006’s Brown Bottle Hymnal and 2007’s One Step Ahead of Hell, leaned toward the traditional Irish-folk side, but with 2010’s Honor, they brought out more of the punk spirit that had been noticeably absent. Similar to the sound of bands like Flogging Molly, the Aggrolites, Street Dogs, the Briggs, Time Again, Left Alone and Flatfoot 56, The Killigans have found their niche — Kyle Eustice


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n The Nebraska Theatre Caravan sent off its latest production, The Fantasticks, on a national tour last week. But did you know that long before this show went on its merry way, there was another production being prepped by the NTC? It was small two-woman show called Having Our Say, currently running on the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Hawks Mainstage and starring the ever talented sibling duo of Camille Metoyer Moten and Lanette Metoyer Moore. Back in the early 1990s, NTC was busy building the sets and preparing the production for a national tour. Producers for the show included Camille Cosby, wife of comedian Bill Cosby. As a result of NTC doing the prep work, the tour gave its first performance inside the then brand new Lied Performing Arts Center at Creighton University. Two of the audience members that night included Playhouse Artistic Heads Carl Beck and Susie Baer Collins. “We loved it,” Collins said. “It was incredibly compelling. We’ve always loved it, but finding the right people was key. Those people don’t just grow on trees...We wanted

to make sure we could cast it the way we needed to.” The Playhouse found that cast when the Metoyer sisters came into the picture. So sure was Collins about the duo that they were asked a year before the show even opened to do the show, in order to coordinate schedules and begin work as early as possible. That work included a very deliberate process on a very unique script. While the show is about two hours, the script is only about 46 pages, but those 46 pages are dense. “We took it very slowly,” said Collins. “We would only do about five pages at a time, working our way through and reviewing. Eventually, it turned into this very complicated and precise schedule of events. It’s fascinating.” The amount of food cooked onstage is no joke either. In fact the cake batter made by the duo during the show is so good, Collins said, that each night a member of the crew takes it home and bakes it. After dealing with all of the food, Collins said she knows one thing for sure, “I will never make a pound cake again!” Most importantly, Collins pointed out that the mixture of heartfelt storytelling, jarring projections, and loving spirit have created an event “only the theatre could make.” —Bill Grennan Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to mixedmedia@thereader.com

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friend stops by the table where Camille Metoyer Moten sits with her sister, Lanette Metoyer Moore, and compliments Camille’s deep purple fingernails. “Those nails have to come off,” Camille says, days before their two-woman play, Having Our Say, opened Jan. 17 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. “Bessie can’t have glamour nails.” Lanette plays Sadie and Camille is Bessie, two black sisters who lived more than a century and didn’t want to be called hyphenated African-Americans. They were proud to be Americans, despite growing up in the Jim Crow South. Sadie introduces them as the play begins in the sitting room of their Mt. Vernon, N.Y., home: “Bessie and I have been together since time began, or so it seems. She is 101 years old and I am 103. … After so long, we are in some ways like one person.” Then Bessie introduces herself as Dr. Delaney (she

grew up sharing a bedroom, “but didn’t talk to each other,” Camille recalls. Lanette “was the Queen,” at an age when four years was a big gap. Raised Catholic, Lanette attended Central High, but Camille went to Burke when the family moved west to 100th street. Lanette went on to Barat College in Illinois, an all-girls Catholic school, and Camille enrolled at Xavier in New Orleans. They believe their own personalities parallel those of the Delaney sisters. Sadie describes herself as “calm and agreeable,” a girl who “always did what I was told.” Bessie “was quick to anger and very outspoken.” Camille calls her sister “very loving,” adding, “I’m more ‘drive the point home.’” As a fourth grader, she joined her parents at a city hall sit-in on behalf of open occupancy to end housing discrimination. Her father, Raymond Metoyer, then head of the Urban League, held her in his arms as police carried him from the room. She told the author of a Playhouse blog that she was

was a dentist, Sadie a teacher), and invites the audience to “Make yourself comfortable. Stay as long as you like. We won’t charge you rent.” What unfolds is a story told first by a New York Times writer who discovered the Delaney sisters, then by Sadie and Bessie in their book and then by Emily Mann who took the book’s title for her play. When it opened in 1995, the New York Times called it “the most provocative and entertaining family play to reach Broadway in a long time.” For Lanette and Camille, the Metoyer sisters, it’s a chance to perform together for the first time since Camille was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. They’d both done Queen of Bingo, The Wiz and Once on This Island together at the Playhouse, and Lanette did another two-woman play there, Grace and Glory, with Julie Huff. Camille says, “She’s the actress, and I’m the singer. Camille won Fonda-McGuire awards singing leads in Evita and Funny Girl. Just two days before cancer surgery and before starting the rounds of chemo and radiation, she played one of the leads in the musical All Night Strut for the Playhouse. After all that, Camille “didn’t miss a thing.” She performed musical gigs and worked at her job. That causes Lanette to quip, “I’m the one going downhill.” Both work for Youth Care and Beyond, where Lanette coordinates programs for the developmentally disabled and Camille writes grants. “We don’t see each other at work,” Camille notes, “but we talk every day.” They’re also active in the same church, One Way Ministry, and share a strong Christian faith. They

denied the lead in Guys and Dolls at Burke “because my music teacher stated that no black girl was going to kiss a white boy on his stage.” Such experiences and others that continue today help her relate to the shock felt by the Delaney sisters when Jim Crow laws took effect. They’d been sheltered in some ways with two educated parents, their father a school administrator who became the first elected Negro bishop of the Episcopal church. Then the new laws meant they couldn’t enter “white” doors or drink from “white” water fountains. Telling the stories of Sadie and Bessie, who never married but became successful professional women, means learning lot of lines. “Susie (director Susan Baer Collins) says it’s like each of us has a 22-page monologue,” Camille explained. The Delaneys often finish each other’s sentences or speak in unison. The Omaha sisters got the script over a year ago, and they’ve read the book. “When we’re learning lines,” Lanette smiles, “family members run from us. So we enlisted grandchildren.” She works with Micah who calls Sadie’s laughs “the witch cackle.” Camille gets help from her granddaughter Meah who thinks she could be Bessie. She tells grandma, “Now we’re going to do these lines and do them right.” It’s not only the family that wants to hide from line-learning. After a recent vo-

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cal gig in Lincoln, Camile was driving back with her accompanist, David Murphy, when the line work had him threatening, “Let me out, I’ll walk from here.” Added to the problem of learning lines is that the sisters cook while talking. That’s especially challenging to Camille, “since I don’t cook.” The play has them baking a cake, preparing ambrosia, and cooking a ham. A week before opening, though, they were reaching the point “where we can enjoy what we’re doing.” They’ll welcome guests as Sadie and Bessie, and they’ll be having their say. , Having Our Say runs Jan. 17-Feb. 9 in the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Main Stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse at 69th and Cass Streets with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $35 adults, $21 students. Call 402.553.0800 or visit omahaplayhouse.org.

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OPENING PANDORA’S BOX (AND FINDING MATT WHIPKEY INSIDE)

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s Pandora the new “radio”? And by that I’m asking, could digital music streaming services such as Pandora replace terrestrial radio stations, especially after car stereos become “internet ready,” allowing drivers to punch in a website from their dashboards? While I can’t answer that in this column, I can say that Pandora at least gives unsigned musicians a glimmer of hope that a stranger will find their music, a glimmer of hope that they’ll never get from oldfashioned radio. That hope is what drove local unsigned singer/ songwriter Matt Whipkey to submit his latest album -- an ode to the late, lamented Peony Park called Penny Park -- to Pandora. Before we get to that, what is Pandora? The service is a website and a smartphone app that plays music based on an artist’s “station.” For example, when I typed in “Led Zeppelin Radio” the four songs Pandora belched out were Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar,” Jimi Hendrix’ “Voodoo Chile” and Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” — basically the same thing you’d hear on Z-92. Where Pandora gets interesting is when it “suggests” songs you haven’t heard before. That rarely happens when tuned into dinosaur acts like Zep; but it happens all the time when tuning into indie band “radio stations.” Not just any act can get its music in Pandora. Whipkey said bands signed to record labels have a clear path. Unsigned artists, on the other hand, undergo a process that isn’t exactly easy. Step One: Open an Amazon Marketplace Account and offer a physical copy of your CD for sale. Step Two: Submit two songs from your record to Pandora. Whipkey said it took two months for someone from Pandora to notify him that his music had been accepted. Hooray! Step Three: Fill out a ton of legal forms. Step Four: Send Pandora a complete copy of your CD.

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Three months after Whipkey began the process, “Matt Whipkey Radio” was on the air, but more importantly, his music became part of Pandora’s sci-fi sounding “Music Genome Project.” According to Pandora, every song in the Music Genome Project is analyzed using up to 450 distinct musical characteristics by a trained music analyst. Those attributes capture not only the musical identity of a song, but also the many “significant qualities that are relevant to understanding the musical preferences of listeners.” Pandora does not use machine-listening or other forms of automated data extraction. I envision a huge warehouse filled with hipsters and tweed-wearing music professors sitting behind row after row of desks like headphoned elves. As they thoughtfully listen to each CD, they check boxes from a long list of descriptions that includes traits such as rhythm syncopation, key tonality, vocal harmonies and displayed instrumental proficiency (i.e, bitchin’ guitar solo). “By utilizing the wealth of musicological information stored in the Music Genome Project, Pandora recognizes and responds to each individual’s tastes. The result is a much more personalized radio experience - stations that play music you’ll love - and nothing else.” And nothing else. So what does Matt Whipkey Radio sound like? In the first hour I heard songs by Delorentos, Second Dan, Boys School, Sissy and the Blisters, Two Cow Garage, Kirby Krackle and Peter Elkas -- all artist and bands I’ve never heard of. Whipkey thinks Pandora groups unsigned indie artists with other unsigned indie artists.

Not everything on Matt Whipkey Radio was anonymous. I also heard songs by The Thermals, The Cynics, Gasoline Heart, Maps & Atlases and one of my all-time favorite bands, The Feelies. Pandora lets users “thumbs up” songs they like, and as a result, it learns a listener’s tastes. I “thumbed up” The Feelies, for instance. As a whole, the music streamed for Matt Whipkey Radio was pretty good and in character with Whipkey’s style of music. I can’t say the same for “Eli Mardock Radio.”

Mardock is one of my favorite Lincoln singer/ songwriters whose debut album was released by tiny label Paper Garden Records. An hour of his station included commercial-friendly music by unknown acts Black Lab, Golden Bear, No Second Troy, The Click Five, a Pat Benetar cover (“Love Is a Battlefield”) by Jann Arden, and songs by familiar (but dreadful) artists Blue October and Travis. None of the music bore the unique, sinister quality that makes Mardock’s songs so interesting. On the other hand, listening to “Little Brazil Radio” (a popular local punk band) resulted in a very satisfying hour of music that included songs by classic indie bands Superchunk, Silkworm and The Academy Is... Cursive OVER THE EDGE is a weekly column by Reader senior contributing Radio was a veritable hit writer Tim McMahan focused on culture, society, music, the media and parade of ‘90s indie, with the arts. Email Tim at tim.mcmahan@gmail.com. And be sure to check out his blog at Lazy-i.com songs by Radiohead, The

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Pixies, Modest Mouse and Brand New. The groupings oddly made sense. What would make Pandora really cool? Imagine the thousands of people listening to “Bruce Springsteen Radio” being fed a Matt Whipkey song. Whipkey says it (probably) will never happen, though he’s heard of bands that have become “Pandora famous.” “Someone listening to Led Zeppelin Radio who was fed an indie band that sounds like Led Zeppelin probably wouldn’t be too cool with that,” he said. Whipkey said he submitted to Pandora purely for the chance of gaining wider exposure (He never expects to see a royalty check). “When you tell people you’re on Pandora, they think it’s cool,” he said. “It’s kind of an achievement of sorts. They did have to pick me. They won’t take just anything.” And who knows, strangers might actually hear his music, which is something they won’t hear on the regular radio. Whipkey said he’s done his share of in-studio performances on local radio stations, “but I never understood how my two minutes live on the air is different than putting on one of my CDs and hitting ‘Play,’” he said. “That’s a no-no. They can’t do it. The guys that host the shows say they have to play what they’re told to play, and that’s it. On the other hand, it’s super-cool that they let me come on their shows.” So is Pandora the new “radio”? “I think of Pandora as radio,” Whipkey said. “It’s out there, it’s always on my phone, it’s easy. I just hit the button and there it is. That’s kind of cool.”,

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The Conformist 1970 Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. Wednesday, January 29, 7 pm “An orgasm of coolness, ravishing compositions, camera gymnastics, and atmospheric resonance.” — Michael Atkinson, Village Voice Presented with Opera Omaha, followed by a discussion with James Darrah, director of the opera’s upcoming “Agrippina,” and Mauro Fiore, the Omahabased, Oscar-winning cinematographer of AVATAR.

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DIRTY RIVER RAMBLERS W/ 24 HOUR CARDLOCK & THE WILLARDS, (Blues) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, Check venue for cover charge. OFFICIAL PRCA RODEO AFTER PARTY W/5 MILE BRIDGE, (Country) 8 pm, Coyote Willy’s, $5 at the door. VELVET CRUSH, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Firewater Grille, Check venue for cover charge. KARAOKE THEATRE, 9 pm, House Of Loom, Free. LATIN FLAVORED WEEKEND DANCE DESTINATION W/DJ TOONS & DFM, 10 pm, House Of Loom, FREE, 21+. AN EVENING WITH R&B ZONE, (Blues) 6 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Check venue for cover charge. CRABLEGS, ANCHORS, VARMINT, ADDICTION 13, NOT BEN SHIN & THIS MACHINE KILLS VIBES, (Punk) 9 pm, Knickerbockers, Check venue for cover charge. THE LUPINES W/ BULLET PROOF HEARTS, (Punk) 9:30 pm, O’Leaver’s Pub, $5. BEATLES & MORE!, (Cover Band) 7 pm, Pizza Shoppe Collective, FREE. THE TOPPINGS & TBA, 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact Shamrocks for cover charge. CALIFONE W/ WILLIAM TYLER, (Rock) 9 pm, Slowdown, $12 ADV. SAINTS & POETS W/ YOUR LAST CHANCE, GHOSTS IN RUIN, LIVE & OBEY & MIRRORS, 6:45 pm, Sokol Hall & Auditorium, $8. J. LONGORIA W/JIMMY HOOLIGAN AKA MO C AND BIG MISTA, (Pop) 8 pm, The Hideout Lounge, Contact venue for cover charge. FRIDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SERIES W/ STEPHEN MONROE, (Folk/Singer-Songwriter) 6 pm, Venue 51, FREE. HECTOR ANCHONDO W/ THE DECATURES & ALY PEELER, (Blues) 9 pm, Venue 51, $5.

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PANCHO & THE CONTRABAND W/ THE LOT WOKS & A FEROCIOUS JUNGLE CAT, 9 pm, Waiting Room, $7. DAVID NAIL, (Country) 8 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), $28. KILLIGANS, (Punk) 5 pm, Zoo Bar, $5. JERRY PRANKSTERS, 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $6.

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RSTYLE, (Hip-Hop/Rap) 9:30 pm, Arena Bar & Grill, FREE. 4TH ANNUAL VAGO ROCK & ROLL ROBERT BURNS NICHT, (Rock) 9 pm, Barley Street Tavern, Check venue for cover charge. DANCING WITH THE OMAHA STARS, 6:30 pm, CenturyLink Center Omaha, $25 Showtime only / 1st row tables $850 / 2nd row tables $750. OFFICIAL PRCA RODEO AFTER PARTY W/DUSTIN EVANS, (Country) 8 pm, Coyote Willy’s, $5. DONNYBROOK, (Rock) 9 pm, Dubliner Pub, $3. KARAOKE, 8 pm, Firewater Grille, Contact venue for cover charges. THE HONEYBOY TURNER BAND, (Blues) 9 pm, Havana Garage, FREE. TANGOMAHA! PRESENTS MILONGA: ARGENTINE TANGO, 7:30 pm, House Of Loom, FREE, 21+. WEEKEND DANCE DESTINATION, (DJ/Electronic) 10 pm, House Of Loom, FREE. LIVIN EASY, (Blues) 6 pm, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, Check venue for cover charge. FOR EDWARD, RED CITIES, BRODY RAY & THE AMAZING F*K, (Rock) 9 pm, Knickerbockers, Check venue for cover charge. THE CONFIDENTIALS, (Jazz) 8 pm, Loose Moose, FREE. GROOVE PUPPET, (Rock) 9 pm, Red9, Check venue for cover charge. CIVIL DAWN W/ MR. BENDY & TBA, (Rock) 9 pm, Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, Contact venue for cover charge. THE KILLIGANS W/ THIRST THINGS FIRST, THE BISHOPS & DJ DAN DETOUR, (Rock) 9 pm, Slowdown, $7 ADV. DRAMATRON, (DJ/Electronic) 11 pm, Sweatshop Gallery, $3. LEMON FRESH DAY, (Cover Band) 9 pm, Two Fine Irishmen, Check venue for cover charge. BAND BUILD: A CONCERT TO BENEFIT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF OMAHA, 8 pm, Waiting Room, $12 ADV / $15 DOS. ASIAN NIGHT, 6 pm, Whiskey Roadhouse (Horseshoe Casino), FREE. BLUES PROJECT, (Blues) 6 pm, Zoo Bar, Contact the venue for cover charge. FIRE FORTH W/TBA, (Rock) 9 pm, Zoo Bar, $6.

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Patty, Peeples and More

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cclaimed Americana artist Patty Griffin is on a rare tour playing clubs. The Grammy Award winner is at Waiting Room Sunday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., $15 cover. The Austin-based Griffin won the Grammy for 2010’s Downtown Church and spent time as a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, leading to a real-life romantic partnership with Plant. Her tour is in support of the dual release of her new CD American Kid (New West) and the long-awaited release of her 2000 recording Silver Bell. The 2000 LP was shelved after A&M records changed hands, but has remained on Americana fans’ radar, recorded by Daniel Lanois’ at Kingsway Studio in New Orleans. See pattygriffin.com and waitingroomlounge.com. GET ON PEEPLES’ BUS One of the most notable artists I’ve been introduced to in the last few years is Grant Peeples. The singer-songwriter-guitarist is based out of Sopchoppy, Fla., and is a fine writer in the best Southern literary and folk traditions. He has a Kickstarter going to get the final production done and promotion out for his upcoming record, Punishing the Myth. It’s his fifth recording and his third disc with the iconic Gurf Morlix as producer, which should tell you something about

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Peeples’ talents and street cred in the singersongwriter community. See grantpeeples.com for more about Peeples’ work and for the link to the Kickstarter project, which ends Jan. 28. At this writing, Peeples is two-thirds of the way to his goal. All supporters get their name painted on Peeples’ road-dog VW Bus. ZOO BAR Charlie Burton is back at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Thursday, Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m. The eclectic world music of Paa Kow’s By All Means Band from Denver plays after 9 p.m. along with Midland Band. HOT NOTES The 21st Saloon hosts the driving, gritty, roots-blues of Moreland & Arbuckle this Thursday, Jan. 24, 6-9 p.m. Brad Cordle Band plays McKenna’s Friday, Jan. 24, 6-9 p.m. and Cordle’s Mighty Jailbreakers hit the Ozone Saturday, Jan. 25. Honeyboy Turner Band gets Havana Garage jumpin’ Saturday, Jan. 25, 6-9 p.m. The remarkable Brandon Santini Band from Memphis is back with their hot, high-energy harmonica and guitarfueled blues. These guys are really a great live band. They hit Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m. and are up at The 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m. Keep an eye on blues.org/ibc to follow the progress of Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Jan. 22-25. ,

HOODOO is a weekly column focusing on blues, roots, Americana and occasional other music styles with an emphasis on live music performances. Hoodoo columnist B.J. Huchtemann is a Reader senior contributing writer and veteran music journalist who has covered the local music scene for nearly 20 years. Follow her blog at hoodoorootsblues.blogspot.com.

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veteran University of Colorado administrator is on forced leave after her sideline made news in December. Resa Cooper-Morning, 54, “cultural diversity coordinator” in the ethnic studies department at CU Denver, also ran a phonesex business for which she took calls ($1.49 a minute, “phone sex that will rock every part of your body,” according to her website) during hours she worked for the university. Said her daughter-in-law: “I’ve been in her office, and she’s said, ‘Oh, let me be right back, I have a phone call.’ She takes them very discreetly, shuts her door.” A KCNC-TV investigation found that the phone-sex hours listed on the website had recently been cut back, from “7:30 a.m. until late at night” to “weekdays after 3 p.m.”

Government in Action Florida’s second-most populous county, Broward, announced in December it was removing the agricultural tax break for 127 properties because it appeared their “farming” work was a sham. Broward’s property appraiser estimated the county had lost “hundreds of millions of dollars” over the years granting the bogus reductions -- as landowners were blatantly housing just a few cows (in some cases, merely renting them) to graze and calling that “agricultural.” The appraiser’s office, after auditing only a few of the exemptions, found, for example, that land occupied by a government-contract prison was “agricultural” (with a rent-a-cow arrangement). -- The Ontario College of Trades ministry, finally implementing a long-ago reclassification of about 300,000 professionals, announced in November that barbers would immediately face fines if they had not acquired new licenses demonstrating proficiency with perms and highlighting and other aspects of

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women’s hairstyling. Even barbers who had cut men’s hair for decades and with no desire to accept female customers would probably need a costly study program for the upgrade, which one barber estimated at 2,000 hours and $5,000 or more. Said one exasperated old-timer, “We’re barbers, not neurosurgeons.” -- Suspicion Confirmed: A September report from the National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that almost 9 percent of all federal government spending occurred during the last week of the government’s fiscal year, as agencies scrambled to buy things they previously had not needed but suddenly did -- because the money would otherwise disappear. Further, the report found that contracts made during that perhaps-frenzied final week were from double to more than five times as likely to be poorly executed as contracts made earlier in the fiscal year. -- The Army Corps of Engineers said in December that it “continuously strives to implement lessons learned from its work in the extremely challenging Afghan environment” -- apparently its primary response to an inspector general’s report that it wasted $5.4 million on trash incinerators for a forward operating base that were late, in disrepair, dysfunctional even if working properly, health hazards for troops, and ultimately abandoned on site, unused. The project was termed “a complete waste,” but the corps pointed out that money was actually saved by not repairing expensive equipment that would not have worked anyway.

Great Art! South Africa, still transitioning to freedom after apartheid, has been slow to embrace the “performance art” that is a staple of American and European popular culture, but artist Anthea Moys is creating her own space, according to a December Wall Street Journal dispatch from Johannesburg. Recently she


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played an exhibition soccer game -- alone against an 11-player lineup. Her “team” quickly fell behind, but sympathetic spectators wandered onto the pitch to help her, and she managed to lose by only 12-0. Before that, she had entered a 60-mile bicycle race in Johannesburg and, dressed properly in helmet and Spandex, she mounted a stationary bike at the starting line and began pedaling furiously as the other cyclists took off. “I’m not very competitive,” she said. “I’m interested in the joy of games and how people view them.”

Police Report From the Homer (Alaska) Tribune: On Nov. 11, police were called at 2 a.m. by Robert Tech, 47 (better known as “Turkey Joe”), who said he was assaulted by Charles Young, 61 (“known in town” as “Yukon Charlie”). Joe was talking too much, Charlie told officers, and he had to keep hitting Joe because he would not shut up. Joe, whom officers found inside the bus he has been living in, said he declined to fight back because “I’ve been a leader of men all my life.” Charlie was arrested. -- Low-Tech Thief: Kevin Cook, 25, told police that he was mugged in New York City’s Central Park on Dec. 28, but that the thief had grabbed only his cellphone. Since it was a flip phone, the thief took a bemused look at it, asked, “What the (expletive) is this,” threw it back to Cook and walked away empty-handed. Cook, perhaps a bit defensive, pointed out that it was a new-style flip phone. -- Disability or Disguise? Police in Denver said the same man (still on the loose), in his 50s and about 5-foot-8, robbed three banks in the area in December and faces up to 60 years in prison if caught. Either he employs a finely detailed disguise, or he is robbing banks under a significant

disability, for in each job he wears a “medical mask” and lugs around a portable oxygen supply.

Perspective Medics and excessively confident law enforcement officers are facing federal lawsuits after, first, David Eckert, in New Mexico, and then a 54-year-old woman in El Paso, Texas, were repeatedly anally examined in ultimately fruitless searches for ingested drugs. Search of Eckert began when a traffic officer thought he was “clenching” his buttocks during a stop; search of the woman began at the Mexico border when she was selected randomly for “additional screening” and a police dog gestured toward her. Both victims endured hours of detention and bodily invasions, as officers and medics, continually finding nothing, used different tests to justify their initial suspicion. (Eckert received three enemas and a colonoscopy.) Not a single trace of drugs was found on either victim, and both have sued for the trauma and because both medical centers, in Silver City, N.M., and El Paso, billed the victims personally for the forced procedures. Least Competent Criminals Two men broke into a home in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles in December, unaware that the resident had moments earlier called 911 after glimpsing them on his surveillance camera. When police arrived outside, the perps asked the resident to tie all three of them up so that all would appear to be “victims” of the invaders, who had supposedly fled. The resident complied, but when police entered the home, the resident of course immediately squealed on the tied-up perps, ensuring their arrest. Two associates, who were outside standing lookout, were also arrested. Said one officer, “That’s what you call felony stupid.” ,

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n It seems only fitting that a documentary about the growing gap between the rich and poor should be screened for free. On Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m., Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) will kick off a screening and panel discussion about the documentary Inequality for All, a film that focuses on the increasingly extinct “middle class” of America. A cool dozen local groups are helping to host this event in the hopes that a vibrant discussion about Nebraskan inequality will ensue. And by Nebraskan inequality I don’t mean Council Bluffs. n Don’t know how to treat your fella or lady to a special Valentine’s Day? May I suggest plenty of Lubitsch? Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and Borsheims are holding a free screening of director Ernest Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise at 7 p.m. on V-day. Because nothing says “I love you dear” like taking your partner to a free movie. n On Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., Film Streams is

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hat the hell is a “shadow recruit?” Did they really just figure out the terrorist target via Instagram? Does Viktor

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collaborating with the Institute for Holocaust Education to present a screening of No Place on Earth, a unique film that uses drama and documentary to tell the story of Jewish Ukranians who survived the Holocaust by spending a year and a half underground. Producer Rafael Marmor will be on hand for a post-show discussion with questions like “is that where the term ‘living under a rock’ came from?” n The Oscar Nominations were announced this week with few surprises, despite every online outlet divvying up “snubs and surprises.” So Tom Hanks didn’t get a nod for Captain Phillips; he’ll have to be content with the naked golden bookends he already has. The real question is whether Oprah, who wasn’t nominated for The Butler, plans on buying and canceling the ceremony all together. —Ryan Syrek

that he’s more brains than brawn, which probably works great in Tom Clancy’s novels, but watching a character think on screen isn’t very exciting. This alleged thriller has all your favorite action beats, including a bomb with a countdown clock and file that’s almost done downloading. The economically minded Ryan is recruited into the CIA by Thomas Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh) win the Harper (Kevin Costner), a man seemingaward for “most stereotypical Russian ly always on the verge of yawning. Ryan villain in history” now that we know he is then placed on Wall Street where he has cirrhosis from drinking too much monitors banks, a job that the governvodka? And seriously, what the hell is a ment apparently doesn’t actually have shadow recruit?! in real life. He notices some Russian acA good movie leaves you question- counts that look fishy, so Harper sends ing previous notions. A series of cliches him to Moscow. Ryan’s fiancee, Cathy vaguely edited in the shape of a movie (Keira Knightley), follows along and like Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit makes you goes from having no idea her partner question your previous decisions. If at is a spy to joining him in full espionage first, second or third something doesn’t in about five minutes. Realizing bad succeed, Paramount will put Chris Pine bank assets aren’t exhilarating, there’s a in it. Pine is the fourth Jack Ryan, a char- bomb thrown in there too. acter so devoid of personality literally any Pine was seemingly carved by God white male can play him. Ryan’s schtick is to be an action star. He has all of Tom Cruise’s charisma ON DVD with significantly American Hustle = B READER RECOMMENDS Solid, slightly odd, con film with great female performances. less alien-based reliBlue Jasmine = B+ A show-stopping performance for Cate Blanchett, who shows gious beliefs. Yet he Nebraska = Bno signs of stopping. Another nice, quiet, muted film from the master. can’t quite find the Saving Mr. Banks = D

Corporate propaganda justifying emotional theft.

Captain Phillips = C A fake-feeling real-life story that’s fine but unnecessary.

Frozen = A-

Machete Kills = D

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right roles. Jack Ryan is so boring. If he had asked any of the three previous very famous people who abandoned the role to describe this non-character, perhaps Pine would have passed. Knightley’s American accent is wound so tight you can almost see her face pucker. Branagh, who also directed, gave his borschtfilled baddie such a stiff upper lip his mouth barely moves. Meanwhile, Costner thought the food provided on set was delicious. Even the title of the film show the vacant, hollow nature of this lethargic paint-by-numbers, punctuated by a scene where Pine stands among a bank of computers and busts a plan decades in the making using the hottest social media sites. It would be silly if everyone wasn’t so stone-faced serious. A good spy movie requires taking the film one of two directions: action-heavy and fun (like 007 films) or methodical and thoughtful (like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit wants to be both and manages to be neither. It falls in the cracks between the two, into the void of competent and nearly mediocre diversionary fare. Dear Paramount: Don’t give Mr. Ryan a fifth doover please. GRADE = D+


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ur employer stopped offering group health insurance because there weren’t enough people who were willing to take advantage of it,” says Joyce Mlynarik. And that’s how Mlynarik found herself looking for new health insurance plans on HealthCare. gov in mid-December last year. She said she applied online with assistance from a licensed health insurance agent. “Jeff came in, sat down with me and helped me get enrolled,” Mlynarik said. THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS: According to Mlynarik, the process was an easy one and only took her about 30 minutes from start to finish. “Jeff and I brought up HealthCare.gov on the computer and did encounter a few glitches. At first it didn’t recognize the username and password I had created. You have to create an

me to determine what I wanted. It didn’t take me very long,” she explained. Mlynarik said she printed out her options and looked at them with three primary criteria in mind: co-pays, HSA’s (Health Savings Accounts) and out-of-pocket costs. She knew she didn’t want a co-pay plan but did want an HSA plan so it was easy for her to get rid of the plans that didn’t fit. “Then the next thing I was looking for was how much the out-of-pocket was going to be.  It

Thanks to Jeff Zacharia at Insurevest for sharing his client’s stories on their experiences with healthcare.gov account first and then log in with that information a few screens later and it wasn’t working,” said Mlynarik. But she said by the time she had reached someone at HealthCare.gov, the system sorted itself out and opened up the screens she needed to get herself enrolled. CHOOSING A PLAN: In Mlynarik’s case, the computer gave her somewhere between four and six options among three different plan levels: bronze, silver and gold. Faced with this many choices, you might think her choice was a bit challenging but she said it really wasn’t. “Because I work in healthcare and know a little bit about insurance, it was a little easier for

wasn’t even the actual price of the plan; it was maximum out-of-pocket and the fact it was an HSA,” said Mlynarik. She admits her biggest concern going forward is using it and finding out who takes it and who doesn’t. But at least the cost wasn’t a shock. “It was comparable to what I had been paying in the past.  It’s only probably $50 more than what I was paying last year for my husband and myself,” she said. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW PLAN: Mlynarik advises, “If you have questions use the resources at healthcare.gov to get the answers you need to help you make an educated decision.”

Last Minute SignUp No Issue for Jeff Wees

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tudent and high school basketball coach Jeff Wees found himself in search of a new health care plan after he turned 26 and was knocked off his parents’ plan. Wees said his biggest concern was that he wasn’t going to get enrolled in time. “That first half hour or hour (that I tried www.healthcare. gov) it took a while to get on,” he says. “I really didn’t mean to put it off, but it was just one of those things. I knew it was important but it just wasn’t at the front of my mind, you know? So it took a while to get on, but once I was on the website it was a pretty smooth process.” He admits that waiting until the December 22nd deadline was probably not the best move, but he says the process really only took him about 30 to 35 minutes from application to enrollment. GETTING A LITTLE HELP: Wees’ mother has a client who is a licensed health insurance agent and assists people with the health insurance enrollment process, so that’s who Wees turned to for help with his online application. He said the questions he encountered online were not difficult to answer and after he filled in a few, the program pretty much did the rest of the work for him. “There were about four or five health insurance plan options that came up for me on the

computer. Once I got those, the guy who was helping me assisted me in choosing the plan that was best for me personally. He explained which plan would be optimal for me and why,” says Wees. WHAT ABOUT THE COST? Jeff Zacharia from Insurevest who helped Wees had already let him know about how much he could expect to spend on health insurance so there was no sticker shock for Wees when his plan options showed up on the computer. Wees said it was pretty much what he had expected to pay. He also said he did not end up qualifying for any subsidies. NOTHING TO IT BUT TO DO IT! Wees said he put off enrolling because of all the horror stories. He didn’t want to bother with it because he thought it was going to be a long, drawn out and tedious process. But, he said it wasn’t. In fact, Wees said it was easier than he had expected. Though he admits the process would have been more complicated without someone to help him through it, he’s confident he could have done it himself and figured it out, though maybe not as fast. “You can’t cross your fingers and hope nothing happens,” says Wees. “I have had a couple of accidents and have had to get a few stitches here and there so I know it’s important to have insurance in case something happens. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, you’ll be glad you have it.”


The Reader Jan. 23 - 29, 2014