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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 26, 2009 / 1 Nisan 5769

Somehow, we've all lost our internal censors

By Celia Rivenbark

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Maybe it's the blogs, maybe it's the fact that so many of us have Facebook or MySpace pages, maybe it's the Twittersphere. Whatever it is, I've noticed that more of us, me included, are failing to screen what we say. We just blurt it out in 140 characters (Twitter), way fewer (Facebook, MySpace) or way more (our personal blogs).


In person or electronically, we're saying what we really think. Shudder.


In just a year or so, almost all of us have gotten a little too accustomed to "streaming" our lives and thoughts all day long.


When you're constantly telling everyone exactly what you're doing ("pot roast tonight!") and how you're feeling, ("my boss is an arrogant twit") it's hard to stop.


Which is why I think it was so easy for Twitter-savvy Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa to suggest in a nationally broadcast interview recently that AIG executives should either resign or take a deep bow and "follow the Japanese example" of killing themselves.


Grassley did this as easily and lightly as if he had suggested that he'd be happy to bring the lime Jell-O mold to the Senate picnic.


In a separate, but related, story, Judge Judy said recently that she was surprised that the loathsome and disgraced Bernie Madoff didn't kill himself rather than go to prison.


Is that any way for an officer of the make-believe television court to talk?


As one who receives quarterly "benefits" statements from AIG (which stands for "all I got" in my case), I should be as angry as anybody about dozens of soulless suits receiving millions of dollars in bonuses for doing The Worst Job in the History of the Working World, but I believe that the rules of a polite society dictate that we should never, ever invite anyone to off himself, even in jest.


No, no.


It would be far more gratifying to see AIG head Edward Libby dropped off in Deliveranceland dressed only in silver lame chaps and an "I (heart) gun control laws" T-shirt.


Am I the only one who just got goose bumps?


Lately, in my real life, I've had an unusually hard time holding my tongue and I believe it's because I'm so used to cyber-sharing every micro-moment of my day ("No bran, too many errands today") that I've forgotten how to turn it off.


And while I haven't invited the lunkhead who double-billed me for a repair and refused to refund the money to do the honorable thing and plunge a Samurai sword through his chest, I've toyed with the notion.


As a Southerner, this conduct is, well, unbecoming. We are famous for avoiding telling people they have displeased us.


We will dance all around unpleasantness.


Except we don't anymore. And I'm a little freaked out about that.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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