In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 22, 2013/ 11 Nissan, 5773

We're All Cypriots Now

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Americans who still give a damn about anything important should pay close attention to what's going on in Cyprus. The extended two day bank "holiday" has now been extended until next Tuesday. The banks remain closed because the Cypriot parliament essentially refused an offer they couldn't refuse, at least as far as the EU is concerned. That offer is stark: either the parliament allows the confiscation of private property, aka personal savings, from the bank accounts of Cypriots to help underwrite the horrendous decisions of Cypriot bankers, or the EU lets the country go bankrupt.

:Margaret Thatcher once remarked, "the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money to spend." The thugs that run the European Central Bank (ECB) the European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), more familiarly known as the "troika," are well aware of that reality. But rather than let those directly responsible take the hit, as in the bankers and their bondholders, the world is once again being subjected to the pathetically familiar refrain known as "too big to fail." Thus, instead of running out of other people's money to spend, the troika's "solution" is simple: find more people to shake down.

:And make no mistake: this is a shakedown, comparable to a Soprano-style protection racket. "Nice little country you have there, Cypriots. It would be shame to see it run into the ground."

:Here's the truth about what's going on: we're all Cypriots now. We're all beholden to an international cartel of governments and bankers who don't' give a damn about "quaint" concepts like democracy, or national sovereignty. The Cypriot parliament voted 36-0 against stealing money from peoples' bank accounts, but as far as the troika is concerned, they got the vote "wrong." And while there is talk about coming up with a "plan B," what that really means is, as it was said in "Cool Hand Luke," that the MPs in the Cypriot parliament "gotta get their minds right."


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How corrupt is this international cartel? Americans might want to ask themselves how a cabal of bankers and Wall Street titans could be bailed out to the tune of $700 billion in TARP funds, and not a single resignation was demanded in return. They might ask themselves why the government doesn't include the costs of food and fuel when they calculate inflation rates. They might ask themselves why it took Bloomberg News more than two years of litigation after filing a Freedom of Information Act to find out that the Federal Reserve made more than $7.7 trillion available to banks all over the world in order to keep them afloat.

:Here's something most Americans haven't figured out: just like Cypriots, our saving accounts are being raided as well. The only difference is that the EU is far less sophisticated about it than Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Instead of an outright money grab, Big Ben has made the idea of having a "savings" account a cruel joke. In order to protect the banking class, we've had zero interest rates for the longest time in the history of the nation. This amounts to nothing less than a phantom tax on savings, with a not-so-subtle addenda included: either you risk your hard-earned money in the stock market to get a decent rate of return--or you can go screw.

:Somewhere down the line, it may occur to people in places like Greece or Spain, where the official unemployment rate is above 25% and the recession/depression has been going on for four or five years--with no end in sight--that the EU's trump card of "do what we say, or we'll either let you go bankrupt" is really a deuce. At some point, leaving the EU behind, going bankrupt and devaluing a national currency to get back in the game will become the lesser of two evils.

:At some point, it may occur to people that reestablishing national sovereignty, and taking all the lumps that come with it, is a far better deal than being beholden to a bunch of socialist hucksters who "grand vision" is nothing less than an unmitigated disaster. It may occur to people that being Cypriots, or Spaniards, or Greeks, or Italians, and enduring two or three years of years of brutal hardship, beats the hell out of being "Euro-proles" stuck in a never-ending twilight zone of lowered expectations, courtesy of the international financiers and their political enablers.

:The EU is threatening to kick Cyprus out? Here’s hoping Cypriots kick the EU and all of their socialist trappings out of their country. And here’s hoping Americans snap out of their own self-induced torpor and realize that we’re headed down the same road.

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