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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 June 15, 2012/ 25 Sivan, 5772

World not ending, but maybe it should

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Although we won't know for sure until Dec. 22, the assertion that a Mayan calendar calls for the world to end this Dec. 21 has been pretty well debunked.

Astronomers say the world will indeed end, but not for another 4 billion years, putting a real strain on mankind's reserves of procrastination. We'll get around to working up a solution to Doomsday tomorrow, maybe next week, certainly no later than Labor Day.

But nonetheless, just as in the Book of Revelation, a series of ominous omens may portend something really bad about to happen.

On a macro level, somehow the fate of Europe seems to have been put in the hands of the Greeks, whom you would think would be nobody's first choice for that honor.

Greece may renege on its debts and jump, fall or be kicked out of the eurozone, Europe's monetary union. The euro would be replaced by the drachma, a currency the Greeks had little faith in then and, judging from the speed with which they're trying to get their savings out of the banks and out of the country, even less faith now.

If Greece goes, the fear is that Portugal, Spain, perhaps Italy and maybe Ireland, too, will be next. Lithuania, however, is looking pretty solid.

That would leave Germany pretty much in charge of Europe's economy, but Germany, which so badly wanted to control Europe in the late '30s and early '40s, now doesn't want any part of it.

The worry is that the European economic contagion could spread here, if Congress doesn't succeed in wrecking the country first.

Thanks to a budget deal the two parties reached last summer — and House Republicans promptly reneged on, much to the embarrassment of their leaders — if no agreement is reached on taxes and entitlements by the end of the year (10 days past Mayan Doomsday), $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts would take effect.

The military would be hit especially hard. Nobody in authority really wants to quantify the damage to our defense posture, but let's just say we might have a hard time defending ourselves against Lithuania.

If there's one lesson the recession should have taught us it's that "too big to fail" is a hollow expression. The Chinese economy is slowing, and some economists think the only choice in outcomes is whether it comes in for a hard or soft landing.

China is not too big to fail; in fact, it's failed many times. Let us not forget that, under Chairman Mao's Great Leap Forward, China did a great national face plant from which it took years, and Mao's death, to recover.

Indiana — Indiana (, for heaven's sake — became the first state in the nation to make it legal for people to shoot public officials, like police officers, whom residents believe have entered their homes illegally. This should be a great help to the "stand your ground" laws in thinning out the population.

Inevitably, a man in Texas set up a video camera, confronted his neighbor, shouted for the benefit of the camera that he was in fear of his life but "I'm standing my ground," and then fatally shot his neighbor. The dispute was over noise from a party.

Not to needlessly alarm you, but have you noticed the spate of stories about cannibals like the guy in Miami who chewed off the face of a homeless man or the stories about a drug called "bath salts" that causes users to run naked through the streets randomly attacking strangers?

That's not to say the nation is ignoring its more pressing problems.

According to a front-page story in USA Today, a lab in Tennessee has developed a test that, as the headline writer delicately put it, "links the dog to its doo," meaning owners who don't clean up after their pets can be tracked down and fined — unless, of course, the pet owner chooses to stand his ground and defend his doo and shoot the guy from animal control.

Somewhere, wherever it is that Mayans go after they die, an astrologer is quietly cackling to himself.

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Previously:


06/13/12 Make the nation's laws; no experience necessary
06/11/12 The highway bill to nowhere
06/07/12 Planet Mars slated to become reality show
06/06/12 Spy agency magically produces two space
06/05/12 Make parties pay for conventions
06/04/12 Revised date for end of the world
05/31/12 Needed: A kinder, gentler . . . TSA
05/30/12 Keep U.N.'s hands off the Internet
05/25/12 Observe Memorial Day; it will only take a minute
05/24/12 Taxpayers taken for ride on subsidized EAS flights
05/23/12 Worsening traffic is a sign of recovery
05/17/12 U.S. needs a good third party
05/16/12 Earmarks quietly looking to make a comeback
05/15/12 Some good in war
05/14/12 Mayan discovery: It's safe to make plans for 2013
05/10/12 Save those 'Hillary!' buttons
04/18/12 Government service can be fun. Really.
04/17/12 Scandal, yes, but Cartagena had summit, too
04/16/12 When your car is smarter than you are
04/13/12 Lenders tiptoe back into world of credit risks
04/12/12 What do you mean you don't want a driver's license?
04/11/12 Smartphone anti-theft plan seems, um, smart
04/10/12 Bizarre process to choose a veep
04/09/12 From remote exurbs, cities don't look so bad anymore
04/06/12 We do want the fake Romney, not the 'real' one
04/05/12 Heaping even more indignities on air travelers
03/29/12 Blown away in Washington, D.C.
03/28/12 At the nuke summit an inadvertent moment of candor
03/27/12 A worse unemployment problem
03/23/12 The federal budget: A game of make-believe
03/21/12 In Iraq, blame the U.S., but drive American
03/20/12 Too late, bin Laden realized killing Muslims was a mistake
03/16/12 Hu and Wen leaving. China asks: What next?
03/14/12 Tide, favored by housewives and drug dealers alike
03/09/12 'Spring forward' obsessives and seasonal purists
03/08/12 Really, no place is safe when you think about it
03/06/12 Putin 'carousel voting' victory
02/28/12 Fighter of future still glued to tarmac
02/27/12 Every candidate has to have a tax-reform plan
02/23/12 Au revoir, mademoiselle: It's been bonne
02/21/12 A new way of attacking food-stamp fraud
02/20/12 Feds don't want you driven to distraction
02/15/12 Putin has found can't lose campaign issue: Promoting a randier Russia
02/14/12 Obama's budget lays down battle lines for the fall
02/10/12 Filming in D.C. creates hassle for Hollywood
02/08/12 At Lake Vostok, Russia taps into new realm
02/07/12 'Granny dumping' in prisons
01/30/12 National Defense Authorization Act indefensible
01/23/12 Barbie sparks fear among Iran's mullahs
01/19/12 From overseas, U.S. industry is looking good
01/18/12 American posterior a growing problem for mass transit
01/16/12 Planets and roaches
01/13/12 Not exactly a biblical plague, but certainly an annoyance
01/12/12 Fewer young Americans interested in driving
01/05/12 Majoring in unemployment
01/04/12 Cutting the military by blunt force
01/02/12 Pragmatic look at top words
12/22/11 Basketball the way to Kim's heart and nuclear weapons
12/21/12 Speculation and wishful thinking can get scary
12/20/11 A third Kim has North Korea by the throat
12/19/11 Congress pats itself on back for budget bill
12/15/11 The U.S. government is cashing in its chips, literally
12/14/11 TSA might try trusting its own people
12/12/11 That $1.2 billion? It's around here some place
12/09/11 State Department Creates ‘Virtual Embassy’ For Iran
12/08/11 If you've ever tweeted, you're in the Library of Congress
12/07/11 Discoveries go to the core of what makes us humans
12/06/11 Stealing elections badly in Russia
12/05/11 Sometimes paranoia is common sense by another name
12/02/11 When the U.S. truly became one nation
12/01/11 Last chance to snap up a Maybach
11/30/11 Iran wants respect without earning it
11/29/11 Surprise! ‘Spider-Man’ may weave a profitable web
11/28/11 Italians entertain novel proposition: Paying their taxes
11/25/11 No time to let up on al-Qaida
11/24/11 Congress Quietly Abolishing Friday
11/23/11 Cleaning up after supercommittee implosion
11/22/11 Jailing minors with adults adds to problems
11/21/11 Brilliant strategy? Action by inaction
11/18/11They're going to eat horses, aren't they?
11/17/11 A pretend stick shift for pretend drivers
11/16/11 Clinton's ‘vast experiences’: Did NBC pick the wrong Chelsea?
11/15/11 Occupy protesters, you've made your point. Now, scat
11/10/11 Our vets are a national problem?
11/09/11 Requiem for a once-great sport
11/08/11 A toilet as smart as its occupant
11/07/11 Prerevolutionary gems in need of TLC
11/04/11 Feds must stop scam of stealing from dead children
11/03/11 Bank listens ‘very closely’ to customer lynch mob
11/01/11 TV that's leading the people away from ‘core socialist values’
10/31/11 NATO should not be a victim of its success
10/28/11 Iran mulls getting rid of president and presidency
10/27/11 Bienvenidos a Dayton and bring your businesses with you
10/26/11 Archivists long for Obama's teleprompter
10/25/11 United Nations to run the Internet?
10/24/11 Attention, world: You've got the cash. We've got the houses
10/19/11 Oil pipeline must be in America's future
10/18/11 U.S. plans ‘limited’ mission in an Africa with no limits
10/17/11 Social Security's grave mistakes
10/12/11 NASA's help-wanted sign for astronauts
10/10/11 Saving Thomas Jefferson''s chimneys
10/06/11 Uncle Sam's answer to deadbeats --- robo-calls
10/04/11 Christie should ignore jibes on his weight
10/03/11 Iran says its warships will head for Jersey shore
09/29/11 Europeans bristle at Obama's lectures
09/28/11 Jessica Rabbit for the defense
09/27/11 Russia learns outcome of next March's presidential election
09/26/11 Another try at leaving no child behind
09/23/11 This generation needs a job more than a name
09/22/11 In the lane next to you: A driverless car
09/20/11 Cloudy, cool, chance of falling satellite
09/14/11 Humanitarian extortion
09/13/11 Paging Dr. Watson; he's there in 3 seconds
09/09/11 Forecasting 100 percent chance of heavy metal
09/08/11 A jobs program at Obama's doorstep
09/07/11 Iran's government afraid of the water
09/06/11 Congress returns, tanned, rested and testy
09/05/11 Space nations must clean up after themselves
09/02/11 Osama bin Laden died a failure and he knew it
09/01/11 Time to retire political pie in the face
08/31/11 Labor Day celebrates what, exactly?
08/30/11 These arrestees really are framed
08/25/11 When in an earthquake, block traffic
08/23/11 A case for discretion in deportation arrests
08/22/11 Tough times or not, parents shell out for school
08/18/11 Being unpleasant for fun, profit, promotion
08/17/11 Time to prepare for the end game in Libya
08/16/11: ‘Super Committee’ starts facing reality
08/15/11: World's fastest plane disappears even faster
08/12/11: British cops track rioters through security cameras
08/11/11: Relax. There is no Death Star
08/10/11: House pages run final errands
08/09/11: U.S. treading water on job creation
08/08/11: Uncle Sam, the world's permanent guest
08/05/11: Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records
08/04/11: Russian PM calls U.S. a ‘parasite.’ He should be so lucky
08/03/11: Congress goes from one bind to another
08/02/11: D.B. Cooper may no longer be a mystery
08/01/11: Libya's latest weapon against NATO --- lawsuits
07/29/11: He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler
07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town
07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor
07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes
07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis
07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses
07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat
06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend
06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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