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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 July 25, 2012/ 6 Menachem-Av, 5772

Jeopardy, American Violence, and the Radio City Rockettes

By Alan Douglas




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In response to the mass shootings on July 20, 2012, at the midnight showing of a movie in a theater in Colorado, television broadcasters and internet bloggers were running non-stop coverage of every detail, video, rumor, and commentator they can find. Reporters were dispatched to give live coverage of how local movie theaters were handling security. Psychologists, religious leaders, sociologists, law enforcement, and as always, "the man on the street" had microphones stuck in their face so they could comment. "Is America a more violent society today?" a reporter asked.

To take a break from this continuing, omnipresent, media barrage, I decided to watch the quiz show, Jeopardy. A question/answer given to Jeopardy contestant that day was about George Metesky. Remembering Metesky answered the reporter's question for me.

Having served on the staff of the Presidential Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, I learned a lot about violence, operating a copy machine, and the futility of presidential commissions. There was a time in the United States, when we were more accustomed to bombings and shootings. Mobsters and gangsters in the 1920s and 30s engaged in gang wars, drive by shootings, and the occasional Valentine's Day Massacre. What we euphemistically call "labor strife" today involved shootings and bombings in the past. When the Mississippi River flooded, destroying homes and farmland during the depression, farmers in America's heartland used dynamite to blow up their neighbors' dams on the other side of the river to divert the rampaging flood water away from their homes.

The melting pot of immigration brought together feuding immigrant populations and allowed for old world vendettas to continue in the United States. Our freedom made it commonplace for nationalities to blow up each other's stores, offices, and homes. 1930s, with the depression, fascism, and the Klan, made Jews, Catholics, African Americans, and others targets. And, even the ultimate WASPs, the British, were fair game, in neutral America, during the 1930s.

If it was English, it was fair game for the Irish, Italian, and Germans to blow up. At the current site of the US Open Tennis facility, across from the Met's Stadium, during the 1939 World's Fair, that two New City Policemen were killed attempting to defuse a bomb found in the British Exhibit Hall.

The biggest menace to attending the theater was the "Mad Bomber of New York City," George Metesky. For over 20 years he planted bombs in New York Metropolitan area Train stations, Bus Terminals, Macy's, but primarily, in movie theatres. He would go to a movie, make a slit in his seat, and insert a small time bomb. In the midst of the 1954 classic film, "White Christmas" , a Meteskey bomb blew up in a front row seat at the Radio City Music Hall. Management moved the injured out for treatment, and those sitting nearby were relocated; while the rest of the audience continued watching the film. After the movie concluded, Radio City Music Hall launched their annual Christmas show spectacular, featuring the Rockettes. It was only after the high kicking Rockettes had wowed the crowd, and the stage show was over, then the police came in to look for evidence. Compare that scenario to recent shootings and bombings.

When another Metesky bomb was discovered (for the second time) at the New York Public Library, an employee threw it out the window, into Bryant Park, and then called the bomb squad. Today, the librarian's first response would probably have been to immediately call an agent, a literary agent, to negotiate a book deal. Meteskey's reign of terror, which was based upon a work related injury, continued for so long, in part, because the newspapers, law enforcement, government, and the business community agreed that publicity about the bombings would cause a panic, and it would be bad for business. The Mad Bomber was caught after a newspaper agreed to publish his grievances, allowing authorities to gain more clues so they could capture him. In our world today, the media, networks, bloggers and cell phone videographers would never keep a shooting or bombing under wraps.

We can see all the ugliness and violence, all the time, in high definition. Is America more violent today? I don't believe so. We are more technologically advanced, and just as primitive.

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JWR contributor, Alan Douglas, an author, media executive, award winning screenwriter (not produced), and attorney, lives con brio- except when he is grumpy.


Previously:

What Your Children and Grandchildren Are Doing
Family Dinner
Library Idol Worship
Holocaust Survivor, Museum Founder, Fired by Phone
Florida Attorneys to Shake Hands with the Devil
Holiday for the fallen and failed
Black History Month, Politics, and the Ice Cream Scoop
Friends With Benefits
Pilgrimages
Moneyball, Economics and Medicine
Justice, My Aunt, and Gretsky
Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Home Depot
Glenn Beck, Norway, Hitler and Me
D Day: The Ripple Effect
What are you paying for?
Law, Etiquette and 5 Rules
Inspiration
Confusing Kindness with Weakness
When Katie Couric Got Pulled Off the Air…
Don't second guess the deceased
Pain and legacies
Being in the No
The Sixth Sense
Dogs in Danger
Facebook, LinkedIn and the Zuckerberg Exit
Simon Bolivar Would Tell Glenn Beck to, ‘Put A Sock In It’
Children and Grandchildren
Swearing, Shoes, and Mark Twain
How my poor man's Porsche, Virgil, prepared me for life
Leases and Landing Gear
The Oscars, Obama and Job Creation
Damages and Penalties
Obstacles with Impossibilities
Making Others Feel Bad
Referrals and Recommendations
Woodpecker Frustration
Phrases, Not Resolutions
I Was A Crime Fighter and Super Hero
Comforting with Sympathizing
Nautical Worry Killers
Can You Keep A Secret?
Holiday Card Hazards
Gifts
Sharing, Transparency and Dumping
Red Alert
Readers Respond Regarding Rabbi
Readers: I Need Your Help with my Rabbi
Humphrey Bogart and P. T. Barnum on Fighting with Family and Friends
Columbus, Honors and Hound Dogs
The Free Lunch
When your child suffers
Conversational Transmitted Diseases
Conservative, Liberal or American
Paris, Antarctica and Shopping
Personal Protection
Dispute Resolution
Jumped or Pushed?
Friends and Acquaintances
Revenge and Vindication

© 2010 Alan Douglas

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