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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 August 5, 2011 / 5 Menachem-Av, 5771

Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | One of the many mysteries fueling conspiracy theories about 9/11 is this: Even though 3,000 victims died in the collapse of the Twin Towers, a key federal database records that only 405 people died in the state of New York that day, not much more than the state's daily average of 350 deaths.

Indeed, most of the dead -- more than 90 percent -- were not recorded in the Death Master File, a registry maintained by the Social Security Administration and subject to a web of reporting and disclosure restrictions that make independent verification of its accuracy all but impossible.

The nature of the 9/11 tragedy was largely to blame for this glaring gap in an important federal record.

Normally hospitals and privately owned funeral homes report deaths to the master file but so few bodies were recovered from the debris there was little to report.

Another source of death reports is from family members seeking Social Security survivor benefits but the victims of 9/11 were overwhelmingly young, 70 percent of them under 40 and unlikely to have survivors eligible for the benefits.

And perhaps the main reason that most of the New York 9/11 victims appear to be missing from the official records is government secrecy. The Death Master File was created in 1980 after credit agencies, banks and other business interests filed suit seeking protection from identity theft and fraud. And the government is bent on maintaining that secrecy.

Social Security Administrator Michael Astrue, who has declined requests for interviews about the death file, told Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., many of whose constituents were among the victims, "We cannot legally share all or our death information." And a New York City official told Maloney, "Even though all New York City deaths are reported . . . the deaths are not public information."

The Death Master File is important for medical research and it determines the eligibility of the critically ill for organ transplants. Thus, its accuracy is vital.

But an earlier Scripps Howard News Service investigation found 32,000 living Americans mistakenly listed as dead, playing havoc with their ability to get jobs, obtain loans and clear background checks.

Federal and city officials insist that all of the 9/11 dead have been properly reported and recorded. We just have to take their word for it.

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Previously:

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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