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December 2, 2014

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 August 30, 2013/ 24 Elul, 5773

Wheat for oil redux?

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As in other moments of national stupidity, we've pretty much erased it from our memories, but back in the '70s, during the Arab oil embargo, there was an idea going around that gained considerable popular support:

We present Saudi Arabia and other Mideast oil producers with this proposition: A bushel of wheat for a barrel of oil. The implication being that they take the deal or starve.

The flaw in the proposition was that those countries could go elsewhere -- Russia, Central Europe, Latin America -- to buy wheat. It would be at greater cost, to be sure, but since OPEC, or the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, had pretty well cornered the world's supply of money, that was not a great obstacle to the sheiks.

Things have changed, although not as much as one would expect.

The United States, rather than running out of oil, keeps finding more of it, and is, in fact, a net energy exporter. Under the curious economics of supply and demand as they apply to the oil industry, gas is averaging about $3.55 at the pump, a price that would have been laughably high in the '70s. "Oh, it'll get bad," the experts said, "but never that bad."

It may be time to eat a little crow and dust off the crazy barter idea to obtain a product that the Mideast -- especially our good friends the Saudis -- has in abundance. That would be sand. Maybe we could offer them a bushel of oranges for a bushel of sand, or something along those lines.

It seems that Florida -- or parts of it, at least -- is running out of sand for beaches, and the beaches are what draw the tourists. No beaches, no tourists, just mosquitoes and the occasional Burmese python.

The solution until now -- and not building on coastal land with its protective dunes and swamps is out -- has been to go out to sea, pump up sand from the ocean bottom and dump it on the shore to replenish the beach. None of this is cheap. One estimate is that the state has spent $886 million since 1923, and that doesn't count the federal government's share.

Several coastal counties are running out of sand to dredge up, because of storms and tides that cause beach erosion and, perhaps the worst enemy of all, a rising sea level.

The counties most affected are Miami-Dade -- officially out of offshore sand -- Broward and Palm Beach in South Florida. They are trying to talk counties farther north, like St. Lucie and Martin, into sharing some of their still-abundant supplies of offshore sand. No deal.

Showing unusual long-range vision for a county commissioner, a breed whose idea of long-range planning is next week, St. Lucie's Frannie Hutchinson asked, "What happens in 50 years when all that sand is gone? Where are we supposed to go then?"

Here's a suggestion: the Rub' al-Khali of Saudi Arabia. It translates into "Empty Quarter," but it's not empty. It's hundreds of thousands of square miles of sand, just sitting there. If sand could think, it would rather be a beach than a desert, especially a South Florida beach.

It's hard to believe that the Saudis would turn down any reasonable offer for sand that not only do they not use, but have no use for. It may sound expensive and far-fetched, but importing Saudi sand is far better, and likely more comfortable, than the current popular proposal -- grinding up old beer bottles to make sand. Even the spring-break crowd doesn't drink enough to make that viable. Besides, the beer is served in cans or plastic to cut down on injuries.

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Previously:


08/27/13 AEDs: An easy but largely unknown way to save a life
08/22/13 The one certainty is that you won't win
08/15/13 You're photogenic, whether you like it or not
08/09/13 U.S.-Russian relations: snub for snub
08/08/13 Snowden in Moscow: Fun is where you find it
08/06/13 Senior GOP officials warn against government shutdown
08/05/13 Presidential helicopter plans still grounded
08/02/13 For back-to-school sales, retailers change target
08/01/13 The jihadi in the gray flannel suit
07/31/13 Richard III's reputation remains in the dirt
07/30/13 Honor Rosie the Riveter for helping win the war
07/29/13 Duchess breaks the 'mommy tummy' taboo
07/26/13 Congress deeply split over unlimited NSA eavesdropping
07/25/13 Please, somebody take away Anthony Weiner's cellphone
07/24/13 Time for the royal family to stop recycling names
07/23/13 Detroit's bankruptcy woes may just be a test case
07/22/13 Fed chief to Congress: Don't mess up recovery
07/19/13 Your license plate is on candid camera
07/18/13 A long fall from the Founding Fathers
07/17/13 NSA leaker's life in limbo
07/05/13 Statue of Liberty reopens. You go on ahead
07/04/13 Independence Day --- your country wants you to be happy
07/03/13 Snowden, a man without a country
07/01/13 The lonely exile of Edward Snowden
06/29/13 Greetings, Venusians. Take me to your ATM
06/28/13 In China, when in doubt, shanghai the CEO
06/26/13 Voting Rights Act now more symbol than law
06/21/13 Looking for work? Why not be a U.S. senator?
06/19/13 G-8 summit spurs work on historic trade deal
06/18/13 A debt of honor to U.S. forces' translators in Afghanistan
06/17/13 Court's gene ruling makes sense
06/14/13 Bill Clinton urges Syrian intervention
06/12/13 White House pulls plug on lawmakers' picnic
06/11/13 NSA secrets just a keystroke away
06/10/13 If it's in your computer, the feds have it
06/05/13 Post-arrest DNA test scrapes away privacycy
05/31/13 The terrorists in the gray flannel robes
05/28/13 Frugality stops at the military bases' edge
05/27/13 Obama lays out counterterrorism policies
05/22/13 Lifeline could be direct line to identity theft
05/21/13 American teens' materialism makes sense
05/20/13 U.S. spy in Moscow has elements of farce
05/14/13 Chinese turn to White House website with petitions
05/13/13 Hospital pricing shows a sickening disparity
05/09/13 Flying car is Great Pumpkin of aviation
05/08/13 On immigration, the GOP's split widens
05/07/13 French socialists fall out of love with their guy
05/06/13 Jamestown settlers included cannibals
04/30/13 Workforce is small because it's older
04/29/13 American public no help in budget battle
04/26/13 Pot, agriculture's new hope
04/24/13 A new pressure group: Angry air travelers
04/23/13 NASA Kepler mission brings sci-fi closer to reality
04/22/13 It's over: The end of any expectation Americans have of privacy in a public place
04/19/13 Chicago sinkhole, a possible recreation site
04/17/13 Not too early to think about Joe v. Hillary
04/15/13 Maybe they should go back to flying carpets
04/12/13 For U.S. food aid, healthful reform proposed
04/11/13 Obama sends Congress a $3.77 trillion budget
04/10/13 A new death ray, a la Buck Rogers
04/09/13 China's patience may be running out
04/05/13 Dementia a threat to nation's health and finances
04/01/13 North Korea rattles the guns of war
03/29/13 Justifying the costs of ex-presidents
03/26/13 Congress OKs funding, pats itself on back
03/25/13 The more babies, the merrier and the more solvent
03/22/13 The quick red fox jumps --- oh, never mind
03/21/13 Living large on no dollars a day
03/20/13 Cyprus, chaos and the butterfly effect
03/19/13 What Obama's visit to Israel lacks in substance, it makes up for in symbolism
03/18/13 Visit the USA! It's not as much hassle anymore
03/15/13 Iraq War spurred medical progress, at great cost
03/14/13 In death, Chavez escapes a final indignity
03/13/13 Deficits falling -- maybe
03/12/13 Jobless rate dips, almost in spite of Congress
03/11/13 Rescuing remnants of the hated Berlin Wall
03/08/13 Mr. Paul Goes to Washington
03/05/13 Dennis Rodman puts up diplomatic air ball
03/04/13 Congress faces reality, passes anti-violence act
03/01/13 Titanic II: If at first you don't succeed ...
02/27/13 Telecommuters back to office!
02/26/13 Federal agencies to make sure public feels pain, too
02/25/13 You've been good citizens. Now get out
02/21/13 The drones are coming, ready or not
02/20/13 Deadbeats undermine the best of intentions
02/19/13 Artificial retina offers eye-opening promise
02/14/13 State of the Union needs new purpose
02/13/13 Instead of black helicopters, fluffy white blimps
02/11/13 Congress, no vacation until its work is done
02/08/13 Saturday letter delivery an expensive luxury
02/07/13 William Howard Taft, from president to mascot
02/01/13 Economists unfazed by brief pause in growth
01/31/13 African drone base would be a first step for U.S.
01/28/13 Senate timidly tinkers with filibuster rule
01/25/13 North Korea on 'settling accounts' with U.S.
01/24/13 Iran will invent world domination
01/23/13 High-school graduation rate hits a high note
01/21/13 Congress will spend year resting up -- who knows for what
01/17/13 Inaugurations inevitably include a slip-up
01/16/13 Once again, an al-Qaida threat from a faraway place
11/30/12 Soon your car may resemble Hal --- 'I'm sorry, Dave'
11/27/12 Faint -- very faint -- signs of optimism on fiscal cliff
11/26/12 Black Friday fatigue --- or not
11/23/12 China plans world's tallest and fastest building
11/22/12 Lonely, unattached planets looking for company
11/19/12 Americans will be diminished by loss of Twinkies
11/16/12 'E' in email stands for 'everybody'
11/14/12 Congress has chance to end year on high note
11/09/12 In Washington, expect new kind ofgridlock
11/02/12 Paranoia tops Chinese leaders' agendas
11/01/12 Preparing to lead from rear in another war
10/31/12 Happy to forget
10/30/12 Hurricane Sandy clouds election outcome
10/29/12 New meaning to the crime 'stick up'
10/25/12 Riding out the apocalypse in Costco
10/22/12 We love our troops, but some of us love ripping them off even more
10/18/12 Search for our next world narrows; get used to heat
10/16/12 Your license plate may be an open book
10/12/12 Cycling anti-dopers finally get their man, Lance Armstrong
10/12/12 Discovery: Roadside trash on Mars?
10/11/12 Millennials, the cheapest generation
10/08/12 Gang of Eight hopes to ride to deficit rescue
10/04/12 Confessions of a federal bootlegger
10/01/12 Rover Curiosity finds potential site for base Organizing
09/27/12 Future of cars --- nobody at the wheel
09/25/12 Imelda's shoes should be preserved and displayed
08/23/12 Capital's Reflecting Pool reflecting again
08/16/12 Putin and Pussy Riot forever linked
08/15/12 Hypersonic flight -- N.Y. to L.A. in 36 minutes
08/09/12 Coming to a dealer near you: All new 2013 Curiosity
08/08/12 What to do about killer cats?
08/06/12 Congress takes needed rest from inactivity
08/03/12 Manhattan Project worthy of national parks
08/01/12 In Russia, fearing the power of punk
07/31/12 Why Barack Obama needs Bill Clinton
07/30/12 Safeguard Fed's independence
07/26/12 Government spying on everyone not necessarily all bad
07/19/12 Kim Horatio Alger Jong Un, prodigy
07/18/12 The Fed and Congress: Who's on first?
07/17/12 Farmers markets require clean hands, common sense
07/10/12 Candidates play hooky from party conventions
07/05/12 One word, 'sorry,' unplugs Pakistani roadblock
07/04/12 A day to pursue happiness like good Americans
06/25/12 Joint venture: Finally testing legal marijuana sales
06/20/12 Steroid era not over with Clemens case
06/19/12 Summer without the jobs
06/15/12 World not ending, but maybe it should
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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