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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 Oct. 1, 2013/ 27 Tishrei, 5774

Geezer zombies, coming to a reality near you

By John Kass

John Kass


JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) "Geezer Zombies Devouring the Young" should be the biggest Hollywood hit of all time.

What? You haven't seen it? Oh, well, too bad.

It is a generational horror flick, with hordes of predatory geezers, age 45 on up, running amok.

In this picture, the young have hope and youthful optimism.

But the old have cunning and superhuman strength, and their leaders will look surprisingly bipartisan, the spitting images of U.S. Sens. John McCain and Dick Durbin.

You'll even see them wrinkling their suits while crawling rapidly on the ceilings — like that old woman with the bloody steak in the hokey horror film "Legion" — leaping upon their prey, chasing young people down, leaving only the bones.

The prospect of McCain and Durbin scurrying on the ceilings, followed by Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid, is horror indeed.

So it's a guaranteed moneymaker. And that hit will prompt others, like "You Better Kill Anyone over 30, Before They Drink Your Blood."

OK, sure, these might not be the best titles, but they will make oodles of cash, and why?

Because they are reality-based. And movies, like other popular art forms, reflect our cultural anxieties.

"I'd expand your thesis a bit," said Ron Falzone, associate professor in the Department of Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago. "What we're already seeing in current Hollywood movies, from 'World War Z' to 'Elysium,' is that the movies are about saying the problems are so great it's best to wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

"That's the core of 'World War Z': An epidemic wipes out everybody on the Earth. What'll be left? The paramecium?"



Falzone talked movies, I talked politics. When we were kids, America feared a communism takeover, and in movies, seed pods from another planet were used to take over the Earth. But that was eons ago, when many of us were ducking and covering in school, waiting for Khrushchev to drop the bomb.

If you've been following what's going on in Washington these days, you see what's coming: The future conflict isn't partisan, it's generational.

Establishment pols continue bickering over crumbs while refusing to do much about those fiscally ravenous and unsustainable entitlement programs like Medicare, Social Security and Obamacare.

And the young are encouraged to believe that those of both parties who spend and spend are compassionate — and therefore kind and cool. Unfortunately for them, the unsustainable federal spending is neither kind nor cool.

It will drain today's teenagers and 20-somethings of vital nutrients, like cash and jobs. Among the young, unemployment rages, job prospects are poor, and many figure they'll never own a home.

Young people know this, or at least feel it, even as Washington continues to print money. Eventually, perhaps even before they have families of their own, they'll get angry.

The new hit movies that will reflect their generational outrage might not be about the baby boomer undead and teenage zombie hunters. The evil ones could be the vampires of Wall Street or the stars of the smash hit "Demonic Winnebago Hippies."

If you don't think that's a hot title, you don't know your movies.

Falzone brought up a popular refrain of a bygone era, "Don't trust anyone over 30," a mantra of the '60s that became difficult to obey as the baby boomers seized power that they'll never willingly relinquish.

"In the '60s and '70s, if you were under 30, you were right, and if you were over 30, you were wrong," Falzone said. "Back then, there was the ability to demonize a group."

But Hollywood can't do that anymore, Falzone said. The young aren't buying movie tickets as they once did.

"They're going to have to come up with stories that have more layers, and it won't be about strictly demonizing those who aren't their core audience," Falzone said.

"So you will see generational conflict, but it should be handled in a positive way. That's pop art, like Hollywood. And you know the rule of Hollywood: Make them feel good when they leave the theater."

I suppose audiences will exit the theater still tasting the popcorn, and they'll have their pride intact, until they look at their finances and their status.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate for children under age 18 in 2012 was 21.8 percent. The poverty rate for those 18 to 64 was 13.7 percent. And only 9.1 percent of those 65 and over were living under the poverty line.

Less than 50 years ago, nearly 30 percent of America's elderly lived below the poverty line. No more. They've switched places with the young, and the young don't get it yet. But they will. And if that's not a recipe for conflict, I don't know what is.

Can't you see what's coming?

When that reality finally smacks young people in the mouth, they won't care that some old geezer once filled them with hope and change. They'll feel rightly betrayed. And they'll be angry.

Years ago, the fear was of overpopulation. The young (who are today's geezers) were afraid that the oldsters had ruined the planet.

And so "Soylent Green" was made.

Old folks who lived past their prime were encouraged to join suicide cults. They didn't even have to bother with awkward talk of death panels or withdrawal of medical care.

Instead, they went smiling into the beyond, with music and multimedia presentations of lovely meadows and lush fields, clean sunsets and mountains.

Then they were processed into tasty crackers called "Soylent Green" to feed the young.

"Soylent Green is people!" shrieked Charlton Heston. "It's people!"

And it's people who are devoured in "Geezer Zombies." They just don't know it yet.

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John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Comments by clicking here.



Previously:



09/25/13 When politicians misuse words: Oh, the enormity!
09/11/13 Of dogs, Dems and Damascus
08/19/13 Forget the tears. The Jacksons know they got off easy
08/13/13 Bros filling the void --- with 'My Little Pony'
07/31/13 A serial sexter stays in New York's mayoral race. What’s next?
07/26/13 Show some appreciation for the new prince
05/29/13 Mr. President, save us from Xbox One
05/23/13 Tornadoes sound like eerie silence --- then evil
05/15/13 How the unassimilated are transformed into terrorists
05/07/13 Lives lost mean 'Benghazi' should be more than a political buzzword
04/30/13 American football industry is on its deathbed
04/25/13 Boston terror can't be packaged neatly for American audiences
04/18/13 In the world of acts, the urge to help overwhelms
03/11/13 Senate battle between a libertarian whippersnapper, crotchety establishment
02/25/13 If only Jesse Jr. would have read his own book
02/11/13 Secret drone strikes simplify Obama Doctrine
01/29/13 Making a pet project out of Neanderthals
01/17/13 Spielberg stops 'Robopocalypse,' perhaps on orders of evil master robot
01/07/13 Reality TV, how deep can it sink?
11/08/12 Thanks, voters, for caring enough to argue
11/05/12 It's Romney by a head
11/01/12 Sandy swoops in to save Obama. Should it be allowed to?
10/18/12 The other side of the emergency room curtain
10/15/12 Droopy Chia candidates get a do-over
10/04/12 :Schoolchildren's stomachs rumble; drama queens grumble
10/01/12 : Chia Obama vs. Chia Romney: May the best greenfro win
09/25/12 : With bitter campaign in full swing, you need to watch some movies
08/02/12 : Toasting culture's absurdities
04/24/12: Why do you have to sell your privacy to win?
10/13/11: Stupid things men say to pregnant women
09/26/11: Desk zero: ‘Contagion’ lurks just outside office bathroom
09/08/11: Light up your lottery tickets, pass the Hopium
08/31/11: It was only a paper moon , but a legendary hoax
05/27/11: For 2012, it's Obama vs. the smoothies
05/05/11: Is it time to de-friend Pakistan?
04/12/11: China stretches the bounds of decency with cow-human-breast milk
03/23/11: No you're not in control; get over it
02/28/11: Chicago wanted a strongman, and it got one
01/26/11: Oh, c'mon, c'mon, Rahm-bo a victim? That's a stretch
12/13/10: WikiLeaks and Assange pretend there are no consequences
12/09/10: Trendy toys don't stand up to playthings of yore
10/11/10: Obama and his pals need some scarce Hopium for the next election
09/14/10: Obama gets a little bossy with tacit endorsement of Emanuel
08/18/10: Dead Meat walking, but heat to be applied again
07/28/10: No verdict, but Blagojevich trial still has its winners, losers
07/26/10: Obama's fall guy in Shirley Sherrod case is Vilsack the Pooh
07/21/10: Loathing of Steinbrenner softens after his death
07/19/10: Summertime, and the race cards are easy
06/28/10: Does Congress have the guts to fix what court gutted? Honestly, no
12/17/09: Belt-tightening presidential aspirant leaves room for Spam
09/27/09: ACORN can teach the GOP a thing or 2
09/03/09: Blago as author gets it wrong yet again 06/22/09: Obama's latest political play should shock no one
06/17/09: Presidential satire takes Hopium break
06/11/09: E-Verify works, so, of course, let's not use it
06/09/09: First Lady Macbeth's the man, so in your face, Eminem
06/02/09: Judge Sotomayor would think me most unwise
05/12/09: Parents, enjoy this time, in all its creepiness
03/18/09: Stem cell policy shift brings a sinking feeling
03/09/09: Name That Blago Book contest names its winner
03/05/09: Contest: Name Blagojevich's book
02/16/09: Dems undercut aid for U.S. workers
01/20/09: Let the carving begin on Tombstone's tomb
01/12/09: Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way
01/02/09: Jesters don't pick up the race card in a nationally televised news conference and slam it into the face of every Dem in the Senate, a palm heel strike to the tip of the nose, leaving all of them watery-eyed, their lips stinging
12/24/08: Governor waxes poetic, but Combine rolls on
12/23/08: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man
12/18/08: Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
12/15/08: Man behind curtain is wizard of Rod, Rahm

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