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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 Nov 1, 2011 / 4 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

TV that's leading the people away from ‘core socialist values’

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a nation that is a stickler for social control, you would think China’s communist rulers would be happy with television programming that kept most of its billion people inside, sitting slack-jawed and catatonic in front of their televisions, their brains atrophied by the kind of programming that has the same effect here.

But the leadership feels shows that are “overly entertaining” are leading the people away from “core socialist values.” And what kind of shows would these be? The inquiring minds of American network programmers want to know; we can’t always be stealing our shows from the Brits.

Actually, there are no surprises among the shows leading the people away from the tedious precepts of Chairman Mao, who, we learned after his death, never followed any of them in favor of a life of X-rated decadence that even we here in Gomorrah couldn’t get on their air.

As The Associated Press reports, the offending shows include “programs dealing with marital troubles (presumably not of the “I Love Lucy” variety) and matchmaking (again we’re guessing, but probably not “Sex and the City”), talent shows, game shows, variety shows, talk shows and reality programs.”

The Communist leaders probably neither want nor need my help — at least, they’ve never asked unless it was in one of those emails that are written entirely in hanzi characters — but I think they’re asking for trouble here. If the women can’t watch programs clearly aimed at them — and who else would marital troubles and matchmaking be aimed at? — they will have all kind of free time on their hands while the men are watching soccer and ping-pong in the other room and may overthrow the government just to get out of the house.

There were two incidents that led Beijing to the conclusion that a public overstimulated by TV was drifting from true socialists values.

Recently, a truck driver hit Xiong Aoke, a 5-year-old child walking to school. The driver then reportedly reversed his truck over the boy to make sure he was dead.

Soon after, 2-year-old Wang Yue was hit by a vehicle whose driver did not stop and then run over a second time by another vehicle that also didn’t stop. Neither did 18 passersby who looked at the fatally injured boy and walked on.

Apparently hit-and-run accidents are not “core socialist values.” This lack of Good Samaritanship may have more to do with Chinese law than insufficient adherence to socialism. It’s cheaper in China to pay damages for killing someone than be stuck with the victim’s hospital bills. And apparently the truck driver and Xiong Aoke’s parents argued for several hours about the amount of the damages while the child lay under the truck.

As for the passersby, the Chinese police are notorious for arresting the person closest to the accident when they arrive. Best to keep walking, maybe not a core socialist value but simple common sense in the People’s Republic.

The government-run broadcast stations will continue to air their largely unwatched reports on hydroelectric power, the harvest and Chinese super trains, at least those that manage to stay on the tracks.

The 24 satellite TV stations, which the Chinese public does watch, have been instructed by the government in its inimitable prose: “Resolutely oppose money worship, hedonism, and extreme individualism and arduously correct bad tendencies such as abusing one’s powers, fakery, unprincipled acts, and harming others for profit.”

Since Chinese TV won’t be using these topics, how fast do you think they could throw together some scripts and rush a few pilots over here?

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Previously:

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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