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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 Nov. 28, 2012/ 14 Kislev 5773

The Emotions of People

By Charles Payne








http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "The emotions of people are far more similar than their intellect."- Stanley Kubrick

I had a chance to see the Stanley Kubrick and Caravaggio exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art over the weekend. Both were fabulous. While the images of Caravaggio resonate in my mind's eye, observations from the iconic director were eye-opening. Considering the notion that people's emotions are more similar than intellect would explain a lot of things, including the General Petraeus scandal, elections outcomes, and action in the stock market.

Kubrick understood that in the end, we are self-destructive to a degree. Now we have the ability to extend that self-destructive impulse beyond ourselves and immediate surroundings. This is why there has to be real concern that one day Iran or North Korea will launch a nuke. This is why there has to be real concern that one day Americans will ditch all the pillars that made it the greatest nation in the world, including belief in God and free markets, to try something that sounds "fair."

Such moves would be the culmination of a series of short-term emotional events and decisions. If everyone thinks he or she is a victim in this society, then we may all stand and exclaim "I'm Spartacus." The irony would be that once we begin the inevitable last slide from greatness after enacting higher taxes on so many people that work, a carbon tax, a sugary snack tax, and several other taxes combined with productivity-coking regulations, we would be reduced to a human state that could only survive on government handouts.

It's really all about controlling behavior. The war on success helps fund runaway government spending but it also curbs individual ideas of success. It deters the average person from embracing profit-motivation and soon makes them embrace the notion of a world created from the writings of Voltaire. It would become a homogenized world of fit people tending to small terrace gardens in giant utopian cities, all obedient to government and a communal society. Of course, removing these freedoms isn't easy and has to be done with combination of finesse and muscle.

Case and point is the action in the UK this week that will see the announcement of new taxes to fight cheap booze. Prime Minister Cameron suggests a 40p a unit tax that would make cheap supermarket lager 1 and a bottle of wine 4. After all the warning labels, scare tactics, and common sense when it comes to over indulging drink, the UK government is looking for a stronger approach (I'm not sure if anyone there has heard of that great social experiment in America known as Prohibition).

Cameron is going for the wallet to stop people from getting drunk. It's insane but illustrates how all these efforts from government to determine more perfect societies end up costing us economic and personal freedoms. Lower wage workers that simply want a brew after work are going to pay the highest cost, but the fact is, they are always the collateral damage. They will pay the biggest price for Obamacare, higher taxes on the so-called rich will take a greater toll on the decidedly not rich, and emotions will still burn.

Once the government goes broke the next step in our backward evolutionary slide would have us resembling cavemen featured in the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This stuff doesn't happen overnight and thankfully every nation that tried a combination of socialism and communism failed fast enough to make adjustments that included free markets. Russia gave up the expense of holding together so much territory to focus on its core nation which is minting millionaires and billionaires and sports a 5% unemployment rate, even with massive corruption. China's leaders know the end is near for their social experiment, too, as free markets have taken the country from a sea of bicycles to notions of going to the moon. Talk about an upside down world as China has become the largest car market in the world.

New measures are set to go into effect this week in Washington DC that aim to make 75% of all trips into the city by foot, bike, or public transportation. New parking meter rules will manipulate the ability for visitors to park and make more room for bicycle lanes. Did I say this is an upside down world? Even Marion Berry has expressed concerns about more bike lanes and less parking, citing the exorbitant cost of using parking garages.

Yet even the former mayor hesitates to speak ill of more bike lanes.

Social engineering is running amok and it continues to be funded by people that have achieved a modicum of success while punishing those that dare to knock a few back - either Twinkies or beers.

COOLER HEADS ULTIMATELY PREVAIL
There is no straight line to a path of glory and maybe this is the fork in the road where America gets off track. We may need to fall off a cliff before being jarred out of this current emotional state. The road to a wonderful socialist utopia where there is neither smog nor fat people, and we work for the greater good so there are no wallets or individual wealth, can't be pulled off for long periods of time. In the end, there are other human emotions, such as a desire to be the best, a desire to attain stuff, to taste a cream-filled snack loaded with calories and desires to rule our small universe called our life.

But as long as the economy falters and finger pointing replaces executive decisions, it is going to be a long time. But, I do think that in the end, cooler heads will prevail.

EMOTIONS AND THE STOCK MARKET
There are so many stocks that are cheap by any measure, but are depressed mostly for a variety of emotional reasons. Would-be investors are boycotting the market for fear of administration policies and now many people understand higher taxes will dissuade what used to be known as safe investments.


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Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.


Previously:


11/26/12 Crashing Resolve and American Dream
11/19/12 Beware of gifts and grand bargains




© 2012, Charles V. Payne

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