In this issue

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 March 16, 2012/ 22 Adar, 5772

Down with Big Oil?

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Liberal—left progressives hate the oil and gas companies. I mean they REALLY hate them! They would prefer that we stop the petroleum companies completely in favor of wind, solar, and biofuels. Just stop drilling for oil and "go green" because the oil companies are bad. They are run by greedy, selfish, money grubbing crooks that are out to rob the American public. This simplistic view of the world is just another example of the ignorance of the left.

Consider this actual post on the internet from a woman to the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd who have been condemning the oil companies:

"My husband worked on a drilling rig 12 hours a day for 301 of 365 days last year in the heat and cold to provide for our family. The petroleum he helps produce created the ink for your protest signs, the strings for your guitars, the contacts and glasses you need to watch your speakers, the ice chests that hold your organic milk, the black nail polish you are wearing, the rubber tires on your bikes and the soles of your protesting shoes, the tarps + tents you are sleeping under, the cameras you use to capture images of police brutality, the port—o—cans you are demanding from the city. Even the microphones you use to condemn the evil oil companies, banks and corporations are made from petroleum. The pensions you expect contain 27% of oil stock. So, until you're willing to: A) Do my husband's job or B) give up your iPhone for a goat and cotton tent — Go home you HYPOCRITES — WE ARE THE 53%"


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The fact is "Big Oil" impacts our daily lives much more than just in our gas tanks. According to Rankin Energy, one 42—gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest of that barrel goes into making other products — Rankin estimates there are over 6000 items using oil in their manufacturing.

Here's a partial list of products with petroleum as an ingredient (this is only a very small sample): Hearing Aids, tennis rackets, drinking cups, deodorant, toilet seats, nylon rope, clothing Ink, heart valves, crayons, parachutes, telephones, enamel, transparent tape, antiseptics, nylon zippers, ballet tights, plastic hangers, pantyhose, permanent press clothing, flip flops/thongs, fake fur, polyester clothing, ball point pens, ink, computer diskettes, computers, copiers, magic markers, telephones, microfilm, cameras, earphones, footballs, knitting needles, tennis racquets, golf balls, baby aspirin, stuffed animals, band aids, Vaseline, rubbing alcohol, Pepto-Bismol, hair coloring, soap, cough syrup, hair spray, lipstick, denture adhesives, trash bags, egg cartons, freezer bags, candles, wax paper, nylon spatulas, Teflon pans, Formica, linoleum, garden hoses, plungers , floor wax, Plexiglas, spray paint, Anti-freeze, balloons, dog toys, flea collars, CDROMs, check book covers, shopping bags , video cassettes, credit cards, dice, watch bands, tape recorders, curtains, vitamin capsules , dashboards, putty, percolators, skis, insecticides, fishing lures, perfumes, shoe polish, petroleum jelly, faucet washers, food preservatives, antihistamines, Cortisone, dyes, LP records, solvents, roofing, floor wax, sports car bodies, tires, dishwashing liquids, unbreakable dishes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, tents, hair curlers, lipstick, ice cube trays, electric blankets. Petroleum products all.

This list could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. The point is drilling for oil is a complicated business with ramifications in almost all areas of our daily life. There are no simple solutions. The simpleminded like to think that simple answers exist in simple to regurgitate bumper sticker slogans, but life's problems can't be solved by bumper stickers. It is never that easy. The fact of the matter is that no alternative energy source is as efficient as natural gas and oil. And no alternative energy source currently exists today without some kind of negative impact. That's right. NOTHING IS TOTALLY CLEAN AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. One case in point would be windmills.

About 70 golden eagles are killed every year by turbines at California's Altamont Pass, reports the LA Times. And according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, a study funded by the Alameda County Community Development Agency estimated that about 2,400 raptors, including burrowing owls, American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks — as well as 7,500 other birds, nearly all of which are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act — are being killed every year by the turbines at Altamont. And this doesn't take into account the hundreds of other windmill farms across the country.

So much for pure, clean, wonderful wind power.

One other thing regarding windmills; the anti-oil people like to say how those "ugly" oil derricks destroy the natural beauty of the coastline. Well, have you ever traveled through what was once pristine dessert or plains and seen hundreds and hundreds of huge, ugly windmills going on for miles and miles? I have and I'll take a couple of oil derricks out in the sea any day over those turbine monstrosities.

And by the way, facts show that the positive value of wind power as a reliable and viable alternative to our traditional energy sources has been greatly exaggerated to say the least, but that is another story for another column.

Next time you hear someone who is quick to do away with oil, ask them to think about what would replace it and how their life would dramatically change without it.

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