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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 March 11, 2014 / 9 Adar II, 5774

Missing airliner, stolen passports fuel wild speculation

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Man loves his machines, and grieves when they fail. Worse than the failure is the mystery of why they fail. Airplanes, one of man's most celebrated and reliable machines, rarely fail, and when they do, there's a race to find out why.

Ships of six of the world's navies and planes of a dozen countries have raced to station in the South China Sea, 120 miles off the coast of Vietnam, where the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airways was last heard from.

There was a report of "something" off the Andaman Islands, hundreds of mile west of Vietnam and hundreds of miles off-course. In this part of the world — "somewhere east of Suez, where the best is like the worst" — vague is as specific as some things get.

The plight of Malaysian Airways Flight 370 has seized the attention of the world because man's machines aren't supposed to do that. This is Kipling's phantom rickshaw reprised and writ large.

Even if the plane was destroyed by an explosion terrific enough to break it into tiny pieces, they have to fall to earth somewhere.

The director of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority calls the disappearance "an unprecedented mystery." Very little is actually unprecendented, there being no new thing under the sun, but the director has a point. This is mystery wrapped in enigma.

Interpol is pursuing the tip that at least two passengers were traveling on stolen passports, which is usually suspicious, but in Asia, not so much. There's a thriving black market in stolen documents.

The men who used the stolen passports were said to be "not of Asian appearance," and of "Middle Eastern appearance." Five passengers checked in to board the flight, but never did. The flight reservations for two passengers with stolen passports were booked by one "Mr. Ali."

The conspiracy theorists went right to work, as they always do. Islamic terrorists, given their vivid track record, were early suspects.

North Korea, which has been firing rockets into the skies over Asia, is capable of firing a rocket, accidentally or otherwise, to crash into a big Boeing at 35,000 feet. A North Korean missile did, in fact, fly past a Chinese airliner off the Korean Peninsula only the day before the disappearance of Flight 370. That was an acknowledged accident, and no harm was done.

The most entertaining speculation is by the usual men in tinfoil hats, who get intelligence by radio waves received through their teeth. They raced to get on the Internet first with the most exciting tips. (If you read it on the Internet, you know it's so.)



An early top seller on the tinfoil circuit is that the plane and its passengers were abducted by aliens and taken to a distant corner of the universe for examination and dark "experimentation." Or that al Qaeda agents took over the plane and have hidden it in "a big hangar" for later use as a weapon of mass destruction, a reprise of 9/11.

A trail of stolen passports lends further mystery. Airport security in Asia ranges from bad to good, but rarely rises to the American and British standard. Interpol estimates that more than a billion passengers boarded passenger planes last year without effective passport control.

"There are only a handful of countries in the world that do it very vigilantly," the Center for Immigration Studies tells The Wall Street Journal. "The countries that don't do it become the weak link in international travel."

One of the weakest links is Bangkok. Hundreds of thousands of tourists go to Thailand looking for sexual adventures. So, too, thousands of backpackers eager to see if they can travel on a dollar a day.

Khao San Road in Bangkok is a warren of little shops selling fake documents of all kinds, press cards, police badges, even a fake diploma, suitable for framing, from Harvard. Thai police say that more than 100,000 passports have been stolen or altered over the past five years.

Such a passport can fetch up to $7,000 in a dark tavern or dim alley, and occasional backpackers, finding out they can't live well on a dollar a day after all, can prosper for a year on the proceeds of a "lost" passport. A replacement is available at the nearest embassy.

The lesson from the vanished passenger liner is that the serious nations of the world, united at the moment in a search for clues, must stay together to impose and enforce real security in the world's airports, even in Asia.

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