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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 March 15, 2011 / 9 Adar II, 5771

The tsunami of panic in the wake of tragedy

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you can keep your head when all about you men are losing theirs, you probably aren't suited for a career in politics and certainly not in journalism. Joining the stampede of panic in the wake of disaster is much more likely to put you in front of a camera.

Some of our politicians who know better are limbering up to attempt to lead a stampede away from nuclear power in reaction to the once-in-a-millenium earthquake, followed by the 500-year tsunami in Japan. Logically, next up should be a shutdown of trains and ships since several of those were lost in the storm, too.

Expecting the runaway media to put away hysteria is as futile as expecting dogs to quit chasing cars, so there's the usual rush to wrong-headed judgment. The media's longed-for worst case scenario continues to elude the Japanese government, busy with evacuations and trying to cool overheated fuel rods. The worst elements of the media are left with only speculation about what could happen. This is even more fun than setting off a supermarket run on bread and toilet paper on the eve of a light snowfall. The radiation damage in Japan so far, though epic, until early Tuesday had been limited and is still contained to the nuclear plants. "In simple human terms," observes the Wall Street Journal, "the natural destruction of earth and sea have far surpassed any errors committed by man."

Such limitations on the power of man are hard for modern man to accept. Modern man is unable to rip a gash in the floor of the sea stretching 186 miles long and 93 miles wide, and this makes modern man green, or at least pink, with envy. But he continues to think that all risks in life can be eliminated, all rough places made smooth, all seas soothed and all skies gentled. We might have to die eventually but if we try hard enough, get enough exercise and watch our calories, we might get an extra 11 minutes in a coma at the end of life, with tubes and extension cords protruding from every orifice (and then some).

Or we could grow up. Modern civilization is risky business, a constant exercise of weighing risk against reward. Civilizing the risk is the price of reward. We can take useful lessons from the tragedy in Japan but the notion that we can eliminate risk is a lethal illusion.

Pursuit of illusion is already growing apace in Europe, and particularly in Germany, where the splintered atom supplies a considerable portion of the nation's electric power. The radical Greens are salivating at the prospect of further disaster in Japan, and how it could pump up their ability to frighten the public into a return to Luddite misery.

Angela Merkel's government, which won approval of an extension of the lifespans of 17 German nuclear power plants, faces another test March 27 in regional elections in the state of Baden-Wurrtemberg, site of an aging nuclear power plant. Forty thousand demonstrators are expected to fume and froth at a rally this week in Stuttgart. "The nuclear crisis in Japan will politicize the election," Claudia Roth, leader of the Greens, says gleefully. Another Greens leader concedes that "this is no time for self-righteousness," and revels in noisy piety, anyway.

Here at home, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, the Republican chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, intends to use a scheduled hearing on nuclear energy to inquire into the earthquake damage to the Japanese reactors. Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, a Democrat eager not to let the crisis go to waste, says the Japanese earthquake exposes the fragility of nuclear power plants and the "potential" consequences of an earthquake catastrophe. Sen. Joseph Leiberman of Connecticut, usually a man with a cool head, nevertheless tells a television interviewer that he wants a moratorium on further expansion of nuclear power.

Opponents of nuclear power, disappointed that Three Mile Island wasn't the end of the world after all, have a new catastrophe to work with, but their arguments still come down to coulda, shoulda, woulda. "Could this happen in the United States?" asks Joe Cirincione, president of something called the Ploughshares Fund, which lobbies against everything nuclear. He answers yes, naturally, and cites a nuclear power plant in Diablo Canyon in California as a classic something to worry about. "A large earthquake could knock that reactor out. You could see a core meltdown scenario at that reactor as well."

Yes, you could. And a falling meteor could make it still worse. If a really big earthquake spills half of California into the sea it could ruin nearly everyone's day. So could a tsunami that takes out Las Vegas. But taking counsel with your fear is always a fool's game.

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