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 May 27, 2014 / 27 Iyar, 5774

Putting granny on the grill

By Wesley Pruden

JewishWorldReview.com | There's always something to feed the popular appetite for hysteria. The Middle East, which gives the world so much joy and happiness, has dispatched a new disease from Saudi Arabia called MERS, to join SARS, bird 'flu and other threats to kill us one and all.

Disease is always a big seller in the media marketplace. One hot new disease, just coming into view, is something called Caribbean Chikungunya, which sounds like something from the kitchens at Chik-fil-A. It's merely something scary bad sailing down the alimentary canal.

Calamity and catastrophe are among our leading economic indicators. They're what keep cable-TV and talk radio aloft. The game demands constantly refreshed predictions that the end is nigh, woe is us, and soon we'll all be dead.

The creepiest warning comes from an old if not very honored prophet, Dr. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University, a biologist who is fond of making predictions that never come true but that never tarnish his reputation. He's still an honored professor at an honored university, he still gets his books published and he still gets respectful treatment by his fellow grunions in the faculty lounge.

The professor's hobby horse - more pony than horse - is the notion that we're breeding ourselves to an early end on the great spaceship Earth. Ronald Bailey of Reason magazine calls him the "irrepressible doomster" who has never been right. On the first Earth Day in 1970 he warned that "in 10 years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct and large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish." He said in 1971 that by the year 2000 Britain would be but a small group of impoverished islands inhabited by hungry people. "If I were a gambler I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000."

England still stands, and the professor is neither daunted nor humiliated. "When you predict the future," he says, "you get things wrong." Yogi Berra said it better, as he always did, explaining why the Yankees had lost a crucial game: "We made too many wrong mistakes."

Now the professor is trying to improve Jonathan Swift's "modest proposal," in which Swift proposed that impoverished Ireland ship its surplus babies to England to feed the rich English landowners: it would help the economy and relieve the overly fertile Irish Catholics of the burden of their own population bomb.

Swift even offered dismal science to make his proposal sound like serious stuff, calculating the number of children available, their weight and how much they would bring per pound, and even supplied recipes. Many people took Swift's satire as a serious proposition.

Prof. Ehrlich is seriously flogging a new book about overpopulation and global warming and has none of Swift's wit or mordant humor. He seemed serious enough when he told an interviewer for HuffPost Live the other day that the future is so grim that humans must soon think about "eating the bodies of your dead."

The first to starve will be diet doctors and authors of books on how to lose 50 pounds in 50 days. Everyone who imagined that you can never be too rich or too thin will be asking, "is it perfectly OK to eat the bodies of the dead because we're all so hungry?" Humanity, the professor says, "is moving in that direction with a ridiculous speed," and the professor knows ridiculous.

It's all the fault of Republicans, of George W. and even Ronald Reagan and the sleepy media. He says every state legislature is waging a war on women and a war on the environment. The pro-life movement is "trying to kill women by making abortion illegal." He wants "back-up abortions" available when birth-control devices fail, which sounds counter-intuitive. More births, after all, would mean more flank steaks and hams when it was time to put grannies on the grill.

But just as Yogi is a better philosopher than the professor, so Jonathan Swift is the more imaginative writer. "The battle to feed all of humanity is over," Prof. Ehrlich wrote as the first paragraph of "The Population Bomb" in 1968. "In the 1970s, hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate."

If this sounds like the contemporary hysteria over global warming, with every professor clamoring to describe the horrors to come, it's no coincidence. Ugly is as ugly does.

Wesley Pruden Archives

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

© 2014 Wesley Pruden