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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

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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

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Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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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?

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 23, 2009 / 27 Teves 5769

Tech Stuff Mr. Obama (And You) Should Worry About

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some tech worries for the new Commander-in-Chief - and the rest of us:


At the top of my list are Micro SD cards, with the "SD" standing for Secure Digital, a card format that's rather popular for cell phones and some cameras. There's a tremendous boon in being able to put as much as 16 Gigabytes on a card that's smaller than a postage stamp and shorter than a paper clip's length. But there's also a tremendous danger: such devices, which truly are tiny, can be easily concealed, connected (via an equally small card reader) to a computer's USB port, and used to transport sensitive data out of a building.


Of course, installations with high-security needs already ban such devices, as does most of the Department of Defense, which suffered a computer virus attack imported via a larger "memory stick" last year. But in some offices there may be little or nothing to stop a disgruntled employee from spiriting out a sneak peek at next year's budget or this year's white paper and handing it over to a reporter, friendly or hostile. Or give it to someone else. Data security will likely be a top priority for the new administration, and, in my view, it should be.


Next up is the potential for online social media to enhance - and obstruct - the next administration's agenda.


There's nothing like Facebook or Twitter to make mass communication to a defined niche as nearly instant as possible. Old-fashioned telephone trees or call-down lists can't cut it, and e-mail can get lost in a sea of spam. But if I get a Facebook status message from you, that can be important and informative. A short clip on YouTube can have tremendous reach, as the "Obama Girl" video ably demonstrated.


Given that as President-elect Mr. Obama put his weekly addresses on YouTube and that Facebook's millions played a not-insubstantial role in the election, it would appear that he and his team are aware of what social media can do. The question is how this will be harnessed for good, and how it might be abused by less friendly forces.


Here, too, information security will play a role. Again, I'm sure this is being thought about, but it's an area of potential concern: messing with a Presidential video could create problems.


A third area where attention should be paid, in my view, is the question of broadband access. Korea and Japan are doing better jobs of providing high-speed broadband to their citizens than the U.S. is, as a whole, and this needs to change. If you don't believe me, let's talk after Tuesday's expected mass-gridlock. Having a solid, high-speed and high capacity broadband infrastructure would let more of us work from home, at least part time, and that could help when roads are clogged or gas prices soar.


(It appears Mr. Obama is in sync with this. On January 10, in an Internet address, he said part of the new economic stimulus would go to "build the new infrastructure we need to succeed in this new century, investing in science and technology, and laying down miles of new broadband lines so that businesses across our nation can compete with their counterparts around the world.")


And along with access to the global network, we need to figure out access to information: Google's plan to digitize most of the nation's out-of-print books, and many of its more current ones, is a great idea. But should this move from the commercial to the non-commercial realm? Fair handling of copyright questions could resolve this.


It'll be a full tech agenda, and I've barely scratched the surface. We can hope, however, that the issues will be addressed aggressively, and with both consumers and businesspeople in mind.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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