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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

“300” more than Ancient history

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) One can't help but be mesmerized by "300," the wickedly violent new film that recounts the tale of a vastly outnumbered contingent of Spartan warriors who fought valiantly against a massive Persian army. It's all based on ancient history, but there's plenty more to explore online for those fascinated by the stunning film.


The official "300" website isn't quite the sight-and-sound spectacle of the film, which was shot to replicate the look of Frank Miller's graphic novel, but it offers a taste of what to expect in theaters. In particular, check out the Video Journals and Production Blogs in the Making of 300 section to see how the movie was largely created using live actors with computer-generated imagery and green-screen technology.


The Comics Interpreter has a good overview of the graphic novel that inspired the film, saying, " '300' reads like Frank Miller's version of Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War.' " Ultimately, the reviewer decides, the graphic novel "is a helluva war comic." You can click on an image to open a large full-page spread from the book.


But it's not until a visit to the fan site Sin City that you realize how faithfully "300" director Zack Snyder and his crew have reproduced the look and feel of the graphic novel in the film. In its Comics to Screen Comparison, the site presents 16 large stills from the movie alongside the source images from the book. Not all of the scenes are exact interpretations, but the overall effect is absolutely stunning. Clicking on a thumbnail image from the gallery brings up a medium-size image; be sure to click on it again to get the largest view.


Artist and writer Frank Miller is a fan-boy favorite whose film-noir-like comic book creations have included the reinvention of Batman and Daredevil and the creation of the ultraviolent world of "Sin City," which was made into a similarly innovative film in 2005. This fan site claims to be the most comprehensive guide to his huge output, for those who want to delve beyond "300."


There's no shortage of information online about the Battle of Thermopylae, the fifth-century B.C. event that inspired "300." Much of it is poorly presented or repeats exaggerations without elaboration, such as the size of Persian leader Xerxes' army. HistoryNet writer David Frye offers an easy-to-read summary that strikes a nice balance in describing how a small band of Spartans fended off a much larger force for days before being done in by the actions of a traitor. "After the battle, Persian King Xerxes secretly buried most of the Greek dead and all but 1,000 of his own slain, in order to conceal from his army just how few men had held up his progress for so long," he writes.


It's not often you hear a long discourse about ancient history on the radio. In this 43-minute installment of the British program "In Our Time," archived as a Real Audio file at the BBC - Radio 4's website, host Melvyn Bragg and scholars separate myth from historical fact in the Battle of Thermopylae. Click on the link under "Listen Again" on the left side of the page to hear their spirited discussion — well, as lively as British historians get, anyway —about the famous battle and the effect of the Persian-Greek wars on democracy today. No matter what aspects of those ancient days have been fictionalized over the centuries, historian Edith Hall notes, "It still is an exciting story — all those battles are — and that's why they make such excellent movies." Like "300."

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.


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