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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 Sept. 27, 2010 / 19 Tishrei, 5771

Gotcha Journalism at Its Finest: What's in Your Lunchbox?

By Mitch Albom






http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | They called it "the liquid lunch." Businessmen left around noon, came back around 2, and in between -- under the cloak of "working" -- imbibed three or four martinis or whiskey sours.

For many years, this was not only tolerated, it was part of business life. Of course, the men doing the drinking were usually executives wearing suits, and that somehow, as in the TV show "Mad Men," made it seem OK.

This past week, Detroit's WJBK-TV (Channel 2) aired a special report about Chrysler factory workers -- in T-shirts, not suits -- drinking and apparently smoking dope during their 30-minute unpaid lunch breaks. Following a tip, the reporter and a cameraperson tailed the workers for 10 days, capturing a familiar pattern: The workers hopped in their vehicles, drove to a liquor store, raced to a nearby park, drank beer and sometimes puffed on things, and made it back to the plant in time to finish their shift.

Finally, the reporter confronted them, walking toward them with the camera rolling and saying, "Hey, guys, hate to be a buzz kill, but shouldn't you guys be building cars?"

The workers scattered to their vehicles and drove away.

In the report, a Chrysler executive called the behavior "unacceptable." Sure enough, a few days later, some workers were suspended without pay.

And the TV station reported that.

SO MUCH ALCOHOL IN OUR SYSTEMS
Now, you get no argument here that booze and dope are unacceptable during a work shift. And when you're working with big equipment or dangerous tools, even more so.

But I do wonder how big an "expose" this really is. Many Detroiters reacted with "hey, it happens all the time." They were referring to auto plant workers. But they could have been referring to more.

For example, how may auto executives do company time with alcohol in their system? A Bloody Mary during a sales lunch? A few cocktails before a business dinner?

How many road construction workers -- doing government-paid work -- run off for a beer during breaks?

And, let's be honest, plenty of newspaper and TV journalists have stopped at the bar while working on a story.

"OK," you say, "but booze is not illegal. Marijuana is. And Chrysler got money from taxpayers."

That's all true. Do you think there has never been a disc jockey at a national public radio station who smoked a joint sometime during his shift? Hasn't Willie Nelson performed at a few state fairs in his time -- venues paid for with tax dollars? Do you think he would have passed a drug test? Come on. The seats on Willie's tour bus wouldn't pass a drug test.

Civil service workers. Actors on a tax-incentive movie. Library workers at a state university.

I suppose if you followed all these people long enough, then confronted them with a substance, they would a) duck like the Chrysler workers and b) appear guilty of being toasted on taxpayer time.

But what does it all mean?

NOT THE PRETTIEST PICTURE
Well, it means trouble for those Chrysler workers at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. It means a black eye for their plant -- a plant President Barack Obama visited not long ago.

It means the UAW should take some heat for not being harsher on such behavior.

But what it really means is no one is safe from a camera. You can be filmed almost anywhere now, from large cameras 100 yards away to tiny cameras small enough to fit in a pocket.

And if you happen to be the focus of such a camera, and that camera is shared with the world, you can, for a while, appear to be the biggest scoundrel on earth.

But a little perspective is in order. Yes, it's a problem. Yes, it should be addressed. But imagine a camera on every frosty mug held by a reporter, every toke by a graduate assistant, every six-pack imbibed by construction workers, every liquid lunch of an auto exec. It would also paint a picture. And it wouldn't be pretty, either.

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