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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. 21, 2010/ 13 Tishrei, 5771

Wary of the Technology Aware

By Tom Purcell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My new cell phone calls people on its own.

I know this because people I don't know call me back, asking why I phoned.

I tell them I didn't phone them -- my phone did. Which makes them sore.

Unlike the first cell phone I had -- it was big and heavy and all I could use it for was to phone other people, which I never did because it cost $400 a minute to do that -- my new phone is a "smart phone."

It is called the HTC Incredible and it is based on Google's new Android technology -- a pretty creepy technology when you think about it.

An android, in science fiction, is a robot that thinks and acts like a human being -- which could explain the calls my phone is making.

My Incredible is otherwise amazing. It is a computer that fits in the palm of my hand -- it's 50,000 times more powerful than the giant IBM machines that took up whole city blocks just 30 years ago.

It offers an "open source" operating system -- that means anyone can develop software programs to make it do "cool" things.

One program offers GPS. A human voice tells me exactly how to get -- "Connelly's Irish Pub to your right" -- exactly where I want to go.

Another lets me display all the bar-code tags I use -- for my gym, supermarket, etc. -- so I don't have to carry all those tags around.

Others let me call people anywhere in the world for free, determine the weather no matter where I am, or get instant information and comparative pricing on any product in any store.

Which is a blessing and a curse.

As easy as it is to understand and use the Incredible, it takes time to install and master useful applications. And no sooner do you master one than Google or somebody else invents several hundred more.

If you ask me, these new technologies are driving a quiet revolution in our country.

The old divides -- rich vs. poor, liberals vs. conservatives, Democrats vs. Republicans -- are so 2008.

All are giving way to the new divide: people who understand technology vs. those who don't.

The technology-aware will soon rule the world, if they don't already. They already know everything about us -- everything we do is electronically accessible somewhere.

So dependent are we on the technologies they produce -- we rely on sophisticated software programs to access our money so we can buy food, gas and, thanks to technological confusion, much-needed alcohol -- that he who controls the digital world can, at will, control most everything in our world.

I'm waiting for the day when some pimple-faced kid, tired of still getting wedgies in his senior year of college, will write a program that shuts down our cars, our homes, everything -- until we hand over the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and all the gold bullion held by the Federal Reserve.

The technologically aware are different from you and me.

They invented texting, a technology that makes you press both thumbs against a miniature cell-phone keypad to bastardize the English language.

And here I thought we'd mastered keyboard technology with the typewriter, which utilizes all our fingers. What will the technology-aware make us use next? A hammer and chisel!

In any event, my new phone has so many new applications and doodads that I bump things while trying to access other things, and my phone calls people I don't know.

But I shouldn't complain. My phone wrote this column.

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