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December 2, 2014

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 Nov. 23, 2010 / 16 Kislev, 5771

Travails of travel

By Georgie Anne Geyer




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A new genre of unexpected madness has suddenly overtaken the country. It's a modern airborne version of our dear, but ever suspicious mothers, worrying eternally about men wanting to "pat us down." If you've had cancer, you might well be concerned with adding more radiation to your already threatened system.

You know what I am hinting at, of course. The nation's sudden terror at the idea of some unknown man or woman patting you down at the airport, or having to go through the new graphic full-body scanners that are now available at 60 to 70 cities and might well give some no-good Transportation Security Administration agent a look at your bone structure.

At this moment, the feelings have grown so intense that some Americans -- apparently those who can't squeeze enough misery out of traveling before Thanksgiving as it is! -- are organizing a national "opt out" day to encourage passengers to say no to using the new body scanners and to insist upon public pat-downs. This Web-based invitation to chaos is designed to slow down air travel even more than it is in order to force changes. But who can really tell what is in the subterranean corners of their blighted little computer-enlightened minds?

It would seem to me that this is just exactly what the terrorists would most like us to do: Slow down and undermine the anti-terrorism policies and practices that have so far worked very well. Cause more national and/or international chaos just exactly when we have had major electoral upheaval and everyone is talking about the perfervid need for Americans to work together in unity and amity.

I can't say that I enjoy being patted-down, but because I have a defibrillator in my chest to keep my heart beating regularly, for the last seven years I have had to have pat-downs at airports. Think of it: My defibrillator would go off and very probably start World War III if I were to stroll through the regular scanner. As it is now, with my little machine ticking away inside me, I am able to go through the new full-body scanners with no problem at all. And I have never had the slightest problem with the women doing the pat-downs -- and yes, they were/are women.

One has to wonder exactly where all of this uproar is coming from. There were pictures on television of one little boy who had his shirt off while being patted down, but in fact, the boy's father had taken the shirt off.

There was the incalculably more serious case of a 61-year-old man who had suffered from bladder cancer and wore a urostomy bag; his warnings, in private, nevertheless did not deter the agent doing the pat-downs, and the bag was severed and its urine leaked out. This is horrible, but, in interviews, the traveler in question said he never really told the agent what the situation was; he just kept saying in a low voice that he had a "medical problem."

Of the many things I do not understand in this universe of emotional and intellectual fog, is exactly WHY people would be against the new full-body scanners. They take about five seconds, while the pat-downs take one to three minutes. Is it really fear of radiation? The airlines say that the amount of radiation is approximately the same as that garnered by a few minutes flying in an airplane. And the idea that agents are sitting there, looking lasciviously through the scans and licking their lips at some real-time outlines of the skeletons of our naked bodies -- I just don't buy it.

There are three points that I think are important here:

First, researchers associated with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California who created the computer software of these new airport scanners say they could take care of any problems associated with the "naked body fear" by distorting the images so they look like reflections in a fun-house mirror -- thus eliminating all that raw sexuality our beautiful bodies are supposedly exciting TSA agents with.

In short, if this IS serious, it can easily be dealt with.

Second, there are relatively few people that pat-downs affect negatively. According to a recent CBS poll, 81 percent said they supported using the new full-body scanners. The TSA also says that this strange uproar -- fed by the Internet and raucous talk show conversations -- has deliberately played to rumor and personal resentments, leading one to wonder: Is this really what we need at a time of two wars, economic collapse and national crisis?

Finally, please, please stop and think for a moment. Most of the extreme measures we now see as necessary protections came after 9/11. But 9/11, as horrendous as it was, came after years of American intervention all over the Middle East, not to speak of the rest of the world. Even with tens of thousands of American soldiers and an incredible 800 bases circling the globe, Americans hardly pause to consider that all of these airport restrictions stem directly from our years of interventionism.

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Previously:



11/18/10 Obstructionist Congress is not what the public wants
11/16/10 Suu Kyi brings hint of change to Burma
11/04/10 None of the major problems facing us today are from Big Government
11/02/10 Autumn of our discontent
10/28/10 Speaking the truth didn't save Tariq Aziz
10/26/10 Journalism's family feud

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