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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 Feb. 20, 2007 / 2 Adar, 5767

The new-age faith of the hysterics

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The good news is that we were supposed to all be dead by now, done in by SARS, AIDS or bird flu. The bad news is, now we can be cooked medium-rare by global warming.


Or not. The jury on global warming is still out — the jurors are snowbound — and this seriously frustrates the folks who imagined they had the jury well rigged. (Al Gore comes to mind.)


Global warming has become the catechism of a new-age religion, with Mr. Gore as its topmost prelate, entitled to cassock, miter, incense and hot holy water. Anyone who dissents risks a session on the rack, as we have lately seen in calls for punishing "deniers." President Chirac of France, eager to poke a finger in the eye of an American, even proposes a Europewide "carbon tax" on anything imported into Europe from nations that have not signed the Kyoto treaty, i.e., the United States.


So intense has the zealotry become, in fact, that a holy man from a long-established rival faith issued a warning over the weekend from Australia, where he observed that a NASA satellite reckons that the bottom half of the globe is not warming at all. Thickening ice caps at the South Pole suggests it might even be cooling.


"We have been subjected to a lot of nonsense about climate disasters as some zealots have been painting extreme scenarios to frighten us," says Cardinal George Pell, the archbishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Sydney. "They claim ocean levels are about to rise spectacularly, that there could be the occasional tsunami as high as an eight-story building, the Amazon basin could be destroyed as the ice cap in the Arctic melts.


"An overseas magazine called for Nuremberg-style trials for global-warming skeptics while an [American] television correspondent compared skeptics to 'Holocaust deniers.' ... What we are seeing from the doomsayers is an induced dose of mild hysteria, semi-religious if you like, but dangerously close to superstition."


The cardinal dispenses with dogma. "I am deeply skeptical about man-made catastrophic global warming," he says, "but still open to further evidence. I would be surprised if industrial pollution and carbon emissions had no ill effect at all. But enough is enough."


Enough may be enough for a cardinal, but he can count on more of the guff and goo that the Rt. Rev. Mr. Gore and his friends cook up in enormous batches. They want to "end the debate" because they're afraid of engaging in argument. Some politicians who know better have resisted the convulsive frenzy until now, but frightened by the relentless ferocity of the hysterics, have been finally beaten into submission.


The litany of catastrophe to come in the catechism of the High Church of Global Warming — hurricanes, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, blizzards, floods and more ticks, chiggers and other bad bugs — became so fevered that soon everyone was bored. Hence the campaign to make criminals of dissenters. A few hangings should compel compliance with dogma.


The Earth's climate is a study in cycles. No one doubts findings that global temperatures have risen a fraction over the past two or three decades. Weather, after all, is a story of averages, and averages can mislead. A man with one foot in a bucket of ice and the other in the fire is, on average, warm. The British climate-research unit at the University of East Anglia found that average global temperatures, rising over a quarter of a century, did not increase at all between 1998 and 2005. In 1976, climatologist Lowell Ponte wrote: "It is a cold fact that global cooling presents humankind with the most important social, political and adaptive challenge we have had to deal with for 10,000 years. Your stake in the decisions we make concerning it is of ultimate importance, the survival of ourselves, our children, our species."


Some of the "solutions" to global warming are obviously good things to do. There are several good reasons to find alternatives to oil from the Middle East. We should never have yielded to the hysteria of a generation ago that prevented the development of nuclear power, for example. But wrecking the American economy to satisfy seasonal fashions is foolish, silly and worse.


And watch out for mad cows.

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