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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

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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 March 23, 2007 / 4 Nissan, 5767

The more you know, the less you believe

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Two female explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, planned a trek across the Arctic ocean earlier this month to highlight the dangers of global warming. They had to call the expedition off because it was too cold.

"One night they measured the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero, and outside temperatures were exceeding 100 below zero at times," Ann Atwood, who helped organize the expedition, told the Associated Press.

"They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Ms. Atwood acknowledged. "One of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability," she said.

Uh, Ms. Atwood, one thing people who haven't drunk the Kool Aid can predict is that it'll be mighty cold in the Arctic in winter.

The Jim Jones of this Kool Aid testified on Capitol Hill last Wednesday. Former Vice President Al Gore was greeted as a "prophet" by Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachussetts Democrat.

Republicans, who noted Mr. Gore's Nashville mansion consumes 22 times as much energy each year as does the average American home, were less worshipful. They chided him for not practicing what he preaches.

Mr. Gore maintains he makes up for his energy gluttony by purchasing "carbon offsets" from Generation Investment Management, a firm he helped found.

Generation Investment Management invests in solar and wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe, a spokeswoman for the firm said.

Those who consider global warming more a secular religion than science are amused by how much Mr. Gore's practice resembles the sale of indulgences by the medieval Roman Catholic church. You could steal, cheat on your wife, even commit murder with no fear of Hellfire if you crossed the bishop's palm with enough silver. But Mr. Gore has an even sweeter deal than that, since all he is in effect doing is transferring money from one pocket to another. Absolution of sin by accounting trick.

Mr. Gore continued his "rules are for other people" behavior at the hearings. Congressional committees require that witnesses provide their prepared testimony to the committee 48 hours before the hearing. Mr. Gore ignored this rule, presumably to keep skeptics from spotting in advance where his testimony departed from the facts.

If so, this was prudent, because such departures were frequent. Ten of the hottest years in history came in the last 11 years, Mr. Gore said. But it was warmer in the Medieval Warm Period (800-1300 A.D.) than it is now, and warmer still in earlier periods. Tropical vegetation once grew in Siberia. Global warming threatens polar bears with extinction, Mr. Gore said. But, said Canada's National Post, "the latest government survey of polar bears roaming the vast Arctic expanses of northern Quebec, Labrador and southern Baffin Island show the population of polar bears has jumped to 2,100 animals from around 800 in the mid-1980s." Melting ice from glaciers in Greenland will raise sea levels by 20 feet in the next century, Mr. Gore said. But the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a sea rise of just 7 to 23 inches. If melting continues at its current rate, the lower range of the IPCC estimate will be too high.

The debate on global warming is over, Mr. Gore declared, even as a new British documentary (The Great Global Warming Swindle) issued a powerful challenge to all of his premises.

For Mr. Gore, the debate never actually began, because he has gone to great lengths to avoid debating knowledgeable skeptics.

This is prudent for the former divinity school dropout, as a debate in New York March 14 indicates. The debate was sponsored by Intelligence Squared, a debating society that holds Oxford -style debates on major public policy issues.

Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Gavin Schmidt of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Richard Somerville of the Scripps Institution for Oceanography argued that global warming is a crisis. Screenwriter Michael Crichton, Dr. Richard Lindzen of MIT, and Dr. Philip Stott of the University of London argued that it was not.

The audience was polled on both before and after the debate. Before the debate, 57 percent of the audience believed global warming was a crisis. After hearing the arguments pro and con, only 42 percent did.

The more people learn of the facts, the less likely they are to agree with Mr. Gore. But he can rely indefinitely on the support of true believers like Ms. Atwood, whose faith is so pure — she thinks bone chilling cold is a sign of global warming.

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