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The media are much scarier than Ebola

WHY do some things scare people more than others?

One reason is that people engage in a rational assessment of risk and conclude the appropriate level of fear. For example, people feel free to walk alone at midnight in Times Square but not in Central Park because they have made a rational assessment: Times Square, which at midnight is almost as bright as day and filled with people — usually tourists — is safer than Central Park.

A second reason is that emotions rather than reason cause people to fear something. Some years ago I was a guest on the television show “Politically Incorrect,” the Bill Maher-hosted predecessor to his current HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” One of the other guests was the late Christopher Hitchens.

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Liberal Lens

Big Brother is here...literally

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013? Why was Cooper near a Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich Village? Why was Alba at a ritzy hotel in Soho? We don’t know the answers, but we do know exactly when and where the movie stars were going. And we know all of this not from some special government sting operation but from publicly available data about millions of people’s movements throughout New ...
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View from Central Park

Zuckerbergs...role models

What a refreshing change. Usually when I am checking email at my Yahoo address (I know, I’m old school), there are news stories highlighted, one more ridiculous than the next. Oftentimes they’re about celebrities’ ostentatious displays of wealth and excess, political pushing, or just random irrelevant information. This time the title of an article finally made me succumb to clicking on a Yahoo story. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control...
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Liberal Lens

Why isn’t economic inequality a bigger issue?

IF critics of income inequality are wondering why the growing gap between rich and poor hasn’t been a more potent political issue in the upcoming elections, a new study offers some answers: Americans grossly underestimate this inequality. That’s one of the key findings of a survey showing the gap between CEO and average worker pay in America is more than 10 times larger than the typical American perceives. In the report, Harvard University and Chulalongkorn University researchers analyzed ...
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View from Central Park

Four Species, two complaints

With Sukkot upon us it’s time for the Four Species. In Jewish communities around the world, especially in Israel, and specifically in Jerusalem, there are hundreds of booths selling the Four Species. There is a fragrance in the air: fresh cut wood and the citrusy etrog. Heaven! In search of the perfect etrog, people are scrutinizing etrogim with eagle eyes. Like a baby swaddled and cradled, the etrog is wrapped in silky and golden gossamer flaxen threads. Along with the building of the sukka...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:09 )

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JTA News

‘A Borrowed Identity’ depicts divided hearts in a land divided

Lisa Keys Based on the autobiographical novel of the noted writer Sayed Kashua, the film explores an Arab-Israeli relationship of a very personal kind. ... [Link]

Dome of the Rock tops CNN list of structures on verge of extinction

Marcy Oster Preservation plans have been derailed due to hardened relations between Israel and UNESCO, according to CNN. ... [Link]

Arson seen as cause of Jerusalem forest fires

Marcy Oster Firebombs hurled from a nearby Palestinian village are believed to have started the blazes, which have destroyed nearly 250 acres of trees. ... [Link]

ISIS affiliate says it fired 3 rockets at Israel

Marcy Oster Sinai Province said it fired the long-range Grad missiles, which were found in open areas, at “occupied Palestine.” ... [Link]

U.N. Human Rights Council adopts report on Israel-Gaza conflict

Marcy Oster The resolution drafted by the Arab states ignores the report’s criticism of the Palestinians and does not mention rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza on Israel. ... [Link]

London neo-Nazi rally overshadowed by counterdemonstration

Marcy Oster About 25 neo-Nazis demonstrated against “Jewish privilege” in a rally that was ordered moved by police from the heavily Jewish-populated Golders Green neighborhood. ... [Link]

Israeli Cabinet reverses conversion reform policy

Marcy Oster A measure that would have broadened the number of rabbis able to form conversion courts was repealed, reportedly as part of a coalition deal. ... [Link]

On Iran deal, Hoyer’s red lines are not AIPAC’s

Ron Kampeas Steny Hoyer studiously avoids AIPAC’s language in his statement on an Iran deal. ... [Link]

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