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Front Lines

Evolution?

M

any of us are familiar with
the various pictures —
through sci-fi writing, TV or
movies — of the invading "little green
men." They are frightening invaders
despite their small stat-
ure and at-first-glance
gentle visages. Well, you
may counter, there were
those aliens from Close
Encounters of the Third
Kind who were kindly, not
threatening. Ah, ha!
Is it possible that is
where we are headed?
With the mounting
dependence on develop-
ing technology, I foresee
changes in the human
form that may have us
approaching the beings of
our fiction.
Among the first developments will
be enormous eyes; these will come
about due to our dependence on huge
screen TVs, the playing of video games,
etc. Eyebrows and eyelashes will prob-
ably disappear; their functions having
disappeared.
We may develop large proboscises
— like those of butterflies. This will
come about from our slurping of soft
drinks, flavored waters, sports drinks
and energy boosters. The need for
straws will be gone, which will be great
for the reduction of plastic and paper
in landfills. (Who would have thought

that we could develop larger noses
and go green at the same time!)
I can see that our necks will get
somewhat shorter and will be on a
slight tilt to aid us in holding cell
phones in place. We will also
lose the fleshy outer ears that
we now sport and the aural
openings will be larger. This as
a result of the use of headsets
for so many things. Yes, there
will have to be a slight fleshy
protuberance so that we can
hang our blue tooths (blue
teeth?) from something.
Hands will be greatly modi-
fied. They will be only large
thumbs and index fingers.
The latter will serve to punch
in codes on key pads to allow
entry into houses, cars safes,
etc. There are even cars which start at
the punch of a button rather than the
turn of a key. The former will develop
through our over use of devices such as
hand-held games, TV remotes.
Finally, I see us having CPR — couch
potato rears. These large bottoms will
be well cushioned to accommodate all
the sitting that we do in cars, watching
TV and otherwise just lolling about.
We may not be green and we may not
turn into "monsters" (though many may
argue that we are there already) but the
"alien" figure in the mirror may soon be
we as technology continues to evolve. I
have seen the enemy and it is we! ❑

J14 CONTENTS

Dec. 9-15, 2010

Judaism

Energy Efficient Lighting

• Use compact fluorescent lights
(CFLs). CFLs use 75 percent less
energy than traditional light bulbs and
can last up to 10 times longer. This
can save you a significant amount of
money over the lifetime of the bulb.
• Consider lumen output when pur-
chasing bulbs them: The higher the
number of lumens, the brighter the
light. CFLs vary greatly in brightness,
just like other bulbs, and also have
dimmable variations.
• Take into account the temperature
of bulbs: Temperature is a measure
of the bulb's color. CFLs offer a selec-
tion of colors, typically ranging from
"warm" (yellow) to "cool" (white) light.
• Consider the bulb's wattage:
Wattage measures how much energy
the bulb uses. Traditional lights use
60-100 watts as compared to the
13-15 watts typically used by CFLs.

Ecologically Speaking
"Energy efficiency isn't just low-
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62

World/Israel

29

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16

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73

Columnists

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Opinion

39

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Roundup

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54

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Larry Shaevsky says he joined the
Board of Hebrew Free Loan when he
saw how active and devoted Board
members were in making a difference
in the lives of others.

"I know I've been fortunate in life and
I was looking for a way to contribute
to the community with an organiza-
tion where I fit," Larry said.

Larry says the Board's composition
is a true cross-section of the com-
munity and has generational diversity
that most Boards don't. "We have
young, former YAD members sharing
ideas with others who have decades
of experience in their 70s and 80s,
and everyone in between, and they're
all inspirational," Larry says. "This
isn't a Board that sits in a room and
plans strategy for someone else to
carry out; everyone here works to
help people make their lives better."

Larry says he's thrilled to serve on
the Jewish Educational Loan Service
committee (JELS). "I get to see young
people just heading off to college
who are enthusiastic and energetic,
and I get to help them make those
dreams come true. It's very rewarding."

The Power of Recycling

Hebrew Free Loan gives interest-
free loans to members of our

community for a variety of
personal and small business
needs. HFL loans are funded
entirely through community
donations which continually

recycle to others, generating
many times the original value
to help maintain the lives of
local Jews.

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