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Re: Trump-Republican tax plan bad for large families
How would this tax plan look different if people were able to vote on it instead of elected officials? Would that be a better structure?

I'm asking this only partly hypothetically- we almost have the technology today to get rid of elected officials entirely and replace them by giving voters the ability to weigh in on every issue directly.

The Founders chose a Representative Democracy over a Direct Democracy quite deliberately. 

ETA:  Here's an easy read:

November 07, 2017, 05:26:06 PM
Re: Where can i get it? (israel edition)
NEVER post a picture of a key online

How are you gonna find my house?

I agree, in general, it's a bad idea to post a picture that shows the cuts.  That wasn't necessary to determine the type of key.

November 10, 2017, 07:33:09 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
We'll have to see how it plays out but I did just look up some diaper rash cream (not for me) and it was more online than in the store and I don't think it showed a p/u discount.

I use diaper rash cream for many off label purposes.  Nothing to be embarrased about ;D

November 16, 2017, 09:30:42 AM
Re: Master List: Israeli companies and sites that decline US cards
I just paid my mortgage with my US AMEX CC (there was a problem with my horadat keva). Try that in the US.
Sure it's not a CA?  Which bank?

I'd like to arrainge a permanet problem with my horaat keva  :)

November 19, 2017, 10:51:33 AM
Re: Crypto currency and using your credit card to buy it!
No one knows the exact price when a bubble bursts, sure can go up much higher,this is a classic mania,  if analysts know they will not be analysts, they will be enjoying life in Monaco or the French Riviera sipping cocktails :)


November 25, 2017, 01:25:19 PM
Re: Stocks
I might agree with you. but I still would like an answer to the question.
To short the VIX buy put options or sell call options.

November 30, 2017, 05:17:20 AM
Re: Prison

I read this a while ago. Found it to be a fascinating read into the mindset of how quickly people can mentally human life as automatically worth respecting. I think it as worthwhile to read as The Wave.

Quite a read.  Just finished it.  I don't know how a moral society can allow this.  Far more important than tax reform, ACA repeal, or anything else for that matter is prison reform.

December 01, 2017, 01:23:58 AM
Re: Stocks
December 01, 2017, 08:23:01 AM
Re: Prison
Binary options issued by FINRA licensed firms may are pure gambling. All others are outright scams. I havent been in the stock market for 7 years so I dont know if there are legitimate binary options platforms. All those I've seen advertised on the frum websites are outright scams to steal your money.

You were trading binary options?

December 03, 2017, 07:02:23 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...

I suspect it's a bluff intended to get the Arabs to jump at what ever deal he offers as an alternative at the last minute.

December 05, 2017, 12:54:29 PM
Re: Rubashkin freed from prison. Pidyon shvuyin is doche everything.  More than anything else this justifies every vote for Trump.

December 20, 2017, 05:44:30 PM
Re: Prison
Both of whom never spent a day in jail and just discussed it theoretically and theologically.


Rabbis are not entitled to rule on matters of halacha pertaining to faith if they haven't spent time in jail?

December 21, 2017, 04:14:07 PM
Re: Women in Jewish magazines
sexism - prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.

Judaism doesn't discriminate against women, it discriminates between men and women.  Not being able to discriminate between things that are different is usually considered a problem.

December 31, 2017, 10:18:47 AM
Re: Dan's Inbox: Where Fun Happens!
"I am looking for a good deal
To Israel. Can you let me know soon?
Thank you"

What a beautifal haiku!

January 10, 2018, 07:23:13 AM
Re: Frum Orthodox Pilots
Why can't hashem make something seem older in order to test us?
Not sure why we need to go here in this thread though. The name calling is juvenile.

How else will we know if the Frum are Orthodox :P

January 15, 2018, 11:09:09 AM
Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
How do I jump in my inbox to a particular date a few years ago?

Click the down arrow in the search box for search options

January 23, 2018, 08:47:50 PM
Re: Stocks
Will take a peek ,any idea where I can start from, there is a lot of info listed in that link?

If that is too basic, report back.

January 25, 2018, 06:08:56 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread If this is accurate, this alone is ample cause for the firing of Comey, and IIRC at the time of the firing, Trump said it was because Comey refused to say publicly that Trump wasn't under investigation.

January 30, 2018, 03:49:56 AM
Re: BASICS Men's Slim Wallet $10!
Not so happy with mine, could be cause I have too many cards (11) but it's peeling the corners of my cards

Order new cards.

February 02, 2018, 12:40:54 AM
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February 27, 2018, 12:47:04 PM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread All are obligated to assume the letter may not be authentic, unless proven otherwise.
March 08, 2018, 12:36:05 PM
Re: Evolution and the age of the universe

The Evolutionists are grasping at straws.  Desperate to find a single example of evolution, they discover a previously unobserved behavior a declare it Evolution.  Viola, a Proof! 

March 29, 2018, 06:23:37 AM
Re: Stocks If you sold, what would be your target?  I'd say a stop loss needs to go at 1370.  A correction is likely, but I don't see signs of a reversal.
April 11, 2018, 11:46:40 AM
Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
Limiting the forwarding of emails is a nice feature as well as the Confidentiality part.

I wish they would have a option to schedule emails though..

April 15, 2018, 04:18:16 AM
Re: Chilul hashem on AF This seems like a great way to book a seat for an infant.
April 19, 2018, 07:11:02 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
Never saw this hechsher before who's hechsher is this?

Looks like this

May 02, 2018, 08:46:04 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...


May 02, 2018, 05:50:20 PM
Re: Fauda
With all the talk about Abu Mazen (Abbas) recent antisemetic speech, found the following picture interesting:

Seems like they call April - Nissan!
You can read Arabic?

May 03, 2018, 01:15:43 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...

There is only one way to avoid this.  It's called profiling.  To some it's common sense.  To the liberal left it's abhorrent.  As long as the left's view prevails, this is not news.

June 10, 2018, 06:24:42 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Ouch! Cliff notes?

Some say yes, some say no, popular opinion (at least at the time of writing in 2003) is no, long standing SCOTUS precedent leans yes.  That's what I got from scanning it quickly.

June 27, 2018, 11:34:45 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
looks like those might become the numbers now....

Every Trump vote paying double dividends.

June 27, 2018, 03:47:38 PM
Re: Boys soccer team need our prayers!!!
I am trying to wrap my head around being stuck on that small patch on ground in total darkness for x amount of days. Can't even imagine what the soccer coach was going through knowing those kids are his responsibility.

He must be an incredible person to have kept them all sane and in the relatively relaxed state they were in when they were found.

July 09, 2018, 09:29:17 AM
Re: Ben Shapiro

Some impressive halachik scholarship.

July 13, 2018, 10:15:40 AM
Re: If You Could Ask El Al Management One Question... We are well aware that your customer service is inline with what is acceptable in Israel.  Would you be interested, as a company that has lots of customers from outside of Israel, in learning what customer service means in the rest of the world?
July 22, 2018, 03:43:27 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...

Compared to abstinence, imbibing one "standard drink" -- 10 grammes of alcohol, equivalent to a small beer, glass of wine or shot of spirits -- per day, for example, ups the odds of developing at least one of two dozen health problems by about half-a-percent, the researchers reported.

Looked at one way, that seems like a small increment: 914 out of 100,000 teetotallers will encounter those problems, compared to 918 people who imbibe seven times per week.

"But at the global level, that additional risk of 0.5 percent among (once-a-day) drinkers corresponds to about 100,000 additional deaths each year," said senior author Emmanuela Gakidou, a professor at the University of Washington and a director at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Are you kidding me?  Increases risk by half a percent?  I have no formal statistics training but I can't imagine that the margin of error on such a study isn't far greater than half a percent. 

Basically, they found no correlation between drinking once a day and health problems, but that didn't fit what they set out to prove so they jiggled the numbers a bit and still only managed to show a .5% increased risk. 

August 24, 2018, 06:32:49 AM
Re: Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread
Much respect for him, but I did fee that towards the end of his life he was more worried about making a legacy for himself than supporting his party.

He was more loyal to his principles than to his party, an admirable trait if you ask me. You may disagree with his principles but why cast aspersions on a dead man's motives?  As far as I can tell, his stand on Obamacare and immigration fit with his long held philosophy of centrism.   

August 26, 2018, 07:03:29 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Sheep being led right to the slaughterhouse.

"I just know this. I like Donald Trump and I think that he's doing the right thing," said Keller, who turned out to support Trump Aug. 21 when he promoted his rollback proposal. She lives five miles from the 2,900-megawatt John Amos coal-fired power plant.

"I think he has the best interests of the regular common people at the forefront," Keller says.

"Trump's rollback would kill an extra 1.4 to 2.4 people a year for every 100,000 people in those hardest-hit areas, compared to under the Obama plan, according to the EPA analysis. For West Virginia's 1.8 million people, that would be equal to at least a couple dozen additional deaths a year."

If this article was any more slanted, it would tip over.

Not to trivialize 1.4 to 2.4 deaths per 100,000,  there is a cost to poverty and unemployment as well.  I imagine it would at least equal out. 

If we move to ban anything that correlates to 2.4 deaths per 100,000,  what will we do about cars?

Quote from: Google Search
There were 34,439 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2016 in which 37,461 deaths occurred. This resulted in 11.6 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.16 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

On top of that,  the article cleverly disguises that Trumps plan is projected to SAVE lives.  Only when compared to Obama's unimplemented, theoretical, plan does it project cost of 1.4 - 2.4 lives per 100k.

"In Washington, EPA spokesman Michael Abboud said Trump's plan still would result in "dramatic reductions" in emissions, deaths and illness compared to the status quo, instead of to the Obama plan." 

September 04, 2018, 08:48:16 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Scary. They’re supposedly a first-world nation
Appreciate your Constitution and pray that Living Constitution doctrine dies a quick death.

September 07, 2018, 08:55:21 AM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
Thiomersal was actually removed from almost all children's vaccines, besides for some flu shots, as a precautionary measure because of the mercury in it.
I don't think it was done as a precautionary measure but rather as a (futile, in the end) attempt to placate the anti vaxxers.

November 29, 2018, 05:00:58 PM
Re: Interesting Articles... Israel is a notable exception as a country in the Middle East where Arab Christians can thrive, perhaps even more so than in Lebanon, and also happens to be the actual place Christianity began. That is very relevant to the article and no doubt the author is well aware.  He just went out of his way to avoid portraying Israel in a positive light. 
December 25, 2018, 11:48:15 AM
Re: Grammar and Spelling Lessons 101
Does any of the experts here want to give an opinion between these 2? vs

I'm conflicted. I would write "Do any of the experts"  but "does" seems like it may be correct.  Should it rather be "Does one of the experts"?

January 02, 2019, 04:20:29 PM
Re: Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I respectfully disagree. Its important but it doesn't belong in a yeshiva. A yeshiva isn't business school.

You'll ask me so why is it worse than math science...? I'll answer that those don't take away from the goal of a frum person. They're there for various reasons. To give more structure to the day of a child. To make the child sharper. And possibly also to qualify for government funding.

That's just my feelings about it.

Financial literacy takes away from the goal of a frum person?!?!

March 05, 2019, 02:26:09 AM
Re: Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
What are you advocating? That everyone take math and science courses before learning halacha lemaaseh?

You can not learn anything lemaaseh if you don't know metzius.  Math is metzius.  Lot's of halacha depends on a metzius which nowadays is covered by science.   While every community decides for themselves how and to what extent to teach them, to say that knowledge of math and science is the antithesis of being a frum Jew is not just wrong, it is ludicrous.

March 05, 2019, 08:11:45 AM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread

Children with autistic siblings were more than seven times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids without this family history, the study found.

Boys were four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, the study found.

And, children who had no childhood vaccinations were 17 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids who did get recommended vaccinations.

March 06, 2019, 07:28:21 AM
Re: Adding Financial Literacy Courses In Yeshivas
If there are questions on the pashut pshat on what a rishon said should we not try and understand what he intended to answer the questions? The premise is that the rishon had a pshat. Maybe you dont agree that the reid truely fits but it certainly attempts to reconcile for the rishonim and give svaros that help undering them. Thats what they are trying to do and thats what any person needs to do to understand the sugya in depth.

I'm with you 1000%.  I've just come across way too many 'chosheva yeshiva guys' who look at you like you are crazy when you ask how this pshat fits in to the loshon of the rishon.  Our yeshivas have created armies of people who think that a pshat is ranked by how complex it is, not by how well if fits back in to the source.  If you appreciate the need to try and fit every R' Boruch Ber and R' Shimon back in to the Rashba and the Ran you will undoubtedly come across cases where that is exceedingly difficult.  I.e. the cases where it's very difficult to say that that is what the Rishon intended. I those cases, you are left with 1 or 2 above. 

March 10, 2019, 08:51:12 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Saw this hanging up around the Mir today.
Anyway know what this is all about.
Another scam or it legit?

Massive dividends,  100% risk free = 1000% scam.

A low risk investment would be betting that it's a scam.  I'm taking bets.

March 13, 2019, 05:10:03 PM
Re: Stocks
From a fundamentals stand point you can’t figure out how to value a company? How come? Your right about short term but that’s not what fundamentals are necessarily about...
@ludmila  is a trader, not an investor.

April 02, 2019, 08:43:42 AM
Re: Stocks
So when are fundamentals ever used for short term trades?
Who said they are?

ETA: By inside traders.

April 02, 2019, 08:56:26 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...

This is so unbelievably stupid I don't care what anybody says.

It's like saying the world is infinite because numbers are infinite.
I agree it's super stupid, that was the point of the article. And I don't get your analogy. The stupidity is that they presented something as cool and surprising which was only so because they changed the meaning of a plain English word to something it does not mean.  It's like saying "I have and elephant as small as a mouse" using proprietary definitions for I, elephant, small, and mouse.

April 19, 2019, 12:02:25 PM
Re: Abortion = Murder?
Correct. And proposing religious exemptions either favors one religion over another (unconstitutional) or creates a sitatuon where no reasonable abortion law can stand because anyone can then join the church of Satan that mandates abortion whenever the mother wants.
I agree that religious exemptions are not feasible. Never-the-less there are a number of reasons your concerns don't concern me.

1.  According to news reports this bill was designed to be in maximum conflict with Roe in order to maximize chances of reaching SCOTUS and it is highly unlikely that it will ever be implemented as written.
2.  Even if the bill as written prevails in SCOTUS, it is highly unlikely that SCOTUS will endorse the bill's definition of person-hood making abortion illegal on a Constitutional level.  Abortions will still be available on demand in NY and CA and many states in between.  It is difficult to imagine a case where the mothers health exemption is not triggered and travel out of state is not possible.
3. We benefit greatly from living in a moral society and it is in our interest to see society maintain it's morality even if that comes at a cost.  Under secular law a rape exemption is morally indefensible. 

I also take issue with the absolute claims that  abortion = murder according to Halacha, as well as the concept that Jewish people should pursue legal avenues in a secular government to enforce 7 mitzvos Bnai Noach.
We are pretty much in agreement on this.

May 16, 2019, 08:10:43 AM