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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. Theyíre 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 canít figure out how to value a company? How come? Your right about short term but thatís 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
Re: Thoughts on abortion, religion, and morality
I don't have a position on late term abortion vs delivery other than that if Dr's think there is risk to the mother by delivering vs aborting, they should abort. Halacha recognizes this as well... I don't know why people who haven't identified themselves as Dr's in this field are trying to claim that there is no greater risk by aborting than by delivering.

So you are conjecturing a situation that I claim to know does not exist.  Of course it is true that Halacha requires you to kill the baby to save the life of the mother. I am just saying that today, in developed countries, that is never necessary in the third trimester.  I am not a doctor but I am a thinking person capable of reason.  As I understand it, there is rarely, or more probably, never a situation where it is required to deliver a specifically dead baby rather than a live baby to save the life of the mother. 

Here's how I understand it, feel free to point out what you think is wrong.
If the mothers life is in acute danger due to her continued pregnancy, an emergency c-section is required.  It is not necessary to intentionally kill the baby to preform an emergency c-section.

If the mothers life is not in acute danger and an emergency c-section is not called for, but continuing her pregnancy will have seriously adverse effects on her health, the pregnancy is ended by a) inducing labor or b) dilating the cervix and inserting instruments to dismember the fetus and pull it out piece by piece.  It dies in the process. Sometimes it is killed by crushing it's skull or with an injection prior to dismemberment. There are serious risks associated with option b) and it is not the way Hashem intended.  Option a) requires less intervention and is safer and does not require killing the baby. 

Here are some doctors who agree with me:

May 22, 2019, 01:51:04 AM
Re: Thoughts on abortion, religion, and morality
I think we can all agree, it is virtually impossible to make men "responsible" for the pregnancies they cause in just about any way. Which is why it is so important that this stay a woman's decision because it doesn't really affect men.

I want to also point out that many of you are horrified at the prospect of proving that the pregnancy he caused was discussed and that the woman acknowledged the risk of an unplanned pregnancy is basically what many victims of assault go through. It is very hard to prove rape and many people don't even report it.

A fetus is also different from a child because it is a parasite until viability. Once artificial wombs are a real thing and you can transplant fetuses from a woman into an aritificial womb, there is a much stronger argument for forcing a transplant.

There are many long term minor and major health risks from pregnancy even if they aren't life threatening. Every pregnancy comes with a risk of maternal death in addition to many lifelong health conditions that are often triggered or worsened by pregnancy. The health risks may not be immediately dangerous to life and health but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

Boom.  Explains a lot.

May 31, 2019, 08:25:20 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...

Is there are culture where any of this is acceptable?

September 19, 2019, 06:52:12 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
Whos hechsher is this?

Hechsher: JSOR

 Can it be trusted for meat and dairy? and with dairy is it assumed to be CY or only CS? or i would assume if it doesnt say CY its CS.

October 29, 2019, 01:46:46 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...

Wow, good for Norway.

Incidentally, the reason for their decision is also the reason why anyone who thinks peace can be achieved in this generation through a diplomatic peace process is delusional.

December 09, 2019, 07:16:56 AM
Re: Can this be a blueprint?
Why we need strict laws for owning a gun.

Firing your gun unnecessarily and recklessly should be grounds for stripping of your right to own a gun.

January 01, 2020, 04:55:57 PM
Re: Its Open Season on Jews .
January 09, 2020, 03:35:32 AM
Re: Iran's Top Terrorist Taken Out By The U.S.
Dont be stupid, nobody doesn't care about US lives. They were in more danger with the terrorist alive then with him dead. The overall good outweighed the risk of a few missiles.

An argument could be made, in my opinion a legitimate one, that the good of Soleimani dead outweighs the risk of retaliation which could potentially kill Americans, a major consideration being how many.  It is a decision that must be taken with utmost deliberation and your use of the words "a few missiles" conveys a cavalierness that I hope was unintentional, even though in this particular case, so far, no Americans were killed.

January 09, 2020, 08:38:58 AM
Famous people who post on DDF

January 13, 2020, 09:10:37 AM
Re: Iran's Top Terrorist Taken Out By The U.S.
Iran's actions have shown they hate America. If you somehow want to try and twist that into they are our friends, go right ahead. Maybe while you are at it try and twist that Palestine is Israel's friend? I am sure there are a few of them that refuse to walk on the American flag.

Are you really not able to understand that a majority or large minority of people living under a dictatorship may have views vastly different than that of their dictators'?

The Palestinians are not the Iranians and it just may be that most Palestinians agree with the anti-Israel rhetoric of the Palestinian leadership and the majority of Iranians do not agree with the anti-US an anti-Israel rhetoric of the Iranian leadership.

January 15, 2020, 07:04:41 AM
Re: Free Amazon shipping to Israel So I guess free shipping is safe through Purim?
January 25, 2020, 03:15:28 PM
Re: Prison
This is the difference between me and you. I go by what the law is not what it should be.
The law once allowed slavery.  There are some advocating that infanticide should be legal. If they prevail will you support a woman's legal right to kill her newborn?

Your two posts seem to contradict each other. Care to explain why they don't?

January 29, 2020, 12:18:53 PM
Re: Prison
No as any induvial is a poor judge of what the law should be.

And our legislators are better judges? 

In any case, I didn't mean would you unilaterally change the law but rather would you advocate for the law to be changed.

January 29, 2020, 12:44:00 PM
Re: Prison
Have never got into this issue here am not going to start now.

Ok.  I've been trying to understand what you meant by

This is the difference between me and you. I go by what the law is not what it should be.

but I'll give up now.

January 29, 2020, 12:57:32 PM
Re: Prison Prison should not be retribution.  IMHO it has two purposes. 1) Deterrent 2) Keeping dangerous people from harming the public.  Past a certain point, the additional years don't add meaningful deterrent. In addition, terms of release can be harsh enough to also serve as deterrent.

Maddoff, as awful as what he did is, posses no further threat to the public.  Even if it could be argued that he'd find some one willing to invest with him, the terms of his release can make that close to impossible. He can be forbidden from having a bank account, etc, etc. He could work with a specialized parole board to find an occupation where he could earn the most money in a legitimate way without posing a risk to the public and have all of his earnings go to a fund to repay his victims, aside from a small allowance to pay for minimal living conditions he would be required to accept.

Surely that is better for his victims.  What is the downside here?

February 06, 2020, 01:52:13 PM
Re: Useful utilities/programs, windows only
Not sure if this is useful for anyone else, but in Windows 10 if you hit Windows+Shift+S it will allow you to snip a screen shot using your mouse
Super useful!  I did not know this and it will save me lots of time.  TY!

February 16, 2020, 08:57:48 AM
Re: Dan in the news:)

Second to last stanza.


March 01, 2020, 07:17:07 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread

Two points.

1) In light of his own comments the day before, it would seem this is simply case of a politician never missing an opportunity to make political hay. 

2) His comments about not accelerating the economy at the cost of human lives strike me as disingenuous.  All economic activity comes at a risk to human life and you need to acknowledge that before you can have a meaningful discussion on the correct balance.

March 24, 2020, 02:50:34 PM