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Re: Prison
He's gotta get it out of his system too. Let him. It must be tough to walk around with all that guilt and shame with nowhere to share.
I have met good people that work for the DoC. That doesn't mean that they're bad people, or that they do bad things. However, that also doesn't mean that the DoC or everyone works for them is good, or it's treatment is justified. Many things that need correction are systemized and are a part of protocol, and will take much work to overhaul and improve.

We think it's better to be on the inside trying to effect change and help people who deserve to be helped than to be on the outside in another profession unable to realistically help anyone. When I meet somebody at work, I realize this is probably the worst day of their lives. I try to make it a little less horrible. That's bad? Would you rather all DoC employees be uncaring, unfeeling sociopaths?
I appreciate that bit of validation. It's not a fun job by any stretch and it comes with near zero appreciation from the outside world.

Kudos to you. Having someone on the inside that looks at the inmates like humans and tries shield them from mistreatment makes a world of a difference. It is a job that had near zero appreciation from the outside world, and isn't a good looking poster job to put on resume that attracts the idealistic. May you always be zoche to be the protector of the vulnerable and abused, and not ch'v the other way around.

December 06, 2017, 10:42:38 PM
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Re: Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush, Qi - $32.50 ($150 drop)
This is not considered hot??
Who said that?

December 07, 2017, 11:06:03 AM
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Re: What do you define yourself as?
Add options:
Henche
Meshugener
Meshugener is splitting off into different species already.. That seems beyond scope of poll.

December 09, 2017, 10:58:28 PM
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Re: Prison
No I'm saying there are sociopaths out there and there are sociopaths in jail. Someone who has money and doesnt pay back should be shunned in our communities. That is a communal issue, not a state issue. Our Bais Din system and system of dealing with people who belong in cherem needs to be strengthened.

I've never gotten a straight answer whether there were Prisons in ancient times when Bais Din had power.
I've heard it said that בית אסורים is not a Jewish concept. The only prison BD had was a temporary holding cell, not long term incarceration. We believe ביטול מביא לידי חטא, not that it's rehabilitative. The punishments imposed were physical or financial, not emotional and psychological battering. Emotional destruction and instability doesn't heal or repair anyone. (Even with what you said that you came out of prison stronger; that was from fighting the environment, not gaining from it.) If you truly believe someone has no useful right to life among society anymore, then end it. BD was goal oriented, not vindicative. They looked forward, not backwards. If there was no forward to look to, then that was it. A life sentence of prolonged torture and dehumanization accomplishes nothing for anyone.

December 10, 2017, 01:37:18 AM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread
Wow!!! He held himself back from calling the guy who was pressing him a Baal Gaaveh too. The guy wasnt getting the answer he wanted so he pressed and pressed. Why couldnt he be honest and say, "This is what i need to hear, whether you agree or not".
R Shteinman famously once asked this person being videoed how much of what he did was lishmah and how much was shelo lishmah. The person (R' Sholom Ber Sorotzkin, although if you didn't know that then you shouldn't be commenting on this video) answered 90% shelo lishmah, 10% lishmah. R' Shteinman said "It's a pity it's not 100% shelo lishmah, or we'd have another 10 kollelim".

December 14, 2017, 08:49:33 AM
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Re: Rubashkin freed from prison.
Arpaio was at everything with immigration, of which SMR was cleared, no?
Arpaio was a hater of non white Americans. Rubashkin was not.

Rubashkin's conviction was a terrible case of unjust sentencing and miscarriage of the criminal justice system. Arpaio was king of unjust sentencing and human rights violations through the prosecution department.

One of the most inappropriate parts of the Rubashkin case was Reade and her abuse of her power to pursue a personally agenda, something Arpaio epitomized.

Ect ect.

The Rubashkin case and Arpaio case are about as polar opposites as can be.

December 21, 2017, 03:09:59 AM
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Re: BitCoin Master Thread If you need to quote your friend/co-worker/neighbor/relative when discussing your knowledge in the cryptocurrency market, and are asking if "anyone knows anything" about something or where a good platform to buy is, you obviously don't have a deep enough knowledge to make an educated purchase or to trade prudently. Just because the aforementioned friend/co-worker/neighbor/relative made money in it doesn't mean they know what they're talking about or that you should buy.

December 30, 2017, 07:09:54 PM
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Re: BitCoin Master Thread
Again, you're talking to people who think that all crypto is a scam, if you do even the slightest research into it.
scam

: a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation

How is crypto a scam? Did anyone lie about it, promise something that wasn't true, or hide any truth about it? I don't see the deception in the operation.

It may not be worth anything, and the "investors" ignorantly speculating on it's value or betting on the greater fool may be stupid, but there is no apparent scam taking place.

If one were to buy a copper ingot for $500k because the seller told him it was gold, he was scammed. If he bought it for $500k because he believed copper is going to be more valuable than gold in a week, he may be a moron, but he wasn't scammed. The two cases are incomparable.

January 18, 2018, 03:54:37 AM
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Re: BitCoin Master Thread

We are on 2 different pages.
Crypto as technology and crypto as an investment.

While the tech is revolutionary, I believe we are in the equivalent of mainframe computing days. The tech is not built out yet for worldwide use like a PC, but it will get there in a number of years (let's say 10) as it's features and adoption grows.

Crypto as an investment is very high because people believe it will be as widespread as a PC eventually, or they simply like to gamble. Overall the market as whole is ahead of itself and overvalued, but as time goes on, and adoption spreads, it's utility and value will be much greater than today.

There are 3 pages:
Blockchain/crypto as a technology
Crypto as a currency
Crypto as an investment


Currencies generally have something backing them up that gives it value. The USD used to be backed by gold, and while it's not backed by anything solid right now, it's backed by the US GDP (about $19T in 2017). Crypto is not backed by anything. Many view it as merely a trading token for other currencies. The notion that the currency has any intrinsic value is difficult back up. Monopoly is a wonderful game, and the trademark may be worth billions, but that doesn't necessarily give it's currency value. The skeptics may not understand blockchain, but many believers may also not understand currency.


(The USD and almost all currencies are also barter tools, but there is a GDP being bartered that it is assigned as legal tender to represent.)

January 19, 2018, 04:02:53 AM
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Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
Now I know why I was bumped off 6 flights.

There were so many interesting moments that I've experienced in the jungle here, but being blessed with the opportunity to put teffilin on an Amazonian Jew (with long payos no less!) is one of the most satisfying moments yet.
The shel rosh needs to be above hairline.

January 22, 2018, 09:07:38 PM
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