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Re: Movies
One warning about War Dogs. Every other word is the "F" word. Man these Jews have a mouth on them.  :)

That was an issue with Glengarry Glen Ross too. After the F word was used 100 times, I couldn't take it anymore and shut the thing off. So I only ended up seeing the first 5 minutes.

August 31, 2016, 03:31:17 PM
Re: Jokes Master Thread No tcheiles? Zicher not
September 04, 2016, 08:54:46 PM
Re: Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014
Turns out I can add pictures to this TR, courtesy of the post on DDMS today. Without further ado, here I am at the seminar:

Love how not only is the searing separate for men and women, but also different sections for men with white shirts and colored.

September 16, 2016, 04:20:22 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
He asked her about the emails.

The way that the moderator brought up the emails - to me - showed unmitigated bias and was inexcusable. He threw her a softball, and then didn't even follow up on her response.

Moderator: You've committed a crime by using a personal email server and then destroying evidence
HRC: It was a mistake, I'm sorry about it, and I would do it differently if it happened again

That was it, no follow up about the implications? No digging into the question of why she did that (ala "what are you hiding")? Just say you're sorry and everything is OK? She committed a serious crime/breach - if not in using the server itself, then by destroying evidence after it was subpoenaed - and that's the kind of thing that you can move on from with just a simple apology?!

There's a lot of people in jail for destroying evidence who would have loved to just apologize and get away with it.

September 27, 2016, 05:11:40 PM
Re: any accountants out there that i can ask a question? I have a question. Can I share my tax returns with other people if I'm in the middle of an audit?
September 27, 2016, 05:14:14 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
And Clinton won both scientific polls on who won the debate. YouGov by a little, CNN by a mile.

CNN when it comes to elections is the equivalent of NYT when it comes to Israelis and Palestinians

October 10, 2016, 09:42:01 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread

Disagree. Sure, there is a lot of bad about each candidate and also a lot of bad things that each might do as president. But let's admit to ourselves that nearly everything we are discussing here will either not come to pass (e.g. world war 3, deporting forgeigners, etc) or is something bad that we can learn to deal with (whether for you that means higher taxes, more liberal policies, less pride in being American, etc). What we really want is to have an end to hearing about all this pointless garbage ad nauseum and get on with our lives. An end to pretending that Hillary is obviously the right person for the job and Trump is so embarrassing that we are somehow personally ashamed he is a republican nominee. No more commercials telling us we are too stupid to know right from wrong and telling us in as patronizing a way as possible what we should be thinking about each candidate. An end to the divisiveness that exists within close circles of friends and families over what one or the other is "blind" about or "biased" to. So please, don't tell me it will be worse later, the election cycle is lunacy and I cannot wait for it to be over.

Ask anyone who doesn't like Obama - they'll say the guy has been a disaster of a president and did as much as was possible to change America for the worse. Yet, we got through it. This too shall pass - but we'd like it to be sooner rather than later.

November 02, 2016, 02:23:04 PM
NATIONAL GOULASH DAY I declare today National Goulash Day. The mitzvas hayom is to pour a glass of prune juice down the sink and throw away up to 15 pans of vegetable lasagna. Parve cholent is also assur to eat.
November 09, 2016, 07:09:20 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread

This guy nailed it in his first paragraph

yerachm 1 hour ago

The gemara, on page 89a of Yevamos, states the three traits that identify one as a Jew: rachmanim, (merciful); bayshanim, (have a sense of shame); and gomlei chasadim, (perform acts of kindness. I would not say that Trump's campaigns were marked by mercifulness to his opponents. Shame - self-efacement, humility - must I comment? Acts of kindness - it appears that one reason Trump would not disclose his tax returns is that he claims to have donated vast amounts to charity, but indications are that claim is questionable.

The qualities you praise - relentlessness in pursuit of the dollar, chutzpah, aggressiveness - sound like an anti-semite's description of Jews. In fact, Jews in Germany in the 1920's and 30's exhibited these characteristics, and look what it led to.

As the prophet Micah stated, "What does God require of you, but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God."

No, Mr. Trump is not the "First Jewish president." He is a man who has dedicated his life to amassing fortunes, to pursuing countless women while married, to humiliating and destroying opponents.

If you equate "Jewishness" with endless sexual indiscretions, multiple wives, humiliating others in public, and accumulating wealth without concern for one's opponents, then you have a very sad - and erroneous -picture of being a Jew.

November 21, 2016, 07:37:13 AM
Re: **Free** 4 night stay at Oceanfront property in Jamaica with private pool
I don't really get what the whole catch is.
What's the big deal with putting up a for sale sign ?!

Jamaican law mandates the death penalty for erecting for sale signs, because the law requires all property to be sold privately to jamaican citizens. 😉

December 08, 2016, 08:50:59 AM
Re: Are You a fan of Pictures of Products on DDMS? I liked the one when Dan was trying to sell baby deer
December 16, 2016, 01:53:08 PM
Re: Best space heater on Amazon? Just a dp on this heater - it definitely pumps out heat well despite its size. However I found the thermostat very poor at regulating room temp. The swing between on and off was too large - a 2 or 3 degree swing would be fine but this was more like 10 degrees.
December 31, 2016, 10:21:46 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
I guess being an Anti Semite sits fine with you?
I was talking about you and you knew that but like everything you do here or maybe in life in general you like spinning it.

Not cool. I've been following this thread despite my loss of interest in the subject matter under discussion, but this personal attack takes things to an all time low. How in the world can you say something like that?

January 11, 2017, 10:44:49 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread


I forgot what it was he did for the civil rights movement. That was almost 50 years ago!

January 17, 2017, 06:18:48 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Man did that one fly over your head. You are correct their wasn't a scheduled press conference until Monday. When this one was called at the spur of the moment on the weekend it means some important breaking news. I guess his ego is important. Also did you know the National park district had side by side pictures from 2009 and 2017? There were instructed to take them down. Who do you think gave that order?

Trump should realize that his supporters are the ones in this country who work during the day and he can't expect a crowd like the one in 2009.

January 21, 2017, 07:58:07 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread Methinks the Israelis have the better perspective as to whether settlement construction is helpful for peace or not. One  thing is for certain, no matter if US and Europe may have been helpful in advancing peace in the past or not, they are not helpful in the present day.
February 03, 2017, 08:05:12 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
March 06, 2017, 12:51:48 PM
Re: Jokes Master Thread
Apparently, there is another way.

Lawyer, lawyer, pants on foyer?

March 09, 2017, 05:49:07 PM
Re: Price mistake? ELMI CM-6MT-12 CM-6MT Benchtop Swing Out Centrifuge, -$200.72 Great deal. I have 2 of these and make my own vaccines in them. No more mass produced vax made with formaldehyde for my family
March 10, 2017, 01:52:36 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread... Life Accordion [sic] to Trump

April 25, 2017, 07:45:56 PM
Re: Free Sample Products Master Thread
Dog food?...

People who don't have retirement savings worry that they will have to eat dog food, so they will want samples. Just because a sample isn't for you...

April 27, 2017, 05:10:33 PM
Re: Budget to penalize large families!
I agree.
But if you care about your brethren, you should try to fight it. Who cares why they're coming after us, what's important is that they are.

 :o :o :o

This is called "coming after us"?! Challila that you should ever know what that means

:o :o :o

May 26, 2017, 10:19:12 AM
Re: Budget to penalize large families! If you truly cared about your fellow Yidden, you would not be beating the drums to make a large scale public stand against the government.

The only ones coming after us are ourselves. We are the ones who created a culture of "medina shel chesed". It is a fantastic thing that these programs exist. But we chose to use them lchatchila and became addicted.

May 26, 2017, 10:24:39 AM
Re: Water Filters? IMHO, reverse osmosis is not necessary or a good idea in normal applications. I think that it overfilters the water, it definitely wastes a ton of water, and the water tank takes up quite a bit of space under your sink. RO wastes at least 2 gallons for every 1 gallon it produces. If your water quality is similar to Mexico's, you can't be too careful, but for a place like Passaic it doesn't seem necessary.

A 2 stage filter from a good company should be enough to clean out impurities and bad tastes from the water. The system I use (and highly recommend) is Whirlpool WHED20. I bought it for $100 at Lowes a number of years ago and have been very happy. The replacement filters are model WHEEDF - I've changed every 5/6 months - and they cost $45-$50 (best price is at Lowe's, though occasionally some Amazon TPS has a good price). At the price point it is both affordable and good value.

The WHEEDF does filter out lead. I recommend sticking to the manufacturer replacement and not off brand - it's not worth saving money if you don't have the NSF certification.

Installing this on my sink was easy, though it requires some basic handyman skills. I already had a hole drilled on my counter for a soap dispenser that I don't need, so I took that out and put the faucet into that hole. The undersink installation requires 2 things - mount the filter bracket to the cabinet (simple drilling and leveling required) and connect the water hoses. They make connecting the water hoses to the system itself extremely easy (snap on), so the most challenging part is connecting to your cold water supply. The filter uses pex pipe and my house is also pex pipe, so I just bought a splitter valve and swapped it in for my cold water valve. If you need a handyman to do the last part for you I imagine it won't cost much.

June 20, 2017, 10:54:44 AM
Re: Money to Invest
Did not realize how many financial experts we have here. Lucky us!

People who write "u" instead of "you" save up a lot of time and become time experts. People who get good deals all the time save a lot of money and become investment experts.

July 06, 2017, 11:22:19 AM
Re: 10K And A Prayer: An International Lunch
Nice TR

Not polite to comment on a person's traveling companion, even to be complimentary.

July 31, 2017, 11:40:58 AM
Re: "Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber" The fact that a person cannot safely state his opinion about why an observed phenomena exists (in this case, women being under represented) is extremely troubling.

Everything else to do with his balagan is of less importance. Which of his points are right or wrong doesn't really matter as much as the fact that he is not entitled to his own opinion.

August 08, 2017, 10:15:25 AM
Re: BitCoin Master Thread Digital currency is probably going to be worth something forever, starting with when it becomes a stable means of storing economic value. But right now its value is just based on hype - and Bitcoin has the most shills, so it's worth the most. Thus far none of the digital currencies have anything to offer society other than what they have convinced people their potential is. So whichever currency you choose to invest in, you've merely gambled/bet on its future dominance over the myriad of rival currencies.

Ethereum IMHO may become the first coin to provide something of value to the economy because of the smart contracts. I was involved in BTC since 2012 (part of a mining pool briefly) but this year I moved everything over to Ether (mild ouch, but actually not far behind in terms of gains had I not moved).

BTC and other digital currencies are not a Ponzi scheme, but do have many of the negative characteristics. Its value is probably all based on the success of its shills. Continued strong growth in the user base is critical to its existence (and whether or not they are suckers depends on continued growth after they join). Also, look carefully at the concentration of Bitcoin nodes in China. Sure, everyone is an individual, but the Chinese government has control over internet access within their borders. That means China has the power to take 75% of all nodes offline, which would severely damage consensus in the blockchain. Of course, everything is rosy until it isn't.

Problems that are nearly certain to come along are: Issues with the length of the blockchain, the impending need to pay blockchain nodes for their service, negative sentiment from inevitable incidents of hacking/theft of coin. Forks too, i.e. dissent among the coders, but in my view that's no different from a new currency popping up out of nowhere. These aren't problems that will end a currency, but they will drive down confidence in it and therefore, price (at least temporarily).

August 08, 2017, 04:35:45 PM
Re: BitCoin Master Thread
What do you think that would take? I think it would take a sovereign adopting it. Which means it will be bitdollar, and not bitcoin.

That would definitely do it, but I think wide enough individual acceptance would work too. We are so extremely far away from that goal no matter how it is eventually achieved - right now more than 90% of people would not even be able to figure out how to purchase a BTC and store it.

August 08, 2017, 04:50:17 PM
Re: "Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber"
Bottom line: Don't mess with the Google ;)

This line pops up again and again, too frequently. There are serious societal concerns due to their outsized reach.

August 08, 2017, 11:32:18 PM
Re: BitCoin Master Thread
Is it ironic that the ppl making this think they're obviating government, but the government ends up holding everyone's private key and knowing every single thing you own and do?

No way. Government holding everyone's private key? Why would you even think such a thing?

BTW, there is some really fascinating history with RSA encryption where that was actually proposed. Basically, the government wanted to ban encryption because it would prevent them from interpreting messages sent by criminals or terrorists. Privacy activists were horrified that everyone's correspondence would be open for anyone to read. It used to take effort to intercept messages, so no one would bother to intercept common communications, but once electronic communication took off, intercepting messages became trivial so encryption became important even to common people. The "moderate" viewpoint was to create a "key escrow" agency that would hold all private keys and release them to the government when there was a warrant to do so.

I bet you can guess where that idea went.

August 09, 2017, 02:41:55 PM
Re: zow's 2015 Europe and Israel TR (my first TR!)
They treated us nicely, but the experience was confounded by my tending to an older woman who fainted in the boarding area. She hadn't slept much, had been up early, hadn't eaten, was worried about the travel in general...B'H she was fine, with some water and something to eat.  If I recall correctly, the airline crew offered me some snacks or something

I was once on Spirit, and someone fainted. The FA asked if she needed a doctor and she said yes. They whipped out the credit card machine and asked for a $25 PA fee. Then, they asked if any doctors were flying with us today. Of course, none were. Had they asked whether there were any Uber drivers on board, or any motivational speakers, I'm sure the $25 would have been worth it...

August 14, 2017, 02:45:28 PM
Re: If you got a call offering a free cruise, you might be entitled to at least $300 Now if the lawyers could get started on "save money on your monthly energy bill" and "this is a public service announcement about your credit card account" I'd be a millionairre
August 16, 2017, 05:10:02 PM
Re: Equifax waves fee to freeze credit!! Are they going to waive the fees to temporarily unfreeze also?

Are they going to sponsor the fees to freeze reports at the other two bureaus too?

Not enough, and too slow. They had 5+ weeks to prepare for the consumer reaction, and all they did with that time was figure out ways to protect themselves (arbitration clause). Their website was inadequate to handle the traffic of concerned people checking, the links for people who were affected didn't work at first, the PINs were assigned using a dumb algo, and all they offered was one year of lousy credit monitoring service (plus upsell!) as if this breach was no different than Target's loss of credit card numbers. Not to mention the insider trading scandal, which is a whole other animal.

Based on the contempt this company is showing to consumers in a situation where they caused a significant amount of injury, they shouldn't survive this. In fact, I've bet heavily that they won't. I think in a few years this company will become an example for business consultants to hold up the same way Blockbuster is now

September 13, 2017, 10:07:31 AM
Re: When is Next Wednesday
Please vote:

Today is Thursday, Sept 14. If I say "Next Wednesday" what day would you think I am referring to:

1) Wednesday, Sep 20
2) Wednesday, Sep 27


But if you asked me again on Monday Sept 18th, then my answer would be #2

"Next" Wednesday implies the one that is next week

September 14, 2017, 11:19:05 AM
Re: Vote: Keep Or Ditch Likes?
On imamother, they have a hug button, which functions essentially as a dislike.  It works great.  Maybe add hug

This opens the thread wide up for a religious discussion about the halachik appropriateness of hugs in this forum

September 14, 2017, 04:46:20 PM
Re: Stocks
Equifax Sacks 2 Executives, Gets Devious to Stop You from Getting a Credit Freeze.They’re terrified a mass credit freeze will crush revenues.Shares of Equifax dropped another 4% today, including after-hours, to $92.70. They’re now down 35%, or $50, from the happier era that ended at 5pm EST on September 7, with the confession that it had found out six weeks earlier that the most crucial personal data – “primarily names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers”
 So far, at 120.4 million shares outstanding as of June 30, the six trading days have cost investors $6 billion. No one cares about consumers. They’re just the product. But $6 billion matter.
Now heads are rolling. Oh no, not CEO Richard Smith. He is not leaving the company to spend more time with his family. Instead, Equifax announced Friday evening that it sacked two lower level executives. I mean, not sacked. Chief information officer, David Webb, and chief security officer, Susan Mauldin, “are retiring,” it said, “effective immediately.”

They fired Mauldin? There's got to be someone more expendable than the chief Music major at that compqny. Who is going to play violins on the deck?

September 16, 2017, 09:00:38 PM
Re: How much should a nice esrog cost this year?
I've always thought that the real price gouging is at the seller level.

You see a guy buys a case of esrogim. All the same price. Then he opens each box, looks at it,   and writes 45, or 85, or 200, etc

Changed years ago. Wholesalers presort. But still true that retailers can and do sort again and inflate

September 25, 2017, 07:37:39 PM
Re: Jokes Master Thread We had a retirement party for Bob at work today and everyone was making speeches, so I asked if I could say a word. I said, "Plethora", and Bob said, "Thanks, that means a lot."
September 26, 2017, 10:20:45 PM
Re: Trump-Republican tax plan bad for large families
I was reading today that they plan to get rid of the $4050 exemption per person in the family, as i predicted.
But being that there will be alot of back and forth in congress regarding the tax bill, NOW IS THE TIME TO REACH OUT TO YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND SENATOR.

In concert with doubling the standard deduction, it evens out for average families. Obviously this plan is devastating to people with itemized deductions- losing the exemption, losing state tax deduction, plus whatever else may happen with the undefined changes to the bracket ranges. Who does it help? The very highest income earners (drop in tax rate), and the AMT earners (were not getting these deductions anyway, so the lower rates help), and the people of average incomes living in states with low taxes who probably don't itemize (i.e. Red States).

That's the beauty of it - the design is almost surgical in carving out crony groups and supporters for benefits. FTR, I detest the strategy. How taxation would be most fairly distributed is debatable, but political alignment and cronyism is definitely not one of the fair metrics.

they are not necessarily exponentially poorer proportionate to the number of children (unless paying yeshivah tuition :P ) but they are somewhat poorer accounting just for food and clothing

I think the calculated cost per year is estimated between $12,000 and $14,000 per child per year (for an average American family) based on dividing the "cost to raise a child" by 17 years. Which is significant for the average American family.

September 27, 2017, 05:02:00 PM
Re: Looking for Preowned/Discounted Fine Jewelry Theres some shgatzim out there who have jewelry previously owned by my wife. I'm sure theyd sell to you, if you can find them
September 27, 2017, 06:37:34 PM
Re: Massacre in Las Vegas.
Correlation does not equal causation. For those who say, "C'mon, of course it does!", please visit and get back to me.

I took a class once and learned that. Some would say the class helped, but not necessarily.

October 10, 2017, 10:48:52 PM
Re: 7 eleven - bogo free Snapple What costs a snapple dortin? Why go to the trouble, when you may be able to get 2 for less than BOGO in an ordinary grocery store
October 16, 2017, 05:48:24 PM
Re: I need Plumbing Help... Any plumbers out there? Not a plumber, but as a DIY person I have a layman's guess to offer. What is the temperature setting on your water heater? If it's very high, then the temperature regulator installed near your shower valve could be the cause of the pressure and the reason the relief valve is dripping.

Try lowering the water heater dial to something close to 120 degrees and see if that puts a stop to the relief valve issue.

October 17, 2017, 02:15:12 PM
Re: AT&T Amex offers for sale
Selling for $95

Username checks out

October 18, 2017, 09:54:19 PM
Re: How Complex Does Your Password Have To Be? The US government is trying to come up with replacements for SSN and public/private key is one idea that's been presented as a substitute. The technology to store and secure the keys is getting to be very cheap and accessible, so it's not unreasonable to propose giving everyone a USB drive that's secured by biometrics instead of a social security card. This would be great for password security too (until quantum computers are invented)
October 26, 2017, 01:34:25 PM
Re: Is It Ethical?
There needs to be a sequel to this thread called "but did you do it anyways?"

Like the guy who tells the rov at mincha on shabbos that he has a safek if how he served the cholent was oiver on a melacha.
Nu, and how was the cholent?

November 22, 2017, 03:12:18 PM
Re: BitCoin Master Thread
BTC is moments away from trading at $10,000. I think that milestone will very quickly tell us how close to over the rally is. Crossing that milestone could either trigger a sell off or heighten interest. Will be interesting either way.

Not at all surprised that crossing the 10,000 mark added fuel to the rocket (it's well over $11,000 now). I think we'll see $20,000 in the near future

November 29, 2017, 10:08:43 AM
Re: BitCoin Master Thread Wiki with FAQ added
November 30, 2017, 10:30:42 AM
Re: BitCoin Master Thread
Beautiful! Succinct and very entertaining (and written in actual English)! :D

Thank you for the kind feedback

November 30, 2017, 10:45:19 AM