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Re: Which/How Many Commercial Airports Have You Flown Through?   Us48:
EWR - Newark, NJ
JFK - New York, NY
LGA - New York, NY
ACY - Atlantic City, NJ
PHL - Philadelphia, PA
BDL - Hartford, CT
ATL - Atlanta, GA
MCO - Orlando, FL
MIA - Miami, FL
FLL - Miami, FL
BWI - Baltimore-Washington
CLE - Cleveland, OH
ORD - Chicago, IL
MDW - Chicago, IL
DET - Detroit, MI
DTW - Detroit, MI
DEN - Denver, CO
IAH - Houston, TX
HOU - Houston, TX
DFW - Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
DAL - Dallas, TX
STL - St. Louis, MO
PHX - phoenix, AZ
LAS - Las Vages, NV
LAX - Los Angeles, CA
SNA - Orange County, CA
BUR - Burbank, CA
SFO - San Francisco, CA

Middle East:
TLV - Tel Aviv, IL
DOH - Doah, Qatar

KBP - kiev, Ukraine
DMV - Moscow, Russia
SVO - Moscow, Russia
FRA - Frankfurt, Germany
MUC - Munich, Germany
LHR- London, UK
ORY - Paris, France
CDG - Paris, France
AMS - Amsterdam, Netherlands
PRG - Prague, Czech Republic

HKG - Hong Kong
PEK - Beijing, China
KUL - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
HKT - Phuket, Thailand
DMK - Bangkok, Thailand
BKK - Bangkok, Thailand
MAA - Chennai, India
GOI - Goa, India
BOM - Mumbai, India
DEL - Delhi, India
CMB - Colombo, Sri Lanka
SGN - Saigon, Vietnam
ICN - Seoul, South Korea
LIR - Liberia,  Costa Rica

These are the airports I recall offhand.

January 11, 2017, 05:29:06 PM
Jetblue winter sale. Book by Jan 10th 11:59pm Jetblue is running another flash sale, flights OW for as low as 38$. Must book by Jan 10th 11:59 PM ET . Valid for travel between Jan 16 and April 25.
January 09, 2018, 10:34:14 AM
Targeted: pay with 1 UR and get 15$ off 60$ on Amazon Once again this promotion is back although seems to be Targeted.
August 05, 2019, 12:55:27 PM
Re: Panama Master Thread Just got back from Panama, was beyond amazing.
I find it funny as we were there same time as some other DDFR's , week of Aug 16th,but didn't meet. TR to come...

September 08, 2019, 07:08:35 PM
Re: Panama Master Thread I had pretty bad experience just trying to book her .
Mrs. Karniel of Chabad suggested Alon and we couldn't have been happier.
I just had a horrible experience with Sorhay (the real Panama tour). She quoted me a price for two different tours and then when I was ready to pay she raised the price hundreds of dollars claiming she never gave me that price even though I sent her the messages proving it. She was extremely rude and even when she had to admit she gave me those prices she said it was a mistake and she will not honor it. I am glad I got to see her true colors before going on full day tours with her. She really came off to me as a horrible person.

November 28, 2019, 11:49:46 PM
Re: New Coin Deal I think he summed it up, the ASE is the most collected US Bullion coin
Correct, however, his question was why is it worth more then other recent offerings from the US Mint, from other series, that have lower or similair mintages (the eishenhower RP from 2015 with 17k mintage is one example) and have not appreciated anywhere near this offering.

December 05, 2019, 03:30:15 AM
Re: Re: Next Vacation - Ideas So are you staying away from all purple areas on the CDC map?? in the words of the CDC "Country or territory that has ever reported Zika cases (past or current)" as they dont have any numbers from the last few years.
Because I don't believe the CDC to be corrupt and I do believe Mexican authorities to be corrupt based on my short experience in Mexico. If there was Zika in MIA we'd know about it.

December 16, 2019, 10:55:50 AM
Re: I would avoid Aeroflot & Connecting in Moscow. Would you?
I will never understand why people are willing to stop over in Russia or Turkey to save a few $. One should definitely consult their Rav before doing so.
I have to wonder how Turkey is part of this conversation.
I paid extra to fly through IST as Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world.

December 19, 2019, 02:35:15 PM
Re: The 13th Global Siyum Hashas of Daf YomiAgudath Israel of America. For the record i don't think it was too cold , just a bit windy ....the hot water definitely helped. ( never even opened the hand warmers)
January 02, 2020, 03:16:36 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Always good to have kids eat less healthy. I guess there is no child obesity problem in the country.  :)
Its about the role of government....

January 19, 2020, 08:14:17 PM
Re: Panama Master Thread
If you tell the staff that it's "shabbat" they'll push the buttons in the elevator, and pick you up at the time you request.
They do have a set of doors that are not electronic.

The lobby is on the 15th floor, so you'll need to have the valet bring you up to the 15th floor and then have concierge help you with the next set of elevators, as you need to switch on the lobby floor.
Pretty much sums it up.
10 min walk from Chabad.

January 27, 2020, 09:30:14 AM
Re: Bloomberg vs Trump 2020
Can Bloomberg get Trump voters? I think he would be just as great for the economy and really good on foreign policy. And you don't have to hold your nose as tight.
"If you like your soda, you can keep your soda" Mike

February 12, 2020, 01:11:48 PM
Re: Bloomberg vs Trump 2020

February 15, 2020, 11:07:21 PM
Re: Bloomberg vs Trump 2020 As usual President Trump won the debate last night!
February 20, 2020, 11:56:45 AM
Re: Bloomberg vs Trump 2020
To this point - when they changed the rules allowing Bloomberg to participate, there was initial backlash about the billionaire buying his way in. But there was also some talk that Warren and others pushed to have him included, so they could face off and engage with him directly. Last night was the reason why.
Warren gains nothing from going after Bloomberg, she should focus on Sanders.
In 3 weeks she will be as relevant as Beto and Kamala Harris.

February 20, 2020, 03:30:09 PM
Re: Bloomberg vs Trump 2020
His poor performance was truly stunning. He got a few jabs in (the communism jab, the three-houses jab, etc.), but he got absolutely mauled by Warren--which, by the way, was to be expected. What wasn't to be expected was how flat-footed he was going to be in response.  Either he is the worse debater in this election cycle, or his advisors did a piss-poor job of prepping him.  Either way, DJT is going to make mince-meat out of the Bloomberg we saw on stage last night.
If he actually stood his ground. and defended his policies and past , instead of kowtowing to the political left, he would've been in decent shape , as he could fill the vacuum of the moderate lane.

February 20, 2020, 03:32:51 PM
Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
Planned on going from BUD to VCE Tue-Thurs. Now with COVID19 and Delta canceling their flights kind of have to cancel my VCE trip, looking for alternatives. Any thoughts? (Trip is end of April)
Roadtrip through Bratislava, Vienna to Prague.

March 03, 2020, 10:36:42 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread waiting for when stupid politics are the topic of the day once again....
April 20, 2020, 05:20:54 PM
Re: Movies
Can anyone recommend a very kosher comedy?
Ushpizin is a classic.

April 20, 2020, 10:39:38 PM
Re: POLL: Wedding expenses in the frum Community - BH for simchos? or out of hand?
A new initiative has gotten off the ground. Its hard to know if it will last, but its nice to see so many people have signed up!
I don't think you can reasonably insist on much less.

I have put some thought into this:

My thoughts are that perhaps it should be about limiting numbers of courses, band sizes, shmorgs and bars, rather than capping invitees. 

The reality is that it is not easy for a prominent individual to limit guests. There may be many employees and acquaintances, aside from neighbors, relatives and associates. And who wants to snub neighbors by only inviting some of the block?

Of course if Rabbonim attend such events it makes it even harder.

Suppose it was about limiting the grandiosity. Rules can include things like a max number of courses, a limit on the shmorg size, no more than a 5-piece band, max 1 singer, and no bars. All this, but no cap on invitees.

It would be more doable and help with affordability and social pressure. And less excusable. A guy says now, look I have a lot of people I must invite. Fair point, but it doesn’t require a bar and a 10-piece band.

It would be nice if the people behind this initiative would consider this.

Im sure the initiative is well intended, but it doesn't actually address the problem. 

I think that we are going about the wrong away, trying to make Takonos doesn't work outside of a few tight-knit sects of the Chasidic community. ( and the few i've seen are absurd)

For the most part those that can't afford it and are making lavish weddings , are the same people that drive an expensive lease while in debt or living paycheck to paycheck, while the neighbors who live below their means ( and possibly have a higher income) buy a 3 YO used car, and have hundreds of thousands of $ in their  401K, IRA and Retirement funds, and are making a nice simple wedding they can afford.

Here are some excerpts that make you wonder, how we've come to such a state of financial ignorance.
"Our family is solidly middle class, with everything that implies. we usually carry credit card debt from month to month"
spent $ 67,000

"And while the business is doing well,we still have some debt to pay off"
" we didn't have any money in savings when our daughter got engaged"
"Still, even if we can afford it, we intend to curb the spending next time"
spent $151,000

"we live from paycheck to paycheck,and i wasn't going above my means to conform to communal standards. and then i did."
spent $94,000

These high cost weddings are a symptom of an overall issue of not living within one's means.

April 22, 2020, 11:34:04 AM
Re: POLL: Wedding expenses in the frum Community - BH for simchos? or out of hand?
It does not need to be elaborate to be costly. Any time someone invites siblings and families you can have enough to make it either a lot of work and stress to do yourself or expensive. Yes you can make them small in sioze that only unmarrieds or couples come and cut it down somewhat, but even then it can be a lot of work for someone who just made a chasuna to do on their own and expensive to buy.

Correct, that was exactly my point. The wedding is only half the problem.

I agree that its not solely about the wedding night, but overall Shabbos Sheva Brochos doesn't seem to be the big issue here. 

April 22, 2020, 03:36:05 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread

No one wanted to cmpare them. All I wanna do is shut up the liberals who want to close up the country for the next 5 years and kill our economy for the next 20 years and  don't want to even start discussing reopening. To them I say dump your car.

Obviosly there are a bunch of differeces between covid deaths and car accidents.

+63,000,000 US citizens who are tired of those trying to confirm their pre-existing biases.   

April 22, 2020, 04:31:32 PM
Re: POLL: Wedding expenses in the frum Community - BH for simchos? or out of hand?
Interesting. Can I ask how many people you had at the wedding? (for the meal)

If your expenses are a more realistic representation of what the average wedding expenses look like and only 12k was spent on the wedding itself, how much is this 250-person-wedding campaign really going to save people? If it cuts 20% off the 12k, that's only a 6% savings on the overall cost of marrying off a child!

I'm not saying that I have a better solution, just wondering how much of a savings people will see from reducing the guest count.

Guest count is not the issue.

April 22, 2020, 05:07:38 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
This might not be the right thread, and might deserve its own thread.

I'm sure @CountValentine will enjoy reading the thread that starts with the following tweet:

I'm sure Congress passed a bill that had a special provision that made this guy qualify where others couldn't.

April 27, 2020, 05:16:58 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
It’s not at all a given that COVID is the new flu. SARS and MERS (other major coronaviruses in recent times) faded away, until we know facts that point otherwise, we can realistically hope this one does too.

A flatter curve means it’s not increasing exponentially, and even flatter means the new cases (and R”L deaths) are level. That’s a flat curve. We would need NO new cases for this to be over.

Are you really equating SARS1 and MERS ? do i have to show you the numbers?
Flatten The Curve was designed so that we don't overwhelm our healthcare system which has been achieved, to actually think this is going away anytime soon, is to bury our heads in the sand, which means we have to return to some societal normalcy ASAP!

April 29, 2020, 11:41:48 AM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related

This sums it up!

April 29, 2020, 09:20:16 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
she was taken out of the ICU today. Chasdei Hashem she's not even on any oxygen anymore. She just can't eat yet or speak too much but improving everyday

BH, happy to hear.

May 01, 2020, 08:13:11 AM
Re: Getting Corona Virus Twice
if it mutates that fast then it can mutate again in the future
Not at all, I literally said “you’re largely right but it’s a point still worth pondering” so I don’t know how you inferred anything from what I am “essentially saying”.

I was talking in third person "to those" etc.
I replied to your post , Because of the above....

May 06, 2020, 10:13:35 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
So you think that from a purely *Torah* point of view, leaving aside the fact that each minute of life is precious so even just delaying an inevitable demise is worth the world, we in Jewish communities should accept more people dying, possibly far more (we don’t know yet) because of the economy etc.? I’m asking, not arguing.
I am not coming from a halchic perspective.
I will leave the "Pure Tora POV" to the Rabonim.
If we are to assume that nothing will change in the near future, in terms of therapeutics or a vaccine ( an artificial herd immunity) we must face it and try to return society to some type of normalcy...
Every public policy takes into acct. the fact that there are downsides, so we shouldn't make believe that now is any different.

Please let's stop presuming that anyone with a different opinion cares less about lives then those advocating for a continued lockdown.

May 06, 2020, 01:18:37 PM
Re: Will the truth come out how NYC & NYS made blunder after blunder?
wrong thread but y should he bail them out (actually us tax payers) for the insane deficit ny has gone into the past 10 years

I imagine if the Federal Government started bailing out irresponsible states, there will be millions of hard working Americans enraged. 

May 06, 2020, 05:33:49 PM
Re: Will the truth come out how NYC & NYS made blunder after blunder?
I don't live in NYC but god dam NY'ers picked them selves the most stupid and selfish officials,

The cleaning the trains is worth nothing unless you do if after each trip, it was more of a cover up to get rid of the homeless.

The nursing homes were forced to take in covid patience which turned out to be mass murder situation

About 25% of the covid deaths were not confirmed

"Go take a job as an essential worker"  prob the stupidest thing cuomo ever said...

the list goes on and on...

Ventilators ventilators ventilators ;D

Don't you know that Cuomo needed 30,000,000 Ventilators?  ::)

May 06, 2020, 05:35:34 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
My rights, in relation to you, can be limited by government. If most people (the government) believe you walking around without a mask, for example, is excessively dangerous for others, I think they have a right to mandate it. Now the question is, where does that end and overreach begin? I think that’s the debate, not IF they have a right to mandate and restrict certain behaviors.

Unless of course you’re libertarian or an anarchist.

You seem to believe mandating masks and social distancing is fine, but that’s it. There are millions who believe more is fine, and millions who believe even less is allowed.

The greater the imposition and infringement on our liberties the greater the onus on the Government to prove the necessity of said imposition.   
Masks and social distancing in public places are a small cost , can't say the same about forcing people to stay home while crashing the World Economy.

May 06, 2020, 08:50:07 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Unless there is some medical solution available very quickly there is going to need to be some sort of plan without it. It will involve some level of risk, but halacha does allow certain tradeoffs of risk to anchor the risks of poverty.

It is comical how people refuse to accept that every public policy has tradeoffs, not to harp on car accidents, but that is exactly the calculation we make when we drive cars, which is why the Auto Insurance industry is giving millions of dollars in refunds.

May 06, 2020, 08:56:46 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
How will vulnerable people get essential food and supplies? Presumably it would be really dangerous to go out. I’m genuinely curious, I think there are holes in your plan but it is somewhat logical.

I also think it’s premature, I’m talking in another month or two as we find out more information. Affecting children is a huge game changer IMHO.

Great point, why don't you ask yourself , How will millions of unemployed Americans living paycheck to paycheck afford to buy groceries?
Don't take this the wrong way but saying "I’m talking in another month or two" tells me your way out of touch with the real world on this issue.

The easiest thing for those of us that BH haven't been affected by this Virus directly or indirectly is to sit back and say "lets keep up this Lockdown" 

May 06, 2020, 09:02:20 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
That was the amount admitted to the hospital, correct? What if 70% of the population is staying at home. 66 would be a low figure then. We need more info.

Still doesn't change the equation, bottom line is that 66% of those hospitalized were sheltering in place, these are overwhelming numbers. 

May 06, 2020, 09:08:07 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Simple math question. 100% shelter at home. How many admitted to hospitals will be from sheltered at home?  :)
Now change that 1% sheltered at home.  ;)

We must ask, what is the Lockdown designed to do? if it is to eradicate the virus then presumably we shouldn't have any cases from that group, and if it's so we don't overwhelm the Hospitals Etc. mission accomplished!   

May 06, 2020, 09:31:44 PM
Re: Will the truth come out how NYC & NYS made blunder after blunder?

Are you a black mumbah?

At least have the decency to spell Black mamba properly.

May 06, 2020, 09:34:56 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Do you have a better option other than voting out our incompetent politicians?

Regardless of what power hungry "Don't let a good crisis go to waste" politicians try to impose, at a certain point the American people will not tolerate it any longer.
For all of Trumps faults, he has an uncanny innate gut instinct of what the American people are feeling.

May 06, 2020, 09:49:16 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Percentage of those infected

The answer to that is pretty simple, we don't add the number of those who tested positive to antibodies to the denominator,  so the CFR will never be adjusted properly in a place like NY,  if we were to have a new hotspot elsewhere in the country, with aggressive testing the CFR will drop precipitously.

May 07, 2020, 10:45:15 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
I ask this question every week why is there still no study if having the virus causes immunity?

Do you mean by intentionally infecting those who recovered?

May 07, 2020, 10:50:59 AM
Re: Forum Game: Where have you been that none of the rest of us have?
Just a few interesting ones off the top of my head:

Bohol Island, Philippines
Nauto, a village deep in the Peruvian amazon.
Shibu Onsen, Japan
Poon Hill, Penang, Malaysia
A soviet prison (I was born there during the soviet era).
A Ukrainian operating table.
Secret military base in Transnistria.
Quba, Azerbaijan (According to wiki, it's the largest Jewish city outside of Israel).
A military compound in Egypt
Volcán Concepción & Volcán Maderas - Ometepe, Nicaragua
Bob Marleys House/Grave - Jamaica
Rybnitza (Ribnitz) - Transnistria
Swam in a Meromictic lake (GIYF) in Malayisa

Should I keep going?

I have obviously been to 100's of villages, towns & cities that i'm confident no one has been to...

There's definitely a fascinating story to be told

May 10, 2020, 08:36:47 AM
Re: Is there a second wave?
This will be great assuming that it continues. 2 weeks is really too soon to really know which new cases are from the first wave winding down and which may be the startt of a potential second wave. Time will tell.

It is hard to believe that the numbers won't go up.

May 10, 2020, 12:21:02 PM
Re: Covid-19 Symptoms In Toddlers - Rashes / Hives
i've seem a study (trying to find link) saying there's only 28% chance for members in one household to contract the disease from another member. Secondly we don't know if immunity to the virus solves the cause

So being locked in a house for weeks on end and sharing germs in a household only leads to 28% contracting the Virus , that's pretty good news, presumably outdoors with a mask on and social distancing would be quantifiably less.
Not sure by what you mean "immunity to the virus solves the cause" if it is the concern that those with antibodies may not be immune to reinfection, that's a moot point.

May 10, 2020, 12:32:38 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
Just let me know what standards/numbers you are going by and I am fine with it.
With this standard isn't there other states worse than NY? Going to need to check that.

No other state other than NJ even comes close.
They are the only 2 states in the 4 digits per 1MP
Large majority of states are in double digits

May 10, 2020, 02:13:14 PM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
A family member passed away this past Thursday night all alone in the Hospital, which was very sad. We had a Levaya Friday on Long Island, New York. Some of the things I noticed were 2 funerals on the highway going out to the Cemeteries, Funeral going on in the cemetery and the cemetery was full of fresh dug graves. It is very important to be careful and watch your self during this Pandemic. I would like to thank @Dan for setting up this forum and for all the other good things he has done. Through this Forum I was contacted by one of the forum members @Yochi who tried to help us in the Hospital

Hmakom yenchem eschem

May 10, 2020, 07:22:28 PM
What US National Parks have you been to and how would you rank them? Yesterday May 9th some of the NP reopened (Visitor centers remain closed), after this pandemic passes many families will naturally take to hitting the road and visiting some of these magnificent parks, what parks do you plan to visit?

Here are some of the parks I've visited and my rankings.

United States:

1. Yellowstone, Wyoming
2. Zion, Utah
3. Bryce  Canyon, Utah
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
5. Yosemite, California
6. Grand Teton, Wyoming
7. Sequoia, California
8. Petrified woods, Arizona
9. Acadia, Maine
10.Great sand Dunes, Colorado
11.Joshua Tree, California
12.Saguaro, Arizona 


Sanjay Gandhi , Mumbai, India
Arenal Volcano , La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Costa Rica
Carara,Costa Rica
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Iguazú, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Iguaçu,  Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Soberanía, Panama
Portobelo, colon, Panama
Metropolitan NP, Panama city,Panama
Masada, Israel
Ein Gedi Antiquities,Israel
Yarkon, Israel

May 10, 2020, 08:14:28 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
For those who think the MSM is not covering this I see articles everyday. If covid-19 wasn't around you would see a lot more.

 "as republicans pounce" one of the most abused terminology used by MSM.

May 10, 2020, 08:17:37 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
By being overly cautious they haven’t learned anything from their mistakes. They’re just making the mistake in the opposite direction, instead of using facts to make a rational decision.

Well said, IMO many people have been making emotional arguments as opposed to logical ones.

May 11, 2020, 10:30:42 AM
Re: POLL: Wedding expenses in the frum Community - BH for simchos? or out of hand?
Fyi, as per my nephew who just got married, base price for nice Kraus and Miller chusson shtreimel as of 2 months ago was $6k with upgrades running to 8k!

Almost as much as some people spent on linen, not sure which is worse?

May 11, 2020, 12:37:56 PM
Re: POLL: Wedding expenses in the frum Community - BH for simchos? or out of hand?
was dead serious
keeping track so i can make one and send it in also i got engaged march 22 and chasuna is june 18 so corona definitly a factor though even if it wasnt we were doing a takanah chasunah and are not looking for priciest stuff looking for practicality as key


May 11, 2020, 09:15:46 PM