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Re: Car Lease v. Buying
Has anyone mentioned the idea that people may not have 30K lying around to buy a new car but may have the money to enter into a lease? I know there is the idea of financing a purchase but does that change the equation (Is it more worth it to finance a purchase or lease). I look at the question similarly to the buy a house vs. rent a house question. Some people just don't have the money to put down to buy a house and are therefore forced to rent.
This is a very good point, but with only limited relevance. If you only have enough money for the cheapest lease within the category you require (based on utility - so cheapest compact if you just need to get from A to B, cheapest minivan if you need the extra seats and space, etc.), and can't afford more upfront or more in the monthly payment, then that's absolutely a reason to lease over any other arrangement. You can gamble on a dirt cheap used car instead, but unless you really know what you're looking at when you shop around, you may end up spending more money on the used car overall.

If however, you can afford the $300 lease on a luxury car, but not the full cost or financing payments on said luxury car, then you're just using the lease to live beyond your means. If that's your goal, then go for it, but understand that you're not doing it because it's cheaper, you're doing it because that's the only way you can get a hold of that luxury car.

December 25, 2013, 09:57:40 PM
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Re: BOGO Tuition Scam
My personal opinion is that with this fiasco he killed his loyalty program, which seems like a legitimate business which might or might have not worked, before even getting to try it. If it is to have any chance he will have to take some radical steps (such as renaming it, and removing himself from the business, and only collecting royalties if indeed it ever works out. My guess is that he wouldn't take those steps).
I don't understand something. Once it's pretty clear to you that this guy was and is involved in some shady things, shouldn't it not matter that on a separate proposal he had a nice idea? Shouldn't you say, I better stay away from this guy - the idea sounds good but I'm not going anywhere near it with this guy involved?

September 08, 2016, 12:30:10 PM
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Savannah TR on JetBlue promo Here we go, my first large trip report (Ive done a few small things here and there, but this is my first full trip recap effort). There's next to nothing about Savannah on DDF, and we really enjoyed our trip, so I figured I'd put as much detail (and photos) as I could.

NOTE: I obviously set up the pictures and captions on my desktop, and I'm reasonably certain some of my formatting won't work well on a phone or tapa, and possibly even on some desktop's depending on screen size. I'd love to hear feedback from people as to whether the layout worked well from whatever device they viewed it from.

Planning
Having enrolled myself and my wife in the JetBlue Points Match promo (not enough SPG points to do the kids too), we had to decide where to go and for how long. Last resort would be the in-and-outs that many DDFers seem to have done, to wherever the cheapest option would be, but we much preferred an actual trip where we could visit a city. But, since we were leaving our other 2 children with my in-laws, we couldn't be away for too long. We actually booked Charleston first, but quickly decided to switch to Savannah for a number of reasons. As far as timing, we would fly flew in Tuesday morning and out Wednesday evening basically giving us 2 days and 1 night. I booked window and aisle for both flights, hoping to bring the infant car seat on the plane. Our flights were as follows:

8/23 7:05AM JFK-SAV
8/24 5:50PM SAV-JFK

Flight and Arrival in Savannah
Tuesday morning we were up and out nice and early for our 7:05 AM flight, taking an Uber to JFK for free with a referral credit I discovered I still had. Unfortunately, we forgot the cooler bag with what was supposed to be that days lunch at home. Instead, we picked up a sandwich and a salad from Fresko at the CIBO in T5 right after security. Im curious if they might have had other choices at the other CIBOs, because I did not like the selection. It was a rip-off, but I guess thats what happens when you have to buy food at the airport.

The flight was full, so no extra seat for baby, but bh he was extremely well behaved. After a short flight, we arrived at SAV. Its a nice little airport with some local character. All the rental companies have the cars on-site, so we proceeded to the Dollar desk, where I had reserved the cheapest option - under $40 for 2 days. The woman at the desk was trying to get everyone to upgrade, and not to a level above, but to the biggest thing she could sell you on. She said theres no trunk in the car youre getting, how about a Jeep instead. That sounded bad enough to upgrade, but we figured, lets go out and see what it is, and come back if we cant squeeze in. Lo and behold its a Chevy Cruze (thats a compact, the category of the Civic, Corolla, etc. not even Chevys smallest car), with plenty of room in the trunk for all our stuff. It was also extremely well equipped for such a budget car (and such a budget rental price!).

Forsyth Park
We had some time to kill before the first real item on our itinerary, so we stopped at Publix by the airport for some snacks and headed into Savannah to squeeze in Forsyth Park. Its a nice little park, and you immediately get a sense of the type of city youre in. This is not NYC, it's got a very southern feel and an air of history about it. Especially striking are the colorful houses facing the park, something that can be found all over the historic parts of Savannah. Having said that, theres not much to do or see there, and the trolley tours (more on that later) usually cover it too. It was nice to stop by given our schedule, but not a must see attraction. The northern half of the park is covered with live oaks (the state tree), with paths surrounding a very pretty fountain. The southern half is mostly open fields, with a really tall confederate memorial smack in the middle, and a memorial for the Spanish-American War at the southern tip. In between, there's a playground, a 'fragrant garden' and a cafe. After 15-20 minutes, wed seen the sight and moved on to the next attraction.

(L)Plaque commemorating the naming of the park, right in front of (R)the big fountain featured in the northern portion of the park.

   

(L)Crepe myrtle with a few flowers, dwarfed by live oak, covered in Spanish moss (which seemed to cover nearly every tree). (R)Walled 'fragrant' garden

   

(L)Little bird pond/fountain in the middle of the fragrant garden. Not much there in the heat of summer's end, but I did find this one (R)rose.

   

(L)Confederate memorial. (R)Spanish-American war memorial.

   

Just to give you a sense of the very different vibe of the area, here are some of the houses lining the park:

      

Dolphin Boat Tour

Our next stop was a dolphin boat tour. Savannah is situated on the Savannah River, but fairly close to the mouth where it flows into the Atlantic. As a result, there are Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that hang out downriver of the city. I had first seen a company that operates out of Savannah proper, but it was twice the price of all the other companies I eventually found, which launch from Tybee Island. If Hilton Head is Savannah's nearby resort town, Tybee is its nearby beach town - no fancy chain hotels, no fancy vacation communities. We were planning on visiting Tybee anyway, so it was a no-brainer to drive out that way for the dolphin tour as well. We booked an 11:30 tour with Captain Derek's Dolphin Adventure - $16/person after tax for a 60-90 minute ride. They let us bring the stroller on without a problem, though I had to carry it to where we sat as the boat is not quite big enough for maneuvering the stroller.

They operate with a captain piloting the boat, and another guy who basically attempts to entertain with jokes, and points out the dolphins when they start appearing. We saw a good number of dolphins at a distance, until finally a pair of them decided to come right up to the boat and say hi. They also speed the boat up at one point to make waves, hoping to have the dolphins 'surf' in the wake, but they were unsuccessful getting the dolphins to do that on our tour. It's a nice ride providing some relief from the heat and humidity, and it was definitely cool to see the dolphins up close. If I were to do something like this again though, I'd make sure to bring something faster than my point and shoot, as you have to be quick to catch the dolphins in frame.

As we were boarding the tour, we saw (L)this dredging vessel coming upriver, followed by (R)a container ship. The guide later told us that they're doing dredging work to deepen the channel for even bigger container ships, and when there's a storm coming, they bring all the ships into the relative come of the river a day or two before.

   

(L)Our first dolphin sighting! After getting a bunch of not too great shots from distance, (R)eventually they decided to come hang out near the boat for a few minutes.

   

Fort Pulaski, built after the War of 1812 as part of the US coastal defense system, saw significant fighting in the civil war (that's why the walls are so scarred, you can zoom in to see).



(L)Cockpur Island Lighthouse, the smallest lighthouse in Georgia. At low tide you can walk from the fort, but as you can see it's covered by water in the middle of the day. (R)Tybee Island Lighthouse, the largest lighthouse in Georgia, and one of seven colonial era lighthouses still standing today.

        

(L)Just a nice shot from the marina looking back over the marshes at a storm that thankfully never hit us. (R)Someone on the boat pointed out a rainbow in the cloud and this was the best shot I was able to get.

   

Tybee Island

After the tour, we continued on to the rest of Tybee Island. We stopped at the North Beach parking lot, where my wife went to check on the conditions on the beach. It was too hot for the baby, and too not-deserted for me, but she did see a sign that made us realize we'd seen Tybee Island in nature shows, as it's a significant nesting site for sea turtles. The lighthouse is right by that lot, as is a museum in an old fort (Fort Scriven), but neither were open, so we moved on. I had seen something about a pier and pavilion at Tybee's South Beach, so we headed that way to check it out. Parking is $2/hour, but we didn't have quarters, so I ended up paying the $4 cc minimum. We thought we'd get our money's worth by also visiting the marine science center, which is right next to the pavilion, but we ended up deciding to skip it in the interest of time. The pier and pavilion were worthwhile in their own right.

(L)Food court under the pavilion. (R)Fishing pier past the pavilion, stretching out into the ocean.

   

Semi-panoramic view from the fishing pier of the pavilion, the beach, and the resorts in the background.

      

We took in the views and sea breeze for a half hour or so before heading back to the car and back into Savannah.

Congregation Mickve Israel
Next stop was Congregation Mickve Israel, the 3rd oldest Jewish congregation in America (after Spanish and Portuguese in NY, and Touro in RI). They have tours that last around 30-45 minutes, with a $7/person suggested donation (they made it seem mandatory though, which was fine by me as I was planning to pay that amount anyway). The tour takes you into the shul and then to a single room museum they made in a relatively modern part of the building that also houses the office, gift shop, meeting rooms, etc. I did not realize this beforehand, but it may be halachically problematic to enter the shul itself (my Rov told me after that I shouldn't have gone in), so AYLOR beforehand if you plan to go. They seat you in the shul while the tour guide talks about the history of Jews in Savannah and the congregation itself. Then you go up by the aron and where they open it to show the sifrei torah. Finally they bring you up to the museum room to see all the historical artifacts they have curated for tourists.

The history is remarkable, as the Jewish presence in Georgia dates back nearly to the founding of the colony. This congregation didn't officially become reform until 1904, though it seems like it was fairly progressive as time went on, and very integrated into it's surroundings. The building itself highlights this with its Gothic style, more reminiscent of a church than a shul, and artifacts in the museum that show the role of congregants in Savannah, and more generally American, society.

Not my photo, but I wanted to highlight just how church-like the building is from the outside (you can click through to see the photographer's flickr page).

     

(L)Sefer torah which was brought over by the first Jews to come to Georgia in 1733. (R)Note from Robert E. Lee to one of the congregants.

   

(L)Front of the shul, including aron and bimah. (C)Looking back from near the aron on the rest of the shul. Note the organ above the doors in the back. (R) One of the 8 large stained glass windows covering the sides of the building.

       

(L)Shofar, havdalah set, haggadah, shabbos lamp, siddurim, and megillah. (C)Ceremonial helmet of Rabbi George Solomon, who was the Rabbi of Mickve Israel from 1903-1945, and served as a chaplain in both world wars. (R)Menorah at middle right and mohel's set (which was brought over on the boat with the Torah above) at bottom left.

      

It was now late enough to check-in, so we headed to the hotel to get settled before mincha/maariv and dinner.

Part 2 will cover the hotel, kosher food and minyan, trolley tour and City Market.

September 12, 2016, 04:49:11 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...

September 14, 2016, 10:48:45 AM
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Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
What are you guys talking about? My re tax is ~5k as is many/most of my friends in the neighborhood. Obviously it depends on size if house, size of property, etc. But I don't think any of us are paying 10k. Also, a major factor is location. Those in Lawrence and cedarhurst are in an incorporated Town so there is another layer of government which obviously means more taxes.
The trade-off between NYC and elsewhere is that NYC has lower RE taxes, but adds an extra layer of income tax. You may pay double the RE tax in 5T, but you don't pay the extra income tax that comes from residing in the city. It just depends which is larger - the increase in RE tax or the increase in NYC income tax.

ETA: Just to be clear, I'm pointing out that all else equal, RE tax is basically guaranteed to be higher outside NYC. You may find specific places where it's low enough to be a no-brainer relative to NYC income tax, but it's still the same equation.

November 30, 2016, 09:27:06 AM
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Re: Excel Problem
Next level vlookup is index match... Giyf

What's next level pivot? Power pivot? Stay away from that imho... Scary stuff :)
I have a relative who got into power pivot... never heard from him again.

Which is to say that when he starts talking my ear off about power pivot I'm forced to tune him out. ;D

December 11, 2016, 11:28:39 AM
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Re: Boston Master Thread
Any ideas of any really beautiful hotels within 15/20 minutes of the jewish community (shuls, food). I am looking for something away from it all with grounds and not a hyatt in the center of downtown.
Then Boston is not the city for you.

December 14, 2016, 12:19:20 PM
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Re: Interesting Articles...
Note the date of the article.  His position has evolved significantly since then.   He was the primary target of the recent OU letter.  I guess it shows that they were squarely outside the future OU letter almost 20 years ago.
Ah... originally assumed it was current and that he was attempting to scoot back within the OU's line. If you're posting an old article, you should probably mention that in the post.

February 16, 2017, 02:25:42 PM
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Re: RJ (ETA: and others) banning electronics in cabin on flights to US
March 23, 2017, 11:47:31 AM
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Re: RJ (ETA: and others) banning electronics in cabin on flights to US
Now watch the number of midair disturbances go up up.
Lol, good point.

March 23, 2017, 11:57:41 AM
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Re: Is It Ethical?
Ethical.
You did your brother a favor by picking up VGCs for him.  You paid with your credit card. Eventually he gifts the whole thing back to you.
That has nothing to do with whether the actual scenario is ethical. You're just constructing an ethical hypothetical that's functionally equivalent.

May 10, 2017, 01:47:41 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread

Google Translate itself gets it right somehow:
https://translate.google.com/#iw/en/%D7%A9%D7%A0%D7%99%D7%A6%D7%9C%20%D7%91%D7%99%D7%AA%D7%99

May 10, 2017, 03:20:19 PM
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Re: Famous Sayings
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein
http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/28/genius/

May 18, 2017, 03:45:08 PM
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Re: Keeping Up With The Kushners
The common thread to all of my posts, is that of an independent thinker, whose opinions are based on personal education, experiences, observations and תכונות הנפש.
"If I do say so myself!"

June 15, 2017, 12:17:18 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
My research shows that Americans hate Jews just as much as the poles and Germans.

Read through the internet comments posted annonmously throughout the internet, by Americans, on any content related to Jews....
I don't necessarily disagree, but internet comments are a pretty pathetic source.

June 27, 2017, 08:17:24 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread... Yet another fantastic segment on the air travel industry from Wendover:


August 01, 2017, 10:22:39 PM
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
Where can one find the trail map?
Which trail?

August 02, 2017, 02:07:35 PM
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Re: Israel: Need help finding a rental car? Post here!
Anyone have experience with multiple car classes? I'm going with my wife and 3 small children, one of whom will be in a car seat. We'll need space for a decent amount of luggage, plus a City Mini. These are the models I got quotes for (listed by price, low to high):
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Any experience as to which is the cheapest I can be comfortable will fit us would be helpful. TIA
Trying to avoid going straight to the most expensive.

Anyway, I did a bunch of googling to find the listed trunk space for most of the cars offered in Israel (in liters or whatever):
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Some of these are a little hard to believe though. Like the Accent (which they sell here too as the smallest sedan) is larger at 465 than my last American midsize sedan ('15 Altima - 436)? Or the Corolla at 450, vs the current American Corolla at 368? Something seems a little off.
I know this is mostly for people requesting quotes and whatnot, but I was hoping for this info when I was booking, so I figure others might be interested too.
 
To bring the above full circle - we ended up in the station wagon category at an excellent rate through B.D.Da'ehu (rental was with Thrifty).

We got a Kia C'eed Station, which from my research was a good thing, as it was slightly more roomy than the other options in the category. It fit a Britax convertible rear facing in the middle seat, with boosters in the 2 outer seats. It wasn't particularly tight in the back, but buckling the kids in the boosters was annoying - nothing to do with this particular car, just the nature of 3 kids in the back. The trunk ended up being just big enough, with 2 full size rolling suitcases fitting flat next to each other (the long way) and a bunch of small bags, knapsacks, the stroller and my hatbox all piled on top of them. With the car loaded up, I obviously couldn't see out the rearview mirror, but the tech in the car made up for it (back up cam for parking, aftermarket lane detection, etc).

Bonus points for the guy at the return for Thrifty at 6AM who took one look at us with all the luggage and our little kids and just drove us to departures and dropped us off in the rental. Easily the fastest rental car return I've ever experienced. In retrospect, we probably would've been in serious danger of missing our flight if we would've had to go through the normal lengthy process of inspection, transferring luggage, waiting for shuttle to the terminal, etc.

Bottom line, the station wagon category is a great option if you don't need more than 5 seats, but still need a good amount of trunk space.

September 05, 2017, 01:49:28 AM
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Re: Yes, I'm a Cubs Fan
The Mets are a sad team.
Had the following interaction on my family whatsapp.

Background: I wore a baseball cap when I flew Royal Jordanian this summer. On the way back, I accidentally packed the cap and only realized when we were about to leave for the airport. I asked the family member we were staying with if I could borrow one, and all he had was something like this:



Naturally I posted a pic of me wearing the ridiculous hat to a family whatsapp group. My uncle and all his kids (one of whom is the first 'censored', the other my brother) are lifelong Mets fans. This is what followed:


September 15, 2017, 02:08:08 PM
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Re: Israel: Need help finding a rental car? Post here!
thank you for this did you offer him a tip or he just did it on his own? is this a normal practice ?
He just did it, no tip. I can't imagine it's standard practice.

September 18, 2017, 09:56:41 AM
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Re: When is Next Wednesday Came across this tosfos today and has to pause to explain to my chavrusa that it was relevant to the most random DDF thread :-p
September 19, 2017, 12:11:48 AM
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Re: looking for a 7 day timer
Too complicated for me. I need one with pins for 7 days....
Not very common to find 7 days and mechanical together. Here's one though:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003OUWC86 (pre-programmed for 'random' lighting, so not much use)

ETA - If you need grounded:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006LYHE1M/


September 25, 2017, 01:34:26 PM
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Re: Excel Help and Problems
While we're at it, you can do this with VBA too! :)
Reminds me of my internship, when my boss had me convert a new mortality table into life expectancies using native excel functions, VBA, and APL separately. Had to base my end of summer presentation on a short 1 week side project, because saying you did the same thing 3 different ways kind of makes it sound like you didn't accomplish anything all summer. ;D

September 25, 2017, 11:50:53 PM
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Re: Interesting Articles...

Was the article spliced onto the front page header?

October 18, 2017, 12:25:54 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
Do I think that they believe they are doing it lesheim shamayim? Yes. Their own corrupted version of it.
That's not what he asked, but either way - how is that different from her? She also believes she's doing what's right by helping the person in the car get through.

October 19, 2017, 02:04:41 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
Gotta post the next video that pops up there too:

October 30, 2017, 02:47:14 PM
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Re: Budget to penalize large families!
No salt deduction, no mortgage interest deduction if mortgage above 500k. -very bad for NY NJ.

And obviously the massive one - no personal exemptions 4k per person!

The mortgage interest limit is for new mortgages. Any existing mortgage would still qualify. Makes refi's less attractive, I would think.
It's worse than that.  No itemized deductions at all until 24k.  So basically, no mortgage deduction.
The mortgage deduction is still very much there. If anything, the elimination of the state and local deduction is the one that's gonna make the raising of standard to 24k such a killer.

If you add it all up though, someone who was itemizing before is not going to explicitly lose out here. But they're not gaining anything from the bill, while many others are. Of course that means they're implicitly losing out instead.

November 02, 2017, 02:10:28 PM
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Re: Trump-Republican tax plan bad for large families I did a quick recalc of my 2016 return. Let's just say I'm not in favor of this bill. The loss of the state/city income tax deductions,  exemptions, and dependant care FSA are nowhere near fully offset by the changes to the marginal rates and the child tax credit.
November 03, 2017, 02:50:34 PM
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Re: Interesting Articles...
Aha, but the entire thing is disingenuous. He tries to make it seem absurd that anyone would serve coffe close to boiling temp. Often, when you make coffe you use boiling water.
You can argue the merits of the case itself, but the point is that it's held up as such a prominent example of a frivolous suit and of an overly litigious society. A lot of that had to do with misinformation - that she was driving, or that she had only minor injuries, etc. To me that was the crux of the Adam Ruins piece.

November 10, 2017, 02:46:01 PM
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Re: Trump-Republican tax plan bad for large families

November 13, 2017, 05:48:04 PM
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Re: Trump-Republican tax plan bad for large families
That is something totally different.
It was a joke. Specifically one mocking that provision.

FYI, /s means sarcasm.

November 15, 2017, 03:49:52 PM
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Re: Keter Comfy 71-gal Outdoor Storage Deck Box on eBay DD $36.15
Don't you just love it b/c it's called Keter!? Extra 15% off this item plus use the PSHOPEARLY code for another 20% off.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/232501568256
It's Israeli.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keter_Plastic

November 15, 2017, 07:22:59 PM
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Re: Interesting Articles...
Were there people dressed in period clothing or just a bunch of BPers on the subway that day :)
I did the M last year from Queens Plaza, and it was full of people in period dress - very raucus. There were period appropriate 3-4 person bands playing music in several of the cars.

November 20, 2017, 12:43:59 PM
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Re: Interesting Articles...
Fascinating
+1. Wired seems to have a knack for great tech related crime pieces.

December 14, 2017, 10:43:57 AM
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Re: Jokes Master Thread In a particular small country, there was a king. He was much beloved of the people, and so they built for him a castle. But they were poor people and could only afford to build it out of grass. So they worked for weeks, and finally completed a lovely woven grass castle for him. And the king was pleased.

Another country, significantly richer than the first, presented a peace offering of an ornate throne. The king accepted this gift graciously and was most pleased. The only trouble was, the throne was very uncomfortable. So the king got himself a more comfortable chair and kept the massive throne in the attic. Naturally, it fell through the floor and killed him.

The moral of this story: People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.

December 18, 2017, 10:20:11 AM
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Re: Will your federal taxes be going up or down next year?
In other words, that includes anyone who has a retirement account, like most of the middle class. The notion that helping corporations helps only the rich is ludicrous.
And the notion that helping corporations helps all segments of the population equally is just as ludicrous.

December 19, 2017, 06:09:58 PM
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Re: Will your federal taxes be going up or down next year?
Your issue seems to be with the capitalist society that we live in. Money does not start off with the Government for them to distribute.

The lower income families are already heavily subsidized and don't pay any tax so a tax cut is going to go to those that actually do pay taxes.
Your whole analysis is based on each individual only looking at the their taxes before and after the bill. That's a very myopic view. The government is funded by the people. The distribution of that funding has a certain profile under the current tax code, and a different profile under the proposed tax code. Without question, that shift is to the advantage of the rich, and disadvantage of the middle class. Is it more fair? That's an ideological question, not one of hard numbers.

December 19, 2017, 08:13:30 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bob-corker-i-now-understand-why-trump-calls-the-media-fake-news/article/2644174
So he didn't even bother to try explaining why he flipped his vote? He just yelled fake news? That does sound like he understands Trump ;)

December 22, 2017, 03:03:27 PM
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Re: Will your federal taxes be going up or down next year?
Seems like Trump was truly the only hope the Rs ever had. In this environment, you can only beat populism with another brand of populism.
That's the part that rubs me the wrong way. He supposedly ran with a populist slant on the R message, which won him the rust belt, which won him the election. Is he really fulfilling that brand of populism?

Technically that's true, but they wanted corporate tax cuts that actually help grow the economy - not just plain tax cuts for the wealthy, since corporations plan many years ahead. If they made the corporate rate cut temporary and the individual cuts permanent, the corporations would not invest in the US.
I agree with this for the most part, except that they did both type of tax cuts for the wealthy.

December 24, 2017, 07:44:29 PM
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Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
#1 rule of the deal. DON'T CALL
Phew, good thing I emailed instead of calling ;)

December 26, 2017, 12:23:44 PM
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
The certifying agency.
The K doesn't belong to any certifying agency. But I guess I hear what you're saying - they can refuse to certify any Kellogg's product unless all products bearing a K are certified (and remove K from any they can't certify).

January 03, 2018, 10:12:04 AM
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Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
Wow, thanks so much for the quick responses! surprised no Cleveland suggestions  ;D
 Too far (approx 1.5 hour commute to battery park, plus must take into account need to have second car to drive to closest station etc) also, LIRR commute is pretty expensive.
 somewhat far (approx 1.2 hour commute to battery park), though not as costly as N Woodmere. also didnt get a great vibe for modox peeps when i visited (more of a frummer/black hat feel it seemed).
 possibility, but is there a growing modox community?
 I am not actually dying, just a lil sad that there arent better options in the tri-state area when i take a discerning gaze at the relevant communities.
I live in Willowbrook, Staten Island. I have a great commute to downtown (35/40 minutes on one express bus for $6.50 after metrocard bonuses), but modox community is dying and schools are weak (esp the lack of any high school options for girls on island).
 I want a lot, but u would think an "in-town" area like NY would have a place with good schools in walking/short bus-ride distance, with 4br houses with basements (for guests) and backyards around $1m.
i would drive if it would save time but that seems unlikely. Was toying with living in 5 towns, getting an electric car and driving in the HOV lane on the LIE but not sure how fast that really is...
Seems to me that your biggest problem is that there aren't that many places with good commute times to downtown.

January 09, 2018, 06:51:20 PM
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Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
Now come the pilpulim

Sometimes, a kasha is just a kasha, and you move on.
We're talking Chofetz Chaim here. If it's a kasha, you can spend the whole zman on it. ;)

January 10, 2018, 12:32:40 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
This is what sounds the most plausible.
What's amazing to me is that even in the the judiciary committee they're wasting their time on the 'vulgar' part instead of the 'racist' part (which Leahy himself mentions but then ignores).

Basically, what we see time and time again is that the administration and the Republican party has specific policy goals and positions, as well as strategies for avoiding the political landmines that may accompany those issues. Whenever Trump gets directly involved, he manages to step right on those landmines.

January 16, 2018, 11:45:10 AM
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Re: Police Officer Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver In Times Square.
Why are cops more special when it comes to assault? Why the enhanced punishment? Thats BS. They assault at will with few to no consequences.
So say that the first time. Oink oink is childish.

January 16, 2018, 04:24:53 PM
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Re: Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team!
Doping is a selfish decision. I represent our people and would never risk losing their placement for something so selfish.
Unless you're Russian. Then you wouldn't be representing your people if you didn't dope. ;D

January 30, 2018, 02:01:28 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/01/30/here-are-prewritten-state-of-the-union-analyses-for-you-to-tweet-and-share/?utm_term=.6555ab8f04ad

Lol. Pretty on target.

January 30, 2018, 05:47:28 PM
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Re: Riddles!
I saw this from BRIGHTSIDE on YouTube. At first I thought right away that one answer was correct. Then I saw other people's  answers and changed my mind. After thinking about it for a few minutes I think I understand it. Here goes...

If someone buys a ticket for $7 and sells it for $8. Then buys the same ticket for $9 and sells it for $10. How much did he earn?

This is supposed to be a riddle? It seems like a basic math problem.

What's the other possible answer?

February 06, 2018, 10:17:11 PM
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Re: Parkland, FL 2/14/18 School Shooting, 17 Killed (Another mass shooting!)
As is any other speculation over what he would do if..... So no more so than the WaPo article. At least that is tabloid journalism.
Agreed to some extent. Bottom line, I'll take the implications of his draft deferments, the eagle incident, and the incident at his rally as they pertain to his recent statement on the Parkland shooting over the implication of his self-proclaimed stopping of the mugger. I don't think these things are even minorly damning for a politician - which would be fine if he weren't trying to proclaim himself Rambo.

February 27, 2018, 05:00:02 PM
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Re: Bingo wholesale club in Brooklyn While I don't think any of the poskim/mefarshim mention malchus in relation to the kittel, there are different minhagim/psakim pertaining to shana rishona and aveilus that reveal 2 potential reasons for wearing a kittel at the seder: to remember yom hamisa and temper the simcha of the seder, or to be like malachei hashares and add simcha. According to the first reason, it makes no sense to have a fancy kittel, while according to the second reason it depends.

See Igros Moshe:
http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=922&st=&pgnum=339

March 07, 2018, 03:22:21 PM
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