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Re: Lebanon Master Thread Saudi Arabia is totally safe for an American.
January 09, 2019, 12:26:30 AM
Re: Amazon HQ2 I couldn't care less about the government tax base expanding, but 25k high-paying jobs was going to be a shot in the arm to the NYC hemish economy which is very much construction and real estate based. I work in construction and this would have benefitted all of us. It was going to create a whole new economy and likely wouldn't have ended with just Amazon.

Liberals are disgusting jealous and selfish people. They can't stand to see people succeed, while they remain behind. They eat their own. Almost all the direct jobs were going to liberals. Just look at Seattle.

February 15, 2019, 08:21:42 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
The store was profitable enough to pay a decent profit to the owners. A few good management decisions had been taken about 3 - 4 years ago to get it there. A small business, friendly service, part of the community, run by great guys.

Now one employee at the store began selling stuff online from the basement. They were very successful. They expanded - to a warehouse in Lakewood -, hired guys - working "virtually" (not in Lakewood) - to manage the Amazon accounts (buyers basically), and took investors - (or people they believed had access to investors) - money to fund purchases.

A lot, if not most of products were giving amazing returns. However, a lot sat in inventory and wouldn't move. Some sold for cost, or even a bit less. Also, no star product would last a decent cycle. A certain anonymous vendor came onto the listings of a great line and basically wiped away the micro-industry. The competition on Amazon is so fierce it's scary. So the profits were being used to run operations, while the warehouse became overloaded and inventory was ignored - especially on the financial statements.

Everyone involved was promised "commissions", basically a waterfall from the "profits". It was my job to calculate what the profits per Amazon account was. However, investors were promised a 10% ROE, plus a percentage of the profits (obviously the owners had no idea how to differentiate between a "loan" and an "investment"). The account manager got decent wages (paid by Sterling), and 10% of the profits. Yet inventory was never accounted for. So a buyer could spend $200K on various goods, and turn over $100K of it for $150K. Now the $50K profit got divvied up, but the $100K that didn't sell (and in my opinion, never will) sat. The right place for this would be a $100K write-off, but the only books it would go on were Sterling's. The buyers and investors were doing great! The buyers got paid quarterly, the investors got great Excel sheets, and Sterling was running out of money.

Eventually, such an operation will run out of cash. Also, since I left, the owners went on a "Business Shopping Spree", buying up different businesses they felt they can turn around. They began a affiliate trucking business which was very successful. In order to pay-where-they-needed, they used money from wherever-there-was that day. Investors who understood they were investing in account X, managed by Mr. X, focusing on product X, which was a sound idea, found their money being "inter-company-loaned" to whoever needed money that day. There was no Controller or CFO, the owners just "Churned Water".

Now I have no idea how the CC thing began. It was definitely not something that would of crossed the owners minds during my stint there. I guess the situation got really desperate. Again, they were, and are, great honest Erliche guys. They gave Tzedakah, kept people on payroll because they were scared to take way Parnassah from a Yid, and kept their work-space to the highest Tznius standards. They took Mamesh nothing, even when one made Chasuna. They legitimately believed they knew what they were doing, and wouldn't listen to whoever said otherwise. This was, in my opinion, their only fault.


Using money from investors for one company to fund another and then not being able to pay back is something you can go to jail for...

February 18, 2019, 12:52:11 PM
Re: "Amazon Day" Simply pick a day that works for you, and we’ll deliver your Amazo They hope enough people will choose it, so Amazon can save on shipping. Even if just a few people want it.
March 05, 2019, 09:37:45 AM
Re: You may want to adjust your Shabbos clocks,due to the clock change. So of course I was busy moving the clock and changing the hours. I forgot to move the switch to auto...
March 16, 2019, 11:19:14 PM
Re: Top Reasons To Go OTD My favorite thing in Judaism!
March 25, 2019, 09:00:01 AM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
So who wants to look through all programs and find the one with a Chipotle across the street?

The post is mortifying. Though, honestly, I think he made it up. That's my gut feeling. His axe is about the treatment.

April 17, 2019, 10:12:28 AM
Re: "Tell me' information hotline Nostalgia
April 17, 2019, 01:39:39 PM
Re: "Tell me' information hotline I followed election night 2004 with this.
April 18, 2019, 09:20:12 AM
Re: Car Lease Master Thread Please post details.
May 21, 2019, 12:03:40 PM
Re: What's on your Israel shopping list to bring back to the US? Ovletim with caraway seeds
June 03, 2019, 11:04:30 AM
Re: Woot BOC Discussion Basically, Amazon smartly gets us to pay for their waste disposal. Cute.
July 23, 2019, 07:36:53 PM
Re: Bingo Wholesale Club Lakewood They never had these sales in Brooklyn. It reeks of desperation.
July 28, 2019, 12:03:41 AM
Re: Brooklyn Restaurants
Best CY Ice Cream Shop?

Klein's. In BP or Williamsburg.

August 20, 2019, 01:05:13 AM
Re: Dan in the Yated I actually liked this one.
December 04, 2019, 07:11:24 PM
Re: What are chasidim listening to on their phones  Most Hasids can't type English properly, so they adopted the super annoying lifestyle of endless voice notes. From personal to business, and everything in between. T9 word at least taught some a little English, back in the day.
December 05, 2019, 08:32:03 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...

Fascinating, but we knew this. This was all laid out in the indictment of the Airmont bank robber. We always knew that for a few bucks, you can have the same data on the market.

December 19, 2019, 07:38:29 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Absolutely incredible story, been meaning to post here for ages:

Here's a map I made, which the article is sorely lacking:

Super fascinating and thanks for the map!

December 26, 2019, 08:58:19 PM
Re: The 13th Global Siyum Hashas of Daf YomiAgudath Israel of America. Still can't get over the fact that the אנגעפאשעטע aguda people didn't even think of looking to get a sponsor for a bottle of water and a danish in the bag with their thick magazines.

ברוך אתה ה' שלא עשני ליטוואק.

January 02, 2020, 09:41:25 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread Question for someone who knows.

There is a machlokes if sardines need bishul yisroel.
OU holds that not, my LOR holds that yes.

KR under Rabbi Lazar is makpid or not?

January 09, 2020, 12:35:57 PM
Re: The 13th Global Siyum Hashas of Daf YomiAgudath Israel of America.

This shows how it's all about agudah and not siyum hashas.

Why don't they just call it agudah convention?

You mean to say it wasn't a modox LGBT-deviants-supporting event.

January 09, 2020, 02:18:04 PM
Re: Dirshu world siyum hashas North America
Ok. Enjoy. Just leave your agenda at home.

Agenda? You don't know me. I'm a staunch Agudist.
I was even upset at Dirshu for competing with Aguda. But after the Aguda siyum was a letdown, and I saw the beautiful Dirshu siyumim abroad, I decided to buy a ticket last minute after they were all sold out. Read my posts in other groups.

February 10, 2020, 12:26:49 AM
Re: Dirshu world siyum hashas North America
The fact that this was a better concert doesn't make Agudah a disaster. Levine, Daskal Helfgott are no disasters. Of course sound is better in a smaller indoor venue.

The sound was so bad IMHO at Aguda and the choir can't even compare, that I don't think the main issue was Aguda being outdoor.

February 10, 2020, 12:41:04 AM
Re: Corona virus and your shull Is there 100% correlation between anti vaxxers and people downplaying COVID-19 after looking at Italy?
March 09, 2020, 05:17:36 PM
Re: Tweets, Pictures, And Videos That Are Coronavirus Related
It is very serious for older people. Based on the numbers from almost ever country (Italy is by far the most honest) this is NOT a serious threat for people under 60 who are relatively healthy. I am in no way saying that people should take this seriously but there is no legit reason to panic for most healthy people. Still a shocker to me that there has not been one child fatality under 10. In Italy there is NOT ONE DEATH under the age of 50 and only 2% of total deaths from 50-59. People said China was lying about their numbers but based on what we see from Italy the numbers are very similiar.

The reason I'm worried is that my parents and inlaws are elderly. I can't stop worrying.

March 12, 2020, 06:27:18 AM
Re: COVID-19 Related Humor Don't forget to wait a half hour tomorrow between the coffee and the cholent.
March 20, 2020, 09:02:36 AM
Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related

My shver a"h is on this list. May his soul rest in Gan Eden. I have no doubt that he's there.

March 31, 2020, 09:35:10 AM
Re: Maimonidies I have what to say on this topic as my shver a"h came out of there in a body bag this week, but my shver would have shushed me that the hospital didn't do anything and that's what Hashem did and only him.
March 31, 2020, 09:45:37 AM
Re: Master List of limited time opportunities created by the COVID-19 crisis I wish the one per family and no kids becomes a permanent feature in our supermarkets before Shabbos and Yom Tov.

2 benefits.

One is that you actually get things done much quicker and smoother.

The other is that when my wife sends me to put together an order, it won't include babysitting.

April 13, 2020, 03:25:51 PM
Re: When do you think International travel will resume? What does it help if it takes an average of 5 days from infection to showing positive on a test?
May 03, 2020, 09:54:53 PM
Re: When do you think International travel will resume? I think that until a full cure or vaccination is widespread, there won't be anything close to normal. Maybe a few years.
My opinion is that a complete lockdown of international flights in many countries will continue for another half year.

May 03, 2020, 09:56:22 PM
Re: Do you know someone who has had Coronavirus after Pesach?
My wife and I were sick for the past few days. Both tested positive today.
Lakewood nj

Are you publicizing for contact tracing? Have you been to shul?

May 31, 2020, 05:21:55 PM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Talk Faster app for voice notes.

You click to share the voice note and talkfaster is one of the options, select it and play it at a faster speed.

@Mtrasb @Mordyk

Downloaded. I work with people who can't type English properly, so tons of long voicenotes.

June 13, 2020, 11:00:21 PM
Re: The myth of the current state of COVID-19 in Israel

June 24, 2020, 08:30:46 PM
Re: The Post-Trump World There will be days that the president won't be in every conversation.
June 25, 2020, 08:43:27 PM
Re: Is there any good news in the fight against COVID-19? Also, the resistance of the scientific community to call what is clearly herd immunity by its name, is mind boggling. They have a mindset agenda.
There is no way to explain zero heimishe infections, despite being completely open for at least a month now at full capacity.

June 29, 2020, 03:19:41 PM
Re: Is there a second wave? Herd immunity is about that it would be very difficult to spread locally in a more than localized manner.
Obviously, a person with no antibodies traveling to Florida is just like any Floridian. Why would he be different. Nothing here is contradictory to what most people are saying.

July 02, 2020, 12:38:25 AM
Re: Could It Get Any Worse? Charedim Refusing Corona Tests Selective enforcement and selective lockdowns breed distrust. The government is to blame.

People should get tested privately.

July 03, 2020, 03:26:38 PM
Re: El Al to be nationalized again Too bad. No reason for it to not go bankrupt and get rid of the unions. But this is Israel. Who am I kidding?
July 06, 2020, 10:31:16 AM
Re: How Will You Vote In November? No option for "saying Biden, but still Trump"?
July 12, 2020, 03:24:43 PM
Re: Why are people so enthusiastic about voting for Biden?
 I agree that has a lot to do with it

TDS sounds like a disease. At this point it seems clear that T himself is the disease.

July 19, 2020, 09:17:57 AM
Re: Is there a second wave? My neighbor in shul had Corona with everyone 4.5 months ago and had tested positive at the time.
Last week he had surgery for something and needed to get tested beforehand. Test was positive... It's obviously remnants and I think chances are that a big part of the positives in the Tristate area are of similar nature.

July 30, 2020, 07:34:18 AM
Re: Will there be Sleep Away Camp this summer? We're a full month in. No real spread in the zillions of camps and day camps that are open. Gives way more credence to the herd immunity in the frum community in NYNJ argument.
August 02, 2020, 09:05:15 AM
Re: Lake George, NY Master Thread
No minyan in Belz Yeshiva?

Closed this year.

August 08, 2020, 11:18:26 PM
Re: Is Covid Spiking in Boro Park?

If Daas Torah is that covid is over (even if Hatzalah disagrees), can it at least be cognizant of the giant Chillul Hash this is making?

Also, if the city can only fine $2,000 for non compliance, the halls will just factor that as a cost of doing business.

How about their perhaps is plenty daas Torah (I think this is evident by now, seeing how many Rabbanim run their shuls in Israel) to continue life as normal. Not that covid is over, but that life continuing on takes priority.

August 27, 2020, 12:18:31 PM
Re: Is Covid Spiking in Boro Park?
R Moshe Scheinerman is in the hospital on oxygen with a new case. Another fellow I know from afar Rockaway is in the hospital as well.

There is ZERO evidence or reason to suspect there is a milder strain going around. ZERO.

COVID is covid is covid.

Only difference is that in March, hospitals actually killed people outright.

September 07, 2020, 12:42:32 AM
Re: What are your shuls plans for Simchas Torah?
Which is...?

Listen to what your LOR says.

October 01, 2020, 07:59:50 AM
Re: The current state of COVID-19 in Israel
If you think for a second this is the majority opinion in Israel you would be mistaken. There are a select few individuals in the police force in Jerusalem and other few locations that behave like this. It is not the norm. As you can see here in this video of another Charedi wedding in the North the cops behaved like humans.

Select few? Have you been living under a rock all these years?

October 15, 2020, 06:38:10 AM
Re: US Politics/2020 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
you made a promise, and you kept it?? you must not be a politician
(although trump kept a whole lot of promises... :-X)

Trump's problem isn't the promises. It's just that he's a certified kookoo.

October 26, 2020, 04:35:36 PM
Re: New Chassidish Community Being Planned in Tampa
No hurricanes on the west coast of Florida.

Not accurate.

October 26, 2020, 07:51:07 PM