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Politics / Will the Rs hold the senate?
« on: November 03, 2020, 10:17:38 PM »
Nobody on DDF is talking about this tonight, what are your thoughts?

Is it realistic for Trump to win re-election and Rs still lose the senate?

Politics / How Long Did It Take You To Vote? (in-person on November 3rd)
« on: November 03, 2020, 07:44:30 AM »
Took me 30 minutes in Crown Heights. When I arrived just past 6:00am there was a long line (100+ people) waiting. The place was unorganized with multiple election workers giving conflicting instructions (one of these election workers sent 30 people into another entrance when there was no indoor-queue for them to join).

Took me approx 30m start to finish. What about you?

While there are quite a few threads discussing COVID vaccination and the race to produce a viable vaccine, I feel like this topic warrants its own thread.

With operation Warp Speed in the US and similar initiatives around the globe pushing for an approved vaccine ASAP, it's clear (likely?) that multiple vaccines will hit the market in record time. With corners being cut, there are risks involved. What are the risks and are they being effectively mitigated by the expedited testing? Will anything g-d forbid be missed, with potentially catastrophic implications?

Corners are being cut by:
  • Rushing new vaccination methodologies that have never been used to market
  • Rushing through and overlapping the various testing stages
  • Regulatory agencies will probably trust big pharma's reports on effectiveness and safety of a tested vaccine
  • Countries rushing to be the first to have a vaccine approved, before testing is completed

The biggest risks I can think of are:
  • Immune enhancement - where in some cases the vaccine causes an infection to worsen by triggering unintended behavior in the immune system
  • Unknown side effects that only come to light after millions of people have been vaccinated by a specific vaccine
  • False presumption of immunity when a vaccine turns out to be less effective than thought (especially an issue with at-risk populations)
  • Manufacturing/distribution issues do to haste, that cause the distributed vaccine doses to not be effective

Anything obvious I missed, Counter-arguments, and your thoughts are all appreciated.

Anyone here have experience donating bone marrow or PBSCs through GiftOfLife or another registry?

I’m asking about bone marrow, not COVID-19 related plasma.

Please share your experiences or PM.

T-fal C71807 Precision Stainless Steel Nonstick Ceramic Coating PTFE PFOA and Cadmium Free Scratch Resistant Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Fry Pan Cookware, 12-Inch, Silver

We have a similar one from T-fal and it's awesome. The price is great as well. Got two of them for us.

Tech Talk / NYC new area code: 332
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:00:54 PM »
Just found out about area code 332 when I got a text from T-Mo alerting me to the new area code overlaying 212/917/646. 332 has barely made it to Wikipedia.
Amazing how these area codes keep filling up.
Any opportunities to get a designer 332 number?


Not sure when it'll ship or arrive.

Didn't see an UberEATS thread so I'm starting one.

Any idea what happened to Kosher in the UberEATS app?

Citi has already had a 500k/transfer limit in the T&C for years, but it appears they recently started to enforce it for online transfers to airline/hotel partners.

I have two data-points confirming the above website limit. Anyone successfully able to transfer more than 500k in one shot to a travel partner this week? At least Citi doesn't limit to 79,999 like SPG does.

You heard it first here on DDF.

SAS has an awesome offer, especially for families with many children. With 1 adult fare booked on, you get free tickets for children 2-11.

Book before January 23rd, flights between Feb 7 and Apr 9. Works for Economy and Economy Plus.

For example, I priced out 1 adult plus 6 children in Econ Plus (Saver) EWR-CPH-EWR nonstop roundtrip - $1,308 total for all 7 seats!

Only valid for flights operated by SAS, departure has to be from USA and destination has to be in Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden.

Just Shmooze / Jewish Websites Allowing Ads For The Binary Options Scam
« on: January 12, 2017, 03:42:44 PM »
Not sure this belongs here, can't believe a frum "news" site would post this cr@p. What exactly is the scam here?

Just Shmooze / Should the current thread have a poll?
« on: November 14, 2016, 11:42:37 PM »
Poll options are alphabetized.

Inspired by:

should we add a poll😉

Posting for a relative:

As the title says, I'm looking for the best deal out there on a glucose (blood-sugar-level) self-testing / monitoring system. By best deal I'm also referring to the long-term cost as I seem to remember some devices are very cheap but the compatible strips are prohibitively expensive.

If anyone has any experience please share. TIA.

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• “Alexa, reorder diapers”
• “Alexa, order Pampers size 3”
• “Alexa, order Huggies Overnites size 5”
• “Alexa, order Easy Ups for boys size 3 T”

Alexa will review your order including the discount, and just say “Yes!” to confirm.

To redeem, you must be an Amazon Prime member, with 1-Click payment enabled. We'll use your default payment and shipping settings to place your order. Restrictions apply.

Visit to join.

Any way to get this without an Alexa device? Can you stack it with Amazon Mom?

ETA: What a scam! Amazon Mom is now Amazon Family (probably been this way for a while but I haven't noticed), and you don't need Alexa to get the 20% off.

General Discussion / מתנות לאביונים online?
« on: March 13, 2016, 08:35:10 AM »
Looking for the best place to observe the mitzvah online, no proper Jewish אביונים where I'll be for Purim.

Priorities are:
1. Reliable organization.
2. Collects for real poor people (not a school/ othercause.
3. Will distribute the funds on Purim, same day.
4. Bonus if they will give two gifts to two poor people on my behalf.

Multiple suggestions welcome. Thanks, tizku lmitzvos.

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