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Generous DDF members are matching donations made to any of the reputable Tzedakah campaigns supporting families of the victims. For every dollar donated by you, another dollar will be matched by one of DDF's matchers up to the campaign limit.

Matchers and donors please post your matching commitments and donations in the thread below, and the commitments, matches, and campaign totals can be tracked by anyone in the Wiki. Feel free to PM me anonymous matching commitments or donations.

The main Tzedakah campaign link is here: https://thechesedfund.com/vaad-ha-rabbanim/merontragedy, other campaign links are available in this thread.

Lets gather together and support those families who need all the love they can get. Thanks to all the generous matchers and generous donors.

Original version of this post: Anyone want to commit funds to a DDMS/DDF matching campaign?

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Deals/Deal Requests / Wanted: Discounted AppleCare+
« on: April 05, 2021, 06:53:11 PM »
Besides for buying Apple gift cards, what are my options here?

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COVID-19 Discussion Board / Monoclonal antibody treatment in Canada?
« on: February 11, 2021, 04:01:09 PM »
I know thereís no official EUA approval in Canada. Any hookups/workarounds (other than coming across the border)? Please PM ASAP

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General Discussion / WMBE Certification Master Thread
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:53:45 PM »
With the Biden administration pushing benefits for minorities, same for NYC/NYS's current Democratic/liberal leadership, I'm considering getting certified as a Women/Minority Business Enterprise. I qualify as a Hasidic Jew (though I do wonder why Orthodox or Ultra-Orthodox Jew isn't an official qualification).

Does anyone here have such certification? How has it benefited you?

Anyone else considering certifying?

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With the scarcity of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and the expected EUA approval of JNJís and AZNís vaccines expected shortly, bringing supplies of those vaccines to market, I pose the following question to you.

With Pfizer / Moderna showing significantly higher efficacy numbers and potentially offering better protection against new variants (and likely quicker to develop boosters as necessary), would you wait to get those vaccines or take whatever you can get ASAP?

Please suggest any other poll options you see fit. The question is addressed to those ready to be vaccinated, not to those who are against vaccines or not yet trusting of the vaccines that are out there.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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

Iím asking about bone marrow, not COVID-19 related plasma.

Please share your experiences or PM.

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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 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010XQXF0C/

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

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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?

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https://flash.newegg.com/Product/9SIA1CW5AZ7333

Not sure when it'll ship or arrive.

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

Any idea what happened to Kosher in the UberEATS app?

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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.

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SAS has an awesome offer, especially for families with many children. With 1 adult fare booked on flysas.com, 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.


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