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Just Shmooze / Why do some democracies end up choosing autocracy?
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:11:37 PM »
As Erdogan just managed to cement his autocracy (bordering on dictatorship), it boggles my mind how voters, who are presumably well educated and have known nothing but a democratic system in their lifetime, end up giving autocratic power at the ballot box.

We’ve seen this in Venezuela previously, with a very miserable ending (chapters still being written).

And while many would lump Russia into the same category, I think there are some significant differences, though there's no doubt that Putin wields a lot more power than any western leader.

How do intelligent voters let this happen?

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While there are a couple of threads on Wifi, I thought it might make sense to put all relevant information together, as to Wifi availability, pricing, codes, etc. on various airlines/routes (and possibly airports).

Will also try to add a Wiki with whatever information I am aware of. Kindly contribute.

My question for anyone that might be able to help is whether there's a reasonable way to get Wifi on LX? Last time I traveled with them I paid for two packages and didn't accomplish what I wanted to with the data provided.

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I am thinking of renting an Electric Bicycle rather than a car for my upcoming trip, as I think that the areas I will be visiting might be very challenging as far as parking is concerned.

Any suggestions? Can they be taken on the train when I need to go slightly further away? Any rental that close to a train station in Tel-Aviv?

Do US Credit Cards provide theft coverage on these?

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As I logged into Aeroplan.ca today, an ad for changes coming flashed on the screen, I decided to click and see what's in store, and while details are scant, I doubt whether it will be overall favorable.

https://www.aeroplan.com/program-updates.do?lang=en&cid=0
https://www.aeroplan.com/program-updates-faq.do

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https://www.target.com/p/baby-wipes-refill-pack-unscented-800-ct-up-up-153/-/A-14893053
$13.49
$5 gift card when you buy 2
15% off for signing up for subscription using REDcard.
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$13.49 x 2 = $26.98
26.98 - 15% = $22.93
$22.93 - $5 = $17.93
$17.93 / 1600 = $0.0112

You can select store pick up for first order if you prefer not to wait.

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Tech Talk / New standard for Hebrew keyboards
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:12:53 PM »
Israeli media outlets are reporting a change to the standard layout, unifying certain punctuation marks with the English (and regular english  ;)) qwerty keyboard, and distancing the final noon (ן) from the vov (ו) to reduce errors.

https://www.themarker.com/technation/1.6008425

Will you switch?

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DW read to me a story she received from a friend on WhatsApp about a couple that had high levels of CO in their apartment on a Friday night, and were saved by a CO detector they weren't even aware they had. The story ends off encouraging people to install CO detectors.

I insisted that a CO detector might be necessary only in small apartments, but in our large home with lots of open space, I don't see a risk of CO poisoning (except if someone would be spending much time in the boiler room, which is the only place I can imagine CO might accumulate).

Am I wrong?

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I have $20 off any Macys.com purchase which I'm selling for $15.

Macys.com purchase needs to be made from my account, using my card. There's no minimum purchase and free shipping with no minimum is included.

Any coupons, discounts, or sales that are available for the item you would like to purchase still apply.

PM if interested.

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We all might know individuals who lack awareness to the unpleasantness of body odors. But it seems like in certain cultures it's the norm rather than the exception.

I don't have any personal experience, and it might have changed, but in the past I've heard that in Russia (and Ukraine et al) it is the norm to shower once a week (not sure about use of deodorants).

Recent travels through IST airport exposed me to extremely unpleasant odors coming from the personnel doing the extra security check and pat down at the gate on flights to the US or TLV. The most recent experience was so bad that the entire gate area was intolerable.

I have also heard from friends who have been to Delhi, that theres a constant stench there.

What's up with these people? Do they have some kind of desensitized sense of smell? Is it at all acceptable coming from people in an official position in an international airport, which IINM is one of the top 10 for the number of passengers going through?

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I've been thinking of starting this thread for quite a long time.

We see many labels thrown around. Orthodox, frum, BT, FFB, Yeshivish, Chassidish, Lubavitch, Belz, Satmar, etc etc.

I personally detest labels, and try to avoid using them whenever practical, and prefer to use an actual description where possible, or at least a thought provoking statement.

I think it is terrible when we label other people, but anyone can label themselves. But when doing that, what does it mean? I think one of the tests is to ask how one would like to see their kids grow up. Are Levushim, Minhagim, etc. part of your definition?

Please share YOUR OWN label, what it means in your own eyes, and how you would cast that on your kids (assuming you would want to see the same, or what you would actually like to see).

Please try to use ONLY positive language, wherever possible. And please no disparaging remarks about others, or dispute the validity of their definitions. There are no right or wrong answers, it's purely about what one's OWN label is and what it means to THEMSELVES.

I will begin with how I label myself when pushed hard enough for one:

"I strive to be a Lubavitcher." (That entire sentence is my own label for myself, and I hope it will always be).

The shortest way to say what it means to me, is that I see only this as the kitzur shulchan aruch of what it takes to be a Lubavitcher. I also think that considering every word of the Rebbe an integral true part of Torah is a requirement.

Lastly, when it comes to how I would like to see my kids grow up, I would want my kids to choose their own path, and not do anything just because I do it. I want them to live their lives by conscious choice (and while I hope they make the same choices I made, or even better ones, it is most important to me that it will all be conscious choices).

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General Discussion / Elder Law in Israel (durable POA question).
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:25:10 PM »
Does anyone know of competent, preferably English speaking, Elder Law attorney in Israel.

I have been trying to get some documents done, but it seems like either I'm not talking to the right attorneys, or laws are very different in Israel than in the US.

The specific issue at hand right now is putting a durable power of attorney in force. It seems like a durable POA is commonly only done in Israel for real-estate transactions, and seemingly only when there's a named counterparty.

There's no transaction now, nor is there a specific contemplated counterparty, but we do want to make sure proper documents are in place, so we are not left scrambling if the need to effectuate a transaction arises, and principal is incapacitated at the time.

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Amazon & Walmart Deals / DDMS gets WM stickied ad for BF 2017!
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:17:48 AM »
We know that Amazon has been a revenue source for DDMS, but now it seems like WM is escalating the fight by paying for the lucrative spot of stickied top post for the BF weekend.

Congratulations to the DDMS team on securing this deal. It is definitely a vote of confidence from a major player in the power and influence of DDMS!

Can you imagine if the domain name was still ctownbochur.com  and this ad deal was secured? ;D

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Up In The Air / TUS airways suspending flights to Haifa
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:57:53 PM »
http://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/509497

Couldn't find English version.

Seems like main reason is that Haifa airport shuts down at 8pm, which forces diversion to LLBG in cases of delays. Article also cites new route to FCO as a reason, with TUS assigning aircraft previously used for Israel routes to FCO route.

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