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Just Shmooze / Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
« on: Yesterday at 12:30:47 PM »
The most disgusting and interesting video I've seen yet. I'm not even sure if those are the right words to describe how I feel about it.

https://youtu.be/-Cto1DXXHAc
I'm gonna go with "fake"
Lol. Are you sure? I mean, the channel is called Planet Nibiru, so it's gotta be legit.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Interesting Articles...
« on: August 09, 2018, 12:47:43 AM »
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/heres-the-real-reason-saudi-arabia-is-freaking-out-at-canada

Interesting analysis. If only westerns would realize that not everything that works well here, works well in other parts of the world, and that change needs to come at an appropriate pace in order to be successful.
There is zero analysis in that piece, only speculation.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Comments That Crack Me Up!
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:37:31 PM »
Does he want fries with that as well?
The follow up comment makes it seem like trolling.

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Just Shmooze / Re: MLB
« on: August 06, 2018, 11:45:01 PM »
Speaking of amusing baseball, surprised this hadn't been posted yet:


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2018/08/01/feature/school-shootings-should-parents-be-charged-for-failing-to-lock-up-guns-used-by-their-kids/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7b6a4a76e4b0
Some of this stuff is astounding:
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A week had passed, and with “#MarshallStrong” signs spreading across Facebook pages and storefronts, Blankenship was meeting with investigators, saying he might prosecute Parker’s stepfather.

The state police were reluctant, he later recalled. One officer mentioned that he was a firearms-safety instructor. “I don’t even teach parents to lock their guns up,” Blankenship remembered the man saying.
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And without that evidence?

“You’d never get a conviction on that. Never,” he said. “Almost everybody sitting on that jury would be able to say, ‘I have a gun at home. What if my kid takes it? What if my grandkid takes it? Should I go to jail for that?’
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More than a decade ago, French said, he worked a case in which a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old sibling with a loaded shotgun he’d found in his parents’ closet. French had the couple indicted, a decision some people he knew didn’t like.

“We all have loaded guns,” one person told him.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/parkland-shooter-asked-for-help-but-was-denied-before-shooting
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While more than half of the report was redacted, the blacked-out sections of the document could still easily be read by copying and pasting into a separate document, a trick used by The Sun-Sentinel to release the unredacted report on Friday.
:o

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FTFY.

Though at this point this thread should have long been renamed "having fun with CM".
Yeah, that's exactly the point I'm making. You have a habit of introducing a new idea into a topic as if it's the same as a previously mentioned idea.

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How about this. Let everyone keep all their money. Lets see how long you would last in that situation.
I actually like this idea very much, and think it's very sustainable, moving to a consumption-based tax system (with some safeguards and an ex-patriation tax). Let everyone keep as much money as they want, and pay a tax when they decide they want to spend their money.

The bottom line is that our current fiscal situation isn't sustainable. The two tax alternatives to resolve the problem are a consumption (VAT) tax, or a wealth Tax. We might end up with both. Though I'd really hope the next Congress and SCOTUS will be up to the task to make a major reform, possibly with some kind of constitutional amendment to bolster it (though that requires more than just Congress and SCOTUS).
I hate to say this, but this is very much an Exgingi post, and I don't mean that in a good way. One guy says tax cuts for the rich are bad, the next guy says all tax cuts are good, the first guy says so why not take away all taxes. Comes along Exgingi and says I like that idea - consumption based taxation is the way to go. Huh? Man dechar shmei?

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Tech Talk / Re: Which unlocked Android phone should I get?
« on: August 01, 2018, 11:48:13 AM »
If you're still looking Google "MKBHD best unlocked smartphone"
https://youtu.be/fwijCB6cH-0

He's a reliable YouTube tech reviewer
The #1 in the video title does not refer to his recommendation of 'best'. It refers to #1 best selling. He says pretty clearly at the end of the video (starting around the 9 minute mark) that he's not ready to crown it the 'budget king'. Also note that all these tech reviews skew majorly to the high end. Which is why he puts a $250 device in the budget category.

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I'm going with a party of 12 (we have a reservation, they answered emails on Friday despite being closed) so the more dishes I gather info on the better.
Beef tacos were excellent, as was the lamb kebab flatbread. I had a small bite of a Nantucket slider and that was good too, though not quote at the same level as the other two.

The skirt steak was okay at best - my brother was raving about it and I figured that was the better option as it comes with some vegetables on the side and costs a few bucks less than the other steak options. Ultimately it was much too salty, and the vegetables, while good, didn't add that much to the plate. My other brother gave me a bite off his rib steak and that was definitely the way to go for only $4 more. Though the truth is the burger (which I also tasted since my mother couldn't finish her's) might be the best value of the bunch.

The donuts were great - all but one of us much preferred the custard dip over the chocolate dip, as it was almost too bitter. I had a little nibble off my father's strawberry waffles and they were really good. I didn't bother trying the key lime dessert that someone ordered, as I know I don't like that top of thing anyway. I was shocked to see multiple tables around us ordering the cotton candy as part of their desserts. It must be the novelty, because I can't imagine another reason to spend $14 on freaking cotton candy.

There were also some other items ordered that I didn't taste or get any feedback on, including onion soup, beef vegetable soup, and the chop chop salad. All in all, very good food, though some dishes seemed much more worthwhile than others. One other thing to note is that a lot of the prices on the site are not current, and there are some things added/removed.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Movies
« on: July 29, 2018, 07:51:49 PM »
Anyone see Disobedience?
Is there gonna be a follow up question?

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lol...there are reviews scattered in other threads.
I searched for DOMA, and the comments I quoted were the only relevant results, including other threads.
I went. Was really good. Ambiance is amazing and service is top notch. I would highly recommend a reservation because it gets full every night. We left at 9 and people were still waiting to be seated.
We started with pulled beef tacos. While really good, I think the whole pulled beef taco craze is overdone. They had pickled onions on theirs which was nice touch.
We split the tomahawk rib eye for 2. was phenomenal! I was picking some of the crispy parts off the bone and the waiter told me to just pick it up and dive right in. Everyone does  ;D
For dessert we got the donuts which were excellent as well. We really likes the custard sauce.
Best part was, we had a Manhattan experience and were home 6 minutes later.
Thanks, great start. I'm going with a party of 12 (we have a reservation, they answered emails on Friday despite being closed) so the more dishes I gather info on the better.

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:49:20 AM »
In my experience adjoining rooms don't always work out. And I'm looking for 2 bedroom suites but there do not seem to be any out there
Why not just Airbnb/VRBO? There are very few hotels with suites big enough for a family of 9 (in general, and certainly not in a major city like Philadelphia), and even when you find one you usually can't get it with points anyway.

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How is there not one review, or even just recommendations, for DOMA, in this thread?

ETA:
I'm gonna just @ notify people who have posted about it, maybe someone has actually gone and wants to write about it.
@Sport @zevi @mochjas @nafnaf12 @Shmuel4
Any got to have dishes at doma?
Any recommendations what to get at Doma ?
DOMA
+1
Heading there now
Fleishig - DOMA (Just opened - amazing)
Milchig - Upper Crust, Cork and Slice, Central Perk Cafe

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Yes he deserves credit for that.

I still think that he could have built a coalition against China with the EU, Canada, Mexico etc. And once that's over deal with whatever issues he has.

But Trump will be Trump, and he got these concessions...
It's a little early for that. None of the articles I've seen so far actually detail the 'concessions'. And there's a lot of talk about working towards zero concessions, again without any detail of the who/what/when/how.

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