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  • in reply to: Q –>Chocolate #1039989

    BTGuy
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    Randomex.. Thank you for those suggestions, I will keep them in mind. 😀

    RebYidd23. WAIT A SECONT! lol. Your syllogism was severely riddled with faulty conclusions. I know you wrote that just in jest.

    I would not bother trying to defend, or use that formula for further proofs. lol

    Just for fun, you said: Mushrooms grow on plants or sometimes animals. They convert the plant matter into mushroom. Therefore, mushrooms are vegetables. Cows eat grass. Grass is a plant. Plants are vegetables. Cows are vegetables.

    1. Mushrooms can even grow on walls. They decompose organic material to make other mushrooms, but they stay mushrooms. They dont become walls, animals, plants, or whatever else they decompose. lol

    You syllogism of: Mushrooms convert plant matter into mushrooms, therefore, mushrooms are vegetables, is a faulty conclusion right off the bat. Everything after that is “food” for thought.

    In a round about way, its sorta like saying if you ate an orange and you digest it to sustain yourself, you are an orange. You are not an orange. When you have a hamburger, you are not a hamburger. We can be meat heads, but that is different. lol

    “They” say our cells are totally renewed every seven years. That renewal is fueled by our diet on the physical level. So, unless we ate humans, ………. we are cholent? And even if you sustained yourself by eating only cholent, are we cholent?

    BUTTTTT!! You do bring up a fascinating concept. (If you are not yet snoozing) We all share atoms, which are the smallest building block of physical life. Its just the arrangement of those atoms that vary. According to Derech Hashem, everything in the Bria is very much connected and on deep level, one and the same. This was, in part an explanation as to how tzoras could infect a person’s wall first, and then their clothes, back in the day. Our “things” are not so far removed from us.

    in reply to: Joseph #1039964

    BTGuy
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    Randomex.

    I know many times we like to post just to post, so I will say I am not assuming anything about the mods, as you creatively suggest.

    Also, I am not an expert on loshon hora, but if you poskin it’s okay for you to engage in lowly, petty, disparaging talk only because you don’t know the real identity of “Joseph”, I would still say the yetzer hora has a bigger grip on you than if you did not give into the temptation to chime in on this ridiculous endeavor.

    Finally, we are not expected to affirm every view in the opinion spectrum. If someone thinks differently, debate it or avoid that thread or person. To bash and bully someone for the reason they are

    “extreme right wing”, is wrong.

    It is said, “Scoffers have no place in the World to Come”. Are you sure Joseph bashing, even though you dont know his true identity, keeps your neshama as clean as if you avoided the situation?

    in reply to: Help Mouse alert #1040911

    BTGuy
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    Hello! Mice breed pretty quickly, plus with cold weather coming, if there is an entrance somewhere to your apt., you may possibly be able to expect more. Trial and error episodes may need to have a deadline placed on them.

    Hopefully, you will find a solution fast.

    in reply to: Joseph #1039957

    BTGuy
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    Hey Rebb!

    When I was here a long time ago, this Joseph issue was in full swing. There were a plethora of posts about him each day, which then should also have been deleted, because his posts were not seen by me when I was here daily.

    : /

    I told that guy, to me, there is no up side to this Joseph thing. Nothing cautionary, nothing informative, nothing normal. But I see it is still a thread after all this time.

    in reply to: Caller VS Hikind – who wins? #1040187

    BTGuy
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    : /

    in reply to: Help Mouse alert #1040908

    BTGuy
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    I hear/read you James. That is a valid point. But the main point is asking suggestions for a way to get rid of mice. I vote call up an exterminator company that uses humane methods. They are out there. They use organic, non-toxic materials for carpenter ants and termites…etc. Since they are license, I assume they are legit. They also ensure the area is free of disease.

    Regarding your great point about people will still use glue traps. Until we become more civilized in how we treat other specie, I recommend supporting PETA, and ALF (Animal Liberation Front), as I do from time to time. The both have different approaches, but I applaud them for the huge accomplishments in tzar balei chaim.

    in reply to: Stopping diseases #1040989

    BTGuy
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    I hear/read you 000646.

    I guess I understand you view that you have a right to think specific procedures may not work, but what would be wrong with ALL measures of containment being enacted, even the ones that in hindsight would turn out to be fruitless, until we could have gotten a handle on this?

    Again, Ebola is a dreaded plague in Africa and we must realize that the idea it cannot be such a problem in America is dangerous. Viruses mutate.

    Aside from this, I am glad that most of those thought to be infected have not been, thank heaven.

    On another, similar note, do you know just how off they are in the protection offered in the flu shots? And they have been offering them for decades, I think.

    Professional health care workers have made arguments that flu shots are way off in offering protection from the strains that actually become manifest, and are not nearly as complete protection as believed.

    Basically, we humans know about as little about things as we do know a lot about things. We have great knowledge on one hand and we are clueless on other hands.

    I vote for extra measures to cover the bases of saving human life. And if I were a health care worker helping Ebola patients, and I had to be quarantined, I would never dare have the chutzpah to violate the protocol.

    in reply to: Why do the mods delete my threads? #1040148

    BTGuy
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    lol @ Moderator 29

    Oh, no problem bp yidd. You are very welcome 🙂

    in reply to: Saying goodbye #1039840

    BTGuy
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    You peeked!

    in reply to: Homotoxicology #1039896

    BTGuy
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    Correction givingtago: In case I did not write clear enough, I did not intimate Dr Boulos to be a quack. I just shared some light info that there are opposing views on homotoxicology, which really leaves us nowhere since there are opposing views on all modes of health care and prevention.

    Hatzlacha and Refuah Shelayma to whomever is searching for some sort of relief where conventional, chiropractic, or integrated medicine will not suffice.

    Not for nothing, and I am not sure if your query is for research or for relief of a concern, but that Dr Braverman/PATH Medical, in NY, seems to be quite innovative, intelligent, and proactive.

    in reply to: Is anything going to change ? #1039882

    BTGuy
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    Hikind won for the same reason Sharpton would win in Harlem. Expect nothing normal and you will be fine.

    in reply to: Q –>Chocolate #1039983

    BTGuy
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    Okay RebYidd….Chocolate is not a nosh, a fish is not a pet, your cap is not on your head. Where are we going with this? I know, we are going nowhere with this. lol

    All seriousness aside: Can someone recommend cholov yisroel chocolate that can even come close to cholov stam? I would truly be very interested to know and try some for the team.

    in reply to: Homotoxicology #1039894

    BTGuy
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    Is it an offshoot of heterotoxicology?

    There seems to be some linking this kind of toxicology to legitimate homeopathic medicine, but also critics who link it to quack medicine.

    Weigh the possible risks and proceed with caution and do the research as you have been doing.

    All the best!

    in reply to: Saying goodbye #1039834

    BTGuy
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    Hi Spice.

    Good luck, and all the best. I understand your sentiments. I tried the exact same thing with chocolate.

    in reply to: Popa is brilliant #1186918

    BTGuy
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    Put him in a museum? What kind of compliment is that? lol

    in reply to: Why do the mods delete my threads? #1040145

    BTGuy
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    Partial answer? That’s like a partial sandwich. A partial stop at at Stop sign. A partial sneeze. A partial refund.

    How about we list partial things we like or dont like. : )

    in reply to: Hats? #1039877

    BTGuy
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    RebYidd23.

    Yeah, well.. It was on the ground. I picked it up and threw it back down on the ground. You were just to angry to tell. But at least we both share the same sentiment. 😀

    in reply to: Stopping diseases #1040987

    BTGuy
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    000646, It is not the points you are making, in particular, that I contest. It is the “why bother” context that drifts like a smokey haze through your argument. Apathy? I dont know.

    in reply to: Stopping diseases #1040984

    BTGuy
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    000646, you have made some valid points which are contrary to other views, but you give them improper priority in the hierarchy of importance. In other words, faulty conclusions.

    And if it can be proven HIV was brought to America by a European, how does that in any way mitigate the dreaded origins of HIV in Africa, and it’s subsequent influence in America.

    Maybe the European should have been banned from America and who knows how many lives would be spared from HIV.

    You need to realize containing disease is not a new thing on the planet earth. Geographic quarantine does work and does save lives. You can’t rewrite the book on epidemiology. Well, you can, but no MD’s would read it.

    On an altered lighter note, if someone sitting right behind you in shul lets out big juicy sneezes all morning, it’s all the same to you as if they had to stay home until their cold was no longer contagious?

    The idea that Ebola is a dreaded plague in Africa, but in America there is no way it can ever be a problem, is false idea; and life threatening one, as well.

    in reply to: goldfish has brain surgery #1039652

    BTGuy
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    Brain surgery for a goldfish I can understand. For silverfish; never!

    in reply to: Hats? #1039871

    BTGuy
    Participant

    I also throw your cap on the ground to show my anger. 🙂

    in reply to: Dating Girl Tzniyis Issue #1039812

    BTGuy
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    If this young lady is totally wonderful is so many ways, then I have to assume the tznius issue may be a matter of community standards.

    Additionally, her admirable qualities lend me to believe that she may not even be aware she is violating tznius. After all, I am sure she is not dating you in isolation of her fine family. They must know how she is dressing.

    Perhaps the intermediary/shadchen can handle this point in a professional and non-offensive manner. I am sure it is a very common concern.

    On the other hand, since I doubt she would flagrantly violate an acceptable level of tznius, maybe you possibly might have to adapt.

    Her wanting to look appealing to you is not necessarily a fault on her part.

    Rabbi Miller, zatzal, spoke about when the mon fell from shamayim in the midbar, something else came down too. It was makeup; enough make up to cover one eye (because that is all that they revealed).

    Rabbi Miller went on to say it is very important for a wife to look attractive to her husband. A shidduch date may very well have elements that shadow that sentiment. She may have even been told to look more appealing than usual on her dates with you.

    As I am sure you know, there were other times in our history where women were obliged to make the effort to look extra attractive; more than ordinary for their husbands because life was difficult. Again, a shidduch date may be an acceptable place to begin to display a small degree of that kind of sentiment.

    I dont know the full situation, but it’s important to work with someone to try to get a handle on this very important standard as you proceed.

    Hatzlacha!

    in reply to: Help Mouse alert #1040904

    BTGuy
    Participant

    James B. You said, “Put the trap in a plastic bag and find a blunt object. Squish the head. The animal is dead instantly. Your squeamishness is no excuse for suffering.”

    That advice may work for the first day on the job as a mafia hitman.

    Frankly, I am glad all our advice does not use up the ink on this page. There are exterminators already using humane methods to get rid of mice quickly, and to ensure any possibility of disease is nipped right away. No one has to run around with plastic or hammers or funnels or nosh or buy cats or whatever or make motel reservations or whatever..

    Call the professionals: Always go humane!

    in reply to: Q–>A message from vayoel moshe #1039516

    BTGuy
    Participant

    It’s hashkacha pratis and you are doing the right thing. I hope the rest of us respond properly.

    in reply to: Why do the mods delete my threads? #1040128

    BTGuy
    Participant

    I hope someone steps up/forward and gives you a reasonable explanation. You seem like a reasonable person and deserve a response.

    in reply to: In/Out of the Box? #1051964

    BTGuy
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    Ultimately, let’s not worry so much about what the other guy is.

    in reply to: Q–>A pet #1039539

    BTGuy
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    So, I see we have some fishphobes here.

    Fish count, but not as pets? So you mean they count from one to ten kind of thing? Otherwise, your statement is contradictory.

    Fish count as pets. I should know, I have them as pets. Ask any fish, ask any pet shop owner if fish are pets, a valid entity within the pet world and within pet shops.

    I have them in my home, I look at them, they look at me, the swim to the top of the tank for food in the morning, I feed them, and on and on (although not too many more “on and ons”)

    What do you think they are, scented candles?

    in reply to: If I only had a brain #1039316

    BTGuy
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    Scarecrows with their arms wide open and a crown of thorns on their head, may present a problem.

    in reply to: seminaries #1043367

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Cemeteries are taking applications now?

    Everyone should have a long, healthy, happy life to 120, but this is getting out of hand.

    in reply to: Q–>Stupid people #1039297

    BTGuy
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    Yeah, but I’ve also met a lot of normal, sane people who turn out to be stupid, too. It’s a bleak situation out there these days.

    in reply to: Q–>A pet #1039536

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Fish count. I have a beautiful fighting fish that I enjoy taking time out to look out. The large fins and colors are something to behold, as well as it’s graceful swimming. And so they dont get mad, the two catfish are beautiful too, in their own way.

    Be careful with hamsters. As of late, with all the weird breeding, hamsters seem to be a very fragile species and they dont usually live too long, and they get diseases fairy easily. Most hamster owners I know go through them pretty frequently.

    Maybe walk through a Petsmart or something similar and take a look around. In any case, once you commit to taking care of them with the feeding and watering and cleaning, you will enjoy them and they will add a little something special to your day.

    in reply to: An Apology #1039614

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Letakein, you are awesome for making such a forthright and honest declaration.

    Dont beat yourself up because being on a computer, as well as driving a car, are known for influencing people to not censor themselves like they “normally” would. And people having a wide array of emotions and feelings, tend to act on them more easily in those two situations.

    Give yourself credit for making a wonderful correction that took courage and showed you do believe in doing the right thing.

    As you may know: A tzaddik falls down seven times, and gets up eight. And it is in the fact that they got up, is what makes them a tzaddik.

    in reply to: YWN ads and satmar for Cuomo #1039689

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Interesting question!

    On the one hand, Cuomo seems to be the only substantive politician around.

    On another hand, no matter what any politician says about gay marriage and abortion, none of them will work to reverse the current trend. Very few conservatives even, who are running will clearly state they will reverse those matters. If they do, they won’t get into office.

    Cuomo is not serving as Pope. He has to “represent” a constituency.

    A similar example for us would be, if we were, say, mayor of Stamford, Ct., would we ban putting X-mas trees/decorations in the downtown area in December.

    How much of our own political stewardship, if we were in office, could or should be a reflection of our own personal views versus the people we are elected to represent.

    The Cuomo’s have a fantastic record of working with the religious community, noteably when Mario stood up to multi million dollar advertisers and their lobbying interests to take down non-tsniusdik signs in Times Square, from what I remember.

    So I suspect that is the reason Satmar, who knows politicians have influence whether they are a mirror image of your values or not, whether you vote or not, and have decided to have a rapport with Andrew.

    in reply to: Joseph #1039949

    BTGuy
    Participant

    It has to be a fictional person, because the remarks about them are disparaging, and that would be loshon hora. Plus, I never saw anything posted by any Joseph as nearly annoying as the posts ranting about “Joseph”.

    in reply to: akuperma #1114298

    BTGuy
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    They do comment on every-single-article?

    Well, I guess you are learning a lot about them.

    Very few things are still free in this world. Post away before they start charging or you have to buy Red, Silver, or Gold posting memberships.

    in reply to: Lollipops #1039739

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Lollipops keep kids busy for a while and there is not much to them.

    Adults have them under two conditions: All their kids are enjoying lollipops, or no one else is around.

    in reply to: Help Mouse alert #1040887

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Is there a landlord associated with your apartment? Suggest an exterminator who uses humane rodent control.

    Incidentally, I worked for a company that had mice and they put out those glue trap things.

    While I am not a fan of mice, I saw a few of them stuck in those things and struggling to get free…their breathing rapid and they struggled to the point of almost dismembering a leg. It was terrible. They actually looked innocent.

    I did some research, and during lunch,I went out and bought some vegetable oil and poured a few drops into those glue trap things. It allowed the mice to free themselves. I felt better.

    I recommend humane humane rodent removal because ignorance is not always bliss.

    in reply to: Chinuch dilemma #1039392

    BTGuy
    Participant

    The middos issues of the kids seem to be coming to the foreground early, and that is good in that they can be addressed quickly.

    Six year olds, in my opinion, are a little too old to throw a quilt in the middle of the table.

    Three year olds should not patch a parent. They are a little too young to become socialized like that.

    The kids are demonstrating socially unacceptable behavior and disrespectful speech.

    The parents, I suspect, are not instilling boundaries or discipline on a steady basis, in my opinion.

    Either the parents realize “raising” kids is an action verb, or the kids will be like so many others who run around driving rebbes, and their peers crazy.

    in reply to: Should someone break a computer being used for the wrong reasons? #1038498

    BTGuy
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    As of this posting, it reads you started this post about three months ago. By now the computer should be well on it’s way to being broken on it’s own accord.

    in reply to: Stupid ASPCA commercials #1040121

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Cats are great! I always say, never underestimate the awareness of an animal. Cats are very cool and astute pets. Enjoy!

    Incidentally, I believe I can safely say it is a mitzva for you to have rescued and now are taking care of your cat, even though it is a two-way street and our pets offer us a lot as well. Here is the ryah:

    I dont recall the details, and you probably know better than I do, but I believe Avraham’s grandson or great-grandson had asked one of Noach’s children about what mitzvos they were able to do on the taiva to merit sustaining themselves and to merit surviving. He answered by saying, “We took care of the animals.”

    in reply to: Stupid ASPCA commercials #1040119

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Awesome vayoel! 😀

    in reply to: Mazol Tov it's my birthday #1066889

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Have a happy and a healthy birthday, and many more to 120!!

    in reply to: Stupid ASPCA commercials #1040117

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Hi ari-free.

    With all due respect, that view is outmoded and part of the conditioning process whereby people have not done their own research on the matter.

    I applaud those innovators who have advanced science with advanced methods to determine what is suitable for humans, and moved beyond thinking results from other species apply to the human condition, and in the process spared countless lives of innocent living creatures, whether it is for medical research or consumer products.

    in reply to: Spooky stories about shaidim #1038280

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Interestingly, shaidim have been watching what’s going on on earth lately and have been sharing spooky stories on humans.

    in reply to: In/Out of the Box? #1051960

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Most people are in the box. If someone is striving to be out of the box, then they are not really out of the box. I dont think it’s a matter of choice. Out of the boxes should not be harshed by in the boxes, though. Let them be, learn from them, enrich your life by knowing them!

    in reply to: When will Boro Park have a Shabbos Project and host thousands of BTs? #1038424

    BTGuy
    Participant

    If I may add, if there were to be a large event that was well advertised, I believe unknowing Jews would come.

    Jews who do not know about Torah Judaism, when among religious Jews, will have tremendous respect and a lot of questions.

    You may find them to be very accomplished/educated, good-natured, spiritual, thoughtful, and sincere. They just dont know about Torah, the Gedolim, and the Hashkafa of things.

    Being mekariv someone is a very slow process of up and down and lateral movement. Like I heard someone once say, balei tshuva are expected to change almost everything about who they are and how they live and who they associate with. It is a big thing. Mitzvos cannot just be presented like a laundry list of “good deeds” with the approach that if you want to be a good person, just do all these things; the more the better.

    Hatzlacha rabbah to all who try to add a little light to our brothers and sisters who just dont know, through no fault of their own.

    in reply to: Stupid ASPCA commercials #1040115

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Hi RebbYidd23. I feel its unbecoming of Jews to participate in big lies. Historically, we have been victims of this like no other.

    I understand it is not your fault. There is a “cultural” phenomenon in our community of people conditioned to parrot a particular spin on things with a sense of righteousness, even though they have zero direct experience, or have done any research.

    Peta has done tremendous work to prosecute animal abusers and save the lives of animals used for experimentation, such as in the case of John Hopkins University adopting computer imagery over dissection of cats and pigs for students not really at the stage of declaring a specialty. And cosmetic companies using placenta to test ingredients instead of wiring up rabbits and monkeys.

    Animal Liberation Front has also done some nice work, saving the rest of us time from having to work on solving tzar balei chaim injustices in this world.

    In my experience, the only animals I see killed for no reason are the families who get their kinderlach pets like hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, etc., and when the kids stop feeding them for about a week, they release these “pet shop” pets into the woods, where they will not survive. Additionally, boys like to do things such as cover baby squirrels in Purell. Older boys like to throw bird eggs in the parking lot until all of them are broken, or they like to have contests throwing bricks to see who can joyfully knock a birds nest out of the tree first, whether the nest is occupied or not.

    Other than those scenarios, I dont think Peta or ALF kill animals. They save them.

    in reply to: Zionism, Why the Big Debate? #1101818

    BTGuy
    Participant

    In my opinion, there are countless ways to describe Zionism and describe who a Zionist is, making this topic one that is out of control. In any case, Moshiach will have to untangle the huge knot the world is in.

    in reply to: Flu Shot #1037818

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Absolutely not. You are shooting mercury into your veins because flu shots contain Thimerosal.

    While there are batches that do not contain this evil metal, the local fascist health department in my county will not bother to separate the two kinds and allow you to select the one without.

    Additionally, the shots rarely cover all or even any of the correct strains of flu bug that actually do come to the area you live in.

    They say washing your hands a lot, being well rested, taking vitamins, and staying away from people who sneeze their spray all over the place is just as good a prevention, if not better.

    And after shaking hands, wash before you eat a snack or rub your eyes.

    Stay healthy everyone!!

    in reply to: The new Jerusalem expansion – how do you feel about a Pal state #1038367

    BTGuy
    Participant

    Just because they hammer away does not mean we have to let it make a dent. A Palestinian state is just another antisemitic front by a people who know they can not take Israel militarily.

    My feelings about a Palestinian state are the same as my feelings about all the other arab and muslim countries. I see no up side to them for Jews or other human beings.

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