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  • in reply to: New York State is Denying Access to Education to Anti-Vaxer Students #1765933

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    There is no such thing an anti-vax child. Only anti-vax parents.

    in reply to: Kaliv vs other chassidus #1722618

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    I think malchus is different – first of all because of yichus, which isn’t shayach here since the new Rebbe was adopted, from what people are saying. And second because you can’t really compare a 13 year old from the days of Tanach to a 13 year old today.

    As to other chasidus promoting a 13 or 16 year old – How did people react to such an appointment? It’s incredibly hard to people actually came to a 13 year old for personal advice and with serious shaylas about life events? Were they just figureheads?

    in reply to: Waiter’s finger was in my my soup! #1713526

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    If your unwashed finger touches a boiling hot soup before you eat it, is it kosher? If a human tongue touches your boiling hot soup before you eat it, is it kosher?

    in reply to: Whats Baltimore like nowadays.Still OOT or suitable for intown fam #1705804

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    What makes a community “suitable for in-town family”?

    in reply to: Halachically okay to be liberal? #1698989

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    The Catholic pope is viewed as a liberal.

    in reply to: Halachically okay to be liberal? #1698771

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    CTL, Neville,
    You guys can play lawyer and wiggle and squirm regarding what your personal definition of “liberal” is and how you take personal exception to the generally accepted definition of the term, but you are just playing semantics. When the OP used the word “liberal,” he/she didn’t specify exclusions to specific platform ideals. Therefore, it is only fair to assume he means “liberal” in the publicly used colloquial sense, which is being far left of center on everything, not in your personal sphere of influence’s highly unusual definition.

    in reply to: Halachically okay to be liberal? #1697584

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    Many liberal ideals (toeiva “marriage”, abortion, etc…) run against halacha. If you believe these ideals are valid and good despite being against halacha then you are kofer against the Torah, against Chazal, and against the omniscience of God to be the arbiter of what is truly valid and good. Being a kofer is against halacha – thus being a liberal, as defined colloquially, is against halacha.

    in reply to: GAN DY: Should beis medresh bocherim have dorm counselors? #1696850

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    “should they have dorm counselors who can be not much older then them, and sometimes VERY immature and baybyish.”

    No. They should have mature, responsible, dorm counselors instead.

    in reply to: Answers for the tuition crisis #1687651

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    DY. The idea is that schools give out vouchers to school employees for things like food, clothing, gas, etc that are paid for with whatever tuition money is gathered. Then the school employee takes that voucher to do their shopping at the jewish owned venue. The Jewish owned vendor then gives heavy discounts to these school employees when they pay with a voucher.

    So, for example, a voucher “worth” $2.00 costs the school $1.50. The teacher takes the $2.00 voucher to Pomegranate and buys a $2 loaf of bread that costs Pomegranate $1.00. So: Pomegranate makes a $0.50 profit (from the $1.50 actual value of the voucher minus their $1.00 cost), but makes it up in volume from all the school employees who now have to shop there. The teachers are paid in cash-value instead of cash for things they will otherwise spend cash on anyway. And the schools can lower tuition costs because they can save on employee overhead. It’s a win-win-win. Except the minor inconvenience of teachers having to get paid in vouchers instead of cash. But if you make it in the form of a flexible spending card, instead of paper vouchers it would be more secure and less inconvenient. You could also make it only part of their payment instead of all of it, because having cash is important for things like mortgages which cant be paid by card. You could also let teachers control how much they get paid in vouchers and create an incentive by inflating the fictional worth of the voucher to $2.10 instead of $2. Even though it’s actually only worth $1.50 in real money, but that would be dependent on negotiation between the vendors and the schools…

    in reply to: Answers for the tuition crisis #1687534

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    Why don’t we institute some sort of voucher system where teachers and school employees get vouchers to free or heavily discounted goods and services from Jewish owned vendors and venues. This additional compensation substitute will reduce the income requirements for families of school employees, thereby reducing their need for financial compensation. Then the schools can pay them less and lower tuition for everyone. It’s kind of like communism, but for a good cause and not gov’t controlled.

    in reply to: Guns #1685601

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    Ubiq, come back and talk to us about your virtue-signaling, righteous high-horse, brain-dead liberal mishugas once masked thugs kick your door in at 3AM with your wife and
    young kids at home. Until then, you’re entitled to wear whatever rose-colored glasses you want, but just realize that to those of us who understand the need for gun ownership, the opinion you preach from that omniscient throne of yours is complacent, brainless, and outright dangerous. Please leave my right for self perseveration alone. Thank you.


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    The classic answer has been provided by “Heargod”, above, but it doesn’t address why frum Jews of many circles avoid contemporary styles for what is considered respectable and nice, and rather stick to a homogeneous and outdated style. Also, there are plenty of ways to dress nicely without looking exactly the same as everyone else. But there are other reasons for this, including refusal to conform/blend with a non-Jewish society, and purposefully avoiding creating an environment where people feel like they need to “keep up with the Shwartzes”.

    in reply to: Guns #1682705

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    Ubiq., please show me where I said guns should not be well regulated? This is your assertion which you slyly attribute to me – not my opinion…. Dishonest debate tactic #1.

    Calling an argument a “talking point” without directly addressing its content is dishonest debate tactic #2.

    Linking someone’s original opinions to a famous figure who may not be viewed as a fair, unbiased person by others (Hannity) is dishonest tactic #3. I do not listen to his show.

    Regardless of how much you think you know about me or my position, you clearly know very little, since you have to rely on manipulative tactics and baseless assertions to get your viewpoint across. This is why debating with you is highly unpleasant.

    in reply to: Guns #1682624

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    Ubiq. I hope you don’t prescribe cocaine and heroin to your patients. I clearly wasn’t talking about the useful drugs you mentioned. Additionally, getting high and addicted to drugs is not a use that is beneficial to society or to individuals. If you believe otherwise, you should consider giving back whatever medical license you have. Your usage of intellectually dishonest debate tactics make conversing with you highly unpleasant. Good night.

    in reply to: Guns #1681788

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    Ubiq – You totally missed the point of the explosives conversation. Your 1st question is irrelevant to my conversation with M.

    Also, M was talking about legalizing already illegal recreational drugs, not about pharmaceuticals. You missed the point there, too. Before you pluck half a sentence of what I wrote out of context and start attacking me for “dodging,” please try to follow the logic of the conversation.

    Let me try to connect the dots for you:
    Step #1) It is already illegal to be in possession of a firearm during a crime, to smuggle guns across the border, to carry guns in certain locations, and for felons to purchase guns. Making ownership of guns illegal for everyone doesn’t take guns out of the hands of people who already illegally own and traffic them, but it will prevent law-abiding citizens from owning them and using them for legal uses such as self-defense, hunting, sport, and security.

    Step #2) Many potentially harmful drugs are currently illegal to own for anyone other than medical entities. Making them legal means anyone can now buy cocaine and meth at his/her local Wal-Mart. Yes, those who deal drugs illegally will do so despite the current law, but the law-abiding part of society who isn’t currently interested or addicted to drugs would be severely harmed by having free access to legal temptations which can destroy lives. There is no benefit to society since there is no productive use for these things OUTSIDE of the medical realm, in which it is already legal. Therefore, this is a poor comparison to guns.

    in reply to: Guns #1681516

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    M – the obvious fallacy in your comparison is that there are perfectly legitimate and productive uses for legally purchased firearms, but there are no legitimate, productive uses for heroin and cocaine.

    in reply to: Guns #1681294

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    M – to answer your question, I personally believe there are auxiliary psychosocial issues in American culture not directly related to firearms which contribute towards a culture that tends towards violence. This includes things like substance abuse, fatherlessness, and the glorification of gratuitous violence. I think if you study the trends of these factors you will find a correlation with violence. If you curb these trends you will also curb all forms of violence, including violence involving guns.

    I don’t think an obligatory psychological evaluation for firearm purchases will prevent gun violence. This is because in order to prevent an individual psychologist from violating the rights of others, the test will have to be standardized and not subjective. Once it’s standardized, people can just learn to answer the questions correctly. Also, psychologists aren’t mind readers.

    One thing you might find interesting is that license-to-carry holders in Texas are extremely less likely to commit a violent crime than those who are not licensed, and psychological evaluations are not a prerequisite for licensure here.

    in reply to: Guns #1681280

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    Correction to my first post:
    “Would you similarly suggest that violence *including* suicide bombings is high in some Muslim countries because fertilizer and other explosive components are prevalent and easily accessible?”
    My point is that there would be violence in these places whether or not explosive components are accessible.

    in reply to: Guns #1681211

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    Luna.. You do realize that “larger guns” and “smaller guns” legally available to the public both shoot at the exact same rate right? No offense to you, but it’s hilarious how people with admittedly zero knowledge of firearms think they can and should provide an opinion on which firearms should and shouldn’t be legal.

    in reply to: Guns #1681191

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    Statistically speaking, guns are used in more crime prevention incidents per year than in committing of a crime. This is a fact according to the majority of studies except a single statistical outlier study that is frequently quoted by anti-gun groups.

    Classifying violence based on the instrument of choice used by perpetrators of a violent act rather than based on the psychosocial factors that cause high levels of violence is nonsensical. Would you similarly suggest that violence in the form of suicide bombings is high in some Muslim countries because fertilizer and other explosive components are prevalent and easily accessible? I would hope not.

    in reply to: Darchei Binah Sem Girls Coming For Shabbos #1660024

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    Not only will they wash all your dishes, they’ll also be dropping off all the food at your house on Friday afternoon. You don’t even need to prepare!

    in reply to: Voting Democrat #1644511

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    Jackk,
    Not sure why you are quoting something someone else wrote in response to me, but to respond to you:

    The fallacy that Democratic politicians are anything other than a Hivemind that defaults to the most extreme left wing voice among them that is still publicly palatable is clearly evident. As Exhibit A , just look at how they vote in unified blocks on things that any rationally thinking group of moderate individuals would expectedly have differing opinions on. The Kavanaugh hearing is the most recent example to come to mind.

    I think Democratic voters are diverse in thought, but unfortunately the politicians don’t represent them. Just look at how your party’s sweetheart, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rhetoric shifted once she got into office. Before the elections she promised she would move mountains and revolutionize the Dem party towards Marxism, and now she says her main priority is to support the establishment Democrats.

    in reply to: Voting Democrat #1644502

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    Ubiquitin,
    Your response is nonsensical.
    “But that isnt what the op replied , he doubled down.”

    No. Actually the OP wrote:

    “Democrats might *claim* that they support Israel’s right to exist, but…”

    “The democrat *rhetoric* is not that. That is not the real position …”

    “If they wanted affordable housing, they wouldn’t punish us with high property taxes…”

    Everything the that the OP wrote indicated that he/she was specifically addressing the anti-Torah values of the Dem’s verbal rhetoric, political action, and de facto policy, not their written platform. Your argument that they *claim* to support our causes in their written platform, even though they clearly and persistently act against our interests actually counts against them because not only do they actively vote for policies antithetical to the Torah, but they also publicly lie about.

    Hannity is a shill. Please don’t assert that I can’t form my own opinion.

    in reply to: Voting Democrat #1643955

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    Ubiquitin – you seem caught up with your hyperliteral interpretation of the words “party platform” in the OP. Everyone else here had enough reading comprehension skills to realize that the OP didn’t literally refer to the Democratic party’s published platform on their website. The PR material they publish is completely separate to their actual agenda and the de facto policies they pursue through political action. I guess simply writing that they are for Israel or for middle class is enough to convince voters like you, and that is why they do it. No offense.


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    Honestly, let’s stop pretending that anyone but those with a personal connection care when a retired politician dies. Why does everything need to be blown up into being such a big deal?

    in reply to: Why Are Torah Observant Jews Overwhelmingly Republican/Conservative? #1634464

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    CTLawyer –
    My mistake for mixing up the seifa d’seifa with the seifa d’reisha. What I meant to type was: ‘You lost me at, “victim of a husband who committed adultery.”‘ The point of my statement (which you didn’t address) is sustained.

    Here’s a life tip for you: I know certain arguments fly in the courtroom like claiming evidence obtained illegally is inadmissible, or minor misquotes can invalidate the content of an argument. But when you’re debating outside the courtroom with rational people, harping on technicalities is not going to convince anyone that your point of view is valid and will only make you appear dishonest. In the CR, you’re talking to a jury not to a judge.

    Good luck with your court case.

    in reply to: Why Are Torah Observant Jews Overwhelmingly Republican/Conservative? #1631190

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    CTLawyer
    You lost me at “victim of serial adulterer.” By all accounts (except her own) she was an enabler and complicit in these acts you claim to despise, and even worse acts that the MSM isn’t reporting on. Only insidious Democrat operatives have the audacity to still defend that machsheifa.

    Orthodox Jews lean right because the left is consistently wrong on every single issue. Unlike most other groups we vote based on Torah values, not based on greed, lust or populism. Not to say the Republicans fully represent Torah values, but they are by far more in line with them than the anti-Semitic, socialist party of Toeva and government handouts.

    in reply to: Agudah Says to Vote, But Doesn’t Remind Us Who #1618328

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    Regardless of your personal considerations regarding your taxes, your concern for your fellow brothers and sisters living in Eretz Yisrael should be the issue that drives you to vote. You, as a Jew living in the most powerful country in the world, and being endowed with the opportunity and responsibility to vote, which we all so shortsightedly take for granted, have the added responsibility of kol Yisrael areivim ze lazeh. It is crystal clear which party supports the Jews in EY and which party supports the Yishmaelim that are biting at the bit to slaughter Jews.

    When you go to shamayim and they ask you why you voted for rulers that detest God and support immorality and Anti-Semitic terrorist nations, I hope “Trump’s tax cuts made my taxes go up” isn’t your choice response.

    in reply to: Which is Worse Publically Converting or Publically OTD? #1606477

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    Otd cases are nebech. Converting cases are also nebech, but the nebechkiet is overpowered by the stupidkiet.

    in reply to: Cracking knuckles during davening – The New Mishugas!! #1592578

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    Avi K,
    My point is not that the knuckle cracker is patur. He isn’t. My point is that it’s a nisayon from Hashem. And just like most other nisyonot, passing rarely consists of getting the whole world to accommodate you, but rather to do your best in an imperfect world.

    in reply to: Cracking knuckles during davening – The New Mishugas!! #1592513

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    Do you think Hashem accepts your tefilla less because someone sneezes and interrupts your concentration? Who do you think put that sneezer or knuckle cracker into your life? Maybe Hashem would rather see you a little distracted but more accepting and tolerant of other Jews, rather than a little distracted and angry and spiteful at them?

    There’s a story about a particular gadol who had a talmid that wanted to get the gadol to daven for a choleh. So one day the talmid wrote the Hebrew name of the choleh in the margin of the gadol’s siddur by refainu. When the talmid realized how disrespectful this was he went to the gadol and profusely apologized for writing in his siddur. The gadol had no idea what he was talking about. He said, ‘when I daven from my siddur, I am looking at the words of the tefilla, not at the margin.’ He didn’t even see the writing.

    The idea is that if we have real focus in our tefilla, it isn’t broken by mundane things in our surroundings. If we’re distracted, it’s because of our own shortcomings, not because of sneezes, knuckles cracking or floorboards creaking.

    in reply to: Tahara at Risk in Lakewood City of Torah #1577042

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    “dont let your kids live in a place like this.”
    Any parents that feel they are entitled to “let” or “not let” their adult married children live somewhere based on the parents’ opinions of a community have some serious boundary-overstepping issues they need to work out.


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    Beisyosef – Isn’t the Ramban simply giving the taam for the issur klayim? If so, genetic modifications would be assur in the “spirit of the law” but not in the “letter of the law.” And once it’s only the spirit of the law it becomes easier to come up with svaras over why making a treif animal kosher is different, in spirit, than doing klayim.

    in reply to: Shuls in Boca Raton or Hollywood, FL #1574621

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    Avram in MD, Still trying to figure that one out.

    in reply to: Shuls in Boca Raton or Hollywood, FL #1574193

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    Thanks everyone who contributed information. GoDaven lists nusach, not hashkafa.

    in reply to: Suicide #1571841

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    WolfishMusings! I grew up on your posts! Great that you’re still here.
    Wouldn’t “long drop” hangings allow for regret during the drop?

    in reply to: Why dont dems adress economy? #1571840

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    The dems do address the economy. They already explained they will offer “free” college tuition for everyone including illegals, subsidise housing, food, and contraceptives, and offer “free” healthcare as a basic right. They’re even discussing offering “basic income” to everyone for “free”. The left wing Vox News, I heard, quoted a new study that these programs would require taxation and government spending at above 60% of GDP, and would add over $100 trillion of debt to the US Economy over the next couple decades…. or was it $200 trillion? I guess at that point, it won’t really matter… They’re basically intending to tax everyone at 50-70% and redistribute that money as they see fit.

    in reply to: Where are all our cool robots? #1569386

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    There are a lot more high paying jobs in robotics though. The biggest impediment to mobile robots is the relatively small energy density of batteries.

    in reply to: Pence/Haley for 2024? Or Ryan/Gowdy? #1569091

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    Trump/Kanye would be hysterical.

    in reply to: Pence/Haley for 2024? Or Ryan/Gowdy? #1569090

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    Shapiro/Gowdy
    Bring on the snowflake tears.

    in reply to: If you vote Democrat you should just move to Mexico #1569089

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    AZ, you can keep labeling my facts “straw men” if it helps you sleep at night, but that won’t change them. You can’t take the religious values a very devout Xtian man like Pence shares in an address to a solely Xtian group in an effort to relate to those voters on their religious similarity, and conflate that with an election platform. It’s like saying Schumer’s speech to AIPAC in which he says the Torah says Jews own the land of Israel means that he wants to enact Jewish Torah law as the law of the land in the USA – that’s completely absurd and we both know it’s not true and that he’s just pandering to his base, as all politicians are wont to do.

    The fact of the matter is that a VP doesn’t dictate policy or legislate, so your point is completely irrelevant. If you want to get into absurd things politicians say in speeches, I suggest you listen to Hillary’s campaign speeches in which she asserted at the 2015 Women of the World summit that, (and I quote) “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” So I ask you, does she deny the freedom of religion protections in the Constitution? I assume not. I assume it’s reckless pandering to her base. Nonetheless, Democrat policies are backward and stupid with destructive ends, and I would never vote for one. Anyone who lists gov’t subsidized contraceptives as a primary reason to vote for the left needs to reassess their priorities.

    in reply to: If you vote Democrat you should just move to Mexico #1568870

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    AZ, you’ll have to be more specific on exactly what views you’re referring to. Also, it appears you are not distinguishing between the personal/religious views held by a religiously devout politician as he shares those views with people of his faith in order to identify with them to garner support, and views that the politician runs on as policy. Regardless, mandating that employer insurance must cover $5 contraceptives is not such a major policy issue that it justifies voting for all the radically terrible ideas that the increasingly left-leaning Democrats are pushing, for most people. And besides, the Executive branch’s responsibilities do not include legislation, despite Mr. Obama’s corruption of checks and balances that got us to where we are today.

    in reply to: If you vote Democrat you should just move to Mexico #1568819

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    Ubiquitin – I know you can’t do get prices like that. Part of the reason is because every situation varies so much that’s it’s not possible to quote. However, if there’s any added laws I would support it would be pro-free market laws, such as ones which would force health providers to list their charged fees.

    I do agree the military is best run by government. Defending the people and their rights is the number one duty of the government. Public utilities – I would say that’s better handled by municipal and state governments. I don’t need my federal tax dollars going to pay for filling potholes in Albuquerque, and I don’t believe in heavy federal subsidies.

    in reply to: If you vote Democrat you should just move to Mexico #1568753

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    Jackk, I also called that a troll, above.

    Ubiquitin,
    Regulations started before Obama. The healthcare system was broken way before Obama thanks to intrusive government. I don’t think the answer to Hospital A charging $60 for aspirins is to add more regulation, which helped caused the lunacy to begin with. The answer is Hospital B down the street from Hospital A that charges $5 for an aspirin, thereby soaking up all the business from Hospital A and causing it to lower its fees. As a general rule, everything the government touches goes to gehenom. Get the government out of healthcare. I also don’t think all employers should have an obligation to provide health insurance – that’s not fair to employers that can’t afford it, and it stifles the economy and growth of small-to-medium sized business that operate in a start-up environment and try to compete with big corporate behemoths.

    in reply to: If you vote Democrat you should just move to Mexico #1568641

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    Ubiquitin- When I referenced high costs for routine procedures, I meant things like charging $60 for an aspirin, or $500 for a 10 minute checkup & diagnosis. Maybe “routine” wasn’t the right word to use.

    With regards to pre-existing conditions being covered. As an example, if costs were lowered from the level of insanity that they’re at now, insurance companies might be able to hedge their risk of a small number of people with pre-existing conditions in a large group policy. Say a company with 500 employees has 45 employees with pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies are more likely to calculate that it’s worth the added revenue of 500 monthly premiums to take on the added treatment costs of 45 patients, once the treatment costs go down dramatically. I’m not an actuary so I can’t speak to that with certainty.

    dbrim- Thanks! 😀

    in reply to: Thread for smart expert people #1568646

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    Since we have all these great minds together, I’ve been trying to come up with a way to make anti-gravity. Or a space-time fabric stretcher. Same thing. How do we stretch the fabric of space-time? Antimatter? Dark matter? Superconductors?

    in reply to: Hi. Everyone. Do you guys remember me? #1568630

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    I was wrong. I was not in 12th grade.

    in reply to: I want to eat cholov stam #1568625

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    I’m bringing this throwback thread back in response to ‘i run with scissors’s post on “do you guys remember me” . it’s one of my earlier posts. I stand corrected. I’ve not been posting since 12th grade, but it appears I used to be really funny!!
    So many ancient user names here!

    in reply to: Hi. Everyone. Do you guys remember me? #1568588

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    Joseph, I’ve been posting since 12th grade, but that was definitely more than 6 years ago. Unless my memory is just failing me in my old age.

    in reply to: Hi. Everyone. Do you guys remember me? #1568407

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    The legendary Popa bar abba!!! I remember most of you from when I was a teen. I didn’t post as often as most of you, but i do remember so many names here. Syag, shopping613, oom, joseph, takahmamash, rebbyid23, DY,golfer, mdg, running with scissors, toi, mammele, Y2mod29, and my favorite childhood superhero, Poppa bar abba… what happened Sam? He knew everything.

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