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September 15, 2018 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm in reply to: Obesity and Politics #1591438
Correlation does not equal causation. I think there is no shaychis.September 13, 2018 6:48 pm at 6:48 pm in reply to: Driving German cars by ” heimish” people. #1590867
To summarize: Everyone will take motrin, use anything containing Krupp steel, Ride Thyssen-Krupp elevators, use Thyssen-Krupp buildings, use IBM computing products, drive Audis and Volkswagens (or cars bichlal, invented by Karl Benz & Gottleib Daimler) , wear Adidas, use airbags, fly on planes powered by jet engines, listen to MP3 songs, use anti-lock brakes, or use any of the other $1.445 trillion worth of goods Germany ships out every year, but when it comes to cars which you think are improper anyway, suddenly we hear all the “oy vey Mercedes is a Nazi car”September 13, 2018 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm in reply to: Driving German cars by ” heimish” people. #1590675
Those companies are not the same BMW and Mercedes that they were during the war. Both were sold to different owners and no one who works there now worked there then. Besides, a vast majority of the cars are made here or in Mexico. Many of the things you use that have moving parts were engineered in Germany or use Krupp steel, but you don’t have a problem with those? I assume, for example, that you don’t take the stairs in every building with a Thyssen-Krupp elevator. I also assume you take aspirin, invented by Bayer.August 28, 2018 8:19 pm at 8:19 pm in reply to: Hitch Hikers In Lakewood Ticketed By Police Story #1582441
I don’t get this whole controversy. They did something wrong, they got punished. You can do chessed in ways that are safe and legal. You can also hitch or give rides if you think that is a good idea, and then pay the fines. To say “they shouldn’t get tickets because its chessed” is ridiculous. We live in America, where they do not use the Torah (exclusively) for the laws. And yes, standing in all black clothing (or any clothing really) in the road, sticking your arm into oncoming traffic, stopping in middle of the road, and accepting rides with strangers are all inherently dangerous.August 7, 2018 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm in reply to: Alex Jones Banned From Social Media #1570596
@DaasYochid To that I say the same thing. I think they are despicable, but we shouldn’t ban people for saying things we don’t like, even really disgusting, horrible things we don’t like. That being said, all private companies can ban whoever they want, and I recognize that. I am just saying they shouldn’t ACTUALLY do it, not that they shouldn’t be ALLOWED. I think people should only be banned if they are encouraging violence.August 7, 2018 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm in reply to: Alex Jones Banned From Social Media #1570581
He himself is clearly a meshugganeh and a piece of lying garbage. However, the second these tech companies start banning people for political viewpoints, everyone is in trouble.July 30, 2018 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm in reply to: Poor People Don’t Get to Have a Rav in the Summer #1567224
I don’t know what Flatbush rabbanim do, but even if they do all go to the country:
1. How poor are these poor people that they can’t even afford a phone?
2. Why should a rov not be allowed to take a vacation? They have very stressful jobs, and a time when 75% of the shul is gone is a great time to take a much-needed break.July 24, 2018 12:27 am at 12:27 am in reply to: Can One Ride in a Self-Driving Car on Shabbos #1563482
No. It will have to account for your weight, you will need to buckle which will enable airbags and disable seatbelt warning systems, and there are many other things involving melacha.July 19, 2018 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm in reply to: Cellphone Jammers in Shuls #1562172
iPhones have a mode called “do not disturb” where that can be done.July 19, 2018 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm in reply to: Cellphone Jammers in Shuls #1562116
So aside from being illegal, at least in the US, a hatzalah phone does not account for:
Hatzalah (let’s be honest, after 3 months the phone breaks and no one is ever gonna fix it)
People with family issues (I guess people whose wives are expecting or those with sick family just shouldn’t daven for a while?)
People who need to be contacted for other reasons (shomrim, hatzalah, during the summer chaveirim if a baby is stuck in a car)
or anyone else who might for some reason need their phone.
Instead of blocking and banning, maybe we should just teach people self-control and politely ask them to follow the rules. I personally would worry about those who talk and disturb others before those who are just disrespectful themselves on their phones anyway.July 16, 2018 8:12 pm at 8:12 pm in reply to: Two Children Caught With Radios In Catskills Interfering With Hatzolah Life Savi #1559286
I was thinking the same thing. These kids obviously need to have the radios taken away from them, and then legal action taken against the parents if they continue to enable this life-threatening behavior. HOWEVER, Hatzalah, by taking the radios themselves (if they actually did) is opening themselves up to lawsuits and possible criminal charges for theft etc. Regardless of how right you are, you can’t just go around doing whatever you feel like.July 11, 2018 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm in reply to: Hi. Everyone. Do you guys remember me? #1556301
Sure I remember you! Don’t remember if I had an account when you left, so you might not know me, but I know you.July 8, 2018 11:14 am at 11:14 am in reply to: Anyone have any ideas for how to get the Thai boys out of the cave?!?! #1553931
6 out nowJuly 6, 2018 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm in reply to: Anyone have any ideas for how to get the Thai boys out of the cave?!?! #1553638
One of their SEALs just died, so I don’t know how swimming out would work in the state the kids are in. Pipes would take too long, by the time they are assembled the monsoon season will be over. Im sure if there is a way, Elon Musk, The Navy SEALs, and the Israelis will figure it out.June 30, 2018 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm in reply to: Why does the Yeshiva World constantly post anti Trump articles #1549620
They post some pro and some anti. This is good, because we get opinions on both sides.June 20, 2018 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm in reply to: Tearing Families Apart #1544152
The whole thing is sad and ridiculous.
1. It is a law that they HAVE to be separated, since the 90s. Why?
2. If the family comes to a border checkpoint and claims asylum, they stay together. If they try to break in and get caught, they claim asylum and are then separated. While we shouldn’t be doing it, it is also their fault.
3. Most of the lone children here were sent alone by their parents or are human trafficking victims (10,000 out of 12,000 according to Homeland Security Sec Nielsen)
Schumer said the Dems will reject a bill to fix this “to keep the focus on Trump”. THEY ARE HURTING KIDS TO MAKE TRUMP LOOK BAD!!!June 18, 2018 11:12 am at 11:12 am in reply to: Which past president would you want now? #1541513
Washington, to bring the government down to a functional level, simplify foreign policy, and teach people to be polite. He would also hopefully bring back a feeling of national pride and cause everyone to go back to supporting the ultimate goal of freedom instead of their side of the aisle winning.June 7, 2018 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm in reply to: are you worried about current events? #1535515
Akuperma- The Poles were well armed? With the lances they used to charge tanks?
Midwest2- I won’t make a comment about how unlikely it is that a few people with rifles can defeat the US Military. However, I will note that the US Military is outnumbered almost 80-1 by gun owners. Also, it has been proven that a few armed people can stop riots, for example the Korean shop owners in the LA riots.
Obviously, Hashem controls the world and everything that happens. We have a responsibility to keep ourselves safe, and guns are a valuable tool to do that. Not to mention they can help in situations like those recently in Crown Heights.June 7, 2018 11:02 am at 11:02 am in reply to: are you worried about current events? #1535256
1: No. There are always crazy things happening. The world is a scary place. Just daven, and realize that most scary things don’t come to pass. IE ISIS is gone, Saddam Hussein never carried out a chemical attack on Israel, more things don’t happen than things that do.
2: The Torah encourages, even requires us to defend ourselves. If we can save our lives or those of a fellow yid, then carrying a gun is worth it. Many yidden in EY and America (outside of NY/NJ) carry guns to defend themselves and others.June 4, 2018 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm in reply to: List of things that should be made illegal #1532774
unnecessary laws based on things that just annoy peopleMay 23, 2018 12:33 am at 12:33 am in reply to: Laurel or Yanny? #1524074
I heard both, depending on where it is being played and on what devices. It has to do with the pitches that a person can hear.May 23, 2018 12:33 am at 12:33 am in reply to: Why do people think they could “trust themselves” with smartphones? #1524073
Smartphones are absolutely not bvadai assur, as proven by the many gedolim who have them. I would be careful because you seem to be accusing probably half or at least a third of frum yidden nowadays including a lot of choshve rabonim. How do you know that people can’t control themselves? Are you checking everyone’s phones? Besides, many if not most of the same rabonim who say no one should have smartphones say the same about the internet, yet here you are…May 15, 2018 9:51 am at 9:51 am in reply to: Would you let your children listen to non-jewish music? #1520807
To everyone saying that non Jewish music has a deeper effect on the neshama: That may be true, but many chassidish tunes and at least half of Jewish songs today are direct copies of non jewish songs. So the question is, do you just not listen to any music at all, since it is unlikely that you know which songs are goyish and which are not, or do you accept that some songs, even if they are written by non Jews, are ok?May 11, 2018 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm in reply to: your opinion please #1519372
A speechwriter seems like overkill. It’s not Harvard, it’s a frum seminary. Just write about how they are amazing, she had fun and learned a lot and a small dvar torah.May 9, 2018 9:55 am at 9:55 am in reply to: Anyone have an opinion on buying marijuana stocks 🌱?!?! #1518075
Probably a good long-term stock. As it gets more widely legalized, commercial growers and processors have the potential to become drug company sized corporations.May 8, 2018 9:40 am at 9:40 am in reply to: The guy who insulted the chasidish boy should go to jail for child abuse!!! #1517626
I think jail is overkill. Was this terrible? yes. Is this person a pile of garbage for making a kid cry? yes. But it isn’t child abuse, and being a bad person doesn’t mean you need jail time. I think a sincere apology and some sensitivity training or something like that would be a lot more productive.April 27, 2018 1:27 pm at 1:27 pm in reply to: NYC Racism #1512697
@health Ok, I misunderstood. I thought your comment was saying the commissioner of the Tenafly PD was resigning. I also agree the law is ridiculous.April 27, 2018 10:31 am at 10:31 am in reply to: NYC Racism #1512615
@health- The person who resigned was a Port Authority commish, who was trying to use her position to get her daughter out of a ticket, was being nasty to the cops, and was interfering with the stop and subsequent towing of the car. While I agree that registration is dumb (It’s mine, I shouldn’t have to rent it from the government) if you don’t follow the law, there are consequences. If you haven’t watched the video, I recommend you do- but not with kids around.April 19, 2018 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm in reply to: Yeshiva of waterbury #1509097
It really depends on the kid. A lot of people suggest Waterbury to people it is not a good fit for, so do research before you decide to send someone there.April 8, 2018 10:17 am at 10:17 am in reply to: Left-Wing Extremist Shooting Up YouTube Headquarters #1503434
@gadolhadorah They actually do not occur more frequently here than other countries. According to the crime prevention research center (as of 2015), the US is 11th in mass shooting deaths per 1,000,000 and 12th in frequency compared to Europe.March 26, 2018 6:54 pm at 6:54 pm in reply to: What Happened With Ezras Nashim In Boro Park On Monday Night? #1498926
Health- I’m not anyone. This is my only screen name, which I think the mods can verify. I really want to know, what’s your issue with hatzalah?March 26, 2018 11:54 am at 11:54 am in reply to: What Happened With Ezras Nashim In Boro Park On Monday Night? #1498323
Health, what exactly is your gripe with hatzala? I don’t really care if you dislike them, I’m just wondering why.March 20, 2018 11:48 am at 11:48 am in reply to: People with felony records voting: Ken ou Lo? #1495083
Case by case basis. They are still subject to laws and taxes, so I think it is unfair to flatly deny them voting rights to control their own futures and money. However, some are not stable enough to make decisions on voting. If a guy got felony assault because someone punched him and he hit back, he is probably responsible enough to vote, because it was just a mistake he made. If someone was convicted of a felony because they stalked someone for a year and tried to kill them, that is not a person we can trust to make good decisions about our leadership.March 19, 2018 10:32 am at 10:32 am in reply to: So many feelings toys r us is going out of business!!!!😢 #1493803
It’s a little sad because it was such a fun place, but lemaisa not surprising. They were always crazy expensive, and they didn’t change anything along with society, so the fact that everything is cheaper online combined with a new generation of kids that plays more with electronics than toys bankrupted them. Also, they were big donors to planned parenthood, and killing millions of your customers a year is never good for business.March 14, 2018 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm in reply to: MAILBAG: Reader Upset With YWN Story About Hillary Clinton Falling #1489303
This is significant because during the campaign, people claimed anyone who thought that Hillary might have health issues was a conspiracy theorist. This story gives more credence to the theory that she has health issues. Also, this is not some person sneaking around taking secret videos of her. She was on a publicity tour where she was bashing Trump, everyone who voted for him, and talking about how all women that voted for her were forced to. If you want to keep putting yourself in the media by talking about how everyone who doesn’t love you is a monster, then there will be people around to report when things happen to you.March 12, 2018 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm in reply to: Have We Made Peseach Too Easy? #1487456
I fail to see why convenience is a problem. How does undergoing weeks of unnecessary agmas nefesh make me a better yid? If I can come into pesach happy and well rested, instead of overworked and miserable, isn’t that better?March 7, 2018 9:13 pm at 9:13 pm in reply to: Becoming More Wealthy, Becoming Less Frum #1484515
IDK, most rich people I know stayed on their level. A few became more frum. I think money just magnifies things. If you are improving in life, you will use the money to give more tzedaka and maybe work less so you can learn more. If you are on a downward slope, your money will give you acceptance with the crowd of more modern affluent people.March 7, 2018 2:12 pm at 2:12 pm in reply to: LEAVE TRUMP! #1483501
Yes. I and a lot of people I know who supported Trump are done with him, having left his group of supporters at various times in reaction to various dumb comments. Trump has some great policies, but he needs to learn to be quiet and stop spewing this garbage.March 2, 2018 12:55 am at 12:55 am in reply to: Common Sense Gun Policies #1479776
@midwest2 my posts tend to be long because I am explaining things which are complicated. For example, if you say “ban assault weapons”, I have to explain why that is a bad idea, why the assault weapons don’t exist, and the statistics behind what you call assault weapons. Complicated explanations just take longer.March 1, 2018 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm in reply to: Common Sense Gun Policies #1479713
“Responsible gun owners shouldn’t be in a position where they can be blamed for the crimes of a very few individuals.” SO STOP BLAMING THEM FOR THE CRIMES OF OTHERS! The only thing that puts them in such a position is people blaming them. Car owners aren’t blamed for drunk driving deaths, even though they own cars. It is the same thing.
“1. No more sales of assault-style weapons.
2. No more sales of high-capacity magazines
3. No gun sales to anyone under 21”
1. The entire concept of “assault weapons” is emotionally driven garbage to convince people who know very little about guns that they are somehow more dangerous. The guns that are called “assault weapons” are just scarier-looking rifles. They function the same, and are necessary for the same reasons that regular rifles are necessary, in addition to the fact that they are light so old or disabled people can use them, they shoot a small round which is good for target shooting or hunting pests like raccoons and coyotes, they are easily converted for use by people who are left-handed, and they are easily customizable to fit many different uses.
2. Magazine capacity bans have not been linked to any sort of decrease in deaths or shootings. With a few minutes of practice, someone can reload fast enough that magazine capacity makes little difference.
3. So people who are 18 are responsible enough to vote for the leader of our country, drive cars which cause tens of thousands of deaths a year (compared to roughly 300 by all types of rifles in 2016), and join the military and command a tank or a fly a fighter jet, but they can’t handle owning a rifle? Does that make sense to you?
Furthermore, why are we listening to a sporting goods store about how to formulate public policy? Have they conducted extensive research about how to stop shootings, or is this more than likely a PR move? They specifically said that a major motivation for them was that the shooter could have used a gun bought in their stores. Why is that significant? What difference would it make where he got the gun? The answer is that wherever he got the gun gets a ton of negative press, so they decided to make these rules and push for gun control for the PR.February 21, 2018 9:26 am at 9:26 am in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1473504
you will be happy to know that automatic assault rifles have been almost impossible to obtain since the 1930s, and none have been used in the recent mass shootings!February 19, 2018 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1472433
What I meant was personal weapons, which the founding fathers could not possibly anticipate. They made room for future developments.February 19, 2018 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1472304
Bearing a cannon could mean using it, not literally carrying it.February 19, 2018 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm in reply to: Petition to give JROTC Cadet murdered in Florida school shoot a military funeral #1471933
Well, since the link was removed, you can easily find the petition at the “we the people” white house petition websiteFebruary 19, 2018 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471896
If I had to guess, I would say to include canons and whatever weapons might develop in the future.February 19, 2018 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471816
The founding fathers owned advanced (for their time) weapons themselves, and wrote about the importance of everyone owning arms. They had rifles (the girandoni air rifle) that had magazines, were accurate for decent distances, and were semi-automatic.February 19, 2018 9:25 am at 9:25 am in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471653
The gun rights crowd is composed of very nice people, and statistically the least likely to commit a violent crime. However, if the government tries to violate our rights, we will fight back, just like we would if they tried to eliminate freedom of speech or religion. I do vote for the politicians who support the policies I do- pro gun Republicans (who usually receive funding from the NRA because they are pro-gun).February 19, 2018 9:25 am at 9:25 am in reply to: If you had one era to go back in time… where would it be? #1471654
A Jewish event- Either Har Sinai or the First Beis Hamikdash. Both had lots of nissim and were times of closeness to Hashem. A world history event- watching the D-day landings would be pretty insane. The largest armada ever assembled, all moving to free occupied Europe- it would be cool to see.February 18, 2018 9:44 am at 9:44 am in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471121
I advocate for gun rights specifically because I am intellectually honest. Instead of formulating policy based on ” I know about this particular gun being used in some mass shootings” I look at the statistics (less than 1% of all murders annually are with rifles. Of that, an even smaller number uses AR15s), The effectiveness of any proposed legislation (Best case-no one listens, worst case-civil war), and if there are any solutions that would work (banning an AR is meaningless, all semi-auto guns function the same. Banning all semi-auto guns is almost impossible, would almost certainly cause a revolution, and would kill more than it saves because people would be unable to defend themselves.) I believe there are many other things that cause mass shootings, and solving those would be a lot more productive and possible. I also think that trying to attack someone instead of just thinking that maybe other people have different ideas on how to solve a problem prevents honest conversation, and calling me intellectually dishonest or implying I don’t care about dead kids doesn’t help. I do not think that the violence in America is tied to the “gun culture”, because according to studies by John Lott, in places like Texas and Florida, concealed carry permit holders are convicted of crimes at 1/6th the rate of cops. Additionally, pretty much everyone I have ever met in the “gun culture” has been nothing but kind. In another study, Lott found that concealed carry permit holders commit the fewest crimes of any demographic. So I don’t think it would be “intellectually dishonest” for me to say that “gun culture” is not the problem.
@jj2020 I did not say that it’s impossible to know if the AR 15 is needed for self-defense. You asked about a very specific thing, if there is any way to know if people who used an AR would not be able to defend themselves with something else. There is no way to know that, because it is not a statistic that anyone tracks. That doesn’t change the fact that the AR is a valuable defensive tool, it just means I can not definitively say that it is the only possible defensive tool. We should deal with mass killings, but not by banning ARs because the number of murders using them is minuscule compared to the number of reasonable uses, just like a hammer, a saw, or a kitchen knife, which are used for more murders than AR 15s but are not banned because they are mainly used legitimately.February 17, 2018 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471011
@daasyochid You said we should ban assault rifles because they assault people. I simply pointed out that almost anything can be used to assault people. As far as implying that I want to see children killed, that is a disgusting thing to say and you should be ashamed of yourself. I and every other gun owner in this country care about kids, and we protect gun rights specifically because we want to protect our own kids. We think there are other ways to stop mass shootings like maybe the FBI can start listening when people call them and say “this guy is nuts and is going to murder people”. Many if not most mass shooters in the recent past (the San Bernardino shooter, the Newtown shooter, this Florida lowlife) have been interviewed by the FBI or the subject of different tips. Saying that anyone who does not agree with your specific ideas of how to solve things wants to see dead kids is false, slanderous, and an underhanded tactic to dehumanize the other side instead of making legitimate points or having a productive, intellectually honest conversation.