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  • in reply to: Elon Musk Buying Twitter #2080076
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    There are sensible FCC-regulated limits on cross-ownership by a single entity of a newspaper and television or radio broadcast station operating in the same local market. Social media companies that have overwhelming national coverage like Twitter and Facebook/Instagram should be subjected to similar regulation, unless their lobbyists/PACs are more powerful than the old media ever were, or they get displaced by the next new toy first.

    I’d like to think Musk will mitigate pressure for regulation by having a truly non-partisan approach to governance. Kind of like the moderation we have here (cough, cough) ha ha.

    in reply to: Election 2024 #2078587
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    AAQ, You’re right about Romney being owed an apology about Russia, but you’re missing the point. Romney is just one example with appeal for moderates who feel both the Republican and Democratic parties has been hijacked by extremists. But the media prefers Trump as the de facto Republican leader because his antics and those of his extremist followers attract more clicks, and he makes a moderate Democratic nominee more electable.

    in reply to: Election 2024 #2078333
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    The problem is that Trump stories, good or bad, are the only stories about Republicans covered by the mainstream media. You might see Romney, Kasich, or Haley as more reasonable candidates, but they can’t get any traction. The media WANT to focus on the Republicans who are loose cannons, to make whatever boring candidate the Dems run seem more attractive. That strategy worked with Sleepy Joe Biden, and only backfired with Hillary because she was disliked even more than Trump.

    in reply to: Will you eat Quinoa on Peisach? #2075758
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    While we enjoy quinoa in my home, and we don’t hold that it is kitniyos, we won’t go out of our way to have it on Pesach. We eat gebrokts and there’s already enough vegetables and protein to eat.

    If I am a guest in someone’s kosher home, I would have no problem eating quinoa on Pesach. I would draw the line at quinioa “bread”.

    in reply to: Generic vs Brand Name #2062119
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    It depends. FWIW I consult in the pharmaceutical industry. With the name brands you can assume they maintain strong controls on quality. But lots of companies can make generics. There are well respected generics manufacturers like Teva, and many more smaller players. Probably best to steer clear of manufacturers that don’t have much to lose in a lawsuit.

    in reply to: Quick & healthy Friday lunch #2059528
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    Has the dairy lobby taken over? Cheese is not that healthy, but OK every once in a while.

    For sandwiches go with turkey, chicken breast or tuna on whole wheat or thinly sliced rye. Add lettuce, tomato and a light smear of mustard, horseradish or salad dressing depending on what your kids will eat.

    Adjust portion size based on the kids’ physical activity.

    Yes on the veggies. Baby carrots and celery sticks are easy.

    For fun add a handful or two of honey nut cheerios (still pareve the last time I looked)

    in reply to: WWYD: Stolen Hagbaha #2058410
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    You shall not covet your neighbor’s house… nor anything that is your neighbor’s. This principle undoubtedly extends to honors. Making a big stink would be more shameful than the intentional stealing of an “honor”. Hashem will value your respective contributions accurately. However if the thief is a repeat offender I would offer him a strong mussar schmooze. And if that were the case I would hope the Gabbai counsels the offender accordingly before offering him another honor.

    in reply to: “cholent” vs. “chulent” #2057120
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    I was driving on the Long Island Expressway sometime in the last year and passed a car with the license plate “CHOLENT”. This made me both hungry and quite envious. I have since done teshuva by giving tzedakah to the Clean Air Fund.

    This thread gives me comfort that I could apply for a vanity plate with one of the alternate spellings.

    in reply to: Free Covid tests now available #2052926
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    AAQ, your approach regarding who should test, and when, makes sense. But it also highlights a problem with the distribution model. Someone like myself who has limited exposure to people can get by with a few tests per month. This past month I tested three times, twice before visiting with family (everyone tested), and once more when I was feeling Flu-ish. B”H I was negative and am feeling OK now.

    But what about people who engage frequently with people who also encounter many others on a daily basis? They should be testing at least once a week. What good is the government sending only 4 tests? It would make more sense for the government to subsidize the tests so they cost the price of a subway ride. Buy as many as you’ll use. And the Feds should reward people for logging the results. How about $1 per result that could go to Tzedakah?

    in reply to: Danger of Deer In Monsey – Traffic Accidents #2050976
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    Since the state won’t trust humans to cull the deer population, they can reintroduce natural predators – coyotes. Problem solved.

    And unlike deer, coyote can be hunted legally throughout the winter in NY, once the deer population is under control.

    in reply to: Short Skirts #2047816
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    Someone should develop an app that works like the traffic alerts on navigation apps. Users could report tzinius violations while driving, which would then become a warning to fellow travelers driving through the same location.

    in reply to: Airline CEOs got it right #2043538
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    Getting back to the original post, I don’t believe the airline CEO’s factor the passengers’ health interests into their opinion about the mask mandate. Of course they would prefer not to be responsible for enforcing mask wearing. As someone else here said, you could get sick by sitting next to a sneezing passenger before the pandemic. HEPA filters didn’t change it then and still won’t change it. For now, I will wear a mask because it makes me feel safer, regardless of my vaccination status. I don’t give a rat’s tuchus about what other people do.

    If I were an airline CEO I would continuously poll the public over whether they would/would not fly based on a mask requirement. As the flying public’s opinion changes I would rerun the numbers and change my position about masking based on achievable revenue.

    in reply to: The Bochur found out he is not Jewush… #2041294
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    If he had a legit conversion and he’s a mensch, he should have no problem. Since he was raised yeshivish, It does raise the question of why his mother never converted.

    in reply to: where to you live #2041288
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    The city I live in? Here in Yehupitzville I have to snag three bears, five bucks and a turkey to make a minyan. But I’m close to Bloomingburg.

    in reply to: bums? or finding their own path? #2017889
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    I can share from personal experience that “being looked down on” can foster resentment and push a yid further from yiddishkeit. When I was young I had a rebbe who looked down on me at a time that my emunah was shaky. While I may have deserved some of the verbal putdowns and dirty looks at the time, my attempts to be closer to Torah were met with contempt, not positive reinforcement. Needless to say my path back to Hashem took an even longer detour.

    in reply to: Are movies ok? #2015224
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    Reb E., your interpretations of Fiddler on the Roof are inspiring! But I suspect your wise lessons were not intended by the producers.

    If we are going to tolerate some Pritzus to get a worthy lesson in Yiddishkeit, I would prioritize the Frisco Kid, where the hero gets back on derech, and The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob over Fiddler. Okay, maybe not Rabbi Jacob, ha ha.

    in reply to: Are movies ok? #2015139
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    The MPAA ratings are not helpful. Fiddler on the Roof has a “G” rating.

    The Frisco Kid was rated “PG”. Oy Gevalt!

    in reply to: Are movies ok? #2015112
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    The notion of using software to censor pritzus in movies is hilarious. It’s like trying to find loopholes that would allow the movies to be considered kosher. If the director/screenwriter felt that pritzus, or simply shtus, was integral to their story, then the whole film is shtus, isn’t it?

    I would support an effort to provide hechshers for truly wholesome and heimeshe films, assuming we can allow ourselves a little entertainment. It would be more kosher than watching sports where you can’t avoid the pritzus.

    in reply to: YWN COFFEE ROOM AGES #2012157
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    Hmmm. I think I saw my last “Olomeinu” 25 years before I had an internet account.

    So what happened to “Mendel the Mouse”? Did Disney’s lawyers make him cease and desist?

    in reply to: Bagels in Middletown NY? #2009885
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    If one of the gas stations at Exit 130 has a hechsher, it wasn’t obvious from driving by. I wasn’t inclined to stop in every one.

    I did get some nice fresh bagels at the Star Market in Bloomingburg. It wasn’t a full bagel shop experience as they only had plain ones, but they had a nice heimishe taste. I supplemented with O-U Everything bagels and all was good.

    Thanks for your suggestions!

    in reply to: Bagels in Middletown NY? #2008547
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    Nu, so where are there fresh bagels in Bloomingburg?

    While this may be yenavelt, I can get O-U mass produced bagels which are satisfactory. But who knows where and when they were baked.

    in reply to: Car Repair courses needed in Lakewood #2007177
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    Always_Ask_Questions > I do earn enough to pay for the service myself, but you raise a fair point. If someone else was paying for my learning, and the car was essential to my learning schedule, it would be reasonable to ask my sponsor for financial assistance for an emergency repair. But I should have had enough income in the first place to cover routine expenses like fuel and oil changes, and enough basic car knowledge to deal with overheated engines, battery jumps, etc. Also, it would be totally appropriate for my sponsor to question whether I could afford, or needed, a car at all. An unreliable car can be a major distraction.

    in reply to: Car Repair courses needed in Lakewood #2005792
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    CTRebbe, do you actually disagree with me? It sounds like you are speculating about my “mindset”. You didn’t see my advice regarding unscrupulous mechanics? And honest mechanics are entitled to their parnassah just as much as you and me.

    I’d rather see someone spend epes $30-$80 to do an oil change than spend an hour or more on it at home, not to mention properly disposing of the oil. If someone wants to learn how to do these things correctly, with the proper tools and practices, of course they can. I’ve done a lot of these things myself, including batteries, belts, hoses, lights, sound systems, exhausts, valve covers, thermostats and gaskets.

    And what Gadolhatorah said is also absolutely right. Even changing some bulbs used to be easy and now they can be a major balagan. Yeshivish people have better things to do. I’d rather spend my time on my family, Yiddishkeit and my day job.

    in reply to: Car Repair courses needed in Lakewood #2005766
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    Your idea is a good one, since everyone who drives a car should have basic knowledge of what to do in an emergency, like mounting a spare tire, using jumper cables, etc. The owner’s manual for your car should explain these basic tasks you may need to do on the road. If you don’t have an owner’s manual it should be available online. AAA is also a good thing to have but you might have to wait an hour for them to come. Of course you should always have a fully charged cell phone.

    Make the best use of your time and read the owner’s manual to know what preventive maintenance is expected, and leave the non-emergency repairs like oil changes to the professionals. If you are concerned that your lack of auto repair expertise makes you an easy mark for an unscrupulous mechanic, bring someone knowledgeable with you when going to the repair shop.

    in reply to: Four shuls attacked in the Bronx over the weekend #1971514
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    Participant, thank you for calling me out on my post and my apologies to DeBlasio. It’s actually Cuomo and the NY State Legislature I should be blaming for the meshugana bail law. You can find plenty of coverage and references about New York state’s laws against requiring cash bail unless a crime is a violent felony, even if it is an obvious hate crime.

    Given the gravity and the number (42) of charges the court was inclined to set bail.” Burnette’s lawyer, told the judge that “according to the bail law, none of the charges in this case apply” and that “[t]hese are all nonviolent charges.”

    What good is hate crime legislation if the laws cannot be enforced?

    nOmesorah, the press was not all over this story until the crimes were repeated.

    in reply to: Four shuls attacked in the Bronx over the weekend #1971229
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    The Daily News reported Burnette was hit with 42 charges, including burglary as a hate crime and criminal trespass as a hate crime for attacks on four synagogues and a Jewish community center, during which he allegedly smashed windows and doused religious books in hand sanitizer.

    The suspect’s mother, Sharon Burnette, told the Daily News on Monday she’s surprised by the allegations. “My son is a very good boy,” she said. “He always has been. He’s been one of my best children.”

    “I think this is an area that we definitely should look at again because hate crimes are such a profound challenge,” de Blasio said. “But the important thing for us to do right now is to work within the law as intensely and effectively as possible to protect people.”

    I get that NYC prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment. But the fact that this guy could get a lawyer to have a second Judge lift his bail requirement show us that de Blasio’s NY is more interested in protecting criminals. The meshuganah bail law will only encourage more attacks since the risk of any meaningful punishment is minimal.

    in reply to: Thank you! #1969474
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    Find the cholent blog, there should be a link to the kugel blog. While you’re there, bookmark the greps vasser blog, you’ll need it!

    in reply to: Four shuls attacked in the Bronx over the weekend #1968330
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    NY Post: The vandal wanted for smashing windows and doors at Jewish centers in the Bronx over the weekend struck again Monday morning, cops said. Police said the unidentified vandal was the same person who threw rocks at the center and three other religious facilities nearby over the weekend. The center has a “very good security system” and cops were able to obtain and match surveillance video, the NYPD said. “We were able to determine it’s the same guy based on video evidence,” a police spokesman said.

    Makes you wonder what kind of nebech keeps returning to the scene of the crime. Let’s hope they catch this troublemaker and lock him up soon.

    in reply to: why is this happening #1851115
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    Looking for answers for “why this happened” or “who is to blame” is at best an exercise that will lead to unproductive debates. Even if a Gadol asserts that the reason was a particular shortcoming of this generation in Hashem’s eyes, what is more important is how we respond to the situation. Whether it is the mitzvah of V’nishmartem me’od l’nafshoseichem, protecting the safety of others, tzedakah, bikur cholim done remotely, what matters is how we move forward. The world changes, sometimes in abrupt fashion, and we are presented with new ways to perform Kiddushay Hashem. We need to step up. That is all that Hashem, the Nevi’im and Gedolim expect from us.

    in reply to: Yiiddeshe Application for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence #1828584
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    Reb Eliezer, are you saying that If the AI is trained to respond to “It is Cold” by turning on the heat, that this is allowed?

    Could I train my AI Car to respond to “I better hurry or I’ll be late for davening” by rolling up to my doorstep and pop open the car door? Of course it knows where to drop me off, two blocks from my shul, under the overpass where I won’t be seen, because it understands Maras Ayin.

    Alternatively instead of training for these specific spoken observations and responses, the AI could be programmed to simply maximize my comfort, and respond to my whinng using its best judgement.

    We are Zoicheh to live in a time when these questions need to asked.

    in reply to: Yiiddeshe Application for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence #1828431
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    Slippery slope, kollelman. So asking Google Assistant to raise the temperature on Shabbos is Assur, and if it obliges a person who remarks. It’s freezing in here!, Kol Beseder?

    in reply to: Yiiddeshe Application for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence #1827648
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    Shoyn. So how about 10 real daveners with Kavana participating on a videoconference? All can be heard, and all can see the chazan.

    in reply to: Returning at Item Purchased Through eBay #1826768
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    Good for you Dr. Pepper. I have also found that PayPal is very good at protecting the consumer.

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826578
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    “Note that if you allow an autonomous car are Shabbos, you are probably allowing any use of computers or smartphones and even electric lights.”

    Let’s stick to the point please. For what it’s worth, even if I had a truly autonomous car I would not use it on Shabbos in 2020 because of Maras Ayin.

    But If you keep your cholent warm on a blech that you set up on Friday afternoon, then I don’t see why this kind of predetrmined use of energy is any more of a problem.

    The premise is that the car is programmed to take someone on a predetermined trip at a preset time. Like a Shabbos Clock.

    Or it could just follow a route from some homes to a shul or other Shabbos-appropriate place (NOT the Wawa) continuously through Friday afternoon to midnight, and again beginning Saturday morning. This is similar to a Shabbos elevator.

    If you hold that either a Shabbos Clock or a Shabbos Elevator is Assur, then of course this convenience is not for you.

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826452
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    Doesn’t the issur of riding on a steamboat apply to the operators’ inability to rest? Anyway the shailah is theoretical until autonomous cars become commonplace. Seriously, it would be very nice for older or otherwise physically challenged folks who live far from shul. And people could buy homes that are further away from shul. Just think, one less excuse not to be at minyan.

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826369
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    Reb Eliezer, surely you are joking. Are you suggesting Shmos 20:10 applies to autonomous cars?

    in reply to: Shabbos car #1826319
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    jzq, it sounds like you are asking whether an autonomous vehicle would be muttar for riding on Shabbos. I am not a qualified posken, but you should clarify your question. Even if the car, including the doors, stopping and starting, was fully automated, I suspect it would not be allowed because of Maras Ayin. Maybe these vehicles will be commonplace someday and Maras Ayin will not be an issue, but that’s a long way off. I’m sure there will be plenty of machlokeses over it in the meantime.

    in reply to: Bachurim marrying early #1825492
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    Seems early to me. If I were the girl’s father I would still question the bachur’s maturity, no matter how learned or financially stable he might be.

    in reply to: Are public displays of Frum support of Trump a safe thing? #1825412
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    You need to look at the big picture. Whether or not you like Trump as a person, it’s good to provide balance to the Democratic Congress, and keep them from pushing the country further to the left. The Democratic strategy is to buy votes by painting all Republicans, business people, and white males as privileged racists. Avi K’s example is an excellent case in point.

    in reply to: frum exercise #1824936
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    farrockgrandma: Unless you’re talking about groceries and laundry for a family of 12 keyn ayin hara, that’s probably not enough exercise.

    Most bochurim probably get enough exercise running around from shiur to essen to davening but not this Alte Chapper.

    Everyone should get at least couple of hours of exercise per week. Boosting the circulation (cardio) and your muscle activity keeps your body sharp for all other activities serving Hashem. If you have the space and the funds, alternate between an elliptical cross trainer and a universal machine or free weights. If you can manage a daily daf video while you’re on the elliptical, even better.

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