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The room is also full of humans breathing all sorts of airborne bacteria. It's not an isolation ward. The chicken's head is not really an issue, unless someone petted her, but her vent and feathers are... The bag she is in probably prevents mites, feathers, feces, and uric acid from falling on any one. The handler is also wearing rubber gloves. She and her friend are the only ones touching the bird. I believe salmonella spreads by contact. Doctors talk about a fecal-oral route of transmission. I also believe that infection control cleared the ritual because the bird handler wore gloves and a gown, and there was a bag for the bird. In the US, pets are now being allowed to visit their hospitalized owners: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/10/when-best-friends-can-visit/ And sometimes parents sometimes do not have adequate supplies for a newborn, so on the way home from the hospital they stop at WalMart and bring the baby inside while they shop.
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I think we can put our minds at rest. The young man wielding the chicken was gowned and gloved, and the chicken was wrapped in something as well. I think these folks cleared the procedure with social workers and infection control. That said, the chaplains and social workers were not well versed enough in Judaism to ask that the custom be done with an envelope or scarf full of money.
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I think the article needs to be retitled: Idiot Bus Driver Drives Off Before Woman Unloads both Kid and Packages. Maybe I'm still in a bad mood from almost getting passed by (TWICE!) by one of our local bus drivers, late at night, when buses only run every forty minutes. I've told the driver who did this to me that I needed to do handsprings to get his attention. Drivers sometimes cut corners, and this one saw the woman board with both a pile of packages and a carriage.
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Yes, Allan I agree the principle of the yeshiva that let these young men hitch hike should and the corporation behind the yeshiva needs to be sued out of existence. This one is not the parents' fault. A boarding school for minors is in loco parentis (Takes the parents place). That said, if the IDF, and other concerned people want the problem of hitch hiking to cease the solution lies with the eighteen to twenty-one year old (and young adult, but mostly very young) students. These young men need to take a pledge to stop hitch hiking and follow through. I remember as a teen at CAU (Cornell Adult University) and a pre-college program at Bucknell, the counselors had us walk everywhere, and cared less if we complained. The counselors also did not care about the kind of stuff that might have caused an adult unnecessary concern. I walked and hiked miles in flip-flops. No one batted an eye. Twenty year olds have strong feet, and fifteen to seventeen year olds are equally resilient. No authority figure told me, but from the eighteen to twenty year old counselors I learned that I'd be walking miles when I went away to college, especially if I got into Cornell. I spent the summer after I graduated from high school getting in shape. The men just a few years older than these teens and the oldest among the teens need to set norms. Peer pressure will do the rest, even when authority figures don't enforce rules.
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PS, I'm not sure if Canada has a law similar to ASFA, but there probably is a clock that has to run so that the parents can try to get their kids back etc.... And in Canada teens also age out.
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MM, ASFA (which is the law that includes the 22 month clock) is federal so it applies everywhere. Teens being able to stop termination is a New York State law. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoption_and_Safe_Families_Act
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Alter, would you be offended if I call you naive. In the United States when older children (teens) are taken into foster care, years pass (if the family does not fill reunification requirements.). In the United States there is a 22 month clock that starts running. The child must be in foster care for fifteen of those twenty-two months before social services can even begin to file to sever parental rights. Meanwhile, if the child reaches the age of fourteen in New York State (and some other states), he or she can stop the termination of parental rights simply by asking it to be stopped. And for the oldest children (the fifteen year old for example), he or she ages out of the system. They all do eventually, and then you can guess what they do.... I don't know if they deprogram kids, but right now I'm thinking of all the children taken from that ranch in Texas into foster care and then after two weeks and the work of the ACLU returned to their polygamous, fundamentalist, Mormon families. In short, I'm not as sanguine as you.
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My advice is a bit different than Mr. Haskelle's. 1) SL will hijack your brain. You can control the time you are inworld and the money you spend, but I at least coudln't control this effect. You will occasionally see the world through your avie's eyes. You will see her face instead of your own in dreams. You will look for her among crowds on the bus. You will imagine your home town as an SL landscape. I wake up in the morning saying "Today I am going in world" unless it is the Sabbath or I am away from home. It may be hours by the way until I am inworld, but I say it anyway. 2) SL is monetized, but you do not have to spend money unless you choose to. This is true even if your payment info is on file. 3) You do not have to buy any of the must-haves. If something on one of those lists for newbies does not seem urgent, don't buy it or rush to acquire it. See #4 for more about this. I found I did not need many of the things on the "must have" lists, and that the lists left off a few items, notably a posing stand/stool, a bathing suit, skis, a swimming animation, skis, ice skates, and warm winter clothing. A dry suit is also really great for an avie to own, in my opinion. 4) Different people really do want different things. Some people don't care if their avie is beautiful. Some people don't want to ever learn to build. Some people spend way too much money but get wonderful results. Some people never leave their ethnic enclave. 5) Find a road or just open grass if you are really adventurous and go for a walk/swim. See what there is to see. It's always amazing what you find. 6) The map and its search capability and the search engine are your best friends when looking for new places. Always do a bit of random travel. And don't be afraid to go where English is not the first language.
I think there is too much text in the poster for it to be aimed at young girls. More likely the target is adult balae tsuva, but whoever wrote it doesn't know garbage about women's fashion. A skirt with a small slit in the back, is in many ways more modest because the slit helps it drape more loosely and lets the woman wearing it walk more naturally. As for "too loud" or "too trendy," fashion rules for men and women are just plain different. Your "too loud" is my "bright, cheerful, and flattering," and brunettes often look their best in red, orange, and pink. We live in a world where a bright red pullover or turtle neck does not mean "prostitute or scarlet woman." As for "trendy," sometimes that which is trendy is also modest. Think hoodies. A hoody worn over a shell or blouse is long sleeved, not form fitting etc... The same is true for many sweater styles. Hey maybe Chabad should hire me as fashion dictator.
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Jancsibacsi, Could it be that Rockland County and Israeli Satmar are different in the way they behave in public, or maybe Satmar are better behaved away from their home turf than on it? When I was much younger, I demonstrated for a lot of "lost" left wing causes in Washington, DC (8 hours by bus that left at one in the morning.) and our demonstrations were a lot rowdier. I remember a counterprotest run by the Moonies. We had our peacekeepers between us and them. We needed those peace keepers. It's easy for a peaceable demonstration to feel like a mob. It was easy to want to shout as a few of us did: "Moonies are loonies" and we probably could have done worse. Sorry, those Satmars protesting in Manhattan did one very good job.
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I don't agree with the Satmars. I should not have to say I don't agree with them, but I think they did a good job with this protest. Seeing it as an outside, I would see a VERY ORDERLY and DISCIPLINED demonstration including well made signs and street theater complete with costumes. I don't think the police had any ground complaining about what must have been a disgustingly easy gig, since the Satmar even self policed. I'm glad I live in a country where these people can protest. They didn't convince me their cause was right, but they convinced me that they are a respectful and well behaved lot.
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Were I the Satmar Minister of Mayhem and Strategic Planning, maybe I'd go to court. Maybe I wouldn't, but I would definitely remind the Bloomingburg Town Fathers of the nuclear option: We'd just send all our female students to the local public schools. Sure, they might have to read more secular books. Sure, we might have to work out some kind of work around regarding gym uniforms. Sure, the classes would be co-ed, but there would be more of our daughters than there would be of your sons. Also, our daughters don't speak English as a first language, and the county (or BOCES) would get stuck with having to scramble to implement and fund a bilingual education program for Yiddish speakers. I'm no fan of Satmars by the way, but I am even less of a fan of NIMBY, and I don't think the Satmars have the nerve to threaten and prepare to implement my nuclear option.
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Shmarya, I know about Ramapo. The Chasidim control/dominate the school board and starved out the public schools. That's not the case in Bloomingburg. I was NOT aware that a lot of the housing is tax exempt. I was wondering why the school district could not tax multi-unit housing above a certain size at higher rates, but never mind.
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Trueyid, I'm no fan of Satmar but this time, I think you are on to something. To me, the fear of newcomers costing more than they are worth in Bloomingburg doesn't seem to wash. New York, when I left it some time ago, was a property tax state. That means that whoever rents out those town houses (or owns them if they are condominiums) pays property taxes to fund the schools. Since the Satmar won't fill the local public schools but only require transportation and BOCES and a few other things, doesn't this make them a financial wash? That there may have been deceit involved in getting the land, I don't deny, but the tax argument doesn't seem to hold, and I'm wondering if trying to block their girls' school to keep them out is not just good, old NIMBY.
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ah-pee-chorus, "what's with the fanatics" is that the weather is getting cold. Surely, the Satmar and Bobov rabbis are NOT forbidding girls in religious schools from wearing shoes (and possibly belts), so what sort of clothing made of leather might Haredi girls wear? Coats or possibly blasers come to mind. Leather coats are expensive! Leather blazers cost twice what good sweaters do. I could see that spending $200-$300 on a teenage daughter's coat is immodest when there are four or five other children to feed and some girls in the class wear hand me downs. I think all the talk about the coats not being Jewish is horse hockey. I think there is some kind of materialistic craze going on in religious girls schools.
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Is this keeping safe or just hurting a man who has served his sentence? Remember, Mr. Roth just wants to attend services as far as any one knows, and denying him that seems cruel and mean spirited. First, I strongly suspect (good educated guess and nothing more) that Mr. Roth did NOT assault any one in public. The sanctuary of a synagogue is more or less a public space on private property, just like a supermarket or shopping mall. Imagine not allowing Mr. Roth to go to the supermarket because there are clearly children there at certain times or probably because other shoppers find him unsavory. Second, the argument that synagogues have bathrooms and that men and boys alike use the male facility is a bit stronger, but unless Mr. Roth has a history of using that as his place of assault, I think even these are safe. By the way, most schools have separate facilities for faculty and students so it is unlikely bathrooms pose a danger, and male facilities in a crowded synagogue offer very little privacy. I am NOT saying that Mr. Roth should be allowed in the youth congregation or classrooms, and we are not discussing whether the synagogues should hire him. Clearly they shouldn't and since these are conservative schuls, those watching the teens and children can simply call the police if Mr. Roth shows up in the off limits areas. But should the sanctuary, social hall, and even rest rooms be on that list? Has any one thought about this man's wife and children? Where will they go to services? How will they feel knowing their father and husband is banned, for a crime for which he has paid his debt to society? In prison, we give criminals access to a chaplain and religious services? Why can we deny this in the outside world?
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The last time the army was in power (last year), they did a godawful job of providing basic services (stuff like trash collection, police etc...). What makes any one think they will do better this time? And when do they plan to stage another round of elections that will last until the next coup?
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So much for democracy. People sometimes get the government they deserve.
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Who cares if wrist watches are for men or women. Pocket watches are lovely accessories. I'm all for men going out and getting the biggest and gauchest ones they can find. Meanwhile, I think Rabbi Kanievsky deserves kudos for his shrewdness. He got sick of watching his students looking at their watches and so he found a religious reason to stop the clock watching without embarrassing the bochurim for looking and acting bored.
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What worries me is I don't think they are serving grape juice to udnerage kids. I don't really want to care if the dead Rebbe has followers who will pour wine for him or followers who want to give a salute to his empty chair. What people do in their own houses of worship is their business until or unless someone gets hurt.
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I remember discovering the ASU Johnny Cash sims last spring. They are lovely, especially the exhibit about the town itself, even if you are not interested in country music.
This is NOT the way I wanted to start my morning. This news brings back memories of being mesh-blind all winter long. LL did fix the problem in early January, but I had given up after several weeks of agony, followed by several months of third party viewer exile. Still, the bright spot in all this is that Second Life's technical side worked for weeks to make sure low-end users (That's what they consider me though I have adequate RAM) were included in the mesh upgrade. I hope they will do the same for steam. I'll be content with anything but not seeing objects that are there even if I don't see them well. Monetization in SL is a sore spot, and having to do a three to four figure computer upgrade, just to enjoy the world may price Second Life out of my range.
I have heard somewhere that if your friends don't consider you important enough, you kind of drop off their walls. You can change that around by asking to see more of certain friends posts. I'm pretty egalitarian about my wall. Consequently, it is full of junk.
I don't know why you give so much publicity to Coffee and Power. Yes, it is Philip Rosedale's baby and I guess that counts for something, but there is no way it is ready for prime time. I've commented about this before, so I went back to check the site. It is now a smart phone app (Let's hope it works with Droid phones) so there is no way to check what is advertised, but when I could see what was on offer it did not offer babysitting, house cleaning, a place to sell gently used furniture or clothes, or even give away pets to good homes, all services and goods for which there is a high demand. Moreover, for those of us who don't live in San Francisco, Coffee and Power is worthless because it is just not there. Last but not least, that outdoor office is a great stunt, but it has no power when it rains, offers its workers no privacy, not even cubicles, and it can't run at night. When was business 9-5? Sorry, Coffee and Power still has a long way to go. PS I am hoping this blog does not eat this post. I wrote a similar post and it got pulled yesterday.
I guess I'm one of the thirty percent who uses the official LL viewer. I enjoyed Viewer 2. I think Viewer 3 makes better use of screen real estate, though I miss having the task bar on the right. That's where my task bar lives in Windows. What I find curious is that Phoenix (and Singularity which I used last winter. It felt like exile!) is based on Viewer 1.2x. That means a large proportion of the population (NOT Firestorm users), is not up to Viewer 2/3 yet, though they are not mesh blind as I was. I am actually quite impressed with Viewer 3 for another reason. In December I got locked out of the Linden Lab's viewer because the mesh compliant Linden Lab's viewer crashed my computer. I complained in a Jira (It was not my Jira. I just commented on it), and some time in January Linden Labs fixed the problem. I was too frustrated to try a Linden Labs viewer but in March I tried Viewer 3.3beta on a lark. What a surprise! Someone had not only listened to customers but also had done a tremendous amount of technical work for us so we did not have to upgrade our machines or use a second choice (for me) viewer.