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  • HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Is A Welcome Spiritual Allegory For Our Dark Times

    08/29/2020 4:00:24 PM PDT · 34 of 71
    MD Expat in PA to faucetman
    I agree. It was very good. Very dark, very “adult” but like you I can handle nudity and language if it makes sense for the story.

    It is an origin story. In it Mason is a deeply damaged soul, damaged by his WWI experiences and a failed marriage, separated from his son. He drinks too much and has become very jaded. But yet there is an inkling of a sense of right and wrong and of wanting justice in him.

    Matthew Rhys is perfect in the role as he was playing another deeply conflicted character in The Americans.

  • Horrific Police Shooting In Phoenix — You Decide [Body Cam Video released]

    08/21/2020 10:26:34 AM PDT · 82 of 153
    MD Expat in PA to Red Badger

    It looked to me as if he had already fell to his knees and had dropped his gun and was putting his hands up when the cop shot him. It also looked like the cop had his gun drawn well before the guy even opened his door…this all over a noise complaint. SMH.

    FWIW, a few months after I moved into an apartment in 2010 I heard a loud knocking at my apartment door at about 2 AM on a Saturday morning. When I went to the door and looked out the peep hole but I couldn’t clearly see who it was and shouted “who is this” and the guy said “This is the police”. But looking through the peep hole again, he didn’t look like a cop and I said, “so put your badge up so I can see it”, and the guy laughed and said, “I aint no cop, this is Jimmy and I’m here to see Doug”. I said “there is no one named Doug living here, leave now!” and he did. I think the guy was drunk or high, perhaps looking for his drug dealer and got the apartment # wrong.

    Just because someone says they are the police, that doesn’t always mean they are.

    I was so freaked out that for weeks I slept on the couch in my living room with a butcher’s knife on the coffee table in case the guy came back again. If I had had a gun in my possession at the time, I would have answered with it in my hand.

  • Denver Realtor Dumped After Taking Black Lives Matter Signs

    08/21/2020 2:51:41 AM PDT · 17 of 40
    MD Expat in PA to Leaning Right; drop 50 and fire for effect
    Correct, nobody has a right to go onto someone else's property, let alone steal their stuff. I don't care if it is a Trump sign, BLM sign, or an ugly pink flamingo. What someone else does with their property is their business. Unless you can prove actual harm of some kind in court, suck it up.

    The thing is that if she’d been going on other people’s property and stealing Trump/Pence or Blue Lives Matter signs, some people here would be calling for life imprisonment.

  • Reelin' In The Years - Steely Dan (1972)

    08/01/2020 2:27:10 AM PDT · 81 of 87
    MD Expat in PA to newfreep

    In 2010, the Library of Congress selected Aja for inclusion in the United States National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.

  • Reelin' In The Years - Steely Dan (1972)

    08/01/2020 1:59:47 AM PDT · 80 of 87
    MD Expat in PA to Steely Tom
    Also, their lyrics are genius, erudite and sometimes hyper-abstract, also funny and philosophical. Simply the best band of the last fifty years, in my opinion. If you can call Steely Dan a “band,” that is. It’s really just the sensibilities and musical vision of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker made real.

    You might enjoy this 16-minute video.

    Steely Dan: More Than Just a Band

  • Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green dead at 73

    07/25/2020 12:32:27 PM PDT · 35 of 86
    MD Expat in PA to SunkenCiv; A Navy Vet

    I think you mean Bob Welch.

  • A question for our lawyers who deal in contracts.

    07/18/2020 12:00:49 PM PDT · 35 of 46
    MD Expat in PA to LouAvul
    I am not a lawyer, although I’ve often been told I missed my true calling, but as someone with over 25 years of payroll management with much experience and expertise in payroll and HR legal compliance - IRS and DOL, OSHA among many other regs, here is my take:

    If the hygienist was the employee of the dentist prior to the furlough, he or she is likely still the dentist’s employee when returning from said furlough.

    That is unless the hygienist has in between the furlough and returning, has on her or his own accord set up and gone into their own business and is offering services to any and all dental offices as part of a legally registered business, one offering services to not just their former employer but to any and all dental offices willing to hire said business as a subcontractor and able to take or refuse entering into business agreements and able to set their own price for said services. Otherwise he or she is still an employee of the dentist.

    And FWIW, no employment contract can, even if signed by both parties, violate certain aspects of employment law - IRS or Department of Labor (FLSA) regulations or federal or state employment law.

    In other words, you could not have a non-exempt (hourly) employee as defined by the FLSA, sign a “contract” with an employer that they will work more than 40 hours per week but agree not be paid time at time and a half overtime for hours worked over 40 hours per week or as an FLSA defined non-exempt employee be paid less than the federal or state minimum wage (whichever is higher); such a “contract” even if signed by both the employer and employee would never stand up in a court of law.

    @Behind Liberal Lines in post #28 posted a link to the IRS website: Understanding Employee vs. Contractor Designation”. That is a good resource as is this one:

    The following factors have been considered significant in determining independent contractor classification:

    The extent to which the services rendered are an integral part of the principal's business.
    The permanency of the relationship.
    The amount of the alleged contractor's investment in facilities and equipment.
    The nature and degree of control by the principal.
    The alleged contractor's opportunities for profit and loss.
    The amount of initiative, judgment, or foresight in open market competition with others required for the success of the claimed independent contractor.
    The degree of independent business organization and operation.

    An employer cannot arbitrarily or legally reclassify an employee as an “independent contractor” for the sole purpose of avoiding to pay employer payroll taxes (FICA and FUTA and SUTA) or to shift normal and customary business expenses to what by law is an employee (see below).

    Now, the dentist insists the hygienist pay the expenses of the assistant out of the hygienist's revenue.

    Assuming that the former employee – the formerly employed dental hygienist truly now qualifies and meets all the legal qualifications of being an independent contractor, he or she cannot be forced to assume the cost, i.e. the employment expenses of the dental hygienist assistant currently employed by the dentist, a W2 employee and under sole control by the dentist.

    There is also FWIW a quirk in the law regarding an independent contractor having supervisory control and the ability to hire or fire or reprimand employees of their clients’ that may render their status as an independent contractor vs and employee into question.

    That assistant IMO would now be the employee of the hygienist but only if said hygienist is actually an independent contractor, i.e. a true business concern and not an employee of the dentist. And in that case the dental hygienist assistant would now be the employee and under the sole control of the dental assistant as part of her or his independent business and so said dental assistant could be assigned to work other assignments, at other dental offices at the discretion of the business owner, i.e. the dental hygienist’s business.

    If the dental assistant remains an employee of the dentist as well as that of the assistant, there are state regulations governing what payroll deductions are allowable. And deducting anything from an employee’s pay aside from taxes, legally enforced garnishments, child support orders and voluntary agreed to deductions for retirement, health and welfare benefits are typically not allowed. An employer cannot simply deduct operating expenses from an employee’s pay.

  • Black birdwatcher who had the cops called on him by Central Park 'Karen' after he told her to put her dog on a leash is refusing to cooperate with district attorney's investigation saying 'she’s already paid a steep price'

    07/08/2020 6:42:54 AM PDT · 38 of 57
    MD Expat in PA to DEPcom

    Offering a dog a treat is not a threat. A lot of postal carriers carry dog treats for when they encounter a dog that is acting agressivly in order to gain their trust.

  • Storied apparel brand Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy, as it seeks a buyer and closes dozens of stores

    07/08/2020 6:33:41 AM PDT · 20 of 37
    MD Expat in PA to BBQToadRibs

    I recall my first office job in the early 80’s. The guys all wore suits and ties, typically black or blue suits with white or light blue shirts and red or blue ties and us gals wore dresses or skirts below the knee with button down blouses and blazers and panty hose and high heeled shoes - no pants allowed for us women.

    The thing was that my job at the time was completely back office, I never saw or interacted with clients or the public. I remember trying to kneel down to pull the bottom drawer of a file cabinet open to do filing and how uncomfortable and impractical that was in a dress or skirt and blazer and hose and high heels. And God forbid you got a run in your hose.

    I remember the first thing I did in those days when I got home was to take off those uncomfortable clothes, especially the panty hose and get into jeans and a tee shirt.

    The last several office jobs I’ve had were casual dress, several allowing jeans or kakis and polo shirts and such. I like this much better. I find I’m more productive when I’m comfortable, when my feet aren’t aching from wearing heels and my panty hose aren’t chafing or my toes not peeking through them.

  • Black birdwatcher who had the cops called on him by Central Park 'Karen' after he told her to put her dog on a leash is refusing to cooperate with district attorney's investigation saying 'she’s already paid a steep price'

    07/08/2020 4:56:52 AM PDT · 16 of 57
    MD Expat in PA to djpg
    According to a report that I read, he threatened to poison her dog. If that comes out in court, it could ruin the case against her, reverse the narrative, and make him look bad.

    He did no such thing. He carries dog treats with him while bird watching in the Brambles section of Central Park as he’s often encountered other people with unleashed dogs which is not allowed there and with numerous signs posted. FWIW her dog was running though the underbrush and disturbing ground nesting birds in an area of the park set aside for bird watching.

    He and I think other bird watchers do this (carry treats) to prove to the dogs’ owners that their dogs are not under their control while unleashed and to encourage them to leash them.

    He never threated to poison her dog nor did he threaten her as she claimed in her hysterical call to the police, one in which she specifically pointed out he was “black” as to make him seem to the police to be more threatening.

  • Airplane!' at 40: David Zucker defends the comedy classic's controversial jive-talking sequence: 'Everything is so sensitive nowadays'

    07/03/2020 10:17:45 AM PDT · 75 of 95
    MD Expat in PA to dfwgator
    Leslie Nielsen was known as a "serious" dramatic actor up until Airplane! which made him "the Olivier of spoofs" according to film critic Roger Ebert, and leading to further success in the genre with The Naked Gun and Scary Movie film series, and a leading role in a Mel Brooks comic horror, “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” – IMO not Brooks’ best work but still funny.

    Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Peter Graves also showed great comedic talent in Airplane!

  • Airplane!' at 40: David Zucker defends the comedy classic's controversial jive-talking sequence: 'Everything is so sensitive nowadays'

    07/03/2020 9:50:07 AM PDT · 63 of 95
    MD Expat in PA to Stravinsky
    Airplane! is nearly a scene by scene parody remake of the 1957 movie Zero Hour!, starring Sterling Hayden, Linda Darnell and Dana Andrews as Ted Stryker. Because Zero Hour! was owned at the time by Paramount Pictures, the makers of Airplane!, also a Paramount feature, were able to use the screenplay almost verbatim, including the hero again being named Ted Striker.

    Zero Hour screenplay writer Arthur Hailey went on to write the popular 1968 novel, Airport, which revisited the air disaster genre and led to a film franchise that was also spoofed by Airplane! and its own sequel.

    Side-by-side comparison: Zero Hour! (1957) Vs Airplane! (1980)

  • This video of a tearful Georgia police officer accusing McDonald’s of withholding her Egg McMuffin order on purpose has gone viral

    06/17/2020 2:39:33 PM PDT · 58 of 102
    MD Expat in PA to Dacula

    The last time I went to a McDonalds was about 2 months ago, yes I like their McGriddle breakfast sandwiches every once and a while.

    Because of COVID-19 it was drive through only and the line was long. When I finally got to order and then pulled up to the 2nd window, I was asked to pull into a numbered parking spot and told someone would bring my order to me. And I waited and waited, and waited, in total about 15 minutes in addition to the 10 minutes in the line just to order.

    But when I finally got it, my order wasn’t correct, missing the side order of hash browns and an iced caramel latte instead of a hot one.

    Did I have a nervous breakdown? Did I cry or record myself and post my “horrific” and “traumatic” experience on social media? No. I told the very polite young black man who brought my food out to me about my order not being correct, showed him my receipt, he apologized profusely, explained how short staffed they were, people calling out sick using COVID as in his words “a damn excuse for not wanting to work” and a lot of newly hired folks who didn’t know what they were doing, and while I had to wait a bit longer, he made it right and gave me a coupon for a free sandwich.

    There is no evidence that her wait had anything to do with her being a cop. No evidence that her meal was tampered with. Her only real complaint is slow and or bad service which can happen to anyone.

    I also would point out that she says she ordered in the mobile app in advance but then complains because she couldn’t see them make her meal. Says that she doesn’t want to go inside because too often other people pay for her meal because she’s a cop and she likes to pay for herself, yet complains that she isn’t getting enough thank you’s for being a cop.

    If this woman is having a nervous breakdown, crying and anxious over an Egg McMuffin, she shouldn’t be a cop, nor should she be carrying a gun.

  • Man Allegedly Throws ‘Large Pickle’ Out Window in Vermont, Hurting Worker

    06/04/2020 7:52:54 AM PDT · 2 of 93
    MD Expat in PA to billorites

    When they outlaw pickles, only outlaws will have pickles.

  • REPORT: Marxist Antifa Terrorists to be Bused to Sparta, Illinois With Orders to Burn Farm Houses, Kill Livestock in Rural “White” Areas

    06/03/2020 7:45:25 PM PDT · 125 of 232
    MD Expat in PA to Widget Jr
    The report is actually from They make stuff up to pander to the alternative medicine and conservative market.

    You could have stopped after "they make stuff up". :)

  • Anarchist Who Works At Amazon Accused of Inciting a Riot Surrenders to Police

    06/02/2020 12:53:46 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    MD Expat in PA to Vermont Lt
    When you are fired they have to give you a check with all of your accrued time included. My guess is he will get that check today.

    That depends on the state. I know that in California, when you terminate someone you have to pay them in full including for any accrued time on the same day of their termination. In PA for example you can pay them their hours and accrued time off on the next scheduled pay date.

  • Anarchist Who Works At Amazon Accused of Inciting a Riot Surrenders to Police

    06/02/2020 12:50:33 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    MD Expat in PA to SeekAndFind; Notthereyet
    This really has nothing to do with Amazon. My roommate has worked at the local Amazon warehouse for 6 years now and she’s far from being an anarchist. I just started working there last week as a seasonal (temp) as I’ve been out of work since January. Hard work and a lot, a lot of turnover. One of the other 2 people I was training with my first night didn’t bother showing up the next day. My roommate has told me that some 80% of the people they hire don’t stay very long. Not that it’s a bad place to work from what I can see so far, but they do expect you to actually work, but far from a sweatshop.

    When my husband heard Brian works for Amazon he said Brian could very well be using Amazon’s network for communication plans for illegal actions placing Amazon on the hot seat. Unless this guy works in IT or some higher level admin job or such as a supervisor, there’s no “Amazon network” for warehouse employees to be communicating with other employees and I assume from the guys age (20?), he was a warehouse worker. That means he’s either loading or unloading trucks, or picking or packing orders in which case he wouldn’t have a company email or phone, etc.

  • "Light "Em Up!: Video Appears To Show Law Enforcement Shooting Paint Rounds at MPLS. Residents On Their Porch

    05/31/2020 9:00:45 AM PDT · 55 of 69
    MD Expat in PA to Reddy; 2aProtectsTheRest; Vermont Lt

    Back in the early 2000’s I was still living in the far NE corner of Baltimore City not far from the Baltimore county line. Not a bad neighborhood at the time, mostly white and middle class actually with neighbors looking out for each other and a very active and effective neighborhood watch program headed up by our neighbor across the street who worked in Baltimore City ME’s office and who knew just about every cop in the city.

    Early one Saturday evening my husband and I heard sirens coming up our normally quiet street - a fire truck and an ambulance and a police car all stopping in front of our next door neighbors’ and good friends’ of ours house.

    Our house was up on a hill and probably a good 40+ yards from the street and had a covered front porch. We went out on the porch to observe what was going on, not out of nosiness but out of concern for our friends and FWIW, we never left our porch.

    A while later we saw the wife and my good friend Jen come out and her husband on a gurney being loaded into the ambulance. I shouted to Jen “Is everything OK?” She responded that her husband had had the flu for the last several days, a fever and had gotten dehydrated and passed out when he got up from bed and she’d called 911 but he seemed to be OK now but were taking him to the hospital as a precaution, maybe for some IV fluids. I told her that if she needed anything, like to check on or take their dog out, to give me a call. “Thanks! Love you guys!” she said.

    At that point a Baltimore City policeman, a white, pudgy and middle-aged cop, got out of his patrol car and walked up in front of our house and told us, actually “ordered” us to go inside. If memory serves me correctly, he said “You have no business gawking and you need to get back inside your f’n house now!”.

    I was shocked and said to him, “they are friends of ours, we were concerned and I’m on my own porch, not interfering in any way and we are not gawking and BTW, you do not have the authority to order us to go inside.”

    The officer then put his hand on the holster of his gun, he didn’t draw his gun but it was definitely a threatening move and shouted again “I told you to go back inside your house, and if you don’t I will arrest you!”

    I was about to really get into it with the cop, when my husband who hated any sort of confrontation, said we should probably go inside. But then one of the firemen, I think he was a captain, a black guy, walked over to the cop and I heard him tell him to “get a grip and stand down”. The cop got back into his patrol car and peeled away – literally burning rubber and going up our one-way street at a high rate of speed.

    The fireman then apologized to me and said, “you are a good neighbor and a good friend to be concerned and I’m sorry that cop treated you that way. If you want his name and badge number, I can get that for you.” “No” I said, “all is good” but in hindsight, I probably should have reported the cop because if that was his reaction to someone simply standing on their own front porch out of concern for a neighbor and friend, I shudder to think what else he was capable of as he had an obvious bad attitude and had a twitchy gun hand and on some sort of power trip.

    The thing is that my husband was friends with another Baltimore City cop, and when he told him what had happened that night, he knew exactly who that cop was and said he was “a real head case” but also “so what are you going to do? If you report him, nothing will happen”.

  • Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyd's death: Autopsy

    05/30/2020 6:40:37 AM PDT · 275 of 283
    MD Expat in PA to PeterPrinciple
    And the differences is the response. Note your response and his. He caused his own death..........................

    What exactly was his response that caused his own death?

    The difference in my case was that perhaps being a white middle to upper class looking woman, the retailer did not call the police on me. And even if the police had been called, I'd likely to have been questioned and given an opportunity to explain myself rather than have to have been forecably removed from my car at gun point and cuffed.

  • Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyd's death: Autopsy

    05/30/2020 6:27:49 AM PDT · 273 of 283
    MD Expat in PA to Pravious
    It would also be safe to say he’d be alive if he hadn’t been trying to pass off a counterfeit bill and running around acting out of control to the point where someone had to call the police on him.

    Allegedly passing off a counterfeit $20 bill. Not exactly a violent crime if indeed a crime was committed.

    And FWIW, I once ended up with a fake $20 bill that I got as change from another retailer back when it wasn’t unusual to cash a paycheck and pay for purchases in cash with $50 dollar bills, and that I didn’t know was counterfeit as it wasn’t obvious to me that it was and that retailer who passed it to me probably didn’t know either. The store clerk called over her manager and the manager told me it was counterfeit and after explaining where and how I got it and that it wasn’t my intention to pass it off as payment and as I had enough other cash to pay for my purchase, FWIW the police were not called on me and the store manager only suggested I take the counterfeit bill to my bank and exchange it, which I did.

    In all the videos available so far, I’ve not seen any that show Floyd “running around acting out of control”.