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Re: The biggest scam bankrupting business and the middle class - http://www.pbs.org/newshou...
"In terms of raising wages, there is one change we can make today that would profoundly affect millions of America's working families: Repeal exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions allow for legal child labor, paying disabled workers under minimum wages, and denying legions of non-salaried hourly workers overtime: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/f... Nick, you recently advocated increasing the threshold for which workers are exempt from FLSA exemptions: https://twitter.com/nickhanaue... But as child labor and disabled workers will likely not reach those thresholds, they will still be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. I wonder if you would talk some about why you advocate for raising thresholds for which workers are exempt instead of for repealing Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions outright? I also wonder if you have ever claimed exemptions from the FLSA for your own workers? If so, why? If not, why not?" - sime0n
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sime0n on What is your "We can put a man on the moon, but we can't __________"? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"We can't stop child labor in America. Also, we pay disabled people less than the minimum wage because of (not in spite of) their disabilities. Also, legions of hourly workers don't make overtime wages. These three things (child labor, no minimum wages, no overtime) are all legal due to exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act: http://www.dol.gov/elaws... In other words, in 2015 America, it's totally legal to pay a child less than minimum wage to work 60 hours a week. Happens all the time, like this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014... "Tobacco Farmer To 'Daily Show': It's OK To Employ Kids In The Fields Because Society's 'Too Soft'" Or this: http://www.alternet.org/labor... "Goodwill Pays Workers with Disabilities as Little as 22 Cents an Hour" If you think you live in a democracy, try to change these laws so that child labor and..." - sime0n
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sime0n on ELI5: The logic behind raising taxes for the poor and cutting them for the rich? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Hey. I hope you had a good weekend. I've been looking forward to your years of professional in depth tax experience and not biased opinion to help me understand the general assistance and credits you're talking about. I guess you have the day off today as well though? Ah, the life of a tax professional, amirite :O). In the meantime, here's a great recent article highlighting some of the ways the rich get a vastly greater proportion of the federal budget than the poor: http://www.commondreams.org/views..." - sime0n
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Re: Here’s why your human resources department hates you - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
"I'm on a programming mailing list in Seattle. We recently had a lengthy discussion about HR, the gist of which was: "Why do we take it personally when we catch them lying to us? Why do we get so upset that they are, basically, smug sociopaths? It's their job description to be that way." "I think it's good for them to hear that their job description is largely sociopathic and manipulative, and knowing that WE know, maybe they will behave better, or at least be one tiny shade more honest about it."" - sime0n
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sime0n on ELI5: The logic behind raising taxes for the poor and cutting them for the rich? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"General assistance like allowing corporations hold a ton of cash overseas so it's not subject to taxes: http://www.reuters.com/article... Or like the 2008 bank bailout: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... Or like the Bush tax cuts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... Or like how the tax for social security stops around $118k. Or like how the agricultural subsidies favor corporate farms: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... Or like how defense contractors vie for around 20% of the budget each year. Do the poor vie for 20% of the budget each year? What are some programs for the poor that pull in that kind of taxpayer money? Also, it's incorrect to assume poor individuals have income to "file their returns". Working poor have income, but non-working poor, like the elderly and children, don't." - sime0n
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sime0n on ELI5: The logic behind raising taxes for the poor and cutting them for the rich? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Regarding "the best tax credits and general assistance our government offers"; Do you really think this? There are a lot of corporations who don't pay taxes due to credits and general assistance our government offers. The credits and assistance we give corporations are worth billions of dollars a year, more that we give the poor. Also, it's incorrect to assume poor individuals have income to "file their returns". Working poor have income, but non-working poor, like the elderly and children, don't." - sime0n
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sime0n on LPT: When you "lend" money to a friend or family, give it to them. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I lent my brother over 20k, a few grand at a time over the course of a few years. He kept saying he needed the money for his business to not fail, and how could I let his business fail if I had the power to save it. We are brothers, I didn't want him to suffer, I kept giving him thousands, he kept spending it on unrelated equipment and bills. Once he was over 20k out I told him I was done, that I was feeling taken advantage of. He told me to go fuck myself. We haven't spoken since (a few years now)." - sime0n
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sime0n on Ninja Say What? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Nilla please." - sime0n
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sime0n on DWI Case Dismissed on Texas Judge for Lack of Evidence. Oh look, here's the missing dashcam footage. Where's the equal justice for all of us? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I think vcaguy is saying that certain things exist only as ideals. Free markets don't defend themselves, we use the state (via taxes) to provide security (via collectively controlled and cooperatively managed militaries). A true free market would defend itself, via its own private militaries. Until that happens (aka NWO), no market will ever be truly free, as you and I and everyone else are taxed to defend them. Similarly, the law does not apply itself. The law is applied by individuals, who themselves are flawed. So saying 'equal justice for all' supposes that judgment can be meted out impartially, free of corruption of our own natures, unerring, infallible. The icon of Lady Justice wears a blindfold to represent the laws ability to apply itself equally, regardless of race or gender or religion or social status, etc. This video is a test to see if the law applies to those responsible for applying it, to see if equal justice for all (like free markets) exist only as ideals, or as..." - sime0n
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Re: Whatever Happened to Overtime? - http://www.politico.com/magazin...
"Workers should challenge corporate narratives like the one promoted via this article. "Fair" overtime means *all* hourly workers get overtime when they work over 40. "Fair" means every hourly worker on this list, truckers, farmers, computer workers; everyone, gets overtime: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/f... Exemptions to the FLSA need to be repealed! Until that happens, as a worker, do yourself, and the next generation, a favor: Don't fall for Mr. Hanauer's narrative. Increasing thresholds means your kids will be fighting this same battle over in 20 years. *Repealing* FLSA exemptions is fair, simply increasing their thresholds is Republican-lite." - sime0n
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Re: This is why the middle class can't get ahead | Making Sen$e | PBS NewsHour - http://www.pbs.org/newshou...
"Workers should challenge corporate narratives like the one promoted via this article. "Fair" overtime means *all* hourly workers get overtime when they work over 40. "Fair" means every hourly worker on this list, truckers, farmers, computer workers; everyone, gets overtime: http://www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/f... Exemptions to the FLSA need to be repealed! Until that happens, as a worker, do yourself, and the next generation, a favor: Don't fall for Mr. Hanauer's narrative. Increasing thresholds means your kids will be fighting this same battle over in 20 years. *Repealing* FLSA exemptions is Fair, anything else will be uncivilized." - sime0n
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sime0n on Does web development at an agency always suck? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"A company secures a contract/investment, they hire a vendor to get the work done. If the vendor does not have the staff to do the work, they hire an agency, which in turn hires workers to fill the ranks. This insulates the work from the worker in interesting ways. For example there are states (WA,CA) in which tech workers are exempt from overtime wages. Working 80ish hour weeks is a symptom of these agencies not having to pay overtime to their workers. Of course, computer professionals aren't the only ones in this situation: http://www.dol.gov/elaws..." - sime0n
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Re: How Obama Could Help 6.1 Million Workers With a Stroke of His Pen - http://billmoyers.com/2014...
"Seriously, have you ever met an hourly worker who didn't really want overtime for hours worked over 40? Which of these statements sounds fair to you: It would be fair to pay all hourly workers overtime. It would be fair to pay no hourly workers overtime. It would be fair to pay some hourly workers overtime, but not others. The first and second are different, but fair. The third is by definition unfair. The third is unfair by design. Overtime should be applied to all hourly workers fairly, otherwise we should remove Fair from the title of the law and just call it the Labor Standards Act." - sime0n
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Re: 3 Gmail tricks that can save you hours every week - http://thenextweb.com/lifehac...
"I use Gmail's Multiple Inboxes: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/... Google's selected 'priority mail' shows up first, below that I have: Unread is:unread Priority has:red-bang OR has:yellow-bang OR has:yellow-star AND -@mainclient.com Main Client @mainclient.com AND is:starred OR is:draft Follow Up has:orange-guillemet OR has:purple-question OR has:blue-info OR has:green-check OR is:draft AND -@mainclient.com" - sime0n
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sime0n on What would you like to see added to airplane seats to make your flight more enjoyable? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"USB ports" - sime0n
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sime0n on Americans of Reddit: what is the scariest place in the US? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Congress" - sime0n
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sime0n on Hello Reddit – I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft founder. Ask me anything. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Microsoft uses agencies that cite exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act in order to deny overtime wages to their workers. The specific Washington State law classifying 'computer professionals' as 'student workers' is here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac... The state law is based off federal law which you can find here: http://www.dol.gov/whd... My question (thank you so much for your time today!) is: Do you think it's fair to deny overtime to workers building Microsoft's products? Is exempting workers from the Fair Labor Standards Act fair? I've talked with my legislators about this, all of which claim they didn't know it was happening, none of which want to help me repeal it (they are all Democrats by the way). I've written about my experience working with my representatives here: http://uitw.org I'm of the opinion that all non-salaried workers deserve overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per week. Do you agree?" - sime0n
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Re: People Power Expressed in Election Results - http://www.alternet.org/comment...
"Re: Kshama Sawant: The race is not over, Kshama is poised to win: http://seattletimes.com/html/l..." - sime0n
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Re: 15 Under-the-Radar Progressive Wins of Election 2013 - http://billmoyers.com/2013...
"Kshama Sawant is poised to be the first socialist elected to Seattle's city council in modern history: http://seattletimes.com/html/l..." - sime0n
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Re: 15 Under-the-Radar Progressive Wins of Election 2013 - http://billmoyers.com/2013...
"Kshama Sawant is poised to be the first socialist elected to the Seattle City Council in modern history: http://seattletimes.com/html/l..." - sime0n
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sime0n on What technology that is now in its infant state, will develop to revolutionize our daily lives? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Our fingers and thumbs will evolve points to make it easier for our descendants to click links on mobile devices." - sime0n
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sime0n on My name is Kshama Sawant, candidate for Seattle City Council Position 2. AMA - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"A lot of workers in Seattle are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act so do not get overtime when they work over 40 hours a week. I realize a city councillor isn't in the best position to discuss state and federal laws, but since you speak about other state and federal issues like rent control and civil rights, I'm interested in hearing whether you think it's fair that certain workers are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act? If elected, what if anything would you do to highlight this issue from your seat on the council? Here's a list of workers that don't get overtime: http://www.dol.gov/elaws... Thanks for your time today!" - sime0n
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sime0n on ELI5: What is 'a socialist' and why is it considered bad? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Would you support a Constitutional amendment to privatize the US military, so it's not collectively funded and cooperatively managed like it is now?" - sime0n
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sime0n on Alright Reddit, what are your best college life hacks? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
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sime0n on What is a show that stayed great until the very end? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Twin Peaks" - sime0n
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sime0n on LPT: Keep a bag in your sock drawer, put unmatched socks in it. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"It's a good tip right! Somehow my posts always end up with zero or less votes though. Que sera sera." - sime0n
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sime0n on LPT Target now price matches Amazon, great way to save money and get it immediately - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"Unless you live in WA state, then there is a sales tax. I think the Target deal seems cool if you have a car or live nearby. If you don't have a car, Prime costs a fraction of the car payments, insurance, maintenance, and gas just to haul crap to and from Target." - sime0n
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sime0n on Army ant bivouac. This is why I don't live in South America. - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"They're hiding from the cinnamon." - sime0n
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sime0n on American redditors, do you think your country should switch to the metric system? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I will mock the slogan "change we can believe in" the rest of my life if we are still not on the metric system by the end of Obama's term." - sime0n
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sime0n on Request: A way to keep a sun-baked room cool during the day - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"This is what I was going to recommend. If you are camping and the sun hits your tent, you cook. If you hang a cotton bedsheet between your tent and the sun, it absorbs most of the heat energy while simultaneously providing shade. You need to prevent the suns rays from hitting the part of the house that's heating up so much. If there are no trees doing this make some artificial ones by hanging sheets from the gutter to the ground or wherever else you can to shade the house itself." - sime0n
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