Just wanted to say I think your podcasts are hilarious - I'm a birder who was spending a Monday night getting drunk and I stumbled across episode 80 (mentions birding) on your Tumblr. Good shit, man. Keep it up.
During a 1993 segment of The Home Show about influenza vaccines, a physician mistakenly gave [Sarah] Purcell an injection with the same needle that had been used on Gary Collins. At the end of the show, Collins announced that he would undergo blood tests to allay any concerns. There were no reported subsequent results.
Even though small-time bloggers aren’t exactly raking in the dough, the city requires privilege licenses for any business engaged in any “activity for profit,” says tax attorney Michael Mandale of Center City law firm Mandale Kaufmann. This applies “whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year,” he adds.
So even if your blog collects a handful of hits a day, as long as there’s the potential for it to be lucrative — and, as Mandale points out, most hosting sites set aside space for bloggers to sell advertising — the city thinks you should cut it a check. According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business. The same rules apply to freelance writers. As former City Paper news editor Doron Taussig once lamented [Slant, “Taxed Out,” April 28, 2005], the city considers freelancers — which both Bess and Barry are, in addition to their blog work — “businesses,” and requires them to pay for a license and pay taxes on their profits, on top of their state and federal taxes.
When I first moved here six years ago, I was sharing in the Google AdSense revenue from a site I started with a friend ages ago. It was doing okay, enough to cover the server costs for the year. As soon as I started doing research into the tax system here in Phila. and read up on the Business Privilege Tax & License, well- that’s when I decided to just go ahead and remove myself from the site revenues completely.
Conway: Alright, people— we need to set the special exhibition schedule for the year. The insurance company and trustees have been on my ass and I want to go through every damn one to make sure we don’t have another incident like last year.
Hanson: I’m sorry. I didn’t think it would cause a problem…
Wills: Oh come on, Ed! Fucking jewel-encrusted ‘Umbrellas of Royalty?’ Like The Penguin wasn’t going to jump all over that one?
Hanson: Hey— I already said I’m sorry, okay?
Conway: People, please. Now, we have a lot of traveling exhibitions we can take on this year, we just need to decide which ones we should bid upon. Okay… Smithsonian’s offering an exhibition of rare playing cards… (everyone laughs) Heh, nope. Don’t even need to bother with that one. Here’s something— a collection of Swiss clocks, on loan from—
Wills: Nope. Clock King.
Conway: Oh yeah, I’d forgotten about him.
Wills: Eh, nobody. Clock-related crimes.
Conway: Okay, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum is sending a tour of calendars that have hung in the White House.
Hanson: Nope. Calendar Man.
Conway: Right, right… Oh, Christ— Ivy University’s library has offered their collection of first edition riddle books. Ha-ha. Real funny. Dicks.
Wills: Hey, how about this one? Opal City’s natural history museum’s offering— eh, never mind.
Conway: What? What is it?
Wills: Some Lewis Carrol manuscripts from their permanent collection.
Hanson: What’s wrong with those?
Hanson: .. Hatter. Right. Damn. Well, how about this? For their anniversary, Zippo’s sending around an exhibit of lighters. Special models, old ones. Kind of lame, but it might be safe.
Conway: I don’t know. Who’s that one guy with the wings and helmet? Firebug?
Conway: Riiight. Hm. No, we’d better pass.
Hanson: Why? He’s an arsonist. He uses flame throwers. What the hell is he going to want with a bunch of Zippo lighters?
Conway: Better safe than sorry.
Hanson: Oh, come on!
Wills: Yeah, let’s get those. Maybe some more umbrellas, too.
Hanson: Shut up about the umbrellas, already. Jesus! Every goddamn time!
Conway: Hey! Settle down, alright. -sigh- Listen, let’s just go with the Millard Fillmore letters again, okay? Unless there’s some nutball obsessed with the Whig party I don’t know about.
Conway: Alright, then. Fillmore letters again. Call their library and set it up, Ed.
From: M. Harton (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Subject: Bootlegs for trade Newsgroups: alt.music.scotus Date: 2003/05/02
Just putting these out there- Still looking for Printz v. United States, New York Times v. Tasini and anything from the 1985 term.
Disclaimer: Please remember these are BOOTLEG decisions. Don’t hold me to exactly what I rate the quality and the time of each. I am just giving my best guess. If you are looking for some fantastic sounding recording you aren’t gonna like BOOTLEGS !!!
New Jersey v. T.L.O. Sound Rating: EX+ Length: 80 Min. Source: Soundboard Not bad - one of Chief Justice Byron “Hailstorm” White’s better shows. Not much gallery noise in this one. Nice duet with Stevens and Marshall on the dissent.
Miranda v. Arizona Sound Rating: F Length: 100 Min. Source: Pocket tape recorder Not sure why I put this up here. Everyone has this one. My copy has a bit spliced in at the end where Bill Douglas goes off on some clerk about the pastry cart being out of raspberry danishes. *Will only trade full tape*
Rankin v. McPherson Sound Rating: EX Length: 68 Min. Source: Soundboard Case isn’t usually considered one of the “landers;” Notable for Lewis Powell’s repeated, dead-on impression of then-President Ronald Reagan.
Bibb v. Navajo Freight Lines Inc. (1959) Sound Rating: G+ Length: 30 Min. Source: Unknown I think this is from a wire recording. If so, it’s in excellent shape and a wonderful example of the Warren court era. Everyone points to the big ones from these years, but this is the type of recording I look for. It’s not a heavy case, the pressure’s off the boys and does it ever show! Frankfurter even pulls his “Can’t hear ya, Slim!” act on a poor bastard from the Illinois AG office. Repeated references to Potter Stewart as “new blood” and “hot shot.” Great, great stuff. One of the most fun listens in my collection.
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) Sound Rating: G+ Length: 127 Min. Source: Soundboard Standard civil rights case from the 70s. Opening act is Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Wasted Words podcast, Show 79 - The Foghat Street Team
Leonard Pierce (avclub.com) and Dan McQuade (philadelphiawilldo.com) join Shek, Olivia and RJ to talk about crimes they have all committed. Or not committed. A listener Asks the Bartender about a friend in a cult and we get details of the Northside Tavern’s happy hour. Also, Olivia really, really doesn’t like Kanye.
DOES RUSH ALSO HAVE A CAPTAIN JANKS LAYING IN WAIT?
At the end of this segment on NPR’s Morning Edition, military expert and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Ricks totally pulls out the Rush Limbaugh fan’s equivalent of the Howard Stern fan’s beloved “Baba Booey.”
If you have someone visiting New York who claims not to like it, do this:
Take them to Central Park on a mild summer evening and to the overlook at Bethesda Fountain, where you can see the fountain, folks boating on the pond, milling about, framed by those beautiful trees and those wonderful old banner poles.
If they can stand there for a bit, not wondering at the fact that the City and its people, for all of their faults, could preserve something so beautiful for so long, in the midst of all of THIS, then you should probably just go ahead and get them on their bus to JFK, because there is no hope.
Over the course of several phone calls, the woman across the aisle has been describing a first date she had in Phila. Last evening. With each call, as she describes him, she becomes more and more defensive about his height, mostly to herself.
He is a pharmicist. With good teeth. And he is better than “Mark.”
But there’s still that height. Shorter than she’d like. Though, hey, as long as “he treats me nice, why wait for Mr. Perfect?”
“Franklin is also organizing a ‘Lemonade Revolt’ for Last Thursday in August. He’s calling on anarchists, neighbors and others to come early for the event and grab space for lemonade stands on Alberta between Northeast 25th and Northeast 26th.”—
Wasted Words Show 78 – Let’s Just Relax For A Generation
Ryan Ridley of the Grandma’s Virginity Podcast joins Shek, Stephen, Olivia and I to talk about the endless, ever-shortening recycling of our childhood popular culture. What fun for a post-vacation show!
In 1984, McCartney asked “Weird Al” Yankovic when he was going to parody one of his songs. A couple of years later, Yankovic asked for permission to put his “Live and Let Die” parody “Chicken Pot Pie” on an album (as a courtesy; legally he did not need permission). McCartney denied the use because he is a vegetarian and didn’t want to promote the eating of animal flesh. Fellow vegetarian Yankovic said he respected the decision; however, he has performed the song live.
Looking at the Wikipedia entry for ‘Live Television' and there are certainly some very historic and newsworthy events cited-
July 20, 1969 - Apollo 11 the first moon landing by humans.
January 28, 1986 - The Challenger explosion was seen on live TV by millions in the U.S.
January 22, 1987 - Budd Dwyer committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth with a revolver during a televised press conference.
September 11, 2001 - At 09:03am Eastern Daylight Time, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, in front of millions of viewers who were already watching live coverage of the unfolding terrorist attacks of that day.
August 16, 2008 - Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili chewed a tie during the news headlines on the BBC.
I suppose that this was probably the first tie-chewing broadcast live to the world. Jackie Kennedy, of course, had famously broken the live television hat-eating barrier during her broadcast tour of the White House on CBS in 1962.