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Re: “The Rivalry Issue: Food Fight

Who cares about Primantis vs. Polish Boy? Any random FatHeads sandwich kicks both in the butt.

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Posted by John Neumann on 09/07/2017 at 6:17 AM

Re: “At Pittsburgh’s Accessible Recording in Oakland, owner Madeleine Campbell takes the name to heart

It's refreshing to see a studio owner that understands the importance of acoustic treatment (the red absorbers on the walls) when mixing and mastering. I've seen too many photos of studios stocked with expensive equipment, but lots of hard reflective surfaces. When I see a lot of fancy equipment in a concrete room, I think that is someone with more money than brains. Kudos to someone who actually understands what she's doing.

Posted by John Neumann on 05/19/2017 at 6:07 AM

Re: “"Special Liquor Order" system expands state-store offerings

"Because distributors can't add the cost of shipping to the listed price per bottle, they often require minimum purchases — ranging from a single bottle up to a full case,"- So much for the claim (which I've heard elsewhere from PLCB supporters) that they help reduce alcohol abuse.

Posted by John Neumann on 02/13/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “WPTS becomes one of a handful of college radio stations on iHeartRadio

I wish WPTS published the song list after they play them, since they rarely announce what they played. I'm often in my car and hear something I like, and have no way to find out what it is.

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Posted by John Neumann on 09/04/2013 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Bad Check: Some restaurant owners get poor reviews when it comes to tip pooling

"He had been requiring his servers — who can clear $250 a night in tips each — to share a small portion of what they earned, about $10 each a night, with his dishwashers.
Dishwashers 'are the lowest paid in the restaurant industry, and they physically work the hardest,' Seager says. 'I thought it was just a kind gesture, a fair gesture.' "

Only in a country where low-paid workers are regularly treated like garbage could a restaurant owner say this without any sense of shame or irony. He is the one who decided to underpay his dishwashers!

Because of the exploitative nature of the restaurant business in the U.S., I have to assume as a customer that my server is underpaid, so we have a de facto agreement that it is my responsibility to make up for the restaurant owner's cheapness by supplementing the server's paycheck with my "tip" (I put it in quotes because it's not really a tip if it is expected for ordinary service). If I don't "tip", I am in effect stealing from the server because of the general agreement we have in this country. So if I tip a server at one of Seager's restaurants, and think the money is going to my server, I and the server are in fact being stolen from if Mr. Seager is taking part of that money to help pay another employee whom I never interact with, and wouldn't normally tip, because that other employee is also underpaid by Mr. Seager. Well played! I'm glad Mr. Seager is now paying his dishwashers more, but the fact he didn't do it in the first place, and only under external pressure, shows me he doesn't know right from wrong. I'm afraid there's no back-pedaling out of this one.

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Posted by John Neumann on 02/23/2013 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Out of the Shadows: East Liberty club receives unusual complaints

If Perlman is worried about possible future noise disturbances, why did he choose that spot to build an apartment complex? Sounds like another case of a big powerful developer moving in and forcing everyone else to change what was good about a neighborhood (not that I'm saying he's behind the noise complaints- but he could be a P.I.T.A. in the future because he invested in a location without bothering to research it first.).

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Posted by John Neumann on 08/23/2012 at 9:30 PM

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