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I wasn't a pathological liar before I started keeping one.
When I first started working I had to fill out a timecard every week. One week I put in some extra hours so I put it on my timecard. My manager got a call from the accounting department and he explained that I can only put down 40 hours or less - not more. Ever since then I've never felt any guilt whatsoever about filling out a timecard.
The funniest part about timesheets, it seems, is that in our field it isn't the employee that is dishonest but the management that orders us to use different time codes or, gasp, never mark more than 40 for a week
Instructions from my employer are that we have to record every hour worked even if above 40 total. The rules the feds have in place to avoid being ripped off by contractors can be annoying (eg not filling your sheet out daily is grounds for being larted by the beancounters); but they do have the plus of making bogus timesheets forbidden. In most cases the way the contracts are written means that they're only able to bill for 40 hours/week if we work more than that; but federal procurement regs require that everything be recorded because if I were to go insane and work 40 hours on my project and 10 hours on overhead in a single week they'd (normally, some contracts are worded differently) only be allowed to bill for 80% of my time (or 32 hours).
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
Just wondered how many of us have completed Jury Service here and what were your thoughts? I'm on it this week and it is the most mind numbingly boring experience in the world! I've wasted all day sitting in a room and didn't even get on a case Although it has given me the opportunity to knuckle down on my certifications lol.
I was actually selected once for pretrial interviews on a DUI case. I was the seventh person from a pool of 20 prospective jurors to be questioned, and after watching the previous six jurors be questioned, wasn't in the mood to be manipulated into the answers they wanted to hear.
The prosecutor asked, "Do you know anyone that's been killed by a drunk driver?"
My response: "Yes, I do, and you know what? It's a damn shame we have to use the phrases "drunk driver" and "repeat offender" in the same sentence."
The defense attorney asked, "So Mr. Simmons, how much credit do you give in-car cameras?"
My response: "A lot more credit than I give slimy attorneys that are obviously going to try to get their client off on some outlandish technicality."
Needless to say, I was released with a "Thank you for your time, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."
The case in question resulted in the idiot defendant being acquitted because they got a "fair and impartial" jury.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- "Why don't you tie a kerosene-soaked rag around your ankles so the ants won't climb up and eat your candy ass." - Dale Earnhardt, 1997
"fair and impartial" is the legal term for "gullible and easily swayed by irrelevant emotional arguments."
On the other hand, my lady reported dutifully to jury duty 14 weeks ago, and was surprised to find herself selected for the Grand Jury. After conversations with the judge, she was also appointed Foreman, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She's an extremely bright gal, and wouldn't have lasted a minute in a standard jury duty interview, but the Grand Jury is an entirely different item. She reports that her fellow jurors, with two exceptions, were also a cut above the herd, and all worked hard to ensure that the cops did their homework properly before letting a True Bill get to the trial courts. I think I'd enjoy that experience!