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People Republic of California goes nuts and limits how much a freelance author can write in a year.
[The Hollywood Reporter] A new bill that caps freelance submissions may make writing financially unsustainable for many workers even though the legislator
(Lorena Gonzalez, D-Union Whore)
behind the law insists that the goal is "to create new good jobs and a livable, sustainable wage job."
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, ‘tis said.
California-based freelance writer Arianna Jeret recently learned about Assembly Bill 5 and is now concerned she and her colleagues in CA may soon be speaking about their jobs in the past tense.
Secondary effects — always a shock when thinking is not one of one’s skillz.
Jeret, who contributes to relationship websites YourTango.com and The Good Men Project, says freelance writing has helped support her two children and handle their different school schedules. Her current gigs — covering mental health, lifestyle and entertainment — allow her to work from home, from the office and even from her children's various appointments. "There were just all of these benefits for my ability to still be an active parent in my kids' lives and also support us financially that I just couldn't find anywhere in a steady job with anybody," she says.

Jeret is now coming to terms with how her lifestyle will change come Jan. 1, when AB 5, California legislation aimed directly at the gig economy that was signed into law Sept. 18, will go into effect.

The bill, which cracks down on companies — like ride-sharing giants Lyft and Uber — that misclassify would-be employees as independent contractors, has been percolating through the California legislative system for nearly a year. It codifies the 2018 Dynamex decision by the State Supreme Court while carving out some exemptions for specific professions.

But the exemption for freelance journalists — which some have only just learned about via their colleagues, press reports, social networks and/or spirited arguments with the bill's author on Twitter — contains what some say is a potentially career-ending requirement for a writer to remain a freelancer: If a freelance journalist writes for a magazine, newspaper or other entity whose central mission is to disseminate the news, the law says, that journalist is capped at writing 35 "submissions" per year per "putative employer." At a time when paid freelance stories can be written for a low end of $25 and high end of $1 per word, some meet that cap in a month just to make end's meet.

Amy Lamare, who writes for money site Celebritynetworth.com and YourTango.com, adds, "Everyone's freaking out, like my anxiety is going through the damn roof."
Lots lots more at the link
Posted by: 3dc || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [545 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Shutdown the California legislature, reduce them to territory status, install a military governor and clean the place out.
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 10/19/2019 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm so glad I live in civilized country.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 2:54 Comments || Top||

#3  So when do you think the freelance writers will beat feet out of the state ? they better leave before the other states put up border controls.
Posted by: Clyde Dribble8052 || 10/19/2019 4:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Single women and with children hit hardest!

(though you'll never see that in the legacy infotainment enterprises)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/19/2019 5:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Good luck with actually enforcing this garbage law, but please, Gavin Newsom & company - continue your gallant effort with destroying an entire state.
Posted by: Raj || 10/19/2019 6:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, if there's going to be a new Dark Age, it is necessary to resurrect the guilds...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/19/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#7  If they had husbands they could claim the husband did some of the writing...

Oh. I'm not sure they can claim their cats did some of the writing.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/19/2019 9:42 Comments || Top||

#8  They probably could. Who is going to be checking up on the millions of these employees that are out there? A lot of these people work multiple gig jobs so that they never become totally dependent on anybody. Now they'll have to get in line and slave for an employer who has been suitably vetted by California's People's State (if they can even find a replacement job). The obvious solution is that most people and companies will simply ignore the law.

As Ayn Rand said, it's impossible to rule the innocent. They want to make everybody into a criminal. To make people guilty of something, to make them feel their guilt, and rule them through it.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 10/19/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#9  They've to report their income to IRA, VH
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 10:06 Comments || Top||

#10  #2 I'm so glad I live in civilized country.

You and me both.☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/19/2019 10:27 Comments || Top||

#11  Is freelance thinking still allowed? I mean if you don't write it down anywhere.
Posted by: jpal || 10/19/2019 10:48 Comments || Top||

#12  This was all a union effort to cut down on independent contractors so they could unionize them, starting with Uber and Lyft drivers
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||

#13  " Hi Glenda, What are you doing these days ? Oh I drive for Uber in California. But you live in Texas. " , Remote controlled robot cars. "
Posted by: Clyde Dribble8052 || 10/19/2019 11:15 Comments || Top||

#14  I'm surprised. Thought this was the Babylon Bee.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/19/2019 11:29 Comments || Top||

#15  This was all a union effort to cut down on independent contractors so they could unionize them, starting with Uber and Lyft drivers

Unions? Why does that not surprise me?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/19/2019 11:32 Comments || Top||

#16  Not to be contrarian but Uber et al are continuing the great Silicon Valley tradition of scamming the nation's employment laws in order to mischaracterize actual employees - regular, long-term, full-time, focused on non-temporary and unchanging assignments-- as temps engaged in short duration project work.

This is a blatant violation of longstanding employment law and it's used for no purpose other than to avoid paying legitimate benefits and signing legitimate contracts with people who are in no way shape or form part-timefreelancers.

Microsoft, Google, Oracle, ALL of the tech companies have been engaged in this scam for decades. IIUC DOJ has fined MS for this scummy and illegal behavior on at least one occasion. The big tech companies now coach their managers on how to avoid getting caught.

So please don't confuse the very necessary crackdown on Uber et al with Big Brother. It's nothing of the sort.
Posted by: Lex || 10/19/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#17  Uh huh - that's why there are so many exemptions under AB 5?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#18  California,...where crack houses sell for $569,000 and up.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 10/19/2019 14:25 Comments || Top||

#19  (Contractor*) Strippers hit hardest!

*clubs get around certain responsibilities by classifying the 'performers' as independent contractors for decades.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/19/2019 16:25 Comments || Top||

#20  Im'a need three or four contractors to bid on the bare costs of my project...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/19/2019 18:38 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Rasmussen: 51% of Voters Suspect High-Level Crimes to Stop Trump Presidency.
h/t Instapundit
[Breibart] A Rasmussen poll reveals a little more than half of likely U.S. voters suspect crimes were committed by high-level law enforcement officials in an effort to stop a Donald Trump presidency, but only 32 percent believe anyone will be punished.

The national survey, obtained via telephone and the Internet, shows 51 percent of likely U.S. voters believe high-level law enforcement officials have broken the law to stop Trump from winning the White House.
The other 49% know not to mess with the deep state?
The 51 percent who suspect high-level crimes includes 34 percent who say such a situation is "very likely."

Rasmussen Reports states that even 42 percent of Democrats "now suspect high-level wrongdoing to stop Trump."

According to the survey results, 36 percent of participants consider high-level illegality as unlikely, including 22 percent who say that situation is "not at all likely." In addition, 13 percent of likely voters are not sure.

When asked how likely it is "that criminal charges will be brought against senior federal law enforcement officials for their effort to prevent a Trump presidency," only 32 percent of all voters believe it is likely that criminal charges will be brought against the high-level law enforcement officials for their effort to stop Trump’s presidency, while 54 percent view charges against the officials as unlikely.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 04:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....while 54 percent view charges against the officials as unlikely.

If no charges are brought before 2027, those numbers are likely to grow.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Number should be 100%
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/19/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  How many answered "No habla Ingles."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Shitshow Part 138
Posted by: Lex || 10/19/2019 11:22 Comments || Top||

#5  More polling B.S.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/19/2019 11:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Rasmussen: 51% of Voters Suspect High-Level Crimes to Stop Trump Presidency.

23% approval of the high level crimes. See - by any means necessary.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/19/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Is Rasmussen a 'big deli thumb' kind of poll now? I thought these guys used to be more or less evenhanded.
Posted by: Raj || 10/19/2019 12:35 Comments || Top||

Van Jones explains Hildebeest's problem with Tulsi Gabbard
[Free Beacon] Former Obama administration adviser Van Jones accused Hillary Clinton of smearing presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) "with no facts."

Clinton accused Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, of acting as a "Russian asset" on Friday. Jones dismissed Clinton's criticism as a "complete smear" that spread "disinformation."

"She's playing a very dangerous game," he told CNN. "Hillary Clinton, if you're concerned about disinformation, what the Russians do is they spread disinformation, they get us divided against each other. That is what just happened, just throw out some information, disinformation, smear somebody."

The failed 2016 Democratic nominee accused Gabbard and 2016 candidate Jill Stein of working with the Russians to get President Donald Trump reelected in 2020. Jones said Clinton is likely speaking out against Gabbard because the congresswoman broke with Democratic leadership in the 2016 election and endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) over Clinton.

"It's been payback hell ever since," Jones said.

Gabbard responded to the attacks by calling on Clinton to "join the race directly."

"It's now clear that this primary is between you and me," Gabbard tweeted. "Don't cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly."
Emphasis added.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2019 03:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Typical. Call everyone they don't like a dirty foreigner.

They still haven't gotten the message that Trump won because he was better. Excuse after excuse why they lost.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/19/2019 5:00 Comments || Top||

#2  "Hillary Clinton, if you're concerned about disinformation, what the Russians do is they spread disinformation, they get us divided against each other. That is what just happened, just throw out some information, disinformation, smear somebody."

Just like Van's former boss. They would know all about these tactics, and then some.
Posted by: Raj || 10/19/2019 6:32 Comments || Top||

State Department finds violations by 38 people in Clinton emails review
h/t Instapundit
The State Department identified nearly 600 security violations in its now-completed review of email records of dozens of former agency officials and aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The investigation, which covered the 33,000 emails Clinton provided for review, found 91 "valid violations" attributable to 38 individuals, some of whom may face disciplinary action. Another 497 violations could not be tied to any specific person.
James Comey's "No intent". Pfft. Defenestrate these f*ckers
A nine-page unclassified report was sent to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is leading the congressional oversight of the security review, in a letter from Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Mary Elizabeth Taylor dated Oct. 16.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 02:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Note Senator Grassley's January 30 letter was answered October 16th. I think it was the same year, but Mary Elizabeth didn't say.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/19/2019 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  um. so 38 "individuals" did wrong to send the emails, but nothing about the one who received, stored and re-mailed them?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/19/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  SS, Pt. 140
Posted by: Lex || 10/19/2019 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  U.S. Code § 798.Disclosure of classified information
(a)Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States or for the benefit of any foreign government to the detriment of the United States any classified information—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

There have been people convicted and put in prison for less. The fact that she had an illegal server set up, and she tried to destroy evidence of a crime ought to be sufficient to show intent.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/19/2019 12:06 Comments || Top||

#5  That it was a Friday night news dump tells you everything about the mindset of the people at State. Will there be an criminal referral for these felony’s? Rule of law my ass....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/19/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||

#6  ...found "some instances" of classified information being "inappropriately introduced into an unclassified system in furtherance of expedience." But investigators uncovered "no persuasive evidence of systematic, deliberate mishandling of classified information."

Sorry to say thisi is my organization that did this investigation. How can you say TS material ended up on an Unclass system but it wasn't deliberate?? What else could it be but deliberate??
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 10/19/2019 19:12 Comments || Top||

#7  BB: "'Shut up!' they explained"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2019 19:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Sorry to say thisi is my organization that did this investigation. How can you say TS material ended up on an Unclass system but it wasn't deliberate?? What else could it be but deliberate?? Posted by Bangkok Billy

Things have chanced since Jimmy Mac and Tim.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2019 19:23 Comments || Top||

Trump Lawyers' Litigation Letter to CNN.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 02:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Boy, I hope the CNN employees quoted have got a new gig lined up. And that somebody records Zuckerberg's fury.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/19/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Sorry, [CNN] Zucker, not the Facebook dweeb [Zuckerberg].
Posted by: Bobby || 10/19/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Revoke their broadcast licenses.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 10/19/2019 8:50 Comments || Top||

#4  The Trump team shouldn't be lacking evidence to prove its case. CNN is a start.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/19/2019 11:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Revoke their broadcast licenses.

Sorry Uleck Spererong9442, CNN is not a broadcast company, but a cable company, therefore no broadcast license to revoke.

But not to worry, the way CNN rating keep going downward, they will soon enough go bankrupt and out of business.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 10/19/2019 14:48 Comments || Top||

Internal emails reveal de Blasio had City Hall staff help with reelection bid
[NYPOST] Mayor Bill de Blasio
...cryptocommie mayor of New York and for some reason a Dem candidate for president in 2020. Corrupt and incompetent, his qualifications for office seem to consist of being married to a black woman, with whom he honeymooned in Cuba. He has a preppy-looking son named Dante, whose Divine Comedy involved getting his back hair up when a police car drove past him slowly...
regularly used his City Hall staff to boost his 2017 reelection bid while state and federal authorities were investigating his campaign fundraising practices, according to internal emails released Thursday.
"Mayor Putz"
City rules prevent public employees from using their official time for political purposes. Yet over 205 pages of emails between the mayor and his two sets of staff, obtained through a Freedom of Information request and first reported by the Daily News, show that they routinely flouted those rules.

In the most glaring example happened in December 2016 when the mayor asked his campaign and City Hall staff to coordinate a meeting with a deep-pocketed donor ‐ and then tried to rope a deputy mayor into the fundraising effort.

"Steve Mostyn is in town from Dallas," the mayor wrote to his City Hall scheduler and the deputy finance director for his campaign on Dec. 5, 2016.

"Very important I see him. Pls set up," de Blasio wrote. His campaign finance director, Elana Leopold, followed up on her boss’s email.

"Mayor wants an hour w him and wants Herminia to stop by to say hi at the front of [sic] back end," Leopold wrote, referring to then Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Hermania Palacio.

De Blasio’s official scheduler, Prisca Salazar-Rodriguez, suggested having the meeting at City Hall before his Leopold said, "I don’t think it’s allowed to be at City Hall."

Members of Mostyn’s family later donated nearly $10,000 to the mayor’s reelection campaign.

A mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said "the mayor wanted to Deputy Mayor Palacio to attend because they had a personal connection and he thought they’d enjoy meeting. She wasn’t able to attend, however, and the meeting did not occur at City Hall."

Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under:

Project Veritas PART 3: CNN Field Manager: Zucker's 9am Calls ‘BS;'
This was the most revealing so far. Crazy how many employees agree.

Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It gets to be even more fun around the 9:00 mark.

And the response:

Trump campaign to sue CNN over pro-impeachment bias, demands ‘substantial payment’

Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 13:12 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Hillary Clinton Says Tulsi Gabbard Is a Russian Tool
h/t Instapundit
Twitter exchange

Tulsi Gabbard
Great! Thank you
. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a ...concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know ‐ it was always you, through your proxies and ...powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.

It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.
one noteworthy, by somebody really sick, response
David Weissman
Replying to
If I get shit for this tweet fuck it. You & I signed up to up to fight for our country. Do we have any right to call anyone a war monger? Do politicians make mistakes yes, but they do not go out just looking for wars. We don’t see the big picture we do, this was a bad take.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  g(r)om ~ Hit 'ctrl-alt-z' to zoom in on graphic. I knew you'd ask.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2019 4:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Que?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 4:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Not just 'David Weissman.' Probably a little over half the responses on that Twitter thread are from sick individuals-- or bots.

Twitter is a cesspool.
Posted by: Lex || 10/19/2019 9:03 Comments || Top||

#4  The news isn't what the old bitch said. The news is Tulsi's reply. What a burn. She may be the next Democrat prez for all you know. After Trump's second term of course.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/19/2019 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  p.s. Anybody knows if this "David Weissman" really a veteran?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 10:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Don’t cowardly hide

Before she becomes prez she might want to learn the difference between an adjective and an adverb, though...
Posted by: Lex || 10/19/2019 11:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Hit 'ctrl-alt-z' to zoom in on graphic. I knew you'd ask.

No thanks, B. The zoomed out version is bad enough.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/19/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#8  "#5 p.s. Anybody knows if this "David Weissman" really a veteran?"

He self-describes as: "Conservative Republican Trump supporter (Trump support July 1 2016 - July 1 2018) Now liberal Democrat Warren supporter!"

Dunno whether he is a vet. But he left the part out about being a bit of a nutter.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/19/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#9  Probably right. The Russians will always opt for the most attractive lady.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/19/2019 11:45 Comments || Top||

#10  Re D.W.: Good chance that this is actually a bot. A few years back it was established that st like 24% of Twitter traffic came from bots.

Today the % is almost certainly higher-- wouldn't be surprised if it's now approaching half of their content
Posted by: Lex || 10/19/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

#11  #8 His self description
"NY Jew in Florida. Army Vet, former Conservative Republican Trump supporter (Trump support July 1 2016 - July 1 2018) Now liberal Democrat Warren supporter!"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

#12  ^ bot.
No sentient human could be so stupid.
Posted by: Lex || 10/19/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||

#13  NY Jew in Florida. Army Vet

Lots of people were drafted during the Korea and Viet Nam years without it impacting their opinions. The proof is that Rantburg does not have a much bigger audience.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2019 12:46 Comments || Top||

#14  I would like a Trump Tulsi ticket in 2020. The swamp wouldn’t know which way to turn
Tulsi would make a great president after we take care the moribund SC problems.
I think she would make an even better Secretary of Defense for Trump.
Posted by: Elius || 10/19/2019 15:16 Comments || Top||

#15  It would be nice if the dems would move in this direction. However, get back to me when she denounces gutting the Second Amendment and says socialism is not where the USA is going. You won't be getting back to me anytime soon...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/19/2019 16:43 Comments || Top||

#16  "The thing about politics, Chelsea,
As I was just saying to Tulsi,
Is, first you're a face,
Then a heel. No disgrace.
Watch and learn: ringside seat at the LZ!"
Posted by: Harry Chusoque6280 || 10/19/2019 19:06 Comments || Top||

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