[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."
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.
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 ||
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.
[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.
[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.
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 ||
"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.
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.
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.
...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 ||
BB: "'Shut up!' they explained"
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/19/2019 19:18 Comments ||
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
[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."
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
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.
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.
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 ||
"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 ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.