The Daily Populous

Monday September 21st, 2020 morning edition

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A group of Spotify staffers are now reportedly pushing to introduce direct editing oversight over The Joe Rogan Experience — before the episodes go live.

That includes content flags, trigger warnings, references to fact-checked information, or simply refusing to publish an episode at all.

The demands follow a string of controversial comments by Joe Rogan, who was lured to Spotify in a massive, $100 million deal.

Earlier this month, Digital Music News first reported that multiple podcast episodes were missing following a migration to Spotify’s platform.

Also missing are episodes featuring right-wing figures like Owen Benjamin, Stefan Molyneux, and Charles C. Johnson.

But despite the glaring omissions, Spotify staffers are now stepping up their demands to control more of Rogan’s content.

This has reportedly gone all the way to the top, though Spotify CEO Daniel Ek appears to be pushing back. »

'Emergency' investigation: House Democrats threaten to impeach AG Barr

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Democrats were rankled by Mr. Barr’s speech marking Constitution Day last week at Hillsdale College, a school with conservative ties.

The next day, the Democrats launched a three-pronged assault on Mr. Barr.

Democrats fear Mr. Barr will try to skirt Justice Department rules by having Mr. Durham issue a report instead of filing criminal charges. »

FinCEN Files: All you need to know about the documents leak

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Leaked documents involving about $2tn of transactions have revealed how some of the world's biggest banks have allowed criminals to move dirty money around the world.

The FinCEN files are more than 2,500 documents, most of which were files that banks sent to the US authorities between 2000 and 2017.

The FinCEN papers are different because they are not just documents from one or two companies - they come from a number of banks. »

Hackers leak data on 1,000 Belarusian police officers

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Anonymous hackers leaked the personal data of 1,000 Belarusian police officers in retaliation for a crackdown on street demonstrations against the veteran president, Alexander Lukashenko, as protesters staged another mass rally.

The government said it would find and punish those responsible for leaking the data, which was widely distributed on Saturday evening.

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on Sunday despite authorities deploying a heavy police presence. »

World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

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Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 60% over the 25-year period, but the increase in emissions from the richest 1% was three times greater than the increase in emissions from the poorest half.

The richest 10% of the global population, comprising about 630 million people, were responsible for about 52% of global emissions over the 25-year period, the study showed.

Globally, the richest 10% are those with incomes above about $35,000 (£27,000) a year, and the richest 1% are people earning more than about $100,000. »