The Daily Populous

Saturday August 21st, 2021 day edition

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On Friday, a Superior Court judge out of Alameda County called the measure that exempts ride-share and delivery workers from being paid and treated as employees unconstitutional.

Judge Frank Roesch wrote in his ruling that "it limits the power of a future legislature to define app-based drivers as workers subject to workers’ compensation law.".

Uber and Lyft drivers, along with other gig workers throughout California, have been considered independent contractors since a 2020 law known as Prop.

The proposition was heavily backed by ride-share companies who stand to profit if drivers and delivery workers are not considered employees.

Earlier this month, Lyft and Uber introduced a bill in Massachusetts based off of Prop.

However, since Uber and Lyft are already set to appeal, the ruling doesn't mean much will happen in the short-term. »

Fox News ignores a DC bomb threat inspired by right-wing conspiracy theory culture

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In videos streamed to Facebook before and during the bomb threat while he sat in a truck, Roseberry made clear he’s immersed in right-wing conspiracy theories and grievances that receive heavy play on Fox.

The bomb threat isn’t just the story of an individual conspiracy theorist — it’s about US political culture, too.

Brooks wasn’t alone among members of Congress in identifying Thursday’s bomb threat as a symptom of political culture. »

Could monarchy have saved Afghanistan?

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It defeated King George’s men at Yorktown and saw — and sees — itself as a bulwark against monarchical despotism.

Instead, we found ourselves in a rain-stained, brutalist villa in Oligata, a gated community on one of Rome’s outer hills.

We were there to discover if the old man was interested, or even able, to take up the reins again. »

Activision confirms all its core studios are now working on Call of Duty

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Activision has confirmed that all its core studios are now working on the Call of Duty franchise.

While all of Activision’s core studios are now working on Call of Duty, as first reported by VGC earlier this year, it doesn’t rule out them working on other projects too.

Perhaps in light of the lawsuit, the debut trailer for Call of Duty: Vanguard appeared to distance itself from Activision. »

A Jan. 6 Defendant Could Go To Jail For Streaming

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Jensen had been in jail for months following his arrest in January in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection.

He’s accused of leading a mob of rioters who chased US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman through the Capitol and of carrying a knife in his pocket at the time.

Jensen was a self-described follower of the QAnon collective delusion, a fact that the government focused on in arguing to keep him behind bars. »