California Law Kills Freelance Journalism

A Commentary For Those Who Remember Freedom Of The Press  by Mitch Santell

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Freelance Writers & Journalists Limited to 35 Articles A year In Calif.

The truther community has always relied on independent researchers who are passionate about their subject and write about it often.

Within this community, many of these researchers pay their bills by writing “freelance” articles to make up the gap.

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One of my favorite people out there right now is Tim Pool. Please consider subscribing to his channel and even making a small donation. Check out what Mr. Pool has to say about this terrible law. 


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“A new bill that caps freelance submissions may make writing financially unsustainable for many workers even though the legislator behind the law insists that the goal is “to create new good jobs and a livable, sustainable wage job.”

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.

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.”

To keep their lifestyles under AB 5, all of these writers will have to develop a much broader base of editor contacts and likely experience more competition as a result.

In the last few weeks, concerned freelancers who like their contractor status have slid into the Twitter replies of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the bill’s author, and her chief of staff to voice their opposition. Frustrated with the response they’ve received so far, freelancers have organized a Facebook group to discuss tactics, cold-called local legislators, sought out labor and tax lawyers, and, as a result of their efforts, won two meetings at Gonzalez’s San Diego offices this month. Still, with the law set to go into effect on Jan. 1 and some employers already distancing themselves from California freelance journalists, their efforts may be too little, too late.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2P2vC9u

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Here is an example of what your rights were before the new law went into effect:

https://nosratilaw.com/blog/2018/09/freelance-worker-rights-in-california/

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Hollywood’s Dark Side and Hidden Hand

Commentary by Mitch Santell

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There is a dark side to Hollywood that a lot of people don’t like to talk about. It is the battle over light and dark.


Many men and women have held power, and with that influence, they thought they could get away with anything.

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Charlie Chaplin, Married 4 times & 11 Children.

An icon of the silent film era, Charlie Chaplin’s personal life was brimming with scandal. Married four times and the father of 11 children, what stood out about him as odd was the age of his wives. They were often very young. He was 29 years old when he married his first wife, who was just 16 years old. When that marriage failed, he moved on to another young bride, who also happened to be 16 when they married. This marriage also ended in divorce and it came with a lot of scandal, when his wife accused him of forcing her to have an abortion when she was pregnant. This scandal may have dented his reputation but it didn’t stop him from marrying two more times: both who were, once again, in their teens.

More here: http://bit.ly/2EhHU7O


Hollywood has a history of rolling over people, companies, marriages, and partnerships. So many that are fighting for a chance to get their film project made are willing to absolutely ruin the reputations of others to get their way. Only you can know who you are dealing with, and if you have a healthy gut sense of intuition, avoid these bastards at all costs.

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For decades, the Hollywood elite have rested comfortably on pedestals above the legions of fans who obsess over every little thing stars do, from what they wear to how they eat to who they date and beyond. Recently, however, attention has shifted from the trivial details of a famous person’s life to their dirtiest secrets as more and more A-listers are revealed to have troubling histories with sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. From Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. to Nick Carter and Danny Masterson, scores of powerful men have been accused of misconduct, a trend that reveals a more disturbing truth about the industry’s systematic abuse of women, and our culture’s acceptance of it.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2VM3AhZ

 

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Dave Chappelle After Returning From Africa.
STARS  SPEAK  OUT

Unlike the old Hollywood studio system where actors were little more than pieces of meat run through a grinding machine, today’s stars—at least occasionally—are speaking out against Tinseltown’s abuses.

Summing-up a culture that feeds off desperation, model-actress Melyssa Ford told reporters, “If your ultimate goal is to be famous, then you’re going to do a lot to get there, like sign your name in blood on a contract with the devil.”

Comedian Dave Chappelle, who admittedly professes an interest in conspiracy theories such as AIDS being man-made, got so fed-up with the industry that he fled to Africa. Upon returning, he said of Hollywood, “The environment is sick.”

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Randy Quaid

Actor Randy Quaid, while on the run from authorities, held a press conference on October 29, 2010, where he dropped a bombshell. “We believe there to be a malignant tumor of star-whackers in Hollywood . . . How many people do you know personally who have died suddenly and mysteriously in the last five years? I have personally known eight actors, Heath Ledger, Chris Penn and David Carradine among them . . . I believe these actors were whacked, and I believe many others, such as Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson are being played to get at their money.”

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Sean Young, Blade Runner

On May 16 leading lady Sean Young, who starred in Blade Runner and Wall Street, appeared on Red Ice Radio where she exposed what many AFP readers already know, at about 13 minutes into the broadcast: “Humanity is being preyed upon, as a species, not only by old satanic families like the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, Collins, Dupont, Warner, Russell, [plus] the world’s monarchies and the Vatican, but they’re also preyed upon by governments, the military, banking institutions and academia.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2Ma7ima


16 Dark Secrets That Hollywood Does Not Want You To Know.

http://bit.ly/2EuVzIC


9 Hollywood Memoirs That Reveal The Dark Side Of The Entertainment Industry

http://bit.ly/2VM3AhZ


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