1. The extent to which services are integral to the employer's business. Greater integration favors an employee-employer relationship.
2. The permanence of the relationship. More established relationships favor employee status.
3. The amount of investment in equipment. More investment suggests an independent contractor relationship.
4. The degree of control by the principal. More control favors employee-employer status.
5. The amount of financial risk. More opportunity for profit or loss favors an independent contractor relationship.
6. The amount of initiative, judgment or foresight in open-market competition with others required for the success of the claimed independent enterprise. Entrepreneurial and distinctive work favors an independent contractor relationship.
Hitting ONE out of 6 is very unlikely to qualify uber drivers as employees (#1). Particularly in the face of very strong counter bullets (#2 , #3, #4)
this is something for the courts to decide. I am very pro employee and contractor protection, but the legal distinction is not arbitrary. Your instance that YOU absolutely know for sure shows great hubris.
Just because you are not creative enough to think of a valid reason does not mean the rest of the world is unable to.
not-a-secret decision to not install a urea injection system. they don't work by themselves and never talk to others
These are teams they talk mostly internally. The drive mode switching team could very plausibly have no idea what a urea injection system is, let alone being aware of a design decision.
Plus there appears to be evidence that the engineers were WELL aware of the problem because when it first came up they engaged in all sorts of delaying tactics.
I have no idea if they did or did not. Nor do I care. I am just pointing out that it is in fact VERY easy to hide critical actions like this in large organizations with very specialized teams.
Just because you walk onto the field in the all star MLB game does not mean you actually are competent enough to truly be there. .
At best when this situation arises the news agencies are children playing in a professional league of a game they do not even understand or know that is going on.
If anyone gives confidential, secret, top secret etc they are personally responsible for that information being COMPLETELY breached.
Doing so could still be considered a worthwhile whistle blow, but you go into the situation knowing that you are personally, morally and legally responsible for exposing the whole worth to the information. Denying this a child's lie.
" My main point was this: if the press deals with top secret information all the time (and very definitely get away with it), why are THEY not facing charges and prison time, along with the Washington insiders who leak to them?"
No they dont. and No they dont. Above I let you pretend that News agencies get exposed to top secret information often. That is simply not true (luckily) The average reporter in their lifetime will never get access top secret information. A more valid estimate would be something like maybe 2 or 3 a decade. They do get ahold of information which is considered secret and confidential a bit more than that.
Also when the authorities do find about this heads do, and should roll. Some do unfortunately get away with it, but it is not, nor should that be the standard.
You are absolutely morally and legally responsible if you give crazy old grandma a gun and let here loose in a shopping mall. WHEN NOT IF things go terrible it IS YOUR FAULT. THE MEDIA IS NOT, I REPEAT NOT QUALIFIED IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM TO DO ANYTHING WITH INFORMATION EVEN CLOSE TO SECRET.
"Luckily for the world, your paranoid fantasies do not match reality. Disclosing to a reliable media source is the time-honored way of responsibly reporting government malfeasance. In your fantasy world where a responsible press does not exist then there is no way for the press to act as a check on the government because only "stupid fools" would trust the press."
Have you learned nothing from this whole situation. Everything you do is being watched and monitored. Are you being willfully ignorant or just enjoy your childlike innocence ? The US intelligence services without a question monitor all major media channels both internal and foreign......and guess what? So do the Russians and Chinese and to the best of their ability any and every other nation on this planet. We are not the only ones in this game and its beyond pathetic to think its that one sided that only the US has the resources to monitor these things.
Dont be silly and try and twist my words into pretending they support you. We both know that is a fabrication and I have no intention but to speak my honest opinion. Yes in the face of crimes a patriots blood will be spilled. But that is exactly what is NOT happening. Manning nor Snowden really revealed anything to the common man. Everyone who did not have their head up their own ass assumed/knew these programs were already in place. Many people are just behaving all upset kind like a "40 year old man who its all huffy because someone told him Santa Clause is not real". Anyone and everyone should have already known better. If you were surprised...the joke is on you.
"If you were a soldier and you witnessed flagrant war crimes and violations of the Constitution by your superiors, what would you do? Would you uphold your oath [about.com] to support and defend the Constitution by "stupidly and foolishly" "
If there was something meaningful to fight I would gladly do so at all personal cost. But again that is not at all what has happened here. You hear that silence on the issue? Did you notice the lack of people storming the streets in protest? You notice the lack of change on this issue? You notice the complacency of the American population? You notice the Supreme court signing off on these actions? All these realities are the sound of society stomping down on you, you on the fringe. As final proof of this, I dare you and any one else to try and take real action against these polices. Try and steal more these kind of documents and release them. You will find yourself in a box without any hope of society freeing you. You and I both know this is true and this is the final proof of our society supporting these policies.
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