Documents Reveal Palantir's Role in Deportations ; Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies ; and More Picks 5/3

California Janitors May Get Labor Law Protections in Wake of Federal Court Decision (Chris)

From the LA Times: “The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the California Supreme Court’s landmark 2018 Dynamex decision, which makes it harder for businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors, applies retroactively to a class-action case against cleaning giant Jan-Pro.”

Documents Reveal Palantir Software Is Used for Ice Deportations (Chris)

The author writes, “A close read of recently released ICE documents reveals that Palantir has been far more involved with the detention and deportation functions than previously implied.”

Premium Liquor Flows at Mar-a-Lago — On Taxpayers’ Dime (Reader Steve)

From ProPublica: “A top-shelf, closed-door drinking session. $546-a-night hotel rooms. A special government credit card for Mar-a-Lago. Taxpayers foot the costs — and the president profits.”

Twitter Can’t Ban Racism Because They’d Have to Ban Republicans, Too (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “The difficulty of banning white nationalist hate rhetoric from Twitter stems directly from the fact that it would be politically divisive and therefore problematic for the company.”

How a Parasitic Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies (Mili)

The author writes, “The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus has just one goal: self-propagation and dispersal. Researchers think the fungus, found in tropical forests, infects a foraging ant through spores that attach and penetrate the exoskeleton and slowly takes over its behavior.”