Friday, March 1, 2024

I Wrote What? Google's AI-Powered Libel Machine

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Gemini says it has no idea who I am, even when I identify myself as a law professor. So I'm good.

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Do Newly Released Documents Provide a Smoking Gun for the Lab Leak Theory? – HotAir

There is evidence that the WIV was on the verge of doing exactly the kind of viral research that would make a lab leak possible, exactly when and where the virus later broke out to the rest of the world. It's an incredible coincidence if it is one. And given China's history of lying about COVID, not just about the actual death toll but other embarrassing facts, we have no reason to believe their denials.

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March 1, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

MSNBC, Paul Krugman Panic Over "White Rural Rage"

To recap: globalization and technological change have devastated small towns and made the urban keyboard warriors richer, and rural voters can’t move to the cities because they can’t afford to. However, instead of being grateful for the “huge de facto transfers of money from rich, urban states like New Jersey to poor, relatively rural states like West Virginia” in the form of federal programs paid by the taxes of luckier citizens like Krugman, small town America is unaccountably hostile.

Schaller and White Rural Rage co-author Paul Waldman make the same point, that “cities produce far more of the nation’s wealth,” and rural citizens are increasingly “subsidized by the taxes paid by higher-income metropolitans.” What gives? Why won’t they shut the fuck up?

“For so long,” complained Waldman on Morning Joe, “Democrats have been told… that in order to get rural voters… you have to go there… you have to show them that you understand… You have to put on a Carhartt jacket and go down to somebody's farm, right? Maybe milk a cow?”

“Yes!” exclaimed* Mika.

But it turns out, a sad Waldman pronounced, that you “don’t have to do any of that,” because Donald Trump didn’t. He just “gave [rural voters] a way to essentially give a big middle finger to Democrats, to people who live in cities and to the rest of the country.”

The Morning Joe set looked perplexed. Why would that work better than wearing a Carhartt jacket and milking a cow? It didn’t make sense.

Educated America. We’re in good hands!

*The correct phrase is really “‘Yes,’ dipshitted Mika,” but I was afraid the usage would throw off some readers. For future reference, it may come up again

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Matt Taibbi.

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Has the Supreme Court gone ga-ga or MAGA? | The Hill

And the elephant in the room: If Trump is reelected, he will have the power to dismiss all federal charges against him, and justice delayed will surely be justice denied.

Judges are supposed to expedite proceedings. Indeed, it is extraordinary, in my experience, for a court to enjoin the start of a criminal trial. But this is an extraordinary case.

Indeed, the Supreme Court been known to put issues of great national concern on a “rocket docket.” In Bush v. Gore, the court held oral argument on December 11, 2000, and decided the case 5-4 the very next day. And in United States v. Nixon, a unanimous court ordered Nixon to turn over the White House tapes to the special prosecutor just 16 days after argument. If this court acts as speedily, an August trial might be possible, but don’t get your hopes up.

In times gone by, justices like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis D. Brandeis — undeterred by the rule of five — wrote principled dissents, which eventually became the law. Now, the liberal minority, cowed by Roberts’s call for institutionalism, goes along with the majority, lest the court appear to be too political.

We do not know whether the criminal prosecution of Jack Smith’s indictment arising from the Jan. 6 insurrection will ever be tried. But we are certainly no longer a “government of laws, not of men.” As Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn was fond of saying to his colleagues when he had a case in court: “F— the law, who’s the judge?

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Ja,es D. Zirin, who will probably never appear in these pages again.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Left Needs to Stop Banning Products and Censoring Honest Criticism | RealClearEnergy

The Biden administration wants to take away two-thirds of the cars currently on the road in favor of electric vehicles. That electric vehicle mandate has run headlong into scorching public and political pressure, and may be wilting before our eyes in an “election year concession.”  But, at this crucial moment, the administration’s dark-money allies are trying a stick-save, demanding that television networks in swing states censor advertisements critical of the mandate.

It’s bad enough to want to want to ban the majority of the cars that everyday people use, but it is a whole new level of tone deafness to then try and shut down voices that rightly criticize this type of elitist maneuver. 

The regulation in question is designed to expedite the retirement of traditional, gas-powered cars in favor of electric vehicles.  By the Biden administration’s own analysis, the likely path to compliance features nearly 70% of the passenger car market shifting to battery electric vehicles in just a few years, despite less than 2% of the current cars on the road being battery electric. 

This is part of a broader campaign by the Biden Administration to meet various “green” promises to the Left by banning countless household appliances, wiping away most of the dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and other appliances that consumers currently find on store shelves.

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Throw it away. Just throw it away. Let peace rain down on your head. Think of the desert. Breathe.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Border Security Law – HotAir

U.S. District Judge David Ezra ruled today that Texas Senate Bill 4 violates the U.S. Constitution and prior Supreme Court rulings that put the federal government in charge of immigration laws and restrictions. Senate Bill 4 was scheduled to go into effect on March 5. 

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The new law would allow local law officers to arrest and state judges to deport illegal aliens along the southern border. Lawyers for Texas argued that the law signed by Governor Abbott in December is a valid response to President Biden's dereliction of duty on the border. Abbott declared an invasion was taking place along the border that brought in authorized immigrants and criminal cartels.

If Joe Biden doesn't perform his top responsibility to secure the borders and protect the homeland, what is a border state governor to do? The longest part of the southern border is the Texas-Mexico border. Illegal immigrants have flooded the border for three years by the millions into Texas. Why is Texas expected to shoulder that burden? The Biden administration turns a blind eye and a deaf ear to requests for federal help for the exact reason the district judge cited - immigration is a federal responsibility. Is Governor Abbott supposed to sit back and let whatever happens happen to Texas? That is unacceptable.

Judge Ezra also rejected that the Biden border crisis has produced an invasion as described in the Constitution. He said Texas is not "engaging in war by enforcing SB 4." 

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Our hot mess Constitution. Oh, just kidding. But what if the USCON does just leave it exclusively in Federal hands and even its inaction preempts any state action, with respect to enforcing the borders? That would be bad. Especially if, well, the whole Ol' Joe story.

Reminds me, is anyone working on an Originalist GPT? It would not be hard for someone with a little coding experience to put it together. Then we could have an Oracle to ask these tough questions to. What could go wrong?

February 29, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Is ChatGPT making scientists hyper-productive? The highs and lows of using AI

Academic publishers scrambled to announce policies on the use of ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) in the writing process. By last October, 87 of 100 top scientific journals had provided guidance to authors on generative AI, which can create text, images and other content, researchers reported on 31 January in the The BMJ1.

But that’s not the only way in which ChatGPT and other LLMs have begun to change scientific writing. In academia’s competitive environment, any tool that allows researchers to “produce more publications is going to be a very attractive proposition”, says digital-innovation researcher Savvas Papagiannidis at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Generative AI is continuing to improve — so publishers, grant-funding agencies and scientists must consider what constitutes ethical use of LLMs, and what over-reliance on these tools says about a research landscape that encourages hyper-productivity.

via www.nature.com

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GOP strained by Trump-influenced shift from Reagan on Russia | The Hill

It’s not Ronald Reagan’s GOP anymore. 

The Republican Party’s shift from Russia hawk to something softer is straining the GOP at a crucial juncture, highlighting the ascendency of former President Trump’s “America First” approach and exasperating old-guard conservatives who long for a return to the assertive foreign policy championed by the party through generations prior.

It’s created nothing short of an identity crisis for those Republicans who still identify with the party of former President Reagan, a Cold War president long lionized within the GOP ranks for his aggressive confrontations with the Soviet Union.

via thehill.com

Ukraine consists of mostly ordinary people, not oligarchs. Most of them are fighting in the trenches or just enduring the war at home. I understand all the resentments against the CIA and the FBI. But Ukraine gets money to fight where it can find it. We can go back to isolationism the moment Russia pulls out of Ukraine and Hamas surrenders and returns its hostages. There aren't a lot of battles of mostly good against mostly evil, but Ukraine (and Israel) are two of them.

February 29, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (1)

If Berkeley Wants to Protect Free Speech It Will Expel Its Rioters | The Free Press

It’s said that civilization was founded the moment a man flung a word at his enemy instead of a spear. On our most elite college campuses—most recently, the University of California, Berkeley—the plan seems to be to unfound it.

Earlier this week, a student group called Bears for Palestine published on Instagram its intention of “combatting lies” by shutting down an event featuring Israeli Defense Forces reservist and lawyer Ran Bar-Yoshafat.

“This individual is dangerous,” the post continued. “He has committed crimes against humanity, is a genocide denier, and we will not allow for this event to go on. . . . SHUT IT DOWN.”

Before the event was scheduled to begin Monday evening, hundreds of student protesters descended on the building where it was supposed to take place—banging on doors and windows, preventing students from entering, forcing their way in, and shouting “intifada, intifada.” 

Protesters broke glass doors. One male student alleges being spit on by a protester. Another student—a woman—was injured. Yet another student claims that “Jew” was screamed as an epithet.

The mob got their way. The event was canceled. Bar-Yoshafat, along with the students who had attended the event, were escorted out the back of the theater. 

This has to stop.

via www.thefp.com

Greg Luklanoff (PBUH) and Angel Eduardo.

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Millions of mystery holes at the bottom of the North Sea are not what scientists thought they were | Live Science

In the murky waters of the North Sea, shallow divots dot the seafloor. The pits are round or oval, and range in width from a few meters to more than 196 feet (60 meters), but are only 4.3 inches (11 centimeters) deep. Some pits appear to have merged, creating oblong Venn-diagram-shaped depressions.

Such pits usually form when fluids containing methane or other groundwater bubble out of the sediment. But new research published in Communications Earth & Environment suggests that thousands, and perhaps millions, of pits in the North Sea and elsewhere might actually be the work of foraging porpoises. The work showed that these and other megafauna may play a large role in shaping the seafloor.

For years, geoscientist Jens Schneider von Deimling of Kiel University was skeptical that the North Sea pits were made from leaking methane. The floor of the North Sea is made of porous sand and has strong currents, which aren’t conducive to methane accumulating in sediment.

"I didn't really see any mechanisms that accumulate methane," Schneider von Deimling said. Out on the water during a research cruise, he and his colleagues confirmed his suspicion. Mapping studies designed to detect methane in the sediment using a subbottom echo sounder, which is a form of sonar that bounces sound off the seafloor to image the shallow subsurface, turned up nothing. "We mined thousands of miles of data for shallow gas, and simply didn’t find that," he said.

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Ha. Indeed. Quite right.

February 29, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dr. Phil exposes 'The View' and other media responsible for lockdown harms to our kids

America experimented with the lives of millions of children during the pandemic and sacrificed their mental health to satiate adults’ fears.

The media’s loudest voices pushed the silent torture of the most innocent population with constant isolation.

Dr. Phil hammered home how our COVID-19 response created more harm for American children than the virus we were attempting to protect them from on ABC’s “The View” Monday.

“In ’08, ’09, smartphones came on, and kids stopped living their lives and started watching people live their lives, and so we saw the biggest spike and the highest levels of depression, anxiety, loneliness and suicidality since records have ever been kept, and it’s just continued on and on and on,” lamented TV personality Phil McGraw.

“And then COVID hits 10 years later, and the same agencies that knew that are the agencies that shut down the schools for two years. Who does that? Who takes away the support system for these children?”

He couldn’t help continuing: “And by the way, when they shut it down, they stopped the mandated reporters from being able to see children that were being abused and sexually molested and, in fact, sent them home and abandoned them to their abusers with no way to watch, and referrals dropped 50% to 60%.”

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February 29, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bad therapy is stunting our kids - UnHerd

Today, though, psychoanalytic theory is more likely to view the symbolic father as a reactionary holdout to be dismantled. Meanwhile, as I discovered when I took a four-year psychotherapy training course a decade ago, men have retreated almost entirely from talking therapies, whether as clients or practitioners.

Does this disappearance matter? A new book by Wall Street Journal writer Abigail Shrier suggests that it may have far-reaching ramifications. Bad Therapy: Why The Kids Aren’t Growing Up is an uncompromising study of therapeutic child-rearing across individual therapy, pedagogy, governmental data-gathering and the culture as a whole. Bad Therapy argues that far from helping, these practices make everything worse. The children and young people raised by boundary-negotiating, feeling-validating, trauma-exploring, “talk it out” parents and educators, marinaded in the therapeutic worldview are not, as hoped, happier, more confident, and more emotionally literate. They’re neurotic, anxious, and self-absorbed; alternately fearful of the outside world and adept at exploiting soft-authoritarian therapeutic institutions for personal advantage; above all, they are profoundly unhappy.

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I know nothing about this topic but it doesn't sound good.

February 29, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bad therapy is stunting our kids - UnHerd

Today, though, psychoanalytic theory is more likely to view the symbolic father as a reactionary holdout to be dismantled. Meanwhile, as I discovered when I took a four-year psychotherapy training course a decade ago, men have retreated almost entirely from talking therapies, whether as clients or practitioners.

Does this disappearance matter? A new book by Wall Street Journal writer Abigail Shrier suggests that it may have far-reaching ramifications. Bad Therapy: Why The Kids Aren’t Growing Up is an uncompromising study of therapeutic child-rearing across individual therapy, pedagogy, governmental data-gathering and the culture as a whole. Bad Therapy argues that far from helping, these practices make everything worse. The children and young people raised by boundary-negotiating, feeling-validating, trauma-exploring, “talk it out” parents and educators, marinaded in the therapeutic worldview are not, as hoped, happier, more confident, and more emotionally literate. They’re neurotic, anxious, and self-absorbed; alternately fearful of the outside world and adept at exploiting soft-authoritarian therapeutic institutions for personal advantage; above all, they are profoundly unhappy.

via unherd.com

I know nothing about this topic but it doesn't sound good.

February 29, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Google abandoned "don't be evil" — and Gemini is the result

But then this month, Google rolled out a series of new AI models that it calls Gemini. It’s increasingly apparent that Gemini is among the more disastrous product rollouts in the history of Silicon Valley and maybe even the recent history of corporate America, at least coming from a company of Google’s prestige. Wall Street is starting to notice, with Google (Alphabet) stock down 4.5 percent on Monday amid analyst warnings about Gemini’s effect on Google’s reputation.

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Nate Silver

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Gemini Rollout Exposes Leftist Rot Permeating All Of Google

The recent rollout of Google’s Gemini AI was an absolute disaster by any measure. Over the course of several hours, users across the internet quickly realized the large language model developed by Google had erased white people. The AI model wasn’t just prejudiced based on skin color, but would only give far-left ideological answers to various questions. For example, Gemini refused to acknowledge the shortcomings of communism when prompted. It was able to articulate, however, a diatribe about the folly of capitalism.

As people looked behind the curtain, it became quite clear why this woke machine was incapable of articulating anything to the right of the Democratic Socialists of America manifesto. The team responsible for building Gemini fueled the large learning model with nothing but their liberal tears. A cursory look at the team behind Gemini shows a crew of individuals who have quite a bit of angst against white people, merit, or the capitalist society that made them uber-rich Silicon Valley tycoons paid to build a racist internet tool.

Yet the biggest revelation of this entire episode is the peek behind the curtain of Google’s entire corporate culture. The presuppositions of their entire culture were made clear for all to see. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then after several minutes of experiencing Gemini’s blatant lying about history and society, one should have enough words to write a few books on the bias pulsating throughout its creators. It is no longer acceptable to believe the misinformation campaign (or outright lies) perpetuated by their army of third-party organizations that claim the tech behemoth is incapable of bias. These actions contradict their advocacy and give us even more insights into how Google’s DEI-charged employees imbue their products and services with their woke ideology. 

What’s more, anyone with a pulse should now realize that the concerns over Google’s censorship and bias are warranted if they didn’t think so before. Lest we forget that back in 2022 a research group at North Carolina State University proved what every Republican political operative had known for years, Gmail suppressed Republican emails at an alarming rate. The study revealed that “Gmail retained most Democrat candidate emails in its ‘inbox’ tab (less than 10 percent marked as spam) while sending the majority of Republican candidate emails to spam folders (up to 77 percent marked as spam).”

via thefederalist.com

February 28, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” of America’s Cities – Mark Pulliam

The  US Supreme Court recently decided to hear an appeal from the notoriously-liberal Ninth Circuit, in a 2023 case entitled City of Grants Pass v. Johnson, which effectively ruled (in the tongue-in-cheek words of the Wall Street Journal) that there is a “constitutional right to vagrancy.” Many observers believe that the Court will use the Grants Pass case as an opportunity to reverse an earlier Ninth Circuit decision, Martin v. City of Boise (2019), which held that laws prohibiting “camping” in public areas are invalid—and therefore unenforceable—because they violate the Eighth Amendment’s proscription of “cruel and unusual punishment.” The dubious basis for that ruling was that “homelessness” is not a voluntary status, unless the city provides sufficient shelter for all those who seek it. Therefore, the Ninth Circuit reasoned, it is unconstitutional to punish offenders for what amounts to an involuntary condition (ignoring the fact that sleeping in public areas is “conduct”—like public drunkenness—not status).

As explained below, Martin v. Boise was a facially ridiculous decision. Preventing cities from maintaining order in public spaces undermines civic society and ill-serves the population of drug addicts and mentally ill—representing the overwhelming majority of “homeless”—who need help. Grants Pass expanded the specious holding of Martin v. Boise on a class action basis, eliciting a torrent of vociferous dissent from the more sensible judges on the Ninth Circuit.

By banning the enforcement of anti-camping ordinances throughout the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit—which includes (among others) the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona—that court has overseen the proliferation of homeless encampments in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and countless other cities. “Homeless encampments”—a euphemism for the squalid detritus of vagrants, drunks, drug addicts, and mentally ill formerly derided as “hobo jungles,” “shanty towns,” or, during the Great Depression, “Hoovervilles”—are a blight on the urban locations where they unfortunately often appear. Especially in the western United States, sprawling homeless encampments have become ubiquitous, to the disgust and dismay of local residents. Martin v. Boise is largely to blame.

via lawliberty.org

Mark Pulliam. I think I had lunch with him once, way back in the day.

Also. Boise! In the news!

February 27, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” of America’s Cities – Mark Pulliam

The  US Supreme Court recently decided to hear an appeal from the notoriously-liberal Ninth Circuit, in a 2023 case entitled City of Grants Pass v. Johnson, which effectively ruled (in the tongue-in-cheek words of the Wall Street Journal) that there is a “constitutional right to vagrancy.” Many observers believe that the Court will use the Grants Pass case as an opportunity to reverse an earlier Ninth Circuit decision, Martin v. City of Boise (2019), which held that laws prohibiting “camping” in public areas are invalid—and therefore unenforceable—because they violate the Eighth Amendment’s proscription of “cruel and unusual punishment.” The dubious basis for that ruling was that “homelessness” is not a voluntary status, unless the city provides sufficient shelter for all those who seek it. Therefore, the Ninth Circuit reasoned, it is unconstitutional to punish offenders for what amounts to an involuntary condition (ignoring the fact that sleeping in public areas is “conduct”—like public drunkenness—not status).

As explained below, Martin v. Boise was a facially ridiculous decision. Preventing cities from maintaining order in public spaces undermines civic society and ill-serves the population of drug addicts and mentally ill—representing the overwhelming majority of “homeless”—who need help. Grants Pass expanded the specious holding of Martin v. Boise on a class action basis, eliciting a torrent of vociferous dissent from the more sensible judges on the Ninth Circuit.

By banning the enforcement of anti-camping ordinances throughout the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit—which includes (among others) the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona—that court has overseen the proliferation of homeless encampments in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and countless other cities. “Homeless encampments”—a euphemism for the squalid detritus of vagrants, drunks, drug addicts, and mentally ill formerly derided as “hobo jungles,” “shanty towns,” or, during the Great Depression, “Hoovervilles”—are a blight on the urban locations where they unfortunately often appear. Especially in the western United States, sprawling homeless encampments have become ubiquitous, to the disgust and dismay of local residents. Martin v. Boise is largely to blame.

via lawliberty.org

Mark Pulliam. I think I had lunch with him once, way back in the day.

Also. Boise! In the news!

February 27, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Google, Facebook FREAK AT SCOTUS Censorship Case

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Germany Should Have Listened to Trump - WSJ

The most bitter pill of all for Germany’s establishment may be the realization that on the most important issues facing Germany, Donald Trump was right where they were wrong. Getting in bed with Vladimir Putin for cheap energy was both foolish and deeply disloyal to the West. German defense policy was self-defeating and dangerous. China wasn’t a reliable partner.

Ich bin ein Berliner,” was President John F. Kennedy’s message to Germany. If Donald Trump returns to the White House, his message will likely be “Das habe ich gleich gesagt,” or “I told you so.”

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Walter Russell Mead.

February 27, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Is There Any Remedy When You’re Censored? - WSJ

It’s said that for every right there’s a remedy. Three cases before the Supreme Court will test whether that’s true for the freedom of speech.

In National Rifle Association v. Vullo, a New York state official took aim at gun advocacy by threatening regulatory hassle for bankers and insurers that continued to do business with the NRA. Recognizing the threat, they dumped the organization. Now that the official, Maria Vullo, is being sued, she claims that under the qualified-immunity doctrine, she can’t be ordered to pay damages.

Qualified immunity broadly protects officials from liability, so most plaintiffs who are censored don’t bother seeking damages for past suppression. Instead they seek injunctions against future censorship. In Murthy v. Missouri, however, the Biden administration is trying to foreclose that remedy, too.

Although the government pressured social-media platforms to censor users, it now claims the plaintiffs shouldn’t get an injunction because they can’t show that they are likely to be censored again. They also want injunctive protection for their ability to read other authors, but again the government objects. More seriously, even if the court sustains the injunction in Murthy, it won’t be sufficient, as it doesn’t bar the full breadth of the current censorship. Injunctions will always be inadequate in the face of secret suppression. In this case, because the government kept its role secret, it has taken more than half a decade to get an injunction against the censorship.

Americans are thus in a strange predicament. Under Supreme Court doctrine, they can’t be confident of getting either damages for past censorship or a prompt and effective injunction against future censorship. And it gets worse. In NetChoice v. Paxton, in which the justices hear oral arguments on Monday, there’s a danger the court will strike down Texas’ free-speech statute. That law treats the dominant social-media platforms as common carriers and bars them from discriminating on the basis of viewpoint.

This sort of antidiscrimination law is the only effective remedy for the current regime of government censorship. It’s unlikely that federal law will adequately limit federal censorship, so state law is structurally essential to stop it. And only when common-carrier antidiscrimination rules are applied to the platforms will the federal government be fully precluded from imposing censorship through them.

via www.wsj.com

Phillip Hamburger.

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Monday, February 26, 2024

The AI 'Genie' is Out + Humanoid Robotics Step Closer

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The triumph of Shane Gillis - spiked

It was all over, before he had taped a single episode. SNL briefly tried to ride out the controversy, before unceremoniously dropping Gillis. A statement described the language in his previous work as ‘offensive, hurtful and unacceptable’.

What happened next is a quintessential example of the Streisand Effect, when the attempt to suppress something only ends up pointing a giant spotlight on it. We might as well rechristen it the Gillis Effect.

Gillis refused to issue a grovelling apology, nor did he refashion himself as a conservative culture warrior. He just kept making comedy. He put out a brilliant special on YouTube, Live in Austin, which currently has 24million views. He put out viral sketches. He toured what you might call the Joe Rogan circuit, the hugely successful, decidedly un-PC podcasts orbiting the 56-year-old comic-turned-podfather. Meanwhile, Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast exploded in popularity. It is currently the biggest pod on Patreon, with tens of thousands of paid subscribers.

Following his 2023 blockbuster Netflix special, Beautiful Dogs, Gillis is now on the verge of arena-act status. You can see why SNL came calling.

Notoriety alone doesn’t do this, of course. The now 36-year-old Gillis is also easily among the best stand-ups of his generation. His jokes unfold like sketches, his shit-talking, beer-swilling delivery belying immense polish and intelligence. It’s a style reminiscent of the best of Dave Chappelle, another comedian who has had his run-ins with the new pearl-clutchers. (Chappelle is a big fan of Gillis.)

via www.spiked-online.com

Yup. Gillis is good.

February 26, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

More than 1,500 migrants dropped off on San Diego streets, many waiting at airport

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — More than 1,500 migrants were released from Border Patrol custody to a San Ysidro bus stop in just a span of three days, according to San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond

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“It’s disgraceful for our country and what we’ve become and the fact that this is how we treat immigrants,” Desmond said. “Border Patrol is their Uber, San Diego is their travel agent.”

The street releases come after San Diego’s taxpayer funded $6 million migrant processing center closed last week.

Desmond said San Diegans should have never been paying for it, but that the center ran out of money in just 4.5 months, going through about $1.5 million per month.

Hundreds of migrants dropped off at bus stops, airport in San Diego

The welcome center fed migrants, helped them charge their phones and have a place to be until travel arrangements were finalized.

The San Diego Migrant Welcome Center has processed 81,000 migrants since October 2023.

via news.yahoo.com

San Diego! In the news!

February 26, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Spy War: How the CIA Secretly Helps Ukraine Fight Putin

Nestled in a dense forest, the Ukrainian military base appears abandoned and destroyed, its command center a burned-out husk, a casualty of a Russian missile barrage early in the war.

But that is above ground.

Not far away, a discreet passageway descends to a subterranean bunker where teams of Ukrainian soldiers track Russian spy satellites and eavesdrop on conversations between Russian commanders. On one screen, a red line followed the route of an explosive drone threading through Russian air defenses from a point in central Ukraine to a target in the Russian city of Rostov.

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The underground bunker, built to replace the destroyed command center in the months after Russia’s invasion, is a secret nerve center of Ukraine’s military.

There is also one more secret: The base is almost fully financed, and partly equipped, by the CIA.

“One hundred and ten percent,” Gen. Serhii Dvoretskiy, a top intelligence commander, said in an interview at the base.

Now entering the third year of a war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, the intelligence partnership between the United States and Ukraine is a linchpin of Ukraine’s ability to defend itself. The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies provide intelligence for targeted missile strikes, track Russian troop movements and help support spy networks.

But the partnership is no wartime creation, nor is Ukraine the only beneficiary.

via news.yahoo.com

That darn CIA.

February 26, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 25, 2024

A Blue State Exodus: Who Can Afford to Be a Liberal? – MishTalk

Is the blue state exodus from California, New York, and Illinois making red states like Florida, Texas, and South Carolina more liberal? Studies suggest the answer is no.

Net migration on a percentage basis from Apartment List

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February 25, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Parents, students concerned after AI-generated nude photos circulate at middle school

An investigation is underway at a middle school in Beverly Hills involving students accused of creating and sharing AI-generated nude photos of classmates.

The incident happened last week at Beverly Vista Middle School.

In an email sent home to parents from Beverly Hills Unified School District, school and district officials said, "On Wednesday, the BVMS Administration received reports from students about the creation and dissemination by other students of Artificial Intelligence generated (AI) images that superimposed the faces of our students onto AI-generated nude bodies. As the investigation is progressing today, more victims are being identified. We are taking every measure to support those affected and to prevent any further incidents."

According to one 8th grade student, when teachers became aware of the AI-generated photos, they started contacting and interviewing victims.

"Girls [were] being called out one by one," said Evelyn Kruger, a student. "There’s always that fear, am I going to be next? Am I going to be called in? Sure, it might be animated, it might look unrealistic, but a couple of them look real."

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February 25, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Peter Thiel’s $100,000 Offer to Skip College Is More Popular Than Ever - WSJ

Peter Thiel is trying harder than ever to get young people to skip college.

Since 2010, Thiel, an early

investor and a founder of , has offered to pay students $100,000 to drop out of school to start companies or nonprofits. 

Early on, he met intense criticism. Some accused Thiel, who holds philosophy and law degrees from Stanford, of hypocrisy. Others said it was wrong to discourage young people from finishing their education. Former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers called it the “single most misdirected bit of philanthropy in this decade.” 

In the next few weeks, Thiel’s program will announce 20 new fellows, chosen from an applicant pool that is bigger than ever. Winners plan to launch companies in hot areas including artificial intelligence and cryptocurrencies, according to executives of the program. 

Since its first fellows were chosen in 2011, Thiel’s program has backed 271 people. Those involved in the effort say they’ve had successes and frustrations. Along the way, they’ve discovered common traits that help them do a better job identifying talented individuals. 

Some big successes include Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, the blockchain network; Laura Deming, a key figure in venture investing in aging and longevity; Austin Russell, who runs self-driving technologies company

; and Paul Gu, co-founder of consumer lending company Upstart.

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February 25, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Clarence Thomas Hires Law Clerk Accused of Sending Racist Text Messages - The New York Times

Justice Clarence Thomas recently hired a law clerk who was previously accused of sending racist text messages, resurfacing the controversy around her.

Crystal Clanton will begin clerking for the justice in the upcoming term, according to the Antonin Scalia Law School, from which she graduated in 2022.

In late 2017, a New Yorker story reported that Ms. Clanton, who had served for five years as the national field director at Turning Point USA, a conservative student group, had sent the text messages, including the statement “i hate black people,” to another employee. The New York Times has not seen the messages.

Ms. Clanton, who had resigned from the group by the time the article came out, told The New Yorker at the time that she had no recollection of the messages and that “they do not reflect what I believe or who I am and the same was true when I was a teenager.” (Ms. Clanton would have been 20 years old when the messages were sent.) She did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

In the years since, Ms. Clanton has maintained a close relationship with Justice Thomas and his wife, Virginia Thomas. Ms. Thomas once served on the advisory board of Turning Point USA, and subsequently hired Ms. Clanton. The justice has called the allegations against Ms. Clanton unfounded and said that he does not believe her to be racist.

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February 25, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Clarence Thomas Hires Law Clerk Accused of Sending Racist Text Messages - The New York Times

Justice Clarence Thomas recently hired a law clerk who was previously accused of sending racist text messages, resurfacing the controversy around her.

Crystal Clanton will begin clerking for the justice in the upcoming term, according to the Antonin Scalia Law School, from which she graduated in 2022.

In late 2017, a New Yorker story reported that Ms. Clanton, who had served for five years as the national field director at Turning Point USA, a conservative student group, had sent the text messages, including the statement “i hate black people,” to another employee. The New York Times has not seen the messages.

Ms. Clanton, who had resigned from the group by the time the article came out, told The New Yorker at the time that she had no recollection of the messages and that “they do not reflect what I believe or who I am and the same was true when I was a teenager.” (Ms. Clanton would have been 20 years old when the messages were sent.) She did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

In the years since, Ms. Clanton has maintained a close relationship with Justice Thomas and his wife, Virginia Thomas. Ms. Thomas once served on the advisory board of Turning Point USA, and subsequently hired Ms. Clanton. The justice has called the allegations against Ms. Clanton unfounded and said that he does not believe her to be racist.

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February 25, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Report: Medical Journals BLOCK Research on Impact of Puberty Blockers on Kids Over POLITICAL BIAS

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February 24, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

We’re Not Curing Cancer Here, Guys | The Free Press

A top cancer surgeon at Columbia University is under scrutiny after one of his research papers was retracted for containing suspect data. Twenty-six other studies by Dr. Sam S. Yoon, who conducted his research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, have been flagged as suspicious by a British scientific sleuth called Sholto David. David raised the alarm after spotting the same images across different articles that described wholly different experiments. He has also found duplications and manipulated data in papers published by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston that have since been retracted. 

This news shocked me: leading scientists at some of the most respected research centers in the world, working on the very important and well-funded fight against cancer are. . . making stuff up. That seems bad. Really bad. And it poses a lot of unsettling questions, like whether we can really trust medical research at all. But maybe I am missing something. In search of reassurance, I called up an expert: oncologist, UCSF professor, the author of more than 500 academic papers, and Free Press contributor Vinay Prasad

Here’s an edited version of our conversation. (Spoiler alert: I was not reassured.) 

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This is no bueno.

February 24, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Crunch Time for Government Spying - The American Prospect

Time is running out for a bipartisan legislative push to curtail warrantless surveillance of American citizens through Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

After a vote was tabled last week following a theatrical warning by House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) about a national-security threat from Russia, reformers are pressuring House leadership to hold another vote on a compromise bill, plus amendments. The chances of that are growing more grim by the day.

Once Congress returns to session next week, it will be pushing up against a government funding deadline that appears increasingly likely to turn into a full government shutdown. That will likely eclipse any momentum behind a compromise reform of Section 702, and could lead to a situation where a clean reauthorization gets tucked into future must-pass legislation, a common tactic employed by national-security hawks.

There’s another scenario where Congress fails to reauthorize Section 702 by the April deadline and allows it to sunset, which could invert the political dynamic and increase pressure to agree to a floor vote.

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February 24, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Does size matter? Age-old penis debate finally settled in 'groundbreaking' study

But while many may think the findings are good news, experts warn it’s actually a “concerning” discovery.

Researchers at Stanford University who conducted the study fear the phallic inflation is due to unhealthy habits, like bingeing junk food or being mostly sedentary, or even pollution.

“Any overall change in development is concerning, because our reproductive system is one of the most important pieces of human biology,” Dr. Michael Eisenberg, the study’s author, told Stanford Medicine’s blog Scope.

“If we’re seeing this fast of a change, it means that something powerful is happening to our bodies.”

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Probably caused by increase in the money supply.

February 24, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Exposing the Manager Behind Racist New Google AI That Won't Show White People, with Ruthless Podcast

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February 24, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 23, 2024

Is the AI Boom Real?

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Fyi. Sounds like a "yes."

February 23, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Netanyahu Outlines Postwar Gaza Plan That Palestinians Say Means Occupation - WSJ

TEL AVIV—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined a blueprint for postwar Gaza that calls for it to be administered by local Palestinian officials free of links to militant groups and for Israel to conduct security operations in the strip indefinitely.

Most of the ideas have been publicly discussed by Netanyahu and other Israeli officials before and, though few new details were provided, the blueprint appears at odds in significant ways with both U.S. plans and those of Arab governments in the region. It was presented for the first time to Israel’s security cabinet Thursday night.

Taken together, Netanyahu’s ideas describe a demilitarized Gaza that would face a continued heavy Israeli security presence even after combat operations end, with a buffer zone off limits to Palestinians along Gaza’s perimeter and Israeli control of the Egypt-Gaza border that would seek to seal off the strip in the south.

The plan underscores the wide gap between Netanyahu’s government and the Biden administration, which has backed Israel’s war goals in Gaza but warned repeatedly against making changes in its territorial boundaries. Its lack of specificity also leaves open the possibility that Netanyahu will move closer to Washington on key issues if Israel achieves its initial goals of defeating Hamas and bringing home an estimated 130 hostages

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1. Set up temporary tiny houses in desert for non-Hamas Palestinians (NHPs) to live in.
2. Give NHPs each one share in resort corporation to be built in Gaza.
3. Get Saudis, UAE guys, Dubai, etc. to pony up billions to build out Gaza.
4. Build quickly; NHPs can work construction.
5. Dividends from resort can provide living for NHPs going forward.
6. Alternatively to resort, Gaza can become site for new chip fabs in tax-free enterprise zone.

February 23, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

How Trump Turned Conservatives Against Helping Ukraine - WSJ

FORT WASHINGTON, Md.—Billions in potential American aid to Ukraine is stuck in monthslong limbo on Capitol Hill, and to the Trump-loving partisans attending this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, that’s exactly as it should be.

“I don’t want any more funding for Ukraine. That’s very important to me,” said Sue Errera, a 70-year-old retired jeweler from Seneca, Pa. “We need to take care of ourselves first. I don’t agree with Putin, he’s definitely a dictator, but I don’t think he’s causing all the problems.”

Mark Weyermuller, a 63-year-old Chicagoan retired from the real-estate business, offered a similar assessment. “I don’t want to fund the war in Ukraine. The whole thing seems shady,” he said, adding a charge unsupported by evidence: “We don’t even know who the good guys and bad guys are, and we know Joe Biden’s getting paid off by Ukraine.”

It was a message that was echoed by the speeches on the conference stage. “Decide, Joe Biden, which country matters more to you: the border of the United States or the border of Ukraine,” said Rep. Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican whom former President Donald Trump recently said he was considering as a running mate.

“I haven’t voted for any money to go to Ukraine because I know they can’t win,” said Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R., Ala.), one of 26 Republicans to vote against the aid package that passed the Senate on Feb. 13 after an all-night floor debate. “Donald Trump’ll stop it when he first gets in. He knows there’s no winning for Ukraine. He can work a deal with Putin.”

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This bodes ill for Ukraine. They are invaded by a great evil and supported in a lesser evil. Ukraine really isn't in a position to vet who gives them weapons.

February 23, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Cell Phone Records Prove DA Willis Affair

The lawyers for President Trump have Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade’s cell phone records. And it’s bad for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

The official story from the Fulton County DA and her former lover Nathan Wade, made through sworn filings and sworn testimony, was that their “personal relationship” started in 2022.

In a February 2, 2022 filing, DA Willis submitted Wade’s affidavit to the Court which stated: “In 2022, District Attorney Willis and I developed a personal relationship.” DA Willis and Wade both testified that the relationship started sometime in early 2022.

But Wade’s cell phone records disprove their official story. In a filing this morning from President Trump’s attorneys, records indicate that the “relationship” between DA Willis and Wade was romantic well-before Wade’s November 1, 2021 appointment by Willis as Special Prosecutor.

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Techno Fog

February 23, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Blue Laws for Red Citizens | RealClearPolitics

One state prosecutor and one civilian plaintiff have already won huge fines and damages from former President Donald Trump that may, with legal costs, exceed $500 million.

Trump awaits further civil and criminal liability in three other federal, state, and local indictments.

There are eerie commonalities in all these five court cases involving plaintiff E. Jean Carroll, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York Attorney General Letitia James, federal special counsel Jack Smith, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

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VDH frequently (the guy must work continuously) publishes these summaries of where things are. They're shocking and depressing, but one has to see the dark humor in them as well.

VDH is a friend of my friend Paul Rahe. Both are ancient historians. Paul confirms that VDH is an extremely hard worker. Grow up on a farm and you'll be a hard worker too.

February 23, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Google’s AI-Powered Image Generator Gemini Under Fire For Racial, Political Bias

Maybe the Founding Fathers were actually black? Yesterday, Google's artificial intelligence–powered image generator, Gemini, came under rightful fire for being utterly unable to depict historical and hypothetical events without forcing relevant characters to be nonwhite.

"Google's AI chatbot just erased white people from human history," wrote Mike Solana over at Pirate Wires.

It's not really an exaggeration. Look:

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February 22, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

It’s Time to Seize Russia’s Reserves - WSJ

The White House is promising tough new sanctions on Russia after the murder of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but the test of seriousness will be whether President Biden is willing to seize Russia’s sovereign assets and transfer them to Ukraine.

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Greg Ip.

February 22, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Goldman Sachs’s Jan Hatzius Has Nailed Big Calls on the Economy. Here’s His Next One. - WSJ

is upbeat about the economy this year. Its economists see healthy growth of 2.3%, unemployment staying below 4%, and the probability of recession at just 15%—all more optimistic than the consensus. And they see inflation, excluding food and energy, continuing to fall, to a little over 2% (using the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure) by year-end.

Forecasts are a dime a dozen. Why care about Goldman’s? First, because its economists have been firmly in the soft-landing camp, which now looks prescient.

Second, Jan Hatzius, the firm’s chief economist, made an equally out-of-consensus, and prescient, call in the opposite direction in 2008. Back then, he correctly warned that mortgage defaults could cause a severe recession.

Nailing one big call might be luck; nailing two gets you a following. Hatzius is one of the most closely followed economists on Wall Street and in Washington.

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February 22, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bradley Cooper does a daily cold plunge. Should you?

Cold plunging is a practice of cold therapy that involves total or partial immersion into water that is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit for a short period of time. Andrew Jagim, director of sports medicine research at the Mayo Clinic Health System, tells Yahoo Life that immersion can be continuous or done in multiple intermittent sessions. Most people start at 30 seconds.

“It’s common practice among athletes or fitness enthusiasts to either start the day with a cold plunge or follow a workout or training session with a cold plunge, with the intent of improving recovery,” he says.

Cold plunging is said to improve muscle recovery by inducing what Jagim refers to as “a state of vasoconstriction, in which the blood vessels rapidly constrict to redirect blood flow to central organs.” In doing so, it can limit inflammation in muscles post-exercise.

However, it’s not just people doing intense physical activity who are participating in cold immersion therapy. Jagim says he’s seen claims that cold plunging has helped treat symptoms of chronic pain or resulted in “improvements in mood and bolstered resilience to stress, which can aid in immune system functioning.”

While people across the internet have listed these potential benefits as fact, experts admit that there’s limited research to back them up. François Haman, a health science professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada who has studied cold exposure for two decades, is among them.

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I begin each day with a brief swim in our unheated pool. It's invigorating and not too painful. The temperature of the water gets as low as the high fifties. Hardly cold except to us SoCal sorts. I think of the swimming club that swims without wet suits in SF bay. People who wear wet suits they call "wet suit weenies."

February 22, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Alabama Justice Who Invoked God in the IVF Embryo Ruling - The New York Times

In an Alabama Supreme Court decision that has rattled reproductive medicine across the country, a majority of the justices said the law was clear that frozen embryos should be considered children: “Unborn children are ‘children.’”

But the court’s chief justice, Tom Parker, drew on more than the Constitution and legal precedent to explain his determination.

“Human life cannot be wrongfully destroyed without incurring the wrath of a holy God,” he wrote in a concurring opinion that invoked the Book of Genesis and the prophet Jeremiah and quoted at length from the writings of 16th- and 17th-century theologians.

“Even before birth,” he added, “all human beings have the image of God, and their lives cannot be destroyed without effacing his glory.”

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This reminds me of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AzAFqrxfeY

February 22, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Yale reinstates standardized test requirement for admission - The Washington Post

Yale University will again require students to submit standardized test scores when they apply for admission, school officials said Thursday. The change comes after officials found that the scores were the single best predictor of students’ academic performance and that not considering them could be a disadvantage for those who have already faced daunting challenges.

The decision — which includes greater flexibility for applicants by allowing more types of tests — is likely to be closely watched not only by students aspiring to highly selective colleges and agonizing over test scores and other metrics, but also by other universities evaluating their own policies. The change will go into effect for first-year and transfer applicants for fall 2025 admission.

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Well, good.

February 22, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Google SHUTS DOWN After Woke AI Images

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February 22, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Google APOLOGIZES For REVERSE RACIST AI? Conservatives UP IN ARMS Over DEI Alternative Intelligence

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

No One Wants Ukraine to Win - WSJ

The dominant narrative today holds that Joe Biden and Donald Trump are opposites on Ukraine. The president supports the Senate bill that includes about $60 billion for Kyiv, mostly in military aid. The former president attacks it, and his influence among House Republicans is why Speaker Mike Johnson is reluctant to bring it to the floor for a vote.

But when it comes to the failure to spell out a strategic argument, the two are one. As a result, the military-aid package has largely been fought over issues unrelated to Ukraine, such as funding for border security. Meanwhile, Democrats sound like hawks, Republicans sound like doves, and U.S. policy slides into strategic incoherence.

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William McGurn.

February 20, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Fani Willis Knows When a Trial Is a ‘Show Trial’ - WSJ

If the worst allegations are true, credit Fani Willis at least with understanding in her own mind what her case, and all the cases against Donald Trump, are really about.

In the worst interpretation, the Fulton Country, Ga., district attorney hired her boyfriend, a municipal court judge, as co-prosecutor against Mr. Trump despite his lack of relevant expertise in Georgia election or RICO law because she was cutting an ally in on a big-time case, a lucrative hustle, a chance for national fame. If so, it’s a useful light on the Trump prosecutions generally.

They aren’t about the facts and law, at least until they reach the appellate level, and maybe not then. They are battles of jury nullification (if I can stretch a point to include 150 million voters in the jury): “It doesn’t matter what the law says, Trump is bad” vs. “It doesn’t matter what the law says, Trump’s enemies are bad.”

Trump opponents cloak themselves in sanctimony, whereas Mr. Trump portrays himself as a gamester outsmarting less competent, more self-deluding gamesters. That’s why he keeps coming out ahead in such fights. Careful onlookers will often find little to choose ethically between him and his enemies.

To me, the most interesting case is the most legally sound, the documents-related case, though that’s not why it’s interesting. It gets to the unspoken issue.

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Holman Jenkins, a national treasure.

February 20, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Paul Krugman vs. Paul Krugman on Immigration - Tablet Magazine

“Immigrants Make America Stronger and Richer” is the headline of a Feb. 5 column by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman lends his prestige as a Nobel Prize-winning economist to the assertion of partisan Democrats that mass unskilled immigration of the kind encouraged by the Biden administration is entirely beneficial to America: “So this seems like a good time to point out that negative views of the economics of immigration are all wrong.”

Thus writes Paul Krugman in 2024. Here, however, is the same Krugman in his New York Times column on March 27, 2006: “But a review of serious, nonpartisan research reveals some uncomfortable facts about the economics of modern immigration, and immigration from Mexico in particular.”

Today’s Krugman: “Did those foreign-born workers take jobs away from Americans—in particular, native-born Americans? No.”

Krugman again in 2006, when both immigration and the immigrant share of the U.S. labor force was much lower: “Second, while immigration may have raised overall income slightly, many of the worst-off native-born Americans are hurt by immigration—especially immigration from Mexico. Because Mexican immigrants have much less education than the average U.S. worker, they increase the supply of less-skilled labor, driving down the wages of the worst-paid Americans.”

The soundness of Krugman’s 2006 views on labor economics and immigration has not diminished. What has changed since, however, is the political environment. In 2024, what Krugman said 18 years ago now counts as white nationalist, nativist bigotry, and economic illiteracy.

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Michael Lind.

February 20, 2024 | Permalink | Comments (0)