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April Fools' Day Four Days Late? Google Objects to OpenAI Using YouTube to Train Its Own Generator

File under "You Can't Make This Stuff Up."

Somehow, it actually seems like a farcical April Fools' Day headline, in fact.  Google, with its deep history of scraping and scanning other sources' substantive content for its own uses, now objects to OpenAI using YouTube content to train its text-to-video generator:

The use of YouTube videos to train OpenAI’s text-to-video generator would be an infraction of the platform's terms of service, YouTube Chief Executive Officer Neal Mohan said."

Optimists might hope that Google is finally recognizing and preparing to correct its wayward course, while realists and cynics will roll their eyes at what they'll label naivete.  As the old adage goes, however, "every saint has a past, every sinner has a future," so we'll maintain hope.…[more]

April 05, 2024 • 05:09 PM

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On How Terror-Tied Dark Money Groups May Be Fueling Anti-Israel Protests:
 
 

"Activists organizing pro-Palestinian protests across the United States in the wake of the Hamas attacks against Israel share various deep affiliations with designated terrorist factions, all while quietly receiving checks from anonymous sources, records show.

"The streets of Washington, D.C., were flooded Saturday with tens of thousands of activists demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and for the U.S. to choke off aid to Israel, where more than 1,400 civilians and soldiers have been killed by Islamic terrorists since Oct. 7, the deadliest attack against the Jewish people since the Holocaust. Groups behind the increasing number of anti-Israel protests and the recent one in the nation's capital that spurred vandalism maintain particularly opaque dark money funding structures and have also faced scrutiny over the years for their ties to terror, a Washington Examiner investigation found."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Gabe Kaminsky, Investigative Reporter for the Washington Examiner
— Gabe Kaminsky, Investigative Reporter for the Washington Examiner
Posted November 07, 2023 • 08:18 AM
 
 
Reporting on Election Fraud Cases:
 
 

"A new primary election has been ordered by a Connecticut state court amid alleged fraud, while Democrats in Massachusetts and New Jersey are also accused of or charged with election fraud. This brings the total of election-related criminal cases across the country to at least three.

"Democrats in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are facing various allegations of election fraud, as two instances are related to this year's elections while two more are with regard to prior elections.

"On Wednesday, Bridgeport Superior Court Judge William Clark overturned the results of a Democratic mayoral primary and ordered a new election in connection to allegations of absentee ballot abuse."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Natalia Mittelstadt, Just the News
— Natalia Mittelstadt, Just the News
Posted November 06, 2023 • 07:44 AM
 
 
On Daylight Savings Time:
 
 

"This weekend, hundreds of millions of Americans will dutifully set their clocks back one hour, convincing themselves that they've 'gained an hour -- despite spending at least part of it resetting all their timepieces.

"Americans should instead refuse to play along. Few government mandates combine such utter pointlessness and serious public health harms than the twice-a-year switch on and off Daylight Saving Time. It's time to end the madness.

"First, despite its label, 'Daylight Saving Time' does not save daylight. It doesn't even save energy. Two studies looked at energy use before and after changes in DST laws. Indiana went on daylight saving time statewide for the first time in 2006, and in 2007 when President George W. Bush's godawful energy bill started DST three weeks earlier.

"Both found no energy savings. Energy use in Indiana actually went up when it went on DST. So if switching back and forth each year doesn't save energy, what does it do?"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Issues & Insight Editorial Board:
— Issues & Insight Editorial Board:
Posted November 03, 2023 • 06:57 AM
 
 
On Why a Cease-Fire with Hamas Won't Work if Israel is to Survive:
 
 

"Top Hamas official Ghazi Hamad couldn't be more clear: If the terror group isn't completely wiped out, it'll repeat its horrific Oct. 7 savagery against innocent Israelis 'again and again' -- until the Jewish state is completely destroyed.

"That plainly leaves Israel no choice but to ensure that doesn't happen -- by eliminating Hamas completely.

"Hamad made the threat explicit last week in an interview republished Wednesday: Hamas' Oct. 7 bloodletting 'is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth, because we have the determination, the resolve and the capabilities to fight,' he vowed. 'We will do this again and again.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted November 02, 2023 • 08:19 AM
 
 
Reporting On a Jury Verdict Against Realtors and Residential Brokerages for 'Conspiring to Artificially Inflate Commissions for Home Sales':
 
 

"A U.S. jury on Tuesday found the National Association of Realtors and some residential brokerages, including units of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, liable to pay $1.78 billion in damages for conspiring to artificially inflate commissions for home sales.

"The verdict by a federal jury in Kansas City, Missouri, could upend decades-old practices that have allowed real estate agents to boost commissions as home prices and mortgage rates rise, hurting consumers by making housing transactions more expensive.

"Plaintiffs in the class action included sellers of more than 260,000 homes in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois between 2015 and 2022, who objected to the commissions they were obligated to pay buyers' brokers.

"The verdict followed a two-week trial, and the damages award can be tripled under U.S. antitrust law to more than $5.3 billion."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Mike Scarcella and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters
— Mike Scarcella and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters
Posted November 01, 2023 • 07:48 AM
 
 
On President Joe Biden's Pseudonymous Private Email Accounts:
 
 

"The National Archives' stunning admission that it has located 82,000 pages of potentially government-related emails from Joe Biden's pseudonymous private accounts not only threatens to supplant Hillary Clinton in the annals of email scandals, it could also provide a boon to the ongoing federal and congressional investigations into the Biden family. ...

"The admission came out Monday as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the non-profit Southeastern Legal Foundation. ...

"Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who first raised questions about President Biden's use of private email years ago, said the discovery of the emails should be combed for potential evidence by every investigator from Congress to the Justice Department.

"'It's stunning, but when you consider the lawlessness of this administration, I guess it's not surprising,' Johnson told the 'Just the News, No Noise.' television show Monday evening just hours after word of the email discovery broke."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted October 31, 2023 • 08:14 AM
 
 
On Biden's 'Climate Corps':
 
 

"President Joe Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline with a pen stroke on his first day in office. Thousands of American jobs were killed from the comfort of his desk using a 23KT gold-plated pen. Now with another pen he has committed your tax dollars to deploy 20,000 young political "climate activists.

"This is a make-work program for political progressives at the expense of working households. We pay for it.

"An official White House statement said the 'Climate Corps' will 'train young people' to 'advance environmental justice' while 'tackling climate change.'

"Mm-Hmm.

"No law from Congress was enacted to authorize this Green New Deal youth patrol. Biden simply decreed it. And he refuses to state how much of your tax dollars he is spending on these busybody hall monitors."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
Posted October 30, 2023 • 07:31 AM
 
 
On New York Jews Being Told to Stay Inside During Pro-Palestinian Protest:
 
 

"A day after Jewish college kids found it necessary to barricade themselves inside a library in the center of Greenwich Village while a mob of repugnant terrorist lovers banged on the locked doors trying to get at them, the message is being broadcast that, on this Sabbath, Jews in Brooklyn had better remain at home.

"Stay inside.

"Lock the doors.

"A pro-Palestinian protest is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday in front of the Brooklyn Museum. ...

"Better for the Jews to stay inside.

"Just as it became a matter of life and death for them to stay inside back in 1991, in the very same neighborhood.

"What everyone is afraid of is a repeat of August 1991."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted October 27, 2023 • 07:06 AM
 
 
Reporting on U.S. Congressman Jamaal Bowman Being Criminally Charged for Pulling Fire Alarm During Vote to Avoid Government Shutdown:
 
 

"Rep. Jamaal Bowman has been criminally charged for pulling the fire alarm during a House vote that would have avoided a government shutdown.

The New York Democrat called allegations it was deliberate 'complete BS' and claimed he thought he was opening a door.

But now the Capitol Police have referred him to prosecutors, who have hit him with one misdemeanor count and ordered him to appear in court.

The September 30 incident took place in the Cannon House Office building and sparked calls from Republicans for him to be expelled from Congress.

The charge was for 'willfully and knowingly [giving] a false alarm of fire, in violation of DC code' and the New York Democrat was ordered to appear in court for arraignment on Thursday."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Morgan Phillips, Dailymail.com
— Morgan Phillips, Dailymail.com
Posted October 26, 2023 • 07:39 AM
 
 
On America's Education Crisis:
 
 

"Did you know we spend more than $800 billion annually on public K-12 education in America? On average, schools in the United States spend $19,380 per pupil, which is more per child than all but one other developed nation (Luxembourg). Adjusting for inflation, spending grew by 244% between 1970 and 2019. That's 6% of our GDP, also more than many other North American and European nations, which average 4.85% of GDP.

"What do we have to show for that? More teachers per student, more non-instructional staff and smaller class sizes than ever before (down from 22 students per teacher in 1970 to 15 in 2021). We have higher high school graduation rates and lower dropout rates. More kids have access to computers and the internet than ever before -- 97% of 3- to 18-year-olds.

"That all sounds like good news, so why are American students falling behind globally -- behind China, Japan, Canada, Poland, Slovenia and many more? Thirty-six countries outperformed the United States in mathematics at the high school level on the most recent (2018) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). They did slightly better in science (at No.17) and reading comprehension (at No. 12), but the gap between high and low performers widened. About one-fifth of American 15-year-olds scored so low on the PISA test that it appeared they had not mastered the reading skills expected of a 10-year-old, according to one expert."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools
— Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools
Posted October 25, 2023 • 07:39 AM
 
Notable Quote   
 
"Battleground state swing voters overwhelmingly believe stopping President Biden's border invasion is more important than bankrolling Ukraine's forever war with Russia, a newly released poll found.Conducted for the Heritage Foundation by RMG Research Inc., the survey of 1,000 likely swing-state voters found strong support for stopping the invasion at the U.S. southern border and little appetite for…[more]
 
 
— Shawn Fleetwood, The Federalist
 
Liberty Poll   

Given dramatically escalating premiums for homeowner and vehicle insurance, do you believe that your state insurance officials are conscientiously regulating those inescapable costs?