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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]

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1 Joe Biden Is Now Chasing the 'Death to America' Voter

It was Al-Quds Day last Friday. To celebrate the occasion, protesters in Dearborn, Michigan, chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" while a speaker named Tarek Bazzi declared the United States – a place that's afforded him the liberty to openly support rapists, murderers and terrorists – …

2 America's Fiscal Ethos: From Alexander Hamilton's Day to Our Own

Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle recently wrote that the best argument made in favor of limiting the size of the stimulus during the Great Recession – part of a larger conversation about austerity – was one of ethos. "We weren't spending the money in theory," she wrote, "or in 1945, when an ethos…

3 Biggest Corporate Welfare Scam of All Time

President Joe Biden keeps lecturing corporate America to "pay your fair share" of taxes. It turns out he's right that some companies really are getting away scot-free from paying taxes. But it isn't Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley or the Wall Street financial company "fat cats" or big banks or Walmart. They pay billions in…

4 RFK Jr. Is Right About Joe Biden

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. can be an unhinged leftist and crackpot, but he also happens to be correct about President Joe Biden's attacks on constitutional order, particularly free expression. Speaking to an incredulous Erin Burnett on CNN this week, Kennedy argued that Biden was a bigger threat to "democracy" than Donald Trump, a position that…

5 Washington's 'Job Creation' Circus Is Hitting the Road

In the grand circus of politics, where elephants and donkeys alike perform under the big top, there's one act that never fails to draw a crowd: the venerable "job creation" routine. Putting people back to work, especially those without college degrees and in the manufacturing world, is in the center ring. Unfortunately, when you look behind…

6 Beware of Squatters

If you own a home and don't want to lose it, keep reading. Homeowners who go on vacation or a business trip, even for just a week, are returning to find their house overtaken by trespassers who fraudulently claim a right to be there. It's happening to tens of thousands of homeowners from New York City to Atlanta and Los Angeles. When owners call…

7 Yes, Israel Is Now a Partisan Issue

"To make Israel a partisan issue only hurts Israel and the US-Israeli relationship," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had the temerity to say only days after demanding the Jewish state's duly elected government be toppled. Schumer was responding to Donald Trump's hyperbolic contention that Jews who vote for Democrats "hate Israel…

8 US Steel-Nippon Steel: A Global Deal for American Prosperity

The Pennsylvania-based U.S. Steel company recently agreed to be purchased by the Tokyo-headquartered publicly traded company Nippon Steel. This deal makes sense to economists. It will encourage other foreign companies to invest in the U.S., creating wealth and new job opportunities, and further shoring up the U.S. economy, particularly amid inflation…

9 Biden's 'Lawfare' Joke

Why do so many Democrats and their allies in the media desperately want former President Donald Trump to stand trial before Election Day? The answer is simple: Because they think it will help President Joe Biden defeat Trump and win reelection. So far, the "lawfare" directed at Trump – two federal indictments from a special…

10 Turns Out Biden Lied About Hur, Beau, And Why He Pilfered Classified Documents

One of the big takeaways from the newly released transcript of President Joe Biden's two-day interview with Robert Hur is that the special counsel was being exceedingly generous when describing the president as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." Much of the conversation with Hur is littered with barely incoherent…

11 The 'No Labels' Joke

How do presidential candidacies start? Most begin with the ambitions of one person – one governor or senator or, in Donald Trump's case, one real estate mogul and reality TV star who thinks he should be president of the United States. Perhaps they even have a vision for leadership. The ambitious would-be candidate then sets out to win…

12 Trump 'Lawfare' Update

Former President Donald Trump's victory in the Supreme Court 14th Amendment case, together with delay and disorder in the criminal cases against him, has set off panic among Democrats who hoped to use prosecutions and other legal maneuvers to keep Trump from winning a second term. "Supreme Court ruling darkens critics' hopes for a judicial curb…

13 Tough On Crime: El Salvador and Ecuador Offer Lesson for the U.S.

First El Salvador, and now Ecuador, have slashed their murder rates through strict tough-on-crime measures, providing an instructive lesson for the United States as we buckle under our own rise in crime over the past decade.   The statistics illustrating those nation’s dramatic improvement almost defy belief.   Less than…

14 Biden’s “Shrinkflation” Label Aptly Summarizes His Presidency

Apparently, last year’s “Bidenomics” debacle didn’t sufficiently discourage Joe Biden from attempting to coin new terms in his increasingly desperate reelection effort.   Biden is nothing if not stubborn.   Curiously declining the invitation to a Super Bowl interview before what turned out to be the largest…

15 Biden Betrays Israel for Michigan Votes

By now it’s acknowledged even among increasingly despondent mainstream media that Joe Biden trails Donald Trump in general election polling.   Specifically, Biden hasn’t led Trump in the Real Clear Politics polling average since October 19 of last year, whereas Trump never came within four points in 2020 yet still almost won…

16 Convicted Trump Tax Leaker Represents Broader Threat to Americans

This week, convicted former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) contractor Charles Littlejohn received the maximum five-year sentence for leaking the tax returns of Donald Trump and other Americans to The New York Times and far-left activist organization ProPublica.   Littlejohn, who drifted between employment stints at powerful government contractor…

17 The Gambling Industry Wants to Make Fantasy Sports Leagues Illegal

Here's a sad and textbook case of how companies all too often use the strong-arm of government to destroy their competition.  The online gambling industry in America spent years and years fighting against the powerful Las Vegas casinos to make online sports betting legal in the states. They won a historic Supreme Court case in 2018 that struck…

18 Biden Apologists Ignore the Damage Already Done

Three years into the Biden presidency, the federal government’s estimated annualized interest payments on the national debt now exceed $1 trillion.   For purposes of comparison, the Biden Administration requested just $773 billion for the Department of Defense for 2023.   That worrisome development isn’t bad luck or…

19 Embracing Economic Freedom: Lessons from Javier Milei's World Economic Forum Address

In a thrilling address at the World Economic Forum, Javier Milei, President of Argentina, presented a robust defense of capitalism and a critical examination of all forms of collectivism. His speech, rich in historical context and economic analysis, offers some vital lessons that are particularly relevant for today's globalized economy. Sadly, these…

20 The REAL Story of the Two Americas

For the past 30 years or so, the Left has invented a narrative that there are two Americas: a group of very super-rich people (the one-percenters) who have prospered over the past several decades, and everyone else who has gotten poorer. It's a fairy-tale narrative because almost all Americans have seen financial progress. The median household income…

21 Candidates: Don't Let Interest Costs Derail Your Presidential Plans

Remember when Republicans on the campaign trail would talk about how they would make sure to put the U.S. on a fiscally sane path? I miss that time. While a few of the current crop have paid lip service to the idea of constraining spending, no one seems to have a clear plan about how to do it. It's unfortunate. Letting the spending trajectory we're…

22 Explaining Trump's Big Win

Des Moines – Even though it was the first time Republicans had voted in this presidential contest, there was a last-stand mentality here in Iowa among those who hoped to stop former President Donald Trump from reclaiming the Republican nomination. Their goal was to push the candidacy of Nikki Haley hard and hope that Haley, together…

23 Trump Co-Defendant Alleges Georgia Prosecutor Corruption

At this stage of things, most of the developments in the criminal cases against former President Trump involve this appeal or that appeal, or this hearing date or that hearing date. But in Fulton County, Georgia, where the elected Democratic district attorney, Fani Willis, has brought a massive RICO case against Trump and 18 other defendants, something…

24 Antisemitism From the Left

Jews are feeling increasingly afraid and unwelcome. Last week, girls on the basketball team of a Jewish private school in suburban Hartsdale, New York, were jabbed and hit with antisemitic slurs by players from Yonkers' Roosevelt High School. "I support Hamas, you f---ing Jew," a Roosevelt player snarled. The game had to be called off in…

25 Three Economic Myths to Put To Rest This Year

As a new year dawns, it's customary to reflect on the past and set resolutions for the future. This year, let's resolve to greet three widespread claims with healthy doses of skepticism. The first dubious claim is that income inequality in the United States has inexorably risen since the 1960s. It's a scary narrative heavily bolstered by the work…

26 Startling Surprises in Latest Census Numbers

How's America doing? Government statisticians provide mounds of data that provide useful clues, and none more so than the Census Bureau's estimates of population, announced in the holiday weeks at the end of each calendar year. The latest numbers measure the estimated population of each state as of last July 1 as compared to the constitutionally required…

27 Democratic Lawfare vs. Donald Trump

The story of the 2024 campaign so far is the effort by Democrats and their appointees to use criminal charges and lawsuits to force former President Donald Trump out of the race for a second term in the White House. The name for such an effort is "lawfare" – that is, "the strategic use of legal proceedings to intimidate…

28 Congress, Here Are Two Bipartisan Gift Ideas for Our Children

As the festive season approaches, with its twinkling lights and merry carols, the item topping my Christmas wish list is fiscal responsibility from Congress and the administration. If this sounds like an economist conflating policy with goodwill, remember this: In a world where holiday wishes usually lean toward "stuff" – …

29 Let's Be Clear – This Is About Joe Biden, Not Hunter Biden

When James Comer wondered on CNN whether special counsel David Weiss had indicted Hunter Biden on nine tax-related charges to protect him from having to be deposed in the House Oversight Committee, Jake Tapper snarkily responded: "Yes, the classic rubric. He indicted him to protect him. I got it." Well, yes. Indicting a person on lesser…

30 Congress Will Need a New Idea in 2024. Will It Choose a Good One?

With U.S. government revenues rising, 2023 might have been a good year to get America's post-COVID-19 finances on track, but the budget deficit is still growing. You can thank overspending for this. It's also the reason we've had to live with inflation, higher interest rates and the threat of massive future tax hikes for another year. That sets up…

 
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