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Every writer has days like this. https://hachyderm.io/@thomasfuchs/112031993850794874

JamesGleick, to random
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I’ve been wondering why Elon Musk would have standing to sue OpenAI. How have they damaged HIM? How is it any of his business in the first place?

He doesn’t, they haven’t, and it isn’t. Here’s the Verge:

https://www.theverge.com/2024/3/1/24087937/elon-musk-suing-openai-nightmare-1l-contracts-exam

JamesGleick, to random
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Eric Swalwell had some good questions for Hunter Biden. No wonder Republicans insisted on conducting this interview behind closed doors.

JamesGleick, to random
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Thousands of millionaires don’t even bother to pay their taxes, and Republicans keep protecting them. If you pay taxes, doesn’t that make you angry?

(Gift link.)

https://wapo.st/49VthDi

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. https://mastodon.social/

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Mitch McConnell did so much to destroy our democracy that it’s hard to pick just one thing. But Josh Marshall says this is the worst:

"These days you often hear reporters and commentators saying matter of factly that legislation requires 60 votes in the Senate. This is truly McConnell’s greatest accomplishment. People say this like it’s in the Constitution, like the two-thirds requirement for conviction at impeachment or to approve a treaty. (1/2)

JamesGleick,
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But it is a novel development and it has radically altered U.S. politics. It transforms the federal Senate into a genuinely Calhounian body in which minority factions exercise a de facto and permanent veto over the majority.

"It’s what creates gridlock, the breeding ground of political disaffection and extremism."

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/mitch-mcconnell-some-thoughts-on-mastery-destruction-and-minority-rule/sharetoken/HKlwxw9i77vE (2/2)

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@virtualinanity You mean when Democrats try to raise the minimum wage and Republicans manage to block them, you still find a way to blame Democrats?

That puts a smile on McConnell’s face.

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Someone I respect a lot is using generative AI for product comparisons. I don't get it. When I've tried this, I've invariably found at least several incorrect assertions.

An honest journalism org might well have mistakes in the initial comparison, but (again assuming ethical standards) would fix the mistakes.

"AI" doesn't tell us when it's wrong, or if/when it's made a correction.

JamesGleick,
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@dangillmor People still don’t understand what these LLMs do. They generate plausible-sounding text. That’s their genius. Often, the plausible-sounding text is true, because it’s an amalgam of a lot of text previously written by people. But sometimes it’s false.

Either way, it’s plausible. So it’s dangerous.

JamesGleick, to random
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Trump can’t come up with the money he owes; begs the court for mercy.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/28/trump-appeal-bond-fraud-case?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

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I sometimes feel that the people responsible for the interfaces between their computers and their customers don’t care enough about their customers.

Can anything be done to improve their attitude?

“Sorry, an error has occurred while processing your information. Phone number must be of the form ###-###-####.”

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I feel I’m fairly well informed, but there’s a thing I don’t understand, and it keeps me awake at night: Many of my fellow citizens want this man to be president again.

[photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP]

JamesGleick, (edited ) to random
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“There has never been a case in American history in which a former official has engaged in conduct remotely similar to Trump’s. He intentionally took possession of a vast trove of some of the nation’s most sensitive documents—documents so sensitive that they were presented to the President—and stored them in unsecured locations at his heavily trafficked social club. (1/2)

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When the National Archives and Records Administration initially sought their return (before learning that they contained classified national defense information), Trump delayed, obfuscated, and dissembled.”

What a shame that Trump’s own pet judge is slow-walking this case.

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.flsd.648653/gov.uscourts.flsd.648653.337.0.pdf (2/2)

JamesGleick,
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@AngryBull007 Because they were valuable and he wanted to be able to sell them to foreign governments or use them as leverage.

Nonilex, to Law
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Superior Court Judge Scott determined ’s fmr partner & divorce lawyer must tell the court what he knows about special prosecutor ’s relationship w/ DA – a decision that could produce more bombshell testimony as defense attorneys seek to disqualify the DA from prosecuting the case.

https://www.ajc.com/news/watch-live-terrence-bradley-testifies-on-fani-willis-nathan-wade-relationship/FDLUQWVCL5A4RFBZKJDO7Y35FM/

JamesGleick,
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@Nonilex I would have put it a bit differently than the Times does. Texts show Bradley eagerly helping the Trump team gin up a fake case against Willis, and it collapsed in court, because when it came time to swear to his accusations under oath, he refused.

GottaLaff, to Georgia
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Via Anna Bower: 1/...

COMING UP: Terrence Bradley--the former divorce attorney of special prosecutor Nathan Wade--is expected to take the stand and resume his testimony in Fulton County.

Watch the hearing live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZKSRifybjg

JamesGleick,
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@GottaLaff It feels as though McAfee gave them a ridiculous amount of leeway. I hope he’s just bending over backwards to seem fair, because this has been a horrid circus.

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It’s 2024. One of the two major US political parties is trying to decide whether to use campaign funds to pay its candidate’s legal bills for committing fraud and rape.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/draft-rnc-resolution-would-block-paying-candidates-legal-bills/

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Fascinating to see the Times slowly trying to come to grips with the way they’ve been played by Moscow.

It takes them seven paragraphs to get to the fact that the allegations against Biden were (passive voice) “made up.”

Not till paragraph twelve does the real protagonist appear: Russian intelligence. It’s a Russian disinformation operation. Let’s see if we can say that out loud. https://masto.ai/@Nonilex/111984017335877297

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You can read a profile of the Alabama chief justice that calls him “revered,” “dogged,” and “brilliant” in our leading newspaper (but I won’t link to it), or you can read the historian Heather Cox Richardson.

“In the United States, theocracy and authoritarianism go hand in hand.”

https://open.substack.com/pub/heathercoxrichardson/p/february-22-2024?r=g7z5&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

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Dear New York Times et al,

“We now see that almost all of 2023 was dominated by a legal/political story that was not only bogus but — according to prosecutors’ filings and the discredited source’s own admission to federal authorities — was a plant by the Russian intelligence services. That’s real. That requires an explanation as to how that was ever allowed to happen. It requires some effort to prevent it from happening again.”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/can-dc-reporters-overcome-their-trumper-shock-training/sharetoken/R1iJBpGI5cVE

JamesGleick,
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“The U.S. again got bamboozled by transparent foreign manipulation, and the U.S. political press bought into it pretty much whole hog. That doesn’t mean they accepted all the claims. But they treated it as reasonable, worthy of a presumption of seriousness, a serious story to be covered as such. Even with the veritable forest of red flags. Maybe that’s why there’s so little appetite to say what just happened.”

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Did you ever believe that Hunter Biden took a full of incriminating information into a computer repair shop and abandoned it there? That the repair shop decided to examine its contents and transmit them to Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon?

Of course not. Because you have more common sense than reporters and editors at every major news organization.

The whole thing was a Russian disinformation op, in partnership with the GOP. And it's ongoing. Where's the press?

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-bigger-story-than-you-can-possibly-imagine/sharetoken/hLZyeijgDqrO

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Let’s all try to be clearer about the hundreds of millions of dollars Trump has been ordered to pay in New York.

It represents the “disgorgement” of “ill-gotten gains.” These are legal terms. This is money he would not have obtained without committing fraud. The court has carefully itemized it. He has to give it up.

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