Chaos, Genius, The Information, Time Travel.
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Every writer has days like this. https://hachyderm.io/@thomasfuchs/112031993850794874
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:
Eric Swalwell had some good questions for Hunter Biden. No wonder Republicans insisted on conducting this interview behind closed doors.
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?
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. https://mastodon.social/
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)
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.
Trump can’t come up with the money he owes; begs the court for mercy.
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?
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]
“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)
Superior Court Judge Scott #McAfee determined #NathanWade’s fmr #law partner & divorce lawyer must tell the court what he knows about special prosecutor #NathanWade’s relationship w/ DA #FaniWillis – a decision that could produce more bombshell testimony as defense attorneys seek to disqualify the DA from prosecuting the #FultonCounty #Georgia #Trump #ElectionInterference #RICO case.
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.
Candidate for president disintegrating in plain sight. Who will help him?
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
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.”
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.”
Did you ever believe that Hunter Biden took a #laptop 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?
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.