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Google's push to lecture us on diversity goes beyond AI

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© New York PostGoogle's Gemini AI generated image of a "Founding Father"
The future is here. And it turns out to be very, very racist.

As the New York Post reported yesterday, Google's Gemini AI image generator aims to have a lot of things. But historical accuracy is not among them.

If you ask the program to give you an image of the Founding Fathers of this country, the AI will return you images of black and Native American men signing what appears to be a version of the American Constitution.

At least that's more accurate than the images of popes thrown up. A request for an image of one of the holy fathers gives up images of — among others — a Southeast Asian woman. Who knew?

Some people are surprised by this. I'm not.

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Toys

UK Russell Group Universities: Advocating for hiring based on merit is now a 'microagression'

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© Russell Group UniversitiesRussell Group university, University College London
Academics say guidance on eliminating subtle forms of discrimination undermines a culture of free inquiry

Russell Group universities have told staff and students that saying "the most qualified person should get the job" is a "microaggression".

At least five universities have issued guidance or training courses on how to eliminate "microaggression", which are defined as subtle or indirect forms of discrimination.

Guidance from the University of Glasgow and the engineering department of Imperial College London states that saying "the most qualified person should get the job" is an example of a microaggression.

Dollars

Judge overseeing Trump's Georgia case donated to Fani Willis campaign prior to appointment

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© Alyssa Pointer/pool/AFP/GettyImagesFulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee listens during a hearing into ‘misconduct’ allegations against Georgia prosecutor Fanni Willis at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 15, 2024.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, who is overseeing the case against former President Donald Trump, made a small donation of $150 to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' campaign prior to his appointment.

McAfee, who was sworn in on Feb. 1, 2023 after being appointed by Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, made his donation in June 2020 while still working as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to financial disclosures. He will soon have to decide whether Willis should be disqualified over allegations that she financially benefited from appointing her romantic partner, Nathan Wade, to work on the Trump case.

McAfee also formerly worked under Fani Willis when she led the complex trial division in the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, according to the New York Times.

Bad Guys

Google has 'paused' its Gemini AI tool after critics blast it as 'too woke'

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© Frank J. Fleming/XX user Frank J. Fleming repeatedly prompted Gemini to generate images of people from white-skinned groups in history, including Vikings. Gemini gave results showing dark-skinned Vikings, including one woman.
The application generated images of Asian Nazis in 1940 Germany, Black Vikings and female medieval knights

Google is pausing its new Gemini AI tool after users blasted the image generator for being 'too woke' by replacing white historical figures with people of color.

The AI tool churned out racially diverse Vikings, knights, founding fathers, and even Nazi soldiers.

Artificial intelligence programs learn from the information available to them, and researchers have warned that AI is prone to recreate the racism, sexism, and other biases of its creators and of society at large.

In this case, Google may have overcorrected in its efforts to address discrimination, as some users fed it prompt after prompt in failed attempts to get the AI to make a picture of a white person.

Arrow Up

Household debt highest in nation's history

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In a recent interview, Peter Schiff was featured on Real America with Dan Ball.

In analyzing the current economic landscape, Peter shared a perspective that challenges the optimistic narratives surrounding key indicators. His skepticism extends to reported job growth, which he attributes to individuals taking multiple jobs amid rising prices and stagnant paychecks. Peter also critiqued the inflation report, countering the notion of decreasing inflation by asserting that it is bottoming out and poised to intensify. He emphasized the stark contrast between official reports and the real experiences of everyday Americans, particularly underscoring the record-high levels of household debt and the government's role in exacerbating economic challenges.

Furthermore, Peter highlighted the potential repercussions of rising interest rates, predicting that instead of alleviating inflation, they would contribute to its escalation. The interview concluded with a cautionary note on government spending, as Peter advised against additional borrowing when the nation is already grappling with substantial debt.


Cardboard Box

Maxim Yusin: Here's why Polish-Ukrainian relations are turning ugly

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The rift between the neighbors is now being felt on an emotional level as old tensions begin to reemerge
Kommersant columnist Maxim Yusin reflects on the causes and consequences of the crisis in Ukraine-Poland relations

The European Commission has called on Polish security forces to ensure the transit of Ukrainian goods across the EU border. Local authorities are responsible for maintaining law and order, so Warsaw must protect the rights of passengers and the free movement of products, which are key to the supply chains of the EU's internal market, Brussels has advised. Meanwhile, farmers and truckers who have been blocking Ukrainian lorries since November are now being joined by hunters unhappy with the new Polish government's environmental policies. The farmers themselves plan to step up their protests, blocking checkpoints on the border with Ukraine as well as transport hubs and access roads to rail and sea ports.

The crisis in Ukrainian-Polish relations may seem completely illogical and paradoxical. After all, it was Warsaw that, after 24 February 2022, positioned itself as Kiev's most reliable and resolute ally in Europe, demanding the toughest measures against Moscow even when Paris and Berlin hesitated, President Macron suggested continuing the dialogue with his Russian counterpart, and Chancellor Scholz initially hoped to limit himself to supplying the Ukrainian army with 5,000 helmets.

Comment: Once people see through the lies because their daily lives are affected and they feel the impact directly, they will stand up for their survival and that of their families. The ideologies of the upper class cannot win when people feel that their lives are in danger. No wonder things are emotional here.

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Four states race to stop 'Great Taking' of all bank accounts, stocks, bonds, pensions before financial/election events

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The good news is this "great taking" can be stopped at the state level. Americans don't need to count on a divided Congress to get the job done. Because the UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) is state law, state lawmakers can take concrete steps to restore the property rights of their constituents and protect them in the event of a financial crisis - Ellen Brown, Diffusing the Derivatives Time Bomb: Some Proposed Solutions, Feb. 14, 2024.
Presently four relatively small states, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Delaware, are trying to stop the burning fuse of a financial bomb that could cause a legally provided raid on all stock, bond and bank account investments from its residents, businesses, and pension funds in their jurisdictions. This financial bomb is to confiscate assets for losses on purely unrelated speculative gambling bets in the Derivatives Market, not from any genuine risk hedging (as insurance) to protect those financial resources.

Stormtrooper

Arms maker BAE reporting record profits amid West's proxy war in Ukraine, and Israel's Gaza genocide

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© Chris Ratcliffe/BloombergPictured: A BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet. FTSE 100 company says global instability is making government focus on defence spending
Increased military spending prompted by Russia's war on Ukraine and the Israel-Gaza conflict helped the British weapons manufacturer BAE Systems to record profits last year, with further growth expected in the year ahead.

The FTSE 100 company made underlying profits before interest and tax of £2.7bn on record sales of £25.3bn in 2023.

Shares in weapons manufacturers have surged in the past two years after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 made governments reassess their plans for military spending.


Comment: A variety of 'mishaps' highlight that, despite spending record sums, competence is plummeting: British nuclear submarine missile MISFIRES and 'plops' into the ocean, 2nd such incident amid a myriad of other Navy fails


Comment: And the UK's energy suppliers and supermarkets are also reporting record profits; it's rather telling as to the warped state of the Western world that, as the suffering of people increases, so do the profits of mega-corporations: UK food shortages 'alarmingly likely' next year, University of Belfast warns - malnutrition cases tripled in 10 years

Despite the hype, the more rapacious the West becomes, the more glaring its failings: Russian arms production has Europe's warmongers worried


Hourglass

For Putin foe Alexey Navalny, Ukraine has long been a volatile issue

Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny, whose mother is Russian and whose father was born in Ukraine
© Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty ImagesRussian opposition activist Alexey Navalny, whose mother is Russian and whose father was born in Ukraine, has a complicated relationship with Ukraine.
The following article is adapted from "The Dissident: Alexey Navalny, Profile of a Political Prisoner," which was released by Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, on Oct. 31.
“The Dissident: Alexey Navalny, Profile of a Political Prisoner”
© The Washington Post, (Courtesy of Twelve Books)“The Dissident: Alexey Navalny, Profile of a Political Prisoner”
He is the imprisoned opposition leader who more than any other Russian political figure has challenged Vladimir Putin's rule. He has condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and said that Moscow must withdraw its troops and pay reparations. He is half-Ukrainian.

And yet Alexey Navalny is widely distrusted, if not despised, in Ukraine.

For Navalny, like millions of other Russians with Ukrainian roots, Putin's war has been a blood-soaked tragedy. It has also put him in political quandary — compelled to change and clarify earlier statements that appeared to deny Ukrainian nationhood as he espoused the idea that Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians are all one people, and that Crimea, annexed by Putin, was an integral part of Russia wrongfully given to Ukraine by a Soviet leader.

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1) Alexey Navalny passed away on 16 February 2024: NATO stooge Alexei Navalny dies in prison following brief illness
In his political career he went through stages: From Russian far-right nationalist agitator to darling of Western liberals: Who was Alexey Navalny?
Between 2000 and 2007, Navalny was a member of the liberal Yabloko party, before co-founding an ethnic nationalist movement called 'Narod.' He appeared in two notorious YouTube videos for the group, one advocating for gun rights to fight "flies and cockroaches" (attached to images of Muslim insurgents from the southern Caucasus), and another comparing immigrants from Islamic regions to tooth decay.
2) See also: 3) Regarding the comment from Navalny:
"Recognizing our history and traditions, we must be part of Europe and follow the European path of development. We have no other choice, nor do we need any."
The European path of development is not straight forward: An Anti-Russian Europe Is a Europe That Destroys Itself!
West using 'Russia threat' as pretext to destabilize Europe: Lavrov
German FM says EU ready to hit Russia with new round of sanctions
Why NATO's 'Military Schengen' evokes memories of Nazi Germany's anti-Russia past
Scholz and lackeys dig grave for Germany
Paper tiger Ukraine signs 'security pacts' with paper tigers Germany and France
Germany gives timeframe for possible Russian 'attack' on NATO
World leaders no longer working toward peace - Serbian president

4) We live in a world with many political changes, and while conflicts can take up attention and seem scary, there are changes in other spheres: From that perspective, much of what Navalny was about could also be seen as a distraction.


TV

CBS faces uproar after seizing investigative journalist Herridge's files

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© X/@FaceTheNation - ScreenshotVeteran national security reporter Catherine Herridge
"Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation." Those words, from CBS icon Edward R. Murrow, came to mind this week after I spoke with journalists at the network.

There is trouble brewing at Black Rock, the headquarters of CBS, after the firing of Catherine Herridge, an acclaimed investigative reporter. Many of us were shocked after Herridge was included in layoffs this month, but those concerns have increased after CBS officials took the unusual step of seizing her files, computers and records, including information on privileged sources.

The position of CBS has alarmed many, including the union, as an attack on free press principles by one of the nation's most esteemed press organizations.

Comment: From Assange on down, free speech and the ability to hold leaders to account is under attack.

Paramount exec conveniently axes award-winning CBS investigative reporters amid layoffs