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"The bot is out there. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and it absolutely will not stop until your job is dead"

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Last night we had a fascinating team discussion about the implications of ChatGPT and AIs. One conclusion reached was that replacing brains with a machine will do to middle-class jobs what replacing muscles with a machine did to working class jobs: lots will be destroyed, and those left will have to be either very skilled or very unskilled.

Of course, productivity will soar, but so will political-economy tensions over how to divide those gains fairly. We didn't do that for the working class, as they tell us anytime anyone listens to them, which is never for people with middle-class jobs - until they see yet another shock election result.

Ironically, one of the AI answers we were shown was to the question of the implication of higher interest rates on capital-labour dynamics from a Marxist perspective. The answers it gave were good... if you don't know a great deal about Marx. The bot said higher rates would mean lower profits, so downwards pressure on wages - which the bond market is saying too. It didn't mention how higher interest rates clash with the supposed tendency of the rate of profit to fall, or how Okishio's theorem disproves that while showing if you divide productivity gains fairly, you can avoid class struggle; or how higher rates hurt "fictitious capital" more than "productive capital", and so the ultra-rich more than workers (if Okishio is listened to); or how capital and labor can suffer equally via higher rates - which the bond market is also saying, and stocks aren't.

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Others are coming to grips with the implications and potential (or lack thereof) of the ChatGPT to get things quite wrong if we should place too much reliance on it:


U.S. finds Louisiana deliberately kept inmates past release date

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The seal of the U.S. Justice Department is seen on the podium in the Department's headquarters briefing room before a news conference with the Attorney General in Washington, January 24, 2023.
The Justice Department found Louisiana violated the U.S. Constitution by confining people in its custody past the dates when they were legally entitled to be released, adding state authorities were "deliberately indifferent to the systemic overdetention."
"There is reasonable cause to believe that the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LDOC) routinely confines people in its custody past the dates when they are legally entitled to be released from custody, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment," the Justice Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

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US confirms strike operation in Somalia, claims they eliminated 'key ISIS terrorists'

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed that ISIS leader Bila al-Sudani was one of the terrorists killed in the strike.
The US military eliminated "a number of ISIS members" — including one of the terrorist group's top operatives — in a Wednesday strike in northern Somalia, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

ISIS leader Bilal al-Sudani, who was a "key facilitator for ISIS's global network," was among the multiple terrorists killed in the "assault operation" ordered by President Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement.

"[A]l-Sudani was responsible for fostering the growing presence of ISIS in Africa and for funding the group's operations worldwide, including in Afghanistan," he said. "This action leaves the United States and its partners safer and more secure."


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British universities are adding warnings for Greek and Shakespearean plays: "Tragedy ... might be triggering"

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The duel between Laertes (left), played by Brad Elliott, and Hamlet, with Horatio (background, left) Claudius, Gertrude and other court staff observing.
The problem with universities overwhelmingly controlled by faculty on the left is that there are few to offer a dose of reality or rationality. Left to their own devices, some faculty seem to search for new ways to demonstrate woke priorities. British universities have long been ridiculed for policies controlling speech or symbols. Now, The Telegraph is reporting that British universities are adding trigger warnings to Greek and Shakespearean tragedies to protect students from being triggered by tragedy. Indeed, there are now warnings on other classics for everything from "ableism" to "depictions of rural life."

One such warning stated, "Tragedy is a genre obsessed with violence and suffering, often of a sexual or graphic kind, and so some of the content might be triggering for some students."

Comment: The madness is spreading.

Black Magic

Climate Activism Has a Cult Problem

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Extinction Rebellion protesting against Black Friday in Warsaw, Poland.
As a member of Extinction Rebellion, writes Zion Lights, I watched people brainwashed into pulling outrageous stunts in the name of 'saving the planet.'

Maybe you saw Van Gogh's Sunflowers smeared with two cans of tomato soup. Or the 20-year-old man who set fire to his arm at a tennis tournament, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words "End UK Private Jets." Or the traffic on London's M25 highway blocked by protesters for days. One 24-year-old girl, Louise, climbed atop a crane on the highway. "I'm here because I don't have a future," she exclaimed between sobs.

All these stories feature young members of a movement that claims to fight climate change by demanding their governments stop using and producing fossil fuels immediately.

Their methods seem unorthodox, and you're probably wondering how defacing artwork or gluing your hand to the floor of a Volkswagen showroom reduces carbon emissions. I don't blame you.

The difference between me and you is I used to be one of them.


San Francisco judge orders release of bodycam footage from Paul Pelosi hammer attack

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(L) Suspect David DePape (R) Nancy and Paul Pelosi
A San Francisco judge on Wednesday ruled that San Francisco police body camera footage from the October 2022 hammer attack against Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, must be made public.

In his ruling, Judge Stephen Murphy sided with a group of media outlets, including the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times, who sought access to the dramatic footage as well as other evidence against David DePape, the alleged attacker, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Comment: Note that everyone is dancing around the common-sense possibility that this was a date gone wrong.

Bizarro Earth

The 'Gen Z' gender revolution: Under-35s make up 85% of the non-binary and nearly half the trans population in England and Wales

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The Gen Z gender revolution was laid bare today as census figures showed under-35s make up half the trans community in England and Wales.

More than 47 per cent of those who identified as a different gender than they were registered at birth were aged between 16 and 34 - even though the age band accounts for less than a third of the wider population.

The younger generation was even more dominant among those who described themselves as non-binary, with 85 per cent - 26,000 people - in the under-35 group.

The insight into the changing face of the country - increasingly a major social flashpoint - emerged in the latest details released from the census, which was conducted in 2021.


UK becomes latest country to ban Covid boosters for under-50s

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Covid booster doses will no longer be available to healthy people under 50 from next month, the Government has said. The reason given by the JCVI, the Government's vaccine advisory body, is because "the transition continues away from a pandemic emergency response towards pandemic recovery".

A number of countries have imposed similar bans on boosters for healthy under-50s, a trend that has been linked by observers to safety concerns, though public authorities have not confirmed this. The U.K. will continue to offer the first two doses to over-16s.


Children under 14 die from fentanyl more than other age groups

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Fentanyl deaths in children under 14 are increasing at a faster rate than in any other age group, according to an analysis from Families Against Fentanyl (FAF), a non-profit group aiming to curb the spread of the lethal opioid.

Jim Raug, founder of FAF, has seen an increase in instances of fentanyl poisoning, which occurs when a person accidentally ingests the drug. Fentanyl poisoning often also occurs when someone, especially a child, comes into close contact with even a minute amount of the drug, which is 50 to 100 more potent than morphine, Fox News reports.

"It's so prevalent in society now," said Rauh, who lost his 37-year-old son to fentanyl poisoning in 2015. "Distribution goes to dispersion by entropy. That's the law of physics. And it's showing out because of the mass quantity of this material. ... It's so prevalent that just our innocent children, by incidental contact, are being killed. And now it's creeping into the schools and other enclosed environments."

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Project Veritas exposes Pfizer exec discussing 'mutating' COVID-19 virus for new vaccines, #DirectedEvolution trends worldwide

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Project Veritas released a new video Wednesday in which a Pfizer executive claimed the company is attempting to "mutate" COVID via "Directed Evolution" in order to preempt the development of future vaccines.

As a result, #DirectedEvolution trended worldwide.

Comment: Did they give this guy some kind of truth serum? He was spilling ALL the beans!

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