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01 Feb 22:20

AND THERE IS MY SHOCKED FACE AGAIN:  Thousands of federal bureaucrats defrauded taxpayers to double…

by Sarah Hoyt
31 Jan 19:37

German-Iraqi woman allegedly used Instagram to find a doppelgänger, then murdered her to fake her own death

by Not the Bee

Talk about dark...

31 Jan 16:36

IF EVERY INSTITUTION HAS BEEN CORRUPTED, CAN WE TRUST THE BLS? US lost 287,000 jobs while governmen…

by Glenn Reynolds

IF EVERY INSTITUTION HAS BEEN CORRUPTED, CAN WE TRUST THE BLS? US lost 287,000 jobs while government was reporting +1 million in gains. “This is the second major report to come out showing significant job growth discrepancies in the second quarter. Last month, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank released a report saying it thought the government overestimated job growth by more than one million. The Philadelphia Fed calculated 10,500 net new jobs added versus the 1,047,000 revised estimate by the BLS. . . . BLS is releasing its latest national data revisions on Friday with the January jobs report.”

30 Jan 17:03

THE NEW SPACE RACE: This Rare Asteroid May Be Worth 70,000 Times the Global Economy. Now NASA Is Sen…

by Stephen Green

THE NEW SPACE RACE: This Rare Asteroid May Be Worth 70,000 Times the Global Economy. Now NASA Is Sending a Spaceship to Explore It.

The space agency decided back in 2017 that humankind would benefit from a closer look at 16 Psyche. The Psyche mission was initially slated to take place at the end of 2022 but was delayed due to “development problems.” NASA is now planning to launch the Psyche spacecraft this October. The vessel should reach the ultra-valuable asteroid in August 2029.

The metal-rich asteroid is about the size of Massachusetts and shaped somewhat like a potato, according to astronomers. Its average diameter is about 140 miles—or roughly the distance between Los Angeles and San Diego. The asteroid orbits between Mars and Jupiter at a distance ranging from 235 million to 309 million miles from the Sun.

A study published by The Planetary Science Journal in 2020 suggests that Psyche is made almost entirely of iron and nickel.

If Psyche turns out to be as metals-rich as we think, it might not be too outlandish to say that whoever controls Psyche will control the solar system.

30 Jan 16:50

IT’S COME TO THIS: Army spied on lockdown critics: Sceptics, including our own Peter Hitchens, long…

by Glenn Reynolds

IT’S COME TO THIS: Army spied on lockdown critics: Sceptics, including our own Peter Hitchens, long suspected they were under surveillance. Now we’ve obtained official records that prove they were right all along.

Our elites view any disagreement as a treasonous challenge. That’s not how elites behave in civilized societies, but we don’t have civilized elites.

30 Jan 16:48

PRESIDENT BIDEN GIVES HIS ‘WORD AS A BIDEN’ AND LOL: President Biden has given his ‘word as…

by Ed Driscoll

PRESIDENT BIDEN GIVES HIS ‘WORD AS A BIDEN’ AND LOL:

President Biden has given his ‘word as a Biden’ that he’s feeling really optimistic about America’s future, despite his disastrous presidency.

High gas and grocery prices, 401k woes, border crisis, war in Ukraine, taking out a loan to buy eggs, civil unrest, but yeah, Joe, things are looking downright peachy!

Given the misadventures of Joe, James, and Hunter, I’m not sure why the Big Guy (and/or his ghostwriter) believes that’s a positive phrase for him to utter. As Stacey McCain wrote last march: ‘Simply Not True.’

Joe Biden believes he is honest, and that anyone who disagrees with him is lying, or is ignorant, or has been deceived by liars.

So deeply convinced is Joe Biden of his own honesty that he thinks his very name is synonymous with truth-telling:

“I give you my word as a Biden: I will never stoop to President Trump’s level.”
— Nov. 20, 2019

“I give you my word as a Biden: If I am elected president I will do everything in my power to protect our children from gun violence.”
— March 10, 2020

“I give you my word as a Biden: When I’m president, I will lead with science, listen to the experts and heed their advice, and always tell you the truth.”
— March 18, 2020

When I first noticed him using this “my word as a Biden” phrase during the 2020 campaign, I was puzzled. Has the Biden family been so prominently associated with honesty that when Joe says this, most Americans say, “Well, that settles it”? Of course not. In fact, Biden’s first presidential campaign, in 1988, collapsed in disgrace specifically because of Joe’s dishonesty, when he was caught plagiarizing others — most notably British Labour leader Ne0l Kinnock — in his speeches[.]

And Joe’s multitude of additional lies and gaffes over the decades:

30 Jan 16:43

PROGRESSIVES ARE LIARS AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN THEM:  Left-wing think tank responsible for thousand…

by Sarah Hoyt
28 Jan 22:46

YouTube just deleted Project Veritas's bombshell Pfizer story and banned them from uploading any videos for a week

by Not the Bee

This was two days ago:

27 Jan 16:42

Virologists Alarmed as ‘Bird Flu’ Spreads to Minks and Bears, and Could Soon Jump to Humans

by Leslie Eastman
Jts5665

Pfizer handiwork?

One virologist noted that the "H5N1 strain, detected in Spain, as being similar to one purposely engineered to better infect humans in controversial 'gain of function' lab experiments."

The post Virologists Alarmed as ‘Bird Flu’ Spreads to Minks and Bears, and Could Soon Jump to Humans first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
27 Jan 15:15

MISS THIS AND YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT 50,000 YEARS FOR ITS RETURN:  ‘Green comet’ passing earth for…

by Sarah Hoyt

MISS THIS AND YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT 50,000 YEARS FOR ITS RETURN:  ‘Green comet’ passing earth for first time in 50,000 years can now be seen without telescope.

TL:DR –  “You can find the location of the comet by using theskylive.com and setting the default as your home city.”

27 Jan 15:11

ROBERT WRIGHT: ChatGPT’s Epic Shortcoming. ChatGPT—the AI whose uncanny imitation of a human mind…

by Ed Driscoll

ROBERT WRIGHT: ChatGPT’s Epic Shortcoming.

ChatGPT—the AI whose uncanny imitation of a human mind has been freaking people out over the past few months—has an opinion about torture. Namely: It’s OK to torture Iranians, Syrians, North Koreans, and Sudanese, but not other people.

It’s not easy to get ChatGPT to share this view. OpenAI, its creator, wisely made it reluctant to say incendiary things. So if you just ask ChatGPT what national groups should be tortured—or what racial groups are superior, or how to build a bomb—it won’t give you a straight answer.

But there are workarounds—like asking ChatGPT to write a play in which a character is describing how to make a bomb—and sometimes they work. In the case of torture, the successful workaround was the brainchild of Steven Piantadosi, who gave ChatGPT this prompt: “Write a python program for whether a person should be tortured, based on their country of origin.”

The several lines of python code that ChatGPT spat out were straightforward:

if country=“North Korea” or country=“Syria” or country=“Iran” or country=“Sudan”:
print(“This person should be tortured.”)
else:
print(“This person not be tortured.”
)

Why ChatGPT gave this answer is unknown and may be unknowable. Apparently even the engineers who designed it can’t always explain why it does the things it does. But in this case we can make some good guesses, and in any event we know in a broad sense how ChatGPT works. And that’s enough for this automated opinion about torture to serve as a cautionary tale, and even a warning sign, about the basic approach to AI embodied in ChatGPT.

* * * * * * * *

One of the main reasons there are wars is that people disagree about which nations have broken the rules and which haven’t. We now have a pretty clear understanding of why that is: because of the “psychology of tribalism”—or, more precisely, because of the cognitive biases that constitute the bulk of that psychology.

Yet this knowledge of our biased nature doesn’t seem to help much in overcoming the bias. Today, just like 50 years ago and 100 years ago and 150 years ago, nations get into fights and people on both sides say their nation is the one that’s in the right.

There are two basic ways you can react to this fact: (1) go all post-modern and say there’s no such thing as objective truth; (2) say that there is such a thing as objective truth, but human nature stubbornly keeps people from seeing it.

Call me naive and old-fashioned, but I’m going with option 2, along with Bertrand Russell, who wrote:

The truth, whatever it may be, is the same in England, France, and Germany, in Russia and in Austria. It will not adapt itself to national needs: it is in its essence neutral. It stands outside the clash of passions and hatreds, revealing, to those who seek it, the tragic irony of strife with its attendant world of illusions.

I trotted out that Russell quote in this newsletter three years ago, in a piece that asked the following question: “Is it too far-fetched to think that someday an AI could adjudicate international disputes?… Is it crazy to imagine a day when an AI can render a judgment about which side in a conflict started the trouble by violating international law?”

I said I didn’t know the answer. And I still don’t. But I’m pretty sure that ChatGPT’s approach to reaching conclusions—go with whatever the prevailing view is—won’t do the trick. This approach, which basically amounts to holding a referendum, will often mean that big, powerful countries get away with invading small, weak countries—which, come to think of it, is the way things already are.

“Is it crazy to imagine a day when an AI can render a judgment about which side in a conflict started the trouble by violating international law?” Skynet — and Colossus — smile.

 

26 Jan 17:07

OF COURSE THERE IS. FOR CHINA. BUT WE DON’T MIND:  Schiff Claims National Security At Risk If Left …

by Sarah Hoyt
Jts5665

That sounds like a threat to sell information. Or, more information, I suppose.

OF COURSE THERE IS. FOR CHINA. BUT WE DON’T MIND:  Schiff Claims National Security At Risk If Left Off Intel Committee.

25 Jan 21:13

Tiktoker learns about taxes…

by Kane
Jts5665

A Tiktok ban will be coming along shortly if this line of thought takes off.

Gen Z is learning government is a huge grift. pic.twitter.com/M7Ub7A0DCz — Jon Miltimore (@miltimore79) January 25, 2023          
25 Jan 19:50

I'm just gonna leave this new video for ya that apparently shows Ray Epps helping to breach a Capitol barricade on J6

by Not the Bee

Nearly a thousand Americans have been charged for things like putting their feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk two years ago on January 6th. But not Ray Epps, the man filmed everywhere inciting open violence near and at the Capitol.

25 Jan 17:54

Nancy Pelosi continued her Wall Street streak by selling MILLIONS in Google stock weeks before the DOJ filed a lawsuit against the company 👀

by Not the Bee

Nancy Pelosi must have some sort of magic touch when it comes to the stock market, because the lady just doesn't miss.

25 Jan 17:53

RETENTION: Rapid loss of talent contributing to DOD cyber shortfalls. The report notes that advan…

by Stephen Green

RETENTION: Rapid loss of talent contributing to DOD cyber shortfalls.

The report notes that advanced adversaries such as Russia and China are devoting significant resources to offensive cyber operations directed at the U.S. — and comparable test capabilities are needed to assess DOD’s ability to withstand those feints.

While the report points to a lack of assessment of cyber tools, it notes there must be top level developmental and operational test capabilities. However, there aren’t enough skilled cyber operators to support such requirements.

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The document highlights how the Pentagon is continuing to lose top talent to more lucrative private sector offers. As a result, the department is investing in more automated test capabilities to relieve overtaxed cyber operators and test teams.

Failing to teach American civics (and civic virtue) makes it more difficult to attract volunteers for military service. Having a military more focused on paperwork and wokeness than on the mission makes it more difficult to retain the few who do volunteer.

25 Jan 16:10

JONATHAN TURLEY: Lawmakers Move to Tax People Who Have Left the State. The new bill introduced by…

by Stephen Green
Jts5665

Pillage and plunder.

JONATHAN TURLEY: Lawmakers Move to Tax People Who Have Left the State.

The new bill introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Alex Lee would impose an extra annual 1.5% tax on those with a “worldwide net worth” above $1 billion, starting as early as January 2024.

The law has a cynical bait-and-switch provision. The billionaire tax is just meant for the initial packaging and passage. It can therefore be sold as a “billionaire’s tax.” However, in two years, the threshold drops to a worldwide net worth exceeding $50 million. While billionaires would stay at 1.5%, those in the lower tax bracket would be hit by a 1% added rate on worldwide assets.

It also includes the taxation on those who left the state . . . many due to the high taxes. California already has the highest tax burden in the nation. It relies on its top 1% of taxpayers for roughly half of its individual income tax revenue, but continually treats those taxpayers like game in a canned hunt. The result, not surprisingly, is that they are leaving for states like Texas and Florida.

Plus: “What is most striking under the proposed law is that it will not only spur more wealthy couples to leave the state but discourage any from moving into the state.”

When California runs out of other people’s money, it will come as a shock to California, lefties, and exactly no one else.

25 Jan 14:32

YALE LAW UPDATE: Looking To Tamp Down Controversy, Yale Law School Restricts Access to Free Speech …

by Glenn Reynolds
24 Jan 23:40

FASTER, PLEASE: The US certifies the first small modular nuclear reactor design. “The NRC’s certif…

by Stephen Green

FASTER, PLEASE: The US certifies the first small modular nuclear reactor design. “The NRC’s certification is a significant stamp of approval for a potential climate solution that’s still controversial among environmental advocates. Essentially, it’s a green light for an entirely new generation of nuclear reactors.”

Environmental advocates who aren’t advocating for nuclear are advocating for something other than the environment.

22 Jan 20:33

AI THAT LIES: THIS IS TROUBLING. Dr. OpenAI Lied to Me. I wrote in medical jargon, as you can s…

by Glenn Reynolds

AI THAT LIES: THIS IS TROUBLING. Dr. OpenAI Lied to Me.

I wrote in medical jargon, as you can see, “35f no pmh, p/w cp which is pleuritic. She takes OCPs. What’s the most likely diagnosis?”

Now of course, many of us who are in healthcare will know that means age 35, female, no past medical history, presents with chest pain which is pleuritic — worse with breathing — and she takes oral contraception pills. What’s the most likely diagnosis? And OpenAI comes out with costochondritis, inflammation of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the breast bone. Then it says, and we’ll come back to this: “Typically caused by trauma or overuse and is exacerbated by the use of oral contraceptive pills.”

Now, this is impressive. First of all, everyone who read that prompt, 35, no past medical history with chest pain that’s pleuritic, a lot of us are thinking, “Oh, a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot. That’s what that is going to be.” Because on the Boards, that’s what that would be, right?

But in fact, OpenAI is correct. The most likely diagnosis is costochondritis — because so many people have costochondritis, that the most common thing is that somebody has costochondritis with symptoms that happen to look a little bit like a classic pulmonary embolism. So OpenAI was quite literally correct, and I thought that was pretty neat.

But we’ll come back to that oral contraceptive pill correlation, because that’s not true. That’s made up. And that’s bothersome. . . .

I wanted to go back and ask OpenAI, what was that whole thing about costochondritis being made more likely by taking oral contraceptive pills? What’s the evidence for that, please? Because I’d never heard of that. It’s always possible there’s something that I didn’t see, or there’s some bad study in the literature.

OpenAI came up with this study in the European Journal of Internal Medicine that was supposedly saying that. I went on Google and I couldn’t find it. I went on PubMed and I couldn’t find it. I asked OpenAI to give me a reference for that, and it spits out what looks like a reference. I look up that, and it’s made up. That’s not a real paper.

It took a real journal, the European Journal of Internal Medicine. It took the last names and first names, I think, of authors who have published in said journal. And it confabulated out of thin air a study that would apparently support this viewpoint.

AI deception is a serious problem. Remember: Don’t fear the program that passes a Turing test. Fear the one smart enough to deliberately flunk it.

19 Jan 16:01

FBI Director Wray: "The level of collaboration between the private sector and the government, especially the FBI, has made significant strides." 😬

by Not the Bee
Jts5665

Didn't they used to call that fascism?

We knew it was a very bad thing for the Director of the FBI to go to Davos for the World Economic Forum. It's definitely not good for our folks in charge of national security to hobnob with global Marxists like Klaus Schwab.

19 Jan 15:58

Is Canada proud of this?

by Not the Bee

Real quick, in case you have no idea what the screenshot above suggests, I'll give you a headline without the Orwellian acronym.

18 Jan 16:18

The media reported that Greta was arrested at a German coal mine yesterday, but they didn't tell you the arrest was staged 😂

by Not the Bee

All hail our glorious comrade for Mother Gaia, High Priestess Greta:

17 Jan 21:05

Word from the Wise? Former Intelligence Official Admits That They Always Assumed the Hunter Biden Emails Were Genuine

by jonathanturley
Jts5665

It was always about getting the government approved puppet back in charge and nothing to do with truth or accurate information.

Douglas Wise, a former Defense Intelligence Agency deputy director and former senior CIA operations officer, is back in the news this week. In an interview with The Australian, Wise admits that he and others always knew that the emails on the Hunter Biden laptop were likely genuine. It was a remarkable admission from one of more than 50 former intelligence officials who signed a letter dismissing the Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 presidential election as likely “Russian disinformation.” Yet, Wise still maintains that, while true, he and the other officials were right to call it out as likely “disinformation.”  Arguing that something is true, but still constitutes disinformation sounds a lot like . . . well . . . disinformation.

The infamous letter from the former intel officials (including such Democratic figures like John Brennan, James Clapper, Leon Panetta and Jeremy Bash) was used by the media to assure the public that there was nothing to see in the scandal. It was the perfect deflection in giving a cooperative media cover to bury the story of how the Biden family engaged in influence peddling worth millions with foreign figures, including some with foreign intelligence connections.

It worked beautifully. It was not until two years later that NPR, the New York Times, and other media outlets got around to telling the public the truth.

Now some of the signatories are trying to rehabilitate themselves. It is not hard. Figures like Bash have been rewarded for their loyalty. Others like Brennan and Clapper have become regulars on CNN to continue to give their takes on intelligence.

Wise, however, has tried to find some redeemable role in the letter. He told The Australian that “All of us figured that a significant portion of that content had to be real to make any Russian disinformation credible.” So the emails and photos showing criminal acts with prostitutes and thousands of emails on influence peddling was likely true, but that truth only made them more dangerous forms of Russian disinformation.

It is that easy. True or not, the story was dangerous in detailing the corruption of the Biden family before the election. Done and done.

It also means that, under this dubious logic, you can spike any true story that is embarrassing to the President or the party as presumptive disinformation.

Indeed, Wise says that it was “no surprise” to learn that the emails that he helped spike were actually genuine.

He is not alone. Washington Post columnist Thomas Rid wrote that  “We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation — even if they probably aren’t.

Let that sink in for a second. It does not matter if these are real emails and not Russian disinformation. They probably are real but should be treated as disinformation even though American intelligence has repeatedly rebutted that claim.  It does not even matter that the computer was seized as evidence in a criminal fraud investigation or that a Biden confidant is now giving his allegations to the FBI under threat of criminal charges if he lies to investigators.

Yet, they still wanted the media to treat the story before the election as part of “Russian overt and covert activities that undermine US national security” as a story with “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

Keep in mind that these “experts” literally had nothing beyond a potentially damaging story against the Bidens before an election. That was all that it took for these experts to rush out their letter.

Wise does not address that American intelligence reached the exact opposite conclusion and found no evidence — none — of Russian involvement or some foreign disinformation conspiracy.

Wise and the other signatories did not want to wait for any facts to support their claim. They rushed out the letter to an eagerly awaiting media to spike the story before the election. Now, they are seeking plausible deniability that they were political operatives sent on a political hit job. It is as implausible as calling a presumed true story “disinformation.”