How AI could fix journalism

Source: Sex and the State
by Cathy Reisenwitz

“I’m not an AI Pollyanna. There are many legitimate reasons to worry about AI outside the narrow-minded, short-sighted, and selfish. But overall, I’m optimistic about AI. At the end of the day, AI is automation. And every wave of automation in the history of the world has not only increased the quantity of jobs, but their quality as well. It’s replaced relatively boring and dangerous jobs with more interesting, safer ones. Most importantly, every wave of automation has helped alleviate material scarcity. AI is probably our fastest, most efficient path to a world in which the average person does not have to toil to stay alive. Technologically speaking, we already live in that world. The world produces more than enough of the resources humans need to survive to keep everyone alive whether or not they work. The problem of scarcity is not mainly technological, but political.” (06/08/23)

Who Do the Dems Replace Biden With?

Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“Since allegedly [sic] getting elected president, Joe Biden has gotten his ancient behind kicked by the Taliban, by Kevin McCarthy, and by a random USAF sandbag to name just a few of the groups, individuals, and inanimate objects that have bested the worst president since Jimmy Carter. This guy is not well. Some might call him senile. Some might call him dumb. Some might call him a corrupt pervert. And some might call that list a good start. He mumbles that he’s running, but it is not assured that Biden will be on the ballot in November 2024. There is precedent for a sitting president not being present at the end of the race. LBJ was running, but he got humiliated in the primaries early 1968 and dropped out.” (06/08/23)

Guinea-Bissau: Opposition Coalition Wins Majority in Parliament

Source: US News & World Report

“Guinea-Bissau’s opposition coalition has won a majority in legislative elections that will restore parliament after a 13-month absence, but likely end the president’s hopes for constitutional reform. The PAI Terra Ranka coalition, led by the former ruling PAIGC party, won 54 of 102 seats in Sunday’s poll, the electoral commission said on Thursday. Madem G15, the party of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who dissolved parliament in May last year amid accusations of corruption, won 28 seats. The result for now ends Embalo’s plans to push through a change to the constitution that would have allowed him to consolidate power by ridding the country of its semi-presidential system.” (06/08/23)

CA: Execs at OneTaste, SF “orgasmic meditation” startup, indicted by feds

Source: SFGate

“Leaders at OneTaste, the once-celebrated and celebrity-endorsed “orgasmic meditation” startup founded in San Francisco, now face conspiracy charges connected to treatment that officials allege was sexual and psychological abuse and intimidation against OneTaste’s clients, many of whom had come to the startup to heal from sexual trauma. Nicole Daedone, OneTaste’s founder and former CEO, and Rachel Cherwitz, the company’s former head of sales, face charges of forced labor conspiracy in connection to their leadership of the company. Cherwitz, a Mendocino County resident, was arrested in San Francisco Tuesday, according to the Justice Department; Daedone is still at large.” (06/08/23)

Tear Down the Social Media Bastille

Source: RealClearPolitics
by Debra Saunders

“The problem for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other big media outlets that want to dismiss Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as a conspiracy-theorist/nutjob is hard not to see: Their history isn’t exactly pristine either. And RFK Jr. knows it. … The origins of the coronavirus still aren’t clear. Covid vaccines didn’t meet public expectations that the shots would prevent transmission. On the media front, the New York Post was right to report first-son Hunter Biden’s laptop, and The New York Times was wrong to wait. … I think Kennedy’s wrong on China, Big Pharma and vaccines, but he has a right to say what he believes. And it’s downright un-American to try to silence him, as Instagram did in 2021 to shut down Kennedy’s ‘debunked claims about the coronavirus vaccines.'” (06/08/23)

The Real Border Surge: End of Title 42, Triumph of Border-Industrial Complex

Source: TomDispatch
by Todd Miller

“On May 11th, I was with a group of people at the bottom of the Paso del Norte bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Suddenly, I realized that I didn’t have the small change needed to cross the bridge and return to El Paso, Texas, where I was attending the 16th annual Border Security Expo. Worse yet, this was just three hours before Title 42, the pandemic-era rapid-expulsion border policy instituted by the Trump administration, was set to expire. … While I searched for those coins, a woman approached me, dug 35 cents out of a small purse — precisely what it cost! — and handed the change to me. She then did so for the others in our group. When I pulled a 20-peso bill from my wallet to repay her, she kept her fist clenched and wouldn’t accept the money.” (06/08/23)

What if we treated wrongful convictions and bad police shootings the way we treat plane crashes?

Source: The Watch
by Radley Balko

“When the criminal justice system goes terribly wrong, it’s rarely the fault of a single bad actor. A wrongly conviction typically includes errors or malfeasance by police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the courts, not to mention possible contributions from crime lab analysts and other expert witnesses. Even a bad shootings by a single police officer are usually the product of institutional failure. … A sentinel event review, or SER, is an attempt to dig into and correct these institutional failures. The idea is to bring in all the relevant parties to get at the root of what caused an outcome that everyone agrees is unacceptable. The inspiration for the idea comes from two fields outside of criminal justice: the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations of plane and train crashes, and the morbidity and mortality (M&M) reports hospitals conduct after medical errors, such as amputating the wrong limb or administering the wrong medication.” (06/08/23)

Sudan: Children rescued from orphanage in Khartoum

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Nearly 300 orphans caught in the crossfire in Sudan’s capital have been rescued in a daring and dangerous evacuation by humanitarian workers. The evacuations were carried out following the deaths of 67 children at the Mygoma orphanage in Khartoum. They died of starvation, dehydration and infections as fighting prevented staff from reaching the orphanage. Khartoum has been hit by daily air strikes and heavy clashes between rival forces since 15 April. The orphanage is in an area that has been at the heart of the fighting between the military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). In a risky operation, 297 children — about 200 of them below the age of two years — were taken by road to the relative safety of Wad Madani, in the south of Sudan.” (06/08/23)