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April Fools' Day Four Days Late? Google Objects to OpenAI Using YouTube to Train Its Own Generator

File under "You Can't Make This Stuff Up."

Somehow, it actually seems like a farcical April Fools' Day headline, in fact.  Google, with its deep history of scraping and scanning other sources' substantive content for its own uses, now objects to OpenAI using YouTube content to train its text-to-video generator:

The use of YouTube videos to train OpenAI’s text-to-video generator would be an infraction of the platform's terms of service, YouTube Chief Executive Officer Neal Mohan said."

Optimists might hope that Google is finally recognizing and preparing to correct its wayward course, while realists and cynics will roll their eyes at what they'll label naivete.  As the old adage goes, however, "every saint has a past, every sinner has a future," so we'll maintain hope.…[more]

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271 World to Obama: No, You Just Don’t Get It

So the nationwide – nay, suddenly worldwide – debate continues:  Is President Obama being dishonest, or does he really just not get it?  Regrettably, that particular question carries an additional element of irony this week.  In his weekly radio address last Saturday, Obama leveled the curious accusation that opponents of…

272 Obama is Repeating FDR’s Mistakes – Just Not the Way the Liberal Media Thinks

If modern liberalism triumphs among the professoriate, it may be because the left shares an instinctive bias with the academy: to lecture is better than to learn.  And who better to embody this ethos than the nation’s professor-in-chief, Barack Obama, for whom obtrusiveness is next to godliness?   Holding court in Toronto last weekend…

273 Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: A Case Study on the Limits of Government

The ongoing home mortgage disaster that continues to transfer billions of taxpayer dollars into the black hole coffers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is serving at least one useful purpose: providing a case study on the limits of government’s ability to run any of its functions like a business.  One of the most critical dividing lines in…

274 Obama’s Big Fat Greek Bailout

Amusing entertainment news this week comes out of Britain, where Deadline London reports an upcoming Barack Obama miniseries based upon journalist Richard Wolffe’s book, The Making of a President.  Here’s an idea for a better title:  Obama’s Big Fat Greek Bailout.  After all, Obama’s enormous and unsustainable…

275 Crony Capitalism Looms Large Over Pennsylvania Special Election to Replace John Murtha

As with any contested race, there are plenty of differences between Republican Tim Burns and Democrat Mark Critz, the two men vying to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), in the May 18th special election.  For all the boilerplate disagreements, though, one issue has the potential to define not just the candidates, but their national parties…

276 Charles Krauthammer Is a Great American, and That’s a True Fact

Boy, did we step in it last week.  In our Commentary piece -- “Here Come the VAT” -- we wrote, "No longer is it just those hysterical rumor-mongers like columnist Charles Krauthammer speculating on the next national tax to be imposed by the Obama administration..." Our first intent was to correctly credit the iconic conservative…

277 Here Come the VAT, the Mother of All Taxes

The Value Added Tax (VAT) cat is finally creeping out of its bag.  No longer is it just those hysterical rumor-mongers like columnist Charles Krauthammer speculating on the next national tax to be imposed by the Obama administration.  Now it’s none other than Obama economic adviser Paul Volcker telling the New York Historical Society…

278 SEIU’s Andy Stern: A Budget Vulture Feasting on the Public’s Nest Eggs

With annual federal budget deficits projected to top $1.6 trillion for the foreseeable future, President Barack Obama thinks appointing Andy Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), to help create a plan to balance spending with revenue is a good idea.  Consider Stern’s qualifications.  He owns an Ivy League…

279 Deficits Are a Symptom … Not the Disease

The two biggest stories out of Washington last week made for a bizarre bit of political synchronicity.    On Thursday morning, President Obama announced the creation of a new bipartisan commission aimed at reigning in the national debt – a move largely seen as a reaction to growing agitation on the issue from fiscally conservative…

280 “From Keynesian to Ponzian” – Obama’s Stimulus One Year Later

“America continues to move from Keynesian to Ponzian economics.”  So said former chess champion Garry Kasparov in his February 13 Wall Street Journal commentary. Kasparov’s observation was particularly timely, since this week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” bill. …

281 Obama Blames His Record Deficits On Bush. He’s Not Being Honest.

Three years after George W. Bush left office, it will still apparently be all his fault in 2011.  This week, Barack Obama unveiled his proposed 2011 budget and was forced to acknowledge a record $1.6 trillion deficit for 2010.  Naturally, the increasingly-petulant Obama couldn’t resist his urge to scapegoat Bush in his official announcement…

282 Latest Data Suggests Obamanomics Continues to Stifle Rebound

It appears that the worst of our recent economic downturn may be behind us.  Unfortunately, the latest economic data continue to suggest that our recovery is weaker than it otherwise should be, due to malignant federal policies.  We and other conservative commentators have noted that all American recessions eventually come to an end, and…

283 Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling: Why You Should Care

For most people, “deficit spending” and the “national debt” are nothing more than fancy terms of art thrown around by Ivy League economists and Washington elites, incomprehensibly large numbers with which only certified smart people concern themselves.  Who really cares that the House of Representatives this week voted…

284 Jobs for Us or Jobs Being Done On Us?

If you are like most Americans, you probably did not hear about the Obama Administration’s “jobs summit” last Thursday until you got home that night, if at all.  That’s what happens when the government schedules a meeting about how to create jobs during normal business hours.  The only folks able to attend are those…

285 Death, Taxes ... and More Taxes

It has been said that taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society.  If that’s true, with the federal government collecting over $2 trillion in taxes this year, civility must be at an all-time high. Unsatisfied, however, the House of Representatives took another swing at the tree of liberty this week when it increased the Death…

286 Obama’s “Hair of the Dog” Economic Policy Creates Uncertainty, Not Lasting Recovery

The recession that began almost two years ago appears to be finally petering out, as American recessions eventually always do.  Sure enough, as predictably as the sun rising over the eastern horizon, Barack Obama hustled before his teleprompter this week to inform us that “the steps we’ve taken have made a difference.” …

287 Barack Obama – the Rooster Who Claimed Credit for the Economic Sunrise

Quick:  Think of the last American economic recession, or even depression, from which we didn’t recover.  Obviously, no such example exists.  Our capitalist, free-market economic system has created more prosperity and human innovation than any other economic system ever conceived or implemented by humanity.  The tradeoff…

288 Reckless, Excessive Obama Warns Reckless and Excessive Behavior Won’t Be Tolerated

In a speech setting new lows in hypocrisy this week, a sanctimonious Barack Obama admonished an audience of business leaders in New York that he will not tolerate “reckless behavior” or “unchecked excess.”  It was all a bit like Timothy Geithner or Congressman Charlie Rangel telling an audience that they won’t tolerate…

289 Federal Regulators Repeatedly Failed to Stop Bernard Madoff - But Now Want Even More Control Over Our Lives?

The embarrassing saga of federal regulators’ failure to stop Bernard Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme despite multiple inquiries and tips provides a very timely lesson.   This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a 477-page report admitting that it overlooked repeated tips and red flags on Mr.…

290 Anything You Can Do the Fed Can Do Better?

President Obama has now nominated Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term as the head of what some call the most powerful unelected body in the world. Bernanke has received praise for his efforts to ease the recession and to loosen credit markets in the wake of the recent financial crisis. However, a vocal minority of critics have begun…

291 Taking Stock of the Obama Revolution

During a press conference at April’s G-20 Summit in London, President Obama said, “I'm the President of the United States … so I have a direct responsibility to my constituents to make their lives better. That's why they put me in there. … And I will be judged by my effectiveness in meeting their needs and concerns.”…

292 Obama’s Latest "Never Mind" - $2 Trillion Deficit Recalibration

Is Barack Obama capable of saying anything that Americans can trust? That question accrued even greater prominence this week after the White House recalibrated its ten-year budget deficit projection from $7 trillion to $9 trillion. Just three months ago, when Obama completed the official release of his proposed 2010 budget, he forecast…

293 The Supposed “Obama Recovery” May Prove a Sugar High

This month, the United States Department of Commerce reported that America’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted at a 1% rate during the second quarter, the slowest level of contraction in one year, following a 6.4% contraction in the first quarter and a 5.4% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2008. It’s still an economic decline,…

294 If at First You Don’t Succeed, Spend and Spend Some More

Potomac Fever:  some would define it as a determination to share in the power and prestige of the federal government.  Others might characterize it with words like obstinance, incorrigibility and simple pig-headedness.  Undoubtedly, Washington loves power.  But when it comes to admitting the error of its ways, ignorance is bliss…

295 Broken Political Promises Mean Tax Hikes

It is one of the most iconic broken promises in politics: “Read my lips, no new taxes.” After breaking that campaign promise, President George H.W. Bush effectively destroyed any political capital he had with conservatives and everyone else who was slapped with Bush’s higher tax rates. Yet despite that political lesson, little has…

296 Obama Is Taking an Economic Flu Patient and Giving It Pneumonia

On November 4, 2008, the day Barack Obama was elected President, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 9,625.

297 Help Wanted: How You, Too, Can Profit from Pork and Earmarks

So you don’t have a job. Or maybe you do and just want a change. You missed the banking, auto maker and insurance bailouts. You couldn’t get to Miami fast enough to be the thousandth person in line for the 30 firefighter jobs. You can’t wait several years for the jobs promised by the so-called “economic stimulus&rdquo…

 
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