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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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121 What Caused the Political Hysteria?

The Left has gone mad over former President Donald J. Trump – past, present, and future. The current Democratic Party and NeverTrump "conservatives" assumed that Trump was and remains so obviously toxic that they do not have to define exactly what his evil entails. Accordingly, they believe that any means necessary are justified…

122 The Coup We Never Knew

Did someone or something seize control of the United States? What happened to the U.S. border? Where did it go? Who erased it? Why and how did 5 million people enter our country illegally? Did Congress secretly repeal our immigration laws? Did President Joe Biden issue an executive order allowing foreign nationals to walk across the border and reside…

123 China's Deadly Lies About COVID

The only thing not going viral in China is the truth. Chinese officials are spewing lies to cover up the massive COVID outbreak there. Worse, U.S. public health officials dawdled for a week, allowing air travelers from China in without testing, while other countries immediately blocked infected travelers from entering.  Aerial photos and videos…

124 Remember the Hysteria Over Trump's Tax Returns?

On Dec. 30, as Washington shut down for the Christmas-New Year holidays and Republicans prepared to take over the House of Representatives, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, in their final days of power, released copies of former President Donald Trump's tax returns from 2015 through 2020.  Democratic lawmakers had fought for years…

125 For Jan. 6 Committee, Time for Transparency Is Running Out

Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in one week. When that happens, the Jan. 6 committee, with all its members selected by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will go out of existence. Now, as the clock ticks down, it appears the committee's demise will leave some significant unanswered questions. The biggest such question is: What…

126 CFIF Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of Christmas-related Americana. (The answer key may be found at the bottom.) 1. In which one of the following years did Congress declare Christmas to be a federal holiday? a. 1776 b. 1781 c. 1870 d. 1890 2. The iconic rosy-cheeked picture of Santa Claus…

127 What's Biden Hiding?

2022 is about to end, and still no answer to the question: What caused the virus that's killed 1,096,000 Americans so far? The Washington Post asks, "What is China hiding?" The more answerable question is what is our own government hiding? House Republicans are promising that when they assume the majority in January, they will get answers…

128 Two Antithetical Billionaires

 Before the midterm November elections, Sam Bankman-Fried was a left-wing billionaire heartthrob. He properly grew up on the Stanford campus, where his parents were well-known left-wing activist law professors. He went to a tony prep school and on to MIT. Bankman-Fried mocked society's bourgeois capitalist conventions by dressing and looking…

129 ESG Funds Use Financial Strong-arming and Thuggery CCP Style

There's no such thing as blue money or red money. Only the green stuff will pay bills. Friday, North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell became the latest of many officials from nearly half the states across the U.S. – including Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Arizona and West Virginia – to protest Wall Street…

130 The Coming War Over Hunter Biden

Republican lawmakers will take control of the House of Representatives on Jan.3. That means that, among many other things, they will take control of the House's investigative committees and subcommittees. GOP leaders have already said they plan to probe the Biden administration's disastrous policy on the U.S.-Mexico border, the disastrous withdrawal…

131 Confidence in U.S. Military Falls from 70% to 48% Since 2018

Over recent decades, only three institutions – the military, small business and police – have consistently maintained “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of public confidence in levels exceeding 50%, according to annual surveys.   Conspicuously, each of those three institutions is traditionally associated…

132 Biden's 401(k) Heist

President Joe Biden's going after 401(k) retirement accounts, risking millions of workers' comfortable retirements. If you put money into a 401(k), beware. Until now, the law always required fund managers entrusted with your savings to invest the money where it's expected to get the top return for you. Period. But on Nov. 22, Biden's Labor Department…

133 CFIF Urges Support of the American Music Fairness Act

In a letter sent today to members of the House Judiciary Committee, the Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF") reiterated its support of H.R. 4130, the American Music Fairness Act.   Read the entire letter below. December 2, 2022 United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary  2138 Rayburn House…

134 If You Really Wanted to Destroy the U.S., Then...

First, you would surrender our prior energy independence. Reduce new gas and oil leases on federal lands to the lowest levels of any president in history. Cut back production at precisely the time the world is emerging from a two-year lockdown with pent-up consumer demand. Make war on coal and nuclear power. Drain the strategic petroleum reserve…

135 The January 6 Committee Travesty

The Jan. 6 House committee just revealed how nakedly political it is. Forget protecting the nation. The committee's safeguarding the Democratic Party. After conducting hundreds of depositions and closed-door hearings, committee staff were notified last week that most of their findings – about domestic extremist groups and about law…

136 Elon Musk Is Right. Divided Government Is Best

There are no saviors or miracles in democracy, only a grueling, soul-sucking, forever war of attrition. That is the enduring lesson of the 2022 midterms, as it is every election. And, though the results will be overinterpreted by pundits, and partisans will have all their priors confirmed, in the end, it is simply proof that American "democracy…

137 CFIF Veterans Day Quiz

  Take CFIF’s 11-Question Veterans Day Quiz and test your knowledge of the brave men and women who defend our freedoms. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th for which one of the following reasons? a. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on that date b. The…

138 Tuesday Takeaways

What, if anything, did the midterms tell us about the country – other than underwhelming Republicans could still take the House and Senate? During the COVID-19 lockdowns, American elections radically changed to mail-in and early voting. They did so in a wild variety of state-by-state ways. Add ranked voting and a required majority…

139 A Talk with Bill Barr about Russiagate, the FBI and Accountability

Former Attorney General Bill Barr does not mince words about FBI misconduct in its pursuit of candidate, and then president, Donald Trump. "I think the behavior of the leadership of the FBI during 2016 and the first part of 2017 has been catastrophic," Barr told me in a recent interview. "It harmed the country, it was completely unfair…

140 Don't Fall for the Democrats' Ginned-up Social Security Scaremongering

Here are two snippets from Wednesday's New York Times piece contending that Republicans have "embraced" plans to cut Social Security and Medicare: "The fact that Republicans are openly talking about cutting the programs has galvanized Democrats in the final weeks of the midterm campaign." "Still, the fact that key Republicans…

141 The Left Were the Mad Scientists - We Were Their Lab Rats

As the midterms approach, one way of looking at America's current disaster is that we, the American people, were lab rats. And since 2021, the Left were the mad scientists, eager to try out their crackpot leftist experiments on us. The result is that the housing market is tottering on the verge of collapse. As interest rates soar, our $31 trillion…

142 Midterms, Biden's Agenda and the Filibuster

On March 2, 2021, when he had been president less than two months, Joe Biden met with a group of liberal historians in the White House East Room. The subject was Biden's "determination to be one of the most consequential presidents" in U.S. history, according to an account in Axios. The group talked a lot about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and…

143 Exposing Joe Biden's 'Jim Crow 2.0' Slander

Early voting began in Georgia several days ago. There is, of course, intense interest in both the state's Senate race, with University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker challenging Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, and the governor's race, between Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. Kemp is going to win, but the Senate…

144 Fauci Can't Whitewash His Disastrous Legacy

This week, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the soon-departing head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, if it was a "mistake" for schools to be shuttered as long as they were during the COVID pandemic. "We should realize, and have realized," Fauci answered, "that there will…

145 Who Denies Election Results?

A Democratic myth has arisen that former President Donald Trump's denial of the accuracy of the 2020 vote was "unprecedented." Unfortunately, the history of U.S. elections is often a story of both legitimate and illegitimate election denialism. The 1800, 1824, 1876, and 1960 elections were all understandably questioned. In some of these…

146 Who's More In Lockstep -- Republicans With Trump, Or Democrats With Biden?

There was an extraordinary Senate debate this week in Orem, Utah, between Sen. Mike Lee and challenger Evan McMullin. It was extraordinary in part because McMullin, who is running as an independent and says that if elected he will not caucus with either Democrats or Republicans, agreed with Lee in many policy areas, like federal spending and regulatory…

147 Bob Gates Anticipated Biden’s Ineptitude in 2014

As halftime approaches in Joe Biden’s term and voters assess whether to press the brakes or the gas on his agenda in November’s midterm elections, it’s worth revisiting former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s 2014 assessment of Biden. Gates, a moderate who served under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, noted nearly a…

148 Republicans and Bias in Midterm Polls

Republicans always believe the polls are slanted against them. That belief has sometimes caused them to misread big political races. In 2012, for example, a significant number of Republicans convinced themselves that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was actually going to defeat incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama. There was a lot of talk…

149 Joe Biden, the 82 Year-Old Candidate?

There's a new report from NBC News that President Joe Biden has told a confidant – the Rev. Al Sharpton, of all people – that he will run for reelection in 2024. It's not terribly well-sourced, attributing the information to "an official of Sharpton's National Action Network" who told NBC what Sharpton had…

150 The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization

Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life. To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad, and safe at home - only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival. Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific…

 
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