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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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181 Dear Joe: It’s the Substance, Stupid

As Joe Biden’s approval trails every president on record and crises of his own making accumulate, NBC News reported this week that things are getting ugly within his Administration.   Biden himself reportedly seethes at what he considers staff mismanagement of messaging while complaining that he “can’t catch a break.&rdquo…

182 Trumpology

Former President Donald Trump has signaled he will announce his presidential intentions after the November midterm elections. Yet his record of endorsements is quite mixed. By the sheer numbers of winning primary candidates his stamp of approval is impressive, but in a few of the most important races, not so much. The disaster that is the Biden Administration…

183 A 2024 Trump-Biden Death Match?

For all the speculation that goes on around Donald Trump and the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race, it's possible, even likely, that the more intense battle will be among Democrats. A new poll from Mark Penn, the former Clinton strategist who runs the Harvard-Harris Poll, suggests President Joe Biden's support among Democrats is significantly…

184 A Cabinency of Dunces

As the nation sinks inexplicably into self-created crisis after crisis, debate rages whether President Joe Biden is incompetent, mean-spirited, or an ideologue who feels the country's mess is his success. A second national discussion revolves around who actually is overseeing the current national catastrophe, given Biden's frequent bewilderment and…

185 CFIF Memorial Day Quiz

Take our 10-Question Memorial Day Quiz and test your knowledge of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1.  Which one of the following Revolutionary War heroes is credited with stating, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”? a. …

186 “I Did That!” Left Begins to Blame Biden for Inflation

As the cavalcade of national crises lengthens, Joe Biden increasingly casts himself as a modern-day King Canute.   Canute, who lived from 995 to 1035 and ruled Denmark, Norway and England, was widely adored as a wise king who preserved order.  According to legend, however, his courtiers’ fawning reached such excess that he decided…

187 Is Biden’s 'Success' Our Mess?

If an administration deliberately wished to cause havoc on the border, to ensure fuel was nearly unaffordable, to create a crime wave, to spark 1970s hyperinflation, and to rekindle racial tensions, what would it have done differently than what President Joe Biden has done? So is Biden malicious, incompetent, or a wannabe left-wing ideologue? When…

188 What If Democrats Had Made The Economy Even Worse?

President Biden likes to blame inflation on the COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine – or, as he says, "Putin's price hike." But the fact is, Biden's own actions, and those of his party, have also contributed significantly to the rise in the cost of living that is making it harder and harder for many Americans to make ends…

189 Imagine the Unimaginable

Americans are now entering uncharted, revolutionary territory. They may witness things over the next five months that once would have seemed unimaginable. Until the Ukrainian conflict, we had never witnessed a major land war inside Europe directly involving a nuclear power. In desperation, Russia's impaired and unhinged leader, Russian President…

190 Biden's Food-flation

Going food shopping feels like getting punched in the gut. You pick up a whole roasting chicken, hoping it will feed four, and see the price: over $10 in many New York area stores – a staggering $18 if the bird's organic. Apples are close to $3 a pound. And forget buying a steak; you might have to take out a mortgage. The Biden administration…

191 Hunter Biden's $2 Million 'Sugar Brother'

One of the mysteries of the Hunter Biden matter is how the president's son, with no obvious sources of income, manages to maintain a grand lifestyle. For the last year or so, he has been living in a $20,000-a-month rental house in Malibu, California. (The taxpayers are footing the bill for the Secret Service to pay even more, $30,000 a month, to rent…

192 Losing the People? Then Change the Rules

Court packing – the attempt to enlarge the size of the Supreme Court for short-term political purposes – used to be a dirty word in the history of American jurisprudence. The tradition of a nine-person Supreme Court is now 153 years old. The last attempt to expand it for political gain was President Franklin Roosevelt…

193 Biden's Ministry of Truth

A federal speech czar? Just as the Founders imagined it, no doubt. Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Congress that his agency is creating a "Disinformation Governance Board" to combat "misinformation" coming from Russia as we near this year's midterm elections. The Biden administration…

194 Time To Audit Twitter Censorship

New Twitter owner Elon Musk is vowing to reform the social media platform. "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Musk said in a statement after his $44 billion bid to buy the company was accepted. Many, many conservatives…

195 How America Became La La Land

America these last 14 months resembles a dystopia. It is becoming partly the world of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and partly the poet Homer's land of the Lotus-Eaters. Nothing seems to be working. And no one in control seems to care. The once secure border of 2020 vanished. Two-million people have crossed the southern border illegally in…

196 Can Biden Buy Votes With Student Debt Relief?

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary race was a bidding war in which the various candidates advocated spending trillions of dollars to enact sweeping progressive agendas. Some agendas were a bit more sweeping than others, but they all amounted to unprecedented increases in federal spending.  Take the issue of student loans. Bernie Sanders…

197 The 'Putin's Price Hike' Canard

In March, inflation jumped 8.5%, the biggest spike since 1981. Economic growth is expected to slow. Voters are expected to be angry. Yesterday, press secretary Jen Psaki warned, "We expect March CPI (consumer price index) headline inflation to be extraordinarily elevated due to Putin's price hike." Today, her future employer, NBC, reported…

198 Loose Nuke Talk

Americans, like the planet's other 7.5 billion people, are not prone to talk or think much about nuclear weapons. Of course, some of us are old enough to remember how "mutually assured destruction," or MAD, was supposed to ensure the general peace. Some recall the eerie Cold War-era nuclear bomb movies like "Dr. Strangelove" or…

199 Will Democrats Make It About Trump – Again?

There is a consensus that the Democratic Party is in trouble with midterm elections seven months away. The polls say it, the issues say it and history says it: The coming election is the type of election that the party in power loses big. And to some Democrats, only one man can save the party from disaster: Donald Trump.  Of course, many Democrats…

200 The Real 'Reset' Is Coming

President Joe Biden believes the Ukraine war will mark the start of a "new world order." In the middle of the COVID global pandemic, Klaus Schwab and global elites likewise announced a "great reset." Accordingly, the nations of the world would have to surrender their sovereignty to an international body of experts. They would enlighten…

201 Long Inflation and Its Political Consequences

While much of the political world focused on the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, across town in Washington on Monday, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, delivered a speech that could reverberate through the next two election cycles.  What was so politically consequential about Powell's speech…

202 Biden Supports Gun Rights – Just Not for Americans

The Ukraine crisis exposes a reprehensible contradiction among leftists and the Biden Administration:  They encourage increased energy production by murderous dictatorships in Iran and Venezuela, but not here in America.   The crisis exposes an equally indefensible contradiction regarding the right to keep and bear arms.  They…

203 Nervous Pelosi Insists: Don't Say 'Retreat'!

House Democrats recently went on their annual retreat in Philadelphia. The purpose was to discuss policy initiatives for the coming months and, most of all, to come up with a message for midterm elections that Democrats are widely expected to lose. In light of negative expectations, the party's leader, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was so determined to put…

204 Do Biden and His Party Have New Hope for November?

There was a striking moment on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. Moderator Chuck Todd brought up a poll recently released by National Public Radio and Marist that showed President Joe Biden's job approval rating at 47%, with a disapproval rating of 50%. The screen showed that poll in contrast to another NPR/Marist survey from two weeks earlier…

205 The Biden Inflation Octopus

The Democrats will suffer historic losses in the November midterms. This disaster for their party will come about not just because of the Afghanistan debacle, an appeased Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the destruction of the southern border, the supply chain mess, or their support for critical race theory demagoguery. The…

206 Has Biden's Presidency Been Transformed?

Russia's war on Ukraine comes at a moment of political weakness for President Joe Biden. His job approval rating is low, low enough to drag down his party's chances in the midterms, Americans are angry watching their standard of living diminished by inflation, there is lingering frustration about the president's handling of COVID and there are widespread…

207 Latest Survey Confirms: Conservatives Remain Significantly Happier Than Liberals

The results are in, again:  Conservatives are happier than liberals.   That shouldn’t come as any surprise.  Liberals literally idolize Anthony Fauci and canonize former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, only to watch such authoritarian figures disgrace themselves as their folly becomes undeniable.   Sweet dreams…

208 Democrats Are Building a Wall to Keep Out Truckers

Seven-foot fencing topped with razor wire will be installed surrounding the U.S. Capitol next week, in advance of President Joe Biden's State of the Union on March 1. The wall is to keep out truckers who are heading to Washington, D.C., as part of the Freedom Convoy protesting COVID restrictions. Instead of shutting the truckers out, Biden should…

209 Doxing Day in Canada

In Canada, first the doxing, then the struggle session. This week, one of the most popular small-donor fundraising sites for the Canadian truckers protesting the COVID vaccine mandates, GiveSendGo, was hacked. The names of donors were shared with the public. We know about this mostly because erstwhile news organizations, such as Reuters, have showered…

210 Hillary Clinton's Greatest Masterpiece

Hillary Clinton's never-ending shenanigans in 2015-2016 could be summarized as an attempted slow-motion coup. Four years of national hysteria, a divided nation, and dangerous new tensions with Russia were some of the wages of Clinton's machinations. Clinton hired a British national and ex-spy, Christopher Steele, to compile dirt on her election opponent…

 
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