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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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61 Biden Scandals Causing Asymmetrical Damage

A funny thing is happening along Joe Biden’s road to reelection, a road he hoped would be smoothed by multiple indictments against his predecessor and chief competitor.   Instead, Biden continues to suffer asymmetrical damage from multiplying ethical scandals of his own.  In Gallup’s latest survey, Biden averaged a 40.7…

62 The Weakness of Biden Impeachment Articles

There's a lot of talk among House Republicans about impeaching President Joe Biden. But GOP members disagree on whether there is enough evidence to go forward. On one hand, Republican investigators have made enormous progress in the past few weeks. The testimony of former Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer demolished Joe Biden's claim that…

63 Why Wouldn't Americans See Politics In Trump Indictments?

It is sometimes said that the prosecutions of former President Donald Trump are "backfiring" on Democrats. That is, instead of lowering Trump's political support, they are raising it. That is indeed happening among Republicans and some independents. But many Democrats still hope the cumulative weight of multiple indictments – …

64 Atomic Bombing Criticisms Are Morally and Logically Unsustainable

"I’m proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it and have it work as perfectly as it did.  I sleep clearly every night."   That expression of clear conscience came from Paul Tibbets, pilot of the B-29 Enola Gay that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945.   As a matter of both…

65 Alarm Goes Out: Trump Could Win

In the past few days, we've seen a number of political analysts come to a momentous conclusion. Actually, two momentous conclusions. The first is that it is unlikely anyone can catch former President Donald Trump in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The second is that it is entirely possible Trump, having won the GOP nomination…

66 Democrats Are Becoming the Censorship Party

A Pew Research poll released July 20 found that 70% of Democrats think the government should restrict what appears on social media, a dramatic change from five years ago when a majority of Democrats supported a free marketplace of ideas.  It's no wonder, considering the drumbeat of warnings from leftist politicians and their liberal media allies…

67 It's Increasingly Clear the Feds Were Protecting Joe Biden, Not Hunter

Two veteran IRS agents with impeccable records have now testified under oath that federal officials not only slow-walked the Hunter Biden probe but nixed efforts to investigate Joe's role in the family business. And though legacy media are conveniently apathetic about the developments, they seem somewhat newsworthy to me. On Wednesday, we learned…

68 Gallup: Confidence in U.S. Institutions Collapses to Record Low Under Biden

As a 2020 presidential candidate, Joe Biden shamelessly recast himself as some sort of unifier who could restore collective public trust.   This was the same man who just eight years earlier as Vice President crudely lectured a Black audience that Mitt Romney and Republicans would “put y’all back in chains.”  …

69 When Investigators Won't Investigate Joe Biden

One of the murkier aspects of congressional Republicans' investigation of President Biden's financial history concerns an allegation that Biden, when he was vice president, accepted a $5 million bribe from the corrupt Ukrainian energy firm Burisma. The alleged scheme also involved Biden's son Hunter. Burisma, of course, was the company that for a time…

70 Biden Declares War on Profits

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently reiterated a point the Biden White House has been making for the past year: that inflation remains high not because of the Biden $6 trillion spending spree but because "high profit margins" captured during the COVID-19 pandemic drive up consumer prices. We then were told that the White…

71 Three Warnings About Election Season

As elections approach, sweeping generalizations have a certain allure that often energizes the frustrated and captivates the hopeful. However, it's essential that we as voters remember that things that seem too good to be true typically are. Here are a few warnings. First, as far as our finances go, beware of politicians promising that they won't…

72 Joe Slaps Lipstick on “Bidenomics” Pig

"At least I could buy a car four years ago.  I could also afford to fill the tank."  That’s the damning sentiment that Joe Biden must confront as voters begin to ask themselves the quadrennial question posed by Ronald Reagan in 1980:  “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”   According…

73 Wanted: A President Who Will Embrace the Spending Challenge

Election season is getting into gear, and that means politicians of all stripes making promises about what they'll do for the American people if elected or reelected. I'd like to hear promises to get government out of the way and allow entrepreneurship and market competition to spur genuine and sustainable economic growth, including in the energy and…

74 Joe Biden Is Not OK

On June 16, President Joe Biden ended a big gun-control speech in Connecticut with the words, "God save the queen, man." Why did the president express adoration for the departed Brit monarch? Was he confused about royal succession? Who knows. When asked about the incident, White House aides offered nonsensical and conflicting answers …

75 Payback: Manchin Presidential Run Could Doom Biden’s Reelection

Joe Biden publicly humiliated Senator Joe Manchin (D – West Virginia) last year through his negotiating duplicity, imperiling Manchin’s 2024 reelection viability in the process.   As an alienated Manchin openly considers an independent presidential campaign, he may exact revenge by dooming Biden’s own reelection prospects…

76 Government-Backed Censors Confuse 'Disinformation' With Mainstream Opinions

Disinformation, misinformation and fake news are real problems in a world that is now mainly online. However, this shouldn't blind us to the very real risk that comes from a government that aggressively polices information or becomes an arbitrator of the truth. It's simply too easy to use this power to silence political opponents or people who hold…

77 Why Did Trump Do It?

There are a lot of questions surrounding the federal indictment of former President Donald Trump, which alleges that after leaving the White House, Trump kept secret national defense information he was not legally allowed to possess. Questions like: Did Trump, as president, have the authority to decide what to keep and what to give to the National…

78 Donald Trump's Arraignment

A few days have passed since the Justice Department informed former President Donald Trump that he had been indicted. Some of the main issues involved, both legal and political, are becoming clearer than they were in the first frenzied hours after the news broke. First, the politics. The early indications are that predictions that Trump supporters…

79 Nothing To See Here but a Credible Whistleblower Accusing the President of Bribery

President Joe Biden has been accused by a credible informant of allegedly taking $5 million in "a bribery scheme with a foreign national" while he was the sitting vice president. That seems like a pretty big story, but what do I know? Apparently, there's a document laying out the accusation in some detail, and not one cooked up by an oppo…

80 Remembering the Horrors of D-Day

Seventy-nine years ago this week, the Allies assaulted the Normandy beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Their invasion marked the largest amphibious landing since the Persians under Xerxes invaded the Greek mainland in 480 B.C. Nearly 160,000 American, British, and Canadian soldiers stormed five beaches of Nazi-occupied France. The plan was to liberate…

81 Mike Pence's Ill-Starred Presidential Run

On paper, has there ever been a more qualified candidate for president than Mike Pence? Twelve years in the House of Representatives, four as governor of Indiana and four as vice president of the United States. No president in at least the last 30 years has come to office with that kind of resume. And yet Pence, who this week formally becomes a candidate…

82 Democrats Abandon Working Class, Become Party of Freeloaders

The Democratic Party, long known as the party for working people, is now for freeloaders. Democrats want taxpayers to support people who refuse to get off the couch and get a job. That's the major reason Democrats and Republicans in Washington were locked in a stalemate for weeks over hiking the debt ceiling. The biggest sticking point was whether…

83 The Pregame Is Over for Trump vs. DeSantis

There's been a huge amount of commentary on former President Donald Trump's big lead over Gov. Ron DeSantis in national polls. In the current RealClearPolitics average of polls, Trump has a 30.8-point lead – 53.2% to DeSantis' 22.4%. That lead, while enormous, has been shrinking in the last week; on May 20, it was 36.9 points. Now,…

84 Jail the Shoplifters

Brazen shoplifting is hurting all of us.  I'm brushing with bubble gum-flavored children's toothpaste because it takes too long to get a clerk at the pharmacy to unlock the adult toothpaste. Before the shoplifting scourge, shoppers could actually browse and read product labels. Target, Home Depot and other retailers announced last week…

85 John Brennan, Enemy of the People

The just-released Durham report confirmed that the FBI not only failed to corroborate the Steele dossier, Hillary Clinton's oppo-doc against former President Donald Trump, but it regularly ignored existing, sometimes dispositive, evidence to keep the investigation alive. Some officials were credulous. Others were devious. But no one "stole"…

86 Professional Golf's Political Meltdown

For more than a year, professional golf has been engulfed in a civil war over money and politics. The cause has been the creation of a new tour, funded by the vastly wealthy government of Saudi Arabia, to challenge the dominance – some would say the monopoly – of the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour has reacted like any other…

87 The Green Movement Is a Jobs Killer. Are Unions Finally Figuring This Out?

Could it be that union bosses are finally waking up to the cold reality that the greatest threat to steel workers, the United Auto Workers, miners, machinists and the Teamsters is the radical climate change agenda of the environmentalists?  The green movement has taken the Democratic Party hostage – and President Joe…

88 The Democrats' Debt Ceiling Position Makes Zero Sense

"If you buy a car," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained the other day, "you are expected to pay the monthly payment. ... It's that simple." Is it? Now, obviously, those who argue that the president can cancel millions of student loans by decree aren't in a position to offer lessons on personal responsibility…

89 U.S. Score Falls to All-Time Low in 2023 Index of Economic Freedom

Economic freedom, which includes physical and intellectual property rights, made the United States the wealthiest, most innovative and most powerful nation in the history of the world.   Accordingly, when America’s economic freedom score falls to an all-time low in the latest Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom just as recession…

90 Most Americans Don't Believe Biden Fit to Serve – Now What?

President Joe Biden was born Nov. 20, 1942. That has been a well-known fact, or at least a widely available fact, since Biden entered national politics a half-century ago. The fact that Biden is 80 years old now, and that he will be 82 when the next presidential term begins, and that he will be 86 when that term ends – all that has…

 
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