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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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91 Making Homelessness a Valid Lifestyle Choice Is Wrong

Americans must not surrender to the new normal of squalor and urban chaos – of tent encampments, public defecation, panhandling and shouting schizophrenics. In the aftermath of Jordan Neely's tragic death on a New York subway, advocates for the homeless and most Democratic politicians are demanding unfettered freedom for the homeless…

92 Instead of Smearing Justices, Senators Should Be Asking Them For Ethics Lessons

The concerted effort by the media and Democrats to delegitimize the Supreme Court is the most consequential attack on our institutions in memory.  Make no mistake. The "Supreme Court Ethics Reform" hearing this week was meant to discredit the high court and slander justices with innuendo. Nothing else. Democrats are angry because the…

93 Amid Record Economic Pessimism, Biden Asks for Six More Years

Two years into a presidency plagued by unprecedented depths of dysfunction, Joe Biden officially asked American voters this week for six more.   Most observers, of course, characterize Biden’s request as seeking “four more years,” perhaps best captured by Wall Street Journal columnist Gerard Baker’s commentary entitled…

94 The Hunter Biden Whistleblower

The Justice Department has been investigating President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden for a long time. The probe began in 2018, before the elder Biden even decided to run for president. It is now in its fifth year. Hunter Biden has not been charged with any wrongdoing. The investigation continues. What has taken so long? We've all heard about the younger…

95 When a City Plagued By Crime Votes for More Crime

It was another weekend of violence and disorder in Chicago. "At least 32 shot, 8 fatally, in weekend violence across city," read one headline on the WLS-TV news website. Another headline said, "15 arrested in connection with Loop chaos after 2 teens shot." That story went on to report that a "large disturbance" &ndash…

96 When Democrats Attack Democracy

The United States Constitution and all the state constitutions establish legislatures and give those legislatures the authority to set their own rules. The constitutions also give lawmakers the authority to punish members for violating those rules. Rules make a legislature run, which is why party leaders always stack their rules committees with lawmakers…

97 The Left Has Killed Our Great Cities

Mark down Tuesday, April 4, as the night Chicago died.  That's when we learned that Second City voters narrowly elected Brandon Johnson as their next mayor. This is a city that was flattened during the reign of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who lost in the first round of voting for Chicago mayor because she didn't finish in one of the top two spots.…

98 No One Is Above the Law? Give Me a Break

Lock Donald Trump up, or don't lock him up, but don't tell me that "no one is above the law." It's one of the most ludicrous fantasies peddled by the left. Plenty of people are "above the law." James Clapper, who lied under oath to Congress about spying on the American people, is above the law. John Brennan, who lied about a domestic…

99 More Entitlement Red Flags as Politicians Tout Inaction

Republicans and Democrats have been tripping over each other to tell voters how committed they are to making zero changes to Social Security and Medicare. Meanwhile, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees just confirmed yet again that within 10 years the programs' funds will be insolvent. It's hard to forget the scene during the most recent State…

100 Hey, Uncle Sam: Stop Paying People for Not Working

A policy question these days that has befuddled federal lawmakers is why so many millions of people have not returned to the workplace in the post-COVID-19 era. The labor force participation rate among employable adults is near a record low today. There are at least 2 million to 4 million employable adults who could and should be working but aren't…

101 Latest IRS Intimidation Reaffirms Need for Protections

Imagine your reaction if Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents showed up unannounced on your doorstep.   The IRS typically contacts taxpayers via mail, and what sense does it make to waste agents’ time by sending them out for home visits when the occupants may not even be home?   Now imagine their stated reason was that…

102 Are we the Byzantines?

When Constantinople finally fell to the Ottomans on Tuesday, May 29, 1453, the Byzantine Empire and its capital had up to that point survived for 1,000 years beyond the fall of the Western Empire at Rome. Always outnumbered in a sea of enemies, the Byzantines’ survival had depended on its realist diplomacy of dividing its enemies, avoiding military…

103 Joe Biden and Democrats' Chronic Crime Problem

What's one good clue that President Joe Biden really intends to run for reelection in 2024? He is trying to distance himself from the Democratic Party's soft approach to crime. The president, who in 2020 distanced himself from Democrats who advocated defunding the police, stunned many in his party recently when he announced his opposition to a lenient…

104 The Price of Eliminating Consequences

Recently there were some remarkable online videos of a Portland, Oregon good Samaritan confronting shoplifters and forcing them to dump loads of their pilfered goods. More stunning, however, was the sheer outrage – of the thieves! They pouted. They screamed. They resisted. How dare anyone stop them from stealing anything they wished. The criminals…

105 The Peter (Buttigieg) Principle

In the 1960s, there was a professor and business analyst named Lawrence J. Peter. He became famous for coming up with something called the Peter Principle. The informal way to describe it was this: In a business hierarchy, an employee does well and is promoted. He does well in his new, higher-level job, and is promoted again. He does well in that position…

106 Scholars Rank Biggest Spending Presidents as the Greatest

Before President Joe Biden entered the White House, he consulted with several prominent historians about how to be a great commander in chief. Their answer: Grow government. Spend, spend, spend. Don't worry about blowing up the debt. It was the worst possible advice, and that meeting no doubt contributed to our economic calamity. So, I wasn't surprised…

107 Biden's 'Migrants First, Americans Last' Policy

President Joe Biden's "Put Americans Last" policy is on full display at the chemical spill disaster in Ohio. Fearing for their lives, local residents of the small town of East Palestine, Ohio, have been forced to evacuate their homes, their eyes burning, their skin mottled with rashes, their drinking water suspect – yet the…

108 The Fetterman Dilemma

John Fetterman was sworn in as senator from Pennsylvania on Jan. 3. On Feb. 8, after 36 days in office, Fetterman was admitted to George Washington University Hospital in Washington after experiencing symptoms he and those around him feared might indicate a stroke. Tests showed he did not have a stroke, and Fetterman was released after two nights in…

109 James Clapper Can't Stop Lying

In an interview with The Washington Post's "fact-checker," former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper contends that Politico misled the public about a letter he and 50 other former intel officials signed during the 2020 presidential campaign warning that the New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story could be Russian deception. &…

110 Justice for George Santos

Some Republicans have entreated House GOP leaders: Can't we get rid of this guy? Can't we just kick him out? The guy, of course, is Rep. George Santos, the GOP freshman who won election in the 3rd District of New York by lying about virtually everything in his life. His campaign also operated on what appears to be a very shady financial basis. But…

111 The Mess of an Address

After listening to the State of the Union address, Americans know why the latest Reuters poll has President Joe Biden at 41 percent approval. Vice President Kamala Harris polls even lower – despite the obsequious efforts of the most biased media in history that has, in effect, merged with the Democratic Party. The nation was reminded again…

112 A President Nobody Wants to Run Prepares Reelection Bid

President Joe Biden's State of the Union address was widely seen as both a traditional speech and as the informal, unstated kickoff to his 2024 reelection campaign. But the most striking thing about a Biden 2024 effort, if in fact there is one, is that it is a race few Americans want him to run.  A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that…

113 Dems Attack Suburban Homeowners

If you've worked hard to afford a suburban house with a patch of lawn where your kids can play, you're under attack.  The Biden administration and Democrats in New York, Connecticut and other states are fighting local zoning laws in order to build high-rise apartment buildings with "affordable" units in tree-lined, single-family neighborhoods…

114 GOP Right To Deny Ilhan Omar a Committee Seat

Poor Ilhan Omar has been denied a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "I certainly did not or was not aware that the word 'hypnotized' was a trope," the congresswoman told CNN's Dana Bash this week. "I wasn't aware of the fact that there are tropes about Jews and money. That has been a very enlightening part of this journey…

115 The Joe Biden-Hunter Biden Scandal Convergence

Republicans have long said the Hunter Biden laptop scandal is really a Joe Biden story. Now, it looks like the Joe Biden classified documents scandal is also a Hunter Biden story. Two Biden scandals are merging into one. The convergence point is President Biden's house in Wilmington, Delaware. The public learned in the last few weeks that Biden stored…

116 Get Ready for Another Cynical, Useless, Gun-Control Push by Democrats

The first question any reasonable person asks after a horrible crime is, "What could have been done to stop it?" Yet after every mass shooting, gun controllers suggest unworkable, unconstitutional, completely ineffectual ideas that target people who will never commit a crime.  After the twin mass shootings in California last week, Gov…

117 The Real Differences Between the Biden and Trump Document Troves

Former President Donald Trump for now certainly seems to have had more documents labeled "classified" at Mar-a-Lago in Florida than did President Joe Biden at his various homes in Delaware. Yet otherwise, the comparisons between the two cases, contrary to popular punditry, hardly favor Biden. First, a stranger would face a far greater challenge…

118 The Never-Ending War On Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court more than four years ago, on Oct. 6, 2018. His oath followed perhaps the ugliest Supreme Court Senate confirmation process in history – and that, given the previous examples of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, is saying something. But when it was all over, Kavanaugh settled…

119 Biden Resurrects His “F-15” Civil War Fratricide Fantasy

This week, we collectively honored Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who built a legacy championing nonviolence.   Joe Biden, however, had a different idea.   Instead of promoting unity as promised during the 2020 campaign, Biden used an MLK Day breakfast speech before the National Action Network as a platform to resurrect his…

120 On Classified Documents, Joe Biden Is Out of Excuses

Every president probably stashes away classified documents. The chances of any president being successfully prosecuted for pilfering them are infinitesimal. Nevertheless, Joe Biden has engaged in the same behavior as Donald Trump – perhaps worse, since vice presidents are unable to declassify documents – and precedent…

 
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