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  1. That's the most common misconception about AI. AI behavior is not programmed by people. It is taught. Not all AI's learn the same thing; indeed, much of how AIs are trained are knowing when an AI is "going into the weeds" during its training, so it can be abandoned and started again.
  2. They are doing the opposite. In the Roe v Wade decision they took power from the people and handed it back to ambitious governments.
  3. So you're not sure if that has anything to do with him - but you will still use it to claim he's the worst. You've pretty much summed up republican "logic" on that topic.
  4. You could make the same argument of human authors. They learn from the same example literature as other authors; they have similar upbringings; take similar writing courses. So any "creativity" is just how author X's synapses fire differently from author Y's. But it's not really creativity - at its base it is all just synapses firing in some order.
  5. Nope. But a comment along the lines of "to answer what MNealTX was saying . . ." or "compared to Europe this is what the US looks like to the world" would be nice. That way it's not just a "who can post the most memes, fastest" game.
  6. I didn't know that everyone in Ukraine was corrupt, that we pushed them into this war and that Biden is getting kickbacks from them! Fascinating.
  7. Another Winsor-esque move in Texas: A Texas educational committee has recommended that Texas schools change the name "slavery" (which, really, sounds so bad and makes the south look evil) to "involuntary relocation." No doubt that by making this change, they will end woke madness and stop criminalizing white students, thus ending prejucide and racism in the US. The committee hoped to be able to compel educators to "compare journeys to America, including voluntary Irish immigration and involuntary relocation of African people during colonial times." I mean, the Irish didn't complain too much. This way the Civil War goes from a war against slavery to a bunch of woke whiners who objected to the simple relocation of some black people. I mean, involuntary relocation? Same thing happens to members of the US military. And they don't get all butthurt and say "oh, won't someone please save me from my involuntary relocation?" They man up and do their job and support their country! Fortunately the State Board of Education asked them to reword it. They didn't reject it mind you - but they did ask them to change it a bit.
  8. Texas is now criminalizing abortion, including in cases of rape. In other news, Texas is #1 in the country for forcible rape.
  9. And you REALLY can't make this shit up: Giuliani has been maintaining all along that he did nothing wrong and did not ask for a pardon. During the hearings, Cassidy Hutchinson said she overheard him asking Trump for a pardon. Rudy said: "The January 6 Witch Hunt Cabal has now exceeded even its prior fraudulent. The last witness was a reckless liar. Contrary to her false testimony she was never present when I asked for a pardon." He then realized what he said and tried to walk it back: “Actually, I told the President I did not want or need one.”
  10. "There is nothing we can do" says only country that can't do it.
  11. After six fairly lengthy posts - sounds like you do.
  12. That's because you are trying to not understand. On the plus side, when liberals get upset they don't invade the Capitol, try to kill cops, try to kidnap and kill the vice president, literally shit on the floor, and loot and vandalize the US government. I'll take "butthurt" over "violent felons" any day.
  13. Well, in his defense, almost everyone here has strong opinions, and no one here is 100% informed. Asking an honest question about another person's argument is a good thing in my book, not a bad thing.
  14. From the other thread: ========================= Peter Breen is the vice president of the Thomas More society, a conservative legal action group. He has been anti-abortion for quite a while. Today he said that "just because you jump across a state line doesn’t mean your home state doesn’t have jurisdiction.” He's not the only conservative to say this. Missouri state representative Mary Coleman recently backed a law that banned women from traveling out of state for abortions, and to allow any citizen to sue anyone in a blue state who helped a woman attain one. The obvious question is - is this legal? In most cases, you are subject to the laws of the state you are in. Thus if you go to a state with a different drinking age, or a different liquor tax, or different gun laws, you heed the laws/pay the taxes in the state you are in, not the state you came from. There is an exception - the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. It was passed in response to free states giving safe harbor to slaves who escaped from the South. It was a federal law that required the arrest of people who helped escaped slaves, and punished authorities in free states who would not make arrests, and also required that slaves be recaptured and returned to slave states. So that's the prototype that conservatives would use to arrest and jail women who travel to other states to get abortions - and people who helped them.
  15. I've got a much better angle. Judaism allows abortion, and that is certainly a private and quiet event. A Jewish woman could certainly sue (say) Texas and say that denying her right to an abortion violates her First Amendment right to worship as she sees fit.
  16. Republicans are trying to make it illegal for women to travel to get an abortion. If they succeed, then abortions will NOT be available for women. In fact, they could be arrested and jailed for even trying - as could anyone who helps them. So if you have a friend who's a woman, who was raped and now needs an abortion - if you help her travel to another state to get that abortion, you could end up in jail. Republicans are working to end avaiability of contraceptives as well. Thomas has stated that he thinks that decisions like Griswold should be revisited. Griswold was the decision that guaranteed married couples the right to get contraception. Right now they are just attacking women's rights. But if you think they will stop there - you haven't been paying attention.
  17. Peter Breen is the vice president of the Thomas More society, a conservative legal action group. He has been anti-abortion for quite a while. Today he said that "just because you jump across a state line doesn’t mean your home state doesn’t have jurisdiction.” He's not the only conservative to say this. Missouri state representative Mary Coleman recently backed a law that banned women from traveling out of state for abortions, and to allow any citizen to sue anyone in a blue state who helped a woman attain one. The obvious question is - is this legal? In most cases, you are subject to the laws of the state you are in. Thus if you go to a state with a different drinking age, or a different liquor tax, or different gun laws, you heed the laws/pay the taxes in the state you are in, not the state you came from. There is an exception - the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. It was passed in response to free states giving safe harbor to slaves who escaped from the South. It was a federal law that required the arrest of people who helped escaped slaves, and punished authorities in free states who would not make arrests, and also required that slaves be recaptured and returned to slave states. So that's the prototype that conservatives would use to arrest and jail women who travel to other states to get abortions - and people who helped them.
  18. You have two parties here. One has been working nonstop to take away women's rights. A second has been working to protect them. They have succeeded for over 50 years - and they just suffered a defeat. So you think that makes them the same. OK then.
  19. No, here I am blaming republicans for this particular ill. From now on in many states a 14 year old girl can be raped - and she won't be able to get an abortion unless her family can afford to take her to a freer state. And yes, I blame republicans for that.
  20. And if the Supreme Court said that gun ownership was a collective but not an individual right (which is a reasonable intepretation) you could still get guns in some states. Other weapons would be available. You could still hunt in many places, and no one needs to hunt anyway. It would be no big deal. But the right wing would lose their f&cking minds, and the resulting riot would make Jan 6th look like a kid's party.
  21. Boebert opined thusly today: "The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church."
  22. Unfortunately they were too dedicated to their job to let Trump get himself arrested.
  23. I thought the perfect (and fitting) symbolic end of the Trump era was Rudy Giuliani holding a press conference talking about how the election was stolen at the Four Seasons . . . total landscaping garage, between a crematorium and a sex toy shop. This was shortly before he literally started sweating ink, but I thought that press conference would go down in history as the most ignominious end of an administration. But today we heard of a much better symbol for the end of that era. The image of Trump, sitting in the back of the presidential limo, screaming "but I'm the president!" - and then lunging for the wheel to try to take control of the car and drive himself to his insurrection. And the thought of how the Secret Service agents there treated him like a toddler having a tantrum, getting him to sit down and behave for his ride back home.
  24. Sounds like democrats are adopting republican strategies. Makes sense. If the other side is cheating, first you try to stop them. If that doesn't work, adopt their tactics to win.
  25. Exactly! Why, if we repeal the 13th Amendment, then we will remove the iron grip that the Feds have on the throats of people, and affirm a States Right to legislate with freedom and liberty! It would be a great day indeed for whites everywhere.