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Tech leaders agree with Congress that we need to rein in AI development
The two parties in Congress can’t seem to agree on much these days, but at least they can agree with many of the rest of us that the rapid development of artificial intelligence is frightening and needs to be reined in. Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and other tech giants signed an open letter calling for a six-month pause in advanced AI development, citing “profound risks to society and humanity” (see any "Terminator" movie.) The question is, can the dangers of artificial intelligence be held back by Congress, which isn’t famous for possessing natural intelligence? And even if they do pass some sort of regulation, that won’t stop its development in other nations, like China. This is a worldwide threat, but how do you regulate it when it’s going on all over the world? And please don’t suggest that we need a one-world government overseen by benevolent robots.
U.S. Senate: The COVID-19 “emergency” is done
Another thing on which at least some Congress members of both parties agree is that the COVID-19 “emergency” is done. Yesterday, 21 Senate Democrats joined Republicans to pass a resolution declaring the pandemic to be over. It passed by 68-23 in the Senate after passing the House by 229-197. President Biden opposes the bill but will sign it. Incidentally, it comes months after he said himself that the pandemic is over. A White House official said, “The administration will continue working with agencies to wind down the national emergency with as much notice as possible to Americans who could potentially be impacted.” I have the feeling that it’s not Americans who are being impacted as much as it’s the agencies that don’t want to give up the power. Too bad. They’ve become the cure that’s worse than the disease. COVID is now endemic and we have to live with it forever, but that doesn’t mean we have to live with a government that uses the guise of a health emergency to trample on our Constitutional rights forever.
James O’Keefe uncovers what looks to be massive Democrat campaign scheme
It didn’t take Project Veritas founder and former director James O’Keefe long to regain his footing and get back in business. Now head of O’Keefe Media Group (OMG), and training “citizen journalists” across the country, he’s released a video revealing what appears to be a huge, nationwide money scheme for laundering campaign contributions, using senior citizens with “a similar profile” to get the job done. The story came from Election Watch, a group of “citizen journalists” in Maryland. They combed through FEC records and found that some elderly individuals of seemingly modest means had given amazing amounts of money --- into the six figures --- to left-wing groups such as ActBlue, typically parceled out in dribs and drabs as if to avoid detection. This is yet another stunning-but-not-surprising story involving corruption within the Democrat Party. So far, only this video has been released; we’ll have more information soon.
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The spiritual side of our lives really does matter
When I was growing up, my bedtime ritual always included a fairy tale that started with “Once upon a time...” and ended with the comforting words we all remember: “And they lived happily ever after.” As a child of the optimistic 1950s, I dreamed that life might be like that: whatever obstacles, dangers or perils might come my way, in the end, I would live happily ever after.
Why Art and Music Are Essential in Schools
Aside from letting leftist indoctrination take over our public school system, the biggest mistake we conservatives made in education over the years was in thinking that art and music classes were expendable luxuries and should be slashed to concentrate on “the three ‘R’s.” Not only are art and music classes important in themselves, but they are also beneficial to helping students excel in other subjects, including math and reading.
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The first school in which we enroll, and the most important in shaping our future, is our home. A casual view of modern TV shows might lead us to believe that parents don’t matter. I contend that nothing matters more. When Benjamin West was a boy, his mother left him in charge of his younger sister, Sally. Benjamin found bottles of colored ink and painted Sally’s portrait.
How to prevent young people from falling prey to socialism
I got a comment from a reader arguing that one reason young people fall prey to socialism (aside from being brainwashed by their teachers) is that they feel the capitalist system is failing them. They were told they had to get college degrees if they wanted good jobs, and encouraged to take out huge student loans. Now, they’re saddled with crippling debt, and those degrees aren’t opening the doors to jobs that pay enough to ever get out of the hole.