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Gaslighting

The point is not that the Unified Trump GOP Canon for What Truly Happened on Jan. 6 is being continually and contradictorily rewritten. The point is not that what we are being told is absurd, inconsistent and downright goofy. The point is that the specifics don’t matter; what matters is that we are being told, blatantly, repeatedly and without shame, that we simply did not see what we saw, and we are expected to go along with it. This is an exercise in power, to see how malleable our reality really is.

It is because of this that the Jan. 6 commission is so sadly necessary. We did see what we saw. It is too important to let that fact get drowned out.

Deepfake Anthony Bourdain

Pandora's (voice?) box is now open!


The documentary “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,”
which opened in theatres on Friday, is an angry, elegant, often overwhelmingly emotional chronicle of the late television star’s life and his impact on the people close to him. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film portrays Bourdain as intense, self-loathing, relentlessly driven, preternaturally charismatic, and—in his life and in his death, by suicide, in 2018—a man who both focussed and disturbed the lives of those around him. To craft the film’s narrative, Neville drew on tens of thousands of hours of video footage and audio archives—and, for three particular lines heard in the film, Neville commissioned a software company to make an A.I.-generated version of Bourdain’s voice.

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When I first spoke with Neville, I was surprised to learn about his use of synthetic audio and equally taken aback that he’d chosen not to disclose its presence in his film. He admitted to using the technology for a specific voice-over that I’d asked about—in which Bourdain improbably reads aloud a despairing e-mail that he sent to a friend, the artist David Choe—but did not reveal the documentary’s other two instances of technological wizardry.

Expect this in every other political ad you'll see in 2024.

Newsmax!

From one of the dumber of the wingnut media outlets...

“I feel like a vaccination in a weird way is just generally kind of going against nature. Like, I mean, if there is some disease out there — maybe there’s just an ebb and flow to life where something’s supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people, and that’s just kind of the way evolution goes. Vaccines kind of stand in the way of that.”

Student flee as computer 'fad' fades

The Bismark Tribune, Jan 20, 1987:

College students have stopped flocking to computer science programs after learning job prospects are not as bright and that the field is more difficult than they had though, university officials say.

"They found that they had to take calculus, they had to take physics. It's not a video games major", John Rice, chairman of Purdue University's department of Computer Science, said in an interview Monday.

I do sometimes wonder why I had to take physics for a computer programming degree.

Trump Organization Charges

MAGA
1. Scheme to defraud in the first degree
2. Conspiracy in the fourth degree
3. Grand larceny in the second degree
4. Criminal tax fraud in the third degree
5. Criminal tax fraud in the third degree
6. Criminal tax fraud in the third degree
7. Criminal tax fraud in the fourth degree
8. Offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree
9. Offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree
10. Offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree
11. Offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree
12. Falsifying business records in the first degree
13. Falsifying business records in the first degree
14. Falsifying business records in the first degree
15. Falsifying business records in the first degree

Ladies and Gentlemen...

The party of family values:

After passing both the state House and Senate, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed Senate Bill 1109 on June 18.

Grand Prairie Assistant Police Chief Ronnie Morris said it was a blow.

“To say that I was shocked with the governor vetoed this bill is an understatement," Morris said.

Morris, who wrote the bill, said it received sweeping support from both Republican and Democrat legislators, and there was no indication that it wouldn't pass.

The bill would require Texas public schools to teach curriculum on dating violence, domestic violence and child abuse to middle and high school students. The bill lays out a system where students would go through the information during one session in middle school and two times in high school.

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Abbott's office's website states that he vetoed the bill because it did not include an option for parents to opt their children out of the program.

On the other hand, if it did contain such an option, looking for parents who opted-out would be a good first-pass filter when investigating potential abusers.