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News Roundup – Tay, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Brussels, Apple verses the DOJ

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So, Microsoft releases its artificial intelligence bot, named Tay, on social media yesterday. What could possibly go wrong? From WSJ – One tweet from Tay, whose persona was intended to mimic the voice of an American woman aged 18 to 24, read, “Hitler was right I hate the Jews.” Another, in response to a question about the Holocaust, said “it was made up,” followed by a hand-clapping emoji. Microsoft silenced Tay on Thursday morning and erased virtually all of its tweets. The latest tweet suggested that Tay will be offline for a bit.

I’m sorry. I think that the Democratic Party needs to return to its roots, representing the average American. This means not sucking up to big corporate donors. This also means doing right by average Americans. So, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, someone I really liked 10 years ago, and Rahm Emmanuel need to be put out to pasture. They don’t promote Democratic values.

The bombings in Brussels are simply sad.  Today, as I was walking around the hospital, I heard a couple nurses saying that it was okay to travel, but that they wouldn’t travel outside the US. That’s just silly. I’m not going to let ISIS tell me where I should and should not travel. (I’m not going to Syria or Yemen or Iraq.) Who are these guys? Jahadi Cool?

The ongoing battle between the Justice Department and Apple really shows us that Congress ain’t working. Congress should have taken up this issue months ago. They should have, by now, hammered out a solution. (The solution in my mind would be to have on a case-by-case basis all of these issues go before the FISA court.) Instead, as far as I know, Congress hasn’t done squat. Apple is fighting to get the government off their backs and off of the backs of all of the technology companies. They don’t want to hand over data or anything else with the government stating that bad guys will get away if you don’t hand over the goods. (BTW, I suspect that Apple has already broken the code and could open that phone right now.) The FBI is trying to break into the phone now. This whole process would be easier if we had a Congress that worked.

Oh, so, I’m liking the ridiculous discussion between Trump and Cruz about whose wife is hotter.

Wage inequality is still a big problem.

The NFL has known about the concussion risk for years. Is anyone surprised?

Garry Shandling is dead at age 66. He made millions laugh. RIP.

News Roundup – Cuba, Katie, New Jersey Water

President Obama is in Cuba. Yep, Cuba. I think that this is a good thing. Not talking with Cuba really has done nothing to destabilize its government in over 50 years. Let’s try to bring them into the 21st century.

Kate Couric bought a $12 million condo in New York. Look, I’m happy for her, but $12 million for 4000 sq ft? Couldn’t she have spent a million dollars and gotten something really nice in Virginia? Maybe fly back and forth? I’m just askin’.

What has happened in Flint, Michigan is a tragedy. This type of travesty should never happen in the United States. Ever. It looks as if other folks have water issues, like New Jersey. 80 carcinogens were found in New Jersey’s water supply. That’s not good.

A terror suspect has been found. Salah Abdeslam was captured in Belgium. He was wanted in the Paris attacks.

Clinton folks are going to paint Trump as unfit for the presidency. I think that this strategy is too weak. Trump needs to be painted as dangerous, undisciplined and crazy.

Another violent outburst at a Trump rally.

NCAA – Sweet 16!!!

Congratulations to Jason Day for winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Days sinks a putt on the 72nd hole for the win. It was a gutsy performance.

Good Saturday Morning – News Roundup: Carpet Bombing

Senator Ted Cruz proved that he will say anything. He has used the term “carpet-bomb” on a number of occasions. He wants to “carpet-bomb” ISIS (ISOL) without having civilian casualties. This is a pipe dream, but in a season where candidates will say anything and do anything to get a leg up on their opponents, it should be no surprise that Senator Cruz has resorted to “carpet-bombing.” I don’t think that Cruz is stupid or ignorant. I think that he knows what carpet-bombing means and wants to sound tough.

Minority Report (again): In the movie Minority Report, pre-cogs (fancy pyschics) were able to tell the future. They were able to see a person committing a crime before the crime happened. The good police would go and arrest those evildoers before they did evil. Unfortunately, that’s sci-fi. That isn’t really happening in 2015. We don’t have any pre-cogs. We have psychologists and psychiatrists. We don’t have the ability to predict future behavior with any degree of certainty. I mention this because Donald Trump and other politicians have called for us to ban all Muslims who want to enter this country until we “figure this out.” Figure what out? We can do background checks and we should. No background check is perfect. We simply do not have the ability to look into a person’s eyes and tell if they are going to commit badness or not.  In the movies, John Wayne or Clint Eastwood could stare into the eyes of the bad guy and easily ascertain whether that guy was a bad guy. Well, in this world of reality, telling the good guys from the bad guys ain’t that easy. Sure, there are micro-expressions. I’m sure that a good liar can learn to supress micro-expressions. Banning all Muslims from the US is a great way to discriminate. Other than that, I don’t think that it is a useful idea.

Hate speech has consequences.

Golden State Warriors – These guys are playing lights-out basketball. They proved once again that they have the talent and the will to win. If they stay healthy, they will go far. Steph Curry has the best combination of skills that I have seen in a basketball player in a very long time. He is quick, lightning quick. He can score from inside and outside. He can distribute the basketball as well as any guard in the league. Couple this with a great supporting cast. These guys can go far.

Have a great day. Hug your loved ones!!