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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 – Galaxy Note 5, PGA Championship, Trump

Galaxy Note 5 by Samsung. I love the Note 4. It is the best phone that I have ever owned. Great camera. Great battery life.

One of the truly funny and amazing things about golf is that the supposedly “smart guys” will set up a scenario. For the PGA championship the scenario was Jordan Spieth versus Rory McElroy. They want this rivalry to develop so badly but it just hasn’t. At the beginning of round three, Matt Jones, somebody most of us had never heard of, is leading the tournament by two strokes. Jason Day is in second. Should be some good golf this afternoon.

It’s kind of funny how Donald Trump is driving the Republican field mad. Oh, did Roger Ailes declare an unconditional surrender to Donald Trump? Looks like he has.

July unemployment numbers continue to slowly improve. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3%. The economy added 215,000 new jobs.

Melissa Harris-Perry along with her husband James Perry have written a great article on Black Lives Matter and tying it to New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. She argues that the movement really started back in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I think she’s right. This article is worth a read (here are a couple paragraphs) –

Hurricane Katrina did not hit New Orleans directly, and the city would have recovered swiftly from the extensive but manageable damage caused by winds and rain alone. But in the hours after the storm hit, several critical levees failed as powerful storm surges swept against decades of inadequate infrastructure. This part of the Katrina story is old and simple: By refusing to invest adequately in the public infrastructure needed to protect the most economically vulnerable and racially marginalized communities, the federal, state, and local governments left New Orleans open to massive devastation and long-term economic losses that affected every single neighborhood.

A decade later, we remain locked in maddening partisan battles as our public infrastructure crumbles beneath us—as if the consequences are irrelevant, or distant, or easily contained. ­Katrina already taught us that the fate of black lives cannot be separated from that of whole communities. Black lives matter.

The federal deficit continues to shrink as thoughtful economists said it would.

AT&T helped the US by on Internet traffic. Are you surprised?

I am completely confused by the young couple in Mississippi that are linked to ISIS.

News Roundup: ISIS, Comets, BB King, Stevie Wonder

American Special Operations mounted an offensive against an ISIS military leader in Syria. Abu Sayyaf, described as a mid-level Islamic State leader in Syria, was targeted by Delta Forces. Exactly why he was targeted is unclear. The Islamic State leader was killed during the raid. There were no American casualties.

 

Here are some cool pictures of a comet developing its tail. These were taken from a satellite which we have orbiting the comet.

The great blues singer BB King died earlier this week. The blues is as American as apple pie and baseball. It is a genre that many of us don’t get. But, if you take some time and immerse yourself in it, you’ll find that BB King was the king of blues.

Here is his signature song, which he didn’t write, but he made it his own: “The Thrill is Gone.”

Artist: BB King
Tune: Lucille

Stevie Wonder had his 65th birthday last week. Here’s Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark, Jr’s tribute to Stevie from a few months back. “Fingertips,” “MasterBlaster,” and “Higher Ground,” which, in my mind, may be Stevie’s best tune.

Artist: Stevie Wonder
Tune: Higher Ground

One of the greatest things about YouTube is that you can find videos that you never knew existed. Sting and Stevie Wonder on the same stage. OMG!!! These are my two favorite artists of all time. Check it out!!!

Artists: Stevie Wonder and Sting
Tune: Higher Ground and Roxanne