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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.

By |2016-03-24T23:00:22-04:00March 24th, 2016|Entertainment, Sports, Terrorism, War on Terror|Comments Off on News Roundup – Tay, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Brussels, Apple verses the DOJ

SuperBowl

Before I talk about the Steelers and the Packers, I have a question. Who delivered the best SuperBowl performance of all-time?

My vote is for Emmitt Smith in SuperBowl 28 (I know that I’m supposed to use Roman Numerals but they are truly getting out of hand). Troy Aikman was recovering from a concussion received against the 49ers. He was okay, but not his great self. The Cowboys were down 13 – 6 at halftime. The Cowboys forced a fumble on the Bills’ opening drive and returned the ball for a touchdown. The Bills had a three and out. The Cowboys got the ball with the momentum. The Cowboys went on an eight-play, 64-yard touchdown drive in which Emmitt Smith carried the ball seven times. From then on, the game belonged to the Cowboys. Emmitt carried the ball 19 times for 92 yards in the second half. He was the MVP of the game. (James Washington, who was one of those other guys that Jimmy Johnson would pick up, had an outstanding game. He forced a fumble, had an interception and had 11 tackles. He gets an honorable mention.)

So, who do you think had the best SuperBowl performance?

By |2011-02-02T18:03:03-04:00February 2nd, 2011|Sports|Comments Off on SuperBowl
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