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Friday, June 22, 2018

#EndorseThis: Colbert Passes The Turing Test And Needles Corporate America

The tech engineers at Google have had a pretty good six months. In December, the company’s AlphaZero computer taught itself the strategy of chess in nine hours and licked the world’s best chess-playing computer, Stockfish, in a 100-game match. This spring has brought the innovation of Google Duplex, a device which programmers say can pass the Turing Test, or simulate real conversations with human beings without people catching on.

Stephen Colbert is impressed. But he can’t resist temptation to needle the big dog. Colbert plays a clip of Google Duplex in action, and we’re sad to say the dialogue has “white privilege” and “first-world problem solving” written all over its bytes.…

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16 Of The Dumbest Right-Wing Lies That Americans Believe

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Americans are often misinformed, occasionally downright dumb, and easily misled by juicy-sounding rumors. But while the right wing is taking full advantage of this reality, the Left worries that calling out lies is “rude.”

Remember when Congressman Joe Wilson stood up during Obama’s State of the Union address and shouted “You lie”? He was chastised soundly by the pundit class. But mostly he drew heat for being impolite, and was compared to Kanye West and other famous interrupters.

Revisiting Wilson’s foolish tirade underscores the state of our upside-down political world.



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Recordings Reveal The EPA Head’s Strange Christian Beliefs About God, Guns And Gay Rights

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
By David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement

Environmental Protection chief Scott Pruitt believes the “most grievous threat” facing America are the courts, which he called the “imperialistic judiciary” and the “judicial monarchy,” claiming their objective is to create “religious sterility.”

Pruitt made those staggering remarks and others in a series of interviews with an Oklahoma talk radio station in 2005, according to Politico, which obtained the tapes from an anonymous source.…

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