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Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Connecticut judge promised to sanction Alex Jones on Wednesday after his lawyers were accused of violating a court order of protection and making information public from a confidential deposition of a woman who lost a loved one in the Sandy Hook massacre. read more


A beast of a bomb cyclone will take shape just off the coast of the northwestern United States and western Canada later this week, and AccuWeather forecasters say it will rival, in some aspects, the intensity of strong hurricanes from the Atlantic this season. read more


Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday told a House panel his January 6 phone call with former President Trump took place after the attack on the Capitol, though he waffled on the possibility and timing of other calls. read more


Left for dead in the 1980s, vinyl records are now the music industry's most popular and highest-grossing physical format. Getting them manufactured, however, is increasingly a challenge.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the Pentagon's former software chief told the Financial Times.


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Interesting financial analysis...

Trump's new venture could be peak SPAC
www.axios.com

...Former President Trump last night announced plans to launch a digital media network called "Truth Social," and said it would go public via a SPAC called Digital World Acquisition (Nasdaq: DWAC).

What to know: So far, this is a joke. ...


And the article goes on the explain why that view is held...

It does seem to have a Trump University ring to it...

The American Comedy Network - Krapco's Mr. Cardboard Tube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVIIRS4aMH0

Report: Manafort offered 'private briefings' to Russian billionaire during election (2017)
thehill.com

...President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort offered to provide "private briefings" on the 2016 race to a Russian billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Less than two weeks before Trump cinched the Republican presidential nomination, Manafort offered the briefings to an intermediary, asking that the message be relayed to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with whom Manafort had worked in the past.

"If he needs private briefings we can accommodate," Manafort reportedly wrote in an email sent July 7, 2016....

Deripaska is one of Russia's richest men and is believed to be one of the oligarchs to whom Putin turns most frequently.

In 2008, a business parter of Manafort's helped arrange a meeting between Deripaska and then-presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Both Manafort and Deripaska have confirmed the Russian businessman paid Manafort as an investment consultant. ...


Yet another view...

Absolutely Not True': Army CIO Answers Claim US Has Already Lost To China In AI
breakingdefense.com

..."If you looked at both what we have in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, across the federal government and our industrial partners, we have the best AI technology," Army CIO Ray Iyer said.

"It's absolutely not true," the Army CIO, Raj Iyer, said, rejecting Chaillan's assessment.

He pointed to the Pentagon's "tight integration" with industry and "our coalition partners." The US and its partners share "trade intelligence information and other things," helping both sides.

"I can tell you the Chinese don't have that. They're operating in a vacuum, and they're relying on nefarious methods and cyberattacks to be able to get to, you know, what they think they know that we have," he said.

There is one area where Iyer said the Chinese do excel in: the actual use of AI. "They do a really good job of maintaining control people using AI. Obviously, we don't do that in United States, but if you looked at both what we have in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, across the federal government and our industrial partners, we have the best AI technology."...



Another view...

Maybe losing the AI race to China isn't such a bad idea
www.vox.com

...The Pentagon's first-ever chief software officer abruptly quit earlier this month, and now we know exactly why: Nicolas Chaillan, former CSO of the United States Air Force and Space Force, told the Financial Times that the United States has "no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years" when it comes to cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence.

Chaillan, a 37-year-old tech entrepreneur, added that cyber defenses at many government agencies are at "kindergarten level," and that companies like Google were doing the US a disservice by not working with the military more on AI, since Chinese companies were making a "massive investment" in AI without getting all hung up on the ethics of it all. And while quitting your job because America has already lost the AI race is a bit dramatic, Chaillan isn't the only one who's concerned about China's dominance in this arena.

A growing number of leaders in Washington and Silicon Valley are worried about the US falling behind in the race to AI supremacy....

We can all agree that nobody wants China to invent a real-world version of Skynet, the all-powerful AI that takes over the planet in the Terminator movies. But we don't want the US to do that either. And what does the finish line in this AI race actually look like? Does the US really want to win at all costs?...


Not really a surprise that this is being investigated ...

How Michael Cohen says Trump cheated on his net worth (Feb 2019)
www.cnn.com

..."It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes, such as trying to be listed among the wealthiest people in Forbes, and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes," Cohen says in the prepared testimony. ...

As proof Cohen offered two news articles, one from 2015 in which Forbes said Trump had been inflating his wealth and another, from The Guardian in 2016, on Trump's long legal effort to slash the value of Trump National Golf Course in Westchester County, New York.

The pattern has also been reported by CNN. In 2017, CNN found that Trump had fought the tax assessments of all 12 of his US golf courses except the one in Bedminster, New Jersey.

That included his Trump National Golf Course Westchester, which Ossining, New York, said was worth $15.1 million, but which Trump, fighting for a smaller tax bill, argued in court the property was worth just $1.5 million.

In a 2017 financial disclosure, Trump said the club was worth far more than the $15 million claimed by Ossining. ...



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