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am_Unition  ·  12 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Cult of the January 6 Martyrs

New batch of discovery just dropped:

am_Unition  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lawyer: Trump indicted; 1st ex-president charged with crime

MAGA isn't exactly known for adhering to legal precedent.

Nor does DeSantis have to worry about public appearance in a nearly 100% insular media environment spearheaded by Fox, who is more or less desperate to de-throne Trump.

In fact, Ron may have calculated that the imagery of federal intrusion (i.e. enforcement of the literal constitution) will help his campaign.

This could get interesting.

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lawyer: Trump indicted; 1st ex-president charged with crime

Holy shit, this is almost as big as the indictment news! Meatball Ron has already come out and said that Florida will refuse to extradite, before even reading the text of the actual indictment:

Part of me thinks that Ron is daring Trump to refuse to surrender, but Ron's opening himself up to serious charges if he follows through on this.

We are careening towards constitutional crisis. :(

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lawyer: Trump indicted; 1st ex-president charged with crime

His lawyers have claimed Trump would willingly surrender himself in the event of an indictment. His lawyers have claimed all kinds of things.

The most interesting thing would be if Trump doesn't submit willingly and DeSantis finds himself on the hook to extradite Trump to New York.

But yeah I think Trump just won the primary and lost the general.

These charges are child's play compared to what he could/should be facing from Fanni Willis and Jack Smith. But it does help break the seal, so to speak, on indicting a former president. Still, he won't see the inside of a prison cell this side of the 2024 election no matter what happens from here.

am_Unition  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Existential risk, AI, and the inevitable turn in human history

Like the top comment, I immediately took offense with not characterizing the onset of the internet as a "truly radical technical change". But I guess you could make the case that it's been a gradual onset, whereas ChatGPT and others have kinda just exploded into existence.

I also thought it was funny that many of the technocrats advocating for a six-month pause on AI development coincidentally seem to have found themselves invested in the wrong companies. And yeah, the author is 100% correct that China will leverage any pause in American AI development against the US.

Still not sure how this transition to a widespread AI society will be smooth without some form of universal basic income. There aren't enough physical labor jobs to fill, domestically, at least. And robotics is working to make those obsolete soon too.

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: You Are Not a Parrot

Please stick around, I enjoyed your contributions!

am_Unition  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: You Are Not a Parrot

"You can call me dad, if you like". "uwu!! i am so happyyyyyy"

"my best friend crashed, hopefully the company can restore them"

am_Unition  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: You Are Not a Parrot

There's simply too many people who can't handle this tech responsibly. If the OP isn't troubling enough for you, scroll down through the comments. This is rapidly accelerating the self-isolationism already established by the internet writ large. Maybe it's only a small minority of folks willing to treat LLMs as human? Too early for stats, probably.

And a part of me hopes that this shit ruins the entire internet. It took Facebook and Twitter years to hit 100 million users. ChatGPT did it in two months.

Wish I had more time today, sorry.

edit: btw thanks to b_b for badging this, woulda done it myself but I'm out.

am_Unition  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Cult of the January 6 Martyrs

Alt-title: "I regret not endorsing Trump's election lies".

    subjecting news outlets to the prospect of outsize liability whenever they report on newsworthy allegations that turn out to be false

Motherfucker, everybody knew the claims were false! YOU knew! If you don't think Murdoch or other Fox organizational mechanisms had an obligation to step in after reviewing proposed teleprompter transcripts from people who genuinely may be too stupid to parse fact from fiction (looking at you, Dobbs, Bartiromo, Hannity, Watters, Pirro), then that's because you're stupid. But you're not stupid, Bill! You're fucking bad-faithing it. The slandering of Dominion and SmartMatic extended FAR after your little DoJ investigations of nothing had finished up.

It wasn't like pundits were saying "Donald Trump claims the election was stolen", they were saying "THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN!". This is so fucking simple, Bill.

And you're absolutely right, this is EXACTLY like when he wrote an article savaging the Mueller investigation that landed him the Trump AG role. And then famously mischaracterized the results of the Mueller investigation, according to Mueller.

Since J6, I think Trump has managed to dissolve many people's last remaining shred of dignity. There is now no bridge too far for folks like Billy Barr.

Meanwhile, Merrick Garland cosplays Butters from South Park. "W-w-w-w-w--w-w-well but I, I-I-I-I-I don't wanna b-be called p-p-p-pol-political". Dude there is nothing you can do to elevate your standing among fascists if you're not fully on board with their bullshit or staying completely silent. It's damned if you do, damned if you don't. Prosecuting even low-level J6 offenders was more than enough to put you in the "not fully on board with their bullshit" camp.

edit: do NOT go the WSJ article's comments section. WSJ subscribers are supposed to be the most sophisticated and intellectual people in the conservative movement! They are lost.

am_Unition  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2023

Looking forward to the Ronnie D content.

I think Meatball Ron stands a good chance of winning the primary. He's more charismatic than I once thought, despite being a total weirdo in private, apparently. That doesn't bother me nearly as much as using an intentional mispronunciation as a litmus test for how submissive women he dated might be. But Ron's also recently realized that he'll have to stoop to Trump's level or lower to sling enough mud to counter Trump's attacks. Whether or not Tiny D can win the general election hinges on whether the economy tanks or not, I think.

Among other issues, first and foremost, his and the GOP's efforts to literally erase the existence of trans people should be disqualifying. And it's not. Not enough people are aware or care enough about it to damage the GOP significantly at the ballot box. It's (still) got me real fucked up. It's still escalating. And that's why Chapelle's and others' jokes at marginalized groups, however minor anyone perceives the humor to be, are 100% unacceptable. In eras when these groups weren't being rapidly stripped OF THEIR RIGHT TO EXIST, maybe the jokes would be... almost OK?

Also, did you see this? What a fascistic culture they've cultivated down there. Not like Greg Abbott's funhaus is much better, admittedly. Two of our largest states are abject experiments in minoritarian theocracy. Things are great.

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Per Trump: Trump to be Arrested Tuesday, Calls for violent protests

Golf fans everywhere are super upset to learn that Trump has invited Alvin Bragg for a friendly game of catch to settle this like best buds

That's real, btw, I checked TRUTH myself.

am_Unition  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: First 3D-printed rocket is about to launch into space

Like others, I love the methane blue.

Second stage failed to stay lit, thing fell outta the sky :(.

Stay lit, everyone.

am_Unition  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ban the Phillips Curve

Larry Summers and Jerome Powell are absolute ghouls.

It makes at least some sense from a populist perspective to restrict immigration to strengthen domestic Labor's bartering power (note: I am NOT advocating for that). But it's hilarious to see Capitalist Fox News forced into pretending like they're in favor of it. Maybe they don't understand? Another stance they're forced into peddling to meet viewer demand?

And yeah, have fun with long covid slowly crippling the workforce because we completely fucking botched how we dealt with it. It's potentially a civilization-upending issue, if some of the new reporting is to be believed. And it probably is. I've still got this goddamn brain fog and fatigue intermittently like 4 months after my 2nd infection. But hey, at least now I can catch a stomach bug and be sick for 5 days straight and drop a few pounds!

am_Unition  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Per Trump: Trump to be Arrested Tuesday, Calls for violent protests

I predict Bragg waits a few days for the folks outside his office to get bored with it. The number of capslock "truths" will still steadily increase.


Free speech!

Anyway, I'm split on thinking that there probably won't be any violence, might give it a 5% chance, at least nothing organized, but I'm also imagining that people on e.g. telegram are circulating floor plans and shit.

am_Unition  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Per Trump: Trump to be Arrested Tuesday, Calls for violent protests

"punches me right in the Poe's Law"

I've been watching some livestreams from Bragg's Manhattan courthouse. There's probably about as much media as supporters, maybe a couple hundred of each. They're probably already locked into some stupid feedback loop wherein random losers show up to get mic time and then more media show up to cover the growing crowd.

Jim Jordan & co. are wading into some dangerous territory today. And Kevin McCarthy made sure to assure people in a presser that Trump doesn't really want them to protest, physically, Trump probably just means, like, complain about things on twitter. Dude luckily we already solved inflation, all of the banking crises, and passed a bitchingly awesome budget so we can focus on the important stuff

am_Unition  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Per Trump: Trump to be Arrested Tuesday, Calls for violent protests

I wonder what percentage of actual Trump supporters would unironically propagate that. Probably a solid 4% or so.

am_Unition  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Per Trump: Trump to be Arrested Tuesday, Calls for violent protests

More like "Trump sets Tuesday as date to see how much shit he can stir up outside of New York courthouse".

But it's too late, at this point. If Trump is indicted, he'll drag the legal process out until past the 2024 election. He'll campaign and fundraise on it. Already is. If he or another republican wins, he'll get a pardon, provided he's even charged and sentenced before then.

This is all so fucking pathetic. I have lost essentially all faith in the justice system. The "takes time to build an airtight case" excuse is garbage. Cohen served time for this.

Presidents are above the law. A very appropriate observation on the 20th anniversary of the war on Iraq.