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The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine
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I ran into this rather terrifying article. More scary octopus tentacles involving both Steve Bannon and Russia undermining Western democracy.
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How about some legible clothing?

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Why don't these guys go to Branson or Dollywood and have a good time? Or watch some stock-car racing? Maybe bring back some souvenirs that won't embarrass family members who see them as they sort out the personal effects of those  who die or are permanently incarcerated for dementia?
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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(02-21-2017, 05:39 PM)X_4AD_84 Wrote: On a different note, I am endlessly annoyed by bubble reinforcement algorithms. Stop trying to figure out my likes and dislikes. What I read may have nothing to do with them. It even goes beyond news feeds. On LinkedIn, the damned algorithms keep steering my network in boring and overly predictable directions. I want to explore other stuff. People I worked with 25 or 30 years ago, at companies that no longer exist. I also want to explore industries that have nothing to do with my current one. I do what I can to game the algorithm, but so much work. Annoying!

Oh God, yes, I hate that stuff!
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(02-21-2017, 08:39 PM)pbrower2a Wrote: How about some legible clothing?

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Why don't these guys go to Branson or Dollywood and have a good time? Or watch some stock-car racing? Maybe bring back some souvenirs that won't embarrass family members who see them as they sort out the personal effects of those  who die or are permanently incarcerated for dementia?

And these people insist they are not Fascists...
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One would have to be a fascist to not think such a concept an abomination. It is not surprising that there are people sick enough to wear something so offensive. There are still Nazis and Stalinists. But that nobody seems to take offense. People seem to be smiling as they look at the oaf from the front side. I am reasonably certain that the front side does not have the image of a cuddly, adorable kitten.

That shirt with its slogan is obviously made in quantity.  I do not know how many Americans have a lynch-mob mentality, but there it is in a silk-screen message.

I could understand "terrorist", "tyrant", or "traitor".

No, I would not have a shirt that has image of the freshly-executed Ceausescu or Mussolini in juxtaposition to the words

  Sic semper tyrannis!

(Thus ever unto tyrants!)

 because it would be excessively graphic and inflammatory. I try to keep my posts family-friendly.

Our nation has scorpions in its soul. Expunging them, liberating ourselves from the ugliest features of American political culture, will itself be a great struggle. Let us all hope and pray (depending upon our sensibilities) that we Americans do this ourselves and do not need some victorious foreign powers expunging our demons as we Americans did in Germany, Italy, and Japan in the last Crisis war.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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