Friday, July 12, 2024

Car carrying 5 people runs off the road and into a hot Geyser in Yellowstone

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Car carrying 5 people runs off road and into a hot geyser ...

6 hours agoCrews work Friday to lift a car out of the Semi-Centennial Geyser at Yellowstone National Park. National Park Service.
17 hours ago5 people escape hot, acidic pond after SUV drove into inactive geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Associated Press. Fri 12 July 2024 at 4:14 ...
7 hours agoOn Thursday, July 11th at about 10:40 a.m. a car with five occupants inadvertently drove off the roadway and into the Semi-Centennial Geyser ...
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CNN Exclusive Obama, Pelosi privately expressed concerns over Biden

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Gratitude is the MOTOR of Life!

 Sometimes people talk against this and live instead in cynicism and grief and anger all the time.

However, what I have found in reality is that basically if you aren't grateful for what you have you tend to lose whatever you do have and not get more in your life.

So, it appears that ONLY by being grateful for what you do have can God give you more of what you need.

From this perspective being always angry and upset and cynical only is self destructive I have found in life.

If you think negative all you get is negative. 

If you think Positive sometimes all you get is positive.

So, being Grateful I have found is literally the Motor of Life.

By God's Grace

Temperatures are starting to Drop at least in most of California

 The weather man says it's because of monsoon clouds out of Mexico spiraling north through Southern parts of Califonria and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I haven't seen the sun where my home is for a few days now except for a little bit yesterday in the late afternoon. But, my wife had to go inland on business and said within 5 to 10 miles of it it was sunny and 75 or 80 today.

The American People's perceptions of the rival party are all Wrong!

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Why not ask “everyone else” whether America is really that divided? Pollsters do, all the time. But there’s a problem. Ordinary folks think Americans are much more partisan than they are. In the same study, people grossly overestimated (by 78%) the size of the most polarized group within each party—that is, Democrats who call themselves liberal and Republicans who call themselves conservative. At the same time, ordinary Americans grossly underestimated (by 77%) the share of the other party who are moderate. That share is, in fact, at least half of either party. “People probably are exactly right about how polarized their leaders are,” says Robb Willer, a sociologist at Stanford. “They get it very wrong for the general public.”

It gets worse: the more involved in politics a person is, the more distorted their view of the other side, a 2019 YouGov survey found. In other words, engagement in civic life actually serves to narrow one’s perspective on the world.

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So, what is it that causes people to be so wrong in their assumptions about the other party?

I think it's the hype of some places like Fox News and others both Nazi as well as Liberal that want people to appear to be polarized when they are not really as you can plainly see.

 

  The Myth of Polarization in American Politics

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The Myth of Polarization in American Politics

Jul 2, 2024“They are 100% polarized. They deeply hate the other side. They are extraordinarily loud. They are extraordinarily important in American ...

Google had to make some AI changes when it told people it was safe to "Eat Rocks"

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In May, Google made changes to it's new "AI Overviews" search feature, after it told some users it was safe to eat rocks. And then in June 2023 two lawyers were fined $5000 after one of them used a ChatGPT to help him write a court filing. The chatbot had added fake citations to the submission, which pointed to cases that never existed."

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This is why I don't see AI as being necessarily factual. Like yesterday I asked for meta.ai to draw a self regenerative drawing of Purple Delta 7 who I often write about. However, how she depicted this was as one women starting to arise from another's body (so her duplicating herself). I didn't understand and my wife had to point out to me that the AI was doing what I asked by demonstrating Purple's ability to duplicate herself as an android robot. To the AI this was logical in it's thinking. To me, because I'm just a human being it was lost on me. However, my wife got it and shared this with me. So, in regard to AI it is just a prediction model like a potential weather report. You cannot expect facts from a prediction model of software. That isn't what they do. They are simply estimating things like any gambler would do to make predictions to win a bet. nothing really different than that. It's not factual it's an estimation of potential facts nothing more.

AI "Hallucinations"? ask the same question multilple times and if it gives you different answers each time then it is a hallucination

 

Scientists find a new way to spot ai 'hallucinations' - 6 ...
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“There's a simple check for when [an AI] language model makes something up for no reason at all, which is if you ask the same question multiple times, it will give you different answers,” says Sebastian Farquhar, an author of the study and a senior research fellow at Oxford University's department of computer science.6 days ago

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez publicly list their house for sale for 68 million dollars

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez publicly list their house for sale

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in 2023.
CNN  — 

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have added a tiny bit of fuel to the fire surrounding their marriage.

Amid speculation that the pair are struggling in their relationship after marrying about two years ago, the couple has listed their 12-bedroom, 24-bathroom California home for sale.

According to the listing, the 38,000-square-foot estate was “recently renovated with the highest level of quality within the last 4 months” and is “nestled in one of Beverly Hills’s most exclusive and secure enclaves lies the magnificent Crestview Manor.”

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“Perched atop a five-acre promontory, this newly rebuilt and expanded masterpiece offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, creating a serene backdrop for its unparalleled amenities,” the listing reads. “Privacy and security are unrivaled as the manor sits prominently behind double gates.”

The asking price for this little piece of real estate heaven - built in 2000 on a lot a little more than five acres - is a mere $68 million.

Affleck and Lopez purchased the home in 2023 for $60,805,000 after a well publicized two-year hunt for their dream house.

In May, Live Nation and Lopez announced the cancelation of her “THIS IS ME…LIVE” tour, stating she would “taking time off to be with her children, family and close friends.”

“I am completely heartsick and devastated about letting you down. Please know that I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t feel that it was absolutely necessary,” Lopez said at the time.

The pair first became a high-profile couple back in the early 2000s, when they famously got engaged in November 2002 and split prior to their planned wedding.

They both would go on to marry others and have children before going through divorces and reuniting in 2021.

Affleck and Lopez eloped in Las Vegas in 2022 and later held a lavish wedding ceremony attended by friends and family at Affleck’s sprawling estate outside of Savannah, Georgia.

CNN has reached out to representatives for both Lopez and Affleck for comment.

 

You might have just missed Earth-shattering economic news

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You might have just missed Earth-shattering economic news

In June, prices on everyday goods and services actually <em>fell</em>. That hasn't happened in four years.

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We did it, y’all! Get the Champagne on ice and gather the townsfolk because America hath slain the beast known as inflation. (Or, at least, it’s hit a turning point.)

ICYMI: Last month, for the first time in four years, prices on everyday goods and services actually fell. In other words, this June was the first time since the pandemic started that we paid less for stuff compared with the previous month.

The surprise price decline is seismic news, at least among econ wonks and a narrow strata of reporters who follow this stuff with the fervor of a tween Swiftie.

“Inflation is dead, and jobs are alive,” labor economist Aaron Sojourner tells me. “We have a very good chance right now of sticking the soft landing.”

Huzzah! Maximum employment and price stability? Let’s party.

But wait — what’s that I hear? Not the riotous cheers of American consumers dancing in the streets. Not a chorus of workers singing about the strongest labor market of their lifetimes, and no — I can’t even pick up on the sound of what I’m sure is an army of economists demanding sainthood for Jay Powell.

Instead, the single best economic news of the past decade is but a murmur of chit-chat, barely audible against a clamor of politicos shouting about President Joe Biden’s age.

And that has got to drive the Biden campaign absolutely nuts.

Bidenomics worked and no one cares

For the past three years, President Biden’s biggest political liabilities have been painfully obvious: his age and inflation.

One those problems has more or less evaporated — inflation has been steadily cooling, from 9% to 3% on annualized basis, for the past two years. Consumers are finally expressing some optimism, if not for the economy as a whole then at least for their own personal financial situations, the stock market and cooling inflation.

Of course, everyone knows intellectually that the president doesn’t control the economy. But that’s never stopped voters from blaming whoever’s in office for, well, just about anything, and similarly no party would miss an opportunity to claim credit for an economic boom.

To be sure, American households aren’t suddenly going to forget the whiplash of inflation that has strained their finances. It remains true, as my colleague Alicia Wallace notes, that overall prices are a good 20% higher than they were in February 2020. (In recent history, the index would typically rise about 10% over a 54-month period, Labor Department data shows.)

And nothing in economics goes in a straight line. Just 24 hours after the jaw-dropping consumer price report, Friday brought some unexpected bad news around producer prices, which rose 0.2% in June after holding flat in May.

Still, Thursday should have been a day for the White House to spike the football and double down on a message that has, historically, fallen flat — that Bidenomics is working.

Unfortunately, if you’re in the Biden camp, age — unlike inflation — only goes one direction.

Rather than doing a victory lap, Biden on Thursday was preparing for a high-stakes news conference in front of a ravenous White House press corps that focused their questions almost entirely on his fitness to lead. During the press conference, he touted the inflation numbers repeatedly, comparing the positive economic situation now to the pandemic mess he inherited when he started the job. But the press’ questions focused mostly on his verbal slipups and chances of beating former President Donald Trump.

Bottom line: Thursday’s inflation report is an indisputably positive development that could put some wind in the sails of a Democratic campaign — a powerful blow against the fictional Republican narrative about a US economy in the gutter. The White House can finally cross out “inflation” on its list of presidential liabilities. But as long as Biden’s age dominates the conversation, it’ll just be the econ nerds sipping Champagne alone.

 

Judge dismisses Giuliani’s bankruptcy case, allowing creditors to try to seize his assets

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Judge dismisses Giuliani’s bankruptcy case, allowing creditors to try to seize his assets

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CNN  — 

Rudy Giuliani is no longer entitled to bankruptcy protection, a judge decided Friday, making it possible for creditors to immediately pursue his assets within days.

The former mayor of New York sought bankruptcy protection after a jury awarded two Georgia election workers $148 million because Giuliani defamed them after the 2020 election. The judge’s decision Friday, to end his bankruptcy, paves the way for Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, as well as other creditors, who are trying to collect on the more than $150 million Giuliani owes.

Judge Sean Lane of the federal bankruptcy court in New York made the decision partly because of Giuliani’s lack of transparency after he filed for bankruptcy more than six months ago.

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Lane highlighted in his 22-page opinion that Giuliani hadn’t provided any insight whatsoever into the books of companies he solely owns, and that have taken in thousands of dollars in wire transfers in recent weeks. The judge also said Giuliani hasn’t been fully transparent with his creditors – such as by not fully explaining on time an upcoming book contract he has, or keeping his personal earnings from a radio show and podcast coming into one of the corporate accounts.

“Mr. Giuliani has failed to provide an accurate and complete picture of his financial affairs in the six months that this case has been pending,” Lane wrote in his decision Friday. “The lack of financial transparency is particularly troubling given concerns that Mr. Giuliani has engaged in self-dealing and that he has potential conflicts of interest that would hamper the administration of his bankruptcy case.”

Giuliani – once Time magazine’s Person of the Year and a fixture in New York society – says he is now worth about $10.6 million, with nearly all of that wealth in the value of two apartments he owns, in New York City and in Palm Beach, Florida.

Moss and Freeman plan to seek liens on those properties in the coming days, according to their lawyers.

Giuliani’s attorneys have indicated he plans to appeal the defamation jury verdict in favor of Moss and Freeman and that he may fight them in state court on any liens they seek.

In addition to the $6 million, three-bedroom co-op apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the $3.5 million condo on the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida, Giuliani’s creditors will also be able to try to seize his bank accounts, a Mercedes-Benz sports car, his collection of 26 luxury watches, three World Series championship rings for the New York Yankees, and other baseball memorabilia, like a signed Joe DiMaggio shirt he claims to own.

The worth of those other assets is unclear, as creditors accuse Giuliani of downplaying or not disclosing complete estimates of the value of what he owns. The creditors believe one World Series ring alone would sell for nearly $30,000, according to court filings in his bankruptcy case.

Giuliani also says in bankruptcy filings that the state of California owes him more than $10,000 related to overpaid taxes from his appearance on the TV singing game show “The Masked Singer,” according to bankruptcy filings.

Giuliani also said in filings in recent weeks that he expects to be paid tens of thousands of dollars from various ventures: coffee beans being marketed with his name and image, and a documentary that’s been in the works for years.

The court decision on Friday, announced by Lane in White Plains, New York, marks a long, slow decline for Giuliani, largely related to his work as a lawyer for former President Donald Trump after the 2020 election.

Giuliani lost his law license in New York last week because he had pushed false information in court challenging the election results on behalf of Trump. He is also fighting criminal charges in Arizona and Georgia related to Trump’s efforts to undermine his electoral loss. Giuliani has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Giuliani agreed to end his bankruptcy proceedings, after Freeman and Moss suggested that approach earlier this week. They and other creditors had become furious with the lack of transparency he provided into his assets.

The creditors argued to the judge in recent days that Giuliani was exploiting the bankruptcy system to avoid having to pay his debts, and was acting in bad faith. That accusation prompted outbursts from Giuliani in court, claiming he was the one being defamed.

In addition to Moss and Freeman, Giuliani owes more $1 million in taxes, tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid phone bills, and more than $1 million to a law firm where a close friend represented him through past investigations.

Several other companies and people, such as a former assistant and the voting machine companies Smartmatic and Dominion, are suing him too.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

CNN’s Sabrina Shulman contributed to this report.