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Ah Bernie, what could have been...
  • I would add to the other explanation only that they both represent the progressive wing of the nation's politics for their time, and are analogous to each other in that regard. Bernie is beloved and renowned for his civil rights activism and his incorruptible concern for regular folks and trying to make things better for people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Sanders#Political_positions

    Bernie "walks the walk" as they say, and has for his entire career.

  • Ah Bernie, what could have been...
  • I think at this point in his career, the Senate is probably best for him. We need powerful progressive senators to pass progressive legislation.

    I've seen this sentiment expressed before and I agree, it's a reasonable view. I'd still enthusiastically vote for him tomorrow if he could be on the ballot instead of Biden. I am not a strident hater of Biden, but I agree with most of the (non-maga) criticisms against him to one degree or another. No doubt I'm picking him over Trump, but I wish we had better choices.

    Which is something important I want to highlight – Clinton scorned Bernie, while Biden welcomed him. Biden was friendly to him in the Senate, and that set them up for a successful cooperative future.

    Yep, I don't keep a spreadsheet of these sorts of things or anything, but I remember claims during the 2020 runup that he would at least take advice from progressives under advisement, and I get the feeling that he's lived up to that much, at least.

  • Ah Bernie, what could have been...
  • Fair points! But Bernie's are not... (Unfortunately I think he's legit too old now anyway, and I would bet he would agree.) Not saying I wouldn't vote for him, but I think age alone would stop many. (insert Biden/Trump swipe here)

  • Political Memes @lemmy.world octopus_ink @lemmy.ml

    Ah Bernie, what could have been...

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    OpenAI's Mira Murati: "some creative jobs maybe will go away, but maybe they shouldn't have been there in the first place"
  • That’s why you need strong safety nets to help people transition to new industries or at least to give them a dignified retirement out of the workforce. That’s neither here nor there, if it’s not AI it’ll be the next thing.

    I agree with most of what you wrote in this paragraph, but we have no such strong safety nets. I don't think the fact that it has happened previously is justification for creating those circumstances again now (or in the future) without concern for how it impacts people. We're supposed to be getting better as time goes by. (not that we are by many other metrics I can see on a daily basis, but as you say that's another conversation)

    Genies don’t get put back in bottles, you just learn to regulate and manage the world they leave behind when they come out. And, if you catch it soon enough, maybe you get to it in time to ask for one wish that isn’t just some rich guy’s wet dream.

    I also agree with this.

    But, I find there is plenty of justification to push back and try to slow the proliferation of AI in certain areas while our laws and morality try to catch up.

  • OpenAI's Mira Murati: "some creative jobs maybe will go away, but maybe they shouldn't have been there in the first place"
  • The caveat is that she herself points out that nobody knows whether the jobs created will outnumber the jobs destroyed, or perhaps just be even and result in higher quality jobs. She points out there is no rigorous research on this, and she’s not wrong. There’s mostly either panic or giddy, greedy excitement.

    Even if we take as settled the concept that more jobs will exist in aggregate, I'm doubtful that there's a likely path for most of the first wave (at least) of people whose jobs are destroyed into one of those jobs "created" by AI. I have nothing to back this up but my gut, however in this case I feel pretty good about that assertion. My point is that their personal tragedy at losing their job is in most cases not going to be alleviated by the new jobs created by this advancement.

    We have no proof that you will not need a human or that AI will get better and fill that blank. Technology doesn’t scale linearly.

    I've seen recent AI porn images and I saw what Deepdream was doing a few years ago. I don't see a reason to think we can't expect it to get better based on that. 🙂 I also acknowledge that these may be apples and oranges even more than I suspect they are.

    As someone who works in IT (though as I'm sure you can tell I have no expertise whatsoever in machine learning), I still tend to strongly agree with this statement from @[email protected] :

    On the other hand, the tech industry’s overriding presumption that disruption by tech is a natural good and that they’re correctly placed as the actuators of that “good” really needs a lot more mainstream push back.

  • OpenAI's Mira Murati: "some creative jobs maybe will go away, but maybe they shouldn't have been there in the first place"
  • But in the case of email monkeys in corporations and shitty designers and marketeers, maybe she’s got a point along the same lines as “bullshit jobs” logic.

    I get your overall point and don't disagree.

    The thing is about that specific bit - no job is a bullshit job when it's what you rely on to pay your bills. Even if you don't like the job, even if you aren't the best at it, if it's keeping a roof over your head, having it arbitrarily erased by some technology that didn't exist 10 years ago is a pretty shitty thing. And even if that's somehow an inescapable reality of progress (and I think there is a lot of discussion that could be had about that concept) it's still shitty for her to portray that as no big deal. I don't think context makes the comment much less shitty than the headline implies.

    In addition to the fact that as has been pointed out repeatedly, AI learned how to do what it does from the output of the jobs it will now destroy, and without compensation of any kind to the people who created that output.

  • [Meta] Is anyone else surprised to find themselves a moderator? 😁
  • OK, today I'm a mod again somehow. In the modlog I can see the timestamp from when I removed myself. I do not see an entry where I was re-modded, for whatever reason. @[email protected] I'm removing myself again now. If you happen to know how I keep being added as a mod, please make that thing stop. :)

  • Elon Musk Begs Advertisers to Return as Twitter's Revenue Plunges
  • My god American regulation is so idiotic sometimes!!!

    Dude, some person made that meme, and that person chose to use asterisks. It's no more complicated than that.

    What’s it say? Go find yourself? Go Fill yourself? IDK is this some game you Americans have where you have to guess the word

    Apparently our ability to figure out a word from context is pretty much higher than yours though.

  • Boeing CEO admits company has retaliated against whistleblowers during Senate hearing
  • That’s how security clearance works bro

    I get that, but it doesn't change this statement.

    This sheep has never seen anyone provide any kind of evidence for such claims.

    Trust me bro isn't evidence. It doesn't mean you are wrong, it means you are a random person claiming to have inside knowledge but providing nothing but your word.

    That's how evidence works bro.

  • Linda Tirado is a journalist shot in the eye by police in 2020, now dying from related brain damage. She and her family need support.

    lindatirado.substack.com Story Thirty-Nine

    This time, it’s for Linda.

    Story Thirty-Nine

    https://lindatirado.substack.com/p/story-thirty-nine

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Tirado

    https://minnesotareformer.com/2022/05/26/minneapolis-settles-lawsuit-with-linda-tirado-journalist-blinded-in-one-eye-during-may-2020-unrest/

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    [Meta] Is anyone else surprised to find themselves a moderator? 😁

    I'm not complaining, I just didn't receive any notification. Not sure if it's a bug or if intentional.

    Anyone else?

    I do strongly disapprove of how AI is being leveraged currently, FWIW.

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    Ohio Cops Released a Car’s Travel History to a Total Stranger

    www.404media.co Cops Released a Car’s Travel History to a Total Stranger

    In a rare instance of too much transparency, an Ohio police department released the precise movements of a particular vehicle in response to a public records request, showing just how invasive license plate reading technology can be.

    Cops Released a Car’s Travel History to a Total Stranger

    In a rare instance of too much transparency, an Ohio police department released the precise movements of a particular vehicle in response to a public records request.

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    2 Seattle police officers under investigation after they were recorded beating a man with batons at a bus stop

    In the video, which was posted online and first reported by NBC affiliate KING 5-TV, two officers can be seen hitting a man with their batons last Friday afternoon. In the 40-second clip, one of the officers appears to grab the man’s hair before he uses a knee to pin him down.

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    Thank you Microsoft, just what I always wanted. Hard to believe this is real.

    Actual Ad Link: https://www.instagram.com/microsoft365/p/C7j8ipnxIiI/?img_index=1

     

    Awesome article about the ad which sums it up nicely:

    https://justinpot.com/watch-me-be-in-three-meetings-at-once/

    >Three meetings at once. It’s so funny that, when I saw people making fun of it, I assumed it was a meme or an Onion parody. Nope: Microsoft really did run this as an ad on Instagram. This is what they think we want from their supposedly world-changing technology: the ability to attend more meetings.

    >Now, Copilot’s ability to transcribe a meeting and highlight the key points is cool, and in theory it could make meetings more efficient. It’s easy to imagine, in a healthy work culture, where that gain in time allows people to spend more time doing the actually productive parts of their job.

    >Instead this ad assumes the opposite will happen. It imagines a future where we use our efficiency gains to attend more meetings. Economists sometimes talk about how the current crop of technology hasn’t lead to commensurate productivity gains—it’s a bit of a mystery in some circles. I would hold up this ad as the explanation: we are all, as a society, using the efficiency gains to attend more pointless meetings.

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    L7 - Pretend We're Dead

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    B. DOLAN - "WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON" (official video)

    https://www.freececedocumentary.com/

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    www.fox13news.com Florida sheriff’s office fires deputy who fatally shot Black airman at home

    A Florida sheriff on Friday fired a deputy who fatally shot a Black airman at his home while holding a handgun pointed to the ground.

    Florida sheriff’s office fires deputy who fatally shot Black airman at home

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/16060577

    > A Floridasheriff on Friday fired a deputy who fatally shot a Black airman at his home while holding a handgun pointed to the ground. > > Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden fired Deputy Eddie Duran, who fatally shot Senior Airman Roger Fortson on May 3 after responding to a domestic violence call and being directed to Fortson’s apartment. > > Body camera video shows that when the deputy arrived outside Fortson’s door, he stood silently for 20 seconds outside and listened, but no voices inside were heard on his body camera.

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    George Floyd Murdered (2020) On this day in 2020, a Minneapolis cop murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. Floyd's death became the catalyst for protests around...

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15788619

    > ## George Floyd Murdered (2020) > > ### Mon May 25, 2020 > !Image > > Image: George Floyd with his six-year old, Gianna [blackpast.org] > > --- > On this day in 2020, a Minneapolis cop murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. Floyd's death became the catalyst for protests around the world; by July, more than 14,000 were arrested in the U.S. alone. > > Floyd, a 46-year old black man, had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. The cop, 44-year old white man Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds while he was handcuffed and lying face-down in a street. Floyd was dead before Chauvin's knee left his neck. > > The following day, after videos made by witnesses and security cameras became public, all four officers involed were fired. Floyd's state murder became the catalyst for worldwide Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, which took place on every continent except Antartica. > > The scope of civil unrest within the U.S. was nearly unprecedented. Author Malik Simba writes: "the protests have involved more than 26 million Americans in 2,000 cities and towns in every state in the U.S., making [them] the most widespread protests around one issue in the history of the nation. By the end of June alone, one month into the protests, 14,000 people had been arrested." > > Initially, the local District Attorney's Office only harged Chauvin with third-degree manslaughter, but this charge was later increased to second degree murder, following mass protests. On April 20th, 2021, Chauvin was convicted and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The other three officers were also later convicted of violating Floyd's civil rights. > > Floyd's murder was witnessed by several people, including children. On the incident, seventeen year old Danella Frazier stated "When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brother, I look at my cousin and my uncle." Her nine year old cousin, also an eyewitness, testified in court: "I was sad and kind of mad and it felt like [Chauvin's knee] was stopping him from breathing and it was hurting him." > > --- > - Date: 2020-05-25 > - Learn More: www.blackpast.org, en.wikipedia.org. > - Tags: #Protests. > - Source: www.apeoplescalendar.org

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    'LOOK HOW FCKING MANY ARE DEFENDING THIS KILLER'S HOUSE!'

    vimeo.com 'LOOK HOW FCKING MANY ARE DEFENDING THIS KILLER'S HOUSE!'

    You need to see this "They're defending a murderer's house!"

    'LOOK HOW FCKING  MANY ARE DEFENDING  THIS KILLER'S HOUSE!'

    !

     

    On this day in 2020, a Minneapolis cop murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. Floyd's death became the catalyst for protests around the world; by July, more than 14,000 were arrested in the U.S. alone.

    Floyd, a 46-year old black man, had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. The cop, 44-year old white man Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds while he was handcuffed and lying face-down in a street. Floyd was dead before Chauvin's knee left his neck.

    The following day, after videos made by witnesses and security cameras became public, all four officers involed were fired. Floyd's state murder became the catalyst for worldwide Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, which took place on every continent except Antartica.

    The scope of civil unrest within the U.S. was nearly unprecedented. Author Malik Simba writes: "the protests have involved more than 26 million Americans in 2,000 cities and towns in every state in the U.S., making [them] the most widespread protests around one issue in the history of the nation. By the end of June alone, one month into the protests, 14,000 people had been arrested."

    Initially, the local District Attorney's Office only charged Chauvin with third-degree manslaughter, but this charge was later increased to second degree murder, following mass protests. On April 20th, 2021, Chauvin was convicted and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The other three officers were also later convicted of violating Floyd's civil rights.

    Floyd's murder was witnessed by several people, including children. On the incident, seventeen year old Danella Frazier stated "When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brother, I look at my cousin and my uncle." Her nine year old cousin, also an eyewitness, testified in court: "I was sad and kind of mad and it felt like [Chauvin's knee] was stopping him from breathing and it was hurting him."

    Learn more: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/nine-minutes-in-may-how-george-floyds-death-shook-the-world/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_George_Floyd

    https://www.apeoplescalendar.org/calendar/events/george-floyd-murdered-2020

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    Public Enemy - Fight The Power (2020 Remix) feat. Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG & QuestLove

    !

     

    On this day in 2020, a Minneapolis cop murdered George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. Floyd's death became the catalyst for protests around the world; by July, more than 14,000 were arrested in the U.S. alone.

    Floyd, a 46-year old black man, had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. The cop, 44-year old white man Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds while he was handcuffed and lying face-down in a street. Floyd was dead before Chauvin's knee left his neck.

    The following day, after videos made by witnesses and security cameras became public, all four officers involed were fired. Floyd's state murder became the catalyst for worldwide Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, which took place on every continent except Antartica.

    The scope of civil unrest within the U.S. was nearly unprecedented. Author Malik Simba writes: "the protests have involved more than 26 million Americans in 2,000 cities and towns in every state in the U.S., making [them] the most widespread protests around one issue in the history of the nation. By the end of June alone, one month into the protests, 14,000 people had been arrested."

    Initially, the local District Attorney's Office only charged Chauvin with third-degree manslaughter, but this charge was later increased to second degree murder, following mass protests. On April 20th, 2021, Chauvin was convicted and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The other three officers were also later convicted of violating Floyd's civil rights.

    Floyd's murder was witnessed by several people, including children. On the incident, seventeen year old Danella Frazier stated "When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brother, I look at my cousin and my uncle." Her nine year old cousin, also an eyewitness, testified in court: "I was sad and kind of mad and it felt like [Chauvin's knee] was stopping him from breathing and it was hurting him."

    Learn more: https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/nine-minutes-in-may-how-george-floyds-death-shook-the-world/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_George_Floyd

    https://www.apeoplescalendar.org/calendar/events/george-floyd-murdered-2020

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    Political Memes @lemmy.world octopus_ink @lemmy.ml

    Cops, you need to get your story straight.

    Can't really have it both ways.

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    Brother Ali - Uncle Sam Goddamn

    Lyrics https://genius.com/Brother-ali-uncle-sam-goddamn-lyrics

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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World (2023) ⭐ 7.6 | Documentary, History, Music

    This needs to be required watching for everyone here, even and especially the folks who show up to complain that police are somehow unjustly maligned today.

    It may say on the wrapper that it's a documentary about Hip Hop. And it is. But it's really also a documentary about roughly the last fifty years of the state of policing in the US, with a quite overt emphasis on the impacts our justice system has had on people of color and the poor.

    So many things that I have learned in the past few years are included here in one place, along with so many new bits of information and perspective. And, a great deal of what is shared here is related by people who lived through it.

    This is a fascinating goldmine of information and understanding, with a great soundtrack.

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    MC5 - The American Ruse (1969) Rock

    "The American Ruse"

     

    They told you in school about freedom

    But when you try to be free they never let ya

    They said "it's easy, nothing to it"

    And now the army's out to get ya

     

    Sixty nine America in terminal stasis

    The air's so thick it's like drowning in molasses

    I'm sick and tired of paying these dues

    And I'm finally getting hip to the American ruse

     

    I learned to say the pledge of allegiance

    Before they beat me bloody down at the station

    They haven't got a word out of me since

    I got a billion years probation

     

    Sixty nine America in terminal stasis

    The air's so thick it's like drowning in molasses

    I'm sick and tired of paying these dues

    And I'm sick to my guts of the American ruse

    Phony stars, oh no! crummy cars, oh no!

    Cheap guitars, oh no! Joe's primitive bar... nah!

    Rock'em back, Sonic!

     

    The way they pull you over it's suspicious

    Yeah, for something that just ain't your fault

    If you complain they're gonna get vicious

    Kick in the teeth and charge you with assault

    Yeah, but I can see the chickens coming home to roost

    Young people everywhere are gonna cook their goose

    Lots of kids are working to get rid of these blues

    Cause everybody's sick of the American ruse

     

    Well well well, take a look around! Well well well, take a look around! Well well well, take a look around! Well well well, take a look around! Well well well, take a look around!

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    After Raids, NYPD Denied Student Protesters Water and Food in Jail (also there were beatings)

    theintercept.com After Raids, NYPD Denied Student Protesters Water and Food in Jail

    NYPD arrested 282 protesters at Columbia and the City College of New York. Two college protesters were placed in solitary confinement.

    After Raids, NYPD Denied Student Protesters Water and Food in Jail

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.zip/post/14986044

    > Archived version: https://archive.ph/HtphT

    Other students reported that they were beaten by New York City Police Department officers after their arrests and taken to the hospital for injuries before being returned to central booking. Photos of the injuries were provided to The Intercept.

    ...

    Students arrested during the crackdown said at least two of them were put in solitary confinement for three hours and others reported much longer stays, according to Barnard College professor Shayoni Mitra and a tenured faculty member who asked for anonymity to protect their livelihood. The faculty members were working to support jailed students. (The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

    Other students reported that they were held in mouse-infested cells, along with the general population of the jail. The students told the professors that they weren’t given water or food for 16 hours and that at least one student was left without shoes for the same period of time.

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