“Newspeak” and “Doublethink” are Alive and Well, so We Need a New Dictionary

Newspeak is "politically correct" speech taken to its maximum. Newspeak is based on standard English, but all words describing "unorthodox" political ideas are removed. There is an attempt to remove the overall number of words in general, so to limit the range of ideas which can be expressed. by O Society Feb 14, 2019 During … Continue reading “Newspeak” and “Doublethink” are Alive and Well, so We Need a New Dictionary

New AI fake text generator writes George Owell fiction and is too dangerous to release to the public

The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuse by Alex Hern Guardian Feb 14 2019 The AI wrote a new passage of fiction set in China after being fed the opening line of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (pictured). Photograph: Mondadori/Getty Images The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can … Continue reading New AI fake text generator writes George Owell fiction and is too dangerous to release to the public

Black leopard confirmed in Africa for first time in 100 years

Header image: An ultra-rare black leopard walks through Laikipia Wilderness Camp in central Kenya in 2018. PHOTOGRAPH BY WILL BURRARD-LUCAS, CAMTRAPTIONS The extremely rare female cat has melanism, a condition in which the body produces an excess of pigment. by JASON G. GOLDMAN National Geographic FEB 12, 2019 This is the first scientifically documented sighting since 1909. They … Continue reading Black leopard confirmed in Africa for first time in 100 years

The Green New Deal: Doubling Down on Failure and Distracting US from This Core Problem

by Rainer Shea Revolution Dispatch As the world is being pummeled by social and environmental crises, civilization is becoming starkly divided between a comfortable upper class and a massive underclass of disposable people. This is the consequence of creating a society where the vast majority of the resources are controlled by the rich. For just … Continue reading The Green New Deal: Doubling Down on Failure and Distracting US from This Core Problem

Welcome Their Hatred: It’s a Good Sign

Democratic leaders are outraged at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s actions in Congress and are trying to reel her in. It’s a clear sign she’s antagonizing all the right forces in the party. by Micah Uetricht  Jacobin Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a progressive fundraiser on August 2, 2018 in Los Angeles. Mario Tama / Getty If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weren’t … Continue reading Welcome Their Hatred: It’s a Good Sign

The Real Motive Behind the FBI Plan to Investigate Trump as a Russian Agent

by Gareth Porter  Consortium News Feb 13, 2019 The New York Times and CNN led media coverage last month of discussions among senior FBI officials in May 2017 of a possible national security investigation of President Donald Trump himself, on the premise that he may have acted as an agent of Russia. The episode has potentially profound political fallout, because … Continue reading The Real Motive Behind the FBI Plan to Investigate Trump as a Russian Agent

Battle Lines are Drawn on Green New Deal

by Naomi Klein Intercept February 13. 2019 "I REALLY DON’T like their policies of taking away your car, taking away your airplane flights, of ‘let’s hop a train to California,’ or ‘you’re not allowed to own cows anymore!'” So bellowed President Donald Trump in El Paso, Texas, his first campaign-style salvo against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. … Continue reading Battle Lines are Drawn on Green New Deal