Saturday, April 20, 2024

Links 4/20/2024

AI Chatbots Refuse to Produce ‘Controversial’ Output − Why That’s a Free Speech Problem

Quelle surprise! AI is being deployed to censor unwelcome ideas via omission.

Boeing and Baltimore Bridge Scandals: Monopolization and Criminal Negligence?

On how recent administrations enabled Boeing’s industry takeover and covered up safety deficiencies at Boeing and in the shipping industry.

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/19/2024

~Today’s Water Cooler: Politics, pandemics, nap-time for Donald, Pennsylvania battleground, Columnbia pro-Palestine demonstration ~

US Firms Have Little Financial Incentive to Comply with the Minimum Wage

More on “American hates the poors”: companies face hardly any downside in cheating on disgracefully low minimum wages.

Links 4/19/2024

Fog of Escalation: Israel Strike on Iran Sort-of Open Thread

The US says Israel hit Iran…..and Iran says the strike was from drones fired within its borders which it shot down. Not at all a clear picture.

Argentina Applies to Become a NATO “Global Partner” As Long-Time US Client State, Colombia, Eyes BRICS Membership

When it comes to foreign policy, Argentina’s Javier Milei government appears to have only one guiding principle: to align itself as closely as possible with the US and Israel, whatever the cost.

Medicare’s Push To Improve Chronic Care Attracts Businesses, but Not Many Doctors

A Medicare scheme to lower costs of chronic care patients gets a thumbs down from most MDs, perhaps because it was designed for middlemen?

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/18/2024

~ Today’s Water Cooler: Politics, pandemics ~

Citizenship: Concept and Consequences

On different notions of citizenship and their implications.

Links 4/18/2024

Standard Chartered Says Peak Oil Demand Is Not Imminent

The much predicted peak oil is running behind schedule, to the detriment of the planet.

Mortgage Rates over 7% and Heading Higher, Housing Market Still Frozen, Lots of Buyers on Strike as Prices Still Too High

The US housing market is stalled, yet Biden fans insist that, economy-wise, we live in the best of all possible worlds.

Hoisted from Comments: The Colonialist and Anti-Semitic Origins of Modern Israel

Some observations about why modern Israel backs genocide, and why the US and Europe supported its creation.