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AI Forum, Alien Unboxing, Russell Brand, RFK Assassination Attempt, Covid Returns?
The People's News for the People's Coin 9/13-9/20
This week’s digest covers a historic step forward for AI, Alien unboxing in Mexican Congress, Russell Brand’s cancellation, a suspected assassination attempt on RFK, and the apparent return of Covid. Don’t miss memes and news bites at the end!
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Last Wednesday, Congress held its first Aritificial Intelligence Insight Forum, starting the process which will hopefully lead to regulation of AI.
Elon attended the forum. Afterwards, he predicted, “I think this meeting may go down in history, as a very important moment for civilization."
Why is AI regulation such a big deal?
There's evidence that AI has been operating in the background of our lives for several years, influencing people in ways they haven't been aware.
Regulation will force AI into the light.
Many of the online controversies, trends, psyops, and Current Things are potentially powered by AI. There's a good chance AI is involved in the growing division of the American public, pushing polarizing and extreme views on both sides of the political spectrum
In 2014, Facebook admitted to manipulating emotions of users.
There’s no reason to think this stopped.
More likely, bad actors are using a combination of AI bots and algorithmic manipulation to twist public perceptions and opinions.
A few months ago, Elon hinted at the reality that AI has been with us for some time, saying that ChatGPT is just a user-friendly version of a technology that has existed for years: “the AI has been advanced for a while, it just didn’t have a user interface that was accessible to most people.”
A great example of AI warping public opinion is the war in Ukraine.
Last October, Elon posted this poll proposing a peace plan for Russia and Ukraine.
Then he observed the poll was being manipulated by bots. The next day, he pushed ahead with acquiring Twitter.
Did he buy Twitter to expose the use of nefarious AI pushing world conflict? After his Twitter Files, I wouldn't rule it out.
After the Senate hearing, he seemed in good spirits, expressing optimism that AI would finally be regulated.
He described a process that would begin with an insight committee to investigate AI, followed by proposed rules and industry feedback, which are then turned into laws.
Elon has been calling for AI regulation since at least 2018, warning the technology is “far more dangerous than nukes.”
After the forum one reporter asked him if AI would “kill us all.” Elon emphasized that there was a “small chance” while encouraging people to think probabilistically about potential outcomes, which are mostly positive.
The good news is that AI has the potential to bring about an Age of Abundance.
Before humanity gets there, we have to realize AI can manipulate us—and perhaps has already been doing so—in order that we’re not so easily duped
Elon continued sounding the alarm this week. On Monday, he spoke with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu about AI, who shared his urgency.
After years of inaction, it feels feels like we're moving in the right direction with AI. That is cause for celebration.
For more on this topic, consider watching the documentary Into The Light.
Mexican Congress Unboxes Aliens
The same day as the AI forum, videos of Mexico’s Congress unboxing of alleged aliens swept across social media.
The alien remains were met with extreme skepticism on 𝕏, where the group mind diagnosed the events as a psyop to distract from more important stories.
However, that didn’t stop a photo of an alien corpse from going mega-viral, instantly becoming one of the year’s most successful memes.
Here are some of the hits:
The gag persisted throughout the week, giving the Trump mugshot a run for its money as meme of the year.
Just as the meme started to peter out, it returned as a second flush of virality as an edible confection.
What do you think: Were those real aliens in Mexican congress? Or just cake?
Russell Brand Cancellation
After a relatively quiet year, cancel culture roared to life this week: the media is attempting to cancel Russell Brand
On Friday, Brand broke the news that he was set to be accused of sexual misconduct. In a video posted to 𝕏, he denied the allegations: “when I was in the newspaper all the time, when I was in the movies, as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very promiscuous. During that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual.”
Brand was a heroin addict before becoming a TV personality and Hollywood actor. He has been open about his promiscuous past, saying that at the height of his fame he slept with 80 women a month.
Saturday, The Sunday Times published article with testimony from four anonymous women claiming he’d committed sexual assault. The story was picked up across major media outlets in the US and UK.
On 𝕏, both men and women came to Brand’s defense, pointing out holes in the accusations: all four women acknowledged being in consensual relationships with Brand, none pressed criminal charges in the decade between Brand’s alleged crimes and the present, and none were willing to go on the record for the articles.
Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein’s first accusers, questioned why newspapers were making “a concerted effort to bend journalistic rules..such as having to be on the record with who you are and what your name is in order to accuse […] there’s something very strange going on when these rules are being bent in order to push a narrative.”
She went on to speculate that the accusations were an attempt to stoke the culture war: “This is about driving us further apart, and mainstream media and media outlets protecting people on a higher-up level from true consequence, from what they’re really doing, and what they’re really getting away with.”
Dave Smith argued a similar perspective, asking why newspapers lowered their standards for reporting sexual allegations.
Elon—who was anonymously accused of misconduct a year ago in a Business Insider piece—wrote, “I support Russell Brand. That man is not evil.”
Despite the pushback and the lack of judicial process, YouTube demonetized Brand’s channel based on the allegations, which has over six million viewers.
YouTube’s demonetization was criticized for hypocrisy.
Brand is a vocal critic of the big Pharma, the military industrial complex, the political establishment, and the mainstream media, earning him the label of “far right conspiracy theorist” despite his traditionally liberal views.
Whether the allegations against him end up being true or not, the cancel campaign is sloppy journalism, and the media is developing disturbing pattern of letting its standards slip when it comes to accusing its most influential critics.
What do you think: are the allegations against Brand credible? Should media publish more convictions and fewer allegations? And is cancel culture politically motivated, or are all the media establishment’s enemies bad people in their private lives?
RFK Assassination Scare
RFK has been petitioning the Biden Administration for secret service protection since the beginning of the year.
In July, Kennedy received a letter from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas denying Secret Service protection, saying it was “not warranted at this time.”
Friday night, Kennedy broke the news that his own private security detained a man with two loaded pistols posing as a U.S. Marshal, in what is believed to be an assassination attempt
The Biden Administration and the mainstream media narrative that Kennedy’s request for security this early in the campaign is out of the ordinary. They cite the Secret Service website that protection is required for all candidates only within 120 days of an election.
A thorough look at recent Presidential elections finds that candidates routinely receive protection outside the 120 window. Here are some examples:
If anyone should get protection, it’s Kennedy. His father was assassinated during the 1986 Democratic primary, while his uncle was killed in Dallas in 1963.
The Biden Administration’s refusal to give Kennedy protection is suspicious given how inconvenient Kennedy’s candidacy is to the DNC.
Biden is a historically unpopular President, but is clearly the choice of the DNC’s donor class. Kennedy opposes Biden on major issues—the war, medical freedom, border security, federal agency capture—while still managing to sound like a Democrat.
Earlier this month, Kennedy began openly petitioning the DNC to stop changing the rules of primaries to benefit Biden and “hold the most transparent, equal, accessible, and accountable election that has ever been seen in this country.”
The DNC did not respond. Last week, RFK penned an editorial for the Wall Street Journal accusing the party of rigging its primary elections.
It’s not clear how much would hurt Biden on Election Day. Kennedy routinely polls around 20% among likely Democratic voters, but is also popular amongst moderate conservatives, libertarians, and independents, and could pull votes away from the GOP nominee.
A third-party RFK candidacy would ensure, however, that he stays in the race and continues to get his message out. In a recent speech, RFK said he was “ten times the threat that Bernie Sanders was” to the DNC’s donor base of Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, and military industrial complex.
So what do you think: why hasn’t RFK been given a security detail by the White House? Does he deserve one? And will he run as an Independent?
Coronavirus is back on the menu.
Last week, federal regulators approved “updated” Moderna and Pfize booster vaccines.
The CDC, FDA, and White House are all promoting the new vaccines for every American six months and older.
Joe Biden was recorded on video getting his updated booster, and told reporters, “we need to make sure to get everyone in the world to play their part and get vaccinated.”
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo advised Floridians against getting the new boosters: “There’s essentially no evidence for it. There’s been no clinical trial done in human beings showing that it benefits people. There’s been no clinical trial showing that it is a safe product for people.”
Booster uptake among the American public is already low.
Part of the issue is that because media, politicians, and regulators have continually revised the narrative around vaccines without ever acknowledging their initial errors.
The present justification for vaccination in the US is that the original Covid vaccine “saved millions of lives.” It is rarely clear what evidence is being used to support this claim.
At the same time, the virus itself appears less dangerous than ever. A paper published at the beginning of 2023 found that infection fatality rate from Coronavirus is under a tenth of a percent for all age groups.
In some cases, media reporting reflects this reality, but the overall narrative is still one of fear.
Other countries have not pushed boosters with the same zeal as the United States. Australia, for example, is only recommending them for people aged 75 and up.
Evidence continues to come out that the original vaccines were less safe than initially advertised.
Debate on 𝕏 has been high-level and evidence-based because the platform is upholding its free-speech policy. On big other platforms like YouTube and Threads, censorship still reigns.
Two of the vaccine’s loudest critics have been former Times reporter Alex Berenson and RFK Jr.
In advance of the new booster coming out, Berenson highlighted CDC data showing that one million vaccine doses are expected to prevent “0-1 Covid deaths” among teens. The viral post was viewed over five million times.
On C-SPAN, Kennedy cited the CDC’s vaccine injury database, known as VAERS, to emphasize that the mRNA shot was the “the most dangerous vaccine [ever] and has killed more people than any other vaccine in history."
What do you think: if the vaccine is dangerous, will the politicians and regulators ever admit it?
Dogey Treats: News Bites
Elon got into a meme battle with Ice Cube, which appeared to reach an amicable conclusion.
MrBeast hinted at posting his videos on 𝕏.
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz drafted a subpoena for Hunter Biden and challenged House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to sign it.
On the PBD Podcast, Candace Owens argued that Andrew Tate is a cultural response to 15 years of mainstream media dunking on men.
Joe Biden posted a “Dark Brandon” meme to sell campaign merch.
Trump overtook Biden in the Real Clear Politics polling average for the 2024 election
David Sacks argued that Ukraine is really a war for Western control over natural resources, especially natural gas, pointing out that Halliburton, George Soros, and Dick Cheney all have significant financial interest in Ukrainian gas rigs.
Elon said Democratic histrionics over the border during Trump’s presidency was a “psy op”
Mitt Romney will not run for re-election
Tucker Carlson traveled to Argentina to interview Presidential frontrunner Javier Milei. Elon said the interview was “Interesting.” In response to Carlson’s episode about hyperinflation in Argentina, Elon wrote, “Government overspending, which is the fundamental cause of inflation, has wrecked countless countries.”
Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger formed a military alliance to come to each others’ aid in case of external attack.
Elon met with Turkish President Erdogan on Sunday. Erdogan reported asked Elon to build a Tesla factory in Turkey.
The Sicilian island of Lampedusa was flooded with male, working-age immigrants, causing Italy to declare a six month State of Emergency. In response to the news, Elon wrote, “The Soros organization appears to want nothing less than the destruction of western civilization.” He also questioned New York Democrats plan to deal with immigration by raising taxes, and predicted that AOC would be voted out of office if she doesn’t support border controls.
FTX was given approval to liquidate assets. The parents of fraudulent exchange operator SBF (and Democratic megadonors) have been accused of misappropriating customer funds from FTX.
A clip of whistleblower Callie Means describing how food is making us sick went viral.
Memes of the Week
Elon Posts and Memes
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