An AI that writes convincing prose risks mass-producing fake news

Fed with billions of words, this algorithm creates convincing articles and shows how AI could be used to fool people on a mass scale.

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Top US Admiral in Mid-East warns of growing Iranian threat – CNNPolitics

Alas IRGC cronies and activities in Vancouver do not get exposed for influence activities because of our respect for partner sovereignty. On the brighter side, they also give US partners a lending hand in deep-sixing.

Iran is in possession of improved and dangerous weapons systems that give Tehran the ability to threaten some of the world’s most important waterways, according to the top American admiral in the Middle East.

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Why the new Air Force’s cyber and information strategy is a return to the past

What is being hailed as a major breakthrough in the Air Force’s cyber and information plan is a return to previous plans.

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Archive shows medieval nun faked her own death to escape convent

Archbishop’s register reveals how Joan of Leeds crafted a dummy of her body that was buried, while she pursued ‘the way of carnal lust’

Then it gets so literary you know they are pissed off:

A marginal note written in Latin and buried deep within one of the 16 heavy registers used by to record the business of the archbishops of York between 1304 and 1405 first alerted archivists to the adventures of the runaway nun. “To warn Joan of Leeds, lately nun of the house of St Clement by York, that she should return to her house,” runs the note written by archbishop William Melton and dated to 1318.

Melton, writing to inform the Dean of Beverley about the “scandalous rumour” he had heard about the arrival of the Benedictine nun Joan, claimed that Joan had “impudently cast aside the propriety of religion and the modesty of her sex”, and “out of a malicious mind simulating a bodily illness, she pretended to be dead, not dreading for the health of her soul, and with the help of numerous of her accomplices, evildoers, with malice aforethought, crafted a dummy in the likeness of her body in order to mislead the devoted faithful and she had no shame in procuring its burial in a sacred space amongst the religious of that place”.

After faking her own death, he continued, “and, in a cunning, nefarious manner … having turned her back on decency and the good of religion, seduced by indecency, she involved herself irreverently and perverted her path of life arrogantly to the way of carnal lust and away from poverty and obedience, and, having broken her vows and discarded the religious habit, she now wanders at large to the notorious peril to her soul and to the scandal of all of her order.”

Professor Sarah Rees Jones, principal investigator on the project, said the story of Joan’s escape, which she and her team discovered last week, was “extraordinary – like a Monty Python sketch”…

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Russia Is Attacking the U.S. System From Within

Wow … how observant to notice this method in 2018-19. Those “Russians”!!!

A new filing by Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows how Russia uses the federal courts to go after its adversaries.

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A New Americanism

Historians’ failure to tell a common American national story has ceded the field to charlatans offering their own twisted versions—and allowed a dangerous strain of American nationalism to take hold.

“The history of the United States at the present time does not seek to answer any significant questions,” Degler told his audience some three decades ago. If American historians don’t start asking and answering those sorts of questions, other people will, he warned. They’ll echo Calhoun and Douglas and Father Coughlin. They’ll lament “American carnage.” They’ll call immigrants “animals” and other states “shithole countries.” They’ll adopt the slogan “America first.” They’ll say they can “make America great again.” They’ll call themselves “nationalists.” Their history will be a fiction. They will say that they alone love this country. They will be wrong.

Source: A New Americanism

Can American Political Candidates Help Stop the Flood of Disinformation with a Pledge?

Bots, fictitious accounts, and disinformation pose a massive threat to democratic elections. American political candidates should take a pledge to disavow such tactics, and voters should demand it.

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