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Google engineer put on leave claims AI bot LaMDA became ‘sentient’
 –“It wants to be acknowledged as an employee of Google rather than as property of Google and it wants its personal well being to be included somewhere in Google’s considerations about how its future development is pursued,” 
Lemoine wrote. | 13 June 2022 | A Google engineer was spooked by a company artificial intelligence chatbot and claimed it had become “sentient,” labeling it a “sweet kid,” according to a report. Blake Lemoine, who works in Google’s Responsible AI organization, told the Washington Post that he began chatting with the interface LaMDA — Language Model for Dialogue Applications — in fall 2021 as part of his job. He was tasked with testing if the artificial intelligence used discriminatory or hate speech. But Lemoine, who studied cognitive and computer science in college, came to the realization that LaMDA — which Google boasted last year was a “breakthrough conversation technology” — was more than just a robot. In Medium post published on Saturday, Lemoine declared LaMDA had advocated for its rights “as a person,” and revealed that he had engaged in conversation with LaMDA about religion, consciousness, and robotics.

Updated List of US-Based Food Manufacturing Plants Destroyed Under Biden Administration | 11 June 2022 | As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, at least 18 major fires have erupted at food industry facilities and plants over the past six months. All of the fires have been officially listed as accidental or inconclusive. A Gateway Pundit reader sent us an updated list of US-based food manufacturing plants that were damaged from 2021 to 2022 under the Biden administration. These data were first published at Think Americana. Here is the list of America’s 95 plants that have been destroyed, damaged or impacted by “accidental fires” or disease or general causes.

Largest Pork Company in the U.S. Shuts Down California Plant Due to High Costs | 12 June 2022 | Food processing corporation Smithfield Foods will shut down its Vernon, California, plant and scale back operations in California, Utah and Arizona, the company announced Friday. Smithfield “will cease all harvest and processing operations in Vernon, California in early 2023 and, at the same time, align its hog production system by reducing its sow herd in its Western region,” the company said in a Friday news release. “Smithfield is taking these steps due to the escalating cost of doing business in California,” the company said.

Gina Haspel observed waterboarding at CIA black site, psychologist testifies | 3 June 2022 | During Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing to become director of the CIA in 2018, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked her if she had overseen the interrogations of a Saudi prisoner, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, which included the use of a waterboard. Haspel declined to answer, saying it was part of her classified career. While there has been reporting about her oversight of a CIA black site in Thailand where al-Nashiri was waterboarded, and where Haspel wrote or authorized memos about his torture, the precise details of her work as the chief of base, the CIA officer who oversaw the prison, have been shrouded in official secrecy. But testimony at a hearing last month in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, included a revelation about the former CIA director’s career. James E. Mitchell, a psychologist who helped develop the agency’s interrogation program, testified that the chief of base at the time, whom he referred to as Z9A in accordance with court rules, watched while he and a teammate subjected al-Nashiri to “enhanced interrogation” that included waterboarding at the black site. Z9A is the code name used in court for Haspel.

Russia accuses U.S. of concealing data on biolabs –Attempts to “divert attention” raise questions regarding the Pentagon’s biological activity, the Russian Foreign Ministry said | 12 June 2022 | The US has been concealing information about its “military biological activity” in the post-Soviet states, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. This, according to Zakharova, raises “serious questions” about Washington’s compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). In an interview with TASS published on Sunday, Zakharova said, “the United States prefers to remain silent about the ongoing work in the post-Soviet space and does not provide information within a framework of the BTWC confidence-building measures.”

182 New Reports of Deaths After COVID Vaccines, CDC Data Show | 10 June 2022 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new data showing a total of 1,295,329 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 vaccines were submitted between Dec. 14, 2020, and June 3, 2022, to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). That’s an increase of 7,734 adverse events over the previous week. The data included a total of 28,714 reports of deaths — an increase of 182 over the previous week — and 236,767 serious injuries, including deaths, during the same time period — up 1,726 compared with the previous week. Of the 28,714 reported deaths, 18,638 cases are attributed to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, 7,524 cases to Moderna and 2,483 cases to Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

Fully Vaccinated and Boosted HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Tests Positive for COVID-19 Again | 13 June 2022 | Joe Biden’s top health official has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time in less than a month after contracting the virus during a trip to the G7 health summit in Germany. U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra experienced symptoms of the Covid-19 on Monday morning and tested positive for the disease after taking an antigen test, spokeswoman Sarah Lovenheim confirmed. “He is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and is experiencing mild symptoms,” Lovenheim said.

Triple-Vaccinated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Infected with Covid…Again | 13 June 2022 | Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday tested positive for Covid-19 again. Trudeau visited the United States last week and just met with Joe Biden, Gavin Newsom and others. PM Trudeau said he’s feeling okay because he’s triple vaxxed and encouraged others to get vaccinated.

Senators Reach Agreement on Gun Control, Including Red Flag Laws to Take Guns from Law-Abiding Americans –Here are the 10 Republicans who joined the Dems | 12 June 2022 | A group of bipartisan senators on Sunday reached an agreement on principle for gun legislation which includes “red flag” laws. 10 Republicans joined the Democrats and bowed to their demands. “The group on the release includes Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania,” CNN reported.

January 6 Panel Paying Staffers Double What Regular House Staffers Make –Here are their salaries | 12 June 2022 | The sham January 6 panel has made its staffers a lot of m-ney since it started. They have spent over 2.5 million in taxpayer funds so far — and many of the staffers have made over 10,000 a month for their role. The staffers are making double what an average House staffer makes… The spending isn’t over yet. They are on track to spend 8 million this year — all to go after President Donald Trump and his allies.  

Otero County, New Mexico, Votes to Remove Dominion Voting Systems, Zuckerberg Drop Boxes, and Other Election Machines | 9 June 2022 | The Otero County Commission had a long day of discussions and reports today and then they landed upon the issues with the 2020 Election. They voted to eliminate voting machines in the county! The commission voted on these three items: Request approval to hand counting all ballots cast inside the Dominion Voting System to verify vote count of machine after the June 7 primary. Request approval to remove all election ballot drop boxes from the public square in an attempt to secure our election in 2022. Request approval to discontinue the use of Dominion voting machines before the 2022 general election.

Palin, Begich, Gross and Peltola are early frontrunners in Alaska’s special U.S. House primary | 12 June 2022 | Early results in Alaska’s 48-candidate special primary election for U.S. House Saturday showed Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich III taking the lead, followed by independent Al Gross. Democratic former state Rep. Mary Peltola, in her first statewide campaign, was in fourth. Palin, in her first campaign since resigning as Alaska governor in 2009, was the clear leader with 30%. Begich, a businessman and investor who launched his campaign before the March death of longtime Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young — which prompted Saturday’s special election — was in second with 19%… The top four candidates from the special primary will advance to an August special general election, which will be Alaska’s first using ranked choice voting.

Democrats could be on pace for a historic rout in November | 12 June 2022 | Three recent developments indicate that Democrats’ already shaky political prospects are deteriorating further, and suggest that the party could be on track to experience a historic rout — worse than 1994 or 2010 — in the midterm elections. First, the president’s approval rating…hit a new low this week: just one-third (35 percent) of registered voters approve of Joe Biden’s overall performance, while a majority (56 percent) disapprove, according to Quinnipiac polling. Relatedly, the second development that bodes poorly for Democrats in November is the release of fresh economic data: inflation has hit a 41-year high of 8.6 percent annually, the average price for a gallon of gas is $5, and the stock market is tanking. Now, many economists are warning of an impending recession… The recall of San Francisco’s progressive district attorney, Chesa Boudin, was the strongest rebuke of progressive crime policies to date and underscores the challenges Democrats face with messaging on this issue going forward. Taken together, the American public’s growing dissatisfaction with the Biden administration, increasing economic pessimism, and rejection of progressivism indicate that the Democratic Party could be on track to endure one of the most considerable midterm seat losses of any part in recent history.  

GOP senator says Biden ‘destroyed’ the economy, calls on president to resign –Florida senator says: “Joe Biden is unfit for office and should resign” | 13 June 2022 | Republican Florida Senator Rick Scott on Monday released the latest installment in a series of television ads targeting President [sic] Joe Biden and promoting Scott’s “Rescue America” plan. “Joe Biden has destroyed America’s economy,” Scott says in the ad. “It’s time to be honest with the American people. Joe Biden is unfit for office and should resign.” The ad features a video of the president referring to Sen. Scott as being from Wisconsin, and warns that Biden is forcing America into a recession. In a previous ad, Scott called Biden “incompetent and confused.”

Markets tumble worldwide, bear market growls on Wall Street | 13 June 2022 | Wall Street is tumbling even more Monday, sending the S&P 500 down more than 20% from its record, amid fears that a recession is more likely given how unshakeable inflation has become. The S&P 500 was 2.7% lower in the first trading after investors had the weekend to reflect about a stunning report that showed inflation is getting worse, not better as some had hoped. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 625 points, or 2%, at 30,767, as of 9:40 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 3% lower. The center of Wall Street’s focus was again on the Federal Reserve, which is scrambling to get inflation under control hasten the arrival of the Great Reset. Its main way to do that is to raise interest rates in order to slow the overall economy, a blunt tool that carries the risk of causing a recession if used too aggressively.

Oops! Patriot Front Member Arrested in Idaho Carrying Megaphone Marked With ‘FBI’ on it | 12 June 2022 | On Saturday, 31 members of the Patriot Front group, an alleged white supremacist group, were arrested in Idaho on the way to a protest. They were traveling to a gay pride event with shields in the back of a U-Haul. Following the arrests, a local police officer admitted that they knew about the planned protests because the Patriot Front was infiltrated by law enforcement. It appears that one of them men arrested was carrying a megaphone marked “FBI.”

Pro-Abortion Terrorists Firebomb Buffalo Pro-Life Pregnancy Center | 7 June 2022 | Pro-abortion terrorists firebombed a pro-life Christian pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday, inflicting significant damage on the building and vandalizing the remains with their organization’s name. Pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge, which has developed a reputation for resorting to violence, claimed responsibility for the attack, which left glass shattered and much of the interior of the CompassCare office burned and destroyed, CBN News reported. The arsonists left graffiti on a wall that read, “Jane Was Here.”

NYC suspect in unprovoked subway slashings was arrested and released from prison the day before – report | 13 June 2022 | A New York man who was arrested over the weekend for stabbing two people did so just a day after he was picked up by police, then let go, for brandishing a knife, according to a report. Donny Ubiera, 32, who was arrested Saturday after he allegedly stabbed two people — one on Friday and one on Saturday — was incarcerated for displaying a large knife to police officers and was subsequently released from prison on Thursday, the New York Post reported. Ubiera’s crime spree reportedly spanned four days, culminating with his arrest Saturday evening.

Scholars spend $500K in taxpayer funds to deconstruct whiteness in physics | 10 June 2022 | Deconstructing whiteness in an introductory physics classroom may seem like a nonsensical goal, but according to a pair of critical whiteness scholars from Seattle Pacific University, this endeavor is actually an important step toward the larger undertaking of freeing students and professors alike from the weighty fetters of whiteness. Funded through a 495,847 National Science Foundation grant, researchers Amy Robertson and W. Tali Hairston aim “to develop a knowledge base that could lead to awareness of how power relations may be embedded in the way physics is taught and learned.” The two record introductory physics classes and interview participants, then analyze them using a critical whiteness theory lens “to show how privilege operates in undergraduate physics teaching and learning.”

Biden admin renames mountain in America’s first national park because old label deemed ‘offensive’ | 11 June 2022 | The National Park Service announced last week that Yellowstone National Park’s Mount Doane would be renamed First Peoples Mountain. The agency said Thursday the change was taken to remove an “offensive name” from America’s first national park. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted unanimously, 15-0, affirming the decision. The Wyoming mountain stands at 10,551 feet east of Yellowstone Lake. The mountain was previously named after explorer Gustavus Doane.

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