Regular readers will notice the weekly Doom pieces are becoming slightly dated. This is because there is so much doom in any week I can’t fit all of the week’s doom into one post; it would be too long. Perhaps some sort of brief Daily Doom post or podcast is more appropriate?
Leaders at the church that George Washington attended decided that a plaque honoring the first president of the United States must be removed.
Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia will take down a memorial marking the pew where Washington sat with his family, saying it is not acceptable to all worshipers.
“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome,” leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.
“Some visitors and guests who worship with us choose not to return because they receive an unintended message from the prominent presence of the plaques.”
“Many in our congregation feel a strong need for the church to stand clearly on the side of ‘all are welcome—no exceptions,'” they concluded.
All but George Washington (and Robert E Lee) are welcome, “they” concluded. A picture of “they” sits atop today’s post.
Dan Turvey, headmaster of St John’s Church of England Primary School in Tunbridge Wells, told parents he had listened to their concerns and CrossTeach would no longer lead assemblies or take lessons.
A number of St John’s Church workers will also no longer “be invited into school”, Mr Turvey explained in a letter to parents.
The move comes after some parents complained that representatives of CrossTeach had been upsetting children by teaching them about sin.
One parent said that children were being taught about sin and told that if they did not believe in God “they would not go to a good place when they died”.
Mr Turvey said he was “saddened” by the severing of the relationship with the group, but acknowledged that children had been “upset and disturbed emotionally”.
Truvey also used the phrase “extremist beliefs”. The only sin left is to say there is sin. The obvious joke about the final and likely mental state of those who were upset to hear that sin exists, I’ll leave to you.
In 2016, Microsoft released a “playful” chatbot named Tay onto Twitter designed to show off the tech giant’s burgeoning artificial intelligence research. Within 24 hours, it had become one of the internet’s ugliest experiments.
By learning from its interactions with other Twitter users, Tay quickly went from tweeting about how “humans are super cool,” to claiming “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”
While it was a public relations disaster for Microsoft, Tay demonstrated an important issue with machine learning artificial intelligence: That robots can be as racist, sexist and prejudiced as humans if they acquire knowledge from text written by humans.
Robots cannot be “racist”. To say robots are racist is like saying your can opener is sexist or your TV remote is “anti-Semitic.” These are all mindless machines. It takes a mind to make mental judgments.
On the other hand, it is hilarious how quickly the mindless programs created by AI researchers can be repurposed.
Perhaps Joe Biden is a robot?
[Biden said] “The Jewish people have contributed greatly to America. No group has had such an outsized influence per capita as all of you standing before you”…”I believe what affects the movements in America, what affects our attitudes in America are as much the culture and the arts as anything else,” he said. That’s why he spoke out on gay marriage “apparently a little ahead of time.”
“It wasn’t anything we legislatively did. It was ‘Will and Grace,’ it was the social media. Literally. That’s what changed peoples’ attitudes. That’s why I was so certain that the vast majority of people would embrace and rapidly embrace” gay marriage, Biden said.
The Jewish author (Jonathan Chait) of the piece said, “Biden’s intentions here are obviously as friendly as can be, but the execution is awkward.” Chait was grateful for the praise, agreed with Biden’s conclusions, but wished Biden wasn’t so publicly vocal. “Biden may find it ‘all to the good’ that Jews have used their influence over popular culture to change societal attitudes toward homosexuality, but lots of people don’t find it good at all.”
Just think of the fun we would have had if Biden was president.