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A large filament that was hanging out the past few days near center disk erupted within the past several hours. Begin time was around 04:00 UTC (9/16/2023). The impressive event did produce an asymmetric coronal mass ejection (CME) based on updated imagery courtesy of LASCO. Additional imagery will be required to determine just how much, if any plasma will be directed towards Earth. More to follow.

Posted on: Sep 17 06:58

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has repeatedly sought Secret Service protection from the federal government due to persistent threats to his safety, but his requests have been denied.

Unfortunately, on Saturday night in Los Angeles, the concerns of his campaign turned into a reality when an armed individual impersonating a federal marshal appeared at a campaign event.

The man has now been identified as 44-Year-Old Adrian Paul Aispuro.

According to reports, the man is being held in Los Angeles on $35,000 bail for a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

At around 4:30 pm, police were alerted to a disturbance at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. According to reports from Breitbart, the police indicated that “a male was in front of the event venue with ‘a badge on their lapel, a gun, and a shoulder holster, and claimed to be a U.S. Marshal.’”

Despite his claims of being part of the event staff, no one from the staff could confirm his identity. A note, shared with Breitbart by an officer present at the scene and addressed to the campaign, stated: “Male impersonating a federal agent with a handgun and exposed ammunition. He claimed to be employed for the event but was not recognized by security.”

Video footage captured the moment when the man was handcuffed and taken away by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

“I’m very grateful that alert and fast-acting protectors from Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) spotted and detained an armed man who attempted to approach me at my Hispanic Heritage speech at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles tonight,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The man, wearing two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and spare ammunition magazines was carrying a U.S. Marshal badge on a lanyard and beltclip federal ID. He identified himself as a member of my security detail. Armed GDBA team members moved quickly to isolate and detain the man until LAPD arrived to make the arrest. I’m also grateful to LAPD for its rapid response.”

Webmaster addition: According to his Facebook page, Paul Aispuro is an actor! What I want to know is how he obtained a US Marshall's badge and a Federal ID!

Posted on: Sep 17 06:50

When Sarah Silverman sued artificial-intelligence titans OpenAI and Meta Platforms on July 7, her copyright lawsuits seemed to present a relatively straightforward allegation: These companies didn’t secure Silverman’s and other authors’ permission before using their copyright works, including her 2010 autobiography The Bedwetter, which isn’t okay, per these suits. Silverman is joined by two other authors, novelists Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey, in these suits; their civil complaints are seeking class-action status which, if green-lit by the court, means that many, many more writers could take action against these companies.

Indeed, OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Meta’s artificial-intelligence projects rely on the mass trawling of books to learn language and generate text, the suits say. Silverman’s suit contends that these AI projects didn’t secure her and other authors’ permission for using their works before inhaling them, violating intellectual-property law. They also claim that these AI systems gained access to these books via spurious means, using libraries of pirated texts — or as the suits’ co-attorney Matthew Butterick puts it to Vulture, “Creators’ work has been vacuumed up by these companies without consent, without credit, without compensation, and that’s not legal.”

Silverman claims that ChatGPT and Meta’s generation of text is the very receipt that proves they consumed them. If they can spit out summaries of The Bedwetter and other copyrighted works, her suit contends, then these systems must have used pilfered books to do so. The proposed class action is asking for financial damages as well as “permanent injunctive relief” to stop these AI systems from gobbling down their work — and then using that to create text — without permission or payment.

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Posted on: Sep 17 06:47

A group of writers headed by celebrated novelist Michael Chabon and Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang are suing Facebook parent Meta as well as ChatGPT maker OpenAI, alleging in two separate suits that their artificial intelligence platforms engaged in copyright violations with tens of thousands of books.

The dual proposed class-action lawsuits have the potential to turn into an epic battle if more writers join in — a growing possibility, as more authors are waking up to the fact that Silicon Valley is allegedly mass harvesting books to train A.I. bots.

In the suit against Meta, which was filed this week in a California federal court, the writers accuse the Facebook parent of vacuuming up mass quantities of books across the Internet in order to train the company’s “Llama” large-language model using data that included pirated versions of their writings.

Posted on: Sep 17 06:46

Disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok said there needs to be a special unit to protect FBI agents from Americans.

The FBI recently formed a unit to investigate threats against prosecutors and FBI agents involved in the Hunter Biden probe.

“We have stood up an entire threat unit to address threats that the FBI employee facilities are receiving,” executive director for human resources for the FBI Jennifer Moore told the House Judiciary Committee.

Moore said threats to the FBI are “unprecedented.”

Webmaster addition: Well, what did you expect after all the crap the FBI pulls!

Posted on: Sep 17 06:39