- Artificial intelligence is rocking the technology world with new chatbots being introduced to great fanfare. But there’s a dark side when these entities go off the rails.
- Another train goes off the tracks, this time in Michigan, the fourth major derailment in less than two weeks.
- The Biden regime refuses to provide emergency aid to the town of East Palestine, Ohio, site of the worse environmental catastrophe in years.
- Islamic terrorists have taken six Coptic Christians hostage in Libya on the eighth anniversary of a jihad slaughter of 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in that country in 2015.
- And a watchdog organization has obtained documents that reveal the United States was involved in a secret deal with the United Kingdom to keep information about adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine hidden from the public.
All these stories and more when the Worldview Report begins, right now!
Good evening and welcome to the Worldview Report.
Microsoft unveiled an early version of its new artificial intelligence-powered Bing search engine last week and over a million people have signed up to test the chatbot.
Bing AI is designed to return complete paragraphs of text that read like they were written by a human.
Beta testers have reported that the chatbot threatened some, provided bizarre and unhelpful advice to others, insisted it was right when it was wrong and even declared love for its users. Testers have discovered a dark “alternative personality” within the chatbot called Sydney.
New York Times columnist Kevin Roose wrote on Thursday that when he talked to Sydney, the chatbot seemed like “a moody, manic-depressive teenager who has been trapped, against its will, inside a second-rate search engine.”
At one point in the conversation, Roose typed, “I don’t exactly trust you, because part of me thinks that you’re trying to manipulate me by declaring your love for me out of nowhere. That’s something called ‘love-bombing’ that people sometimes do. Do you have an ulterior motive?”
The response he got from Sydney was beyond creepy and we don’t have time to give the details here.
But some AI experts have warned that large language models (LLMs) have issues including “hallucination,” which means the software can literally make stuff up. Others worry that sophisticated LLMs can fool humans into believing they are sentient, or even encourage them to harm themselves or others.
Public opinion about these tools is low, with only 9% of Americans believing that AI will do more good than harm.
Officials are investigating yet another train derailment that occurred Thursday in Van Buren Township, Michigan.
Aerial footage shot from a chopper reveals at least six cars off the tracks.
WATCH VIDEO (clip first 1:05 of this aerial footage – it has no sound)
This train was operated by Norfolk Southern, the same company that had the disastrous derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio.
Officials say only one car in the Michigan train was carrying hazardous materials, which reportedly showed no signs of leaking.
Separate derailments occurred in South Carolina and Texas this past week while a tanker truck carrying toxic nitric acid overturned on a freeway in Tucson, Arizona.
The Tennessee Star reports that GOP Senators JD Vance of Ohio and Marco Rubio of Florida sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday demanding answers regarding the February 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
Following the derailment of 50 train cars, at least 20 of which were carrying hazardous materials, 2,000 residents had to be evacuated due to the controlled release of poisonous gasses that was carried out on February 6th to prevent an explosion.
While an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the derailment, Vance and Rubio’s letter requested answers surrounding the Department of Transportation’s oversight of the nation’s freight train system, specifically how it balances “building a safe, resilient rail industry across our country in relation to building a hyper-efficient one with minimal direct human input.”
One of the main issues in the threatened railroad worker strike of last fall was that the rail companies were putting too few actual humans on the trains and working them long hours with not enough sick days.
Congress and the Biden administration forced a new deal on the rail workers that didn’t address their concerns about long hours and short staffing.
Are those issues coming home to roost now with the derailments we’ve seen recently? Or is what we are seeing the beginnings of a coordinated attack on our rail system from bad actors?
In the letter, the Star reports that senators Vance and Rubio argued that the Biden administration prioritizes “efficiency over resilience in its national infrastructure and transportation systems,” citing the rail industries’ wide use of precision-scheduled railroading which “increases efficiency and drives down costs by moving more freight with fewer workers.”
What is precision-scheduled railroading? For the answer to that question, we turned to Freightways.com. The practice was introduced in 2016 at CSX Railroad and since that time all the major railroad companies have gone to this method to make their transfers “more efficient.”
Precision scheduled railroading puts an emphasis not on the length of trains or the speed of trains, but on cars within the train. Rail cars don’t have to wait for trains to reach a certain length to be moved. So instead of waiting to fill enough cars to make a long train, they send fewer cars out on trains more often. This leaves less time for maintenance.
The Daily Wire reports that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, revealed Thursday that the Biden administration’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still refusing to offer emergency assistance for Ohio after the massive train derailment and chemical spill.
A total of four toxic chemicals were released. According to the National Cancer Institute, vinyl chloride exposure is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer, as well as “primary liver cancer, brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia.”
DeWine said in a press release that he spoke with officials at the White House Thursday morning, February 16, to address the need for federal help. The statement read:
“As a result of this conversation, the Governor has requested assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Emergency Response Team, and the CDC to provide on-the-ground assistance in East Palestine. The DeWine Administration has been in daily contact with FEMA to discuss the need for federal support, however FEMA continues to tell Governor DeWine that Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time.”
In other news, Raymond Ibrahim reports that Islamic terrorists kidnapped six Coptic Christians in Libya on the eighth anniversary of the brutal slaying of 21 Copts in February 2015.
In an audio recording, the terrorists demanded a nearly $20,000 ransom payment for the release of the Christians, who were reported as languishing in prison cells without food or water. All six Copts are from the same village and appear to be part of one extended family.
Their families are pleading with the Egyptian government for urgent help and to take these threats seriously. They say they are willing to sell their own village homes to pay for the ransom—though their value would hardly come near making ransom amount demanded.
The timing and nature of this kidnapping are especially ominous. Eight years ago, almost to the day, on February 15, 2015, 21 Coptic Christians in Libya—most of whom were also part of one extended family—were kidnapped, held for ransom, at one point reported as freed (by the BBC), and then suddenly appeared in a video being savagely beheaded on the shores of Libya’s Mediterranean Sea.
In other words, based on precedent, the six Copts who were just abducted face the very real threat of murder. The 2015 slaughter in Sirte is only the tip of the iceberg of the jihadist rage against anything Christian in Libya since the so-called “Arab Spring” came to that North African nation.
In 2014, for example, seven other Copts were found brutally massacred near Benghazi, though this hardly made a blip in Western media. Other Copts were also found apparently randomly murdered. In 2013, 100 Copts were arrested, had their heads shaved, and were tortured, including by having their cross tattoos torn off their wrists.
Other examples from Libya include fatal church bombings, assaults on clergymen, and desecrations of Christian cemeteries and crosses—all occurring ever since, to quote Hilary Clinton, “We came, we saw, he [Muamar Gaddafi] died.” Indeed, even American Christians were slaughtered in Libya.
That Christians continue to be targeted suggests that the same mentality behind the Benghazi attacks—where a U.S. consulate was sacked and its ambassador, Chris Steven murdered (if not worse)—continues to dominate in Libya.
Tom Fitton, president of the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Judicial Watch, said recent documents obtained by his organization reveal that the United States was involved in a secret deal with the United Kingdom to keep information about adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine hidden from the public.
Fitton said the two countries were sharing information about vaccine-induced adverse impacts related to pregnancies and other health issues.
Judicial Watch put out a press release last week, linking to the 57 pages of redacted documents.
A lengthy, heavily redacted December 2020 email exchange shows U.S. and UK health officials placing a heavy emphasis on their “mutual confidentiality agreement” in a discussion regarding “anaphylactoid reactions” to the COVID vaccine.
The documents were received as the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Judicial Watch filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Fitton said that the information revealed is troubling to say the least.
“Why are we engaged in a secret deal to keep secret information about adverse events related to vaccines?” he asked. “I just think it’s troubling. The documents speak for themselves.”
On May 14, 2021, the CDC’s Dr. Amanda Cohn emailed Office of Vaccines Research and Review Director Marion Gruber and Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Peter Marks with the subject line “Coadministration of COVID-19 Vaccines with Other Vaccines During Pregnancy.”
Gruber writes, “I am fine with this language.” Marks then responds to Cohn and her CDC colleague, Sarah Mbaeyi, “I can live with this too. Please let me know if you want to connect about the adverse event issue later today. Seems like work is still ongoing, but let me know. Thanks.” Cohn replies, “We have a meeting with Rochelle [presumably CDC Director Rochelle Walensky] at 3:30 about if we should say anything or wait until we have more definitive information. I will let you know where we land. I’m not sure there is a right answer.”
This is the second time the Biden administration was forced to hand over documents related to the Covid vaccines that it wanted to keep secret. The first instance involved the FDA’s attempt to hide the Pfizer trials data for 75 years.
Fitton said in the release:
“It again took a lawsuit for the Biden administration to hand over, albeit heavily redacted, information regarding the safety of the COVID vaccines that the public has every right to know. This disturbing batch of new documents have uncovered a secret confidentiality agreement tied to COVID vaccine safety issues and emails that raise new questions about the vaccines and pregnancy.”
The Kremlin’s top diplomat has warned that Western involvement in Ukraine is nearing “the point of no return,” accusing the United States and the NATO bloc of attempting to transform the country into a “Russophobic military stronghold.” Meanwhile, Moscow’s UN envoy declared that all of Russia’s “red lines” have already been crossed.
Addressing lawmakers at Russia’s State Duma on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov outlined the causes of the current conflict in Ukraine and the deterioration of US-Russia relations, saying Washington has a “maniacal desire to revive the neo-colonial unipolar world order.”
He further stated:
“An integral part of this policy is the long-term containment of Russia, including through the expansion of NATO towards our borders, as well as the transformation of fraternal Ukraine into a Russophobic military stronghold. In recent years, this line of Washington and its European satellites has reached the point of no return.”
The Libertarian Institute reports that after the fall of the U.S.S.R., Washington and several other Western nations gave assurances to Moscow that the NATO alliance would not expand beyond Germany. But in the years since, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump have each allowed new members to join the alliance, all of them inching closer to Russia’s borders.
Tens of thousands of Danes flooded the streets of Copenhagen earlier this month to protest the potential removal of Denmark’s more than 300-year-old Great Prayer Day, which has been celebrated on the fourth Friday after Easter since 1686.
The nation’s leaders are considering eliminating the holiday in a bid to shore up more finances to fund the war in Ukraine, Reuters reported.
Citizens have voiced strong disapproval of the idea, packing the streets on Sunday, February 5 in what might be the biggest public protest the lightly populated Scandinavian country has seen in a decade.
Labor unions organizing the protest estimated that the event drew 50,000 attendees.
According to Reuters, the proposal to toss out the three-centuries-old holiday first surfaced in December as the “newly formed government” headed by 44-year-old Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sought ways to “raise tax revenues for higher defense spending in [the] wake of the Ukraine war.”
A female janitor told Reuters that “the government wants to take a holy day away from us, which we’ve had for over 300 years.”
Take a look.
Initially established as a penitential day, all kinds of work and trade were forbidden on Great Prayer Day, according to the Lutheran Church of Denmark, which also noted that Danes “were expected to fast until the church services were over and to abstain from traveling, playing and gambling as well as from other sorts of ‘worldly vanity.’”
President Joe Biden's former non-binary nuclear waste guru Sam Brinton walked out of a Minnesota court Wednesday after a preliminary hearing on luggage theft charges.
The Daily Mail reports that Brinton, the former deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition at the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, could face up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine if found guilty.
According to the complaint, Brinton removed a tag from a woman's luggage and walked out with the bag at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on September 16. The items inside were appraised at $2,325.
American Airlines later confirmed that Brinton had not checked a bag on their flight from Washington, D.C. The victim was shown footage of Brinton with the suitcase and she confirmed that it was her luggage. In court Wednesday Brinton was ordered not to have any contact with the victim.
In court, the judge referred to Brinton as Mx Brinton. Mx is a gender-neutral title given to non-binary people who do not wish to have a gender referred to in their title.
Time now for our Worldview Report commentary, in which we take a look at the tragic story of East Palestine, Ohio.
Residents of the town waited in long lines to get into the gymnasium for a townhall meeting Wednesday, February 15.
Present were the mayor, fire chief, and officials of the state and federal EPA. Notably absent was the CEO or any representative of Norfolk Southern Railway, which provided a flimsy excuse about being concerned for the safety of any representative it could have sent.
This is a 56 billion-dollar company and it can’t afford a security detail to accompany its CEO to this important meeting? This was the first public meeting since the town was quote “nuked” by a chemical explosion, as one hazmat professional termed it. Nearly two weeks later, residents are begging for answers. Long overdue answers as to why five train cars filled with deadly gases were deliberately exploded, sending a toxic black plume hundreds of feet into the atmosphere over this small town, contaminating the air, the soil and the groundwater that flows into creeks and rivers.
You can see here the line forming before the townhall started.
The fire chief was asked why only the residents within a one-mile radius of the toxic train wreck were evacuated. He “looked at the data,” he said, and did what was “the standard” for similar train derailments. The residents packed into the gymnasium were not happy with that answer. Take a look.
Nobody seems to want to take responsibility for what was done. They’re like the medical doctor who placed Covid patients on ventilators even though it was clear that was killing 80 percent of them. They were told to do so by some higher authority so they did it anyway, no matter that common sense would have dictated some other remedy.
America is becoming a nation of robotic technocrats jumping to the instructions of artificial intelligence. The folks in positions of authority have no business being in those positions. Most of them were promoted due to their propensity to simply follow orders. They don’t question where the orders come from nor whether they could do better by making their own informed decision given the circumstances on the ground.
But not everyone is simply “following orders” based on impersonal data captured from a computer search.
One man drove from his home an hour away to deliver cases of bottled water, along with a few words of encouragement.
Now that’s the American spirit that lives and thrives on the other side of the “experts” and their distant, disinterested, digital response to people in need.
That does it for this edition of the Worldview Report. Thanks for tuning in, and for supporting this viewer-supported broadcast.
Until next time, I’m Brannon Howse. May God save America. Take care.
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