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Thursday Grand Slam ‘Toons

Elsewhere on The Hill . . .

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And — Why Don’t We Do It in The — Seats??

Last but not least: All the Cool Scribes want this shirt . . .

Oh wait — All Joking Aside, Don’t Forget! Stay Strong, UAW!!

Chatbot fantasies

Spend enough time with ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence chatbots and it doesnt take long for them to spout falsehoods.

Described as hallucination, confabulation or just plain making things up, its now a problem for every business, organization and high school student trying to get a generative AI system to compose documents and get work done. Some are using it on tasks with the potential for highstakes consequences, from psychotherapy to researching and writing legal briefs.

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Academic Tenure Will Soon Be Gone — Unless . . .


[NOTE: one scholar cited here says that the number of tenured professors ballooned after World War II, when more Amerians, especially veterans, went to college, got advanced degrees and stayed on to teach.

Today, student body numbers are falling, but grad schools keep churning out new PhDs. So  there’s a glut, too many carrying big debt loads, faced with vanishing tenure prospects and exploitive work conditions. Because most are also more or less liberal, this makes the academy an easy target in the culture wars. Continue reading Academic Tenure Will Soon Be Gone — Unless . . .

Breaking: Amazon & Starbucks Workers To Strike in the U. K. & U. S.

Labor action on both sides of the Atlantic

CNBC — DEC 16 2022

Amazon workers will go on formal strike for the first time in the UK

Ryan Browne

Employees at Amazon’s Coventry warehouse in central England voted Friday to go on strike.
It will be the first legally mandated strike to take place in the U.K.
The walkout will add to the wave of industrial action happening across the U.K.

Hundreds of Amazon workers will go on strike, Britain’s GMB union said Friday, marking a first for the company’s employees in the U.K. Continue reading Breaking: Amazon & Starbucks Workers To Strike in the U. K. & U. S.

The War On Thanksgiving??

As America heads into the third Thanksgiving since the pandemic, a lot of things look like they’re back to normal:

Families are gathering around the table together and travel is forecast to be at its highest level in decades. Even the anticipated turkey shortage didn’t materialize, according to the USDA. After three long years of socially distanced holidays, we’re back to merely worrying about who might  . . . ruin the feast by shouting at each other about politics. . .

Look closely, though, and there’s one thing that’s strikingly different from how Thanksgiving worked in the long-lost world of November 2019 — and it’s something to be grateful for: A lot of stores will actually close.

Back in the before times, one of the long-festering trends of the fourth weekend of November was the steady encroachment of that bigger holiday scheduled for December. Not long ago, Black Friday didn’t even have a name; by 2019, the signature kickoff event of the Christmas shopping season had bled into Thanksgiving itself.

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