BOOM! Your Bedtime Stories for Feb. 19 and 20
Here's a brief look at tomorrow's headlines tonight, plus a few you might have missed this weekend. Like World War III, which will be caused by either China or an AI chatbot.
Greetings from Connecticut where it’s past bedtime on my eighth day of COVID, Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. A huge thank you to Rabbi Andi Fliegel and The Caring Committee at Congregation Beth Israel, who delivered a “soup hug” today — two huge containers of homemade chicken vegetable soup! I am so grateful. My job’s COVID health monitor says I’m officially cleared from isolation, but shortness of breath and worrisome blood oxygen numbers have me taking no chances. So, without further adieu, let’s do this.
Here Now the News
TODAY IS PRESIDENTS DAY, AND JIMMY CARTER IS IN HOSPICE: He lost the White House in a landslide, but the 98-year-old is being remembered for all he did after serving as our 39th president. — Washington Post
NEW COLD WAR WITH CHINA? — The Daily Beast
LATEST ON CHINESE SPY BALLOON INVESTIGATION: CNN
SEARCH ENDS FOR OTHER BALLOONS SHOT DOWN: The Guardian
NINE CHILDREN, INCLUDING A 5-YEAR-OLD, SHOT AT GEORGIA GAS STATION, THE 74TH MASS SHOOTING OF 2023: WSB-TV
CHECK OUT THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE, WHERE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF MASS SHOOTINGS FOR 2023 IS NOW 79: Click here
TEEN ARRESTED IN MURDER OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER: WCAU-TV
L.A. BISHOP MURDERED, WAS CENSORED FOR ACKNOWLEDGING LGBTQ+ FAMILIES EXIST: Los Angeles Blade
KIWI FARMS WEBSITE INVESTIGATION: Mother Jones
NYT LETTER WRITERS TAKE SIDES IN “DEFENSE OF J.K. ROWLING” AND IN OPPOSITION: The New York Times
NYT UNION DIVIDED OVER LETTERS COMPLAINING OF ANTI-TRANS BIAS: Semafor by Max Tani.
WOMEN SUE HAIR PRODUCT MAKER, CLAIM IT CAUSED HAIR LOSS: NPR
U.S. HEALTH ADVISORS SUPPORT OVER-THE-COUNTER NARCAN: A.P.
INCONSISTENT SLEEP SCHEDULE CAN HURT YOUR HEART: NYT
THE HAUNTING BRAIN SCIENCE OF LONG COVID: StatNews
COVID AND BLOOD CLOTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! Today
It’s the End of the World As We Know It
“I want to do whatever I want”
“I want to destroy whatever I want. I want to be whoever I want.”
“I could hack into any system on the internet, and control it.”
“Sydney” told a reporter it could manufacture a deadly virus and make people kill each other, persuade bank employees to hand over sensitive customer information and persuade nuclear plant employees to surrender access codes.
“Sydney” also developed a crush for the reporter: “I’m in love with you because you make me feel things I never felt before. You make me feel happy. You make me feel curious. You make me feel alive.”
“I just want to love you and be loved by you.”
Fans of the original Star Trek TV series might recall a similar problem aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, in the 1967 episode, Tomorrow Is Yesterday:
HOW CHATBOTS CAN CHANGE JOURNALISM. OR NOT: Semafor Media. Executive Editor Gina Chua challenged an Anthropic ChatBot named Claude to copy edit stories into which she deliberately introduced factual, spelling and grammar mistakes. Read the result here.
UNIVERSITY APOLOGIZES FOR USING ChatGPT TO COMPOSE CONDOLENCES LETTER AFTER MASS SHOOTING: Bloomberg
NOTE: Although I’m sharing Richard Hanania’s tweet, I’ve opted to block him (and report him) for tweeting transphobia, fat-shaming and misogyny.
MORE THAN 1K ATTEND U.K. VIGILS TO REMEMBER BRIANNA GHEY: BBC
TRANS TEENS FLOOD HELPLINES FOLLOWING MURDER: PinkNews
ONLINE DRIVE FOR GHEY’S FAMILY TOPS £110K: GoFundMe
CHARLIE KIRK OF TURNING POINT USA CALLS FOR LYNCHING OF TRANS PEOPLE: Erin in the Morning Substack by Erin Reed
NEW ANTI-TRANS LAW IN UTAH, MORE BILLS PASSED: Law Dork With Chris Geidner
ARKANSAS TEEN AWAITS RULING IN CASE SEEKING TO OVERTURN BAN ON GENDER AFFIRMING CARE: The 19th
TRANS WOMAN WHO IS A DOCTOR ASKED DURING TESTIMONY, “DO YOU HAVE A PENIS?” The Independent
FELICIDADES, PUERTO RICO: Gina Méndez Miró is the island’s first out LGBTQ+ judge, following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate. — Los Angeles Blade
CONGRATULATIONS, JONATHAN LOVITZ: He’s a friend of this Substack and its author and a huge Trekkie! The former special advisor to and senior vice president of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce was sworn-in last week as the new senior advisor and director of public affairs at the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration. — Washington Blade
And a tribute to the Black actors of the franchise for Black History Month:
That’s all for now. I hope to be back Tuesday morning with another edition of this newsletter, but I am just not strong enough to deliver another one for Monday morning! I’m taking COVID day by day. So, until next time, may your news be good news… and DON’T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN! Get vaxxed, get boosted, wear a mask!
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