Artificial Intelligence, Or Can Machines Think?

By Alasdair Macleod – Re-Blogged From Goldmoney

Artificial intelligence (AI) is seen as both a boon and a threat. It uses our personal data to influence our lives without us realising it. It is used by social media to draw our attention to things we are interested in buying, and by our tablets and computers to predict what we want to type (good). It facilitates targeting of voters to influence elections (bad, particularly if your side loses).

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It’s Been a Bad Winter All Over – Snow in Japan 56 Feet High!

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

You think we had a bad winter here in the USA? Look at Japan where they have walls of snow 56 feet tall (almost the height of a 6-story building).

There’s an avalanche of tourists coming to the Tateyama to see the walls of snow.

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China Imposing New Tariffs on US Meat, Fruit, Other Products

By Thomson Reuters – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

China has increased tariffs by up to 25 percent on 128 U.S. products, from frozen pork and wine to certain fruits and nuts, escalating a spat between the world’s biggest economies in response to U.S. duties on imports of aluminum and steel.

The tariffs, to take effect on Monday, were announced late on Sunday by China’s finance ministry and matched a list of potential tariffs on up to $3 billion in U.S. goods published by China on March 23.

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Russia Revisits an Old Cold War Battleground

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • The Wagner Group, a private military company with ties to the Kremlin, may secure military contracts in Sudan and the Central African Republic.
  • Military engagement with Russia will enable Sudan to maintain a greater balance in its foreign policy.
  • Entering the Central African Republic will allow the Kremlin to earn more cash and drum up more business across the continent.

Decades after competing for influence on the continent with the United States and its allies, Russia is taking a renewed interest in Africa.

(gabriel_bostan/iStock)

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The Story of Christmas Is a Chorus, Not a Carol

David D. Judson   By David D. Judson – Re-Blogged From Stratfor

In light of the Christmas holiday celebrated in several parts of the world on Dec. 25, Stratfor is running this analysis originally published in 2015.

The joy of children, the sharing of gifts with loved ones on a sacred day, the renewal of faith. These elements of a holy day are not the normal fare of Stratfor — we normally devote ourselves to the study of geopolitical power and not to the intangibles of human experience. One day a year, however, we can set aside our professional detachment to tell a Christmas story. And there are many Christmas stories. It is a holiday with deep and diverse roots and one that has, by the 21st century, become truly global — and for that matter, geopolitical. And so I will share my own, with a bit of context. I hope that readers will indulge me in this small departure, one that I think comports with the way Stratfor views the world and its complexities.

Christmas in the Middle East

(GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Trump and Ambassador Haley Cut United Nations Funding by Almost $300 Million, Globalists Explode

Re-Blogged From iPatriot

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is having the week of her career, and inspiring many patriotic Americans while she’s at it.

Haley has an undoubtedly difficult job.  Her role as a liaison between the increasingly populist Trump administration and the evermore globalism-based United Nations puts the ambassador between a rock and a hard place.  Filled with glass.  And bees.  Barefoot.