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Christine Flowers

Andrew Cuomo rejects fundamental values of his faith

Thirty-five years ago, while visiting the University of Notre Dame, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo gave a landmark speech on the topic of abortion. Decades later, the speech has been cited by Catholics who support abortion to establish their legitimacy as both people of faith and good citizens of the United States. The rhetoric is powerful, sometimes even approaching poetry, but the message is quite clear: A politician is not free to supplant his personal morality for public policy. Cuomo ended his address with these words:

Tom Purcell

Tech making ‘Car Guys’ endangered species

My Uncle Jimmy would’ve hated the late-model SUV I rented for a recent trip to New Jersey. I sure did.
You see, this modern SUV boasted “smart” technologies designed to keep me safe and happy.
It made me miserable.
Every time I switched lanes, the white stripes on the pavement triggered safety sensors, sending annoying vibrations to the steering wheel. It felt like the struts had just blown out.

Danny Tyree

Starred in any porn videos lately? Are you sure?

“Deep fakes.”
According to Great Britain’s “The Guardian” newspaper, that’s the next big threat to privacy rights, economic stability and the remaining vestiges of civil discourse.
A “deep fake” is a high-tech forgery, using a machine learning technique called a “generative adversarial network” (or GAN). It’s a realistic computer-generated replication of a person saying or doing whatever the “puppet master” software user wants them to say or do. Think “Photoshop on steroids.”

Corporate players love the name game

Owners of the Giants baseball team have never struck me as stupid — greedy, perhaps, since they shamelessly sell a bottle of Bud for eight times what it’s worth, but not stupid. So, when they announced the other day that they have accepted a reported $20 million annually to change the name of their stadium for the fourth time in less than 20 years, I figured they must know what they’re doing.

Peter Funt

Corporate players love the name game

Owners of the Giants baseball team have never struck me as stupid — greedy, perhaps, since they shamelessly sell a bottle of Bud for eight times what it’s worth, but not stupid. So, when they announced the other day that they have accepted a reported $20 million annually to change the name of their stadium for the fourth time in less than 20 years, I figured they must know what they’re doing.

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