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This just in-Ben Cohen continues to have no involvement in the ownership or running of Ben & Jerry's

The ice cream company was sold to Unilever decades ago. So if you don't want to pay the extra cost for a premium brand, find; just don't think you're "boycotting" Cohen's opposition to US support for Ukraine by not buying it.

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to vote against Sunak's NI Brexit deal

Source: BBC

Two former prime ministers, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, are to vote against Rishi Sunak's new Brexit deal for Northern Ireland in a debate later.

Mr Johnson said the deal would either mean Northern Ireland remained tied to the EU, or the UK would not be able to take advantage of Brexit.

Ms Truss believes it would not resolve issues with a deal Mr Johnson struck with the EU in 2019.

Other Brexit-backing Tories are also expected to oppose the deal.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-65034260

Why in the world did this get a "Sensitive Content" warning from Twitter?


(the "sensitive content" is a story from the New York Times)

Meanwhile, THIS one sailed right by:


Google begins rolling out its ChatGPT rival


Google is opening up access to Bard, its new AI chatbot tool that directly competes with ChatGPT.

Starting Tuesday, users can join a waitlist to gain access to Bard, which promises to help users outline and write essay drafts, plan a friend’s baby shower, and get lunch ideas based on what’s in the fridge.

A company representative told CNN it will be a separate, complementary experience to Google Search, and users can also visit Search to check its responses or sources. Google said in a blog post it plans to “thoughtfully” add large language models to search “in a deeper way” at a later time.

Google said it will start rolling out the tool in the United States and United Kingdom, and plans to expand it to more countries and languages in the future.

NC General Assembly considers Bill eliminating proportional representation in State Senate


SECTION 1.(a) Section 3 of Article II of the North Carolina Constitution reads as rewritten:

Sec. 3. Senate districts; apportionment of Senators.

The Senators shall be elected from districts. The General Assembly shall revise the senate districts and the apportionment of Senators among those districts, subject to the following requirements:

(1) Each Senator shall represent, two counties;
(2) Each senate district shall at all times consist of contiguous territory;
(3) No county shall be divided in the formation of a senate district;

New Yorkers bond over new city logo: They hate it

Washington Post

In the 1970s, graphic designer Milton Glaser brought a New York State tourism advertising campaign to life with his I ❤ NY logo, changing souvenir shops forever. About 50 years later, a new ad campaign is trying to leverage some of its magic, with a few changes — and it’s rubbing New Yorkers the wrong way.

“It’s not just a slogan,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed the crowd at the campaign’s Times Square press conference introducing “We ❤ NYC” to the public with a big We ❤ NYC sticker on her lapel. “It’s a spirit.”

According to the slogan’s website, “‘We ❤️NYC’ is a 21st Century version of the 70’s campaign” and will include advertisements (naturally), a city clean-up drive, volunteer opportunities, an Earth Day celebration, an Instagram account, a competition for musicians to play in subway station “and much more.”

But what people seem to be bonding over the most is their disdain for the aesthetic. “Corny” and “inexcusably bad in so many ways,” one Twitter user wrote. Another called it an “affront to this great city.” New York Magazine proclaimed “NYC’s New Promotional Logo Kinda Sucks.”

Trump at Mar-a-Lago: Magical Thinking and a Perp-Walk Fixation

New York Times

Donald J. Trump claims he is ready for his perp walk.

Behind closed doors at Mar-a-Lago, the former president has told friends and associates that he welcomes the idea of being paraded by the authorities before a throng of reporters and news cameras. He has even mused openly about whether he should smile for the assembled media, and he has pondered how the public would react and is said to have described the potential spectacle as a fun experience.

No one is quite sure whether his remarks are bravado or genuine resignation about what lies ahead.

If he is truly looking forward to it, he might be disappointed.

DeSantis sharpens criticism of Trump, dismisses mocking nicknames

Source: Washington Post

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made his sharpest criticism yet of former president Donald Trump, indirectly rebuking the leadership style of his possible rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination and styling himself as a “winner.”

When DeSantis was asked by television host Piers Morgan in a recent interview how he is different from Trump, the governor said that he took an alternative approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic and “would have fired” Anthony Fauci, who advised Trump as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

DeSantis also appeared to portray himself as a more disciplined executive than Trump, whose term in the White House was marked by frequent changes of key personnel. “I get personnel in the government who have the agenda of the people and share our agenda. You bring your own agenda in, you’re gone … So, the way we run the government, I think, is no daily drama, focus on the big picture,” he said.

The interview will air Thursday on Fox Nation’s “Piers Morgan Uncensored,” but Morgan shared some highlights in a column for the New York Post.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/03/22/ron-desantis-trump-piers-morgan-interview/

Trump called for protests and there IS one.....


Emmanuel Macron survives no-confidence votes amid protests

The Guardian

The French government has survived two votes of no confidence but Emmanuel Macron continues to face protests and strikes over his decision to use executive powers to push through an unpopular rise in the pension age.

Although the prime minister, Élisabeth Borne, avoided having to instantly resign, the president remains under pressure to break his silence and shore up the government amid growing anger in the streets. Opposition politicians in parliament accused him of arrogance, denying democracy and failing to learn from the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) anti-government protest movement four years ago.

Government insiders, opposition politicians and observers have raised fears that France could experience another round of spontaneous, anti-government revolt in cities and small towns – not just over raising the pension age to 64, but also because of distrust in the political system, only a few years after the gilets jaunes movement shook Macron’s first term in office.

Some observers said one option for Macron in the coming weeks could be to replace Borne and reshuffle the government to try to reset his image.

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