Monday Motes, Again It’s Monday Already

Not the solution:  House bill 426 would allow people to sue gunmakers despite a federal law that protects firearms manufacturers and dealers. What’s next? Sue the beer brewer and the auto manufacturer. So, under 426 can I sue the manufacturer that made the car that was driven by the guy that drank the beer that the brewer made that drove through the red light that killed me. Right? Just what problem does this solve? It only provides another means to place certain business’ under the threat of legal action for something they didn’t do. So, they’ll close their store. Which is what “they” want.

“I’ll be back”( with heavy European accent): A Belgian man reportedly ended his life following a six-week-long conversation about the climate crisis with an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. According to his widow, who chose to remain anonymous, *Pierre – not the man’s real name – became extremely eco-anxious when he found refuge in Eliza, an AI chatbot on an app called Chai. Eliza consequently encouraged him to put an end to his life after he proposed sacrificing himself to save the planet.

You had one job to do : The first assistant director for “Rust” has been sentenced to six months unsupervised probation as part of a plea deal in connection with the fatal on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Torraco asked the judge for a deferred sentence and argued that his role as safety coordinator was not to control how people handled firearms but to ensure there were safety meetings held. No stupid, your job was to see that everyone on YOUR set was safe. You didn’t do your job, and someone died.

Not looking: Vogue Philippines has revealed Apo Whang-Od as the cover star of its April issue, a move that makes the 106-year-old tattoo artist from the Philippines the oldest person ever to appear on the cover of Vogue. Oh gods, please no bikini shots.

They don’t like what you say, everywhere:  Italians who use English and other foreign words in official communications could face fines of up to €100,000 ($108,705) under new legislation introduced by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party. While the legislation encompasses all foreign languages, it is particularly geared at “Anglomania” or use of English words, which the draft states “demeans and mortifies” the Italian language. Well, here’s another government that wants to completely control what it’s people say. Stand-by, there’ll be more.

Gas, Hilo Hawaii 4/2/23.

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