For the Western observer of news and politics, 2016 seemed pretty terrible at times. Truly awful election outcomes in both Europe and the USA, high profile celebrity deaths and frankly, fairly unsettling geopolitical rumbling. Let’s not forget Western incapability to deal with refugees and climate change either.
This week saw an extraordinary attack on the British judiciary. A day after three British High Court judges ruled that a parliamentary vote was required to begin the process of Britain leaving the European Union, they were labelled “enemies of the people” by The Daily Mail.
This once pro-Hitler rag has a long tradition of anti-EU, anti-immigration scare mongering neo-nationalism. In fact, it’s one of a quartet of newspapers (the others being The Sun, the Daily Express and The Telegraph) which has helped the UK earn the dubious accolade of having Europe’s most right-wing press. Headlines labelling one of the High Court judges an “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer” goes a long way to show level they stoop to.
Sometimes even the Dark Knight needs a hand. As the eastern Uusimaa Police district reports on their Facebook page, a highway patrol ran into an odd vehicle transported on a trailer. Temporarily stuck due to a punctured tire on the trailer, this unique, Warner Bros licensed Tim Burton-era Batmobile was on its way towards Monaco via Moscow.
In the late evening of September 24, the vile reactions to refugees in small towns around Finland took a quick turn for the absurd… at least in the eyes of those who know their history.
Finland’s public service broadcaster YLE reports that a bus transporting 49 mostly middle eastern asylum seekers were met by a group of 30-40 individuals protesting their arrival. The mob launched fireworks at the bus and later threw rocks at Red Cross workers operating the gates of the refugee center. As picked up by international media by now, one of these clowns wore an improvised Kuu Klux Klan outfit, of all things.
The Internet At Large has been all over Google’s DeepDream machine learning software. You know, the thing that helped engineers at Google produce all those trippy snapshots.
Now, Deep Learning researcher Roelof Pieters has extended Google’s DeepDream software to effortlessly handle video as well.
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