Let It Bleed — Get Moving

EB12507C-E70E-43BB-B8E1-1D7483109378“I am so bored,” Sandy complained to her husband. “It’s a beautiful, warm, sunny day outside and all you want to do is sit around and watch TV.”

Stephen hit the pause button on the DVR. “Is there anything in particular you want to do?” he asked.

“The sunshine today is dazzling,” Sandy said. “How about we load the puppy into the car and take a ride out to some bucolic locale in the countryside?”

“Fine, whatever,” Stephen said, turning off the TV and slowly standing up.

“Fine, whatever,” Sandy said, sarcastically echoing her husband. “Try putting a little zest in your step. Pretend to be the least bit enthusiastic.”

Stephen saluted his wife. “Aye aye, Captain,” he said. “Warp speed, Captain.”

“You are the epitome of laziness,” Sandy said. “Am I going to have to contact a lawyer to represent me in our divorce case?”

“You can be so diabolic,” Stephen said, a knowing smile on his face.

“I learned how to be devilish from you,” Sandy said.4215B217-4445-447F-96FB-9868BE19C4F7“So you’d better get moving before I poke you in your good for nothing butt with my pitchfork.”

Stephen looked at his wife. “You know, you’re a very peculiar woman,” he said.

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “shine,” “puppy,” and “echo.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (bucolic), Randomness Inked Let Zit Bleed Challenge (zest), Ragtag Daily Prompt (warp), Your Daily Word Prompt (represent), Swimmers One-Word Prompt (diabolic), and Word of the Day Challenge (peculiar).

Devil image credit: Jimma1300@deviantart.com.

Oops. This is a revision. When I first read the Word of the Day Challenge word, my eyes saw “particular,” but when I relooked at the prompt, my brain finally saw that the word was “peculiar.”

Repost: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear…

…or everything you see, either!

Last July I wrote this post about a new (and dangerous) technology called “deepfakes.” Last night on Samantha Bee’s special, “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” she, too, did a segment about the potential divisive impacts of this technology. Below is a video clip from her show. And below that is my original post from last July.

Did you hear about this?

New technology makes it alarmingly easy to make realistic videos of people saying and doing things they’ve never done.”

This is not fake news! It’s apparently true. There is new technology, a sophisticated type of software, that makes it possible to superimpose one person’s face onto another’s body and manipulate voice recordings, creating fake videos that look and sound real.

While Hollywood studios have long used computer-generated imagery (CGI) to create, for example, fleeting appearances of dead actors, the process was prohibitively expensive and laborious. Today, the technology, known as “deepfakes,” has improved so much so that highly realistic visual and audio fakery can be produced by anyone with a powerful home computer.

Apparently deepfakes technology has already sparked an explosion of fake pornography online, with Michelle Obama, Ivanka Trump, and Emma Watson among those most frequently victimized. (I can’t personally corroborate this, but I’m sure if you wish to, you can probably do a Google search for “deepfakes porn” and see for yourself.)

Fears are growing, however, over how else “deepfakes” videos could be used — from smearing politicians in elections to inciting major international conflict.

Earlier this year, BuzzFeed created a “public service announcement” warning of the technology’s dangers, with a deepfakes of former President Barack Obama voiced by the comedian and director Jordan Peele.

In that deepfakes, the fake Obama said, “We’re entering an era in which our enemies can make it look like anyone is saying anything.” To illustrate the point, the fake Obama goes on to call President Trump “a total and complete dipshit.”

This technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos that appear so genuine it’s hard to spot the phonies. Lawmakers and intelligence officials worry that these deepfakes could be used to threaten national security or interfere in elections. Politicians of both parties are concerned that this high-tech way of putting words into someone’s mouth will become the latest weapon in disinformation wars against the United States and other Western democracies.

It kinda makes you question whether technology is a good thing or a bad thing, doesn’t it?

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

28F10CCB-029F-4AC1-91E1-9F961EEDA5C5Rather than attending the annual White House Correspondents Dinner last night like all normal presidents do, Donald Trump did what he loves to do best. He held a rally in front of thousands of adoring assholes fans in Wisconsin. At that rally, Trump spoke for about an hour and a half and talked mostly about his favorite subject: Donald Trump. He also did what he loves to do and does really well: lied.

But of all the lies he told at the rally, his biggest, most outrageous lie of the night, in my humble opinion, was when he falsely claimed that babies in Wisconsin can be “executed” (his word) because Wisconsin’s Democratic governor said he would veto a bill that would require doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt or face a large fine or/and imprisonment.

“But your Democrat governor here in Wisconsin, shockingly, stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive,” Trump said. “The baby is born, the mother meets with the doctor, they take care of the baby, they wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”

Trump’s claim that mothers and doctors are permitted to execute a baby after it leaves the womb is total bullshit. The bill he is referring to would mandate that health professionals do all they can to keep a baby alive if it was “born alive” and would penalize anyone who lets a baby die.

But since when does Donald Fucking Trump ever let facts or truth get in the way of a good, self-serving lie?

He’s truly despicable.

Song Lyric Sunday — Blues Power

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us the themes of “Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone.” Jim is right, there is a plethora of songs to choose from. But the song I decided to go with is Eric Clapton’s “Blues Power.”

“Blues Power” was the second solo single by Clapton, off his 1970 debut studio album Eric Clapton. Written by Clapton and Leon Russell, the song wasn’t met with much critical acclaim and the single never charted. Some critics complained that it was neither blues nor rock, but I always thought it was a catchy little ditty that grabbed me. It’s an uplifting song where Clapton seems to be letting his soul out, with his passion for blues showing throughout the song.

Here are the song’s lyrics.

Bet you didn’t think I knew how to rock ‘n’ roll.
Oh, I got the boogie-woogie right down in my very soul.
There ain’t no need for me to be a wallflower,
‘Cause now I’m living on blues power.

I knew all the time but now I’m gonna let you know:
I’m gonna keep on rocking, no matter if it’s fast or slow.
Ain’t gonna stop until the twenty-fifth hour,
‘Cause now I’m living on blues power.

Bet you didn’t think I knew how to rock ‘n’ roll.
Oh, I got the boogie-woogie right down in my very soul.
There ain’t no need for me to be a wallflower,
‘Cause now I’m living on blues power.

Talking to you, now.
The boogie’s gonna pull me through.
Keep on, keep on, keep on keeping on.
Keep on keeping on, keep on keeping on.

FOWC with Fandango — Bucolic

FOWCWelcome to April 28, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “bucolic.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

Note: some bloggers have had issues with pingbacks showing up lately, so if you don’t see it shortly after you published your post, you might want manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.