While only North America is represented in Major League Baseball (MLB), baseball is popular in many other countries. This article puts the world of baseball in perspective and compares the talent, the competitiveness, and the money earned by players in Major League Baseball teams versus teams in other countries. The Texas Rangers are Baseball “World” … Read more
In October 2023, tensions escalated as Hamas attacked Israel, leading to severe retaliation. The U.S. saw political upheaval with a far-right Speaker elected after McCarthy’s ousting. Popularity soared for Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift, while Joran van der Sloot’s confession and Tupac’s case saw major developments. The UAW ended a massive strike, and healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente initiated one. Advances in AI deepfakes and the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict were notable, with U.S. support wavering and Ukraine receiving Abrams tanks. STI crises and a new COVID-19 vaccine marked healthcare news. U.S. culture wars intensified with McCarthy’s removal and Mike Johnson’s election as Speaker. A federal judge overturned California’s assault weapons ban, climate catastrophes struck globally, and surprise Hurricane Otis hit Acapulco.
The antitrust trial against Google is the most significant in decades. The government’s case centers on its exclusive deals with smartphone makes and carriers to make it the default search engine. Google’s CEO defended these partnerships, especially with Apple, as integral to their success. Despite options, Google dominates Internet searches and digital advertising, which accounts for 80% of Google’s revenue. The outcome of the trial could force profound changes in search engine choice, advertising, and potentially lead to Google’s breakup.
October 2023 AI and LLM news covers deepfake exploitation of celebrities and public figures, the issue of AI-generated child sexual abuse imagery, and AI advancements in China and the U.S. AI is replacing call center jobs globally, affecting economies like India and the Philippines. Stack Overflow faces layoffs due to ChatGPT’s coding capabilities. AI regulations are influenced by billionaire-funded positions. Improvements are noted in Bard and ChatGPT, while Google’s SGE now offers generative features. President Biden issues a comprehensive AI executive order.
1,400 Hamas Fighters Cross the Border and Terrorize Israel as Rockets Fly In a stunning failure of Israeli intelligence, one thousand Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants stormed into southern Israel on foot, by motorcycle, boats, and even paragliders, killing 1,400 and taking more than 200 hostages. Hamas drones bombed guard towers along the Gaza border … Read more
Robert Card, a certified firearms instructor and a member of the US Army Reserves, committed this year’s worst mass shooting in Lewiston, ME, located 35 miles north of Portland. Armed with a scoped AR-style rifle, he killed 18 people and wounded at least a dozen more at two locations: a bar and grille, and a … Read more