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« Reply #10980 on: Jul 1st, 2014, 1:23pm »

Great stuff guys..and yeah Crystal..just like medevil days..the lords had to hire mercenaries..who didnt care what side they worked on..the whitehouse is just window dressing

On the Financial side..I call this one Mission Creep

Has Skynet become self-aware? It seems the 'robots' that run the US equity markets (HFT/algo trading dominates what little volume there is left) have decided to cut out the middle man in the market as Associated Press reports this morning that it will employ the story-writing software by start-up Automated Insights to automate the production of U.S. corporate earnings stories. To be frank, given the copy/paste nature of most mainstream media 'analysis' of earnings, we thought this had already occurred but AP notes, "We are going to use our brains and time in more enterprising ways during earnings season." Does that mean that anyone but Zero Hedge will be discussing cashflows or GAAP earnings?



As USA Today reports, The Associated Press is going robotic.


The news service revealed Monday it will employ the story-writing software by start-up Automated Insights to automate the production of U.S. corporate earnings stories, the quarterly bane of the existence of many business reporters.



The AP typically produces about 300 earnings stories per quarter, requiring reporters to crunch data in the heat of wire-service deadlines. Soon they will be producing many, many more.



Using the software would allow AP to automate short earnings stories, typically 150 to 300 words, "in roughly the same time that it took our reporters," says Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor who oversees business news. The initiative will start in July.



Zacks Investment Research will comb through earnings statements and provide the data for the stories, which will conform to AP Style. Editors will read the articles before they are published, but the process will eventually be fully automated. By the end of the year, AP plans to provide up to 4,400 earnings stories per quarter, which its media clients can post quickly or use as templates to expand.



AP will continue to produce staff-written earnings stories for high-interest companies, such as Google and Apple.



Automation will free reporters to pursue more in-depth work, according to Ferrara. "We are going to use our brains and time in more enterprising ways during earnings season," he told staffers in a memo.



AP is not eliminating jobs, and Ferrara says "most of the reaction (among AP staffers) has been very positive." But the automated stories as seen in an example copy provided by AP are largely formulaic, and there are concerns about editorial quality. "There is a healthy dose of skepticism that the whole thing will work," Ferrara says. "They're journalists. I want them to be skeptical."

It seems the circle is complete, machines write the stories that machines trade on; why not just do everything in binary - it's not like humans have a chance to react anyway before the robots.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-01/circle-complete-robots-write-earnings-reports-read-robots
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« Reply #10981 on: Jul 1st, 2014, 1:58pm »

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« Reply #10982 on: Jul 1st, 2014, 6:12pm »

wow swamp that was awsome.. smiley
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« Reply #10983 on: Jul 1st, 2014, 6:28pm »

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« Reply #10984 on: Jul 1st, 2014, 8:01pm »

I'd like to know exactly what gameplan is in all of this is..

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/01/medical-staff-warned-keep-quiet-about-illegal-immigrants-or-face-arrest/




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« Reply #10985 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 09:42am »

on Jul 1st, 2014, 8:01pm, Sysconfig wrote:
I'd like to know exactly what gameplan is in all of this is..

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/01/medical-staff-warned-keep-quiet-about-illegal-immigrants-or-face-arrest/

Good morning Sys,

"A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say."

This is one huge nightmare.

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Don't know how I got that inside the box. Must need more coffee!!!!


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« Reply #10986 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 09:43am »

on Jul 1st, 2014, 6:28pm, ZETAR wrote:
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« Reply #10987 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 09:44am »

Good morning Swamprat cheesy

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« Reply #10988 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 09:51am »

USA Today

Close Encounters - A look at UFO sightings

Flying saucer? July 2 is World UFO Day. USA TODAY Network looks back at some of the most buzzed-about sightings of unidentified flying objects.

Attention aspiring ufologists: July 2 is World UFO Day.

It's a day to raise awareness of what some think are extraterrestrial visits to our planet. The day roughly corresponds to the date of perhaps the most well-known UFO story.

In July 1947, debris was discovered on a ranch northwest of Roswell, N.M., that some think came from an alien spacecraft. Eye witnesses claimed they saw alien bodies at the crash site.

An initial statement from the Air Force said a "flying saucer" had crashed. Later the service said the debris came from a weather balloon.

Decades later, the Air Force issued a report saying the debris was likely from experimental surveillance balloons. Any "aliens" observed in the desert were in fact "anthropomorphic test dummies" that were in the balloons, according to the 1994 report.

The Air Force also investigated UFOs from 1947 to 1969 under Project Blue Book to determine if any sightings threatened national security. It concluded there was no threat and none of the "unidentified" objects were extraterrestrial vehicles.

But one UFO expert says the government has covered up the truth about Roswell and the existence of extraterrestrial visits in general.

"It's cosmic Watergate," said Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist who has studied UFOs for more than 40 years. He added, "We're dealing with the biggest story of the millennium."

Why they believe

Thirty-six percent of Americans say they are certain UFOs exist and have landed on Earth, and 11% say they're confident they have spotted one, according to a 2012 National Geographic Channel survey.

The Mutual UFO Network, which investigates UFO sightings, receives thousands of reports each year. To date in 2014, the organization received more than 4,100 reports of a UFO sighting, according to an e-mail from Roger Marsh, MUFON spokesman.

But there is no scientific evidence that these are in fact alien vehicles, said Joe Nickell, senior research fellow at the Committee of Skeptical Inquiry.

"Do UFOs exist? Yes, of course they do by definition. They are unidentified flying objects," Nickell said. But, he said, "You can't say, 'I can't know what that is and therefore it's an extraterrestrial craft.'"

What often happens is there is a UFO sighting, it's quickly explained away and then hoaxes arise, Nickell said. With Roswell in particular, "You begin to get very aging people who begin to confabulate and misremember and put thing they've heard from the rumor mill into memories."

One explanation for why people latch onto thinking UFOs are real without solid evidence is the innate human need to seek meaning in life, said Stephen Diamond, a psychologist in Los Angeles, who has written about the psychological significance of UFO sightings.

"Part of the belief in UFOs is an attempt to transcend our sense of aloneness in the universe," Diamond said. "If UFOs are indeed real and if indeed they are piloted by sentient beings, then we're no longer alone in the universe, and that's attractive to some people."



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« Reply #10989 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 10:02am »

The guy sounds a wee bit silly but the sighting is interesting.






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on Jul 1st, 2014, 6:12pm, Sysconfig wrote:
wow swamp that was awsome.. smiley


Concur. Swamp, I'm drooling and panting (plus maybe a little whining) myself now. And I know topnotch photography of a canine hero when I see it!


WOOF!



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« Reply #10992 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 11:02am »

For those who live in the U.S.----

HAPPY 4th OF JULY !!!!!!!!!!!

What luck, it is attached to a weekend for 3 days off.
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Purr: "Concur. Swamp, I'm drooling and panting (plus maybe a little whining) myself now. And I know topnotch photography of a canine hero when I see it!"

Well our very own Crystal is the one that found it on Facebook!

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