Hallivis Brothers, Ambassador Film Eye Projects With Hispanic-American Crossover Appeal

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When We Saw This Farmer’s Posts About His Chickens, We Couldn’t Stop Laughing All Day

If you have animals on your property, you know that they can get themselves into a lot of trouble when you’re not around. Whether it is your dog or cat or farm animals (like they are in this story), our furry and feathery best friends know how to get our goat. But now farmers are fighting back by sharing photos of themselves “shaming” their chickens for bad behavior.

There’s no end to the amount of fun a person can have with their pets. But the latest hashtag making its rounds on social media will have you laughing all day. It is called #chickenshaming, and it will make you burst out laughing. So if you’re reading at work, you might want to gear up for the hilarity.

The following images were made popular on Instagram where the hashtag is having a field day with viewers.

Some chickens are heartless. They are birds after all, which are thought to be descended from some dinosaurs. But after one chicken ate an innocent frog – whole – the owner knew he had to give his fowl some #chickenshaming. So ThatCrunchyThing shared a photo via Instagram which showed the chicken wearing a note that read, “I ate a kid’s pet frog whole.”

Other chickens can be rather terrifying. In one Instagram photo from mermaidobsessed, the chicken looks like a psycho caught by the cops. It stands toward the camera like in a mugshot and has the sign over its neck that reads, “I terrorize the tiny human for fun.” It looks like this chicken gets pleasure out making the owner’s child fear it on a regular basis.

Just like babies, chickens want love and attention. But after one chicken got used to a life of luxury, it made sure never to let its human sleep later than it needed to. BLH9901 shared a snap on Instagram which showed a note that read, “I like to sit at the back door and yell till mommy wakes up and brings me snacks. Every morning. P.S. I’m a little overweight because of my AM routine.” Talk about a greedy chicken that could use some shaming on social media.

One bird doesn’t like when its owners stay out late. As a result, it makes sure they know it when it sings “the song of my people before sunrise.” Jessicae2239 shared the image above on her Instagram page much to the love of her followers.

When people buy chickens, they hope to use them to get fresh eggs every day. But how do people react if the chickens don’t perform as advertised? Instagram user Funkyhair25 was upset enough to shame their chicken for not making eggs as much as they thought they should. “Mom had to buy eggs at the grocery store!” The sign reads beneath the chicken. And I must say, the chicken looks somewhat embarrassed about its underperformance.

When it comes to our pets and animals, they are endlessly fun. What do you think about these #chickenshaming images? Did they get you laughing?

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Do you like your name? – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” So said Dale Carnegie in his 1936 self-improvement classic, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” That is probably true for a majority of the population — 79 percent like their names, according to a 2013 survey of 1,844 respondents.

Unfortunately, I am in the other 21 percent. I cringe a little whenever I hear someone say my name, and have ever since I was a child. One of my earliest memories is of a lady in a department store asking me my name and bursting out laughing when I said, “Arthur.”

Before you judge that lady, let’s acknowledge that it is actually pretty amusing to meet a little kid with an old man’s name. According to the Social Security Administration, “Arthur” maxed out in popularity back in the ’90s. That is, the 1890s. It has fallen like a rock in popularity since then. I was named after my grandfather, and even he complained that his name made him sound old. Currently, “Arthur” doesn’t even crack the top 200 boys’ names. Since 2013, it has been beaten in popularity by “Maximus” (No. 200 last year) and “Maverick” (No. 85).

One thing I constantly hear from people I meet for the first time is, “I imagined you as being much older.” I don’t take this as flattery, because at 54, I’m really not that young. What they are saying is that they imagined someone about 100 years old. Why? Because people actually tend to look like their names.

In a study last year in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers placed images of unfamiliar faces in front of participants and asked them to guess the person’s name from a list of four plausible-seeming names. The participants should have guessed correctly 25 percent of the time. Instead, they got it right 38 percent of the time. The researchers found similar results across eight studies.

In case you are wondering, this fact and others make up part of an entire field called “onomastics.” Onomasticians, who are trained in various scholarly subdisciplines, study proper names, and many of their results are fascinating. One of my favorite onomastic studies comes from the economist David Figlio, who found that boys with more feminine-sounding names tend to misbehave disproportionately upon entry to middle school compared with boys with more traditionally masculine names. So if your son is in trouble after beating up another kid, it’s probably your own fault for naming him “Robin.” (His victim is probably named “Arthur,” by the way.)

Another finding of note, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2002, is that people gravitate toward places of residence and occupations that resemble their own names. So, the researchers assert, a higher proportion of men named Louis live in St. Louis than would occur at random, and a lot of people named Dennis or Denise become dentists. It had never occurred to me that there were dark forces at work making me into Arthur the author. It all makes sense now.

One way to attenuate the impact of a name you don’t like is to marry someone with a name that somehow offsets yours — in my case, someone with a name that is a little more up-to-date. But I did the opposite: I married Ester. This was a pretty common name in her native Barcelona in the 1960s, but here in America it mostly predates World War I. To make matters worse, after we married, our first home was Boca Raton, Fla. We were aggressively pursued by telemarketers for burial plots and Medigap insurance.

I once heard that to have an aversion to a name is a condition called “nomomisia.” I suppose you would say I suffer from autonomomisia. Yes, I am an autonomomisist.

Still, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Like everything else in life, it could be a lot worse. Years ago, my mother and I were talking about all this. I asked her about her second choice for my name. How about David? “David Brooks” has a nice ring to it. After all, “David” was the second most popular boys’ name the decade I was born and was also my beloved father’s name. She thought about it for a minute and said, “Well, we thought about naming you Chester.”

You know, on second thought, Arthur’s not so bad.

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California bill proposes to drop American holiday and replace it with this communist celebration

At least one California lawmaker wants his state to celebrate a communist holiday.

Miguel Santiago, a representative in California’s State Assembly, introduced legislation earlier this year that sought to replace Abraham Lincoln or George Washington’s birthday holidays with International Workers’ Day, a communist holiday also known as “May Day.”

What are the details?

The bill — AB-3042 — sought to combine Washington and Lincoln birthday festivities into one holiday known as “President’s Day” while designating May 1 for International Workers’ Day celebrations.

The bill would make May Day a state-mandated holiday and force schools “to commemorate and direct attention to the history of labor movements.”

What was the reaction to the bill?

One California assemblyman in particular lambasted the bill, which he said puts California in the running to become the “laughing stock” of the U.S.

“I’m aghast that a bill like this would be able to get through committee,” Republican Matthew Harper said. “Are we going that far to the left?”

“This is ridiculous, this is insane, this is un-American. And for folks who think that the U.S. won the Cold War with the Soviet Union, this makes it sound like we’re going in the other direction — that indeed California is kowtowing to the Soviet domination of the Cold War,” he added.

Did the bill pass?

The bill was initially approved by the education and appropriations committees, allowing for a vote on the Assembly floor. According to the Daily Caller, the bill was read three times on Thursday, finally failing in a vote of 27-22.

Santiago has already submitted a measure to reconsider the legislation.

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The freaky deaky “Google Duplex” demo

Before you read on, watch the demonstration and ask yourself: Did Google just pass the Turing test? There’s so much humanity in a well-placed “ummm.”

Booking a dinner reservation isn’t what Turing had in mind but if this is a failing grade it’s at least a high failing grade. With a few years of refinement, a D- is in sight. Within 10-20 years, they’ll ace it. Fifty years from now, the population of Japan will be down to six guys and they’ll all be on the phone 24/7 with their AI girlfriends having the liveliest, most charming conversations.

Consider this your latest reminder that very soon you won’t be able to trust anything you see or hear. People are already having ethics freakouts over the Duplex technology:

There are “woke” takes too, of course. Just as every new life in creation instantly becomes a host for bacteria, so too every new cultural development of note instantly attracts virtue-signaling about how the underprivileged are destined to be cheated or oppressed by it:

It seems pretty clear who will be at the receiving end of those phone calls. It won’t be other “busy” people. It will be the restaurant hosts, the hair stylists, the receptionists, and others whose (often low-paid) job it is to field calls from clients. It is doubtful that Google Duplex will be used to set up meetings with people who are important to you—you’d want to do that yourself, right?

Duplex shields those who reside high up on the hill from those down below. It relieves them of the awkwardness of having to talk to someone of lower socioeconomic standing. The functionality will likely be very popular for that reason, but it is important to understand the extra burden put on those at the receiving end: They will spend their day trying to figure out whether the entity at the other end of the line is human. (One possible benefit: At least Duplex is unlikely to be a jerk to a service worker.)

Said one indignant futurologist, “I would feel offended if someone considers their time so much more valuable than mine that they think it is acceptable to demand minutes of my time to deal with a transaction they’ve delegated to a server farm, and any existing relationship would be greatly damaged.” It makes me laugh to think of people watching the clip above and imagining a future where jobs like “receptionist” still exist, with human beings forced to conduct petty phone transactions with algorithms all day long. As Google improves AI and makes it cheap and ubiquitous, voice transactions will quickly become inefficient and archaic. You’ll just tell Duplex what you want, the AI will communicate silently with the AI of the business you’re transacting with, and the reservation will be booked. Nothing that doesn’t absolutely require human interaction will be done, or need to be done, by voice.

What we’re really watching here, I assume, is the germ of AI companions. Booking a reservation is a test to see if a human being can be led to believe it’s conversing with another human being, even in a simple chat with a specific purpose. From here it’s a matter of building that out. The logical endpoint of Duplex isn’t to talk to customer service, it’s to talk to you. You’ve seen this movie! Google might as well sign Scarlett Johansson for the rights to her voice now and get cracking.

Here’s Google’s post describing the challenges they had to overcome to get something natural-sounding. I do think they’re going to come under pressure to eliminate the gratuitous tricks designed to fool people, like peppering the speech with “um,” and maybe to build a rule into it requiring Duplex to admit that it’s AI if asked. That could defeat the purpose, of course: Some human beings might hang up on a robot rather than proceed. But since, for now, this is an application for businesses, that risk seems small. What restaurateur is going to hang up on someone who’s trying to book dinner just because their Google gizmo is doing it for them? They’d be throwing money away. Besides, things won’t get *really* weird until they figure out how to make the AI super-charming. Imagine chatting with a flirty customer who has you laughing and then it suddenly occurs to you, “Wait — are you a robot?” And the flirty response comes: “Do you want me to be?”

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Kim Kardashian threw Chrissy Teigen a surprise baby shower — and John Legend and Kanye West were there laughing and dancing together

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OMG! We knew Kim Kardashian, 37, and Kanye West, 40, were getting together with Chrissy Teigen, 32, and John Legend, 39, this weekend and now we know why! It was a surprise baby shower for the model! Chrissy just gifted her fans a playful snap of herself, Kimmie and celeb hairstyle Jen Atkin at the shindig. In the image, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star throws up a peace sign and Jen gives the camera a wink — and we are experiencing intense FOMO right now!

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