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There is a new "nudify" website that makes perfect nude photos from any image of a woman for free. The user can copy or share the image with anybody. Some people are horrified, but I'm thinking it takes all the power away from people trying to extort or shame women by publishing real nude photos. From this time on, everybody knows "nude photos" are just cheap fakes! They can no longer be used as evidence in court, for example. All they will do is humiliate the person presenting them as if they are evidence.

Unfortunately, the site only makes nude photos of women. Feed it a photo of a man, and it returns what he would look like after a sex change! Which might lead to some interesting problems for men applying for jobs, etc. But I'm sure sooner or later (probably sooner) there will be a similar web site for male bodies. This might even be a good thing for people contemplating a transition. Or for men who want to misrepresent the size of their endowments. smile


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Dang! I could have made an image of the perfect man. Oh well. coffee


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Listen, if you won't protect your women, and you won't fight for your country - you're pretty useless as a people. Hmm


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>make a perfect man

Just wait a few years. VR combined with these sort of algorithms will lead directly to being able to construct a perfect moving and speaking image of anybody you want, in real-time. Combine that with a brain-scan technology that lets the computer tell if you like what you are seeing, and you get perfect porn that changes constantly, and evolves along with your tastes. This WILL happen. We already have VR and POV porn, ""nudify", and Deep Fake for images and videos. It's just a matter of processing power before it can happen on every computer in real-time. Maybe that will be the solution for the overpopulation problem, as more and more people give up real sex for VR sex.

I read about this in a sci-fi novel several years ago. A young man was addicted to such a VR porn channel that changed all the time. Then he got stuck hiking across country with no tech connection for several months. When he got back to civilization he was dismayed to find his favorite channel had evolved into something that disgusted him!


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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. -Ogden Nash, poet (19 Aug 1902-1971)


You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
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Much as Cuomo accomplished policy-wise, his brain was in the 1960s (kinda like Trump's). I was sorry to see him go, but his arrogance was pretty overwhelming.

Desantis, on the other hand, is both incompetent AND and [censored]. I recognize that he's auditioning to be the new "Trump", but he's pretty weak. Then again, Rubio....

Florida is an interesting admixture of sophistication and gross hillbillyism. He's definitely got the hillbilly vote, but they're dropping like flies. It will be interesting to see where the voting goes in 2022.


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Originally Posted by NW Ponderer
Much as Cuomo accomplished policy-wise, his brain was in the 1960s (kinda like Trump's). I was sorry to see him go, but his arrogance was pretty overwhelming.

Straight out of Seasons 1, 2 & 3 of "Mad Men", right?
Agree about Flori-DUH.


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There's a fair chance that DeSantis loses his gubernatorial contest in 2022...

That would take away his bully pulpit and send him toward 2024 as a loser in his own state.

Nikki Fried is quite popular...perhaps our independent voters will come to the rescue of Florida and reject DeSantis next year.

Val Demings is unlikely to be able to beat Marco Rubio. But she will get progressives excited and off the couch...

Color me optimistic for Florid's future. Such as it is...


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Hi, guys. I guess I kind of hit the ground running today, probably too much coffee. I’ve been wanting to talk about Afghanistan and climate and coronavirus but frankly, it’s difficult to do with friends and relations, what with leftover ideas from the previous administration, and friends of friends whose kids earned medals in the Middle East.

I’ll try to slow down my posting in the next few days but it’s hard when I’m anxious to hear what you have to say.


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Originally Posted by Mellowicious
Hi, guys. I guess I kind of hit the ground running today, probably too much coffee. I’ve been wanting to talk about Afghanistan and climate and coronavirus but frankly, it’s difficult to do with friends and relations, what with leftover ideas from the previous administration, and friends of friends whose kids earned medals in the Middle East.

I’ll try to slow down my posting in the next few days but it’s hard when I’m anxious to hear what you have to say.

---I don't think anyone wants you to slow down at all, you've been missed and everyone's glad you're back.


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