Glenn Beck: 'I worry about the next 8 months'

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On "Zero Hour," Glenn Beck shared his thoughts on the state of the world with James Poulos, explaining why people are right to feel upset with the ruling class.

Even though people are fed up with the elite ruling class, he says, today’s elites “are so arrogant and have AI at their side that they think that they can topple [the country] and create a Utopia — and I think they're all in.”

2024 promises to be a pivotal year in politics across the world, from the EU parliamentary elections to the U.K. general election and the Trump vs. Biden rematch. People are upset with ruling elites and long for change. Will populist sentiment triumph, or will the establishment prevail?

So far, it seems like voters are ready for change. In the EU elections, the populist right won big. In France, voters have abandoned the political center, signaling the desire for a hard right-wing or a hard left-wing government. And in the U.K., center-right Tory PM Rishi Sunak faces embarrassing defeat, indicating the decline of centrist, liberal conservatism.

Yet despite Biden’s plunging poll numbers and farmer uprisings across Europe, politicians refuse to change.

“Never have I ever seen in a political cycle people saying ow, that hurts, and the politicians say oh good, want some more? You don't do that,” said Beck. “It makes no sense.”

Poulos agreed. “For a lot of Americans, it's cognitive dissonance because on the one hand, we've got a government that's totally out of control, that's globalized itself, that is trampling the Constitution using technology as a weapon against its own people. But on the world stage, it seems like we've never been weaker.”

To hear more of what Glenn Beck has to say about the future of America, Big Tech, foreign affairs, Elon Musk, and more, watch the full episode of "Zero Hour with James Poulos."

Are scientists harvesting human embryos to power supercomputers?!

The idea of harvesting anything from a human being to power technology might make for a great dystopian novel or a science-fiction television show, but to apply such a concept to reality is surely crazy, right?

Well, yes, it is undoubtedly crazy. But it is happening.

“This is actually in practice and being used by the University of Michigan right now,” says Glenn Beck. “Environmentalists are worried about how we make enough power to be able to power AI.”

Their answer has come in the form of what is called an “organoid” — a simplified organ that is artificially grown in vitro.

Blaze Media editor at large and host of “Zero Hour” James Poulos, who did a deep dive into this harrowing subject in his recent article “Brace yourself: Making computers from human brains is the new environmentalism,” joins Glenn to unpack the deranged concept of “offering up human brains to run energy-starved supercomputers.”

“AI consumes a ton of electricity,” and “environmentalists have always hated nuclear power,” so “they’re turning to us to be the batteries,” Poulos explains.

Scientists in the field are taking “stem cells out of embryos or out of the lab (sometimes even out of tumors)” and “[turning] them into brain cells basically and [using] those as batteries to power what they're calling bioprocessors.”

This method is considered superior because it apparently requires “about a million times less power than a typical digital processor.”

The hype surrounding this dark concept, Poulos says, originates from “the same folks who brought you the idea of going to Carbon Zero [or] Net Zero carbon use.”

“They look at human beings as a waste of space — a waste of energy — and they want to harness that to run AI,” he says.

The company behind the movement is called FinalSpark.

According to their website, the organoids that power AI “live for about 100 days.”

“So, are we harvesting embryos, using them to power a supercomputer for 100 days, and then killing them and looking for more embryo stem cells?” asks Glenn in shock.

The short answer is yes.

“What you do is you start the embryonic process, but you arrest it before it gets too far and then you harvest the stem cells out of this artificially induced embryonic organism ... and you just grow those cells sort of in the way they grow fake meat cells,” Poulos explains, adding that this process is “not one and done.”

“It's not like, well, maybe once upon a time there was an embryo who had to die for the greater good. No, this is like a perpetual-motion machine; you’ve got to keep harvesting,” he says.

“Lord, that’s terrifying,” says Glenn.

“If we were created in the image of God, how far can you stray from that before something really horrible happens?” Poulos asks rhetorically, pointing to Nikola Tesla’s prescient warning: “You may live to see manmade horrors beyond your comprehension.”

“You now have scientists who don't necessarily believe in God [and] think that they are creating a god in AI now harvesting God's creation to power their new god,” says Glenn.

To hear more of the conversation, watch the clip below.

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Aiden Buzzetti: Bad teachers 'make children ideological slaves'

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Aiden Buzzetti is the president of the 1776 Project, and he believes parents need to take their child’s education into their own hands.

“It’s important to realize that not every teacher is bad, but the ones that are bad disregard all of the rules. They want to make children their ideological slaves,” Buzzetti tells James Poulos, adding, “This trend cannot continue.”

This creates a never-ending cycle, as the children who’ve been indoctrinated will grow up to be teachers who indoctrinate.

“It seems like they’ve built a perpetual-motion machine,” Poulos notes.

Buzzetti and the 1776 Project have been working to change the political landscape of school boards in order to stop this.

“Right now, especially here in Texas, where we’ve done a fair amount of elections — the school boards were dominated by progressive parent groups,” Buzzetti explains. “If you have a group of parents who are willing to stand shoulder-to-should with you and make the case that something needs to change, you’re actually laying the groundwork for something substantive.”

Though 80% of kids in America attend public schools, there’s been an explosion in alternative schooling options across America.

“There’s more opportunities for parents to go to private schools, or charter schools and religious schools, even one of the classical Christian associations had their membership triple over the course of the pandemic,” Buzzetti explains. “That means parents are taking their kids out of a public school and seeing what their options are.”

However, Buzzetti believes it's extremely important to continue to fight for change within the public school system and not abandon it.

“It’s important that we stand firm on public schools, that we don’t necessarily abandon them,” he says.

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Obama 'still in charge' as White House puppet master

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D.C. correspondent for Blaze Media, Christopher Bedford, has been exploring the dark depths of America’s capital for years — and it’s now the worst he’s ever seen.

Crime has skyrocketed among its residents while politicians live lavishly.

“There’s been about three shootings within a block of my house in the last month, because they’re just not afraid of the police. And it’s not like D.C. or other cities in America have been hit by some massive global depression, it’s not like a real actual disease has swept through and broken down law and order,” Bedford says.

“This is intentional suicide by our city council,” he adds.

However, one politician in particular is doing extremely well despite the city that’s crumbling around him: Barack Obama.

“You know who’s having a great time in D.C. is Barack Obama,” James Poulos tells Bedford.

“You’re not supposed to be living in D.C. and doing whatever he does in that mansion. Violated many, many decades of precedent of 'You're supposed to bug out of town once you’re out of office,'” he adds.

Bedford knows why.

“He’s still in charge,” he says. “He has full access to the White House. He’s holding meetings whenever he wants, he’s on phone calls, and visitors are coming to and from that Kalorama Heights mansion, and I kind of just want to know which aspects of the White House are being run by him.”

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Who killed the dissident left?

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Ten years ago, Edward Snowden changed American history, but he changed the future too. We're living in it. One week before he lifted just a corner of the rug carpeting over our new regime — the one that now has all but replaced the country we knew — Americans tuning in to "Real Time with Bill Maher" heard a puzzling message from the world to come. Sitting between Obamacare architect Neera Tanden and some third person I no longer remember sat one James Poulos.

Bill had steered the conversation toward the possibility of government overreach, and I cautioned the panel that just because the Bush administration had ostensibly shuttered its Total Information Awareness project didn't mean the military-industrial complex, the intelligence community, or the administrative state weren't still pursuing exactly that. Not for the first time on that panel, I drew some funny faces — and not the haha kind, either — but yesterday's riddle is today no laughing matter.

In the wake of Snowden's disclosures and others to follow, some of the most vociferous criticism of our government crossing the Deep State Rubicon came not from the right, but the left. In the long, often sad 2010s, if you wanted to hear from people mad about malevolent government, angry about corporate corruption, wary of the globalization agenda, and fired up about protecting the little guy, chances were you had to look to the so-called dissident left. I should know.

After the financial crisis blew out my hopes of landing a tenure-track job in academic political theory (I'll wait for you to finish laughing), I left the Beltway swamp for the relatively noble and upright world of Hollywood, where as a disaffected conservative fronting an indie rock band, I was the perfect token right-winger for high-profile new media brands like Vice, the Huffington Post, and the Young Turks.

I worked with them all and, yes, made lots of trendy friends. We were cresting a wave, riding the dragon, speaking our minds. We were the thorn in the side of the increasingly smug and aloof Obama administration — the one that began America's proud tradition of painting rainbow colors on killer robots tasked to take out those unfortunate souls listed on its so-called disposition matrix. One name that didn't appear on any lists, at least none leaked or otherwise made public, belonged to one of the rising stars in my circle of hot media friends.

City of spooks

His name was Michael Hastings. Michael skyrocketed to fame as a real-deal conflict journalist — the kind that made Vice's potentate Shane Smith a very wealthy man. Michael had both the access and the balls to take down Obama's top dog in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, with a single kill shot of his own — one scorching story in Rolling Stone magazine.

I wasn't a part of Michael's inner circle, but I was close enough to see firsthand what he had helped achieve: a creative, confident nerve center of anti-establishment politics in the heart of Los Angeles, centered around Oliver Stone and expanding across time zones to include the likes of Glenn Greenwald, who had recommended me as an in-studio guest to the Young Turks before he became an enemy of the state. But Glenn, as you probably know, is still with us — alive and well — and the same, alas, cannot be said of Michael.

A scant 12 days after Glenn first published Snowden's bombshells, Michael's Mercedes, with Michael behind the wheel, veered abruptly off the pavement, traveling south on Highland Avenue just past Melrose, across from Matzah Pizzeria, and impacted one of the tall, glamorous palm trees lining the median. The vehicle instantly burst into flames and charred the victim "beyond recognition." This event took place shortly before 4:30 in the morning that dark Tuesday.

BuzzFeed chief Ben Smith, who had Michael on payroll, told the press he was shocked and devastated. But words like that couldn't capture the body blow that had caved in the hearts of Michael's friends and loved ones and swiftly shattered the dissident media scene that he had proven to be the heart of. So began what became the systematic roll-up of the dissident left, eventually sidelining even Bernie Sanders and transforming the Democrats from a party with a partisan base mobilized against corruption, globalization, and militarization into one where both the elites and the foot soldiers were slavishly devoted to all those once so terrible things.

I don't know exactly what happened to Michael that terrible night, but I didn't tell the press when they came calling that I knew where Michael had been before he climbed into his car — agitated but very unsuicidal — and began what he had intended to be a quick trip out of town. I knew the last two people he had spoken to before he died, and I knew what he had said to them. I knew something was very wrong, and I knew nobody was ever going to find out what it was. No investigation into Michael's death was forthcoming; his coroner's report was unceremoniously sealed. He had disappeared into a hole as dark and obliviating as any of his country's secret and illegal black sites. And so, in a sense, his country had done the same.

I've never spoken publicly about any of these details until now. Ten years of silence can do that to you. The list of people present at the creation of the first political media scene in the age of social media was short in 2013, and the list of those still kicking today is shorter still. There's never been a proper retrospective of just what happened to our government, our media, and our political institutions since Michael Hastings was so quickly removed from the national equation. Even though, with the benefit of hindsight, the strange concurrence of the death of New Media and the death of the dissident left goes beyond the realm of the uncanny and into the realm of the suspect. It stinks. Not just with the stench of death, but of murder most foul.

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What’s ACTUALLY killing Disney? Film producer weighs in

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For many, many years, Disney was America’s favorite family entertainment conglomerate. But the tides seem to be turning. More and more people across the country are abandoning Disney, leaving the company in a massive revenue deficit.

What exactly is causing Disney to decline? Is it progressive films (aka box office flops), the threat of AI, or a combination of the two?

American actor and film producer Matthew Marsden joins James Poulos on "Zero Hour" to discuss what’s going on.

Disney has “absolutely destroyed what made that brand brilliant,” says Marsden. “You’re seeing it now with the woke ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”’

For those who don’t know, this progressive "Snow White" remake will feature no prince and no dwarves because apparently those two things are offensive, and a Latina actress will star in the role of Snow White because whiteness, as we’ve been told, needs to be done away with.

“If you have an established IP … even though it's made millions of dollars [and] it's been hugely successful, some screenwriter comes along and he goes, ‘Do you know what, I can improve that,’ and they change it,” says Marsden.

Which is exactly what they’re doing with "Snow White." Despite the fact that the original is a beloved classic, the screenwriters and producers are turning the script upside down to create what will inevitably become yet another woke disaster.

“Just make the movie of the book,” pleads Marsden. “It's sold X amount of a million copies; people want to see it up on screen … it's really simple.”

“When you see that happen, they're always successful for the most part,” he continues.

“Tech is part of the problem here too,” adds James, because many screenwriters wrongly assume that putting “CGI in every scene” means “people will get it and they'll watch it because it's got technology in it … and that doesn’t work.”

“So if that doesn’t work, and woke-ifying things doesn’t work, then you’ve got stagnation,” he continues.

Based on Disney’s profit margins, it certainly seems like the company is in a state of stagnation.

To hear the full conversation, watch the video below.

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