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Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.
Matthew Olson here seeks to provide Catholic analysis of issues.

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"As the threat of deep fakes intensifies, so do efforts to produce new detection methods. In June, researchers from the University at Albany (SUNY) published a paper outlining how fake videos could be identified by a lack of blinking in synthetic subjects. Facebook has also committed to developing machine learning models to detect deep fakes. But Farid is wary. Relying on forensic detection alone to combat deep fakes is becoming less viable, he believes, due to the rate at which machine learning techniques can circumvent them. 'It used to be that we'd have a couple of years between coming up with a detection technique and the forgers working around it. Now it only takes two to three months.'"
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"'Many officials at a local level feel they need to change in their old ways to deal with religions. This means a more difficult job and less power,' said Francesco Sisci, a longtime Italian media correspondent in Beijing and now a senior researcher at Beijing's Renmin University. 'So, they are not happy,' he told Catholic News Service. 'So, they are sloppy or try to sabotage Beijing. If they undermine the agreement, they can recover some of their previous power. It is a proof of Beijing's determination in the agreement that problems are only scattered in a very few places and are not very widespread.'"
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Interesting statement from a cardinal:

"On Monday, Mexico City Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes told Crux he was confused about the current situation. 'I'm certainly surprised by this caravan. I wonder why they're doing it, because they don't want to go into the United States, they just want to make a demonstration at the border,' he said. 'It's a bit strange because it seems that there are many who've already returned. Then, at the beginning they were only from Honduras, but now I've read they're mostly from Guatemala.'"
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This man is to be opposed.
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"The favored candidate to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, on Wednesday signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing a stance by the influential Catholic Church. The 63-year-old ex-paratrooper, a Catholic whose ultraconservative and law-and-order rhetoric has lifted him in the polls, signed the promise during a visit to see Brazilian Cardinal Orani Tempesta at Rio's archdiocese. The document also reaffirmed Bolsonaro's opposition to sex education material promoting acceptance of homosexuality in schools, and to decriminalizing drug use."
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Things have escalated.

"Patriarch Bartholomew has been often called ‘the spiritual leader of the 300 million-strong Orthodox population of the planet’, but from these 300 million at least a half should be subtracted; for he is not the spiritual leader for either the Russian Orthodox Church or the Local Orthodox Churches, which I think will not support his predatory actions. Precisely for this reason I say that he has now lost the right to be called the coordinating center for the Orthodox Church."
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