DURST: Campaign Contributions to the DNC

Now the People's Republic of China has links to suspicious campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee. Oh, there you go. Clinton needs to hear this the same way a three legged fox needs to hear the horn sounding the start of the hunt. Might want to get an early start on those memoirs, Bill. The Chinese for crum's sake. Next thing you know, they're going to uncover a contribution to the President's Re Election Committee in the form of a personal check from Saddam Hussein, with "furry hugs and sloppy kisses" on the memo line and a little heart dotting the "i."You know who I blame? Bob Dole. All this late money showed up mostly because the election was like slam dunking from a stepladder. If Dole had managed to keep the race a little closer, everybody would have hedged their bets. Your average lobbyist may be dumber than a dump truck load of squirrel hair but if he hasn't learned to throw money at a winner he not only has to clean the employee rest room he also gets the ceremonial tassels ripped right off his loafers. In the wake of this, I wonder who Clinton is going to give toilet detail to. Probably Janet Reno. Will Durst would love to be in the room to hear that assignment.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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