HIGHTOWER: Kick the P.L.A. Out of the U.S.A.

In a cabal of Washington arrogance and Wall Street avarice, the will of the People was stiffed when special trade privileges were recently extended to China -- a move that will further exploit millions of impoverished and even imprisoned Chinese laborers, while it further undermines America's middle class.One of the most outrageous aspects of giving China privileged trade status is that it supports that country's military and police repression of the Chinese people, since so many of the products coming out of China are made by businesses controlled by the People's Liberation Army and the People's Armed Police.From toys to towels, from fish to firearms, billions-of-dollars worth of goods are produced by these businesses under contract to some of the largest American brand-names and billions more are wholesaled to America's largest chain stores. The sales of these goods return profits to the PLA and the PAP. In turn, these profits finance their continued rule over the people of China -- a rule that's based on human oppression, misery and murder.Why should we put up with this? Sure, Wall Street corporations profit by getting dirt-cheap, Made-in-China goods . . . but why should we workaday Americans allow the blood of Tienanmen Square to flow into Main Street, USA?Well, a new report from the union representing thousands of U.S. retail workers gives you and me the weapon we need to "Kick the PLA out of the USA." This report reveals that such corporations as Schwinn, Nike, and Kmart are buying products directly from PLA-controlled companies, and that stores ranging in price from Nordstrom to Wal-Mart are carrying PLA-made goods on their shelves and racks.This is Jim Hightower saying . . . If we don't buy these blood-stained products, US companies will stop buying from the brutal thugs ruling China. To help "Kick the PLA out of the USA," get a free copy of this report by calling 202-737-7200.

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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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