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Metallica Riles, Man (

Metallica's Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield must have been on tour when the rest of the Marketing 101 class learned that if you rile your fans, they might not remain fans for very long. The ageless boy wonders have --whether by their own choice or not-- taken Napster software to task for allowing unlimited distribution of Metallica's copyrighted material. The backlash begins with this searing cartoon from Camp Chaos in which Ulrich and Hetfield are depicted as little more than foul-mouthed, money-hungry sluts who, although quite happy to reap huge mark-ups for t-shirts and other merchandise, are nevertheless determined to protect their product at any cost. The Flash cartoon can be watched online or downloaded for repeated enjoyment.

Make a Shirt for $1.00? (

In these days when scam artists are spreading across the Internet faster than last month's ILOVEYOU viruses, we were naturally skeptical when we read that it was possible to make an Origami Shirt for $1.00. "For fun," the tagline says, "lets make a nice looking shirt that only costs $1!" Is this something one could actually wear, and if so, would it look cool enough to wear on Saturday night? Well, it turns out that the shirt in question is actually made with the $1.00 bill. It might fit Ken or Barbie, but not much else. Okay, so they have us on a technicality. Still, they do give instructions on how to make the $1.00 shirt*

Diet Coke (

We were curious as to what sort of site Coca Cola might create for Diet Coke. We were not expecting much. In that regard we were not disappointed, 'cause their ain't much here. Unless you like the phrase: "Live Your Life. Diet Coke" repeated over and over again. As in: "Discover Places Near and Far. Live Your Life. Diet Coke." Or: "Make Each Day Count for You. Live Your Life. Diet. Coke." You get the idea. Otherwise there are a couple of postcards (Diet Coke postcards) you can send to soon-to-be-former friends and a few Diet Coke screen savers. "Move on to Another Site. Live Your Life. Diet Coke."

Edward S. Curtis (

It has been said that Edward Curtis was not the first, the last or perhaps even the best person to have ever photographed American Indians, but there is no doubt that he was one of the most dedicated. Beginning in 1900 Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, eventually compiled in the epic 20-volume book "The North American Indian." He spent almost 30 years of his life photographing Indians and many of these photos exist today as one-of-a-kind portraits. Despite his unyielding dedication to capturing these images for eternity, upon his death in 1952 the New York Times noted that he was "also widely known as a photographer." This site, dedicated to the centennial of Curtis' work, demonstrates he was indeed a photographer.

The C.I.A. in Iran (

The Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) had a plan in 1953 to overthrow Iran's government. A once secret report, written in 1954 by one of the coup's chief planners, offers a detailed history of "the military coup that returned the shah of Iran to power and toppled Iran's elected prime minister." Perhaps not quite the history your remember? This New York Times Special Report offers a gloriously detailed overview of the event, the history of the region, key players and Acrobat Reader versions of C.I.A. documents. Registration (free) is required to view this document. The New York Times organization was a bit slow in learning how to use the Web to best effect, but they are catching on quickly.
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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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