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ClicheSite.com www.clichesite.com

If you ever find yourself in need of a cliché (we can't imagine why that would happen, come to think of it, but you never know) you'll find enough cliches at this site to sink a battleship. You'd have to be dumb as a post not to find what you want in this list, since it is as long as your arm and twice as deadly. Don‚t put off tomorrow what you can do today, so head off to the ClicheSite before you go out in a blaze of glory. It will certainly leave you with something to chew on, especially if you happen to find yourself one taco short of a combination plate.

World's Best Bars www.worldsbestbars.com

It looks like this site has been created by a company that produces Irish whiskey, but if you can forget that fact for a moment you'll find a great overview of some of the best drinking spots around the world. And we do mean around the world. Amsterdam, Glasgow, Paris, Berlin and the US just to name a few. Each contains a brief review of the bar in question and the site also features a handy guide to making mixed drinks.

Refresh: The Art of the Screensaver www.artmuseum.net/Refresh/index.html

Screen savers have sort of fallen out of favor of late (after all, most computers don't really need them any more) but here is a site that treats the screen saver as an art form. The savers here began as an exhibition, fulfilling the need to "transform the outmoded utilitarian function of the screen saver into a digital form of public art." There are 22 artist-produced screen savers, all available for free downloading and many are available for both PC and Mac.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2001 www.hrw.org/wr2k1

There is a sense that, with the "bustling economy," human rights abuses should almost be a thing of the past. Sadly with the so-called global economy just picking up steam, abuses will not only continue but may well get much worse. It is a sad fact of life that most tormentors feel that without anyone watching over their shoulders, they can pretty much do whatever they want. But at least there is Human Rights Watch. This site does not claim to contain information on every abuse, nor does it discuss every issue of importance, but it is an extremely valuable document.

Jupiter Millennium Flyby www.jpl.nasa.gov/jupiterflyby

On December 30, 2000, the Cassini spacecraft will make a flyby of Jupiter on its way to Saturn. Oddly enough the Galileo spacecraft will also be on hand, as it has been exploring Jupiter since 1995. Needless to say it is rather unusual to have two "robotic spacecraft*actively observing a planet --other than Earth-- at the same time" and this site offers some fascinating facts on both spacecraft as well as a photo gallery, the latest news, events and a detailed FAQ.
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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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