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Our highly commercial world demands that what we are in the end will not measured by what we have accomplished, but by what commercial items we have amassed. For whatever reason, John D. Freyer has decided to put all of his worldly possessions up for sale. Everything he owns is or will soon be available for purchase via Ebay so, as John says, if you've ever given him anything, here is your chance to get it back!

Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers

The Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers site came into being when the author began to notice just how many men of a certain age look like singer/actor Kenny Rogers. It has something to do with the hair and the beard, of course, along with the suspicion that some of the men were actually trying to look like Rogers. And we have to admit, having looked at the gallery of photos, that most of these guys really do look like the Gambler.

Telephone Art

This site started as a personal project but has grown to nearly 4000 files and images of* telephones. You've got black and white images, celebrities using phones, cartoons, clip art, cell phones, pay phones* In short, just about anything having to do with a phone. The question as to why anyone would amass such a huge collection is of course open to speculation.


If you have had your fill of Web pages plastered with ads, you might want to download the software called WebWasher. This free software "prevents unwanted data objects on Web pages from being loaded." In other words, it filters advertising banners, pop-up windows, animations and more. It is said to be currently used by over 3 million users worldwide and it really does work. Just download the software, restart Netscape or IE and learn the love the fresh white pages of ad-free Websites!

Global Warming: Early Warning Signs

After a few decades of officials worldwide denying the very existence of global warming, new studies have confirmed what most of us have always known. Using a clickable map, we see that the warning signs are indeed at hand. There are the heat waves, rising sea level and melting glaciers, as well as the events of the future, including spreading disease, early spring arrival, coral reef bleaching and much more.
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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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