Pickles, pieholes, and Karl Rove

You just gotta love Karl Rove. The man is truly an evil genius. If only we had someone like him on our side!

What makes Rove so diabolically successful is that the playbook where he gets all his dirty tricks is basically the same one we all used when we were kids trying to survive on the playground -- only he brings to bear all the money and power of the Republican Party. Hence, even as the mierda from l'affair d'Plame makes sucking sounds on the soles of his tasseled loafers, Rove has launched a counterattack -- on MoveOn.org!

Doug Ireland reports in his blog Direland, that Monday's issue of the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call has an article about the GOP's new Rove-inspired smear campaign, which attempts to label MoveOn "soft on terror." According to Roll Call,

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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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