Breaking the raves (video)

"Utah County Metro SWAT, Utah Department of Corrections out of Salt Lake and Gunnison, Department of Public Safety and their helicopter and Provo SWAT" were sent in by the clowns there to break up a rave on Saturday night. So says the sheriff's report on the situation. A DJ at the rave posted his account here, on Apollo's diary.

That's right: a dance party. This is how America treats kids who want to dance? With SWAT teams? My God. There had better be rock-solid proof -- and soon -- that these kids were plotting to poison the water supply, smuggle dirty bombs to terrorists or drain the Great Salt Lake.

Because if this really is some kind of Footloose-style Jihad on teens dancing to bad music and (allegedly) dabbling in corny drugs, that is not just pathetic but a dangerous misuse of law enforcement (one video of arrests here).

I suspect that the sheriff's statement will, in due time, be found to be mostly B.S. -- valuable perhaps for appreciating just how stupid the overreaction really was. The humorous note in the sheriff's statement (though, like I said, I suspect there'll be more dark humor to come as its claims fall away bit by bit) is the continued use of disburse instead of disperse.

Unless there's some law enforcement lingo to which I'm not privy, disburse means to dis-purse or to take money from. (Daily Kos)

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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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