What's up, Dick?

The notable absence of the administration's Dick in the wake of Katrina inspired more than one rumor. As SpinDentist ably puts it: "Yes, they are rumors, and they should be treated as such...Rumors are not fact. But rumors sometimes fly when there are facts being hidden."

And the facts, they are a hidden. So we bring you the blogger spec that's rushed in to fill the information void...

Jon notes that: "[Charlie Rangel] told an interviewer that the Veep was so ill he could barely talk, and that Donald Rumsfeld was really running the country." Yikes. Because he's done such a good job with Iraq.

That Nora Ephron thinks that Bush is pissed at the way Cheney's orders have worked out.

That TalkLeft heard just the opposite: that Cheney's sick of cleaning up after boy Gee-ziss.

Or wait, he wasn't absent... he was just busy setting up a mysterious oil pipeline. Our mistake...
(Pensito Review via All Spin Zone)

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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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