Time to take the gloves off

Ok, where are my people at? I've heard from Senators Reid and Patrick Leahy, but every Democratic Senator worth his or her salt should be making a statement today about what's wrong with Supreme Court nominee Sameul Alito. This is going to be a dirty fight, and it's important to frame it early.

The frame? With Alito, Bush showed he is a tool of the far-right, out of touch with mainsteram America. Why it's going to be hard to get Senators to filibuster Alito? Because on some key issues, many Americans agree with Alito, at least according to the polls.

So Alito believes spouses should be required to be notified if their wives seek to get an abortion. So do seventy percent of Americans.

So Alito's a no-apologies right-wing conservative. Most Americans apparently don't care, as long as he has judicial experience.

This is going to be a long fight, but why not start now? MoveOn has an emergency petition going, trying to gather 250,000 signatures in 48 hours. And the National Women's Law Center is urging people to start calling their Senators now.

What are you waiting for?

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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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