Hidden costs of Iraq war

The McLaughlin Group started out their Sunday program with a segment on the hidden costs of the war in Iraq.

They report that the current costs of the war are $1.5 billion a week. However, this number does not include $400 million a week in ancillary costs. So, that brings the total cost to a staggering $1.9 billion per week or $7.6 billion a month.

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift devastatingly sums up the segment by saying:
"This president has hidden the cost of this war... and this president cuts taxes and the top 1% and the Halliburtons of the world party on… while… people pay an extraordinary burden."
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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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