Oral sex causes cancer

Mike Russo of Groupthinktank spots a study that says HPV can cause cancer of the tonsils.

According to The Cancer Herald, Swedish scientists at the Karolinska institute think that rising rates of oral sex can explain why tonsil cancer has been getting more common over the past few decades.

There is a vaccine that is 100% safe and effective at preventing HPV when it is administered to young girls. Of course, certain anti-sex zealots are doing everything they can to keep the HPV vaccine out of the standard pediatric immunization schedule.

Maybe if they know that HPV imperils the tonsils of men as well as the cervixes of women, they might soften their stance.

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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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