Updated: Crocodile Hunter killed by stingray

I've been accused of making everything political. I can't imagine why.

Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter" whose Australian accent was as emphatic as his love for wildlife, was killed by the barb of a stingray as he was filming a piece called "the deadliest creatures of the sea" or something like that [VIDEO right].

Rumors are flying that he was pulling the barb from his chest as he died. These are false. Experts note that he probably died instantly. UPDATE: Irwin's friend and manager in the clip to the right responds to reports that he pulled the barb from his chest, saying: "It's absolute rubbish... of course it's not true." In later reports, after having watched the video, he notes that he did indeed remove the barb.

In any case, the man who played with crocodiles, snakes, sharks and others has something to teach us right now. Courage. With all the talk of "evil" "danger" and "terror" floating around at the moment, one thing we seldom call it is cowardice.

Buck up America. We don't need to sacrifice our freedom, well-being and love for humanity just because we feel vulnerable. Take a page from the crocodile hunter.

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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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