Mitch McConnell Flat Out Refuses to Give Senate More Than 10 Hours to Review Health Care Bill

As a small cabal of old impotent white men clandestinely put together an enormous tax break for the rich at the cost of millions of people’s lives, word has leaked that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans on bringing his Trumpcare bill to the floor for a vote sometime next week. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) questioned McConnell on the floor of the Senate Monday and tried to get something resembling “reason” out of a man and a political party that has long disappeared from democracy and into the funhouse of corruption. It led to this exchange:

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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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