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Facebook is curating your feed for you; are you aware?

The study found that the algorithm suppresses the diversity of the content you see in your feed by occasionally hiding items that you may disagree with and letting through the ones you are likely to agree with. The effect wasn’t all or nothing: for self-identified liberals, one in 13 diverse news stories were removed, for example. Overall, this confirms what many of us had suspected: that the Facebook algorithm is biased towards producing agreement, not dissent. This is an important finding — one you may have completely missed in the press coverage about how it’s all your fault.

Source: Facebook Said Its Algorithms Do Help Form Echo Chambers. And the Tech Press Missed It.

Saida Grundy, Boston University professor: White males a ‘problem population’ – Washington Times

A newly hired Boston University professor has come under fire for several anti-white comments she made on Twitter, but the school says she is simply practicing free speech.Incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies, Saida Grundy tweeted a slew of tweets over several months blasting white males which have drawn criticism on social media, Fox News reported Saturday.

Source: Saida Grundy, Boston University professor: White males a ‘problem population’ – Washington Times

Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC


Chris Hayes talks to Jayne Miller, the WBAL reporter who interviewed interviewed Donta Allen, who was the 2nd prisoner in the police van along with Freddie Gray.

Source: Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC

This makes absolutely no sense. There are now way too many holes in this story.

  1. The Washington Post article says that the prisoner who was in the van with Freddie Gray alleged that he thought Freddie Gray intentionally hurt himself.  In this interview, the guy is clearly saying that he thinks the police hurt him.
  2. The WaPo article said the other inmate was 38 years old. I know black doesn’t crack, but this guy is clearly not 38 years old.
  3. The WaPo article says that the identity of this man was being protected for fear that something would happen to him. He’s clearly on television giving interviews, so how does that make sense?
  4. How long are we supposed to continue swallowing this bullshit?
  5. In his version of the story, he says he was arrested for stealing a cigarette? The WaPo article says he was arrested for violating a protective order. Uh…

Watch the video for yourself and tell me what you think.

Freddie Gray allegedly injured himself intentionally while in police custody

The Baltimore Police Department Public Affairs Office The Washington Post has published an article which suggests that Freddie Gray injured himself while in police custody. The entire article is sourced from a police document and doesn’t name any names, including the prisoner supposedly giving the information. According to the Post, the document was provided to them under the condition that they not name the prisoner.

According to a police document obtained by The Post, a prisoner in a separate compartment of the same Baltimore police van as Freddie Gray told officers he heard Gray “banging against the walls.”

Source: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says – The Washington Post

This information is directly contradicted by earlier reports from Baltimore reporter Jayne Miller.

Just who is supposed to believe the information in this article? How can a man sever his own spine and crush his own vocal cords while handcuffed inside of a police van?

Did the guy on the other side of the wall get a deal? Did he think that possibly the thumping was the police beating Gray on the other side of the wall? If he couldn’t hear or see Gray (other than the thumping) how can he say for certain that was him on the other side of the wall?

There are so many holes in this story, and this piece is an example of the media spreading lies and propaganda for the police.

Then there’s this:

Batts has said officers violated policy by failing to properly restrain Gray. But the president of the Baltimore police union noted that the policy mandating seat belts took effect April 3 and was e-mailed to officers as part of a package of five policy changes on April 9, three days before Gray was arrested.

Gene Ryan, the police union president, said many officers aren’t reading the new policies – updated to meet new national standards – because they think they’re the same rules they already know, with only cosmetic changes. The updates are supposed to be read out during pre-shift meetings.

The previous policy was written in 1997, when the department used smaller, boxier wagons that officers called “ice cream trucks.” They originally had a metal bar that prisoners had to hold during the ride. Seat belts were added later, but the policy left their use discretionary.

So, using seat belts is discretionary, and they are admitting that the police don’t read or follow their own rules. Good job guys.

This article and the information contained is complete bullshit. Let’s continue to demand the facts. Police the police.

#BaltimoreUprising #FreddieGray #BlackLivesMatter

Kieren McCarthy’s take on net neutrality for The Register

But the reality is neither of these are true. What the net neutrality rules really demonstrate – and a little sooner that we are all comfortable with – is that a new status quo is emerging. And that status quo is Google, Netflix, Facebook et al.

Rae Sremmurd – Ear Drummers

I was trying to figure out what kind of name Rae Sremmurd was and why a group would pick it for a band name, and then I looked at it and realized it is Ear Drummers backward.


Claudette Colvin said, “Nah” before Rosa Parks did

I have long told people that Claudette Colvin said no before Rosa Parks did, and now Code Switch brings her story to the forefront where it should be.

I suppose this is what the kids refer to as blue-eyed soul. When this song popped up on a Google Play Music Playlist, I had to look to make sure that Justin Timberlake didn’t have a new song.

That time Khloe Kardashian tried to slut-shame Amber Rose

Welcome to Women’s History Month, that time of year when we are both commemorative of the achievements of women, and mindful of the mistreatment women continue to endure every single day.

As women, we tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to mistreating each other.

Ladies, why do we slut-shame each other? Why do we allow the hand-me-down notion that sexuality is something to be ashamed of to be used against us? Why do we turn this sharp sword in on our fellow sisters in the struggle?

By now you have heard about the twitter altercation between Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose. If you missed it, here is the Cliff’s Notes version:

Amber Rose gave an interview to Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club on Feb. 13 during which she criticized 25-year-old rapper Tyga for his alleged relationship with 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. During the same interview, Rose also revealed that she started stripping at the age of 15 in order to help support her family.

Khloe got wind of the interview and took to Twitter to defending her sister’s honor. She sent out a tweet comparing her sister to 15-year-old Amber, and said that the youngest Kardashian has her life together at 17.

First of all, Kylie hasn’t done anything in her 17 years to have it together except be born into the right family. Let’s not mistake a silver spoon for any type of real work or struggle.

Secondly, bringing up the stripper past of someone in an attempt to put them in their place is the worst type of behavior, and it runs into the “Mean Girls category when we do it to each other.

A moment of humility would have reminded Khloe that her entire family’s infamy is based on two of the most heinous crimes in history: the Nicole Brown Simpson murder and the Ray J sex tape.

An ability to muddle through her own vacuity would have made Khloe realize that Rose wasn’t dissing her sister; she was dissing Tyga.

Khloe was careful to stay away from the topic of the alleged relationship, and who could blame her? Opening that Pandora’s box would lead to the type of scrutiny her family doesn’t get paid to undergo.

Instead of handling it like a human being, Khloe sank to snake level, and slithered her way (by means of subtweeting no less) into Amber’s Twitter mentions.

Khloe should understand the sting of slut-shaming, because the Ray J sex tape is something that people will not let her sister Kim live down; it comes up regularly when it’s time to crack jokes at Kim’s expense.

This is what we do to each other, ladies. We attack like rabid dogs, tearing each other down over things of a private nature in order to appear to be the morally attractive choice.

The truth is the number of sex partners you have doesn’t matter to anyone other than you and any potential sexual partners.

Being a stripper does not dehumanize you. Wearing revealing clothing is not an automatic societal condemnation.

Don’t believe the hype.

We are women; we are strong, and we give birth to the world.

Your mother had to get sexual at least once; that’s how you got here.

Is she less of a woman for that act? Or is it one of the greatest things she did in her life?

For the rest of Women’s History Month, let’s make a pact to put away our inner mean girls.

Let’s devote our energy to lifting our fellow women up.

And please, no more slut-shaming.



This originally appeared on the El Camino Union website.

What will happen when Etsy goes public?

I’m curious as to how this potential IPO will impact people who use Etsy for selling their handmade goods.

This story on Rae Carruth’s son is heartbreaking

I can remember the events of this situation unfolding like it was yesterday. Reflecting on it today, I still wonder how someone could be so cruel and uncaring told their unborn child and the woman carrying it.

OK, Kanye

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