[B]oth liberal and conservative lawmakers assume their voters are much further to the right than they actually are:
The typical conservative legislator overestimates his or her district’s conservatism by a whopping 20 percentage points. Indeed, he or she believes the district is even more conservative than the most right-leaning district in the entire country.
Liberals also think their constituents’ views are more conservative than they really are, but are typically only off by about five percentage points.
The research finds "no meaningful statistical relationship" between incumbency or professionalism and the accuracy of lawmakers' perceptions.
[T]he co-authors note that many scholars have found "politicians feel much more accountable to the wealthy, party leaders, or interest groups than to rank and file voters’ preferences," and that "politically active citizens tend to be wealthier and more conservative than others."
The system, which was introduced in early May, uses what Flickr describes as “advanced image recognition technology” to automatically categorise photos into a number of broad groups.
For instance, a picture of a newspaper cartoon can be automatically given the tags “drawing”, “sketch”, “cartoon”, “text”, and “writing”, in addition to whatever else the uploader decides to add to the photo. Other tags the system can automatically append include “outdoors” and “blackandwhite” - referring to the picture’s setting and image type.
But the system appears to be misfiring frequently, and often in offensive ways. A portrait taken by Corey Deshon of a black man named William has been auto- tagged with “blackandwhite” and “monochrome” – but also with the words “animal” and “ape”.
The system itself doesn’t appear to applying race as a factor, since at least one other photo, of a white woman, was also given the “animal” and “ape” tags.
Elsewhere, photos of Dachau concentration camp have been auto-tagged with the “jungle gym”, “sport” and “trellis” tags, while an instantly recognisable photo of the entrance to Auschwitz was also given the “sport” tag.
Either the algorithm needs tweaking or the coders are libertarians.
[T]he White House said that effective immediately, the federal government will no longer fund or provide armored vehicles that run on a tracked system instead of wheels, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms. The federal government also is exploring ways to recall prohibited equipment already distributed.
In addition, a longer list of equipment the federal government provides will come under tighter control, including wheeled armored vehicles like Humvees, manned aircraft, drones, specialized firearms, explosives, battering rams and riot batons, helmets and shields. Starting in October, police will have to get approval from their city council, mayor or some other local governing body to obtain it, provide a persuasive explanation of why it is needed and have more training and data collection on the use of the equipment.
It wouldn't surprise me if Congress stepped in and put a stop to the President's action.
Ex-New York Times reporter Judith Miller and rightwing guerilla filmmaker James O'Keefe filmed an hour-long discussion trying to answer the question that has persisted through their careers: "Why do they hate us?"
"I think journalists who poke holes in comforting narratives tend to be subjected to a fair amount of scorn," Miller told O'Keefe. "I've spent my whole life trying to poke holes in comfortable narratives. And I think that annoys people."
She commiserated with O'Keefe about being "despised" by the mainstream media, saying that the two were united by "skepticism" and their efforts to get at the truth.