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Billionaire tech investors back ballot initiative to purge homeless people from San Francisco

Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz and angel investor Ron Conway have donated to San Francisco’s Proposition Q: if passed, “the city would give residents of tent encampments 24 hours’ notice to relocate to a shelter or accept a bus ticket out of town.” Other San Francisco ballot initiatives propose to build houses for homeless people, which is literally the only proven way to …

Joi Ito interviews Barack Obama for Wired: machine learning, neurodiversity, basic research and Star Trek

Joi Ito (previously) — director of MIT Media Lab, former Creative Commons chief, investor, entrepreneur, and happy mutant — interviewed Barack Obama for a special, Obama-edited issue of Wired. The two covered the ethical implications of machine learning, diversity in tech, neurodiversity, the collapse of funding for basic research, precision medicine, high-speed trading, cybersecurity, robots taking our jobs, internet regulation, space travel, and …

Though crime happens everywhere, predictive policing tools send cops to poor/black neighborhoods

Researchers from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (previously) obtained a copy of the Predpol predictive policing system that police departments around America have spent a fortune on in order to find out where to set their patrols, and fed it Oakland’s 2010 arrest data, then asked it to predict where the crime would be in 2011. Predpol munged the arrest data, then …

Wells Fargo whistleblower describes bank's culture of blackballing threats and coerced corruption

On the latest Planet Money podcast (MP3), a former San Francisco Wells Fargo banker describes the bullying and coercion she faced from senior management while working at the bank’s head office, and how the bank forced her out when she blew the whistle on fraud and then blacklisted her with other banks, forcing her out of the sector altogether. “Ashley” was 30 when …

Merciless reporting on the Chicago Police Department's extortion racket, & the senior officials who covered it up

The more we learn about the Chicago Police Department, the worse it gets — there’s the sabotage of dashcams, the widespread corruption, the investigators fired for refusing to cover up police crimes, off-the-books “black site” where the CPD kidnaps and tortures suspects, the Accountability Task Force Report that called the force racist, corrupt and broken. But there has never been a more …

Peasant meme

Doges are done; sneks are so September. What’s next? @Hay_Man’s Peasant Memes! The only good meme pic.twitter.com/2FyEePROxU — hay man (@hay__man) October 3, 2016 (via Laurie Penny) report this ad JWZ has discovered the greatest Google Image search. READ THE REST If you want to let people know you care but don’t have time to send thoughts and prayers every time there’s …

Donald Trump's Taxes Say More About America Than They Do About Him

This weekend, some sainted individual in the depths of Trump Tower kindly wrote the next chapter in my ongoing but currently 22-segment Donald Trump RPF by leaking his 1995 tax return to the New York Times, which promptly printed it, because as we all know, the media are almost as mean as Secretary … Continue reading Source link

Black voter registration is inversely correlated with black death at police hands

Correlation is not causation, and the data-set is awfully small (39 incidents), but computational epidemiologist Maimuna Majumder is working with what’s available, because the federal government won’t fund research into gun fatalities, and does not require states to gather data on police use of force. Majumder says that multivariate linear regression showed that a black person’s likelihood of being shot by the …

How many Wells Fargo employees were fired for NOT committing fraud?

When Wells Fargo fired 5,300 employees for opening 2,000,000 accounts in its customers name (stealing their cash and trashing their credit scores in the process), it wanted us all to know that it had cleaned house, because this was just 5,300 people who, without any help from senior management, all happened to coincidentally engage in the same fraud. Today, we know …

Support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's action against predatory payday lenders

The predatory payday lending industry — “‘legalized loan sharks collect 75 percent of their fees from people stuck in more than 10 loans a year by charging 300 percent APR” — is lobbying hard to kill the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed “debt trap” rule, “that would require lenders to determine whether borrowers can afford to pay back their loans and cut off …