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  1. $10 for a 2×4 stud used in making homes. Are you kidding? Yes, get more goods from other nations. That will only rise the cost of goods and services. The MSM said that Trump was doing a bad job. Biden is doing worse than what they said Trump was doing.

  2. Research presented at the ACM FAT 2020 conference in Barcelona today supports the notion that YouTube’s platform is playing a role in radicalizing users via exposure to far-right ideologies.

    The study, carried out by researchers at Switzerland’s Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, found evidence that users who engaged with a middle ground of extreme right-wing content migrated to commenting on the most fringe far-right content.

    A March 2018 New York Times article by sociologist Zeynep Tufekci set out the now widely reported thesis that YouTube is a radicalization engine. Followup reporting by journalist Kevin Roose told a compelling tale of the personal experience of an individual, Caleb Cain, who described falling down an “alt right rabbit hole” on YouTube. But researcher Manoel Horta Ribeiro, who was presenting the paper today, said the team wanted to see if they could find auditable evidence to support such anecdotes.

    Their paper, called “Auditing radicalization pathways on YouTube,” details a large-scale study of YouTube looking for traces of evidence — in likes, comments and views — that certain right-leaning YouTube communities are acting as gateways to fringe far-right ideologies.

    Per the paper, they analyzed 330,925 videos posted on 349 channels — broadly classifying the videos into four types: Media, the Alt-lite, the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) and the Alt-right — and using user comments as a “good enough” proxy for radicalization (their data set included 72 million comments).

  3. At 15 dollars businesses are closing or shifting to total automation. I pay 15 dollars an hour when I hire people. It kills most if not all of my profit but I do it . I am grateful I do not have a business place. I would have been bankrupt on day one during the lockdowns. How am I expected to shell out 35, 50 or 75 dollars an hour and still stay afloat. I would have to be making if it was 35 dollars at least 70 dollars off the labour of that one person EVERY HOUR I AM OPEN. What am I selling that generates that kind of cash? BMWs? Tesla cars? Cannabis?

  4. Bro you don't understand that isn't sass, this little girl probably still sends Santa a letter asking for gifts, she probably did reach out to Radcliff and asked him to wave the wand… that's what happens when you let children make government policy.

  5. In a new working paper detailing their findings, Munger and Phillips challenge the trendy notion that YouTube's algorithms and auto-play features are responsible for radicalization, and they pan the theory that viewers of alt-right and alt-right-adjacent videos become easily "infected" like zombies.

    In the paper ("A Supply and Demand Framework for YouTube Politics"), Munger and Phillips note similar panic spawned by previous communications media, including cable television. In the current narrative, they write, "YouTube audiences are at risk of far-right radicalization and this is because the YouTube algorithm that was designed to maximize the company's profits via increased audience time on the platform has learned to show people far-right videos."

    "There exist many alternative media clusters on YouTube that explicitly define themselves in opposition to mainstream structures of knowledge production, they are remarkably popular, and they tend to skew to the right," the authors point out. To explain this, many people have coalesced on the idea that it's something nefarious about YouTube's recommendation system. The author disagree:

    The algorithm tends to recommend alternative media (the theory goes), leading users down a "rabbit hole" into which they become trapped, watching countless hours of alternative media content and becoming hardened opponents of liberal democratic values and mainstream knowledge production institutions. Even if we accept the premise that YouTube is an important space for radical politics, we argue that a model of YouTube media effects that centers the recommendation engine is implausible, an unfortunate update of the "hypodermic needle" model of media effects that enjoyed some prominence in the 1930s and 1940s but which has been consistently discredited ever since.

    New cultural contexts demand new metaphors, so in place of the hypodermic needle, we call this the "Zombie Bite" model of YouTube radicalization. The reference is to [an August 2019] working paper (the most comprehensive quantitative analysis of YouTube politics to date) which deems people who comment on videos produced by figures associated with the "Alt-Right" as "infected," and that this "infection" spreads