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Measuring the “Filter Bubble”: How Google is influencing what you click

Posted by in Commentary, politics, Rights

Dax the duck 4 Dec 2018 DuckDuckGo Blog Over the years, there has been considerable discussion of Google’s “filter bubble” problem. Put simply, it’s the manipulation of your search results based on your personal data. In practice this means links are moved up or down or added to your Google search results, necessitating the filtering of other search results altogether. These editorialized results are informed by the personal information Google has on you (like your search, browsing, and purchase history), and puts you in a bubblebased on what Google’s algorithms think you’re most likely to click on. The…read more

Why mass transit is doomed in America: Politicians don’t know people who use it

Posted by in Environment, politics, Rights

If big, liberal cities can’t adequately fund their transit systems, what hope does anywhere else have? If you want to know why mass transit is doomed in the United States, look at the place where it is undoubtedly more successful — and more widely used — than anywhere else in the country: New York. In 2008, Michael Bloomberg proposed congestion pricing for Manhattan’s inner core, proposing an $8 charge for most passenger cars, to be charged only once a day. The money would’ve gone to the MTA, to fix up…read more

‘Where did you go, Ivanka?’ How the first daughter’s family leave plan fizzled

Posted by in News, politics, rights

theguardian.com By Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington|Dec. 5th, 2017 “As a mother myself, of three young children, I know how hard it is to work while raising a family. And I also know that I’m far more fortunate than most.” Those were the words of Ivanka Trump at the 2016 Republican national convention, moments before her father took the stage to accept his party’s nomination for president. Standing at the podium before a crowd of thousands in Cleveland, with millions more watching across America, Ivanka touted Donald Trump as a champion of working women…read more

Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

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[From  The New York Times ] By HIROKO TABUCHIJULY 8, 2017 Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth — as much as 900 percent by one estimate. That growth has come to a shuddering stop this year, with a projected decline in new installations of 2 percent, according to projections from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. A number of factors are driving the reversal, from saturation in markets like California to financial woes at several top solar panel makers. But the decline has also coincided with a concerted…read more