Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets | Twitter | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/oct/22/twitter-admits-bias-in-algorithm-for-rightwing-politicians-and-news-outlets

“Emergent” is a word meaning “we don’t know what’s going on, but we sure didn’t expect THAT.”

«Twitter said it wasn’t clear why its Home timeline produced these results and indicated that it may now need to change its algorithm.»

(Here’s what’s going on: Genesis 8:21: «the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth….» Right-wing posts advocating/celebrating selfishness get more clicks. Facebook’s just as bad, if not worse.)

SCOOP: Manchin Tells Associates He’s Considering Leaving the Democratic Party and Has an Exit Plan – Mother Jones

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/10/senator-joe-manchin-democratic-party-exit-plan-biden-infrastructure-deal-exclusive/

Whew.

«UPDATE: After this article was published, reporters questioned Manchin about it. He replied, “I can’t control rumors, and it’s bullshit, bullshit spelled with a B, U, L, L, capital B.” Mother Jones stands by the story.»

Opinion | The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/opinion/covid-vaccines-unvaccinated.html

SUPER-interesting article on exactly who’s vaccinated and who’s not (and, this, what we might be able to do about it).

«Research on the unvaccinated by KFF from this September showed the most powerful predictor of who remained unvaccinated was not age, politics, race, income or location, but the lack of health insurance


Update, 22 Nov. 2021: it’s not insurance coverage any more. Instead, it’s political affiliation. https://www.kff.org/report-section/kff-covid-19-vaccine-monitor-the-increasing-importance-of-partisanship-in-predicting-covid-19-vaccination-status-appendix/

Small business economics and pay

https://twitter.com/NomeDaBarbarian/status/1448668541285126147?s=20

Somebody has a whole huge pile of receipts. (I.e., these threads are good and full of hard numbers.)

🎃Pumpkin Spice Nome🎃 (@NomeDaBarbarian) Tweeted: Ten fucking days apart. “$1.1 mil a year isn’t rich. People NEED to spend almost 200k a year on childcare.” Vs. “Wild that $14/hour (29k a year) isn’t enough for backbreaking manual labor.” https://t.co/jOK2JVqnQb