The Daily Populous

Thursday February 4th, 2021 evening edition

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An engineering director and a software developer have quit Alphabet Inc’s Google over the dismissal of AI researcher Timnit Gebru, a sign of the ongoing conflicts at the search giant over diversity and ethics.

Baker added, “We cannot say we believe in diversity, and then ignore the conspicuous absence of many voices from within our walls.”.

Google declined to comment, but pointed to previous statements that it is looking to restore employees’ trust after Gebru’s departure and that it disputes Curley’s accusation.

Baker, whose resignation letter was shared with an internal affinity group for Black employees, told Reuters he stood by his remarks.

Gebru, who co-led a team on AI ethics, says she pushed back on orders to pull research that speech technology like Google’s could disadvantage marginalized groups.

Reuters reported in December that Google had told some staff not to cast its technology in a negative light. »

"No Amount Of Threats...": Greta Thunberg After Delhi Police Files Case

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The police said its case is against the creators of the toolkit and does not name Greta Thunberg.

The teen climate campaigner, unfazed, tweeted that she "still" stood with farmers and "no amount of threats" would change that.

Soon after the FIR was filed, Greta Thunberg doubled down on her views with a new tweet: "I still #StandWithFarmers and support their peaceful protest. »

In First Speech as Budget Chair, Sanders Rebuffs 'Partisanship' Complaints From GOP That Unilaterally Passed $1.9T Gift for Rich

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"There has been some discussion here, the media seems fixated, on the issue of partisanship," said the Vermont senator.

So let me remind everybody... under the Trump administration, massive tax breaks were passed that went to the top 1% and large corporations—83% of the benefits of the Trump tax plan went to the 1% and large corporations.

Sanders specifically rejected an ongoing push by some Democratic senators to narrow eligibility for the $1,400 direct payments in Biden's plan. »

Medicaid and Mortality: New Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data

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Our analysis compares changes in mortality for near-elderly adults in states with and without Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions.

We identify adults most likely to benefit using survey information on socioeconomic status, citizenship status, and public program participation.

Individuals in expansion states experienced a 0.132 percentage point decline in annual mortality, a 9.4 percent reduction over the sample mean, as a result of the Medicaid expansions. »

Trump is so frustrated by his Twitter ban that's he's writing out insults and asking aides to tweet them, report says

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He "has resorted to suggesting put-downs for others to use or post to their own Twitter," it said.

Trump is focusing on opponents in the GOP as he tries to retain his hold over the party.

Former President Donald Trump is so frustrated by being barred from Twitter that he's writing down insults and trying to get aides to post those messages from their own accounts, The Daily Beast reported this week. »