Facebook showed this ad almost exclusively to women. Is that a problem?

In 2019, Facebook settled a lawsuit with civil rights organizations following the revelation that advertisers could use the targeting options on its platform to exclude many specific demographic groups from seeing its ads. It’s now more difficult for an unscrupulous advertiser to use Facebook’s platform to discriminate. However, even when you remove human bias fromContinue reading “Facebook showed this ad almost exclusively to women. Is that a problem?”

Roads closed in Desert Hot Springs as police investigate collision, shots fired

Christopher Damien Palm Springs Desert Sun Published 2:34 PM EDT Jul 31, 2020 Desert Hot Springs Police have closed Flora Avenue between Mesquite Avenue and Verbena Drive while investigating a collision that resulted in a serious injury and that occurred soon after a report of shots fired in the area, according to Deputy Chief StevenContinue reading “Roads closed in Desert Hot Springs as police investigate collision, shots fired”

Two Cardinals Test Positive for COVID-19, Friday’s Game Is Postponed

click to enlarge DOYLE MURPHY Today’s game will not go on as planned. This afternoon’s scheduled game between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed after two members of the Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19. The MLB confirmed the postponement, and the positive tests, in a statement Friday morning. “Today’s scheduled game between theContinue reading “Two Cardinals Test Positive for COVID-19, Friday’s Game Is Postponed”

States are scrambling to stop a slow-motion 2020 election disaster

President Donald Trump escalated his false claims about vote-by-mail in the November 3 election on Thursday, going so far as to suggest that the election be delayed outright. Trump has been attacking vote-by-mail for months, suggesting a well-established method of voting used for years by Democratic and Republican voters alike is “fraudulent” and “inaccurate.” RatherContinue reading “States are scrambling to stop a slow-motion 2020 election disaster”

Community rallies to help Desert Rose Playhouse relocate to Palm Springs

Winston Gieseke Palm Springs Desert Sun Published 3:48 AM EDT Jul 31, 2020 Since its founding in 2012 by Jim Strait and Paul Taylor, the Desert Rose Playhouse has sought to produce quality LGBTQ-positive plays in their Rancho Mirage location, a former restaurant known as The Commissary. Its inaugural production, Tom Orr’s Broadway parody “DirtyContinue reading “Community rallies to help Desert Rose Playhouse relocate to Palm Springs”

Scientists have ruled out the worst-case climate scenario — and the best one too

The basic mechanics of climate change are simple: Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere traps heat. More carbon dioxide means more heat is trapped across the Earth, causing it to warm up. But scaled up over the entire planet, these physical processes interact in a myriad of complex and sometimes unexpected ways. The Arctic reflects sunlightContinue reading “Scientists have ruled out the worst-case climate scenario — and the best one too”