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Aug 12th 2019 at 3:46:21 AM

I'm just surprised the GWR is still a thing.

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Aug 12th 2019 at 4:02:18 AM

Apparently, it's still read by a lot of kids, which is in itself nothing to be concerned about. What is a problem is that the company's executives appear to have hit upon the brilliant and in no way unethical idea of earning money by charging to have record attempts witnessed and certified. Even that wouldn't be much worse than giving up any pretense of being impartial, but apparently it was their Jumping Off the Slippery Slope moment because who could have predicted that vile dictators would try to whitewash their public images by getting into the book?

Edited by Fighteer on Aug 12th 2019 at 7:06:10 AM

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Aug 12th 2019 at 4:22:30 AM

It's not a big problem, but if you are looking at these LWT segments as being arguments with a thesis presented to an audience (with the exception of fluff pieces like Chii-John), spending less then a minute on the actual harm being done by the government does not strengthen it. I mean, calling Turkmenistan "the worst place to live anywhere" kind of asks for a little more clarification. The segment on Boris Johnson at least showed how he was distracting the country with goofy antics.

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Aug 12th 2019 at 4:31:05 AM

I think the goal of this episode was less to shine a spotlight on the atrocities happening in Turkmenistan and more to ruthlessly mock and degrade its leader and the GWR. Let the serious news channels cover the serious news, Last Week Tonight wanted to weaponize the power of comedy, and if there's one thing authoritarian dictators hate, it's being made fun of.

Edited by PushoverMediaCritic on Aug 12th 2019 at 4:32:09 AM

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Aug 12th 2019 at 4:34:29 AM

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Aug 12th 2019 at 5:56:04 AM

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Aug 12th 2019 at 7:25:00 AM

I think most people are aware of LWT's goal of weaponizing comedy. It's only that in a clean 20 minute segment you have to make sacrifices on what to talk about, and in this case it already splits its focus between two very different things already. There is a connection, but each could have been a separate segment altogether.

Zarastro from Badenland
Aug 13th 2019 at 2:15:27 PM

A very nice episode. I hope he makes one about Eritrea someday, way too few people know about this "North Korea" of Africa.

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Aug 14th 2019 at 6:54:23 PM

Ok looking the video I can said Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is the closet thing we have on a dotharki with his reaaaaaaally intense love of horses.

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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Aug 19th 2019 at 3:41:43 AM

This week: bias in medicine, specifically along gender and race lines (and of course we are talking about America here).

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Aug 19th 2019 at 5:12:14 AM

Which obviouly doesn't mean it happens only in tge US, but considering some of the numbers, it's worse there, at least compared to the rest of the developed world.

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Aug 19th 2019 at 6:08:51 AM

Edited by windleopard on Aug 19th 2019 at 6:09:02 AM

Aug 19th 2019 at 6:11:23 AM

Something I thought about recently was that the United States is considered to be the most racially and culturally diverse country in the world, but it's still 70 percent white. It's kind of telling just how homogeneous other countries really are. While every country has struggles between different ethnic groups it's definitely exaggerated in the US.

The medical field in general is one area that is constantly evolving, every 5-10 years results in radical turnover of types of treatments, procedures, drugs, equipment and general knowledge theory. Standardization of procedure is definitely the best thing, but a doctors foremost mission is the health and safety of the patient.

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Aug 19th 2019 at 7:51:58 AM

[up]The most?

I call bullshit on that: my own country is a it less than 50% white, and even then micigenation is so common that classification refers almost entirely to the color of one's skin, without taking into consideration stuff like lineage or genetic makeup.

The most ethicnically diverse amogst developed countries, more like.

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Aug 19th 2019 at 4:23:23 PM

There is always going to be caveats there. One is population, it's easier for a country 1/10th the size to have a more even scattering. Language is another, the amount of people raised bilingual is relatively small. But in terms of breadth of diversity, having cultural pockets from around the world (any given major city will have a Chinatown, Mexican supermarket or middle eastern restaurant), that is where the US is the most diverse.

TompaDompa from Sweden
Aug 19th 2019 at 4:27:16 PM

Frankly, that kind of sounds like fitting your metric to your conclusion.

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Aug 19th 2019 at 5:56:46 PM

I stated it as an absolute, when the exact details are more complicated. Historically, the US has always been particularly famous for its multiculturalism.

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Aug 20th 2019 at 8:39:55 AM

Yes, but the US is perceived to be famous for a lot of things it, in fact, is not. Mostly by the people in the US.

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Aug 23rd 2019 at 4:48:22 AM

Well it's not about the white vs. other, it's about how many different kinds of people live in the USA.

But yes, I would tend to make the caveat, "The most racially diverse country in the world except for Brazil...and all the others."

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Aug 24th 2019 at 8:03:17 AM

The United States is frequently perceived as a melting pot — Yes, there's a lot of different ingredients(ppl) but they all melt into the same thing. Assimilation doesn't exactly foster diversity. The other multicultural philosophy is a mosaic, and the USA is famously not that.

Sep 9th 2019 at 12:49:28 AM

This week is on Filibusters.

  • Probably the only time Oliver has used Trump in support of his argument, not in a "Trump is for it, it must be bad" sort of way.
  • I am a little confused about the legislative voting, I thought it was a 51 percent majority to get a bill to the next stage of congress and the executive office but a 2/3 supermajority to override a presidential veto. May have to bone up on the details.
  • I kind of wish more was given to compare it with the Executive Order, as it is interesting how both have seen an significant increase in use over the years despite being very iffy with regards to being constitutional.
  • In a general sense the federal government was always intended to be slow to move, hence the phrase checks and balances. That is where the state governments was supposed to have their power, as the laws they pass have a much more direct impact on the lives of its citizens.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Sep 9th 2019 at 2:18:28 AM

The biggest problem with executive orders is that they are easily overturned by a successive president, as Trump has been very eager to demonstrate. The same thing will no doubt happen with his successor.

Sep 9th 2019 at 2:56:11 AM

That's part of it, it's also been criticized for being used to modify existing laws and regulations after they were passed, as well as general overreach when it comes to funds and number of citizens impacted.

Although, double checking my information, apparently executive orders are relatively average over the years. FDR passed over 3,500, but last 50 years each president has averaged 200-400. Public awareness has certainly increased though, as everyone has used the Schoolhouse Rock joke against it. "I'm an executive order... I just happen."

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Sep 9th 2019 at 3:48:51 AM

There's no problem with executive orders per se, only when they are used to do things that are not technically within the purview of the Executive Branch. For example, Trump's order to reallocate funds for the U.S. military to his border wall.

There are two checks on this executive power: the Supreme Court can strike down such orders if they violate the Constitution or existing law, and Congress can pass legislation overriding or negating the orders. If the President flat-out ignores the Court or the law, the Constitutional remedy is impeachment.

The reason Trump has been getting away with nearly everything he's done, at least to the extent he has, is that #MoscowMitch is ensuring that no bill and no motion to censure the President ever comes to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Sep 9th 2019 at 4:01:09 AM

Right, and as for impeachment, not even the Democrats want to touch that one, it seems.

Also, what IS that accent supposed to be, John? Because it sure as hell ain't Dutch. It sounds like garbled Irish, if anything. grin

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