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 john oliver draws a line at political gerrymandering
john oliver draws a line at political gerrymandering

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a moment to talk about democracy, a.k.a. “undeniably the best Greek export that doesn't have fruit at the bottom.”Specifically, Oliver wanted to talk about the impact that gerrymandering of voting districts has on democracy, because he believes it’s why the Republicans have such “an edge” in the House of Representatives. To prove his point, Oliver pointed to how the voting district lines were drawn in Pennsylvania and Ohio, leading to a surprising number of Republicans being elected in ostensibly Democratic districts. “Those numbers are way out of proportion to what people should expect,” Oliver said. “You wouldn’t expect Neapolitan ice cream that’s 70% strawberry. That’s not okay.”“There’s nothing inherently wrong with re-drawing a voting district,”

john oliver pokes fun at samsung's explosive product lines

Chris Chavez Mar 13th, 2017Even if Samsung’s failed Note 7 launch didn’t have much of an impact on their bottom line as some would have expected, it’s hard not to make light of the situation. By now we’ve seen all the jokes and memes the internet has to offer, but it seems John Oliver and team are only now catching wind of Samsung’s troubles.In a segment airing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host goes over Samsung’s difficulties with exploding phones and washer machines (oddly leaving out their involvement with now impeached president Park Geun Hye), finishing things off with an hilarious parody video highlighting Samsung’s bad PR.It’s a good old fashioned roast and while Mr. Oliver’s jokes are admittedly pretty cheap, they still make for a good laugh. Well, for anyone ot

john oliver pokes fun at samsung's explosive product lines

Chris Chavez Mar 13th, 2017+1,603Even if Samsung’s failed Note 7 launch didn’t have much of an impact on their bottom line as some would have expected, it’s hard not to make light of the situation. By now we’ve seen all the jokes and memes the internet has to offer, but it seems John Oliver and team are only now catching wind of Samsung’s troubles.In a segment airing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host goes over Samsung’s difficulties with exploding phones and washer machines (oddly leaving out their involvement with now impeached president Park Geun Hye), finishing things off with an hilarious parody video highlighting Samsung’s bad PR.It’s a good old fashioned roast and while Mr. Oliver’s jokes are admittedly pretty cheap, they still make for a good laugh. Well, for any

john oliver pokes fun at samsung's explosive product lines

Chris Chavez Mar 13th, 2017+2,631Even if Samsung’s failed Note 7 launch didn’t have much of an impact on their bottom line as some would have expected, it’s hard not to make light of the situation. By now we’ve seen all the jokes and memes the internet has to offer, but it seems John Oliver and team are only now catching wind of Samsung’s troubles.In a segment airing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host goes over Samsung’s difficulties with exploding phones and washer machines (oddly leaving out their involvement with now impeached president Park Geun Hye), finishing things off with an hilarious parody video highlighting Samsung’s bad PR.It’s a good old fashioned roast and while Mr. Oliver’s jokes are admittedly pretty cheap, they still make for a good laugh. Well, for any

john oliver pokes fun at samsung's explosive product lines

Chris Chavez Mar 13th, 2017+2,731Even if Samsung’s failed Note 7 launch didn’t have much of an impact on their bottom line as some would have expected, it’s hard not to make light of the situation. By now we’ve seen all the jokes and memes the internet has to offer, but it seems John Oliver and team are only now catching wind of Samsung’s troubles.In a segment airing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host goes over Samsung’s difficulties with exploding phones and washer machines (oddly leaving out their involvement with now impeached president Park Geun Hye), finishing things off with an hilarious parody video highlighting Samsung’s bad PR.It’s a good old fashioned roast and while Mr. Oliver’s jokes are admittedly pretty cheap, they still make for a good laugh. Well, for any

john oliver pokes fun at samsung's explosive product lines

Chris Chavez Mar 13th, 2017+3,642Even if Samsung’s failed Note 7 launch didn’t have much of an impact on their bottom line as some would have expected, it’s hard not to make light of the situation. By now we’ve seen all the jokes and memes the internet has to offer, but it seems John Oliver and team are only now catching wind of Samsung’s troubles.In a segment airing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host goes over Samsung’s difficulties with exploding phones and washer machines (oddly leaving out their involvement with now impeached president Park Geun Hye), finishing things off with an hilarious parody video highlighting Samsung’s bad PR.It’s a good old fashioned roast and while Mr. Oliver’s jokes are admittedly pretty cheap, they still make for a good laugh. Well, for any

john oliver pokes fun at samsung's explosive product lines

Chris Chavez Mar 13th, 2017+2,204Even if Samsung’s failed Note 7 launch didn’t have much of an impact on their bottom line as some would have expected, it’s hard not to make light of the situation. By now we’ve seen all the jokes and memes the internet has to offer, but it seems John Oliver and team are only now catching wind of Samsung’s troubles.In a segment airing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host goes over Samsung’s difficulties with exploding phones and washer machines (oddly leaving out their involvement with now impeached president Park Geun Hye), finishing things off with an hilarious parody video highlighting Samsung’s bad PR.It’s a good old fashioned roast and while Mr. Oliver’s jokes are admittedly pretty cheap, they still make for a good laugh. Well, for any

john oliver pokes fun at samsung's explosive product lines

Chris Chavez Mar 13th, 2017+3,214Even if Samsung’s failed Note 7 launch didn’t have much of an impact on their bottom line as some would have expected, it’s hard not to make light of the situation. By now we’ve seen all the jokes and memes the internet has to offer, but it seems John Oliver and team are only now catching wind of Samsung’s troubles.In a segment airing on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host goes over Samsung’s difficulties with exploding phones and washer machines (oddly leaving out their involvement with now impeached president Park Geun Hye), finishing things off with an hilarious parody video highlighting Samsung’s bad PR.It’s a good old fashioned roast and while Mr. Oliver’s jokes are admittedly pretty cheap, they still make for a good laugh. Well, for any

john oliver enlightens viewers on the dalai lama and tibet

The Dalai Lama, or as John Oliver called him, “the original woke bae,” is the sixth most admired man in the United States. However, no one in the U.S. seems to know what he does, so Oliver flew to India to find out.Tibet is a “surprisingly large” country that China claims rights to. Traditionally, the Dalai Lama serves as both the spiritual and political leader of Tibet, or as Oliver describes him, a “sort of a cross between a Pope and President or Pope-sident, if you will, but you shouldn’t, so please don’t.” The Dalai Lama has drawn the ire of Beijing for fighting for a free Tibet — China has banned his image and as well as anyone who meets with him, including Lady Gaga. The singer met with the Dalai Lama in Indianapolis last year to discuss yoga, a meeting Oliver said was only slightly

john oliver looks at the federal budget on last week tonight

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked at the federal budget or as he called it, “the only beach read less appropriate than Bill Cosby’s Little Bill One Dark and Stormy Night.”Earlier this week, President Trump’s White House released a blueprint or “skinny budget," which Oliver noted, “sounds like a line item which Trump might have included in one of his prenups.” According to Oliver, these skinny budgets are almost a mood board for what the President hopes for the country, including increased military spending and decreased funding for the EPA, the arts, and Meals on Wheels. Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, was responsible for transforming Trump’s ideas into a budget, or as Oliver put it, he “treated Trump’s past statements the way Trump treats women, randomly singling ou

john oliver buys ads to explain health care bill to trump

The American Health Care Act (ACHA) is here and according to John Oliver it’s “the legislative equivalent of Pirates of the Caribbean 5.”“You may not have wanted it, it looks awful, but it’s here anyway,” Oliver said on Last Week Tonight while focusing his attention on the health care bill that the GOP unveiled this week to replace so-called Obamacare. According to Oliver, the early reviews for the ACHA have been rough, with many pundits calling it “dead on arrival.” However, because there is a chance the bill will become law, Oliver wanted to ensure that people understood the impact of the bill, which as Oliver put it, cuts “ the living s--t out of Medicaid.” That provision alone could mean millions of Americans losing coverage.Oliver also pointed out that the bill’s extensive tax cuts, w

john oliver on the republicans' attempts to repeal obamacare

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a look at the Affordable Care Act, a bill that some Republicans have dubbed “the worst piece of legislation ever.” “Good news, Fugitive Slave Act, you’re finally off the hook,” said Oliver.The House and Senate have passed budget resolutions to start the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, despite what their constituents may want. More than 20 million Americans gained health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but as Oliver pointed out many people appreciated the coverage, but could never get over the fact that the act became known as Obamacare. “It goes to show you that it matters what people call something,” said Oliver. “Would Emma Stone be as popular if her real name was Blump Shartcracker? No, that’s why it’s good that she changed it

john oliver’s dancing zebras make reality more appealing

To make a “painful” news cycle slightly more bearable, John Oliver threw down a challenge on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight — add zebras to everything.The challenge came about after Oliver discovered that La Paz, Bolivia has been using dancing zebras in an effort to encourage traffic safety and reduce car accidents, which got him thinking. “The news has been hard," said Oliver. “If zebras can make Bolivian traffic jams better, what else could they help with?” To find out, Oliver encouraged people to #JustAddZebras and to assist in the zebra-fication of the news cycle, he released footage of a zebra dancing in front of a green screen and let it loose upon the world.The internet has jumped on the challenge, adding Oliver’s dancing zebras to everything, including Sean Spicer’s tie:A zebra showed

john oliver wants you to add a dancing zebra to the news

John Oliver wants to improve the news this week and he needs your help to #JustAddZebras to everything.The back story of the movement comes from the Bolivian city of La Paz, which has a long-standing history of traffic accidents. To rectify that situation, the government introduced a very unique solution: traffic zebras.Oliver explained that these traffic zebras, costumed men and women who dance in crosswalks to encourage traffic safety, was based on a similar program in Colombia where they used traffic mimes. “As far as it comes to having mimes roaming around your city, we can all agree — no,” said Oliver.The program has been in place since 2010, and started with 24 traffic zebras. The number quickly expanded to more 265 costumed zebras dancing for traffic safety. “It may look like fun to

john oliver on putin on international women's day video

Women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday, and as John Oliver pointed out, unfortunately so did some men rather sloppily. On Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver looked back at some of the more egregious ways that powerful men around the world, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Brazil’s Michel Temer, put their feet in their mouths while trying to honor women.“Women give us life and perpetuate it in our children,” President Putin said via a translator according to an official blog post. “We will do our utmost to surround our dear women with care and attention, so that they can smile more often.”“Perfect,” said Oliver, laughing. “If there are two things that women love, it’s being told to smile more and being surrounded.”Oliver was also quick

john oliver says it's high time to update marijuana laws

Marijuana, or as John Oliver calls it, “catnip for people," has been legalized for recreational use in eight states, while 44 states now have some form of medical marijuana law. However, those state laws are at odds with federal government regulations, potentially setting them on a collision with the Trump administration in a crackdown spearheaded by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That potential conflict earned the attention of Last Week Tonight on Sunday.A recent study shows that 60% of Americans now favor legalization of the drug. “Marijuana is something we’ve just all gradually decided is okay, like Mark Wahlberg as a serious actor,” said Oliver. However, thanks to Richard Nixon — or as Oliver calls him, “the Mozart of racially motivated law making” — marijuana is classified as a Sched

watch john oliver on republican party, robert morrow video

John Oliver shined the spotlight on a pair of newly elected Texas Republicans whose conspiracy theories are creating somewhat of a public image issue for the GOP.During Sunday night's episode of Last Week Tonight, the host first introduced viewers to Travis County Republican Chairman Robert Morrow with a segment from a controversial 2016 interview. "I'm like Donald Trump on steroids, sweetheart," Morrow says in the clip. "So get ready to have some fun reading my Twitter feed."Oliver then moved on to Mary Lou Bruner, a candidate for the Texas State Board of Education who has previously written that baby dinosaurs lived on Noah’s ark. "Say what you will about that woman, I would read any history textbook she had a part in creating," he joked.Watch the full clip below.

mathematical theorem finds gerrymandering in pa congressional district maps

IMAGE: Districting produced after 2^40 random steps of the Markov chain is shown.
view more Credit: Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvania's congressional district maps are almost certainly the result of gerrymandering according to an analysis based on a new mathematical theorem on bias in Markov Chains developed by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh mathematicians. Their findings are published in the Feb. 28 online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Markov chains are algorithms which can generate a random object by starting from a fixed object and evolving in a stepwise fashion, making small random changes at each step. Markov chains have numerous applications, and are used to model things like thermodynamic processes, chemic

mathematical theorem finds gerrymandering in pa congressional district maps

The current congressional districting of the state of Pennsylvania. Credit: Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvania's congressional district maps are almost certainly the result of gerrymandering according to an analysis based on a new mathematical theorem on bias in Markov Chains developed by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh mathematicians. Their findings are published in the Feb. 28 online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Markov chains are algorithms which can generate a random object by starting from a fixed object and evolving in a stepwise fashion, making small random changes at each step. Markov chains have numerous applications, and are used to model things like thermodynamic processes, chemical reactions, economic

john mayer wants you to know he's not that guy at the party

John Mayer may be in the midst of his musical comeback with the release of new album The Search for Everything, but he's still got time to lurk around on Instagram and defend his reputation.As eagle-eyed Insta-scrollers discovered, Mayer stopped by comedy account and prolific meme-maker Tank Sinatra's feed recently to comment on a post that name-called Mayer himself. The post in question was a meme of comedian Hannibal Buress. The caption? "When ur [sic] at a party having a nice time and some wanna be [sic] John Mayer whips out a guitar and ruins everything." It's a relatable experience; at some point or other, most of us have been unwittingly forced to become audience members for an amateur guitarist's well-meaning but unwanted strumming.Mayer's cutting response to the meme, however, take

through the lens: interview with john bostock

Football News 24/7 Oliver McManus gets the chance to sit down with the former Palace, Spurs, and current Lens player, John BostockAn interview a month in the making – I’m delighted to bring you my chat with John Bostock who, I’m sure, you’ve all heard of. A child prodigy, Bostock played for Crystal Palace before a big-money move to Tottenham where, unfortunately, he didn’t necessarily get the fairest crack of the whip.Not that matters though – now aged 25, John is now part of the RC Lens team which if flying in Ligue 2 and, from an individual perspective, he is lighting the league up.Without any further ado then, let’s get into and find out what he had to say to me.John, thanks for speaking to me, let’s start off at the very beginning – your professional debut came at just 15, against Watf

touching tributes to dog who was fifth victim of stockholm attack

Oliver the therapy dog placing a stuffed toy at the memorial spot for Iggy, the dog killed in the April 7th attack in Stockholm. Photo: Maria Ohlsson
Tributes are still pouring in for the victims of the April 7th attack in Stockholm, and some of the most touching ones have been dedicated to an animal.
Along with four people, rescue dog Iggy was also killed in the attack, and Stockholmers have made sure to pay their respects to the animal too, leaving flowers, candles and dog treats in tribute in the centre of the city.
But perhaps the most moving Iggy tribute of all came from another animal. Värmdö resident Maria Ohlsson's image of her golden retriever Oliver placing a stuffed toy at the memorial spot for the dog has touched hearts since it started to spread on Tuesday.
Oliver is

josh earl's oliver up a tree is top storytelling

COMEDY FESTIVALJOSH EARL: OLIVER UP A TREE ★★★★Melbourne Town HallUntil April 16Josh Earl's show for children is an hour-long story about a small country town and a curious little boy called Oliver.
Josh Earl delivers an hour-long story for children with Oliver Up a Tree at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Oliver wants to know more about his neighbours and their lives, but no one ever asks questions in Greyston, they just accept things are the way they are.Earl uses sweet, hand-drawn animation projected onto an easel to help tell the story, which keeps young minds focused on the stage.He seemed to be talking too quickly and racing through the story, until it becomes apparent his spoken words are carefully timed with pre-recorded voices, songs and music.The show is recomm

beloved comedian john clarke dead at 68

The ABC has confirmed that John Clarke died yesterday at age 68. Celebrated New Zealand–Australian satirist John Clark has died at age 68, the ABC has confirmed.The New Zealand born political satirist died from natural causes while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria, according to an ABC spokesman.One half of 'Clarke and Dawe' with Bryan Dawe, Clarke was known for his dry sardonic wit and parodies of political doublespeak.The pair recently satirised Australia's energy debate with an interview with energy consultant "Wal Socket" and have conducted mock interviews satirising politicians including John Howard, Paul Keating and George Bush.Supplied undated image obtained Monday, April 10, 2017 of New Zealand-born comedian and satirist John Clarke. Australian politicians, comedian

tivaci charges from last against the bias to win all aged stakes

Tivaci can now enjoy his life at Waikato Stud after breaking the supposed rules of the afternoon as he charged to victory in Saturday's All Aged Stakes at Randwick.On a day where leaders seemingly had a big advantage, Tivaci launched down the centre from last place on the turn and arrived in time to get a deserved group 1.
Surge: Damien Oliver scores on Tivaci. Photo: bradleyphotos.com.auMelbourne Cup-winning trainer Michael Moroney said the satisfaction in getting a group 1 with a stallion was one of the highlights of his career. "You don't get too many chances to get a colt and take him through his career to being a group1 winner," Moroney said. "He would be my first stallion of note and I think that would be a good way for him to go out."We will have a meeting next week but he can go

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