John Oliver On Standardized Testing

The always brilliant John Oliver on Standardized Testing in America.  Any teacher that I have ever talked to, and I know a lot, my Mom having been a teacher for her whole career, talks about what a waste of time this testing is.  It eats away at things that could be more beneficial to students, while giving a skewered look as to what is really going on in our schools.  There is huge difference between intelligence, learning, and just memorizing.

John Oliver Uses Dogs as Supreme Court Justices

This video from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is must see.  He is taking on the Supreme Court for not allowing cameras in the the court.  They release audio, but do not allow video.  The team at Last Week Tonight has created its own footage by using dogs as visual stand ins for the Supreme Court.  It is amazingly hilarious.  John Oliver is somehow always able to pull back the curtain and show the absurdity lurking behind.

Last Week Tonight On Columbus Day

The always brilliant John Oliver show Last Week Tonight on Columbus Day.  I remember reading in Howard Zinn’s The People’s History of the United States about some of Columbus’s men riding the natives like horses.  The olden days!

John Oliver On Legal Robbery

This clip is John Oliver on civil forfeiture.  It layman’s terms it is basically the police robbing you under the guise of law.  As long as HBO keeps putting Oliver clips up on YouTube I am going to keep posting them.  He might be the best TV “newsman” around.  As funny as he is, this is way more informative than anything I have seen on TV news in recent times.

John Oliver On Ayn Rand

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John Oliver and the the staff of Last Week Tonight are truly brilliant.  In a little over three minutes they completely and hilariously take apart conservatives strange worship of Ayn Rand.  It is a thing of beauty!

John Oliver On Drones

This is an absolutely excellent on The United States drone program.  While most news is entertainment posing as news, this is news posing as entertainment.  You will see a far more in depth discussion on our drone program than you will see on almost any cable news channel.  It just happens to be delivered by someone that can pepper the information he is delivering with some great jokes.  Our use of drones is one of the moral and ethical dilemmas of our time.  The fact that we are not having a greater discussion on this is troubling.  I have admitted to supporting Obama in the past.  This is one issue that he is terrible on and should be held accountable for.