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I had plans for another blog post tonight. Then we watch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. And we had to share.

We try to avoid current politics and many current issues in their current context here on the blog – that’s what our Science Fiction Today posts are for. But this year’s US Presidential election might be something out of a science fiction novel – or perhaps the history books. We have an election going where we might see a Nationalist and a Socialist facing off, which feels frighteningly 1930’s to me.

So take a second look. Maybe a third look. And to help, make Donald Drumpf again. Oh, and this might help:


Internet is Amazing

Sometimes I think that we can get discouraged by some of the things we see happen on the Internet. So much news can be discussed about trolls, cyber bullying, sharing nude pictures, etc, that can make the Internet seem like a generally terrible place.

Internet is Large and full of Terrors

At the same time we need to remember that there are some amazing things that have come out of the Internet. Before the Internet, how much longer would it take for an idea to spread globally? But now a celebrity or comedian can mention an idea and that idea can explode beyond their wildest imaginations. Then there are the news stories of tragedy that lead others to try and help out a complete stranger. It is important to remember that the Internet is not all a dark, scary place, but really has the potential to help accomplish amazing things.

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John Oliver, at it again – Last Week Tonight is Back!

One of our favorite new shows of last year was Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. They take some shots at the news of the week, but also spend over half the show, generally, on a single topic that’s not showing up as much in the news, perhaps, or that they give a deeper look.

I think they got a lot of notice in particular for the piece on the Miss America Pageant, for being solid investigative journalism. This has gotten them a nice long season this year, more journalistic staff, and we’re excited to see where things go.

However, what I’m amused and amazed by so far is more to do with something else from last season. We mentioned the Net Neutrality story where John Oliver called the chairman of the FCC a Dingo – and the chairman replied. Well, that’s one big official taking notice of the show and its satire. But they couldn’t get noticed by someone much bigger than that, could they?

Well, in the first episode of the season, John Oliver called out the president of Ecuador for taking far too much time and interest in Twitter. The president gives televised speeches in front of live crowds, it seems, and he took time to call out specific Twitter users by name. As John Oliver pointed out, it’s probably not a good idea to start an Internet war. And to prove it, he joined in, asking his audience to as well.

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To which he got the notice of the president of Ecuador…

[tweet https://twitter.com/MashiRafael/status/565889508689084416]

I ran a translate on that, and while I’m not satisfied with it, I can say this is not a flattering comment, and we all get “talk show gringo” well enough…

Okay, so nevermind. John Oliver is now already drawing the attention and ire of world leaders. That’s pretty good for the start of season 2 – I’m excited to see where he goes from here!

This Week’s Fun: The Salmon Cannon

I suppose we’re a bit late to it, since we were out of town. We only just watched this year’s last episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and it contained one of the best bits I have ever seen on TV.

That was not where we were expecting the story to go, that’s for sure! The amount of work it took to get all of those different personalities and shows to make a video! Who’s your favorite appearance?

Catching Up on our Big List of Things

After we ended the A to Z Challenge in early May I did a post about how we had so many things to talk about, so many games to play, so many movies to see and shows to watch.

Now we’re in summer, and while the blockbusters have hit (especially a lot of the LitFlix), the shows have ended (even Game of Thrones!), and we have time to breathe. We also have some of the time-sinks in our personal lives past us. So where are we at? What are we up to? 

I thought I would highlight some of our thoughts on topics moving forward, and some of the things we’ve crossed off that ambitious list of topics. Onward!

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