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(Uproxx)   Every "Last Week Tonight" up until this point has been a warm up for John Oliver to cover Ferguson. Must watch   (uproxx.com) divider line 22
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2014-08-18 09:23:21 AM  
"Blistering" would be the word I'd use.
 
2014-08-18 12:04:16 PM  
Takes some getting used to. His joke pace slower and not what I expected. I guess I'm used to the Daily Show which has shorter segments. Oliver sometimes just makes a dead on serious statement when you might expect a punchline.
 
2014-08-18 12:05:59 PM  
John Oliver is the best British import to America since the Beatles. If you haven't caught his podcast The Bugle, I highly recommend it.
 
2014-08-18 12:10:36 PM  

vartian: John Oliver is the best British import to America since the Beatles. If you haven't caught his podcast The Bugle, I highly recommend it.


Sadly on hiatus for the summer :(
 
2014-08-18 12:30:25 PM  
Why not watch the official video? https://www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight
 
2014-08-18 12:37:18 PM  
That was a thorough ass bleaching.. Bravo Mr. Oliver...
 
Bf+
2014-08-18 12:49:24 PM  
[SlowClap.gif]
 
2014-08-18 01:37:56 PM  
FTFV "And if they can make it through a whole month without killing a single unarmed black man, then, and only then, can they get their farking toys back."

Anyone else smell ozone? Damn.
 
2014-08-18 03:21:14 PM  

Glenford: vartian: John Oliver is the best British import to America since the Beatles. If you haven't caught his podcast The Bugle, I highly recommend it.

Sadly on hiatus for the summer :(


Yeah, it is killing me, but worth it for John to run Last Week Tonight.  Though just barely :)
 
2014-08-18 03:26:43 PM  
That will infuriate the Real Muricans
 
2014-08-18 03:44:13 PM  
Our urban police forces seem to have had a movie night some time back and watched all of the Robocop flicks.  And decided that kind of world is the goal.

I hope they don't hear about Mad Max.
 
2014-08-18 04:07:32 PM  

LadySusan: Why not watch the official video? https://www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight


It is the official video, just embedded in a page. Come on, admit it - could you have really grasped the concepts in that page without Uproxx's insightful preamble?
 
2014-08-18 06:09:31 PM  

Glenford: vartian: John Oliver is the best British import to America since the Beatles. If you haven't caught his podcast The Bugle, I highly recommend it.

Sadly on hiatus for the summer :(


Just a Short two weeks is all!
 
2014-08-18 06:45:41 PM  

Kibbler: Our urban police forces seem to have had a movie night some time back and watched all of the Robocop flicks.  And decided that kind of world is the goal.

I hope they don't hear about Mad Max.


And yet the LAPD needed their armored vehicle this morning with a shootout with two suspects where one officer was wounded, http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Police-Search-for-Suspect-Aft e r-Pursuit-Pair-of-Officer-Involved-Shootings-in-South-Los-Angeles-2716 62811.html.  There are times you need such equipment and if you don't have it, officers and the public is at a much higher risk. It certainly isn't an every day thing, but they can be a highly useful tool.  The problem is one of overuse and reliance on the tools when they are not appropriate for the situation.
 
2014-08-18 07:48:12 PM  

Daedalus27: Kibbler: Our urban police forces seem to have had a movie night some time back and watched all of the Robocop flicks.  And decided that kind of world is the goal.

I hope they don't hear about Mad Max.

And yet the LAPD needed their armored vehicle this morning with a shootout with two suspects where one officer was wounded, http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Police-Search-for-Suspect-Aft e r-Pursuit-Pair-of-Officer-Involved-Shootings-in-South-Los-Angeles-2716 62811.html.  There are times you need such equipment and if you don't have it, officers and the public is at a much higher risk. It certainly isn't an every day thing, but they can be a highly useful tool.  The problem is one of overuse and reliance on the tools when they are not appropriate for the situation.


Very much this. There's no reason that those police departments in Georgia and New Hampshire should have military grade assault vehicles. And having them is a temptation for the local cops to prove the adage 'when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.'

That being said, there are reasons for larger city forces to have this equipment and level of militarization. La, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, etc. all have very serious problems with narcotics dealers and suppliers turning building into fortified positions more secure than an insurgent war zone with massive firepower. So, it's not totally a bad thing that SWAT is used on search warrants for drug charges. Of course, John Oliver is right that you don't need to send a SWAT team into a college dorm room for a pot bust.
 
2014-08-18 09:17:24 PM  
He is too Italian for me.
 
2014-08-18 09:53:33 PM  

BalugaJoe: He is too Italian for me.


Who doesn't love Oliver Oil?
 
2014-08-18 11:38:06 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: Daedalus27: Kibbler: Our urban police forces seem to have had a movie night some time back and watched all of the Robocop flicks.  And decided that kind of world is the goal.

I hope they don't hear about Mad Max.

And yet the LAPD needed their armored vehicle this morning with a shootout with two suspects where one officer was wounded, http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Police-Search-for-Suspect-Aft e r-Pursuit-Pair-of-Officer-Involved-Shootings-in-South-Los-Angeles-2716 62811.html.  There are times you need such equipment and if you don't have it, officers and the public is at a much higher risk. It certainly isn't an every day thing, but they can be a highly useful tool.  The problem is one of overuse and reliance on the tools when they are not appropriate for the situation.

Very much this. There's no reason that those police departments in Georgia and New Hampshire should have military grade assault vehicles. And having them is a temptation for the local cops to prove the adage 'when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.'

That being said, there are reasons for larger city forces to have this equipment and level of militarization. La, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, etc. all have very serious problems with narcotics dealers and suppliers turning building into fortified positions more secure than an insurgent war zone with massive firepower. So, it's not totally a bad thing that SWAT is used on search warrants for drug charges. Of course, John Oliver is right that you don't need to send a SWAT team into a college dorm room for a pot bust.


I think the militarization of police is totally absurd, and a cancer on our society.

That being said, the Doraville, GA one was just a tiny bit disingenuous Doraville is a suburb of Atlanta, and nt that far out. It is very squarely in the "greater metropolitan Atlanta area"..

/That said, I don't think any police force need a damn AFV. Ever.
//If it gets THAT bad, that's what the National Guard is for.
 
2014-08-19 12:21:03 AM  

berklee: LadySusan: Why not watch the official video? https://www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight

It is the official video, just embedded in a page. Come on, admit it - could you have really grasped the concepts in that page without Uproxx's insightful preamble?


I like to wait until it comes out at ebaumsworld. More watermarks, the screen is bigger, and they have the candy I like.
 
2014-08-19 03:12:15 AM  
I loved him last year when he took over for Stewart on the Daily Show.  I'm loving this even more because of what he can get away with, being on HBO (e.g. Mitch McConnell's wrinkled penis)
 
2014-08-19 03:37:25 PM  

harleyquinnical: I loved him last year when he took over for Stewart on the Daily Show.  I'm loving this even more because of what he can get away with, being on HBO (e.g. Mitch McConnell's wrinkled penis)


Oliver got a sweet deal, all the freedom of a daily show format without the commercial/basic cable responsibilities.  I don't know but maybe one or two of his episodes DIDN'T become a viral hit immediately.  He's on a hot streak.  Poor Jon Stewart keeps getting shown up by the people he helped to elevate.
 
2014-08-19 03:58:22 PM  
All I know is I'm not able to watch some twat with an English accent make political comments in a country he's not even from.  *

*/ yeah, yeah, I know you're not supposed to end with a preposition, etc.
 
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