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The Daily Show: Crazy Rich Nation

The Daily Show takes a look at the shady business that rich people have been up to lately, including Robert Kraft’s prostitution charges and the college admissions bribery scandal.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 22, 2019, 11:20 PM (2 replies)

Real Time with Bill Maher guests - Friday, August 23, 2019

Real Time with Bill Maher guests - Friday, August 23, 2019
Real Time with Bill Maher continues its 17th season Friday, August 23 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:30 p.m., exclusively on HBO.

Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) is the top-of-show interview guest.

Reporter/columnist/author Kevin Williamson is the mid-show interview guest.

The roundtable guests are author/former Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), author/professor Eric Klinenberg and author/SiriusXM and CNN host Michael Smerconish.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 22, 2019, 11:18 PM (20 replies)

Crow picks up your trash and recycles!

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:43 AM (4 replies)

Curing alcoholism with molly? MDMA study shows promise

Once thought of as a mere party drug, a new study suggests that MDMA could help treat alcoholism

MDMA is known for its popularity in the rave and music festival scene, but doctors are testing whether or not the powerful empathy-inducing drug can treat alcohol addiction. As it stands, preliminary results of the first study of its kind show promising outcomes.

According to the Guardian, doctors in Bristol are testing whether a few doses of MDMA, colloquially known as Molly, partnered with psychotherapy could help people overcome an alcohol addiction more effectively than traditional treatments. Only one patient who has completed the trial for the study has relapsed, which is above average for alcoholism treatment. In England, an average of eight in 10 relapse within three years of traditional therapy.

“We’ve got one person who has completely relapsed, back to previous drinking levels, we have five people who are completely dry and we have four or five who have had one or two drinks but wouldn’t reach the diagnosis of alcohol use disorder,” Dr. Ben Sessa, addiction psychiatrist and senior research fellow at Imperial College London, who led the trial, told the Guardian. “With the very best that medical science can work with, 80% of people are drinking within three years post alcohol detox.”

Sessa said that could be in part due to MDMA’s ability to impair the fear response in a patient. This is helpful because it can allow a person to recall childhood trauma without being too scared of recalling it.

The next stage of the study will take the research further to prove MDMA coupled with psychotherapy can be a resource to treat alcoholism. Using a randomized control group, some patients will receive a placebo instead of MDMA.

Read more: https://www.salon.com/2019/08/21/curing-alcoholism-with-molly-mdma-study-shows-promise/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:10 AM (2 replies)

Like a fox -- how a TV channel is tearing America apart

A news network that, instead of providing actual news, gives white, conservative viewers the news they want to hear

A little over 20 years ago, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes concocted a profitable way to tap into the white supremacist ideology still bubbling below America’s surface.

They started a “news” network that, instead of providing actual news, gave white, conservative viewers the news they wanted to hear: that they, their families, and their values were under attack by minorities, gays, women, liberals, socialists, Muslims, atheists, the media, etc. — and therefore their biases were justified.

It’s been a lucrative strategy. However, just making a buck wasn’t enough for them. They also wanted to shape the fortunes of the country they were dividing. Here, too, they had tremendous success.

And that is what is getting lost amid the outcry over Donald Trump’s latest round of racist tweets: The US president is often just parroting what he sees on Fox News.* His racism and distorted view of reality are a direct reflection of what this conservative network decides to put on the air.

While regimes throughout history have used propaganda outlets to get the word out and spread their ideology, in the US it is now very much a two-way street. Fox News is both a tool and a puppeteer, manipulating events directly and indirectly. In many cases, the network drives the conservative agenda with its programming. Then, when Trump and his allies pick up on it, Fox News gives them a platform to broadcast that agenda with no fear of criticism or being fact-checked.

Much more: https://www.salon.com/2019/08/10/like-a-fox-how-a-tv-channel-is-tearing-america-apart_partner/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:04 AM (19 replies)

The Daily Show - Your Moment of Them: The Best of Jaboukie Young-White

The Daily Show celebrates correspondent Jaboukie Young-White’s best work, including his trip to the Pittsburgh Equality March and his look at socialism’s rising popularity.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:17 PM (0 replies)

Unskilled Man Fears He Will Lose Job in Recession (Borowitz)

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A man with no identifiable skills is deeply worried that a recession could cause him to lose his job, people close to the man have confirmed.

The man, who has barely clung to his job for the past two and a half years, is justified in believing that an economic downturn would result in his unemployment, experts said.

“When the economy is good, it’s possible for someone like him to hold down a job for which he is woefully unqualified,” Harland Dorrinson, a human-resources specialist, said. “But when the economy goes south, look out.”

Dorrinson said that the unskilled man’s résumé, which lists six bankruptcies and multiple business failures, could come under scrutiny in the event of a recession.

“His employers might find themselves asking, ‘How did he get this job in the first place?’ ” Dorrinson said.

Additionally, the man’s near-total lack of education—evidenced by his inability to spell common one-syllable words or to identify the century in which the airplane was invented—could make him vulnerable to termination, the human-resources expert said.

“On the plus side, he enjoys watching television for eight hours a day,” Dorrinson said. “During a recession, he’ll be able to do even more of that.”

Short article, no more at link: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/unskilled-man-fears-he-will-lose-job-in-recession

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla / Getty

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Aug 21, 2019, 03:39 AM (3 replies)

The Daily Show: Kids Tour the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library

These five lucky children got an exclusive tour of the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library in Washington D.C.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Aug 20, 2019, 11:11 PM (2 replies)

The Daily Show: Leading Ladies

The Daily Show looks at some of the ways women are combating sexism, including the battle against the pink tax and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s stand for equal pay.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Aug 20, 2019, 11:03 PM (0 replies)

Oil Companies Persuade States to Make Pipeline Protests a Felony

States criminalize demonstrations near energy infrastructure
Alliance of chemical makers and oil refiners pushing measures

After protesters disrupted construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota by chaining themselves to construction equipment and pitching tents along the route, oil and chemical companies found a way to keep it from happening again.

They made it a crime.

The companies, including Koch Industries Inc., Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Energy Transfer Partners LP -- whose Dakota Access project in North Dakota was targeted three years ago -- lobbied state legislatures to effectively outlaw demonstrations near pipelines, chemical plants and other infrastructure. Nine states have gone along so far, in some cases classifying the activities as felonies. More are considering measures.

The lobbying campaign, documented in state disclosures and other records reviewed by Bloomberg News, has raised concerns about corporate influence muzzling free speech.

“Oil refiners, especially Koch Industries and Marathon Petroleum, orchestrated this unholy alliance of oil, gas, chemical, and electric utility companies to crush resistance to polluting industries,” said Connor Gibson, an investigator with Greenpeace who has tracked the efforts.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-19/oil-companies-persuade-states-to-make-pipeline-protests-a-felony

Dakota Access protesters in Feb. 2017.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Aug 20, 2019, 03:01 AM (5 replies)
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