John Oliver

John Oliver on Net Neutrality (again)

Another brilliant commentary by John Oliver on net neutrality

John Oliver first commented on net neutrality in 2014 here and it was one of the first really popular youTube posts he made.

If you’re confused about what Net neutrality is, browse this: Net neutrality on wikipedia.

The Trump administration has appointed a new chairman for the FCC, Ajit Pai, who is considering changing the rules put in place during the Obama administration to prevent unfair competition on the internet.

Here’s the link John talked about to make logging into the FCC to comment on this easier:

[via Steve Splonskowski]

John Oliver on the future of newspaper journalism

John Oliver discusses the disintegration of newspapers and their newsrooms (their advertising revenue is drying up) while aggregation sites like Huffington Post (and many others) routinely piggy-back on newspaper reporting without doing any of the work or paying adequately or at all for the information.


“We’ve just grown accustomed to getting our news for free. And the longer that we get something for free, the less willing we are to pay for it. And I’m talking to you, the person watching this segment on YouTube using the wifi from the coffee shop underneath your apartment. You’re killing us!”

John Oliver on US primaries and caucuses

I’ve been voting in US elections for a long time (I’m 64 and have never missed a vote) and I have to say, the arcane rules of both Democrat and Republican parties are coming into sharp relief in this wild primary season.

John Oliver does a great job attempting to show how odd the rules of each party are. These rules have been around for a long time and it’s only now that we have this wild and weird primary season that people are getting worked up about them. Typically once the election is over people forget this stuff and either celebrate or run for the hills. I think Oliver makes a great point: on February 2, 2017 we should all write our respective political parties and complain that they need to get their houses in order (or we’ll dump them and form third and fourth parties).

No doubt as that date approaches Oliver will come out with a boilerplate. Stay tuned and of course, don’t forget to vote.

John Oliver on 911

John Oliver on the emergency response system in the United States: dialing 911 on a phone.

With the number of people who have cell phones these days and the fact that 911 funding has been cut drastically, there is a technology gap in the United States. We can have a pizza delivered right to our doors but if we dial 911 the ambulance might not find us as easily.

John Oliver on the Apple – FBI case

John Oliver on the Apple vs. FBI case on iPhone encryption. His mock Apple ad at the end is priceless.

The one thing I hear few people talking about is this: If the FBI wins this and they get access to encrypted devices, what will happen when a J. Edgar Hoover becomes head of the FBI, or a Senator Joseph McCarthy starts searching for communists (terrorists?), or a Richard Nixon becomes President, or, given that all of them are dead, how about when Donald Trump becomes president?

J. Edgar Hoover started the FBI and was incredibly paranoid and used FBI resources to routinely spy on people for his own purposes. Joseph McCarthy used his Senate seat to blacklist people he thought were communist infiltrators (he too was paranoid). Richard Nixon was caught bugging the opposing party’s office in the Watergate scandal and in the resulting investigation it was revealed that his White House was involved in “dirty tricks” for years.

Do you think a person like Trump will have his FBI director use this capability judiciously?

John Oliver on Donald Trump

Oh my John Oliver has done it again.

I’m sure to folks reading this from outside the United States our country with its current crop of presidential candidates is looking pretty sad but “The Donald” really does take the prize for the sleaziest of them all. And, the fact that he’s got any following, let alone a possibly winning following is frightening.