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The Week of November 16th is The Daily Show

Here is this week’s American political and social news filtered through The Daily Show.

Rudy Giuliani from 2006 debates Rudy Giuliani from 2009, which logic on terrorism and how to put terrorists to justice will win the day? I think the former mayor of NYC is being a hypocrite
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Vice President Joe Biden interview part1 where he talks very succinctly about the economy until he mentions Recovery.com, when he meant Recovery.gov
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Joe Biden interview part2 talks about avoiding a depression after coming into office and then Jon Stewart actually gets the Vice President to concede that Jon’s point of view is correct that the Democratic Party seems less organized than the Republicans do while in power… AMAZING!
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MSNBC uses photos of Sarah Palin, in reporting on the story of her new book being released, that had been outed as photoshopped fake photos for almost as long as Palin has been on the national scene and yet it took them days after the story aired to correct their mistake. Then Jon explains WHY he hates Sarah Palin
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Lou Dobbs interview part1 where he and Stewart actually have a reasoned and rational conversation and debate about public policy. I was completely taken aback by how interesting this was
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Lou Dobbs interview part2, a good continuation of the civics-class-like debate over political ideas about America
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Lou Dobbs interview part3, a great debate about the foundations of our America and a debate about the fragility or strength of the USA
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I will be back in the USA by this time next month, something I can’t wait for!

Enjoy

Dany

November 22, 2009 8:55 pm Posted by | books, clips, DC, economy, guns, Law, New York, NYC, politics, Religion, tv, Washington, Washington DC | Leave a comment

10 Year Old Arkansas Boy Won’t Stand for the American Pledge of Allegience Until Gays have Equal Rights to Marry

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A 10 year old Arkansas boy, Will Phillips, has refused to stand for the American Pledge of Allegiance and in the video above from CNN, he states that he refused to conform until everyone in the US had equal rights and in his mind, that means that everyone in the US, gay or straight, should be allowed to marry if they want.

It is always interesting to actually hear the opinion directly from child on national issues, as opposed to how some members of congress represent the views of children, even if his classmates call him a “gay-wad” for his stance… ahh, I remember 5th grade soooooo well now.

On a more serious note though, most interviewers talking about this issue, bring up the fact that in many of the places where gay marriage comes up for a vote in a state election, the people have tended to vote down that right, then it gets stated that the democratic process has spoken in these cases, but one issue that many people forget is that the United States is not a democracy, but a representative democracy. We are supposed to be electing officials democratically and it’s those officials who are supposed to present legislation and vote on such issues themselves and if we don’t like the laws they are creating, we as citizens are supposed to vote them out of office at the next election cycle. Now, based on the timidness of our current core of representatives toward major social changes like this, I don’t know if going back to that process would actually HELP forward the cause of gay rights, but I don’t like voting for issues at the ballot box. I would much prefer to vote for smart people who can contemplate such important and difficult issues, then I can evaluate my elected officials on how I think they handled those debates and issues… I know, I know, it’s way too Mr. Smith Goes to Washington optimistic, but a man can dream, can’t he?

Thanks to Brian for sharing the above video!

Enjoy

Dany

*Update 2009-11-22 – The Daily Show and Mick Foley weigh in on the boy who would not pledge:

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November 17, 2009 2:08 pm Posted by | Arkansas, clips, DC, Law, newspaper, politics, tv | Leave a comment

This Week in The Daily Show… and Fox News’ Sean Hannity

It’s time for the 2nd week in November’s Daily Show roundup. It turns out to be a political roundup this week with a smattering of commentary on how media covers politics.

The US House of Representatives passes a healthcare bill (read the full bill text or get the pdf), but in the process, we find out how what happens when babies weigh in on the issue… it turns out the House of Representatives is a bizarre organization.
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Fox News’ Sean Hannity covers the Republican protest rally on the House of Representatives healthcare bill and in the process, over represents how many people attended and even used video protest footage from September’s Glenn Beck Tea Party rally to distort reality.
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The very next night Sean Hannity apologized for mistakenly using footage from a better attended rally in September while covering this November rally

Enjoy

Dany

November 14, 2009 10:08 am Posted by | clips, DC, Law, medicine, politics, tv, Washington, Washington DC | 1 Comment

Neuroscience, the Human Brain Theory and Conscousness Brought to you by TED

I just spent over an hour watching these three TED talks and I’m completely enamored with the human brain right now. It has been an extremely fascinating hour. Seeing these three extremely smart scientists, Jeff Hawkins (talking about creating a brain theory), Dan Dennett (explaining consciousness) and Michael Merzenich (neural plasticity) have some engrossing views on our current state of knowledge, how that knowledge has changed and what we can do to expand and better understand what we already know about our brain and each lecture is smart, funny and entertaining as well!

Thanks to the SGU Neuroscience Society for getting me started with the lecture explaining consciousness!

Enjoy

Dany

November 10, 2009 8:05 pm Posted by | brain, clips, lectures, medicine, robots, science, technology | Leave a comment

Verizon Wireless Hits AT&T Where it Hurts… Their Highspeed Network Coverage

Verizon Wireless has come out with some pretty scathing advertisements recently and now, they have started cranking out a fresh set of new Christmas themed ads… sure it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but the early bird catches the worm, right?

Now I still think the iPhone on AT&T is still going to sell better than gangbusters this holiday season, but now AT&T‘s biggest competitor is really taking their ad campaign hard at AT&T‘s sparse 3G internet network availability.

Thanks to Engadget for pointing this out!

Enjoy

Dany

November 10, 2009 6:39 pm Posted by | apple, ATT, clips, commercials, technology, Verizon | Leave a comment