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WaryWarren
Apr 30, 2013


Groovelord Neato posted:

All of us watching to get angry.

And horny.

My dad and stepmom watch it religiously like good Boomers do. That and all the DVR'd SNL episodes and monologues from Colbert, Kimmel, Meyers, etc.

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Toxic Fart Syndrome
Jul 2, 2006

*hits A-THREAD-5*

Only 3.6 Roentgoons per hour ... not great, not terrible.




...the meter only goes to 3.6...



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WaryWarren posted:

And horny.

My dad and stepmom watch it religiously like good Boomers do. That and all the DVR'd SNL episodes and monologues from Colbert, Kimmel, Meyers, etc.

This is how I know post-millennials are the new boomers: they do the same thing but on YouTube.

ExiledTinkerer
Nov 4, 2009


Well, Couric has definitely departed from waking reality on some fronts---a different sort than Conway, but oof. Not that this other book guy fared much better in terms of warped tunnel vision.

I guess next week stands to be livelier depending on what actually goes down as I suppose they had the excuse of being the first ep back from break.

Loveshaft
Nov 3, 2020



Katie Couric tried to literally compare christian fascist MITT ROMNEY to Nelson Mandela simply because he has an ongoing slapfight with Trump.

And these MSM morons wonder why the term fake news sticks to them so well.

ExiledTinkerer
Nov 4, 2009


Almost impressive that, time and again, whatever new blood Maher manages to finally book for the show these days winds up being a tremendous jackass like this Fifth Column dude---not impressed at his attempt at stealthy disguise via denim jacket instead of the traditional garb of leather/(and/or)brown suede his ilk are typically cloaked in to alert passerby to discount nigh everything they utter.

Bill is really having a thin existential crisis over his love of the security (theatre) state and "free speech" these days---guess that's the theme of this season under Biden for now.

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


ExiledTinkerer posted:

Almost impressive that, time and again, whatever new blood Maher manages to finally book for the show these days winds up being a tremendous jackass like this Fifth Column dude---not impressed at his attempt at stealthy disguise via denim jacket instead of the traditional garb of leather/(and/or)brown suede his ilk are typically cloaked in to alert passerby to discount nigh everything they utter.

yeah that guy was insufferable. i never heard of him, but went to look up his lovely podcast, and it's entirely based on aggrieved jagoffs mad about cancel culture and critical race theory and the like.

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Bill is really having a thin existential crisis over his love of the security (theatre) state and "free speech" these days---guess that's the theme of this season under Biden for now.

in fairness to bill, it was nice to see him push back against the FBI guy a bit.

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


oh god, maher invited bret and heather heying

punk rebel ecks
Dec 11, 2010

We dance for socialism!


nine-gear crow posted:

Jesus Christ, this show is STILL on the air? How?
I can only imagine it's ratings will decline. It's an extremely Boomer show.

Toxic Fart Syndrome
Jul 2, 2006

*hits A-THREAD-5*

Only 3.6 Roentgoons per hour ... not great, not terrible.




...the meter only goes to 3.6...



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Bill Maher during Lockdown at home: "i wish i had an audience who would laugh at my jokes"







Bill Maher after Lockdown in studio: "i wish i had an audience who would laugh at my jokes"

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


he's such a snowflake

there's no reason for him to get mad when the audience doesn't immediately laugh or go 'oooh'. but he just gets so offended even when it's not a matter of the audience not liking his work. it's one of the most annoying things about him.

Former Human
Oct 15, 2001



It would be in bad taste for me to say I hope three of the five people on this episode stupidly refuse the vaccine and get COVID so I won't say it.

PT6A
Jan 5, 2006

ASK ME WHY THE HYUNDAI KONA IS THE GREATEST CAR ON GOD'S EARTH, I HAVE STRONG OPINIONS ON THIS SUBJECT


The vaccine idiots seemed very nuts and stupid and I did not enjoy their presence.

They still, notably, seemed smarter than Bill himself. Woof.

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


i thought bert and heather were invited to bitch about cancel culture, but it looks like they were brought to sow doubt about the effectiveness of the covid vaccines:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMGWLLDSA3c

PT6A
Jan 5, 2006

ASK ME WHY THE HYUNDAI KONA IS THE GREATEST CAR ON GOD'S EARTH, I HAVE STRONG OPINIONS ON THIS SUBJECT


Mr Interweb posted:

i thought bert and heather were invited to bitch about cancel culture, but it looks like they were brought to sow doubt about the effectiveness of the covid vaccines:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMGWLLDSA3c

And also push the "lab-created virus that got out.... by accident???" bullshit! There's a lot to hate in that interview!

Toxic Fart Syndrome
Jul 2, 2006

*hits A-THREAD-5*

Only 3.6 Roentgoons per hour ... not great, not terrible.




...the meter only goes to 3.6...



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I just kept thinking that they dressed, looked, and sounded like they stepped out of the 1970s.

Groovelord Neato
Dec 6, 2014




gently caress me he had Bret Weinstein on?

Former Human
Oct 15, 2001



If you're going to have IDW figures on, at least invite someone who can make sense part of the time like Sam Harris. But no, let's go full conspiracy mode and endorse vaccine "skepticism" in the middle of a pandemic instead.

It's Bill Maher. This is the same man who said he doesn't like to heat food in a microwave because he's not sure what the molecules do inside his body.

D-Pad
Jun 28, 2006

We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.


Bret and wife were lovely guests, their vaccine take is poo poo, but the lab escape hypothesis is actually a lot more likely than we were originally shown:

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/coronavirus-lab-escape-theory.html

A lot of people hear lab escape and think it means lab created. There is clear evidence the virus was not created in a lab. There is no evidence (either way) it wasn't a natural virus being studied in the lab, possibly in gain-of-function experiments, that escaped. In that scenario, an escaped natural virus is indistinguishable from a virus that came directly from the wild.

Ultimately, it doesn't really matter if it did or didn't other than the conversation we should be having about what bio-labs are allowed to do and their poo poo safety record. That article has some very scary data points about just how many accidents these labs see all over the world every year. Eventually, one is going to escape whether covid did or not.

ExiledTinkerer
Nov 4, 2009


Maher was just trying to gin up some of his classic nat sec saber rattling on China since this veiled notion went over like a lead balloon the last time he put it out there closer to the start of this mess.

He wants everything reopened so badly and blithely he doesn't care who pays the price and how, and no blood washes cleaner from the upper echelon folks like that of scapegoats.

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



ExiledTinkerer posted:

Bill is really having a thin existential crisis over his love of the security (theatre) state and "free speech" these days---guess that's the theme of this season under Biden for now.

It seems now that Trump is out the show will revert back to focusing on weirdo R politicians week after week. I remember when Bill would talk for weeks on end about Sarah Palin gossip long after she was out of office.

But last night was one of the most bizarrely disconnected ones I recall.


-Airing grievances about owning part of the Mets.
-"Young people shouldn't have phones."
-His personal solar panel aspirations.
-Redacting names from edifices.
-Strange Armie Hammer fetishes.
-Generational junk.

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


i can't believe (or maybe i can) how much of the panel discussion was focused on them whining about cancel culture

ExiledTinkerer
Nov 4, 2009


I am now convinced he is working through a combination punch card and Rolodex for Reason critters and adjacent such that, if he gets them all on, a free burrito is earned.

That one lady was seemingly just there to carry water with a bucket brigade's frenzy on top---just pathetic.

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



The other perplexing thing is this cancel culture talk. Bill has wanted people cancelled for decades. He's been raging at the religious right for 40+ years and any affiliation they have with politics. And regularly devotes his final new rule to roasting religious texts from all around the world and hoping for their annihilation.

As far as I can tell the people throwing a fit about it right now are just not happy about who's being cancelled. The same people were furious about Heinz ketchup a few years ago because of Teresa Heinz existence. They've been more than content to pillory and ostracize socialists/communists/liberals/leftists/democrats/boogeymen they don't like. A classic case of cognitive dissonance.

Zogo fucked around with this message at 20:53 on Feb 7, 2021

punk rebel ecks
Dec 11, 2010

We dance for socialism!


Zogo posted:

The other perplexing thing is this cancel culture talk. Bill has wanted people cancelled for decades. He's been raging at the religious right for 40+ years and any affiliation they have with politics. And regularly devotes his final new rule to roasting religious texts from all around the world and hoping for their annihilation.

As far as I can tell the people throwing a fit about it right now are just not happy about who's being cancelled. The same people were furious about Heinz ketchup a few years ago because of Teresa Heinz existence. They've been more than content to pillory and ostracize socialists/communists/liberals/leftists/democrats/boogeymen they don't like. A classic case of cognitive dissonance.

This is how cancel culture works. Each side likes it when it is in their favor and hates it when it's in their enemies. The right used to be very pro-cancel culture during the 2000s while the "left" was for free speech. Almost two decades later things have switched including the positions.

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


punk rebel ecks posted:

This is how cancel culture works. Each side likes it when it is in their favor and hates it when it's in their enemies. The right used to be very pro-cancel culture during the 2000s while the "left" was for free speech. Almost two decades later things have switched including the positions.

ah yes, the Right have truly become champions of voltaire and the first amendment

punk rebel ecks
Dec 11, 2010

We dance for socialism!


Mr Interweb posted:

ah yes, the Right have truly become champions of voltaire and the first amendment

The momentum right now is on people offending or "offending" BIPOC or well to do liberals, rather than religious WASPS and "patriots" during the 2000s.

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


punk rebel ecks posted:

The momentum right now is on people offending or "offending" BIPOC or well to do liberals, rather than religious WASPS and "patriots" during the 2000s.

conservatives haven't changed one iota since then, buddy. they're STILL whining about poo poo like 'happy holidays'!

punk rebel ecks
Dec 11, 2010

We dance for socialism!


Mr Interweb posted:

conservatives haven't changed one iota since then, buddy. they're STILL whining about poo poo like 'happy holidays'!

Nobody's changed. It's just that the media spotlight isn't on topics they care about so when they hear the question "Do you like cancel culture?" they say no.

ExiledTinkerer
Nov 4, 2009


Sadly not confident this is the first time the show has essentially been, "Oops, all grifters~"---but it at least surely has been quite some time since such a depressing low was endeavored upon.

Toxic Fart Syndrome
Jul 2, 2006

*hits A-THREAD-5*

Only 3.6 Roentgoons per hour ... not great, not terrible.




...the meter only goes to 3.6...



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Have we made the "old enough to remember when the GOP cancelled french fries" joke yet itt?

Animal-Mother
Feb 14, 2012

RABBIT RABBIT
RABBIT RABBIT

Is Andrew Sullivan still a frequent guest of Bill's?

https://twitter.com/tomscocca/status/1363885672805851138

Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



Animal-Mother posted:

Is Andrew Sullivan still a frequent guest of Bill's?

https://twitter.com/tomscocca/status/1363885672805851138

He's usually on the show two or three times each year.

Clibanarius
Sep 22, 2020
Probation
Can't post for 26 days!


Brendan James, former Chapo producer. Owns. Blowback is amazing for if you lived through the Bush and Iraq War era and want to actually know things about the goings-on of the times. https://omny.fm/shows/blowback

And Andrew Sullivan would, in a just world, be thrown into an 8x8 cell without accommodation and denied his AIDS medication until nature runs its course.

Mr Interweb
Aug 25, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!


good god, this was the worst episode of RT in a long time

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Zogo
Jul 29, 2003



Mr Interweb posted:

good god, this was the worst episode of RT in a long time

The growing disconnect between media and what's going on with the pandemic gets more absurd and bizarre by the week. We're in the midst of a pandemic with real death numbers now quite possibly higher than the entire US civil war death count and it's barely mentioned.

Let's focus on inane school doctrines and Maher ranting about his junky solar panels that will never get built. And then talk about internet defense and military defense spending in the name of keeping US citizens safe and healthy.

Imagine if after 9/11 happened the media without missing a beat was throwing a fit about some Marilyn Manson CD and some random violent video game.

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