Category: Politics/News


Robocalls

On LastWeekTonight, John Oliver discusses the growing problem of robocalls. If only we could make the FCC care a little bit more about fixing it.

 

Multi-Domain Operations

Destin of SmarterEveryDay shares part of his military background with us: “My mission was to participate in a missile and torpedo engagement exercise at Pacific Missile Range Facility as part of RIMPAC 2018. RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise) is the largest naval exercise in the world. It’s used to test interoperability and the ability to work as an international force.”

Tibetan Buddhists have suffered deep persecution by the Chinese government. John Oliver of LastWeekTonight sits down with the Dalai Lama to discuss China, the conditions in Tibet, and horse milk.

Opium was illegal in China, but that didn’t stop the East India Company from manufacturing it for the black market. The Chinese emperor appointed an official, Lin Zexu, to stop it. He seized and burned huge opium caches held by British merchants, and ultimately ordered the British out of China entirely. Instead, they set up base on a barren island that would become known as Hong Kong.

The British Empire’s grasp on the Americas was slipping right at the time when they needed those resources most. The massive amounts of tea they imported from China had created a huge trade deficit, but the Chinese were reluctant to let any Europeans trade outside of the Canton port strictly controlled by the Hong. So Britain sent a formal embassy led by Earl George Macartney.

Between two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents the American Revolution in a thorough yet digestible way.

Between two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents the American Revolution in a thorough yet digestible way.

WW2, OverSimplified (Part 2)

With two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents World War II in a thorough yet digestible way.

WW2, OverSimplified (Part 1)

Between two relatively short videos, OverSimplified actually presents World War II in a thorough yet digestible way.

 

Black Mirror has emerged as a smartly critical anthology series about a not-so-distant dystopian future, and humans’ relationship with technology. Most episodes feel like worst-case scenarios with the ambiance of The Twilight Zone for the 21st Century. Will our future interactions with technology be uplifting and empowering, or downright terrifying? Scary or not, though, some installments of Black Mirror are just plain better than others, so here’s a ranking of every episode of the show so far, from worst to best. Do we even need a spoiler warning here?

(IMO, “Nosedive” is the BEST episode. The end, in particular, is AWESOME.)

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