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Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

LastWeekTonight

Jul 20, 2020 / 22.21 min

Hoaxes and conspiracy theories have been plentiful since the pandemic began in March, with some online groups and websites claiming there is no virus or that 5G networks somehow cause the illness.

It never ceases to amaze us how people are happy to believe any nonsense they hear, especially online. Even though, as John Oliver pointed out, conspiracy theories have long been around and their appeal is undeniable.

Still, one would expect people would fall for elaborate theories, with plenty of evidence to back it up. Instead it’s always the most idiotic concepts possible.

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Hong Kong: Scuffles and arrests during protest on 1st day under new security law

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Hong Kong: Scuffles and arrests during protest on 1st day under new security law

Ruptly

Jul 1, 2020 / 2.14 min

China has formally passed a new controversial security law, giving it new powers over Hong Kong which lead hundreds to turn out to protest the legislation.

The new law’s key provisions, will give Beijing powers to effectively curtail protest and freedom of speech over the special administrative region.

Naturally, critics say the introduction of this law amounts to a breach of the “one country, two systems” principle.

Earlier in May, scuffles had already break out between Hong Kong lawmakers with the predictable passing of a controversial bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem, including it’s use for commercial purposes.

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Florida’s Anti-Maskers Are Taking a Stand | NowThis

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Florida’s Anti-Maskers Are Taking a Stand | NowThis

NowThis News

Jun 26, 2020 / 3.51 min

The amount of cringe in this video is surreal.

Palm Beach County residents warn of satanism, death & pedophilia as they spoke against the mandatory use of masks.

(Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of requiring face masks to be worn inside public buildings to help prevent the spread of Covid19.)

After watching this we don’t know if we wanna laugh (this seems like something straight out from the show “Parks and Recreation”), cry or feel scared for the mental health of these folks.

Post-vote video reaction below:

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8:46 – Dave Chappelle

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8:46 – Dave Chappelle

Netflix Is A Joke

Jun 12, 2020 / 27.20 min

Need help understanding the protests going on in the USA?

Dave Chappelle, in an incredible twist of fate doesn’t even have to tell jokes. He as become one of the most powerful voices in America, by just voicing his opinion in a funny but mostly serious and undeniably political way.

This is not your average comedy set (not only because of the unusual setting) and Chappelle starts off by acknowledging it as he asks the audience “Is this weird?”

The jokes are scarce and he mostly focus instead, on listing other accounts of police brutality (and police culture, that prevents/doesn’t reward a officer from telling on another officer for their wrongdoing) towards black man and women.

Chappelle storytelling abilities allow him to wrap all this behind his personal experience, in what is a very compelling performance.

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John Cleese vs Extremism

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John Cleese vs Extremism

eroosters

Mar 5, 2008 / 2.12 min

As in John Cleese own words recently, it’s “Hard to tell if I recorded this 30 years or 10 minutes ago…”.

In the last decade or so, as social media have grown in importance and taken a huge place in our lives, we’ve been pushed to believe that extremely polarized views are a recent phenomenon, though nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, this has always been the case, social media has just facilitated and amplified how fast those polarized opinions and feelings can be shared.

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Bulgaria: the leader of Movement for Rights and Freedom escapes an assassination attempt

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Bulgaria: the leader of Movement for Rights and Freedom escapes an assassination attempt

No Comment TV

Jan 20, 2013 / 1.35 min

Rarely will you see such a dramatic footage as this one. A man with a gun (police identified the alleged attacker as Oktai Enimehmedov) got on the stage while opposition politician Ahmed Dogan was delivering a speech.

Apparently the gun misfired and the attacker was tackled to the ground and later carried to the hospital, after he himself suffered some injuries.

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Scuffles break out between Hong Kong lawmakers as pro-China camp elects chair

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Scuffles break out between Hong Kong lawmakers as pro-China camp elects chair

The Telegraph

May 18, 2020 / 1.01 min

Clashes broke out in Hong Kong’s legislature after an announcement that pro-Beijing lawmaker Chan Kin-por was elected chair of a key committee.

With this victory, a controversial bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem, including it’s use for commercial purposes, will be passed shortly. Fines could go up to 50 000 Hong Kong dollars and prison sentences up to 3 years.

The growing concern is that this is just the latest page on what seems to be another step towards the end of the “One country, two systems” constitutional principle of the People’s Republic of China (describing the governance of Hong Kong and Macau).

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Coronavirus Lockdown Protest

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Coronavirus Lockdown Protest

All Gas No Brakes

Apr 26, 2020 / 8.53 min

Let me start by saying there were plenty of videos out there covering the Coronavirus lockdown protests. This one however, had the ability to stand out from the crowd.

From all the wonderfully shocking characters being interviewed, we had a hard time deciding which one were our favorite, though the “What we have here, statistically, is…political science” guy is pretty close to taking the cake.

There’s a silver lining however. We all at Broadcastr became fans of All Gas No Brakes’s channel and binge watched all their videos in the following hours.