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Comedian John Oliver on the decline of the American empire

After co-creating the political radio show Political Animal and becoming a regular guest on television's Mock the Week, John Oliver received a call to audition for The Daily Show in 2006. He was hired as The Daily Show's "senior British correspondent." In 2008, John Oliver: Terrible Times debuted on Comedy Central. The Daily Show's longtime host, Jon Stewart, took a hiatus from the show in the summer of 2013, during which time Oliver appeared as interim host. He plays a recurring character, Professor Ian Duncan, on the television series Community.


Redacted Tonight: Guns, Bitcoins, press freedom, Occupy, Redskins, & time-traveling Cheney

Team Redacted sends Dick Cheney back in time, gets rich off Bitcoins, defends the name "Redskins," sets a new date for the revolution, AND reveals how thousands of Americans were intentionally poisoned by the Federal Government.

Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs every Friday at 8pm EST on RT America and every episode can also be found on Also check out­ht and for new stuff.

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Juice Rap News nails it again: The World Coup - THIEFA vs Brazil

THE WORLD COUP! [Juice Rap News S02:E06].

All eyes are on Brazil as it endures... errr.... *hosts* the 2014 soccer World Coup - the most watched sporting event on the planet. Join Robert Foster as he investigates why many Brazilians are protesting against THIEFA, the shady organisation that runs the World Cup, and the rather fascist policies it has introduced to their country "for the good of the game". But Brazil is not the only country to get shafted in this epic episode, which features exclusive interviews with captains of the strongest teams in the running for the notorious WORLD COUP. So, click play and find out why they really call it "The World Game."

Whom to arm to fight ISIS Iraqi militants?

Critics blast President Obama as a Syria-based militant group overruns key regions in Iraq.

Coach Rudkowski's Brass Balls Shoe Throwing

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Imagine your testicles the size of watermelons...

Coach Rudkowski's Brass Balls Shoe Throwing video you'll learn the amazing training secrets of America's ballsiest shoe-throwing academy. Order today... operators are standing by.


Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could be a 'real danger'

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Musing on a robot-dominated world, imaginary time, and parallel universes.
I don't want to frighten you. I'll leave it to Stephen Hawking to do that.

The famed physicist made an appearance last night on HBO's "Last Week Tonight," and had a deep and meaningful conversation with host John Oliver. Well, at least Hawking's side of the conversation was deep and meaningful.

Oliver asked him what was the one thing he most wanted people to grasp. Hawking replied: "Imaginary time."

"Imaginary time is like another direction in space," he said. "It's the one bit of my work science fiction writers haven't used."

Honestly, I thought that all sci-fi was written merely by adding blood, gore, and sex to the work of scientists. So why haven't sci-fi writers built stories around imaginary time? "They don't understand it," he said.

I can't pretend to understand it either. However, it's something to do with time that runs in a different direction to the time that gnaws at us every day.

Most importantly, however, Oliver wanted to know about artificial intelligence. Like so many artificial things, it carries with it the idea that it could be noxious or even deadly.

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Ten laws regulating the esoteric and supernatural

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When do you need to tell a prospective buyer your house is haunted? Where do you need a license to practice necromancy or to be reincarnated? And where can you file a lawsuit against a supernatural being? These real-life laws will tell you all that and more.

1. In some cases, US home sellers must tell a buyer if a property is haunted.

There are all sorts of disclosures that home sellers must make to potential buyers, but do you really need a ghost disclosure? Some states require a seller to disclose if a property is "psychologically impacted" in some way, such as from a recent murder on the premises.

If your house is famously said to be haunted, however, you may want to make sure the buyer is aware of the situation. In the 1991 case Stambovsky v. Ackley, Helen Ackley had sold her Nyack, New York, property after she and other members of her family had widely reported that the house was haunted by poltergeists. Jeffrey Stambovsky, unaware of the stories surround the house, purchased the home and later sued, requesting rescission of the contract of sale. The New York Supreme Court justices had a field day writing that opinion, stating that the "plaintiff hasn't a ghost of a chance" and "I am moved by the spirit of equity." While the court didn't state that poltergeists actually exist, it did say that, based on wide reports of the house's haunted status, that its value was affected and therefore the house was haunted as a matter of law.

Spectator tries to take on horses in bizarre racecourse stunt in England

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Speed: A spectator leaps the fence and tries to compete during a race meet.
We all love a thrilling horse race.

But the excitement on the turf appears to have been all too much for one punter... who decided to get involved himself.

The lone spectator left the stands, vaulted a fence and took to the field mid-way through the race.

Despite sprinting at full pelt, he was quickly overtaken by the ten galloping horses and their determined riders.

But the white-shirted man was fortunate not to be trampled under the hooves of the animals on the field.

It is unknown what action, if any, was taken against the spectator. Previous attempts at gate-crashing the turf have ended in serious injury or death.
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If you thought the wage gap was bad, Chelsea Clinton's salary for doing nothing will shock you

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Journalists were lighting the torches and toting pitchforks when Jill Abramson was fired from the New York Times over wage discrimination, but Chelsea Clinton might tip the scales the other way with her enormous salary for doing nothing:
Chelsea Clinton had a $600,000 annual contract with NBC but has recently switched over to a month-to-month arrangement in case her mother runs for president.
...She joined the network as a special correspondent with a three-month trial period starting in November 2011 before she was signed on full time.

The segments that she worked on showed up largely on the now-defunct Rock Center with Brian Williams, and her most recent coverage aired on Nightly News but her last contribution came in January.

South Carolina governor's unfortunate tweet: "We will no longer educate children..."

The governor of South Carolina created a mini-Twitter firestorm among the chattering class on Monday by mistakenly announcing that the state, in the process of passing education reform, "will no longer educate children."

Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, seemed to type out a complete tweet only to attach an Instagram link at the end of it, a situation in which Twitter likely chopped up the message at an unfortunate point. The tweet has since been deleted, but screenshots of the image remain thanks to a number of political pundits and a mounting number of re-tweets.