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Oct 16, 2016, 12:18 PM
 
I know the usual people are going to like this and dislike this based on who is saying this, but I think this segment speaks to where we are quite well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIMW1C-yy8k

We are a dumb population, and this was so well before Trump ever became a thing, so this isn't just a statement about 2016 political preferences. How can the country up its game so that politicians (on both sides) have a harder time taking advantage of this? Try to not just rant about the left or right, I'm more interested in this from a cultural standpoint than a policy standpoint.
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 12:20 PM
 
Also, if you still aren't convinced of this read the YouTube comments section
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 12:27 PM
 
Maher is an insufferable, arrogant, misogynist pig who stopped being funny 10 years ago.
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 01:05 PM
 
TRUE! He sees himself as some sort of intellectual, not the has been comic he really is.
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 01:43 PM
 
I forgot to mention smug, and constantly laughing at his own jokes.
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 01:46 PM
 
To put it another way, making me tolerate him for seven minutes is asking a lot. Perhaps a tl;hate the ****er is in order.
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 04:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Maher is an insufferable, arrogant, misogynist pig who stopped being funny 10 years ago.
Agreed. Can't stand that guy.

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Oct 16, 2016, 05:06 PM
 
Okay, now that we've gotten the knee jerking out of the way, what about his actual points?
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Oct 16, 2016, 05:12 PM
 
I haven't watched the video yet but if his basic premise is that large segments of the American electorate are woefully uninformed then I'd agree.

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Oct 16, 2016, 06:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by besson3c View Post
Okay, now that we've gotten the knee jerking out of the way, what about his actual points?
I'm not going to watch it. Was that unclear?
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 09:51 PM
 
I've never seen anything to make me think he's a misogynist. Where are you getting that from?
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 10:05 PM
 
As is the usual case, any selected situation/event can be used to "prove" or "demonstrate" what you want it to do by putting it in whatever context you want to. Yes, some Americans are so stupid that you wonder how they remember to breathe. So are some Canadians, some Chinese, and some Ethiopians. Picking your example and casting it the way you want to can make anything look bad...

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Oct 16, 2016, 10:21 PM
 
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I've never seen anything to make me think he's a misogynist. Where are you getting that from?
He's a Lothario, and proud of it.
     
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Oct 16, 2016, 11:03 PM
 
No more so than the people of any other nation

Barack Obama: Four more years of the Carter Presidency
     
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Oct 17, 2016, 02:37 AM
 
We found something the PL agrees on: Maher sucks
     
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Oct 17, 2016, 04:50 AM
 
I don't like his idiotic stance on vaccines but otherwise I have no problem with him.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Oct 17, 2016, 11:41 AM
 
What about "big pharma is in collusion with the food industry to make us sick on high fructose corn syrup so we're forced to buy big pharma's product"?

He was also one of the original "I drive a Prius, what are you doing to address the causes of 9/11" people.

I could handle the conspitard stuff, the smug self-satisfaction, the laughing at his own jokes, and being an unrepentant womanizer... if he was actually ****ing funny.
     
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Oct 17, 2016, 07:08 PM
 
Anti-Vax is usually tied in with the big pharma conspiracy.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Oct 17, 2016, 07:31 PM
 
No worse than any other, but we get more flak because more is expected of us.
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