Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Abortion Ruling and Phillipines Election
May 8, 2022 11:58 PM - Season 9, Episode 10 - Subscribe

This week... two main stories! #1 is on abortion, and Alito's draft opinion to overturn Roe vs. Wade. John Oliver's points are: what this ruling means, how we got to this point, and where we go now. YouTube (18 minutes) And Now: Local News Shows Go Through The Motions For "Star Wars Day." Main Story #2: The Phillipine elections, which have a chance of dumping current dictator Rodrigo Duterte, but if so one of the possible replacements is Ferdinand Marcos Jr., largely because of the rewriting of history in their media and on the internet. Be on the look out for John saying: "That is the single dumbest story involving a young Michael Jordan I have ever heard, and I have seen Space Jam." YouTube (20 minutes) And Now: WDIV Meteorologist Brandon Roux Enjoys Cinco de Mayo A Little Too Much.
posted by JHarris (4 comments total)
Seeing headlines that Marcos Jr is the presumptive winner. One of my Filipino friends jokingly(?) speculated that he'll step down or get forced out so that Duterte's daughter becomes the leader.
posted by Marticus at 4:09 PM on May 9, 2022

It's not just bad that it happened, it's that it happened because of the culture of rampant misinformation that continues to suffuse social media like Facebook. That Michael Jordan story is idiotic, but would some people in the U.S. be fooled by it, if Trump said he had done it? You bet they would.
posted by JHarris at 9:02 PM on May 9, 2022 [1 favorite]

I realize Michael Jordan has better things to do with his time, but part of me hoped there was going to be a stunt campaign commercial at the end in which Michael Jordan refuted the story. Or, alternatively, maybe a series of other basketball players could recount increasingly unlikely fake encounters with Marcos (hard to top the "real" one though).

But I didn't mind the replay of the bucket of sloths.
posted by the primroses were over at 7:00 AM on May 10, 2022 [1 favorite]

Good summary of the relevant history in Philippines.

This nutribread stuff, I want to try one (not a reproduction, but what was actually produced and distributed).

That crocheted ACAB ski mask is truly dope.
posted by porpoise at 10:05 PM on May 18, 2022 [1 favorite]

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