📺 Charlie Rose: GOP Health Care Bill; March Madness

Watched GOP Health Care Bill; March Madness - Charlie Rose from Charlie Rose, 03/15/2017
Journalists Bret Stephens of the WSJ and Reihan Salam of The National Review on the growing divide within the GOP over health care. A preview of the NCAA's March Madness with NY Times columnist William Rhoden, Washington Post sportswriter John Feinstein, and Joe Nocera of Bloomberg View.

Taking a quick lunch break to exercise the mind a bit.

The discussion on politics here is very smart and sober and lays out a better path for what the Republican party and the executive branch should be doing right now to have a chance to keep their seats in the quickly approaching midterm elections.

I was leery about the NCAA March Madness conversation, but it actually managed to be the shining star of the episode–a difficult task given the strength of the first half!

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🎧 This Week in Google #396: Mechanical Turking

Listened to This Week in Google #396: Mechanical Turking from twig.tv, March 15, 2017
Guests: Danny Sullivan

South By Southwest news from Austin local Stacey Higginbotham. 100 announcements from Google Cloud Next. Can Google fix its "one true answer" problem? U.S. charges 4 Russians with Yahoo Hack. The best iPhone case ever.

Danny's Article: Your guide to using Google Assistant and the Google search app on Android & iPhone
Stacey's Thing: Lutron LZL-4B-WH-L01 Connected Bulb Remote



The Google search issue that’s discussed reminds me of the problems in World War I in which larger guns and more automatic guns rose to prominence and gave one side an edge over the other. The solution sadly becomes arming the other side similarly, but who will do that and how is that going to occur?

After the end, I’m more tempted than usual to go out and do some home automation…

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🎧 This Week in Google #395: Shake it like a Polaroid

Listened to This Week in Google #395: Shake it like a Polaroid from twit.tv, March 8, 2017
Google's Algorithm is lying to you about Obama, women, and onions. All the News from the Google Cloud Next Conference. Wikileaks' CIA hacking tools and their funny names. Mark Zuckerberg finally gets a Harvard degree. Twitch's new Twitter killing app. Nest's secretive upcoming projects. The MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.<br><br> Stacey's Thing: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8<br> Jeff's Number: Top Google Play downloads over 5 years<br> Leo's Tool: Adobe Lightroom for Pixel

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A new fossil could push back the start of life on Earth | The Economist

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The putative fossils formed just a few hundred million years after Earth itself

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📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, S22, E80 – March 13, 2017 | Comedy Central

Watched The Daily Show, Season 22, Ep. 80 - March 13, 2017 from Comedy Central
President Trump fails to provide evidence that Barack Obama wiretapped him, Hasan Minhaj and Roy Wood Jr. announce Third Month Mania, and Lee Daniels discusses "Star."

The treatment of the ubiquitous correspondent on Korea being interrupted by his children was great. The interview with Lee Daniels brought up some interesting paradoxes about race in America which aren’t commonly discussed.

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The minimum age of criminal responsibility continues to divide opinion | The Economist

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A proposal to let Philippine criminal courts try nine-year-olds has drawn sharp criticism. But in 35 American states, children of any age can be convicted and sentenced

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A judge blocks Donald Trump’s revised travel ban | The Economist

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If Mr Trump’s executive order reaches the Supreme Court, it may find a friendlier reception

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📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, S22, E79 – March 9, 2017 | Comedy Central

Watched The Daily Show, Season 22, Ep. 79 - March 9, 2017 from Comedy Central
Trevor and Jordan Klepper sing to "forgotten" Americans, Team Trump threatens to erase climate data, and Alynda Segarra discusses Hurray for the Riff Raff's "The Navigator."

Poignant, but not as strong an episode as usual. I was thinking that Jordan was a horrible washboardist and was shocked that it came back as a topic in the interview. I hope Segarra’s album is awesome, in some sense to make up for my total disinterest in her interview. I sampled some of her music and Spotify and it’s just not my cup of tea.

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📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – Season 22, Ep. 78 – March 8, 2017 – Tressie McMillan Cottom | Comedy Central

Watched The Daily Show, Season 22, Ep. 78 - March 8, 2017 from Comedy Central
The GOP unveils a disastrous replacement for Obamacare, Michelle Wolf details Ivanka Trump's problematic brand of feminism, and Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses "Lower Ed."

The Ivanka takedown was just brutal.

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Celebrity Jeopardy | SNL

Watched Celebrity Jeopardy from Saturday Night Live, Season 40, 2015
Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell) tries his best to keep contestants Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond), Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Tony Bennett (Alec Baldwin), Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald) and Matthew McConaughey (Jim Carrey) in line.

Celebrity Jeopardy!: Kathie Lee, Tom Hanks, Sean Connery, Burt Reynolds | Saturday Night Live

Watched Celebrity Jeopardy!: Kathie Lee, Tom Hanks, Sean Connery, Burt Reynolds from Saturday Night Live, Season 34, 2009
Kathie Lee Gifford (Kristen Wiig), Tom Hanks, Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond) and Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald) take on Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell) in a new round of "Celebrity Jeopardy!"

FBI Simulator | Saturday Night Live

Watched FBI Simulator from Saturday Night Live, Season 41, 2016
A training exercise puts an agent's (Kenan Thompson) ability to distinguish between a threat (Beck Bennett, Leslie Jones, Jon Rudnitsky) and a harmless civilian (Aidy Bryant, Larry David, Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan) to the test.