Coronavirus IV: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Video news report at Last Week Tonight:

I normally find John Oliver a bit smarmy and his humour hit and miss, but this episode was a gem. At the start he looks at the perils of working at home and a local news reporter’s cat pulls focus during a live shot. A must-see even if you see nothing else in this report.

John Oliver discusses how Coronavirus is impacting the US workforce, from mass unemployment to the problems faced by essential workers…… (Watch entire video report).

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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31 comments on “Coronavirus IV: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  1. I enjoy John Oliver like I enjoy the spice cumin. A little bit can go a long way, but just the right amount can give a savory dish that certain somethin’ somethin’.

  2. badfinger20 says:

    I love the cat… he brings up a lot of points. I wonder what residue will be left behind from this and what companies will do about their policies…as little as possible will be the answer.

    • It’s very funny isn’t it and his response is even funnier. His politics I’m not all that interested to hear although as you said he has some points, but his observational remarks in this episode I got a real kick out of.

      • badfinger20 says:

        They were funny…it;s like Pam said. I like him in doses but yes…I was laughing through it.

      • I didn’t exactly comprehend Pam’s comment, but I gleaned she meant that. Yes, it gave me a good ol belly laugh.

      • badfinger20 says:

        He is very funny on this. Our governor made a speech today saying everything is shut down til April 30…but May is “reboot” month… well it has to get a hell of a lot better than now.

      • That’s quick. I think it needs to be treated state by state and by locality. If there isn’t a dense population and a COVID-19 outbreak they should be thinking about restarting life as we knew it. I listened to Peter Attia’s podcast today and the expert had good news to say about the Virus in the US. California is loaning its ventilators additional. Washington State is dismantling its field hospital since it hasn’t required patients. Basically the hospitals haven’t been overwhelmed. On the contrary. Hospitals have been putting off staff.
        I’m more concerned here in Colombia about the economy and violence due tu starvation than I am about the virus.

      • badfinger20 says:

        The recovery will be long and hard…I’ll repeat it…testing! Everyone needs to find out who has an immunity and those people can start back working when everyone goes back…to be fair that has been talked about.

        Yea that is terrible about Colombia. I can see your worry.

      • Of course testing is paramount.
        The Australian Prime Minister has just said he’s astonished by the WHO’s backing of Wet Markets in China. You can’t blame him. That is insane.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I heard about that…yes that is insane. This might changed the world’s opinion about China making everything for them also.

      • Their is something deeply sinister about this WHO Organisation. Only a little while ago they wouldn’t answer a question about Taiwan because of Chinese influence and now they are condoning wet markets. Yes, the western world’s dependence on China needs to be looked at in a big way.

      • badfinger20 says:

        In a much smaller scale…it’s like Wal Mart here. They come into a town and wipe out Mom and Pop places and then after they got what they need…they leave an empty huge building. They are cheap but it comes at a price.

        Has WHO released wy they condone it? It makes no sense.

      • I see what you mean. I think the WHO’s place on this will lead to widespread ill against China. China and the WHO need to own up quick smart. We could have WW3 on our hands.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I agree Matt

  3. Not to worry but – “This video is not available” – it happens quite often over here, but explains why I’m not commenting. (On second thoughts, I obviously can’t shut up!)

  4. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yeah, hit and miss with Mr. Oliver, but the above was pretty funny.

    How bad has violence and food shortages gotten where you are, Matt?
    There’s not enough organization to help and too many who need it, I assume…

    • I’m not kidding. Just before opening your message, I finished reading the article below about widespread demonstrations in Bogota because of starvation and lack of support.
      And many refugees from Venezuela are demanding humanitarian transport to go back to Venezuela.
      I haven’t heard of outbreaks of food shortages in stores or violence. I just hope they maintain heavy military and police presence on the streets during this time.

      How are things in California? I have heard the state has been been very successful at combating the virus.

  5. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Wow, things are REALLY bad if the Venezuelan refugees want to go back.
    Not to undermine or diminish the demonstrations in Bogota–which I hope have a positive outcome–but at least they CAN demonstrate. I was reading about the “untouchables” in India–the caste system which leaves them on the very bottom and which isn’t supposed to exist anymore–and how they won’t even let some people, these Dalits, or untouchables, come out of their village to get supplies or medicines. A woman walked a very long way from her village–many months pregnant–and when she got there, they turned her away and made her go back because they think the “untouchables” are spreading the disease. Which, of course, they aren’t spreading it any more than anyone else crammed together in poor conditions. But, man, it makes our little worries pale in comparison, it feels like. Ugggghhhh.

    Yeah, and speaking of which, California is doing very well, especially LA. For once, our dreaded “car culture” has been an unexpected benefit by keeping us all isolated and locked up inside our cars.

    I’m reading a book where the story takes place in Australia and they mentioned Elizabeth Farm, Australia’s oldest European dwelling, and I thought of you! Have you ever been there?

    • I hadn’t heard about the untouchables in India. That sounds horrific. I had read about the systematic oppression of the Muslims by the hindú nationalists.

      Ecuador, our southern neighbor country is suffering terribly from COVID-19. Some terrible stories are coming to light including throwing the dead into the sea! .

      I’m so glad you are doing well in Cali. What’s the book you are reading? I hadn’t heard of Elizabeth Farm. But I just looked at some photos of it. I grew up quite close to there.

  6. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Oh my god! Ecuador. Is that a matter of just completely running out of options and space or being badly organized?! Wow.

    Ha, so very close to Elizabeth Farms, huh? It was mentioned in The Hypnotist’s Love Story, which I just finished. It takes place in Sydney (I believe) but definitely in Australia. I know the author’s from Sydney. Turned out to be very good, unpacking the delusions we all have about ourselves, big and small, in a fairly light, amusing way.

    • Someone had just wrote to me about them ‘allegedly’ throwing bodies in the sea. In fact I’m just confirming if that is true and what their source is.

      Oh The Hypnotist’s Love Story sounds like a good read and what a wonderful title! I’d like to read that based on your lovely short description. Have you read any Bryce Courtenay books? His Australian trilogy which begins with the Potato Factory is legendary in Australian literature. I couldn’t put them down.
      I’m down to my last book, an Edgar Allen Poe compilation of mystery stories. I don’t know where I’m going to find my next book. 🙄 My Amazon Kindle died on me a number of months ago. I’ll work something out.

  7. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Nope, Mr. Courtenay is a stranger to me. I shall write this info. down and hopefully be able to act on it someday soon.
    I think you’d probably enjoy The Hypnotist’s Love Story. It’s by Liane Moriarty. More from a female point of view than male, but you’ve proven you’re open to that, hehe.
    Just seeing the words “My Amazon Kindle died on me…” made the hair stand up all over my body. I think I would cease to be able to function if my Kindle died, Matt. I don’t even wanna know what would happen, lol !!

    • I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the book.
      Yes, one day my kindle wouldn’t recharge and it has been like that ever since. There is no technical service of it here.

      It was nice to be back in the possession of real books, but I miss the convenience of having a Kindle. I’ll probably fork out on a new one some day.

      Have a good night amiga. Cheers.

  8. selizabryangmailcom says:


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