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John Oliver Chugs Some Vodka To Prove A Point About America's Horrible Education Scam, The Lottery

Confession: My family has a rich history of being addicted to gambling. So this hits home for me. Nationwide, state lotteries are marketed as a cure-all to help fund education. The reality is that not only are they not helping, they actually make things worse. At 8:39, you can learn just one of the many stories that make them a blight on our community. And at 11:40, you can learn the truth about how they actually don't help at all as John Oliver explains what North Carolina did with their money. If you live in the U.K., the corporate media overlords blocked this video, and I'd recommend installing this to never be blocked again.

John Oliver Chugs Some Vodka To Prove A Point About America's Horrible Education Scam, The Lottery

The math on this seems pretty simple. 21 of 24 states with education-funded lotteries actually didn't increase or decreased school funding. If all the money is being taken from poor people, and they are cooking the books to make it so no actual growth in education funding is being met, and they are giving huge tax breaks for corporations in its place, maybe it's not such a good idea. You are robbing Paul to pay Peter, only this time Paul was already broke and Peter's a teacher who actually deserves to have better pay and smaller classrooms, only he can't because you gave some other guy in a fancy suit all the money you were gonna pay Peter.

Now you may be saying to yourself, "But, Adam, if poor people just stopped buying lottery tickets, it wouldn't be a problem." To which I respond with, "But Internets person, they are actively targeting poor people and selling them a dream and making it easier to bankrupt them thereby making them even poorer and thereby helping to collapse our economy. I'd much rather education get funded properly instead of finding an easy loophole from which corporations can escape from at their leisure."


So do me a favor and help make sure the Internets understand that lotteries are awful. I'll owe you one. As long as I don't buy a lottery ticket, I'll be able to pay you back.

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Thomas F. Wilson played one of the most recognizable villains in film history, Biff Tannen, in the "Back to the Future" series. So, understandably, he gets recognized wherever he goes for the iconic role.

The attention must be nice, but it has to get exhausting answering the same questions day in and day out about the films. So Wilson created a card that he carries with him to hand out to people that answers all the questions he gets asked on a daily basis.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected diverse communities due largely in part to social factors such as inadequate access to housing, income, dietary options, education and employment — all of which have been shown to affect people's physical health.

Recognizing that inequity, Harlem-based chef JJ Johnson sought out to help his community maximize its health during the pandemic — one grain at a time.

Johnson manages FIELDTRIP, a health-focused restaurant that strives to bring people together through the celebration of rice, a grain found in cuisines of countless cultures.

"It was very important for me to show the world that places like Harlem want access to more health-conscious foods," Johnson said. "The people who live in Harlem should have the option to eat fresh, locally farmed and delicious food that other communities have access to."

Lack of education and access to those healthy food options is a primary driver of why 31% of adults in Harlem are struggling with obesity — the highest rate of any neighborhood in New York City and 7% higher than the average adult obesity rate across the five boroughs.

Obesity increases risk for heart disease or diabetes, which in turn leaves Harlem's residents — who are 76% Black or LatinX — at heightened risk for complications with COVID-19.

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Sometimes a politician says or does something so brazenly gross that you have to do a double take to make sure it really happened. Take, for instance, this tweet from Lauren Witzke, a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate from Delaware. Witzke defeated the party's endorsed candidate to win the primary, has been photographed in a QAnon t-shirt, supports the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was a U.S. government inside operation, and has called herself a flat earther.

So that's neat.

Witzke has also proposed a 10-year total halt on immigration to the U.S., which is absurd on its face, but makes sense when you see what she believes about immigrants. In a tweet this week, Witzke wrote, "Most third-world migrants can not assimilate into civil societies. Prove me wrong."

First, let's talk about how "civil societies" and developing nations are not different things, and to imply that they are is racist, xenophobic, and wrong. Not to mention, it has never been a thing to refer people using terms like "third-world." That's a somewhat outdated term for developing nations, and it was never an adjective to describe people from those nations even when it was in use.

Next, let's see how Twitter thwapped Lauren Witzke straight into the 21st century by proving her wrong in the most delicious way. Not only did people share how they or their relatives and friends have successfully "assimilated," but many showed that they went way, way beyond that.

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There are two conflicting viewpoints when it comes to addressing culture from that past that contains offensive elements that would never be acceptable today.

Some believe that old films, TV shows, music or books with out-of-date, offensive elements should be hidden from public view. While others think they should be used as valuable tools that help us learn from the past.

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