Last Week Tonight: North Korea

In today’s installment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver breaks down the relationship between the United States and North Korea. It isn’t so much Kim Jong-Un’s rhetoric that is frightening, but the fact that the current administration is woefully ill-equipped to do anything constructive or reassuring.

Bonus clip: John addresses the horrific events which happened at the racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He’s one of the few talk-show hosts who have done so, and he has my respect for it.

72 Years Ago, Today…Nagasaki, Japan

On 9 August, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. The first atomic bomb ever used was the one dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, which occurred on 6 August 1945. 140,000 people were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima, while 70,000 were killed in the bombing of Nagasaki. Men, women, and children all lost their lives in the blink of an eye.

Today, we have two man-children on two different continents, each with the ability to unleash those same horrors on the innocent with no regards to the cost. Those of us who have tried to talk sense to others, pleading for them to pay attention to the things which are vital to the survival of humanity and all other life on this planet, can only shake our heads in disbelief at the willful ignorance we are met with, time and time again.

I have no confidence that the Drumpf is capable of dealing with Kim Jong-Un on any reasonable level, and I know that I’m not the only one. From ABC News:

Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea, the mayor of Nagasaki said Wednesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of his city.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized Japan’s government for not taking part in the global effort toward a nuclear ban.

The bombing anniversary comes just as Pyongyang and Washington are trading escalating threats. President Donald Trump threatened North Korea “with fire and fury” and North Korea’s military said Wednesday it was examining its plans for attacking Guam.

“The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense,” Taue said at Nagasaki’s peace park. “A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again.”…Taue sharply criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for what he said were empty promises about working to achieve a nuclear-free world. He said Japan’s absence even during diplomatic negotiations for the U.N. Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, adopted in July, is “incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings.”

The outspoken mayor praised the atomic bombing survivors, or “hibakusha,” for their lifelong devotion to the effort. He urged Japan’s government to change its policy of relying on the U.S. nuclear umbrella and join the nuclear prohibition treaty as soon as possible.

The atmosphere today seems to be far more tense than it was during the height of the Cold War, and that’s saying quite a bit. All one can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best…and whatever happens, happens.

More Random Humour!!!

I figured that some of you out there need some comedy relief to get through your dreaded taxes! I got mine done last week; I generally wait until the last minute to do them because, well…just because! For those of you who are gnashing your teeth and shredding your hair over 1040s, W-2s, 1099s and various other forms with crazy numbers and letters, here are some random funny things I saw on TV and around the interwebs during the past couple of weeks.

First off, Bill Tull on Conan O’Brien has a few tax tips to help you all out:

Bill Tull’s Budget Tax Tips

Conan and the guys spent a week in Atlanta, Georgia during the first week of April. I picked a few of the best highlights (and lowlights) from then!

Ludacris presents: “That’s Ludicrous!”

Conan becomes a Civil War re-enactor

Presenting the Conan State University Dream Team

Andy Richter gets a “Walking Dead” makeover

Charles Barkley and Dick Vitale announce weird dunking mascots

Hank Aaron helps Conan take the Georgia Citizenship test

Next, some random, funny clips of things that tickled my funnybone: first off, today is a national holiday in North Korea. You’d think that Kim Jong-un would be in a better mood over it, but he’s gone positively apeshit with the saber-rattling and bellicose attitude since Dennis Rodman left! What, did he not get a flower named for him yet? His grandfather has the Kimilsungia; his father has the Kimjongilia – I guess there’s no Kimjongunia variety! Maybe this little serenade by Conan will help:

Conan serenades Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

Next, we have Deon Cole, followed by bandmember Mike Merritt:

Deon Cole breaks down the news

Mike Merritt’s Inner Thoughts: The ‘Accidental Racist’ Edition

Here are some various skits that had me dying with laughter:

Draw forehead penises the right way!

News roundup: 26 March 2013

Conan busts Jordan Schlansky and his elitist espresso machine

Finally, a great song featured on 10 April 2012 on Conan’s show – enjoy!     😎

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: “Can’t Hold Us

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