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John Oliver Explains Why Your Electric Bill Is So Damn High

Click here to read the full article. John Oliver began his main story by addressing one of his favorite subjects: weird mascots. This time it was Reddy Kilowatt, a character made of electrical outlets, lightbulbs, and bolts of electricity who for decades told people that the energy industry has their best interests at heart. Turns out, Reddy is a liar. Oliver provided several examples of utility companies all over the country fleecing customers — it was clear his staff didn’t have to look all that hard to find them — but he began with one of the most notorious utilities: Pacific Gas...
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John Oliver explains electric utilities, why they're charging you so much, and why they hate solar

"You probably don't give too much thought to your local electric utility, but if you do, it might be because they're charging exorbitant rates for a basic human necessity," John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. "And high bills are just the beginning of the problems here, because utilities are also exceptionally prone to scandal. In fact, just google your utility company right now and the word 'scandal,' and chances are they've gotten into some major trouble. It's basically like googling your local Jimmy John's and e. coli, or the name of your favorite teacher from high school and January 6th — you're not going to like the results that you find."
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‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Castigates Alabama Governor Over Trans Medication Bill, “You Are A Bad Person”

John Oliver has a new conservative in his scope: Alabama governor Kay Ivey. Ivey has been the ire of transgender advocates nationwide since her April 8th signing of the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, a law that makes prescribing or administering gender-affirming medication to transgender minors in Alabama a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
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John Oliver hits out Alabama governor Kay Ivey over ‘trans youth ban’: ‘What the f*** is wrong with you?’

John Oliver has branded governor Kay Ivey “Alabama’s worst meemaw” over her law banning giving transgender children gender-affirming healthcare.In April, Ivey signed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, which has been called the “transgender youth ban”. This law makes it illegal to give puberty blockers or hormones to trans people under the age of 19, with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.Hosting Last Week Tonight on Sunday (15 May), Oliver called the act “absolutely appalling”“No one should ever be facing criminal punishment for providing healthcare to young people,” he said.The comedian then turned his attention...
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John Oliver slams US Supreme Court over leaked Roe v. Wade opinion

John Oliver has criticised the leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on his Last Week Tonight show. Last week, the draft decision was made public – though draft opinions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, so the court’s decision is not final. However, if the overturning goes through, it would make the legality of abortion in the US the decision of each individual state, and not federal law.
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'Last Week Tonight': Watch John Oliver Join the Argument for Abortion Rights

John Oliver once again proves that he has a way with words and expressing how most of us feel towards certain subjects. "Even if that were true which, by the way, f*** off" — pretty accurately sums up how most Americans — roughly two-thirds — and even most non-Americans feel in regard to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion which revealed the intention of overruling Roe V. Wade.
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John Oliver Has Debunked ‘The Single Dumbest Story Involving A Young Michael Jordan That I Have Ever Heard’

John Oliver went to town on a viral story bouncing around the Philippines that claims former president Ferdinand Marcos once met and fed a young Michael Jordan in North Carolina. In the tall tale that apparently started as a joke before becoming a propaganda tool (Marcos oversaw a brutal and corrupt regime), the late president came across a skinny, malnourished young boy in a park. Marcos gave the boy a box of Philippine bread called Nutribun and told the boy, “Bring this with you child, someday you will grow up to be someone important.” In a Paul Harvey-esque twist, that child grew up to be Michael Jordan.
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John Oliver Unloads on the ‘Horror Show’ SCOTUS Opinion Set to Overturn ‘Roe’

Click here to read the full article. “It has been a truly terrible week,” John Oliver said as he opened Last Week Tonight. “One that started with two Jared Letos at the Met Gala, and then somehow managed to get worse from there.” He was referring, of course, to the leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s unhinged draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and possibly opening the door to the reversal of other decisions that hinge on the right to privacy. That basic right has been codified in countries around the world for many decades — but it’s not specifically...
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