John Oliver on Brexit

And boy, is he pissed [not in the British definition of pissed (drunk) but in the American definition of pissed (pissed)]:

And he also had something to say about the tiny fingered, Cheetos-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon:

Now, I don’t want to kick a country when it’s down, but I have to lace up my football cleats for this:

It’s one of the greatest upsets in sporting history. On Monday, Iceland defeated England in the second round of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, 2-1, to progress to a quarter-final match against host nation France.

So, why is this one of the greatest upsets in sporting history?

This is Iceland’s first appearance in any major tournament. Their country’s population (just a bit over 300,000 people) could fit into one midsized English city. Some estimates suggest that almost 10 percent of the nation was following the team around in France. Their players include a part-time filmmaker and itinerant farmers.

Iceland was going up against one of the most recognized teams in the world, whose players are all lavishly paid stars in the English Premier League. But an incredible, gusty performance by the Icelanders, some of whom are journeymen who ply their trade in England’s lower leagues, won the day.

It is so bad that a chart has been made to account for everyone in the country:

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What can you say? That’s everybody in Iceland!

I think it’s time to quote Shakespeare:

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England …

… Is totally fucked.

Brits voted to leave the European Union

This is why it is an enormously bad idea:

And to put this into context: That “world’s Ringo” reference at the very beginning? This now makes the United Kingdom the world’s Pete Best. (You kids under 40 don’t get the joke, but your grandparents are laughing their asses off.)

The slogan for the anti-E.U., British exit (or Brexit) supporters was something you hear from the right wing in America:

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Does that sound like a certain piece of moldy Cheetos lodged in the single tooth of the American heartland?

Hold on a sec, Donald Trump’s mouth is moving. I have to do something:

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What happened, essentially, was a victory for the Donald Trump message in the U.K. The nativist, anti-immigrant, ethnic-purity language that has gotten Trump within footsteps of the White House has led to what is going to be the official end of the British Empire.

Within hours of the conclusion of the Brexit vote, this happened:

As Britain absorbed the earth-shaking news, the political fallout reached to the highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying he would step down after championing the campaign to remain in the European Union.

Just hours later, the leader in heavily pro-E.U. Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said she will push for their own referendum to break with England and the other two partners in the United Kingdom, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A second independence referendum, following a defeated vote in 2014, is “highly likely,” said Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister. Calls to break away were echoed by nationalists in Northern Ireland.

Here’s a map of the U.K.

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Scotland is definitely leaving. It had it’s own Brexit vote in 2014, but that vote was to leave the U.K. not the E.U. The Scots overwhelmingly supported remaining in the European Union in yesterday’s vote. They’re definitely gone.

And independence for Northern Ireland was a cause that led to “The Troubles,” a barrage of murder and terrorism that surged throughout the U.K. from 1968 to 1998. Now that they’re countrymen have said, “Hey, it’s OK to leave a place you don’t like,” expect rumblings of a departure there. Hopefully, it doesn’t lead to another civil war.

The British equivalent of the Republican party and its supporters have just not only pulled out of the E.U., they have destroyed their country. I’d say “God, save the Queen,” but in a couple of years, that’s only going to apply to that tiny portion of yellow and purple on the map above.

Yes, you have too much information online

For proof, let’s look at Tom in Belgium:

This isn’t an exaggeration. Four years ago, I posted this:

Both are from Safe Internetbanking, in Belgium. We worry about the government spying on us, when in reality every business has everything it needs to know about you. Obviously, you know this because you see what happens online when you look at an ad or order anything. The next day, all of the advertisements you see online are related to the thing you bought the day before. And since the government and businesses know everything about you, how hard is it for a hacker to take your life over?

The Europeans are far more strict on Internet privacy, and look what happened to these people. Imagine what happens in the U.S. Checkout the Safe Internetbanking site. It has some good advice.

Blackface isn’t the only problem in the movies

I loved “Ghost in the Shell,” and it is a very Japanese movie. I realize that Scarlett Johansson is currently the big name female action movie star, and I really liked “Lucy,” even though it was destroyed by the critics. But I’m not sure about the casting here.

The answer, though, is that the Japanese should have made a live-action “Ghost in the Shell.” I would have gone to that, subtitles and all. Then Hollywood could do whatever it wanted with the American remake.

Like it did with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”:

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Or with “Let the Right One In”:

Sweden:

U.S.:

Or if you want to go back in time, “The Seven Samurai’:

Japan:

U.S.:

And then, in America, we’ll remake the remake:

Yeah, I didn’t see the last one coming either.