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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scientific Studies (HBO)

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Cheshire, May 9, 2016.

  1. Cheshire

    Cheshire Senior Member

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    Very interesting... He explains amongst other things how a chocolate study with no positive results was spun into the media. I'd love to see him question the PACE trial...

     
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  2. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

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    @Cheshire - that was brilliant! (very funny too!) Thanks, a good way to start my day ---
     
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    What a shame -- we campaigned to get him to mention PACE as a community. This was the perfect opportunity!

    -J
     
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  4. Snowdrop

    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

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    Brilliant. I found him hilarious while being right on point.
    He made some very relevant statements that apply to PACE without mentioning it.

    I think with this style of delivery it would have been difficult to include the actual PACE trial and that also PACE is a British trial while his reference points are American.

    I think it showed clearly not only science study problems in general but much that directly links to PACE--again without direct mention.

    Anyway, JO delivers thoughtful content in a way I find hilarious.
    Thanks for posting this.

    And as for PACE getting this kind of treatment--our day will come.
     
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    AndyPR Cookies for Tired Sam

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    barbc56 Senior Member

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    Hysterical! John Oliver is brilliant!. He makes some very important points that a lot of people aren't aware of but in a way that's understandable. A great way to learn.

    I think his points were too general to go into detail about PACE. Nevertheless, a great starting point for people to understand why a study like PACE is full of errors. PACE would almost be laughable if weren't for the impact on us.

    I would love to get eight hugs a day, though having a cat helps!.:hug:

    Thanks @Cheshire for posting this! :thumbsup:
     
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    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

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    What also blows me away is his delivery. How does he say all that without a break and with just the right tone/inflection.
    Or maybe there are breaks and it's then sewn together? A lot of work goes into these segments and I liked the poke at TED talks too.
    Initially very good thoughtful content now TED has become so big --creating so much new content means getting some pretty dodgy material.
    Also loved the Rat photo with the bubbly. :lol:
     
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  8. Mary

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    I wish he were not limited to HBO. He is brilliant, and I think he's a more than worthy successor to Jon Stewart and unfortunately I don't get to see him regularly because he is on HBO..
     
  9. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    I love this TED spoof:


    They upload the main segment of the show to youtube every week:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight/videos
     
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    You can also see videos on his show webpage but not necessarily the complete show.
     
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    I adore John Oliver, my favorite British export! One thing he mentioned in the scientific study talk is Oxytocin. The guy advocating it (Dr. Love, if I'm remembering correctly) sounded absurd.

    However, I take a sublingual form of Oxytocin every other night because it helps me with sleep. That is the only effect I notice. But I understand that the effect a supplement may have on a particular person is a separate consideration from the scientific studies for that supplement, and that John was talking about the studies.
     
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    Mary Senior Member

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    @TiredSam - I just watched the TED spoof re the duck and the chicken - thank you! I love the Onion :lol:
     
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    He could probably do a whole segment on PACE. This type of campaigning might actually be our best weapon, if we could get a witty 10-15 min video outlining the nonsense of the PACE trial it could go viral and probably create as much awareness as anything else. ( Delivered by a celebrity would of course be even better )
     
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    For sure!
     
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    I hope everyone has seen the eight or so videos we have already made, thanks to @Graham. Most of those are serious, but one is a satirical song. We also have dancing research mule video that was posted all over a few months ago, specifically on PACE. We might try other ways to create new videos. At least one more is being considered, but I am not in a position to speak about it.
     
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    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    My favourite part is when he says "moo" - makes me laugh every time I watch it :lol:

    EDIT: Yup, just watched it again, laughed my head off ...
     
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    I gave the hen a course of CBT.
     
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    I loved the guy´s delivery of ´chocolate, mmm...it will kill you.´

    Making fun of TEDtalks is like shooting fish in a barrel though.
     
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    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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