The Daily Show (The Book)

An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, The Correspondents, Staff and Guests

By Chris Smith and Jon Stewart

This is the story of how a marginal show on basic cable became a major force in show business and politics. Like Tom Shales’ book about Saturday Night Live, reading the book is a lot like watching a documentary with a lot of talking heads. It is comprehensive and still funny.

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Live From New York

The Complete,Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by its Stars, Writers, and Guests

By James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

This the story of how Lorne Michaels built an empire. He took a time slot Johnny Carson did not want and eventually controlled the The Tonight Show, The Late Show and Saturday Night Live. Reading the book is a lot like watching a documentary with a lot of talking heads. It is comprehensive over forty years. What appears to be improvisation is in fact a carefully scripted formula from a well oiled machine.

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Jan. 31, 2018 Moving Moment

A monk asked me to help him move. I told him he did not have anything to move. He said he wanted to move himself. He wanted a ride. No matter were you go, you will need a friend to help you get there.

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Jan. 30, 2018 Soylent Shopping

I was at yet another discount store. There was no sign on the front, but clearly the store was closing. Aisles and aisles of black empty shelves tied off with yellow tape. Lots of homeless people waiting in line to buy heavily marked down food. It was like the film Soylent Green. What is happening here?

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Jan. 29, 2018 Lays Miz

I was driving past the front entrance of a discount store and saw something very sad. Security guards had grabbed an older woman for shoplifting. In the struggle, she dropped a bag of Lays potato chips to the ground. Times are so hard that people are stealing food. It reminds me of Les Miserables.

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Jan. 28, 2018 Blumbers

Anniversary

People are sending me congratulations for the anniversary of this website. The site worked as intended. I have to thank Doug Wray and Laughing Squid for their work over the years. As with anything I do, there are always lots of people involved who you never see. Thanks.

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Jan. 25, 2017 Awful Thawful

On Jan. 25, 2018 NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff reported “Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?” Doucleff talked with Dr. Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Charles Miller, a chemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They are worried that climate change is causing arctic permafrost to melt and release methane and carbon into the atmosphere. This could dramatically increase global warming. There is also a possibility that bacteria and virus could thaw and infect humans.

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Jan. 24, 2018 Trampoline

Insurance companies may not cover trampolines on your property because of possible injuries. I wonder if automobile insurance companies will cover thirty clowns in your car. The good news is you get to use the commuter lane.

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Jan. 22, 2018 Everything You Own

Last fall there was a big fire north of San Francisco that burned down lots of houses. Fortunately, many homeowners had fire insurance. Unfortunately, lots of insurance companies wanted an itemized list of everything they owned before they could be reimbursed. Chances are that most people do not have such a list. If they did it probably got burned up in the fire. It does bring up an important point. With global warming these destructive fires are going to more frequent and eventually hit your neighborhood. Photograph everything in your house. Send pictures to faraway friends. Put them up on the cloud.

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Jan. 21, 2018 Blumbers

Shutdown The Shutdown

The Federal government is on the verge of another shutdown. This is irresponsible and harmful to millions of people. Members of Congress and their staff will still be paid. They need the incentive to act. Perhaps they should be fined for every day they do not resolve this issue. Do your jobs.

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Jan. 19, 2018 Portlandia Ends

IFC’s Portlandia is ending after eight seasons. Fred Armisen and Carries Brownstein and their crew did a great job making fun of people from California or Connecticut who gentrified Portland. I still love the bookstore sketches. Go to the real bookstore called “In Other Words” and buy something. The series may end, but the fun never will.

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Jan. 18, 2017 Bambi Zombie

On Jan. 18, 2018 NPR’s Sam Brasch reported “Concerns Grow That Infections From ‘Zombie Deer’ Meat Can Jump To Humans” Apparently some deer are suffering from Chronic Wasting Disease similar to Mad Cow disease. Matt Dunfee, head of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance in Fort Collins, Colorado said “The vast majority of the time hunters find out their animal has CWD, they’re shocked, because it looked great,” he says. “It was moving just like everything else. It had great body fat.”

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Jan. 16, 2017 No Survivors

I once read an obituary of a small town school teacher. It said she taught for forty years. She never married and had no children. Therefore it said she had no survivors. I thought about that. Of course there were survivors. Every student she taught was a survivor. She touched the lives of thousands of people.

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Lights Out

Lights Out

By Ted Koppel

Koppel explains how vulnerable the American power grid is to cyber attack. Much of the equipment is customized or no longer made in this country. It would be months and possibly years to replace damaged equipment. It could not be moved on our crumbling infrastructure. Millions of people might die in the disruption. The solution is to prepare or build a society that does not depend on the grid. This means batteries and solar panels everywhere.

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Mindhunter

Mindhunter

By  John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

John Douglas was one of the last of J. Edgar Hoover’s G-Men who hunted serial killers. At the FBI, he developed profiles on people like Ted Bundy. Apparently Douglas predicted that Bundy would live in Seattle, be in the legal profession, a registered Republican and drive or collect Volkwagen vehicles. Every page of this book seems to have a horror story.  How do we prevent this? Douglas, a hardboiled cop and conservative, thinks society creates them and can prevent them.

“Bill Tafoya, the special agent who served as our ‘futurist’ at Quantico, advocated a minimum of a ten-year commitment of money and resources on the magnitude of what we sent into the Persian Gulf. He calls for a wide-scale reinstatement of Project Head Start, one of the most effective long term, anticrime programs in history. He doesn’t think more police are the answer, but he would bring in “an army of social workers” to provide assistance for battered women, homeless families with children, to find good foster homes. And he would back it all up with tax incentive programs.”

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Jan. 10, 2017 Daryl Issa Retiring

On Jan. 10, 2017 NPR’s Jessica Taylor reported “Rep. Darrell Issa To Retire, Adding To Record GOP Exodus From Congress”

“Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced he will not seek re-election Wednesday, adding to a record number of House Republicans heading for the exits ahead of the 2018 midterms — perhaps seeing the writing on the wall of a possible wave election for Democrats.

There are now 31 Republicans who will not seek re-election in November: 19 who are retiring outright and another 12 who are running for higher office. And that list is is expected to grow in the coming weeks.”

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Jan. 9, 2017 American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on Starz TV proposes that gods need worshippers.  Essentially most many gods are immigrants to America and must adapt to the new world like anyone else. You really have to know your mythology in this series. I recommend lots of books by Joseph Campbell. It is odd and disturbing, much like the folktales on which they are based. It reminds me very much of the novels by Tim Holt. Ian McShane plays Odin.

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Jan. 7, 2018 Blumbers

Battling Bonobos

I read this week about Bonobo chimpanzees liking strong bullies versus cooperative leadership. People are always looking for things that makes different from other apes. We cooperate on an large scale. We build systems with people we do not know. They are not family or tribal members. Leaders who talk about the world being a jungle are looking at the wrong apes.

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Jan 6, 2017 Dirk Gently

I enjoyed Douglas Adams book The Hitchhikers Guide To The Universe. He also wrote two Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency books. They were odd but the BBC TV series is off the charts. These are shaggy dog stories so shaggy that I’m not sure there is a dog underneath it all. The characters keep saying everything is connected but they sure take their time showing it. Not recommended if you are using cold medication.

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Jan. 5, 2018 Happy!

Someone recommended I watch a show on SYFY called Happy! It is not. I am not. The actor who plays a good detective on one of the Law And Order but plays a very bad one here. Patton Oswalt plays a flying blue unicorn. Really. I won’t even try to explain. Not a show to watch if you have the flu.

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Jan. 3, 2018 Family Flu

The holidays are over and the visitors have left. What they left was the flu. The gift that keeps on giving. Yeah, I had a shot, but apparently it only covers ten percent of the flu strains out there. Time to catch up on my reading and binge watching.

Had a strange fevered dream after falling asleep watching video. A buffalo wanted their picture taken down, but there was no picture. They could not give a date or link. Cannot take down what is not there. Will not be buffaloed.

Back to sleep.

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