Friday, August 21, 2015

Real Time with Bill Maher #361 08/21/15 "It's All Normal"

"It's All Normal"

by Catherine Giordano

Things have gotten so wacky that wacky seems normal now. It’s Friday night, August 21, 2015, 10pm and Bill Maher is on Real Time with Bill Maher, episode 361, explaining the new normal to us.

Ashley Madison is a website, for men who want to cheat on their wives, but are too lazy to do it the normal way--a workplace affair or a pick-up at a bar. The website was hacked and the clientele is revealed. Scuzzy Josh Duggar, the one who molested his sisters, was cheating on his wife and also cheating on the woman with whom he was cheating on his wife. What did Josh Duggar have to say for himself. “I’m the biggest hypocrite ever.”  Bill quipped that Duggar then went on to say,”That’s why tonight I’m announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for presidency. ”  

Talking about the Republican nomination for president—Donald Trump is still the “Great orange Hope” of the Republican Party. Trump announced his plan for immigration. It is called “Cinqo Good-byo. He will repeal the 14 amendment, seize the wages of the illegals and then use that money to build a wall and deport 11 million people. Upon hearing this, “the Fox News viewers got their first erection in years.”
 


Pretty Ladylike: A Memoir by Claire McCaskill
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Interview
The interview was with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO): (She is the author of a new book about her 30-year career in politics. The book is Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir) She was on the show to talk about the new normal in politics since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen’s United case which said money is speech. Rather than repealing the 14th amendment, we may have to add a new amendment to get Big Money out of politics.

Black Lives Matter
McCaskill said women in politics are “tough cookies.”  No one has to be tougher than Hillary Clinton. She gets attacked from the left and the right. Recently she had a conversation with the leaders of the “Black Lives matter” movement. And as Bill Maher says, “It is not all lives matter because that would imply that all lives were equally at risk.”

Hillary told them “I don’t believe you change hearts. You change laws and you change systems.”  Panel member Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) is the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in Congress and is a candidate for the Senate in 2016. She said that Hillary is saying, “We need more than progressive rhetoric, we need progressive policy.”  

Maher said that the movement would fade away without accomplishing anything just like Occupy Wall Street. Edwards pointed out that movements like these do accomplish something—they change the conversation and they push to change the laws.

More Donald Trump
Trump is like that freeway accident that you just can’t look away from. You know you will be horrified and repulsed, but you just have to look. Maher said that Trumps plan is stupid and racist and lettuce would cost $25 a head.

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Panel member Charles Cooke who is a writer for the National Review, co-host of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen podcast (with his National Review colleague Kevin Williamson) and author of The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right's Future said that Trump will not be the nominee. “He won’t win a single primary.” I’m not so sure. He seems to be getting more popular every day. Also it won’t matter because now the other candidates are trying to out-trump Trump. Donald Trump is making the Republics say opening what they only used to think privately. 

Panel member Marc Maron is a comedian, host of the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron,"—he recently interviewed President Obama on his podcast—and the star of star of Maron” which recently aired its third season on IFC. He is the author of several books. His most recent book—a humorous memoir-- is Attempting Normal. He called the Trump supporters "The Great American Assholes. Broke, angry assholes.”

Political Attack Ads
Dorset Massachusetts has a six year old mayor—I assume it is a ceremonial post.  Many politicians act like six year olds, but this one actually is six years old. Now his four year old bother is running to be mayor. So Maher did a spoof attack commercial on behalf of the older brother. It concludes, “Don’t let Jimmy do to our town what he did to his diaper.”

Mid-Show Special Guest
The Blue Zones Solution book by Dan Buettner
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Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People., wants living to be 100 years old to be the new normal  He outlined his research on longevity in a 2010 Ted Talk, “How to Live to Be 100.” 
 
He has studied several “blue zones” areas where there are ten times more centenarians than usual. One of those blue zones is Loma Linda, California. They are mostly 7th Day Adventists.

What’s the secret of the blue zones? You already know the answer.  A mostly vegetarian diet (eating meat only 4-5 times a month) that includes a lot of nuts and beans. (A cup of beans a day can add 4-5 years to your life.) Lots of physical activity (natural movement like walking, not going to the gym), low stress, moderate alcohol consumption, and having sexual relations about twice a week. The community respects the wisdom and experience of its older people and they continue to have a meaningful contribution to make throughout their lives. They have “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.”  

Buettner also said religious faith contributed to longevity. (Perhaps because it lowers stress to feel that God is in his heaven and all is right with the world.

New Rules—A Rant about the Sharing Economy
Maher noted that interns who work for billion dollar corporations are unpaid—some are suing to get at least minimum wage. He claimed that what is called the sharing economy is actually closer to a barter economy. AirBnB, Esty, and similar companies are actually taking advantage of their “business partners.” 

Maher said that even Jeb Bush said that it is harder to move up in today’s economy. Maher said that Bush’s solution is to not raise the minimum wage [Huh?]

Maher concluded, “When we say Jeb is smart, we mean smart for a Bush.”
 

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety book by Jimmy Carter
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Normal? Define normal? I don't think we will ever see normal again.

You know who is normal and until recently looked like he would make it to age 100: Jimmy Carter. He's 90 years old and was recently diagnosed with cancer. He wasn't mentioned on the show, but I am mentioning him here because he is such a class act. He's written several books. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety is his most recent one. He sums up a life well-lived.  

 
Bill Maher’s Guests: August 21, 2015  

 
The interview
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO): She is the author of a new book about her 30-year career in politics. The book is Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir .
 
Mid-show special guest
Dan Buettner: National Geographic Fellow and author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. He has outlined his research on longevity in a 2010 Ted Talk, “How to Live to Be 100."

Panel
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD): First African-American woman to represent Maryland in Congress and candidate for the Senate in 2016

Marc Maron: Comedian, host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron—he recently interviewed President Obama on his podcast—and the star of Maron which recently aired its third season on IFC. He is the author of several books. His most recent book—a humorous memoir-- is Attempting Normal.

Charles Cooke: Writer for the National Review, co-host of the Mad Dogs and Englishmen podcast (with his National Review colleague Kevin Williamson) and author of The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right's Future.