How do you contribute?
Question: Do you see yourself as a social critic?
Josh Lieb: I’m not a social critic, I think, in my role at the show. I mean I . . . I . . . You know yeah I make jokes, and I funnel jokes to Jon. I think Jon’s a social critic, but I think he’d be the one to say he’s just a comedian, too. I . . . I . . . I . . . Again I’m an enabler, so it’s not so much my criticisms coming through as . . . as me helping someone else get theirs across. Again, you know, it . . . everyone is a social critic. It’s nice. I’ve got a bit of a soapbox. I can certainly, you know, get some of my points across, which is nice. I don’t know what those points are though. My points tend to all be, you know, what an ugly tie. Or you know, I can’t believe she said that. Not . . . not . . . just dumb jokes. So . . .
Enabling Jon Stewart.
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Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this happens in the pharmaceutical world, certain companies stay at the top of the ladder, through broadly-protected patents, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation — "tweaks" — the same as product invention.
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