The Census: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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John Oliver discusses the census, why it matters, and the consequences of an undercount.
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17 Nov 2019



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Colin Sutherland
Colin Sutherland Vor 2 Tage
What about that librarian, his coworkers, the reporter and the camera operator
tiara Jaxkson
tiara Jaxkson Vor 4 Tage
That was a good Friends reference
isthisgood questionmark
In Germany we're getting into the system when we're born. The parents have two weeks to tell the officials where the child is going to live. When you move somewhere else you have to register in your new town. Otherwise you can't vote in your new town. I don't understand how you guys have to do a census like this.
James Mac777
James Mac777 Vor 5 Tage
It is President Barack Obama who took down the citizenship question on the U.S. Census, hiding his childhood education in a foreign nation. This is real.
James Mac777
James Mac777 Vor 5 Tage
The U.S. Census is required by constitutional law, and it is required to be every ten years, it determines Government funding and voting districts. It is a strange thing, the Government claims that the Census is too hard to be complete, but they have the IRS attack everybody every month for every penny that could be taken away. In fact, the Census helped start modern machine companies, such as IBM, to develop easier ways of counting people by machines. The political dimension is about the questions on the Census, and it can be anything. At the beginning of the U.S. Census one question was about the village idiot in your family or community (the Government wanted to know the village idiot counts). Questions that the Census should have are the number of people living in the home, who they are by legal name, their gender (male or female), their age, and their ethnic claims. On my DNA test, by probability, I am 90.1% northwest European, 78.2% Angelo-Saxon, 64.3% Scottish, 53.4% English, 39.2% Irish, 6.3% Dutch (all married in the wilderness or mining camp), while having an American family that has been around for 300-years (you know the apple orchards in Connecticut, my family was there when they were planted, we are the side of the family who went to the far west to discover that gold mines, forests (lumber), and silver mines go dry). The point being, everybody is from somewhere, even though it is American with roots that makes us cousins of the U.K. and Europe, and people make these claims. I have been to several Scottish gatherings to see what they look like, and the census should ask about the ethnic background of people, especially since so many people seek ethnic identity for Government things.
symbolic503 Vor 5 Tage
12:15 ohhh it's against the law gee golly i guess i should just trust the government to follow the law and protect my privacy huh? fuck that im not filling out shit. im supposed to believe that if my state gets the funding that their actually going to HELP me?! lmaooo yeah fucking right
Ha1frican Vor 7 Tage
“Provided the government’s website works properly.” *Me in 2020 after going through unemployment due to Covid* “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”
gracie yael
gracie yael Vor 7 Tage
On the topic of bats: let's not forget about the fucking human size bats that exist. They're vegetarians but they just make me very uncomfortable.
teamstarpug Vor 9 Tage
The fact that this is linked by moderators of a major sub as "a fun way to learn" shows that reddit mods re dumber and less funnier than I initially thought.
Dutchess Of Salt
Dutchess Of Salt Vor 9 Tage
I would LOVE to see the Olsen Twins come on the show. Blow Jon's mind.
Daniel Campbell
Daniel Campbell Vor 15 Tage
I still enjoy the show for its entertainment value, but it can't be trusted when it comes to factual reporting. I remember them making quite a few false claims in the "Medical Bias" episode that really shocked me. Saying that there "obviously aren't" physical differences between the races is not only ignorant, but dangerous. I thought we could trust this show, but clearly we can't. And while some people might say, "But they only made that one mistake". Maybe, that we know of. That's the thing with reporting. Either you can trust them completely, or not at all. If they lied/misinformed to you once, there's no way tell if they are doing it about other things as well. If a GOOD journalist makes a mistake, they print a redaction to make sure everyone knows. But this show has made mistakes and never addresses them.
Daniel Campbell
Daniel Campbell Vor 14 Tage
@seigeengine Very intelligent and well thought out reply. Stay safe, take care.
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
@Daniel Campbell My reaction wasn't ignorant, and your excuses aren't compelling.
Daniel Campbell
Daniel Campbell Vor 14 Tage
@seigeengine you're clearly not interested in having an adult conversation and would rather sling unsubstantiated insults. I hope one day you'll be capable of seeing past your initial ignorant reaction to seeing opinions that differ from your own. Until then, have a wonderful day.
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
@Daniel Campbell If a show is slightly wrong kind of, but not really, and in no way relevant to the point being made, will a deranged nutjob pretend it's a giant load of bull propaganda to justify disregarding it? You bet your ass.
Daniel Campbell
Daniel Campbell Vor 14 Tage
@seigeengine they literally make medical statements famed with, "Its obviously doesn't" while offering no literature or sources backing up that claim. Medical bias exists and it's terrible. We need to do everything in our power to combat it. But misinformation being spread simply because someone wants to point a finger and say, "LOOK! RACISM!" is not what we need to stop it. I'd recommend looking up "Dr. Mike" and his reaction to the Medical Bias episode. He breaks it down nicely. But the main point that I am making is that if a show is willing to misinform the viewers on one topic then what is stopping them from doing it on others? Either a news source needs to be 100% trustworthy or it cannot be trusted at all.
Yeldren Vor 16 Tage
So I realize it's an old episode, but I had to laugh a little bit at the jokes about Trump guessing there's a question on the census asking how many toilets you have in your house. Here in Canada, our censuses are every five years, and a random selection of households are given what's called the "long form census." It's exactly what it sounds like - it's the census, but with a lot more questions for a richer dataset. The point is, I'm ABSOLUTELY SURE that one of the questions in the long form census REALLY DOES ask how many toilets are in your house.
LoveAndSnapple Vor 16 Tage
What about people in witness protection???
Mario Rodriguez
Mario Rodriguez Vor 18 Tage
Amones-Ray Vor 19 Tage
Let's see. 100 companies are responsible for 71% of emissions. Those companies are owned by handful of rich guys whose families definitely won't be killed by climate change, so why should they care about it? It's our job (the 99%) to care because we'll be the ones dying. It's also our job to enforce democracy against the minority of the opulent. Economic Democracy, now! de-vid.com/video/video-HW1Pk3uvU-s.html
Annabelle Alpar
Annabelle Alpar Vor 20 Tage
I propose that annoying guy should be banned from calling 911, getting public education, and generally using any public amenity. If you don’t want to get counted, alright, but you can’t use the things that come from being counted.🤷🏽‍♀️
LoveAndSnapple Vor 16 Tage
I agree. He was being so hostile to her. He could have just said, “No, thank you.”
CurveTheRain Vor 23 Tage
Wow covid wasnt even a problem to be thought of yet! Those were the days!
Quinn Purnhagen
Quinn Purnhagen Vor 24 Tage
hello john oliver i made quesadilla today
Eagleyia Vor 5 Tage
Best comment
Daniel Lawson
Daniel Lawson Vor 24 Tage
Drumpf is so out of touch with the people who live in the real world. He doesn't understand that not everyone has a computer, internet access, food, clothing, money, healthcare that is actually helpful and affordable, and not everyone has 10 toilets in their house. He's a moron. And to make it worse, I'm almost positive that he has dementia. Rich people like him really need to be cut down to size. Let them live like me for a week. Hell, I don't think they would survive a week. Within the first day they would either commit suicide or try to commit a robbery cause they don't have a clue what it's like to be broke and poor. Some live the American dream. To the rest of us, it's a nightmare that you'll never wake up from.
Nicholas Thompson
Nicholas Thompson Vor 20 Tage
Try telling that to some of my family members.
Idont Wantto
Idont Wantto Vor 25 Tage
There is a major flaw in the system. Why do you have to tick a box for "racial ethnicity". I cant think of any reason this verbal construct could matter. Do You?
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
I'm not entirely clear what your point is.
LoveAndSnapple Vor 16 Tage
It SHOULDN’T be a problem, but anything to mark you as “other” could definitely be your downfall.
Robert Powell-Jones
Just curious...In the clip promoting the census with Mickey Mouse, is the person before that Alan Alda?
Maniae Official
Maniae Official Vor 26 Tage
If I tell you PRISM exists.. You'll think it's a conspiracy. That's a problem.
TDKarpa Vor Monat
Was the census delayed to 2021? It should.
Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla Vor 12 Tage
It was not, I applied to be a census worker and was told training and work would begin in July (in my area anyway)
LoveAndSnapple Vor 16 Tage
Oh...yeah...it should...😕
Adrian Abeyta
Adrian Abeyta Vor Monat
04:59 08:46 04:16
Daniel Weir
Daniel Weir Vor Monat
The 2020 census will be more difficult for various reasons... Yeah, you can add COVID-19 to that list
Marijn v.d.Sterre
I have it! The Olsen twins: One of them says they are twins and the other says there are two of them. 1 of them is lying. The one who says there are two of them is lying, there are three of them!!!
John Quinlan111
John Quinlan111 Vor Monat
eh, you know Mr Oliver- There is an even easier way to take a more acurate census, mmaybe. The realestate business. i was an aspiring realtor for just one year. the test for realestate is longer than a doctors exam, um practically. meanwhile- the information they gather, just from someone inquiring; times(x's) the realtor offices, times the agents,,, adding the task of question,,, just a thought. im not even the second smartest person; but an idea is an an
John Quinlan111
John Quinlan111 Vor Monat
nope. sorry john, "against the law" hasnt even~slowed~ this governmental administration,,, "Love your show!" aint happenng. ;6)
Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson Vor Monat
Trump: why can't we do the census through the computer? Me: What about census fraud???? Seriously, though, not everyone has access to internet and/or a computer.
Blackened Sprite
I would follow a naked, bloodstained stranger into a dark forest at 2am if he said he had vanilla fudge hidden in a shallow grave.
Mantorras Montquilla
well if you are legal in the country you shouldn't have fear of stating your nationality
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
The purpose of the census is to collect information, not to enforce immigration. Get your shit in order, you sloppy twat.
Tarah Guillot
Tarah Guillot Vor Monat
He doesn't want to give his name to government? When the local, state and federal governments already have it via driver's license most likely and also who does he think issues and keeps records of Social Security Numbers?
symbolic503 Vor 5 Tage
ok then why the fuck do i need to tell you if you already know what it is? fuck off im not telling the government shit because they dont care about anybody in poverty. the census is a fucking joke.
LoveAndSnapple Vor 16 Tage
Right!? Giving one person your name doesn’t take away the fact that by the time you’re 18 your information has definitely been shared amongst many government and private companies looking to make money off of you.
Miguel Melendez
Miguel Melendez Vor Monat
The census is racist towards hispanics.......it sucks!!!!!!!
Monsieur Pepe
Monsieur Pepe Vor Monat
2:11 didn't the woman just mean that her 2 sons grew up and aren't babies anymore? 😂
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
Probably, but it's a weird way of putting it.
El Gordo
El Gordo Vor Monat
Cenusman is the hero we need but dont deserve
Lucas Blanton
Lucas Blanton Vor Monat
3:30 is hilarious
Ronyn Kelley
Ronyn Kelley Vor Monat
Why did John have to be born in Britain we need him as our president
Jul79 Vor Monat
Why don’t they just require to have a legal address assigned to every person? This is how it works in other countries. You don’t need a Census then.
seigeengine Vor 12 Tage
@Jose Padilla "can"
Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla Vor 12 Tage
seigeengine I read in another comment that in other countries homeless people can have their address (for purposes of their government ID) be their local city hall
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
How exactly does the function to replace a census? If anything, it wouldn't even manage to count people. Sounds like a great way to define large portions of the population as not-people to me.
The lack of interest in, and open hostility towards, the census is a direct result of American culture. Don't give a fuck about your neighbors, only care about your self, fuck over the other guy before he fucks you, poorly funded education, low civic involvement, and strident anti-intellectualism in the media and every level of government. The libertarians who think the census is unconstitutional are a perfect example.
Chris Piccolo
Chris Piccolo Vor Monat
I just did the census online...I didn't get to tell them that I have 2 toilets. I hope that's not important 🤞
Octagonal Torpedo 360
The Disney fact thing is my favourite thing ever.
Nancy Schaffer
Nancy Schaffer Vor Monat
Nancy Schaffer
Nancy Schaffer Vor Monat
8:01 Donald Trump on Census by computers but won't allow mail in voting?
Not uprising. The man is fundamentally stupid and hypocritical.
Hurricane Katrina
Did they get clearance for that sound byte?
pio gomez
pio gomez Vor Monat
Census in 2020? Sounds like half a million temp jobs open post corona
Michelle W
Michelle W Vor Monat
Is it odd that I am scared of filling out polls and the census? I wasn't scared before d.t......sad.
indigetes Vor Monat
@Michelle W pretty chill actually, 7 infected so far, 3 of them because they went to fucking italy while they were on high alert. Right now we can do whatever as long as we wear masks if there are too many people around. A friend got 2 weeks of house issolation because everyone in his office got infected, but no biggy either for any of them. The government here has been reporting as a Covid-19's casualty anyone who died during this period and tested positive. Heart attack? covid-19, terminal stage of a mortal disease? covid-19, car crash? covid-19....
Michelle W
Michelle W Vor Monat
@indigetes I hope the pandemic hasn't been too bad for you and yours. Stay safe!
indigetes Vor Monat
@Michelle W spain
Michelle W
Michelle W Vor Monat
@indigetes I am glad you replied, it gives me a chance to say this... Americans are spoiled by their rights but that isn't a complaint. Once you become a criminal you lose the right to vote if it is a felony. If you are a sexual criminal, you must report moving so they can see if you are too close to churches, schools or parks. *Interjection here, I am a victim/survivor so this comes from the heart... they should be put on a freaking island with others of their same ilk because they have the highest crime repeat stats.* Freedom has its drawbacks, mainly, when you lose it you act entitled that you should get it back. Personally I think there should be some education about what freedom actually means. I have seen traffic offenders act like they are being mistreated because they have no license or understanding of road rules but they are miffed because they must know road laws. It makes me hurt inside about how minorities are still to this day being treated like the Jim Crow laws still apply and how some people of the caucasian race still think dark skinned people are lesser than they. Sorry about the diatribe, I woke up sick and needed some venting. LOL...thank you for sharing, can I ask what country you are from? Americans would feel like if they are not criminals, they shouldn't have to do these things.
indigetes Vor Monat
I didn't even know USA needed to do this. I was added to my country census 3 days after I was born and will be removed after I die. If I move somewhere else within the country I'm supposed to report this three months before the next elections (only if I want to vote there).
aidan Stenson
aidan Stenson Vor Monat
If the plans were on a zip drive ; they must have been old, zip drives were only used in the late 90s and early 2000s
Eric Schaffer
Eric Schaffer Vor Monat
Brian Smith
Brian Smith Vor Monat
Im kinda mostly confused on why they ask for my phone number and email. Sounds like they want to make a buck off our data and so the real question becomes how would we know if they did? Like would we actually be able to hold the census bureau accountable if they broke the law. I dont think the government cares to invade our privacy like that but i am apt to believe they would make a quick buck selling mass user data.and who would call them out for it?
Jack Bartlett
Jack Bartlett Vor Monat
“The 2020 census is likely to be more difficult” You have no idea
MrHistory 808
MrHistory 808 Vor 16 Tage
This needs to be edited to read 2020 is likely to be very difficult
SYRO - SYouthRecordingOrg
Gacha AndStuff
Gacha AndStuff Vor Monat
man: my name? that's WAY too personal, i can't tell random people that girlfriend: oh- ok. what about your hobbies? man: WHAT THE HECK? HELP! THIS WOMAN IS A PSYCHOPATH STALKER
Jo Jo
Jo Jo Vor Monat
I wonder what an error this sars 2.0 will create? They should have done the census 2019 unless the purpose is to kill of those, who are not yet in register. So the whole generation of children can just disappear without nobody knowing anything better. 'No, this novel covid does not kill any kids...well how do you know? Nobody has counted the amount of kids less than ten years old! In Nordic countries every baby will be registered and every visitor will be checked outside the EU. But in the case of emergency, the phones are being used. Everybody has a mobile phone, so they can watch how many people are where and how they move around the city. Nobody has to answer anything. They will know it all unless you remove the sim card and the battery away from your phone or slip it into a metal box or so I am being told by Media. Oh by the way, I noticed a new reason the device is not always charging any longer. The device port can have too much dust and stuff in it, which you need to remove by a needle first. Then the charger can get deeper and start to do its job. 😎😉😂
Ravenrose Vor Monat
I think it was pretty brave of that daughter to offer those Zip drives to the media instead of just destroying them immediately or something.
Kijas Vor Monat
I cannot understand why shows like this are “supportive” of illegal immigration. Asking for citizenship should not be an issue, just ask. If you are illegal guess what. YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL!! You should be in a country illegally. Period.
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
I can't understand why you have such a hardon for bitching about illegal immigrants that you're willing to threaten the welfare of the entire country in order to bitch.
Nathaniel Whipple
Nathaniel Whipple Vor 2 Monate
he clearly hasn't heard of a vpn if he wants the computers to do this and also it is kind of a bad idea because if we start doing Census online, people will start to freak out and start to wonder what else are they going to do to hinder my privacy online (of what little we get).
Shahbaz Shah
Shahbaz Shah Vor 2 Monate
The one where they signed up for the Affordable Care Act - #FriendsReunion
C.Y.N.I.C.Union Vor 2 Monate
The one where Ross is the only person ever on a death panel, and everyone is glad about it - #FriendsReunion
Christopher Kemsley
Christopher Kemsley Vor 2 Monate
5 months ago: “there is a lot working against this census.” Two months later: PANDEMIC! As if the census needed more discouragement.
gokul balagopal Payyanur
John:census workers are the only strangers you open the door to FBI and police: am I a joke to you
Turkey McDuckin
Turkey McDuckin Vor 2 Monate
Damn :( thought he might talk about the need for the addition of a MENA racial category
The Mold Kingdom
The Mold Kingdom Vor 2 Monate
i threw away the census form because i'm not a bootlicker
Carlos Quiroz
Carlos Quiroz Vor 2 Monate
I can see why some people may be suspicious. The government did after all use census data to gather all people of Japanese ancestry and send them to internment camps.
JEWEL VS Vor 2 Monate
I love how John and this team does more research and is more intelligent and is more informed than the whole Trump administration put together.
Ethan Schell
Ethan Schell Vor 2 Monate
3:13 - ...*Global pandemic*, ya know, that sort of thing... Speaking from the future and all...
Jarrod Yuki
Jarrod Yuki Vor 2 Monate
ice should deport illegals.
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
@Jarrod Yuki Watch my winking asshole.
Jarrod Yuki
Jarrod Yuki Vor 14 Tage
@seigeengine watch tucker carlson.
seigeengine Vor 14 Tage
Actually, no, probably not. Illegal immigrants are benefits to the American economy.
Peter Bonnema
Peter Bonnema Vor 2 Monate
Trump undermining the democratic proces... This is just so fcking appauling and frustrating. Trump really is dangerous for amerika, and therefore for the whole world. If it were up to him he would turn the US into a dictatorial state just like China is. I live in Europe so there is nothing I can think of to do something about that. That's the worst part. I have to just sit here and watch the US go to shit and take us with it.
nGon- Vor 2 Monate
It's ironic that people who think the census is unconstitutional also tend to defend the electoral college. If nothing else, the census is an inherent consequence of an electoral college. You can't have an EC system without population counts and you can't have those without a census. Of course that's only one purpose of the census, but just pointing out the irony
Cameron Hodgetts
Cameron Hodgetts Vor 2 Monate
John was right. Eat Shit Bob is the greatest song anyone has ever written
Tom Parizat
Tom Parizat Vor 2 Monate
aShura Vor 2 Monate
America = "Census is the most difficult and the largest peacetime operation was undertaken by the government" India = "That`s Cute"
Prilavolus Vor 2 Monate
The US Census Bureau can conduct periodic surveys that could conceivably ask the number of toilets in a home.
Jillian Nash
Jillian Nash Vor 2 Monate
I live in providence county and I didnt even know this happened lmfao
rald1 Vor 2 Monate
Trump confused a real estate appraiser and a census taker...
unicorn sprinkles
unicorn sprinkles Vor 2 Monate
These people who don’t like the census remind me of Ron Swanson
ARandomDuck Vor 2 Monate
It’s even worse now since Trump signed an executive order that would make a “second census” that would specifically ask if a person is a citizen
uploader214 Vor 2 Monate
Watch this entertaining TikTok video based on the census. Be sure to stay and watch the whole video! vm.tiktok.com/7r2pWx/
Gaile Oxstain
Gaile Oxstain Vor 2 Monate
- Census Man - Still a more useful superhero than Aquaman.
LadyPrussia Vor 2 Monate
I am honestly a little confused about the US, aren't everybody required to have some form of nation number? And doesn't that update when you file for where you live? Why would a census being needed? Shouldn't the government already have that information?
Aiden Campbell-O'Brien
Holly fuck my name is aiden lol
K D Vor 2 Monate
How many toilets do thy have, how many desks do thy have , what's your roof made of .................WTF
Cali Ramos
Cali Ramos Vor 2 Monate
Bosse Ursem
Bosse Ursem Vor 2 Monate
In the netherlands we dont do it
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