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The Daily Show: McDonald's AARP Initiative, Bumble Safety Feature & Tech-Savvy Chimp

McDonald’s reaches out to AARP for staffing help, Bumble tries to combat unwanted dick pics, and a chimpanzee figures out how to use Instagram.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 11:41 PM (0 replies)

The Daily Show: Why the Wage Gap Is Very Real But Shouldn't Be - Desi Lydic Womansplains

Desi Lydic breaks down the gender wage gap, highlighting the motherhood penalty women face after having children and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team’s fight for equal pay.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 11:37 PM (0 replies)

NHTSA: 12 Million Cars on US Roads Have Airbags That May Not Deploy

The issue spans across ten automakers, including Honda/Acura, Toyota, FCA, Hyundai/Kia, and Mitsubishi—and there are eight related deaths.

Up to 12.3 million cars across 10 brands have airbags that may not deploy in the event of a crash, says an ongoing investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At risk are cars made since 2009 by Acura, Dodge, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Mitsubishi, Ram, and Toyota, the suspected issue lies with an airbag control unit that's apparently at risk of becoming damaged or disabled by "stray electrical signals," reports Car and Driver. A total of eight traffic deaths are potentially related.

The investigation was spurred on by a death resulting from a crash involving two Toyotas whose airbags did not deploy. The 2018 and 2019 model year Toyotas used an airbag control unit manufactured by ZF-TRW. The component had already been the subject of a previous NHTSA probe prompted by six crashes in which the airbags in Hyundai and Kia cars didn't deploy either, resulting in four deaths and six injuries. The two Korean automakers have since collectively recalled over a million cars over dysfunctional airbags.

Before that, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles over an identical issue after three deaths and five injuries.

Reportedly, stray electrical signals can cause "electrical overstress" if it enters wiring in between the ZF-TRW system's crash sensors and airbag control unit. This would potentially cause the frontal airbags, side airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners to fail. Notably, NHTSA says the million or so cars Hyundai and Kia recalled happened to have the "lowest levels of circuit protection" while other, unaffected models on Hyundai and Kia's lineups had "higher levels of protection."

To be clear, this investigation is unrelated to Takata's airbag fiasco in which airbags are going off and sending shrapnel into people's faces.

The parts supplier at the center of the new airbag problem, ZF, says it is cooperating with NHTSA and came forward once it noticed something amiss. In a statement to CNN, "ZF proactively notified NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers following initial observations of electrical overstress damage to airbag control units in certain vehicles in the field and has worked diligently with them since it was first discovered to understand this complex issue. ZF continues to cooperate with NHTSA and our customers in the investigation."

From C/D, here's the full laundry list of affected cars:

2012–2014 TSX, TSX Sport Wagon, and TL; 2015–2017 TLX; 2014–2019 RLX

2010–2011 Nitro

2012–2019 500

2012–2014 Ridgeline; 2012–2015 Civic; 2012–2016 CR-V; 2012–2017 Fit and 2013–2014 Fit EV; 2013–2015 Accord and 2014–2014 Accord Hybrid

2013–2019 Sonata

2010–2012 Liberty; 2010–2018 Wrangler; 2015–2017 Compass and Patriot

2012–2016 Optima Hybrid; 2013 Forte and Forte Koup; 2013–2019 Optima; 2014 Sedona

2013 Outlander; 2013–2017 Lancer (Evolution included)

2009–2012 Ram 1500; 2010–2012 Ram 2500 and 3500; 2011–2012 Ram 4500 and 5500

2011–2013 Corolla Matrix; 2011–2019 Corolla; 2012–2017 Sequoia and Tundra; 2012–2018 Avalon; 2012–2019 Tacoma

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 05:47 AM (2 replies)

The Daily Show: Back in Black - New York's Subways Are About to Get Way Worse

With New York’s congestion pricing poised to increase the number of drivers who opt for the subway, Lewis Black highlights commuter horror stories to show how bad it can get.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 03:07 AM (2 replies)

Stephen Colbert: The Democratic Endgame

The Avengers are busy fighting Thanos but there is another threat looming that has a lot of people running. Like, a LOT of people.

After a week of repeats, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert left this for us!

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 02:33 AM (1 replies)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - Chiitan

The Japanese city of Susaki cut ties with their unofficial otter mascot, Chiitan, leaving their official otter mascot, Shinjo-kun, all alone. So we came up with a plan to help.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 02:15 AM (3 replies)

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - 4/26/19

Monologue: A Fresh Face

Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including Joe Biden's entrance into the 2020 race and fallout from the Mueller Report.

Rep. Adam Schiff: Any Living Adult 2020

California Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff joins Bill to discuss post-Mueller politics.

Bob Costas

Emmy-winning broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Bob Costas joins Bill to discuss political activism in sports.

New Rule: Crime and No Punishment

In his editorial New Rule, Bill takes Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to task for his failure to hold President Trump accountable.

Overtime: Adam Schiff, Bob Costas, John Avlon, Zerlina Maxwell, Grover Norquist

Bill Maher and his guests answer viewer questions after the show.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Apr 27, 2019, 01:20 AM (18 replies)

The Daily Show: Democrats Are at Odds Over Impeaching Trump

With Democratic candidates for 2020 divided over whether to impeach the president, Michael Kosta breaks down the pros and cons.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 26, 2019, 11:48 PM (4 replies)

Real Time with Bill Maher guests - Friday, April 26, 2019

Real Time with Bill Maher continues its 17th season Friday, April 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:30 p.m., exclusively on HBO.

Cal. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is the top-of-show interview guest.

Sportscaster Bob Costas is the mid-show interview guest.

The roundtable guests are political analyst John Avlon, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell and tax-reform advocate Grover Norquist.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Apr 26, 2019, 01:50 AM (5 replies)

The Daily Show: Everything Is Stupid - Desperate Ideas for a Warming Planet

Ronny Chieng takes a look at some drastic ideas to combat global warming, including blocking sunlight, flooding the desert and investing in floating cities.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:20 PM (1 replies)
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