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Last Week Tonight: SLAPP Suits

After spending two years engaged in a legal battle with a coal executive who was less-than-enthused with a giant squirrel telling him to “eat shit”, John Oliver finally shares the details of what happened, explains SLAPP lawsuits, and ends the segment in a way that ensured that I’d have to post it.

I had no choice, people.

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Nearly Coherent: Things You Shouldn’t Do in a Hospital

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD! and Jeff talk about Joker.

And spoil every last thing in it.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you and tweet at us angrily later.

As I mention in the episode, I love all sorts of movies — I’m the person you’ll find at a showing of Gone with the Wind and the sort of weirdo who pre-ordered Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw about 12 seconds after I got out of the theater. I’m not going to dismiss a movie outright for just about any reason.

That said, Joker was terrible and I want the time I spent on it back, dammit.

Batman 1966's Joker, clapping.

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Nearly Coherent: Midnight Green Is the Dave of Colors

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD!, Jeff, and Dave talk about the new iPhones 11, Apple Watch Series 5, and all the other shenanigans from Apple’s event on Tuesday.

Find out how many shiny new things I’ll own by next week, it’ll shock and amaze you!

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Nearly Coherent: Banana Herpes

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD! and Dave discuss lunchtime mishaps, the Popeye’s chicken sandwich, and a follow-up to one of the first Dave’s News Corners he ever made us suffer through.

I genuinely enjoyed this episode, and I hope you do, too, but if not, that’s really on you, y’know?

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Apple Announces Release Date for PowerBeats Pro in Navy, Other Colors I Don’t Care About

At this point I was kinda figuring Apple wouldn’t announce the release date of the PowerBeats Pro in navy before my next work trip, but I was mercifully wrong!

So far, the excellent Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds have only been available in black, but the other colors announced several months ago — ivory (off-white), moss (green), and navy — are arriving by the end of this month. They’ll also cost $249.95. 

Apple tells me you’ll be able to order them online beginning on August 22nd at 12:01AM PT / 3:01AM ET. All three new Powerbeats Pro colors will start shipping on August 30th and should be in Apple’s retail stores on that day as well.

Jeff purchased the PowerBeats Pro earlier in black, and kept telling me how great they are, so I’m glad the version that will match my weird “must have navy/midnight blue for all the things” is coming out so I can finally get on his level.

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Nearly Coherent: Hot and Humble

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD!, Jeff, Dave, and Val talk about wedding venues, baby naming, eD! being a terrible monster, and the spelling of “cookies”.

No, seriously, that is how you spell it, right?

Honestly, after this episode, there was a good 10 minute conversation between us wondering if we’ve been spelling “cookies” wrong our entire lives. It was weird.

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Nearly Coherent: An Expensive Cheese Grater

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD!, Jeff, and Dave talk about Dave’s wedding venue hunting, eD!’s latest instance of being a jerk to a child, and all the WWDC updates!

I wasn’t really able to watch the WWDC keynote live, so I didn’t make jokes on Twitter as I usually do, but I think this episode makes up for it!

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A Stolen NSA Tool Being Used by Cybercriminals. Whoopsie.

Well this is awkward:

For nearly three weeks, Baltimore has struggled with a cyberattack by digital extortionists that has frozen thousands of computers, shut down email and disrupted real estate sales, water bills, health alerts and many other services.

But here is what frustrated city employees and residents do not know: A key component of the malware that cybercriminals used in the attack was developed at taxpayer expense a short drive down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at the National Security Agency, according to security experts briefed on the case.

This is obviously an isolated incident and definitely shouldn’t be used as evidence that maybe giving the FBI a back-door through encryption could be a bad idea.

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Nearly Coherent: Just Sponsor Us Already, Moe’s Southwest Grill

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD! and Jeff talk about the existence of Blimpie, diner decor, and how amazing Moe’s Queso is.

There are some important questions that are answered here, like “Yo seriously there’s delis everywhere here why the hell does Blimpie freakin’ exist?!”.

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Nearly Coherent: It’s Been Two Years and eD!’s Still Mad

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD!, Jeff, and Val discuss endings to TV shows, and eD! gets a little heated about the ending of Pretty Little Liars.

And no, he has no plans on letting that anger go, thank you very much.

I also make mention of potentially doing a Pretty Little Liars podcast in this episode, and it struck me that the perfect name for that podcast would be “The A Hole”, so I fully expect to get that going any day now.