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The curse of the Bing search screen

Local search engine Bing hosts a rotating cast of photographs, which I happen to see every day because they are featured on the search screen of my Windows Phone. The photos always feature embedded hints and teasers meant to encourage visitors to click through and google more using Bing.

I last took special note of the home page this past Mother’s Day. The photograph caught my eye today because it looked quite familiar:

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Anonymous Daily Show staffer subliminally injects context into the show’s Middle East coverage

Jon Stewart couldn’t get wait to get back from his 4th of July vacation and discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the unfolding debacle was featured heavily in his very first segment the Monday of his return, (500) Crazies of Summer.

You’ve probably seen the segment by now. You’ve probably even seen some of the criticism it’s attracted. You might have even stuck around long enough on Tuesday night’s The Daily Show to watch Hillary Rodham Clinton tell Jon why she thinks his understanding of the conflict is skewed (here and here).

But even if I hadn’t directed you to those pieces of criticism, you probably could have just watched the clip yourself and had no trouble arriving at the conclusion that Stewart’s analysis of the current situation was largely facile and pointless. Essentially it boiled down to this: Israel has bigger guns.

Thank you, Mr. Leibowitz, for the nuanced update.

Though I don’t agree with everything Horovitz had to say about the segment (in “some of the criticism” above), there was one paragraph fragment that stood out to me as undeniably true and to the point:

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John Oliver may have left The Daily Show, but he hasn’t really strayed very far at all

A few weeks ago, I pointed out that Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central offspring Stephen Colbert made similar and obvious jokes about Barack Obama’s decision to send 300 military advisers to Iraq (and that they both got the story substantively wrong).

Meanwhile, I’m a little behind on my viewing of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight (I’ve been taking advantage of Stewart and Colbert’s joint two-week Fourth of July slash midsummer vacation to remedy that) so I only recently noticed that John Oliver — after seven years with The Daily Show — couldn’t help himself from pointing out the obvious either:

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Quick thoughts on the book-domino Guinness Book of World Records record

What do you get when you lock almost 30 people in a library for seven hours? A world record for the longest domino chain made out of falling books, of course:

Four quick thoughts:

1) I reeeeally wish they’d misspelled ‘Read’.

2) 27 volunteers x 7 hours = 189 wo/man-hours. If they’d really wanted to promote summer reading, maybe they should have all spent that time reading. And it’s not like the video reinforces good reading habits — the only behavior I see it reinforcing is the one where you go on the internet and distract yourself with cute videos.

3) I don’t mean to nitpick, but… just kidding, I absolutely mean to nitpick:

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