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John Oliver’s expose on NRA TV reveals their apocalyptic vision of America with ‘gun porn’ for men and pink pistols for ladies

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In Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver did a hard-hitting report and commentary on the National Rifle Association.

According to him, they are “a group that feels about guns the way the rest of us feel about Nutella.”

As Parkland students speak out and take to the streets to oppose the weapons that fired upon them, corporations are finally pulling their special perks they hand to NRA members. However, a few major tech firms have decided not to. He named off Amazon, Apple and Roku, which offers NRA TV on it’s channel selection.

Oliver wondered what exactly NRA TV was and discovered it was nothing more than videos “trolling for your attention.” Occasionally they’ll have a celebrity country music singer or spokesperson Dana Loesch will comment on the “clenched fist of truth.” One program on the channel shows an ex-military member reenacting scenes from his favorite movies, that all seem to be bank robberies.

There’s also a series talking about why women should be part of the gun-toting world. They feature things like handbags that hold a concealed weapon along with gun-specific arts and crafts like painting your gun or monogramming it. One show is named “Armed and Fabulous,” which, according to one clip, reveals the key marketing tactic: “if you get the woman, you get the family.”

Another, called “Love at First Shot,” helps women learn to use guns. The show’s episodes include tips and tricks for using the very weapon used in the Parkland shooting. Oliver described it as “a light poof of happiness.” Describing a semi-automatic weapon like former TV painter Bob Ross described a cloud.

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The worst was an Antiques Roadshow-esque appraisal series where host Doug Wicklund strokes vintage weapons saying things like, “It’s a sensuous gun,” “It gives me shivers,” and “Cock… both hammers at the same time.”

But Oliver’s most poignant observation is that NRA TV offers a disturbing and seemingly dystopian view of the United States, where the only solution is a gun. According to him it’s one continuous infomercial asking: “Do you have ISIS sympathizers in those hard to reach places? Are you tired of getting 9/11-ed?”

He concluded their dire warning of the world is as the ridiculous as a hat sitting on top of an actually frightening bear.

“It’s the dumbest most transparent thing it does,” said Oliver. In short, “It’s just a vessel to sell America guns.”

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Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

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A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."

It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.

The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.

The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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