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

John Oliver discusses the census, why it matters, and the consequences of an undercount.
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  • Fact: Bats can start a pandemic

    karthik kumarkarthik kumarVor 2 Tage
  • 72 years is also approximately the amount of time it takes to become a citizen in this country. so by the time the person who was an undocumented child's census information is released, they have finally gotten their citizenship.

    birdn4t0rbirdn4t0rVor 2 Tage
  • I miss November 2019

    SorasShadow1SorasShadow1Vor 2 Tage
  • What about that librarian, his coworkers, the reporter and the camera operator

    Colin SutherlandColin SutherlandVor 6 Tage
  • That was a good Friends reference

    tiara Jaxksontiara JaxksonVor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    isthisgood questionmarkisthisgood questionmarkVor 8 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 Mac777James Mac777Vor 9 Tage
    • No its bullshit.

      DundorilDundorilVor Tag
  • 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.

    James Mac777James Mac777Vor 9 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

    symbolic503symbolic503Vor 9 Tage
  • “Provided the government’s website works properly.” *Me in 2020 after going through unemployment due to Covid* “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

    Ha1fricanHa1fricanVor 11 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.

    gracie yaelgracie yaelVor 11 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.

    teamstarpugteamstarpugVor 13 Tage
  • I would LOVE to see the Olsen Twins come on the show. Blow Jon's mind.

    Dutchess Of SaltDutchess Of SaltVor 13 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 CampbellDaniel CampbellVor 19 Tage
    • @seigeengine Very intelligent and well thought out reply. Stay safe, take care.

      Daniel CampbellDaniel CampbellVor 18 Tage
    • @Daniel Campbell My reaction wasn't ignorant, and your excuses aren't compelling.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 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.

      Daniel CampbellDaniel CampbellVor 18 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.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 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.

      Daniel CampbellDaniel CampbellVor 18 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.

    YeldrenYeldrenVor 20 Tage
  • What about people in witness protection???

    LoveAndSnappleLoveAndSnappleVor 20 Tage

    Mario RodriguezMario RodriguezVor 22 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!

    Amones-RayAmones-RayVor 23 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.🤷🏽‍♀️

    Annabelle AlparAnnabelle AlparVor 24 Tage
    • I agree. He was being so hostile to her. He could have just said, “No, thank you.”

      LoveAndSnappleLoveAndSnappleVor 20 Tage
  • Wow covid wasnt even a problem to be thought of yet! Those were the days!

    CurveTheRainCurveTheRainVor 27 Tage
  • hello john oliver i made quesadilla today

    Quinn PurnhagenQuinn PurnhagenVor 28 Tage
    • Best comment

      EagleyiaEagleyiaVor 9 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.

    Daniel LawsonDaniel LawsonVor 28 Tage
    • Try telling that to some of my family members.

      Nicholas ThompsonNicholas ThompsonVor 23 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?

    Idont WanttoIdont WanttoVor 29 Tage
    • I'm not entirely clear what your point is.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 Tage
    • It SHOULDN’T be a problem, but anything to mark you as “other” could definitely be your downfall.

      LoveAndSnappleLoveAndSnappleVor 20 Tage
  • Just curious...In the clip promoting the census with Mickey Mouse, is the person before that Alan Alda?

    Robert Powell-JonesRobert Powell-JonesVor 29 Tage
  • If I tell you PRISM exists.. You'll think it's a conspiracy. That's a problem.

    Maniae OfficialManiae OfficialVor Monat
  • Was the census delayed to 2021? It should.

    TDKarpaTDKarpaVor Monat
    • It was not, I applied to be a census worker and was told training and work would begin in July (in my area anyway)

      Jose PadillaJose PadillaVor 16 Tage
    • should...😕

      LoveAndSnappleLoveAndSnappleVor 20 Tage
  • 04:59 08:46 04:16

    Adrian AbeytaAdrian AbeytaVor Monat
  • The 2020 census will be more difficult for various reasons... Yeah, you can add COVID-19 to that list

    Daniel WeirDaniel WeirVor Monat
  • 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!!!

    Marijn v.d.SterreMarijn v.d.SterreVor 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 Quinlan111John Quinlan111Vor Monat
  • nope. sorry john, "against the law" hasnt even~slowed~ this governmental administration,,, "Love your show!" aint happenng. ;6)

    John Quinlan111John Quinlan111Vor 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.

    Jackie JohnsonJackie JohnsonVor Monat
  • 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.

    Blackened SpriteBlackened SpriteVor Monat
  • well if you are legal in the country you shouldn't have fear of stating your nationality

    Mantorras MontquillaMantorras MontquillaVor Monat
    • The purpose of the census is to collect information, not to enforce immigration. Get your shit in order, you sloppy twat.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 Tage
  • 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?

    Tarah GuillotTarah GuillotVor Monat
    • 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.

      symbolic503symbolic503Vor 9 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.

      LoveAndSnappleLoveAndSnappleVor 20 Tage
  • The census is racist towards sucks!!!!!!!

    Miguel MelendezMiguel MelendezVor Monat
  • 2:11 didn't the woman just mean that her 2 sons grew up and aren't babies anymore? 😂

    Monsieur PepeMonsieur PepeVor Monat
    • Probably, but it's a weird way of putting it.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 Tage
  • Cenusman is the hero we need but dont deserve

    El GordoEl GordoVor Monat
  • 3:30 is hilarious

    Lucas BlantonLucas BlantonVor Monat
  • Why did John have to be born in Britain we need him as our president

    Ronyn KelleyRonyn KelleyVor 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.

    Jul79Jul79Vor Monat
    • @Jose Padilla "can"

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 16 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

      Jose PadillaJose PadillaVor 16 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.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 Tage
  • 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.

    MutteringCondolencesMutteringCondolencesVor 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 🤞

    Chris PiccoloChris PiccoloVor Monat
  • The Disney fact thing is my favourite thing ever.

    Octagonal Torpedo 360Octagonal Torpedo 360Vor Monat
  • 13:12

    Nancy SchafferNancy SchafferVor Monat
  • 8:01 Donald Trump on Census by computers but won't allow mail in voting?

    Nancy SchafferNancy SchafferVor Monat
    • Not uprising. The man is fundamentally stupid and hypocritical.

      MutteringCondolencesMutteringCondolencesVor Monat
  • Did they get clearance for that sound byte?

    Hurricane KatrinaHurricane KatrinaVor Monat
  • Census in 2020? Sounds like half a million temp jobs open post corona

    pio gomezpio gomezVor Monat
  • Is it odd that I am scared of filling out polls and the census? I wasn't scared before d.t......sad.

    Michelle WMichelle WVor 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....

      indigetesindigetesVor Monat
    • @indigetes I hope the pandemic hasn't been too bad for you and yours. Stay safe!

      Michelle WMichelle WVor Monat
    • @Michelle W spain

      indigetesindigetesVor 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.

      Michelle WMichelle WVor 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).

      indigetesindigetesVor 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

    aidan Stensonaidan StensonVor Monat
    • Exactly

      Eric SchafferEric SchafferVor 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?

    Brian SmithBrian SmithVor 2 Monate
  • “The 2020 census is likely to be more difficult” You have no idea

    Jack BartlettJack BartlettVor 2 Monate
    • This needs to be edited to read 2020 is likely to be very difficult

      MrHistory808MrHistory808Vor 20 Tage
    • ikr???

      SYRO - SYouthRecordingOrgSYRO - SYouthRecordingOrgVor 27 Tage
  • 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

    Gacha AndStuffGacha AndStuffVor 2 Monate
  • 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. 😎😉😂

    Jo JoJo JoVor 2 Monate
  • 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.

    RavenroseRavenroseVor 2 Monate
  • 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.

    KijasKijasVor 2 Monate
    • 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.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 Tage
  • 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).

    Nathaniel WhippleNathaniel WhippleVor 2 Monate
  • The one where they signed up for the Affordable Care Act - #FriendsReunion

    Shahbaz ShahShahbaz ShahVor 2 Monate
    • The one where Ross is the only person ever on a death panel, and everyone is glad about it - #FriendsReunion

      C.Y.N.I.C.UnionC.Y.N.I.C.UnionVor 2 Monate
  • 5 months ago: “there is a lot working against this census.” Two months later: PANDEMIC! As if the census needed more discouragement.

    Christopher KemsleyChristopher KemsleyVor 2 Monate
  • John:census workers are the only strangers you open the door to FBI and police: am I a joke to you

    gokul balagopal Payyanurgokul balagopal PayyanurVor 2 Monate
  • Damn :( thought he might talk about the need for the addition of a MENA racial category

    Turkey McDuckinTurkey McDuckinVor 2 Monate
  • i threw away the census form because i'm not a bootlicker

    The Mold KingdomThe Mold KingdomVor 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.

    Carlos QuirozCarlos QuirozVor 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.

    JEWEL VSJEWEL VSVor 2 Monate
  • 3:13 - ...*Global pandemic*, ya know, that sort of thing... Speaking from the future and all...

    Ethan SchellEthan SchellVor 2 Monate
  • ice should deport illegals.

    Jarrod YukiJarrod YukiVor 2 Monate
    • @Jarrod Yuki Watch my winking asshole.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 Tage
    • @seigeengine watch tucker carlson.

      Jarrod YukiJarrod YukiVor 18 Tage
    • Actually, no, probably not. Illegal immigrants are benefits to the American economy.

      seigeengineseigeengineVor 18 Tage
  • 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.

    Peter BonnemaPeter BonnemaVor 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

    nGon-nGon-Vor 2 Monate
  • John was right. Eat Shit Bob is the greatest song anyone has ever written

    Cameron HodgettsCameron HodgettsVor 2 Monate

    Tom ParizatTom ParizatVor 2 Monate
The Census: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)