Saturday, September 12, 2009

Why Deaf People SHOULD subtitle their Vlogs!

I am of the opinion that Deaf people who produce VLogs should subtitle them. Mahatma Gandhi once said "You must be the change you seek in this world". I am one of the many folks in the Deaf community that has been concerned about the lack of accessibility of auditory and video content on the internet (which is rapidly expanding day-by-day for that matter) and have repeatedly asked hearing folks to subtitle or transcribe their videos for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

I feel that Deaf folks should be setting the example for hearing folks by subtitling their own Vlogs. Some would argue that we should apply the "an eye for an eye" philosophy, and I would disagree with that sentiment. Others would argue that hearing students of ASL would never truly learn ASL and would rely on the subtitles as a crutch, and I would disagree with that sentiment, too (mainly because the subtitles can be turned on/off as needed). The strongest argument against subtitling a Vlog would probably be that ASL cannot be 100% effectively transcribed in English form. While that is almost definently true, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to do this anyway! In fact, I think this could help Deaf kids learn English better, as they would be assigned to transcribe ASL stories into English form. Just my random thoughts here. I hope that folks will consider my arguments and that more folks will subtitle their Vlogs.

DotSub is an EXCELLENT website that allows folks to upload videos found on YouTube and other websites. Once the video is uploaded, users can then transcribe the film to their hearts' content and subtitle them. Once a transcript has been marked complete, it would then allow users of other languages around the world to translate the transcribed content in their own language.

By allowing hearing folks to view ASL videos in the language they best understand, I believe that this helps these same folks appreciate that ASL is a very complex and rich language that should not be demeaned or belittled. This would also allow for folks that would normally never "get the message" espoused within various Vlogs to now be able to understand what Deaf people often debate on a daily basis. This would create more in-roads between the hearing and the Deaf, and this can only be a good thing towards helping us explain to them how we feel about issues such as Cochlear Implants, Accessibility, and Deaf Education.

Here are a few examples of how DotSub videos can be used effectively.

Barack Obama's Inauguration Speech (25 translations - most are incomplete, though):

An ASL video that I subtitled, "Deaf Ninja", which was told by Austin Andrews:

The National Association of the Deaf, taking advantage of the DotSub technology:

I have only done one Vlog myself, along with the subbing of one interview that I recorded, but at least I'm practicing what I preach:

EDITED TO ADD - I was sent two videos by Vloggers who subtitled their Vlogs and/or provided transcripts to the Vlog. I am embedding both videos below. Each of them blogged about this on their websites, which are hyperlinked, so click on the title itself to go directly to their blogs.

"Why *I* think vloggers on DR SHOULD offer subtitles and/or transcripts" (jjpuorro | February 12, 2008):

"Freedom of Choice: Subtitling on Vlog"(The NavyBeagle Newsletter - 2-24-2007):

Such An Inspiring Music Video That Everyone Can Appreciate!

I found this video on DotSub. It is now easily my favorite music video of all time, bar none. I think the message given within this video is something that every American needs to see and understand. Tolerance and understanding of all people is the message driven home by the people that made this video, and that is heard loud and clear here! If you love what you saw in this video, spread it far and wide!

Friday, September 11, 2009

America's History of Interventionism

I came across a thought-provoking article entitled "The Causes, Aftermath and Lessons of 9/11", written by Anthony Gregory and published at the Campaign For Liberty website on the 8'th anniversary of 9-11. Within the article, Mr. Gregory summarizes the history of the United States' interventionist foreign policy from 1953 up to now, and how it relates to the terrorist attacks perpetuated against the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

One blurb within the article discussed what occurred during the May 15 South Carolina GOP debate, where Rudolph Giuliani almost single-handedly put Ron Paul on the map. At the time, I was fairly politically apathetic. However, that night, watching the debate out of sheer boredom, something clicked within me. I didn't realize it at the time, but I eventually came to understand that I was watching something said by a politician that I had never heard said anywhere on mainstream television following 9-11. A few weeks later, I remember seeing Ron Paul being interviewed by Bill Maher on Maher's HBO show. Maher called Paul his "new hero" that night. Maher also commented to Paul that "if America was a smarter country, wouldn't you be leading in the polls?". He then made the comment that "You've just never heard this logic coming from someone who's actually going to run this country" after Paul talked with him about the CIA and Blowback (starting at the 4:40 mark of this video, "A New Hope").

I remember thinking "A Republican (?!?) is now Bill Maher's new hero? Wow!". From there, I became very interested in Ron Paul, the person, and the ideas he was presenting to the American public. I know he's not everyone's cup of tea, but I think almost everybody, love him or hate him (and it's usually one or the other), can appreciate that there is something unique about Paul that doesn't seem to be shared by many politicans in this country.

Even if one doesn't agree with the conclusions reached by Mr. Gregory in his article, I hope that one can recognize and understand that there are unintended consequences for our actions. Again, I have no intention of excusing the actions of the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks. David Letterman probably said it best when he said the following on September 17'th, 2001:

“The reason we were attacked, the reason these people are dead, these people are missing and dead … They weren't doing anything wrong, they were living their lives, they were going to work, they were traveling, they were doing what they normally do. Uh, as I understand it—and my understanding of this is vague, at best—another smaller group of people stole some airplanes and crashed them into buildings. And we're told that they were zealots fueled by religious fervor, religious fervor. And if you live to be a thousand years old, will that make any sense to you? Will that make any goddamned sense?”

However, I sincerely believe that the confrontation between Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani on May 15, 2007 at the GOP Debate in South Carolina will be remembered as one of the most pivotal and historical moments in U.S. political history decades from now. I am hopeful that more folks on both the "left" and the "right" will begin debating whether the continued need exists for our interventionist foreign policies, which never really change from one administration to the next.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Top Five Videos of the Last Two Years

First off, I want to thank for adding my posts to their website, and I'd like to welcome newcomers who may not have seen my blog before. To those unfamilar with the mission of this blog, I thought it would be best for me to express where my three biggest concerns are from a political perspective: our foreign policies, our fiscal policies, and our civil liberties. I think these are things that folks on the "left" and the "right" can both agree on, albeit in varying degrees. I have tried my best to make this blog more user-friendly by adding an index of various topics of interest, and I hope this will help the reader find videos on particular areas they are interested in.

There are a large number of captioned and subtitled videos featured on this website. Some of them were made by me (with the help of transcripts found online). Some were made by supporters of Ron Paul. Some were pulled from Youtube, Overstream, and DotSub that other people did. Since this is post #151 for this blog (Never thought it would get this far when I started this in October of 2007), I thought I'd select my favorite 5 videos featured within this blog. Some talk about the economy. Others talk about the wars. All feature certain clips that are dear to my heart, although I may not agree 100% with every single thing found within these clips. I know there will be some of you that may not and will not either, but I am hopeful you will keep an open mind and perhaps question or re-visit some long held beliefs you may have. Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you will come back.

And now, the countdown! Drum roll, people!

#5 - "War and Lies! (Featuring Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul)":

#4 - "A Recent History of the U.S. Economy":

#3 - "Mainstream Media Bias against Ron Paul":

#2 - "Stop Dreaming":

#1 - "Is This Reality, Or Is This Just A Bad Dream?":

Monday, September 7, 2009


A friend of mine on my fantasy football league sent this link over the message board of George Carlin talking about the differences between Baseball and Football. I was thrilled to learn about this new website, Captvids, that provides captioned/subtitled videos of stand-up comedians along with other video content found on YouTube. This is something I've wanted to see for a long time, and I'm glad that someone is doing this.

Check out their site if you haven't already to enjoy increased accessibility to online video content. On a side note, I had set up two blogs entitled "Sports Subtitled" and "Deaf YouTube" that feature a small number of captioned and subtitled online videos for the Deaf and hard of hearing, but I've neglected both sites for quite a while now.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

George Carlin on who really controls America

In what may be George Carlin's greatest moment, he talks about who REALLY controls America. In this piece, he addresses the terrible quality of education in this country, the fact that the mainstream media is owned by the special interests who control what we see and hear, and he talks about much more. Is it not possible that this is all by design?

When Bush 43 was President, half the people in this country were saying CNN and MSNBC were speaking truth to power and Fox News was full of propoganda. Now, with Obama as President, the other half are saying CNN and MSNBC are full of propoganda and that Fox News is speaking truth to power. The same people who said "love it or leave it (the country)" to the "opposite side of the aisle" are now being told "love it or leave it" by those very same members they ridiculed only a few years ago.

The same people that blasted Bush for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now saying we have to be in Afghanistan. The same people who objected against 1,000 page bills such as the Patriot Act being rammed through congress are now the ones ramming 1,000 page bills such as Cap and Trade through congress with 300-page amendments added in the wee hours before the vote.

The same people blasting those that criticized Bush 43 during wartime conditions as being unpatriotic are now saying dissent is the highest form of patriotism. And vice versa. Why can't the majority of people figure out that we're ALL being played like a fiddle by the special interests and the mainstream media?

We're just taking up the media's talking points and running wild with them, engaging in histrionics and finger-pointing. And the American people lose every single time, while the special interests keep getting richer and richer. It's all by design.

The sooner the American people realize that the candidates being blacked out by the mainstream media during the election cycle and/or being smeared as "longshot fringe candidates" (such as Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich) are the ones who are truly out for our best interests, the better off this country will become.

Ron Paul on Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama's Foreign Policies

A few months ago, there was an article where Ron Paul talked with the Huffington Post about Clinton, Bush 43. and Obama's Foreign Policies. "Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss" is the phrase that comes to my mind. There isn't a dimes worth of difference within the two major political parties, and our foriegn policy never changes from one administration to the next.

In this lengthy post, I have featured a slew videos of Ron Paul talking about Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama, as well as Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address and other relevant Foriegn Policy videos. All of the videos are subtitled for the Deaf and hard of hearing, but for those hearing people who dislike subtitles, they can easily be toggled off with the click of a mouse.

NOTE - For some reason, Opera is not working well in terms of being able to select English subtitles as an option from the video screen. I advise using Firefox to view this web page. To turn the subtitles on, click on "choose language" at the bottom left of the video and drag to English.

Ron Paul on William Jefferson Clinton's Foriegn Policy:

Ron Paul on George Walker Bush's Foreign Policy:

Ron Paul on a military withdrawal from Iraq:

Ron Paul on Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney and Torture:

Ron Paul on Barack Obama and "Change":

Barack Obama and Prolonged Detention:

"Strange Days", starring the Republicrats:

Don't Tread on Me!:

Dwight David Eisenhower's farewell address, where he warns the American people about the growing power of the Military-Industrial Complex:

Ron Paul on Barack Obama and "Change":

Ron Paul blasts Bill Clinton's Iraq Bombing Campaign (December 16, 1998)

In a December 16, 1998 press conference aired by C-Span, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX)criticizes Bill Clinton's bombing campaign in Iraq and predicts the potential for terrorist attacks against the United States as retalitation. Following his comments are clips of Madeline Albright's comments about Iraqi sanctions along with Osama Bin Laden's comments about why Al Queda attacked us on 9-11. Please note that in no way whatsoever am I condoning Bin Laden's actions or excusing them. They are simply a part of this video, and I am merely subtitling it. However, I feel it is important to understand how the mind of our enemy works and for us to realize that people around the world view our international actions very differently than our citizens do.

George Carlin Videos

For something different, here is George Carlin's take on Airlines and Parents, subtitled for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

George Carlin on Airlines (One of Two):

George Carlin on Airlines (Two of Two):

George Carlin on Parents:

Ron Paul Speech at University of Montana with an ASL Interpreter (April 21, 2008)

Ron Paul Speech at Liberty University (February 8, 2008)

Ron Paul's CPAC Speech (7-2-2008)