Saturday, August 28, 2010

MSNBC covers Ron Paul's views on the NYC Mosque

On MSNBC's Countdown, guest host Lawrence O'Donnell discusses Representative Ron Paul's take that the NYC Mosque debate is nothing but a distraction by demagogues on both the left and the right. Guests include Melissa Harris-Lacewell and Bobby Ghosh, both of whom acknowledge that while they disagree with Paul on many issues, they are lock step with him on this issue,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Interviews Dr. Ron Paul on Ground Zero Mosque

On the Monday, August 23rd, 2010 edition of "Anderson Cooper 360", Dr. Sanjay Gupta, guest-host, interviews Representative Ron Paul (R-Tx) regarding the controversy over the "Ground Zero Mosque". This will be remembered as one of the more memorable interviews involving Paul.

Midway through the interview, it becomes clear that the producer in Gupta's ear-piece is prodding him to ask a question to Paul about his son. By the time Gupta asks the same question for the third time, uttering "not to belabor the point, but....", Paul has had enough, and blasts the divisive politics and media tactics, noting that they distract from the real issues.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ron Paul's Transition Plan

Ron Paul Blasts Corporatism

Dr. Consistency: Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Views

YouTube Channel

I've been away from this Blog for several months, but wanted to update this to inform folks that you can follow or subscribe to my YouTube channel for more captioned political videos.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tutorial on Automated Captions

First off, I want to take the time to commend Google for undertaking a process of improving accessibility for the Deaf and hard of hearing around the United States and the entire world. For this post, I wanted to take the time to explain to other people how simple the process is of adding captions to YouTube. Fair warning to the reader, though. I use far too many words to explain things, but I'd like to think I've made the big picture much clearer and given the reader all the options they need to begin the process of captioning their own videos or encouraging others to do so.

Here we go. If there is a YouTube video that you would like to see that is not captioned (which means it is likely a video that is a month old or more, as every video now uploaded to YouTube has automated captioning capabilities within them), you have three ways to go about it.

1) If the video is incredibly popular (50,000 hits or more), and you have time to wait for the video, you can try to send the owner of the video a message and ask the owner if he or she would be willing to upload a transcript file that you send them via e-mail to the captions. Always emphasize to the owner of the video in question that the captions can be toggled on and off, as hearing people can be weird about seeing captions on videos. Keep a finger crossed too, because some owners don't respond while other owners are inactive. I have been lucky with two owners, Marcaeld and Aravoth, who graciously agreed to add my text transcripts to their very highly-viewed videos. Other folks may not be as lucky, as I was assisted by the fact that both owners frequent the same political forum that I do and that we are philosophically aligned in many ways.

Here is Marcaeld's "Ron Paul and Stephen Baldwin Debate Marijuana", which has my text transcript file serving as the captions for the video. You will notice some of his videos have captured the actual closed captioning on the screen at the time the segment had aired on TV, but the problem is the real-time TV captions lag, which is why I created the more accurate and timely text transcript.

Ron Paul and Stephen Baldwin Debate Marijuana Laws:

Here is Aravoth's video with my text transcript. The problem here is that there is "dead air" for 10-15 seconds in many of Aravoth's videos, as he relies a lot on black backgrounds with white text and no video or sound other than music. This confuses YouTube's automated captioning tool, as you will see within this video. For folks who wish to create captions of their own, try to avoid uploading videos like this, unless you want to also take the time to personally edit the time codes within the video.

"When In The Course Of Human Events...:"

2) If you decide to do it yourself, either because the owner in question did not respond to your request or because you are in a hurry/bored, you need to google "download free flv youtube videos" and choose from several links the best fit for you and your computer. I was partial to Moyeo, but there were bugs, and I've been using since then (the download process is much slower, though). Once the program is installed, simply download a video from YouTube by copying and pasting the URL of the video onto the program. Once the download is complete, go ahead and upload the very same video you just downloaded back onto YouTube on your account. Voila, YouTube's new tools now use automated captioning.

Here's the problem with automated captions that rely solely on voice recognition. They're barely 40% accurate at best (not that I'm complaining. If I need to repeat myself, I will -- BRAVO, GOOGLE!). In a few months to a couple of years at most, the technology should be perfected. In the meantime, this is what we have. The automated captions give us a fairly good sense of what is being discussed, but are prone to distorting the message of what is actually said. It almost looks like a second grader is writing the captions at times. An example:

Ron Paul to Barack Obama: Don't Assassinate US Citizens!: (You may have to open the video to a new window, click on the CC button, and select "transcribe audio" to activate the voice-recognition non-transcript guided captions)

3) This is where the text transcript comes in. If you can find a transcript of the dialogue, all you have to do is copy and paste it onto a notepad document. I get rid of the "John: ______" "Rob: ________" stuff, and get rid of everything except what is actually said. I then do a little brush up work with the text transcript by breaking it up into cohesive sentences, i.e.

Barry met Sally who met Robert. Then, they went to the store. Then they all bought Ice Cream. Sally ended up getting sick and went home early

Barry met Sally who met Robert. Then, they went to the store.

Then they all bought Ice Cream.

Sally ended up getting sick and went home early

Once I feel satisfied, I save the file. I then go to "My Videos" on my YouTube account and click on "Captions". I then click on "Add New Captions or Transcript", select the text transcript I just worked on, click on "transcript file", click on the empty "Name (optional)" field (leaving it blank), and then finally clicking on "upload file". Now, YouTube uses both the transcript text file AND the voice recognition software to create much more professional and appealing captions.

Here's the same video from above, now "guided" with a text transcript found somewhere on the web.

Ron Paul to Barack Obama: Don't Assassinate US Citizens!:

After doing it a few times, the process becomes so simple, it's scary. In one or two years, things will be amazing in terms of where voice recognition software takes the deaf community.

Monday, March 1, 2010

NBC Nightly News Segment on Ron Paul (10/19/07)

I came across an old segment done on Ron Paul in October of 2007 by NBC Nightly News. This video, more than other, epitomizes how far Ron Paul and the Revolution have come, and doubles as one of the best introductory videos (brief and condensed) to what Ron Paul is all about.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

(CC) Ron Paul: "Barack Obama has neutralized the Anti-War Left"

In Mid-September of 2009, Time Magazine did an on-line interview with Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas). In the interview, Paul makes the comment that "Obama has neutralized the Anti-War Left" and gives matter-of-fact responses to questions about conspiracy theories, the legalization of marijuana, and his hotel room encounter with Sasha Baron Cohen in "Bruno" amongst other topics. This video is a captioned YouTube update of a video already subtitled within this blog.

(CC) Ron Paul's Words of Warning From 1983 and later

Below is the captioned YouTube version of a classic video that is already subtitled within this blog, "Ron Paul's History of Being Honest".

(CC) In October of 2002, Ron Paul Explains His Opposition To Iraq War

"Wise man see. Fools Rush in" is the name of the title of the video I downloaded and uploaded back onto this account. It is a fitting title, because this video features an interview of Ron Paul with PBS's Bill Moyers about the upcoming Iraq war. The interview took place in October of 2002, shortly before the U.S. launched operations against Iraq.

Paul to Romney: "Read the Constitution!"

"Chris Matthews asks the GOP candidates an easy question: Does Congress need to authorize a strategic attack on Iran? When Mitt Romney says that he would have to consult his lawyers (the same disturbing answer he gave to a question about detaining American citizens without charge or trial), Ron Paul goes off and gets a strong round of applause".

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ron Paul's State of the Republic Speech

In a series of three videos totaling 20 minutes, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses foreign and domestic policy in the United States, and offers suggestions on how Americans and politicians in D.C. can get our country back on track.

This speech was filmed in late January of 2010, and the transcript was obtained from the Campaign For Liberty (C4L) website. The only reason it's in three parts is because I don't have a master YouTube account.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Hearing Perspective on Non-Interventionism and The Founding Fathers

While searching YouTube, I came across a video that was created by a hearing person who took the time and effort to subtitle his own video. In the video, he discusses his opinions on Ron Paul, non-interventionism, and the founding fathers. Check it out!

(CC) WHAS11 Interviews Rand Paul & Ron Paul (1/31/10)

I want to recognize the YouTube account held by Krippy, who is responsible for the below captioned video. Featured is an interview with Ron Paul and his son, Rand, who is running for Senator in the state of Kentucky.

(CC) Blast from the Past: Ron Paul at the 2007 GOP Debate (CNBC)

"It's always the poor people that suffer the most."

"As long as we live beyond our means we are destined to live beneath our means."

At the GOP Debate held by CNBC on October 9th, 2007, Representative Ron Paul used quotes such as the above to warn the people that the economy was in shambles and like a house of cards, would eventually collapse. The first answer he gives in this clip explains clearly why this country is having financial problems.

(CC) Rachel Maddow discusses Ron Paul and the Tea Party Movement

In this video, Rachael Maddow of MSNBC asks whether the Tea Party movement is trying to get rid of Ron Paul. This video is the first video I have ever done with YouTube's Automated Captioning feature. I am very impressed with this feature, as it worked perfectly and was very easy to use. Just click on the bottom-right window and make sure you click on the (CC) button in order to activate the captions.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

(CC) Keynes vs. Hayek in Rap

I saw this rap video on YouTube entitled "Fear the Boom and Bust: A Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem", and thought it was both brilliant and humorous at the same time. The video was created by Econ Stories, and they did a great job. Thankfully, they provided the lyrics to the song so that it could be subtitled. Here is their summary of the story that sets up the rap video:

"In Fear the Boom and Bust, John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek, two of the great economists of the 20th century, come back to life to attend an economics conference on the economic crisis. Before the conference begins, and at the insistence of Lord Keynes, they go out for a night on the town and sing about why there's a "boom and bust" cycle in modern economies and good reason to fear it."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ron Paul on the CIA

Ron Paul gives his take on the CIA playing a major role in our foreign policy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is Ron Paul Electable ?

When it's all said and done, the response provided below by Ron Paul to Carl Cameron's question of whether he is electable will likely end up as his most memorable response during the 2008 election cycle. The most interesting thing about his response is that it was so good that Fox News cut it from the re-broadcast immediately following the actual debate. The comments are fun to read from the Digg submission (11,000+ Diggs for this story).

Ron Paul on the Ed Schultz Show (1/5/2010)

Ron Paul appears on the Ed Schultz show on January 5th, 2010 and talks about Dick Cheney making potshots at President Obama, his views on non-interventionism, and more. In regard to the Underwear Bomber incident, Paul says: "We spend 75 billion dollars trying to get intelligence, and then when somebody comes with a hot lead, we can’t even handle it."