Stephen Colbert hosted a pretty awesome 'debate' between Ron Paul, who is a strong proponent of returning the country to the Gold Standard and the NYT's David Leonhardt who thinks things are fine the way they are. Wondering why people are getting their news from Comedy Central? This is a pretty good example.
David Leonhardt: The problem is not inflation, the problem is too weak an economy...If given the choice would you rather take my gold wedding ring or a million dollars in paper money?
Ron Paul: The question is would you rather put $10,000 in a box for 20 years or a few gold coins...The Fed Reserve has destroyed 98% of the purchasing power of the dollar since 1913 an in the meantime they have financed every war they couldn't have financed if they were on the gold standard.
Colbert:: Dave, do you want some ice for that burn? Also: The gold standard will create jobs...we'll need to hire tailors to reinforce our pockets.
Congressman Ron Paul's consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, "Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers' ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are." Another colleague observed, "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few."
Barackula is a short political horror rock musical about young Barack Obama having to stave off a secret society of vampires at Harvard when he was inducted into presidency at the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Obama (Justin Sherman) finds that he must convince the vampire society that opposing political philosophies can coexist or else the society may transform Obama to the dark side. Reminiscent to Michael Jackson's Thriller and a slight infusion of Jesus Christ Superstar, the film solely depicts Obama's strengths, merits and genuineness while being quietly respectful towards the other presidential candidates.
BROOKE SHIREY, GAVIN LEIGHTON, JUSTIN SHERMAN, and MIKE LAWSON
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
JOSEPH DONALD HOLTROP
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER VICTOR TANG
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS - ANKUR BHATT, TODD KRUGER
MUSIC MIX & MASTERING ENGINEER - MATT MOLCHANY
SOUND BY JOSH BISSETT
GAFFER â€“ MICHAEL GRAEF
GRIP â€“ CHARLES SCHIELL
MAKEUP BY BROOKE SHIREY
STEADICAM OPERATOR - JEFFREY COOK
CAMERA ASSIST - RYAN COOK
STILL PHOTOGRAPHER â€“ JENA A. WILSON
ADDITIONAL STILL PHOTOGRAPHY â€“ INDIA BROOKOVER
BLOOD ORANGES CATERER - JON BERNAD
WEB DESIGN - ARKANY WEB DESIGN
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS - JENNIFER CAUMARTIN, MARISA SHERMAN, ALEX YVES
Dean Ernest J. Wilson III moderates the culminating panel at the conference There You Go Again: Orwell Comes To America, sponsored by the Open Society Institute. The conference focuses on the legac... (more)
Added: November 08, 2007
Dean Ernest J. Wilson III moderates the culminating panel at the conference There You Go Again: Orwell Comes To America, sponsored by the Open Society Institute. The conference focuses on the legacy of George Orwell's 1946 essay Politics and the English Language and how things have changed for the better ... or worse. Dean Wilson's panel, entitled Solutions: The Future Political Landscape, includes broadcast journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, FCC commissioner Michael Copps, Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall and New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley. Complete panel discussion:
Orwell Second Life Conference at MapDigital