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Meet John Doe

A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.


George Takei PSA: Gays Beware

Funny Or Die produced this PSA narrated by George Takei explaining that if you meet someone who opposes gay marriage in the wild, it's important to treat him or her sensitively and with restraint. And maybe expose them to snazzy bow ties and Broadway shows.

Check out the clip above to see Takei, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Brad Goreski tell explain how to treat homophobes.


Beastie Boys on Being Stupid

"There's a way we talk and it includes profanity. We never figured we'd be arrested for it."

- Mike "Mike D" Diamond

Interview by Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio

1985, Washington, D.C. Cassette Tape

Executive Producer: David Gerlach

Animator: Patrick Smith

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Colbert: Takedown of the Debt Monster

Thomas Herndon, a grad student, found a simple Excel spreadsheet error (and some missing data from countries such as Canada and Australia) in the study that has been used by Conservatives around the world such as Paul Ryan to argue for austerity that is, cutting government spending and social services.

The study encouraged conservative governments in other countries to kill government jobs and spending. It didnt work, and in fact, has caused a lot of suffering for many people. In an economic recession, its much better for all if the government spends money rather than pulling back.

So basically, the whole economic theory was based on flaws, and those flaws were discovered by a grad student.

Stephen Colbert is in rare form in this clip. Enjoy!


A Petition for Stronger Gun Laws

A message from States United To Prevent Gun Violence calls for an update to our antiquated gun laws. To get involved, sign our petition at http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5610/c/624/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=13633

Also, visit our website at http://www.supgv.org


Real Time with Bill Maher: Sam Harris

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

Mr. Harris' writing has been published in over fifteen languages. He and his work have been discussed in Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.

Mr. Harris is a Co-Founder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.


Corporate Cash Threatens the Environment

If there's one issue that hasn't been talked about enough in this election, it's the environment.

Yet the difference between the parties is stark: Republicans, bankrolled by polluters like the Koch Brothers, want to cut the EPA and rollback or weaken vital environmental protections like the Clean Air and Clean Water Act, laws that ensure millions of Americans can breath our air and drink our water safely.

Mitt Romney calls the EPA "a tool in the hands of the President to crush the private enterprise system," and has vowed to block needed protections on things like fracking and carbon emissions.

Interviews include Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7); Jason Kowalski, Policy Director at 350.org; David Doniger from the Natural Resources Defense Council and former director of climate change policy at the EPA; and Joe Mendelson, director of global warming policy at the National Wildlife Federation, who share the history, purpose, and success of our environmental laws, and push back on the Republican lie that environmental protections are bad for the economy.


Neoconservatism: Words of the World

Maria Ryan from the University of Nottingham discusses the origins of Neoconservatism and its long-lasting influence.

This video was filmed and edited by Sean Riley.

Words of the World is a project by Brady Haran - website at http://www.wordsoftheworld.co.uk/

See the full list of Brady's video projects at: http://periodicvideos.blogspot.com/2012/06/here-are-my-channels.html


The Scopes Monkey Trial

The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was a famous American legal case in 1925 in which a high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach evolution in any state-funded school.