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The first thing I thought was they killed my baby, and they’re going to kill my wife.
Ronel Lemos, describing the incident in which New York City cops slammed his pregnant wife, Sandra Amezquita, to the ground on her stomach as horrified onlookers watched.

British nationalists riot in Glasgow after Scotland’s independence vote

One day after Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom, British nationalists have taken to the streets of Glasgow to celebrate their victory.

The gathering began as a show of British national pride, but it quickly developed into what many witnesses are describing as a riot.

Protesters carrying U.K. flags and banners associated with the pro-Union Protestant Orange Order had to be separated from Scottish independence campaigners by Glasgow police.

One Vine video shows a young woman with a Scottish flag being dragged on the ground by a man holding a British Union flag. Some photos being shared on Twitter also seem to show pro-Union demonstrators performing the Nazi salute.

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Without clear rules upholding net neutrality, we face the possibility of an Internet divided by the interests of a powerful few at the expense of all else.
The Daily Dot Editorial Staff, Why we support net neutrality

Obama talks war, but all anyone cares about is his tan suit

President Barack Obama took questions from the White House press corps Thursday afternoon on a range of life-and-death issues including Syria, Iraq, Russia’s aggressions against Ukraine, and the ISIS takeover in the Middle East. But the only thing Twitter wanted to talk about was the commander-in-chief’s tan suit.

Here are just some of the many, many comments on the suit, an unusual choice for a president who almost always addresses the nation in a more traditional dark-colored attire.

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Congress banned from editing Wikipedia for transphobic revisions

The user changed the page for Orange is the New Black, which stars transgender woman Laverne Cox, so that, instead of saying that the series “contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman,” it read, “Orange Is the New Black contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real man pretending to be a woman.” Whoever was behind the edit then cited an article from the conservative National Review with the headline “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman” and the sub-headline “Facts are not subject to our feelings.”

Reddit's Ferguson community is part of a massive white supremacist network

Like r/TravyvonMartin before it, r/ferguson is part of a white supremacist network of 42 subreddits wholly dedicated to bashing African Americans, who have been labeled by the moderators as the “Chimpire.”

Andrew W.K. got Glenn Beck to admit he was ‘part of the problem’
‟The world isn’t being destroyed by Democrats or Republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist—the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world,” W.K. wrote.
On air, Beck responded, ‟I still believe in the things that I believe … but I don’t believe in the way we were trying to obtain those things.”

Andrew W.K. got Glenn Beck to admit he was ‘part of the problem’

‟The world isn’t being destroyed by Democrats or Republicans, red or blue, liberal or conservative, religious or atheist—the world is being destroyed by one side believing the other side is destroying the world,” W.K. wrote.

On air, Beck responded, ‟I still believe in the things that I believe … but I don’t believe in the way we were trying to obtain those things.”

Thai citizens are using the Hunger Games salute to protest the military overthrow of their democratically elected government

Military officials have lashed out, threatening to detain protestors for as much as a week if they’re caught flashing the sign. Army deputy spokesman Col. Winthai Suwaree, a representative for the military’s rather Orwellian-named National Council for Peace and Order, told the Bangkok Post that authorities would look at the context to determine whether to arrest protestors. 

In the Hunger Games, the salute is originally a sign of respect and gratitude. It transforms into an ironic gesture of defiance, however, when the series’ protagonist Katniss uses it in tribute to a victim of the dystopian government. Later, the gesture becomes the symbol of national, public rebellion against the government and a precursor to revolution.

In real life, it’s not that tidy: the current Thai protests are weakened after more than seven months of political unrest due to ongoing tensions between democratic and anti-democratic political factions. The Post reported that Thai protesters are also using the raised three-finger salute to represent the three precepts of the French revolution: liberty, equality, and eternity.

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Watch history being made in Michael Sam’s draft-day reaction video
It’s not often that the world is changed with a single phone call—and it’s even rarer that we get to watch it happen.
But when Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL Saturday, the cameras were rolling—and the result is a moving reminder that the political is always personal.
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Watch history being made in Michael Sam’s draft-day reaction video

It’s not often that the world is changed with a single phone call—and it’s even rarer that we get to watch it happen.

But when Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL Saturday, the cameras were rolling—and the result is a moving reminder that the political is always personal.

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Orci’s response to Dickerson’s editorial revealed how far removed he is from the fandom that has given Star Trek such a legion of followers over time. Calling Dickerson the equivalent of “a child acting out against his parents,” he went on to imply superior knowledge of how to craft the film.

Engaging with fans this way is never a good idea, but Star Trek fans in particular have been their franchise’s lifeline at numerous points over the years. Comparing a man who’s written two scripts to a die-hard fan of a 50-year-old show doesn’t exactly yield a parent-child relationship—or if it does, it’s not structured the way Orci seems to think it is.

Fans might also question whether a man who’s writing for one of the most temporally progressive science-fiction franchises in this or any galaxy is qualified to do so when he purports not to understand feminism, one of humanity’s most progressive political philosophies and one that affects over half the planet. After all, if Orci can demand that audiences swallow two hours of character assassination upon Khan Noonien Singh, the least he can do in return is a cursory Google search for "third-wave feminism."

Is Roberto Orci too out of touch with the Star Trek fandom to direct the new film?

In the original series, the worst punishment the crew of the Enterprise could devise for their enemies, the Klingons, was inflicting them with a ship full of tribbles. In the new franchise, the Federation government is so corrupt and evil that it’s willing to sabotage its own ships in order to fabricate a reason for war against the Klingons. This is not your parents’ Star Trek.

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