Posts tagged politics

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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Joel McHale crossed every line at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Nominally intended as an opportunity to cut through the double talk and false equivalency that characterize Washington and the toothless media that covers it, the Correspondents’ Dinner more often reinforces the idea that politicians, journalists, and entertainers form an unholy axis of self-serving, self-perpetuated narcissism and complacency.

Backlash over accidentally racist tweet urges #CancelColbert

How fandom reinterpreted Captain America's politics for the 21st century.

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What does the Trans-Pacific Partnership leak mean for the Internet?

On Wednesday, seemingly out of nowhere, WikiLeaks released a portion of the biggest, most secretive, most controversial pending trade agreement in the world: the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Internet advocates of all stripes, from the intellectual property experts at the Electronic Frontier Foundation to people who don’t mind getting arrested for climbing government buildings to make TPP-related poop jokes, had been clamoring for that moment since 2011.

The TPP’s controversy stems from three factors. It’s huge: 12 countries, including the U.S. and parts of Latin America and Asia, are trying to agree to the same terms on a wide range of business and trade practices. It’s secretive: like any trade agreement, the details of negotiations are kept from the public, though the TPP’s been heavy handed about how it keeps out journalists and public advocates. And the process itself is biased: the only people given access to government negotiators are corporate lobbyists.

Tuesday’s leak was the most recent draft of the Intellectual property chapter, which deals with copyright and how that’s enforced online. It’s the first time anyone has seen the chapter since a 2011 leak, which included provisions that led Internet freedom activists to call it “the biggest global threat to the Internet since ACTA.”

The Daily Dot spoke with EFF Global Policy Analyst Maira Sutton about decoding the newest draft.

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British Conservative Party scrubs 10 years of public statements from the Web

Despite pledges in favor of government transparency, the British Conservative Party is facing accusations it has deleted a decade’s worth of public statements, not only from its own website, but from the Internet itself.

According to a report from Computer Weekly, all records of speeches and public statements between 2000 and the party’s election win in 2010 have been erased from search engines and the Internet Archive, making it very difficult to track many pre-election promises. As Computer Weekly phrased it, this could be “an effect as alarming as sending Men in Black to strip history books from a public library and burn them in the car park.”

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has previously spoken about his government’s dedication to information transparency. In an official YouTube video in 2011, he said, “Information is power, because it allows people to hold the powerful to account.” [READ MORE]