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Pepe and Seydou Keita | Real Madrid vs AS Roma (July 29, 2014)

The two were involved in an incident just prior to kickoff in Dallas. Keita was seen snubbing Pepe during the team handshakes. Cameras later captured what looks like Pepe retaliating by spitting at the Roma player, who then reacted by hurling a water bottle at him. After the game Seydou told RFI that the incident stemmed from a confrontation during the 2011 Supercopa. 

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"Back when I played for Barça he called me a macaque, i.e. a monkey. From that moment onwards, I’ve seen him as a good-for-nothing. I haven’t spoken about it in public before because it wasn’t worth it, but that’s why I didn’t want to shake his hand." Keita added that he had informed his teammate Mehdi Benatia of his intentions.

"It’s unacceptable for someone to spit at me. I really don’t see why I should have to shake his hand, since in his eyes I’m not a human being", the veteran railed.

"I have no interest in discussing things with a person who doesn’t consider me a human being. The way he behaves is out of order. Instead of coming over and asking me why I didn’t shake his hand, he chose to spit at me."

Netizens you’re all so good in digging in someone’s private life… Maybe you all should start doing your research better before judging… Fact 1: GD liked the molly picture 1 week ago on his private acc. Fact 2 Paris fashion week was about to start at that time. Clearly he’s more into fashion, being a style icon rather than being a musician lately. Fact 3 Molly is not only reffering to a drug but also Molly Malone, dj in a Paris nightclub. Fact 4 in march 2014 Beyoncé is spotted in a dress by Tom ford. Reffering to Jay-z’s track, the lyrics go ‘I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford’. Molly becomes a statement in the fashionworld. #knetizens really Asia is too conservative. GD meant no harm, just be carefull you fluffhead @xxxibgdrgn #allkpop #koreaboo #gdragon #kwonjiyong #GD #molly #statement #indefense #fashion

He snuck it into a temporary budget bill. University science programs to be gutted. Absolutely vile.

A measure limiting National Science Foundation funding for political science research projects passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, quietly dealing a blow to the government agency.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) submitted a series of amendments to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, the Senate bill to keep the government running past March 27. One of those amendments would prohibit the NSF from funding political science research unless a project is certified as “promoting national security or the
economic interests of the United States.”

"Studies of presidential executive power and Americans’ attitudes toward the Senate filibuster hold little promise to save an American’s life from a threatening condition or to advance America’s competitiveness in the world," Coburn wrote in a letter to NSF director Subra Suresh last week explaining his proposal.

Coburn’s NSF amendment was approved by the Senate during a voice vote on Wednesday afternoon.

Via HuffPo

"In my own mind, I’ve unpacked his suitcase of pain. And so, I can easily stand up and defend him even though many of his actions are indefensible, but I know why, I think. What’s interesting is those answers are locked in some kind of cabinet right at the bottom of him and he’s in there and nobody has the key. Do you know what I’m saying? So yeah, I do like him."  —Tom Hiddleston [when asked ‘do you like Loki?’] [image]

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Here’s the thing though! Even Michelle Dockery thinks Lady Mary is vicious, cruel and mean to Lady Edith. Michelle Dockery even says that Lady Mary wouldn’t have a thing to do with Michelle Dockery herself. So if Lady Mary is vicious, cruel and mean to Lady Edith and wouldn’t even want to hang out with Michelle Dockery I don’t understand how one can be so devoutly a Michelle Dockery fan and a fiercely apologetic Lady Mary fan, unless of course you merge the two, therefore you really can’t tell reality from fiction. Even Michelle Dockery won’t defend Lady Mary’s cruelty and viciousness towards Lady Edith. Not once have I read or heard her defend Mary’s actions or condoned it. Because quite frankly it’s indefensible! She’s explained possibly where it comes from, but Michelle Dockery has never defended it, condoned it or said she agrees with it. She thinks Lady Mary is vicious, cruel and mean to Lady Edith. She’s been saying that since the start of the show. She’s even said that while Laura and her enjoy playing those scenes it’s hard to play a mean character with one of your best friends. And once again she’s said that if Lady Mary would have met Michelle Dockery she would not want anything to do with her. And yet it amazes me that all these Michelle Dockery fans are defending the viciousness, cruelty and meanness of Lady Mary towards Lady Edith. Even Michelle Dockery knows Lady Mary’s a Bitch! So much of a Bitch that she knows that Lady Mary wouldn’t have a thing to do with her! I’m sorry to hit you with reality, but Michelle Dockery is not Lady Mary and Lady Mary is not Michelle Dockery. As per Michelle Dockery, Lady Mary and Michelle Dockery would not be the best of friends nor would they hang out or be in the same circles. I’m just saying some of you obviously merge the two and can’t tell reality from fiction. Lady Mary’s vicious, cruel and mean to Lady Edith. And even Michelle Dockery doesn’t defend her actions. Because she’s an actress, she has to explain possibly where it comes from. But not once has she defended or condoned the viciousness, cruelty and meanness that Lady Mary has towards Lady Edith. Because how can a decent human being defend or condone that kind of treatment? Michelle Dockery’s obviously not okay with Lady Mary’s treatment of Lady Edith because I’ve never seen any interview where she says she is. Show me the interview where she’s alright with it and defending it as fiercely as you all are! So why are some of you so blindly defending Lady Mary’s actions while worshiping Michelle Dockery? Oh that’s right! You can’t tell the difference!
—  All of us at ThisOneDowntonAbbeyPost

I want to complain about the episode, but I feel like I should just appreciate the fact that the show finally had one of the good guys go “HEY MAYBE THESE VILLAINS HAD A POINT”

20 Simple Survival Tips For The Pretty Little Liars

20 Simple Survival Tips For The Pretty Little Liars

This handy survival guide was compiled by Riese and Heather.

We’re like ten years and zero winters in to the saga of the Pretty Little Liars, and despite enduring physical and psychological torture to the max every week, these girls still spend most of their time creeping around in the dark by themselves. It is time for someone to sit them down and talk to them about their indefensibly dumb…

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I’m gonna have a rant.

I just…I can’t. This stuff pisses me off. I’m no longer Christian myself but I grew up in it, still partake in a lot of the customs, have a great deal of respect for the faith- it’s all around me, all right? And yet when it comes to defending Christian comments, half the time I just can’t bring myself to do it because they say such ridiculous bullshit, about their religion , their position in the world, and how other people are supposedly hurting them. They so often say absolutely indefensible stuff. 

Christianity (the many variations) is a HUGE religion. With tons of power. And yes, there are places in the world where being Christian can get you killed, hurt, oppressed. There is also no excuse for being a dick to someone just because of their religion, and there is no reason Christians shouldn’t be protected by common decency. 

But if you are in a place where Christians are the majority, where Christian holidays are also national holidays, where Christian culture is prevalent, where Christian influences are so widespread that even the non-Christians automatically exclaim ‘Jesus Christ!’ when they stub their toe, then you have to realise that the world you live in is tailored to YOUR religion. 

It’s all about YOU. YOU are the most important. YOU come first.

So have the decency not to act like you’re persecuted. Have the decency to give others space. Realise, for heaven’s sakes, that you are much safer than people of other religions, or people whose identities, lifestyles or beliefs directly contradict Christianity. 

Even as you defend yourself against prejudice (which you should), realise that at the end of the day you’re still the one with the most power. Pick your battles accordingly. Better yet, instead of battling, how about giving? Giving up some of your room, giving up some of your power, sharing that huge pile of privilege that you have. Sharing’s a Christian concept, if you recall. So is equality.

Christianity is taught as a religion of the downtrodden, the persecuted, of those seeking truth in love instead of greed- but look around you before you claim to be persecuted, look around before you claim to be going against the current. You are numerous- be glad about it and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT. Stop living in a fantasy of righteousness, pretending you’re being persecuted when you are really the most powerful group out there. Stop trying to be the biggest, the most important, at the cost of others. Stop being so bloody greedy!

And while you’re doing that, reconsider whether the derivations of Christian culture we see in the secular and commercial world really have anything to do with your religion, and whether they are beneficial to anyone but factory owners. A prime example is ‘Christmas’, which I’m afraid no longer means ‘Birth of Christ’, but ‘Winter Party with Presents’, and that is chiefly the fault of Christians themselves. No one stole the holiday- you gave it away, imposed it on everyone and anyone, allowed it to become a mockery of its true meaning, and are now so confused that you can’t tell the difference between your own Saviour and a plastic reindeer.

So you rage and defend the reindeer and cry persecution, all the while insisting the holiday is inclusive- but don’t anyone dare call it a holiday because it’s Christmas and you won’t be cowed by heathens.

Baby Jesus wept.

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind. War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. (On the manipulation of language for political ends.) We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
—  George Orwell, “1984”
Animal News You Can Use: Progress for pigs and quacktastic news for ducks!

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Yesterday, the New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban pig gestation crates, sending it to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. Moments afterward, Danny “Don’t Veto” DeVito issued a letter to the governor, telling him that signing the bill is a sure way to get him into the pearly gates.

This week also marked a major advance in the fight for farm animals. The  U.S. Supreme Court allowed California’s landmark law banning the sale of foie gras to stand, setting a further precedent that states can block the sale of products based solely on animal cruelty concerns, even if those foods were produced in other states.

While New Jersey and California may be moving in the right direction, some pork producers still defend locking pigs in tiny cages. My rebuttal to one of them is published in the MinnPost this week.

And the fact that some pork producers are still defending the indefensible left my coworker Josh Balk asking in a new opinion piece, is bacon the new veal?

P.S. Video of the week: Pit bull meets baby chicks.

P.P.S. Are you on Twitter? Did you know that for free you can “donate” your account to help occasionally get the word out about important farm animal protection efforts? I’d be grateful if you would—here’s the link!