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In Spain, bloggers react to the Burgos blast

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-07-30

Today on the Net: The Spanish blogosphere condemns the Burgos blast, blamed on ETA; the risk of a worldwide influenza pandemic mobilises Net users; and toppling human-on-a-mattress dominoes.

SPAIN BOMBING

At least 48 people were injured and major material damage was caused in a bomb which ripped through Spanish civil guard barracks on Wednesday morning in Burgos, in northern Spain. Authorities have laid the blame on the armed separatist Basque organisation ETA.

Many amateur videos like these, filmed instants after the explosion, quickly made it onto the Web.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAUDMUGkJTY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrWCKGrcdpk

Several Facebook groups urged citizens and authorities to unite in the fight against Basque terrorism and called on Spaniards to say "No to ETA."
http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=33083638518&ref=search
http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=41955882451&ref=search
http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=98194442731&ref=search
http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=104270527413&ref=search

The author of this photo montage recalls that although the bomb caused no deaths, many people have been killed by the separatist group. He asks that those guilty of this attack be judged severely and without leniency.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eU15WPjYHM&feature=fvw

This blogger fears a fresh upsurge of attacks in days to come. He explains that Wednesday’s attack coincides with the 50th anniversary of ETA’s creation and that the group had warned it was planning to resume terrorist attacks.
http://lahuelladigital.blogspot.com/2009/07/salvajada-de-eta-en-su-50-aniversario.html

INFLUENZA A(H1N1)

Videos explaining how to avoid influenza A(H1N1) are popping up around the Web.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qK-ud8Bx_Y

Be it a Lego animation or rap song, most of these videos are aimed at children and adolescents. The virus has mainly affected young people since its outbreak four months ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt-ECGXrAjM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSWhdvGXecg

Although many are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a vaccine, others have doubts as to the efficiency and safety of a drug prepared in a hurry. In this video, the president of the American National Vaccine Information Centre expresses her concern for children to whom it will be administered, and asks for guarantees from the country’s health authorities.
http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/July-2009/Swine-Flu-Vaccine-Should-Not-Be-Given-to-Children.aspx

Many Americans recall the fiasco of the national vaccination campaign that followed the swine flu epidemic in 1976. And as recalled by this blogger, the vaccine had serious side effects for some people, causing paralysis and even 25 deaths.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/spl/forget-the-vaccine.html


SOCIAL NETWORK FOR US CONGRESS


The National Journal magazine is launching a "professional networking tool designed exclusively for congressional members and staff" baptised 3121, a reference to the telephone extension used on Capitol switchboard.
http://3121launch.nationaljournal.com/


CINEMA OF URUGUAY


Two young Uruguayans have just launched this Web site dedicated to the independent cinema of their country.
http://www.cip.com.uy/


VIDEO OF THE DAY


Taking advantage of the fad of toppling human-on-a-mattress dominoes is a mattress manufacturer that has created its own video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndYxBQXhNjI

Date created : 2009-07-30

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