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The blogosphere comments on the floods in Vietnam

The blogosphere comments on the floods in Vietnam. A Canadian police officer is the object of much ridicule amongst web users. And a group of American musicians improvise a concert on the New York subway.

FLOODS IN VIETNAM

Dozens of people are presumed dead or missing, and thousands have been evacuated from the disaster hit zones. This is the sad result of the heavy flooding in Vietnam over the past few days. There has been much reaction on the web.

Numerous videos filmed in the most affected provinces of Quang Binh and Ha Tinh in central Vietnam are circulating online. The spectacular images show that the water spared nothing and devastated everything in its path. Many roads are now inaccessible, making it very difficult for the emergency services to reach the more isolated zones.

There are also many photos taken by web users available online, showing the damage caused by the bad weather, and residents trying to find makeshift shelters, often the roofs of their homes. Other shots show the arrival of the emergency services in the affected zones trying to help the many victims.

And web users wasted no time in sending in their messages, via Twitter in particular, expressing their support. Others, like this Vietnamese blogger have congratulated the residents for their bravery, as some of them have lost everything but remain positive.

Meanwhile, appeals for international solidarity are multiplying on the web to help the victims’ of the flooding. The Red Cross and The Red Crescent Movement have launched an appeal for donations. They hope to raise 750 000 euros as quickly as possible to help the survivors of the disaster.

 

CANADA: OFFICER "BUBBLES"

Web users gave him the nickname of “Officer Bubbles”. Adam Joseph is now suing them for defamation. It all begun with the viral success of this video filmed on the fringes of the G20 summit in Toronto in June. The clip shows the officer going for a demonstrator who was blowing bubbles in his direction.

Several moments later, the young woman was indeed arrested. She was released shortly afterwards but many web users were appalled by this episode and created this Facebook group denouncing the arrogant behavior of “Officer Bubbles”.

But it is above all because of these videos that the police officer filed a lawsuit against YouTube and twenty or so of the site’s users who left commentaries. Satirical cartoons portray him as an officer abusing his power, someone who does not hesitate in arresting Barack Obama or even Father Christmas. These clips were deleted from YouTube, but have reappeared following the announcement of legal proceedings.

This blogger thinks that by asking for a million dollars in compensation for moral damages, “Officer Bubbles” is only making it worse and at the same time giving a very poor image of the Canadian police force.


CARVED PUMPINKS

As Halloween approaches, here is a web site that will be particularly useful as it shows web users how to more or less professionally carve pumpkins. On his site, artist Ray Villafane explains all the necessary steps in obtaining pumpkins that are quite simply breathtaking. Numerous photos of his different creations are available to view on the New York sculptor’s web site.

 

MOVIE MISTAKES

A bashed in car wing that by some miracle does not have a scratch on it in the next scene or an airplane’s identification number that changes between two shots … this is what users of Moviemistakes.com love about the site. It catalogues all these discrepancies that sometimes slip through the net in film making as well as all the poor link shots and other editing mistakes we see on screen. This interesting initiative demonstrates that even major Hollywood productions sometimes make schoolboy errors.

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

At the beginning of October, the members of group Atomic Tom had their instruments stolen. But this did not stop them from continuing to play their music as we see in this video filmed on the New York subway last week. We see the four artists give an impromptu performance using their mobile phones. This video is currently enjoying huge success and has already been watched near to 2 million times on YouTube.

 

 

By Electron Libre

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