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American web users celebrate the repeal of the military’s «Don’t ask Don’t tell” policy

American web users celebrate the repeal of the military’s «Don’t ask Don’t tell” policy. The No Labels movement is seeking to create a political Third way in the United States. And the Japanese reinvent free falling.

USA: DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL REPEALED

This video blogger has changed the words to a Christmas song to celebrate the abolition of the 1993 “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which forced US soldiers to hide their sexual orientation. US Congress voted on Saturday to repeal this controversial policy and many web users are hailing this decision.

Dozens of citizens have posted videos like these ones on sharing sites, applauding Congress’ decision to do away with this discriminatory law. This man from New Hampshire who goes under the pseudonym Tetsubo57 is trying to calm them down. He says that it is likely members of the army who opposed this reform will do everything they can to delay it coming into force and he believes that a whole year could by before this new law is actually put into place.

In this video, Eric Alva, a retired marine, looks back at this long road to victory alongside gay rights groups. He hails the crucial role played by Human Rights Campaign in particular. He says this NGO carried out a huge lobbying campaign in Congress and mobilised support from thousands of veterans who opposed the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ policy in order to get the legislation lifted.

Texan computer programmer, Egberto Willies, hopes this new legislation will also bring about other developments for the gay community, like the right to get married or adopt children in every state of America.

NO LABELS, NEW CENTRIST PARTY IN AMERICA? 

« US Politics must evolve. And to do this we must put aside the Democrat and Republican labels so we can open up the system and find a political consensus”. This is what the No Labels movement is basically saying in this video addressed to the nation. The organization is seeking to create a centrist group to combat partisan politics and free the country from liberal-conservative polarization.

According to the movement’s founder Mark McKinnon, who in the past has worked as a political advisor for both the Democrats and the Republicans, the thinking behind the project is very simple. He explains that most Americans have had enough of watching powerlessly as the two main parties quarrel and they want their politicians to take care of the problems that concern the entire country, like public debt. 

And the movement appears to have already found a solid supporter base on the web. In just a few days, over 31 000 people have joined the organization’s Facebook group.

But amid the excitement, some are advising caution. This is notably the case for Michael Piper, journalist for the web site AmericanFreePress.net. He thinks it’s likely that financial groups are behind this movement and have their own best interests at heart: groups that want to see a change in American politics but for their own gain and not for the people. 

New York writer Justin Krebs thinks that No Labels has little chance of one day becoming a real political force in the country. He says for a party to succeed, its members need to share the same values, the same ideals. Mr. Krebs also believes that this movement does not really have a real program and its supporters are far from forming a coherent whole.

CAT DIARIES

This short film was filmed entirely by cats. It was sponsored by a brand of cat food and takes web users in to the world of cats via little cameras attached to their necks. Acrobatics, the great outdoors and moments of reflection, - it’s a way of seeing what our cats get up to when we are not there.

TEACH PARENTS TECH 

Copy and paste, change your screen saver, add an attachment to an email, or even set up a blog. All these functions are explained in video on the site “teach parents tech.org” recently launched by Google. The objective is to help younger new technology fans give their parents computer lessons. There is perhaps a slight ulterior motive as most of these tutorials put the American giant’s services in the spotlight. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

No need to get in a plane to do a parachute jump! These two Japanese men have found a cheaper and safer way, using Google Earth. They suspended themselves over a blue screen onto which they projected images found on the mapping software, reproducing the view one might have when free falling.

By Electron Libre

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