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Israeli Facebook campaign against an Iran strike

An Israeli viral campaigns against war with Iran. In the US, Romney Girl gate-crashes the presidentials. And Usain Bolt wins the gold medal for popularity on Twitter.

Israeli Facebook campaign against an Iran strike

‘How can we imagine three hundred dead?’, this is the question a web campaign launched in Israel is asking, while Tsahal recently estimated that should war break out with Iran and its allies, there would be around three hundred Israeli victims. A conflict which could be caused by strikes on nuclear power plants in Teheran.

But what does this figure really represent? Blue Collar communications agency tried to demonstrate the number with illustrations published on Facebook. Visuals explaining that three hundred dead equals one hundred and fifty couples, nine gardens of children or twenty seven football teams. With the same conclusion: ‘three hundred dead is three hundred too many’.

An opinion shared by many Israeli net users who are expressing their opposition to armed conflict with Iran on social networks. This Facebook group, which organises regular peaceful events, boasts over three thousand members.

And the initiative, aiming above all to ease relations between Israel and Iran is one of many on the local web. Last March a Tel-Aviv couple launched a page on the community site where Israeli net users could write messages of peace to Iranians and vice versa. The page is still active and many Israelis have used it to express support for Iranians in the wake of the double earthquake with shook the country on Saturday.


"Romney Girl" video lampoons candidate’s wealth

‘In Mitt Romney’s world, you don’t pay taxes and it’s fantastic’, this is the message given by Romney Girl in a music video recently posted online, mocking the nineties hit, ‘Barbie Girl’ by Danish band Aqua. But unlike the buxom, ‘Obama Girl’ who did her best to see the Democrat candidate elected in 2008, Romney Girl is campaigning against the former Massachusetts governor and criticises his lack of transparency.

‘Romney Girl’ was created by the Agenda Project Action Fund, a progressive movement which accuses Mitt Romney of hiding some of his tax forms as well as holding Swiss bank accounts. An unacceptable situation for the video’s authors, who feel that a dishonest man will not make a good President.

Apart from the video, the movement also uses web tools to convince voters not to vote for the Mormon candidate. Romney Girl boasts a Facebook page and a Twitter account on which she posts regular satirical comments about Mitt Romney.

A successful initiative, although Agenda Project Action Fund are no beginners to the net. The movement created a buzz last year by diffusing this advert which lambasts the fiscal conservatism of Wisconsin Congressman, Paul Ryan; showing him pushing an old lady off a cliff to highlight his opposition to Obama’s healthcare reforms. Criticism which seems well timed as Romney has just picked Paul Ryan as his running mate for the November Presidential race.

 

Now trending on social networks

Olympic champion over one hundred, two hundred and four by one hundred metres, Usain Bolt is also the London Olympic athlete who Twitter users most tweeted about during the games. His victory in the two hundred metres last Thursday even gained him a new Olympic record as his name was mentioned over eighty thousand times per minute on the site after the victory over his favourite distance. An Olympic record illustrating the Jamaican sprinter’s significant popularity among net users.


Five year photos

In 1982, five high school friends took a photo of themselves on holiday near a lake in California. Ever since, the group of pals get together every five years to retake the picture. And although hair styles may change over time, the poses remain the same. An amusing tradition which the five chums hope to perpetuate until the end of their days.

 

Video of the day

With its simple and catchy tune, the hit song, ‘Somebody I used to know’ by singer Gotye, has been a veritable planetary success for a year now. A success which is well known online, where countless covers have been made and diffused by net users. Videos which the Belgo-Australian artist has compiled in this video which features guitars, a banjo, a saxophone, percussion and a capella singing to recreate the original song’s melody.

By Electron Libre

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