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Facebook users call for peace in Gaza

Facebook users call for peace in Gaza. Fugitive John McAfee, founder of the McAfee anti-virus software blogging on the run. And American basketball player Kobe Bryant seeks advice from web users.

Facebook users call for peace in Gaza

Web users have taken to Facebook to call for peace in Gaza and an end to hostilities between Israel and Hamas. This message has been relayed by scores of social networkers from Palestine, Israel, and also the United States and Europe. Their pictures have been uploaded to the campaign page, along with the slogan: “Please stop the war”.

The campaign was started by graphic designer Ronny Edry and his wife Michal, who recently posted this video online showing them and their family in a make shift shelter in Tel Aviv to protect themselves from Hamas rocket fire. But they remain convinced that the only way to stop what they call the madness and escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, is through dialogue.

The message has been shared on this Facebook group called « Israel loves Iran », created by the husband and wife team last year to allow their fellow citizens to voice their opposition to armed conflict between the two countries. The page which now has close to 100,000 followers quickly became a platform for Israelis and Iranians to post and exchange messages promoting peace.

And now the idea is to encourage dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian citizens. Countless web users have joined the campaign over the past few days calling for an end to the violence.


Murder suspect John McAfee blogs while on the run from police

John McAfee, founder of the American anti-virus software company that bears his name, is the prime suspect in the murder of his neighbour in Belize, where the entrepreneur has lived for the past few years. He went on the run from police mid-November and hasn’t been seen since. But instead of keeping a low profile and disappearing completely, the fugitive has started a blog on which he puts forward his case and maintains his innocence.

John McAfee is sharing all sorts of information on the site, called “The Hinterland”, detailing his experiences hiding from the authorities in Belize. The murder suspect says he has a number of disguises to avoid being recognized by police and even admits a twenty year old woman called Samantha helped him make his escape.

John McAfee has also taken the opportunity to criticize the Belizean police, who he feels are not conducting a thorough enough investigation, he claims they are not even trying to find the real culprits and will stop at nothing to pin the killing on him. He appeals to the authorities to stop harassing his family to find out his whereabouts and is also asking web users for help with the promise of a 25,000 dollar reward for anyone who can help prove his innocence.

And this incredible story has proved to be a popular talking point on the web. Internet users have been creating photo montages of John McAfee, poking fun at his current situation and suggesting what he might be getting up to on the run. And these wacky creations will no doubt continue to find their way online as long as the murder suspect remains on the run.

 

Digital still life paintings

Canadian artist Jon Rafman took on the ambitious task of breathing new life into still life paintings … and he did so by incorporating the look and music of early video games into this outdated pictorial genre, with astonishing results. You can check out the collection on the site Natura-morta.com launched in collaboration with Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art.


Now trending on social networks

American basketball star Kobe Bryant is in a dilemma and is asking web users for help. The Los Angeles Lakers player is planning to join another social network but can’t decide between Instagram and Twitter. And so he’s asking his 14 million fans plus on Facebook what they think he should do. The athlete is already highly active on the web and this will help him become even more connected with his supporters across the globe.

 

Video of the day

The people who made this video which was filmed in Utah in the US, filled 1,400 bin bags with dead leaves, and then emptied them into a garden, creating a pile of leaves that stood over 5 meters high… and as we can see here, once they had completed their task they made great use of this natural cushion. A fun and novel idea, but we do not recommend you try it at home.

By Electron Libre

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