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NGO launches "hairy nose" campaign for clean air in Asia

A novel NGO campaign fighting pollution in Asia. German activists destroying security cameras across the country. And a kitten with Jedi powers, using the “Force”…

NGO launches "hairy nose" campaign for clean air in Asia

Air pollution is increasing, particularly in the urban environment, and man must adapt. So our nasal hair may have to grow to filter or trap the micro particles floating in the air. There will even be nostril hair stylists to make it look as good as possible. This scenario was dreamt up by the NGO “Clean Air Asia”, opting for humour to draw attention to pollution in Asian cities.

The organization has developed an interactive map for the campaign, detailing air quality in the continent’s main cities. The pollution levels in a given place determine how long residents’ nose hair needs to be to survive in that environment. But web users can also reject the idea of having to adapt, and take action instead. The NGO is providing all sorts of information and advice on fighting pollution; like using public transport for example or not leaving your car engine running unnecessarily.

But parts of China have seen alarming pollution peaks in recent weeks, and web users feel it’s now up to the authorities to take control and do something about it. In Beijing, where residents have been instructed to stay indoors, tens of thousands of people have appealed to the municipality to implement urgent measures to tackle air pollution.

 

Activists destroy security cameras in Germany

Activists in Germany are attempting to destroy as many public surveillance cameras as possible in anticipation of the European Police Congress due to open in Berlin on the 19th of February. The so called “Cam Over” movement has posted an article on its website, claiming these cameras represent a serious danger to individual liberties in Germany, and lead to discrimination against certain sections of society, young people in particular, who are systematically perceived as potential criminals.

Initiators of the campaign say anyone can get involved, it’s a game with simple rules they say. Players will win points for every camera they destroy or put out of action, and once the game is over the points will be tallied up to reveal the overall winner. And the organizers are helping participants along the way with handy hints and advice on ways to do away with these CCTV cameras.

 

 

And despite attempts by the authorities to put a stop to the game, it appears to be proving pretty popular with German web users, as illustrated by these documents which have been posted online testifying to a number of anti-camera operations carried out across the country. And if these Twitter users have their way then the protest movement will no doubt spread to other parts of the world, they are eagerly waiting for the game to commence in their country.

 

Now trending on social networks

The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper had promised his fellow citizens he would share details of his daily routine via Twitter. And he has kept his promise : on Monday he posted dozens of photos and videos under the hashtag #day in the life, giving web users a glimpse of what goes on in the corridors of power : images of him hard at work in his office, in parliament, as well as occasional moments of relaxation and time out; giving us a unique insight into the life of the head of the Canadian government.


Mind-warping animated GIF art

The GIF which celebrated its 25th birthday back in December, is a format used for animated images and is emblematic of the Internet age. But Paolo Čerić uses it for artistic purposes. Over the past few months or so, the information processing student from Croatia has been publishing fascinating animations he has created using code: artistic experiments that have generated astonishing and hypnotic geometric forms.

 

Video of the day

A kitten with Jedi powers who has no qualms in using the force to torture a goldfish or even its owner: this video was produced by Final Cut King, who is well known to the YouTube community. The clip could have Yoda or Obi-Wan Kenobi looking over their shoulder, they may well have found an enemy more powerful than Darth Vader himself.

By Electron Libre

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