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Latest update : 2013-02-07

Political corruption scandal causes outrage in Spain

Today on the net, a political corruption scandal sparks outrage in Spain. In the US, web users are showing support for a suspended teacher. And finally, the Super Bowl has generated over 24 million tweets.

Political corruption scandal causes outrage in Spain

Anger is growing against Spain’s conservative government which is currently involved in a corruption scandal. Local media has published articles and released reports in recent days claiming leaders of the ruling People’s Party have been benefiting from secret party accounts and taking bribes for the past two decades: “envelopes” of undeclared money, mainly from private companies.

The affair has sparked outrage across Spain which is suffering from unprecedented unemployment levels and people are living under a strict austerity program. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has denied accepting under the table payments and has promised to make his tax declarations public, but the people of Spain don’t seem convinced…

Numerous web users have been posting sarcastic messages on Twitter, largely under the hashtag “I believe Rajoy”, condemning what they perceive to be government lies.

The People’s Party Facebook page has been swamped with comments like this one: messages which contain a host of little envelopes symbolizing the illegal payments allegedly taken by leaders of this political group.

And the corruption scandal is now turning into a political crisis, with the opposition calling on the government to resign. The request is backed up by this e-petition hosted by, which has drawn over 800 000 signatures in just a few days.


USA: online support for teacher who tweeted nude photos

Thousands of web users in the US have taken to social networks to take a stand for Carly McKinney, aka “Crunk Bear”, a Colorado mathematics teacher, who has been temporarily suspended from her job after tweeting photos of herself wearing next to nothing or smoking what appear to be joints.

The pics have been widely shared online since and the 23 year old has fast become a popular talking point online, with many web users voicing their support. Twitter users have been posting under the hashtag #Free Crunk Bear, condemning the punishment, which they feel is far too severe, and defending Carly McKinney’s right to express herself as she sees fit, when she’s not working. Several Facebook groups, like this one, have been started demanding the teacher be allowed to go back to work as soon possible.

And when McKinney decided to close her account, someone set up a fake Twitter page, under the name Carly Crunk Bear, publishing the shots that sparked the scandal. The page is enjoying great success and is being followed by over 26 000 web users, who can even go one step further by signing this online petition or buying one of these t-shirts, specifically designed in support of the math’s teacher.

Now trending on social networks

Sunday’s 47th Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the US National Football League, which this year saw the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, drew a staggering 24 million tweets plus. Web users posted real time commentary on the match and the performances of individual players and the teams as a whole. They also discussed the power failure a few minutes into the second half, and also Beyoncé electrifying performance at the traditional half time show.

Exploring the Grand Canyon on Google Maps

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Video of the day

In this incredible stop motion video called "Paper War", two pencil drawn characters engage in a merciless battle to win the heart of a beautiful young woman … a work of art which you can check out in its entirety on all good sharing sites…



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