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USA: conservative senators call for the 'defunding' of Obamacare

Today on the net, in the US, conservative senators are calling for the blocking of funding for Obamacare. An American rock group sparks an outcry among Russian web users. And a four-minute film showing a British globetrotter’s trip around the world.

USA: conservative senators call for the defunding of Obamacare

On this website Two Tea Party Republican senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are urging their colleagues "Don’t fund Obamacare." This petition has gathered over 200,000 signatures and calls upon their fellow members of Congress to deny the funding needed to implement President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.

The senators argue Obamacare will cost taxpayers too much money and in order to block the funding, are even saying they won’t vote on any federal agency budget deals when Congress resumes, something which could force the US government into shutdown.

A strategy that has drawn strong support from some web users, but has divided Republican senators: former vice presidency candidate Paul Ryan has said there are other more effective ways of stopping or at least delaying the healthcare law.

But time is of the essence. Lawmakers have to agree on the 2014 budget next month as from October 1st onwards Americans can start registering on this website launched by the Obama administration to choose their health insurance.

Russian web users criticize US rock band for desecrating flag

American rock group "Bloodhound Gang" has been on the receiving end of a deluge of criticism online following their concert last week in Odessa, Ukraine. As we can see in this amateur video footage of the show, their bass player Jared Hasselhoff pushed the Russian flag down the front of his pants and then pulled it out of the back, as a sign of protest against the policies of Vladimir Putin. The images were soon uploaded and widely shared online and outraged Russian web users.

Indeed, many Russian social networkers feel his actions are quite simply unacceptable and he deserves to be punished. They describe it as gratuitous provocation and some are openly insulting the American musicians. Like this web user for example who says they behaved stupidly. Other, angrier Russian netizens are saying the group should pay for their disrespect and be banned from Russia for life.

Russian officials have also been commenting on the story. Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky for example called the band idiots and said he would stop them from performing at a weekend festival in the south west of the country. As the Rolling Stone magazine website reports, he kept his promise as “Bloodhound Gang” were not allowed to give their scheduled concert.

And it looks like the incident may even have further repercussions for the band. They were asked to leave the country immediately and on Monday the Russian authorities announced an inquiry had been opened and the musician could be charged with defaming the Russian flag.

Now trending on social networks

With a peak of 143,199 tweets per second, Japan set a new Twitter record when Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film ”Castle in the Sky” was rebroadcast on the television last Friday.
Countless web users had coordinated online beforehand and agreed to tweet the word "Balus" (a spell uttered by one of the characters in the film), all at the same time and in doing so they battered the previous record set again by the Japanese on New Year’s Day this year.

Awkward years project

Get web users to pose with a photo from their teenage days to see how they have changed over the years … The "Awkward years project" Tumblr blog was created by Merilee Allred and hosts dozens of before and after shots. The aim of the project is to reach out to teens who are self-conscious about their looks and living those dreaded awkward years to show them things do get better, and they will be proud of who they become.

Video of the day

British globetrotter Graham Hughes travelled to over 200 countries in exactly 1,426 days, and has condensed his amazing experience into this four-minute film, comprised of 201 1-second frames filmed in each of the nations he visited on his extraordinary journey…

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