Today on the net: in the US, the Obamacare website becomes a victim of its own success. British web users show support for David Cameron's cat, Larry. And a video featuring twenty-eight of the most famous guitar solos of all time.
USA: Obamacare website is a victim of its own success
Despite the partial shutdown of the US government, prompted by the House Republicans refusal to approve a funding bill for Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, the US administration launched the Healthcare.gov website on Tuesday to great fanfare; a platform where Americans can choose a health insurance package to suit their income.
The site had some three million visitors in the hours that followed its launch. In fact it became overloaded with requests and encountered several technical glitches, preventing many citizens from registering their details and to start benefiting from the subsidized health care.
But despite the teething technical problems some web users have been hailing the implementation of Obamacare. Backers of the reform, both the famous and the unknown, are urging their fellow citizens not to delay purchasing health insurance, under the hashtag #GetCovered.
But these initial difficulties have fueled criticism from opponents of the US President and the new health care system. Critics continue to campaign on social networks, appealing to their political representatives to vote against the Obamacare funding bill.
UK: online support for David Cameron’s cat
Extracts from a new book published in the press last week claim British Prime Minister David Cameron does not like Larry, the Downing Street cat, who has been at n°10 since 2011, and that the animal is nothing more than a public relations prop. The reports have prompted an outpouring of support for the pussycat from social networkers across the UK.
And so the hashtag #SaveLarry has started trending, with web users telling the little fluff ball that he is loved, but more than anything slamming the Prime Minister. Twitter users have been posting messages like these ones saying they don’t understand how Cameron can remain indifferent to such a cute little kitty…
And whilst some are taking the matter very seriously, others have been having a bit of fun with the recent revelations. The creator of the fake “Larry the Cat” Twitter account for example, has imagined what the cat makes of all the controversy. Hilarious comments that lead us to believe that although Cameron is no fan of his cat, it’s none too keen on the PM either...
There were so many critical, angry and also comical comments that David Cameron felt compelled to respond, and he did so via Twitter in a message assuring his fellow citizens that he gets on very well with Larry and there is no need for people to worry.
Tendance du jour sur les réseaux sociaux
A New Zealand-based NGO is urging pet owners and nature lovers to post under the hashtag #AnimalStrike to protest against a new law that has made it legal to use animal testing. It has since become a trending topic with social networkers calling on the country’s lawmakers to revoke the decision. And as we can see from these online photos, animals are also featuring strongly in the campaign, saying they should not be used as guinea pigs.
Rap Clocks tells fans when rappers get released from prison
The site Rap Clocks will no doubt be a hit with hip-hop fans as it catalogues all the American rap artists currently serving time in jail and provides a second by second countdown to their release date. So we learn for example that Lauren Hill and Fat Joe have both been convicted of tax evasion and are set to be released over the coming weeks. Rapper B.G. on the other hand was found guilty of illegal gun possession and will remain in prison for another 9 years or so.
Video of the day
28 of the most famous guitar solos of all time, from the 1950s to today, packed into one video: here’s the latest offering from musical collective CDZA. It’s a definite “must see” or rather “must-listen, available in its entirety on YouTube.