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Latest update : 2014-02-27

Ukraine: Inside ex-attorney general’s estate

In this edition: Ukraine opposition activists take us inside the home of the ex-attorney general; the death of an Australian celebrity throws the spotlight on cyber bullying; and comedians reenacting movie scenes dress as food.

UKRAINE: INSIDE EX-ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ESTATE 

After storming the suburban Kiev estate of the ousted president this weekend, Ukraine`s anti-government protesters have now taken over the home of a former high ranking regime official: the ex-attorney general Viktor Pshonka. A lavish mansion which just like Viktor Yanukovych`s abode has been full of surprises. 

As we can see from these photos posted online by activist Chubuk Evhen, the former attorney general was also living in astonishing luxury. Extravagant interior design complete with the very latest in high tech equipment and gadgets, and not to mention the indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. 

Web users say the opulence is proof of large scale corruption within the government. And some are also making fun of Viktor Pshonka`s taste in home décor, sharing these photos showing a porcelain dog sitting in a living room, gold taps in the bathroom and the gaudy flamboyant style of certain rooms around the plush villa. 

The photos also suggest Viktor Pshonka has a somewhat over inflated ego… as we can see he is rather partial to hanging portraits of himself. And some of the paintings are a bit tacky, this one showing the ex-attorney general dressed up as Caesar is proving particular popular online.

 

AUSTRALIA: WEB USERS PAY TRIBUTE TO CHARLOTTE DAWSON 

Australian web users have been reacting to the death of Charlotte Dawson. The 47 year old model and TV personality was found dead in her Sydney home on Saturday. And while initial findings in the investigation are pointing towards suicide, many have taken to Twitter to share their sorrow. 

Comments often tinged with anger as some web users believe the constant abuse from cyber bullies on social networks prompted Charlotte Dawson to take her own life. 

She had been bombarded with bullying messages from online trolls for two years: web users posting death threats or encouraging her to commit suicide under the #DieCharlotte hashtag. The top model had attempted to take her own life in August 2012, telling the Twitter trolls they had got what they wanted. But she went on to play an active role in anti- bullying operations. 

And now Australian web users are continuing the campaign, using the hashtag #CharlottesLaw, urging the authorities to tighten up regulations on cyber bullying. A petition has also been starting calling on the Australian government to punish anyone infringing existing legislation, it`s proving pretty successful so far with over 139,000 signatures and counting.

 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS 

British web users have been joining the #BangersToCancer campaign on Twitter and Facebook to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Launched a few weeks ago, it consists of sharing a photo of yourself in a bra, holding a sign with details on how to donate to the cause, and nominating three others to do the same. Money raised goes to the U.K. charity “Breast Cancer Care”.
  

STATS OF THE DAY 

Google backed initiative « Global Forest Watch » was launched last week and aims to provide “near real time” information on deforestation around the world. The interactive map will use satellite imagery and scientific data dating from the year 2000 onwards to visualize and track the impact of global deforestation. It will also use data from people on the ground so web users can get actively involved, sharing information about deforestation in Peru for example, or unauthorized logging in the Congo.
 

ASIAN YOUTHS SWAP CLOTHING WITH THEIR ELDERS

For his “Spring - Autumn” project Singaporean artist Qozop photographed young people swapping clothes with their parents and grandparents… he wanted to explore age stereotype and the role of clothes in society particularly in Asian nations where the traditional clothing or ethnic attire is often in stark contrast with the more contemporary styles worn by younger people.

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Here’s the latest video from American comedy collective “Dos Padres”, the team that reenacts scenes from well known movies dressed up as giant bananas, tomatoes, corn on the cob and even hunks of cheese… this time they`ve paid tribute to the 1995 thriller “Seven” directed by David Fincher, and you can check it out in its entirety on YouTube.

By Electron Libre

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