In this edition: Turkish web users pay tribute to Berkin Elvan; the US president appears on a comedy show to boost Obamacare; and an opportunity to win a ride on Arnold Schwarzenegger`s tank…
TURKEY: WEB USERS PAY TRIBUTE TO BERKIN ELVAN
These images, which have been circulating on social networks, bear witness to the scale of demonstrations in several Turkish cities, including Istanbul and Ankara on Tuesday and Wednesday – with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets following the death of 15 year old Berkin Elvan, nine months after being hit by a police tear gas canister during anti-government protests in June of last year. His family posted a message to Twitter on Tuesday morning, announcing his death to the general public.
His story has become a symbol of the heavy handed police tactics used to quell the protests. As some have been recalling on Twitter, Berkin Elvan had gone out to buy some bread, and was not even participating in the protests when he was hit on the head by a tear gas canister, indiscriminately fired by police: and this is why many, online and on the streets, have been holding a piece of bread as they pay tribute to him.
And social networkers have been paying their respects under the #BerkinElvanÖlümsüzdür hashtag which translates as Berkin Elvan will live forever; they have also been expressing their anger with the government. Some have shared a composite drawing of Berkin Elvan`s killer, portrayed as Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying Turkey`s Prime Minister is responsible for the teenager`s death as he gave the police orders for the crackdown on the protests back in June.
OBAMA COMEDY BOOSTS HEALTHCARE.GOV TRAFFIC
Barack Obama took a tremendous gamble by appearing on the spoof chat show “Between two Ferns” aired on Tuesday on the platform “Funny or Die”. An opportunity for the US president to promote Obamacare and urge citizens to register on the healthcare website set up by the White House, he fielded all sorts of awkward questions and gave as good as he got, whilst providing young Americans with more information on the Affordable Care Act…
And it was a risk worth taking; as the White House Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuiness tweeted, traffic to the healthcare.gov website jumped 40 % in the 24 hours following the airing of the satirical show. The interview was watched online over 11 million times in one day, and most certainly had something to do with this significant boost.
Barack Obama, a good sport, posted a message to his official Twitter page, thanking Zach Galifianakis, saying the famous video had had a great impact, with a major rise in subscriptions to Obamacare since the show`s broadcast on Tuesday.
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Residents in Keller, Texas, can now avoid getting fined for speeding, seat belt violations, illegal turns and more, by following the @kellerpolice Twitter handle. The local Police Department has made the decision to preemptively post speed trap and police control locations. The man behind this new approach, Mark Hafner, says it should encourage drivers to slow down, making the roads a safer place…
STATS OF THE DAY
According to this infographic put together by America`s Time magazine, Makati city in the Philippines is the selfie capital of the world with 258 selfie takers per 100,000 people. And taking silver and bronze we have New York City and Miami respectively with 202 and 155 selfie sharers per 100,000 people.
U.S PRESIDENTS AND THE ACTORS WHO PORTRAYED THEM
From George Washington to Barack Obama, US presidents have long inspired movies and television ….and one web user Van Victor has put together a compilation of the 43 American Heads of State, showing some or the more memorable performances that have appeared on the silver screen and on our television sets. Did you know for example that Lincoln, Roosevelt and George W. Bush have been portrayed by several actors, whereas Benjamin Harrison and Herbert Hoover haven`t proved quite so popular … the project is called “Playing the President” and you can check it out on the Imgur platform.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
As this online video suggest, Arnold Schwarzenegger is rather proud of his new acquisition. The former governor for California has bought himself a tank so he can indulge in his guilty pleasure … crushing things. And he`s giving one lucky web user the opportunity to join him in his new hobby, through an online competition on the site Omaze.com. A somewhat offbeat initiative aimed at promoting “After School All-Stars” which provides comprehensive after school programs for kids from low income families.