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Latest update : 2014-08-27

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

In this edition: actor Orlando Jones launches the “Bullet Bucket Challenge” to denounce police brutality; India's Finance Minister sparks an online outcry; and a man racing his pet parrot.


Thousands of celebrities and the less well-known have already taken on the "Ice Bucket Challenge" which consists of pouring a bucket of ice cold water over your head, in the name of awareness about the degenerative disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. American actor Orlando Jones however has launched a twist on this initiative, and instead of drenching himself with liquid he poured a bucket of shell casings over his head. He calls it the "Bullet Bucket Challenge" and was sparked by the recent killing of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, USA on August 9. 

In a short message posted to his Tumblr blog along with the video, the actor slams the regular police brutality towards the black community. He says these officers represent a tiny proportion of the country`s law enforcement agents but they show the USA`s peace keepers in an extremely poor light. He says this police violence has gone on too long and needs to be stopped immediately.

The aim of the “Bullet Bucket Challenge” is to raise awareness about police brutality, and the violence that exists in the world in general, and it is gaining ground online. As we can see from these clips currently doing the rounds online, there are a growing number of web users following Orlando Jones` lead and dumping a bucket full of shell casings over their head. This web user has also given the original “Ice Bucket Challenge” a twist and replaced the icy water with voting registration slips to remind the people of America that their best chance at changing police behaviour is by exercising their right to vote. 


India`s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has sparked fury online after referring to the gang rape and subsequent death of student Jyoti Singh Pandey on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16, 2012 as a "small incident" which cost the tourism industry millions of dollars. His comments have been met with a massive backlash on the web. 

Social networks are abuzz with posts denouncing the senior minister`s remarks as disgusting and distasteful. Incensed by Arun Jaitley`s words, web users say he is far more concerned by the financial implications of Jyoti Singh Pandey`s rape than by her death. These Twitter messages are just some of many calling for the Minister`s resignation.

And the victim`s family have also been left shocked by the controversial comments. Her father told the Asian news press agency that by describing rape as a minor incident, Arun Jaitley was encouraging men to commit this sort of crime. In view of the backlash the minister did apologize on Friday, saying he was sorry his comments had been construed as insensitive. 

This online outcry brings to mind another story earlier in August when Indian photographer Raj Sheyte released these shots. They depict a woman being abused by several men on a bus. The photo shoot shocked countless web users, appalled that an artist could use rape as a source of inspiration. 


HitchBot, the robot that set out to hitchhike thousands of kilometres across Canada from west to east, has completed its journey, meeting a lot of people along the way and taking a lot of souvenir shots with the motorists that stopped to offer a ride. The pics are available on the android`s Instagram account and scientists are now analysing the data collected throughout the trip: Information that will be used to gain a better understanding of the relationship between humans and robots. 


There are some 300 recognized species of octopus. Octopuses are about 90 % muscle and have three hearts. This infographic was put together by and provides some interesting facts and figures about these pretty impressive sea creatures. Some, like the giant pacific octopus can weigh up to 272 kilos and live over 1,500 meters below sea level.


Imagine what different streets and neighbourhoods would look like with only the buildings` facades still standing… this astonishing collection was created by French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy using image editing software. These somewhat odd urban landscapes are on display on the artist`s website.


This person who posted this video lets his parrot fly alongside when he goes for a ride on his scooter. It`s one way of keeping an eye on his pet. Filmed on the Greek island of Paros, you can watch it in its entirety on YouTube.

By Electron Libre



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