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'Ice Bucket Challenge' angers anti-abortion activists

In this edition: the "Ice Bucket Challenge" angers anti-abortion activists; web users in Spain show support for a rape victim; and a tribute to Ghostbusters... in Lego.

"ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE" ANGERS ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVISTS

“No ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge for me, because I`m pro-life and oppose embryonic stem cell research." This message was posted to Twitter by an anti-abortion activist to explain why he wouldn’t be joining the countless others who have participated in this movement that has been sweeping the web over the past few weeks. And he`s not alone, a growing number of people are voicing reservations… 

Scores of "pro-life" web users have said while the "Ice Bucket Challenge" does raise awareness of the degenerative disease of the motor neuron system amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, the money raised should not go to an organisation like the ALS association which supports clinical trials that use aborted foetal cells. Social networkers are urging others to make donations to other associations, like “Team Gleason” or the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which they say are more respectful to human dignity.

Some have produced videos to spread the word. They are taking on the famous "Ice Bucket Challenge" but specifying that they will not be donating to the ALS association and urging others to do the same.

SPAIN: WEB USERS SHOW SUPPORT FOR RAPE VICTIM

Outrage online after a Spanish judge ruled, just two days after the alleged events, that the case of the five young men accused of raping a 20-year-old woman at Malaga`s summer festival on August 17, was be provisionally filed away.

Angry citizens have taken to Twitter, posting under the #noestassola hashtag which translates as "you are not alone", voicing their support for the victim. This web user is calling for real sexual equality, and this woman is holding a poster with a very clear message: when you hurt one of us, you hurt us all…

The Spanish government has responded to the backlash by posting a guide online, offering advice to women on how to avoid or reduce the risk of sexual assault or rape. The Ministry of Interior recommends closing curtains at night, or not waiting at the bus stop alone once night falls … the guidelines have been met with strong and widespread condemnation with web users saying it suggests that rape victims are somehow to blame.

Hundreds of women and men took to the streets in several cities across Spain last weekend to show their disgust over the government advice, to protest the shelving of the case and to denounce what they consider to be a culture of impunity for rapists in Spain.

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#statueselfies is the latest craze to hit social networks. It consists of taking a pic of a marble, bronze, stone statue at such an angle that it looks like the statue has taken a selfie. Its proving hugely popular online as you can see from the countless shots shared under the #statueselfies hashtag.

STATS OF THE DAY

What do Americans buy the most on eBay? The online auction hub has put together this infographic to answer that very question, state by state. We learn that in Florida for example the most popular items are smartphones or other such tablets, in Missouri web users are turning to eBay for jewellery and the most sought after products in Texas are firearms.

NASA CROWDSOURCING TO IDENTIFY IMAGES SNAPPED FROM SPACE

NASA is using crowdsourcing to identify images snapped from space. It has made available over 1 million 800 000 images ranging from the first space missions to photos recently taken from the International Space Station. The project is headed up by the University of Madrid with the objective of improving understanding of atmospheric chemistry.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

To mark the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters which hit cinema screens in 1984, Marc-André Caron aka MonsieurCaron has recreated some of the most famous scenes from the film … in LEGO. It’s an amazing tribute to the original and available to view in its entirety on the MonsieurCaron YouTube channel.

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