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Toronto mayor Rob Ford criticized online

Today on the net, the mayor of Toronto fiercely criticized online. German activists campaign to rename streets after Edward Snowden. And a rather wacky video featuring retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford criticized online

Toronto needs a new mayor, Rob Ford needs to resign because people can no longer trust him … residents of the Canadian city have taken to the web in their droves following Mayor Rob Ford’s announcement on a local radio show on Sunday that he would be not be stepping down despite the crack cocaine scandal. The story took a new twist in Thursday when the Toronto police force submitted to court a video apparently showing him smoking the narcotic. Allegations that have sparked widespread outrage online.

Many social networkers just cannot understand Rob Ford’s attitude, saying it’s wholly unacceptable and shows Toronto in a very poor light. Scores of web users reproach him for not openly admitting his drug habit and urge him to show voters some honesty and transparency. Canadians, like the person who started this online petition feel that in view of the scale of the scandal, the mayor has no other choice but to resign.

But whilst the majority of web users share this point of view, the mayor of Toronto does have some support online. Some say that Rob Ford has yet to be officially proven guilty, and that people should let the legal authorities get on with their job. The politician’s supporters say there is no real reason for him to resign, for the moment that is …

Germany: web campaign to rename streets after Edward Snowden

When German artist Jörg Janzer posted this video online back in July, little did he know how much it would inspire web users, in Germany, and also the rest of the world. The clip shows him walking through the streets of Berlin papering over street signs renaming them after Edward Snowden …

German activists liked the idea and have launched an online campaign to urge their government to introduce legislation to rename public places across the country in honour of Edward Snowden. So to replace “Behren Strasse” for example with Edward Snowden street or road. The majority if campaigning is conducted via this website where supporters of the project are asked to download this poster and share it as widely as possible on social networks, to raise awareness about the movement.

Activists are also urging people from other countries also targeted by the NSA’s mass surveillance programs to join the campaign to rename streets after Edward Snowden. And it would seem their message is being heard, as web users have been posting photos of how the street signs in their towns might look if they are changed in recognition of the American whistleblower’s actions.

Now trending on social networks

Thousands of Saudi web users have been posting under the #Colorado_free_alturki hashtag, demanding the release of their fellow citizen Homaidan al-Turki who has been in prison in Colorado in the US since 2006 after being convicted of sexually abusing his housekeeper. His supporters feel he has already served more than his minimum sentence and are urging the US legal authorities to free him so he can return to Saudi Arabia.; and as we can see from these pictures, he also the backing of a number of Saudi children.

Ca$hcats tumblr features felines posing with money

Ca$hcats is a rather original website because as its name suggests it displays picture of pussy cats posing with money. Astonishing shots of our feline friends showing off their dough, rolling around in wads of dollars or euros without a care in the world: yes it’s certainly not a dog’s life for them…

Video of the day

To promote the recent release of his book in the US, Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has produced a series of short , tongue in cheek, videos like this one, illustrating what life might be like for a space explorer once he comes back to earth. You can check out the video in its entirety on YouTube.

By Electron Libre

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