May 12, 2009

Featured TwitPic: Beach in Sydney

"At the beach it looks so pretty but im sure it's ice cold!!" (Posted by @lilbabygirlloz, Sydney, Australia, May 12, 2009)


Facebook caught up in Holocaust controversy

Per ABC News, Facebook is under pressure to ban conversation over Holocaust Denial. The article features one particular student Abbas Hodroj, who upon discovering the news, joined a Holocaust denial group to prove a point.

Facebook so far has banned two Holocaust denial groups, but has left three open. Facebook spokesperson Brian Schnitt released a statement to ABC saying, "the mere statement of denying the Holocaust is not a violation of our terms."

The Twitterverse is buzzing about the issue, with many criticizing Facebook:

  1. John Bianchi
    Jnobianchi (New York, N.Y.) Via @scrapsflippy : breast feeding = bad; denying the holocaust happened = good. Stay classy, Facebook
  2. Anabelle
    israfran (Tel Aviv, Israel) What a shame!! Facebook Remains Stubbornly Proud Of Position On Holocaust Denial by @arrington
  3. Sam Gliksman
    SamGliksman (Los Angeles, Calif.) Let Facebook know you expect them to remove anti-semitic Holocaust denial pages. Here is how:
  4. Adam Schwartz
    adschwartz (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Seems this is a good start but there is still more to be done. RT @jtanews Facebook removes two Holocaust denial sites
  5. Catherine
    frugalfreebies (Ontario, Canada) My baby pic was considered objectional & removed, but Denying the Holocaust groups OK with Facebook?
  6. David Spinks
    DavidSpinks (New York, N.Y.) Interesting debate RT @jacobm: looks like facebook doesn't want to talk about any more holocaust issues for now, sad,


U.S. soldier fires on fellow troops in Iraq

Per BBC, Army Sgt. John Russell, will be charged with five counts of murder for firing on fellow troops in Iraq at a stress clinic at Camp Liberty.

Some Twitterers express concern for stress on U.S. soldiers.

granolajoe (Denver, Co.) The Dangers of Soldier Stress: U.S. Soldier Kills Fellow Troops in Iraq [via Miranda622]

While other Twitterers criticize the unruly assault.

jayninedee (Philadelphia, Pa.) WTF? Anybody else hear about this? US soldier kills 5 fellow soldiers in a random attack in Iraq

Additional criticism for U.S. forces continues to prevail.

Klearchos (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) "Suspected U.S. drone attack kills 9 in Pakistan", "U.S. soldier kills 5 comrades in Iraq".. Isn't there any TAMIFLU against US Forces?

josephchez (Undisclosed) US soldier on his 3rd tour in Iraq turns on his own side and kills. Battle fatigue or decrepit Middle East policy? Pakistan/india next.


One year later: China remembers Sichuan earthquake victims

Per the Global Post, more than 90,000 people went dead or missing after a massive earthquake hit Sichuan province, China, on May 12, 2008.

Today is the one year anniversary of this event, and Chinese Twitterers and others in the Twitterverse are taking the time to tweet in honor of the victims and their families.

  1. Kelly Leung
    kellydepp (Hong Kong) 2008 May 12 earthquake in Szechwan, China. 2009 May 12 today is the day for us to mourn for the dead *silence*
  2. Laura Xu
    lauraxu (Carlisle, Pa.) is in tears for 2008 Sichuan earthquake again but is absolutely faithful for the future of her lovely hometown!
  3. 周乔
    fir_zhou (Undisclosed) One year,Sichuan Wenchuan earthquake ,please pray for the people who lost their home and family.
    Zhentou (Zhengzhou, China) It has been a year since the 5.12 Wenchuan earthquake,I wish the people in disaster area a bright future.
  5. Yvoria
    yvoria (Sydney, Australia) Heartquake caused by a powerful earthquake at two past twenty eight of May12th last year. God bless and keep u all!
  6. yue
    afra_w (China) I'm much more lucky than the people who lost their family in the earthquake!thank god!we must fight to the destiny!be stronger!
  7. Longxiang Ma
    longxiang (Beijing, China) 5.12, memoral for the victims in the earthquake one year ago!
  8. June H
    junhu88 (Wuhan, China) Let's pray for the dead in Wenchuan earthquake in May 12th,2008.
  9. Gary Wong
    gas915 (Hong Kong) one minute silence at 2.28 p.m for the Sichuan Earthquake
  10. Yuwei Zhang
    YuweiZhang (China) One year has passed since WenChuan was hit by earthquake..Wish the perished victims rest in peace and the survivors live in sprits.