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Trending … #MH370

Trending topics on Twitter this past week reflected world headlines, especially the missing Malaysian jetliner and potentially world-changing political movements in Ukraine and Crimea.

Regarding the Twitter response to the apparent hijacking of MH370, former Navy SEAL/Federal Air Marshal and high threat mobile security contractor Craig Sawyer told Fox News’ anchor Harris Faulkner that Twitter users were actually ahead of the experts in determining what happened to the aircraft, i.e. flying long after it disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar screens.

With 14 countries, 43 ships and 58 aircraft involved in the search, the unexplained disappearance of the Boeing 777 jetliner dominated Twitter since dropping off the radar on Saturday, March 8. Speculation about what might have happened to the flight and its 239 passengers and crew fueled the Twitter feed, which reached fever pitch following a press conference by Malaysia’s prime minister last Saturday during which he announced that #MH370 likely was hijacked.

The Twitchy team that monitors trending topics on Twitter wrote, “If you missed the Malaysian prime minister’s press conference updating the world on the missing MH370 airliner, you missed a doozy. Among other things, Najib Razak confirmed that Malaysia’s primary military radar had indeed detected the plane shortly after civilian radars lost its presence.”

In last week Surfin’ Safari, we told you about Airliners.net, a forum where pilots and other aviation professionals and enthusiasts congregated to share theories and information.

Here’s another forum – the Professional Pilots Rumour Network, or PPRuNe. By last Saturday – exactly one week after the Malaysian flight disappeared, the thread had already accrued well over 5,000 comments and more than seven and a half million views.

#McConnelling

You have to see these parodies of a YouTube video released by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign.

Dan Friedman explains: “An odd, wordless campaign video released this week by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign became fodder for Friday’s favorite internet game, #McConnelling, after an assist from Jon Stewart.

“The original 2:22 video opens with McConnell flashing an immensely awkward smile to an upbeat, technoish soundtrack followed by a guitar-backed montage of McConnell at work and on the trail. (The video is likely an offering to Super PACs that McConnell’s campaign can’t coordinate with, but which can use the footage for their own ads.)

“It’s weird enough on its own to have drawn the attention of Stewart’s ‘Daily Show.’ Stewart, claiming the clip brightened his mood, mashed it with a series of songs, ranging from Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’ to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ‘I Like Big Butts.’

“Stewart invited viewers to create their own versions using the hash tag #McConnelling. And boy, have they. Here are a few samples, from Public Enemy to Lionel Ritchie.”

Watch the McConnell campaign ad, followed by Jon Stewart’s hilarious send-up.

And since you asked, my #McConnelling choice? “Thanks for the Memories.”

Obama to give away American-made Internet?

The Obama Administration has announced it will give up control of the Internet, despite concerns voiced by many.

“I think it’s dangerous for America. We made it, we paid for it, it’s ours,” said Bradley Blakeman, a former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, who currently teaches public policy and politics and international affairs at Georgetown University.

In an article published last January, Blakeman argued: “The Internet came into being because of the genius work of Americans Dr. Robert E. Kahn and Dr. Vinton G. Cerf. These men, while working for the Department of Defense in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the early 1970s, conceived, designed, and implemented the idea of open-architecture networking.’

“The Obama administration has moved quietly to cede control of the Web from the United States to foreign powers,” Blakeman continued. “The surrender of the Internet will spell disaster for our nation, financially, as well as for safety, security and our standing as a great power that values freedom and the free exchange of ideas and information.”

Read more of why Blakeman is convinced this is a bad move.

Who tatted up the senator?

A pop artist in the Los Angeles area is at it again. Just three weeks after an unidentified artist(s) mocked President Obama with “Sub Par” posters plastered all over Los Angeles, now posters depicting a “bad boy” version of Ted Cruz are being displayed all over Beverly Hills, where the senator was scheduled to speak last Saturday evening.

So who’s the mystery artist taking a page from the left and making agitprop political statements? Ukrainian emigre Oleg Atbashian, a former soviet artist and creator of The People’s Cube thinks he knows. Could it be Sabo of Unsavory Agents, who explains in this video what he does and why he does it? Alert! Video contains adult language!

Meanwhile…

What did Senator Ted Cruz think of his “artistic” portrayal?

He tweeted his reaction: “Saw this, but noticed an error. So I wanted to make one thing clear: I don’t smoke cigarettes http://bit.ly/1nqK08i

Well played, Senator. Well played.

GOOGLE changes its stripes

If you use Google as your search engine, you might have noticed a newer, cleaner look on its redesigned search pages.

Jon Wiley, Google’s lead design for Google Search said, “We’ve increased the size of result titles, removed the underlines, and evened out all the line heights. This improves readability and creates an overall cleaner look.”

We agree.

IRS scandal – a chronology

If you’re following the IRS scandal, you might want to bookmark this site. Created by the Center for Competitive Politics, “The IRS and the Tea Party” is a working timeline of events surrounding the IRS scandal.

Picture this

History buffs will love this collection of historical photos, colorized and set to music on video. Most of the images were selected from LIFE magazine, the Library of Congress and National Geographic. They include color stills of faces, places, and events of the past 150 years.

 

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