History has seen several assassinations, including the recent killing of a Governor in Pakistan for opposing the archaic Muslim blasphemy law. The latest assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, however, stands different as the world has been given a chance to actually enter the mind of the suspected gunman.
22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner was held immediately after the shooting at a political meeting held by Democratic Representative Giffords in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona. Media reports that five people died in the shooting including a 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green, while Giffords is battling for her life in a hospital.
Just hours after the arrest, the suspect’s internet presence has been dug into. While the feds are taking a look into Loughner’s “rambling Internet manifesto” accusing the government of mind control and demanding a new currency, every person across the globe with an internet connection can get into the head of the gunman through his YouTube and MySpace channels.
On YouTube account of ‘Classitup10’, the youngster wrote sometimes baffling and sometimes nonsensical tirades against the government. He describes himself as a “conscience dreamer” speaking against the American government’s alleged mind control tactics and brain washing.
The youngster, who lists Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno as his favorite books, studied grammar. He urges people to get grammar “literate”.
“Secondly, my hope – is for you to be literate! If you’re literate in English grammar, then you comprehend English grammar. The majority of people, who reside in District 8, are illiterate — hilarious. I don’t control your English grammar structure, but you control your English grammar structure,” he writes white on black in video titled ‘Hello’.
“You don’t allow the government to control your grammar structure, listener?” he says in ‘My Final Thoughts’.
While his accounts provide a passage into his mind, Twitter users are using the microblogging site to vent out frustrations and share what ever information they can. Users are uploading Twitpics [See: Jared Lee Loughner/ Giffords] – giving a sense of proximity to the whole incident to anyone reading about the shooting from anywhere on the planet. Incidentally, the Congresswoman had also tweeted just before the meet inviting everyone to take part and to give feedback later through tweets.
Our hearts have sunk, the violence has rendered us speechless. We just wanted to share our observation of how internet has changed the way he get to interact with reality, no matter what the distances. The suspect’s manifesto gives us a peek into his mind. At the same time, we can gauge the responses of the people through sites like Twitter.
The following are the YouTube videos of Loughner
Contrary to Apple Inc.’s claim that the iPhone alarm problem would be fixed by January 3, the glitch persisted even on Monday causing scores of users to oversleep, again. While iPhone users have yet again taken to Twitter to vent out their frustration, Apple CEO has also resorted to the microblogging site for some damage control.
“iPhone alarm clock bug most definitely not fixed. Grrr,” posted a user, ewanmcintosh.
“Today the alarm on my #iphone should be working according to #apple then why did I wake up at 08:30 instead of the time on my alarm 07:35!” questioned bianc1208.
Some sought to look at the brighter side of things. jlemm tweeted, “A pleasant start for the week: oversleeping thanks to the annual iPhone alarm clock issue.”
Others tried to read into the signs, apa02 posted, “Interesting problem with that iPhone alarm. I thought Mayas’ end of the world was coming 2012.”
Twitter has been flooded by Apple iPhone alarm problems related posts since the beginning of the new year as the alarm on the phone has not been working since Jan 1, 2011.
The company had earlier confirmed the iOS bug that causes one off alarms to not function properly on iPhone and iPod touch devices and promised “all alarms will work properly beginning January 3”.
Apple had also said that the users can set recurrant alarms to avoid any troublem as the glitch affected only the one-off alarm. However, several latest tweets suggest that even this solution did not help much.
Now, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs has jumped into the rescue.
“Until Apple issues an official fix for the iPhone alarm glitch, please do not open your iPhone’s clock app. Doing so may void the warranty,” he tweeted.
His earlier tweet read: “Sorry about the iPhone alarm glitch. We had absolutely no way to prepare for 2011.”
Considering that this is the second time in two months that Apple iPhones have let people sleep in late and face consequences for that, it would be better for the users to rely on something else.
Here are some apps that may be used as alarm on iPhone:
All those who missed the only lunar eclipse of the year, which also happened to be the first since 1638 to coincide with the winter solstice, fret not! Not only are the spectacular pictures of the eclipse taken by professional photographers for various media organisations now available, the users of the microblogging site Twitter also took the opportunity to capture the celestial event and share it with the world.
Hundreds of Twitpic users posted photos of the lunar eclipse as seen from their respective locations spanning across the globe.
One among the brilliant photographs was that of a Twitter user called isardasorensen. Inga Sarda-Sorensen, who describes herself as “New York City enthusiast, passionate photog, consummate optimist, equality advocate, plus lots more!”, captured the “beautiful red-hued lunar eclipse” from her Manhattan terrace.
As the lunar eclipse went on for three-and-half hours, another user iambetocuevas posted a picture of the eclipse in progress, describing it “Sigue el eclipse lunar / the lunar eclipse continues”.
Igordphoto also posted a photo of the eclipse in progress, showing the darkness eating into the round moon.
Not owning a high-end camera did not seem to stop those enthusiastic to share their view of the eclipse. TridentTweet posted a picture of the moon in a “perfectly clear sky” taken from “only from Blackberry”.
Another user Blishy posted a picture of the moon, with the comment “The Full Moon looks AMAZING tonight! Not a bad pic from a cell phone, eh?”
Marcello_Moraes posted a Twitpic of the moon hidden by clouds to share with the world that he will “have to see the #LunarEclipse NASA on UStream for the sky outside is cloudy and I can not see!”
All the photos posted can be tracked with the hashtag – #lunar eclipse.
Besides this, a twitpic post by NASAJPL with an infographic on the Lunar Eclipse phases saw comments from users “reporting” on the progress of the eclipse from their homelands.
Over the past few days, lunar eclipse has been among the trending topics on Twitter.
A popular tech blog, Mashable wrote, “You know that old cliche about how we’re all under the same sky? Well, during last night’s lunar eclipse, old sayings became truth as people nearly all across the world shared pictures of the phenomenon via Twitter.”
“As the months speed by, more and more historical events are being documented via Twitter (Twitter) and social networks — from The New York City Marathon to earthquakes to meteors,” added the report that put together some of the best Twitpics of the lunar eclipse.
Twitter has changed the way reporting and media functions. The microblogging site allows everyone with internet access to turn into a reporter. This not only allows for a diverse range of inputs on a particular occurrence or event, but is also faster than the traditional media, albeit the credibility factor takes a hit due to the lack of editorial processes.
Nevertheless, we love Twitter for the providing the grounds for such a seamless global communication at people-level.
If you are not satisfied with the Twitpics, check out some of the awe-inspiring images on National Geographic.