What it costs to find a president, Grandma Obama, Conroy's net filter gone - 10 things

What it costs to choose a president

It costs a lot of money to promote a person for president. This year the show cost an unheard of $6 billion. Back in 2008 it cost $5.2 billion and 12 years ago, the election cost a mere $3 billion (but that result netted George W. Bush, so you obviously get what you pay for). Those figures are for the presidential election itself; they don’t include the hundreds of millions spent on getting the candidates to the starting line.

The stats—who gave what

It’s rather telling but not surprising to see whom the top 5 contributors are and where they’re from. It boiled down to the technology and education sectors versus the banking sector… you might say good versus evil.

Also, lawyers really liked Obama and the finance sector totally loved Romney.

What’s it really like in Syria?

Whilst the USA was electing a president, the people of Syria went about their daily business—dodging mortar shells and air-to-ground strikes. This raw footage, free of edits, backing music or distracting narration, features Syrian men (pro-Assad, I think) displaying homes damaged in recent attacks. At the 2-minute mark a government fighter sends down some of its payload to a nearby ground target. Later the men give us a tour of the local streets… something tells me it’s not very safe there. One more thing... first person war games are pretty accurate, judging by this video. /:

Greeks protest austerity measures

Jesus—I thought the Greek side of my family were particularly fiery, but as it happens, they’re all like that. Come to think of it, my high school friends didn’t like coming over to my place because they thought my dad was always yelling at them… he was actually just talking. That may put the mood of these protesters into perspective—on a Greek scale, they’re slightly annoyed.

Kenya—Obama’s ancestral home, celebrates

If Kenya were the 52nd state of the USA, close to 100% of them would be voting Democrat if this video is any indication. Of course, Obama’s grandmother knew he’d win all along.

Conroy backs away from internet filter

Well it seems Mr. Conroy, our great Communications Minister, is cooling on the mandatory great wall of internet that he had planned in a bid to keep Australians safe from themselves. The intention was noble—the filter was primarily intended to prevent Australians from accessing known sites that feature child porn. However, the government came under fire from lobbyists and ISPs themselves because the filter would be used for a broader range of sites. The Australian Christian Lobby isn't very happy—according to them, children are going to turn into homosexual sex slaves because there's no filter to protect them. My tip to you ACL: I've been a 15 year old boy before—you cannot stop them from accessing porn... so make it a family thing and all sit around the computer one night, deconstructing 'Ultra Sluts II'.

Greenie protesters embarrass themselves

OMFG, if you’re going to gatecrash a talk by a federal minister, by all means—you have my blessing, but FML—a bit of planning goes a long way. These nut jobs set the green movement back by about 40 years. Minister for Resources and Energy (and Tourism?), Martin Ferguson was attempting to deliver the govt.’s energy white paper. These clowns had a cringe-worthy 2 minutes to get their message across (that is a massive amount of time on TV) and I didn’t understand any of it. In typical Australian fashion, they were shooed out of the auditorium like a couple drunks from a pub. I can’t get that stupid song out of my head. Kill me.

Haters gon hate!

You can’t please everyone, not the least Twitter’s cohort of predictable racists and their reactions to Obama being reelected. But even though we expect them, these tweets in Buzzfeed’s 31 Worst People On the Planet are rather difficult to read. When reading, try to remember it’s actually 2012:

Interestingly, this douche Bryan Lafrenierre has since removed his full name from his Twitter bio. Probably so he can continue to call black people “monkeys,” to call for all “illegals” to be killed and to call on the CIA to assassinate a president “one more time.” Victor Montii who’s Twitter handle was @VictorMontii and who didn’t realise that the internet is a public place, has since shut his Twitter profile down. Both guys should realise it’s too late—the internet doesn’t really forget.

Ghanan shopping centre collapses

A shopping centre in Ghana’s capital, Accra, collapsed Thursday morning. The shopping centre was yet to open for the day, but it is believed that a number of staff were inside preparing and customers were queuing outside. At least eight people are believed dead.

Aussie newspapers: digital up, paper down

The writing is on the wall for Australian publishers—figures are showing strong growth for their online offerings, with Fairfax’s The SMH and The Age both growing their online readership in the last quarter to 56,559 and 31,502 digital subscribers, respectively. Meanwhile, print circulation has dropped significantly with The Age (weekday) down 16.9 per cent on last year. Australia’s largest circulating paper, News Ltd’s The Herald, is also down by 15.1 per cent, but the biggest drop is The Sun-Herald’s 21.3 per cent.

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