Wednesday, December 7, 2016


The Wikileaks website has by far been a pushing force against Hillary Clinton in this year’s presidential election. 

They have been spilling stolen information from Hillary’s emails, and it is suspected that a large part of her loss of the presidency. 

The leaked emails were a victory for Trump’s supporters.

There has been some downfall for the creator of the site, however. 

The creator and supposed hacker of the site have been attacked by a dating site. 

The site exposed that he had made plans to meet with an underage Canadian girl and supposedly rape her. 

There are a few questions that have come up because of this release of information.

ng website knowing that this information exists, hold on to it and keep the harm of an underage girl from the authorities? 

Lastly, who is the website working for and why would they care enough to expose this information? 

It is a common thought of wiki-leak supporters that the Clinton administration had something to do with this. 

They are notorious for paying off people that have information that they don’t want to be leaked. 

This election cycle there was a mass amount of videos that showed people who were a part of the Clinton Foundation and campaign handlers that were lying and hiding things, and proud of it. 

There is no question that this election was not one of the best, and both sides have been known to twist the truth to get what they want. 

As an over-all rule, both parties were unhappy with the candidates they were given. 

But the fact that the Wikileaks owner was attacked is indicative of the Clinton campaign pushing the limits to try to get the presidency.



Some controversy and mystification, several US officials confirmed contact with extraterrestrial civilizations - NASA protects aliens? Evidence that wants to hide from the world. 

People are confused. Aliens exist and they contacted us, but NASA keep this secret. 

Over time were more evidence about the existence of aliens and NASA tried to hide. 

One of the most famous astronauts who participated in the Apollo 14 mission, Edgar Mitchell says that aliens have contacted the Earth several times. 

But NASA kept secret for 60 years. 

NASA also has been charged after a UFO was filmed by a camera mounted on the International Space Station, which broadcast live from space, and soon the room was turned off. 

Record movie on the International Space Station last week that thousands of people have seen, we can see a bright white disc. 

People have reported the object, and even a blogger wrote about this story. 

NASA is accused of trying to hide evidence after, when the subject approached the room, the transmission has been stopped and the screens were made blue.


Planet Mars has been the center of attention regarding the flurry of pictures taken from rovers and satellites showing what people think is remains of an ancient Martian civilization. 

There have been reports of ancient martian structures and city formations resembling what we would normally find on Earth. 

Recently some pictures showing hexagonal walled villages appeared which led UFO/Alien enthusiasts to link the strange formations to ancient cities found on our world's during the Roman empire era. 

There was also a blurry snap of what seemed like a big fortified city close to a mountainous area. 

But even more recently, a new image showing 3 very precise aligned towers or monoliths was revealed. 

There are theories regarding these towers to have been constructed by ancient aliens, perhaps to serve as power generators or some other important purpose. 

Nasa dismisses these theories and jumps straight to the natural rock formations.


For many years now there have been mutterings about whether it is possible or even desirable to monitor and restrict content available on the internet. 

Now it appears as though the debate has concluded as Silicon Valley giants have pledged to strip their social media platforms of material which is deemed to be of an 'extremist' nature.


The current plan is the brainchild of the European Union’s internet forum which has brought together Internet companies, interior ministers from various European countries and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to discuss ways to control the proliferation of extremist content on the web.

In a joint statement, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have confirmed that they have all agreed to a collaborative project that will allow them to quickly remove 'extremist' material. 

The companies will create a joint database in which they will share ‘hashes’ (unique digital fingerprints automatically assigned to videos and photos) with one another. 

They will also share details of the extremist text, accounts and websites that they have detected. 

This will allow for the other companies to quickly remove the same material if it happens to crop up on their site. 

In their statement, the four companies wrote: Web giants YouTube , Facebook , Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. 

The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms. 

“We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The European Union set up an EU Internet Forum last year bringing together the Internet companies, interior ministers and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to find ways of removing extremist content. 

If this plan is successful, it will mean that users sharing non-wanted content will be forced to less popular areas of the Internet which means that there will be far fewer people to view their material. 

The hope is that this will drive down 'online radicalisation' which has been strongly associated with the rise of the international terrorist organization, Islamic State. 

While the companies and their European Union partners have been keen to emphasize that these measures are simply concerned with tackling terrorism, many alternative media outlets have expressed misgivings about the new plan. 

It has been suggested that this kind of database could be used to suppress news stories which are deemed to be undesirable by ruling governments, the main stream media and technology/platform providers which could have a seriously detrimental effect on investigative journalism and freedom of speech. 

While these platforms offer the opportunity to reach a wide audience, the centrality of ubiquitous platforms like Facebook, Google and Twitter is, obviously, that they have the power to delete accounts and drive down audience response by tweaking the algorithm. 

They can make you, us invisible in a blink of an eye. 

That is the state of free speech in 2016. 

It can be eradicated at a moment’s notice, and perhaps for reasons you aren’t even aware of. 

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Cuba wants to sign accords with U.S. before Obama exit - officials

Cuba said on Wednesday it hoped to sign off on at least half a dozen agreements with the United States before businessman Donald Trump, who has threatened to derail detente between the former Cold War foes, becomes president on Jan. 20.

Cuban and U.S. officials held talks in Havana to discuss what more could be accomplished during President Barack Obama's remaining weeks in office, agreeing to arrange more high-level visits and technical meetings.

The more Cuba and the United States deepen their detente, the more irreversible it will become, analysts said.

"At the moment we are negotiating 12 more (accords) with the aim to be able to conclude and sign a majority of them," Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry's director of U.S. affairs, told a news conference.

The accords would be in areas such as seismology and meteorology, she said, adding that Cuba and the United States had already signed a dozen accords in the two years since they agreed to normalize relations, ending decades of hostility.

They have also opened embassies, restored commercial flights and opened travel options.

But some fear all that is now at stake, given Republican Trump has said he would seek to reverse the opening unless Communist-ruled Cuba gives the United States what he calls a "better deal".

Vidal declined to comment on Trump's statements but said she hoped his administration would recognize that the detente had the backing of most Cubans and Americans.

"Cuba would hope the new U.S. government takes into account the results we have achieved... that are backed by the majority of the Cuban population (and) U.S. citizens," she said.

Cuba was willing to continue improving relations but "within the respect of the existing differences and without having to make any kind of concession to the principles in which Cuba firmly believes," Vidal added.

In Washington on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers joined more than 100 Cuban entrepreneurs to urge Trump to continue the thaw.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is pressing American companies to complete business deals in Cuba by then.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH.O) said on Wednesday they had received approval from Cuba's government to operate cruises to the island.

The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba had jumped 68 percent in the first ten months of this year to 208,000, Vidal said.

EU takes action against UK, Germany over VW emissions scandal - sources

The European Union will take action on Thursday against seven nations including Germany and Britain for failing to police car emissions rules, EU sources said, after the Volkswagen cheating scandal showed suspicious behavior in the industry.

Amid frustration in Brussels over nations' responses to diesel vehicles flouting pollution limits, the European Commission is resorting to the strongest legal action it can take against members of the 28-nation bloc - potentially ending in court.

Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) pollution from diesel engines, which power half of all cars in Europe, lead to respiratory illness and the premature death of 72,000 people per year, European Environmental Agency data shows.

A year after U.S. authorities caught VW (VOWG_p.DE) using software to cheat emissions test, EU officials say many nations wooed by the industry's importance - it employs some 12 million people in the bloc - have shielded carmakers from the kind of sanctions some face in the United States.

According to EU sources familiar with the matter, the EU executive has found fault with countries for failing to set fines to deter sharp practice on emissions, penalize carmakers for breaching the law or cooperate with its demands for information.

Germany and Britain face cases linked to their testing and approval of new VW models, sources said.

"This is not the end; just the first wave of action," one EU source said.

A Commission spokeswoman declined to confirm the reports.

Thursday's notice is the first step in what is known as infringement procedures, allowing the European Union to take action against member states for failing to apply EU law.

Member states have two months to respond. 

If they fail to satisfy the Commission during a lengthy mediation, the EU can take the issue to European Courts.

Under current EU law, national regulators approve new cars and alone have the power to revoke those licenses or impose penalties - although they can be sold across the bloc.

So far, despite probes revealing the use of defeat devices in Germany, Italy, France and Britain, no country has penalized the cars it licensed in what critics see as a sign of collusion.

"All of them are still protecting their national interest," said Bas Eickhout, a Green member of the European Parliament. 

"There is increasing momentum but it is not enough."

Defeat devices that allow engines to emit more toxic tailpipe exhausts in road conditions that differ from laboratory tests have been illegal under EU law since 2007.

However, European carmakers say their use of such devices complies with an exemption allowing them where needed to protect the engine. 

Some national watchdogs, in turn, have argued vagueness in EU law allows for the loophole.

Europe's Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska has repeatedly insisted that EU law is clear on banning their use and called on member states to respect the spirit of the law.

Thursday's cases are a sign that the Commission, under pressure from the business-sceptical European Parliament and shaken by the rise of eurosceptic populists, is determined to show it can protect consumers.

But it faces a tough fight. 

A proposal by EU regulators for a shake-up of rules on how new vehicles are approved has been watered down by member states, documents seen by Reuters show.

Italian PM Renzi resigns, president to consult with parties

The 41-year-old's decision to quit after less than three years in office dealt a new blow to Western governments still in shock from Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of outsider Donald Trump as U.S. president.

Underscoring the financial risks that heavily indebted Italy faces, Moody's changed its outlook on the country's bond rating to negative from stable, saying prospects for much-needed economic reform had shrunk after Italians rejected Renzi's proposals to revise the constitution and streamline parliament.

Renzi tendered his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, who said he would consult with political parties to decide the next steps. He asked Renzi to carry on in a caretaker capacity until a solution is found.

After the consultations, which will begin on Thursday at 1700 GMT and end on Saturday afternoon, Mattarella is widely expected to ask a member of Renzi's cabinet, or a politician from his Democratic Party, to try to form a new government.

Elections are due in 2018 but many politicians are calling for them to be held earlier.

The political crisis sparked by the referendum coincides with a crisis in Italy's debt-laden banks, especially at its third-biggest lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI), which looks likely to require government intervention to survive.

Two sources told Reuters on Tuesday that Renzi's administration was preparing to take a 2-billion-euro ($2.15-billion) controlling stake in the bank by purchasing junior bonds.

On Wednesday, a Treasury spokesman denied Italy was poised to ask for a loan from the European Stability Mechanism to support its banking sector.


Renzi addressed his Democratic Party (PD) before meeting the president, saying the party would only participate in a government intended to last until 2018 if it was backed by all the main forces in parliament, a prospect which seems remote.

Otherwise early elections should be held as soon as possible, he said, after the Constitutional Court has ruled early next year on the legitimacy of the current electoral law.

"The PD is not afraid of going to early elections," he said.

Most opposition parties, including the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing Northern League, are clamoring for a quick vote.

Northern League leader Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday his party would "take to the streets" if a clear indication of the timing of the next election had not been given within a week.

Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio, a close ally of Renzi, said an interim government should change the electoral law quickly so an election could be held "in the Spring".

Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and a left-wing minority inside Renzi's PD want a new administration to be formed with the backing of the current parliament, perhaps to last until 2018, to give them time to resolve internal party battles.

Markets have reacted calmly to the political tensions, with the gap between Italian and German bond yields hitting 155 basis points on Wednesday, the tightest in about a month, having climbed as high as 193 points before Sunday's vote.

Although Moody's maintained its rating at Baa2, just two notches above junk status, it said the outlook had dimmed, with the chances of meaningful economic and fiscal reform receding.

"(There is) the rising risk that the stabilization and reduction in Italy's large debt burden will be further deferred," the ratings agency warned.

It said it might consider cutting the rating at a future date, citing as one possible trigger "the need for a significant recapitalization of banks by the government".

There was no immediate comment from the Treasury.