Monday, September 10, 2012

Go Daddy Taken Down, Thousands of Sites Go With It

A DDoS attack took down web host GoDaddy multiple times on Monday.

The attack overwhelmed the register's servers causing them to go offline.

When they went down thousands to millions of sites went offline as well.

Most of the sites are owned by small businesses, blogs, or sites like us.

That GoDaddy went down goes to show that any company, no matter the size, can be taken out by hackers.

Taliban Targeting Harry

Prince Harry has just started another deployment to Afghanistan, which is set to last four months.

This time around Harry will be the gunner/copilot of an Apache helicopter.

The Taliban is excited about his visit, as they see it as a chance to capture or kill him.

An unspecified reward or bounty has been put on his head, and will be given to the whoever can bring him in, dead or alive.

Such a threat is what kept him from touring in Iraq in 2007, as a tank commander.

Later in 2008 he secretly served as a forward air controller, in Afghanistan, until his cover was blown by German and Australian press.

It is unclear why the British have been so open with his service this time.

Pakistani Flooding Kills 78

Floods in Pakistan have killed at least seventy-eight people and injured sixty-eight more.

Nearly two thousand homes have been destroyed with an estimated five thousand more damaged.

Heavy rains are supposed to continue for at least the next two days.

The Pakistani military has been called out to help with adding support to dams.

For Pakistan the floods are a yearly thing, this could actually end up being one of the less lethal years.

Jake Eberts; Dead at 71

Jake Eberts died at the age of seventy-one in Montreal, after complications from eye cancer.

He is remembered as an "extrordinary man" and "a real gentleman" by friends and former coworkers.

Sadly, many whilst familiar with his works, may not even have known his name.

Several of the films he worked on were Oscar winners and crowd favorites.

Eberts was the producer and or executive producer for films like Chariots of Fire, Ghandi, Dances With Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy, Chicken Run, A River Runs Through It, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and The Name of The Rose.

Nature documentaries were also something he believed in, and he worked heavily to get March of The Penguins made.

Canada Revoking 3,100 Citizenships

Canada has announced that it is revoking 3,100 citizenships.

According to the government all of them obtained their status through fraudulent means.

Most of them were accomplished by applicants paying someone to prove they were living in Canada, whilst they actually lived elsewhere.

Eight thousand more are being investigated for possible fraud.

To be eligible to apply for citizenship, a person must live in Canada for three of four years, before they apply, and two out of five to keep it.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said that, "Canadian citizenship is not for sale. We will not stand idly by and allow people to lie and cheat their way into Canadian citizenship".

With an average of a quarter million people immigrating to Canada, yearly, the country has one of the highest per capita rates in the world.

Turkish Forces Kill 51 PKK Members

Since last Wednesday Turkey claims to have killed fifty-one members of the PKK.

Turkey says that twenty-five were killed in air strikes in Northern Iraq.

Fourteen areas were hit by the air strikes, including thirty-two living areas, three warehouses, and an anti aircraft gun.

Twenty-six were counted dead in the Semdinli district of the Hakkari province, when they engaged Turkish military forces.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in the action there.

The PKK is a separatist group that wishes to form Kurdistan, an area that would take parts of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq.

They are listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU.

Youcef Nadarkhani Reportedly Freed

According to the US Commission of International Religious Freedom Youcef Nadarkhani has finally been set free.

No comment about his release has been made by Iran, and his whereabouts are not known.

The Iranian pastor had been arrested in October 2009 for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

Nadarkhani had been born Muslim, but converted as a teenager.

Iranian officials later changed the charges, when they came under attack by the international community.

Since it all began he has become a face for religious equality and justice throughout the world.

Police and Protesters Clash Killing One in India

At least one person is dead after police in India opened fire on protesters in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Government officials say that the protesters had begun to become violent when asked to disperse.

After stones, sticks, and other objects were thrown at police, injuring five of their number, they fired a volley.

Over two thousand people had been protesting at the Kudankulam Atomic Power Project.

Construction of the plant has been regularly delayed by the protests, and the government is trying to end that.

Officer Killed in Ongoing Michigan Standoff

On Sunday night police in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan responded to a shots fired call.

Five officers entered the home and were fired upon by an unidentified male.

Officer Patrick O'Rourke, thirty-nine, was hit in the neck and died.

Two of the other officers suffered minor wounds.

Neighbors were evacuated quickly after the exchange with police occurred.

SWAT and police helicopters are present, but any attempt to approach the house, by officers or robots, has been responded to by gunfire.

The stand off is still going at the time of this article.

Trenton, New Jersey Mayor Arrested by FBI

Tony Mack, the major of Trenton, New Jersey has been arrested by the FBI for corruption.

Joseph Giorgianni and Ralphiel Mack, Tony's brother, were also arrested.

The charges against all three include "conspiring to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion".

According to the FBI, the investigation began almost immediately after Mack became mayor.

Yemen Claims Kill of Al Qaeda Second in Command

According to Yemen's Ministry of Defense Al Qaeda's second in command has been killed.

Al-Shehri is believed to have been the target of a US drone strike, that happened Wednesday, in the country.

Six other Al Qaeda members were present when the missile struck.

Shehri is a Saudi national who had been aiding Yemen's wing of Al Qaeda.

He once was a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, but was released to Saudi authorities, who put him through a rehab program.

Al Qaeda in Yemen is considered to be the most dangerous branch, as it is one of the most successful.

Whole sections of the country have been taken over by the terrorist group.

The Yemen government has been waging a reclamation war to regain the country.

Saudi Arabia and the US have been funding the war and training troops, with the US also aiding in air strikes, via drones.

Chicago Teachers Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union is doing it's best to hold the city hostage, demanding a higher raise than the city offered.

Chicago's offer would've added an average of twelve thousand a year to their salary's but they wanted more.

Union demands were for an amount close to twenty thousand, for teachers that are the highest paid in the country and already average over seventy thousand.

It also would not allow for raises to be cancelled if there was a lack of funds, as they were last year.

Officials already estimate that the Chicago School District will be short nearly one billion dollars, by next summer.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and School Board President David Vitale both stated that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis refused to meet with either of them, Sunday night, to avoid a strike during the school week.

Lewis says she was too busy talking to national unions and states the strike is about having better schools.

Teachers have been ordered, by the union, to be picketing in front of their schools.

The strike puts thousands of children out of a school.

Churches and other non profits have responded by opening their doors as a place for the kids to go to, and stay off the streets.

Iraq Death Total Rises to 92; Former VP Sentenced to Hang

Sunday's death toll rose to ninety-two, in Iraq, after a series of bombings wracked the country.

The bombings were spread throughout thirteen cities, in both Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods.

Nearly four hundred were injured in the twenty-one separate bombings, some of which were combined with shootings.

It was the second deadliest day in Iraq, since the US troop withdrawal.

Meanwhile former Vice President Tariq Hashemi, and his son in law Ahmed Qahtan, were tried in absentia, found guilty of plotting bombings and assassinations from 2005-2011, and sentenced to be hung.

The two men have been living in Turkey, which has granted them sanctuary.

They have thirty days to return to Iraq and appeal for a retrial, or else the sentence will stand.

Hashemi is also on Interpol's most wanted list.

During the proceedings, the defense team accused the court of bending to political pressure, to which the judge responded with a threat of opening a legal case against them if they didn't stop making accusations.