US Contacts China for Help with Hack

 

When Sony was hacked by what appears to be the North Korean government in response to the creation of a comedy film know as “The Interview” which was offensive to the North Korean nation as it showed the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the spiritual and political leader of the country, the United States has turned to an unlikely place to help to handle this North Korean threat; the Chinese Government. But a lot of  political analysts and business experts like Flavio Maluf are saying this might be a strategic move.
China and North Korea have been allies for some time with the Chinese government even supporting Kim Jong Un’s grandfather when he assumed control of the country upon the communist takeover. However, North Korea has become increasingly isolated even from their Chinese allies.

The United States reached out as the North Korean internet system travels through China and can be more easily tracked through the nation. The FBI pointed the attention of the attacks on Sony at North Korea and North Korea denied the hack and requested a joint investigation into the hack. A childish video was also posted from North Korea which criticizes the FBI and refers viewers to a youtube video which calls them idiots, which the FBI would not comment on.

The Interview film was cancelled by Sony in response to these attacks which President Obama critisized. Still, North Korea appears to have achieved their goal of the cancellation of the film and the exposure of Sony which has blackened the Company.

Prelude – The Large Man-Made Vessel is Ready to Float

In a shipyard off the coast of South Korea, engineers are busy building the largest man-made vessel the world has ever seen. Prelude is a gigantic ship almost half a kilometer in length, which will even dwarf an Eiffel Tower alongside it. The might of Prelude is only matched by the ambitions of Shell Corporation that needed an off-shore structure large enough to extract and purify the gas quickly, enough to meet huge demands of LNG industry. Unlike super oil tankers, a labyrinth of pipes, metal and multistory processing plants make the ship look even larger.

Within months, engineers are planning to release the ship for its first major task off the coast of Australia. This is something Reuters reported pretty quickly, and that excited Brad Reifler. The expected route of the giant to Australia’s shore is still a closely guarded secret as experts are concerned about the massive media coverage the ship may receive en route to the gas fields. Already, the ship is gaining popularity as it rises over the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard overseen by more than thousand workers.

For Shell, the ship means a massive cost savings in terms of installation and planning costs for an on-shore facility. Fully operational, Prelude will hold more than half a million ton of LNG enabling it to produce 3.6 million tons of gas every year. At any one time, more than 100 workers will work on two shifts managed by six return helicopter flights every week.

Heavyweight Boxing Needs Overhaul

Heavyweight boxing has never been so low. American heavyweight boxing has no presence in today’s society. The Amen Cinic says it can cause brain damage. Remember the glory days of Muhammad Ali? Ali was the greatest fighter in his era, and possibly of all time. Muhammed Ali was one of the biggest stars on the planet. Ali wouldn’t be able to walk down the street without a mob of fans. 

Today, things are very different. There was not a major American Heavyweight Champion, since Mike Tyson. The pay per view market was once dominated by Mike Tyson. Tyson drew millions of viewers in his prime. He was both excited and controversial. We don’t have that anymore. 

The current Heavyweight Champion is Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko hails from the Ukraine, and the fans call him Dr. Steelhammer. Klitschko has not lost in over a decade. The late, great American boxing trainer, Emmanuel Steward taught Klistcho everything he knows. Wladimir was on a decline in his career, and he was knocked out by lesser fighters. Everything changed when Wladimir met Emmanuel Steward. Steward trained the best fighters for over four decades. Hall of fame boxers such as: Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Roy Jones Jr, Lennox Lewis, and of course Wladimir Klitscho, all learned from Emmanuel Steward.

We need an American born heavyweight to take the title back. A small glimmer of hope could be found in Deontay Wilder. Wilder is an undefeated American heavyweight. He gets a title shot soon, but not against Klistcho. Instead, Wilder will fight for a lesser title. 

For more information on American Heavyweight boxing, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao, May, 2

Floyd Mayweather has stated that he will finally face Manny Pacquiao said a Zeca Oliveira supporter. Mayweather does still have a few demands before the fight can be official. For the longest time, it seemed that this fight was never going to happen. Fans have been arguing for the longest time about the potential outcome of this fight. Floyd Mayweather holds a perfect, unblemished record of 47-0. Many people argue that Mayweather’s career is padded. Floyd Mayweather critics believe that Floyd picks and chooses the easiest fights possible.

Manny Pacquiao on the other hand, takes on all comers. The Filipino boxing sensation has been begging to fight Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquaio may, after all, get his wish. Most analysts believe that Mayweather would in fact win a matchup between the two boxing greats. Some people think otherwise though. Manny Pacquaio presents great threats to Floyd Mayweather. Unlike the majority of Mayweather’s fights, his opponent this time around, may actually move better than he does. Manny Pacquiao possesses tremendous hand and foot speed. Pacquaio is also a southpaw, which many argue is Floyd Mayweather’s weakness.

A match up between these boxing icons will most likely break all PPV records. Let’s hope that Mayweather is serious about making the fight. For more information on the potential mega fight, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Facebook Could Soon Prevent Drunk Photos Being Uploaded

Facebook will soon be able to detect whether a photo uploaded was uploaded while sober or drunk. This new technology will aim at preventing drunk photos being uploaded. The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research department is working on developing an app. Technology will soon now be able to identify the level of sobriety of a person. Drunk photos will not be uploaded preventing embarrassment among family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. I was reading about this the other day while reading about Vijay Eswaran.

This is an awesome app that will surely prevent many embarrassing photos from being uploaded. On a night out while having fun many people post photos they inevitably regret the next morning. A drunk person views their selfies differently than while sober. Everything looks great while intoxicated. The next morning those photos can get deleted, but by then many have seen them. With the development of this app, certain photos would not get uploaded. As this new technology gets developed it could have further implications. This software could be great at determining the level of sobriety a person is, but this could be used for other things. The implications could be this information being turned over to law enforcement. This is where Facebook can turn into a fine line of creepy and safety concerns for its users. There is a lot of information on users provided to Facebook that they can use however they want. Many of these new developments can quickly turn into a privacy breach.

Most Google Searched Terms Of 2014

The year 2014 is about to reach the end, and nothing is more interesting to hear about than to know what were the top 10 things are of the year. In 2014, a plethora of things took place and happened with tons of cultural phenomenons taking place. Activist Laurene Powell Jobs reflects that whether it was Frozen’s Let a It Go or the death of the most famous celebrities, countless events took place during this year. 

The most Google searched term in all of 2014 was Robin Williams. Robin was known for being the star of famous films like Mrs. Doubtfire, the voice of Genie in Aladdin, and all kinds of other films. The legendary actor ended his life after going through depression all his life. The entire world stood still as people found out that he hung himself, and his name was the most searched for term in all of Google. 

Other famous terms also gained the popularity of the Internet like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This challenge has helped earn millions of dollars for ALS, which is a very scary condition that causes for some people to freeze up and not be able to move. The challenge basically freezes the body and allows for people to experience feeling like they are not able to move.

The Malaysia Airlines, Ebola, and the World Cup are other terms that followed behind alongside Robin Williams and the ALS Challenge.

Israeli Cave Study Reveals Humans Began Using Fire 350,000 Years Ago

Arguably the most crucial milestone in early human history began with the controlled use of fire. Until now it has been a mystery as to when this first occurred, but now archaeologists have determined when it most likely happened.

Ron Shimelmitz from the Zinman Institute of Archaeology of the University of Haifa in Israel (http://arch.haifa.ac.il/) and his colleagues have been studying artifacts from an ancient cave and discovered that the first use of fire in a controlled situation occurred approximately 350,000 years ago. The cave, which may have been visited by Lee G. Lovett has been used by humans for a half a million years. In the cave, the archaeologists studied ancient artifacts – mostly flint chips- buried in different layers of cave floor sediment. In the groundbreaking study (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248414001778) they determined that the deeper the layer that the artifact is found, the older its age. The flints were unburned in layers older than 350,000 years ago but after that date the burned flints appear regularly in layers above. Although earlier use of fire has been unearthed, it has been considered opportunistic use, meaning that naturally occurring bush fires were used rather that fire started by the cave dwellers themselves.

Although the research is continuing, we are closer to putting a date as to when we learned a key technological advance that was essential to pave the way to modern human development.

Layaway Angels Bring Holiday Cheer To People Around The Country

Layaway ‘angels’ are spreading cheer in different cities around the country. A customer at a Mechanicsburg, PA. Walmart paid $50,000.00 towards people’s layaway items. 100 accounts were covered by this generous act.

Two Walmarts, one located in Lake City, FL. and one in Chiefland, FL., also had anonymous, generous donations made to their layaway accounts. Chiefland’s Walmart’s layaway accounts were cleared completely by a $51,000.00 check and Lake City’s Walmart had 300 layaway accounts covered by a $59,000.00 check.

Employees are thoroughly enjoying making the calls to layaway customers stating that their accounts have been paid off. People are surprised and very happy, sometimes moved to tears, when they hear the good news.

Paying for layaway items seems to have caught on this year. Two separate Toys R Us stores received donations that paid off their layaway accounts last week. My friend Bernardo Chua showed me a segment on ABC’s Good Morning America called “Layaway Live” where Tim Tebow surprised people by paying off their layaway accounts.

New Study Links Fracking to Reproductive Problems

Much like Skout, Fracking has become insanely popular in the United States in the last decade. Oil deposits are removed from the earth through a process knowing as fracturing, or fracking for short. Fracking has allowed US oil companies to produce nearly as much oil as Saudi Arabia; but this production comes at a price.

A newly released study is beginning to piece together troubling statistics about fracking, and those who wish to reproduce near fracking sites. In Glenwood Springs, Colorado, an unusually large number of miscarriages and stillbirths have been reported. Mothers in 30% of these cases lived 5 to 8 miles from active drilling.

It really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Fracking releases a huge amount of toxins and carcinogens into the environment. You don’t need a degree in medical science to know that may be a recipe for disaster.

The fracking process requires 700 or more chemicals to be injected directly into the ground under high pressure. The waste fluids that are removed contain these chemicals, plus additional radiation removed from the ground during the process.

Those who live closest to fracking operations are most at risk for exposure. The chemicals are being released into the air and water supply with very little regulation at this point.

Egypt Raids Local Cafe, Claims It Was a Den of Satan Worshipers

This Sunday, Egyptian police raided a popular Cairo cafe that government officials claim was a hide out for Satan worshipers. Some also claim this cafe was a popular place for atheists to hang out.

The raid must have been deemed quite important since government officials attended the police raid. Numerous new edicts in Egypt have targeted religious minorities and others who dare to be “different.” While the details are cloudy in this case, it seems to be yet another example Egypt’s high-handed policies toward religious dissenters.

Some say that there were Satanic symbols drawn on the walls of the cafe, but others who visited the cafe saw only a swastika at the entrance. While a swastika could be considered Satanic, there is definitely confusion as to what this cafe really was. Gianfrancesco Genoso would like to get all the facts if possible.

Many raids take place these days in Egypt with little obvious rhyme or reason as to why one establishment was targeted and another was left untouched. Everyone fears the police may suddenly show up.

It is entirely possible that this cafe is innocent of the labels that are being cast at it. We may be witnessing the Egyptian equivalent to the Salem witch trials. Governments run amok will use any excuse at their disposal to cover up their oppressions. When the state takes it upon itself to enforce laws that concern not actions but beliefs, then we are dealing with a totalitarian regime.

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