Huge interest takes Wikileaks offline

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Wikileaks website, which publishes sensitive and censored material submitted by anonymous contributors, has experienced unprecedented levels of Internet traffic today through public interest. This interest has caused the website’s servers to be unable to meet the demand of over 164 gigabytes of download traffic within twenty-four hours, leading the site to be temporarily inaccessible.

The film Fitna, directed and produced by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, has caused controversy for its presentation of Wilders’ negative view of Islam as being committed to world domination and acts of terrorism. A trailer for the film was widely uploaded to many video sharing sites, including YouTube and Google Video; this met with anger from Islamic nations, the debacle culminating in Pakistan’s government ordering the nation’s internet service providers to block the YouTube site. This caused YouTube to be inaccessible to residents of other countries whose Internet service providers’ equipment automatically began routing traffic to YouTube via Pakistan Telecom’s servers, due to their ban accidentally propagating to other providers. Ultimately, YouTube acquiesced to the demands made by Pakistan and other organisations, in exchange for access being restored. The site LiveLeak originally hosted a copy of the trailer, which has now been replaced with a video message stating that the lives of their staff have been put at risk due to hosting it.

As a consequence of this censorship, Wikileaks mirrored the video, receiving heavy access traffic through hosting one of the few copies remaining on the Internet. Wikinews has obtained an exclusive statement from a representative of Wikileaks, affirming that the site has not been taken off-line due to external pressure, and is instead suffering technical problems due to this high demand. The representative gave the following statement:

It seems that due to a more than less overwhelming interest in the Fitna video and recent other media coverage from the protests in Tibet, as well as a few dozen new documents leaked on the portal in the last few days, parts of the portal have given up service and need a few warm words from a friendly Wikileaks operator. Please standby, the portal will be back soon.

Wikileaks gained recent public attention in the Bank Julius Baer vs. Wikileaks lawsuit, following publication of leaked documents that were alleged to provide evidence of money laundering, tax evasion and asset hiding by Swiss financial institution Bank Julius Baer. The documents are said to have been uploaded by Rudolf Elmer, a former chief operating officer of the bank’s Cayman Islands division, who was sacked following an investigation by the bank that involved polygraph testing. Wikileaks has not, however, stated that Elmer was the source of the documents. Bank Julius Baer sought an injunction against the operator of Wikileaks’ domain name, Dynadot, to remove access to the site from the domain; this was granted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The site was consequently inaccessible through this domain, although access could be obtained through many alternate addresses. Following activity by organisations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, who sought to defend the right to free speech that Wikileaks relied upon, the lawsuit was dropped and access was restored.

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Some Treatment Methods To Clear Acne Scars

Submitted by: Ashish Jain

Acne appears on the skin but disturbs people deeply. It has got more to do with the way it looks and the pain it brings along. For, it sometimes leaves behind severe scarring. The acne problem sometimes does not end with its disappearance, especially if one had been suffering from the inflammatory kind of acne. They tend to leave scars behind.

Normally, these scars heal by themselves over a period of time. However, sometimes they do not go away on their own. For such cases dermatologists have devised several methods to ensure that one doesn t have to carry the scars around for long.

One of the techniques to remove scars is called dermabrasion . This treatment involves physical removal of the skin s top layer. This method requires some healing, which means you need to take some time off work to let the healing process finish.

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Another method, which is much like dermabrasion, is micro-dermabrasion . The physical scrapping is there in this method too but the layer of skin removed is very thin. Thus, one does not need to take time off from work for recovery.

Both of these methods are primarily based on the same principle of the removal of upper skin. They vary only in their intensity. Both of these methods have been found to be very effective in removing acne scars.

Acne scars are also removed through collagen injections. Collagen, being a part of natural human tissues, is easily accepted by the body when it is injected under the skin. It levels the skin and the scars are thus removed. The problem is that collagen breaks down with time and needs to be replaced periodically.

So, there are various ways to remove the scars. However, these treatments are advisable only after you have given a reasonable duration of time to the acne scars to heal on their own. Some of these treatments are quite expensive. So, it is important to consider your options keeping in mind the condition of your acne scars and the kind of skin you have. And last but never the least, the advice of your dermatologist matters a lot in deciding on the right method of acne scar removal for you.

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Sudan accuses Chad of air strikes

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sudan blamed Chad on Sunday of launching an air strike on its territory, a day after accusing the country of mounting two other raids.

“This morning at 10.30 local time [0.730 GMT], another visit took place on the same location and using the same method,” said Othman al-Aghbash, a spokesman for the Sudanese army.

Sudan also accused Chad earlier on Friday of launching a pair of airstrikes 60 kilometers (37 mi) into Sudanese territory. Chad promptly dismissed the accusations, claiming that Sudan was “the robber who cries thief.”

Ali Youssef Ahmed, the head of the Sudanian foreign ministry, called the Friday air strikes an “act of war”. He did not comment on whether Sudan was considering to retaliate to the alleged attacks, only saying that “we are considering all options.”

A spokesman for the Chadian government told reporters that “is surprised to learn that the regime in Khartoum is protesting against action by the Chadian air force on Sudanese territory”. A confrontation would be “simply the consequence of the attack on Chad organised by Sudan, using mercenaries armed, trained, financed and directed by satellite by the Khartoum regime”, he said.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Larry Stevens, Kitchener-Conestoga

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Larry Stevens is running for the Libertarian Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Kitchener-Conestoga riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft enters Jupiter orbit

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Yesterday, NASA announced their spacecraft Juno has reached Jupiter orbit. It was launched almost five years ago to investigate the largest planet of the Solar System, especially its past.

Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, said, “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another reason to cheer — Juno is at Jupiter”. He also added the spacecraft would help study the evolution of the Solar System and explore Jupiter’s radiation belts.

NASA spent US$1.1 billion for Juno. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) reported Juno was confirmed in Jupiter’s orbit at 0353 UTC. Including the camera, the probe has nine scientific instruments. Juno has covered 2.7 billion kilometres (1.7 billion miles) to reach Jupiter.

NASA said non-essential equipment was turned off for the approach. They expect photos in some days. The first orbital revolution period is 53 days. Juno is expected to orbit the planet 37 times keeping an altitude of 5000 kilometres (3100 miles) above the Jovian clouds and then fall into the planet in 2018.

NASA’s Galileo, launched in 1989, found evidence of saline water on Jovian satellites Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

The electronics have been encased in titanium to protect them from high-energy radiation.

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The Green Light For Potty Training: When Is It?}

Submitted by: Adwina Jackson

Some parents may find obstacles in the process of potty training their children. One of them is they -including you probably- are not really prepared. Therefore, you can discover the solution below. Enjoy the reading!

A Parents Role

Do you feel like the green light is on, but youre not quite ready to go ahead with potty training? Youre not alone. Parents play a big role in toilet training. How well you organize, prioritize and prepare will have a huge impact on the success or failure of this trip. Consider yourself filling up with gas for the journey. Youll need a half of tank of encouragement and a half of tank of praise to get you where you want to go.


What is encouragement? Its one of the best gifts you can give your child during this time. Encouragement builds your childs self esteem. It also reinforces good, positive behavior. You can encourage your child by telling him when he has done a difficult task. For example, when he goes to the potty and actually uses it. Encouragement acknowledges to your child that you know he completed a hard task. You can even encourage your child when he messes the mark. Pardon the pun. Here are some examples of encouraging remarks.

Encouraging Remarks

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1. Wow, you did a good job pulling your pants down.

2. Im so proud of you. You sat on the pot!

3. Good job! You used the pot!

Notice the focus of encouraging remarks is always on the childs good behavior. Encouragement goes a long way in helping build your childs self-confidence. These responses help your child understand that his attempts are not going unnoticed. Hell need it for the difficult task of taking down his pants or pulling his shoes off. You should use language that is easy for your child to understand. Most importantly, you have to be sincere.


Praise is the second kind of fuel youll need on the potty training trip. You may be asking, What is the difference between encouragement and praise? Theres a big difference! Yet, the two are equally important to your childs potty training. Encouragement talks about the outcome. Praise focuses on the behavior of your child by complimenting the behavior. Take a look at some examples of praise remarks.

Praise Remarks

1) You walked over to the pot and sat down.

2) You pulled down the pull-ups first.

3) You asked mommy for help.

Praise tells your child that you approve of their behavior when you use remarks like these. Youll notice something magical occur the more you praise your child. The little tyke will try to make you happy. At the same time, he is building the self-esteem that is needed to make it through life. He will not have a pair of pants too hard to take off. There wont be a wall too high to climb. There is no test too hard, except geometry perhaps. Teach your child about praise during potty time and the lesson will last for life!

I know all of this is hard to imagine as you look at your little one right now. However, it is true. Remember the E & P words. Remember the example sentences. If your child can learn how to use the pot, you can learn how to give him the encouragement, and praise the needs.

So, are you ready for the training now? I hope it all goes well.

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Woman survives being run over by a train in suicide attempt

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A 56-year-old Israeli woman has been hospitalized after attempting to commit suicide by letting a high-speed passenger train run her over on Sunday. Security cameras caught the entire incident on tape.

The video shows the woman walking onto train tracks in the city of Beit Yehoshua as a railroad worker and bystanders watched her lie down. Seconds later, a train ran her over. After the train passed, the woman got up, brushed herself off, walked back to her car and drove away.

Authorities tracked the woman down and took her to a local hospital for treatment. She only suffered minor injuries to her head.

Police say she tried to end her life after losing her job as a travel agent.

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Romanian VAT to remain at 19 percent

Monday, February 28, 2005

[[w:Bucharest, Romania|Bucharest, Romania]] — The Romanian Finance Minister Ionu? Popescu has responded to public fears of a rise in value added tax (VAT) by saying that Romania’s VAT will remain at 19% and will not increase. He rejected rumours that the value added tax, which is applied to most goods and services, will increase due to negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and a need to boost government revenue.

After introducing a low flat tax rate of 16% on January 1, 2005, which applies to both personal income and corporate profits, the government has had to fund the tax cuts through alternative means, including increases in other types of taxation, to avoid running a high budget deficit. For example, from April 1, the government will increase excises as well as a range of other taxes. Despite the increase, Romania continues to have one of the lowest fiscal burdens in Europe due to the new 16% flat tax rate.

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California State University, Chico fraternity suspended for making frat house porno flick

Tuesday, March 29, 2005The local chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at California State University, Chico was suspended after members were linked to a pornographic DVD apparently filmed in the club’s fraternity house. According to reports, the DVD shows students engaged in various sexual activities with female porn actresses.

The Chico fraternity also has been suspended by the national Phi Kappa Tau organization and Chico State’s Interfraternity Council, the student governing body for all fraternities. In addition, the national Interfraternity Council issued a press statement saying it was embarrassed by the Chico group’s actions.

The company responsible for making the porno film is Van Nuys, California-based Shane’s World. A spokesman for Shane’s World said the Chico fraternity contacted it months ago with the idea of making a sex film in its “College Invasion” series.

The company says it requires all students who participate in its sex films to show proof that they are 18 or older and sign release forms. Shane’s World has made five other DVDs at other U.S. universities since 2000.

University officials suspended the local fraternity from being able to participate in school sponsored activities at the rural northern California campus. The school also is investigating whether any illegal activities happened during the porn shoot including underage drinking.

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How To Clean A Liquor Flask

How to Clean a Liquor Flask


Michelle A Ching

Liquor flasks are small containers used to hold distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whisky, vodka and rum. Because of its small size, these discreet containers are commonly used to sneak a quick shot in places where alcohol is either impermissible or expensive such as cruises, sporting events and concerts. Traditional flasks were usually made of silver or pewter. These days however, most liquor flasks are either made from stainless steel and high performing plastics.

One might think liquor flasks are difficult to clean because of its one of a kind shape and tiny opening. Cleaning liquor flasks is actually not as difficult as it may seem to be. You just need to exercise a bit of caution and everything should turn out fine. There are two popular ways to clean a liquor flask, one is by using distilled white vinegar and another is by using sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda. Let me share to you two of the most effective ways on how to clean a liquor flask.


1. Combine one cup of water and one cup of vinegar in a small container. Set aside.

2. Fill the liquor flask with boiling water and pour the water out. Repeat for three times. You may use a towel to hold the flask to avoid burning yourself.

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3. Fill half of the flask with the vinegar solution. Close the lid and shake well for about 20 to 30 seconds.

4. Pour out the vinegar solution.

5. Fill the liquor flask again with boiling water and pour it out.

6. Repeat step number 3.

7. Repeat step number 4.

8 . For the last time, fill the flask with boiling water and pour it out to remove any trace of the vinegar solution.

9. Turn the flask upside down and let it dry.


1. Put about 2 to 3 teaspoons of baking soda into the flask and fill it up with boiling water.

2. Close the lid of the flask and shake well for 20 to 30 seconds. Again, you may use a towel to hold the flask to avoid burning yourself.

3. After shaking the flask, set it aside for about half an hour to remove the alcohol odor.

4. Pour out the contents of the flask and rinse thoroughly with water.

5. Turn the flask upside down and let it dry.

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