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‘Secret Funding’ Report Finds Russia is Financing the Elections in Russia

(Newswire.net — November 15, 2017) — On Tuesday, the US media outlet ran a ‘breaking news’ story “Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments ‘To Finance Election Campaign of 2016’”.

Buzzfeed published an article on alleged smoking gun proof that Russia financed elections in the US focusing on a money transfer report from Moscow to the embassy in Washington. Indeed, this money was to finance the election campaign; however, it was for a Russian election.

The “secret” Russian financing of a 2016 election turned out to be not so secret after all, Russia Today reports. 

The article states that more than $380,000 of these “2016 election” payments was sent via Citibank from Russia’s Foreign Ministry. The main story was revealing a memo suggesting it was intended “to finance the election campaign of 2016.”

The hysteria surrounding alleged Russian ‘guilt’ that Hillary lost the election led a Buzzfeed journalist to fire up breaking news findings, but he buried deep within his article the FBI press release that the money was for the Russian elections held on the same year.

The FBI investigation concluded that the funds were spent on organizing elections for Russians that live in the US, but this report was well buried under an ‘explosive’ headline and six paragraphs of claims that Russia was meddling with the US elections.

The “Evidence” on financing the US elections in 2016 instantly spread across the US mainstream media. BuzzFeed UK investigations editor Heidi Blake labeled the story a “bombshell” revelation unearthed by “scoop machines” Jason Leopold, Anthony Cormier and Jessica Garrison.

In an overall anti-Russian campaign that aims to cover up the real facts on why the Democrats lost the elections, some journalists have heavily criticized Buzzfeed’s reporting. LA Times writer Adam H Johnson claimed BuzzFeed’s reporting style for the story was “cynical as sh*t.”

“A qualifier buried in paragraph seven 100% undermines the sensationalist headline,” Johnson said. “if you’re going to run a thin FBI press release that buries exculpatory details… tell your editors to not oversell the sh*t out of it,” he added.

Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky also slammed the Buzzfeed story. “Idiots. The Russian election of 2016, not the US one, you exceptionalist morons…,” Bershidsky tweeted.

Wire transfers from the Russian Federation mentioning a 2016 election were also sent to almost 60 other Russian embassies around the world. 

 

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098663-secret-funding-report-finds-russia-is-financing-the-elections-in-russia.html

Earthquake Injured Over 3.000 People in Iraq And Iran

(Newswire.net — November 15, 2017) –According to the Iranian National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO), at least 328 people were killed and more than 2,500 were injured in Iran, when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country on Sunday.

Iranian officials say that the number of deaths could be even greater because rescue teams were still searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area.

Some roads were blocked, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said, and authorities were worried about the victims in remote villages.

The earthquake was felt in several western provinces of Iran, but the western part of Iran was hit the hardest, particularly Kermanshah, a province which is 326 miles from Tehran and about 10 miles from the Iraq border.  In that area, 142 people were hurt, and the largest hospital is severely damaged so that injured people cannot get medical help there.

The earthquake was also felt in Iraq, where at least seven people died in the Kurdistan region, said Kurdistan Regional Government’s Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed.

Also, officials said that at least 321 people were injured in the Kurdistan area, and the city of Darbandikhan was the most affected and that the situation in the city is critical. There is no electricity, a large number of buildings and houses have been damaged, as well as the largest hospital.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake’s epicenter was at about 19 miles south-southwest of the Iraqi city of Halabja.

The Iranian Seismological Center has registered more than 118 aftershocks and said that more were expected.

Some agencies report that the earthquake was felt both in Kuwait and in Turkey, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties there.

People in Iran are scared, they are on the streets, afraid to enter their homes, and Iraq’s meteorology center advised them to stay away from buildings.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098654-earthquake-injured-over-3-000-people-in-iraq-and-iran.html

Universal's Dark Universe Cancelled

(Newswire.net — November 12, 2017) –Universal Studios, owned by Comcast attempted to follow Marvel’s footsteps and launch a cinematic universe of its own. The first installment in the series was this years The Mummy.

Their plan was to have a series of interconnected films based on the old Universal Monster film series. The modern reboots would be action adventures while maintaining a dark horror theme.

The Mummy only managed to gross a worldwide total of $409.1 million against a reported production and marketing budged of $345 million. Even though the total might seem fine Hollywood accounting is a complex issue. What you need to consider is that most movies need to earn around twice their budget to break even. This is due to the fact that not all of the money goes back to the studio producing the film.

Especially troubling is the fact that this was supposed to be first film in a franchise, with the studio hoping for both critical and financial success. With a lukewarm reception on their initial attempt further projects are harder to get off the ground.

Despite the poor performance of The Mummy studio heads were still willing to carry on in their attempts to launch a movie franchise.

Cinematic universes and interconnected films act as a guarantee on returns for studios, so most major film companies are trying to replicate Marvel’s formula in hopes of success.

The next film was supposed to be a Bride of Frankenstein remake starring Angelina Jolie as the bride and Javier Bardem as the titular monster. Production for the film was postponed in October.

Universal’s first attempt at starting a cinematic universe was actually back in 2014 with Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans. Due to the poor reception of the film the studio distanced itself from the project, claiming that the film is not a canon part of the Dark Universe.

On November 8, the two men who were the driving force behind The Mummy, director and producer Alex Kurtzman and writer-producer Chris Morgan, departed to do other projects.

Kurtzman is focusing on producing shows for the small screen for CBS, currently producing Star Trek: Discovery.

Morgan is writing a spinoff for the Fast and Furious franchise.

With both men departing the monster movie franchise, there is little hope for further films.

Universal is now considering offering the intellectual property license to other filmmakers.

Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production said “We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves,” adding “There’s no way to give up on this. This is Universal’s legacy.”

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098592-universal-s-dark-universe-cancelled.html

Amazon Launches New In-Home Delivery Service

(Newswire.net — November 10, 2017) — Amazon has recently launched a new service for what they are describing as in-home delivery.

The starting price for the gear you will need for their delivery service is $249.99.

The idea behind the service is that their contracted delivery personnel has temporary access to your home in order to leave your package on the inside of your front door.

Many are baffled as to why anyone would give Amazon access to their home.

Amazon claims that the service is reliable and safe and that you can monitor the delivery with a camera that comes as part of the package.

The new Cloud Cam connects to your home Wi-Fi, so once a courier scans his barcode the camera starts recording and the front door opens. The customer then receives a message and video footage of the delivery.

Multiple ethical and legal issues arise.

Will customers trust Amazon enough to let them constantly monitor their homes through Cloud Cameras? Do the benefits of delivery outweigh the risks of strangers having access to your home?

Law enforcement issues may be additionally troublesome after last year’s case when Amazon refused to help officers with a murder in Arkansas. Officers requested data from a nearby Alexa and the request was denied by Amazon. What will happen in the future with potential legal demands to open an Amazon Key lock?

Lawyers are also baffled, “If a criminal gains access and some harm occurs, who is responsible? And what criminal law would apply?” questioned Elisabeth Joh, professor of law from the University of California.

Amazon currently uses only its own delivery people, and is able to cover 37 cities in the US. The company hopes to expand their service to other cities and areas it currently doesn’t cover. This will probably require licensing a third party delivery service.

Twitter users have already expressed their mistrust of the service.

 “I’m excited to watch the 2030 Netflix docudrama about the Amazon Key murders”, wrote one Twitter user.

Another user also expressed his worries, “*Calls Customer Service*
Hi. I used the Amazon Key service and now my Xbox is missing. Also, they let my cat out. I’d like to cancel”

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098584-amazon-launches-new-in-home-delivery-service.html

Disney Talk With Fox Possible Bust

(Newswire.net — November 10, 2017) —

Earlier this week reports surfaced of Disney going into talks with Twenty-First Century Fox. Reports claim that it was Disney who initiated the negotiations hoping to buy some media assets.

As soon as the public had garnered interest in the possible merger it was rumored that the deal was off the table.

Although negotiations between Disney and Fox have stalled they may resume, and nothing is currently certain.

Fox is looking to downsize, wanting to focus on the Fox News network and Fox Sports. Both sports and news are cheaper and easier to produce, and yield higher profit margins than television and theatrical releases.

Disney is not pursuing  the network Fox wishes to keep since they already own ABC and owning two networks would not be legal.

Disney already owns properties such as Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar and ESPN and is looking to expand. Most fans were eager to speculate on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and possible hero crossovers. Movie rights for some comic book characters currently belong to Fox, most notably the X-men and the Fantastic Four.

Even with the buyout potentially cancelled there is still a chance for movie crossovers. Sony holds the rights to Spider-Man, but they were still able to work out a deal with Disney resulting in this summer’s box office hit Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Another possible reason for the expansion could be the fact that Disney is looking to rival Netflix with a streaming service of their own. The service is scheduled for launch by the end of 2019, and Disney is looking to expand their offer.

Movies from the Marvel Cinematic universe have already been confirmed for removal from Netflix in order to transition to Disney’s platform. There is a strong chance that the same will happen to the Netflix original Marvel TV shows, with The Punisher, scheduled for a Nov. 17 release, being the last show they announced, and no new shows are currently in development for Netflix.

In the time Disney has held the rights to Marvel there has been an attempt to diminish the spotlight on the super-hero properties owned by Fox. Marvel has tried to downplay the importance of the X-men in their comic books, and instead trying to push other properties such as the Avengers and the Inhumans.

Marvel has cancelled licensing the IP for some franchises even going as far as to cancel the Fantastic Four comic book in 2015. The Fantastic Four has been a flagship for Marvel ever since its first publication in 1961.

All of this was done in an attempt to distance themselves from properties whose movie licenses don’t belong to Disney and to diminish the value of those properties.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098580-disney-talk-with-fox-possible-bust.html

Prince William Openly Promotes Depopulation of Earth

(Newswire.net — November 9, 2017) — During a ceremony in London, Prince William used the opportunity to send a message about “population control” to the world.

Prince William stated that in order to save flora and fauna the planet should be depopulated. The Daily Mail writes that these statements are not new because the royal family has been advocating the idea of ​​”controlling the population” for over ten years, arguing that the world will face monumental problems if the human population continues to grow.

Although there is no clear evidence that the human population is any threat to the planet, it did not prevent the world’s elite from continuing to spread the message of the need to reduce the number of people by devious methods.

What are the proposed depopulation measures?

In his somewhat bizarre speech, Prince William stressed how “the global population of wildlife on the planet has halved,” for which William blames the human race and our existence.

Depopulation measures, as Bill Gates stated at a depopulation lecture, include a comprehensive approach to humanity and its implementation through the health system, drugs and vaccines.

There are voices, however, that claim overpopulation is a myth. According to overpopulationisamyth.com, the prediction of the depletion of natural resources and the destruction of the environment has existed for more than a century, but it hasn’t yet come true.

An infographic video that promotes overpopulation as a myth, states that depopulation supporters mainly refer to the facts that there are endless rows of vehicles in “traffic jams.” They also refer to homelessness and long lines for coffee shops.

The truth, however, is that the mega cities are overpopulated, but not the entire planet. The overpopulation of cities comes from migration from the countryside to larger cities. In such a way people can fulfill all their social, economic and healthcare needs focused in large centers we call cities.

According to overpopulationisamyth.com, the statistics show data that is quite opposite to what depopulation supporters claim.

“In fact, stats show that birthrate actually drops when people move to urban settings, and is notably lower than the rural birthrate,” the infographic states. “The cities are overpopulated, the earth is not,” overpopulationisamyth.com concludes.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098561-prince-william-openly-promotes-depopulation-of-earth.html

11 Saudi princes and 4 Ministers Arrested on Corruption Charges

(Newswire.net — November 7, 2017) — Only days after a new anti-corruption committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was created, arrests were made at the highest political and financial layers of Saudi Arabia.

At least 11 Saudi princes and four incumbent ministers of the Saudi government were arrested and charged with corruption, Al-Arabiya reported. Among the accused highly ranked officials of the Saudi government are the minister of the National Guard and the minister of economy. The owner of the television network MBC was also arrested.

One day after the kingdom’s young crown prince ordered a shocking purge of princes and some of the country’s most influential leaders, a Saudi prince Mansour Bin Muqrin son of former crown prince Muqrin al-Saud, died in a helicopter crash near the Yemeni border.

Hours after the death of Mansour Bin Muqrin, media reported the death of yet another Saudi prince. Prince Aziz (44) the youngest son of King Fahd, was reportedly arrested on Sunday. The circumstances of his death remains unknown.

The committee, created Saturday by royal decree of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Sau, is exempted from “laws, regulations, instructions, orders and decision,” according to reports. The main role of the committee is “identifying offenses, crimes, persons and entities” complicit in corruption.

Beside its ‘untouchable’ nature, the committee was given broad authorization and power to impose measures such as asset freezes, travel bans and arrests.

“In view of what we have noticed of exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to illicitly accrue money,” the Saudi King said in a statement, explaining the needs for committee.

The committee would probe the alleged money laundering, misuse of power and public funds such as those raised in 2009 to help restore devastating consequences of the flood that killed 120 people in Jeddah. The committee is also focusing on illicit business operations.

The anti-corruption committee is also questioning the minister of health regarding an outbreak of the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in Saudi Arabia in 2014 that killed nearly 300 people.

Crown Prince Salman is known for his reform-minded views and endeavor to modernize the ultra-conservative but incredibly rich Saudi Arabia. He persuaded his father, the king, to review some restrictions and allow greater liberties for women who are now permitted to use state services without male guardians.

The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman promotes so called “moderate Islam,” a not so strict interpretation of Muslim religion. He also promised to eradicate extremist beliefs inside the country.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098507-11-saudi-princes-and-4-ministers-arrested-on-corruption-charges.html

Woman Walked Through Fire and Explosions in a Superhero Suit

(Newswire.net — November 3, 2017) — Russian stuntwoman Viktoria Kolesnikova amazed spectators in a daring walk through fire and explosion, proving the integrity of a new armor suit called “Ratnik” (the warrior).

By definition, women are more fragile than men, so it was only natural for a new armor suit production company to choose a beautiful model, but also a professional stuntwoman Viktoria Kolesnikova to test the suit.

She casually walked across the testing polygon, just like she’s walking in the park on a beautiful sunny day. But it wasn’t a regular stroll through the park by any means. Kolesnikova walked through blasts that launched shrapnel of dirt and stone at her, while a fire blaze wrapped her body. She walked right through the inferno of a simulated battlefield just like it was nothing.

Spectators, officials and journalists sighed with excitement while she pulled down her mask and let her long red hair lose. Kolesnikova was unharmed and the only proof of reality walking through the blasts and flames were the few smudges of soot left on her face.

“Standing inside a fire range is an amazing feeling. It’s beautiful and really just, ‘wow,’” Kolesnikova told Ruptly, who recorded a video of her walk. As soon as it appeared, the video become viral. But the real hero of this video is the special armored suit, light and adaptable yet bulletproof.

According to the developers, the material and suit design are already good enough to deal with bullets and blast fragments, but they are still working on boosting its flame retardant properties to withstand 30 seconds of continued exposure, up from the current 15 seconds.

The company that produced this prototype hopes to have a finalized product by 2020 to bid for military contracts as part of “the Warrior” (Ratnik) program.

The head of armor suit developer team at TsNIITochMash, Sergey Kitov, told journalists that the walk was a demonstration of the new fabric developed to withstand smaller projectiles and extreme temperatures. The suit also protects from kinetics threats such as explosion blasts.

Kitov said it didn’t take much persuasion to talk Kolesnikova into taking this walk. “You know. Our girls are fighters and eager to face any danger,” he said.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098467-woman-walked-through-fire-and-explosions-in-a-superhero-suit.html

Manhattan Attack is Being Investigated as an Act of Terrorism

(Newswire.net — November 2, 2017) –A 29-year-old man in a rented pickup truck killed six and injured a dozen people near the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City.

The attack took place on Tuesday, October 31, when a Home Depot rental truck hopped a curb at West Houston Street and drove south on the bike path on the west side of West Side Highway in lower Manhattan for several blocks, CNN reports.

According to the The New York City Police Department (NYPD), the truck crashed into a school bus and the driver of the truck left the vehicle. A police officer shot the escaping driver in the abdomen. He was hospitalized, and officials say that he will survive.

The driver of the truck has been identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. Originally from Uzbekistan in Central Asia, he has been living in the US since 2010. He has a driver’s license issued in Tampa, Florida.

According to New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, six people were dead at the scene, two died at the hospital, and at least 11 victims of the attack are hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported that the suspected man was yelling “Allahu Akbar,” before the police wounded and overpowered him, and the note found near the truck confirms that it is was a terrorist attack. That’s why the attack is being investigated as an act of terrorism and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force took over the investigation.

The eyewitnesses describe chaotic scenes when the white truck hit the cyclists near the World Trade Center in Manhattan. After he drove the truck into a school bus, the driver came out and was waving with gun. Police officials said that he was armed with a fake handgun.

This is not the first time that a terrorist attack was carried out with a vehicle. In recent years we were witnesses of bloody attacks with trucks and other vehicles in London in Great Britain, Barcelona in Spain and Nice in France.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098451-manhattan-attack-is-being-investigated-as-an-act-of-terrorism.html

Kevin Spacey Accused of Sexual Misconduct

(Newswire.net — November 2, 2017) —

The acclaimed actor has come out as gay following allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Rumors have been going around Hollywood for years about Kevin Spacey’s sexual orientation, so many are not surprised that the actor went public and chose to come out as gay.

The timing of this statement is slightly troubling. The statement was released after fellow actor Anthony Rapp shared his story of the two-time Oscar winner making inappropriate sexual advances when Anthony was only 14. Kevin Spacey was 26 at the time and made drunken advances that Rapp described as Spacey “pressing into” him.

Spacey claims “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.”

Many have criticized Spacey for trying to dismiss the allegations by hiding behind the fact that he came out as gay.

Since then more stories have surfaced of men being sexually harassed by Spacey.

Tony Montana, a US filmmaker and producer, made claims that the actor groped his crotch in 2003.

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos said that Kevin Spacey abused his position as artistic director of the Old Vic in London from 2004 until 2015. Cavazos said that Spacey “routinely preyed” on young men who were performing there.

A British barman claims Kevin Spacey flashed his privates to him in a West Sussex hotel in 2010.

An anonymous man, dubbed John by the BBC, was invited to New York to stay in Spacey’s home in the mid 1980-s. ‘John’ was 17 at the time, and after declining to share a bed with the actor he woke up to Spacey lying on him on the sofa.

Netflix caused suspicion by stating that the next season of House of Cards will be the last of the series, and many think the company tried to distance itself from the accused actor. A company representative said the suspension was made “to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.” This announcement followed only 12 hours after Anthony Rapp’s public statement.

The special Emmy award that Kevin Spacey was planned to receive next month has been revoked by the International TV Academy.

Source: http://newswire.net/newsroom/news/00098448-kevin-spacey-accused-of-sexual-misconduct.html