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The Pirate Bay: Kicked Out Of Norway, Welcomed In North Korea?
Just yesterday, former b-baller and reality TV juggernaut Dennis Rodman arrived stateside after a widely publicized hangout with North Korean leaders Kim Jong Un, saying, “I love him. The guy is awesome. He was so honest.” Apparently, Kim’s generosity extends to torrenting sites as well.As of this morning, notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been offered virtual asylum in North Korea after being kicked out of Norway, according to the site’s most recent blog post.

Having lost its hosting from the Swedish Pirate Party last week, The Pirate Bay jumped to pirate parties in Norway and Catalonia. That brief relationship ended this morning, when the Norwegian Pirate Party ousted the file sharing site as well, with party leader Geir Asalid claiming that party doesn’t have the economic muscle necessary to fight for the right to torrent. Read more here: http://bit.ly/13B9YLD

After some very brief downtime, the site popped back up, though at the same address and with no indication of the new hosting location until a traceroute for the site was tracked back to an ISP located in the Potong-gang District of Pyongyang, North Korea. Following a handful of initial reports, The Pirate Bay posted its blog post acknowledging the switchover.

Is The Pirate Bay Messing With Us?

It’s not always easy to believe what The Pirate Bay says. If this turns out to be a joke, it wouldn’t the first time The Pirate Bay has pulled such a hoax about its virtual whereabouts. In 2007, the site pulled an April Fool’s Day joke revolving around this exact situation, writing at the time, “We would like to thank Kim Jong-Il for the opportunity and we would like all of our users to review their current feelings towards this great nation!”

This time around, a number of colluding circumstances make this announcement sound considerably more legitimate. Not only has The Pirate Bay switched out its homepage image (seen above), but the ISP is in fact being traced to North Korea only hours after the Norwegian Pirate Party’s announcement was released. It it is a hoax, this would certainly be an elaborate one.

Those within the torrent news network also seem to believe the situation – to a degree. “A Pirate Bay insider informs TorrentFreak that they had been working for a while to get connectivity in North Korea,” reports TorrentFreak. “We’ve been in talks with them for about two weeks, since they opened access for foreigners to use 3G in the country…TPB has been invited just like Eric Schmidt and Dennis Rodman. We’ve declined up until now,” the source went on to say.

For those not inclined to travel to the site’s blog, you can read an excerpt from The Pirate Bay below:

This is truly an ironic situation. We have been fighting for a free world, and our opponents are mostly huge corporations from the United States of America, a place where freedom and freedom of speech is said to be held high. At the same time, companies from that country is chasing [sic] a competitor from other countries, bribing police and lawmakers, threatening political parties and physically hunting people from our crew. And to our help comes a government famous in our part of the world for locking people up for their thoughts and forbidding access to information.

The runners-up: Malala Yousafzai, Tim Cook, Mohamed Morsi and Fabiola Gianotti.

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Barack Obama is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012.

The president, featured in profile on the cover of the silver-bordered issue, was chosen a second time around (he previously received the title in ’08) for “finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union,” says Time editorRick Stengel.

“Obama is the first Democratic President since FDR to win more than 50 percent of the vote in consecutive elections and the first President since 1940 to win re-election with an unemployment rate north of 7.5 percent,” Stengel noted in a statement. “He has stitched together a winning coalition and perhaps a governing one as well. His presidency spells the end of the Reagan realignment that had defined American politics for 30 years. We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.”

EXCLUSIVE: 4 Hollywood Donors on Obama Shortlist for Ambassador Jobs

This year’s Person of the Year runners-up are: Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai (No. 2); Apple CEO Tim Cook (No. 3); Egypt president Mohamed Morsi (No. 4); and Italian particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti at No. 5. They’re each featured on four additional covers inside the magazine.

Obama, meanwhile, has given an interview to Time, which also published new White House photos including one of the president working on his Dec. 16 Newtown speech while attending daughterSasha‘s ballet rehearsal.

“2012 may have been more satisfying a win than 2008…. I think it was easy to think that maybe 2008 was the anomaly, and I think 2012 was an indication that, no, this is not an anomaly,” Obama said. “We’ve gone through a very difficult time. The American people have rightly been frustrated at the pace of change, and the economy is still struggling, and this President we elected is imperfect, and yet, despite all that, this is who we want to be. That’s a good thing.”

 

(image from time magazine. article by hollywoodreporter.com)

Martin Scorsese To Make Documentary About Bill Clinton For HBO

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Scorsese will give former President Bill Clinton a documentary treatment at HBO. The pay cable network has teamed with the Oscar-winning director for a documentary spotlighting the 42nd President of the United States. Made with Clinton’s full cooperation, the film will explore his perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world, with Scorsese producing and directing, and Steve Bing producing. “A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world,” Scorsese said. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”

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Added Clinton, “I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film. I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”

Scorsese is a long-time Democrat with ties to the Clintons. He supported Hillary Clinton’s 2000 and 2006 Senate campaigns.

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, served as President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, leading the U.S. to one of the longest economic expansions in American history. After leaving the White House, he established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. To date, more than 2,100 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of 400 million people in 180 nations.

The Clinton documentary marks Martin Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with HBO, following the documentaries Public Speaking (2010) and the Emmy-winning George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011), and the period drama series Boardwalk Empire, on which he serves as an executive producer and won an Emmy for directing the pilot.

By Nelly Andreeva for Deadline.com

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