13 Things to Know About Iceland’s Pirate Party

Oct 24, 2016, 1:13 pm EDT

Iceland’s politics are heating up and members of the fairly new Pirate Party may soon help lead the country.

Here are a few things to know about the new Pirate Party in Iceland, as collected from The Washington Post.

    The party was formed roughly four years ago. Its members include hackers, libertarians and anarchists. The party was created by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a 49-year old poet and former WikiLeaks activist. It doesn’t hold just left or right ideals, but instead takes the best from both groups. The Pirate Party wants to create a country free of digital spying by the government. It is offering Edward Snowden asylum if its wins the election. The party decides its policies based on online polls and believes government should follow suite. It claims that one of its goals is to distribute power to the people. Not take it for itself. A poll of Iceland citizens in late October found that about 23% of them are planning to vote for the Pirate Party. This just barely puts it ahead of the Independence Party in the polls, which is the current party in power. If 23% of voters do support the Pirate Party, it would allow it 15 seats in Iceland’s 63-seat parliament. The Pirate Party and Independence Party have both said they aren’t interested in working together with each other. The Pirate Party managed to receive roughly 5% of votes when it first took part in the elections back in 2013.

You can follow these links to learn more about Iceland’s Pirate Party. Read 

Turing Law: UK to Pardon Thousands of Gay Men

Oct 21, 2016, 11:21 am EDT

The United Kingdom is passing the Turing Law to excuse gay men previously convicted of breaking the old laws.

The Turning Law will provide pardons for thousands of gay men that were charged with breaking the law in the past. The laws that were broken are no longer in effect and the new law was designed to reflect that. It is named after Alan Turing, a World War II code breaker that was pardoned in 2013 for breaking the old laws.

There are 65,000 men that were convicted under old laws in the United Kingdom that made consensual homosexual acts illegal. 15,000 of these men are still alive and the ones that are dead will receive the pardon posthumously. Read 

LISTEN: Eminem Releases Trump Protest Song ‘Campaign Speech’

Oct 19, 2016, 4:24 pm EDT

Eminem is joining the anti-Trump train with a new song protesting the Republican presidential nominee and his political credentials. Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia (Modified)

It’s been a whirlwind year and a half in which Donald Trump went from being an outsider in the presidential race to Republican frontrunner to becoming a man who is within mere percentage points of becoming the leader of the free world.

Much like many celebrities, Eminem is expressing his dissatisfaction with Trump and his political ambitions, which many believe is a disaster waiting to happen. “Campaign Speech” is the title of the eight-minute track and it marks the first piece of music released by Marshall Mathers in three years. Read 

Third Presidential Debate 2016: Who Is Chris Wallace?

Oct 19, 2016, 3:41 pm EDT

Chris Wallace will be the moderator at the third presidential debate.

The man who will keep Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump from jumping on each other’s throats is a veteran news man. The third debate will take place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Read 

Election 2016: When Is the 3rd Presidential Debate?

Oct 18, 2016, 1:32 pm EDT

If you’re wondering when is the 3rd presidential debate, then it is sneaking up quicker than you think.

The 3rd presidential debate between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will take place on Oct. 19, which is tomorrow, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The debate will last for 90 minutes and there will be six segments that will last for 15 minutes each.

The 3rd presidential debate won’t have a town hall and will instead use the same format as the first presidential debate. It will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and will cover a variety of topics. This will likely include sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump from various women and Wikileak emails concerning Hillary Clinton. Read 

WikiLeaks News: Julian Assange’s Internet Link Severed by State Party

Oct 17, 2016, 4:31 pm EDT

WikiLeaks has gone on social media to discuss Julian Assange’s current situation.

The whistleblower’s access to the Internet has been “severed” by an unidentified “state party,” the website noted. The move came after three cryptic messages from WikiLeaks were sent, mentioning Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office.

“We have activated the appropriate contingency plans,” WikiLeaks tweeted. Assange has been in London’s Ecuador Embassy for more than four years to avoid extradition that would likely land him espionage charges. Read 

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