2015 Halloween Brings Scariest News of the Year for YTS (YIFY) Movie Torrent Fans

Yify Torrents New LogoEVERYWHERE, Earth (Oct. 31, 2015) — The leader in small file size movie torrents, YTS has put on the scariest Halloween mask of 2015 by closing its doors from what appears to be a permanent departure from the internet universe.

“YIFI has been releasing movies since 2010, but the group got its own website, YIFI-Torrents.com, only in 2011. In a fairly short period of time, YIFI became one of the most popular movie release outfits,” Softpedia.com, by Eduard Kovacs, Jan. 24, 2014.

YTS’ Halloween mask was not made of a scary zombie character with black teeth and an eyeball dangling off to the side. Instead YTS’ simply wore a mask reading, “closed.” That is the scariest mask ever if your a TYS fan.

YTS’ reach was worldwide with fans reaching internet server status websites for news on its fate.

“Guys i think it’s official, YIFY/YTS has shut down,” said Vishal a user on a website server status site on the web. “Just like you all, I was sad and it was really heartbreaking news for us loyal fans of YTS to hear that the site has been shut down. Thank You YTS/YIFY, for all those amazing uploads, proud to say that am a fan of YTS till the end. ALL HAIL YIFY! :'(”

Yep, YTS appears to have taken their final bow on the torrent stage, and the curtain has been drawn closed. Though alternative torrent sites have and will continue to spring up, none of them will be able to attract the lure and mystery as TYS did over the years. Primarily because of their small file sizes for 720p and 1080p movies which ranged from 700MB to 1.4GB respectively.

Users pored in their support, anger and grief from all over the world about YTS several week detour until it became final the site was down – permanently.

From Egypt, Algeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambo, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Makati, Argentina, Iran, Bangladesh, New Mexico, Greece, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, Oregon, Italy, Indonesia, Lebanon, France , Bali, Kuwait, South Africa, YTS fans stood by with anticipation for word of YTS’ future.

There was a brief shimmer of hope in a post dated Oct. 24, from the TYS Team which includes YIFY, OTTO and Seraph YTS’ founder, encoding and uploading specialist, and administrative manager respectively. The post reported the website had been suffering from a DOS (denial of service) attack and the team was working on the problem.

“Dear YTS Fans,
We are working on it at YTS. We got Dosed. We will be back up in a few days maybe even a week. So from all of us at YTS we are sorry. Also thank you for your cooperation.
Much Love & God Bless,
-YTS Team-,”

the post read.

The leader in movie torrents has been rather quiet much to the dismay of YTS fans. Some have speculated, and one reasonable speculation has been that the operators of YTS may have accepted a lump sum payoff to exclude themselves from the film industry equation.

Even a billion dollar payout would be a reasonable amount paid to YTS to keep them from imposing their will upon the movie industry big players who have dominated the landscape since the motion picture was invented.

A billion dollars when divided between the mega billion dollar players such as Universal and Paramount, to include the online streaming businesses such as Amazon, Netflix and now Youtube. Yes, a quite little arrangement insulated underneath a non-disclosure agreement would only mean several hundred million dollars per player all payable to YTS.

Not a bad payout to YTS if you divide it by the number of years they operated, and split equally between its operators.

As part of the settlement, the film industry most certainly would require that they aquire YTS’ file compression technology, a patent in itself worth millions.

So, torrent fans will eventually transcend YTS and over time learn to live without them.

Scams and wanna-be-yify sites have already popped up here and there seeking to claim a piece of the pie like trying to catch little pieces of the space shuttle Challenger after it exploded over the Atlantic ocean. Then trying to sell them on Ebay.

For now YTS has made this year’s Halloween the most scariest of them all by closing their doors.


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Is Charlie Hebdo Massacre Massive Military, Police Response Precedent Setting Opportunity?

ATLANTA (Jan. 13, 2015) — The Charlie Hebdo massacre which took place Jan. 7 in Paris, France took the lives of 12 people and seriously injured 11. In the days that followed the massacre, the local government administered an unprecedented massive military and police response upon its civilian population.

In the interest of security, the New York Times reported today, “France Deploys Troops to Guard ‘Sensitive Sites’,”:

“Confronting a country in shock from last week’s terrorist attacks, the French government acted on Monday to increase security, sending thousands of soldiers and police officers to guard sites considered vulnerable, including Jewish schools, and calling for measures to reinforce electronic surveillance and curb jihadist recruitment in prisons and other crucibles of radicalization.”

What measures would be imposed next? Curfews, no movement after dark, internet and cell phone blackouts. The catastrophic event would most likely require a complete electronic database save and search of everyone’s electronic communications for the past five years?

Yet, because the civilian population was essentially still “stunned” by the tragic event, the governmental imposition in order to provide “security” took place without resistance. Understandably, the citizens were just too busy being human experiencing their grief, anger and fear. Making them highly susceptible to being manipulated, a condition permitting the unprecedented military response to successfully be deployed and indeed welcomed.

Taking advantage of a “dazed and tragedy consumed” citizenry is not unheard of practice. The opportunistic intervention of both private and governmental entities is discussed in depth by Neomi Klein in her book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.”

In the Shock Doctrine, Klein discusses the manner in which corporate interests capitalize in collaboration with applicable and consenting governments during disastrous times such as tsunamis, hurricanes, mass murders, and of course, times of war.

“The architects of this [Iraq 2003] invasion were firm believers in the shock doctrine — they knew that while Iraqis were consumed with daily emergencies, the country could be auctioned off discreetly and the results announced as a done deal,” Klein writes. She adds, “As for journalists and activists, we seemed to be exhausting our attention on the spectacular physical attacks, forgetting that the parties with the most to gain never show up on the battlefield.”

Here, the Hebdo mass murder was the “shocking” event. At which time the applicable government, or multiple governments operating from the same protectionism game book, launched into action an unprecedented intrusion of military and law enforcement assets into the civilian landscape.

Using predictable human emotional responses to their advantage, unprecedented governmental intrusion was able to be deployed in response to the Hebdo massacre.

In looking at the fine print, the enhanced security applied in response to the Hebdo massacre arguably allowed for: 1) the imposition of governmental intrusion upon the civilian sector’s privacy and living spaces; 2) the establishment of a response precedent to be referred to during similar future situations; and 3) the behind the scenes capitalization by private companies arranged to profit off of said intervention through exclusive contracts for goods and services needed for such intervention.

Goods and services would include the weapons, vehicles, surveillance apparatus, electronics and other equipment, to include ongoing service contracts for said equipment, however narrowly rationalized to be needed by the respective requesting agencies. This would also include any human personnel assets such as private security personnel, similar to the non-military security services provided by the private company Blackwater in Iraq.

The Armed Syrian Conflict: June 14, 2013 CRS Report for Congress (RL33487)

The Federation of American Scientist has made available a report dated June 14, 2013, titled, “Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response” which contains a concise analysis of issues pertaining to Syria.

The report was prepared by authors Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs and Christopher M. Blanchard, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, and contains historical as well as current information to include past and current congressional action and military conflict analysis, relevant population and refugee figures, graphics, to include: secular, military, insurgent, and regime breakdowns, including their associated flags, GDP, surrounding national impact analysis, and maps of the region(s) involved.

The report contains core information from which to continue further analysis of the region as it pertains to the current contemplation of U.S. military involvement.

Below is the index and summary sections of the report.


  • Assessment (1)
  • Status of Ongoing Armed Conflict (2)
  • Possible Questions for Congressional Oversight on Recent Events (4)
  • Key Developments (8)
  • Debating the Expansion of U.S. Civilian and Military Assistance (8)
  • International Conference on Syrian Political Settlement (11)
  • Can the Syria Civil War be Stopped? (12)
  • Status of the Syrian Political Opposition (12)
  • Al Qaeda, Extremism, and Foreign Fighters (14)
  • U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress (9)
  • The Syria Uprising and Civil War: U.S. Response, 2011-Present (9)
  • Debating U.S. Intervention (12)
  • U.S. Assistance (13)
  • Securing Syrian Weapons Stockpiles (15)
  • Outlook and Future Policy Considerations for Congress (18)
  • Possible Appropriations and Authorization Issues (18)
  • Securing Weapons Supplies and Sites (19)
  • Addressing Syria’s State Sponsor of Terrorism Status (20)
  • Other Questions for Congressional Oversight (21)


The popular-uprising-turned-armed-rebellion in Syria is in its third year, and seems poised to continue, with the government and a bewildering array of militias locked in a bloody struggle of attrition. The Obama Administration has signaled a pending expansion of U.S. civilian and military assistance to the opposition in the wake of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that President Bashar al Asad’s forces used chemical weapons in limited attacks in recent months. U.S. officials and many analysts have asserted that President Asad and his supporters will be forced from power, but few offer specific, credible timetables for a resolution to the crisis. Further escalation in fighting or swift regime change could jeopardize the security of chemical and conventional weapons stockpiles, threaten minority groups, or lead to wider regional conflict.

Opposition forces are formidable, but regime forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters and Iranian and Russian material support, have initiated successful tactical counteroffensives in recent weeks. The Syrian military continues to use air strikes, artillery, and pro-government militias in punishing attacks on areas where rebels operate. Some members of Syria’s Sunni Arab majority and of ethnic and sectarian minority groups view the conflict in communal, zero-sum terms. U.S. officials believe that fighting would likely continue even if Asad were toppled.

Amid extensive damage to major urban areas and reports attributing war crimes to government and opposition forces, the fighting has created a regional humanitarian emergency. Some estimates suggest more than 90,000 Syrians have been killed since unrest began in March 2011. As of June 14, more than 1,638,102 refugees had fled Syria amid United Nations projections the total may reach 3.5 million by years end. According to U.N. estimates, as many as 4.25 million Syrians may be internally displaced. U.N. agencies have launched their largest ever humanitarian assistance appeal– seeking $4.4 billion for the Syria crisis in 2013. The United States has provided more than $513 million in humanitarian assistance to date.

President Obama and his Administration have been calling for Asad’s resignation since August 2011, and have pressed the United Nations Security Council to condemn the Syrian government. The United States has recognized the National Coalition of Revolution and Opposition Forces (SC) as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and has provided nonlethal assistance to the Coalition and an affiliated Supreme Military Council (SMC). The Obama Administration believes that a negotiated political settlement is required and has prepared military plans to secure Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, if necessary.

Some observers advocate for more robust civil and military aid to the SC and SMC as a means of forcing the Asad regime to the negotiating table. Opponents of this approach argue that making opposition groups more formidable could intensify the fighting and risks empowering extremists. Some armed opposition factions, including powerful Islamist coalitions, reject negotiation.

After two years of unrest and violence, the central question for policy makers remains how best to bring the conflict in Syria to a close before the crisis consigns the region to one of several destructive and destabilizing scenarios. The human toll of the fighting, and the resulting political, ethnic, and sectarian polarization, all but guarantee that political, security, humanitarian, and economic challenges will outlast Asad and keep Syria on the U.S. agenda for years to come.


About FAS

The following is a description about the FAS as posted on their website.

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) works to provide science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security. Specifically, FAS works to reduce the spread and number of nuclear weapons, prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism, promote high standards for nuclear energy’s safety and security, illuminate government secrecy practices, as well as track and eliminate the global illicit trade of conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. FAS was founded in 1945 by many of the Manhattan Project scientists who wanted to prevent nuclear war and is one of the longest serving organizations in the world dedicated to reducing nuclear threats and informing the public debate by providing technically-based research and analysis on these issues.


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