He does what he wants! Original image courtesy of Sportskeeda.
Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report
Summer Slam happened last night, and this year didn’t disappoint. A new champion was crowned, Cena was out-Cenaed, and Brock Lesnar has shown the world that he does what he wants.
The Universal Championship has potential, though the belt may need a different design.
It makes me wonder if Smackdown will have a Galactic Championship, with both champions vying for the number one contender spot for the WWE Heavyweight Championship.
As long as championship matches are the main event from here on out, things will continue to improve for the Standford based company. Pushing them to the middle of the card and onto the backburner only cheapens them and makes them meaningless.
Speaking of championships, let’s also hope that AJ Styles builds momentum to a championship run of some sort.
Contrary to appearances, the Phenomenal One is older than John Cena, and has more miles on him. Slow building of him towards a championship run will cost the WWE a huge opportunity at ratings. Styles doesn’t have as much time as others, so they may want to speed things up while he’s capable of performing like he’s still in his prime.
Speaking of which, let’s not have another Styles/Cena matchup; this horse doesn’t need to be beaten anymore.
The women’s division needs to get their act together. Wellness violations are not a good way of building said division. Also, if Eva Marie does have a legitimate reason why she shouldn’t have been suspended, then appropriate documentation should be shown to the audience demonstrating that she had a valid prescription in the first place.
I wasn’t able to watch the full main event due to other obligations, but I did read about the results. A TKO ruling seems to be building momentum for The Beast Incarnate. Could this mean another build as a monster heel until next year’s WrestleMania?
Could that momentum entail a rematch against Goldberg himself as teased by this 2K17 promo?
Since Lesnar devastated Orton and then Shane McMahon, could it be possible that he’ll continue to reign down destruction on the WWE Universe until Goldberg is called upon to take him down at the Show of Shows?
Who knows, but speculation is fun at this point, especially if it turns out that a second WrestleMania match occurs to make up for the previous one.
Faith is not your typical superhero, and Valiant seems to trying to speak to a newer generation.
Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report
As many in Missouri and Texas may know by now, Hastings is going out of business. In Warrensburg, Missouri, it was one of those stores that brought a variety of entertainment related products and services to markets that would otherwise not have them.
Suffice it to say that with Netflix, Red Box, e-commerce, and the changing of the video game market, it would be inevitable that this would occur.
The good news is that bargains can be found while everything is being liquidated. One of them was a comic book from Valiant Entertainment, Faith. The main character, Faith Herbert, is Zephyr, a superhero with psionic abilities.
She can fly, create protective fields, and move entire objects with those fields (including people).
Unlike Big Bertha from Marvel Comics, she is currently not a character meant for comic relief nor does she have to throw up just to use her abilities. She also works for a media outlet, but one targeted towards a new generation.
Faith works as a writer for Zipline, a Buzzfeed knock-off.
The first issue definitely speaks to a newer generation as there is mention of role-playing games (using pencil, paper, and dice), the conflict of interest on selling out to a media site (just to keep everyone else employed), and of course dating (still a normal part of many peoples’ lives).
I won’t spoil everything for the readers here, but I will say that the comic book series is definitely different. Though they have a special issue with a political candidate not everyone will agree with, it’s not the usual square jawed ripped to the max hero with a dull story line.
I’ll definitely keep an eye out for different comics. Have a niche comic you want me to check out? You may let me know in the comments section.
I have no doubt he either killed himself or has a new FBI ID…ROT in Hell asshole. –Jack Blood
I want to start by apologizing to everyone. I know it’s been a long time since I published anything here. The podcast is still going, but due to the election year, I haven’t put out a new episode in a while. Ironically, it’s with the subject matter at hand that jolted me back to life so to speak.
Last week, I saw the posts spreading on Facebook regarding the death of Victor Thorn, including from some popular fan pages. One of the primary links is from the American Free Press, a controversial alternative media site.
He died of a self inflicted gun shot wound.
Due to the fact that 2016 is a Presidential Election year and that Hillary Clinton is running for President, speculation was naturally going to occur. Thorn had written books and articles critical of the Democratic nominee, so this comes as no surprise.
I want to preface this next part by saying that I have no intention of speaking ill of the dead. Other than a minor rant on the YouTube channel, I haven’t publicly talked about it. I understand that there are family and friends who are grieving, and death is not known for being pleasant.
To Scott Makufka’s immediate family, you have my sincere condolences. The rest of this article is not aimed at any of you, for this is something that none of you were involved in. What I am about to say is not something I’m going to enjoy.
The truth must be told
Like with Steve Jobs of Apple, Thorn is already being given that mythic status, but reality must prevail. Before anybody places him on a pedestal, there’s some things you need to know.
Things like the fact that he is no martyr, let alone a hero.
In the beginning of my foray into the alternative media, I actually interviewed both him and Lisa Guliani on WING TV, an online television show that predates the existence of online streaming sites such as YouTube. Granted, the videos used RealMedia for encoding, but it was fairly cutting edge for the time.
Thorn and Guliani would have been what others referred to as conspiracy theorists. They questioned the official narrative of 9/11 and also viewed the state of politics in the early 2000’s with suspicion. That aspect of both of them was not the most controversial part of this duo.
They even did a satirical episode where they pulled Masonic symbols out of Art Bell’s ass. Keep that in mind for later.
One of the major figures they also criticized was Alex Jones of Infowars.com. They stopped doing so for a while until they went to Oklahoma City to talk about the Oklahoma City Bombing with others who questioned the government’s official narrative.
I actually spoke to Guliani, Thorn’s co-host, over the telephone on a regular basis. They both bragged about the results on Whalen’s show; threats were called in, a former associate of Jones cut off a micro-broadcasting station, and more.
Had I been more experienced back then, the fact that they were excited about those things would have raised a red flag.
They eventually made the claim that since GCN was renting satellite time from ABC, they were an affiliate of ABC’s. That’s like referring to me as an affiliate of Charter Communications because they happen to by my ISP at this time. In other words, confirmation bias is what caused them to look for anything proving that GCN, the very network that broadcasts The Alex Jones Show, was nothing more than a corporate sellout.
That was before I had a better understanding of the broadcasting world.
Enter Revere Radio Network. This was a network that both had initially supported until Sonny Crack, one of the show hosts who had an understanding of the broadcasting media world, called out Guliani for her inaccuracy (albeit in a not so diplomatic manner).
He would go on to create an adult themed satire aimed at her.
So what did two alternative media personalities based out of State College, Pennsylvania do about said satire recorded by a host who was based out of Tampa Bay, Florida?
More importantly, if two people claim that they are anti-establishment, what is the best course of action if they wanted to torpedo their own credibility?
Revere himself interviewed him, and eventually wound up realizing that I was no enemy of his. My thoughts at the time was that if he really cared about the news and the truth, he would pursue it. He did.
He decided to put me through a test as well and offered me a spot on his radio network. My initial plan was to torture them and even have the two co-hosts from WING TV on as guests, but both saw this as an act of betrayal.
The magic of Internet drama.
To top it off, I was informed that some things were going to go down in the future and that I wouldn’t be privy to them because of what I did. They would continue attacking and criticizing other alternative media personalities, thus creating more of a divide.
The two individuals were so polarizing that they eventually had a falling out with one another, resulting in Guliani leaving the show. Not long after that, WING TV would transform into a glorified online bookstore.
According to Bill Makufka, Scott Makufka was a complicated individual; Victor Thorn wasn’t just a pseudonym, but a separate identity.
He would tailor the conversation for each individual that he talked to, a description of a trait that sounds all too familiar, but that’s a story for another day.
What you need to know is that he along with his then-cohort did more criticizing than original content creation. They did some original work, such as protesting at Ground Zero on 9/11 a couple of times and Thorn/Makufka would put already existing material into an original format (9/11 On Trial), but they also built long list of people in their so called “Hall of Shame.”
When people are focused on more than ideas, there’s a problem. This holds true regardless of point of view. One can’t claim to be against “The Man” when they go to “The Man” to solve a perceived problem in the first place, especially when it’s a civil matter.
Scott “Victor Thorn” Makufka is no martyr, no hero, no deity. He was human, and in the past he along with a former co-host made a few mistakes (some more egregious than others) and ironically generated negativity, the very thing Makufka disdained.
So please don’t put him on top of a pedestal or argue that Hillary Clinton had anything to do with his death.
I recently subscribed to the WWE Network, and thus far, it seems to be worth $10 a month. I was able to watch most of Payback last night, which brings me to today’s topic.
The Eater of Worlds in the WWE.
Let’s talk storylines.
Pro wrestling is the most unique form of theater as it requires athleticism along with the ability to improvise in front of an immense crowd. The Shield didn’t reunite, but there’s a good reason.
It would have been too obvious.
One of the overlooked elements in WWE today is none other than Bray Wyatt. He has had a history of being subtle. As a so called “master manipulator,” he’s able to misdirect the audience into thinking he’s headed in one direction while it turns out not to be the case.
For instance, before his match with Ryback, viewers would find out why The Big Guy was challenged; he was simply in Wyatt’s way. Wyatt’s way of what?
If one read the shirt he was wearing during the match while remembering the entrance, things may begin to make sense.
The overall message of the shirt went along the lines of, “Follow the light….. find your way home.” While The Shield didn’t reunite last night, a couple of individuals did before the event.
Eric Rowen and Luke Harper.
There are plenty of members in the main WWE roster, and Ryback was getting more attention as of late. Could that have been interfereing with Wyatt’s attempt to reunite his clan? Furthermore, could he have been using the match in question to get the attention of Rowen and Harper?
Bear in mind that Wyatt has been playing the subtle game since the beginning of this year. When Dolph Ziggler performed The Famouser on him, he no-sold it. Then came the vignettes. Then came the coffin….. except it happened over several weeks.
So let’s speculate for a moment. Since a reunification of the Wyatt Family is being presented as something that isn’t as obvious, then when would be a good time for it to take place?
There was a slow build of three months to Wrestlemania 31 against The Undertaker. Going by that time frame, would it be safe to say that at least three months from now, it may take place (assuming it does at all)?
After all, Summerslam would be the perfect venue to rebuild a faction that could act as competition against the more monopolisic Authority. What are your thoughts?
The first tablet that I’ve ever owned was a Viewsonic gtablet. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Google certified, so the official app store was not accessible. I eventually gave it up and wouldn’t own another one for about four years.
I now am the proud owner of an RCA 10 Pro Edition Tablet, and it has the following specs:
1.5 GHz Quad Core Cortex A9 processor
Android 4.4 KitKat
1 GB DDR3 RAM
16 GB of internal storage
32 GB microSD card (upgrade)
0.3 Megapixel front-facing camera and 2.0 Megapixel rear camera
Keyboard folio case
Battery life of up to six hours
10″ diagonal screen (1024×600 resoltuion)
The usual features of a multi-touch capacitive screen (with auto-rotate)
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
Mini HDMI port
The best part is that I have access to the Google Play store. Although some apps are incompatible with this tablet, I am looking forward to putting it to good use. With that said, I would also like to take the time to explain what’s been going on with the website.
I’ve been meaning to convert the existing PDF magazines to a web-based format. In the middle of that, life happened. Some things come to an end so that others can begin.
A door on one chapter of my life has closed and thus another opens. The world headquarters for this media venue has been moved back to Warrensburg, Missouri. This means that Shaggy and I will have an easier time getting together for podcast episodes and other potential projects.
This also means that converting the remainder of the PDF’s to a web-based format will take a bit more time. More than copying and pasting is involved. I have to place images in the correct order and add bonus content to entice readers to subscribe to the magazine.
Yes, you read correctly.
Though the online version will remain free for all, there will be a few extras for those who subscribe:
Exclusive content, such as video episodes embedded via HTML 5
No insertion of Google Ads
Other bonuses and incentives as they become available (think exclusive copies of independent films, music albums, and more)
Having specific printing equipment for glossy looking magazines would be very cost prohibitive, while having each issue as an individual PDF would only work well as long as the file size remains relatively small.
A web-based format that’s published on CD-ROM would be the best of both worlds as individuals can easily make copies to give away to all their friends. Yes, I want you to make copies and give them away so that others know we exist!
Once all the existing issues are converted over, I will begin working on the newest issue. It won’t be perfect as it will be a work in progress. In fact, it will always be as such.
Still, I am looking forward to this endeavor. With that said, I shall now conclude this post and begin to celebrate my 32nd birthday. Have a wonderful afternoon, everybody.
Recently, Thomas received this mobile card reader in the mail. He has a bit of trouble taking it out of the box due to over-analyzing, but once he gets it out, he likes what he sees. Unfortunately, he may have to acquire a tablet instead of relying om his phone due to the thickness of his phone case (an Otterbox) making it virtually impossible to insert the gadget into the headphone jack.
They donate Linux – based computers to kids in need.
Ken Starks, known as HeliOS online, is the head of The Reglue Project, an organization that serves all of Central Texas. Their mission is to bridge the digital divide by providing computers to the kids of families who can’t afford one.
Internet access is also paid three months in advance in order to allow the parents or legal guardians to budget for it.
According to their annual funding campaign on IndieGoGo, “What good is being granted a vehicle if we can’t afford the fuel to do computer installations? Or to buy the parts needed to fix that computer? The majority of grant foundations are simply not offering assistance to help with those things any more.“
There was only over two weeks left, and they’re far from their goal of $9,000 USD. Fortunately, it appears that IndieGoGo has extended the campaign and as of writing this, there are 31 days left. So far, $3,380 has been pledged.
Below is a keynote from Starks for this year’s Ohio Linux Fest. Due to surgery that he will have over the holidays, the keynote may be his last public speaking event.
In order to prevent any more bouts with cancer, he is having his larynx removed and will no longer be able to speak vocally.
“They tried adding 400 fake accounts to my personal page and are currently adding a flood of fake accounts to WTF Magazine.” Fyk said.
Here’s a list of some Facebook accounts that were banned from the WTF fanpage.
This isn’t the first time he’s dealt with this group. Business Insider has details on a group dedicated to hijacking fan pages for fun and profit.
Hijackers send a flood of fake likes to a fan page so they can report content that is posted. “Jack Evans along with Austin Harrig, Anthony Machia (Ortiz), Ken Ballou, George Portillo, Dexter Hyman and others have attacked us without cause for years.” Fyk said.
Pages that reach 100,000 likes are a prime target for the group lead by Evans.
Note how the same name appears twice.
In some cases, duplicate accounts are created. They can be used to evade banning while continually harassing the intended target.
The group is known as “The Community,” and their profile claims to be against cyber bullying. The group’s description is only a ruse.
The hijacking of pages began as a way of pulling pranks and was only for fun before things got serious.
Now it can be done for fun and profit.
Below are a couple of screenshots showing the impact of fake likes.
“The idea is to add the fake accounts and use those to report everything. This kills the reach on the page.” Fyk said.
Note the spike in organic likes on his personal page.
“I managed to get 99% off my personal page but that was a small page and 400 likes in 2 hours is noticeable.” Fyk said.
In terms of content, Fyk explained, “There are always people that do not like things we post. No one likes everything. However if you judge our content off the number of banned pictures as compared to the number we post we stay well within the guidelines of Facebook terms of service.”
In the four years of operation, 20 pictures and five links were banned. In the previous three months, only this link was banned. As for other content, Fyk told me, “Anything to do with [the] Muslim religion gets us being reported into the ground. People get fanatical and its a shame that a few people have a say over that of the masses.”
In response to accusations of dismembered people being posted, he told me that it simply wasn’t true. “You need to realize we have a group of haters that are already at it trying to sabotage our page. They do what is called Social Engineering. What that is, is saying stuff like that, which people don’t know is true or false.” Fyk said.
Page admins have strict instructions to not post racial slurs, child pornography, or attacks on religion.
“We do make fun of the fanatical groups which makes fun of feminists sometimes but I’d also make fun of fat people and I am one.” Fyk said.
First, the user in question says they’re in the photo. Then they see they don’t find it funny.
A picture of two turtles of all things was reported. While the user initially messaged the page to remove it because they were in it, the admin asked where in the image they were at. Their story changed.
They then said they simply didn’t find it funny and that one of their grandchildren’s friends shared the image.
“There is no reason two turtles are a problem for facebook. Yet it was reported by some overly sensitive individual. But again, it’s not dismembered bodies, torture, self mutilation or anything even close.” Fyk said.
The website’s primary source of revenue is advertising, which is affected by web traffic. Thanks to the fan page, they were able to support a number of families, two of which who have members who are special needs.
“One is an adult who is mildly retarded. The other is a downs syndrome child.” Fyk said.
Since the page was deleted, the publication has been set back four years. Despite this, Fyk plans to support those families until they recover.
In order to rebuild, they are no longer relying on advertising alone. “I can’t announce everything but I am bringing in the CEO of another major publication to help out.” Fyk said.
If the original page is republished, they will emphasize the website instead of solely relying on Facebook. “Our fans won’t like it as much but they will have to come to the site to see the crazier stuff.” Fyk said.
There are also plans of moving beyond Facebook and expanding to other social media sites. This includes building a social media network as well. Regarding additional frustrations, Fyk told me that, “Facebook would not give us a verified brand check mark though we were an established tax paying business.”
Their new fan page may be found here. For those interested in checking out their website, it may be found here.