In the past few months, it’s become obvious how important the mission of the site has become. The unfortunate, inevitable truth is that major news and media networks are trying to figure out how they could have gotten the election year so wrong while not actually coming upon the correct answer.
In reality, they blame so called “fake news” outlets for their own failings.
In the coming days, the about page will be updated so that anybody who wants to e-mail any of us will not only have an available e-mail address but an encryption key as well. I will also remove my personal site and set up a new one to free up resources for this site.
My Libertarian Conscience will simply be set up in a new home, and the podcast will be converted to a YouTube show instead.
In light of media incompetence, civil liberties concerns, and the revelations from Edward Snowden, I knew that it was time to make things a bit more secure. What he did was not without controversy, and there were unintended consequences.
With that said, the cat is already out of the bag and everybody should be thinking about their privacy.
Even if one has nothing to fear from their own government, there are still identity thieves and others with less than honorable intentions. Protecting your identity and privacy is generally a good idea.
It’s like wearing a helmet when getting on a bike or safety goggles when you’re doing a job that requires eye protection.
That’s also why I don’t begrudge those who use ad blocking. I don’t blame any readers who have no desire to be tracked and traced.
I’ve only begun to keep things updated here. Stay tuned for more articles and more podcasts.
Kevin Owens raises the WWE Universal Championship high. Image based on screencap from Dailly DDT.
Last night on WWE Monday Night Raw, Kevin Owens became the Universal Champion with the help of Triple H. The move shocked the audience in a pleasant way. Future rivalries are set up while Owens can have a moment of glory.
Let’s hope it lasts longer than a mere moment.
After all, Jim Cornette himself had issues with Owens when he wrestled as Kevin Steen in Ring of Honor and said at one point that he would be limited to small audiences for the rest of his life. In this case, it’s a good thing he was wrong. This Reddit thread shines some light on that conflict.
The cool part is that Kevin Owens is not your typical muscle bound Fabio type.
In today’s changing world, stereotypes become especially suspect. The muscle-bound types aren’t the only ones who are athletic. The husky ones can go as well.
For all the athleticism in the world, having a functional brain can help when it comes to taking advantage of opportunities.
The point being? Owens is a douchebag, but he’s an amazing douchebag. He plays the part so well, especially when he screamed, “YYyyyyyyeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!” after winning the title last night.
Funny can make money in the right circumstances.
So let’s hope that Owens holds onto that championship for a while and he defends it, making it legit. After all, having a title changing hands multiple times like a hot potato is a good way to torpedo any possible prestige.
In the middle of the summer, interesting news came out regarding the latest update to Chrome OS and Chromebooks. It appears we are that much closer to seeing something that could give the executives at Microsoft and Apple nightmares in the months to come.
The Google Play Store will eventually come to Chrome OS.
Though it’s only available via the developer channel on select models, more will be added later on. I myself have purchased a newer Samsung Chromebook that’s Intel-based so that I can eventually test Crossover Office on it.
I’ll just have to be patient.
In the meantime, there are possibilities that can be seen in the future. Imagine being able to purchase inexpensive Chrome-based systems, install Android-based productivity apps on them, and have them used in an enterprise environment.
This could wind up disrupting the computer industry yet again.
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.