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Main stream media - aka "the news" is reporting that fake news - aka "the news" - might have played a bigger part in the recent presidential election that was previously thought. They're blaming Facebook for propagating fake news which fueled Trump's rise to power because people who were on the fence for Hillary decided they read one too many negative news articles about her and thus voted for Trump. Obama is hinting at censorship to combat this problem, but I think the real problem is the fact that we actually have enough people in society now who are relying on a site like Facebook for their main source of news.

It was bad enough having to sift through the biased news articles on CNN's and FOX News' website because there were always considered to be questionable, but now we have people thinking Facebook is a real source for news? What's next? People are going to start relying on people's internet dating profiles for their autobiographies? That seems kind of crazy, right? Why? Because we all know that what people write on the internet is just one big lie to begin with.

"I read it on the internet, it must be true" was always a sarcastic dig at the internet's credibility up until about November 8th 2016 when Americans actually believed that because they read it on the internet, well, then it must be true! But what about before November 8th? Was fake news a problem then? Were there internet hoaxes before then? Of course there were! But people were mostly too smart at the time to fall for them.

Share this picture and BMW is going to give away a brand new BMW!

Share this picture of a BMW and win a new BMW!
Share this picture of a BMW and win a new BMW!

I have probably seen something like this at least 500 times on social media in the last few years. Actually, since it is close to the holidays, my news feed is long over due for one. And it usually isn't just BMW giving away one car, they some how made exactly 22 too many of a certain model and need to get rid of them so they're going to be giving them away to a random 22 people who like and share the image on Facebook.

Back in 2007/2008 when this sort of thing was tried not many people fell for it. Sure, there weren't as many people using social media at the time, but it just feels as though now people are more gullible and believe something like this more than they did in 2007/2008. Who knows though, maybe companies like BMW and RV companies are doing so well that they're willing to give away some free stuff. Hey, it's worth a shot, right?

What's the worst that can happen? Most of your friends will see that you shared it and think you're gullible. No. Don't be ridiculous - they're going to share it as well.

This guy who just won the Power Ball is going to give away $10 million!!!1

How many times have we seen this right after a big drawing? You know, the one that no one wins, yet somehow some asshole claims that they won and tries to go viral by posting a picture of him holding up a Photoshopped lottery ticket. The gimmick is that if you like and share the picture he or she will randomly select someone and see to it that they get $10 million dollars of their earnings.

I'll tell you what... If I just won a Power Ball drawing worth $300 million I would not be advertising to the world that I won and I wouldn't be advertising that I fake won, either. $300 million is a lot of cash and people will actually kill for that amount of money. That isn't just "well off" money, that is money that can start to shape local economies if used correctly.

This is almost like the people who are protesting Trump winning yet didn't even vote. Why would you do that? You got your chance at democracy and you blew it. If you actually win the lottery and then advertise it to the world that you won then you blew your chance at actually being able to enjoy the money.

Methodus Toolz

Pseudo Hacking Toolz for l33t h4x0rs
Pseudo Hacking Toolz for l33t h4x0rs

Talk about a blast from the past, Methodus Toolz was a program from 1999/2000 that was used to "hack" AOL accounts and give other users viruses if you felt inclined to do so. If I recall correctly, one of the features included a "hard drive spinner" that would make your hard drive spin wildly out of control and burn up and burn your entire house down while in the process.

Users of the program believed this so much that they would use it at the first hint of an argument in a chat room. Didn't think Britney Spears was hot? Get ready to get h4x0red!

What they failed to realize was that the program itself (Methodus Toolz) was more than likely some kind of virus that allowed its coders to gain sensitive information. The only down side about the whole plot was that the developer didn't realize that 12 year olds don't have bank account information on their computers.

The list can really go on and on. This is nothing new. It didn't take the internet to suddenly fabricate fake news or other fake stories. The problem is people's overall willingness to believe what they're consuming and taking it literally at face value.

People - you need to wake up. You can't rely on The Onion for news, nor can you rely CNN, Fox News, a website with the term "3 percent" in the domain name, or a site like Jezebel to deliver unbiased news. Use multiple sources and most of all use you common sense. Jesus.

01 Dec 2016 - Trump's First 100 Days

I don't know who did this, but whoever did deserves a cookie.
I don't know who did this

Unless you've been living under a rock these past several days, Donald Trump has won enough electoral votes in the United States to secure the office of President starting in January of 2017. Obviously this has rubbed some people the wrong way. Pretty much every campus in the United States is up in arms about Hill-dawg loosing and people have taken to the streets in protest, claiming that Donald Trump is bad for the country and the world... ironically all while they are destroying their very own communities in some cases.

I hate to sound cliche but at this point what's done is what's done. It's an absolute shame that it came down to those two. In almost every election Americans seem to think that they are forced to pick between the lesser of two evils and this election it was even more evident that ever before.

Trump has an ambitious first 100 days all planned out once he officially takes office on January 20th. In fact, I checked his website and I figured I'd share some of the more outrageous "ideas" he's hoping to implement with the help of the House and the Senate.

Banning the Use of the Phrase 'Trump Card'

Trump said he is going to require all tax payers to indicate how many times they used the phrase "trump card" within that tax year and charge them a tax accordingly based on the number of times it was used. He's tried of it being used as a pun towards him and wants it to stop right away. His economists claim this alone will generate nearly $1.3 billion in extra cash flow to the federal government during the first 2 years of his presidency.

Mandatory Spray Tans for All

This is actually pretty brilliant. Trump says that he is going to ditch Obamacare and use some of the money that the government would have spent administrating the program to provide spray tans for all 360 million Americans regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, nationality, or political affiliation. He estimates that by doing this he will create upwards of 100,000 jobs in the spray tan industry, which was a once struggling industry after MTV stopped airing Jersey Shore.

Debate Course for All College Students

And no, he's not going to make college free. But within the first 100 days in office Trump wants to make sure that each and every college student gets a chance to take a debate course that he and his campaign staff have put together curricula for. Glancing through the proposed learning outcomes, Trump says that his hopes are that each student will graduate knowing how to debate someone to get what they want: interrupt them after each sentence they speak, answer a completely different question than that was asked, and effectively talk with your hands. He says that young adults these days don't really know how to effectively debate which is evident during the post-election protests and riots taking place.

Immigrant Wives

Trump was able to get Anna Kournikova to endorse his plans to revive the mail order bride industry
Trump was able to get Anna Kournikova to endorse his plans to revive the mail order bride industry

In an effort to fix relations with foreign countries (Mainly Russia) Trump says that he is going to re-kindle the old Russian Mail Order Bride business. He said that with today's technology and the US Dollar becoming strong once again, it will only allow the service to take off and provide hope for many young Russian women. He will enlist the help of Dr. Neil Clark Warren, founder and CEO of eHarmony to get the service off the ground. He did mention that a serious system of checks and balances need to be in place to assure that no Russians who have links to terrorist organizations are allowed in. Some of these immigrant women will be allowed to work in the spray tan industry once they arrive.

Casinos in Every City

Everyone puts the name "Trump" with Casino. They go together like tuna fish and lamb. If you've been to Atlantic City in the last 10 years or so, it's no secret that the city is doing rather poorly. Many casinos have since closed their doors and if you walk one or two blocks off the main strip after sundown you're most likely going to get mugged. Trump's idea to revitalize this once booming industry is to make casinos more common in the United States. It's next to impossible for a new casino to open up in an urban area because of all the red tape associate with opening up a new one. He's going to work to get rid of a lot of that red tape and bring the minimum age down to 16, citing that young kids need to learn what bad choices are at an early age rather than having to wait until they're 21 to realize that gambling is a huge waste of money.

Those were just some of the things he's planning on doing during the first 100 days that he's in office. Based on the above, I think it's a solid game plan and I think he's going to have a great 4 years ahead of him for the simple fact that he's going to save the spray tan industry.

My sources tell me this is Thin Lizzy, who claim the boys are back in town.
My sources tell me this is Thin Lizzy, who claim the boys are back in town.

It's been a very, very long time since I've done anything with any of my web-based stuff. True, I've gotten a lot older (Read: wiser) since I was introduced to the internet at the ripe old age of just 14 and some things that were once important to me just aren't even on my radar anymore. If you're reading this and you're 14 or 15 (Do they even teach kids how to read these days?) this concept might not make sense to you now, but give it another 10/15 years and you will have that magical "ah-ha!" moment when you look back and ask yourself "How did I ever once give two shits about that shit?"

I'll admit, web development was one of those things that kind of went by the wayside. I had (and still have) tons of other stuff going on in my life that really trump (No pun-intended!) developing new web content, not to mention staying on top of the endless software patches that are needed to operate a website/server. Within the last week or so, I have since migrated all of my web content to a much cheaper host and have fixed up the forums so they are now working once again. It's my intention to stay on top of this shit since I am at a much more stable point in my life now than I was over the last several years.

So if you're reading this now and wonder what the hell I'm talking about - I'll give you some background. I registered this domain name back in early 2001 and developed it into what was then known as an E/N website - Everything and Nothing. They were old school "blogs" that weren't run by whiney wine-guzzling-hippies like today's blogs. They were run by down to Earth chill people who just wanted a little slice of the web to their own. And I was one of those people. Back around 2008/2009 I simply had too much stuff going on in my life and could not really afford to dedicate any time to my side projects anymore. Sadly, I just kind of let the place die off. The software/content management systems started to break since they were neglected and that was pretty much the end of it.

That being said, let me bring you up to speed on a few things that attributed to me not having time between 2009 and 2016 to devote myself to my web-ventures.

Work and College

Combined these two things took up the bulk of my time. Looking back at my course load in college and how much I worked, I honestly don't know how I did it. I always took a full course load, and I usually found myself to be working between 60 and 70 hours a week in the restaurant industry as a general manager. So here we are in 2016 and I can now confirm this is a rare thing these days - you know, to work full time and go to college full time. I will say, Bernie Sanders was the closest thing everyone has had to not having to endure juggling work and college courses at the same time. Unless of course you have rich parents who buy you everything. Don't worry though, if you're one of those special snowflakes it might seem awesome to you now and you might try and rub it in your friend's faces, but give it enough time... they are doing you a disservice and you will one day realize this. Let that sink in now.

Lifting Shit

This is kind of what happens when you tear a pec. This is also kind of not me.
This is kind of what happens when you tear a pec. This is also kind of not me.

I'm pretty much the text book definition of a geek. But the one part I do stray from the norm when it comes to traditional geeks is that I like to lift. And I'm not talking about just showing up to the gym for a few minutes to get a few sets in and then leave just so I can tell myself I went to the gym that day. No. I'm talking about power lifting at the competitive level. It might have started out as me just going to the gym for the sake of going to the gym but then some time in 2009/2010 I got into power lifting thanks to a guy I met in college who convinced me to start switching up the way I lifted. I competed about 8 times and placed 6 times out of those 8. In 2015 it was going to be the first time I would compete in the 220lb weight class but I tore my left pectoral 5 days prior to the competition. Surprisingly it did not hurt as much as one would think. I tell people it felt like someone took a bendy straw and pulled it apart so the accordion piece was stretched out. For those of you who MUST have numbers: I was able to squat 450, bench 380, and dead lift 500 right before the injury. I'm still on the road to recovery today.

Life

Last but not least... I've been busy living life. You know, finding the right woman of my dreams, finding a house to move in to, all that fun stuff. So now that I have all of that stuff out of the way, I can not afford to spend a little more time doing side projects such as this. Besides, this is way cheaper than some other hobbies or things I could be doing with my free time. If money ever gets tight, I guess I could always go on Craigslist and find a part time or full time protesting job in my nearby city.

I realize it's a long road ahead for me to get this place kind of running again. I'll work on getting some of my older content migrated over, as well as get the color scheme and theme locked down. I'll try to keep BS posts like this down to a minimum. After all, this was always intended to be a spot for biased and unbalanced news.

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