Hypnosis skeptic gets hypnotized

This is the hilarious moment a skeptic was hypnotized into believing he had a penis the size of an elephant’s trunk.

Maxine Waters questions the patriotism of Trump supporters

Maxine Waters and her friends are bigger patriots than you are.

Instead of working on something that will benefit her constituents, Waters played the race card and the patriotism card against supporters of the president.

While We’re Young

I think the USGA started the “While We’re Young” campaign after watching this video.  Based on the commentary at the end how do you think this shot went?

Wednesday Poll

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The Internet you don’t know – The Deep Web

What Is The Deep Web?

You have probably heard of the deep web around the internet, on television, and maybe even in the news.  Do you know what it is though?  Probably not.  The concept of the deep web isn’t as mysterious as it seems; however, the contents can be.  Let’s take a look at what the deep web is.

The basic internet is what we use every day.  We access it by putting in simple web addresses.  This part of the internet is incredibly easy to access.  This is because it is the indexed part of the World Wide Web.  These websites are found by search engines following links around the internet.

Normal websites that you visit are part of what we commonly refer to as the World Wide Web or WWW.  However, for a discussion on the deep web, a better name would be the surface web.  The surface web refers to the websites that you see on the surface of the internet.  Those that are easy to find.

Now there are plenty of parts of websites that search engines can’t find, despite the fact that they are getting smarter and smarter.  For example, a search engine can’t access closed databases, use other search engines, navigate libraries, or find websites that have no external links.

Want some examples of deep web content that a search engine can’t find?  Take a look.

  • City, County, or State court record databases
  • Other legal documents
  • Scientific reports (sometimes)
  • Medical licensing databases
  • Medical records
  • Pricing and scheduling databases not shared with search engines
  • Other governmental databases
  • Login areas

But this is only a small portion of what is on the deep web.  The deep web also contains websites where people are a little more concerned with their identity go to converse.  This doesn’t mean illegal activity necessary.  Some obscure book clubs can be found on the deep web.

When most people think of the deep web they are actually thinking of the dark web.  There is a notable difference between the deep web and the dark web.  Unlike, the deep web, the dark web isn’t just unindexed, it requires special tools to access.  These tools can be downloaded by anyone but not everyone will know how to use them properly.

The most notable dark web browser is Tor.  It is an anonymous browser with the side benefit of being able to connect to the dark web.

Most of the illegal activity that gets associated with the deep web is actually in the dark web.  You can find content that might not be considered appropriate for all audiences along with guides on how to perform illegal acts.  Along with that you can find illegal goods for sale.

A lot of people believe that the dark web is a safe place that is completely anonymous.  This belief is not true.  The dark web uses nodes to create safe access to different locations.  This allows the nodes to see what you are doing and to potentially inject malware into your computer.  And those are the parts of the dark web controlled by the hackers and computer experts.  The NSA and other government agencies still have tools for tracking dark web communication and movement.  This includes taking dark web hardware in order to track the users who have accessed it.

The distinction between the dark web and the deep web is slightly more blurred than that.  The dark web is actually a small part of the overall deep web which is the majority of the internet.  Everyday websites that you find on the surface web are only a small portion of the World Wide Web.  Estimates put the deep web as making up well over 95% of the internet.

If you are interested in the internet there is typically no harm to exploring the deep web.  However, it is always prudent to be safe when doing so.  Unless you are experienced in computers and networks, then it is probably best that you keep away from the dark web.  It is a place where you are likely to get in trouble in more than one way.  Most of the content on the dark web is not legal in the United States or many of the other major countries in the world.

Presidential Stats

For those keeping track I thought I would update the data that my liberal friends had saved so they can show how terrible things are.  From my point of view things are looking pretty good at this stage.  I just wonder how much better these numbers will look once the democrats stop obstructing.

 

Through the looking glass

Well, she got that one completely wrong.  A couple months after the election and they are still in a total meltdown, causing damage everywhere they go.

Liberal Reasoning

You have to love the irony…a lesbian promoting Sharia law.  I guess she doesn’t understand that under Sharia law she would be killed.

Same-sex intercourse carries the death penalty in five officially Muslim nations: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania, Sudan, and Yemen.  “God is very straightforward about this — not we Muslims, not subjective, the Sharia is very clear about it, the punishment for homosexuality, bestiality or anything like that is death,” Muslim cleric Sheikh Khalid Yasin said in a YouTube video posted online. “We don’t make any excuses about that, it’s not our law — it’s the Koran.”

O’Keefe exposes CNN

James O’Keefe and his team at Project Veritas just released covertly captured, previously unseen video footage from within the CNN newsroom.  But unlike his usual undercover sting operations, this footage was allegedly sourced from a CNN insider who apparently grew frustrated with the biased reporting of the “fake news” media outlet.

The American Flag

The History of The American Flag

There are very few things as representative of America as the stars and stripes.  The American flag is featured throughout American culture and government.  Uncle Sam is even depicted as wearing the flag.  While the American flag is such a big part of American culture, not many people know where it came from or its history.  Keep reading to find out the story behind Old Glory.

What The Flag Represents

The American flag isn’t just an image that was drummed up for the United States, each piece represents something.  The red and white stripes represent the 13 colonies of the original United States.  The stars now represent the 50 states of America.  Red was chosen for valor and white for purity.  Finally, the blue is the symbol of justice and vigilance, two of America’s core values.  The flag was not always this way, though, it started out different and has gone through many changes.

Origins

Before there was an official flag, the United States had many unofficial symbols of its statehood.  In 1775 there were at least five different flags used across the Union.  These include:

  • Continental Navy Flag
  • Forster Flag
  • Liberty Tree Flag
  • New England Flag
  • Son of Liberty Flag

The stars and stripes became the American flag in 1777 when the Continental Congress voted an act into place that established a flag.  This flag was to have thirteen stripes that alternate both red and white.  It should also have thirteen white stars to represent the union upon a field of blue.  There was no specific order for the stars to be in on the flag and as such, there was still room for interpretation.

Betsy Ross is popularly believed to be the make of the first American flag after the Continental Congress’s decree.  It featured the thirteen stripes and a circle of thirteen stars on a blue background.  While there was an official stance on the flag, there were still many different versions made after 1777.

Between 1794 and 1818 the flag had 15 stripes.  This decision was made to allow the stars and stripes to have the same number.  After 1818, the flag went back to have 13 stripes.

Old Glory

Old Glory is one the many nicknames that the American flag has earned but it is also one of the most popular.  Where did this nickname come from?  It comes from a ship captain with the name William Driver.  Captain Driver flew the flag on his boat and was named Old Glory.  The flag was large, 10 by 17 feet.

During the Civil War, multiple tries were made to deface the flag.  Once he stopped flying the flag on his ship, it hung from the Tennessee Statehouse.  It is now housed at the National Museum of American History.

Changes Over Time

Over time, The United States Congress authorized changes to the American flag.  The last change was authorized in 1960 after Hawaii became an official state.  Most of the changes were to authorization the addition of stars for new states as they were incorporated.

Interesting Facts

You might be interested to know these facts about the American flag.

  • In 1805 the American flag was flown at a fort on foreign soil for the first time. That fort was Fort Derne in Libya.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was first created in 1892, The writers took their inspiration from the flag.
  • One of the flags from the world trade center was found partially intact and served as an inspiration for those working at the sites after the terrorist attack.
  • R. 42 from U.S. Congress prevents any apartment or condominium complex from disallowing flying of the America flag.
  • The most recent design of the American flag (50 stars) was designed by a high school student, not a government body.
  • There is a whole set of guidelines just for the flag, this is called The Flag Code.
  • According to the United States Army, older versions of the flag are not prohibited from being displayed.

The American flag has undergone a lot of changes over the years.  Now we fly a commonly accepted version of the flag that was designed by a high schooler.  This speaks of a rich history of a country that is still developing.  Now that you know more about the history of the American flag, you can share it with your friends.