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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Writer's Life 6/3 - Dark Doings

Ever watch a movie or TV show that refers to The Dark Web and wonder if it actually exists? I first heard it referred to on The X-Files, probably by one of the three guys, The Lone Gunmen, in the above photo. Here's the gist of a post by Adrien Lamo I found online by at, pared and edited by yours truly: "Deep Web is distinct from Dark Web. The latter is the encrypted network that exists between Tor servers and their clients, whereas the Deep Web is simply the content of databases and other web services that for one reason or another cannot be indexed by conventional search engines. Neither can be indexed, but not all that cannot be indexed is the Dark Web. The Dark Web is the much-hyped, mysterious place the media would have you believe is a wretched hive of scum and villainy where you'd be well-served to shoot first if you hope to survive. Activists will tell you it's our last, best hope for privacy and free speech. As with most issues, the truth falls somewhere in between. But you didn't come here for analysis, you came for instruction. First of all, if you want anyone who matters to take you seriously, drop the Dark/Deep Web thing. What you want to access are sites using the Tor Hidden Service Protocol. It works over regular Tor (anonymity network), but instead of having your traffic routed from your computer and through an onion-like layer of servers, it stays within the Tor network. You won't know exactly what system you're accessing unless they tell you, and they won't know who you are unless they do - or unless you are careless. But given that you're the one starting out and they're the ones running a hidden service, they kind of have you at a disadvantage if you screw up. Fortunately, the tales of people having their lives ruined by browsing the wrong sites and being hunted by mafiosi bent on silencing them for having witnessed a mob hit streamed online are massively overblown. At most, you might find yourself mercilessly trolled, get pizzas ordered to your door or, if you're particularly unfortunate, get Swatted (having emergency service sent to your home). The simplest way to start using Tor is to download the browser bundle, assuming you're on Windows. You can find installation instructions for it on other operating systems as well. Once it's installed and launched, the browser should connect automatically to the network. From there, you can use a directory of hidden services to get started. They include: Hidden Wiki, HiddenWiki Deep Web Links. These sites may contain links to illegal services and are provided for informational purposes only. If you're scammed or get yourself into trouble, your recourse against the people you've dealt with is likely to be limited at best."
I wouldn't go near the Deep Web, let alone the Dark. I saw a list of things available on it that included hiring a hit man or buying drugs. I'll stick with Chrome.

Hillary went after Trump and his alleged university yesterday. I don't know whether TU is legit or not. If it isn't, it should be revealed to voters. It turns out the Clintons had a hand in a for-profit college as well. The story has been around for a while, but has not been covered by mainstream media. Gee, I wonder why? The following is from "In April 2015, Bill Clinton was forced to abruptly resign from his lucrative perch as honorary chancellor of Laureate Education, a for-profit college company. The reason for his immediate departure: Clinton Cash revealed, and Bloomberg confirmed, that Laureate funneled Clinton $16.46 million over five years while Hillary’s State Dept. pumped at least $55 million to a group run by Laureate’s founder and chairman, Douglas Becker, who has strong ties to the Clinton Global Initiative. Laureate has donated between $1 million and $5 million (donations are reported in ranges, not exact amounts) to the Clinton Foundation. Progressive billionaire George Soros is also a Laureate financial backer."

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