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Posted 2/17/15 at 12:10 AM | Candice Lanier

After Silk Road: Like Hydra The Darknet Is Bigger, Deeper & Darker Than Ever

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Let's get some definitions out of the way right off the bat, because a lot of people confuse the Dark Web with the Deep Web. We're basically dealing with three distinct concepts.

The Surface Web is anything that can be indexed by a typical search engine like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.

Conversely, the Deep Web is anything that a search engine can’t find. For example, when you conduct a search on a website using a search box, you will extract results from the Deep Web. Government databases and libraries are home to massive amounts of Deep Web data.

And, the Darknet (also known as the Dark Web) is just a small portion of the Deep Web. It has been intentionally concealed and is inaccessible through standard web browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. You can't get there from here.--at least not directly. FULL POST

Posted 2/1/15 at 8:35 PM | Candice Lanier

An American Man's Suspicious Death In Saudi Arabia - Right Before He Died He Sent Messages Stating He Was In Danger

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An American employee of an Israeli defense firm has died under mysterious circumstances, in Saudi Arabia, and his family believes he was murdered. Chris Cramer was employed by Kollsman, Inc., a United States subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a defense electronics company in Israel.

According to Saudi authorities in the city of Tabuk, where Cramer died, he committed suicide by jumping from his hotel window at the Sahara Makarim Hotel—from the 3rd floor. But, family and friends in the US contend he was murdered, as part of a complex arms deal.

The Jerusalem Post reports: FULL POST

Posted 1/25/15 at 6:15 PM | Candice Lanier

American Sniper Breaks Box Office Records As White House Petition For Chris Kyle To Receive Medal of Honor Circulates

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Bradley Cooper (on the left) who plays Chris Kyle (on the right) in American Sniper.

Born and raised in Texas, Christopher Scott Kyle was a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1999 to 2009. He is the most successful sniper in American military history.

According to his book American Sniper, he is credited with 160 confirmed kills.

Kyle served as a Navy SEAL in 4 tours in the latest Iraq war. For his bravery and military skills, he was awarded some of the most distinguished medals available, on multiple occasions, including the Bronze and Silver Star.

Known as the "Devil of Ramadi" by insurgents in Iraq, a bounty was offered for his head. He was shot twice, in addition to involvement in six IED attacks. After surviving all of that, on February 2, 2013 Chris Kyle was murdered by a U.S. military veteran at a shooting range in Texas.

Kyle's book has been made into a movie—a movie which has become the focus of a lot of controversy. The following are just a few of the numerous headlines negatively targeting the movie, 'American Sniper': FULL POST

Posted 1/19/15 at 2:22 AM | Candice Lanier

Top 20 Martin Luther King Quotes

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and activist. He led the Civil Rights Movement in the US from the mid-1950s until 1968, when he was assassinated. Considered the most influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement and whose message has resonated globally, his objective was to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and to ensure equal treatment and protection of all under the law.

He played a key role in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize in addition to several other honors. King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech continues to be one of the most lauded and cited in history.

  • “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
  • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
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The Kings at Home - Born in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Montgomery, Ala., with his new wife Coretta in 1955 after King accepted a position as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. King met Coretta while he was studying for his Ph.D. at Boston University and they were married in June 1953. Yolanda, their first child, above, was born in November 1955.
  •  “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  • “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
  • “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  • “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
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The Walk to Freedom, June 23, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan.
  •  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • “We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”
  • “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
  • “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
  • “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
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March on Washington, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
  •  “The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.”
  • “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
  • “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
  • “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”
  • “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

Posted 1/11/15 at 4:56 PM | Candice Lanier

Sixty-One Journalists Were Killed In 2014 - Many Others Remain In Captivity By Terrorists

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Murdered journalist, James Foley

Globally, 61 journalists were killed in 2014. The Middle East was the deadliest region, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in the organization's year-end report. Almost half of the journalists killed last year died in the Middle East, with Syria being the deadliest country for journalists for the third year in a row. At least 17 journalists were killed in Syria as the civil war rages on. A total of seventy-nine journalists have lost their lives in Syria since the conflict began in 2011.

These deaths represent a decrease from 2013, a year in which 70 journalists lost their lives. But, the past three years have been the deadliest worldwide since 1992 when the CPJ began documenting journalists' killings.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) contributed to 2014 being the deadly year that it was for international correspondents. And, included in this death toll were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, whose abominable beheadings by ISIL jihadists were published by the terrorist group in online videos back in August and September. FULL POST

Posted 1/7/15 at 6:19 PM | Candice Lanier

In Pictures: Charlie Hebdo Attack & Aftermath #CharlieHebdo #JeSuisCharlie

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4 main Charlie Hebdo journalists, Charb, Cabu, Wolinski & Tignous among 10 with 2 cops killed in Paris Shooting.

Posted 12/18/14 at 9:37 AM | Candice Lanier

Mean Christians

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A fellow blogger at the Christian Post has written a candid article on how Christians, not infrequently, attack other Christians on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Entitled, Welcome to the Christian Attack Culture, it illustrates how technology has aided the constant barrage of insults, carping and contentious discussion afforded by the anonymity that online communication provides. Here's an except from that article:

"There’s no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it’s also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It’s created a culture of attack. FULL POST

Posted 12/15/14 at 7:42 PM | Candice Lanier

O Little Town of Bethlehem - The Persecution of Christians In The Modern-Day City of Jesus' Birth

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Bethlehem's Skyline

The town of Bethlehem lies within the territory assigned to the tribe of Judah. At that time, it was very fertile country, situated on an impressive ridge, 2700 feet above sea level and approximately six miles south by west from Jerusalem. Known for its beauty and terraced hills, covered with vines and fig trees, the surrounding valleys yielded abundant harvests of grain.

According to the Bible, Jacob buried Rachel near the gate of Bethlehem and it was the town that both Ruth and David called home.

The area to the east of the city is believed to be the area in which shepherds were "keeping watch o'er their flocks by night," according to the Bible. Several churches have been built to, in effect, memorialize this event. And, even now local shepherds are frequently seen tending their flocks in this same area--including on Christmas eve.

The following is no doubt the most famous scripture regarding Bethlehem:

Luke 2:4 - 11

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. FULL POST

Posted 12/10/14 at 7:51 PM | Candice Lanier

Who Has The Best Solution For Profiling Criminals & Terrorists? Neal Boortz!

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Neal Boortz

Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced new racial profiling guidelines. Eric Holder has called these guidelines a “major and important step forward to ensure effective policing.” Critics, however, see things differently, arguing the guidelines should include local law enforcement, while others complained that it was “loosely drafted.”

Others have cited the exemptions included for certain federal agencies as being problematic. According to The Latin Post:

Holder's new guidelines prohibit law enforcement from conducting 'routine or spontaneous' decisions based on ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion or sexual orientation 'to any degree" unless the "listed characteristics apply to a suspect description.' FULL POST

Posted 12/7/14 at 1:45 AM | Candice Lanier

Blessed Are The Peacemakers, For They Will Be Called Children Of God

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Mississippi Summer Project Workers - 1964

Matthew 5:9 - Relevant today, guidance from Jesus as to how Christians should behave in the face of strife, conflict and animosity.

He said a few other things, too, which we as Christians should reflect upon as we react to the turmoil surrounding the Ferguson incident. In getting so caught up in the back and forth finger pointing we sometimes forget that the way we react to sin can also be a sin. It has always been incumbent upon Christians to do the right thing and set a good example. Let's make sure we're not part of the problem and that we aren't allowing ourselves to get sucked into the inflammatory rhetoric and hatred.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

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