The Dark Web Daily Show- Wednesday July 4, 2018 INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Enjoy, patriots. In this episode I return to a more traditional format. I am going to shorten the weekday episodes to around 45 minutes and give up on the boring FCC bullshit. I’m doing a podcast not a radio show so fuck it right?

Music topic is the band U2. I talk about how I discovered their music and what it means to me. Since it’s Independence Day I talked about a patriotic movie I remebered going to the theater with my parents to see. Michael Bay’s WWII blockbuster Pearl Harbor. The video game memories topic was Contra for the N.E.S. (En Ee Es not nes) I also rant about the younguns on the internet who called it the ness. I hate that it sounds so disgusting in my throat.

I also ditch the news format and get back to a strictly opinionated show. I do plan on tackling some political topics now that I am unchained. The political landscape in the U.S. is unhinged so I might as well take the muzzle off and join the crowd. Expect more angry rants than ever before. The show is called The Dark Web afterall, expect a seedier show from now on. Thanks for listening and those who are easiliy offended please fuck off and listen to NPR.

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The Dark Web Daily Show- Tuesday July 3- Jim Carrey in Sonic movie, FunkoPop cereal, R Rated Star Trek and more

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Hello friends welcome to your Tuesday episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. This is going to be the LAST episode in the current format. Starting tomorrow I am mixing things up.

Topics today include Jim Carrey gunning for the role of Dr. Robotnick (Eggman) in te upcoming live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Quintin Tarintino is working on an R-rated Star Trek film with the current cast and timeline. Star Trek TNG is maybe making a return.

Also up for discussion is the Funko Pop cereal.

Music topic is the Columbia House CD club and how it lead me to discover Bryan Adams So Far So Good.

The movie memories for today is Bad Boys, the entry point for Michael Bay blockbusters.

Videogame memories were Super Mario 64.

This is the last episode in the current format. Starting tomorrow I will be introducing the all new format.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to hear what’s  changing. Here is a hint, I’m ditching the FFC restrictive radio format. Other changes are ensuing but THE RAT will be taking the leash off and getting back on track.

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The Dark Web Daily Show- Monday July 2, 2018: Topics include Lebron James, Netflix growing, talent scouts seeking esports and more

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Alright everyone welcome to your Monday episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. Today’s exciting episode marks a first for the show. We now have a sponsor. Thanks you Yoga With Stacy for her contribution to the show.

This Monday episode contains musings on Lebron James heading to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. More Big Brother 20 analysis as well as taking a look at the future of Netflix and a major sports talent network branching into eSports.

Movie memories focus on a cult favorite, Invaders From Mars, the Canon Films remake of the sci-fi classic. Music topic is Butterfly by Mariah Carrey. And fo course today’s video game memories revolve around the arcade hit Q*Bert. All this and more in your Monday, July 2, 2018 episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. Enjoy.

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Best 80’s Trucker movie?

Here is the contest. Which of the following three 80’s films represent the truck driver spirit best? The films are Over the Top starring Sylvester Stallone, Big Trouble in Little China starring Kurt Russell, and Maximum Overdrive starring Emilio Estevez.

Each of these three films presents a different aspect of the truck driver world. Big Trouble focuses on a loner truck driver making his way in the world. Maximum Overdrive centers on a group of survivors at a truck stop being attacked by possessed trucks. The last film, Over the Top, digs into some of the sub culture of the trucker lifestyle.

The great American road trip has been a staple in American culture ever since the beginning of time for this young nation of diverse people. Even before there were automobiles there was the famous wagon trains exploring the American frontier of years past. Also there are the lone riding cowboys who hit the dusty trails of the American wild west. All of these people have one thing in common, leaving their world behind to seek adventure on the open road.

The road trip movie is one of the most iconic sub-genres of the adventure film in American cinema, birthing such classics as Easy Rider, The Blues Brothers, Dumb & Dumber and Tommy Boy.

The truck driver culture, or truck stop culture, of the road trip is a great staple.

This is a look at three feature films each presenting a different aspect of the trucking/trucker culture. As someone who has several family members who either are, or were at one time, truckers or aspired to be truckers, this topic is one I have been holding onto for a while.

It’s going to be written in four parts. Following the reviewing of each movie with the focus on how well does it capture the trucker spirit, then a final review pulling the information from each film onto a final article deciding which of the three is the best trucker film.

This is going to be an ongoing series. It will require the re-watching and taking of notes for each film. Sit back and enjoy the sure to be bumpy ride.

The Dark Web Podcast Episode 30- Newspaper reporters/editors discussing the Capital Gazette shooting

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This is a single topic episode. Four newspaper reporters/editors discuss the recent shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland earlier in the week.

First up is your host, Richard A. Todd aka THE RAT. Previous news experience includes working in newsroom of  a TV station, staff writer for a local newspaper in Texas and currently news editor for an all digital local newspaper in northern Nevada.

Second journalist on the show and first guest is experienced newspaper writer/editor Dan Eakin. He’s worked in the newspaper industry for many decades.

Third speaker, second guest is Robert Perea, an editor of a digital newspaper in north western Nevada called The Fernley Reporter. He has over 20 years experience working for daily and community newspapers.

Finally the last guest is Austin Lewter, publisher and editor of three weekly newspapers in north central Texas.

There is just one topic for this episode, the shooting and violence in our country. Each individual offers their take on the incident, advice for journalists and some words to ponder.

It was a pleasure interviewing these three individuals. Combined experience between these four individuals is close to 70 years worth of news reporting.

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The Dark Web Daily Show Friday June 29- Talking about Big Brother 20, Indiana Jones 5, and GLOW season 2

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Here it is the Friday episode.

Today’s topics include Glow Season 2, Big Brother 20 analysis, talking about Indiana Jones 5, and a preview of a special interview this weekend featuring 3 different news editors to discuss the fatal shooting at a newspaper in Maryland.

Music memories today center on a rap record known for it’s impact on the East Coast vs. West Coast gangsta rap war. The movie topic today is a classic B horror movie that takes place in the Nevada dessert.

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The Dark Web Daily Show Thursday June 28 2018 Shooting at a newspaper, and Big Brother analysis

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This show strays a little from the norm. During show prep breaking news about 5 people shot and killed at a newspaper in Maryland broke becoming the primary topic.

As promised towards the end I talked a little bit about the house guests in the Big Brother 20 premier that debuted last night.

As a journalist the shooting hit a little close to home. This weekend will include a panel discussion with 3 different editors from three different news publications. That will be the entire focus of this week’s episode of The Dark Web Podcast. Be sure to tune in as the topic is sure to get these news editors talking.

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The Dark Web Daily Show- Wednesday June 27 2018 Pokemon Quest, Japan space program, and John Oliver banned in China

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Here it is your Wednesday episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. Today’s headlines include a look at the Japan space program and the asteroid they landed on. Community alumn comedian John Oliver gets HBO banned from China.

Music topics include a look back at Regulate…G Fun Era. Movie topic is cult classic Sleepaway Camp. Retro video game memories center on Atari arcade classic Missile Command.

 

It’s a slightly shorter episode due to not feeling well today.

The Dark Web Daily Show- Tuesday June 26 talking Big Brother, TMNT, Nirvana, SCOTUS and more!

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Have you ever been down to the dark web?

Welcome to a brand new episode of The Dark Web Daily Show featuring your host, The Rat. Today’s exciting episode opens with a all-new theme song, performed by non other than THE RAT himself. This is the first new recording featuring vocals since 2014.

Today’s episode centers on heading down memory lane to discuss my discovery of the famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I tell the story how I first discovered the arcade game. For the longest time I thought the video game came first so I always thought of it all as a video game poperty not a cartoon or comic book based thing.

Headlines I mentioned Big Brother CBS’s famed reality/game show starts a new summer season tomorrow night. I intend to hit up the DVR and will be talking about the show as it unfolds. It’s only one of three reality shows I watch. The other two are Shark Tank and Pawn Stars. I also mentioned the sad news related to that History Channel favorite towards the end of the show.

SCOTUS also ruled the Presidet Trump travel ban is constitional so expect outrage over that from both sides. What a time we live in.

Enjoy the show. Feel free to leave a comment down below.

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Billy chokes on a peanut- A Short Story

It was sometime in the early 1990’s. The Phrogs were on their family vacation. Billy was the oldest of the cousins. He was one of those scrawny kids who was always getting into trouble.

Billy Phrog was walking around the campsite chasing lightning bugs when he tripped on a stick on the road.

“Damn it!” he shouted.

He scrapped his knee on the way down. He picked up the stick and noticed there was something strange about it. It was in the shape of a cane. He figured it was a wizard staff so he began pretending it as such. His imagination used to run wild.

He quickly lost interest in the lightning bugs as he ran around waving his ‘wizard staff’ and everything and everybody.

“Would you stop that, Billy, you look like a jack-ass.” his dad hollered.

“I zap the evil from within you! Magic Spell do your…”thud.

It was momma. She smacked Billy in the back of the head.

“You mind your dad you hear me.” she said.

Billy was shaken but not deterred. He tossed the stick down onto the ground. He sat down in the grass, leaned up against a tree and began humming to himself.

Later that night it was getting cold. Dad had let the fire burn. Billy was wrapped up in his sleeping bag trying his darnedest to stay warm. He wasn’t having any luck.

Billy Phrogg got out of his tent and began pacing the campsite. He was trying real hard not to make any noise for fear of waking one of the adults.

He walked over to the lake. There he sat down at the very edge of the dock. He dipped his toes into the water, looked up at the moon and began day-dreaming once again.

“Some day, I’m going to live in a big mansion at the top of a tall mountain and everybody is going to take me seriously then.” he muttered to himself.

There was a splash in the water. It was a fish leaping to get one of the lightning bugs. Billy remembered back to earlier in the weekend when his sister Brandy was trying to fill a jar with those magical little critters.

A few minutes go by. Billy quickly realizes he wasn’t exactly getting away from the cold by dipping is feet into the cold water. He had forgotten how he had gotten out of bed because of the cold in the first place.

“I wish I had my wizard cane. Then I could summon some warmer weather.” he said.

Billy began walking back towards the campsite. He heard a dog howling off in the distance. He decided he wasn’t ready to go back to bed just yet. He slowly began circling the campsite looking for his cane he dropped earlier. He heard a crackling. He looked up. It was his dad. Standing there with a flashlight in one hand and a belt in the other. Billy new what was about to happen next.

“What in blazes are you doing out of bed, boy!” his dad exclaimed.

“It was too cold.” he said with a quiver of fear in his voice.

“How’s about I warm up your back side with this here belt. That might take care of the cold now won’t it.” he said. Billy took the swatting on the bottom and crawled back into his tent.

The next day Billy was sitting on a tree stump eating breakfast. It was cold eggs and toast. Mom always cooked the eggs and toast before she woke the kids up. Dad had to have his hot, the rest could eat cold food.

Brandy walked up to Billy and asked if he wanted to go play by the beach. He nodded in excitement.

He knew the grown ups were going fishing. He always hated going fishing so he would rather explore the beach with his little sister anyways.

“What you so sad for? she asked.

“Nothing.” he whispered, with his head looking down at the ground as he walked, kicking the dust along the way.

“Are you sure? I’m your best friend you can tell me.” she said.

“I said it’s nothing can you forget it?” he snapped.

“Geesh, don’t bite my head off will ya, I was just trying to be nice.” she said

“Hey, I, um I am sorry Brandy. Dad woke up last night and whooped me for being out of bed. I was kinda dwelling on it that’s all. I didn’t mean to snap at ya.” he said.

Later that day the kids were digging in the sand when Billy came across a bag of peanuts buried on the sand.

“Hey lookie here, still a few fresh nuts in this bag you want to share, Brandy, Sally?” he asked?

“Ew, gross put that thing in the trash you sicko.” Sally snapped.

Brandy’s only response was to shake her head with a look of disgust on her face.

Billy sniffed the bag.

“Smells okay to me. Suit yourself more for me.” he said as he swallowed a mouthful whole.

Suddenly Billy began chocking on one of the nuts. Brandy started crying, rubbing her brothers back while Sally darted back to the camp site looking for a grown up.

She ran into aunt Tammy.

“Aunty, come quick Billy’s chocking!” she exclaimed.

The woman ran to the spot where her nephew lay gasping for air.

Billy was holding onto his throat when he saw his aunt leaning over him. Then he blacked out.

Billy woke up in a hospital bed. He noticed his dad was sitting on the little chair next to the bed. He looked sad. Billy smiled seeing his dad there crying for his sake.

“Hey dad, look I’m okay. How you doing” he asked.

His dad didn’t even look up. He laid his head in his hands sobbing. Billy looked over and saw his sister was also crying on the floor. His gaze kept turning towards his right hand. There by his bedside was his mother holding his hand. He couldn’t feel her hand upon his. Nobody was responding to to his pleas. Fear was beginning to sink in.

Then he noticed something. The doctor came in and tapped mother on the shoulder. He could hear the doctor telling his parents Billy wasn’t in a coma anymore. He was completely brain dead and they were going to have to take him off life support. He was in shock. How could they not see him laying there, alive, awake in the hospital bed.

He followed his parents out of the hospital as the doctors covered his body up. He walked beside his mom to his own funeral where he watched his family members all sobbing over his being gone.

“Hey, what the hell are you doing out here.” a voice called.

Billy turned around and it was his dad. He looked up from the water. Fear in his eyes.

“Dad, it was cold so I walked down to the lake. Please don’t be mad at me.” he pleaded.

“It’s okay son. I was just worried about you. It’s late you know. This lake is dangerous for a young boy at night.” his dad said.

Billy sat there with his dad thinking back to the day dream he just had of dying.

“Dad, can you sit here with me for a bit before we go back to bed? he asked.

“Sure thing son.” he said.

The two watched the fish jumping up to snag them some lightning bugs. Looking back on his life Billy regarded that camping trip as one of his best memories in life.