Thoughts on Alex Winter’s Deep Web (2015)


“Deep Web” is a documentary from 2015 created and directed by Alex Winter. The documentary debuted on March 15, 2015 at SXSW and was featured on the EPIX cable network. The film goes into great detail and tells the unbiased story of the Silk Road, and the trial of its alleged creator and admin, Ross Ulbricht AKA Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR). Winter’s goal with the film was not to take sides, but to explain what the Silk Road was – a political community and movement of like-minded individuals. He also felt that law enforcement created a completely untruthful narrative of the entire case, and it needed some explaining. I discovered this documentary after Alex Winter was featured on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and was immediately fascinated by the story he was trying to tell. Here’s the trailer.

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We’re All Just Flying Monkeys in Space

Winter featured in a few famous films from the late 80s and early 90s, such as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), BT’s Bogus Journey (1991), The Lost Boys (1987), and Freaked (1993). He’s been interested in the internet and tech world for his whole life. He created another internet-related documentary, Downloaded, released at SXSW in 2012He also gave a very interesting TED talk on how the Dark Net is key to our privacyAnd here he is talking about Ross.

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Alex Winter

Deep Web is the impartial, unbiased account of the Silk Road deep web marketplace, and the trial of its alleged creator, Ross Ulbricht or DPR. For what its worth, the case of Ross is an account of the government having it’s head in the sand and trying to shove our heads in also. The Silk Road was created in 2011 by a group of like-minded individuals with various libertarian and anarchist political beliefs. It combined the use of TOR (anonymous browser) and bitcoin (anonymous currency) to create a completely anonymous black market. Any goods can be exchanged on the site, but it was mainly used to exchange drugs.  Counterfeit currency, stolen goods, and other things that would hurt people were not allowed to be listed for sale on the site. The overall philosophy behind the site was to create a new relationship between the government and the people, where the government can’t control what the people buy and sell. Another minor philosophy the group shared was putting an end to the drug war.

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Screenshot

DPR was the screen name of the main admin and creator of the site. For those not familiar with this name, it’s from “The Princess Bride” novel and film. It’s a character whose name – Dread Pirate Roberts – is passed down to a new person periodically. This little tidbit is important to the names as it applies to The Silk Road. For example, DPR did an interview with Andy Greenberg. In the interview, DPR says that he did not create the Silk Road, his predecessor did, and he took over the screen name at some point.

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DPR in The Princess Bride

Almost immediately after the site was launched, it was infiltrated by undercover law enforcement who participated in the drug deals. Law enforcement also had informants working for them on the site. The investigation caught speed with an undercover officer named “nob”. Nob started contacting DPR regarding large-scale drug deals, and if he could be connected with a buyer of weight. DPR connected nob with a user named “chronic pain” who bought from nob, the federal agent, and gave his home address as the shipping address.

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Needless to say, chronicpain was arrested, which freaked out DPR. Then DPR told nob they needed to have chronicpain beaten up, which eventually changed to he should be executed. A photo of chronicpain’s bloody was sent to DPR as proof the deed was done. This was one of six total alleged murder for hire schemes. Of note is that two of the victims’ names in these schemes were found to be fictitious.

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Good Old Fashioned Molly

Christopher Tarbell of the FBI eventually located the Silk Road’s server in data centers in Iceland and Germany. It’s still a mystery how Tarbell located these servers legally. At 51:40 in the film, a summary of the explanation given by Tarbell on how he accessed the server is given. This expert calls Tarbell’s story “a heaping pile of bovine excrement”. This explanation is actually contradictory to what was given by the FBI. Regardless, both Tarbell’s and the FBI’s explanations don’t make sense. Therefore, it was most likely an illegal hack. Which, if true, means Ross’ 4th amendment rights were violated.

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Eventually, in October 2013, Ross Ulbricht was arrested in San Francisco at the Glen Park library. He was actually logged in to the DPR account on the Silk Road and was unable to encrypt his laptop before he was arrested. They found a journal documenting Ross’ activities in creating the Silk Road, as well as millions (around 3.6 million worth) in bitcoin. Recall three paragraphs above, the Andy Greenberg interview. There was at least two people who have used the DPR screen name. Even though we know about this interview, to the casual observer, it would appear Ross was caught with his pants down. Since this arrest, Ross has been held in prison, he was not allowed bail due to the violent nature of his murder-for-hire charges. Even with Ross in jail, a new “Silk Road 2.0” popped up, ran by a new DPR.

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At 59:55 we get a powerful opinion from ex Baltimore cop Neill Franklin, current director of the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Franklin discusses his memories of violence against families due to drugs, specifically recalling the murder of an entire family of seven by one drug dealer. He says, “If Baltimore moved from street corners to online services, do you know how many fewer shootings we would have every year, which equates to fewer homicides?” He goes further by pointing out that, by using the internet, buyers are removed from the dangerous situations that arises from being around drug dealers. Another interesting fact he brought up is the multi-billion dollar drug testing industry.

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I also found the interview with Amir Taaki to be very interesting. Taaki was involved with the creation of Bitcoin. He states that the next step is to make decentralized drug markets, a la torrenting. This way, the government can never bring down the whole thing. The weak point of the Silk Road was there was a central server, and there was a main admin and creator.

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Amir Taaki

By the time of Ross’ trial, all the violent charges were dropped from his indictment. Regardless, the public and jury were still tainted. The simple fact that there were violent charges against him at one point was a smear against Ross’ image. It’s hard to believe someone with a quote on their LinkedIn profile such as:

“Now, my goals have shifted. I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and aggression amongst mankind…To that end, I am creating and economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.”

could have a violent bone in his body. He had his trial in early 2015. It was a sham to say the least. Considering the very technical nature of the case, expert witnesses were not allowed to be called by the defense. The judge said the case did not require expert knowledge. Also, remember “nob”, the undercover drug seller who contacted DPR about selling weight? He was found to be stealing millions in bitcoins from people on the Silk Road. This little tidbit, that the law enforcement officer responsible for the original break in the case was now being investigated for corruption, was also not admitted into the trial. He was sentenced to life without parole. He essentially wasn’t able to defend himself, and is appealing.

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Ross Ulbricht

Luckily, as of the time of this documentary in March 2015, Ross has avoided violence while in prison. This recent update on his appeal shows his defense is focusing on corrupt law enforcement officers. The case of Ross Ulbricht might be a textbook example of obstruction of justice on the part of law enforcement. Please do what you can to support Ross in his fight against false charges.

“I’ll never give up hope of being free again.” – Ross Ulbricht

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Free Ross

That’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading. Check out Deep Web by Alex Winter. And FREE ROSS ULBRICHT!

The Greatest Rap Freestyle Ever


Slob On My Knob“, what I consider to be the greatest rap freestyle of all time, was a track on the 1999 album “CrazyNDaLazDayz” by the Tear Da Club Up Thugs (TDCUT). TDCUT was a group on Hypnotize Minds Records that consisted of Three Six Mafia and most other rappers on the record label. TDCUT is considered to be the violent, primal side of the Hypnotize Minds label. I believe, without a doubt, that Slob on My Knob is the greatest rap freestyle of all time. A statement of the most primal of male urges. Here’s another Tear Da Club Up Thugs joint feat. the Hot Boys!

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Three 6 Mafia in the 90s

Three 6 Mafia of the 90s was one of the forefathers of hardcore rap. The group consists of DJ Paul, Juicy J, and Crunchy Black. Their most famous songs include “Sippin’ on Some Syrup”, “Poppin’ My Collar”, and “Doe Boy Fresh”. Furthermore, they won the Academy Award in 2006 for Best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” from the film “Hustle and Flow”.

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Band-Aid On Da Chin

It’s clear that the Three 6 Mafia have been very successful, but I consider their greatest achievement to be the greatest freestyle of all time “Slob on My Knob”. It’s a fast tempo, 2:00 long song. It contains many “genius” one liners. Let’s look at a few of them.

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Another Epic Three 6 Mafia Joint

Immediately, we are hit with the iconic voice of Juicy J saying “Slob on My Knob/Like Corn On the Cob.” It’s pretty clear here, the man wants a BJ, in a manner similar to a girl eating corn on the cob. Puts a pretty clear picture in your mind. A woman chomping on a bloody wiener.

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Corn Fed Midwestern Girls

Another outstanding lyric is “Third Find a Bag/To Hide the Ho Face”. What this means is that, if you’re an uggo you can still hook up with him, you just have to hide your face in a bag. I couldn’t imagine me telling a hunny to put a bag over her head, and her not leaving. Takes a true pimp to pull this one off.

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The Royal Penis Is Clean Your Highness

Moving on to verse two, almost immediately we’re hit with “I Said Just Forget It It’s too Crabby”. Apparently he’s not happy with the lady his boy hooked him up, because she has crabs. This is the definition of Too Much Information, but entertaining nonetheless.

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TDCUT

Last but not least, we have the line “Till I Got Caught, Fuckin With Her Mother”. Always with the drama. Our boy Juicy must have been screwing his girls mom. I can’t imagine the scene this caused. To any Three 6 Mafia fan, you can see the foreshadowing this line had on Juicy’s future songs, which frequently reference MILFs.

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Only 90s Kids Will Get This

Here’s a link to the Crazyndalazdayz full mixtape.

Here’s Smoked Out.

And here is the Classic Slob on My Knob.

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Don’t Fucks Wit Us!

“Rattlers’ Class of ’63” – Top 5 Scenes


The Rockford Files was a show from the 1970s starring the legendary James Garner as Jim Rockford. The story revolved around a private investigator, Jim “Rockford” Rockford. The show follows his various investigations and other capers he finds himself in Los Angeles County, California. This video pretty much sums up the character of Jim Rockford. Today I will be reviewing what I thought were the top 5 scenes of the episode “Rattler’s Class of ’63”. It is the 8th episode of the 3rd season.

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James “Jim ‘Rockford’ Rockford” Garner

With an Original Air Date of 11/26/1976, it will hit the ripe old age of 40 in just two and a half months. Here’s a link to the iconic theme of The Rockford Files.

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It’s $200 Per Day, Plus Expenses, Bitch!

This episode is of particular interest because it was written by David Chase, who went on to create The Sopranos. Which is one of my favorite shows, sparking my interest into his other earlier works. Leading me to The Rockford Files. He wrote 30 episodes of The Sopranos and directed 2 (The Pilot and Made In America – the final episode). The Sopranos is still widely considered to be the greatest show of all time, even though it’s been 9 years since the final episode.

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David Chase, Creator Of The Sopranos

And here’s a link to TV Guide’s “Top 50 Shows” list from April 26, 2002. Notice that not only is The Rockford Files is ranked 39th, but The Sopranos is ranked 5th already. Just to remind you, the list is from 2002, more than 5 years before The Sopranos final episode.

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David Chase With His Partner In Crime, James Gandolfini

Onto my top 5 scenes of “Rattlers’ Class of ’63”, the fifth ranked episode of the series, according to IMDB. Unfortunately, I could only find one video from the episode on YouTube, but it can be found on Netflix.

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Big Pimpen In Cali

5). 11:13-13:37 – Bobby Boyajian and his goons walk in his sister Regine’s apartment while she’s talking to Rockford. Bobby points out, “here’s the guy that pounded me at the church,” while pointing at Rockford. Chubby guy with curly hair (Leo I think?) punches Rockford in the stomach and Bobby and the other goon hold Rockford. They pull him outside where Leo says to Rockford, “You’re in deep trouble, Mr. Brewmeister!”. Then cocks his elbow back ready to swing into Rockford’s gut. Rockford is able to fight back and flee. Epic chase scene ensues. Rockford pulls away and his pursuers lose sight of him. He then hides behind a corner and surprise sucker-punches Leo causing him to fall into the pool.

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Nothing Like A Good Old Smoke Break

4). 5:36-6:40 – Regine Boyajian and Angel Martin (Stuart Margolin) are tying the knot. Regine’s brother, Bobby Boyajian, barges in and interrupts the wedding, saying “what do ya call this?!…I gotta hear it from your landlord?” Bobby then sucker punches Angel. Next, Rockford grabs Bobby to stabilize him, and Bobby tries to punch Rockford and he gets bitch slapped. Rockford don’t take no shit. Bobby cries out, “He’s not even Armenian!”. I was surprised no one else in the Boyajian family in attendance intervened to control Bobby’s outburst.

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Wedding of Regine and Angel

3). 28:10-31:52 – We see Rockford walking with Regine at Bobby’s wake. In this emotional moment, Rockford assures Regine that he and Angel had nothing to do with her brother Bobby’s death. It’s surprising to me that the victim’s family would even allow someone who was suspected of the man’s murder at his wake. Regine goes into details on how in recent months, Bobby became closer to people like Leo and has always been drunk and “perpetually” broke. Here’s an interesting video of the “women of The Rockford Files”. Rockford knows Regine and Angel aren’t making love so he wants to swoop in and help a woman out!

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How’d I End Up In This Mess Guys

2). 33:30-35:28 – Rockford talks to his friend LAPD Sergeant Dennis Becker (Joe Santos). He inquires as to what Dennis found on Chechick and Leo Cale. The duo buried Eddie Groger and another body in the landfill (Boyajian Brothers Sanitation Co.) and forced the sleazy car salesman to buy the property. Rockford keeps trying to pry for further information. Dennis forcefully lets Rockford know he’s being charged with “conspiracy to commit”. And Rockford sarcastically repeats “conspiracy to commit?”. Rockford promptly zips his lips.

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I’m So Nice

1). 41:20-43:09 – We find Rockford and Angel talking in a trailer, waiting to be attacked by whoever is pursuing them. Then we see the used car salesman and some other man in the driver’s seat, watching them from a distance. Soon after, Angel hears noise outside the trailer. Rockford says to wait to attack until the person gets inside because they’re gonna stick with the plan they already set up. We then hear the man messing with the gas cap, and Angel remembers that he did not lock it. The car salesman lights fire to the gas tank and the trailer explodes, but Rockford and Angel escape and exchange fire with the guys. It’s the fat guy from the landfill driving the getaway car for the used car salesman. They get stuck on a rock and Rockford catches up to them (ironic?).

As a big time Soprano’s fan, I definitely found it interesting to go back in time and see some of David Chase’s ealiest works. However, I did not see much in this episode of The Rockford Files that reminded me of anything in The Sopranos. Regardless, it was still an entertaining 50 minutes of my life.

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He’s Not Afraid To Have Old Friends

Please share your thoughts and comments! Of course my list is imperfect, and not all peeps will agree with my opinions.

And keep your fingers crossed for a The Rockford Files movie!

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He Drove Off Silently Into The Night