Protect Yourself from Big Brother
We noted in June that the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself from government spying is to realize that the NSA can turn on your cellphone or laptop’s videocamera and microphone without you knowing. And see this.
Now that even the Washington Post reported that your webcam can be remotely activated and you won’t even know it’s on, awareness of this vulnerability has gone viral.
To give you an idea of how mainstream this concern is going, Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff made a short video to show you how to use a post-it to block your webcam (duct tape works, but leaves a sticky mess on your laptop if you ever want to take it off to start using your webcam):
My afternoon train reading: • GM, Chrysler federal bailouts were net economic gain, report argues (LA Times) see also U.S. Treasury sold its last remaining shares in General Motors. (WSJ) • I was the wife of a Wall Street ‘Wolf’ (NY Post) • Swedroe: Hedge Funds Not Worth The Fees (Index Universe) see also “2 and 20″…Read More
Category: Financial Press
Source: FRED Here is an interesting question: How does the present employment rate compare with the prior peak? According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, if we compare the prior recent peak of 139,143,000 of November 2007 with last month’s figure of 137,942,000 (I used non-seasonally-adjusted because it’s November to November), we are…Read More
The New Logo For the US Spy Satellite From the National Reconnaissance Office Is Eerily Similar To American Depiction of Communism In the 1950s Jon Schwartz notes: New logo for US spy satellite from National Reconnaissance Office is weirdly similar to anti-communist propaganda: The National Reconnaissance Office is one of the “big five” U.S….Read More
@TBPInvictus here: David Rosenberg made a point in his note Monday that I don’t think went quite far enough, or at least needs a bit more color: Rosie then showed the chart below (the Haver Analytics version of it, anyway), which he dubbed “Employment Less Financials in Private Sector.” In St. Louis Fred-speak, that…Read More
My Tuesday morning roundup: • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Stock Market But Were Too Afraid To Ask (BuzzFeed) • Damn you, Mr. Sharpe (Barnejek) • No, neither of these charts should scare anybody: Spooky Shades of 1987 (WSJ) The chart that’s scaring Wall Street (MarketWatch) Continues here
Category: Financial Press
Consider this interesting divergence: Despite a plethora of bubble talk, chatter about high CAPE valuations, and market tops, investors have been carrying an awful lot of cash. This is not a new phenomenon, but rather, has been a persistent condition since this most hated rally in Wall St history began. Before we proceed with the…Read More