Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years | Ars Technica

Home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and Belkin, can be turned into covert listening posts that allow the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices. That’s according to secret documents posted Thursday by WikiLeaks.CherryBlossom, as the implant is code-named, can be especially effective against targets using some D-Link-made DIR-130 and Linksys-manufactured WRT300N models because they can be remotely infected even when they use a strong administrative password. An exploit code-named Tomato can extract their passwords as long as a default feature known as universal plug and play remains on.

Source: Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years | Ars Technica

Here’s The Real Reason Tesla Makes No Money | Zero Hedge

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This ‘anomaly’ has something to do with the fact that, as Automotive News points out, Tesla’s real ‘capacity problem’ has nothing to do with the size of their manufacturing facility but rather the staggering number of people they’re using to build their cars.The 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing space that Tesla now occupies started off as a joint operation between General Motors and Toyota which began in 1984 and was intended to help the Japanese automaker learn about doing business in America and teach GM the principles of lean manufacturing. 20 years ago the plant pumped out over 350,000 new cars each year or roughly 74 vehicles per worker. Meanwhile, Tesla, the ‘pinnacle’ of lean manufacturing with a 20-year technology advantage, somehow only manages to build somewhere between 8-14 cars per employee.

Source: Here’s The Real Reason Tesla Makes No Money | Zero Hedge

Necessity is the Mother of Invention – Retirees Desperate Reach for Yield –

Ben Bernanke’s creativity inspired a generation of economists and central bankers. QE, ZIRP and NIRP established a new class of economics that is mathematically sound but practically disastrous. Billions of dollars were transferred from savers to investors to boost the economy, but the wizards of quant forgot that something has to give. In this case, it was the formation of a pension crisis that threatens the golden years of millions of retirees across the world. None of the econometrics models provide a solution for the growing gap in pension funding, other than unsustainable debt accumulation.

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Did Comey Violate Laws In Leaking The Trump Memo? | JONATHAN TURLEY

From the comments:

OK, sooo what I went and done was to make an ORIGINAL Gilbert and Sullivan parody song about the kind of person James Comey is. I worked on this for about an hour, sooo please don’t be shy to tell me how you feel, one way or the other. There is no other website in the world which this, because it is an EXCLUSIVE for here!

I Am The Very Model of A Modern Sneaky Bureaucrat

I am the very model of a modern sneaky bureaucrat,I use confusing rhetoric to hide I’m just an empty hat,And in the “Swamp” of Washington I find my perfect habitat,There never is a limit to what I will find hors de combat*;I’m very well acquainted with the latest gossipy chitchat,And when I need assistance how to call on buddies from my frat,And if my rambling testimony’s not enough to hide the pith,My Harvard-educated lawyer taught me how to plead the fifth.

I learned so very early how to make denials plausible,And how to couch deceptions into language so applausible.And though unto the hoi polloi my scent resembles a polecat,I am the very model of a modern sneaky bureaucrat!

by Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter

Source: Did Comey Violate Laws In Leaking The Trump Memo? | JONATHAN TURLEY

Addiction, Trump’s Budget And Justified Anger in [Market-Ticker]

What Trump is trying to do with his budget, and what the Republicans and Democrats eventually will do is toss the grenade to the States. Medicaid is the vehicle to do so; it is a federal and state joint program, so tossing off “block grants” to the states which are an effectively-fixed chunk of cash throws half the ticking bomb at them and thus blows up both federal and state budgets instead of just the federal side.Isn’t that special?You, for your part, will not and have not bombarded and demanded, under penalty of whatever action is necessary to enforce the demand, that both federal and state law enforcement go after the medical industry for practices that in any other business would land people in prison immediately. Specifically, refusal to quote a price, discriminating in price between like kind and quantity of purchase by a factor of 10, 100 or even 1,000% or more based on “what sort of insurance” someone has (or whether they have it at all), billing people for things they never consented to, billing people for events that didn’t happen or products that weren’t even used, allowing a doctor to call sticking his head into a room and saying “hi” as a “consultation” and billing that at several hundred dollars and more. You allow drug companies to take a drug that costs $500 for a year’s supply in other developed, first-world nations and charge $70,000 for it here instead of such an action being deemed an unlawful restraint of trade made illegal in laws that are over 100 years old resulting in indictments.But there’s a second-level problem embedded in this budget and the screamfest which, unlike the above, hasn’t gotten a lot of digital ink from me — and that’s addiction.

Source: Addiction, Trump’s Budget And Justified Anger in [Market-Ticker]