Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators | New York Post

A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.SEE ALSOIntel chiefs told Trump that Russia has dirt on himIntel chiefs told Trump that Russia has dirt on himWhat is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources says it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.“These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

Source: Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators | New York Post

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 – Bawerk.net

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.

Source: Necessity is the Mother of Invention – Retirees Desperate Reach for Yield – Bawerk.net

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