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Dear Android Users: Google Is Tracking You Even If You Disable Location Services

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Nov 21, 2017

Slowly but surely, Americans have been conditioned to give up any expectations of privacy in the name of public safety and/or for simple technological conveniences.  However, there remains, even today, a tiny sliver of the population that would prefer to not have their every movement tracked no matter how antiquated that makes them look. Be that as it may, per a recent discovery from Quartz, those old-school folks better hope they haven’t been using an Android device for the past 11 months.

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?

Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers—even when location services are disabled—and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

Quartz observed the data collection occur and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice.

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Cold Storage, Part Two: Storing Bitcoin Securely on Hardware Wallets

goldstockbull.com / By Jason Hamlin / November 21st, 2017

In part one, we discussed one method of cold storage: paper wallets.  In this article, we will discuss hardware wallets.

Paper wallets work just fine for long-term storage of coins, provided you create them in a secure manner.  The only real drawback, other than being a little more complicated for those without much computer know-how, is that paper wallets represent a “one and done” type of cold storage.  Once your coins go to a paper wallet, they must stay there indefinitely until you decide to bring them online by importing the private key into a client.  After that, the safest option is to wipe the balance clean and start over.  You must create a new paper wallet each time you want to store additional coin, as this is the only way to ensure the private keys have not been exposed.

Needless to say, this can be somewhat of a hassle.  If you need to move coins in and out of cold storage on a regular basis, paper wallets won’t cut it.  You will be wasting a lot of time (and paper).

Enter hardware wallets.  Simply put, hardware wallets are the most secure and convenient way of storing crypto.  You can have ten cents or ten million USD worth of the most popular cryptocurrencies stored on a hardware wallet and easily transfer them between cold storage and hot wallets.  On top of that, your private keys will stay safe even if you have the misfortune of plugging your hardware wallet into a malware-infected device.  

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Social Media Giants Are Burning Your Books- Human Beings Are Next!

thecommonsenseshow.com / By Dave Hodges / November 21st, 2017

Social media is engaging in unprecedented censorship when it comes to the American experience. Twitter is changing its rules to punish and ban anyone for not just what they publish on Twitter, but for what they say ANYWHERE. Within 90 days social media sites will be monitoring their users for their statements they make and the websites that they visit. To obtai that kind of information, the NSA would have to be involved and they are.

On an interview on last week’s The Common Sense Show, Pat Wood described a Chinese woman who made critical comments of the government. She was visited by the men-in-black and when they did not arrest her, she thought she was ok. However, the following week, the woman received an expulsion letter from her university. This was followed by her employment being terminate and this nightmare culminated with her eviction from state-owned housing. China controls Internet users through a point system and this woman lost all of her points for her post. This system was designed by Google. And it is coming here.

Social Media Sites and the Independent Media

Social media sites, that the Independent Media  (IM)  uses to disseminate information, are cracking down on conservative, Christian viewpoints. At one time, the social media giants allowed the IM to use their sites without much interference because they could monitor public opinion and measure and calculate resistance to globalist programs. However, they miscalculated because they did not believe that the IM could have any real impact. Not only is the IM shaping public opinion, we got Donald Trump elected. Enough is enough, never again, the social media tyrants, controlled by allies of the Deep State and the New World Order, have decided to eliminate all electronic free speech that is not leftist, authoritarian, socialist and yes, Satanic!

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“Granite Islands And Backsplashes”: Even Doublewide Trailers Are No Longer “Affordable”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Nov 21, 2017

Since the early 1900s, millions of Americans have relied on trailers as a source of no-frills, affordable housing.  In fact, roughly 22 million Americans live in trailer parks today, but the industry is hardly the stable source of affordable housing that it used to be…a lesson that 73-year-old Judy Goff of Naples, Florida recently discovered the hard way after Hurricane Irma ripped through her park and destroyed her home, along with roughly 1.8 million others.

As Bloomberg points out, when Goff went to a local LeeCorp dealer lot to replace her $46,000, 1,200 square foot trailer with something of similar size and value, what she found instead was “manufactured homes” stuffed with high-end upgrades like granite counter-tops and vaulted ceilings that rendered them too expensive for her $23,000 per year of income.

Last month, Judy Goff, a 73-year-old hardware store clerk whose double-wide in Naples, Fla., was blown to bits, pulled into a LeeCorp Homes Inc. sales lot and wandered through models with kitchen islands and vaulted ceilings. In the salesman’s office, she got the total price, including a carport, taxes, and removal of her destroyed trailer: $140,000. “I don’t have that kind of money,” said Goff as she stood amid the wreckage of her old home, whose walls and ceiling were stripped away, leaving her leather furniture and a lifetime of possessions to bake in the sun. “That was all I had.”

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Are Markets Really as Calm as they Seem?

mises.org / Thorsten Polleit / November 21, 2017

Indicators for financial market “stress” have reached their lowest levels in decades. For instance, stock market volatility has never been this low since the early 1990s. Credit spreads have been shrinking, and prices for credit default swaps have fallen to pre-crisis levels. In fact, investors are no longer haunted by concerns about the stability of the financial system, potential credit defaults, and unfavourable surprises in the economy or financial assets markets. How come?

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Monetary policy plays the significant role. By slashing interest rates and ramping up the quantity of money in the banking system, central banks around the world have kick-started the economies following the 2008/2009 crash. But this is not the full story. The fact that investors expect central banks to stand at the ready to fend off a slowdown of the economy and price declines in stock and housing markets is by no means less important.

The truth is that investors expect central banks to provide a “safety net.” This expectation encourages them to make risky investments again (which they would otherwise have declined). That said, central banks have caused a colossal ‘moral hazard’: Investors feel pretty much assured that the risk-reward profile of their investments has become more favorable — that they can enjoy a considerable upside, while the downside is limited.

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Beware the Marginal Buyer, Borrower and Renter

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

Bubbles always look unstoppable, yet they always burst.

When times are good, the impact of the marginal buyer, borrower and renter on the market is often overlooked. By “marginal” I mean buyers, borrowers and renters who have to stretch their finances to the maximum to afford the purchase, loan or rent.

In bubble manias, buyers of real estate reckon the potential appreciation gains are worth the risk of buying a house they really can’t afford with the intention of flipping the home for a profit.
Workers moving to high-rent cities reckon they’ll either make more money going forward or find a cheaper flat later, so they pony up the high rent.
When there’s steady overtime or generous tips adding to the household income, buying a new car or getting a new auto lease looks do-able.

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Another Woman Accused Conyers Of Sexual Harrassment

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Nov 21, 2017 

Update: In a lawsuit unearthed by Buzzfeed, a second woman accused Conyers of sexual harassment, but later abandoned efforts to hold him accountable. According to Buzzfeed, a former scheduler for the Democrat said she faced daily harassment from the congressman in a suit she later dropped after a court denied her request to keep it sealed. The behavior dscribed in the suit took place between 2015 and 2016, meaning it happened after Conyers settled with the previous, unnamed, former staffer.

“These behaviors and actions were so common and pervasive that they created a hostile work environment,” she alleged. Unlike the settlement agreement that was published by Buzzfeed earlier Monday, this lawsuit is a public document. BuzzFeed News was not able to reach the woman for comment and also decided against releasing her name.

Asked by Buzzfeed to comment on the lawsuit Tuesday, a Conyers spokesman said: “[The former staffer] voluntarily decided to drop her case.” The congressman “vehemently” denied the previously reported allegations.

Though the staffer expressed admiration for Conyers’ civil rights record in the suit, his harassment quickly became too much for her to tolerate. She even convinced a former staffer to be her “fake boyfriend”. He would stop by the office once in a while in an attempt to head off Conyers’ advances.

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Tactics For The Gold Bull Era

news.goldseek.com / By Stewart Thomson / Tuesday, 21 November 2017

  1. Gold surged higher on Friday.  Then it gave all the gains back yesterday.  Looking beyond this short term noise, gold is not an exciting market right now.  What could make that change?
  2. Please click here now.  Double-click to enlarge. Gold is trading in a rough sideways trend with an upside bias.  This bias continues to strengthen, albeit very slowly.  The technical action reflects the fundamentals and liquidity flows and clearly, patience.
  3. On that note, please click here now. I jokingly refer to the SPDR fund as “Spider Man”.  Chindian demand is decent, but Spider Man looks like he’s caught in his own web; while there’s no significant selling, buying has come to a standstill.
  4. If Chindian demand is solid, gold doesn’t really need a lot of Western fear trade buying to move higher, but it must have some.  That’s just not happening right now.
  5. The winds of change may be in the air, with US wage inflation pressures intensifying, an approaching debt ceiling debate, and a new Fed chair who stands ready to significantly reduce bank regulation.
  6. Without a bull cycle in money velocity, gold stocks and silver stocks will have a very hard time outperforming bullion on a consistent basis.
  7. The good news: these winds of change (especially the small bank deregulation favoured by Fed chair Powell) mean there is a very high probability that US money velocity ends its two decade bear market in 2018.

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How to Trade a Vertical Market

armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / Nov 21, 2017 

One of the most difficult, yet potentially rewarding, trading opportunities to unfold is the vertical market. This special report examines the two different types of vertical markets (Phase Transitions and Plateau Moves) and discusses how to differentiate and successfully trade each one respectfully. This report will clearly show you where to place your stop as the market unfolds and is essential for navigating the coming trend.

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“Granite Islands And Backsplashes”: Even Doublewide Trailers Are No Longer “Affordable”

Since the early 1900s, millions of Americans have relied on trailers as a source of no-frills, affordable housing.  In fact, roughly 22 million Americans live in trailer parks today, but the industry is hardly the stable source of affordable housing that it used to be…a lesson that 73-year-old Judy Goff of Naples, Florida recently discovered the hard way after Hurricane Irma ripped through her park and destroyed her home, along with roughly 1.8 million others.

As Bloomberg points out, when Goff went to a local LeeCorp dealer lot to replace her $46,000, 1,200 square foot trailer with something of similar size and value, what she found instead was “manufactured homes” stuffed with high-end upgrades like granite counter-tops and vaulted ceilings that rendered them too expensive for her $23,000 per year of income.

Last month, Judy Goff, a 73-year-old hardware store clerk whose double-wide in Naples, Fla., was blown to bits, pulled into a LeeCorp Homes Inc. sales lot and wandered through models with kitchen islands and vaulted ceilings. In the salesman’s office, she got the total price, including a carport, taxes, and removal of her destroyed trailer: $140,000. “I don’t have that kind of money,” said Goff as she stood amid the wreckage of her old home, whose walls and ceiling were stripped away, leaving her leather furniture and a lifetime of possessions to bake in the sun. “That was all I had.”

 

Goff—who just wants to replace the wrecked 1,200-square-foot trailer that she bought 17 years ago for $46,000, including the cost of land—says she feels boxed in. Her mobile-home community won’t allow single-wide homes or older used models as replacements. And every home must have a carport. She’s willing to give up such upgrades as the higher-end countertops, but that probably won’t be enough. Between her Social Security check and income from her job at Ace Hardware Corp. (more…)