Google Taking on Manipulative Sites

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Chrome Getting Smarter by the Day

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How many of you have encountered a website that tricks you into clicking on it then not allowing you to use the back button to get out of it the second you realize it is not the website you were looking for?

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For me, I despise it and it would seem that Google is not very fond of that type of trickery either.

This is typically referred to as keeping users in place, whilst generate money via hidden advertisements, and it will soon start to become a thing of the past thanks to a new update in Google Chrome called “history manipulation.”

Websites employ the practice in an attempt to insert dubious advertisements into your tab history — every time you hit the back button, an advertisement loads, generating views for the website, and in some cases, downloading malware and users cannot seem to escape the page.

This really is a complete abuse of trust not to mention it makes it difficult for users to browse the web in peace, so now Google will begin silently flagging pages that use such practices.

When users encounter the issue in the future with Google’s Chrome web browser, the experience with the website will be flagged, and information about the encounter will be sent to Google for analysis and review.

When Google identifies pages that abuse your tab history, Chrome will be able to bypass the false entries entirely when you are browsing the web.

Google really does want to protect users by blocking malicious web browsing experiences entirely.

Google has not officially rolled out the update as of yet sadly.

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Google – thanks for the holiday news, we users are pretty excited about this.  

Kudos.

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China Preparing for Possible High-Profile Hacks?

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NSA Seems to Think So

Cristal M Clark

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Rob Joyce an official at the NSA seems to think that China is getting ready for some possible high-profile hacks, at least that is what he is telling the Wall Street Journal.  

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According to Rob, thus far China has focused it’s hacks on stealing trade secrets and spying which Rob could not be more wrong about by the way.

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The suspicion is that China prepositioning itself to attack “critical infrastructure” such as energy, health care, finance and transportation.  

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What makes this a rather curious situation for the NSA – as far as the US Government is concerned this is simply just speculation, they have no proof of this – at all.

China has always denied conducting any hacking attempts, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said to the NYT that: “China firmly opposes all forms of cyberattack and cracks down on it in accordance with the law.”

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China by the way, as recently reported, the preliminary investigation results into the Marriott/Starwood hacking incident suggests it was in fact part of a Chinese intelligence operation.

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In all honesty the NSA is not so far off the mark in it’s suspicion of China.

However, the NSA is wrong to think China is merely prepositioning itself. China as well as other countries are already in a position to attack our “critical Infrastructure.”

While US leadership was asleep at the wheel other nations have had years to “preposition” themselves for a major cyberattack on the US and they are in fact already in a position for a major cyber attack on the US “critical infrastructure.”

Come now, nobody really believes that all of these hacks and cyber attacks were done just to merely siphon trade secrets and just simply to spy do you?

Cristal M Clark

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Facebook Heads into Christmas With New Leak

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Facebook – Issues Crappie Apology to Users

Cristal M Clark

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On Friday, Facebook announced a new data leak. One that is a wee bit frightening in that a bug that made photos of 6.8 million users accessible to third-party developers, before users even hit publish.

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The company offered its typical shitty apology regarding the new data breach, explaining that up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to user photos between September 13 to September 25 and that many of these photos were not even published to the website, just uploaded for a post users never decided to actually publish.

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Yes, round of applause for Facebook!

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To add insult to injury here, in all fairness, Facebook still insists that users ultimately control their own data; “anything that you upload, you can also delete.”

This has consistently been proven to be absolutely misleading, in fact it is simply just a lie a ruse in an attempt to quell user distrust.

However, this does prove a point. your user data is gone quite literally long before you even hit publish.

Quite a few websites are equipped with code that extracts your personal info as quickly as you enter it in an online forum and sold to the highest bidder or those willing to pay the most for it.  Mortgage companies, healthcare firms, credit card companies, retail websites, customer service chats, yes even your favorite porn sites are riddled with such code, malware and viruses used to steal user data, in real time these days.

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As for Facebook, well this latest data breach is simply more proof of the company’s reluctance to share how it really treats user data, not to mention it’s unwillingness to make it clear when our data irrevocably falls into the hands of others.

Cristal M Clark

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Donald Trump – Still no New Chief of Staff

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Why Not a Soul Wants to be Chief of Staff

I could run the list of obvious reasons as to why no one really wants to be Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, the reality is pretty simple and much more honest.

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The Chief of Staff is not a doormat nor is he or she a dog who lives to serves his or her master. And that is what Trump fails to understand about the position.

To be even more honest, it could very well be that Trump is simply seeking out the wrong individuals for the position.

Here are a few well thought out suggestions:

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Vladimir Putin

Why?

He did overwhelmingly help Trump secure the office of the US Presidency, after all.

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Ivana Trump

Why?

Something tells me that woman is not going to be having any of Donald’s normal BS and she quite possibly just may be the only individual in the entire world who could wrangle the mans twitter account away from him.

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Kim Jong un

Why?

Because watching the romantic power play between the two would be akin to watching a couple who simply should not be married, just imagine the on-air arguments from the oval office we’d witness.

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Hillary Clinton aka: Crooked Hillary

Why?

Obviously, they both like to hide the truth, i.e. lie, play stupid, then get angry, and finally just blame everyone but themselves.

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CNN’s very own Alisyn Lane Camerota

Why?

Who doesn’t love a woman with some balls on her? Alisyn, much like Ivana would not be having any of Donald’s shit at all. Alisyn would question and grill Donald at every turn making Donald so confused and upset that he’d end up in the fetal position in the corner of the oval office leaving Alisyn to run the affaires of the country.

And Finally…

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Melania Trump

Why?

I have not clue what our current first lady does other than stand around and look really, really pissed off all of the time and well, lets be honest. If Donald wants a dog to do his bidding, he has no need to look any further for one because he is already married to one.

Cristal M Clark

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Scammers World Wide Failed to Meet 2018 Financial Goals

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Wave of Bomb Threats Sent

It would appear that scammers worldwide have failed to meet this year’s financial goals so they had to resort to plan b.

As reported by social media and numerous law enforcement agencies On Wednesday afternoon, a wave of bomb threats were reported at various locations across the United States.

Those being, schools, hospitals, government offices, businesses and something new, private residences.

The threats came by email according to law enforcement.

NBC News quoted the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau’s brief statement on the investigation:

“We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city. These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide and are not considered credible at this time.”

Scammers are becoming increasingly more and more brazen albeit, ridiculous in terms of the threats circulating these days, but generally you can still tell that it is complete and total bs.

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Whomever is behind the threats is clearly truly quite inept.

Guess, who is not impressed by this latest attempt to score some cryptocurrency?

This is not how we communicate with one another here in America, try texting and shortening the length of that poorly written demand for Bitcoin next time.

Cristal M Clark

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Chinese Hackers Behind Marriott Data Breach

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U.S. – That’s Okay Because We Are Going to Crackdown on Beijing

Approximately 500 million guests have been caught in a cyberattack that involved the Marriott Hotel chain.

A JW Marriott hotel is seen in Los Angeles

The Marriott just happens to be the top hotel provider in the United States for US government and military personnel.

According to the latest and greatest rumor in Washington, that cyberattack was brought about by Chinese hackers working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security.

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This really is not a huge shock to be honest. Isn’t everyone hacking everyone these days?

Our data which we entrust with just about everyone we do business anymore is up for sale and/or theft, like it or not.

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According to 4 government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, The Justice Department is preparing to announce new indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence and military services.

Also, the Trump administration plans to declassify intelligence to reveal concerted efforts by Chinese agents, dating to 2014 or earlier, to build a database containing names of executives and American government officials with security clearances.

Some are suggesting that the moves are in part due to the fact that the Trump Administration is worried that that the 90-day trade truce negotiated between President Trump and President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires two weeks ago may do little to change China’s behavior.

Some have gone so far as to say, that includes coercing American companies to hand over valuable technology if they seek to enter the Chinese market, as well as the theft of industrial secrets on behalf of state-owned companies.

Which is in fact, something that China is very well known for doing.

In this instance the administration is truly looking out for the best interests of America.

Cristal M Clark

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Kelsey Berreth – Missing

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Woodland Park, Colorado

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Kelsey was last seen publicly on surveillance cameras shopping at the Safeway in Woodland Park with her daughter on Thanksgiving. Officers said she later exchanged her daughter with her fiance and that was the last time anyone has seen her.

Oddly, 10 days went by before anyone reported her missing and even more odd, just 3 days after anyone last saw Kelsey, on November 25th, police say her cell phone pinged in Gooding, Idaho roughly 800 miles away from Woodland Park.

Her family has said that this is not like Kelsey who is a devoted mother, close to her family and devoted to her job as an aviation instructor at Doss Aviation in Pueblo, Colorado.

The phone went on to send a text from Kelsey’s phone to her employer stating that she would not be into work the following week. Police say Kelsey’s fiancé, Patrick Frasee, is being cooperative. He told police the last text he received from her phone was on November 25th as well.

He told officers he had not seen her since Thanksgiving when he met to exchange their daughter.

He also did not report her missing, it was Kelsey’s mother who did that on December 2nd.

A search of her home revealed nothing missing, nothing to indicate she had planned a trip or any type of travel.

It also did not appear that a struggle took place.

At this juncture police are treating the case as a missing persons case however, my belief based off of what I have seen and am sensing, deeply, if you catch my drift, is that they should be looking at the case differently. 

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No mother would just up and leave her small child without a reason. Additionally, Kelsey seemed to be leading a happy, productive life.

Although to play devil’s advocate, people have gone to great lengths to up and vanish when life has simply become too much.

I do not believe this is the case here, however.   

It is pure, seemingly planned coincidence that the phone pinged from 800 miles away, 3 days after she went missing. It feels too planned.

That also happens to be a fairly common maneuver of someone who is attempting to cover his or her tracks.  

The reality of that is when you do not see obvious signs of a struggle, or any indication that she was going somewhere she did not want to go, she ended up leaving with someone that she knows and trusted.

Because that text gave a lot more away than the sender intended it would, something not good happened, things are quite amiss.

And that would have had to have been someone who is close to her.

Close enough to know how to get into her phone should she not be able to do that herself.

Most parents of small children tend to make sure they keep cell phones locked down because kids love playing with them.

My sense is that the phone and Kelsey were not together at least in the physical living sense at the time the text was sent.

I am more curious as to why it was that Kelsey’s fiancé had not reported her missing, no concern for the woman he was engaged to?

Police should refocus the investigation because it was no coincidence that the texts came 3 days after she had gone missing from another state.

Cristal M Clark

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Markets Worry of A New Financial Crisis in 2019

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Stock’s Hit Hard Causing Fears

Over the last few years, we’ve seen stocks continue to rise, it is true that some stocks rose upwards of $17, $18 trillion.

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In turn it has created quite a buzz among the wealthy which has caused the hunger of pure greed to follow. People can not get enough it would seem.

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On the flip side of that however is what is commonly referred to as the market doom and gloom predictions and some are already predicting a brand new financial crisis, just in time to ring in a new year.

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The reality:

Overall, stocks are down 1.5 percent this year, after hitting phenomenal heights in early October.

Hedge funds are having their worst year since the 2008 crisis.

Household debt recently hit another record high of $13.5 trillion which is up $837 billion from the previous peak

And all of that happens be a mirror image of what preceded the Great Recession.

Massive run-up in stocks, real estate and other assets have fueled a decade of low interest rates.

76 year old Jim Rogers, the influential fund manager and commentator, has forewarned of a crash that will be “the biggest in my lifetime.”

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Currently the mountain of student debt is in reality just a $1.5 trillion bet that a generation of underemployed young people will ever be able pay off a hundred grand in tuition loans in an economy where even hedge funders can’t seem to afford the cost of living.

Just back in 2008, it was the housing market that was faced with the very same type of delima.

At present a lot of former students simply are not paying back the loans, more often than not, simply because they can’t pay.

By comparison to 2008 these are massive amounts of unaffordable loans being made to people who can’t pay them, who may ever be able to pay them back.

Quite a bit of that debt is owed to the Federal Government by the way which is not going to hit banks like the crash in 2008 however, the current burden of debt is already beginning to wipe out the next generation of home buyers and auto purchasers.

Ever since the Federal Reserve started printing money in the name of “quantitative easing” to pull us out of the last financial crisis, money has been cheap, and seemingly any American who can prove just a couple of weeks worth of employment can obtain a credit line and has been able to fake “rich” by spending it like its water.

Currently, that system is now running in reverse. Ouch!

As a result, the Fed has been hiking rates and spooking markets in order to stave off inflation and other potential ills.

China out of any nation worldwide has the worst debt, ever. In China they dumped cash into what they dreamt would be world class working cities, homes, factories, shopping centers and the like, now all sit as ghost towns lying in waste and utter ruin.

Add to that the country also more than doubled its population to roughly 1.4 billion people.

If the China debt-bomb gets pricked by a pin, it will affect the entire world because China’s debt is a ticking time bomb that will explode eventually and that fallout is worldwide with nowhere to hide. It is not a matter of if, but when.

Some are speculating that Brexit, well that could cause all sorts of countries just up and leaving the European Union which in turn could affect the world markets.

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Will the markets crash in 2019 or not?

No one knows for sure really, one thing is for certain, those deep within the financial industry are already bracing themselves and planning for a potential crash in the coming new year.

Cristal M Clark

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Impeachment Hearings Highly Probable Now?

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Trump Getting Worried

A new rumor heading out the door this weekend is that Donald Trump is beginning to worry about the possibility of facing impeachment hearings.

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In absolute honesty, I am pretty shocked we have not yet crossed that bridge. Leaving Trump President is the equivalent of handing the keys to patients at an insane asylum.

In either case, on the eve of a brand new week, it’s starting to look a lot like impeachment hearings are more probable than ever.

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And Trump is beginning to worry.

Some of the allegations against that are being levied against Trump were revealed through a sentencing memo written by federal prosecutors for the president’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen.

In that document, references Trump as “Individual 1,” says that the president led the criminal conspiracy to pay off two women with whom he allegedly had extramarital affairs.

Which is in fact, cause for impeachment hearings into the conduct of one Donald J Trump.

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Robert Mueller has been connecting the dots and has in fact found; obstruction intended to hide the truth about the Trump campaign, Trump, his business organization, and his family from the investigators and our nation.

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Trump has no more henchmen because they all turned on him in the end and it is abundantly clear that he is not going to be able to bully his way out of this one

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been able to get indictments against 33 people in his ongoing investigations with regards to the Trump campaign and if they colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

No one however, has been charged for colluding with Russia, but various other crimes have been uncovered. Robert Mueller’s final report is expected soon, and word on the hill indicates that many politicians are suggesting that the president could be impeached, or even criminally indicted and jailed.

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Let’s all just hope for number 2 here because that is the only way we’ll ever be able to take the mans Twitter account away.

 

Cristal M Clark

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