Recession Imminent Due to Liquidity Problem?

UPDATE: Since this original post, the Fed has now pumped more than $1T into the banking Repo markets and there is no end in sight. Fed Chairman Powell today indicated the US was not heading into a recession and said the economy is doing quite well. Consumer spending is up,…

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RAW vs JPEG: Which Format is Better?

Many photographers don’t fully understand the differences between JPEG and RAW files. Many wonder if one better than the other, and if so, how and why? Quality-wise, there is no difference between a RAW file and a JPEG. In truth, that statement doesn’t really make sense, because a JPEG is…

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Paraglider Caught In Thunderstorm and Survives!

Thunderstorms are very powerful events. They can produce grape fruit sized hail, terrifying lightning, strong winds, torrential rains and tornadoes. But another less noticed product of a thunderstorm is the updraft, unless you happen to be caught in one while flying a paraglider. That’s exactly what happened to a German…

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Deleted My Facebook Account for Good!

At one time I was addicted to Facebook. Pure and simple. I checked my Facebook account every 5 to 10 minutes looking for that dopamine high one gets when they see people liking their posts. I craved the interaction, the replies, the sympathy, and people agreeing with me. I loved…

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Block Windows 10 From Tracking You

There is no reason an operating system needs to phone home telemetry data in order to function properly. The sole purpose for this capability is so the operating system can report back statistics about computer use, operator habits, and other things which can then be analyzed and/or provided to other…

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GPL CHAT Jabber/Google Talk Outgoing Traffic

I found a bunch of outgoing consecutive GPL CHAT Jabber/Google Talk Outgoing Traffic packets on my LAN interface in my pfSense Suricata log today and found it rather interesting. Although Suricata doesn’t seem to think it’s suspicious based on the class message it returned, I do. The IP from which…

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ASUS and TrendMicro Data Collection

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gotten into a conversation about privacy, only to have the other person say “I have nothing to hide, so let them spy on me.” I don’t even bother arguing with them anymore, and usually just smile and nod as…

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