Companies that own large portfolios of properties are not required to have each home appraised by an appraiser like home buyers getting a mortgage. This has led  to some properties being evaluated remotely by companies in India… and some people questioning how accurate those values are.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-a-house-worth-wall-street-turns-to-drive-by-appraisals-1516536001

 What would you do if the power to your region was knocked out for weeks or months by a cyber attack? This is a fascinating & chilling article from Wired magazine about what it is like to live in a country that is under attack from digital weapons. I am seriously thinking about getting a gas-fired backup generator for my home! 

HOW AN ENTIRE NATION BECAME RUSSIA’S TEST LAB FOR CYBERWAR

Homes are becoming “Smarter” all the time. The Amazon Echo speaker is not just a device for playing music. People are using it in many ways, such as to check traffic or weather, order products online, or control lighting in their home. You control it by voice commands. See a review of the Echo here:  https://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-echo-bluetooth-speaker,review-2951.html

 

James “Pee Wee” Martin approaches for a final landing at Utah beach with tandem jump partner Dominic Kervestin, June 5, 2014, near Utah Beach, France. Martin is 93 and has completed a final parachute jump on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of occupied France. (U.S. Army photo/Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel)

https://www.army.mil/article/127522?from=dday_news_text