The Confidential Resource

  • Retirement
    We have retired and will shortly take down this blog. We hope you have found it useful over the years.
  • Information Vs. Actionable Intelligence & the PI
    I see many courses for Private Investigators (PIs) about using the Internet for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). These courses are predominately about Internet sites that...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals–Part 5
    To improve your evaluation skills, develop three abilities: Maintain a skeptical mind-set. Learn which sources are most trustworthy. Learn to identify reporting errors and inconsistencies....
  • Economic & Political Wisdom
    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Steal...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals–Part 4
    Always keep in mind that, as the old pessimist philosopher Arnold Schopenhauer stated, “The truth will set you free–but first it will make you miserable.”...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals—Part 3
    Understanding the Need for Evaluation Methods & Citations The basis of your evaluation method is understanding that you cannot know what you don’t know. However,...
  • Jamming Remote Controls
    The range of issues I get involved in always amazes me. I recently had a client ask me for solutions to garage door and gate...
  • A Brief History of Open Source Intelligence
    An article with the above title appeared on the bellingcat site. It is an excellent article even if I don’t agree that OSINT went into hibernation...

Executive Intelligence

  • Business Intelligence Brief: June 24, 2019

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy •           Existing Home Sales Up in May – Given the slump in new home sales there had been...

  • Business Intelligence Brief: June 21, 2019

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy •           Reduction in Jobless Claims – There continues to be good news on the employment front despite the...

  • Business Intelligence Brief: June 9, 2019

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy •           More Distress in Housing Market – The level of housing starts fell in May by 0.9% –...

  • Business Intelligence Brief: June 14, 2019

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy •           No Bang for the Buck – Tariffs are a tool that many nations have used over the...

  • Business Intelligence Brief – June 12, 2019

    Short Items of Interest – US Economy •           Little Change in Inflation Threat – The latest Producer Price Index shows a very modest hike of...

  • BOR 03.06.19

    Briefing:  Wednesday 6, March 2019 LINK to PDF Executive Summary US Services Sector Rebounds Strongly in February.  Unlike the manufacturing report for February, the US...

  • BOR 03.01.19

    Briefing:  Friday 1, March 2019 LINK to PDF Executive Summary Comment:  Today is basically a global manufacturing Friday.  Manufacturing readings from all over the world...

  • BOR 02.27.19

    Briefing:  Wednesday 27, February 2019 LINK to PDF Executive Summary The Question That Nobody Can Answer.  For your benefit, we spent three hours listening to...

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