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Off The Cuff: The Betrayal Of Capital

Chris Martenson - October 5, 2015 - 17:37

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • Growing Weakness At The Periphery
    • A reminder that collapse happens from the outside in
  • The Betrayal Of Capital
    • We are watching the predictable result of too much mal-investment
  • Natural Limits Will Be The Ones That Matter
    • The ones that can't be addressed by printing up more money
  • TINA: There Is No Alternative
    • Those in charge of the system have run out of Plan Bs

Recorded last week, here's the latest Off The Cuff discussion recorded between Chris and Charles Hugh Smith.

Both note the deflationary forces that are fast-eroding the stability of periphery countries around the globe. As long repeated here at Peak Prosperity, we're of the opinion that collapse happens from "the outside in". Once the smaller dominoes start falling, watch the pace at which the next-largest drop, as it can tell you how quickly the core ("safest") counties will start being affected.

A theme delved into in this discussion is the...

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New Report: Price, Convenience, Trust Are Keys to Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - October 5, 2015 - 12:15

In their 2014 report on the collaborative economy, Crowd Companies (an “innovation council” founded by Jeremiah Owyang) and Vision Critical (a customer intelligence platform provider) concluded that sharing is here to stay.

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Librarian Shares Her Love of Books with a Bike-powered Mobile Library

Shareable Magazine - October 5, 2015 - 07:53

In 2013, school librarian Alicia Tapia created Bibliobicicleta, a free, mobile library pulled by bike. Since then, Tapia and Bibliobicicleta have rolled up to San Francisco parks, farmers markets, museums, and beaches to distribute free books and help spread a love of reading.

Bibliobicicleta holds around 100 books, including selections for people of all ages, lifestyles, and interests. It attracts attention wherever it goes.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/5 - TPP Explained, The Reign Of Recycling

Chris Martenson - October 5, 2015 - 04:04
  • The Biggest Questions Awaiting the Supreme Court
  • Taxpayers' Alliance: Cut pensioner benefits 'immediately'
  • Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Becomes Alphabet’s ‘Do the Right Thing’
  • The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Explained
  • The Reign Of Recycling
  • This Week In Energy: Don’t Be Fooled By Latest U.S. Production Data
  • 'Stay in Your House': Officials Warn Residents During Unprecedented '1,000-Year' Floods

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Daily Digest 10/4 - Satellite Internet Gets Fresh Look, The Decline Of 'Big Soda'

Chris Martenson - October 4, 2015 - 08:22
  • Can we keep our technology from slipping out of control?
  • Lawrence Wilkerson: The Travails of Empire @ Lone Star College Kingwood
  • Satellite Internet gets a fresh look, cash infusion
  • Did World War III Start on the Precise Day of the ECM?
  • The ECM Turning Point — Sept. 30/Oct. 1 — Guns & War?
  • How They Got Their Guns
  • Even Appalachia Is Walking Away From Coal
  • The Decline Of 'Big Soda'

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/3 - U.S. Income Inequality, The Tragedy Of America's Welfare State

Chris Martenson - October 3, 2015 - 08:34
  • Income inequality in the U.S. from 1950 to 2010: the neglect of the political
  • Five global catastrophes that could happen tomorrow
  • Alan Greenspan and the Space-Time Continuum of Interest Rates
  • The Great Illinois Gold Rush
  • The Mind of Mr. Putin
  • Gold And Money Supply
  • Schiff: Sept. Jobs Report Confirms Weakening Labor Market
  • A Conversation with Edward Snowden
  • When Work Is Punished: The Ongoing Tragedy Of America's Welfare State

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Daily Digest 10/2 - Good News Friday: 2015 'Genius' Grants Announced, U.S. Price Of Solar Has Fallen

Chris Martenson - October 2, 2015 - 08:16
  • The 2015 MacArthur ‘genius grants’ honor — and surprise — 24 fellows
  • The Immigrant Advocate Who’s Helping Prove That Latinos Are Essential To Our Economy
  • Banned Books Week Is A Crock
  • Self-Driving Cars Could Save 300,000 Lives Per Decade in America
  • Trading With The Enemy
  • Robots are about as bad as humans at assembling IKEA furniture
  • Price of solar energy in the United States has fallen to 5c/kWh on average
  • Radio frequency 'harvesting' tech unveiled in UK
  • An evening up close with the Tesla Model X

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Even The Wall Street Journal Is Asking Questions About How Ownership Should Work in a Democracy

The question of how the ownership of capital should be structured in a democratic society was raised by none other than Margaret Thatcher's authorized biographer.
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NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification

They're a lifeline to business owners. So why do these credit unions have trouble growing?
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A New New Deal from the Roosevelt Institute

Shareable Magazine - October 1, 2015 - 09:13

Occupy Wall Street protesters. (

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Daily Digest 10/1 - Liquid Water Found On Mars, Saving Goldman Sachs From Itself

Chris Martenson - October 1, 2015 - 08:13
  • How Congress Helped Save Goldman Sachs From Itself
  • The Echo Bubble in Housing Is About to Pop
  • All Bad at 0%? 
  • We’ve Seen This Picture Before: Global Markets Down $13 Trillion Already
  • Mars Shows Signs of Having Flowing Water, Possible Niches for Life, NASA Says
  • If there is liquid water on Mars, no one—not even NASA—can get anywhere near it
  • Trouble Ahead For The World’s Next Shale Boom?
  • Is The U.S. About To Break One Of Its Own Nuclear Treaties?

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Categories: Economics

Deflation Warning: The Next Wave

Chris Martenson - September 30, 2015 - 21:36

The signs of deflation are now flashing all over the globe. In our estimation, the possibility of an associated financial crisis is now dangerously high over the next few months.

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Categories: Economics

From Deflation To Hyperinflation

Chris Martenson - September 30, 2015 - 21:36
Executive Summary
  • China is rolling over
  • Contagion will eventually take down the core economies, including the US
  • We are witnessing a full-blown collapse of the commodity complex
  • Deflation will win the day over the next year, but then get ready for helicopter money hyperinflation

If you have not yet read Part 1: Deflation Warning: The Next Wave available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

The Chinese GDP Lie

Right off the top, China is not growing anywhere near the 7% it claims.  That’s just a politically useful lie that the Chinese tell to the world as much as they tell to themselves.

Fortunately, hardly anyone is falling for that particular fib any longer.  Let’s start with the completely obvious manufacturing slump that has hit China:

Chinese Factory Gauge Slumps to Lowest Level Since March 2009

Sept 22, 2015

A private Chinese manufacturing gauge fell to the lowest in 6 1/2 years, underscoring challenges facing the economy as its old growth engines splutter.

A global sell off in riskier assets gained pace after the preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from Caixin Media and Markit Economics dropped to 47.0 in September. That missed the median estimate of 47.5 in a Bloomberg survey and fell from the final reading of 47.3 in the previous month. Readings have remained below 50 since March, indicating contraction.

Premier Li Keqiang’s growth target of about 7 percent for this year is being challenged by a slowdown in manufacturing and exports even as services and consumption show resilience.


The way a PMI reading works is anything over 50 indicates expansions and anything under 50 indicates contraction.  Anybody care to explain to me how China can be sporting sub-50 readings every month since March -- that’s five full months -- and still be claiming to be aiming for a 7% annual growth target?  You know, because China is...

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Categories: Economics

24 october Sharing Day in Nijmegen

Shareable Magazine - September 30, 2015 - 12:04

On October 24th the citywide sharingday will be organised.
The theme of the day will be "Picture it!" We'll take you along on a journey, sketching the possibilities of a sharing city. At the end of the day you will not only be inspired. You will feel and know sharing is within reach. Possibilitys are allready there. The only thing left is your choice wether or not you will jump in to this world of sharing an abundance.

Categories: Economics

A Techy Management Fad Gives Workers More Power—Up to a Point

Holacracy aims to liberate workers from micromanagement by replacing bosses with code-like rules modeled on computer programming.
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Daily Digest 9/30 - Household Debt Rises, Fed Ready With More Stimulus

Chris Martenson - September 30, 2015 - 07:08
  • Fed ready with more stimulus if economy slumps
  • Abe adviser calls for extra stimulus in Japan
  • Global trade to grow at slowest pace since financial crisis: BOK
  • IMF downgrades 2015 economic forecast on Russia to minus 3.8% of GDP
  • Credit Suisse warns of oil losses pummeling banks in Norway
  • Central Bank in Denmark Loses Tool After Debt Funding Need Jumps
  • IMF says Sweden needs to do more to cool housing market
  • German inflation turns negative in Sept for first time in 8 months
  • Malaysia faces another bond litmus test as contagion worries grow
  • Brazil's Broadest Inflation Index Faster Than All Estimates
  • European Yields Reflect Slow Inflation Adding to Pressure on ECB
  • Bubble Seen in China Bonds as Record Borrowings Raise Stakes
  • Indonesia official sees room to cut rates if inflation falls
  • Household debt rises at fastest pace in nearly three years
  • Analysts Cut 2015 and 2016 Growth Forecasts for Brazil
  • Offshore Yuan Gains as Record Loan Rate Linked to Intervention
  • Brazil Currency Volatility Climbs as Central Bank Adds Support
  • ‘Cold Fusion’ Is Citi's Answer to Fading Central Bank Firepower
  • India central bank cuts key interest rate to 6.75%
  • Icahn sees ‘danger ahead’ over zero rates, junk bonds
  • Spanish inflation dives, falls to -1.2%

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Categories: Economics

How to Stock a Fish Pond

Chris Martenson - September 29, 2015 - 08:48

I installed my 2000 square foot, 6 foot deep fish pond in the fall of 2013. I waited one year for the pond to grow some vegetation, and to begin to support an ecosystem. In the fall of 2014 I stocked a pound of fathead minnows. These are the feeder fish for the bass and catfish that I planned to stock. I wanted to give the minnows a head start, so there would be plenty of them to go around.

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Categories: Economics

Mending Library Repairs Clothes and Connects People on SF's Skid Row

Shareable Magazine - September 29, 2015 - 08:16

Travel guides generally warn tourists to steer clear of the Tenderloin District, San Francisco's version of skid row. For 14 years, however, Michael Swaine mended clothes for people in the heart of the district. Once a month, he set up his cart, with its antique treadle sewing machine, and got to work repairing pants, tops, jackets, bags, or whatever else a needle and thread could save.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/29 - Reefs On Demand, An Anarchist’s Guide to the Future

Chris Martenson - September 29, 2015 - 08:12
  • Taliban overrun Afghan city of Kunduz
  • Why the US should give Putin a free rein in Syria
  • Tick Tick Tick
  • Where Are We Headed? – An Anarchist’s Guide to the Future
  • 7 Bullish Gold Indicators
  • UBS Is About To Blow The Cover On A Massive Gold-Rigging Scandal
  • The Difference Between Gold and Debt
  • It’s Time to Get Your Gold Out of the U.S.
  • The Real Estate Crisis in North Dakota's Man Camps
  • As governor, Bush sided with campaign contributor on delaying Everglades pollution cleanup
  • Liquid Quarries And Reefs On Demand

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Categories: Economics

Communitere Is Bringing The Tools For Renewal To Nepal

Shareable Magazine - September 28, 2015 - 10:32

When catastrophic disaster strikes anywhere in the world, the affected community faces many challenges in rebuilding their lives, homes and communities. But when disaster strikes in a developing country, the challenges are compounded by a lack of access to the tools, space and resources needed to begin rebuilding.

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