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Daily Digest 2/27 - U.S. Economic Growth Revised Downward, Living Off The Grid In Canada

Chris Martenson - 6 hours 19 min ago
  • Germany's politicians at odds over vote on Greece bailout extension
  • Guillermo Barba: Gold & Silver in South America, Backwardation and Currency Wars
  • Talking to Millennial Homeowners Who Just Bought Their First Home
  • U.S. Economic Growth at Year’s End Revised Downward
  • Future batteries need to triple capacity, cut price by 67
  • Chevron to divest Romania shale licences, quit Europe exploration
  • How Much Crude Oil Do You Consume On A Daily Basis?
  • Mini-Documentary about Canadian Island that is Entirely Off the Grid 

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Daily Digest 2/26 - Edible Coffee Cups To Debut In U.K., Nigeria’s Future Depends On Electricity

Chris Martenson - February 26, 2015 - 07:49
  • Ex-Plunge Protection Team Whistleblower: "Governments Control Markets; There Is No Price Discovery Anymore" 
  • Janet Yellen Is Freaking Out About "Audit The Fed" - Here Are 100 Reasons Why She SHould Be
  • How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia
  • Terror in the Middle East: Scarcity, Poverty and Cultural Change
  • Having and Fighting Ebola — Public Health Lessons from a Clinician Turned Patient
  • Empire: The Unintended Consequences Of Colonialism
  • Shale Gas Project Encounters Determined Foes Deep in Algerian Sahara
  • Nigeria’s Future Depends On Electricity
  • Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities
  • The Fantastic Transformation of Subway Cars into Artificial Reefs
  • KFC Plans to Roll Out Edible Coffee Cups in the U.K.

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8 Ways to Use Chickens in the Garden

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 15:49

If you are contemplating the idea of getting started with backyard chickens, here are a number of great ways chicken can help in your garden and build better soil.

www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/02/chickens-in-the-garden.html

Also check out the Backyard Chicken Group for other ideas and interesting conversations.

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Daily Digest 2/25 - Fed Is in No Hurry to Raise Rates, Deflation Threat Grows In Europe

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 07:29
  • Illinois Comptroller Meets with Stateline Leaders
  • Chicago's Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election
  • U.K. North Sea Spending Cut in Half, Deterred by Oil Price, Tax
  • Venezuela Still Seen Defaulting in 2015 by Deutsche Bank
  • Junk Bond Investors Appeal to Banks in Europe on Safeguards
  • Ukraine tightens capital controls as hryvnia slump boosts risks
  • Kentucky House approves plan to borrow $3.3 billion to shore up teachers' pension system
  • Deflation Threat Grows in Europe
  • Japan 40-year bond auction produces highest yield of 1.55 percent
  • Israel becomes 20th central bank to cut rates this year
  • Why There Are No Winners in the Global Currency War
  • Janet Yellen Says Fed Is in No Hurry to Raise Rates

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Time To Toss The Playbook

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 06:07

Just when you thought the world could not spin much faster, global monetary events in 2015 have picked up speed. 

Buckle up.

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Investing In The Age Of Anomalies

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 06:06
Executive Summary
  • Will global capital continue to push US stocks higher, despite their stretched valuations?
  • Global capital is becoming more cautious
  • S&P outperforming as capital seeks the safety of "blue chip" companies
  • Investing in the age of anomalies

If you have not yet read Part 1: Time To Toss The Playbook available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

This leads us to equities and, again, this very important concept of being flexible in thinking and behavior. Historically, valuation metrics have been very important in stock investing. Not just levels of earnings and cash flow growth, but the “multiple” of earnings and cash flow growth investors have been willing to pay to own individual stocks. This has been expressed in valuation metrics such as price-to-earnings, price relative to book value, cash flow, etc. To the point, in the current market environment, common stock valuation metrics are stretched relative to historical context.

In the past we have looked at indicators like total stock market capitalization relative to GDP. The market capitalization of a stock is nothing more than its shares outstanding multiplied by its current price. The indicator essentially shows us the value of stock market assets relative to the real economy. Warren Buffet has called this his favorite stock market indicator.

The message is clear. By this valuation metric, only the...

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Amsterdam is Now Europe's First Named "Sharing City"

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 13:59

The Dutch capital launched Amsterdam Sharing City on February 2. (amira_a/Flickr)

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Hampshire College Launches LEEP Program to Advance the Common Good

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 10:57

The results of a workshop held at the launch of Hampshire College's LEEP program. Credit: Hampshire College

In a world of worsening social inequality, climate change, and other urgent challenges, how can higher education play a more active, constructive role? A small liberal arts college known for its innovative approaches to undergraduate education aims to find out.

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Replace the Gospel of Money: An Interview With David Korten

What if we measured wealth in terms of life, and how well we serve it?
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Daily Digest 2/24 - Eurozone Approves Greece Bailout Plan, A Student Debt Revolt Begins

Chris Martenson - February 24, 2015 - 07:51
  • Eurozone Approves Greece Bailout Overhaul Plan
  • More New Jobs Are in City Centers, While Employment Growth Shrinks in the Suburbs
  • A Student Debt Revolt Begins
  • Obama Seeks New Protections for Retirement Savings in Speech to AARP
  • Could This Be Saudi Arabia’s Best Kept Secret?
  • No 'drama or fanfare' for Keystone veto, WH says
  • Oil: Shocking how vital it still is
  • Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

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Compare and Share: The One-Stop Sharing Marketplace

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 06:55

 The People Who Share, a UK organization working to mainstream sharing, recently launched a new sharing marketplace called Compare and Share. Being touted as the world’s one-stop shop for the sharing economy, their vision is to be the go-to marketplace to share everything from sporting goods and tools, to rides, cars and houses.

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New Report Explores The Commons as a Paradigm to Align Movements

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 06:34

The proliferation of activist initiatives calling for systemic change around the world has never been more impressive. Yet collaborations among like-minded organizations, projects and movements have been disappointingly modest. As neoliberal economics and policies tighten their grip on American society—notwithstanding the dismal misbehavior of financial institutions, corporations and the two political parties—can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together?

Categories: Economics

First The Fall...

Chris Martenson - February 23, 2015 - 21:41

One of the models of the future that I favor is the Ka-Poom theory put out by Erik Jansen of iTulip.com back in 1999.

Basically it states that the end of a bubble era begins with a sharp deflationary event (the ‘Ka’ part of the title), but ends in a highly inflationary blow-off, (the ‘Poom’).

It’s a one-two punch. Down then up.

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Going Down...

Chris Martenson - February 23, 2015 - 21:41

One of the models of the future that I favor is the Ka-Poom theory put out by Erik Jansen of iTulip.com back in 1999.

Basically it states that the end of a bubble era begins with a sharp deflationary event (the ‘Ka’ part of the title), but ends in a highly inflationary blow-off, (the ‘Poom’).

It’s a one-two punch. Down then up.

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Pantry Items That Expire Way Before You Think They Do

Chris Martenson - February 23, 2015 - 16:43

Learn about these 7 food items that have a shorter than expected shelf / storage life. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/23/pantry-items-expire_n_6723068.html

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These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

Though the model is new, and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
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Flow Hive

Chris Martenson - February 23, 2015 - 13:25

Check out this new and innovative honey bee frame design that allows for easy access and extraction of honey from the hive.  The Flow Hive design team have now launched their Indiegogo funding page that will give you more information and the opportunity to invest and acquire the first flow hive systems. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive

Also check out our Beekeeping Group page to learn and exchange ideas.

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How to Build an Earthen Pond and Dam Wall

Chris Martenson - February 23, 2015 - 11:19

It is extremely important that you choose your pond site wisely before bringing in the heavy equipment. I addressed how to do this in my pond planning article. In this article, we use the existing topography and soil types to make the best pond site choices.

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Categories: Economics

15 Apps to Boost Your Happiness

Shareable Magazine - February 23, 2015 - 08:09

Since smartphones quicken the pace of life and work, it only seems fair that they should also help us recover from all that quickening—give us a way to wind down and brighten our moods, right? While no app can compare to time with loved ones, nature, meditation, and exercise, there are plenty that promise to boost our happiness, calm us, and make us more grateful. Here are 15 of our favorites worth trying:

1. Gratitude Journal ($1.99)

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