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Daily Digest 12/3 - The Collapse of Paper Assets, Has The Internet Become A Failed State?

Chris Martenson - December 3, 2016 - 07:20
  • Stanford Study Reveals California Pensions Underfunded By $1 Trillion Or $93k Per Household
  • Criss-Crossed Fuses And Lit Bonfire
  • S&P warns CT: Surging debt costs could lower bond rating
  • The Collapse of Paper Assets
  • Silver Prices And Interest Rates
  • In new lawsuit, Instacart shoppers say they were regularly underpaid
  • Has the internet become a failed state?
  • Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps Under Pressure

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The Weighted Average Cost Of Capital

Chris Martenson - December 2, 2016 - 16:59

Get ready to live in an era of rising interest rates. It's going to be unfamiliar territory for all of us...

 

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Foraging for Pine Needles

Chris Martenson - December 2, 2016 - 10:48

A wonderful exploration of various pine and conifer trees and the different properties the leaves have. 

http://www.growforagecookferment.com/foraging-for-pine-needles/

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Daily Digest 12/2 - Good News Friday: Turning Philanthropy on Its Head, The Need To Read

Chris Martenson - December 2, 2016 - 05:23
  • 'New era of peace': Trump vows to stop US toppling of regimes during 1st stop of 'Thank You' tour
  • A Few Billionaires Are Turning Medical Philanthropy on Its Head
  • Carrier getting $7M in tax breaks from Indiana to keep jobs: report
  • The Need To Read
  • Expanding Smart Car Fleet, New York Police Just Got More ‘Adorable’
  • NASA’s Biggest Space Garden Ever Is Almost Ready To Fly

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Off The Cuff: Repercussions Of Rising Rates

Chris Martenson - December 1, 2016 - 17:54

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

  • A Bottom For Miners?
    • Mish thinks this may be a good purchasing window
  • Hit To Housing
    • Rising interest rates are kryptonite to home prices
  • Vanishing Jobs
    • Trump can't replace the jobs lost to automation
  • The Year Of The Iconoclast
    • Anti-establishment platforms gather steam around the world

After years and years of declining/0% interest rates, the trend may be reversing. Market interest rates have risen faster over the past month than in decades.

Chris and Mish see this as having implications that will ripple through all asset classes. As Mish warns:

I’m watching interest rates just rise and rise. And the thing here is everyone’s betting on this massive inflationary scenario under Trump. I’m not sure I get it. Now, long term, we can all look at this and say, “Yeah, he’s going to take less money in in taxes, he’s going to waste more on infrastructure, he wants to increase military spending.” Of those, the only one I agree with is lowering taxes but the analysis is negative, negative, negative from Congressional CBO and all the people who figure this stuff out.

So we’ve got this surge in interest rates and money pouring into the dollar. The dollar’s going higher. I look at all of this and I think, “Hmm, a surge in interest rates. Ah, it’s likely to affect an ugly market.” The rising US dollar impacts exports in a negative fashion. The stock market is incredibly overvalued. And we know what generally happens when interest rates rise: I’m looking at a potential deflationary bust. Especially when we factor in Trump’s trade policies that might very well cause a global trade war.

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Daily Digest 12/1 - The New Labor Wars, Great Barrier Reef Suffers Worst-Ever Bleaching

Chris Martenson - December 1, 2016 - 07:30
  • Home Prices Recover Ground Lost During Bust
  • How to protect yourself from a World Financial Crisis?
  • Jim Rogers: A Crisis ‘Worse Than Anything You’ve Seen In Your Lifetime’
  • Trump is meeting with an ex-bank CEO who wants to abolish the U.S. Federal Reserve
  • The New Labor Wars
  • An interesting perspective on the War on Cash 
  • When It Comes to Fake News, the U.S. Government Is the Biggest Culprit
  • Will Trump Send Electricity Bills Soaring?
  • Coinbase ordered to turn over customers' records to IRS
  • Climate Change: A Matter Of Degree
  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers worst ever coral bleaching

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7 Ways to Make an Even Bigger Impact When You Divest From DAPL

Closing your bank account is just the beginning.
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Is Your Bank Funding DAPL? Here’s How to Find One That Isn’t

There’s an entire industry of ethically minded banks and financial institutions out there to choose from.
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New Zine Highlights the Solidarity Economy in St. Louis

Shareable Magazine - November 30, 2016 - 18:03

It's hard to convey what the sharing movement is about without describing how it looks in practice. No matter how well you lay out its basic principles, you need concrete examples and visual imagery to help people reach that aha moment.

Categories: Economics

The View From Under The Bus

Chris Martenson - November 30, 2016 - 08:20

Through borrowing way too much, bailing out rather than prosecuting bad actors, printing trillions of "thin air" dollars, a deliberate pursuit of financial repression and other schemes -- the future prosperity of the "everyday American" has been stolen by those in power and those positioned closest to the trough. Mathematically, this orgy of excess needs to be balanced by severe austerity; an austerity the elites are forcing onto everybody else. No wonder the masses are pissed.

Few visuals drive this injustice home better than this one of historical bank CD interest rates. Note how they've been in steady collapse since the mid-1980s.

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Barcelona's Brave Struggle to Advance the Commons

Shareable Magazine - November 30, 2016 - 08:19

Barcelona as seen from Maremagnum. Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn via Foter.com / CC BY. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

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Can Commons Thinking Drive a New Health System?

Shareable Magazine - November 30, 2016 - 08:08

What would it take to move from planetary imbalance into a state of sustained health and healing?

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SHARECITY's Top 10 Food Sharing Projects from Around the World

Shareable Magazine - November 30, 2016 - 08:01

The SHARECITY100 is an interactive database of food sharing activities in 100 cities around the world created by the SHARECITY research team. From food banks and community gardens, to meal-sharing platforms and secret restaurants, it catalogues a variety of initiatives, detailing what is shared, how it is shared, and how the sharing is organised. This is all communicated by a set of icons, which you can check out here.  

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Daily Digest 11/30 - Cash Drought Persists In India, PERS Predicament In Oregon

Chris Martenson - November 30, 2016 - 07:08
  • PERS Predicament: 'Oregonians are stuck with that bill. We have to fund those benefits'
  • 2011 Pension Fixes in L.A., San Francisco Not Working
  • Kentucky’s public pension outlook weakens; debt grows to $32.6 billion
  • Southeast Asia Currency Slide Inflates $20 Billion Debt Bill
  • Chance of Italy leaving euro zone hits four-year high: survey
  • Demonetisation: Cash drought persists in metros; banks, ATMs in cities run dry as focus turns to rural India
  • India’s largest bank demands compensation for cash deluge

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This #GivingTuesday, Help Us Grow the Sharing Movement

Shareable Magazine - November 29, 2016 - 17:52

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has," said Margaret Mead. It's one of our favorite quotes here at Shareable because it's a great reminder that working together towards a common goal is one of the most fulfilling things we can do.

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Daily Digest 11/29 - High Cost For A Cashless India, The Future Of Renewables Under Trump

Chris Martenson - November 29, 2016 - 06:10
  • Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President
  • Trump is meeting with an ex-bank CEO who wants to abolish the Federal Reserve and return to the gold standard
  • India Wants a Cashless Society. But There’s a High Cost.
  • 'Holocaust on ice' dance by wife of Putin official causes uproar
  • Prevailing Gray Swan: The Media As a Shaping Agent of Society (Propaganda, The 2016 Election, Consequences of "Fake News")
  • How The Internet Works In North Korea
  • Does A Renewables Future Dim Under Trump?
  • Why Are Developers Still Pouring Billions Into Waterlogged Miami?
  • 'Last battle': On Contact visits Standing Rock resistance in North Dakota

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Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: April 6-9, 2017

Chris Martenson - November 28, 2016 - 16:17

We have an extremely well-developed seminar model that has been honed over the years and combines teachings, breakouts, and exercises that will provide both critical insights and actionable ideas. This year will be no exception, with lots of new material developed during the creation of our recent book, Prosper!: How To Prepare for the Future & Build a World Worth Inheriting

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How One Farm Is Reinventing Agriculture for Better Food and a Brighter Future

Shareable Magazine - November 28, 2016 - 09:17

Old McDonald of "E-I-E-I-O" fame would feel right at home on Essex Farm, a 600-acre spread in upstate New York where the future of American agriculture is being radically reconceived.

For the past 60 years, farmers have been coerced by agribusinesses and federal policies to become ever more specialized. So it’s surprising to walk through a modern farmyard and hear a moo-moo here and an oink-oink there, and see 50 different kinds of vegetables growing in the fields.

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Daily Digest 11/28 - Coal Country Has Faith In Trump, Resurrecting the American Dream

Chris Martenson - November 28, 2016 - 07:57
  • Why India's prime minister wants a cashless society
  • Professor Watchlist Is Seen as Threat to Academic Freedom
  • Resurrecting the American Dream
  • Trump’s Promises Will Be Hard to Keep, but Coal Country Has Faith
  • Physics from the edge: The hidden crisis in physics
  • The Three Faces Of Climate Change
  • Deer eaten alive in Florida signals reappearance of devastating parasite

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Daily Digest 11/28 - Coal Country Has Faith In Trump, Resurrecting the American Dream

Chris Martenson - November 28, 2016 - 07:57
  • Why India's prime minister wants a cashless society
  • Professor Watchlist Is Seen as Threat to Academic Freedom
  • Resurrecting the American Dream
  • Trump’s Promises Will Be Hard to Keep, but Coal Country Has Faith
  • Physics from the edge: The hidden crisis in physics
  • The Three Faces Of Climate Change
  • Deer eaten alive in Florida signals reappearance of devastating parasite

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Categories: Economics