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64 Creative Ideas And Ways To Use Pallets

Chris Martenson - March 23, 2015 - 09:35

A wonderful list of creative and useful ways to use pallets as the building materials for projects around the house and homestead.

http://removeandreplace.com/2013/07/26/64-creative-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-a-wooden-pallet/

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Where to Place Your Bee Hives

Chris Martenson - March 23, 2015 - 07:58

I decided to get a couple of bee hives to help with pollination, support the dwindling bee population, and eventually harvest a little honey and honeycomb. My first concern was where is the best place to locate a hive? There are some general rules of thumb, which are beneficial, although none are an absolute necessity.

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Daily Digest 3/23 - The Reality of Paying for College, Big Market Correction Is Coming

Chris Martenson - March 23, 2015 - 07:49
  • Don’t Trust the Markets: A Correction Is Coming
  • No Risk Too Big as Traders Plot Escape From Negative Yields
  • Where Is The Federal Reserve Headed?
  • Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College
  • Learning My Lesson
  • Russia Through Worst Of Economic Troubles, Claim Ministers
  • California Farmers Are Selling Water To The State Instead Of Growing Crops
  • Costa Rica Has Gotten All Of Its Electricity From Renewables For 75 Days Straight

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Tank-shaped Bookmobile is a Weapon of Mass Instruction

Shareable Magazine - March 23, 2015 - 06:56

A tank rolling around a city might generally be cause for concern—but not this tank. This is the Book Tank, a roving, free library packed with 900 books that elicits waves, laughter, thanks, and smiles as it goes by.

Designed and built by Buenos Aires artist Raul Lemesoff, the Book Tank is a 1979 Ford Falcon that has been converted into a “weapon of mass instruction” bringing books to the Argentine people. Lemesoff drives the tank giving a free book to anyone who promises to read it.

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How a Credit Union Increases Access to Affordable Financial Services

Shareable Magazine - March 23, 2015 - 06:33

Article and images cross-posted from Community-Wealth.org. Written by Katie Parker.

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Daily Digest 3/22 - The Toxins That Threaten Our Brians, What If California’s Drought Is Permanent?

Chris Martenson - March 22, 2015 - 08:20
  • Requiem for American Exceptionalism
  • Wages Haven’t Been This Crucial to U.S. Economy in Half Century
  • Taming Health Costs by Keeping High-Maintenance Patients Out of the Hospital
  • The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains
  • The Perfect Storm For Oil Hits In Two Months: US Crude Production To Soar Just As Storage Runs Out
  • It’s time to get serious about the California drought
  • Opinion: What if California’s drought is permanent?
  • World Water Day

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Daily Digest 3/21 - Fed Throws In The Towel, New Federal Fracking Rules Are Set

Chris Martenson - March 21, 2015 - 08:23
  • Super-Bubbles And Unprecedented Global Collapse – Time Is Running Out!
  • Alasdair Macleod: Fed Throws in the Towel, “Something is About to Break”
  • Emergency! This Family Is Prepared
  • ‘The Age of Acquiescence,’ by Steve Fraser
  • Obamacare Is Spurring Startups and Creating Jobs
  • New Federal Rules Are Set for Fracking
  • Warm Arctic winter starts sea ice off at a record low
  • This Futuristic Water Bottle Is an Edible, Gelatinous Blob

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11 Household Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Chris Martenson - March 20, 2015 - 17:41

Great uses for tea tree oil for around the homestead.  Make sure to have a bottle on hand.

http://www.motherearthliving.com/healthy-home/green-living/uses-for-tea-tree-oil-zmhz14jazpit.aspx

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How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee

Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?
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5 Free Apps to Swap, Share and Sell Your Extra Stuff

Shareable Magazine - March 20, 2015 - 13:25

Top photo: macinate (CC BY-20)

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Daily Digest 3/20 - Laughing All The Way To The Crash, "Market Mania" Will End By "Revolution, Taxes, Or War"

Chris Martenson - March 20, 2015 - 08:13
  • Paul Tudor Jones Warns This "Disastrous Market Mania" Will End "By Revolution, Taxes, Or War"
  • Laughing All The Way To The Crash
  • Recycling Unused Medicines to Save Money and Lives
  • Brazil’s Slumping Economy and Bribery Scandal Eat Away at Dilma Rousseff’s Popularity
  • Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome
  • Majors Could Be The Big Winners Of The Oil Price Crash
  • Obama's Green Gambit
  • What The Heck Is The Trans-Pacific Partnership And Why Should You Care?

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A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.
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Off the Cuff: Losing Legitimacy

Chris Martenson - March 19, 2015 - 14:11

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

  • Lies, Damn Lies & Politics
    • When it gets serious, they lie to us
  • The Age Of Confiscation
    • Get ready for the government to claw more of your wealth
  • The Desperation Of TINA Legislation
    • We'll be told "there's no other choice"
  • The Security Of Non-Participation
    • The safest place for your wealth is out of the system

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Daily Digest 3/19 - Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply, U.S. Oil Production May Decline In 2015

Chris Martenson - March 19, 2015 - 07:42
  • Fed Loses "Patient," Wall Street Says, "I'm Cured!"
  • Janet Yellen Isn’t Going to Raise Interest Rates Until She’s Good and Ready
  • Germany riot targets new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt
  • Dollar Regains Most Of Yesterday's "Flash Crash" Losses. Oil Resumes Slide; 10Y Under 2%
  • ISIS And The Destruction Of History
  • Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply
  • Sweating The Small Stuff
  • OPEC Says US Oil Production May Decline By End Of 2015

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Things Are Unraveling At An Accelerating Rate

Chris Martenson - March 18, 2015 - 10:36

Does anyone else have the feeling that things are not just unraveling, but that the unraveling is gathering speed?

We can discern diminishing returns in Federal Reserve/central bank interventions, as the initial rounds of quantitative easing pushed stock and bond markets higher for years at a time, while the following interventions generated lower returns.

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The Coming Age Of Confiscation

Chris Martenson - March 18, 2015 - 10:36
Executive Summary
  • Crisis intervention as policy = bad decision-making
  • Why politics will defer dealing with the big problems, even though that will make them even bigger
  • Why more taxes are in your future
  • The criticality of increasing our alternatives -- without our agitation, the government will appropriate from us while claiming "there's no other option"

If you have not yet read Part 1: Things Are Unraveling At An Accelerating Rate available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we examined how the dynamic of lowering interest rates to boost debt-based consumption inevitably leads to debt saturation and lower consumption. It also generates instability and rising systemic risks.  As the returns on the central bank tricks of lowering interest rates and encouraging borrowing diminish, the resulting unraveling is speeding up.

There is another core dynamic at work: TINA, there is no alternative.

When There Is No Choice, Bad Policies Abound

In this week’s podcast with Chris (What To Expect From The Fourth Turning We're Now In), guest Neil Howe noted that crisis intervention is the result of authorities “feeling they had no other choice,” a.k.a. TINA.  In this frame of mind, the eventual consequences of crisis intervention policies are ignored in the pressing desperation to make the financial and political pain of crisis go away.

As policymakers around the world soon discovered, TINA policies are habit-forming. Since they had no choice but to bail out the parasitic, dysfunctional banking sector, and goose debt-based consumption with cash for clunkers, mass purchases of mortgages, etc., they also had no choice but to continue these interventions, lest the desired result—expanding consumption and a rising stock market—falter.

Substituting crisis intervention for long-term constructive policies leads to bad policies, for the simple reason that...

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Daily Digest 3/18 - Puerto Rico's Bond Sale Delayed, CA Drought Restrictions Coming To Restaurants, Skiing

Chris Martenson - March 18, 2015 - 06:57
  • Broward judges toss 24,000 red-light camera tickets totaling millions
  • California public workers may be at risk of losing promised pensions
  • Puerto Rico's $2.95 bln bond sale delayed until early May
  • Debunking $1.4 Trillion Europe Debt Myth in Post-Heta Age
  • Venezuela puts debt service before food imports as cash dries up
  • ECB's balance sheet expands as it begins stimulus programme
  • BOJ Keeps Record Stimulus With Inflation Set to Stall
  • Brazil’s Economy Contracted 0.11% in January, Central Bank Says
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe suspends skiing as drought takes toll
  • New California Drought Restrictions Coming To Restaurants, Hotels, As Home Rules Get Stricter

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Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation

The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.
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"Honey on Tap" Beehive Smashes Indiegogo Fundraising Record

Shareable Magazine - March 17, 2015 - 13:06

Stuart and Cedar Anderson's Flow hive promises to revolutionize beekeeping. Credit: beefarm.ru

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How To Start a Fire With Batteries

Chris Martenson - March 17, 2015 - 10:55

A great demonstration video on how to use the energy from batteries to create fire without matches.  Could be very useful information to have in an emergency situation.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/video-how-start-fire-batteries

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