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Daily Digest 6/16 - Good News Friday: Humans With Superhuman Vision; To Be Happier, Take Public Transport

Chris Martenson - June 16, 2017 - 08:50
  • Taking Public Transport Instead Of Driving To Work Makes People Happier, Study Suggests
  • Humans With Super Human Vision
  • Now, Your Financial Advisor Will Have To Put You First (Sometimes)
  • Oregon Pay Equity Act becomes law
  • Brixton riding school brings joy to inner city kids
  • What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?
  • The Solar Industry Is Creating Jobs Nearly 17 Times Faster Than the Rest of the US Economy
  • Judge Delivers Blow To Trump Administration In Dakota Access Fight

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Key Takeaways from the New Cities Summit

Shareable Magazine - June 15, 2017 - 18:38

Ten years ago Songdo, South Korea, was underwater. Today, it's a city in Incheon's free economic zone with 20 million square feet of LEED certified buildings — 40 percent of all LEED buildings in South Korea. That's dozens of high rises. In fact, it's a whole city's worth. Songdo is the very definition of a new, master planned city; one in which sustainability and well-being are incorporated from the beginning.

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Daily Digest 6/15 - What To Make Of Ultra-Low Volatility, Big Oil Pivots To Renewables

Chris Martenson - June 15, 2017 - 06:36
  • Ultra-low Volatility #ThisTimeIsDifferent
  • How Wells Fargo's Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers To Fraud
  • You Won't Believe This Stupid New Law Against Cash And Bitcoin
  • Big Science
  • Governor Jerry Brown of California Advocates the Overthrow of USA
  • The Great Gold Convulsion of 2017
  • Big Oil's Pivot To Renewables Has Begun
  • Michigan health director, 4 others charged with manslaughter over Flint water

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Resistance That Won’t Quit: A Timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Despite a Trump executive order undoing nearly nine years of defiance, the story of the-pipeline-that-won’t-die isn’t over.
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Off The Cuff: What Today's Rate Hike Means

Chris Martenson - June 14, 2017 - 17:30

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Unpacking Today's Rate Hike
    • What will the impact be?
  • When Is A Rate Hike Not A Rate Hike?
    • The Fed's hikes aren't really pulling liquidity out of the market
  • Every time The Fed Talks Gold Goes Down
    • Manipulation (for optics) is alive & well
  • Can The Fed Engineer A Soft Exit?
    • Hardly likely

Chris and John break down today's Fed announcement of a 0.25% rate hike, plus its presented schedule for starting to reduce it's $4.2 trillion balance sheet. 

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Daily Digest 6/14 - Warning To NJ On Health Care Costs, Auto Loan Delinquencies Rise

Chris Martenson - June 14, 2017 - 09:02
  • Warning signals to New Jersey on health care costs
  • Insurers seek double-digit health premium increases (New York)
  • In many states, the pension time-bomb is ticking
  • Editorial: Illinois, banana republic, just 17 days to prove it
  • Deficit rises as spending on Medicaid and defense increases
  • US credit card debt to surpass $1 trillion this year, report says
  • Auto loan delinquencies rise as drivers splurge on pricey cars 
  • Chinese local governments still getting deeper in debt
  • Aussie debt is about to top half a trillion
  • Global negative-yielding sovereign debt jumps to $9.5 trln - Fitch

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Podcast: How the Regenerative Finance Collective Distributes Wealth and Power

Shareable Magazine - June 14, 2017 - 03:06

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kate Poole, who co-leads Regenerative Finance, a collective of young people with wealth working to shift control of capital to communities most affected by racial, economic, and climate injustices. Poole is also a member-leader of Resource Generation, which works to redistribute land, wealth, and power.

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Missed 'The End of Money' Webinar?

Chris Martenson - June 13, 2017 - 21:35

If you didn't register earlier for the live webinar and are regretting having missed out on the event -- there's good news.

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Podcast: What if Our Economic System Was Set Up to Generate Happiness?

Shareable Magazine - June 13, 2017 - 15:42

In this episode, we spoke with Liz Ziedler, co-founder of Happy City Bristol, an organization geared towards fostering holistic happiness in Bristol, U.K., through measurement tools, workshops, and campaigns. 

Happy City's aim is to "reclaim happiness from commercial triviality and make it a guiding, radical principle for society." The organization invites individuals to explore what truly brings lasting happiness and gives communities the tools to measure and be attentive to what really matters.

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New Videos Explore the Political Potential of the Commons

Shareable Magazine - June 13, 2017 - 10:56

Just released: A terrific 25-minute video overview of the commons as seen by frontline activists from around the world, "The Commons in Political Spaces: For a Post-capitalist Transition," along with more than a dozen separate interviews with activists on the frontlines of commons work around the globe. The videos were shot at the World Social Forum in Montreal last August, capturing the flavor of discussion and organizing there.

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Q&A: Landscape Architect Martin Barry on Urban Planning in Prague and Beyond

Shareable Magazine - June 13, 2017 - 10:18

Martin Barry is a landscape architect who chose to leave New York City for Prague, a city with "so much potential." His platform reSITE aims to bring international perspectives and expertise concerning contemporary, resilient, and sustainable cities by organizing an annual conference, among other activities. What was the path to creating such a platform from scratch, one of the most respected in Europe today? Barry discussed his vision of the city, the future of architecture and planning, and reSITE's projects with Petra Jansová for Aktualne.cz, a Czech leading online news media.

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Daily Digest 6/13 - Your Data Trail Is A Gold Mine, All Markets "Increasingly At Risk"

Chris Martenson - June 13, 2017 - 06:10
  • Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known
  • Jeff Sessions poised for legal minefield as he prepares to testify on Russia
  • Massive Central Bank Asset Purchases: Last Ditch Effort To Save Economy & Cap Gold Price
  • Bill Gross: "All Markets Are Increasingly At Risk"
  • How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico
  • Your Data Trail Is Like a Gold Mine
  • Months of Deadly Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela
  • Is This The First Sign Of A U.S., Chinese Solar War?

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Why the Open Access Movement in Agriculture Matters

Shareable Magazine - June 12, 2017 - 10:31

Western discourse around open access has largely been restricted to academic, scholarly communications circles. In fact, many friends and colleagues have told me they first encountered open access when, after graduating from university, they were confronted with the fact they no longer had access to school databases; or when online article searches reached the dead-end prompt "click here to pay for access."

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Daily Digest 6/12 - Bond Market Doomsayers Sound Alarm, UK Feels Pinch As Brexit Looms

Chris Martenson - June 12, 2017 - 08:02
  • Bond Market Doomsayers Sound Alarm as Margin of Safety Vanishes
  • Preparing for ‘Brexit,’ Britons Face Economic Pinch at Home
  • Britain's PM May to face her party's anger amid post-election tumult
  • This Tech Trend Is Inescapable
  • Automakers Prioritize Climate Despite Trump’s Decision
  • There are more than 2 million electric vehicles on the road around the world
  • For Climate Cause, Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Accord Just One Hurdle Among Many
  • New threats to public lands endanger America's unique wildlife corridors

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Steen Jakobsen: 60% Probability Of Recession In The Next 18 Months

Chris Martenson - June 11, 2017 - 15:46

Steen Jakobsen back on, Chief Investment Officer of Saxo Bank, returns to the podcast this week to share with us the warning signs of slowing economic growth he's seeing in major markets all over the world.

In his view, the world economy is sputtering badly. So badly, that he's confident predicting a global recession by 2018 -- or sooner.

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Daily Digest 6/11 - Canada’s Middle Class On The Brink of Ruin, Where's Your Gold?

Chris Martenson - June 11, 2017 - 06:49
  • Canada’s Middle Class Is on the Brink of Ruin
  • DeVos Says More Money Won't Help Schools; Research Says Otherwise
  • The Scripting of the New World Order Narrative
  • Where's Your Gold?
  • The dark psychology of dehumanization, explained
  • Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product
  • The Internet needs paid fast lanes, anti-net neutrality senator says
  • Pipes at 1,291 Homes Replaced So Far through Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start Initiative

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Categories: Economics

Get Ready For The Coming Massive Correction

Chris Martenson - June 9, 2017 - 16:46
Executive Summary
  • The economic data is getting darker fast
  • The over-indebtedness of the economy is the worst it's ever been
  • Predicting the timing of the next major market correction
  • As the risks mount, what should the concerned investor do?

If you have not yet read Part 1: Why The Markets Are Overdue For A Gigantic Bust available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

The Data Says…Another Downturn Is Upon Us

Our view is that a massive market correction is coming, one that may well rip the financial markets apart, and cause very long-term and long lasting damage, possibly to the point of taking generations to repair in any meaningful sense.

In fact things may never actually recover to the current heights because recovery requires energy and there simply isn’t the net energy per capita that existed in the past.

For now, we see plenty of signs of fundamental economic weakness, and this is not surprising at this stage of the so-called economic expansion.  The truth is this expansion has been phony to a large degree, and quite probably should have broken down many times in the past, most recently in early 2016.

But the central banks prevented that and we can all feel thankful at the extra time that has provided us to become more resilient under reasonably calm circumstances.

And yet, the one thing that central banks have never been able to do is...

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Why The Markets Are Overdue For A Gigantic Bust

Chris Martenson - June 9, 2017 - 16:38

As much as I try, I simply cannot jump on the bandwagon that says that printing up money out of thin air has any long-term utility for an economy.

It's just too clear to me that doing so presents plenty of dangers, due what we might call 'economic gravity': What goes up, must also come down.

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Daily Digest 6/9 - Good News Friday: Pittsburgh To Move To 100% Renewables, Bees Are Saving Themselves

Chris Martenson - June 9, 2017 - 08:30
  • TokenCard: An Ethereum Smart Contract Powered Debit Card
  • NYC pension fund to back out of investments in private prisons
  • Why Corbyn Won
  • Providence City Council approves Providence Community-Police Relations Act
  • Chile convicts 106 former intelligence agents
  • Pittsburgh plans to power itself with 100% renewable energy
  • EU-China Summit: moving forward with our global partnership
  • How Buzzing Bees Are Helping Save Themselves

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As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

Shareable Magazine - June 8, 2017 - 13:08

On Feb. 26, 2008, a $9-million underground seed vault began operating deep in the permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, just 810 miles from the North Pole. This high-tech Noah's Ark for the world’s food varieties was intended to assure that, even in a worst-case scenario, our irreplaceable heritage of food seeds would remain safely frozen.

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