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Close To The Tipping Point

Chris Martenson - April 25, 2016 - 10:19

There’s something in the air: people are edgy and worried. But about what, exactly?

Despite allegedly rosy economic statistics and endless cheerleading about how the markets have bottomed and how growth is poised to come roaring back, our heads and our guts instead tell us something is very wrong.

People everywhere can feel it. They're expressing varying levels of dissatisfaction: ranging from mildly concerned, to very worried, to downright pissed off.

We see it broadly in the hostility and opinion canyons of the election cycle. Perhaps we’ve experienced it personally, through the ending of a relationship that no longer works as we need it to.

These are the signs of tipping points. The human animal senses the coming tsunami and reacts from a very deep, visceral place where emotions hold sway and reason stumbles.  We are social creatures; and not all of the cues to which we react are visible or quantifiable.

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How Transition Palo Alto Brings Sharing and Community to Silicon Valley

Shareable Magazine - April 25, 2016 - 08:50

Transition Palo Alto is part of the worldwide Transition network working to build local resilience and connections. Based in Silicon Valley, the community is a great example of a growing, engaged and active Transition project.

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Daily Digest 4/25 - The College Degree Wealth Gap, Danger Signs in the World's Top Housing Market

Chris Martenson - April 25, 2016 - 08:20
  • Simultaneous Elderly Overpopulation, Youth Depopulation & The Impact on Economic Growth
  • Obama looks to help Cameron, Merkel avert European divide
  • Why Haven’t Bankers Been Punished? Just Read These Insider SEC Emails
  • Danger Signs in the World's Top Housing Market
  • The Growing College Degree Wealth Gap
  • This Six-Year Running Oil And Gas Trend Just Reversed Itself 
  • Amid Price Plunge, North American Oil and Gas Workers Seek Transition to Renewable Sector
  • Home Gardeners are Breeding More Diverse Corn than You Can Buy

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Co-op Hostel in Greece to Help Integrate Hundreds of Refugees

Shareable Magazine - April 25, 2016 - 07:16

A proposed cooperative hostel in Greece aims to help Syrian refugees successfully integrate into Greek society.

Dubbed Welcommon, which stands for Welcome in Common, the hostel, which is expected to open in June if fundraising efforts are successful, will provide safe accommodations for 120-150 asylum seekers for six months or longer. It will also offer food, clothing and health care, as well as tools and resources and help with social inclusion, including language classes and job training.

Categories: Economics

Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl

The future for suburbanites, who now have twice the carbon footprint of city dwellers, seems to be pointing backward to pre-automobile, train-based living.
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Daily Digest 4/24 - Italy Threatened By National Crisis, A Recipe For Global Cooling

Chris Martenson - April 24, 2016 - 08:27
  • Obama Calls Meeting With European Leaders Over Shared Challenges
  • 'The Most Important Takeover of Any Organization in History'
  • Mike King - The British Mad Dog: Debunking the Myth of Winston Churchill
  • Migration crisis: Italy threatened by national crisis
  • Iran Might Still Outwit the Saudis on Oil
  • A new drill for Pa: Fewer gas rigs operate, and local economies suffer
  • Wow! $100 Million Contract Signed For LENR
  • A recipe for global cooling—put seafloor on dry land near the equator

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Daily Digest 4/23 - The Age Of Privilege, Why Are Bankrupt Oil Companies Still Pumping?

Chris Martenson - April 23, 2016 - 08:06
  • In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Boat
  • Rich People Are Living Longer. That’s Tilting Social Security in Their Favor.
  • The 2016 "Rage, Fear, & Anger" Election: Ron Paul's Deep Dive Into The Real Issues
  • Apple suffers another iPhone blow
  • Feds: someone gave us the passcode in NY drug case, so we don’t need Apple
  • 42 Percent of an Electric Car Revolution
  • Why Are Bankrupt Oil Companies Still Pumping?

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A Sanders-Clinton Combined Strategy Could Boost Native Americans’ Quality of Life

To meet multifaceted needs in Indian Country, Sanders and Clinton should combine their economic proposals.
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Coopify to Bring Cooperatives into the Smartphone Age

Shareable Magazine - April 22, 2016 - 13:00

This article was first published by Community-Wealth.org

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Daily Digest 4/22 - Good News Friday: Earth Day 2016, Is A 3-Day Work Week 'Optimal?'

Chris Martenson - April 22, 2016 - 09:47
  • Earth Day: We're Not As Doomed As You Think
  • Three-day working week 'optimal for over-40s'
  • South Africa Tracks People's Movements to Stop Rhino Poaching
  • As Americans eat less chocolate, Hershey’s begins pushing meat bars
  • How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots
  • Fossil Fuels Off Campus
  • Investing in Water, Investing in Earth, Investing in Ourselves
  • On Earth Day, Let Lab Girl Persuade You to Plant a Tree

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Babies, Budgets, and Community Bonds: The Biggest Test for the Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - April 22, 2016 - 07:27

When I first wrote my article for Shareable outlining my experiment for 2016, I wasn’t completely honest with you all. In fact, I had a pretty big hidden agenda. After last year's adventure in London, I had come back to Sydney to settle and start on the next big adventure of my life -- parenthood.

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Off The Cuff: The Fed's Frenzy Of Emergency Meetings

Chris Martenson - April 21, 2016 - 22:34

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

  • Part Time Nation
    • Our job market has been hollowed out
  • Emergency Fed Meetings
    • What exactly is going on behind the scenes?
  • Lower Returns & Lower Prices
    • Pretty much what we have to look forward to from these markets
  • Chinese Capital Flight
    • Driving so much of today's overvaluations

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Daily Digest 4/21 - Silicon Valley In Meltdown, Who Owns The Earth?

Chris Martenson - April 21, 2016 - 08:20
  • Silicon Valley in Meltdown as Intel Slashes 12,000 Jobs
  • Intel Confirms Major Layoff, 11 percent of Employees To Go
  • IBM Layoff Epidemic Spreads Worldwide
  • 4 Men with 4 Very Different Incomes Open Up About the Lives They Can Afford
  • Central Banks Are Trapped - Are Higher Interest Rates The Only Answer?
  • All Hail the Mighty Silver Bugs
  • Silver: Not Time to Worry
  • Investment School Of Rock
  • Dualism Makes LNR Go
  • Will Demand For Electricity Ever Start Growing Again? — The Wall Street View
  • Unnatural Selection
  • Thirsty cities begin to eye water from the Great Lakes
  • Who Owns The Earth?

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Neighborhood Stories: Empowering People to Tell the Stories of their Community

Shareable Magazine - April 20, 2016 - 09:15

Shareable has a strong focus on sharing cities—places where sharing drives sustainable and just solutions around transportation, housing, work, community, food, public space and more, from the municipal level down to the neighborhood and the individual.

Sharing cities are also places where people know and share the stories about the issues, joys and challenges that affect everyone.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/20 - Puerto Rico's Bondholders Divided, What Will The BoJ Think Of Next?

Chris Martenson - April 20, 2016 - 08:47
  • UnitedHealth to Trim ACA Exchanges to 'Handful' of States
  • Spain to overshoot deficit target... for 8th year running
  • Sweden's Currency Plight Fans Speculation More Stimulus to Come
  • Puerto Rico's Bondholders Divided in Fight Over Federal Rescue
  • Debt payments sinking Detroit Public Schools: transition manager
  • Report: Illinois Public School Districts Have Amassed Nearly $20 Billion In Debt
  • Buying Insurers Shows China Builders Straining in Debt Load
  • What Will the Bank of Japan Think of Next?
  • It's All Suddenly Going Wrong in China's $3 Trillion Bond Market
  • The Sub-Zero Club: Getting Used to the Upside-Down World Economy
  • South Korea's Central Bank Cuts Growth Forecast
  • Negative Rates Seen Pushing Japanese Farmers Into U.K. Mortgages
  • Negative rates put pressure on central banks to take risks

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This Earth Day, Listen Up: Mother Earth Is Calling Us Back

Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home.
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Want to Hire a Worker-Owned Co-op? There’s an App for That

Coopify wants to bring a sense of community to the app-based booking world by connecting worker-owned cooperatives and other low-income task workers directly with consumers.
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How to Establish a Wildflower Meadow

Chris Martenson - April 19, 2016 - 11:49

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working to establish a wildflower meadow on the lower part of my property, zones 3 & 4. In time, trees may be added, but for now I would like the native meadow to provide habitat, diversity, nectar, pollen for my bees and the other pollinators, and beauty, all in a low maintenance package.

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7 Ways To Grow Potatoes

Chris Martenson - April 19, 2016 - 10:49

A thorough look at various methods of growing potatoes - from traditional hilling to boxes and straw beds. 

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/7-ways-grow-potatoes

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Daily Digest 4/19 - Belgian Banks Paying Interest to Mortgage Borrowers, 2016 Already Showing Record Temps

Chris Martenson - April 19, 2016 - 09:48
  • An 11 on the Nutty Scale: Belgium Banks are Paying Interest to Mortgage Borrowers
  • Goldman First-Quarter Profit Plunges 60% as Revenue Drops
  • Did The New York Primary Campaign Change Anything?
  • Cancer Research Is Broken
  • The most unexpected hospital billing development ever: Refunds
  • Gold, Silver And COMEX Outlook For 2016 And Beyond
  • ISIS Tries To Sow Chaos In Libya To Scare Oil Workers Away
  • 2016 Already Shows Record Global Temperatures

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