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Daily Digest 1/28 - China to Move to Electronic Currency, Russia May Ban Corn And Soybeans

Chris Martenson - January 28, 2016 - 07:36
  • 25 Years Of Fed Fueled M&A—-Ancestry.com Of The Banking Oligopoly
  • The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.
  • Something Snapped At The Comex
  • A Short History Of Paper Money
  • China to Move to Electronic Currency
  • How The Energy Crash Revealed A Weak Global Economy
  • The myth of US self-sufficiency in crude oil
  • Doomsday Clock hands remain unchanged, despite Iran deal and Paris talks
  • Russia May Ban Corn And Soybeans
  • Gov. Snyder lied: Flint water switch was not about saving money, records show
  • Why Big Blizzards In Winter Don’t Disprove Global Warming

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In a Tiny House Village, Portland's Homeless Find Dignity

As cities search for solutions to homelessness, Portland’s Dignity Village offers 60 men and women community and safety.
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Report Proposes "Shared Regulation" for the Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - January 27, 2016 - 10:33

A new report from the RSA outlines the possibilities and challenges, especially regarding regulation, associated with the sharing economy. (Fair Share)

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Call for Local Organizers to Participate in Open Source Circular Economy Days

Shareable Magazine - January 27, 2016 - 09:53

Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays) is an open, distributed global event to help create a collaborative, sustainable, zero-waste society through open source. Organizers recently put out a call for local organizers to participate in this year's event, which runs June 9-13.

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How Listia Grew from a Pair of Snowboard Boots to 100 Million Shared Goods

Shareable Magazine - January 27, 2016 - 09:08

Listia was born of the simple desire to give away a pair of snowboard boots.

As Listia co-founder Gee-Hwan Chuang tells the story, his college buddy and Listia co-founder James Fong had a pair of boots he wasn’t using anymore. He listed them for free on Craigslist and chose one of the 20 respondents to give them to. But the guy was a no-show and Fong was left with the boots. He then listed them on eBay, but no one bid on his auction.

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Interviewed: Architect Charles Durrett on the Past and Promise of Cohousing

Shareable Magazine - January 27, 2016 - 07:52

Nevada City Cohousing, where Charles Durrett and his partner Katie McCamant live. (MDA via Facebook)

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Daily Digest 1/27 - Hedge Funds Betting Against China, U.S. Net Worth Declines By $1.2T

Chris Martenson - January 27, 2016 - 07:23
  • Slowing emerging markets hamper oil recovery: World Bank
  • Mohamed El-Erian warns about a day of reckoning
  • JPMorgan Cuts S&P 500 Forecast, Citing ‘Earnings Recession’ Risk
  • U.S. recession cries get louder
  • Nigeria Flirts With Economic Disaster as Currency Controls Stay
  • Resentment simmers as Greece launches debate on pension reforms
  • Corporate credit shock beckons for China
  • NYU's Altman Says U.S. Defaults to Climb, Recession More Likely
  • How Bad is Venezuela's Economic Situation?
  • EU pension stress tests show hit from low interest rates
  • Brazil Current Account Gap Narrows as Downturn Sinks Imports
  • Singapore's 80-cent loans not cheap enough for distressed funds
  • China's plan to slash steel production capacity 'threatens 400,000 jobs'
  • S&P warns South Africa of downgrade over weak growth, state firm bailouts
  • Fitch: U.S. High Yield Bond Default Tally Reaches 74 in 2015; Default Rate 3.4%
  • Atlantic City mayor, council to explore bankruptcy Tuesday
  • Freeport questions Indonesia's demand for smelter deposit
  • U.K. Flirts With Failed Debt Auction as Analysts Wince at Depth
  • Obamacare enrollment projections down nearly 40 percent
  • Hedge funds betting against China eye 'Soros moment'
  • Emerging Stocks Fall as China Rout Deepens; Ruble Swings on Oil
  • U.S. Net Worth Declines By $1.2 Trillion
  • China's 2015 bond issuance surges 88% to S$4.85 trillion
  • Weak Singapore Dec factory output may lead to downgrade in Q4 GDP
  • China’s Gold Imports From Hong Kong Jump to Highest Since 2013
  • Hungary Holds Rates and Considers More Unconventional Easing
  • Japan rules out negative rates as it mulls expanding QE
  • Draghi Says ECB Credibility Hinges on Meeting Inflation Goal
  • Cash Is King as Europe Adapts to Negative Interest Rates: Chart
  • Won Leads Declines in Asia on Slowing Korea Growth, Outflows

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Community Composting Grows from a Seed into a Movement

Shareable Magazine - January 26, 2016 - 08:53

Three years ago, Dustin Fedako attended the US Composting Council’s annual conference. As founder of Compost Pedallers, a bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, Texas, Fedako didn’t know what to expect from the conference, which is geared toward the industrial composting model. He just wanted to “sponge up as much as he could.” He learned a lot and he also spent a lot of time explaining what community composting is.

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Daily Digest 1/26 - Gold's Prospects Are Dull, Italian Bank Panic & Bail-In

Chris Martenson - January 26, 2016 - 08:40
  • Good News, World! You Can Stop Worrying About the South China Sea
  • BlackRock's Larry Fink Sees Buying Opportunity as Soros Cautions
  • Gold Is Back in Fashion After a $15 Trillion Global Selloff
  • Could Low Oil Prices Cause A Global Recession?
  • Italian Bank Panic & Bail-In – The Next Domino To Fall
  • Gold Remains Weak In This Disinflationary Environment
  • Gold’s prospects are dull
  • Oil Drops as Saudis to Maintain Spending, China Diesel Use Falls

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Interviewed: John Thackara on How To Thrive In The Next Economy

Shareable Magazine - January 25, 2016 - 20:25

John Thackara is a writer and event producer who has spent a lifetime searching for stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories at his blog, Doors of Perception, and organizes festivals that bring the project leaders he has met together.

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Oil Is Sinking The Markets

Chris Martenson - January 25, 2016 - 15:47

A vast, enormous amount of junk-rated oil debt is in deep trouble. Everybody knows this, but saying so has been taboo up until now, at least in polite conversations.

But the parallels to the sub-prime market's role as the "pin that popped the bubble" in 2008 are now too obvious to ignore.

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Democratic Money and Capital for the Commons

Shareable Magazine - January 25, 2016 - 07:45

Photo credit: epSos.de via Foter.com / CC BY. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

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Daily Digest 1/25 - Social Security and the COLA Controversy, Moody's Ponders Energy Downgrades

Chris Martenson - January 25, 2016 - 07:19
  • Social Security and the COLA Controversy
  • Obama Calls Republican Vision ‘Unrecognizable’ in 2016 Race
  • How To Make Donald Trump President
  • America Is Still Losing At Skyscrapers
  • The New Health Care: How To Make Home Birth A Safer Option
  • Moody’s Ponders Credit Downgrades for 120 Energy Companies
  • New York rebounds after blizzard, Washington shuts down government
  • Australian Farmer Creates an Amazing Solution to Fight Erosion

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Why Young Latinos in Rural California Support Sanders

In California’s predominantly Spanish speaking Eastern Coachella Valley, younger Latinos are showing support for Sanders, upending the narrative that his appeal does not extend beyond white voters.
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A Bold Shift to Make Public Schools Serve Low-Income Students

Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.
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New Harbor: A Time For Staying Out Of Harms Way

Chris Martenson - January 24, 2016 - 09:16

Given the brutal start to the markets in the first three weeks of 2016, we thought it a good time to check in with the team at New Harbor Financial. We have had them on our podcast periodically over the past years as the market churned to ever new highs, and have always appreciated their skepticism of these liquidity-driven ""markets"" as well as their unwavering commitment to risk management should the party in stocks end suddenly.

So, how is their risk-managed approach faring now that the S&P 500 has suddenly dropped 8% since Christmas? Quite well. Their general portfolio is flat for the year so far -- evidence that caution, prudence and hedging can indeed preserve capital during market downdrafts.

We've invited the New Harbor team back on this week to hear their latest assessment on the markets, as well as how they're approaching their portfolio positioning moving forward.

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Daily Digest 1/24 - The Politics Of Paranoia, When The Water Turned Brown

Chris Martenson - January 24, 2016 - 08:09
  • Donald Trump And The Politics Of Paranoia
  • ObamaTrade Will Cost 448,000 American Jobs, New Study Finds
  • Investors look to Fed, earnings for direction next week
  • Davos: Rich 'should intervene' in politics - financier
  • Happening Now: Congress Dissects Waste of Taxpayer Funds in Afghanistan
  • Elizabeth Warren Denounces Travesty of Government "Settlement" With Goldman Sachs
  • The Government Will Never Let It Happen!
  • Power Wars: How Obama justified, expanded Bush-era surveillance
  • When The Water Turned Brown
  • Gas Leak in Los Angeles Has Residents Looking Warily Toward Flint
  • Mike Dunbar: Soon, state will explain why it wants our water

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Daily Digest 1/23 - World Facing ‘Wave Of Epic Debt Defaults,’ America's Best Days May Be Behind It

Chris Martenson - January 23, 2016 - 08:28
  • America's Best Days May Be Behind It
  • World facing ‘wave of epic debt defaults,’ says economist who predicted Lehman crash
  • World faces wave of epic debt defaults, fears central bank veteran
  • China’s central bank mulls issuing digital currency
  • 4 Steps to Escape the U.S.
  • Soros Says China Hard Landing Will Deepen the Rout in Stocks
  • Saudi Arabia's Secret Holdings of U.S. Debt Are Suddenly a Big Deal
  • Gold Being Gold; ‘It’s Doing a Good Job Right Now’ – Axel Merk
  • America’s Most Closely Guarded Secret: The Covert Fund That Controls It All — Rob Kirby
  • Podcast: Vladimir Putin and the petro states are slowly losing a key weapon
  • The Bark Beetle Plague

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The Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: Apr 14-17

Chris Martenson - January 22, 2016 - 14:42

We're happy to confirm that we'll be returning to Rowe, MA this spring to offer our annual weekend seminar from April 14-17.

We're particularly excited about this year's gathering, as 2016 is fast proving to be a very different year than the preceding ones. The developments in January to-date show how the recent era of relative tranquility and control is clearly beginning to slip away from the grips of the central planners.

 

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Daily Digest 1/22 - Good News Friday: Engineer Revives Paralyzed Limb, When Will Self-Driving Cars Be A Real Thing?

Chris Martenson - January 22, 2016 - 08:21
  • Talented engineer revives paralyzed limb using scrap metal
  • Blast from the past: 140 years later, strange tree frog rediscovered in India
  • When will self-driving cars be a real thing?
  • No Parking Here
  • Is Energy The Next Big Investment?
  • The World Is Not Running Out Of Storage Space For Oil
  • California sees boost in vaccination rate ahead of ban on opt-outs
  • Sugar Warning Label Is Much More Effective Than You Might Expect

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