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Daily Digest 11/19 - 527 New Pages Of Federal Regulation; Hello Technology, Goodbye Jobs

Chris Martenson - November 19, 2016 - 07:34
  • 527 Pages of New Federal Regulations...TODAY!
  • Spike in interest rates could trigger housing crash: CMHC
  • You Are Still Crying Wolf 
  • Sam Zell explains the important psychological ‘shift’ taking place in the market
  • Gold Price Skyrockets in India after Currency Ban – Part II
  • Hello Technology, Goodbye Jobs

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Seoul’s Mayor Park Launches Korea-wide Sharing Cities Collaboration at Annual Sharing Festival

Shareable Magazine - November 18, 2016 - 18:42

Seoul's Mayor Park Won-soon, fourth from left, hand-in-hand with seven other mayors after signing joint declaration to develop sharing cities together.

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We're Being Played

Chris Martenson - November 18, 2016 - 17:20

The explosion of emotions during and after the Clinton-Trump race and Trump election caught many off guard.  Friends have been lost, family members estranged, and threats and hostility have boiled over in many relationships and communities.

In our consumer culture we are sold lots of things. Two weeks ago it might have been jeans and a TV, but last week it was fear.  And Loathing.  People were sold fear and loathing, and now it is ruining friendships, making people miserable, and setting the country apart.

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How To Protect Yourself From Persuasion & Propaganda

Chris Martenson - November 18, 2016 - 17:20
Executive Summary
  • Recognizing manipulation
  • Absorbing information on your own terms
  • Dealing with propagandized friends & family without ruining relationships
  • Healing the polarization the propaganda creates

If you have not yet read Part 1: We're Being Played available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Staying In Control

Personally I do not have a TV precisely because ‘they’ are so good at what they do.  I do not trust myself to resist their efforts because their methods are beyond my ability to resist 24x7x365.

I can maintain my vigilance for only so long, before I give up and give in.  What I’m trying to say here is that it is not a sign of any weakness on your part if you have been taken in by their methods, only that you are human.  There is no shame in being played, it’s a function of how you and I are wired.

If I did have a TV, I would absolutely not allow the sound to be on during commercials, and even better I would get a TiVo or its equivalent and skip past commercials. 

But we can control how much we get played by simply not exposing ourselves to too much of the junk.

Awareness is your first key to not being played. It’s your first line of defense.  Avoiding unnecessary propaganda/subliminal stimuli is your second key.

So staying in control of ‘your’ thoughts and emotions is as simple, and as hard, as being aware of the efforts to sway and/or implant ideas in your head and then avoiding those efforts as much as possible.

The benefit of doing so is a happier and more authentically connected life.  After all, it is your ideas and gifts the world needs, not your regurgitation of someone else’s.

Also, advertising is largely built upon the idea of...

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Daily Digest 11/18 - Good News Friday: "Deep Decarbonization," Move Over Platinum

Chris Martenson - November 18, 2016 - 08:05
  • How Exercise Might Keep Depression At Bay
  • Microsoft Bets Big On Wind
  • Move Over Platinum, We Want Nickel!
  • The very first plug-in hybrid minivan answers a long overdue question
  • What might have been: US introduces plan for “deep decarbonization”
  • Baby Turkeys Gobbling — How Adorable!

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How a Battle Over Affordable Medicine Helped Kill the TPP

The debate about an exotic new kind of drug delayed the trade deal for years, thanks in part to relentless advocates who stood up to big pharma.
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Off The Cuff: Multiplying Market Oddities

Chris Martenson - November 17, 2016 - 16:15

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

  • Impact Of A Trump Presidency On The Markets
    • What will the most likely trends be?
  • Plummeting Bond Prices
    • Good or bad?
  • The Unbearable Lightness Of Stocks
    • Rising prices in the face of rising interest rates
  • Gold's Prospects
    • Inflation? Higher rates? What will it mean for gold?

Axel and Chris address the increasing sell-off in the bond market, which can also be described as the sudden rising of interest rates. In an over-indebted financial system as ours, rising rates will make it more expensive to service the outstanding debt, placing increasing headwinds on economic growth. Right now, the stock market is ignoring that -- instead, it's pricing for perfection. Axel warns that this "oddity" will need to correct soon, one way or the other.

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Lessons on Creating an Equitable and Sustainable Economy

Shareable Magazine - November 17, 2016 - 14:04
The economy can often feel like it’s out of our control — a system that abides by its own forces that we have no power to influence. While business reporters tend to spotlight the rise and fall of stock prices and policymakers focus on gross domestic product (GDP) to push their agendas, these numbers don’t reflect the economic realities of most people. Stock prices may be soaring and GDP may be rising, but a majority of a country’s population may still be struggling to make ends meet.
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Daily Digest 11/17 - The Deep History Behind Trump's Rise, What's Next for Gold?

Chris Martenson - November 17, 2016 - 05:37
  • The Deep History Behind Trump’s Rise
  • Illinois Pension Funding Ratio Sinks To 37.6% As Unfunded Liabilities Surge To $130 Billion
  • The Dollar Crash Is Coming
  • What's Next for Gold?
  • Solution To Dark Matter Proposes That Gravity Is An Illusion
  • Permian’s Wolfcamp formation called biggest shale oil field in U.S. 
  • These videos of thousands of dead fish clogging a Long Island canal will haunt your dreams
  • China Tells Trump That Climate Change Is No Hoax It Invented

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How Libraries are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

Shareable Magazine - November 16, 2016 - 18:11

Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Photo: Steven Falk, Lafayette city manager.

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International Consortium Launched at Second Platform Cooperativism Conference

Shareable Magazine - November 16, 2016 - 12:39

Attendees of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium launch event. Photo credit: Christopher Chavez 

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Daily Digest 11/16 - Trouble Brewing in Commercial Real Estate, College Debt Impacts Millions

Chris Martenson - November 16, 2016 - 06:39
  • City is Cooking the Books, Covering Up Severity of Our Pension Crisis
  • Trouble Brewing in Commercial Real Estate
  • U.K. to Borrow Extra $125 Billion as Growth Slows, PwC Says
  • Chicago Public Schools delays sale of $426 million in bonds
  • Ontario using reserve fund to help balance the book
  • New Jersey’s Bonds Downgraded for 10th Time Under Christie
  • Obama visits Greece amid hopes he will argue for debt relief
  • Monte Paschi Taps Bondholders for Swap as Rescue Deadline Nears
  • Degree of debt impacting millions with college loans
  • Abe ponders whether to follow Trump’s lead on fiscal stimulus 
  • China Unveils New Rules to Cope with Massive Local Government Debt
  • Negative-Yielding Bonds Plummet to $8.7 Trillion After Trump Win

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How Trump Could Hand China the Lead in Challenging Corporate Greed

China and the U.S. are poised as the dominant players. Will they compete or cooperate?
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Daily Digest 11/15 - What We Don't Get About The Working Class, Real Estate Frenzy Coming to a City Near You

Chris Martenson - November 15, 2016 - 11:06
  • Putin & Trump discuss Syria and US-Russia relations in phone call – Kremlin
  • Trudeau pitches public-private infrastructure projects to major investors amid global insecurity
  • What So Many People Don't Get About The U.S. Working Class
  • World’s Biggest Real Estate Frenzy Is Coming to a City Near You
  • Silver And The Train Wreck
  • V. Dubinko: Anomalous Heat from Neodymium/Iron and Hydrogen
  • Can Trump Derail The EV Revolution?

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Daily Digest 11/15 - What We Don't Get About The Working Class, Real Estate Frenz Coming to a City Near You

Chris Martenson - November 15, 2016 - 11:06
  • Putin & Trump discuss Syria and US-Russia relations in phone call – Kremlin
  • Trudeau pitches public-private infrastructure projects to major investors amid global insecurity
  • What So Many People Don't Get About The U.S. Working Class
  • World’s Biggest Real Estate Frenzy Is Coming to a City Near You
  • Silver And The Train Wreck
  • V. Dubinko: Anomalous Heat from Neodymium/Iron and Hydrogen
  • Can Trump Derail The EV Revolution?

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Categories: Economics

The Big Potential of Little Free Libraries

Shareable Magazine - November 15, 2016 - 07:12

A free community book exchange launches the Little Free Library movement—with 40,000 locations in 70 countries worldwide. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.

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Rachel Botsman on How We've Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers

Shareable Magazine - November 15, 2016 - 06:45

Co-authored with Neal Gorenflo.

Trust between people is a fundamental aspect of healthy society. But as Rachel Botsman, sharing economy thought-leader and author of What’s Mine is Yours, points out in a TED talk recorded in June, a profound shift in how we trust is occurring. As Botsman puts it:

Categories: Economics

Marco Vangelisti: Investing Outside Of Wall Street

Chris Martenson - November 14, 2016 - 10:29

Marco Vangelisti worked in high finance for 25 years before self-ejecting from that industry and dedicating his focus to providing capital to local and sustainable ventures. He is a founding member of Slow Money, as well as a founding member of the National Coalition for Community Capital.

His entire portfolio now is invested at the local level or in sustainability-oriented vehicles where he has visibility into its direct impact. This kind of investing is a lot more complicated than simply buying shares off of ETRADE with a few mouse clicks, but is worth the effort. By deploying our capital locally into ventures that we value, we use our savings to help create the kind of future we want to live into.

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Habibi.Works: An Intercultural Makerspace

Shareable Magazine - November 14, 2016 - 08:41

Article and images cross-posted from the P2P Foundation.

Initiated by the German NGO Soup&Socks, Habibi.Works is a FabLab equipped with all the tools for people to unfold their potential and hone their abilities. It is a place to illustrate talent, gain new skills and build.

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Coworking, Cooperating, and Coming Together: The “New Better Off” Life Looks Pretty Darn Good

Shareable Magazine - November 14, 2016 - 08:40

Article by Andrea Newell, cross-posted from the Story of Stuff

The American Dream of our parents’ generation left us broke, unhappy, and bereft of planetary resources. What’s so inspiring is that the new “better off” is cheaper, lighter on the planet, and a whole lot more fun.

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