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Off The Cuff: The Message Is Propagating

Chris Martenson - February 10, 2017 - 07:26

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

  • Chris' recent presentation to NASA
  • The promise of our current meetings in Dallas with large media outlet
  • The recent spike in media interest in the Peak Prosperity message
  • Why the markets are "too calm" right now

While on the road, Chris and I sit down to share our observations of the fast start to 2017 that Peak Prosperity is experiencing. Likely due to the uncertainty following the US presidential election, this is the busiest start we've seen in years in terms of new audiences requesting access to the PP.com message.

I ask Chris for a debrief of his trip to Pensacola, FL last week for NASA's centennial celebration -- where he and other big brains discussed what should be NASA's priorities for the next 100 years. Then, he and I discuss the warm reception our message is receiving from the large media company we're meeting with in Dallas.

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Daily Digest 2/10 - Good News Friday: China To Implement Sustainable Ag Practices, Learning To Fail Better

Chris Martenson - February 10, 2017 - 07:24
  • Two Infants Treated with Universal Immune Cells Have Their Cancer Vanish
  • Feeling proud is probably a sign that people think you’re great
  • Mo Willems' Funny Failures
  • California set to become first state to put cancer warning on Roundup
  • Lithium Stocks Will Surge Much Higher in 2017 – David Sidoo
  • Scientists cook up material 200 times stronger than steel out of soybean oil
  • New technique stores summer heat until it's needed in winter
  • China Moves To Implement More Sustainable Ag Practices, Which is Good For Everybody

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The Carbon Tax Debate Isn’t Going Away. What Would the Ideal Bill Look Like?

After opposing a Washington state carbon tax in November, climate justice advocates are setting the stage for a more thorough initiative to address both climate change and inequality.
Categories: Economics

Podcast: What's the Role of the Legal System in Creating an Equitable Economy?

Shareable Magazine - February 9, 2017 - 15:27

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Erin Axelrod, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Janelle Orsi, founder of The Sustainable Economies Law Center.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/9 - Slaughter In The Streets, The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2017 - 07:34
  • Slaughter on the streets: Brazilian city sees its murder rate go up 650% after police go on strike, with 52 murders in just THREE DAYS across lawless region
  • The U.S. military's stats on deadly airstrikes are wrong. Thousands have gone unreported
  • Silver Market Set Up For Much Higher Price Move Than Gold
  • U.S. Exorbitant Privilege At Risk?!
  • David Stockman – Get out of Stocks Now!
  • Goldman Stunned By Collapse In Gasoline Demand: "This Would Require A US Recession"
  • Oil Prices Tank After API Reports 2nd Biggest Crude Build In U.S. History
  • A Top Climate Scientist Blows the Whistle on Shoddy Climate Science
  • The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us

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Categories: Economics

FoodCycle Prevents Food Waste and Builds Community, One Meal at a Time

Shareable Magazine - February 8, 2017 - 16:35

One-third of all food produced worldwide is wasted, according to the United Nations. The U.K. is no exception, with 15 million tons squandered each year.

Categories: Economics

How Shared Housing Can Help Counter Social Isolation Among Seniors

Shareable Magazine - February 8, 2017 - 08:18
The term "elder orphan" describes a senior citizen who doesn't have children, a spouse, or family nearby to help them out. Elder orphans are often socially isolated and at-risk of not having their basic needs met.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/8 - U.S. Pensions Slashing Forecasts, ECB to Trump: ‘We Are Not Currency Manipulators’

Chris Martenson - February 8, 2017 - 06:37
  • Illinois Faces Further Downgrades If Budget Deal Not Reached
  • US pension funds are slashing their forecasts...and some don't even think they'll meet those
  • Investors fear "accident" as Greek debt repayment nears
  • Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf seeks cuts, revenues to plug $3B budget gap
  • Italy's Target2 deficit rises to new record high in January
  • U.K. Faces Austerity as Brexit Weighs on Deficit, IFS Says
  • Premier Brad Wall says Saskatchewan deficit has climbed to $1.2 billion
  • Malloy To Unveil Budget As State Tries To Tackle $1.7 Billion Deficit
  • Justin Trudeau following his dad's bad fiscal planning
  • Young Americans Would Rather Disclose Their STDs Than Their Debt
  • Japan finmin reiterates pledge against competitive FX devaluation
  • European Central Bank to Trump: ‘We Are Not Currency Manipulators’
  • Moody's warns growing debt weighs on Mexico's rating
  • Draghi Says Euro Is Irreversible as Le Pen Urges French Exit
  • China Reserves Edge Below $3 Trillion as Yuan Pressure Increases

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Categories: Economics

The Mutual Aid Network Takes a Ground-Up Approach to Create a Collaborative Economy

Shareable Magazine - February 7, 2017 - 21:16

If it wasn't crystal clear just weeks ago, it is now: The economy as it stands is currently positioned in direct opposition to social and environmental objectives. For the sake of the wellbeing of our communities, our children, and our planet, it is imperative we change the voracious path of our consumption culture and consider how we might create opportunities for people to find meaningful work.

Categories: Economics

Fight Cage

Chris Martenson - February 7, 2017 - 08:51

To my eye, society is fraying apart. People are confused, angry, isolated, and increasingly willing to fight each other. Formerly peaceful resistance is turning into violence. Our baser emotions like fear, anger -- rage, even-- are now bubbling at the surface.

It's entirely reasonable for people to be experiencing such emotions right now. But in most cases, their anger is misdirected.

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Daily Digest 2/7 - America's Student Loan Problem, Why Is There A UK Vegetable Shortage?

Chris Martenson - February 7, 2017 - 08:45
  • America’s Problem with Student Loans Is Much Bigger Than Anybody Realized
  • Malloy proposes “colossal cost transfer” onto towns for Connecticut teacher pensions
  • Ex-CIA officials say Trump’s travel ban has “no national security purpose”
  • America’s New Opposition
  • Are We Likely To See A Clash Over Resources In The South China Sea?
  • Why Is There A Vegetable Shortage?
  • Pollution-fighting Vertical Forest buildings coming to China
  • Herbal Antibiotics: An Eye-Opener

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Categories: Economics

The Fab City: It's More Than Just a City Full of Fab Labs

Shareable Magazine - February 6, 2017 - 11:19
The Fab City, a locally self-sufficient and globally connected city, invites us to explore how digital manufacturing could relocate food, energy and industrial production in an urban setting. It was the central subject of  an evening organized by OuiShare on November 10 as part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival and our exploration of the future of cities.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/6 - Marine Le Pen Kicks Off Campaign, Why Grandpa Is Homeless

Chris Martenson - February 6, 2017 - 09:21
  • Marine Le Pen Echoes Trump’s Bleak Populism in French Campaign Kickoff
  • The First 100 Tweets
  • Extreme Vetting, But Not For Banks
  • Why Grandpa Is Homeless
  • Oh Snap!
  • Stability Is Good for Business. Trump’s Whims Threaten It
  • Exxon, Rex, and Russia: A Deep Drilling
  • Trump could approve a giant merger that's scaring American farmers 

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Categories: Economics

Improved Site Search

Chris Martenson - February 5, 2017 - 17:39

Ever wanted locate a post on PeakProsperity.com that you read some time ago?

At the top right of every page on this website is our "site search" box (it's highlighted in the red rectangle below). You can use it to find past articles/videos/groups/comments/etc on any topic of interest to you:

For too long, the quality of our search results was mediocre at best. But no more.

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Categories: Economics

Grant Williams: A Punch To The Face For Central Banks

Chris Martenson - February 5, 2017 - 11:57

Grant Williams, publisher of the economic blog Things That Make You Go Hmmm and principal of Real Vision TV, returns to the podcast this week to discuss his expectation of a return of volatility to the markets.

Grant warns that over the past seven years, the various financial markets around the globe have melded into a single world market dominated by trading algorithms and the central banks. This new system only knows how to operate effectively in one direction: Up.

Grant is very concerned that a return of volatility will act as a wrench tossed into the gears, quickly throwing the world financial system into panic.

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Daily Digest 2/4 - How To Build An Autocracy, Vegetable Crisis Hits Supermarkets

Chris Martenson - February 4, 2017 - 08:07
  • How To Build An Autocracy
  • On the same day Rex Tillerson is confirmed, the House votes to kill a transparency rule for oil companies
  • Trump Signs Executive Orders Rolling Back Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary Rule
  • BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Presidential Debate Commission
  • CALPERS Trying to Cover-Up Leaks of their Mismanagement
  • Apocalypse island: Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war. So what do they know that we don't?
  • A Large Crack Appeared In The Global Market... And No One Noticed 
  • Another Travel Ban: IRS Moves To Revoke Passports For Unpaid Taxes
  • Long time U.S. vassal state Japan to bypass dollar and SWIFT to transact using China's CIPS system in inter-bank settlement
  • Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor
  • Iceberg lettuces and broccoli rationed as vegetable crisis hits supermarkets

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Trouble Returns To Europe

Chris Martenson - February 3, 2017 - 20:51

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

  • Trouble In Europe
    • The end of the Eurozone experiment may be nigh
  • Our Justice System
    • Where to the Supreme Court?
  • Trump's Shake Up
    • Will he make it 4 full years?
  • Gold Strength
    • The metal and the miners are looking better

Mish returns this week to discuss the brewing stormclouds in Europe. As nationalist candidates gain popularity, growth slows, refugee challenges persist, and friction with the US builds, the binds between the countries in the Eurozone are weakening quickly.

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Categories: Economics

A Murderous Complacency

Chris Martenson - February 3, 2017 - 13:38

Running PeakProsperity.com requires me to read and process a lot of data on a daily basis. As it's hard to digest it all in real-time, I keep a running list of charts, tables and articles that catch my attention, to return to when I have the time to give them my full attention.

Lately, that list has been getting quite long. And it's largely full of indicators that concern me, signals that the long era of "extend and pretend" in today's markets may finally be at its terminus.

Like crows circling overhead, everyday brings with it new worrisome statistics that portend an ill change ahead. Indeed, these signs are increasing so quickly now that it's hard not to feel like Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's classic The Birds.

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Categories: Economics