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Daily Digest 5/14 - Energy Sector Hit With Bankruptcies, What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation?

Chris Martenson - May 14, 2016 - 08:18
  • Details Emerge on Global Bank Heists by Hackers
  • Unemployment Claims Spike Again As We Get More Scientific Evidence The Middle Class Is Shrinking
  • Signals From Gold and the S&P
  • A bit of debris chipped the International Space Station. That’s just one piece of a much bigger problem.
  • What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour
  • Tummy problems? Just swallow this stomach-repairing origami robot made of meat
  • Energy Sector Hit With Two More Big Bankruptcies
  • WHO: Global air pollution is worsening, and poor countries are being hit the hardest

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Which Countries Will Be Tomorrow's Winners & Losers?

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2016 - 17:23

The dictum “demographics is destiny” proposes that all the complexities of finance, society and politics are ultimately guided by demographics: the relative size of each generation, birth rates, death rates, etc.

Where does this lead? If geography and demographics have already defined which nations will be attractive to capital and most likely to accumulate productive capital in their domestic economy, and those nations that will struggle due to high costs and low rates of capital investment, in effect Nature (geography) and Culture (demographics) have already picked tomorrow’s winners and losers.

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Categories: Economics

And The Winner Is...

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2016 - 17:20
Executive Summary
  • The Sole Superpower
  • The Importance of factoring in External Costs
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Which nations to keep your investments in

If you have not yet read Which Countries Will Be Tomorrow's Winners & Losers?, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we examined the thesis that geography and demographics largely define a nation’s destiny.

In Part 2 here, we add other potentially game-changing factors that don’t necessarily fit neatly into either category.

Oh, No: America, The Sole Superpower?

Many of those who disagree with America’s military-interventionist foreign policy of the past 15 years will naturally be appalled by any analysis that suggests America’s preeminence is only going to become even more dominant as the rest of the world is destabilized by the inter-connected dynamics driving global disorder.

The good news is Zeihan sees America becoming much less interventionist as it withdraws into greater self-sufficiency—a topic I’ve discussed in previous essays on autarky. (What If Nations Were Less Dependent on One Another? The Case for Autarky (January 2014))

In Zeihan’s view, America’s preeminence is based on its unparalleled assets of geography and more favorable demographics than its competitors. Zeihan sees the U.S.A’s energy resources, dual-ocean buffers, lack of contiguous-border competitors/enemies, culture of innovation and impressive pool of domestic and foreign capital as an unbeatable combination that no other aspirant to superpower status can match.

In his analysis, the intrinsic weaknesses of other nations and alliances such as the Eurozone have been papered over by the flood of capital that has saturated the global economy for the past 20 years.  The source of this ocean of capital is....

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Categories: Economics

Look Out, Coworking. Here Comes Big Money

Shareable Magazine - May 13, 2016 - 08:16

When a small group of coworking enthusiasts gathered in Austin, Texas in 2008, they knew they were on to something special. They couldn’t have known, however, that their budding movement would turn into a global industry. But, turn into an industry it has, complete with big money, corporate involvement, and a strong focus on scale. As the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) executive director Liz Elam said at last week’s conference in downtown Los Angeles, “If you’re not thinking about growth, you’re not thinking.”

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/13 - Good News Friday: New Technology Harnesses Worms, What Quality Do The Most Successful People Share?

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2016 - 06:16
  • The Truth About Icelandic Happiness
  • What quality do the most successful people share? True grit 
  • Tech-Savvy Families Use Home-Built Diabetes Device
  • A Goose Pecked At The Door Of A Police Car. What She Led Them To? Unbelievable.
  • Bing bans tech support ads—because they’re mostly scams
  • The White House Launches the National Microbiome Initiative
  • EPA issues rules to cut methane, volatiles from new oil and gas sites
  • New Liquid Battery Chemistry Could Be a Game Changer
  • This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: We Need Money We Can Trust

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2016 - 18:49

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Death Of The Status Quo
    • The establishment is in a doomed fight to keep change at bay
  • The Importance Of Free Pricing
    • When we can't trust the signals prices are sending us, we're blind
  • The Need For Sound Money
    • When money is manipulated, mal-investment ensues
  • The CLIME Model
    • Charles walks us through his proposal for a labor-backed currency system

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Categories: Economics

Co-Designing the Crowdfunded Sharing City

Shareable Magazine - May 12, 2016 - 09:09

London. Photo credit: barnyz via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND.

From clothing to housing, design touches every aspect of our life. But as our world grows more connected, the role of designers is changing. In a recent conference in Amsterdam, Design & the City, designers explored a new sense of professional identity.

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Daily Digest 5/12 - The American Debt Crisis, If OPEC Is Dead, What's Next?

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2016 - 07:46
  • Five Charts That Show Americans Families’ Debt Crisis
  • Trouble In Saudi Arabia
  • Fed Worries About Deflation but Pays Banks Billions Not to Lend QE Proceeds!?
  • Don't Make The Great Estate Mistake
  • Manipulation, the "Free Market", & What of Gold & Silver?
  • Catherine Austin Fitts: Painful Process Coming for America Not Going to Be Pretty
  • Nigerian President Buhari 'not demanding' Cameron apology
  • OPEC Is Dead, What’s Next?
  • Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest
  • Depth Of Field

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Why Not Getting Married Is Smart Economics For Women

More people than ever before are choosing not to get married. And for women, that can actually be a good thing.
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5 Handy Survival Applications for Duct Tape

Chris Martenson - May 11, 2016 - 13:36

Some unique ideas on how to use that roll of duct tape that you have in your GoBag or emergency kit in the car.  What other ideas do you have?

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/5-handy-survival-applications-duct-tape-you-might-not-think-about

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Daily Digest 5/11 - Oil Company Bankruptcies Accelerate, Japan's National Debt Climbs

Chris Martenson - May 11, 2016 - 07:51
  • Venezuela extends two-day workweek for state employees to save energy
  • Low Water Level in Venezuela’s Biggest Hydroelectric Reservoir Raises Concern
  • Oil company bankruptcies accelerate despite rise in crude prices
  • Fitch Downgrades Six Brazilian Subnationals; Outlook Negative
  • Extra budget for disaster to total ¥778 billion, be financed by negative rates
  • One Chinese company has a debt pile almost as big as the whole of Australia
  • Japan’s national debt climbs to a dizzying ¥1,049.37 trillion
  • Denmark's negative rates pose risk of housing bubble, says OECD
  • UBS could pass on negative rates to wealthy clients - CEO
  • Study: Long-Term Care Costs Continue to Rise
  • Traders Eye $100 Billion More Emerging-Market Fallen Angels
  • Moody's outlines its view on China's contingent liabilities
  • Central States chief warns of insolvency or steeper cuts to pensions

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New Book Gives Rare Insider View of Sharing City Seoul

Shareable Magazine - May 11, 2016 - 07:09

A new ebook from Creative Commons Korea (CC Korea) provides an insider’s view into Sharing City, Seoul, a pioneering, city-wide sharing initiative.

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Choosing a President in a Time of Climate Crisis

Our next president must be someone who understands the science of climate change and can build a clean energy future.
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Daily Digest 5/10 - 1 In 5 Plants At Extinction Risk, Who Is Serving Whom?

Chris Martenson - May 10, 2016 - 08:27
  • Study finds the way America shops has changed for good
  • Public Servants: Who is Serving Whom?
  • Uncomfortable Truths About Central Banking And Money
  • As Jobs Vanish, Forgetting What Government Is For
  • A Glimpse Into What Saudi Arabia’s New Oil Policy Will Look Like
  • Pacific Northwest Snowpack Melting At Record Pace
  • Sheet Mulching: How to Smother Weeds, Build Soil & Conserve Water the Easy Way
  • One in five of world's plant species at risk of extinction

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Categories: Economics

One Family’s Move From Cohousing to a Smaller, Tighter Community

Shareable Magazine - May 10, 2016 - 07:07

This is the story of Rebecca Reid, her family, and their decision to move from a cohousing community to a farmhouse. Reid is a grandmother, a farmer, and a photographer who thinks that community is the answer, and has been trying to prove it for years. She lives in Leverett, Massachusetts with her chosen family, and is very happy. Article cross-published from ic.org.

Categories: Economics

The Inevitability Of Unintended Consequences

Chris Martenson - May 9, 2016 - 23:04

Anyone involved with managing projects, people or systems knows that the only thing that can be planned with absolute certainty is that things will never go 100% according to plan.

This is true even in exceedingly simple situations, which we've written about at length here at Peak Prosperity (the uncontrollable nature of the straightforward Beer Game detailed in this post on the Bullwhip Effect outlines this well). And it's one of the truisms that gives us the most confidence that the world's central planners will eventually lose control of the global systems they are trying to manage via increasingly heavy-handed intervention.

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Host an Alternative Gift Fair

Shareable Magazine - May 9, 2016 - 14:01

This piece was written by Julie Welles for The Center for a New American Dream. 

Categories: Economics

The Complete Guide to Hosting a #MapJam in Your City

Shareable Magazine - May 9, 2016 - 13:05

The next round of the global #MapJam takes place June 5-11, during #GlobalSharingWeek. Join a Q&A session on Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m. PST by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/225618826

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Daily Digest 5/9 - How The Gov't Will ‘Borrow’ Your Retirement, 95% of Greek “Bailout” Money Went to Banks

Chris Martenson - May 9, 2016 - 09:08
  • Here’s why (and how) the government will ‘borrow’ your retirement savings
  • German Study Proves It – 95% of Greek “Bailout” Money Went to the Banks
  • Obama: TTIP Necessary So As To Protect Megabanks From Prosecution
  • U.S. Trouble With American Dividends
  • Russia Offers Free Land to Foreign Pioneers
  • Elon Musk's Tesla Strategy: Win Big by Falling Short
  • Major Banks Shrug Off Concerns Of Bad Energy Debt
  • All Of A Sudden, Fish Are Dying By The Millions All Over The Planet

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“Evil World Banking” Explained

In less than two minutes, John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, explains how corporations can take over entire nations through predatory loans and debt collection.
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