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Feeling Queasy?

Chris Martenson - August 21, 2014 - 10:52

A great article that discusses the many benefits of using ginger root to combat the feeling of nausea, upset stomach and as a digestive aide.  Fresh root is best but also having some in dried tea form works well too.  Keep in mind that organic ginger root can be planted in container pots and grown as a nice house plant.

http://readynutrition.com/resources/feeling-queasy-ginger-is-the-best-remedy-for-nausea_18082014/

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Daily Digest 8/21 - Ebolanomics, Money as Decentralization

Chris Martenson - August 21, 2014 - 07:36
  • Ebolanomics
  • Despite Current Debate, Police Militarization Goes Beyond U.S. Borders
  • Night Stalkers to continue helicopter training over cities until Thursday
  • What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do with the Ukraine Conflict?
  • Social Multiequivalence: Money as Decentralization
  • India in danger of moving towards water scarcity condition: Asian Development Bank
  • In One America, Guns and Diet. In the Other, Cameras and ‘Zoolander’
  • California is even bigger than you thought
  • MIT Turns Dead Car Batteries Into Clean Solar Energy

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Categories: Economics

Bike Sharing: Safer than Your Own Bike

Shareable Magazine - August 21, 2014 - 06:21

Citi Bike users ride through DUMBO, Brooklyn (Lars Klove/NYC Bike Share via Oh The People You Meet)

Categories: Economics

Off the Cuff: Housing Insanity

Chris Martenson - August 20, 2014 - 21:54

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:

  • Housing Bubble 2.0
    • How quickly we forget the errors of our ways...
  • China's Impending Massive Implosion
    • A bubble of historic proportion
  • An Investing Cycle vs A Demand Cycle
    • Things will collapse after the greatest fool buys in
  • Lack Of Good Options
    • Asset bubbles everywhere, not just in housing

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Categories: Economics

6 Coliving Networks Reinventing Home

Shareable Magazine - August 20, 2014 - 09:05

Top photo credit: Open Door Development.

Now that coworking is a fairly well understood, some folks are going one step further by establishing collaborative spaces at home with what's called coliving. Like coworking, coliving is more than sharing space. Ideas and intentions, projects and purpose all come together in a true coliving environment.

Categories: Economics

The Rise Of The East

Chris Martenson - August 20, 2014 - 09:05
Executive Summary
  • The West is extremely vulnerable to financial and currency de-stabilisation through precious metals
  • Access to energy supplies will be the real weapon used in the battle over Ukraine (and future geo-political wars)
  • Why sanctions against Russia will not succeed
  • The East is mobilizing to become less dependent on the West

If you have not yet read Is Part 1: Ukraine: A Perspective from Europe available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Russia’s strategy towards Ukraine appears to be to ensure NATO is excluded from Ukrainian territory, the irony being that if NATO members hadn’t interfered with Ukrainian politics in the first place the current crisis would not have occurred. As it is, at a minimum she will seek to secure Donetsk and Luhansk and force the Kiev government to drop any ambitions to join the EU economic bloc.

The fact that NATO is divided between on the one side the US and UK plus all its ex-communist members and on the other the great European welfare states, requires there to be two distinct levels of Russian strategy. They must not be confused with each other, one macro and the other micro.

Macro-Geopolitics Linked To Gold

At the higher level there is the geopolitical clash with the US. This is not just a matter of Ukraine, but it is rapidly becoming the Shanghai Cooperation Council versus America. The US is also embroiled in territorial disputes between its allies and China over mineral rights in the South China Sea. The Middle-East now sells more oil to China than the US, and by leaving the US sphere of influence will fall increasingly under the SCO’s spell. Presumably, America has woken up to the threat to its hegemony from the powerful alliance that is the SCO, together with the loss of Pakistan and India into that sphere of influence. It goes further: even Turkey, a long-standing NATO member, plans to defect to the SCO, apparently a personal project of Recep Erdoğan, the recently re-elected Prime Minister.

American-initiated actions against Russia will probably be kept by Russia and the SCO in this big-picture context. It will be treated as an attack against an SCO member, speeding up integration and trade agreements designed to exclude the US dollar as a settlement medium. In this context the SCO members already appear to have agreed on the need to increase gold ownership as an undefined part-solution to replace the US dollar as the currency standard. In other words, the rush to acquire above-ground gold stocks will continue, and China through her refiners is processing and keeping increasing quantities of African-sourced gold as well as her own which would otherwise have gone to the West.

The Russian central bank has been adding to her monetary gold reserves and officially now has more than China (though China is known to have substantial holdings of bullion not currently declared as monetary reserves). All mine output is likely to be absorbed by the State. Russia has continued to build her gold reserves at a time when it could be argued by western analysts that she needs to hold on to all her foreign currency, given the prospect of escalating sanctions. The truth is that...

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Categories: Economics

Ukraine: A Perspective from Europe

Chris Martenson - August 20, 2014 - 08:54

It is still a mystery to many historians as to how and why this World War I led to the slaughter of nine million people. But analysis of different parties to the original event, pursuing their own vested interests without a grasp of the bigger picture, certainly rings true of the Ukrainian situation today with regards to the West, embodied in a disparate committee called NATO. The similarity with the chaotic diplomacy that led to WW1 stops there: Russia under Vladimir Putin’s leadership appears to have a good grasp of its objective.

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Categories: Economics

How Oakland Wiki Empowers the Local Community

Shareable Magazine - August 20, 2014 - 07:53

The Bay Area has a wealth of public services, but it’s not always easy to find them. The Community Resources portal of Oakland Wiki could potentially change that. An open, community-built knowledge commons, the portal's goal is to gather and make it easy to find all community resources available to the public. Among the services listed: children, youth and family resources, educational services, LGBTQ services, food projects, housing resources, health services and more.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/20 - Your Shrinking Paycheck, Teachers Fight Pay Cuts ‘By Any Means Necessary’

Chris Martenson - August 20, 2014 - 07:48
  • 36% of adults lack retirement savings, including many 65 or older
  • Average cost to raise a child hits $245,000, without college
  • State workers face health insurance cost increase
  • 'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says
  • Nearly Half of Americans Think the Recession Is Not Over
  • Detroit bond deal can't send taxes to pensions, Syncora says
  • Detroit Teachers Union Will Fight Pay Cuts ‘By Any Means Necessary’
  • Earth sliding into ‘ecological debt’ earlier and earlier, campaigners warn
  • Senate studies airline fees at $6 billion and growing
  • Your paycheck has been shrinking for 5 years

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Categories: Economics

9 Ways Hydrogen Peroxide May Be Useful When SHTF

Chris Martenson - August 19, 2014 - 10:31

Some good reasons to keep a few bottles of hydrogen peroxide on hand and as part of your medical supply cabinet.

http://crisissurvivortips.com/9-ways-hydrogen-peroxide-may-be-useful-when-shtf/

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Categories: Economics

14 Online Platforms that Boost Civic Engagement

Shareable Magazine - August 19, 2014 - 09:33

Democracy relies on citizens participating in decision making. Yet in the last presidential election, less than 60 percent of Americans voted, and local elections traditionally have “abysmally low” voter turnout.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/19 - E-Bike Sales Surge, Is Global Income Inequality Really Falling?

Chris Martenson - August 19, 2014 - 07:48
  • Virtual cash heist diverts net traffic
  • Is Global Income Inequality Really Falling?
  • The U.S. Economic Collapse Will Trigger a Revolution
  • Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster
  • In essential speech, Ukrainian MP Viktoria Shilova demands Poroshenko government to stop the civil war, leaks actual number of war casualties
  • E-Bike Sales Are Surging in Europe
  • Water scarcity and climate change through 2095
  • Wait A Second, Are There Twigs in My Coffee?

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Categories: Economics

Is A Global Housing Bubble About To Pop?

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2014 - 21:40

Looking past all of the major events transpiring in Ukraine, Iraq, Ferguson, and other hotspots, there's still plenty of worrisome smoke emanating from the global economic engine compartment.

The most recent installment comes from what appears to be abundant signs of bursting housing bubbles in several major markets.

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Categories: Economics

How to Preserve Basil Efficiently

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2014 - 13:25

We use basil almost every time we cook. It is an extremely versatile herb that can be used in a wide variety of dishes. The problem with basil is that it is a summer annual that we only have fresh for about five months of the year. We always have a lot more fresh basil than we could ever eat. This of course leads us to want to preserve the excess basil.

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Categories: Economics

How to Clean Cast-Iron Cookware

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2014 - 12:01

Learn the simple steps to cleaning and preparing to use cast iron cookware. 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/clean-cast-iron-cookware-zm0z14aszsor.aspx#axzz3Alj1BeLn

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Categories: Economics

The Basics of Bikepacking

Shareable Magazine - August 18, 2014 - 09:00

Cross-posted from PeopleForBikes. Image credit: Rauckhaus.

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Daily Digest 8/18 - A Year In Waste, The High Cost Of A Fresh Start

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2014 - 07:10
  • A Year In Waste
  • Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Deploys National Guard Troops to Ferguson
  • Ferguson's Fifty Year Fire
  • California Drought: Bay Area loses billions of gallons to leaky pipes
  • Global Markets and the $2.3 Trillion ETF Effect
  • Seeking New Start, Finding Steep Cost
  • Designing an Upside-Down, Hurricane-Proof Hospital for New Orleans
  • Fracking Fluids More Toxic Than Previously Thought

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Categories: Economics

Mark Sisson: Why Nutrition Is The Key To Health

Chris Martenson - August 16, 2014 - 18:51

This week, Mark Sisson -- former professional athlete, founder of Mark's Daily Apple, and developer of the Primal Blueprint health & fitness lifestyle -- returns to discuss nutrition. In his opinion, it's the single most important factor for a healthy life.

While other key components like physical exertion, good sleep, de-stressing and sun exposure contribute to overall health and well-being, too (see our 2013 interview with Mark for a full background on his recommended regime), the food we eat can literally determine which of the genes in our genetic code get activated and expressed. So, in a very real way, we indeed are what we eat.

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Categories: Economics

Mark Sission: Why Nutrition Is The Key To Health

Chris Martenson - August 16, 2014 - 18:51

This week, Mark Sisson -- former professional athlete, founder of Mark's Daily Apple, and developer of the Primal Blueprint health & fitness lifestyle -- returns to discuss nutrition. In his opinion, it's the single most important factor for a healthy life.

While other key components like physical exertion, good sleep, de-stressing and sun exposure contribute to overall health and well-being, too (see our 2013 interview with Mark for a full background on his recommended regime), the food we eat can literally determine which of the genes in our genetic code get activated and expressed. So, in a very real way, we indeed are what we eat.

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Categories: Economics

Build the Ultimate School Bug Out Kit for your Kids

Chris Martenson - August 16, 2014 - 11:14

An interesting article and lots of tips and ideas on how to create a bug out / get home bag for your kids when they are away at school.  Also lots of ideas of how to build one with zero tolerance rules being in the mix when planning.  (Reminds me of how I have to check for my daughters wilderness survival knife (class requirement) in her backpack before sending her off to music theater class). 

http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/build-the-ultimate-school-bug-out-kit-for-your-kids-08132014

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Categories: Economics