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Daily Digest 11/7 - JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare, Jobs Data Show Steady Gains

Chris Martenson - November 7, 2014 - 07:11
  • The great financial crisis: The guilty men
  • Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - Pity the Swiss
  • The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
  • Ron Paul: Watch Out When People Start To Distrust Our Money
  • Jobs Data Show Steady Gains Even as Voters Signal Anxiety
  • Scotland’s Wind Energy Production In October Enough To Power Every Home
  • French 'mess' threatens real civil strife
  • Landmark 20-Year Study Finds Pesticides Cause Depression In Farmers

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Categories: Economics

Off the Cuff: The Importance Of Global Capital Flows

Chris Martenson - November 6, 2014 - 18:56

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

  • Japan's Halloween Massacre
    • The most glaring sign yet that the central banks are desperate
  • Capital Flows Are King Right Now
    • The reason we have record-high markets despite crummy fundamentals
  • Musical Chairs
    • Every (market) player has fun until the music stops
  • Throwing The Bums Out
    • As our lifestyles contract, we vote out the incumbents

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Categories: Economics

Chris & Adam Present in Mexico City

Chris Martenson - November 6, 2014 - 17:54

Chris and I will be presenting in Mexico City for two days, Nov 22-23, at the Expo Educacion Financiera 2014, along with a number of other notable speakers.

Those in the area and interest can learn more about the Expo here:

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Categories: Economics

How To Keep Your Home Warmer For Under $2

Chris Martenson - November 6, 2014 - 15:03

A simple inexpensive project that can help keep your home warmer in the winter and reduce your heating costs.

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Categories: Economics

Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love

This article originally appeared at the Field Guide to a Regenerative Economy.

In the summers of 2012 and 2013 a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America. They visited cooperatives, honed their own cooperative skills, re-imagined the country they were about to inherit, and, along the way, discovered themselves. Here is their story.

In the 2012 U.N.-declared “International Year of Cooperatives,” a collective of college students created a project called Co-Cycle. They were 12 friends who wanted to experience the nation that they were to inherit. They wanted to spend the summer traveling across the United States and they wanted to do it by bicycle. What were they looking for? Cooperatives.

They visited over 60 cooperative businesses and learned about the co-ops’ structures, struggles, and strengths.

In rural, urban, conservative, and progressive communities, the Co-Cycle riders visited food co-ops, credit unions, worker-owned factories, electric co-ops, producer farming co-ops … the list goes on.

They biked through cities, suburbs, and towns, through grazing fields, cornfields, and oilfields, over mountains, rivers, and streams. They visited more than 60 cooperative businesses and learned about the co-ops’ structures, struggles, and strengths. As a working collective themselves, they applied that knowledge to face their own challenges in organizing and living democratically. Many of the riders have said that the biking was the easiest part and that working through the emotional struggles with the clarity, love, and dignity required to function as a cooperative was the greater challenge.

Two of the founding members, Megan Meo and Katie Coupe, were inspired to form Co-Cycle while on a long bike ride in western Massachusetts. They happened upon a sweet little food co-op and had a wonderful time learning about the community there and the workings of the co-op. They decided it was so wonderful, in fact, that they wanted to bike across the whole country doing just that: learning about democratic business models and about the people and places that uphold them.

Co-Cycle became an endorsed project of the United Nations’ International Year of Cooperatives. Co-Cycle worked with the National Cooperative Business Association and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives to turn the students’ vision into a reality.

As more friends signed on, the collective gained momentum and organizing power. Over the next 10 months, the students fundraised, created a brand, developed marketing materials, organized co-op visits and events, and planned out the basic route. When they arrived in San Francisco at the beginning of the summer, it was the first time many of them had met, but together they set off on an incredible journey—not yet quite understanding just how together in living, working, organizing, and learning they would be over the next three months.

On June 1, 2012, the 12 cyclists left San Francisco to begin a 4,100 mile journey to Amherst, Massachusetts. They were accompanied by a 3-person film crew led by Emma Thatcher, a student at New York University and a close friend of one of the organizers. The cyclists’ journey was documented by this student and was released as a full-length documentary, To the Moon, released in 2014. [You can view clips from "To the Moon," the first above, and also here.]

Working through the emotional struggles with the clarity, love, and dignity required to function as a cooperative was the greater challenge than biking.

Deeply inspired by the cooperatives they visited, the people they'd met, and the country they'd seen with new eyes, five of the students decided to keep Co-Cycle living on for at least one more year. After putting out a plug for applications, they invited seven more riders to join the collective and complete another cross-country tour visiting cooperatives in 2013. The seven riders were all women and current college students or recent college graduates. They biked from Seattle, Washington, to Boston, Massachusetts, and visited many of the same towns, people, and cooperatives as the summer before, but every experience was new. Although they followed a similar route, in joining the collective these women created their own Co-Cycle.

Many members of the Co-Cycle collective have since gone on to do work for more regenerative communities and a more democratic economy. They all hold the values and inspiration gained from our summer deep within their persons, and these will guide them along their life journeys.

Hendrix Berry wrote this article for Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy, where it originally appeared. The Field Guide, a project of the Capital Institute, is a growing body of work that now includes more than 20 graphically and digitally enhanced stories of exemplary sustainable businesses on its website. Hendrix was a Co-Cyclist on the 2013 tour.

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Daily Digest 11/6 - SF Housing Market At Critical Mass, Genetically Modified Escalation

Chris Martenson - November 6, 2014 - 07:42
  • Living with roommates, parents way up in Philadelphia area
  • New York's Two Sandys
  • Critical Mass for San Fran Housing Market
  • Inside San Francisco's Housing Crisis
  • Gold, Economic Theory and Reality: A Conversation with Alan Greenspan
  • Marc Faber on Japan Bonds, Economy, Gold and Oil
  • U.S. Petroleum Supply Update – Latest EIA Numbers
  • Genetically modified escalation

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Categories: Economics

Central Planners Are In A State of Panic

Chris Martenson - November 6, 2014 - 05:36

Everything the central planners have tried has failed to bring widespread prosperity and has instead concentrated it dangerously at the top.   Whether by coincidence or conspiracy, every possible escape hatch for 99.5% of the people has been welded shut.  We are all captives in a dysfunctional system of money, run by a few for the few, and it is headed for complete disaster.

To understand why, in all its terrible and fascinating glory, we need look no further than Japan.

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Categories: Economics

What Will Happen When Japan Breaks

Chris Martenson - November 6, 2014 - 05:36
Executive Summary
  • The data that proves Japan is a ticking time bomb
  • Why the yen may still fall a lot further from here
  • How Japan's contagion can threaten world markets (and yes, the US)
  • Why the contagion is now underway, and what you should do about it

If you have not yet read Central Planners Are In A State of Panic available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Japan, By The Numbers

I completely understand why the Japanese authorities are freaking out and taking enormous risks.  It's because they have no good choices left.  More fundamentally (and worse) they are in charge of a system that is destined to fail.

Exponential money systems have to eventually fail because all paper money is just a marker for real wealth, it is not real wealth itself, and therefore ever-increasing exponential paper claims being stacked up  against a world of real wealth that is growing much less quickly (and someday reversing entirely) is a mathematical formula for a monetary accident.

But it's quite bizarre that Japan, of all places, cannot see through to this math predicament given their very publicly and often discussed demographic decline.

Having peaked at 128 million in 2005, Japan now has 127 million inhabitants and is on its way to 90 million by 2050, and 45 million by ~2100.


This means that..

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Categories: Economics

Dispatches from the 2nd Global #MapJam

Shareable Magazine - November 5, 2014 - 12:59

Stockholm #MapJam - DelaEko

Categories: Economics

90-Year-Old Cook Arrested for Feeding the Homeless in Florida

Shareable Magazine - November 5, 2014 - 08:27

Last Sunday In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a 90-year-old homeless advocate and two priests were arrested for feedling the homeless in Stranahan Park because their actions ran afoul of a new city ordinance that went into effect on October 31. The men face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Categories: Economics

Michel Bauwens on the Rise of Multi-stakeholder Cooperatives

Shareable Magazine - November 5, 2014 - 08:17

While the growth of cooperatives in a wide variety of industries is promising, the bar for social transformation needs to be, and has been, raised. As P2P Foundation founder Michel Bauwens said in a recent email conversation, multi-stakeholder coops are “where the action is.”

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/5 - The World's Biggest Bond Bubble, China Puts the Brakes on Car Makers

Chris Martenson - November 5, 2014 - 08:04
  • Covered California says small business health premiums will rise 5.2 percent statewide
  • Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative
  • Food Bank Canada report: 'Alarming' number of Canadians seek help
  • NCAER lowers India GDP growth forecast for this year to 5%
  • China Puts the Brakes on Car Makers
  • RBA Held Rates Says Current Stimulus is Justified
  • BoC: stimulus still needed despite concern over stability risks
  • Euro Woes Pressuring Eastern EU States Into More Easing
  • Central Bank Duel Spurs Korea Rate-Cut Bets After Japan Easing
  • Stimulus Gives Bank of Japan Huge New Role in Markets
  • Poland’s Finance Minister Urges Central Bank to Boost Inflation
  • Japan Creates World's Biggest Bond Bubble

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Categories: Economics

How to Host a Cash Mob

Shareable Magazine - November 5, 2014 - 07:12

Cash mobs are a great way to boost local business and bring community together while you’re at it. The idea is simple: a group of people flood a store and pledge to buy stuff. Think flash mob but instead of dancing, you’re spending money to help give back to the local economy.

Categories: Economics

Biogas at home

Chris Martenson - November 4, 2014 - 15:11

An interesting look at the energy capacity of a home biogas digester and what one could power with a small backyard setup.

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Categories: Economics

Compost Pedallers Turn Tons of Food Waste into Rich Soil

Shareable Magazine - November 4, 2014 - 08:51

Photo credit: Austin Chronicle

On the east side of Austin, Texas, on most days of the week, guys can be seen pedalling weird-looking bikes around Hyde Park, Cherrywood, Mueller, Windsor Park, East 11th, and Holly Street. Meet the East Side Compost Pedallers. They pick up "scrapple" -- food scraps -- from registered homes and businesses then pedal it out to more than a dozen nearby farms and community gardens. 

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/4 - Mastering The Midterms, Why Do Workers Feel So Unhappy?

Chris Martenson - November 4, 2014 - 07:16
  • Mastering The Midterms
  • The Midterm Elections: A User's Guide
  • GOP Senate Takeover Would Put Fed Under Microscope
  • European Union Lowers Growth Forecasts
  • U.S. Deficit Decline to 2.8% of GDP Is Unprecedented Turn
  • Why Do Workers Feel So Unhappy?
  • Critics chafe as Macs send sensitive docs to iCloud without warning
  • Why The Current “Oil Glut” Could Lead To A Price Spike

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Categories: Economics

Falling Fruit: Mapping Free Food Around the World

Shareable Magazine - November 4, 2014 - 07:09

by Caleb Phillips with input from Ethan Welty

Categories: Economics

Don't Be a Prisoner of Your Own Data

Shareable Magazine - November 4, 2014 - 04:18

Let's do a thought experiment. Let's imagine your house connected up to the internet. It's called the "Internet of Things" or #IoT for those on Twitter, and it's a new way of collecting data about you, while promising to make your life more convenient. But we've heard that line before...

Categories: Economics

The Turn May Be At Hand

Chris Martenson - November 3, 2014 - 20:35

What this world desperately needs is a long term plan to deal with its shrinking net-energy-per-capita ratio. This metric will someday turn into a complete sinking negative that will, in turn, utterly ruin all of our capital markets.

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Categories: Economics

Preparing The Honeybee Hives For Winter

Chris Martenson - November 3, 2014 - 13:10

For all those beginning beekeepers out there, here are a few steps to take to help out your bees get through a hard cold winter and increase their survivability into Spring.

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Categories: Economics