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Daily Digest 7/11 - Tornadoes 'New Normal' In NY, Dry Farming In Arid Climates

Chris Martenson - July 11, 2014 - 07:06
  • Fed, Confident in Economy, Details End of Bond-Buying Program
  • McCarthy, Emanuel react to violent holiday weekend
  • Destroying Confidence: The Last 40 Years
  • Are You Ready for Doubles and Triples in Uranium Mining Stocks?
  • Can the Arctic Reshape Global LNG Shipping?
  • Governor: Tornadoes 'new normal' in New York
  • When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming
  • Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away 

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Categories: Economics

Off the Cuff: To The Moon And Back

Chris Martenson - July 10, 2014 - 11:51

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

  • Highs And Lows
    • How high will the markets climb? And how fast/far will they fall?
  • The Magic Fed
    • The backstop of last resort. But what will happen when it fails?
  • It's Net Energy, Stupid
    • The measurements for our economic decisions are all wrong
  • Prostitutes & Drugs
    • The lengths we go to fool ourselves

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Categories: Economics

The Birth of a Freestore

Shareable Magazine - July 10, 2014 - 10:00

We all suffer from a deficit of stories in many areas of our lives, especially with our things. How can we experiment with gifting in our communities to re-animate material objects with stories of relationship, and why does this matter? One community is exploring this question by the creation of a FreeStore.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/10 - Phila. Homeownership Tumbles, Your Kindness Is Good For You

Chris Martenson - July 10, 2014 - 08:07
  • QE: Quantitative Easing or Questionably Effective
  • In Japan, Idled Electronics Factories Find New Life in Farming
  • Smartphone dependency fuels other addictions, say rehab clinics
  • Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?
  • Homeownership in Philadelphia tumbles, report says
  • Your Kindness Is Good For You
  • The World’s 10 Most Energy-Efficient Cities
  • Why Energy?

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Categories: Economics

Build a Cage Fish Trap

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 13:37

An interesting article on building an alternative method of catching fish in survival situations.

http://survival.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/2014/06/survival-skills-build-cage-fish-trap

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Categories: Economics

Reality-Optional Economics

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 10:10

The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in his grave with envy. It’s a staggering phenomenon because little about it is conspiratorial; rather, it’s the consensual expression of a public that wants desperately to believe things that are untrue, and an economic leadership equally credulous, unmanned, and avid to furnish the necessary narratives that might preserve their jobs and perqs.

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Categories: Economics

On The Fast Track to Crisis

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 10:08
Executive Summary
  • Understanding the broken narratives we are telling ourselves about:
    • Energy
    • The Economy
    • Our Education system
    • Financial markets
    • Western exceptionalism
  • And why we will continue to hurdle farther off course until we decide to look at our situation truthfully

If you have not yet read Part 1: Reality-Optional Economics available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

It is in the interest of healthy adults to remain sane, even when the powerful matrix of society is going crazy around them. I don’t think you can overstate the capacity of societies to go crazy. We still marvel at the murderous cruelty of Germany and Russia in the mid-20th century, the sickening slide into industrial barbarism, and the technical proficiency they achieved in pursuit of their lunatic ends. And what provoked those terrible journeys into collective madness? Isn’t it part of the horror that no explanation seems to suffice. They were both losers in the First World War. Boo hoo. Many societies sober up when they lose a war. Both opted for organized mass murder instead. Joseph Stalin summed up Russia’s collective psyche in that period when he said, “One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” The regime that promoted that particular view of the human condition lasted seventy years and then dissipated like a mere bad dream, an extremely fortunate outcome for Russia, and not so easy to account for, either.

And so what of us in this new century, faced with the gravely serious problems of resource scarcity, ecocide, climate uncertainty, demographic stress, cultural breakdown, and financial bedlam? How do we...

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Categories: Economics

Shareable Launches Sharing Cities Fellowship Program

Shareable Magazine - July 9, 2014 - 09:16

Over the past year and a half Shareable has launched head first into nurturing the growth of an organic grassroots movement in communities around the globe. After listening to organizers and groups working at the local level, there was a unified call for two resources that were needed but didn’t exist: a community of practice to learn from experiments by peers and seed funding for new initiatives to take root and flourish in underrepresented parts of the US and the world.

Categories: Economics

8 Pearls of Wisdom from Successful Social Entrepreneurs

Shareable Magazine - July 9, 2014 - 07:02

Top image credit: dpict.info / Foter / CC BY-NC 2.0.

These days, social entrepreneurs have many resources to draw on. The path to success has been blazed time and again. And there's a robust ecosystem to support them. But what about those early pioneers, the mission-driven business leaders who first took aim at the triple-bottom line and, sometimes, missed the mark? What advice did they get?

Categories: Economics

Secret Pool Brings Public Art to Mojave Desert

Shareable Magazine - July 9, 2014 - 06:54

Top image: Social Pool.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Most people would say yes. But, if a pool waits in a desert and no one is there to enjoy it, does it make a difference? Alfredo Barsuglia thinks so or, at least, the Austrian-born artist hopes so.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/9 - Caracas' Poor Go Thirsty, Over 50 And Still Paying Student Loans

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 05:13
  • Italy faces resistance to softer European spending reforms
  • No leads in case of stolen bell (W. Va.)
  • Caracas' poor go thirsty amid political strife and poor planning
  • Central banks ending era of clear promises, return to 'artful' policy
  • Fed's Kocherlakota downplays recent inflation rise
  • Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans
  • Complacency Breeds $2 Trillion of Junk as Sewage Funded
  • House panel sets hearing to reform Federal Reserve
  • Food Prices Inch Up As Calif. Drought Enters Third Year
  • In-N-Out Burger and Chipotle Taco Prices Rising as California Drought Persists

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Categories: Economics

New York City's Green Carts Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts

Shareable Magazine - July 8, 2014 - 08:39

Top image credit: Illumination Fund.

Obesity and diabetes often plague cities. Such is the case for New York City where 40 percent of school kids are considered obese. One of the main drivers in New York and other cities is the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in low income communities.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/8 - Earthquakes Linked To Fracking, The Everything Bubble

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2014 - 06:56
  • Welcome to the Everything Boom, or Maybe the Everything Bubble
  • Ukraine Rebels Are Retreating for Last Stand
  • Class of 2008 Grads in U.S. Earned Average $52,000 Four Years On
  • The Most Annoying Problem in Computing Is Still Unsolved
  • Peter Schiff: The dollar shouldn’t be the reserve currency
  • Energy Independence: Financial Fact or Political Fiction?
  • Earthquakes Linked To Fracking
  • BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes

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Categories: Economics

Identifying and Treating Spider Bites

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2014 - 06:20

Learn to recognize bites and learn how to treat them with this great summary article.

http://readynutrition.com/resources/identifying-and-treating-spider-bites_07072014/

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Categories: Economics

Las Vegas In Dusty Trouble

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2014 - 19:16

One thing that is certain to trip up the human race is its tendency to pursue short term goals and solutions without any weighty regard for the long-term consequences of those actions.

We routinely learn that unintended consequences are the norm, not the exception, and yet that rarely stops us from boldly interfering with complex processes.

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Categories: Economics

11 Projects That Prove Affordable Housing Can Be Beautiful

Shareable Magazine - July 7, 2014 - 15:35

Well-designed affordable housing is not an oxymoron. To the contrary, the best social housing being designed and built today features a combination of creative social programming, cutting-edge sustainability strategies, and a keen aesthetic awareness to rival anything available on the private market. We've collected eleven of the most innovative examples of recent affordable housing projects from around the globe, from a repurposed soap factory in Brussels to a sand-bag based modern home for former shack dwellers in South Africa.

Categories: Economics

Creating Swales

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2014 - 13:32

Swales are simply ditches on contour (contour is a level line across the landscape), with the excavated soil from the ditch being placed downslope to form a berm. The purpose is to rehydrate landscapes, add texture and microclimates, and to be used as a tree growing system. You can also use swales to increase catchment for ponds.

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Categories: Economics

11 Affordable Housing Alternatives for City Dwellers

Shareable Magazine - July 7, 2014 - 10:00

Inside Rainbow Mansion coliving community: Alexander Van Dijk

Categories: Economics