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Daily Digest 8/8 - The Seven-Year Short, The Feeling And Science Of Heat

Chris Martenson - August 8, 2016 - 05:37
  • Robert Kagan and Other Neocons Are Backing Hillary Clinton
  • There’s No Such Thing as Innocuous Personal Data
  • The Seven-Year Short
  • Missouri public defender, fed up with meager funding, appoints governor to defend assault suspect 
  • 'A Major System-Wide Outage' 
  • Chinese trade drop adds to global economic woes
  • How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s
  • Heat: The Feeling And The Science

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Daron Acemoglu: Why Nations Fail

Chris Martenson - August 7, 2016 - 09:17

Why do some nations rise while others wither? Why have some of the world's largest empires eventually crumbled? What are the 'best practices' that a modern nation should follow if it desires sustainable prosperity for its citizenry?

To answer these questions, we welcome MIT professor Doran Acemoglu and co-author of the book Why Nations Fail. His observations? Yes, national prosperity has some correlation to the resources available to the State, but importantly, it's determined by how those resources are put to productive -- and fair -- use.

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Daily Digest 8/7 - A Low-Growth World, What Price to Keep France Safe?

Chris Martenson - August 7, 2016 - 08:28
  • We’re in a Low-Growth World. How Did We Get Here?
  • No major US hurricanes in 11 years. Odds of that? 1-in-2,300
  • What Price to Keep France Safe? Perhaps a Nation’s Core Values, Many Fear 
  • Fake Fish Habitat, Brought to You by BP Relief Money
  • Mass Extinction: The Early Years
  • Wasted In San Francisco

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Daily DIgest 8/6 - The Pollyanna Delusion, The End Of The Bond Bubble

Chris Martenson - August 6, 2016 - 05:05
  • JAPANSANITY...or Why Japan's Yen Will Likely Only Get Stronger As Japan Prints More Money
  • The Financial Firm That Cornered the Market on Jails
  • The Pollyanna Delusion
  • Facebook continues its war on clickbait
  • Can mythbusters like Snopes.com keep up in a post-truth era?
  • Rick Rule discusses the end of the bond bubble + precious metals
  • Trump Calls Clinton the ‘Devil,’ Says Election ‘Rigged’ in Her Favor 
  • Microbe-Coated Seed Startup Could Help Us Thrive In a Dark, Dry Future

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Categories: Economics

Rotating Your Water Storage

Chris Martenson - August 5, 2016 - 13:28

A common question I am asked about preparing for any type of emergency is how often you should rotate your water storage. If you’ve tried to search around on the internet for an answer, there is a lot of conflicting information. I hope this article will not only answer your question but also help you feel more confident about preparing for an emergency.

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Off The Cuff: Yes, Central Banks Are Injecting $180 Billion Per Month

Chris Martenson - August 5, 2016 - 12:28

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

  • $180 Billion Per Month In Global Stimulus
    • The world is awash in free money
  • Is Helicopter Money For The Public Coming Soon?
    • Quite possibly
  • Rage Against The Status Quo Is Building
    • It explains Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, and the rise of the anti-establishment
  • Prepare For The Return Of Global Conflict
    • Fracture lines are widening all across the world

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Daily Digest 8/5 - Good News Friday: How to Shop for Solar Power, 'Agritainment' Saves The Family Farm

Chris Martenson - August 5, 2016 - 06:59
  • World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case 
  • Strong Job Gains, for Second Month, Reframe Economic Outlook
  • As Trump Rises, ‘Reformocons’ See Chance to Update G.O.P.’s Economic Views
  • How to Shop for Solar Power: Solar Panels, Inverters, and More
  • Why Hybrids Are Better Than Electric Cars For Most Consumers
  • The Bizarre Reason Why Amish Children Are Less At Risk For Asthma
  • 'Agritainment' saves the family farm in Montco
  • Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas

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Daily Digest 8/4 - The Big Political Con, Powering The Internet Of Things

Chris Martenson - August 4, 2016 - 07:39
  • UK ‘has 50% chance of slipping into recession within 18 months'
  • Bitcoin worth $78m stolen from Bitfinex exchange in Hong Kong
  • Clinton and Trump: The Big Political Con
  • Debunking That Trump/Putin Thing
  • Gold Investing In 2016 Justified By Global Paradigm Shifts In Politics And Markets
  • How Hillary Clinton created her plan for America — behind-the-scenes
  • Power Couple
  • Powering The Internet Of Things
  • Oil's Second Chance
  • Light Industry: Toxic Waste and Pastoral Capitalism
  • Deliberate Toxic Waste Dumping Into Florida Drinking Water Supply Is Approved By Lawmakers

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Michael Shermer: The Importance Of Skepticism

Chris Martenson - August 3, 2016 - 11:34

As humans, the way we process and react to information is influenced by both the biology of our brains as well as our social and cultural norms. We've talked many times here at PeakProsperity.com about the influence -- conscious and subconsious -- that our beliefs exert on our actions. Our past podcasts on behavioral economics have delved into this in detail.

But just because we believe something, that doesn't make it true. Which is why the scientific process is so important: when followed without bias, it enables us to understand reality as it truly is. And such accurate understanding of the facts allows us to make more useful decisions.

In this week's podcast, Chris speaks with Michael Shermer, monthly columnist for Scientific American and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, about the importance of cultivating a questioning mindset.

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Legalizing the Tiny House

Shareable Magazine - August 3, 2016 - 09:30

Photo credit: RowdyKittens via Foter.com / CC BY. Article by Alyse Nelson, cross-posted from the Sightline Institute.

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Shareable's Top 17 Decluttering Tips

Shareable Magazine - August 3, 2016 - 07:42

Statistics about clutter are sobering. There are 300,000 items in the average American home; 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage; 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them; and the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily.

Decluttering can lead to less stress and more focus on what really matters. It can also help connect you with others if you share, exchange or gift your extra stuff.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/3 - AU Cuts Interest Rates To Historic Low, Are Banks Closer To Dropping Helicopter Cash?

Chris Martenson - August 3, 2016 - 05:48
  • Central Bankers Float New Currency System, Safety Net at Confab
  • Venezuelan Credit Dashboard: $726 Million Comes Due in August
  • PERS cost to increase by $885 million over 2 years
  • MBTA facing $100 million deficit
  • Report: Most of Illinois universities' state funds go toward pensions
  • CalPERS grapples with low earnings
  • Chicago's bills will increase in 2017 as pension costs escalate
  • Emanuel eyes utility tax increase to save largest pension fund
  • An $18 Billion Finnish Bond Fund Tells Why It’s Fleeing the ECB
  • U.S. Treasury to borrow $201 billion in July-September quarter
  • Saudi Arabia Seen Stepping Up Fight Against Bank Cash Crunch
  • IMF urges Japan to coordinate fiscal stimulus with further BOJ easing
  • Draghi’s Liquidity Drowns Out European Companies’ Brexit Woes
  • Traders bet Bank of England will deliver ‘Super Thursday’ stimulus
  • Australia cuts interest rates to historic low
  • Japan's cabinet approves stimulus package
  • Helicopter money: Are central banks edging closer to dropping cash from the sky?
  • Big Spending Makes a Comeback While Austerity Starts to Fade
  • Another Crisis Wasted, EU Banks Get a Pass From Policy Makers

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Why Say No to the TPP? Corporations Already Have Too Much Power

Our hope lies in shifting power to communities and regions that prioritize safety, clean air, children’s health, and locally rooted livelihoods.
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Tired of Waiting for Corporate High-Speed Internet, Minnesota Farm Towns Build Their Own

A unique community-owned broadband cooperative will free dozens of tiny towns and farms from reliance on slower corporate providers.
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Thousands Moving Money to Black-Owned Banks

The latest response to discrimination and police brutality is renewed calls to #BankBlack and bring economic empowerment to struggling communities.
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Daily Digest 8/2 - Why Economic Growth Will Fail, Questioning The Accuracy Of GDP Data

Chris Martenson - August 2, 2016 - 05:35
  • Why Economic Growth Will Fail
  • This Has Never Happened Outside Of A Recession
  • Social Security and Disability Insurance...A 29% Reduction in Benefits Already Mandated by Law...More Cuts to Come
  • New Signs of an Economic Recession in 2017
  • Jamie Dimon questions accuracy of GDP data
  • How the Russians are responding to the Yamal anthrax outbreak (and why)
  • Oil Prices Fall Below $40 As OPEC Ramps Up Output
  • Research Update: A Negative Total SPF Event and M7.8 in Indonesia on March 2, 2016

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Categories: Economics

How to cook with a mid-summer CSA box

Chris Martenson - August 1, 2016 - 13:40

Some good ideas on how to cook with and utilized all the wonderful food you can get from your CSA box or garden.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/how-cook-mid-summer-csa-box.html

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Categories: Economics

10 Ways to Accelerate the Peer-to-Peer and Commons Economy

Shareable Magazine - August 1, 2016 - 07:00

Photo credit: spDuchamp via Foter.com / CC BY.

Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet?

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Daily Digest 8/1 - Rush To Buy Gold Amid Uncertainty, The Excess Of Less

Chris Martenson - August 1, 2016 - 04:55
  • Prospect of US rate rise recedes as key Fed voter urges caution
  • Political and economic uncertainty creates a rush to buy gold
  • The Excess Of Less
  • 500 Years Of Stock Panics, Bubbles, Manias, & Meltdowns (In 1 Simple Chart)
  • Why Renewable Power Can Still Be Wasteful
  • Volkswagen could have a fix for its 2.0L diesels, air regulator says
  • Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign

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Daily Digest 7/30 - Forced Farm Work In Venezuela, Zika Transmissions Reach Miami

Chris Martenson - July 30, 2016 - 07:47
  • Zika “active transmission area” in Miami, health department says
  • Apollo Astronauts Experiencing Higher Rates Of Cardiovascular-Related Deaths
  • The Common Core Costs Billions And Hurts Students
  • BFI Insights: The Zulauf Perspective
  • Is Bank of Japan signaling that it’s running out of ammo
  • Venezuela's new decree: Forced farm work for citizens
  • Climate Change Activism: A Post Mortem
  • From droughts to contamination, our water supply is precarious

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Categories: Economics