What should I do with my life?
As existential questions go, this one's a biggie. Each of us, to varying extents, continually wrestles with answering it as we make our way in the world.
But tackling such a big question is really hard, and often overwhelming for most of us. How do we know where to start? How do we know what we truly enjoy? What we're truly good at? What truly fulfills us?
Having solid, science-based data points to help guide us in our our exploration and decision making would sure be useful. Especially with the big decisions, like what to study in school, what type of career path to choose, and how to play to our strengths in what we do.
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Without any doubt, the Middle East has been a very long-simmering region of violent religious and tribal enmity.
In that regard, perhaps today is no different than 1,000 years ago. But given the importance of the remaining oil in the Middle East to the next 20 years of global economic health, the violence and chaos seen there recently is hugely important to the entire world.
- The US/Russia proxy war in Syria is fast escalating to dangerous levels
- Much of the unrest today was imminently avoidable and sadly ignored
- The US neo-con model is making more enemies both outside and inside America
- The risks of full-blown war breaking out
- What to do to prepare in advance
Look, we’ve given these warnings before and unless you happen to live in one of the unfortunate countries that is being bombed or overtly or covertly supplied with the weapons of war by the west, they seem to not have amounted to much.
Such is the nature of reading tea leaves. Instead of thinking of them as binary outcomes – things that either happened or didn’t happen - think of them as ‘probability fields.’ Like the chance of rolling a three with a 6-sided die vs. the chance of rolling a three with a 20-sided die. The ‘probability field’ of the 6-sided die is a lot higher.
The probabilities and forces that push us closer to and further from war are ever changing and highly complex. They shift with events and decisions, most of which we are unaware of because they are either not reported on or reported with heavy distortion of the truth.
So reading the tea leaves is the best we can do.
Our advice for any war breaking out anywhere in the Middle East, or especially between Russia (or China) and the West would be to have all of your preparations done a year before that moment.
Anything that disrupts global maritime trade, even for a very short while will rock the financial systems of the world. Anything that calls into question the desire or ability of a country to repay its foreign debts (and wars are great excuses to stiff your creditors if they happen to be attacking you) will rock the financial world.
Heck, anything that...
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According to research studies, the number of natural disasters per year has increased significantly over the last thirty years. While the scientific community debates what the causes may be, disasters and destruction seem more and more prevalent in today’s world than 30 years ago and it is becoming increasingly important to prepare for emergency.
A bunch of interesting uses for safely pins and reasons why you should add some to your preps.
While the Internet offers an unprecedented opportunity for recording and capturing human knowledge, it's been said that it's no substitute for a library.
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In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:
- The Invisible Recession
- Horrible economic weakness that everyone is ignoring
- The Insiders Are Getting Out
- Those in the know are taking chips off the table
- Real Estate Is Peaking
- Rents and prices can't maintain at these levels
- Ever-Doubling Debt
- US national debt has DOUBLED since 2008
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There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether the big on-demand companies, such as TaskRabbit, Lyft and Uber, should classify their workers as employees instead of 1099 contractors, providing the benefits and protections that come with employee status. It makes sense. Freelance and on-demand workers are on their own when it comes to health insurance, retirement, disability insurance, expenses, emergency time off, and vacation pay.
Last week, the White House strengthened its support for Open Educational Resources (OER) and committed to expanding access to them through open licenses and technology.
Recently, I had the privilege of meeting Shareable’s founder, Neal Gorenflo, at the Collaborative Economy Conference in San Francisco. Thanks to Ranan Lachman, the Founder of the Sharing Economy Forum (which Neal and I are members of), I received a last-minute invitation to share the insights from my new in-depth research report, The New Era of Economic Abundance.
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The Battle of Yavin where the first Death Star was destroyed. Credit: Fanpop
We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic decision we ever make, but most of us don't even know we have a choice.
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Back in August things were falling apart. Macro-economic indicators were steadily worsening, corporate profits and revenues were suddenly falling, and US unemployment came in far worse than expected.
Of course in today's bizzarro logic, that meant only one thing: the equity “”markets”” were going to be bid up, and gold was going to be held in check.
Both have not only come to pass, but have done so in spectacular fashion.