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Daily Digest 7/26 - A Stark Nuclear Warning, Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

Chris Martenson - July 26, 2016 - 04:49
  • How Do We Make America Strong Again? Start Telling the Truth
  • DealBook: One Thing Both Parties Want: Break Up the Banks Again
  • Why It’s So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It’s Not Affordable
  • Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes
  • A Stark Nuclear Warning
  • Faulty Data? Why The Oil Glut Could Be Much Smaller Than Believed
  • Solar Impulse on last leg of its round-the-world flight

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10 Survival Uses for Blackberries

Chris Martenson - July 25, 2016 - 14:17

Learn 10 different ways to utilize blackberry plants and their fruit.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/10-survival-uses-blackberries

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The Apios Institute: A Polyculture Wiki in the Works

Shareable Magazine - July 25, 2016 - 12:26

What happens when you bring farmers, gardeners, and researchers together with a singular purpose? A wiki of perennial polycultures shepherded by the Apios Institute that aims to support folks around the world who wish to grow their climate's version of an "integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems (variously known as multistrata agroforests, tropical homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens)."

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Daily Digest 7/25 - Turkey On Collision Course With NATO, Plutocracy Then And Now

Chris Martenson - July 25, 2016 - 07:44
  • Plutocracy, Then and Now - The Lesser of Two Evils
  • Democrats in chaos as convention opens
  • Wasserman Schultz resigning, faces grilling from Sanders supporters
  • Trump: Tribune Of Poor White People
  • Reaction captures carbon, generates electricity, makes a cleaning product
  • Erdogan’s Power Game: Turkey On Collision Course With NATO
  • Are You A Toxic Waste Disposal Site?
  • Everyday chemicals may be messing up our microbiomes—but we don’t know

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The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP

Shareable Magazine - July 25, 2016 - 07:42

Bologna, Emilia Romagna. Photo credit: Tomas Kohl. Article and image cross-posted from YES! magazine. Authored by John Duda.

Categories: Economics

Dave Pare: Gold Is Looking Strong

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2016 - 18:51

This week, PeakProsperity.com's own precious metals analyst, Dave Pare, sits down to the microphone.

Better known on the site as davefairtex, he joins Chris to discuss his current outlook for gold and silver, his approach to building market models, and how he balances fundamentals versus technical analysis in assembling his macro views.

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Daily Digest 7/24 - Record Global Temps Continue, Is 2016 The Worst Year Ever?

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2016 - 07:24
  • Uncle Sam Wants You — Or at Least Your Genetic and Lifestyle Information
  • Notes from Cleveland: The Two-Part Rebellion
  • Thick And Fast
  • Is 2016 The Worst Year In History?
  • The Reasons Why Exhaustion And Burnout Are So Common
  • Summer-on-Steroids Kicks Off With Record Global Temperatures
  • California Wildfire Spreads Across 20,000 Acres, Prompting Evacuations

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Buy Low, Sell Never: Why Not Just Buy the Entire Coal Industry?

Coal left in the ground is an investment in the climate, as well as the future of families in rural communities and the tribes.
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Daily Digest 7/23 - Retirement Dreams And Nightmares, Travel And The Zika Virus

Chris Martenson - July 23, 2016 - 07:51
  • Summer Travel And The Zika Virus
  • Delayed, Denied, Dismissed: Failures on the FOIA Front
  • UK economy suffered ‘dramatic deterioration’ after Brexit vote – Markit
  • Retirement Dreams And Nightmares
  • In China meeting, G20 has chance to soothe post-Brexit jitters
  • Special K ads banned over health benefits claims 

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Off The Cuff: The Message Is Spreading

Chris Martenson - July 22, 2016 - 18:46

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and I summarize our experiences last week at Freedom Fest, as well as Chris' subsequent trip to the Opal wealth conference in Newport.

The quick synopsis is that the Peak Prosperity message is spreading. And influencing more decision makers than either of us realized.

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Making The Wrong Choices For The Wrong Reasons

Chris Martenson - July 22, 2016 - 17:54

Life is full of examples where folks make bad choices for noble reasons. Not every decision is a winner: sometimes you make the right call, sometimes you don't.

  • In 1962, Decca Records passed on signing a young new band because it thought that guitar-based groups were falling out of favor. That band was The Beatles.
  • Napolean Bonaparte calculated he could conquer Russia by assembling one of the largest invading forces the world has ever seen. He marched towards Moscow in the summer of 1812 with over 650,000 troops. Less than six months later, he retreated in failure, his forces decimated down to a mere 27,000 effective soldiers.
  • 1985 217 separate investors turned down an entrepreneur trying to raise the relatively modest sum of $1.6 million for his vision of transforming a daily routine shared by millions around the world. That company? Starbucks.  

In these cases, those making the decision made what they felt was the best choice given the information available to them at the time. That's completely understandable and defensible. Fate is fickle, and no one is 100% right 100% of the time.

But what's much harder to condone -- and this is the focus of this article -- is when people embrace the wrong decision even when they have ample evidence and comprehension that doing so runs counter to their welfare.

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Daily Digest 7/22 - Good News Friday: Ugly Veggies For Sale, Working Fewer Hours For The Environment

Chris Martenson - July 22, 2016 - 05:28
  • The Future of Economics Uses the Science of Real-Life Social Networks
  • Want To Save The Environment? Work Fewer Hours, Says UN
  • First Rule of the Job Hunt: Find Something You Love to Do
  • Where Will Flight Technology Go Next?
  • Musk: Tesla to become a sustainable energy company
  • Single-atom-thick sheets efficiently extract electricity from salt water
  • Wal-Mart, America's Largest Grocer, Is Now Selling Ugly Fruit And Vegetables 
  • Cows Injected With “Happy” Chemicals Produce Better Milk

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Daily Digest 7/21 - GOP Finds Unity Against Clinton, How Rigged Is The Market?

Chris Martenson - July 21, 2016 - 06:47
  • The question isn't whether the market is rigged, but how much
  • Turkey post-coup purge: Licenses of 21,000 teachers revoked, 1,577 deans ordered to resign
  • The Financial System is Breaking Down at an Unimaginable Pace
  • Republican Factions Find a Unifying Force: Hillary Clinton
  • Vicious attacks on Hillary Clinton are for sale on buttons and T-shirts
  • U.S. & Clinton Beyond the Law: Catherine Austin Fitts
  • EIA Predicts Slump in Shale Outputs By August
  • Musk: Tesla to become a sustainable energy company

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Florida Town Proposes a Ban on Super PACs—What Could Happen?

Not only would the ordinance get big money out of St. Petersburg elections, but it could lead to a legal clash ending super PACs across the country.
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The Working World: Funding Co-ops with Non-Extractive Capital

Shareable Magazine - July 20, 2016 - 07:29

As more and more consumers get savvy about where they put their money, how do cooperatives expand their supply to meet the demand? After all, worker-owners each have a stake in the co-op's future and a vote on the co-op's decisions. And that can be a problem if a business needs to secure a bank loan in order to scale up operations. Individuals within the group can't—and shouldn't—be singled out as loan applicants.

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Daily Digest 7/20 - U.S. Gov't Living Dangerously in Debt, Global Economic Output Lowered Post-Brexit

Chris Martenson - July 20, 2016 - 07:27
  • Illinois Shutters Failing 'Obamacare' Insurer
  • Rio’s Olympic Hospitals Unable to Take New Patients, Report Says
  • Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums Will Increase An Average of 83 Percent on Nov. 1
  • Covered California rates set to increase for 2017
  • Insurers, Pushing for Higher Rates, Challenge Key Component of Health Law
  • UnitedHealth sees further losses for Obamacare insurance
  • Premera individual health insurance rates to rise almost 10 percent, even with $55 million help from Alaska
  • Commentary: CalPERS Sinks Further into Fiscal Insolvency
  • Vehicle output in crisis-hit Venezuela less than 10 a day
  • Venezuela Food Crisis: One Photo Shows the Strain on Venezuela's Economy in 2016
  • The U.S. Government Is Living Dangerously in Debt
  • Investors Seek Liaoning Debt Boycott As Bond Default Battle Heats Up
  • Preliminary budget for Cook County indicates possible tax hikes ahead
  • Drop in Rates Swells Pension Burdens in U.S.
  • 45-Second Drill: Illinois budget deficit swells to nearly $8 billion
  • Ontario debt to soar by $50 billion over four years: FAO
  • China names and shames debtors on huge billboards
  • Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS
  • Russian Consumers Still in Shock as They Cut Back on Food and Medicine
  • More and More Investors Think Central Banks and Governments Will Bring Out the Chopper
  • PBOC continues to inject liquidity into market
  • Helicopter money 'the obvious solution' to boost moribund economies: Citi's Willem Buiter
  • Helicopter Cash Clues Lie in Life and Death of Japanese Viscount
  • ECB Fast Exhausting German Bonds for QE Buying as Yields Tumble
  • The Hidden Risk to Sovereign Bonds
  • IMF lowers global economic outlook after Brexit vote

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The $25,000 Open Source, Modular, Eco-Home

Shareable Magazine - July 20, 2016 - 06:28

Shareable recently wrote about the Open Building Institute’s (OBI) crowdfunding campaign to fund its eco-building toolkit. With 14 days to go, the project has raised over $65,000 of its $80,000 goal. This Q&A with OBI founding partner Marcin Jakubowski originally appeared on Open Source Ecology.

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Can Industrial Hemp Save Kentucky’s Small Farms?

As tobacco declines, some hope that hemp can be a “gateway crop” to financial sustainability for the state’s small farms.
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Daily Digest 7/19 -Turkey's Baffling Coup, Spotting A Dodgy Statistic

Chris Martenson - July 19, 2016 - 08:20
  • Turkey’s Baffling Coup
  • Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic
  • E.U. Imposes Record Fine on Truck Makers for Price-Fixing
  • Atom wranglers create rewritable memory
  • Canada to Introduce National Carbon Price in 2016, Minister Says
  • Carbon Metrics: Global Abstractions And Ecological Epistemicide
  • Medical Study: Asthma Exacerbations Linked To Fracking Activities
  • Eggs That Clear the Cages, but Maybe Not the Conscience

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