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Daily Digest 1/29 - Fed To Stop Mortgage Reinvestments, Congress Passes Unconventional Nuclear Power Bill

Chris Martenson - January 29, 2017 - 09:27
  • Fed to stop mortgage reinvestments in 2018: Morgan Stanley
  • Federal Reserve Bankers Mocked Unemployed Americans Behind Closed Doors
  • North Carolina Hospital Wants State to Block Competition From Two New Surgical Centers
  • Ron Paul: Economic Collapse Imminent — Trump will Get the Blame Instead of the FED
  • Congress Passes Unconventional Nuclear Power Bill
  • Does Trump’s rise mark the end of Davos Man’s influence?
  • The USDA is Trying to Help Save Native Grassland in Oregon

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/28 - The Dying Days Of Liberalism, Trump Bars Door To Refugees

Chris Martenson - January 28, 2017 - 07:10
  • Wave Of State Department Personnel Resign, Are Fired As Tillerson Takes Control
  • Trump bars door to refugees, visitors from seven mainly Muslim nations
  • Switzerland's Gold Exports To China Surge To 158 Tons In December
  • The Dying Days Of Liberalism
  • Unnecessariat
  • Historical Official Records Reveal Gold’s Value Should Be 20 Times Higher
  • The U.S. Empire Would Have Collapsed Decades Ago If It Didn’t Abandon The Gold Standard
  • ‘Fail Stream Media’: RT America special on how mainstream journalists became fake news
  • Luxury home sales continued to slump in the fourth quarter
  • "What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash"? Everybody, Especially Patients, Wins

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Categories: Economics

3 Key Rights Underlying the Solidarity Economy in Brazil

Shareable Magazine - January 27, 2017 - 21:02

Solidarity economy enterprises move beyond the "any job is a good job" logic sometimes found in efforts to address labor market exclusion. Instead, these more holistically supportive workspaces can help solidarity economy entrepreneurs move beyond "consumer citizenship" into a deeper participatory citizenship, becoming protagonists.

Categories: Economics

Preparing Prudently

Chris Martenson - January 27, 2017 - 17:13
Executive Summary
  • Why most of those around you will not prepare, despite the obvious risks
  • Why the risks are bigger now than most realize
  • Positioning yourself ahead of the trend
  • The steps for prudent preparation

If you have not yet read Part 1: When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

People Aren’t Rational

Unfortunately, very few people make decision based on logic and/or rational calculations.  Most go by emotion.   If their pre-existing belief system is confirmed by something they will do it (or buy it, or learn it) but if not, then forget it.  Data doesn’t matter.

I am sure you’ve all encountered this in your own lives, perhaps by trying to spread the warnings of The Crash Course to otherwise intelligent, thoughtful people who somehow just cannot even bring themselves to confront the troubling data.

Not because they are unable intellectually, or even that the data is all that troubling, but usually because their belief system cannot digest the information contained therein.  One of the more dominant belief systems out there is that “the government will take care of me/us.”

This is not at all surprising given that we are raised in a very structured and authoritarian educational system.  Most of us that is.  The repetition of believing that a right answer always exists at the front of the room subtly reinforces the idea that you can trust in the hierarchies present in your culture.

And so it’s not much of a stretch to then invest that same comfort of knowing in the hierarchy of the political structure, or government, too.  To attack or undermine the idea that there is a large, benevolent set of public institutions out there is to undermine the very basis of faith in authority.

That’s a biggie for most people, and not easily dislodged.  This is why it can be so difficult to get someone to even consider storing an extra months’ worth of food in their otherwise barren pantry.  It has nothing to do with cost or space…it has to do with the new belief system that  would have to be installed first which is something along the lines of “maybe the system I trust so completely is slightly untrustworthy, and the people operating are not really as in control of it as I like to think.”

And even then, it’s not that simple.  Dislodging a belief system and installing a new one is not an intellectual process, but an emotional one.  Those are expensive for people under even the best of circumstances but really quite difficult if one lives in a country where emotions are clamped down, not permitted, drugged away, or otherwise subjugated and not allow to flow freely.

The point of all this is to be able to rotate the cube a bit and ask what happens when a mass of people suddenly all decide that their existing belief system isn’t working out anymore?

The herd is now skittish as a result of the tensions which are, in my experience, as high as they have ever been across the social fabric.

Rich people are feeling nervous because...

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Categories: Economics

When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry

Chris Martenson - January 27, 2017 - 17:13

For over 10 years now, we've been openly advocating that folks take action to become more prepared should crisis arrive. And for a long time, this advice relegated us to being labeled "tin-foil hat doomsday preppers" (and other less-polite monikers). The media just couldn't figure out any other box to put us in.

But now, the concept of taking at least some responsibility for your own future well-being by increasing your self-reliance is finally moving towards the mainstream.

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Categories: Economics

Podcast: Can a Bank be an Agent of Radical Social and Environmental Change?

Shareable Magazine - January 27, 2017 - 16:54

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges. The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Ryan Honeyman, a partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kat Taylor, co-founder and co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/27 - Good News Friday: Food As Medicine, Farms Not Institutions

Chris Martenson - January 27, 2017 - 07:25
  • A farm, not an institution
  • Claim made for hydrogen 'wonder material'
  • This Wind-Powered Sphere Has Led To A Technology That Could Solve The World’s Landmine Crisis
  • Hope And Resistance In Seattle
  • Physicists unveil new form of matter—time crystals
  • Food As Medicine: It's Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore 

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Categories: Economics

3 Collaborative Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture

Shareable Magazine - January 26, 2017 - 15:16

"We are rapidly approaching a food crisis," writes Becker Smith, author of the new e-book "Canned Salmon." "Too much of our corn is raised for fuel and not food. Too much of it is raised to feed cattle and is virtually inedible to humans."

"Canned Salmon" came about when Smith decided to compile a book-length compendium of his many fascinating conversations with educator, philosopher, and visionary thinker Will Watman. Here's a shortened excerpt from the e-book, which you can download here.

Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Dow 20,000!!

Chris Martenson - January 26, 2017 - 14:42

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

  • Dow 20,000!!
    • Everything's awesome....right?
  • All Hail Our Banking Overlords!
    • Manipulation and collusion abound in today's financial system
  • The Elites Are Beginning To Worry
    • Buying bunkers and retreats in a hurry
  • Hypocrisy Of The Extortionist
    • Our leaders are happy to berate the system once they leave it

The Dow Jones index just crossed the 20,000 milestone for the first time in history. The financial media is applauding, newly-elected President Trump is boasting -- should we just stop worrying and concede that everything is going great now?

Chris and John Rubino certainly don't think so. They see the Dow's 20k milestone as stark evidence of the massive set of asset bubbles created by the world's central banking cartel. Print up trillions and trillions of thin-air money and it has to go somewhere.

They lament that our political, regulatory and corporate leaders remain ignorant (willfully or cluelessly) of this. And as long as that continues, the excesses and resultant unfairness (wealth gaps, cost of living unaffordability, etc) will grow unchecked -- making the pain of the inevitable collapse that much more painful to society.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/26 - Doomsday Prep For The Super Rich, What Is The 'Crisis' Of Modernity?

Chris Martenson - January 26, 2017 - 07:37
  • Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Replacement for Obamacare
  • Doomsday Prep For The Super Rich
  • Elites Eying The Exits Signals America's Crisis
  • A Golden Opportunity To Prepare
  • Tweetonomics: Implications of @RealDonaldTrump?
  • What is this ‘Crisis’ of Modernity?
  • Privacy concerns prompt protests in California
  • Oil Prices Rise As Markets Buy OPEC’s Charm Offensive

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Categories: Economics

Banks Agree to Talk With Tribe (While Handing over Millions for Dakota Access)

Seven banks—including Wells Fargo, TD Bank, and Citibank—will meet with Standing Rock Sioux leaders after months of intense defund-DAPL pressure.
Categories: Economics

Learning From The TV (Imagine That!)

Chris Martenson - January 25, 2017 - 17:28

Amidst the vast sea of cable-network detritus, every so often there's a show or two that I find worthwhile -- either for entertainment or for learning something.

Recently, there are two shows I'm currently enjoying that deliver on both counts. And very surprisingly, they're "reality TV" -- a genre I usually associate as the worst of the worst when it comes to low-quality programming. But I'm finding I'm learning some useful lessons from these two series, and I thought I'd take a moment to share my observations for those who might want to tune in and see for themselves.

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Categories: Economics

City of Boulder Legalizes Cooperative Housing

Shareable Magazine - January 25, 2017 - 11:39
For the last year, some residents of Boulder, Colorado, have been locked in a heated debate about whether the city should allow housing cooperatives. Advocates argue that cooperative housing counters gentrification, adding that electric, gas, and water consumption of co-op house residents is significantly less than the average resident. They also say that cooperative housing is a good way to create more affordable housing. Opponents contend that high-density housing co-ops — and the young people they tend to attract — will disrupt quiet, single-family neighborhoods.  
Categories: Economics

How Sharing Can Help Change Consumption Culture

Shareable Magazine - January 25, 2017 - 10:20

Tucked into the corner of the laundry room in my apartment building in New York City, New York, is a little free library created from a bookcase that was salvaged from a neighbor's trash. Nearby sits a repurposed plastic hamper marked "Free Stuff." For fifteen years the library has been providing residents with free reading material while the Free Stuff box has been serving as a convenient way to pass along gently-worn household goods for others to use.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/25 - IL Budget Fix Faces Long Odds, Debt Projected to Grow by $8.6T Over Next Decade

Chris Martenson - January 25, 2017 - 06:39
  • Far-reaching Illinois budget fix faces long odds
  • Despite Reforms, San Diego City and County Pension Funds Are Billions Short
  • Tax On Rich Contentious Part Of The New Budget
  • Doubek: Illinois needs a grassroots protest like Women’s March
  • Puerto Rico Creditors Open Checkbooks in Debt Negotiations
  • A $90 Billion Debt Wave Shows Cracks in U.S. Property Boom
  • Federal Debt Projected to Grow by $8.6 Trillion Over Next Decade
  • China’s central bank ‘playing dangerous game’ to prop up yuan
  • Vanguard to Deutsche AM See Sub-Zero Bond Yields Persisting

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Categories: Economics

4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community Organization

Shareable Magazine - January 24, 2017 - 11:00
Community groups have the power to create long-lasting change. Ioby, an organization based in New York City, New York, that works on neighborhood mobilization, recently published its "Recipes for Change" toolkit. The guide is brimming with tips on how to organize, launch, and promote community-based projects. It's a must read if you're interested in starting a community garden, tool library, or other sharing projects in your neighborhood. Here are some key points mentioned in the guide:  
Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Meeting The Enemy

Chris Martenson - January 24, 2017 - 09:45

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Intelligence Wars
    • When everyone is pointing fingers, whom are we to believe?
  • The Need For Humility
    • Our current hubris is destroying the systems we depend on
  • The Enemy
    • Is our our "neo'" agenda, whichever side of the aisle it's on
  • Fixing Our Broken Healthcare System
    • Reform needs to start with our own behavior

"We have met the enemy and he is us"

~ Pogo (Walt Kelly)

This week Chris and Charles hold up a harsh mirror to American society. So many of the long-term predicaments we face are issues of our own making, pursuits that benefit an elite few at the expense of the rest of us. The good news here is that we still have time to dramatically improve our odds of a better future by choosing to make different decisions going forward. The all-important question is: But will we?

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Categories: Economics

A Short History of the Word 'Sharing'

Shareable Magazine - January 24, 2017 - 09:43

Shareable is dedicated to sharing, and if you are reading this, it is most likely because sharing interests you. But what do we know about the English word — "sharing?" Today the word is accompanied by a series of positive associations, but they have not always been there. As part of the background for my new book, "The Age of Sharing," I looked into the evolution of the word. The following is a very brief history of the word sharing.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/24 - India On A Downward Spiral, The Surveillance State Is Here

Chris Martenson - January 24, 2017 - 07:44
  • Russian Warplanes Fly First Joint Mission With US-Coalition Aircraft Kremlin Says, Pentagon Denies
  • India - On A Downward Spiral
  • Doug Casey: Making the Chicken Run, Part I
  • The Surveillance State Is Here 
  • A District Divided: Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive
  • Seeding Doubt
  • Does Trump’s ‘America First’ Tax Plan Benefit Oil & Gas?
  • Four ways to save our food system if bees disappear

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Categories: Economics

The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move

People from more than 300 tribes traveled to the North Dakota plains to pray and march in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. Back home, each tribe faces its own version of the “black snake” and a centuries-old struggle to survive.
Categories: Economics