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Daily Digest 3/31 - Massive Blackout Hits Turkey, Life As A Service

Chris Martenson - March 31, 2015 - 08:24
  • Life As A Service
  • Massive Blackout Hits Turkey, Grounding Planes, Stopping Subways; Terror Not Ruled Out
  • Bernanke rejects charge of Fed 'throwing seniors under bus' 
  • The Anthropocene Myth
  • Charted: Why the iron ore price keeps falling
  • Appalachia Miners Wiped Out by Coal Glut That They Can't Reverse
  • In 20 years, the world may run out of minable gold
  • Rare Earths Problem Could Have A Nuclear Solution

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What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb

It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.
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It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System

The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.
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A Tough Winter

Chris Martenson - March 30, 2015 - 21:25

Last year we had the ‘polar vortex’ which delivered some of the absolute coldest air to our region, so the back-to-back experience is one of relentless cold, snowy winters and short summers.

Similarly, there seem to be a bunch of new economic rules that we have to adjust our thinking around.

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Pizza Patrons Donate 10,000 Slices with Shop's Pay It Forward Program

Shareable Magazine - March 30, 2015 - 20:38

After working a computer job on Wall Street for three years, Mason Wartman wanted to try something new. He opened Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Little did he know that his pizza shop would soon help feed local homeless people and receive global attention.

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Guerrilla Wayfinding Toolkit to Create More Walkable Cities

Shareable Magazine - March 30, 2015 - 20:15

Guerrilla urbanism empowers everyday people to change their surroundings for the better. One branch of the guerrilla urbanism tree -- guerrilla wayfinding -- consists of covertly putting up wayfinding signs directing people to parks, cultural hot spots, music venues, community gardens, shopping plazas, and other walkable destinations.

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6 Foraging Chicken Breeds for the Thrifty Farmer

Chris Martenson - March 30, 2015 - 12:29

These chicken breeds are excellent foragers, and when allowed to free-range, they'll do their part to supplement their diet—saving you money on feed.

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-foraging-chicken-breeds-for-thrifty-farmer.aspx

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Daily Digest 3/30 - AI In The Financial Markets, Bottling Water Without Scrutiny

Chris Martenson - March 30, 2015 - 07:51
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Financial Markets
  • China may invest $5.2bn in Russia’s first high speed railway
  • Budget 2015: Federal Government set to introduce tax on bank deposits, Labor accuses Tony Abbott of backflipping on election promise
  • SDR Fundamentals And Future Announcements
  • Bottling water without scrutiny
  • Texas Town First Of Many To Switch To 100% Renewable Power
  • Toyborg: Now Barbie talks back with Siri-like features
  • Genetically-modified mosquitoes might save thousands of human lives, but is the risk too high?

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Interviewed: Gustavo Soto Santiesteban on El Buen Vivir & the Commons

Shareable Magazine - March 30, 2015 - 06:20

Gustavo Soto Santiesteban is a writer, semiotician and consultant on indigenous rights at Bolivian universities. Article is cross-posted from The Wealth of the Commons. Photo credit: szeke.

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Steve Keen: The Deliberate Blindness Of Our Central Planners

Chris Martenson - March 29, 2015 - 09:20

The models we use for decision making determine the outcomes we experience. So, if our models are faulty or flawed, we make bad decisions and suffer bad outcomes.

Professor, author and deflationist Steve Keen joins us this week to discuss the broken models our central planners are using to chart the future of the world economy.

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Daily Digest 3/29 - Aussie Consumers Gloomy, Critical Atlantic Ocean Circulation Slowing

Chris Martenson - March 29, 2015 - 06:52
  • EUROPE: 19 economists call on the ECB to make ‘QE for the people’ in a letter to the Financial Times
  • Yellen Says Fed Will Increase Rates Slowly
  • Survival in Venezuela: The constant struggle of finding Food
  • Why so grumpy Australia? Consumers among Asia's gloomiest
  • Cinderella's new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin
  • Finally The "Very Serious People" Get It: QE Will "Permanently Impair Living Standards For Generations To Come"
  • Blackstone CEO Sees ‘Remarkable’ Opportunities in Slumping Oil
  • Critical ocean circulation in Atlantic appears to have slowed

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Daily Digest 3/28 - NY Fracking Ban Fuels Secession Talk, Filling Potholes With Flowers

Chris Martenson - March 28, 2015 - 07:43
  • As the Economy Awakens, Thoughts Turn to Dream Houses
  • List of Economic Overhauls Greece Must Flesh Out by Monday
  • With London's Affordability Crisis, a New Breed of Activism
  • Why putting off retirement savings until you make more money is a big mistake
  • Gold & Silver Stocks Will Rise Again
  • Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers
  • In New York state, fracking ban fuels secession talk
  • March heat shatters records in bone-dry Los Angeles

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Sharing Platform Share N Save Is Now Open Source

Shareable Magazine - March 28, 2015 - 07:21

Matt Scales and Sharon Ede went to Ouishare Fest in Paris last May to present Share N Save, an interactive map of sharing activities in Adelaide, South Australia (SA). While there, Scales, who is Manager for Media, Digital and Brand Delivery at Zero Waste SA, would try to sell or license the platform to other organizations.

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Versatackle Knot

Chris Martenson - March 27, 2015 - 13:21

Another interesting knot to learn and add to your knot making knowledge. 

http://www.onpointpreparedness.net/better-survival-knot-series-versatackle-knot/

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Daily Digest 3/27 - Metals Markets Set For Another Shock, Giving Up The Middle-Class Dream

Chris Martenson - March 27, 2015 - 08:19
  • These Nine People Gave Up the Middle-Class Dream. Was It Worth It?
  • China, Greece vow to advance pragmatic cooperation
  • Give'em the Old Razzle Dazzle
  • Peter Schiff Won't Back Down - 'The Dollar Is Going To Crash, Buy Gold'
  • Indonesia seeks major role in Chinese-led infrastructure bank
  • The Shut-In Economy
  • Metals Markets Set For Another Shock From This Key Producer
  • China fishing plan in Antarctica alarms scientists

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Off the Cuff: Pinball Markets

Chris Martenson - March 26, 2015 - 11:41

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

  • Pinball Markets
    • Volatility & unpredictability is on the rise
  • Lack Of Liquidity
    • Becoming a top market concern
  • Capital Flows
    • May keep US markets better than the rest, but not forever
  • Watch The Bond Markets
    • When they fail, it will be ugly

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Daily Digest 3/26 - Resilient Asset Allocation, Bejing To Shutter Major Coal Plants

Chris Martenson - March 26, 2015 - 08:31
  • Saudi Arabia Imposes Naval Blockade On Red Sea Strait, Deploys 150,000 Troops As Iran Condemns Military Action
  • Where Will the Graphite, Lithium and Cobalt for the Battery Revolution Come From?: Simon Moores
  • We Are All Trapped: Alasdair Macleod
  • Global Financial Markets Are More Distorted Than Ever Before
  • Slaves kept in locked cages catch seafood that ends up in global supply chain: ‘I want to go home. We all do'
  • Resilient Asset Allocation
  • Three Triggers That Will Send Oil Crashing Again 
  • Beijing to Shut All Major Coal Power Plants to Cut Pollution
  • Massive Antarctic glacier more vulnerable than previously thought

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10 Tips to Prepare for Spring Flooding

Chris Martenson - March 25, 2015 - 14:44

Great tips to keep you safe and secure when heavy spring rains start to come down and flooding can create emergency situations.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-10-tips-prepare-spring-flooding

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Daily Digest 3/25 - Funding Shortfalls Put Pensions in Peril, Spanish Youth Unemployment Triples

Chris Martenson - March 25, 2015 - 05:22
  • Funding Shortfalls Put Pensions in Peril
  • Pension Funds Seek Shelter From Dollar’s Rise
  • Phoenix, other Valley cities reel from pension spikes
  • Greece runs out of cash by April 20 without new aid: report
  • Unemployment rate amongst young Spaniards has tripled in seven years
  • Chicago Schools Selling First Bonds Since 2013 as Finances Teeter
  • ECB's balance sheet expands as stimulus plan gains momentum
  • ECB to Continue Buying Debt Until Inflation Stabilizes
  • China central bank lowers benchmark money rate
  • Hungary Central Bank Slashes Key Interest Rate For First Time Since July

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Daily Digest 3/24 - China Wants To Buy Europe, Why Greek Default Looms

Chris Martenson - March 24, 2015 - 08:27
  • Li vows reforms to help Yuan be World’s 5th Reserve Currency
  • China Wants to Buy Europe
  • ‘I Would Prefer Not To’: The Origins of the White Collar Worker
  • Why Greek default looms
  • Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school
  • The $6.8 Billion Great Wall Of Japan: Fukushima Cleanup Takes On Epic Proportion
  • UN warns world could have 40 percent water shortfall by 2030
  • New FEMA rules troubling for GOP governors who deny climate change

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