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Daily Digest 3/2 - A Week On My Bike, How Much More Economic Pain Can Vladimir Putin Take?

Chris Martenson - March 2, 2015 - 08:27
  • Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic
  • Austerity Kills: Economic Distress Seen as Culprit in Sharp Rise in Suicide Rate Among Middle Aged
  • Nearly Halted in Sierra Leone, Ebola Makes Comeback by Sea
  • How Much More Economic Pain Can Vladimir Putin Take?
  • Can We Fix Climate Change With Technology?
  • A Week On My Bike
  • Icy Stillness and Muted Fishing in a New England Port
  • Extreme weather events in our future climate

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Categories: Economics

Building Co-operative Power: A Book Review

Shareable Magazine - March 2, 2015 - 07:38

Editor's note: J Rainsnow is a novelist. His unusual review of Bulding Co-operative Power: Stories and Strategies from Worker Co-Operatives in the Connecticut River Valley comes from an artist’s perspective, outside of that of most co-operators, organizers, and activists. His view is large and his grasp of details surprisingly rich.

Categories: Economics

Turn Me ON Shines an Artistic Light on the Power of Community

Shareable Magazine - March 1, 2015 - 14:19

Turn Me ON is an interactive urban installation by Happy City Lab in collaboration with Federal studio and Studio Corium. (Sébastien Puiatti via Happy City Lab)

Categories: Economics

Grant Williams: Why The Smart Money Is So Nervous Now

Chris Martenson - February 28, 2015 - 09:50

More and more, those who have made long, successful careers in money management are realizing that the system has morphed into a strange beast they no longer recognize, nor trust.

Fear of epic, perhaps historic, dislocations in price when the current market reverses is causing more and more of the "smart money" to sell out now and seek safe harbor.

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Daily Digest 2/28 - Net Neutrality Passes In Landmark FCC Decision, China Cuts Rates Again

Chris Martenson - February 28, 2015 - 08:28
  • Net neutrality passes in landmark FCC decision
  • Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work
  • China's Central Bank Cuts Rates Again to Boost Economy
  • A Farewell To Mallrats
  • U.S. Cuts Off Student-Loan Collectors for Misleading Debtors
  • Big Beef
  • Peak What?
  • It's National CSA Sign Up Day!

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Categories: Economics

Edible Wild Plants

Chris Martenson - February 27, 2015 - 15:01

A great infographic on the various plants one can find in the wilderness to survive on and consume in emergency situations.

http://www.survival-spot.com/survival-blog/eat-wilderness-survival-guide/

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Categories: Economics

Young Entrepreneur Promotes Gifting to Heal His Cancer and Society

Shareable Magazine - February 27, 2015 - 12:10

Shareable has published many stories about the gift economy and living without money. While they're often inspiring and popular, they often bring up fear of survival. People ask, “Is this really possible for ME?” or “Will I become homeless or sick and die from poverty?” Personally, I've questioned whether living in the gift economy is realistic only for privileged, healthy people.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/27 - U.S. Economic Growth Revised Downward, Living Off The Grid In Canada

Chris Martenson - February 27, 2015 - 09:17
  • Germany's politicians at odds over vote on Greece bailout extension
  • Guillermo Barba: Gold & Silver in South America, Backwardation and Currency Wars
  • Talking to Millennial Homeowners Who Just Bought Their First Home
  • U.S. Economic Growth at Year’s End Revised Downward
  • Future batteries need to triple capacity, cut price by 67
  • Chevron to divest Romania shale licences, quit Europe exploration
  • How Much Crude Oil Do You Consume On A Daily Basis?
  • Mini-Documentary about Canadian Island that is Entirely Off the Grid 

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Daily Digest 2/26 - Edible Coffee Cups To Debut In U.K., Nigeria’s Future Depends On Electricity

Chris Martenson - February 26, 2015 - 08:49
  • Ex-Plunge Protection Team Whistleblower: "Governments Control Markets; There Is No Price Discovery Anymore" 
  • Janet Yellen Is Freaking Out About "Audit The Fed" - Here Are 100 Reasons Why She SHould Be
  • How Mice Turned Their Private Paradise Into A Terrifying Dystopia
  • Terror in the Middle East: Scarcity, Poverty and Cultural Change
  • Having and Fighting Ebola — Public Health Lessons from a Clinician Turned Patient
  • Empire: The Unintended Consequences Of Colonialism
  • Shale Gas Project Encounters Determined Foes Deep in Algerian Sahara
  • Nigeria’s Future Depends On Electricity
  • Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities
  • The Fantastic Transformation of Subway Cars into Artificial Reefs
  • KFC Plans to Roll Out Edible Coffee Cups in the U.K.

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8 Ways to Use Chickens in the Garden

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 16:49

If you are contemplating the idea of getting started with backyard chickens, here are a number of great ways chicken can help in your garden and build better soil.

www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/02/chickens-in-the-garden.html

Also check out the Backyard Chicken Group for other ideas and interesting conversations.

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Daily Digest 2/25 - Fed Is in No Hurry to Raise Rates, Deflation Threat Grows In Europe

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 08:29
  • Illinois Comptroller Meets with Stateline Leaders
  • Chicago's Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election
  • U.K. North Sea Spending Cut in Half, Deterred by Oil Price, Tax
  • Venezuela Still Seen Defaulting in 2015 by Deutsche Bank
  • Junk Bond Investors Appeal to Banks in Europe on Safeguards
  • Ukraine tightens capital controls as hryvnia slump boosts risks
  • Kentucky House approves plan to borrow $3.3 billion to shore up teachers' pension system
  • Deflation Threat Grows in Europe
  • Japan 40-year bond auction produces highest yield of 1.55 percent
  • Israel becomes 20th central bank to cut rates this year
  • Why There Are No Winners in the Global Currency War
  • Janet Yellen Says Fed Is in No Hurry to Raise Rates

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Categories: Economics

Time To Toss The Playbook

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 07:07

Just when you thought the world could not spin much faster, global monetary events in 2015 have picked up speed. 

Buckle up.

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Categories: Economics

Investing In The Age Of Anomalies

Chris Martenson - February 25, 2015 - 07:06
Executive Summary
  • Will global capital continue to push US stocks higher, despite their stretched valuations?
  • Global capital is becoming more cautious
  • S&P outperforming as capital seeks the safety of "blue chip" companies
  • Investing in the age of anomalies

If you have not yet read Part 1: Time To Toss The Playbook available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

This leads us to equities and, again, this very important concept of being flexible in thinking and behavior. Historically, valuation metrics have been very important in stock investing. Not just levels of earnings and cash flow growth, but the “multiple” of earnings and cash flow growth investors have been willing to pay to own individual stocks. This has been expressed in valuation metrics such as price-to-earnings, price relative to book value, cash flow, etc. To the point, in the current market environment, common stock valuation metrics are stretched relative to historical context.

In the past we have looked at indicators like total stock market capitalization relative to GDP. The market capitalization of a stock is nothing more than its shares outstanding multiplied by its current price. The indicator essentially shows us the value of stock market assets relative to the real economy. Warren Buffet has called this his favorite stock market indicator.

The message is clear. By this valuation metric, only the...

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Categories: Economics

Amsterdam is Now Europe's First Named "Sharing City"

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 14:59

The Dutch capital launched Amsterdam Sharing City on February 2. (amira_a/Flickr)

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Hampshire College Launches LEEP Program to Advance the Common Good

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 11:57

The results of a workshop held at the launch of Hampshire College's LEEP program. Credit: Hampshire College

In a world of worsening social inequality, climate change, and other urgent challenges, how can higher education play a more active, constructive role? A small liberal arts college known for its innovative approaches to undergraduate education aims to find out.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/24 - Eurozone Approves Greece Bailout Plan, A Student Debt Revolt Begins

Chris Martenson - February 24, 2015 - 08:51
  • Eurozone Approves Greece Bailout Overhaul Plan
  • More New Jobs Are in City Centers, While Employment Growth Shrinks in the Suburbs
  • A Student Debt Revolt Begins
  • Obama Seeks New Protections for Retirement Savings in Speech to AARP
  • Could This Be Saudi Arabia’s Best Kept Secret?
  • No 'drama or fanfare' for Keystone veto, WH says
  • Oil: Shocking how vital it still is
  • Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

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Categories: Economics

Compare and Share: The One-Stop Sharing Marketplace

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 07:55

 The People Who Share, a UK organization working to mainstream sharing, recently launched a new sharing marketplace called Compare and Share. Being touted as the world’s one-stop shop for the sharing economy, their vision is to be the go-to marketplace to share everything from sporting goods and tools, to rides, cars and houses.

Categories: Economics

New Report Explores The Commons as a Paradigm to Align Movements

Shareable Magazine - February 24, 2015 - 07:34

The proliferation of activist initiatives calling for systemic change around the world has never been more impressive. Yet collaborations among like-minded organizations, projects and movements have been disappointingly modest. As neoliberal economics and policies tighten their grip on American society—notwithstanding the dismal misbehavior of financial institutions, corporations and the two political parties—can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together?

Categories: Economics

First The Fall...

Chris Martenson - February 23, 2015 - 22:41

One of the models of the future that I favor is the Ka-Poom theory put out by Erik Jansen of iTulip.com back in 1999.

Basically it states that the end of a bubble era begins with a sharp deflationary event (the ‘Ka’ part of the title), but ends in a highly inflationary blow-off, (the ‘Poom’).

It’s a one-two punch. Down then up.

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Going Down...

Chris Martenson - February 23, 2015 - 22:41

One of the models of the future that I favor is the Ka-Poom theory put out by Erik Jansen of iTulip.com back in 1999.

Basically it states that the end of a bubble era begins with a sharp deflationary event (the ‘Ka’ part of the title), but ends in a highly inflationary blow-off, (the ‘Poom’).

It’s a one-two punch. Down then up.

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Categories: Economics