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Charles Eisenstein: Crafting A New Narrative

Chris Martenson - June 1, 2015 - 08:54

Much has been written here at PeakProsperity.com of late about the need for society to adopt a new narrative to live by. One deeply-ingrained with sustainability and stewardship -- else our current fixation with consumption and exploitation of nature's finite resources will meet a very predictable and unpleasant end.

So, for those that agree a new operating story is needed: Where do we start?

This week, author Charles Eisenstein joins Chris and Becca to discuss their upcoming participation in The New Story festival, a gathering specifically focused on sparking momentum behind this important movement. More details on the event, which takes place in Bethany CT on June 12-13th, can be found here.

Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with Charles Eisenstein and Becca Martenson (45m:51s)

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Daily Digest 6/1 - A Gold Rush In Texas, Can We Reboot Civilization Without Fossil Fuels?

Chris Martenson - June 1, 2015 - 07:36
  • Rise of the 'precariat,' the global scourge of precarious jobs
  • They used to play golf, now senior citizens are staging heists and robbing banks
  • A Gold Rush In Texas?
  • Twenty-Three Geniuses
  • Zombie Patriot Act Will Keep U.S. Spying—Even if the Original Dies
  • The Missing Statistics of Criminal Justice
  • Out Of The Ashes
  • This Week in Energy: Oil Glut Easing At A Snail’s Pace

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Daily Digest 5/31 - How to Prevent Another Devastating Flood, Putting Trucks On A Fuel Diet

Chris Martenson - May 31, 2015 - 07:27
  • This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill
  • China Says It Could Set Up Air Defense Zone in South China Sea
  • South China Sea dispute: Strong indication Australia will join push back on China's island-building
  • Why Is Obama Goading China?
  • I Am Not Saving Money By Growing Vegetables
  • Nashville Debates How to Prevent Another Devastating Flood
  • E.P.A. Proposal Will Put Bigger Trucks on a Fuel Diet
  • More Heavy Rain but No New Serious Flooding in Houston Area

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Daily Digest 5/30 - China's Rural Dumping Grounds, How Fake Money Saved Brazil

Chris Martenson - May 30, 2015 - 08:57
  • How Fake Money Saved Brazil
  • Currency Wars, Gold Pools, and Comex Potential Claims Per Deliverable Ounce
  • Biden says Europeans questioning Russia sanctions 'inappropriate, annoying' – Spiegel
  • Exclusive: U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed - sources
  • Obama: 'Handful of senators' standing in way of Patriot Act
  • A Choice for Recovering Addicts: Relapse or Homelessness
  • China's Rural Dumping Grounds
  • 4 more bodies found after Texas flooding

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Daily Digest 5/29 - How To Survive A Banking Crisis, The Importance Of Energy Costs To The Global Economy

Chris Martenson - May 29, 2015 - 07:24
  • Why I’m Looking Forward to the Next Big Crash
  • Why Energy Costs Are So Important To The Global Economy
  • How to Survive a Banking Crisis
  • The Rise of Social Liberalism and G.O.P. Resistance
  • How Silver Miners Should Help Solve Silver Price Manipulation
  • When Will Self-Driving Trucks Destroy America?
  • Driverless cars are going to make some people puke
  • Texas Storm Victims Start Cleaning Up, Even as Rain Still Falls

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Categories: Economics

In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril

Chris Martenson - May 29, 2015 - 07:09

As we've been discussing of late here at PeakProsperity.com, humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old one is increasingly dysfunctional and rather obviously headed for either a quite dismal or possibly disastrous future. One of the chief impediments to recognizing the dysfunction of the old story and adopting a new one is the most powerful of all human emotional states: Denial.

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Categories: Economics

Life Beyond The Tipping Point

Chris Martenson - May 29, 2015 - 07:08
Executive Summary
  • There is not nearly enough net energy to meet our growth expectations in our lifetime
  • We are past the "tipping point". A hard rendezvous with limits to growth will arrive in the next 2 decades
  • What you can do to avoid that pain that the majority undoutedly will face
  • Prepare for the current "mother of all bubbles" to burst soon

If you have not yet read, In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Energy Denial

It is said that you cannot explain water to a fish and I have nearly as difficult time trying to explain energy to people today. We are surrounded by it so completely it is difficult to properly appreciate.

But it is in every particle of food you eat, every piece of furniture in your house, every item you wear, and every trip you take -- are all 100% dependent on energy that came from somewhere and subsidizes every single item and action.

Fossil fuels are the vast majority of all the energy we use and, it cannot be repeated enough, they visibly and invisibly subsidize the so-called renewables, too. By that I mean solar and wind power cannot be generated until and unless the components are first manufactured and installed. And those activities are nearly 100% driven by fossil fuels today.

To grasp this more fully, watch this time-lapse video of a wind tower being installed and, while marveling at the ingenuity and speed of the team involved, think about where all of the components came from:


How were the cranes, bulldozers and trucks built? What fuels do they run on? How did all those workers get there? Who grew their food and how did they come to eat it? How are the roads they drove on built and maintained? How is concrete made and how did it all get to the job site? What do the factories and foundries run on that built the windmill? How far did each windmill component have to travel before arriving at the site?

The answer to all of those questions is...

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OuiShare Fest Finds Itself While Lost in Transition

Shareable Magazine - May 28, 2015 - 22:34

The third annual OuiShare Fest, hosted with the theme “Lost in Transition” in Paris’ charming Cabaret Sauvage, concluded last Friday. This unique gathering of sharing economy leaders from around the world found itself in at least two ways with their latest edition.

Categories: Economics

Off the Cuff: The Cost of Comfort

Chris Martenson - May 28, 2015 - 18:04

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

  • The Cost Of Comfort
    • We are ruining ourselves in the name of convenience
  • Prospering By Borrowing
    • Nearly all of our industries are unsustainable
  • Our 'Monocrop' Economy
    • It's single-track focus ignores the complexity of reality
  • Creating A New, Better Narrative
    • Join Chris, Becca & Charles Eisenstein

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Categories: Economics

OuiShare Fest Finds Itself in While Lost in Transition

Shareable Magazine - May 28, 2015 - 10:55

The third annual OuiShare Fest, hosted with the theme “Lost in Transition” in Paris’ charming Cabaret Sauvage, concluded last Friday. This unique gathering of sharing economy leaders from around the world it found itself in at least two ways with their latest edition.

Categories: Economics

Fund Your Community Project with the Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge

Shareable Magazine - May 28, 2015 - 08:18

Do you have an idea for improving your neighborhood and but need the money to fund it? The Center for a New American Dream may be able to help. Through the end of May, they’re accepting applications for their Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/28 - Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, A Very Bad Year For The Coal Industry

Chris Martenson - May 28, 2015 - 07:51
  • The myth of victory
  • Why Baltimore Blew Up
  • Australia dumbs down as government bets on baristas over brains
  • I Don't Want To Be Right
  • Cleveland, Justice Department announce police settlement
  • Extremophile bacteria could be key to solving nuclear problems
  • The Kill Switch
  • World has no choice but to decarbonize: U.N. climate chief
  • Why Venezuelans worry more about food than crime
  • James Turk: Silver in Backwardation- No One Wants the Counter-Party Risk
  • It's Been a Very Bad Year So Far for the U.S. Coal Industry
  • As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It
  • Why Aussies aren't buying plug-in cars
  • Inching Toward Sustainability
  • India heatwave kills 800 as capital's roads melt
  • Taxing organic products could solve California water problem, experts say
  • Drought turns Californians against water bottling companies
  • Bird flu egg-splained: The impact goes far beyond your breakfast table

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Categories: Economics

6 Ways to Use Garlic in the Garden

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2015 - 15:15

6 great ways to use garlic to ward off plant pests and disease in the garden.  It is also just great to eat!

http://commonsensehome.com/ways-to-use-garlic-in-the-garden/

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Categories: Economics

Managing Fire Blight

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2015 - 13:41

Fire blight is a devastating disease that predominately affects pears and apples, although pears are more susceptible. It is caused by a bacterium. It typically occurs in the early spring when temperatures are over 60 degrees, and the humidity levels are high with rain.

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Commons-based Coalition Wins Big in Barcelona Election

Shareable Magazine - May 27, 2015 - 08:53

Anti-eviction activist and Barcelona en Comú candidate Ada Colau will be the next mayor of Barcelona. (VozPopuli)

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Daily Digest 5/27 - Pensioners Threatened With Further Cuts, Venezuelans Stash Dollars

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2015 - 07:42
  • Pensioners threatened with further cuts
  • Japan Inc backs ’17 sales tax hike to fix debt woes
  • Italy central bank warns growth held back by credit crunch
  • Spain leader blames austerity, scandals for election result
  • Bolivar Plunges in Black Market as Venezuelans Stash Dollars
  • It’s Deja Vu for Bond Traders as Argentina CPI Is Deemed Unreal
  • IL Democrats proposing budget with $3 billion worth of debt
  • Portuguese public debt reaches 226.276 billion euros in first quarter
  • Puerto Rico Senate Passes Sales-Tax Bill With Amendments
  • BOJ Debt Purchases Can’t Offset Tumbling Demand at Bond Auctions
  • In Central Coast cattle region, drought continues to shrink the herds
  • Hungary Cuts Interest Rate to Record Low to Combat Deflation
  • Greece mulls bank ATM levy, tax to legalise undeclared income abroad

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Why Should You Eat Dandelion Greens?

Chris Martenson - May 26, 2015 - 14:46

A nutritious and often misunderstood plant that can be a welcome addition to your salad plate.  Instead of pulling weeds, pinch leaves and have a wonderful meal. 

http://livingawareness.com/eat-dandelion-greens/

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Categories: Economics

It’s Time to Stop Treating Our Soil Like Dirt

Chris Martenson - May 26, 2015 - 08:34

In the recent podcast with Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, the owners of Singing Frogs farm, they told a tale of success that begins and in many ways ends with their soil.

It's a model we need to pay close attention, to as I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of farming across the world right now is based on the practice of plowing up fields and is therefore based on the practice of slowly but surely ruining the very bottom of the food pyramid.

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The Power of Pattern Languages: a Q&A with Dave Pollard

Shareable Magazine - May 26, 2015 - 07:20

Photo: Gene Stull

The following is a conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used.

Why are most meetings, conferences and other deliberative processes so bad?

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Daily Digest 5/26 - HSBC Fears World Recession, America's Crumbling Infrastructure

Chris Martenson - May 26, 2015 - 06:30
  • 1000s form human chain outside Japan parliament over US military base
  • HSBC fears world recession with no lifeboats left
  • America's crumbling infrastructure
  • Project Exodus
  • Mass-market electric cars will go 200 miles, but are still a long way from being profitable
  • Why Tesla’s Battery’s Won’t Work For Rooftop Solar
  • More than 430 dead in India heatwave
  • Nigeria Fuel Shortages Ground Planes, Threaten MTN, Banks

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