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Daily Digest 7/16 - Life Diversity Below 'Safe' Levels, Are You Ready For Housing Bubble 2.0?

Chris Martenson - July 16, 2016 - 07:51
  • Housing Bubble 2.0 - Are You Ready For This?
  • The Misconceptions And Pitfalls Of Options Trading
  • Jim Rickards & Max Keiser: Gold & World’s Debt Problems
  • Too Late For Gold?
  • 7 Economic And Monetary Charts That Make You Go Hmm
  • The Broad Market, Helicopters and Gold
  • The Glut Is Far From Over As Offshore Oil Storage Continues To Swell
  • Climate change department closed by Theresa May in 'plain stupid' and 'deeply worrying' move
  • The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels

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Introduction to Elderberries

Chris Martenson - July 15, 2016 - 16:52

I planted a couple of dozen elderberry trees two years ago. They’ve grown rapidly and produced tons of berries this summer. When I planted them, I read that they were a very good medicinal plant to have around and they were essentially maintenance and pest free. As a bonus they produce beautiful flowers and are beneficial to birds and pollinators.

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Daily Digest 7/15 - Good News Friday: Paying Farmers To Go Organic, Are Walkers Smarter Than Drivers?

Chris Martenson - July 15, 2016 - 08:18
  • Are Walkers Smarter Than Drivers?
  • NASA’s Solar System program is just about the greatest thing ever
  • Brexit Means You Might Be Able to Afford a Scottish Castle (or Two)
  • Sticking germy fingers in your mouth may give you the upper hand on health
  • Israel's Wildlife Hospital opens first-ever blood bank for birds
  • The EPA Once Said This Was The Dirtiest City In America. Now It’s One Of Our Greenest
  • Paying Farmers to Go Organic, Even Before the Crops Come In
  • Meet a Woman Who Keeps 500 Plants in Her Brooklyn Apartment

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Tell Us About the Revolution Where You Live

The 20th anniversary issue of YES! will show you, state by state, how change happens when communities work together. Tell us what’s happening where you live today.
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Daily Digest 7/14 - Shale Beats Deepwater, The Rise And Fall of the Petrodollar System

Chris Martenson - July 14, 2016 - 07:50
  • IntraGovernmental Holdings: What Are They, Where They Come From, & Is IG The New QE?
  • J.P. Morgan profit falls but beats estimates
  • The Most Dangerous Stock Market Game
  • End of an Era: The Rise and Fall of the Petrodollar system
  • In World Of $50 Oil, Shale Beats Deepwater
  • Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests
  • What phony op-eds about climate change have in common
  • Fossil Fuel Industry Risks Losing $33 Trillion to Climate Change

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New Report: Smartphone Apps May Change Transportation More Than Expected

Shareable Magazine - July 13, 2016 - 09:30

As you've probably noticed, smartphone apps are having a big impact on transportation. A new report, Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies, by the U.S. Department of Transportation and UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center provides a comprehensive overview of the growing number of apps influencing travel choices and is meant as a primer for policymakers.

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Germany Joins Europe's Bike Highway Revolution

Shareable Magazine - July 13, 2016 - 08:18

Photo courtesy of RS1.

Leave it to Germany to build a bicycle autobahn that connect 10 cities within its borders. The goal? To take some 50,000 vehicles off the actual highways and make commuting by bike a much easier -- and safer -- proposition.

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Daily Digest 7/13 - Italy To Face Two-Decade Recession, Social Security Insolvency Looms

Chris Martenson - July 13, 2016 - 07:19
  • Ground Zero of China’s Slowdown Leaves Locals Looking for Exit
  • Italy to face two-decade recession: IMF
  • Chicago’s total debt more than triples to over $24B in 2015
  • China’s Zombie Companies Stay Alive Despite Defaults
  • Debt to top World War II peak within 20 years
  • Bank of England's Carney hints again at more stimulus after Brexit
  • Japan’s Abe Tells Bernanke He Wants to Speed Up End of Deflation
  • Bernanke Says Bank of Japan Still has Tools for Further Easing
  • Spain and Portugal’s Budgets Found Wanting by EU Ministers
  • Social Security insolvency is now one year closer
  • Amid Brexit debacle, another EU crisis emerges: Southern Europe

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“Free” Trade? Fraud Alert

The deceptive branding behind corporatists’ preference for the term “free trade” over simply “trade.”
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On Our Way To Freedom Fest

Chris Martenson - July 12, 2016 - 17:18

For years now, a number of Peak Prosperity readers have been encouraging Chris and me to attend Freedom Fest, a conference billed as "The world's largest gathering of free minds". 

Every Spring, the calls and emails begin: Are you guys going to Freedom Fest this year?

They tell us this is consistently the most stimulating week of their entire year. And that, like at our annual seminars, the people you meet and relationships you make there are well worth the price of admission alone.

Well, this year we decided to take up the invitation.

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5 Common Items You Can Turn Into Cordage

Chris Martenson - July 12, 2016 - 14:06

Some interesting ideas for starting materials for crafting your own cordage and creating rope for projects or survival situations. 

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/5-common-items-you-can-turn-cordage

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Daily Digest 7/12 - The Case For Absolute Return, Oligarchs of the Treasure Islands

Chris Martenson - July 12, 2016 - 08:14
  • The Case for Absolute Return
  • Say Goodbye to the Fourth Amendment
  • David Cameron to Resign Wednesday, Theresa May to Be Next U.K. Prime Minister
  • Pokémon Go Is a Government Surveillance Psyop Conspiracy
  • Oligarchs of the Treasure Islands
  • Reduced Viability? Banks, Insurance Companies, and Low Interest Rates
  • Amid Grim Economic Forecasts, Cubans Fear a Return to Darker Times
  • Earth's Relentless Warming Just Hit a Terrible New Threshold

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New Guide Explores the Past and Bright Future of Coliving

Shareable Magazine - July 12, 2016 - 05:30

As coworking explodes in popularity, its parallel movement, co-living, is being touted as the next disruption of surplus space. At its essence, co-living offers shared living space and amenities, more housemates than the typical roommate situation, access to a network of properties, and flexible lease options that allow long and short-term residents to live side by side.

Categories: Economics

Strange Happenings in Japan

Chris Martenson - July 11, 2016 - 17:22

The whole world now waits to see which central bank is up next to do the heavy lifting for the next round of stock and bond propping.

And so Japan is now front and center on that stage again. Especially since Bernanke just traveled there to conclude a "secret" meeting with Prime Minister Abe and Bank of Japan head Kuroda.

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Daily Digest 7/11 - Banking Panic In Italy, The Dictator's (False) Dilemma

Chris Martenson - July 11, 2016 - 08:02
  • The Dictator's (False) Dilemma
  • Banking Panic in Italy
  • Artificial Intelligence Is Setting Up the Internet for a Huge Clash With Europe
  • Don’t Fall for the Jobs Data Deception 
  • Silver Prices - What Next?
  • Time To Adjust Your Wealth Plan 
  • Oakland: Police brutality protestors shut down I-880 overnight
  • Why farmland may become a more popular neighborhood amenity than a golf course

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Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green

Shareable Magazine - July 11, 2016 - 07:44

As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced materials, and open-source machines.

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Shareable’s Top 21 New Books for Summer

Shareable Magazine - July 11, 2016 - 07:42

A few times a year, we round up the top new books about cities, sharing, collaboration, social tech, movement trends and more. Here are 21 books worth checking out for Shareable summer reading.

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Daily Digest 7/10 - A Week Of Bloodshed In America, World Economy Going "Nowhere Fast"

Chris Martenson - July 10, 2016 - 08:05
  • Nowhere Fast: Drifting World Economy Skirts Worst But Still Lags
  • A Week Of Bloodshed In America
  • Oldest and Youngest May Determine Presidential Election
  • How George Soros Singlehandedly Created the European Refugee Crisis—and Why
  • After ‘Brexit’ Vote, Immigrants Feel a Town Turn Against Them
  • You Might Make More Money Not Taking That Unpaid Internship

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Daily Digest 7/9 - A Story Of Debt, Is America Falling Apart or Finally Waking Up?

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2016 - 08:40
  • Crazy - A Story of Debt, by Grant Williams
  • Dallas Quiet After Police Shooting, but Protests Flare Elsewhere
  • Is America Falling Apart or Finally Waking Up?
  • Navigating the Dangers of a Corrupt Wall Street
  • Zika-Infected Person Dies in Utah
  • New Challengers for Lithium-Ion Batteries About To Enter The Market
  • Where will the green slime go? Florida tracks its spreading algae
  • New research explains why Antarctic sea ice has grown

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The Great Market Tide Has Now Shifted To Risk-Off Assets

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2016 - 12:03

In the conventional investment perspective, risk-on assets (i.e. investments with higher risks and higher potential returns) such as stocks are on a see-saw with risk-off assets (investments with lower returns and lower risk, such as Treasury bonds). When risk appetites are high, institutional managers and speculators move money into stocks and high-yield junk bonds, and move money out of safe-haven assets such as gold and U.S. Treasuries.

But recently, markets are no longer following this convention. Safe haven assets such as precious metals and Treasuries are soaring at the same time that stock markets bounced strongly off the post-Brexit lows.

Risk-on assets (stocks) rising at the same time as safe-haven assets is akin to dogs marrying cats and living happily ever after. 

What the heck is going on?

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