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Off The Cuff: The Driverless Future

Chris Martenson - October 27, 2016 - 17:36

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

  • Meaningless Metrics
    • Offical data is so 'fuzzy' as to be useless now
  • AT&T/Time Warner merger & Snapchat IPO
    • Signs of excess seen at a bubble top
  • The Driverless Future
    • It's going to have a HUGE impact, especially on jobs
  • The Demographic Time Bomb
    • Pensions will start blowing up left & right

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Daily Digest 10/27 - Housing Bubble Fears Return, World Wildlife 'Falls By 58% in 40 Years'

Chris Martenson - October 27, 2016 - 07:10
  • Economic Breadth Is Significantly Deteriorating in the U.S. 
  • Housing bubble fears have returned
  • Executive Order -- Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events
  • Email Security: Be Smarter Than A Politician
  • USA Actually Bankrupt Now: Laurence Kotlikoff
  • The USA Is An Oligarchy, Study Concludes
  • Pre-crime returns to America with new Airbnb laws
  • Chinese Yuan And A Global Tipping Point
  • Is Nevada Sitting On One Of The Biggest Undiscovered Oil Fields?
  • The Big Oil Comeback
  • Caterpillar Stung by Global Economic Funk
  • World wildlife 'falls by 58% in 40 years'

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OuiShare Fest Toolkit: An Open Source Guide for Hosting Participatory Events

Shareable Magazine - October 26, 2016 - 07:21

For the past four years, OuiShare has hosted OuiShare Fest, an international conference to “explore the edges of collaborative economies and digital transformations.” Recently the organization released the OuiShare Fest Toolkit to help others organize participatory events.

The toolkit covers a variety of topics and related tools including budgeting, programming, event production, communications, and team organizing. 

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/26 - Bad Loan Charges To Hit Singapore Banks, Housing Bubble Different Than 2008 But Equally Scary

Chris Martenson - October 26, 2016 - 04:36
  • Bad Loan Charges to Hit Singapore's Three Biggest Banks
  • Weak South African Economy Muddies Budget as Downgrade Looms
  • Canada's Record Household Debt Is Threatening Its Financial Stability
  • As Europe and Asia hoard cash, economists see echoes of crisis
  • Ratings Inflation Is Back, Subprime Style
  • This Housing Bubble Is Different Than 2008, But Equally As Scary
  • Bank of Canada: rate cut would bring unconventional tools closer
  • BOJ official says new policy is not firm target for yields: Nikkei
  • Swiss cenbank could cut rates more if needed - SNB's Jordan
  • Saudi Bond Sale Spurs Gulf Borrowing to Record With More to Come
  • Austria’s 70-Year Debt Sale Expands Europe’s Ultra-Long Universe

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It’s Citizens Who Will Save Us From Citizens United

Constitutional amendment organizers are confident of an eventual victory. “The push toward justice has always started at the grassroots.”
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SHARECITY100: Exploring Food Sharing in 100 Cities

Shareable Magazine - October 25, 2016 - 07:06

SHARECITY100 is a database of more than 4000 food sharing enterprises across 100 cities around the world, including Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, and Europe. The first major output of SHARECITY, a five-year research project at Trinity College Dublin, SHARECITY100 was created to assess the practice and sustainability potential of information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled food sharing within cities.

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Daily Digest 10/25 - Ratings Inflation Is Back, Who Controls The Internet?

Chris Martenson - October 25, 2016 - 04:43
  • Ratings Inflation Is Back, Subprime Style
  • What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage
  • Who Controls The Internet? Ted Cruz's Fantasy vs. Reality
  • Obamacare premiums to increase 25 percent in 2017 – White House
  • How drugs intended for patients ended up in the hands of illegal users: ‘No one was doing their job’
  • How Virtual Reality Could Reshape The Energy Sector
  • Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’

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6 Podcasts for Inspirational Sharing Solutions On-The-Go

Shareable Magazine - October 24, 2016 - 16:17

Podcasts have created a broadcast audio renaissance. News and information that were once difficult, if not impossible, to find are now available to anyone with a smartphone. If you don't already listen to podcasts, join the growing legion of listeners who enjoy taking it all in while commuting, doing errands, or giving their eyes a rest from screens.

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Learnings From My Recent Trip To Hong Kong & China

Chris Martenson - October 24, 2016 - 13:57

On October 5th at 1:45 in the morning I got on a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong. 

If you recall, I'm participating in an Advisory Group for the United Nations. On this trip I also had a chance to deliver the Crash Course to an audience in Shenzhen. So we can now say The Crash Course has been heard on the Chinese mainland! 

It was one thing for me to read about China’s explosive growth and quite another to go there and see it and feel it for myself. It's real, and its scale is massive.

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Daily Digest 10/24 - Lessons Of The East Coast Cyberattack, Canadian Mining's Dark Heart

Chris Martenson - October 24, 2016 - 12:06
  • The Lessons of the East Coast Cyberattack
  • Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage
  • Bundesbank Confirms HFTs Reduce Liquidity, Contribute To Flash Crashes, Withdraw At Times Of "Market Stress"
  • The 2016 Election: Hold Your Nose and Vote
  • Canadian Mining's Dark Heart
  • How security flaws in voting machines could discredit election results
  • The $1.7 Trillion Oil Industry Isn’t Going Anywhere
  • Research Shows That Life on Alien Planets Could Survive Without a Sun

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Categories: Economics

The Case for “Disruptive Normality”

Shareable Magazine - October 24, 2016 - 11:18

The Duwamish Cohousing complex in West Seattle, Washington. Photo credit: Joe Mabel

In recent years, we’ve started to see cases of promising sharing and collaborative practices falling into the traps of neoliberal ways of thinking and doing: carpooling and time-banking ideas transforming into the likes of Uber and TaskRabbit, co-housing concepts producing closed and exclusive gated communities, and so on.

Categories: Economics

Public Food Forests on the Rise

Shareable Magazine - October 24, 2016 - 06:13

Article and images cross-posted from Made Local magazine. Story by Leilani Clark. Photos by Nat and Cody Photography.

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Gail Tverberg: Why There's No Economically Sustainable Price For Oil Anymore

Chris Martenson - October 23, 2016 - 09:33

Actuary Gail Tverberg returns to provide an update on where we are in the global energy story. Her outlook is not rosy: she doesn't not see a path for society to transition to an affordable, plentiful substitute to petroleum as a transportation fuel. The physics as well as the funding do not pencil out, at least with today's known technologies.

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Daily Digest 10/23 - The Veins Of America, Go Outside To Rescue Democracy

Chris Martenson - October 23, 2016 - 08:04
  • To Rescue Democracy, Go Outside
  • Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war
  • When The Safety Net Doesn't Catch You
  • Here comes the Royal Navy: World's most advanced destroyer HMS Duncan goes on the trail of Putin's ships ... as Russia says UK has overreacted to the fleet lurking off British coast
  • The Inversion Of Influence
  • How Kudzu, “The Vine that Ate the South,” Put Southern Agriculture on the Skids
  • The veins of America: Stunning map shows every river basin in the U.S.

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Daily Digest 10/22 - Ugly Year For Tech Layoffs, A Kink In The Hyperloop

Chris Martenson - October 22, 2016 - 07:07
  • Janet Yellen could be on the verge of starting a 'civil war' at the Fed
  • Analyst: Ugly Year for Tech Layoffs, and It’s Going to Get Worse
  • Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says U.S. has lost
  • A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices
  • Bernie Looks Ahead
  • A Kink In The Hyperloop
  • New Documentary “Peter And The Farm” Shows The Brutal Beauty of Farming 
  • Spoiler Alert: Hundreds of Stars Have “Strange, Alien Signals”

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Categories: Economics

VIDEO: Losses Hurt More Than Gains Help

Chris Martenson - October 21, 2016 - 16:23

As biological organisms, humans are motivated by pain and pleasure.

But interestingly, while we tend to think of these as equal motivators, they aren't. 

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Daily Digest 10/21 - Good News Friday: Gold’s Secular Bull Market Continues, The Virtue Of The Educated Voter

Chris Martenson - October 21, 2016 - 09:10
  • The Virtue Of An Educated Voter
  • Work Feels Better If You're Part Of A Team
  • How we reconstruct our evolutionary past
  • Gold’s Secular Bull Market Continues – 50 Amazing Charts
  • New Process Discovered to Convert CO2 to Ethanol
  • Finalists in the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
  • 8 Fall-Blooming Flowers Friendly to Bees, Birds, and Butterflies

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Between A Rock & A Hard Place

Chris Martenson - October 20, 2016 - 23:06

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

  • The Politics Of Paucity
    • Why our current leaders are singularly ill-equipped to deal with de-growth
  • Rate Hike/Fake Hike
    • Is future central bank tightening a fantasy story?
  • Destination Hyperinflation
    • It's the safest bet (in the long term)
  • Prospect Theory
    • The pain of losses outweighs the pleasure of gains

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Daily Digest 10/20 - Saudis And China Dump Treasuries, What Happens When The Electricity Goes Off?

Chris Martenson - October 20, 2016 - 05:47
  • Russia to respond to any new US sanctions with ‘painful’ measures – deputy FM
  • Saudis, China Dump Treasuries; Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $346 Billion In US Paper
  • The Warnings of a New World War
  • Yellen & Co.’s $13 Trillion Stimulus Boon Just Keeps Giving
  • Don't Overlook Russia
  • Silver, Debt, and Deficits – From an Election Year Perspective
  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?
  • Tesla, Apple and Uber Push Lithium Prices Even Higher
  • Tesla bans customers from using autonomous cars to earn money ride-sharing
  • Before You Head to the Polls, Find Out Where Congress Stands on Food Issues

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Two New Reports Confirm Social, Environmental Benefits of Carsharing

Shareable Magazine - October 20, 2016 - 02:43

Two new TSRC reports analyze survey data from Zipcar for Universities and car2go. (Christopher Schmidt / Flickr)

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