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Daily Digest 3/13 - U.S. Oil Glut May Cut Prices, Why Do American Students Have So Little Power?

Chris Martenson - March 13, 2015 - 07:38
  • China’s Growing Middle Class Chafes Against Red Tape
  • Democratic Senator: Obama Administration Is Failing On Domestic Spying
  • Ici Londres: How the Euro killed democracy
  • Why Do American Students Have So Little Power?
  • Chaos in Congress is about to get a lot crazier
  • Record U.S. Oil Glut May Fill Storage, Cut Prices
  • Big Changes Needed For Big Oil To Survive
  • Starving Sea Lions Washing Ashore by the Hundreds in California

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Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya

The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.
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Special Report: Is It Time To Prepare For War?

Chris Martenson - March 12, 2015 - 12:36

This report was initially released to PeakProsperity.com's paid subscribers earlier this week. Given the significance of the subject matter and the number of request from our enrolled members to share it more widely, we're making it available to all readers here.

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How To Prepare For War

Chris Martenson - March 12, 2015 - 12:35
Executive Summary
  • There's much you can do to reduce your risk in advance of the arrival of a:
    • Trade war
    • Energy war
    • Financial war
    • Cyber war
    • Grid-down sabotage
    • Shooting war
    • Nuclear war
  • The steps you should prioritze the most right now

If you have not yet read Part 1: Is It Time To Prepare For War? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

As a preamble, I need to note that I do not enjoy or derive any satisfaction from writing about or spending time on figuring out how to dodge the worst impacts of human behavior.  War sits right at the top of my ‘This is stupid’  list, as war represents the idea that all other attempts at being smart or diplomatic have already failed.  I'm sorry that I have to spend time writing this report, and I am sorry that you have to spend time considering it.  With that said, I feel I have no choice, and somebody has to take on this task.  With a heavy heart…

If the West (meaning the US and Europe) decides to further goad Russia, war may be inevitable. Sooner or later, Russia will have to switch from 'response' mode to 'reaction' mode.  I’ve previous detailed the reasons for this in previous reports here, here and here.

As (sadly) expected, things have only escalated over the past year, not de-escalated. The West has a serious bone to pick with Russia, yet nobody can really explain what it is or why the conflict exists. (As an aside, I think it’s just bruised neo-con egos over Syria, but it really doesn’t matter what the explanation is at this point.) So, here we are in la-la land.

The consequences of an escalated conflict between Russia and the US/West could range from a very minor skirmish fought over some relatively meaningless items of trade, to an attack on financial markets, all the way to an all-out nuclear exchange.

The question becomes: What, if anything, can we do to prepare?

Lots, as it turns out.

No matter where...

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Daily Digest 3/12 - From Yellen Put To Yellen Massacre, Turning Data Into Powerful Visualizations of Detroit

Chris Martenson - March 12, 2015 - 08:07
  • It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin
  • The blistering pace of dollar’s rally is rattling markets
  • Maguire says HSBC will close London vaults; Celente asks where GLD metal goes
  • Alasdair Macleod – The New London Gold Fix – HSBC Gold Vaults – RMB New Choice
  • David Morgan: Latest on Silver & Why ‘We’re Living in a Rigged Game’
  • Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - The Gathering Storm
  • From Yellen Put To Yellen Massacre
  • Turning Data Into Powerful Visualizations of Detroit
  • Nicaragua On Course To Become Renewable Powerhouse
  • Energy Efficiency of different modes of transportation

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Using Cattails

Chris Martenson - March 11, 2015 - 11:00

Learn about using cattails as a survival food or a supplement to your everyday food supply.

http://www.eattheweeds.com/cattails-a-survival-dinner/

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Daily Digest 3/11 - A Student Loan Bill Of Rights, America's Skyrocketing Credit Card Debt

Chris Martenson - March 11, 2015 - 08:10
  • Obama to propose student loan bill of rights
  • UC tuition-hike reversal not on regents’ agenda
  • America's skyrocketing credit card debt
  • Recession’s Impact Lingers for Many States
  • China shifts stimulus focus from monetary to fiscal policy
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers get warned on Scranton's pension debt
  • Central Banks Said to Buy Bund Notes With Negative Yield
  • German, Italian, Spanish bond yields slump
  • EU gives France third extension to cut its budget deficit
  • Draghi-Backed Report Says Sovereign Debt No More a Risk-Free Bet

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Daily Digest 3/10 - Russia's Endgame In Ukraine, Capital Controls Coming To U.S.

Chris Martenson - March 10, 2015 - 07:24
  • Europe is being torn apart – but the torture will be slow
  • U.S. declares Venezuela a national security threat, sanctions top officials
  • Prepare Now for Capital Controls Coming to the U.S. 
  • More And More Americans Look To Protect Their Wealth Offshore
  • Russia's Endgame In Ukraine
  • More Good News on the Deficit, This Time Because of Private Insurance Health Premiums
  • How Debt Has Caught Up With U.S. Shale
  • Mass Government Surveillance Is No Joke

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How to Design a Shared Backyard

Shareable Magazine - March 10, 2015 - 06:30

Article and images cross-posted from Modern Farmer. Written by Virginia C. McGuire. Photography by Wendy Hitch.

When you live in the city or the suburbs, it can be hard to fit everything you want into a small or mid-sized yard. Perhaps you want a large vegetable garden and even a couple of fruit trees. You’d love to have chickens, and the patio has to be big enough for your friends to comfortably sit around the fire pit.

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The Trickle Down Economics of Credit Unions

Shareable Magazine - March 10, 2015 - 06:27

Photo credit: LendingMemo / Foter / CC BY.

As the U.S. continues to recover from the financial crisis started over seven years ago, the prospect of "too big to fail" banks still lingers because no real reforms have been made in the financial sector. 

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Is It Time To Prepare For War?

Chris Martenson - March 9, 2015 - 21:48

I am seriously entertaining preparing for war, and as I’ve written before, the nature of this next war could involve everything from trade battles, to cyber attacks, to financial system assaults,  a downing of the US electrical grid, to an actual shooting war  -- perhaps one that escalates to a nuclear exchange.

When things are this obviously crazy, anything is possible.

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Growing Nitrogen Fixing Plants

Chris Martenson - March 9, 2015 - 12:38

For those of you into permaculture, you know the importance of nitrogen fixing plants. These plants, especially when pruned release nitrogen into the soil, helping to boost fertility to the plants nearby. By practicing chop and drop when moisture exceeds evaporation, you can supercharge the establishment of a food forest, or a timber forest. These plants can also be great companions in a garden or orchard. Be careful in the garden, as some nitrogen fixers can be invasive.

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Shop the “Clean Fifteen”

Chris Martenson - March 9, 2015 - 11:06

Here is a list of the conventionally grown produce deemed by the Environmental Working Group as the “Clean Fifteen” for 2015.  Learn which foods can be purchased to reduce your pesticide exposure and save some money in the process as well.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/want-avoid-toxins-your-food-shop-clean-fifteen.html

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The Top 6 Wins for the Save Seed Sharing Campaign

Shareable Magazine - March 9, 2015 - 07:36

In January, Shareable, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), and the Richmond Grows Seed Library launched the U.S.-based Save Seed Sharing campaign. A response to legal crackdowns on seed libraries, the campaign was created to raise awareness about seed sharing and protect seed libraries through new regulation.

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Daily Digest 3/9 - The Robots Are Coming, A New Life for Dead Malls

Chris Martenson - March 9, 2015 - 07:35
  • The Robots Are Coming
  • What It's Like To Have A Robot For A Teacher
  • G.O.P. Is Divided as Budget Bills Start Piling Up
  • A New Life for Dead Malls
  • Solar-Powered Plane Takes Off for Round-The-World Flight Attempt
  • A New Season Brings Big Changes In Energy
  • Too warm for dogs in Anchorage
  • In Florida, officials ban term 'climate change'

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Two Victories for the Commons at FCC

Shareable Magazine - March 9, 2015 - 06:44

Photo credit: Joseph Gruber. Article cross-posted from On the Commons. Written by David Morris.

On February 28, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued two decisions. One concerned net neutrality, the other municipal broadband. The first garnered by far the most attention, as it should. Net neutrality affects everyone and the FCC ruling establishes a fundamental new principle for Internet access.

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Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea

We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
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Daily Digest 3/8 - Moving Away From Coal, CA Farmers Resign To Drought

Chris Martenson - March 8, 2015 - 12:12
  • You have the right to bear arms, not “electrical” arms, court declares
  • Greece Proposes Using Tourists as Tax Spies to Fill Shortfall
  • Foreign Workers Missing After Militants Attack Libyan Oil Field 
  • Rio Tinto’s restructuring signals global industry move away from coal
  • California farmers resign themselves to drought: 'Nobody's fault but God's'

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Commissioner Bart Chilton: Price Discovery In The Commodities Markets

Chris Martenson - March 7, 2015 - 13:54

In theory, regulation is supposed to set and enforce the rules of the game that market participants play by, in order to ensure that price discovery remains efficient, effective -- and most important -- fair.

In practice, there's plenty of debate to be had on how successful our regulators are in effecting their mission. And one investment class in particular, commodities, frequently comes under criticism for questionable price action.

So, this week we talk with Bart Chilton, former Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), about price discovery within the commodity markets, and whether investors can have confidence in the "fairness" of the current system.

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Daily Digest 3/7 - Blending Robotics With Rutabagas, Why Aren't Wages Rising More?

Chris Martenson - March 7, 2015 - 09:13
  • Europe reverses course on net neutrality legislation
  • C.I.A. to Be Overhauled to Fight Modern Threats
  • Week of Milestones for U.S. Stocks Spoiled by Fed Rate Anxiety
  • Job Growth Was Fantastic Last Month. So Why Aren’t Wages Rising More?
  • Get Them On The Blower: London's Lost Pneumatic Messaging Tubes
  • Colorado land impact of oil and gas boom: scars spread and stay
  • Keurig creator says he 'regrets' his invention due to the environmental waste it generates
  • FarmDogg blends robotics with rutabagas

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