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Daily Digest 2/12 - Good News Friday: Gold Outlook Improves, The Amazing Power Of Mushrooms

Chris Martenson - 11 hours 24 min ago
  • Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program
  • Viewpoint: The First Sounds of Merging Black Holes
  • Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them
  • The Dutch Are Opening a Poop Bank to Help Fight a Painful Disease
  • Gold outlook improves
  • Kanye West is the new gold, or why you should invest in his sneakers
  • The Book Radical Mycology Showcases the Amazing Power of Mushrooms
  • Ostrich … It’s What’s for Dinner

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Categories: Economics

ALERT: Markets In Breakdown

Chris Martenson - February 11, 2016 - 09:47

This is a formal ALERT.

We issue those very sparingly here at Peak Prosperity. We only issue them when world events have gotten to the point that we are personally taking new actions to shore up our preparations.

2016 is fast proving that the tranquility the world has enjoyed from 2010 up to now has been false; that the problems we face were merely temporarily papered-over by central planners, not resolved. That tranquility is now over. Prepare for more turbulent times.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/11 - The Big Picture of Problems and Solutions, Could Gas Drop Below $1/Gallon?

Chris Martenson - February 11, 2016 - 07:49
  • Clueless Fed?
  • S&P 500 ends flat; Fed sees risks but unlikely to reverse course
  • Carlyle unveils $200 million share buyback, earnings miss forecast
  • Ya Gotta Have A Plan
  • Global Economic And Banking Collapse On Deck
  • With A Gloomy Start To 2016, A Bust Seems Just Around The Corner
  • The Physics of Energy and the Economy
  • House bill would kill state, local bills that aim to weaken smartphone crypto
  • As Donald Trump Wins, Mainstream G.O.P. Is Left to Muddle On
  • Could Gasoline Drop Below $1 Per Gallon?
  • Geoff Lawton on the Big Picture of Problems and Solutions
  • Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Flint

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Categories: Economics

#1 Tips For Building Log Homes

Chris Martenson - February 10, 2016 - 12:45

Ever dreamed of building a sustainable and beautiful log home?   Want to have a small cabin in an off-grid homestead?  Below are the #1 tips and pieces of advice from 21 log cabin owners, builders and manufacturers for making your log cabin project a success! We really hope you find useful insights and knowledge to use and apply when building your log cabin home.

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Categories: Economics

Unpacking Beehives After Winter

Chris Martenson - February 10, 2016 - 10:46

With Spring approaching, it is time to start planning your next steps in hive care and maintenance.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/beekeeping/bees-in-winter-ze0z1601zbay.aspx

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Categories: Economics

Complete Tax and Finance Guide to Ridesharing

Shareable Magazine - February 10, 2016 - 08:31

Photo credit: Alan Cleaver via Foter.com / CC BY.

Categories: Economics

The City As a Commons: From Flint to Italy

Shareable Magazine - February 10, 2016 - 08:31

Photo credit: Michigan Municipal League via Foter.com. Article cross-posted from Blue Mountain Center.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/10 - Venezuela Faces Debt Test, Bad Loan Clean-Up Takes Toll On Earnings

Chris Martenson - February 10, 2016 - 07:38
  • Bad loan clean-up takes toll on state banks' earnings 
  • Investors flock to CDS amid fear over banks’ bonds
  • Venezuela Faces Test on Debt
  • Time is running out for these 29 companies
  • Fitch Sees High Default Probability for 10 Latin America Issuers
  • Financial Credit Risk in Europe Increases to Highest Since 2013
  • Moscow shared MH17 radar images, Dutch probe ignored evidence, Russia tells victims’ relatives 
  • The Next Slick Patch In Front Of The Market: A Stampede Out Of ETFs
  • Iran Signs Oil Deal With Total, Deal Done In Euros
  • Not-so-secret atomic tests: Why the photographic film industry knew what the American public didn’t
  • Rising CO2 in the ocean will make fish ‘intoxicated,’ scientists predict

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Categories: Economics

Love Shareable? Join Our Team

Shareable Magazine - February 9, 2016 - 14:20

We're excited to announce three open positions at Shareable! We're looking for an operations manager, a campaign organizer, and a development manager to join our small but mighty (and fun) team.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/9 - 2007 All Over Again, The Numbers Behind The Global Food Waste Problem

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2016 - 07:54
  • 2007 All Over Again, Part 3: Banks Starting To Implode
  • After 1,428 years here’s what brought down the world’s oldest business
  • What happens to a tiny town when Walmart disappears?
  • Senate ethics panel has issued no punishments in 9 years
  • How Chicago's 'Fraternal Order of Propaganda' shapes the story of fatal police shootings
  • Oil Off To Bad Start Of The Week As Dollar Gains Strength
  • A Bullish Gold Price Forecast For The Coming 6 Months 
  • Oil industry woes grow as storage levels hit ‘critical level'
  • Global Food Waste: The Numbers Behind The Problem

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Categories: Economics

What We Know About Worker Co-ops

Shareable Magazine - February 9, 2016 - 07:37

Photo courtesy of Co-operatives UK: Debbie Harley, a worker and director of Delta-T Devices, a thriving environmental science instruments worker co-operative, checks in on an installation.

Worker co-operatives tend to be smaller than conventional businesses and struggle to find investment, right? Well, not necessarily, according to new research into worker co-ops.

Categories: Economics

The Return Of Crisis

Chris Martenson - February 8, 2016 - 20:28

Financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic and either retreating or plunging.  Our view is that there’s a gigantic market crash in our future and it’s possible that this has started now.

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Categories: Economics

The Breakdown Has Begun

Chris Martenson - February 8, 2016 - 20:26
Executive Summary
  • Oil patch defaults will be the trigger that burns down the markets
  • Defaults will ripple widely across many industries and sectors
  • The banks are suddenly turning on their central bank brethren
  • How to protect yourself from the coming era of wealth destruction

If you have not yet read The Return Of Crisis, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Oil Troubles

The financial sector may be suffering through a bad time, but the oil sector is experiencing something far worse. While overall demand for petroleum is flat or down nearly everywhere, every producer is pumping like mad either to achieve a geopolitical agenda (as with Saudi Arabia and Russia) or to simply survive.

This chart of the price of WTIC oil also sports a pretty convincing head and shoulders formation, a common warning of “lower prices dead ahead”:

It looks like the $30 mark is the area to keep a close eye on, as that represents one possible ‘neckline’ to the H&S formation drawn above.  If that fails, look out below. Expect that area to be defended pretty vigorously by those institutions long oil.

I'm anticipating quite a skirmish over the $30 mark. But ultimately, I believe oil prices have further to fall. I think this because the economic news is dismal – no growth, only contraction right now and that’s going to hit demand – and also because the US has too much of the stuff to store. And because the next...

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/8 - Hyperinflation In Venezuela, Rip-Off By The Federal Reserve

Chris Martenson - February 8, 2016 - 08:01
  • Living Out of a Van Is the New American Dream
  • Venezuela Orders Bank Notes by Planeloads
  • Rip-Off By The Federal Reserve
  • Paul Craig Roberts: There Is No Freedom Without Truth
  • French police 'abuse' Muslims under emergency laws
  • Above The Fold
  • Exclusive: Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales - source
  • Will climate change move agriculture indoors? And will that be a good thing?

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Categories: Economics

Edinburgh Tool Library: Creativity, Community, and Cutting Resource Use

Shareable Magazine - February 8, 2016 - 07:37

Article and images cross-posted from Make Resources Count. Written by Paul Hallows

The average power drill is used for just 13 minutes in its lifetime. We clearly don’t all need to own one, and they’re often too pricey for many people to buy them in the first place -- meaning a whole lot of untapped creativity and a huge amount of wasted money. And it’s not just drills which are expensively gathering dust in cupboards.

Categories: Economics

Real Economy Lab Continues Mapping the Next Economy Ecosystem

Shareable Magazine - February 8, 2016 - 07:36

The Real Economy Lab (REL) has taken up the task of mapping the ecosystem of the next economy. Their goal is better collaboration between the stakeholders within this emerging ecosystem. In the first round, some 50 organizations completed a survey with all data flowing into the current beta-map

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/7 - Weak Jobs Report Not Weak Enough For Stocks, Why Are Americans So Angry?

Chris Martenson - February 7, 2016 - 08:29
  • A Key Technical Indicator Just Rang The Bell On The Cyclical Bull Market
  • 22 Signs That The Global Economic Turmoil We Have Seen So Far In 2016 Is Just The Beginning
  • Schiff: Weak Jobs Report Not Weak Enough For Stocks
  • As Flint Fought to Be Heard, Virginia Tech Team Sounded Alarm
  • Why are Americans so angry?
  • Insiders: Bernie scored in debate with Wall Street slams
  • Whatever Happened To Peak Oil?
  • Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

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Categories: Economics

Sandra Postel: Repairing The Water Cycle

Chris Martenson - February 6, 2016 - 17:13

El Niño has been dropping much-needed rain this winter on a parched American West. But it's making little difference to the greater water scarcity issues the US as well as the rest of the world is increasingly facing.

Here to talk about the state of the world situation for fresh water -- arguably the single most important resource to humans on the planet, next to oxygen -- is Sandra Postel, Director of the Global Water Policy Project, author, lecturer, and former National Geographic Fellow. The punch-line to her message: as more and more demands are placed on our finite freshwater supply by human consumption and climate change, intelligent conservation is now an absolute must.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 2/6 - Gold For A Finite World, The Bear Mauls The Banks

Chris Martenson - February 6, 2016 - 06:48
  • ‘Big Short’ Guy Says China’s Banking System Is Near Implosion
  • Kiev estimates loss from trade war with Moscow at $1.1bn a year
  • Study: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Cost US a Half Million Jobs, Drag Down GDP
  • Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Tom Donohue: Clinton Will Support TPP After Election
  • Steve Forbes Speaks Out on the Presidential Race, Fed Recklessness, and Gold
  • Surely Hillary Clinton Knows Why Wall Street Pays Her
  • The Bear Mauls The Banks—Stock Index Down 27% From 2015 High
  • Indonesia's growth in 2015 slows for fifth consecutive year
  • Non OPEC Oil Production To Collapse In 2016
  • INDICATORS SHOW: Collapse Of The Paper Gold & Silver Market May Be Close At Hand 
  • Gold For A Finite World
  • Pentagon unveils budget priority for next year: Countering Russia and China
  • "Fukushima Class Disaster" - L.A. Gas Leak Spewing Lethal Levels Of Breathable Nuclear Material

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: A Serious, Serious Mess

Chris Martenson - February 5, 2016 - 08:39

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

  • Oil And Stock Prices
    • Correlated at 0.9 right now
  • "A Serious, Serious Mess"
    • The service sector quickly weakens
  • Bank Losses
    • Need to be taken, but whom will get stuck with them?
  • Gold's Shine
    • It's relative performance for 2016 has been very good

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Categories: Economics