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Daily Digest 11/27 - Surviving 2014, Google Gives Up On Renewables

Chris Martenson - November 27, 2014 - 09:31
  • So Bad It's Good: Surviving 2014
  • Grandmaster Putin's Golden Trap
  • NATO To Deploy Tanks In Eastern Europe Shortly After VP Of Europarliament Says Ukraine-Russia War Imminent.
  • OPEC Takes No Action to Ease Supply Glut as Oil Slumps
  • Gold Price Went Ballistic To $1,450 In Less Than 20 Minutes 
  • Google Gives Up On Renewables
  • Utilities Facing Coal Shortages Due To Rail Congestion
  • Goodbye, Oil: US Navy Cracks New Renewable Energy Technology To Turn Seawater Into Fuel, Allowing Ships To Stay At Sea Longer

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Categories: Economics

Happy Thanksgiving To All U.S. Readers

Chris Martenson - November 27, 2014 - 06:59

Today is Thanksgiving in the US, a prominent holiday typically marked by insane travel nightmares for many, and a chance to spend time with non-core relatives.

To balance all that out we usually overeat, over drink, and slip into a tryptophan coma in front of the TV.

At least, that’s what the holiday has become for many.

Here at Peak Prosperity we like to remember that the holiday consists of two words, thanks and giving.

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Categories: Economics

Preparing Equipment and Tools For Winter Storage

Chris Martenson - November 26, 2014 - 16:53

Some great tips for putting away your power tools and equipment for the winter season and some steps to take for prepping the tools you will need during the colder months.

http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2014/11/21/preparing-equipment-and-tools-for-winter-storage-and-winter-use/

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Categories: Economics

How to Setup a Moveable Electric Poultry Fence

Chris Martenson - November 26, 2014 - 12:23

Using an electric fencing system for livestock and poultry containment can be an easy and effective way to pasture animals and protect against predation.  In the following video tutorial, you will learn the steps of setting up a moveable electric fence and some of the considerations when incorporating one into your homestead plan.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/26 - Brazil Edges Towards Epic Water Crisis, Russian Economy Faces Recession

Chris Martenson - November 26, 2014 - 06:44
  • Brazil edges to brink of epic water crisis
  • West Valley cities eyeing reclaimed water amid drought, population growth
  • Euro-Area Yields Drop to Records as Dutch Borrow at All-Time Low
  • Russian economy faces recession again following Ukraine sanctions
  • South Africa’s Economic Growth Continues to Decline
  • Bundesbank Says Banks Risk Property Loss If Economy Sags
  • OECD downgrades growth forecast for Japan amid recession
  • BOJ’s Kuroda, unfazed by yen falls, signals readiness to ease more
  • Japan central bank gov. says companies must raise wages, investment, says hoarding cash costly
  • Lawmakers Look for Ways to Provide Relief for Rising Cost of Generic Drugs

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Categories: Economics

Calvert Library SWAP Gets People Sharing Well Beyond Books

Shareable Magazine - November 25, 2014 - 14:15

Article cross-posted from Center for a New American Dream. Written by Robyn Truslow.

Categories: Economics

How to Cut Rope in an Emergency Without a Knife

Chris Martenson - November 25, 2014 - 13:36

A very informative video that will show you how to cut rope with a cutting device.  So simple it might make you laugh.

http://prepforshtf.com/cut-rope-emergency-without-knife/#.VHSeBIfALaa

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/25- The Neo-Rurals, What Low Oil Prices Mean For The U.S. Economy

Chris Martenson - November 25, 2014 - 08:15
  • This Is What Your Face Looks Like to Facebook
  • U.S. Economy Grew at 3.9 Percent Rate in 3rd Quarter
  • The Secrets of the “Secret Science” Bill
  • The Swiss Referendum On Gold: What’s Missing From The Debate
  • The Neo-Rurals
  • What Low Oil Prices Mean For The U.S. Economy
  • World's Highest Wind Turbine Will Hover Above Alaska
  • This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth

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Categories: Economics

New Report Details the Incredible Growth of Creative Commons

Shareable Magazine - November 25, 2014 - 06:58

Creative Commons (CC) licenses have transformed the way that people share creative works online. Guided by the notion that sharing art, articles, designs, data, and more creates a rich cultural foundation that can be built upon continually, CC licenses allow creators of content‚ including photos, music, videos, text and more, to safely share their work.

Categories: Economics

5 Sharing Alternatives to Black Friday

Shareable Magazine - November 24, 2014 - 19:21

Thanksgiving, a day of celebration and gratitude for both harvest and family, is frequently overshadowed by its consumerist big brother, the notorious Black Friday. In 2013, consumers spent a whopping $57 billion on that day alone, with the average consumer spending over $400. 2014 is predicted to be just as spendy, with 67 million people expected to brave the long lines in search of deep discounts.

Categories: Economics

10 Reasons Why Cinnamon Is A Great Spice To Have On Hand

Chris Martenson - November 24, 2014 - 14:48

Learn about the many different ways cinnamon can be a healthful and beneficial spice to add your diet and include in your deep pantry.

http://www.thegoodsurvivalist.com/10-reasons-why-cinnamon-is-a-great-spice-every-prepper-should-have-on-hand/2/

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/24 - Death Of A Family Farm, What Makes A City Unhappy?

Chris Martenson - November 24, 2014 - 08:21
  • What Makes A City Unhappy?
  • Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides
  • Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels
  • New Battery Composed Of Lots Of Nanobatteries
  • Where Oil And Politics Meet
  • How Energy Secure Are The EU And UK?
  • Death Of A Family Farm
  • Melting Away

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Categories: Economics

14 Fabulous Open Source Gifts for the Holidays

Shareable Magazine - November 24, 2014 - 07:03

Article and images cross-posted from OpenSource.com.

Categories: Economics

6 Awesome Harvest Festivals from Around the Globe

Shareable Magazine - November 24, 2014 - 07:00

Before the age of supermarkets and 24-hour diners, seasons dictated our lives far more intimately than they do now and there was a time of the year that was crucial to human survival: the harvest.

Ever since our ancestors moved from being hunter-gatherers to farmers, the harvest has been an important element of the human experience. It was not only a celebration of the bounty each year, it foretold the future. At harvest, people would know whether they would be well fed through the winter and beyond.

Categories: Economics

How to Fire the Bosses, Create a Four-day Work Week, and Thrive

Shareable Magazine - November 24, 2014 - 06:53

If someone said your organization could eliminate email and meetings, fire the bosses, go to a four day work week, and thrive, what would you think? Where’s the punchline, right? Well, there is no punchline. Many companies are taking such steps.

Categories: Economics

So you want to start a LETS?

Matslats - November 23, 2014 - 18:25

Is it a good idea to start a LETS in 2014? The brand is 30 years old, and has a track record littered with poor governance, currency collapse, low participation and high turnover. The domesticated hippies of the 80s and caring sharing consumers of the 90s are not the same as the Occupiers and Transitioners of today. The existing LETS projects at least in UK are failing to thrive even in recession. The movement preferred decentralisation over software coordination, and slicker projects emerge every week.

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Categories: Blogs

Treebeard: Becoming The Change We Wish To See

Chris Martenson - November 23, 2014 - 05:50

Here at Peak Prosperity, we follow a lot of the problems and challenges of the world around us and explore what can be done in response to them. And in seeking solutions, we have to remind ourselves that if we want the world to be different in some way, the only way to begin changing it with 100% certainty is by changing ourselves. In the end, we are responsible for how we perceive and relate to what's happening around us, and true change begins with taking ownership of what our reality is, and what we want it to be.

For such a heady topic, we've responded to previous requests from the PP.com community and invited our own philosopher-in-residence Andrew Graves -- better known as Treebeard on the site -- to expound on the topic.

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Categories: Economics

Responsible donorship

Matslats - November 22, 2014 - 15:41

Of course I'm jealous. People tell me every other day that my work is important, but much funding flows to demonstrably stupid projects.

I no longer seek funding or material support or even volunteers for my work. I no longer worry about funded projects overtaking mine. I have understood that what I'm doing is antithetical to money, and unlikely to be funded by any reasonable plutocrat or angel. Just as states and banks simply can't see moneyless people, projects which neither beg nor boast are invisible to donors.

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Categories: Blogs

What Role Should Cities Play in Sustainable Consumption?

Shareable Magazine - November 22, 2014 - 09:11

Resourceful PDX connects residents to events like the neighborhood cleanup pictured above. Credit: SE Uplift

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/22 - Stop Trying To Save The World, Record High Temps In B.C. Waters

Chris Martenson - November 22, 2014 - 07:53
  • Stop Trying To Save The World
  • There’s a Giant Contradiction at the Heart of the U.S. Economy
  • Officials Revise Goals on Containing Ebola After Signs of Wider Exposure in Mali
  • The Secret Life Of Passwords
  • Small Business Saturday: Promoting Small Businesses and One Great Big One
  • China Needs 1,000 Nuclear Reactors to Fulfill Its Climate Pledge
  • Record North Pacific temperatures threatening B.C. marine species 
  • Half of Americans Think Climate Change Is a Sign of the Apocalypse

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Categories: Economics