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Daily Digest 7/28 - How The Fed Manipulates Financial Spreads, FL Sewage Spills Breed 'Superbugs'

Chris Martenson - July 28, 2016 - 05:05
  • Spread Thin: How The Fed Manipulates Financial Spreads
  • ‘Impending gold production cliff’ may deliver a jolt to prices
  • Ronald Stoeferle: Central Banks In Lose-Lose Situation
  • The future of 'Made in China': Industrial robots replacing dwindling workforce
  • Deutsche Bank profits plummet 98%, CEO warns of further cuts
  • Interview with Wikileaks’ Julian Assange – Hillary Clinton Expands the Overton Window of Corruption
  • Negative Rates: We're Going To Need A Bigger Vault
  • Doug Casey on President Hillary Clinton… World War III… and the Deep State
  • Common pesticide kills up to 40% of sperm in bees, possibly leading to shrinking population – study
  • More toxic chemicals allowed in Florida waterways
  • USF study: Sewage spills breed 'superbugs' that could undermine last-resort antibiotic

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Categories: Economics

Hoping For A Market Crash

Chris Martenson - July 27, 2016 - 22:32

We desperately need to have new national and global conversations about everything from how we’ll feed everyone in 2050, to developing a coherent sustainable energy policy, to the fact that each year is hotter than the year before, to the idea that we’re living with a soul crushing sense of scarcity in a world of abundance.

There’s lots that needs addressing, and the process should begin with letting go of the old narrative so that we can make space for assembling the new one.

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Categories: Economics

How To Freeze Eggs

Chris Martenson - July 27, 2016 - 15:43

A number of ideas and tips for saving eggs and putting them up in the freezer.  Another way to build resiliency and store extra eggs from the coop. 

http://fabulousfarmgirl.com/in-the-kitchen/tips-and-tricks/how-to-freeze-eggs/

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/27 - Pensions’ Last Defense Is Eroding, Recession Bites Brazil

Chris Martenson - July 27, 2016 - 04:50
  • GRAPHIC-Global QE now a record $180 bln a month thanks to ECB, BOJ
  • Britain's mint is making big money from gold rush
  • Singapore Banks Facing Earnings Stumble as Bad Loans, Sibor Bite
  • Happy Mario Draghi day: four charts after ‘whatever it takes’
  • As Warnings Flash in Venezuela, Gold Holdings Sink Yet Again
  • Will the equity in your home ease the pressure on your pension when you retire?
  • Corporate Japan's pension obligations hit all-time high
  • Why Pensions’ Last Defense Is Eroding
  • Brexit Bulletin: What You Need to Know on Tuesday
  • China: Strikes, mass unemployment a growing worry for country's leaders
  • China says downward pressure on economy still "relatively big"-state radio
  • Hong Kong June exports fall for 14th month, Brexit to deepen pain
  • EU may fine Spain, Portugal for deficits, give more time to cut them
  • Chicago still has time to embrace pension reform, Moody's says
  • ECB bond-buying dwarfs euro zone sales, pins yields near lows
  • Italy's $560b bank debt weighs on Europe
  • Record bankruptcies pressure Brazil banks as recession bites
  • Analyst Warns of a Restaurant Downturn and Sees Harbinger of U.S. Recession
  • Spanish Deficit Doesn’t Look Any Better as Penalty Looms: Chart
  • ‘Penny-Pinching’ Japanese Households Spend Less on Having Fun
  • Illinois Colleges Besieged by Cuts as Budget Fight Trickles Down
  • Bitcoin not money, Miami judge rules in dismissing laundering charges
  • Japan to miss FY2020 GDP target of 600 trillion yen, retreats further from goal
  • Bank of England policymaker backs stimulus measures as report points to slowdown
  • Britain's RBS Warns Customers May Have to Pay to Make a Deposit

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Categories: Economics

Cesspool: Free To Peak Prosperity Readers Until July 30

Chris Martenson - July 26, 2016 - 08:36

Peak Prosperity is featured in the new novel, Cesspool. The main character reads the daily digest, is aware of the 3E's, and invests in precious metals. Cesspool is available to U.S.-based Peak Prosperity readers for free Tuesday, July 26th through Saturday, July 30th, and heavily discounted for international members. Click the link below to go to the free deal. For international members, I set the price as low as possible in all the Amazon international stores. I am unable to set the price to free internationally at this time.

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Categories: Economics

Cesspool: The New Novel featuring Peak Prosperity

Chris Martenson - July 26, 2016 - 08:36

Peak Prosperity is featured in the new novel, Cesspool. The main character reads the daily digest, is aware of the 3E's, and invests in precious metals. Cesspool is available to U.S.-based Peak Prosperity readers for free Tuesday, July 26th through Saturday, July 30th, and heavily discounted for international members. Click the link below to go to the free deal. For international members, I set the price as low as possible in all the Amazon international stores. I am unable to set the price to free internationally at this time.

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Categories: Economics

7 Fabulous and Inspiring Mobile Libraries

Shareable Magazine - July 26, 2016 - 07:07

Contradicting the notion that books are only found in bookstores and brick and mortar libraries, people are creating all kinds of clever ways to share books on the go. From book bicycles and camels to DIY bookmobiles, mobile libraries are a great way to connect people and grow communities around a love of reading.

Here are 7 of our favorite mobile libraries. Some of them were temporary projects and some are still going strong. They all captured our attention and inspire us to read more and share more.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/26 - A Stark Nuclear Warning, Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

Chris Martenson - July 26, 2016 - 04:49
  • How Do We Make America Strong Again? Start Telling the Truth
  • DealBook: One Thing Both Parties Want: Break Up the Banks Again
  • Why It’s So Hard to Build Affordable Housing: It’s Not Affordable
  • Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes
  • A Stark Nuclear Warning
  • Faulty Data? Why The Oil Glut Could Be Much Smaller Than Believed
  • Solar Impulse on last leg of its round-the-world flight

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Categories: Economics

Dump Trump and Hillary, Too

Beyond Money - July 25, 2016 - 15:40

I don’t usually put much energy into partisan politics but comes the time when opportunity knocks and we all must stand up and be counted. That time is now.

The US has been on the road to fascism for a long time. Both Democrats and Republicans have for decades been advancing the same agenda of ceding power to transnational mega-corporations and the global banking cartel. So called “free trade” agreements are simply ways of allowing capital to more freely exploit labor and the environment and forcing governments to guarantee their profits.

Changes in financial regulations, like the repeal of Glass-Steagall under Bill Clinton in 1999, have enabled banking companies to grow to monstrous size (“too big to fail”) and to more easily cheat the clients they are supposed to serve. In this article, James Rickards places the blame for the 2008 financial crisis squarely where it belongs and demolishes the arguments of the big bank apologists: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/economic-intelligence/2012/08/27/repeal-of-glass-steagall-caused-the-financial-crisis.

Many countries are caught in the debt trap and are being forced to sell off government owned assets which further concentrates wealth and control of “the commons.” Those who control the creation and allocation of money are able to control politics, economics and virtually everything else.

When political and financial pressures prove inadequate, the US military is used to bludgeon countries into line with the global financial regime which is the most anti-democratic force in the world today. General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, testifies in this 2-minute video that the US planned to overthrow seven countries after 9/11: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. A thorough account of General Clark’s story is told by Glenn Greenwald here: http://www.salon.com/2011/11/26/wes_clark_and_the_neocon_dream/.

Under Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, the Pentagon came up with a new organization–the “Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG) to carry out secret missions designed to “stimulate reactions” among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to “counterattack” by U.S. forces. Those “violent acts” would also be used to justify regime change in countries accused of harboring the terrorists. This article from 2002 clearly described the causes of the mayhem we have seen unfold in the years since then: http://www.counterpunch.org/2002/11/01/rummy-s-plan-to-provoke-terrorist-attacks/. A little research will make it clear that the US and NATO are responsible for the turmoil in Syria and the consequent refugee crisis.

Hillary is clearly in the pocket of the banking/corporate elite and will continue to promote their agenda, just as Obama has. We were sold on Obama with promises of change and the feel-good idea of electing the first black President. Hillary is being sold to us as the non-Trump candidate together with the feel-good idea of electing the first woman President. I’m all for making the oval office accessible to minorities and women but what we have gotten is a lot of broken promises, a continuation of the Clinton-Bush policies, and an escalation of US interventions in other countries and a rekindling of the cold war against Russia.

Trump appeals to people’s fears and outrage over being misled by both parties. He promises what he cannot possibly deliver, while pandering to the religious right with his selection of a running mate whose policy positions seem diametrically opposed to much of what Trump says he is for. That makes his promises as unbelievable as Hillary’s and leads me to wonder if he has even a glimmer of understanding of the geo-political facts of life. I can only conclude that he is a megalomaniac to whom winning is everything.

So, what can we do to stop this madness?

We can continue to bide our time, watch the chaos unfold and hope for the best while waiting for new opportunities to emerge, and working to make our communities better and more resilient in spite of it all.

But maybe we already have an opportunity to make a change at the level of national politics. There is a viable third choice, and it is on the ballot in every one of the 50 States. It is the Libertarian Party ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. Johnson is a former businessman and Republican governor of New Mexico, and Weld is a former Republican governor of Massachusetts, US Attorney, and head of the Department of Justice Criminal Division. In this short twitter video they make a strong pitch for their progressive social and anti-war agenda. https://mobile.twitter.com/GovGaryJohnson/status/748320273754165249/video/1. It sounds good to me.

This ticket should have broad appeal, especially among Sanders supporters who cannot bring themselves to vote for Hillary and Republicans who cannot bring themselves to vote for Trump. With the Republican Party in disarray and Hillary’s vast unpopularity among voters, this may be the year when a third party candidate can win the White House and upset the pattern of politics as usual.

With virtually no advertising, a recent CNN poll shows Johnson already with 13% support (and the Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 5%), and a CBS/New York Times poll had Johnson at 12 percent. According to the Libertarian Republic, “If Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, polls at least 15 percent in five national public opinion polls before the first presidential debate, he’ll be eligible to appear on the stage with the Democratic and Republican nominees.”

If Libertarians, Greens and all the rest of us who are dissatisfied with the state of politics in America can get behind the Johnson/Weld ticket, we can have the much needed Second American Revolution before this year is out.

Are we the people ready to govern ourselves? The power elite think not; let’s show them that we are.

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Categories: Blogs

10 Survival Uses for Blackberries

Chris Martenson - July 25, 2016 - 14:17

Learn 10 different ways to utilize blackberry plants and their fruit.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/10-survival-uses-blackberries

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Categories: Economics

The Apios Institute: A Polyculture Wiki in the Works

Shareable Magazine - July 25, 2016 - 12:26

What happens when you bring farmers, gardeners, and researchers together with a singular purpose? A wiki of perennial polycultures shepherded by the Apios Institute that aims to support folks around the world who wish to grow their climate's version of an "integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems (variously known as multistrata agroforests, tropical homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens)."

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/25 - Turkey On Collision Course With NATO, Plutocracy Then And Now

Chris Martenson - July 25, 2016 - 07:44
  • Plutocracy, Then and Now - The Lesser of Two Evils
  • Democrats in chaos as convention opens
  • Wasserman Schultz resigning, faces grilling from Sanders supporters
  • Trump: Tribune Of Poor White People
  • Reaction captures carbon, generates electricity, makes a cleaning product
  • Erdogan’s Power Game: Turkey On Collision Course With NATO
  • Are You A Toxic Waste Disposal Site?
  • Everyday chemicals may be messing up our microbiomes—but we don’t know

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Categories: Economics

The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP

Shareable Magazine - July 25, 2016 - 07:42

Bologna, Emilia Romagna. Photo credit: Tomas Kohl. Article and image cross-posted from YES! magazine. Authored by John Duda.

Categories: Economics

Dave Pare: Gold Is Looking Strong

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2016 - 18:51

This week, PeakProsperity.com's own precious metals analyst, Dave Pare, sits down to the microphone.

Better known on the site as davefairtex, he joins Chris to discuss his current outlook for gold and silver, his approach to building market models, and how he balances fundamentals versus technical analysis in assembling his macro views.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/24 - Record Global Temps Continue, Is 2016 The Worst Year Ever?

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2016 - 07:24
  • Uncle Sam Wants You — Or at Least Your Genetic and Lifestyle Information
  • Notes from Cleveland: The Two-Part Rebellion
  • Thick And Fast
  • Is 2016 The Worst Year In History?
  • The Reasons Why Exhaustion And Burnout Are So Common
  • Summer-on-Steroids Kicks Off With Record Global Temperatures
  • California Wildfire Spreads Across 20,000 Acres, Prompting Evacuations

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Categories: Economics

Buy Low, Sell Never: Why Not Just Buy the Entire Coal Industry?

Coal left in the ground is an investment in the climate, as well as the future of families in rural communities and the tribes.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/23 - Retirement Dreams And Nightmares, Travel And The Zika Virus

Chris Martenson - July 23, 2016 - 07:51
  • Summer Travel And The Zika Virus
  • Delayed, Denied, Dismissed: Failures on the FOIA Front
  • UK economy suffered ‘dramatic deterioration’ after Brexit vote – Markit
  • Retirement Dreams And Nightmares
  • In China meeting, G20 has chance to soothe post-Brexit jitters
  • Special K ads banned over health benefits claims 

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: The Message Is Spreading

Chris Martenson - July 22, 2016 - 18:46

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and I summarize our experiences last week at Freedom Fest, as well as Chris' subsequent trip to the Opal wealth conference in Newport.

The quick synopsis is that the Peak Prosperity message is spreading. And influencing more decision makers than either of us realized.

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Categories: Economics

Making The Wrong Choices For The Wrong Reasons

Chris Martenson - July 22, 2016 - 17:54

Life is full of examples where folks make bad choices for noble reasons. Not every decision is a winner: sometimes you make the right call, sometimes you don't.

  • In 1962, Decca Records passed on signing a young new band because it thought that guitar-based groups were falling out of favor. That band was The Beatles.
  • Napolean Bonaparte calculated he could conquer Russia by assembling one of the largest invading forces the world has ever seen. He marched towards Moscow in the summer of 1812 with over 650,000 troops. Less than six months later, he retreated in failure, his forces decimated down to a mere 27,000 effective soldiers.
  • 1985 217 separate investors turned down an entrepreneur trying to raise the relatively modest sum of $1.6 million for his vision of transforming a daily routine shared by millions around the world. That company? Starbucks.  

In these cases, those making the decision made what they felt was the best choice given the information available to them at the time. That's completely understandable and defensible. Fate is fickle, and no one is 100% right 100% of the time.

But what's much harder to condone -- and this is the focus of this article -- is when people embrace the wrong decision even when they have ample evidence and comprehension that doing so runs counter to their welfare.

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Categories: Economics