In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:
- From Flowers To Floods
- How climate variability is impacting all of us
- Not All Crises Are Equal
- Some have fixes, some don't
- Resilience Is Key To National Security
- Regenerative regimes will win out over extractive ones
- Incentives Matter
- Without the right incentives, failure is inevitable
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The 2015 Harvest. Photo courtesy of ZeroLandfill Project.
- China's Best Bank Called 'Mirage' of Shadow Lending
- Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An "Economic Shock"
- Gold Will Explode In Value Well Beyond What Jim Rickards Forecasts
- Yup! The NSA Got Hacked
- Millennials aren’t buying homes. Good for them.
- Is ExxonMobil Actually Only Worth A Fraction Of What It Says?
- This very, very detailed chart shows how all the energy in the U.S. is used
- By Degrees: America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry
- Worker Hours Are More Unpredictable Than Ever
- As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger Is Palpable’ in Nearby Towns
- Obama's Market Meltdown
- The Inflation Imperative
- Obama Readies One Last Push for Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Uber Aims for an Edge in the Race for a Self-Driving Future
- Consumers seem to like environment-friendly options if they’re available
Seven years ago, Winthrop, Minnesota, population 1,400, decided it needed an Internet upgrade.
- The richest 10% hold 76% of the wealth
- Counting Human Rights Violations with GoFundMe
- Nightmare On Main Street
- Inside the Global Hunt for a Better Way to Measure the Economy
- Before And After: Historic Flooding Devastates Louisiana Communities
- Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?
- The Upside of Global Warming: Luxury “Northwest Passage” Cruises for the Filthy Rich
- Migration in Motion: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change
Alice Friedemann is a transportation expert sounding the alarm on the unsustainable nature of our modern trucking system, which is critical for delivering goods where they need to be, when they need to be, in our just-in-time economy.
The world's trucking fleet is remarkably dependent on petroleum and, for a number of reasons she outlines in this interview, is not feasibly able to shift over to electricity or other alternative fuels.
- The Day The Dollar Died, Part 2
- What The New SEC Money Market Regulations Mean For The Financial System
- 'Flash Boys' IEX stock exchange opens. Its goal: Rein in high-frequency traders
- The Fed’s Failure Will Cost You
- Another study finds that diversity lead to mistrust and lack of community cohesion
- Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients?
- How statistics are twisted to obscure public understanding
- Manufacturers returning to US may mean jobs for robots, not people
Daily Digest 8/19 - Good News Friday: Combating Hidden Hunger, New Mobile Market Travels to Food Deserts
- Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons
- One Classroom, Twenty Teachers
- From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea
- In a major shift, city to launch zoned-collection system for private carting industry
- The Netherlands is considering a ban on selling gas-powered cars in the next 10 years
- In Austin, A New Mobile Farmers Market Will Travel to Food Deserts
- A biofortified rice high in iron and zinc is set to combat hidden hunger in developing countries
- Something new in the chill, salt air: Hope
Those of you who took an Economics class in college may remember the saying that prices are set "at the margin". That's a fancy way to say that prices are set by the person (or people) willing to pay the most.
This person willing to pay top dollar is called the "marginal buyer". Most of us don't really think about him, but he (or she) is very, very important.
Why? Because the marginal buyer not only determines price levels, but also their stability and degree of volatility. The behavior of the marginal buyer, as well as the degree of competition for his/her "top dog" spot, sets the prices of nearly every asset class held by today's investors.
- ‘Shadow Brokers’ Leak Raises Alarming Question: Was the N.S.A. Hacked?
- Financial Crash will be Put On Little People: Ellen Brown
- The Sociopaths Among Us
- Rising Prices Make EpiPens A Costly Necessity For Families With Severe Food Allergies
- OPEC Rumors Continue To Pull Oil Prices Higher
- The Preservation of Perks, Privileges, and Power: The PPPP
- Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline
- 'Zombie' honeybees make first appearance in Canada
- Pesticides linked to ‘large-scale population extinctions’ of wild bees
- The Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Month on the Books. Period.
- Great Cities Must Watch Their Watersheds
- Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change
As many of you know, earlier this year Chris was recruited by the United Nations to participate in one of its Advisory Groups. The mission of this particular group is to award a $1 million grant to a promising innovator in the field of sustainable transportation.
In April, the Group, made up of high-ranking officials and experts from around the globe, convened its for first meeting at the UN's headquarters in New York.
Its next meeting is taking place in Hong Kong over October 7-9th.
I planted 4 chestnut trees in 2010. This past fall was the first time they produced any nuts. There wasn’t a ton, but I wanted to try harvesting and processing the nuts by hand to see if it was a viable convenient human food source on a permaculture homestead. Also, I’d never even tried chestnuts.
A wonderful look at the various herbs and plants that have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Possible plants for you to consider growing in your garden.
Daily Digest 8/17 - Aetna To Exit Most Obamacare Plans, U.S. Real Estate Market Getting ‘Bubblicious’
- Aetna to exit nearly 7 in 10 Obamacare plans
- Retirees Need $130,000 Just to Cover Health Care, Study Finds
- Pressure mounts on Portugal rating, says DBRS
- Saudi Companies Unable to Pay Foreign Workers Salaries in Arrears
- Sovereign Risk Rating Downgrades Greatly Exceed Upgrades in Second Quarter, IHS Markit Says
- Barrack Says U.S. Real Estate Market Is Getting ‘Bubblicious’
- How the BOE's Stimulus Measures Up to the ECB's
- Illinois' debt amounts to $45,500 per taxpayer
- Australia's Central Bank Cut Rate to Boost Inflation, Growth
- Fed’s Williams says inflation target should be increased
by Maira Sutton, Cat Johnson and Neal Gorenflo
The sharing economy held great promise when it first emerged. It was seen as a way to help people build community, reduce unnecessary consumption, and generate extra income. It was based on the brilliantly simple notion that when we share, everybody has more.