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Daily Digest 2/1 - The Johnny Appleseed of Pickling, The End Of Privacy

Chris Martenson - 5 hours 9 min ago
  • As Ebola Ebbs in Africa, Focus Turns From Death to Life
  • The End Of Privacy
  • White Plastic Chairs Are Taking Over the World
  • The Dangerous State of Americans’ Savings
  • Chevron Responds To Eight Week Drop In Rig Count By Slashing Jobs
  • US Production and Imports, and a Guest Essay
  • Climate Change's Bottom Line
  • She’s the Johnny Appleseed of Pickling

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Categories: Economics

Nomi Prins: The Sinister Evolution Of Our Modern Banking System

Chris Martenson - January 31, 2015 - 19:06

Today, the 'revolving door' connecting our political and financial systems is evident to anyone with eyes. But this entwined relationship between Washington DC and Wall Street is nothing new, predating even the formation of the Federal Reserve. 

In this well-detailed interview, Nomi Prins goes into depth of the rationale and process behind the creation of the Federal Reserve, and more important, how its mandate -- and the behavior of the banking system overall -- metastasized into the every-banker-for-himself regime of sanctioned theft we now live with.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/31 - America Quietly Robs Its Elderly, 'March For Change' In Madrid

Chris Martenson - January 31, 2015 - 08:08
  • Fed's Williams: Expect to see growth of 3% in 2015, unemployment rate at 5%
  • Prosecutors Trace $13.4M in Bitcoins From the Silk Road to Ulbricht’s Laptop
  • Credit card users easily identified from 'anonymized' data
  • Canada’s slumping GDP reveals troubles in just about every sector
  • While Deflategate and Chaitgate Rage, America Quietly Robs Its Elderly
  • Spain rally: Podemos holds Madrid mass 'March for Change'
  • WNW175-Financial War and Shooting War Intensifying-No Real Recovery, Obama Veto
  • One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other
  • The One Way Forward
  • The Mariners Rule

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Categories: Economics

We Ignore Unintended Consequences At Our Peril

Chris Martenson - January 30, 2015 - 15:27

Early in my business career I was faced with a challenge that gave me an appreciation for a very important lesson about life and business. That oftentimes, even with the best of intentions, our actions create consequences completely different from what we intend.

It's that insight that makes me so concerned about the grand central banking experiment being conducted around the globe right now.

The complexity of the system, the questionable abilities of the decision-makers, and the universe's proclivity towards unintended consequences all combine to give great confidence that things will NOT play out in the way the Fed and its brethren are counting on.

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Top 10 Bushcraft & Survival Skills To Practice This Winter

Chris Martenson - January 30, 2015 - 10:08

Winter can be a great time to stay active and add an additional challenge to your practice of bushcraft and survival skills.

http://www.thegoodsurvivalist.com/top-10-bushcraft-survival-skills-to-practice-this-winter/

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/30 - Economy Slowed in 4th Quarter, The Activity Gap

Chris Martenson - January 30, 2015 - 07:51
  • U.S. Economy Slowed in 4th Quarter, but Consumer Spending Boomed
  • Jim Rogers: Advice on investing and how to become successful
  • U.S. Economy Expanded Less Than Forecast in Fourth Quarter
  • Rand Paul's Crazy Dream of a Libertarian-Democratic Alliance on Civil Rights Is Actually Happening
  • The Activity Gap
  • Wind power auction draws limited interest
  • Can Saudi Arabia Diversify Away From Oil?
  • Oklahoma worries over swarm of earthquakes and connection to oil industry

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Categories: Economics

Hampshire College Launches Project Focused on the Common Good

Shareable Magazine - January 29, 2015 - 21:56

Earlier this week, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts announced the launch of the Leadership and Ethical Engagement Project (LEEP). The project is designed to provide a model for “integrating a deliberate focus on ethics within the academics and culture of an educational institution, with a distinctive focus on contributing to the common good.”

Categories: Economics

The Four Essentials For Successful Composting

Chris Martenson - January 29, 2015 - 16:49

Learn about four key elements to making wonderfully rich compost and soil.

http://www.resilientcommunities.com/how-to-guide-composting/

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Categories: Economics

How to Operate a HAM Radio

Chris Martenson - January 29, 2015 - 14:29

HAM radio is a popular hobby that allows amateur operators to communicate with one another on multiple frequencies. It is also a useful skill to develop in the event of an emergency or disaster.

During a disaster, cell phones and internet might be out of service so having an alternative way to communicate with your family, friends or network is going to be crucial to obtaining information and ensuring you thrive during the emergency. Having a working HAM radio and knowing how to operate it will prove invaluable in a survival situation. Here’s what you need to know:

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Categories: Economics

30 Awesome Survival Apps

Chris Martenson - January 29, 2015 - 10:05

Preparedness and Resilience  - Theres's an app for that.  30 suggestions for apps for your smart device to help in building resilience and improve your preparedness.

http://urbansurvivalsite.com/survival-apps/

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/29 - Greece Pivots Towards Russia, Oil Is Behind A Lot Of Wars

Chris Martenson - January 29, 2015 - 07:48
  • Greece Begins The Great Pivot Toward Russia
  • Greece: Phase One
  • European counter-terror plan involves blanket collection of passengers’ data
  • Education Moment: The Man with 26 Million Students
  • Crisis in European Union
  • $2,000 Scrabble
  • Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn
  • New England Growing More Dependent On Natural Gas
  • Yes, Oil Is Behind a Lot of Wars
  • Want to Avoid Oil's Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: An Important Shoe Just Dropped In Europe

Chris Martenson - January 28, 2015 - 17:11

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Alasdair Macleod discuss:

  • Greece: What Will The Syriza Win Bring?
    • A rejection of kow-towing to the Troika
  • Stresses Across The Eurozone
    • Running out ways to delay the inevitable
  • Gold & Inflation
    • Rising prices for both are likely from here
  • Slowing Global Growth
    • But a deflationary wave may need to sweep the globe first

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Categories: Economics

42 Flowers You Can Eat

Chris Martenson - January 28, 2015 - 15:05

42 varieties of flowers that can be added as a food source to provide color, nutrition and spice up your favorite dishes.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/42-flowers-you-can-eat.html

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Categories: Economics

Top 6 Tax Tips for Sharing Economy Micropreneurs

Shareable Magazine - January 28, 2015 - 08:07

by Derek Davis and Argel Sabillo

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Daily Digest 1/28 - Louisiana Budget Hole Widens Further, 'Wall Of Debt' Grows Dangerously High

Chris Martenson - January 28, 2015 - 08:07
  • Kuroda remarks open possibilities for shift in BoJ stimulus
  • South Korea finance minister sees price deflation risk
  • Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report
  • Greece debt repayment in full is 'unrealistic', says Syriza
  • Sacramento’s ‘wall of debt’ grows dangerously high
  • CBO: Interest on federal debt will triple over coming decade
  • Louisiana budget hole widens even further
  • Greek borrowing costs continue to surge after Syriza win
  • Pound slides after U.K. GDP misses forecasts
  • China lowers its industrial-output target for 2015

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/27 - The Rat Tribe Of Bejing, Oysters With a Day Job

Chris Martenson - January 27, 2015 - 08:20
  • Shutting Down New York’s Subways Is Very Expensive 
  • The Rat Tribe Of Bejing
  • How 2014’s Huge Market Moves Are Affecting the Economy in 2015
  • Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up 
  • U.S. expands spy program on American drivers beyond border region
  • Obama Plan Calls for Oil and Gas Drilling in the Atlantic
  • Lies And Deception In Ukraine’s Energy Sector
  • Oysters With a Day Job

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Categories: Economics

Civic Crowdfunding and the Public Good

Shareable Magazine - January 27, 2015 - 07:26

A successful crowdfunding campaign led to government support for the Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Cameron R. Nielson via Wired UK)

Categories: Economics

Do You Have Your Escape Plan Ready?

Chris Martenson - January 26, 2015 - 17:56

It's time to face a few unpleasant truths.  

The 'super wealthy' are well-along in their plans to hightail it to safety when the system crashes.

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Categories: Economics

50 Tips for Frugal Living

Chris Martenson - January 26, 2015 - 10:26

An extensive list of tips and ways to be more frugal in your daily life and save lots of money.

http://zenhabits.net/the-cheapskate-guide-50-tips-for-frugal-living/

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Categories: Economics