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Home Remedies for Toothaches, Gingivitis and More

Chris Martenson - 9 hours 17 min ago

A wonderful discussion of some natural and effective ways to ease pain, fight bacteria, and prevent inflammation.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/home-remedies-for-toothaches-gingivitis-zbcz1412.aspx#axzz3MBpwiCXP

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Daily Digset 12/17 - Brazil's Currency Plunges, Chinese Industrial Activity Shrinks

Chris Martenson - 14 hours 50 min ago
  • Financial Help Available For Detroit Retirees Hit With Pension Cuts
  • Workers sue to block Chicago pension restructuring
  • Brazil's currency plunges as oil, ruble spook investors
  • China industrial activity shrinks in December, calls grow for more stimulus
  • Apple Stops Online Sales in Russia Over Ruble Fluctuations
  • Petrobras Said to Cut Exploration Spending in Cash Crunch
  • Rajoy admits people still suffering from crisis
  • Sweden Pledges Whatever It Takes as Crisis Policies Are Reversed
  • Some companies won't survive the oil meltdown
  • Venezuela benchmark bond yield hits highest ever as oil slides
  • Russians must get used to new way of life after rouble crash, says bank chief

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Categories: Economics

Spread the Hygge!

Shareable Magazine - 15 hours 51 min ago

I have a t-shirt that strangers regularly stop me to ask about. On the front is an image of a woman sitting under a tree reading, and the phrase, “Rock and Roll Lifestyle.” On the back the shirt says, “Spread the Hygge.”

Categories: Economics

Who Will Be Tomorrow's Superpower?

Chris Martenson - 16 hours 10 min ago

There’s a popular geopolitical parlor game called Who will be the next superpower?

While the game excels at triggering a mind-fogging tsunami of nationalistic emotions, it doesn’t shed much light on the really consequential question: What is power?

These are important questions to ponder as, around the world, unsustainable policies from the 20th century are beginning to fail in earnest. What will the future geopolitical landscape look like in their aftermath?

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Categories: Economics

Who Will Dominate This Century?

Chris Martenson - 16 hours 11 min ago
Executive Summary
  • The key requirements for being a word power
  • Is the "superpower" model sustainable in today's age?
  • The key ability to leverage resources
  • Which country(ies) is most likely to dominate in this century?

If you have not yet read Who Will Be Tomorrow's Superpower? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we surveyed the nature of power to explore the concept of superpowers.  In this Part 2, we look at power as the ability to solve problems.

What Are the Available Resources?

Solving problems in the real world is not an abstract project, though abstract concepts may undergird the solutions. In the real world, we have to use whatever resources are available, with an eye on cost, scale and sustainability.

Alternative energy offers a useful example. Almost everyone agrees that alternatives to fossil fuels would be beneficial, but what is generally overlooked is the tiny scale of alternatives in the current scheme of things.  Depending on what’s being included as alternative (hydropower, etc.), alternative energy sources currently comprise a few percentage points of total energy consumption.

To scale alternatives up to even 50% of current consumption will require not just a monumental amount of capital investment; it also requires the invention and manufacture of new systems of energy storage on an equally vast scale.

As has been noted many times, this capital investment includes an extended period of fossil fuels consumption, as we need huge amounts of energy to construct alternative sources and storage systems. Some have characterized this as building an aircraft in the air while keeping your current aircraft aloft.

As Peak Prosperity members know well, capital has a variety of forms, all of which work together: financial, intellectual, social, human, cultural and symbolic. All these forms of capital must be...

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Categories: Economics

Shareable's Top 21 New Books for the Holidays

Shareable Magazine - December 16, 2014 - 07:40

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Categories: Economics

Omni Commons Opens Collaborative Space for Collectives in Oakland

Shareable Magazine - December 16, 2014 - 07:33

Common physical spaces where people can meet in person and connect with the public are more important than ever in an increasingly disconnected digital age. As urban property becomes more unaffordable and commercialized and the commons disappear, some groups are pooling their resources for shared space, shared resources, and creative collaboration.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/16 - U.S. Workers Compete With Robots, The Hidden Costs Of Cheap Oil

Chris Martenson - December 16, 2014 - 07:24
  • Eurozone Economy Expanding Slightly Despite Weakness in Germany and France
  • Good Economic News, but Democrats Differ on Whether to Take Credit
  • Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class
  • As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up
  • Oil price fall threatens $1tn of projects
  • The Hidden Costs Of Cheap Oil
  • Keystone XL pipeline may no longer make economic sense, experts say
  • Maine local food movement inspires credit union focused on small farms

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Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Network Online Hub Reaches 50 Cities

Shareable Magazine - December 16, 2014 - 03:15

50 cities and counting are paving the way for sharing worldwide! Last April, we announced the launching of the Sharing Cities Network (SCN), an online hub for sharing communities.

Categories: Economics

From Fab Labs to Fab Cities

Shareable Magazine - December 15, 2014 - 21:00

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Categories: Economics

Deflation Is Still Winning!

Chris Martenson - December 15, 2014 - 17:20

As we've written on and warned about before, deflation is winning.  We're starting to see very serious cracks in the façade, beginning with oil, then various peripheral currencies -- especially from emerging market oil exporters -- and now equities.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/15 - Omnibus Spending Bill Passes, Is It Bad Enough Yet?

Chris Martenson - December 15, 2014 - 09:30
  • Is It Bad Enough Yet?
  • If They Only Knew How Little You Know
  • The Omnibus Is Done
  • Dodd-Frank Budget Fight Proves Democrats Are a Bunch of Stuffed Suits
  • Abe Scores Commanding Majority in Japan Lower House Election Win
  • The Global Energy Security War
  • The New Food Police
  • Children harvest crops and sacrifice dreams in Mexico's fields

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Categories: Economics

How a Startup D.C. Purchasing Coop Saved Members $1 Million

Shareable Magazine - December 15, 2014 - 06:38

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The Top 7 Open Source Project Management Tools

Shareable Magazine - December 15, 2014 - 05:36

Cross-posted from OpenSource.com. Authored by Robin Muilwijk and Nitish Tiwari.

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Categories: Economics

Debating the Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - December 15, 2014 - 05:35

Article cross-posted from The Great Transition Initiative.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/14 - Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England, The Health Benefits Of Going Outside

Chris Martenson - December 14, 2014 - 07:45
  • Abe Appears to Win Landslide Victory in Parliamentary Elections
  • Faced with few options, Japan gives Prime Minister Abe more time to fix the economy
  • Even Before Long Winter Begins, Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England
  • Climate Deal Would Commit Every Nation to Limiting Emissions
  • Fossil-Fuel Limits in All Nations Closer After UN Deal
  • The Health Benefits of Going Outside

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Categories: Economics

The Shocking Data Proving Shale Oil Is Massively Over-hyped

Chris Martenson - December 13, 2014 - 16:03

Hooray, oil is suddenly much cheaper than it used to be. That's great news, right?

Not so fast. For certain it's not good news for those counting on a continued rise in US oil production from the "shale miracle". Many drillers were challenged to operate profitably when oil was above $70 per barrel. Very few will remain solvent with oil in the $50s (as it is as of this writing).

So, expect US oil production to suffer from these lower prices if they persist. But even if oil prices rise and rise soon, there's new data that indicates the total amount of extractable oil from America's shale plays is less -- much less -- than what we're being told (or better put, "sold").

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/13 - Where Men Aren't Working, Detroit Residents Tested By Blight

Chris Martenson - December 13, 2014 - 08:17
  • Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For
  • In Rare Saturday Session, Grim Senate Struggles to Pass a Spending Package
  • Furor Over Move to Aid Big Banks in Funding Bill
  • When Liberty unites, Tyranny is defeated — An Exegesis of Hayek
  • Good Intentions of Detroit Residents Are Tested by Blight
  • Parts Of Detroit Lose Electricity For Hours As Aging Grids Fail 
  • Where Men Aren't Working
  • Emit some CO2? Its warming influence should peak in about a decade

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Categories: Economics

Early Data Offers Inside Look at Homestay Market

Shareable Magazine - December 13, 2014 - 07:31

Homestays are a subset of peer-to-peer rental accommodations in which the host is always present. (Barry-Dean Dewson via Stray Asia Travel Blog)

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Categories: Economics

Kelly Kettle Systems - Special Discount

Chris Martenson - December 12, 2014 - 15:50
5% Special Discount for PeakProsperity.com Readers

We are pleased to announce that PrepareDirect is offering PeakProsperity.com members an exclusive discount of 5% off the Kelly Kettle® Volcano Kettle line of gear.  Use Coupon Code: KETTLE5

A favorite item among outdoor enthusiasts and preparedness folks. The Kelly Kettle® Volcano Kettle® will boil water in 3 to 5 minutes depending on the fuel you're using. Made from Aluminum or Stainless Steel, it is essentially a double-walled chimney with the water contained in the chimney wall.  You can boil water and cook your meal.     

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Categories: Economics