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Daily Digest 12/19 - Fracking Banned In NY State, Life Could Lurk Deep Beneath Earth

Chris Martenson - December 19, 2014 - 08:19
  • Your Waitress, Your Professor
  • Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'
  • IEA cuts 2015 oil demand growth forecast, predicts lower Russia supply
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again
  • NY Governor Bans Fracking In His State
  • New York's Fracking Ban Is About Politics, Not Science. And That's Just Fine.
  • Survivors Proud of Rebuilt Lives Crushed by 2004 Tsunami
  • Life Could Lurk Deep Beneath Earth—in Its Oldest Water

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2014 Links - 2

Chris Martenson - December 18, 2014 - 20:10
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PeakProsperity.com Gift Subscriptions

Chris Martenson - December 18, 2014 - 17:53

Have anyone important in your life you still need to buy a present for?

Giving the gift of the 'red pill' is easy.  Simply choose the length of enrollment you wish to give – $30 for one month, $80 for three months, or $300 for one year  and make a payment via this link

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Off the Cuff: More Fed-Induced Froth

Chris Martenson - December 18, 2014 - 08:58

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Janet's Joy Juice
    • The Fed speaks and markets soar
  • Currency Crashes
    • Venezuela & Russia are showing us the risks of fiat money
  • Oil's Collateral Damage
    • The 40% price drop is having real consequences
  • What The Next Crash Will Look Like
    • Why past crashes may not be a good guide

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Daily Digest 12/18 - U.S.-Cuba Relations Overhaul, A Downhill Run for the Dollar in 2015

Chris Martenson - December 18, 2014 - 07:48
  • U.S. Dollar Collapse? USD Index Trend Forecast 2015
  • John Williams: A Downhill Run for the Dollar in 2015
  • U.S. to embark on massive overhaul of U.S.-Cuba relations: Officials
  • Opposing Forces At Play In The Precious Metals Complex
  • Axel Merk: U.S. Debt Crisis & Dollar Devaluation Ahead
  • Central Banks: Two Wrongs Don't Make It Right
  • More To Ruble’s Collapse Than Meets The Eye
  • The largest vessel the world has ever seen

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Interviewed: Footscray Maker Lab's Co-founder Jose Ramos

Shareable Magazine - December 17, 2014 - 22:08

Top image: Footscray Maker Lab in Melbourne Australia. The Dream Factory!

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Home Remedies for Toothaches, Gingivitis and More

Chris Martenson - December 17, 2014 - 14:09

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 - December 17, 2014 - 08:35
  • 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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Spread the Hygge!

Shareable Magazine - December 17, 2014 - 07:34

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Who Will Be Tomorrow's Superpower?

Chris Martenson - December 17, 2014 - 07:15

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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Who Will Dominate This Century?

Chris Martenson - December 17, 2014 - 07:14
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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Shareable's Top 21 New Books for the Holidays

Shareable Magazine - December 16, 2014 - 07:40

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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.

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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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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.

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From Fab Labs to Fab Cities

Shareable Magazine - December 15, 2014 - 21:00

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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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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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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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