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Off The Cuff: No More Financial Crises "In Our Lifetime"

Chris Martenson - June 30, 2017 - 11:04

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris discusses:

  • Market Jitters
    • What will happen if the central banks turn off the money?
  • No More Financial Crises "In Our Lifetime"
    • Did Janet Yellen really just say that???
  • Our States Are Falling Into Bankruptcy...
    • Illinois, Connecticut, Maine & more
  • While The Banks Get Even Fatter
    • Income from excess reserves to rise to $50 Trillion by 2019

This week, Chris takes a moment to share his thoughts in depth on where we are in the global debt saga. The overhang is getting worse, growth is not riding to the rescue as hoped, and the central banks are running out of both smoke and mirrors to keep the game continuing. Should the $200 billion monthly bonanza of central bank liquidity start decreasing -- as is now being increasingly discussed -- expect markets to go south quickly.

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Daily Digest 6/30 - Good News Friday: Children Full Of Life, How To Save Your Nest Egg

Chris Martenson - June 30, 2017 - 08:23
  • Children Full Of Life
  • Rikers-bound defendants will have more time to post bail before getting locked up under new city legislation
  • 2 Tricks to Save Your Nest Egg From Cracking
  • Congress Passes Resolution Condemning LGBTQ Torture in Chechnya
  • A Plan to Win Universal Health Care
  • Car-charging company is on a tear, buying GE stations, securing investments
  • Ohio Air National Guard drops wind turbine plans for Camp Perry; birding groups declare victory 
  • Winners of the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition

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Categories: Economics

Austin's Ride-Hailing Saga Shows Need for More Local Empowerment

Shareable Magazine - June 29, 2017 - 14:18

Op-Ed: Uber and Lyft are back in Austin, Texas. Both ride-hailing giants left the city last May to protest the passage of a controversial law that among other things, required fingerprint background checks of drivers who worked for transportation network companies. This May, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that essentially nullified those rules, ending Uber and Lyft's hiatus.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/29 - The Coming Battery Bonanza, China's 4 Horsemen Of The Stock Market Apocalypse

Chris Martenson - June 29, 2017 - 07:50
  • Fixing The 5 Percent
  • Trump Travel Ban to Allow Step Family, Not Grandparents, Cable Says
  • The Shift is On: Why Institutional Investors Are Buying Gold Again
  • China’s 4 Horsemen of the Stock Market Apocalypse
  • Banks Unleash Surprisingly Big Payouts After Fed’s Stress Tests
  • The Coming Battery Bonanza
  • $30 Oil Could Spark Contagion In Energy Markets
  • The Benefits And Costs Of Agriculture

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Categories: Economics

Thanks to Amazon, Brick-and-Mortar Stores Have Lost 295K Jobs

And 32 other facts you should probably know.
Categories: Economics

Sacramento Nonprofit Sol Collective Uplifts Communities Through Art and Activism

Shareable Magazine - June 28, 2017 - 10:14

The Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center is a 3,200 square-foot space that straddles the border between Land Park and Curtis Park neighborhoods in Sacramento, California. Since the nonprofit was co-founded in 2005 by Estella Sanchez, a former teacher, it has hosted a number of art exhibits, community workshops, youth programs, and other events.

Categories: Economics

7 Inspiring Ways Canadians Are Sharing to Tackle Food Insecurity

Shareable Magazine - June 28, 2017 - 08:16

In honor of Canada's 150th anniversary, we're taking a closer look at food security in the country. Canadians are cooking up a food revolution, one community kitchen at a time. Although Canada has one of the highest average standards of living in the world, food insecurity does exist — just ask struggling families in the poorer parts of places like Winnipeg, where young people are stretched between low-wage work and crushing debt, and families struggle in isolated Northern communities, struggling to choose between hunting for meat and working for a living.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/28 - LA Has a Pension Contribution Crisis, Bubble Forming On Wall Street

Chris Martenson - June 28, 2017 - 06:55
  • State pension means testing will be necessary, says report
  • LA Has a Pension Contribution Crisis, Continued ‘Managerial Ignorance’ Won’t Fix It
  • Talks over boosting Illinois Medicaid payments fail
  • $70,000 a day in interest — the cost of another short-term CPS budget solution
  • California lawmakers advance pension borrowing plan
  • China’s Pension Gap Is Growing as Aging Becomes Economic Risk
  • BOJ Keeps Snapping Up Bonds as Foreigners Grab T-Bills
  • Europe's Banking Union Fails Its Latest Test
  • Sure looks like a bubble forming on Wall Street

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Categories: Economics

Building the Networked City From the Ground Up With Citizens

Shareable Magazine - June 27, 2017 - 17:18

How can technology lead to more participation in democratic processes? Who should own and control city data? Can cities embrace a model that socializes data and encourages new forms of cooperativism and democratic innovation? In the run-up to the OuiShare Fest Paris, Albert Cañigueral interviewed Francesca Bria, the chief innovation officer of Barcelona.

Categories: Economics

Pre-ALERT: Trump Risks War With Russia

Chris Martenson - June 27, 2017 - 15:44

Trump has now backed his administration into a corner.  If there’s another suspected poison gas attack in Syria, he’s promised to escalate the situation by beginning bombings.

It appears that what I feared might happen under a Clinton presidency (and I still think probably would have, anyways) is now happening under the Trump administration.

Let me be perfectly clear: bombing Syria risks a direct confrontation with Russia.  If that happens, all bets are off. Anything could happen next, up to and including a nuclear exchange. 

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Categories: Economics

8 Lessons from the Second Annual International Lending Library Symposium

Shareable Magazine - June 27, 2017 - 13:17

Imagine a world where you have low-cost access to common, infrequently used products needed for business or pleasure — tools, toys, musical instruments, camping gear… the list is infinite. Imagine an economy that prioritizes sharing high-quality durable goods, wasting less, and encouraging cooperation. Imagine a close-knit community co-creating a sustainable future. That's the world that the pioneers at the Second Annual International Lending Library Symposium are creating.

Categories: Economics

Trumpcare Is Not the Health Plan We Need (but Neither Is the ACA)

Under both GOP plans, we’ll have high costs, spotty coverage, and ad hoc solutions—which we have enough of already.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/27 - CA To List Herbicide As Cancer-Causing; Enter Google, Exit Bitcoin?

Chris Martenson - June 27, 2017 - 07:13
  • Blockchain Analysis: Enter Google, Exit Bitcoin?
  • New Cyberattack Spreads Across Europe, Hits Rosneft, Maersk
  • 'I don’t understand why people have to struggle': views on healthcare in Trump country
  • Economic Scene: When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay
  • Pizza Or Privacy?
  • Want a $1 Million Paycheck? Skip College and Go Work in a Lumberyard
  • Middle East At Point Of No Return As Saudi-Qatar Rift Deepens
  • California to list herbicide as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

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Categories: Economics

Your Feedback Needed!

Chris Martenson - June 26, 2017 - 16:55

After the successful debut of our new webinar platform earlier this month with our The End Of Money webinar, we are busily planning our future production schedule.

But we very much want the topic selection for future webinars to be custom-tailored to the interests of the PeakProsperity.com audience. 

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Categories: Economics

Podcast: How Loomio Fosters Collaboration and Participatory Practices

Shareable Magazine - June 26, 2017 - 14:04

Playing for Team Human today, master of human connection and consensus, Loomio co-founder Richard Bartlett.

Categories: Economics

Meet Chris Rankin, Shareable's New Development Manager

Shareable Magazine - June 26, 2017 - 13:37

We're delighted to announce that Chris Rankin has joined Shareable as a development manager. Rankin will be focusing on the financial growth of the organization, in collaboration with our staff and stakeholders. We're grateful to have him on the team. Please read the note below written by Rankin, to learn about his past work and path to Shareable:

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/26 - What Went Wrong In UK Election, Is An Oil Comeback On The Cards?

Chris Martenson - June 26, 2017 - 04:40
  • British General Election: What Went Wrong?
  • Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out
  • Trump wants 'heart' as Republicans seek to deliver Senate healthcare bill
  • Arab Neighbors Demand Qatar Shutter Al-Jazeera and Cut Ties With Iran to End Diplomatic Row 
  • Regulators move to pull the plug on Mississippi coal plant
  • Expert Commentary: Is An Oil Comeback On The Cards?
  • Europe Doesn’t Need American Climate Scientists. It Needs American Climate Data

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Categories: Economics

Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

Chris Martenson - June 25, 2017 - 20:20

By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of The Collapse Of Complex Societies (free book download here).

Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on -- an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. 

He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their energy subsidies reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. That is what we are going to be talking about today, especially in regards to where our culture is today, the risks it faces, and whether or not we might already be past the tipping point towards collapse but just don’t know it yet.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/24 - The Coming Bloodbath In Retail, Why Grenfell Tower Burned

Chris Martenson - June 24, 2017 - 07:04
  • GOP Push for 20-Year Tax Cut Grows as Ryan Seeks Permanent Fix
  • Analyzing Ether: A Bitcoin Investor's Skeptical Take
  • All Roads Lead to the Bubble-City Danger Zone
  • A Street Fight Among Grocers to Deliver Your Milk, Eggs, Bananas
  • We're Going To See A Bloodbath In Retail
  • Why Grenfell Tower Burned: Regulators Put Cost Before Safety
  • Driverless cars: Kangaroos throwing off animal detection software
  • What’s Causing The Massive Increase In Earthquakes In Middle America? It’s Not Fracking

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Categories: Economics