18 tips and tasks you can do right now to help reduce your energy use and save on your utility bills.
The bottom line is this: we, as a species, all over the globe, have already mined the richest ores, found the easiest energy sources, and farmed the richest soils that our Environment has to offer.
We have taken several hundreds of millions of years of natural ore body, fossil energy deposition, aquifer accumulation, soil creation, and animal population growth -- and largely burned through them in the few years since oil was discovered. It is safe to say that in human terms, once these are gone, man, they’re gone.
- So Bad It's Good: Surviving 2014
- Grandmaster Putin's Golden Trap
- NATO To Deploy Tanks In Eastern Europe Shortly After VP Of Europarliament Says Ukraine-Russia War Imminent.
- OPEC Takes No Action to Ease Supply Glut as Oil Slumps
- Gold Price Went Ballistic To $1,450 In Less Than 20 Minutes
- Google Gives Up On Renewables
- Utilities Facing Coal Shortages Due To Rail Congestion
- Goodbye, Oil: US Navy Cracks New Renewable Energy Technology To Turn Seawater Into Fuel, Allowing Ships To Stay At Sea Longer
Today is Thanksgiving in the US, a prominent holiday typically marked by insane travel nightmares for many, and a chance to spend time with non-core relatives.
To balance all that out we usually overeat, over drink, and slip into a tryptophan coma in front of the TV.
At least, that’s what the holiday has become for many.
Here at Peak Prosperity we like to remember that the holiday consists of two words, thanks and giving.
In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Alasdair Macleod discuss:
- The Swiss gold referendum and the extraordinary lengths to which the Swiss National Bank is going to prevent its passage.
- The World Gold Council's bizarre under-reporting of Chinese gold demand
- Fuzzy numbers: GDP is both distorted and not representative of actual economic progress
- Russia moving toward putting the ruble under a gold standard?
- Provoking Russia. The aims of the west are not clear, probably because there's no real strategy in place.
There are very big movements happening in the world of physical gold, with the dutch somehow getting their 120+ tonnes of gold back from the US Federal Reserve over just three months while Germany continues to insist 5 tonnes over an entire year was reasonable. A major political figure in France has written a letter to the French central bank demanding that all French gold be repatriated while Russia's central bank continues to accumulate gold in preference for dollars.
Yet the price for physical gold remains stuck in a tight band between $1190 and $1200.
But what if Russia is moving towards a gold standard? This would make sense for them on a lot of levels and would be a true game changer for a world that currently revolves around the petrodollar. Alasdair and Chris discuss the hows and the whys.
Some great tips for putting away your power tools and equipment for the winter season and some steps to take for prepping the tools you will need during the colder months.
Using an electric fencing system for livestock and poultry containment can be an easy and effective way to pasture animals and protect against predation. In the following video tutorial, you will learn the steps of setting up a moveable electric fence and some of the considerations when incorporating one into your homestead plan.
- Brazil edges to brink of epic water crisis
- West Valley cities eyeing reclaimed water amid drought, population growth
- Euro-Area Yields Drop to Records as Dutch Borrow at All-Time Low
- Russian economy faces recession again following Ukraine sanctions
- South Africa’s Economic Growth Continues to Decline
- Bundesbank Says Banks Risk Property Loss If Economy Sags
- OECD downgrades growth forecast for Japan amid recession
- BOJ’s Kuroda, unfazed by yen falls, signals readiness to ease more
- Japan central bank gov. says companies must raise wages, investment, says hoarding cash costly
- Lawmakers Look for Ways to Provide Relief for Rising Cost of Generic Drugs
Article cross-posted from Center for a New American Dream. Written by Robyn Truslow.
A very informative video that will show you how to cut rope with a cutting device. So simple it might make you laugh.
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- U.S. Economy Grew at 3.9 Percent Rate in 3rd Quarter
- The Secrets of the “Secret Science” Bill
- The Swiss Referendum On Gold: What’s Missing From The Debate
- The Neo-Rurals
- What Low Oil Prices Mean For The U.S. Economy
- World's Highest Wind Turbine Will Hover Above Alaska
- This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth
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Thanksgiving, a day of celebration and gratitude for both harvest and family, is frequently overshadowed by its consumerist big brother, the notorious Black Friday. In 2013, consumers spent a whopping $57 billion on that day alone, with the average consumer spending over $400. 2014 is predicted to be just as spendy, with 67 million people expected to brave the long lines in search of deep discounts.
Learn about the many different ways cinnamon can be a healthful and beneficial spice to add your diet and include in your deep pantry.
- What Makes A City Unhappy?
- Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides
- Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels
- New Battery Composed Of Lots Of Nanobatteries
- Where Oil And Politics Meet
- How Energy Secure Are The EU And UK?
- Death Of A Family Farm
- Melting Away
Article and images cross-posted from OpenSource.com.
Before the age of supermarkets and 24-hour diners, seasons dictated our lives far more intimately than they do now and there was a time of the year that was crucial to human survival: the harvest.
Ever since our ancestors moved from being hunter-gatherers to farmers, the harvest has been an important element of the human experience. It was not only a celebration of the bounty each year, it foretold the future. At harvest, people would know whether they would be well fed through the winter and beyond.
If someone said your organization could eliminate email and meetings, fire the bosses, go to a four day work week, and thrive, what would you think? Where’s the punchline, right? Well, there is no punchline. Many companies are taking such steps.
Is it a good idea to start a LETS in 2014? The brand is 30 years old, and has a track record littered with poor governance, currency collapse, low participation and high turnover. The domesticated hippies of the 80s and caring sharing consumers of the 90s are not the same as the Occupiers and Transitioners of today. The existing LETS projects at least in UK are failing to thrive even in recession. The movement preferred decentralisation over software coordination, and slicker projects emerge every week.
Here at Peak Prosperity, we follow a lot of the problems and challenges of the world around us and explore what can be done in response to them. And in seeking solutions, we have to remind ourselves that if we want the world to be different in some way, the only way to begin changing it with 100% certainty is by changing ourselves. In the end, we are responsible for how we perceive and relate to what's happening around us, and true change begins with taking ownership of what our reality is, and what we want it to be.
For such a heady topic, we've responded to previous requests from the PP.com community and invited our own philosopher-in-residence Andrew Graves -- better known as Treebeard on the site -- to expound on the topic.