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Daily Digest 6/3 - A Fight Over Water, In Search of a New Definition of Success

Monday, June 3, 2013, 11:45 AM

Economy

Beyond Money and Power (and Stress and Burnout): In Search of a New Definition of Success (westcoastjan)

The current definition of success, in which we drive ourselves into the ground, if not the grave, and in which working to the point of exhaustion and burnout is considered a badge of honor, was created by men. It's a model of success that's not working for women, and it's not working for men either. And women will have to lead the way to redefining success to include the Third Metric.

Back to the Land is Back in Vogue, and It Could Make You Happier (Nervous Nelly)

Hayes calls it radical homemaking. Others call it “simple living,” “intentional living,” “sustainable living,” “slow living,” “voluntary simplicity,” or “downshifting,” all terms that have entered or reentered the lexicon in the past few years. But “homesteading” seems to have emerged as the modern term of choice for this new kind of self-sufficient, home- focused, frugal, slowed-down lifestyle.

The Greatest Fundamental Reason to own Precious Metals (Thomas C.)

Over the past few years I have listened to many interviews and read many articles on how hedge funds have bragged about picking up large chunks of real estate for their portfolios. While the investment strategy of picking up real estate for a bargain has worked in the past… the future will be a much different story. I will explain more about this later.

A Fight Over Water, and to Save a Way of Life (jdargis)

“This bay would be filled with boats,” said Mr. Shiver, 36, whose father and grandfather plunged nets, set traps and dipped tongs into the water along this stretch of the Florida Panhandle. “There used to be oysters everywhere in here, and now there is none.”

China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom (Brian B.)

“We lost out,” said Michael Makovsky, a former Defense Department
official in the Bush administration who worked on Iraq oil policy. “The
Chinese had nothing to do with the war, but from an economic standpoint they
are benefiting from it, and our Fifth Fleet and air forces are helping to
assure their supply.”

If Oil Prices Rise the EU May not Survive (James S.)

Daniel Lacalle, the senior portfolio manager at investment management firm Ecofin, believes that “oil prices as they are right now are going to be unsustainable. There is all this 'oomph' about shale oil, but it does not alter the fact that there is still a shrinking amount of exportable capacity in OPEC and that's what drives the supply and demand scenario for the European Union.

Natural Gas Trucking: A Made-in-B.C. Success Story (westcoastjan)

In British Columbia, FortisBC offers incentives for operators to convert diesel trucks to compressed natural gas to promote the use of domestic B.C. natural gas as a transportation fuel, and generate both environmental and economic benefits. The incentives encourage the conversion of heavy duty fleet vehicles and the implementation of related natural gas fuel infrastructure. The program was made possible following the creation of the Government of B.C.'s Greenhouse Gas Reduction regulation.

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Watching Apalachicola fishing disappear is hard for a Floridian

I was born and raised in Florida and spent many a summer in the Tallahassee/Apalachicola area and have many fond memories of eating seafood there and watching the fishing boats coming in.  It is a shame that humans are such thoughtless creatures with only concern for the immediate moment.  While we are worrying about the debt we will leave our descendents we might consider the environmental disasters we will be leaving our descendents.  And the nightmarish weather and life without fossil fuels for anything other than the most critical functions.

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Culture of Sickness

@ptwisewoman,

I share your dismay as do many people. However, I can't agree that the problem is humankind as a species, rather I believe it is our culture which is leading us to disaster. There are many examples of humans living as partners with the Earth, e.g. the Iroqois mandate to think ahead seven generations in all decision making. Somewhere along the line we Westerners became ill. And we've now passed our disease to most of the world. Fortunately there are still indigenous peoples left trying to stay healthy until we either join them in health or disappear.

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Of Monsters and Men.

Reading Wescoast Jan's offering from the Huffington Post and Wise Woman's comment I  concluded that our situation is driven by, and is a result of, the exponential function.

Any growth has a doubling time. As an economy doubles and doubles again, is it surprising that everyone has to work longer, harder and faster?

Of cause the amenity of the environment collapses under the onslaught of exponential growth.

You girls can talk as much as you like about getting your lives in ballance, but the Real Monster is the Machine, not the men. The men are victims, fodder for the monster.

What we are seeing is the death of a Monster.

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