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    Beyond the Defensible Space

    Fire safety and the structure of your home
    by Mat Stein

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 11:02 PM

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    [NOTE: In light of the tragic loss of life of the brave firefighters in Arizona and for all the men and women firefighters who work to protect lives and property, we all need to make extra efforts to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfires and home fires.  Our work both inside and out of our homes will not only create defensible spaces, but, just as importantly, will assist those who risk their lives to stay out of harms way. This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]

    Following on the heels of 2012’s record-breaking droughts, heat waves, and fire storms, this year’s fires season is off to an earlier and more deadly/damaging start in several of the western states. If current scientific predictions of global warming prove anywhere near correct, then we can expect that devastating wildfires will become the new normal in the coming years, reaching a broader spectrum of geographical zones that previously escaped such conflagrations. Whether you are a homeowner wishing to improve the fire resistance of your current dwelling or are planning to build a new home, beyond creating a “defensible space” around your home there are a number of other actions you can take to improve the chances that your home will survive a local wildfire. These guidelines are typically applied to homes located in areas where long periods of dry weather are common, such as many of the western states. However, due to changing times, people in many areas where the threat of wildfires was previously a non-issue are now finding it to be a growing concern.

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    Housing Prices Are Being Dangerously Distorted By Big Institutional Money

    Do we really want to live through Housing Bubble 2.0?
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 2:27 PM

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    The airwaves are full of stories of economic recovery. One trumpeted recently has been the rapid recovery in housing, at least as measured in prices.

    The problem is: a good portion of the rebound in house prices in many markets has less to do with renewed optimism, new jobs, and rising wages, and more to do with big money investors fueled by the ultra-cheap money policies of the Fed.

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    Housing Prices Are Being Dangerously Distorted by Big Institutional Money

    Do we really want to live through Housing Bubble 2.0?
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 2:20 PM

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    The airwaves are full of stories of economic recovery. One trumpeted recently has been the rapid recovery in housing, at least as measured in prices.

    The problem is, a good portion of the rebound in house prices in many markets has less to do with renewed optimism, new jobs, and rising wages, and more to do with big money investors fueled by the ultra-cheap money policies of the Fed.

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    Daily Digest – Feb 4

    by Davos

    Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 1:14 AM

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    • IBM Offers To Move Laid Off Workers To India
    • President Obama to water down ‘Buy American’ plan after EU trade war threat 
    • California Pension Funds Close To Bankruptcy
    • California issues IOUs instead of cheques
    • Hundreds line up for days for Miami firefighter positions 
    • U.S. Property Owners Lost $3.3 Trillion in Home Value 
    • Ford US sales plunge 40 pct., Toyota down 32 pct.
    • GM (GM) January Sales: Odds Of Chapter 11 Go Way Up
    • Chart, Auto Sales
    • Chart, US Vehicle Sales
    • Chart, New Home Sales
    • Pending Home Sales… Foreclosure Boom (Chart in article)
    • Chart, Homeowner Vacancy Rate
    • U.S. Home Ownership Rate Falls to 7-Year Low 
    • Funny Colbert Report Video 
    • U.S. Dollar 
    • Treasury to Outline Bank Plan Next Week 
    • The Economy and the Future of Health Care (Hat Tip Christopher Peters) 

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    Daily Digest – Jan 30

    by Davos

    Friday, January 30, 2009, 2:23 AM

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    • New Record, Fed, Activity Declined in Every State (Dec. 2008, Charts)  
    • Layoff Daily (Website, Hat Tip CM)
    • US-China currency war eclipses Davos, and threatens the world (Hat Tip PineCarr)
    • Russia, China Blame Woes on Capitalism 
    • Russian Ruble Trouble (Chart)
    • New Home Sale, Monthly, NSA (Chart) 
    • Why Your Bank Is Broke  
    • Bank Bailout Could Cost Up to $4 Trillion: Economists 
    • Initial and Continued Unemployment Claims (Chart)
    • 10-Year Treasury yield reaches key juncture (Chart in article) 
    • NYC Budget Axe To Carve Out $1 Billion 
    • Soros at Davos 2009 (Video)
    • Union leaders condemn delegates on crisis response

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