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

Monday, June 26, 2017, 7:40 AM
  • 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


Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

What history predicts about our future prospects
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 11:20 PM

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 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. » Read more

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:04 AM
  • 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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Daily Digest 6/23 - Good News Friday: Tiny Kindnesses, How VT Cleaned Up Its Waters

Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:13 AM
  • Food, Energy, And The Evolution Of The Human Species
  • Bikers escort bullied 10-year-old boy to school
  • Mayor Kasim Reed Raises Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour for City Workers (Atlanta)
  • Out of High School, Into Real Life
  • Researchers optimize a powered exoskeleton to cut energy used in walking
  • Everything Changes: Tiny Kindnesses
  • Australian farmer's weed-destroying invention draws world interest
  • How Vermont tackled farm pollution and cleaned up its waters
  • Go Fly A Kite
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Daily Digest 6/22 - Senate Unveils ACA Repeal Bill, Our Fear Of Nukes

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 11:22 AM
  • Senate Leaders Unveil Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
  • I moved my kids out of America. It was the best parenting decision I've ever made.
  • Fewer People Think Continued GDP Growth Necessary or Possible -- Survey Results Released
  • Amazon Just ‘Jumped the Shark’
  • Two-And-a-Half Minutes to Midnight: Our Fear of Nukes and How We Got Here
  • Tesla Deals A Blow To Competitors As Its Stock Price Soars
  • In Flint Water Crisis, Could Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Actually Lead to Prison Time?
  • Heat can kill and we’re turning up the thermostat
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Daily Digest 6/21 - Chicago Police Pension Will Be Broke In 2021, PR Foreclosures Surge

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 10:37 AM
  • Quad City Illinois lawmakers head to Springfield to pass budget before deadline
  • Medica intends to stay in Iowa's health-insurance market, at 43% higher price
  • Health insurers request 22 percent premium increases in Washington for 2018
  • Rauner, schools play blame game as CPS takes out costly $275M loan (Chicago)
  • Australia's central bank frets on financial stability as household debt mounts
  • Pension Crisis Won't Be Reversed by High Returns, Moody's Says
  • Illinois Medicaid talks to blow past judge's deadline
  • Projection: Chicago's police pension fund will be broke in 2021
  • Illinois’ unpaid bill backlog grows to more than $15B
  • Puerto Rico families fight, flee a surge in foreclosures
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Daily Digest 6/20 - “Consciousness is everywhere,” How Russia Targets the U.S. Military

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7:06 AM
  • Leading neuroscientists and Buddhists agree: “Consciousness is everywhere”
  • How Russia Targets the U.S. Military
  • He Voted to Impeach Clinton. This Looks Bigger.
  • The Thinking Person's Retirement Choice
  • 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality
  • 3 ways Clean Energy will make Big Oil extinct in 12 to 32 Years — without subsidies
  • Oil Markets Unmoved By Brewing Conflict In The Middle East
  • It’s Too Hot for Some Planes to Fly in Phoenix
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Daily Digest 6/19 - Rigged Jobs, The Growing Revolution

Monday, June 19, 2017, 10:06 AM
  • Spain’s Wounds Run Deep as Economy Retraces Crisis Losses
  • Rigged
  • BofA: "Has The Fed Become Concerned About The Surge In Stocks?"
  • Who Holds the DEA Accountable When Its Missions Cost Lives?
  • Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Activists and Their Families
  • Are Russia And The Saudis Planning A Natural Gas Cartel?
  • The Growing Revolution
  • Atlantic faces the rare prospect of two active tropical storms in June
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Daily Digest 6/17 - Falling Rocks in the Promised Land, World Weather Report

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10:55 AM
  • Lead found in 20% of baby food samples, especially juices and veggies
  • The Breakthrough: Uncovering NYC Cops Making Millions in Suspicious Deals
  • Falling Rocks in the Promised Land
  • Qatar's Crisis With Saudi Arabia And Gulf Neighbors Has Decades-Long Roots
  • American Chipmakers Had a Toxic Problem. Then They Outsourced It
  • The pitfalls and potential of inexpensive 3D scanning solutions 
  • Yemen War Threatens Crucial Oil Chokepoint
  • World Weather Report

The Pin To Pop This Mother Of All Bubbles?

A worsening shortfall in new credit creation
Friday, June 16, 2017, 7:23 PM

Global macro economic data has been weak for many years, but there’s now a very real chance of a world-wide recession happening in 2017.

Why? A dramatic and worsening shortfall in new credit creation. » Read more