Category Archives: Business

What Happened to America’s Middle-class?

Alissa Quart, author of the new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, suggests that America’s middle class is being wiped out by a cost of living that far outpaces salary increases.   A couple earning nearly $140,000 can’t make ends meet without taking after hours jobs? Tiny starter houses cost $680,000 and up? Highly educated […]

Community Rallies Behind Teen’s Hot Dog Stand for School Clothes

Minneapolis Officials Help Teen Get Permits for Hot Dog Stand How many times have we read about a story in which children tried to experiment with a lemon aid or hot dog stand that was closed down quickly and emotionlessly by cranky neighbors and overzealous city authorities? Sadly, it seems to happen a lot, making […]

Are We Rats in a Cage?

  Chris Martenson, Co-Founder of Peak Prosperity and author of “The Crash Course” provides us a science-based explanation for the apparent escalation in extremism and aggression around the globe, even in the US where we have always assumed that different ideas should not only be accepted but also celebrated as part of our diverse heritage […]

Dalio: Odds increasing for wars

Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates founder, recently posted that he is becoming more pessimistic about economic relations between the U.S. and China. Dalio wrote that current geopolitical developments cause him to believe that the probability of trade and other types of wars has increased substantially.   Source: Dalio: Odds increasing for trade wars and ‘possibly even shooting […]

Bitcoin Or the U.S. Dollar: Will the Real Bubble Please Stand?

  Over the past year, much of the growing buzz in finance circles concerning the explosive growth of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin in particular, has focused on the question of whether they are fairly-priced, revolutionary digital assets or simply newfangled speculative bubbles. Recently, many are asking if the bubble-like characteristics of cryptocurrencies result less from speculative manipulation […]

It’s Looking A Lot Like 2008 Now… | Peak Prosperity

Take a look at the above chart and marvel at what ten years of unprecedented money printing can do for an asset market like the S&P 500. The current exponential curve from 2008 makes the previous two market peaks look like molehills next to a mountain. Chris Martenson, founder of Peak Prosperity, takes us back […]

Wealthy Elite Beg Republicans For Higher Taxes?

Since when do people complain about not paying enough taxes? Since a group of about 400 wealthy corporate executives and professionals found solidarity in concluding that wealth inequality in the country has been stretched to the limits and that any further advantages bestowed upon them through Trump’s Tax plan would only exacerbate the problem. Instead, […]

Asia’s Booming Pod Hotel Market

  Capsule hotels, once thought the domain of overworked underpaid Japanese salarymen, have exploded across Asia. Creative designs for small sleeping spaces have attracted a broad spectrum of customers from young creatives to high-end business travelers. Source: Asia’s Booming Pod Hotel Market Projected To Reach $226M — Why Are Travelers Downsizing?

This Tiny Country Feeds the World

The Netherlands, at only 1/270th the size of the US, is the world’s second largest food exporter by value…behind only the US. How did they do this? It’s all about the efficiency. Source: This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Agribusiness Goes High-Tech

Silicon Valley is digging around for new startups to grow and is betting the farm that high-tech agribusiness won’t be small potatoes for long.  Big data and AI are being applied in more and more ways to better understand how we can improve agricultural systems around the world. Source: Agribusiness Gets Less Hands-on and More High-Tech […]