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Daily Digest 6/20 - NM Pension Liabilities Trigger Credit Downgrade, Biggest Economies 'Not Prepared For Another Recession'

Peak Prosperity - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:51
  • New Mexico pension liabilities trigger credit downgrade
  • Budget takes aim at pension costs in Palo Alto
  • Spanish deaths outpace births at fastest rate since records began in 1941
  • Faced with multi-million dollar deficit, Santa Maria City Council to consider options Tuesday
  • Brazil, India corporate debt most vulnerable to rate hikes, McKinsey says
  • U.S. Utilities Cut to Negative in First as Moody's Warns of Debt
  • Britain may issue more 50-year bonds this year, debt office chief says
  • Russia cuts Treasury holdings in half as foreigners start losing appetite for US debt
  • Summers Warns the Biggest Economies Are Not Prepared for Another Recession
  • ECB seeks compromise solution to banks' bad loans problem
  • Japan’s Central Bank Should Face Up to Zero-Price Growth, Ex-Official Says
  • Cook County faces $177 million in deficits over next two budget years
  • Tale of the box: Size matters when it comes to automation
  • As Nashville Rapidly Expands, Residents Worry the Metropolis Is Growing Too Fast
  • The Sacred Immigrant
  • The Really Surprising Thing People Get Wrong In Retirement — And 4 Steps To Overcome It
  • NowUKnow: Why Millennials Refuse to Get Married
  • Google Is Training Machines to Predict When a Patient Will Die
  • Idaho Child Diagnosed with State's First Case of Plague in Humans Since 1992
  • How party dips can give you Norovirus and even herpes (and sour cream is the worst for spreading bacteria)

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Never Before Told Stories on Updated VSphere You Really Need to Read

Prepared For That - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:23
What You Don’t Know About Updated VSphere

ESX ultimately lowers the range of physical servers you should buy, the electricity you consume, and the amount of physical servers you must keep in fighting condition. VMware Download Patches page for more info about the. Also, it’s important to sysprep each Windows Server created. For example when you have an internet server running on a machine within your network you would want to forward port 80 (HTTP) to the computer running the internet server. This extremely reasonably priced server that was initially made for SMB and home servers has become quite common in the virtualization scene. The browser displays all of your backups without needing to know the full backup path. Moreover, review the expanded hardware compatibility list for a hardware refresh might be required too.

VMware download website is such a mess. This informative article consists of download link for a great many edition of VMware vSphere Client starting. It will explain the detailed step by step procedure to understand the upgrade ESXi 6.

Ok it appears like we will have to update our dashboard in 2 key locations. You are then going to be requested to authenticate before it enables you to access the remote console of a distinct digital machine. So it runs right on the hardware. Upgrades incorporate a completely free 60-day trial license. Admitedly the latter solution is a bit more extreme. Likewise there are other alternatives out there. 0 which includes a couple of minor new features not to mention bug fixes to both ESXi 5.

The Tried and True Method for Updated VSphere in Step by Step Detail

Whether your business is large or little, the ability to enlarge your network with vSphere is a plus. It’s particularly advantageous because organizations just will need to create a single, onetime license purchase to back up all their VMs. Therefore before deciding on the virtualization backup appliance, be certain that it supplies everything that you need to implement an effective disaster recovery strategy. Thus, the capacity to manage Hyper-V with vSphere would benefit the corporation.

For those who haven’t upgraded yet, below are some explanations for why you need to consider making the move to vSphere 6.5. Select the solution that most fits your business requirements. All You have to learn About vSphere. There’s nothing else you’ve got to do. All you need to do is to download the.

Let’s just say it was a really long moment. Estimated time will change based on historical and performance data size in your surroundings. If you don’t need to upgrade another time again in short order, take the opportunity to visit ESXi now.

You don’t have to spend a great deal of money for the 2V0-602 exam prep. What’s more, you can spare a fortune and time. The prices of the rest of the editions should continue being the exact same as vSphere 4.0. Be certain and take a look at their great VMware management products which could add a whole lot of value to your VMware environment. It is possible to also set the quantity of backups to retain. The most quantity of concurrent migrations is frequently a role of network traffic capability. The list was updated to incorporate the existing vSphere latest version, which is 6.

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How To Best Prepare Yourself For The Coming Financial Crisis

Ready Nutrition - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:49

Many financial analysts believe the United States economy is in a dire situation.  Peter Schiff, who accurately predicted the 2008 recession has come out and declared we will all live through another Great Depression, only this time, it’ll be much worse than before.  But there are ways to prepare for such an event, and we’ve gathered some helpful tips and tricks to help make the process a little more smooth.

“The bad news is, we are going to live through another Great Depression and it’s going to be very different. This will be in many ways, much much worse, than what people had to endure during the Great Depression…This is going to be a dollar crisis.”

When you are talking about the magnitude of the debt we have, that extra money [raising interest rates] is big. That’s going to be a big drain on the economy to the extent that we have to pay higher interest to international creditors…a lot of this phony GDP is coming from consumption, while the average American who is consuming is deeply in debt and they are going to impacted dramatically in the increase in the cost of servicing that debt…given how much debt we have, and how much debt is going to be marketed the massive increase in supply will argue for interest rates that are higher.” -Peter Schiff

According to Financial Times, it is becoming clear that the global monetary policy is now caught in a debt trap of its own making. Continuing on the current monetary path is ineffective and increasingly dangerous. But any reversal also involves great risks. It stands to reason that the odds of another crisis blowing up continue to rise.

So how can you forecast this economic disaster and best prepare?  For starters, you should pay off as much debt as possible. There are many reasons for this, the obvious being if it truly belongs to you and you have the title in hand, no one can take that property from you.  Pay off your unsecured debts first and as quickly as possible, however.  Credit card debt will become more expensive as interest rates rise, making those already only able to make a minimum payment stuck choosing between a credit card payment or another bill. Make sure you stop putting things on a credit card in order to pay it down with the goal of eliminating that debt. Cut things out of your budget if you must to pay things off. A good tip from Surviopedia is to tackle your debts one at a time starting with the smaller ones. Once the smaller one is paid off, apply the money for those payments to the next biggest debt, paying it off early. Once things are paid off, you’ll also have the added benefit of having extra money to buy things of value that can be used as currency during a crisis, such as gold, food, or ammunition.  Remember, when paper money is of no value, food or ammunition could very well be a powerful form of currency as bartering for goods and services inevitably returns.

Everyone knows they should store a little extra food “just in case,” even if it’s only to wait out a harsh storm. But accumulating ammunition is a great way to prepare for a post-apocalyptic world, especially one in which no one has money (or money is worthless) and grocery store shelves are empty. This is a great primer article to learn more about SHTF Firearms. Rifle and pistol cartridges will always have value if you store them right because ammunition could mean the difference between life and death.  An unloaded gun is merely a club, while a loaded gun can kill an animal for meat or protect one’s life from a violent attack.  Hoarding ammunition and having a safe and dry place to store it could be almost seen as a “savings account.” Even if you don’t own a gun capable of shooting a cartridge you are storing, someone else likely will. One strategy to use, though is to arm yourself with firearms and ammunition using very common cartridges. This will increase the chances that someone else, will have a gun that can shoot what you are offering. The most common pistol cartridges are 9mm, 38 Special and .45 ACP. The most common rifle cartridges are .22 Long Rifle, 7.62x39mm, and 5.56x45mm.  Ammunition is often overlooked as a possible form of currency during a financial crisis but it will be necessary and difficult to come by making it a highly valued currency.  Make sure you have a safe place to store your ammunition and keep its availability quiet to prevent theft or violent attacks against yourself. Rifle cartridges will represent months worth of food, even if you don’t own a rifle. The trick is to find someone who does and trade them for something of equal value.

The final tip to best prepare yourself for a financial crisis is to learn how to make things, such as biodiesel or vegetable oil. Vegetable oil can be extracted by the proper processing of corn and other seeds of your choice and during Venezuela’s collapse, this was one of the first staples that disappeared from the market. Most of the oil producing companies were seized and nationalized. Now their production is a small fraction of what it was when they were private, and the military controls the supply and sales in the black market. Once the vegetable oil has been used for cooking, it could be used as fuel, to improve the heat output of wood stoves, or even as a makeshift a water heater that runs with WVO (waste vegetable oil).  But you should also consider learning to make biodiesel, especially if you own a vehicle or a generator that will run on diesel fuel. It is possible to make biodiesel using vegetable oil too.  If you’d like to try it, Thoughtco has put together a helpful guide that will walk you through the process. 

Remember the three things that will be the most impactful during an economic collapse: having no debt, having items that will serve as a currency, and being able to produce things of value.  If you can accomplish all of those, your chances of survival will go up.

 

 

 

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published June 19th, 2018

Daily Digest 6/19 - Demographics And Destiny, Where Will U.S. Frackers Drill Next?

Peak Prosperity - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:17
  • Demographics And Destiny: This Pension Train Has No Seat Belts
  • Police Use of Facial Recognition With License Databases Spur Privacy Concerns
  • What’s Really Happening When Asylum-Seeking Families Are Separated?
  • How Big Tech brought back the barter economy
  • Stay-at-home mothers a drain on the economy? Actually, the problem might lie with men
  • Living On Spare Change: One Millennial's Life Without A Home
  • ‘Gaming disorder’ is officially recognized by the World Health Organization
  • It's Time to Tell the Kids: If You Don't Do Well in High School, You Won't Do Well in College (or on the Job)
  • EMS Staff Used 'Date-Rape Drug' On People At Cops' Request
  • How AI will reshape the logistics and transportation industry
  • Foreigners buy record number of U.S. homes despite fears of immigration crackdown
  • Who's Powering the Housing Market? Surprise! It's Millennials
  • Norway tests tiny electric plane, sees passenger flights by 2025
  • Where Will U.S. Frackers Drill Next?
  • China's tariffs on U.S. oil would disrupt $1 billion monthly business
  • US Announces US$300 Million in Payments for Cotton Producers
  • Brazil to harden line on U.S. farm aid post Doha
  • Veggie trays recalled after 78 sickened by parasite

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Off The Cuff: A New Framework For The Future

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:50

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris discusses:

  • Reflections On The Future
    • Debrief on Chris' recent NASA conference
  • Cheering On The Way Down
    • We're still partying, unaware of the crisis we're in
  • A New Framework For Seeing The World
    • The Extractive/Regenerative vs Scarity/Abundance plot

This week a travel-weary Chris recounts his key takeaways from the NASA/Blue Sky "Future of Work" conference he just attended. 

On one hand, it's encouaring smart mind of goodwill are coming together to brainstorm how to enter the future with prosperity and grace. But there's so much those caught up in the status quo are blind to. One accomplishment Chris is proud of is a framework he introduced to provide context and focus to the event. One that gets folks on board from the start that any actions embraced need to be based in creation, not consumption.

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Daily Digest 6/18 - The Grizzlies Are Coming, Where Does Disaster Strike Again and Again?

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:05
  • 4 Things Futurist Alvin Toffler Predicted About Work Back in 1970
  • Do You Feel Like You’re Being Positioned For What May Come?
  • The Places in the U.S. Where Disaster Strikes Again and Again
  • It’s All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care
  • Here We Go Again: Our Double-Bubble Economy
  • Texas Bullion Depository Open for Business; Sets the Stage to Challenge Federal Government’s Monopoly on Money
  • FI Update: Tottering Pillars
  • On Donald Trump's "Madness" & A New Gold Standard
  • Demolition Crew Strikes Gold In France, Uncovers 600 Historic Gold Coins Worth Over $100K
  • Silver To Climb 11% In Next Three Months - German-Based Research Firm
  • Here Is The Stunning Reason Why Treasury Yields Blew Out In April
  • Rise of the machines: has technology evolved beyond our control?
  • The View From Olympus: The Big One
  • Overconfident Students, Dubious Employers
  • OPEC Back “In the Driver’s Seat”
  • Can You Retire Comfortably If You Only Work a Part-Time Job?
  • 5 Signs You Will Never Retire
  • Unbearable damage: Foresters look to protect trees from black bears
  • The Grizzlies Are Coming
  • The 8 Best Survival Food Companies to Buy in 2018

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The Science Behind How Colloidal Silver Is Made: Getting Less Ionic Silver

Ready Nutrition - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 05:10

If you have ever been curious as to how colloidal silver is made, and the science behind it all, you’ve come to the right place! Since there is a lot of confusing misinformation about colloidal silver out there, we’ve created a handy guide in the form of a series of articles to help you make the right decision about colloidal silver.

Since metallic silver is what we want when using colloidal silver as a supplement, when creating the colloid, we want as little ionic silver in the mixture as possible.  If you read the previous article on colloidal silver, you should already understand that ionic silver is less desirable as an antimicrobial supplement because of the missing election. Since ionic silver is missing an electron from its outer orbit, it easily bonds to chloride in the body creating silver chloride. The body then expels the compound through urine providing few, if any microbial benefits.

So how exactly is an effective silver colloid made?  That’s where things get a little more scientific. While a colloid can have many forms, colloidal silver is one type of colloid that consists of solid particles suspended in a liquid. The solid, in this case, is very small particles (not individual atoms of silver, but clusters of atoms which create particles) of metallic silver and the liquid is water. The “very small particles” in this context refer to particles whose diameter is measured in nanometers.  A silver colloid then must have silver particles in suspension. However, Colloidal silver also contains another form of silver called ions. The difference between solutions, colloids, and suspensions is defined by the size of the particles in the liquid.

Since we are focusing on colloidal silver, a colloid contains silver nanoparticles ranging in size from 10-9 m to 10-6 m (1 nm to 1000 nm). A one-nanometer silver particle consists of 31 silver atoms.  The diameter of a single silver atom is .288nm.

Colloidal silver is made when an electric current is passed through a series circuit consisting of a silver electrode and de-ionized (DI) water.  The current can be either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). The current flow causes Ag0 (metal) and Ag+ (ions) to migrate from the electrode into the DI water. AC processes tend to be more efficient than DC in limiting the ionic concentration. It is generally assumed that water ionizes to H + and OH- and that the H +, in the form of the hydronium ion, H3O +, migrates to the cathode, where it is reduced to hydrogen gas, H2, which is liberated. The electrons taken from the cathode are replaced at the anode when Ag metal goes into solution as Ag+.

Therefore, colloidal silver consists of silver in two distinctly different forms, metallic silver particles, and silver ions. The total amount of silver that is reported as the silver concentration (in parts per million) is the sum total of the silver contained in the particles and the silver contained in the silver ions.  Typically, silver ions make up 75 to 99 percent of the total silver while only 1 to 25 percent of the total silver is metallic particles.

A solution containing only ionic silver and no particles is not a colloid since there are no solid silver particles in suspension. On the other hand, if 100 percent of the silver was particles and no ions were present, the solution would be a pure colloid. One measure of the quality of a silver colloid is the percentage of silver particles. Ideally, all the silver content would be in the form of particles with no silver ions.

The good news there is it’s almost impossible to get argyria, colloidal silver’s only known side effect, by consuming silver ions. But ionic silver also won’t offer much in the way of antimicrobial benefits either. Accurate measurements of total silver content require the measurement by either atomic absorption or atomic emission of the silver atoms.

The diagram below shows the setup of a colloidal silver generator.  Remember: 9-volt batteries deliver DC.  As mentioned previously, to get more metallic silver, AC is more effective.  It’s also important to bear in mind that AC batteries are not actually batteries, but converters that create AC current out of DC battery supplies. AC can carry electricity several miles without the loss of power and can also be controlled to increase or decrease power with a transformer. An AC converter on a DC battery creates a more controllable AC energy source with the portability and self-contained benefits of a battery.

Since most manufacturers of colloidal silver do not list the concentration of metallic silver or ionic silver, there’s an observational way to note the difference. When looking at the advertised colloidal silver and the colloidal silver you create at home, you can easily tell by how it looks whether or not there’s a high concentration of ionic silver or metallic silver.  Ionic silver solutions should be clear (they look like water) or have a gold tint to them. The particles of ionic silver are too small to be seen except with an electron microscope. When ionic silver is created, bubbles will form on one or both of the silver wires. Colloidal silver is made from silver particles that are microscopic in size.  When creating colloidal silver, it will look like wisps of smoke emanating from one of the silver electrodes. The metallic silver particles will usually deliver a gray or silver tint to the solution.

It would be beneficial if colloidal silver manufacturers would list the concentration of ionic silver in their products, but until then, we’ll have to use our observational skills and decide based on appearance.

One of the purest silver collides can be found by clicking here. This particular brand also cites sources and attempts to educate the consumer.  You’ll note links to scientific articles below the image of their bottle which will also give you the information we are providing here. MesoSilver also labels the percentage of the metallic silver in their product vs. ionic silver so you’re a well-informed consumer.

In the next colloidal silver article, we will go into detail as to how and why silver particles are more effective than silver ions in the human body.

 

*This article is for informational purposes only.  It is not meant to treat or diagnose. 

 

 

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published June 18th, 2018

The Good, the Bad and Nominee Director Services

Prepared For That - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:44

Nominee services are typically provided by professional consulting businesses. Company formation services are simple to redeem and the underlying procedure happens to be quite straightforward. Online Company formation services are the best, easy and affordable approach to register your new organization.

What Is So Fascinating About Nominee Director Services?

If you company falls under very significant risk we won’t be in a position to function as your nominee director. To the contrary, in the event the company has an active trading business, the amount of responsibilities will be relatively greater. Monitor company’s solvency by reviewing periodic reports from accountant to make sure that it is able to meet the debts when they are due. Personal companies far outnumber the quantity of public businesses. A public company, on the flip side, has not one of the above mentioned restrictions. If you are thinking about setting up an offshore company then it’s advised you try to find a trustworthy and well established agency to assist you.

You are able to register your organization directly though Companies House or you’ll be able to use assistance from company formation agents. It is always advisable in assembling an offshore business to request a list of services and fees up front. Irrespective of state laws, it is quite challenging for a modest ongoing business to keep up the privacy of all owners.

The Fundamentals of Nominee Director Services Revealed

Not to mention bearer shares aren’t permitted by the majority of states. The exchanges are made to serve people who don’t already have insurance through their employer and who aren’t covered by means of a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid. It is not difficult to open multicurrency accounts of the maximum quality, together with Internet banking facilities.

There’s not minimum requirement as the NZOFC isn’t a bank. There’s no minimum requirement for the quantity of share capital. Moreover, since there are relatively fewer restrictions on investment, it’s an investor-friendly small business city. There’s no restriction on the most amount of members and transfer of shares.

Therefore, there’s complete small business freedom for offshore entrepreneurs. So, privacy can on occasion make it rather expensive for an expected plaintiff to seek out your assets. You might want privacy of your ownership interest in your small business.

Dialogue, for the large part, was up to par throughout the movie. The interaction with the appropriate government bodies for the company incorporation is accomplished by the expert consultancy firm, resulting in completion of the incorporation procedure. Also, for most small businesses, the most negative part of bearer shares is the inability to produce an S-election as a result of limitations on the number and kind of shareholders.

Rita the Teacher can be found on Netflix in the United States. The principal or principals setting up a NZOFC will want to get a level of wisdom and expertise in various financial matters about the services the organization will offer. The director will likewise be authorised to deal with company’s affairs. In other words, he is obliged to promote the profitability of the company and protect company’s interest. The simple fact a nominee director is virtually always a non-executive director, he or she doesn’t hold shares in the organization. Additionally, he cannot share confidential information with the shareholder that hired him or her.

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Daily Digest 6/16 - IQ Scores Are Falling, Antarctic Ice Melt Has Tripled in Five Years

Peak Prosperity - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:33
  • A new AI can focus on one voice in a crowd
  • Missouri chaos continues: Mizzou lays off 30 in wake of $49 million shortfall
  • Currencies – Truth and Confidence
  • US farmers 'nervous,' as China threat of 25 percent tariffs on soybeans could cause pain
  • "Deep Freeze!" --Early Earth Froze Over in a Geological 'Blink of an Eye'
  • Miami and Fort Lauderdale have highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in country
  • IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds
  • Berkeley Scholar Admits "Climate Change Has Run Its Course"
  • Michigan now has nation's toughest rules for lead in drinking water
  • As many as 42 percent of Baltimore police officers on patrol last month were working overtime
  • The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?
  • Idaho Child Diagnosed With the Plague, Officials Confirm
  • We aren't ready for a solar storm smackdown
  • “We Didn’t Have This Green Thing”
  • Iran Warns North Korea About The United States
  • The Gravity From Small Objects, Not Planet Nine, Explains Weird Orbits
  • Antarctic Ice Melt Has Tripled in Five Years

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Vegetable Consumption Increases When Children Learn To Garden

Ready Nutrition - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 05:37

Most of us know by now that increasing our consumption of fruits and vegetables and limiting processed foods will lead us down a path of nutritional sustenance and health for years to come. Now studies are even suggesting that simply teaching a school-aged child about the importance of gardening and growing your own food can cause them to make the choice to eat more vegetables.

Any parent knows that children are often reluctant to eat their vegetables, especially considering the processed yet flavorful foods they are surrounded with anymore.  But teaching them to grow food in a garden can help change this trend. They can’t grow a Cheeto!

In a study conducted by Parmer et al., second graders who participated in school gardening as part of a nutrition education class increased their selection and consumption of vegetables at school, compared to second graders who did not participate in gardening. In addition, students who gardened demonstrated a higher preference for the fruits and vegetables that they had sampled.  This suggests that children want to actually try the foods they grow themselves leading them to make healthier choices even at a young age.

But that isn’t the only study that looked at the effects a vegetable garden can have on our children. In another study, which was conducted by Ratcliffe et al., middle schoolers with garden-based nutritional education demonstrated a higher preference for vegetables than the students who were not exposed to garden-based nutritional education. Students who gardened were also more willing to taste vegetables and increased the variety of vegetables they ate at school. Since most Middle schoolers have more freedom when it comes to making food choices than elementary school students, they often tend to eat fewer vegetables as they approach their adolescent years.

A garden for your school may serve as an effective way to increase vegetable consumption in young kids and maintain higher levels of vegetable consumption in adolescents.  If you homeschool, it could be highly effective to garden at your home and teach your children about healthy food choices.  Personally, I often allow my children to try to read the ingredient list on a bag of Cheetos (for example) just to see their reaction as they attempt to sound out the chemicals listed.  Then a simple explanation as to why Cheetos are more of a “food-like” substance rather than a nutritional food goes a long way to nourish the body and mind.

“If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t,” says the author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollan.  “It’s not food if it’s served through the window of your car. It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language. Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles.”

Gardens can be used to teach many subjects and they do serve as a reminder to parents to reinforce health messages students receive in other activities at school and at home. If a garden is not possible for your family, consider alternative ideas, such as beginning a gardening project at your kids’ school which could include school family nights. You could also consider a community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Many of these programs increase families’ access to fresh produce by offering shares families can purchase. Some even provide adults with ideas for preparing produce in ways most children can enjoy. Plus, these programs often give children and their parents a way to interact with the farmer who actually grew the food they will be eating.  Since children are naturally inquisitive, the questions they ask the farmer could serve as very important gateways to eating right.

It is also important that the parents eat the food grown as well.  Even if your child’s school has a garden, nutritional education shouldn’t stop when the child gets home.  Making healthy choices for dinner at home can also have a positive impact on what your child chooses to eat for themselves. But this isn’t limited to school-aged children, meaning it is never too late to learn to garden!

College students who garden, or who learned to garden as children, eat more fruits and vegetables than their peers who do not or never learned to garden. The findings were based on a survey of 1,351 students conducted for the “Get Fruved” project, a collaboration between eight American universities aimed at improving the health and diet of students across the country. Anne Matthews, Ph.D., wanted to know how much gardening had affected the eating habits of college-aged kids. She and her team found that 30 percent (of the college-ages kids in the study) had gardened as a child, and 38 percent gardened at the time of the interview. Compared to students who said they never gardened, those “green-thumb” groups reported eating more fruits and vegetables: an average of 2.9 cups a day, versus just 2.4.

The bottom line is to help children understand gardening and how to grow their own food.  Making it fun and getting children involved helps them understand where their food should come from.  Gardening also serves to give kids a variety of vegetables to try in new ways and has shown to be successful in helping them make positive food choices as they age. Teaching them to grow their own food may also help in getting them interested in tasting new and different vegetables too.  They may even want to help in preparation of the vegetables for dinner.

Try a garden, or work with your school to add one and watch your children learn how to eat better seemingly on their own!

 

 

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published June 16th, 2018

A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 18:55

As the Federal Reserve kicked off its second round of quantitative easing in aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis, hedge fund manager David Tepper predicted that nearly all assets would rise tremendously in response. 

History proved Tepper right: financial and other risk assets have shot the moon. Equities have long since rocketed past their pre-crisis highs, bonds continued rising as interest rates stayed at historic lows, and many real estate markets are now back in bubble territory. 

And everyone learned to love the 'Fed put' and stop worrying.

But as King Louis XV and Bob Dylan both warned us, what's coming next will change everything.

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Daily Digest 6/15 - Good News Friday: Money Isn't Everything, Last Straw For Plastic Straws?

Peak Prosperity - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:30
  • Money Isn’t Everything – Overcome The Greedy Mindset
  • Plant-based diet lowers risk for chronic diseases, weight gain, death
  • Florida judge rules state ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional
  • Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more
  • By 2022, India vows to stop single-use plastics
  • 20/20 Hindsight and How to Avoid Regret
  • Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes… But Some Do
  • Alabama sisters give birth on same day, around same time, for second time in 9 years
  • Gene therapy reverses rat's paralysis
  • Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers
  • Surprising discovery: Sweet tooth gene connected with less body fat
  • Mars to Shine Brighter This Summer Than It Has in 15 Years
  • Audi Working to Add Solar Panel Roofs to Future Electric Cars
  • Pros & Cons of Growing Your Own Fruits & Vegetables

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U.S. Disaster Zones: Are You Living In A Place Where Disasters Are Common?

Ready Nutrition - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:36

The great east Japan earthquake

With constant media bombardment of fears of a nuclear war, many have begun to prepare for a disaster.  But government uncertainty isn’t the only thing on the minds of the masses.  Volcanic activity appears to be increasing and earthquakes seem to be getting more severe.  That begs the question: do you live in a disaster zone?

In just the past 16 years, parts of Louisiana have been struck by six hurricanes. Areas near San Diego were devastated by three particularly vicious wildfire seasons. And a town in eastern Kentucky has been pummeled by at least nine storms severe enough to warrant federal assistance.  These are obvious red flag areas, but what about the rest of the country?

The New York Times has put together a map showing which areas in the United States were subjected to the most disasters which caused monetary losses by ZIP code between 2002 – 2017.

                                    $150,000                         $500,000                           $1 million                       $5 million

All the maps in show losses verified by the Small Business Administration for disasters in which a presidential disaster declaration was issued. The values of the losses are expressed in 2017 dollars.

The statistics for living in the “red zones” in the above map are not comforting either. About 90 percent of the total losses across the United States occurred in ZIP codes that contain less than 20 percent of the national population, according to an analysis of data from the Small Business Administration.

In the first three months of 2018, billion-dollar storms hit the United States three times. By contrast, in the first three months of an average year, just one disaster that causes more than a billion dollars in damages occurs, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records dating back to 1980.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) attempts to calculate the full cost of major disasters, namely those that cause more than a billion dollars in damages. It estimates that 2017 was the costliest year on record, with 16 billion-dollar disasters that together cost the United States more than $300 billion. While natural disasters are often unpredictable, the annual losses from billion-dollar disasters, which were adjusted for inflation, have increased over the last 40 years.

Because the federal government continues to use taxpayer funds to subsidize the disaster zones, critics feel that the money is being wasted by continuing to help people live in places that they know will be hit by a hurricane or deadly storm.  Christina DeConcini, the director of government affairs at the World Resources Institute, said that instead of just being responsive, the government should stress building for resilience against the disasters that continue to cost people money.

About 4 percent of all hurricanes that make landfall globally hit the United States, said Robert Mendelsohn, an economist at Yale University who studies the damage caused by hurricanes. However, 60 percent of worldwide damage from hurricanes happens in the United States. Dr. Mendelsohn attributed this partly to federal government programs that discourage citizens and local governments from building walls to protect housing near the coast. Only in the United States do relief programs and subsidized insurance make it attractive for people to move toward disaster-prone areas, he told The New York Times.

People continue to live in disaster areas mostly because of their financial situation, whether it be a lot or too little money. Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University, said that the rise in population and wealth near the coasts was contributing to most of the increase in the destruction caused by hurricanes.  Bigger and more expensive homes require more money to repair in the event of a natural disaster, and many even in the middle class are being squeezed out of coastal areas due to the cost of living.   In 2016, there were more than 3.6 times as many homes in states that border the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as in 1940, according to the Census Bureau.

Others say that their family ties and lack of funds to support a move are keeping them in areas prone to natural disasters. Linda Lowe, the president of a historical society in flood-prone Olive Hill, Kentucky said that rather than move the town, “it’s easier to throw your hands up and say, ‘Forget it.’” Dr. Irwin Redlener, the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University said rationality often goes out the window when discussing things like disasters and their destructive potential on a person’s life.  “Abandoning a location and moving a city makes sense from a scientific, risk point of view, but the fact is that to get to a place culturally and psychologically where that conversation can be tolerated is a difficult thing to imagine,” said Redlener. “It’s not all that rational — but I guess a lot of these things are not really rational,” he added according to The New York Times.

But some residents have decided to stay in disaster zones and use their time between hurricanes to prepare themselves for the next storm.  It’s often the best way to protect against monetary and life losses, said one Louisiana resident. Susan McClamroch, who works at a museum in Slidell, Louisiana, said that locals joke that they “start eating everything in the freezer” this time of year because of the likelihood of a power failure after a hurricane.

If you cannot relocate, or do not wish to relocate, consider storing some food and water in a safe place just in case disaster strikes.

Since it’s hard to take that first step and prepare, especially for a year-long power grid failure, a handy guide we’ve often suggested is called The Prepper’s Blueprint.  Written by Tess Pennington, it’ll walk the reader through a prepping regimen with a guide and easy to follow instructions and give beginning preppers a foundation to build on.

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Originally published June 15th, 2018

Daily Digest 6/14 - America's Most Dangerous Job, Is Your Bitcoin Investment Safe?

Peak Prosperity - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:51
  • Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot
  • The 'Real' America: 21.5% Unemployment, 10% Inflation, And Negative Economic Growth
  • Meet Erik Finman, the teenage bitcoin millionaire
  • Crypto hacks: Is your bitcoin investment safe?
  • U.S. Debt Default Causes and Consequences
  • More than a third of American adults take prescription drugs linked to depression, study says
  • Depression Is a Potential Side Effect of Over 200 Common Prescription Drugs, Scientists Warn
  • Disturbing Congress Documents Reveal Even MORE Things That Facebook Knows About You
  • No, White Communities Aren’t Less Safe than Diverse Ones
  • What’s one of America’s most dangerous jobs? It’s not what you think. 
  • Musk Delivers 1,000 "Not a Flamethrower" Units: 20,000 Sold at $500 Each
  • Rocks Under I-95 Present Odd, and Scary, Threat to Power Grid
  • Bleak New Figures Show Just How Unaffordable Rent Is In Every U.S. State
  • Merk Research U.S. Equity Market Chart Book
  • The Permian Faces A Long Term Natural Gas Crisis
  • Will we ever colonise an asteroid?
  • 'Lost' NASA Tapes Show Humans Sort of Caused Global Warming on the Moon Too
  • How Do GMOs Impact People and the Environment – and Do They Produce More Food? 

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Important Solutions to Best Diamonds in Step by Step Detail

Prepared For That - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:56

Certified Diamonds It’s always wisest to choose diamonds that were certified. Diamonds are much better than any normal insurance on paper. To be sure the diamond is, in reality, the diamond which goes with the certificate and that it’s at least the high quality and beauty that we expected, our GIA Graduate Gemologist performs these inspections. An individual can discover such certified diamonds online at some leading stores.

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Diamonds are carved by jewelers to better their shine. When you settle on which diamond is ideal for you, we order the diamond in for our private inspection. Read on to discover why purchasing a diamond at Blue Nile really isn’t the ideal idea.

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Diamonds are extremely valuable rocks and can be quite excellent investments since they offer greater security than many different types of investment. They are too expensive in nature. When searching for diamonds to purchase, the diamond color is an element of the purchasing process which should not be dismissed. The most striking quality about pick the loose diamonds is in the simple fact that someone can create someone’s own pattern for the jewelry one wishes to gift to friends or family members. Purchasing loose diamonds has ever been viewed as an attractive investment prospect.

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Daily Digest 6/13 - We Can't Repay Our Government's Debts, Life Without The Internet

Peak Prosperity - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:34
  • Venezuela annual inflation hits 24,600 percent in May: National Assembly
  • Consumer prices jump 2.8 percent for biggest increase in more than six years
  • As city worker OT surges, so does pressure on pension costs (New York)
  • KRS approves $1.5 million in legal fees as San Francisco money manager brings pension systems to court (Kentucky)
  • Pension Budget Raided To Plug $14M City Deficit (New Haven)
  • Chicago Schools Need $3 Billion In Repairs, Yet CPS Spends Big On New Construction
  • Opinion: Italy never should have joined the euro, and the ECB can’t rescue it from its next crisis
  • Average Phoenix household has $12,000 in credit card debt, report says
  • We can't repay our government's debts
  • Brazil’s central bank in firepower test with currency speculators
  • The $1.5 Trillion Student Debt Bubble Is About To Pop
  • How nuclear war would affect Earth’s climate
  • Life Without The Internet
  • More than half of Millennials expect to be millionaires someday, according to a new study
  • How Much Radiation Can People Survive?

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Sustainable Prepping: 5 Alternative Energy Types for When the SHTF

Ready Nutrition - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:58

There are actually a lot of different types of energy sources to tap into after a disaster strikes. One of the major differences is that unless you have formed some kind of intentional community or have a group of like-minded individuals in your area, you will be the engineer, the mechanic, and the maintenance man all rolled into one. To digress just a bit, this is why shows such as “The Colony” (the reality show, not the aliens), and “Doomsday Preppers” are productive for the introduction of ideas. Those ideas need to be researched and employed, in that order.

Let’s cover some methods to generate energy and provide power, and discuss the positive and negative aspects of each one.

  1. Wood:  absolutely a mainstay after disaster strikes. I’ve written several pieces on the benefits of wood stoves: for cooking, boiling water for washing, laundry, and drinking, and of course, for heat. For those with a fireplace and no woodstove, a set of Dutch ovens (cast-iron cookware) and a kettle that can be hung within it are good for starters. There are also racks out there for hanging laundry and taking advantage of the heat from the fireplace or the woodstove. The main problems with the woodstove are fuel and security. First, you need to lay in a good supply of wood long before either the winter and/or the disaster strikes. Secondly, the wood fire produces smoke, something that cannot be concealed, and this will alert others to your location.
  2. Solar:  It’s always worthwhile to throw some panels up on the roof, as these can give at least a trickle charge, if not power everything you have. Undertaking this is fairly uncomplicated. During your spring, summer, and fall months, you’ll get a lot out of it. Winter is a different matter: not just for the snow, but also for the gray days where you won’t receive that much light. There are even solar generators with high-capacity lithium power packs or portable solar panels you can take with you in your bug-out bag.
  3. Wind: There are plenty of kits out there that will enable you to throw up one or more windmills, and these can take up the slack for the solar panels on days that there is not much in the way of the sun. Windmills also need to be maintained a little more, as they can be damaged or have a breakdown from the moving parts.
  4. Bicycle Generator: Please take note: this is a generator that runs from pedal power, as in a stationary exercise bicycle that doesn’t move…just turns that front wheel. The wheel provides the power to turn a generator flywheel. There are many different plans and kits available here, as well. Basically, all you need is a generator of some type, a belt to rig up on the front wheel of the bicycle, a voltage regulator (so you don’t overload/blow out your battery), and the battery itself.
  5. Wood Gassifier: this contraption is made from a container holding a heat source (fire) that in turn heats another container filled with wood pieces. The resulting wood gas is then channeled to the carburetor of an engine and directly used by that engine for fuel to run on. The fuel tank is bypassed, as the wood produces a gas. The engine then turns a flywheel that is hooked up to an alternator, and your power is then produced…that can charge a battery array. There are plans all over the Internet for these gassifiers.

The time to begin undertaking these projects is now, prior to needing them. One other problem has to do with the human element, an element more inhumane than anything else. Local building codes, community and residential codes, inspectors, permits, and the usual “conga line” of loser-bureaucrats coming out to steal your money and prevent you from doing anything…these are sure to materialize. You may have to build everything and not employ it until after a disaster hits. Not to mention “friendly,” nosy, intrusive, vicious, snooping neighbors will swoop in to denounce you or cause you other forms of trouble. I’ve written about these “gems” before in the past: more deadly to deal with after the S hits the fan than the disaster itself.

Those are some basics, and you need to do some research and figure out which one (or ones) can be viable for you. There are plenty of resources out there all over the Internet, as well as in your local library or county extension office. Take some time working with each to come up with the best possible courses of action. Then when the time comes, if you’ve prepared, you’ll be able to sing the song, “I’ve got the power,” although it will be getting kind of hectic. You’ll be able to handle it.  JJ out!

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Originally published June 13th, 2018

Ronald Stoeferle: Gold Is Dirt Cheap Right Now

Peak Prosperity - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:38

Fresh from releasing his exhaustive 230-page annual report titled In Gold We Trust, Ronald Stoerferle joins us to summarize his forecast for the yellow metal.

Stoerferle, an author of several books on Austrian economics and head of strategy and portofolio management at Incrementum AG, concludes that gold is extremely cheap right now in dollar terms. And he sees a new bull market beginning for the precious metal -- one likely to quickly build momentum as the next (and long overdue) financial market correction arrives.

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Daily Digest 6/12 - Venezuela's Long Road To Ruin, What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?

Peak Prosperity - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:24
  • Venezuela’s Long Road to Ruin
  • Polio makes comeback in Venezuela after decades
  • No, Thanks: Why Russia is Wary of Borrowing Abroad
  • On The G7, Tariffs and Trade
  • Yes, You Can Be High-Functioning With A Severe Mental Illness
  • Deutsche Bank: The Fiat Money World May Be Coming to An End
  • Golden Triangle Update
  • What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?
  • Toddlers consuming too much added sugar, study finds
  • 72% of Canadian men are unhealthy, study says. This region is second worst
  • China Hacked US Navy Contractor, Stole 614GB Of Submarine Missile Secrets
  • Auto lenders take on more risk to attract more customers: WSJ
  • How To Make A Safe Room
  • Geopolitical Tensions Reach Boiling Point Ahead Of OPEC Meeting
  • In the Battle against Lyme Disease, the Ticks Are Winning
  • Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, June 9, 2018
  • Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years
  • Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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Daily Digest 6/11 - Earth's Dismal Water Future, How Much Money Do You Need To Be Happy?

Peak Prosperity - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:14
  • The Politics of Pretense: The Status Quo Is the Problem, But It Can't Be Touched
  • MIT scientists created an AI-powered 'psychopath' named Norman
  • Twenty top predictions for life 100 years from now
  • Mining asteroids could unlock untold wealth – here’s how to get started
  • A Father's Day Dilemma
  • How Much Money Do You Need To Be Happy? More Than Most People Are Making
  • What Would Happen to Money Supply if We Returned to the Gold Standard?
  • 3 Fiat Money Systems That Have Crashed
  • Celestial collisions have the potential to change our planet forever
  • 1816 – Year Without A Summer – Massive Crop Failure, Food Shortages
  • Why Antibiotics Today Could Threaten Your Life Tomorrow
  • One of LA’s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began
  • Earth's dismal water future, mapped
  • 5 of the Healthiest Fish to Eat (and 5 to Avoid)
  • These Scientists Say It's Too Late to Rid the World's Oceans of Plastic
  • Plastics Industry Knew its Products were Polluting Oceans by 1970s, Then Spent Decades Denying Responsibility and Fighting Regulation

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