Interview with the author via Hidden Forces
Carol’s argument in the book is that we are on the brink of a new global financial order, which will fundamentally change the fortunes of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people in the Western world. How this new global financial order is being implemented and the role played by international organizations, governments and multinational corporations in facilitating it is much of the conversation today. The second part of the episode examines the deeper technological, socio-cultural, and spiritual forces that are driving people to awaken. This part of the discussion focuses on how to differentiate the alarmist misdirection of many media entrepreneurs and other more credible news sources, as well as what we can do to fight back by regaining control of our finances, our lives, and the narratives that define our reality.
● Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud
Ben McKenzie and Jacob Silverman
Interview with the co-author (McKenzie) via Marketplace.org
Cryptocurrency has had a tough time over the past year. Bitcoin’s value has fallen to less than half of its peak of $65,000 in the fall of 2021, and former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried faces criminal charges for his role in the collapse of the major crypto exchange. Yet, as the crypto industry attempts to move past what some are calling a crypto winter, skeptics are questioning its very premise: is it even possible to realize the promise of a “decentralized” currency? Is Crypto, as an Idea, Flawed? “These cryptocurrencies aren’t currencies, economically speaking, because they don’t do what money does,” actor and writer Ben McKenzie said in an interview with “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal. “Money, at the end of the day, is trust. Cryptocurrency says, ‘Oh, we can replace that.’
● The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet
Review via The Economist
The book is a remarkable exploration of the deadly consequences of rising temperatures caused by humans releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Unlike wildfires and hurricanes, which create whirlwinds of flame, paint the skies an apocalyptic orange and drown out cities, heat waves cannot be easily filmed. The heat silently kills, suffocating more American lives each year than any other type of weather. “How to make visible the story of an invisible killer?” asks Mr. Goodell. Some policymakers are trying, creating new heat warning systems and naming heat waves as hurricanes.
The biggest takeaway from the book is that heat damage unfairly falls on those least able to protect themselves.
● An uncertain future: how to unlock the climate impasse
Alexander F. Gazmararian and Dustin Tingley
Summary via publisher (Oxford U. Press)
Why isn’t the world moving fast enough to solve the climate crisis? Politics stands in the way, but experts hope green investments, offsetting and retraining could break the stalemate. However, these measures often lack credibility. Not only do communities fear that these policies will be reversed, but they have already seen broken promises. Uncertain Futures offers solutions to make the promises that accompany the energy transition more credible. He examines the perspectives of workers, communities and businesses, arguing that the climate impasse is best understood by looking at the problem from the ground up. Featuring frontline voices such as a Carbon County commissioner deciding whether or not to welcome wind, energy company executives seeking solutions, Minnesota mayors and unions fighting for local jobs, and visitors to coal country navigating their uncertain future, this book argues that for economic transitions to work, promises must be made credible.
● The Essentials of Risk Management, Third Edition
Michel Crouhy, et al.
Summary via publisher (McGraw Hill)
The “bible” of risk management, fully updated for an investment landscape radically altered by social and technological upheaval. When first published in 2005, The Essentials of Risk Management became an instant classic in risk management. Now the authors offer a completely updated and revised edition to help you succeed in a world rocked by unprecedented change. Combining academic research with real-world applications, this bestselling guide provides the expert insights that have made it so popular for so many years, covering the most effective ways to measure and transfer credit risk, increase risk management transparency, and implement an organization-wide enterprise risk management approach.
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