Simon’s Edge™ – Vol. 28

Here is Volume 28 of “Simon’s Edge,” previously called “Simon Says Weatherwise & Otherwise,” an out-of-box and alternative collection of news link substantiated intelligence on the subjects of climate, weather, technology, financial investments/commodities, socio-economic and health-related risks, issues, ideas, potential “Black Swans” and insights to help gain Bulldog Pundit readers an ‘edge’ in the onslaught of news from around the world.

NUMEROUS REASONS TO FEAR LONG-TERM ASSET DEFLATION
It’s a long and technical article, but scroll down to “Lessons Learned And Implications For Today.”  From that point onward, there is a wealth of advice for getting an ‘edge’ in the financial world.  Here is one of this smart gentleman’s nuggets of information:  “Eventually, excessive borrowing and high inflation will restrict the government’s ability to use deficit financing, and either the spending must plummet as generations-worth of promises to retirees are broken, or taxes must be substantially increased – or both.  Unfortunately, “wealthy” investors who have been enjoying apparently “stratospheric” profits on their retirement investment accounts are likely to be all too tempting of a target, resulting in rising tax rates even while retirement tax shelters are restricted or eliminated.

A $10 MILLION PRIZE THAT COULD CHANGE MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS
The X Prize foundation is now moving from a spacecraft to offering a $10 million prize to the person or team that can invent a real life tricorder, like the one Bones used on Star Trek.  The Tricorder was the medical device used on the old sci-fi series and allowed the doctor to diagnose injuries and illnesses without having to poke or prod the patient.  I think everyone (governments, people, corporations, etc.) should donate to something like this. Make it a $100+ million prize (you know, like the lotto) and actually get this done.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF GAMIFICATION?
Financial firms are turning to games to attract a younger demographic that may be impervious to advertising. Online games afford banks a cheaper way to attract customers in an era when interest rates on savings are practically nil, debit card fees are capped and banks have small margins and little leeway to throw rewards at consumers. Gamification is a $100 million market that should grow to $2.8 billion by 2016.

EXCELLENT REPORT AND A MUST-READ FOR FREQUENT FLIERS

Hot rain falling on the family homestead … a very “hot” article about Fukushima radiation increasing in many a back yard around America (and over other nations too).

THE HIGHLY COMPROMISED STATE OF OUR MENTAL HEALTH

The high-stress environment of a modern lifestyle, combined with a lack of personal fulfillment or gratification will quickly lead to where many others have gone, a dark and seemingly endless pit of emotional distress. It’s normal to have doubts, fears, and anxiety. But how are problems generally dealt with today?  Through the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, (which are interestingly linked to higher rates of depression and suicidal behavior) or other generally toxic ways.

PLUTONIUM FROM FUKUSHIMA HAS NOW CIRCLED THE PLANET
A recently published study in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity confirms that the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster reached Europe (Lithuania), and included plutonium, the most deadly human-made element (nanogram for nanogram) in existence.  http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/plutonium-from-fukushima-has-now.html

SNOWMAGGEDON IN PICTURES:  INCREDIBLE SNOWFALL HEIGHTS
Valdez, Alaska, usually the snowiest place in the United States and often on top of the list globally, has received as much snow this winter though this past weekend as it normally receives over the course of an entire season.  So far, it’s received more than 322 inches.

CLIMATE NEWS ON SAYING THE TRUTH GETS YOU FIRED
Ben Stein claims he’s a victim of political discrimination. The conservative pundit and actor alleges that his position on climate change had him kicked off a $300,000 acting gig.  In the suit, Stein says the company that hired him reneged on the deal (and replaced him with a look-alike) after it found out that he isn’t sure humans are responsible for climate change.

AN EARTHQUAKE MORE SERIOUS THAN THE ‘USUAL’ VERTICAL ONES
Most earthquakes occur at near-vertical faults, such as the strike-slip San Andreas Fault or the thrust fault that caused the 2011 Japan earthquake. The Kohat Plateau earthquake, in Pakistan, occurred on a horizontal fault, a bit like a caterpillar ‘walk.’

HIDDEN CHARGES COMPANIES PASS OFF ON CONSUMERS
The average adult in America pays at least $942 each year in hidden fees. Credit card and bank fees have become both more common and more expensive in recent years, even as new regulations have sought to keep institutions from taking advantage of consumers. In fact, some of the newest – and sneakiest – charges are in direct response to government regulation.

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About Dr. Simon Atkins

Dr. Simon Atkins, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Forecasting Corporation [AFC], a think-tank in planetary risk management and climate change hazard consulting for businesses and investors that are affected by natural-based perils and socio-economic complexities. Dr. Atkins founded AFCrisk, a customizable platform in global meteorological 24x7 predictions with client asset overlays. He has 25 years of experience providing strategic expertise in weather risk going out years in advance and advanced catastrophe modeling. With a wealth of knowledge gained from activities in 65 countries, he advises on vulnerability assessment “hotspots” for optimized security planning and business continuity.
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