March 27, 2013

Cream and sugar: Top places to live, social engineering, food security, and more.

What I'm drinking with my coffee:

1. America's 50 best cities
A slideshow

2. False flags, fake media reporting, deceiving the public: Social engineering and the 21 century truth emergency
The selection and arrangement of experts by corporate media guarantees a continued monopoly on “truth,” particularly when presented to an uninquisitive and politically dormant public. Yet this phenomenon extends to ostensibly more trustworthy media outlets such as public broadcasting, where a heightened utilization of credentialed expertise is required to ensure the consensus of those who perceive themselves as more refined than the Average Joe.

3. Global food security in 2050
Food production has increased fast enough to meet the increasing demand for food on a global scale. This is due mainly to significant increases in crop yields since 1980. From 1980 through 2011, there has been a 24.2 percent increase in corn yields, 21.8 percent in soybean yields, 22.7 percent in rice yields and a 10.5 percent increase in wheat yields.

However, how about the next 40 years?

4. Video: Should we expect more highs in the stock market?
NYU professor and market historian, Richard Sylla, speaks:

5.Women make better decisions than men
"We've known for some time that companies that have more women on their boards have better results," explains Bart. "Our findings show that having women on the board is no longer just the right thing but also the smart thing to do. Companies with few female directors may actually be shortchanging their investors."

6. Paul Farrell: We're at a market top
This same psychological phenomenon has turned the thoughtful scholarly Prof. Bernanke into Bernanke the Savior, Hero and Leader of the Free World Monetary System. It’s a syndrome seen so often by psychologists, behavioral economists and neuroscientists. As a behavioral economist and U.S. Marine veteran I imagine Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessup on the stand in “A few Good Men,” barking “you can’t handle the truth” at Bernanke. 

Few investors wanted to hear the warnings for years before the 2000 crash. Nor the warning before the 2008 crash.