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Daily Digest 11/20 - The Economy's Ebb And Flow, Dust Storms On The High Plains

Chris Martenson - 9 hours 28 min ago
  • Emission Statement
  • The Geography Of Terrorism
  • The Economy's Ebb And Flow
  • Rich hoard cash as their wealth reaches record high
  • Cops Mock Victims While Learning How to Legally Steal Their Property
  • Russia-China Deal Could Kill U.S. LNG Exports
  • Dust Storms Again in the High Plains
  • Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate

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When most projects just disappear off the radar, its great to see such a self-cr...

Community Currency Magazine - November 19, 2014 - 20:44
When most projects just disappear off the radar, its great to see such a self-critical & artistic account.


Autopsy
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In 2010, Pixelache and curator Susanne Jaschko invited UK artist Christian Nold to develop a project for Helsinki. Autopsy of an Island Currency describes and reflects on the two-and-half year process of this artistic research project, which attempted to create an experimental local currency for the…
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Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Chris Martenson - November 19, 2014 - 19:53

At the essential center of the framework of the Crash Course is the almost insultingly simple idea that endless growth on a finite planet is an impossibility.

It is so simple it could be worked out by a clever 4 year-old and yet it must not be so simple because the main narrative of every economy in every corner of the globe rests on the idea of endless, infinite growth.

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Enhanced Problem Solving

Chris Martenson - November 19, 2014 - 10:33

Executive summary: Day after day, humans are challenged to solve problems big and small, yet our brains didn't evolve for optimum problem solving! Fortunately, many simple techniques have been developed to overcome our brains' problem-solving drawbacks, and these techniques can greatly improve our chances of problem-solving success. Unfortunately, while most people solve problems to the best of their natural ability, they have little to no understanding of their brain's shortcomings in this regard, or of ways to overcome them. To better enable us to work smarter, not harder, this article seeks to demonstrate the validity of these assumptions, and to point readers to further problem-solving resources.

Imagine this: Someone offers to pay you $100 for every song you can name! Whoopee! Easy money, right? There's just one catch: you can only use your unaided mind to come up with songs. That's right, no outside assistance – so just step away from the computer, and put down that smartphone! (Just for fun, do spend a few minutes trying to name every song you know.)

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The Truth About Cast Iron Pans

Chris Martenson - November 19, 2014 - 09:24

If you have ever wanted to incorporate some cast iron cookware into your food prep routine but was hesitant based on what you had heard about maintaining / seasoning or other drawbacks to cooking with it - don't hesitate any longer.  The following article really dispels the myths of cast iron cookware and will give you the confidence in your newly acquired pans.  (I personally cook with cast iron every single day and for most meals.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner!)

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/the-truth-about-cast-iron.html

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Is Sharing Good for the Environment? It Depends.

Shareable Magazine - November 19, 2014 - 08:49

With the rise of the sharing economy, people are sharing cars, houses, sports equipment, clothing, toys, meals, surfboards and much more. There's an intuition among sharers that sharing is not only good for the pocketbook, it’s good for the planet. The thinking goes that sharing helps us reduce consumption and keep usable goods out of landfills.

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New Documentary Celebrates Amsterdam as a Sharing City

Shareable Magazine - November 19, 2014 - 08:28

Around the world, sharing cities are being created. Sparked, in part, by Shareable’s Sharing Cities Network, the sharing cities movement, with its emphasis on growing community, peer-to-peer transactions, and collaborative consumption, is gaining momentum.

One such city is Amsterdam. A well-established progressive, tech-enabled, and open-minded place, Amsterdam is also a hub for the sharing economy.

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Daily Digest 11/19 - France's Flailing Economy, Student Loan Debt Rises

Chris Martenson - November 19, 2014 - 07:43
  • France's flailing economy
  • Bank of Japan meets as economic slump, tax delay cast doubt over outlook
  • Japan recession, Europe stagnation cast pall over global economic outlook
  • Average Student Loan Debt Rises
  • UCSD students to protest proposed tuition hike
  • Americans put health insurers on the hate list
  • Russia Adds More Gold as Sanctions Weaken Ruble to Record Low
  • Frankfurt begins first European direct settlements in Chinese yuan
  • Interest rates may stay low for years: RBA
  • Another rude Obamacare surprise awaits

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Open Sauce / Source for the Food Revolution

Shareable Magazine - November 19, 2014 - 00:11

"He who receives ideas from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me."   - Thomas Jefferson

We can't get around it, so we'll say it upfront. Food is essential to life. What's more, ensuring open access to the resources, knowledge, and land we need to feed ourselves is political. In opposition to corporate control and intellectual property, we need systems and processes which emphasize sharing and collaboration for food systems work.

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How To Properly Prepare A Water Barrel

Chris Martenson - November 18, 2014 - 15:59

Learn the basics of prepping and using a water storage barrel.  Great tips and info in the following article.

http://www.thegoodsurvivalist.com/how-to-properly-prepare-a-water-barrel-and-water-for-emergency-storage/2/

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New Research Points to Successes, Challenges of Shared-Use Mobility

Shareable Magazine - November 18, 2014 - 12:44

Trends in carsharing suggest the expansion of one-way services like those offered by car2go. (ecomento.com)

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How to Start a Bike Kitchen

Shareable Magazine - November 18, 2014 - 08:52

Photo credit: the Bike Farm in Portland, Oregon. Follow @CatJohnson on Twitter

A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists.

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Daily Digest 11/18 - Dust Storm Sweeps Over Colorado, Almonds Are Sucking California Dry

Chris Martenson - November 18, 2014 - 08:26
  • Japan Is Dying And We Still Don’t Get It
  • Energy and the future of food
  • Arctic Haboob: Dust Storm Sweeps Over Colorado
  • Sustainable Cloth: A Vermont designer takes up the regional textile challenge
  • Soaking Up Greenhouse Gases Like A Sponge
  • How almonds are sucking California dry
  • Companies and water: Value diluted
  • 3 Billion Gallons Of Fracking Wastewater Pumped Into Clean California Aquifiers: "Errors Were Made" State Admits

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Special Farmland Update

Chris Martenson - November 17, 2014 - 18:34

Chris recently hosted a webinar for investing in sustainable farmland. An archived footage of the webinar is provided here.

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Without Running Water

Chris Martenson - November 17, 2014 - 13:12

Lots of great tips on how to make a lack of running water a little easier to deal with in times of emergency or natural disasters. 

http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/coping-without-running-water/

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8 Awesome Ways Cooperatives Strengthen Communities

Shareable Magazine - November 17, 2014 - 13:01

Cooperatives embody the values of sharing: distributed risk, common purpose, shared rewards, and solidarity. They are an avenue to stable employment in a tumultuous job market. Ranging from factories to bakeries to cleaning services to buyers clubs, cooperatives offer a new way to structure enterprises that place value in the hands of all of those involved in creating it.

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The Sharing Economy Has Gone Big. Like, Ridge Tiller Big.

Shareable Magazine - November 17, 2014 - 09:05

Article and top image cross-posted from Modern Farmer, written by Meaghan Agnew.

Yes, yes, we’re in the throes of a sharing economy — hell, Uber even shared kittens on National Cat Day last month. But farm-equipment shares? Now you’ve got our attention.

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Daily Digest 11/17 - Japan Pushed Into Recession, What Really Happened In Bejing

Chris Martenson - November 17, 2014 - 07:58
  • Red light camera vendor Redflex: America’s a “low/no-growth market”
  • Dismal quarter pushes Japan into recession
  • What really happened in Beijing: Putin, Obama, Xi — and the back story the media won’t tell you
  • Prosecutors troubled by extent of military fraud
  • Doctor Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Dies
  • Renewable Energy Will Allow Communist Party Of China To Hold Onto Power
  • Seal Meat: Veal of the Ocean?
  • Bird Flu Confirmed at Dutch, UK Farms

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Eric Sprott: Global Gold Demand Is Overwhelming Supply

Chris Martenson - November 16, 2014 - 08:11

Precious metals have had an especially tough go of it over the past month. Both gold and silver are back in price territory last seen in 2010.

Eric Sprott returns to the program to discuss the facts as we know them in this market, and what's likely to happen from here. Specifically, he explains the tremendous imbalance currently seen between global supply and demand for precious metals. In his view, prices will have to correct upwards -- prodigiously -- to bring the two back in alignment.

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Daily Digest 11/16 - Extreme Wealth Is Bad For Everyone, Who’s Feeding China’s Gold Hunger?

Chris Martenson - November 16, 2014 - 08:02
  • Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy
  • China Bad Loans Jump Most Since 2005 as Economy Cools
  • China, The New Indispensable Nation?
  • Who’s Feeding China’s Gold Hunger?
  • The Most Important Election You Never Heard Of
  • Tracking Fishy Behavior, From Space
  • New world record claimed for organic solar cell efficiency
  • Oil Dispute Takes a Page From Congo’s Bloody Past

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