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Daily Digest 7/30 - Survival Lessons from the Greek Crisis, The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

Chris Martenson - 3 hours 52 min ago
  • The Growing Threat to the Service Industry
  • 20 Survival Lessons from the Greek Crisis
  • Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind
  • Ron Paul Slams Gen. Wesley Clark: Is He Kidding, Internment Camps?
  • Battered Coal Industry Still Boasts A Few Good Opportunities
  • Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market
  • Sandorkraut: About A Pickle Maker
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

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Categories: Economics

How To Transform Plastic “Waste” into a Bottle Brick

Shareable Magazine - July 29, 2015 - 08:50

Bottle Bricks are a simple and accessible technology that can transform everyday plastic materials into a useful building material – plastic bottles stuffed full of trash until they are as compact as bricks.

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$1.6 Million Low-Income Carsharing Pilot Headed to L.A.

Shareable Magazine - July 29, 2015 - 07:58

Article and image cross-posted from the SUMC blogPhoto credit: Mariordo.

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Daily Digest 7/29 - Venezuela Won’t Escape Default in ’16, Currencies Feel Pain Of Global Stress

Chris Martenson - July 29, 2015 - 06:53
  • As Chicagoans Die, Police Pension Burden Hobbles City’s Response
  • Australians must work longer, for good of economy, says FSC
  • In Brazil, Household Monthly Purchasing Power Plunges by R$ 16 Billion
  • Harvard Professor Now Says Venezuela Won’t Escape Default in ’16
  • Malaysia PM shuffles cabinet as corruption allegations mount
  • Puerto Rico seeking alternative to $3 billion bond deal: governor's office
  • Japan approves increase in Fukushima compensation to $57 billion
  • Global Downgrades Surpass Upgrades as geopolitical, economic risks Increase
  • Emerging currencies feel pain of global stress
  • No cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security in 2016?
  • French unemployed number creeps up to new record
  • Eased mortgage rules extended to July 2016 (Korea)
  • Italy needs 20 years to tackle jobless rate: IMF
  • Putin Countering Sanctions Drags Pension Funds to Company Bonds
  • China credit card transactions hit 15.2 trillion yuan in 2014
  • Chinese Regulators Probe Monday’s Stocks Selloff as Rout Deepens
  • Warning Lights Flash for Africa Borrowers After Zambia Debt Sale
  • Analysts see worsening economic picture in Brazil
  • Covered California sets 4 percent hike in 2016 healthcare premiums

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Categories: Economics

Top 10 Presentations From OuiShare Fest 2015

Shareable Magazine - July 28, 2015 - 08:41

OuiShare Fest is an international gathering in Paris of sharing economy pioneers, enthusiasts and organizers. This year’s fest, which ran May 20-22, featured panels, presentations and discussions that explored numerous aspects of the sharing economy, collaboration, technological developments, and human connectedness. Here are 10 of the top presentations, as chosen by our friends at OuiShare.

1. Nick Grossman: Bringing Collaborative Platforms to Market

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Daily Digest 7/28 - Greece Made Preparations to Exit Euro, China's Stock Meltdown Not Over Yet

Chris Martenson - July 28, 2015 - 08:16
  • Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and hundreds of scientists want to keep AI out of our weapons
  • Greece Made Preparations to Exit Euro
  • Obama poised to give financial aid to federal, state prisoners
  • NATO Proclaims 'Strong Solidarity' With Turkey Against IS
  • China’s Stock Market Meltdown Not Over Yet
  • The dark side of China’s heavy-handed response to its plunging stock markets
  • BP Reports Second-Quarter Loss as Oil Spill Settlement Takes Toll
  • Feature: Rule Of The Jogi

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Conference Aims to Further the Urban Commons Movement

Shareable Magazine - July 28, 2015 - 07:13

On November 6-7 in Bologna, Italy, leading scholars, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and social innovators will gather to further the discussion and movement around the urban commons.

Categories: Economics

The China Syndrome – In Reverse

Chris Martenson - July 27, 2015 - 18:52

The China Syndrome is alive and well. In todays' world, it just has more to do with nuclear levels of margin debt, not runaway radioactive decay.

If China really gets into worse shape, we’ll see them panic and do everything from weakening their currency to support trade (which will export deflation via prices of manufactured goods), to imposing capital controls, to selling US Treasury bonds to pay for the rescue efforts.

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Daily Digest 7/27 - The Outlaw Ocean, Why Bigger Is No Longer Better In Energy

Chris Martenson - July 27, 2015 - 09:24
  • Varoufakis reveals cloak and dagger 'Plan B' for Greece, awaits treason charges
  • Raoul Pal: GroupThink Is Almost Ubiquitous (& The 1 Chart That Matters)
  • Memorize This, Earn A Dollar
  • After Arab Spring, journalism briefly flowered and then withered
  • ‘Sea Slaves’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets And Livestock
  • Chinese Shares Tumble Again
  • Why Bigger Is No Longer Better In Energy
  • Benefits Of Rotational Grazing

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Interviewed: Mass Mosaic's Eric Doriean on the FairShares Alternative

Shareable Magazine - July 27, 2015 - 07:07

Mass Mosaic is an online forum for buying, selling, trading, renting, or borrowing goods and services. (Mass Mosaic via Facebook)

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Daily Digest 7/26 - The Insecure World Of Freelancing, Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

Chris Martenson - July 26, 2015 - 07:57
  • Thirteen Cities Where Single-Family Rents Are Skyrocketing
  • Proposed Raise for Fast-Food Employees Divides Low-Wage Workers
  • Map: How geography affects the value of the minimum wage
  • The Insecure World of Freelancing
  • Ebola created a public health emergency—and we weren’t ready for it
  • The Breakdown Of 2015 Is Now A Fact
  • Aging Infrastructure Plagues Nation’s Busiest Rail Corridor
  • Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

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Daily Digest 7/25 - The End Of Plenty, Don't Laugh At Solar Powered Airplanes

Chris Martenson - July 25, 2015 - 08:47
  • Gap Widening as Top Workers Reap the Raises
  • ‘The End of Plenty,’ by Joel K. Bourne Jr. 
  • Americans Are Finally Eating Less
  • Which State Is in the Most Ecological Debt of Them All?
  • Don’t Laugh at Solar-Powered Airplanes
  • The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours
  • Crickets: The Farmers’ Solution to Grow More with Less?
  • Dried oregano in 'latest food fraud' says Which?

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Daily Digest 7/26 - The End Of Plenty, Don't Laugh At Solar Powered Airplanes

Chris Martenson - July 25, 2015 - 08:47
  • Gap Widening as Top Workers Reap the Raises
  • ‘The End of Plenty,’ by Joel K. Bourne Jr. 
  • Americans Are Finally Eating Less
  • Which State Is in the Most Ecological Debt of Them All?
  • Don’t Laugh at Solar-Powered Airplanes
  • The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours
  • Crickets: The Farmers’ Solution to Grow More with Less?
  • Dried oregano in 'latest food fraud' says Which?

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Categories: Economics

Deflation Is Winning – Beware!

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2015 - 08:03

Deflation is back on the front burner and it's going to destroy all of the careful central planning and related market manipulation of the past 6 years.

Clear signs from the periphery indicate that a destructive deflationary pulse has been unleashed. Tanking commodity prices are confirming that idea. 

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Categories: Economics

Assume The Crash Position

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2015 - 08:03
Executive Summary
  • The entire commodity complex is breaking down
  • What to expect next
  • What will happen with gold
  • What all this means for the future

If you have not yet read Part 1: Deflation Is Winning – Beware! available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Commodity Bust Copper

'Dr. Copper' is so named for the metal's uncanny ability to both diagnose current economic activity and deliver a prognosis on future activity. Right now, it's saying the patient is very sick and not likely to recover any time soon:

Copper has just broken through key support (in dotted circles) and looks like it could fall further. Notice the behavior of copper in 2008/09 and you’ll see that paying attention to copper is a good idea.

Oil

Oil has obviously fallen by a lot, with WTIC crude well under $50 again today, signaling ... 

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Daily Digest 7/24 - Sea Level Warning Issued, Unemployment Apps Plunge To 42-Year Low

Chris Martenson - July 24, 2015 - 07:40
  • China’s Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached
  • What You Need to Know About China’s Gold
  • Central Banks Have Shot Their Wad——-Why The Casino Is In For A Rude Awakening, Part I
  • Push to Lift Minimum Wage Is Now Serious Business
  • Americans' Air Conditioning Habit Is Eco-Friendly
  • Government Pension Cuts Tangled in Patchwork of Legal Rulings
  • Applications for unemployment aid plunge to 42-year low
  • Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning

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Categories: Economics

Debt Collective Marches on New Orleans for Free Higher Ed

“It’s not about freeloading. It’s about what we’re willing to extend to each other as a society.”
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Off The Cuff: Why Commodities Are Getting Crushed

Chris Martenson - July 23, 2015 - 17:17

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • The Commodity Beat-Down
    • Why are gold, oil, etc so weak?
  • Fluffed-Up Fakery
    • Official economic reports are just pure fiction these days
  • The End Of The Long Cycle
    • The devastation when this bubble pops will be epic
  • Stock market roll-over?
    • It's increasingly looking like we'll finally see a material correction

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Daily Digest 7/23 - NYC Raises Fast Food Wage To $15, How To Win The Hunger Games

Chris Martenson - July 23, 2015 - 08:04
  • New York Plans $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers
  • In America, mass incarceration has caused more crime than it’s prevented
  • Missing Gold, Unpayable Debts, Financial Crises, Bail-Outs and Bail-Ins… There Must Be a Better Way
  • How to Get a Second Passport on a Budget
  • Greece Clears Final Reform Hurdle Before New Bailout Talks
  • New Weather Software Could Be A Game-Changer For Solar and Wind
  • Economic slump, not natural gas boom, responsible for drop in CO2 emissions
  • This Time Is Different: Chesapeake Energy Scraps Dividend Amid Oil And Gas Plunge
  • Winning the Hunger Games: Tom Wallace on How to Choose Successful Agriculture Investments
  • Plant that can cause third-degree burns popping up in Canada

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Categories: Economics

The Commons Have Come to Town

Shareable Magazine - July 22, 2015 - 08:49

Article and images cross-posted from CommonsTransitions.org.

Categories: Economics