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Locking the Web Open with Decentralizing Tech and Platform Co-ops

Shareable Magazine - June 21, 2016 - 10:17

Since the first browser was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee over 25 years ago, the World Wide Web has grown to become a massive ecosystem of information that has democratized access to knowledge and culture on the Internet. But today, the Web is under threat.

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Daily Digest 6/21 - The Great British Trade-Off, Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism

Chris Martenson - June 21, 2016 - 08:31
  • Senate rejects series of gun measures
  • The Great British Trade-Off
  • Home Is Where The Fraud Is
  • Why Young Americans Are Giving Up on Capitalism
  • The Gold to Silver Ratio is Bullish for Both Gold and Silver
  • 10 years after housing peaked, US is more of a renter nation
  • Peak Oil Consumption Dead Ahead But Price is Anybody's Guess
  • How The Brexit Vote Will Impact Oil Prices

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14 Open Source Photography Tools

Shareable Magazine - June 21, 2016 - 07:40

In a recent article for OpenSource.com, JT Pennington shares his favorite open source tools for photography enthusiasts. He points out that, while most people “scoff at the idea of a professional workflow on anything other than Windows or Mac,” that there are plenty of open source software options out there.

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Council of the European Union Calls for Open Access to Scientific Research by 2020

Shareable Magazine - June 21, 2016 - 07:00

The argument that publicly-funded research should be made available to the public recently received a shot on the arm when the Competitiveness Council of the European Union reinforced its commitment to making all scientific articles and data openly accessible and reusable by 2020.

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Female Migrant Farmworkers Push Back Against Machismo and Abuse in California’s Wine Country

In Sonoma County, women are coming together to support one another and advocate for the safety of undocumented fieldworkers who often work in isolation.
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YES! Wins 4 Excellence in Journalism Awards

From a First Nation’s fight against Big Oil to Seattle’s school to prison pipeline, YES! Magazine coverage was honored in this year’s SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Contest.
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Trama: Netweaving and Collaboration in Rio de Janeiro

Shareable Magazine - June 20, 2016 - 07:57

In late 2014 a design project at PUC-Rio university led five students to the street in Rio de Janeiro to restore an idle square by opening it for people collaboration and creativity. They received a high grade for the event and it was the starting point of Trama, an open collective that acts as a catalyst for collaborative initiatives in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Daily Digest 6/20 - Rare 'Strawberry Moon' Tonight, The Ugly Underbelly Of Oil Shipping

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2016 - 07:09
  • E.U. Countries Warn Britain on ‘Brexit’: You’ll Pay if You Leave Us
  • Will The UK Write History Towards Freedom?
  • The Case For Free Money
  • Senate to vote on gun bills which are unlikely to pass
  • Will Gold’s Bullish Price Chart Outperform Gold’s 5 Bearish Indicators?
  • How the Lowly Mosquito Helped America Win Independence
  • Slavery At Sea: The Ugly Underbelly Of Oil Shipping
  • This Year’s Summer Solstice Comes With a Rare Strawberry Moon

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Daily Digest 6/19 - The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity, The 21st Century Farm

Chris Martenson - June 19, 2016 - 10:01
  • Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation
  • Teen hacks Pentagon websites, gets thanked for finding 'bugs'
  • Obama’s most unusual legacy? Being a good dad
  • The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity
  • Why This Time is Completely, Utterly, Totally Different...Like the Difference between a Hurricane and an Ice Age
  • It’s the first new U.S. nuclear reactor in decades. And climate change has made that a very big deal.
  • How Climate Change Unleashed Humans Upon South America’s Megabeasts
  • Self-driving tractors and data science: we visit a modern farm

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Dmitry Orlov: The US Is Sleepwalking Towards A Nuclear Confrontation

Chris Martenson - June 19, 2016 - 08:52

Following his cautionary analysis on the increasing tension between the US/NATO and Russia, Chris interview Dmitry Orlov this week about the potential likelihood for actual direct conflict to break out between the world powers.

Orlov was born and raised in Leningrad in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in the mid 70s, He has spent the past several decades traveling back and forth between the two countries, writing about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many similarities he sees between that and the secular decline happening in the West. Orlov recently co-authored a stark warning with a number of other experts on Russia, concerned that the US is recklessly provoking a military confrontation it cannot win.

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Daily Digest 6/18 - The Workforce That Won't Retire, Probiotics On The Brain

Chris Martenson - June 18, 2016 - 07:36
  • First Brexit Poll After Jo Cox Death Reveals Stunning Result
  • Britain Asks if Tone of ‘Brexit’ Campaign Made Violence Inevitable
  • Renting Rooms to Travelers Can Be a Source of Income Later in Life
  • Belgium arrests 12 in counter-terrorism raids
  • ‘Flash Boys’ pass: IEX exchange approved by SEC
  • Probiotics on the brain: One gut microbe reverses autism-like symptoms in mice
  • The Workforce That Won't Retire
  • Why Billions in Proven Shale Oil Reserves Suddenly Became Unproven

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Tensions Between US/NATO & Russia Are Flaring Dangerously

Chris Martenson - June 17, 2016 - 14:16

As if there weren’t enough crises to worry about in the world already, from shooting rampages to accelerating species loss, the US and NATO continue to ‘poke the bear’ and risk an outbreak of war with Russia.

I wish this were idle speculation. But if you haven’t been paying close attention, you'll probably be shocked at just how much direct military and diplomatic provocation has been going on between NATO/US and Russia over the past several years -- and in recent weeks, in particular.

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How To Prepare For War

Chris Martenson - June 17, 2016 - 14:16
Executive Summary
  • How to Prepare for:
    • Trade War
    • Energy War
    • Financial War
    • Cyberwar
    • Grid-down attack
    • Conventional Shooting War
    • Nuclear War

If you have not yet read Part 1: Tensions Between US/NATO & Russia Are Flaring Dangerously available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

As a preamble, I need to note that I do not enjoy or derive any satisfaction from writing about or spending time on figuring out how to dodge the worst impacts of human behavior.  War sits right at the top of my ‘this is stupid’ list.  War should be the very last resort after all other diplomatic efforts have failed.  I am sorry that I have to spend time writing this report, and I am sorry that you have to spend time considering it.

As (sadly) expected, things have only escalated over the past several years, not deescalated.  The West has a serious bone to pick with Russia and nobody can rationally explain what or why that might be. I happen to think this is all about bruised neocon egos over Syria, while others think this is just military industrial business being waged in typical fashion.  But it really doesn’t matter what the explanation is; at this point we have to accept that things are at a dangerous point and do our best to respond appropriately.

The consequences of a war between Russia and the US/NATO could range from a very minor skirmish fought over some relatively meaningless items of trade, to an attack on financial markets, all the way to an all-out nuclear exchange.

The question becomes, what, if anything, can we do to prepare?

Lots as it turns out.

No matter where you live, even if you are close to Ukraine and face the prospect of being near a front line that might develop in the future, there is lots that you can and should do.  Luckily, most of the preparations are similar to those you should be undertaking anyways, war worries or not, so they won’t cost you anything extra in terms of time or money.

What you end up doing depends on which sort of war you consider most likely, where you happen to live, and your means.  So let’s consider the range of possibilities here...

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Daily Digest 6/17 - Good News Friday: VW’s Future Is Electric, How Bees Make Beer More Delicious

Chris Martenson - June 17, 2016 - 07:49
  • FBI: US Homicide Rate at 51-Year Low
  • Americans Give More Than $1B To Charity Every Day
  • The Invisible Forces Behind All of Our Decision-Making
  • Exclusive: In your sugary shake, Mars may not be lovin’ it
  • Home Free: How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system
  • After emissions scandal, VW’s roadmap for the future is aggressive on electric
  • Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes
  • How Honeybees Make Our Beer Even More Delicious

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Re-experience OuiShare Fest 2016

Shareable Magazine - June 16, 2016 - 16:05

Even though it is almost impossible to transmit the atmosphere of an event after it has happened, here are some ways you can re-live moments from OuiShare Fest Paris and get in-depth insights into the discussions that took place.

WATCH ALL SESSIONS LIVE ON OUISHARE TV:

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Daily Digest 6/16 - NZ Is A 'Nation Of Debt', AZ Could Be Out of Water in Six Years

Chris Martenson - June 16, 2016 - 08:18
  • Nation of Debt: New Zealand sitting on half-trillion-dollar debt bomb 
  • Investors hold biggest cash pile since 2001 as world gloom deepens
  • Libyan Fund Claims Goldman Sachs Exploited Its Financial Naïveté
  • The biggest questions about gun violence that researchers would still like to see answered
  • Malcolm Gladwell: Why mass shootings, like Orlando's club attack, keep happening
  • Gold Bull Or Bear Market: Why June 2016 Is The Most Important Month Of The Decade
  • A Whiff of Sulphur
  • Arizona Could Be Out of Water in Six Years
  • 'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops
  • Wall Street Journal accepts environmentalist ad but charges extra
  • May marks one more record hot month for the world 

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20,000 Domestic Workers Are About to Get Fair Wages. How’d They Do That?

Left out by traditional unions, women-led domestic workers are winning fights for minimum wage and overtime across the country.
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The Approaching Moment Of Market Capitulation

Chris Martenson - June 15, 2016 - 18:42

Today, on Wednesday June 15th, the Fed made its latest 'non-decision' and did not raise interest rates. The stock market first rose but then tumbled, likely indicating that the Fed's magic is all used up. As we all know, that’s about the only thing that’s been keeping the stock market levitated of late.

I’m on record as saying that not only would the Fed not raise rates this meeting, but that their next move, when it arrives, will be to lower rates; not raise them.

Got that? Down; not up.

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The Library of Things: 8 Spaces Changing How We Think About Stuff

Shareable Magazine - June 15, 2016 - 07:45

The Library of Things movement is emerging in communities around the world. These spaces give people access to a huge spectrum of items, from board games, party supplies and tennis rackets to saws, kitchen appliances, turntables, clothing and tents, without the burden of ownership.

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Daily Digest 6/15 - Premiums And Property Taxes On The Rise, Japanese Gov't Bond Yields Fall

Chris Martenson - June 15, 2016 - 05:26
  • Idaho health insurers want to raise premiums 27%
  • Chicago's Property Taxes Jump Nearly 13 Percent
  • Venezuela in talks with China for grace period in oil-for-loans deal - source
  • 5 things to look for in Chicago annual financial report
  • Junk Debt Mountain Hangs Over Corporate Canada
  • New York’s $178 Billion Pension Sees Returns Lag as Stocks Fall
  • $12 trillion of QE and the lowest rates in 5,000 years ... for this?
  • Charting the lowest interest rates in 5,000 years, worst commodity returns in 80 years
  • Japanese government bond yields fall to fresh lows
  • German 10-Year Government Bond Yields Dip Below Zero for First Time
  • Canada Household Debt Remains Near Record 165% of Income in 1Q

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