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After Coal, a Small Kentucky Town Builds a Healthier, More Creative Economy

A complex network of local organizations helps neighbors support one another as they rebound from a dying industry.
Categories: Economics

CropMobster: How To Put Your Local Food System To Its Highest Use

Chris Martenson - June 5, 2017 - 14:05

In the developed world, we waste a LOT of food.

In America alone, it’s estimated that up to 40 percent of the post-harvest food supply is discarded, according to The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That represents more than 1,200 calories per day for every man, woman, and child in the U.S. -- just thrown into the trash. Yet at the same time we have food access issues and nutritional deficits that result in widescale health problems and hunger nationwide, despite having more than enough nutritional calories to go around. Our food system is a mess -- and it doesn’t have to be that way.

In this week's podcast, we talk with Nick Papadopoulos, founder of CropMobster; an innovative company focused on helping communities dramatically improve the potential of their local food sheds. Nick explains how CropMobster provides a platform that any community can build on to connect local producers with local consumers in ways that boost economic development, reduce wastage of food and other resources, and assist local hunger relievers:

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Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities: Using Urban Data to Reclaim Public Space as a Commons

Shareable Magazine - June 5, 2017 - 10:30

You may have heard of smart cities that use data to improve urban networks like public transportation systems. In the shadow of this well-marketed story is another narrative around data in the city; a story where the right to the city extends to the digital realm. Here are two initiatives where reclaiming citizens' control over data has enabled practices that run counter to mainstream narratives of market-driven urban development — practices of commoning data and urban spaces, together.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/5 - Collapse Has Arrived, U.S. Jobs Market Much Worse Than Data Suggests

Chris Martenson - June 5, 2017 - 05:24
  • As Russia probe grinds on, Trump struggles to gain traction on agenda
  • The Numbers Are In: A Single-Payer Health System in California Would Cover Everyone and Save Tens of Billions a Year
  • Why Aren’t American Teenagers Working Anymore?
  • The U.S. Jobs Market: Much Worse Than The Official Data Suggest
  • Retirees flock to Latin America to live an upper-class lifestyle on $1,500 a month
  • Dimming Bulb 3: Collapse has Arrived
  • What Exiting The Paris Agreement Means For U.S. Utilities
  • Grand Canyon at risk as Arizona officials ask Trump to end uranium mining ban

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/3 - The Addicts Next Door, Could California Be The Next Puerto Rico?

Chris Martenson - June 3, 2017 - 07:57
  • The Addicts Next Door
  • Borrowing to fund pensions could make California the next Puerto Rico
  • Gold, Silver Or Bitcoin-Crypto Currencies: Where Will The Big Money Be Made?
  • Hidden Away for 28 Years, Tiananmen Protest Pictures See Light of Day
  • Silver and NASDAQ Strength Will Reverse
  • The Watson Files
  • Canada Pushes For Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy
  • Food poisoning warning: Hepatitis E found in European pig products

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Categories: Economics

Less Than Zero: How The Fed Killed Saving

Chris Martenson - June 2, 2017 - 15:27

Savings accounts were created to provide an incentive for people to plan for the future. Put money away today, let it grow through the miracle of compounding interest, and have more tomorrow.

Prudent savings is essential to a healthy economy. It offers resilience during downturns, and provides seed capital for productive enterprise.

But we are no longer a nation of savers. The Federal Reserve has killed the incentive to be one.

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: The Demise Of The Current World Order

Chris Martenson - June 2, 2017 - 13:00

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • History Is Full Of Cycles
    • 80-year & 240-year being the most dominant for empires
  • At The Cycles End
    • The US is at the end of both a 240-yr AND 80-yr cycle
  • A Global Reset
    • Given the huge distortions, a worldwide reckoning is overdue
  • What Will Emerge From The Ashes?
    • Will the new order make better decisions?

This week, Chris and Charles look across the expanse of history, at past empires and the paths they followed as they collapsed. They see many signs that the current world order is reaching its last moments before something new emerges -- likely out of the chaos of a systemic reset.

Before that happens though, the current system needs to topple under the weight of its shortcomings, one of which is the concentration of wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands. Charles explains where to keep our focus:

90% of our entire income, national income, and interactions are with a handful of cartels. Which we now have new ones. We've got Google, which is essentially a monopoly. We have Facebook, which is a monopoly. The dominant players are Apple, Netflix. The usual crowd. Amazon. They are so large, so wealthy that they're basically so far beyond competition that they're a monopoly. Once they start lobbying the pay for play democracy we have, then they're really going to be unassailable. Once they learn the tricks of the insurance companies and the military industrial complex and higher education, then they're going to build a regulatory moat that no one can get around, on top of their other advantages.

We've got for profit cartels and then we have the central state. Which is married to the cartels -- because they both need each other, they feed off each other. Those are failed models. Those platforms are going to unravel

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/2 - Good News Friday: The World's Largest Floating Solar Plant, India To Go All Electric By 2030

Chris Martenson - June 2, 2017 - 09:24
  • Automatic Voter Registration OK'd by Illinois Lawmakers 
  • India aiming for all-electric car fleet by 2030, petrol and diesel to be tanked
  • Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord
  • As U.S. retreats, EU and China seek climate leadership at summit
  • The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China
  • Exxon investors clash with executives, vote in favor of annual climate report
  • Kentucky Is Making It Easier for Organizations to Donate Extra Food
  • An inside view of Hong-Kong’s hidden rooftop farms

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Categories: Economics

An Informal Settlement in Puerto Rico Has Become the World's First Favela Community Land Trust

Shareable Magazine - June 1, 2017 - 11:54

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, government, residents, and technical professionals created a Community Land Trust (CLT), known locally as Fideicomiso de la Tierra, to preserve and develop informal communities along the Martín Peña Canal.

Categories: Economics

REMINDER: The End Of Money Webinar

Chris Martenson - June 1, 2017 - 10:02

A reminder that our upcoming webinar, The End Of Money, happens in less than a week -- on Wednesday, June 7th.

If you haven't already, register for it now

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Categories: Economics

December 31, 1969 - 17:00
Categories: Blogs, Economics