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How to Reinflate the Dream of College-for-All

Financial aid doesn’t work unless we’re honest about costs.
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Daily Digest 4/9 - Ecology For All Of Us, Symbols Of Strength

Chris Martenson - April 9, 2017 - 10:05
  • Symbols of Strength
  • The Nutty Economy - Europe Returns
  • Amazon will replace some of its battery forklifts with hydrogen fuel cell ones
  • Four Triggers For Panic Attacks
  • Ecology For All Of Us
  • Neonicotinoid Residue Found In Drinking Water For The First Time

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Daily Digest 4/8 - LePen Could 'Blow Up' EU, When Solar Panels Became Job Killers

Chris Martenson - April 8, 2017 - 08:49
  • Trump’s Syria Strike Has Some Critics Cheering and Some Fans Booing 
  • Russian military posts drone footage of aftermath of US strike on Syria
  • Marine Le Pen could 'blow up' the European Union, and the fear's starting to show
  • Jim Rogers: Global Financial Turmoil Should Trump Fail
  • America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever
  • Uber said to use “sophisticated” software to defraud drivers, passengers
  • Did The Banks Just Give U.S. Shale A Carte Blanche?
  • When Solar Panels Became Job Killers

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Daily Digest 4/7 - Good News Friday: Shrinking Big Banks, Making Salt Water Drinkable

Chris Martenson - April 7, 2017 - 10:56
  • Trump and Warren Agree? Maybe, on Plan to Shrink Big Banks
  • Federal judge overturns NC legislative attempt to change Greensboro’s city election system
  • New York City is officially closing the infamously troubled Rikers Island jail
  • Redesigning economics based on ecology
  • Endangered Bumble Bee Could Stand in Way of Afton Sewage Plant Construction
  • As Trump halts federal action on climate change, cities and states push on
  • Aggressive emissions cutbacks would drop heat waves in half in 20 years
  • Scientists Just Figured Out How To Make Saltwater Drinkable

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Sudden Escalation: US Warships Fire Missiles Into Syria

Chris Martenson - April 6, 2017 - 20:40

One of my worst fears has come to pass: the US has launched a missile strike against the Syrian government.

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Daily Digest 4/6 - Deepwater Will Soon Challenge Shale, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Chris Martenson - April 6, 2017 - 07:53
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Japanese retailers quickly embracing bitcoin payments
  • Investigation Finds Some Federal Contractors Are Violating Wage Laws
  • Confirmed: Susan Rice "Unmasked" Trump Team
  • Donald Trump Has Just Committed The United States To A Disastrous War In Syria
  • Imperfect Partners: How Trump Can Improve the Messy U.S.-Chinese Economic Relationship
  • Deepwater Will Soon Challenge Shale
  • Farming becoming riskier under climate change

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Podcast: The Power and Perils of Cooperatives

Shareable Magazine - April 5, 2017 - 10:15

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR's Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, research associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively. The three discuss the cooperative model of ownership and how this model can enable investment in gigabit internet connections for their member-owners, but also how they are subject to a low participation rates in their elections.

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Daily Digest 4/5 - High Student Debt Quadrupled In 10 Years, Half Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Chris Martenson - April 5, 2017 - 06:07
  • Half of Americans are responsible for only 3 percent of health care costs
  • Number of people who owe over $100,000 in student debt has quadrupled in 10 years
  • Italy budget deficit widens in March, first-quarter deficit also higher
  • Emerging Q1 global bond issuance at record $181 bln -JPM data
  • U.S. households will soon have as much debt as they had in 2008
  • Venezuela Credit Dashboard: Default Risk Spikes as Payment Looms
  • EU Steps Up Efforts to Deal With $1.1 Trillion Bad-Debt Pile
  • S. Korea's national debt hits record high in 2016
  • Half of Americans are desperately living paycheck to paycheck
  • Global debt hits $215 trillion in 2016, led by emerging markets: IIF

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No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies

Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
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How Unprofessional Development Inspires Creativity, Collaboration, and Community Service in Classrooms

Shareable Magazine - April 4, 2017 - 10:32
In 2008, designer Emily Pilloton created Studio H, a nonprofit based in Berkeley, California, that helps young people design and build items that tackle social problems. As teachers found out about the project — primarily through a documentary about Studio H called "If You Build It," they expressed an interest in learning how to bring Studio H's ethos into their classrooms.  
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A Shareable Explainer: What is Values-based Banking?

Shareable Magazine - April 4, 2017 - 08:23

Where we put our money matters — not only for our own financial security but to ensure the wellbeing of our planet. Following the financial crisis of 2009, more and more people have been turning to ethical banking services that value economic, social, and environmental impact. 

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Daily Digest 4/4 - The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here, Miami's Fight Against Rising Seas

Chris Martenson - April 4, 2017 - 08:09
  • The Next Subprime Crisis Is Here: 12 Signs That A Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived For The U.S. Auto Industry
  • What the Fed Minutes Could Reveal About the Balance Sheet
  • Nuclear weapons: Rising in defence of humanity
  • American Entrepreneurs Aren't Hopeful Enough to Hire
  • Why Bother, After All The Golden Mean Covers JNUG, NUGT, JDST, HGU
  • Why We Think We're Better Investors Than We Are
  • Graphene-based sieve turns seawater into drinking water
  • Miami's Fight Against Rising Seas

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Podcast: Kate Raworth on How 'Doughnut Economics' Can Sustain the Planet

Shareable Magazine - April 3, 2017 - 20:30

In this interview, we explore why the economy should look more like a doughnut. In her new book, "Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist," renegade economist Kate Raworth explains why it's time to explore new images that tell different stories about the economy.

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5 Coworking Spaces and Business Incubators in Libraries That Support Local Workers

Shareable Magazine - April 3, 2017 - 08:01
As the needs of communities change, libraries around the world are innovating to meet those changing needs. For a growing number of libraries, that means supporting the workforce by providing coworking spaces, internet access, business incubators, and networking opportunities.  
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Summit At Sea: Liveblog

Chris Martenson - April 3, 2017 - 07:48

For the next few days (until we fly back for this year's Peak Prosperity seminar), Chris and I will be attending the Summit At Sea, an exclusive investment conference produced by Robert Helms and Russell Grey, aka. The Real Estate Guys.

Wi-fi and power access depending, we are live blogging here the insights we're learning from our fellow speakers over the next few days.

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Daily Digest 4/3 - The End Of OPEC Is Near, Greening Arctic Ice Explained

Chris Martenson - April 3, 2017 - 07:45
  • First Post-Brexit Tremors: Theresa May "Would Go To War" To Protect Gibraltar
  • Student Debt Giant Navient to Borrowers: You’re on Your Own
  • Create Your Escape Plan Now
  • Trump Aides’ Disclosures Reveal Surge in Lucrative Political Work
  • The customer is always wrong: Tesla lets out self-driving car data – when it suits
  • How Many Robots Does It Take to Replace a Human Job?
  • The End Of OPEC Is Near 
  • Greening Of Arctic Ice Explained: Thinning Sea Ice Causing Massive Growth Of Dangerous Phytoplankton

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Promises to Coal Country Aside, Trump’s Budget Cuts Will End an Economic Lifeline

The Appalachian Regional Commission helps to create jobs and improve economic fortunes of “distressed counties” in West Virginia and Kentucky.
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Promises to Coal Country Aside, Trump’s Budget Cuts Will End an Economic Lifeline

The Appalachian Regional Commission helps to create jobs and improve economic fortunes of “distressed counties” in West Virginia and Kentucky.
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Sheelah Kolhatkar: Hedge Funds Are The Robber Barons Of Our Time

Chris Martenson - April 2, 2017 - 07:14

Sheelah Kolhatkar, former hedge fund analyst and staff writer at the New Yorker, thinks hedge funds have enjoyed enormous unfair advantages for far too long.

In her recent book Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, she details out how many hedge funds use financial engineering and accounting tricks -- legal and illegal -- to fill their coffers at investor expense. And then they use those ill-gotten gains to influence politics.

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Daily Digest 4/1 - The Growing Wealth Divide, Is Gasoline Demand On The Rise?

Chris Martenson - April 1, 2017 - 08:25
  • The growing divide between the haves and the have-nots, in one stunning chart
  • Japan's BTMU plans international fund transfers via blockchain in 2018
  • All the President's Millionaires: Trump Aides Unveil Assets
  • Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online
  • What Is An Elite College Really Worth?
  • Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies
  • Is Gasoline Demand On The Rise?

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