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Daily Digest 4/19 - Belgian Banks Paying Interest to Mortgage Borrowers, 2016 Already Showing Record Temps

Chris Martenson - April 19, 2016 - 09:48
  • An 11 on the Nutty Scale: Belgium Banks are Paying Interest to Mortgage Borrowers
  • Goldman First-Quarter Profit Plunges 60% as Revenue Drops
  • Did The New York Primary Campaign Change Anything?
  • Cancer Research Is Broken
  • The most unexpected hospital billing development ever: Refunds
  • Gold, Silver And COMEX Outlook For 2016 And Beyond
  • ISIS Tries To Sow Chaos In Libya To Scare Oil Workers Away
  • 2016 Already Shows Record Global Temperatures

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Whistle While You Work: the (Not So) Surprising Happiness of Coworking

Shareable Magazine - April 19, 2016 - 07:14

In a 2015 member survey of the global coworking community, 89 percent of respondents stated that they were happier due to coworking. This impressive stat comes as no surprise to coworking insiders, who understand first-hand the positive impact coworking can have on people.

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How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription

A partnership between a Boston health clinic and a local grocery shows what economic development can do when it makes community health a priority.
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Eric Hunsader: The Financial System is 'Absolutely, Positively Rigged'

Chris Martenson - April 18, 2016 - 17:36

Eric Hunsader, founder of Nanex, has been at the vanguard of warning about the dangers and the rampant fraud that the rise of high-frequency trading (HFT) algorithims have let loose in today's financial markets.

While he usually feels like a lone voice in a world happy to deceive itself, he was shocked to receive a $750,000 whistleblower award from the SEC for his efforts. He's been sadly less shocked to see that since the award was publicly announced, the abuses he reported have only become more extreme and frequent.

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New Coop Set to Transform Food Desert in North Minneapolis

Shareable Magazine - April 18, 2016 - 08:38

A food desert in Minneapolis will soon have access to fresh food and its own community grocery cooperative.

The first food coop in North Minneapolis, Wirth Cooperative Grocery is scheduled to open later this year. It will focus on providing easy access to a variety of foods and, if all goes well, help revitalize the neighborhood and boost the local economy in an area with few accessible grocery stores.

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Mayor Park Won-Soon Wins Gothenburg Award for Sharing City Seoul

Shareable Magazine - April 18, 2016 - 07:51

Mayor Park Won-Soon, who spearheaded Sharing City Seoul, one of the world’s first sharing cities, was recently awarded the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. The award, along with a prize of 1 million Swedish krona ($123,000 USD), is given each year to people or organizations for outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future.

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Daily Digest 4/18 - The Last Bull-Market Pillar Collapses, A Post-Oil Saudi Arabia?

Chris Martenson - April 18, 2016 - 07:41
  • Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance 
  • Saudi Arabia's Post-Oil Plan Starts April 25, Prince Says 
  • Uncovering Blackwater CEO Erik Prince's Plan to Build a Private Air Force
  • The Last Bull-Market Pillar Collapses
  • Our Well-Regulated Militia
  • Oil Prices Regain Deepest Losses After Deal to Freeze Production Fails
  • The Cost Of Vegetables: Time, Labor, and Real Estate
  • How The Government Decides What You Eat

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Daily Digest 4/17 - The Billionaire Building a Davos of His Own, Poverty Compounded

Chris Martenson - April 17, 2016 - 08:08
  • Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War
  • Saudis warn US of asset sales if 9/11 bill passes
  • The Billionaire Who’s Building a Davos of His Own 
  • The man who uses his pension fund to fill potholes
  • Poverty, Compounded
  • Oil-Freeze Talks End in Failure Amid Saudi Demands Over Iran
  • Saudi Arabia's Post-Oil Plan Starts April 25, Prince Says

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Daily Digest 4/16 - Major Banks Fail Bailout Test, World Leaders Terrified Of Water Shortages

Chris Martenson - April 16, 2016 - 07:46
  • The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know
  • China's Yuan-Based Gold Fix To Include Two International Banks
  • Five major banks fail bailout test, would need taxpayer money in crisis
  • Deutsche Bank Confirms Silver Market Manipulation In Legal Settlement, Agrees To Expose Other Banks 
  • Gold Miners Arrived At Huge Resistance After An Incredible Rally
  • Tsunami of Dollars Coming Back to America Soon: Rob Kirby
  • Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill
  • Tree of life shows that trees are a rarity
  • Why World Leaders Are Terrified of Water Shortages

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The Future of Libraries Is Bigger Than Books

Modern libraries are essential in underserved communities as places where everyone is welcome to gather, work, borrow materials, or just spend time.
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Daily Digest 4/15 - Good News Friday: How To Reduce Food Waste, Genetic Superheroes Walk Among Us

Chris Martenson - April 15, 2016 - 07:41
  • How Regulators Mess With Bankers’ Minds, and Why That’s Good
  • Thirteen Anonymous Genetic Superheroes Walk Among Us
  • What Americans Can Learn From the New Dutch Dietary Guidelines
  • Can Livestock Restore Drought-Sticken Grasslands?
  • Waste Not, Want Not: 10 Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste Footprint
  • Timber: The One Asset Crushing Stocks
  • Intestinal worms may be our frenemies: They cultivate bacteria to block diseases
  • Get Your Locally Sourced, Sustainably Raised Meats—at a Vending Machine!

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How to Talk With Your Kids about Donald Trump

The success of Trump’s candidacy isn’t just a political problem. It’s also a psychological and cultural one that needs to be addressed by parents.
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Off The Cuff: The Folly Of Financialization

Chris Martenson - April 14, 2016 - 09:22

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

  • The Future Of Oil
    • Much more volatile prices lie ahead
  • The Folly Of Financialization
    • Central planners are creating cures worse than the diseases they're trying to fix
  • The Dollar Dilemma
    • The direction of dollar now hurts as many player as it helps
  • Return Of 'Race To The Bottom'
    • We risk a global currency war like that seen in the 1930's

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Daily Digest 4/14 - NY Fed Launches GDP Tracker, How Much Capitalism?

Chris Martenson - April 14, 2016 - 07:12
  • New York Fed Launches Its Own GDP Tracker
  • Olivier Blanchard eyes ugly 'end game' for Japan on debt spiral
  • Is The Fed Preparing For The Next Financial Earthquake To Hit?
  • A New Bill To Outlaw Encryption
  • Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in U.S. Justice Dept mortgage bond pact
  • Welcome To The Real Hunger Games
  • What in the World’s Going on with Banks this Week? Emergency Meetings, Summits, Crashing EU Banks...
  • Oil And Gas Sector Troubles Drive Corporate Default Rate To Highest Level In Seven Years: S&P
  • Gumshoes’ depleted ranks worry former enforcers
  • Deutsche Bank to settle U.S. silver price-fixing litigation
  • How Much Capitalism?
  • The Largest Coral Atoll In The World Lost 80 Percent Of Its Coral To Bleaching

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Video: This New York Farm Wants to Fix the “Food Apartheid”

Soul Fire Farm provides farm education to Black and Latino youth in an effort to end a history of racism and injustice in America's food system.
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Daily Digest 4/13 - Saudi Arabia Gets Credit Downgrade, Could 'Helicopter Money' Work?

Chris Martenson - April 13, 2016 - 08:35
  • Saudi Arabia gets credit rating downgrade
  • IMF Cuts 2016 Global Economic Growth Outlook to 3.2%
  • GCC states to borrow billions to fund deficits
  • It's Never Been This Hard for Chinese Debtors to Pay Interest
  • U.S. Government Bonds Pull Back Before New Debt Supply
  • China Railway Material Bond Halt Dulls Appeal of State-Firm Debt
  • IMF cuts eurozone growth forecast amid 'major' challenges
  • Olivier Blanchard eyes ugly 'end game' for Japan on debt spiral
  • UBS Says Junk Bond Bubble Just a Slowdown Away From Popping
  • Company defaults headed for largest cyclical rise since recession
  • Weakest Deposit Growth Since 1963 Means Higher India Rates
  • Beijing trains gun on underground banks to check cash exodus
  • Cash Flees South Africa in Longest Run of Outflows Since '99
  • China first quarter GDP growth seen at 6.7 percent year on year, slowest since 2009
  • Strengthening Yen Leaves Kuroda Facing More Radical Options
  • Currency War Plagues Denmark as Central Bankers Run Out of Tools
  • Bernanke says so-called helicopter money could work

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After the Gold Rush: OuiShare Fest 2016 Embraces Action and Experimentation

Shareable Magazine - April 13, 2016 - 08:25

OuiShare is on a mission to build and nurture a collaborative society. A forward-thinking, action-oriented community of thousands from around the world, the organization has been decentralized from the beginning. Formed in Paris in 2012, OuiShare is built around the notion of letting community members take initiative and enabling the community grow on its own.

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You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods

Class action lawsuits point out the irrationality of sales-tax exemptions for items such as Rogaine, foot powder, and Viagra—but not menstrual products.
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Sharing Cities Book Project Seeks International Case Studies

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 11:23

One of Shareable’s core projects this year is to produce a new book and digital database comprised of case studies and model policies to support the growth of Sharing Cities.

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Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 07:33

by Cynthia Dettman. Article cross-posted from ic.org

How does one go about locating a cohousing community that is a good personal fit? Here are my suggestions on how to go about finding a healthy, vibrant, and happy community.

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