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Lessons on Creating Collaborative Political Platforms from Spanish Activists

Shareable Magazine - January 3, 2017 - 07:49

How has activism in Spain produced new political platforms that are victorious in municipal elections? Are there stories, lessons, methods or tools that can be shared or translated to other contexts? How might these support the growing movement in France?

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/2 - Rupee Deadline Passes, Can Carbon Capture Technology Prosper Under Trump?

Chris Martenson - January 2, 2017 - 07:05
  • Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda
  • What RVs Say About the American Economy
  • Trump to Continue Making News, Policy via Unconventional Twitter
  • Company Bricks User's Software After He Posts A Negative Review
  • India sees long bank queues as rupee deadline passes
  • Can Carbon Capture Technology Prosper Under Trump?

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Categories: Economics

Dave Murphy - Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate

Chris Martenson - January 1, 2017 - 10:16

In November, a very concerning report -- Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate -- was released by The Detox Project and Food Democracy Now!, raising the alarm of the high levels of glyphosate in the US food supply and the (deliberate?) low levels of awareness of its associated health risks.

Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now!, joins us this week to explain the finding of this new report on the world's most-used herbicide (more commonly known by its retail brand: Roundup). As happened in past decades with the alcohol and tobacco industries, there's compelling evidence that profits have taken a priority over consumer safety -- and as public health concerns are being raised, Big Ag is circling its wagons and attacking the questioners rather than embracing open scrutiny.

Are we being poisoned in the pursuit of profit?

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/1 - A Leap In The Dark, What To Expect From The Fed In 2017

Chris Martenson - January 1, 2017 - 07:50
  • What investors can expect from the Federal Reserve in 2017
  • Obama Quietly Signs The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act" Into Law
  • Whistleblower John Kiriakou Critiques the CIA’s Behavior Following the 2016 Election
  • A Leap In The Dark
  • May Calls for Unity in 2017 as Divided U.K. Prepares for Brexit
  • The hidden cost of made-in-America retail bargains
  • Firefighting blamed for 'megafires' ravaging US forests
  • Obama's Environmental Legacy, in Two Buttes

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Categories: Economics

Thanks for Your Support, and Happy New Year!

Shareable Magazine - December 31, 2016 - 12:30

As 2016 comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to thank YOU for being part of the Shareable community. Whether you read our stories about the sharing movement, share our how-to pieces with your friends on social media, use our digital tools to bring sharing initiatives to your neighborhood — or all of the above — you are part of the Shareable family.

We hope that what we do helps you live with more joy, resilience, and connection. If you value the coverage and resources that Shareable provides year-round, please make a donation today to keep our work going strong. 

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/31 - Obama Retaliates Against Russia, Hunger And Panic In Venezuela

Chris Martenson - December 31, 2016 - 09:49
  • Obama retaliates against Russia for election hacking
  • Putin Stunner: "We Will Not Expel Anyone; We Refuse To Sink To 'Kitchen' Diplomacy"
  • ‘The Game Will Go On’ as U.S. Expels Russian Diplomats
  • Hunger and panic
  • What If Job Weren't The Solution, But The Problem?
  • China Takes New Step to Downgrade the Dollar’s Prominence
  • Legal Drugs, Deadly Outcomes
  • In Utah, an old geothermal plant gets a new life with hydroelectric additions

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Categories: Economics

As We Enter 2017, Keep The Big Picture In Mind

Chris Martenson - December 30, 2016 - 21:31

As bluntly as I can say it: Anybody who found the level of disruptions on 2016 overwhelming is going to have a hard time navigating the future. The period of adjustment has only just begun.

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: A Lot Of Bubbles Are Beginning To Burst

Chris Martenson - December 30, 2016 - 13:18

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

  • The Traumatized National Psyche
    • Will 2017 see a healing?
  • Bursting Bubbles Multiplying
    • China, home sales, auto loans...
  • QE For The People
    • It's coming, and we'll all regret it
  • The Pension Time Bomb
    • Insolvency is a "when", not an "if"

John Rubino joins Chris this week to discuss the biggest trends most likely to define the course of 2017. He sees populist spending programs, deflating asset bubbles, and the slowdown of China at top of the list.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/30 - Good News Friday: Rewriting The Code Of Life, Recycling Plastic Locally

Chris Martenson - December 30, 2016 - 05:44
  • Rewriting The Code Of Life
  • West Sacramento Girl Finds New Way to Pay it Forward During Turbulent Times
  • Random Act Of Sport: Russian Man Dives Into Ice-Cold Water To Save Puppy
  • Japan Wants Its Overworked Citizens to Start Weekends Early
  • This man is on a mission to fix the way we sleep
  • Precious Plastic: Machines To Recycle Plastic Waste, Locally

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Categories: Economics

4 Ways to Bring Self-Care to Your Nonprofit To Relieve Stress

Shareable Magazine - December 29, 2016 - 16:33

Working at a nonprofit can be a pressure cooker of stress and unhealthy habits that can lead to burnout. Burnout is defined as a “state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion that occurs when we feel overwhelmed by too many demands, too few resources, and too little recovery time.”

Categories: Economics

Bright, Ambitious Future for Sharing Cities in the New Year

Shareable Magazine - December 29, 2016 - 10:06

Here at Shareable, we're huge advocates for "Sharing Cities." Since our founding, we've connected thousands of people interested in sharing and published hundreds of stories about how cities can help them share more. But readers have frequently asked us, “What does Sharing Cities mean? Why are they important today?”

That's why we've been working with 20 researchers, community organizers, and policy experts from 10 countries to crowdsource a book about Sharing Cities. We’ll be releasing our new book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons," early next year.

Categories: Economics

Shifting Into Higher Gear

Chris Martenson - December 29, 2016 - 09:16

As we prepare to enter 2017 and all the surprises it surely has in store for us, we want to take a moment to shine light on several un-sung efforts that have been going on behind-the-scenes in 2016.

These are investments of time, manpower and money that will improve the overall user experience for the hundreds of thousands of visitors like you who use PeakProsperity.com each month.

Most of these solutions aren't 'sexy', nor necessarily immediately obvious when they launch (which, in many cases, is the goal). But they're fundamental to the well-being of this site and we think it important that you have an understanding of the good work being done to make PeakProsperity.com deliver even more value to you in the future.

So, what kind of improvements?

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/29 - The Art Of Changing Minds, Has The OPEC Rally Gone Too Far?

Chris Martenson - December 29, 2016 - 06:31
  • The Trump Penalty
  • He auctioned off the pistol that killed Trayvon Martin. She watched her child die in a mass shooting. Can they change each other’s minds about guns?
  • A New Dow High?
  • Police-led Placement Greatly Outpaces Other Methods of Addiction Treatment and Placement
  • The Battle For Bonds
  • Has The OPEC Rally Gone Too Far?
  • Up To Here: When Tumbleweeds Attack 
  • As China’s Largest Freshwater Lake Shrinks, Solution Faces Criticism

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Categories: Economics

Call for Submissions: “Sanctuary Communities”

Send us your ideas by Jan. 25.
Categories: Economics

Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy

Shareable Magazine - December 28, 2016 - 13:55

One number stands above all others as the best indicator of good health. It’s not your blood pressure, cholesterol level, average daily calories or even the age at which your grandparents die. It’s your zip code. 

This fact has sent shockwaves across the county. The chief aspiration of American democracy is that everyone deserves an equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet medical evidence shows that people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods face greater health and mortality risks.

Categories: Economics

How to Make Cooking Oil and Fat

Chris Martenson - December 28, 2016 - 13:48

A great overview on the various oils once can create at home and links to additional resources to learn more about the tools and process need to added this new skill set to your resilient lifestyle.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/self-reliance/how-to-make-cooking-oil-zm0z13djzkin

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/28 - Japan Taking 'Big Step' Toward Ending Deflation, What Americans Spend On Healthcare

Chris Martenson - December 28, 2016 - 05:54
  • The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here’s what we’re buying.
  • Growing number of Americans are retiring outside the US
  • Saudi Arabia will tax expats and hike gas prices again
  • Modi to crank up campaign against India’s black money
  • Brazil’s Public Accounts Worsen in November as Slump Drags on
  • S.Korea household debt burden threatens vulnerable households as yields rise
  • ECB Says Paschi Needs $9.2 Billion of Capital, More Than Target
  • Kuroda sees Japan taking 'big step' toward ending deflation

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Categories: Economics

How Trump’s Extremism May Help Us Expose One of History’s Greatest Political Deceptions

The Great Growth Con promises that economic growth—measured by gross domestic product—will benefit everyone, rich and poor alike. 
Categories: Economics

5 Group Decision Making Resources from Loomio

Shareable Magazine - December 27, 2016 - 07:49

Group decision making has long been one of the big challenges of cooperative organizations. Groups may be able to reach a decision quickly, or, they may spend six hours debating whether to serve beer or kombucha at the next event.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/27 - How The U.S. Gov't Can Access Your Social Media, The Big Environmental Events In 2017

Chris Martenson - December 27, 2016 - 06:29
  • ‘What the Russians Did Was Utterly Unprecedented’
  • Trump Hotels has had its eye on China — but the door hasn’t opened
  • Fear of Trump Triggers Deep Spending Cuts by Nation's Second Largest Union
  • Trump rewards big donors with jobs and access
  • US Government Can Legally Access Your Facebook Data (And Now We Know How)
  • Tesla, Panasonic to Begin Solar Panel Production in New York
  • Solar cells with a dark side may be in your future
  • What will be the big environment events in 2017?

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Categories: Economics