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How to Grow Microgreens

Chris Martenson - May 7, 2015 - 13:34

An introduction to growing, harvesting and using microgreens and sprouts from an indoor kitchen garden.

http://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/how-to-grow-microgreens-ze0z1504zhou.aspx

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Off the Cuff: Bankrupt State Pensions

Chris Martenson - May 7, 2015 - 09:18

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish discuss:

  • Illinois' Staggeringly Underfunded Pensions
    • To the tune of $40k per household
  • Broken Promises In-Waiting
    • Many other states are in the same bad shape
  • The Pin Moves Closer To The Bubble
    • Growth is vaporizing despite record stock prices
  •  Keep A Close Eye On Bond Yields
    • Flashing warning signs that investors are getting nervous

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Daily Digest 5/7 - The Future Of Work, Is This The Top For Oil Prices?

Chris Martenson - May 7, 2015 - 08:02
  • Pentagon: No Texas takeover plot
  • The New Corrupt Elite Running Our Economy
  • Why Scientific American's Predictions from 10 Years Ago Were So Wrong
  • What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Future of Work
  • Two Premises on Poverty and Culture
  • 'Food Babe,' Dr. Oz under fire as accusations of quackery mount against nutrition gurus
  • Is This The Top For Oil Prices For Now?
  • What Alberta's shocking election results could mean for the oil sands

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5 Northern Greenhouse Examples for Cold Climates

Chris Martenson - May 6, 2015 - 13:15

An inspirational showcase of various greenhouse designs and styles for cold northern climates. 

http://waldenlabs.com/5-northern-greenhouse-examples/

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Daily Digest 5/6 - CA Drought Killing Trees, Junk Bonds Are The New Haven Assets

Chris Martenson - May 6, 2015 - 07:34
  • ECB's balance sheet rises to 2.372 trln euros in week to May 1
  • Liquidity drought could spark market bloodbath, warns IIF
  • India’s Debt Pileup Complicates Growth Plans
  • Junk Bonds Are The New Haven Assets
  • First-quarter GDP was likely negative, economists say
  • Teens Say California Drought Makes Tap Water Taste Funky
  • California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year
  • Central Bankers Reconsider Inflation Targets They Can’t Hit
  • Australia’s central bank cuts key rate to record low of 2%

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Will Greece's SYRIZA Party Truly Adopt the Commons?

Shareable Magazine - May 6, 2015 - 01:42

Just after the elections in Greece, there was widespread feeling of jubilation about the newly elected "radical" left government, SYRIZA. Across Europe, and indeed even in the US, people came out to show their support for the game-changing results of the vote.

Categories: Economics

One in Four Local Banks Has Vanished Since 2008. Why We Should Treat It as a National Crisis

While megabanks make megabucks, local banks are financing businesses that create jobs and improve well-being. So why are they disappearing so rapidly?
Categories: Economics

Spring Tornadoes

Chris Martenson - May 5, 2015 - 18:04

Some tips and preps to consider to get yourself ready for the Spring tornado season as it approaches. 

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-be-prepared-spring-tornadoes

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New Report Highlights Disruptive Potential of Sharing Movement

Shareable Magazine - May 5, 2015 - 10:43

An April 2015 publication from PricewaterhouseCoopers investigates the potential market impacts of the for-profit sharing economy. (New York Post)

Categories: Economics

New Book Celebrates the Booming Little Free Library Movement

Shareable Magazine - May 5, 2015 - 07:33

By now, you’ve probably heard about Little Free Libraries. Maybe you’ve read about them or just seen one pop up in your neighborhood. Whether shaped like a house, a boat, a train, a barn, a phone booth, a VW bus, a school, or countless other designs, Little Free Libraries are becoming fixtures in neighborhoods around the world. In fact, there are now over 25,000 of them in 70 countries.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/5 - The Power Of Story, Why Can't America Have Great Trains?

Chris Martenson - May 5, 2015 - 07:15
  • Changing Human Circumstances
  • Russia and America: Stumbling to War
  • The Power Of Story
  • NASA has trialled an engine that would take us to Mars in 10 weeks
  • Why Can't America Have Great Trains?
  • The U.S. Production Decline Has Begun
  • What Is Holding The Green Revolution Back?
  • Why diets don't work: Nobody has willpower
  • Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger'
  • The Drought: Which Crops Will Survive?

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Categories: Economics

Can Energy Democracy Solve the Climate Crisis?

Shareable Magazine - May 5, 2015 - 07:07

There’s a lot of buzz around renewable energy, but according to the International Energy Agency, even if all government commitments to advance clean energy were met by 2035, renewables would still make up just 16 percent of global energy used.

Categories: Economics

You Are Living Two Lives

Chris Martenson - May 4, 2015 - 22:30

When our team is delivering a seminar, we hear a lot about where people really are.  We create a safe and inviting place for people to talk about what lurks in their hearts and minds.

I want to talk about one of the more common themes we encounter, one that has been growing in both frequency and urgency. We call it "Living Two Lives".

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/4 - The War On Cash Begins, How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost?

Chris Martenson - May 4, 2015 - 07:40
  • Sucking Spoilt Milk From A Bloated Dead Sow
  • Australia First to Introduce a Compulsory Tax on Money Itself
  • The IRS seized $107,000 from this business owner for making too many small cash deposits
  • France Restricts Cash, Movement of Gold & Crypto-Currencies
  • This Financial "Seismograph" Signals A Monetary Earthquake
  • Thinking Out Loud
  • Living Far From These Eyesores Keeps The Brain Healthy
  • How Much Would Zero Emissions Cost?

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Categories: Economics

10 Lessons from Kenya's Remarkable Cooperatives

Shareable Magazine - May 4, 2015 - 07:02

Members of the Tekangu Coffee Farmers' Co-operative Society. (Tim Wendelboe)

Categories: Economics

Documentary Sheds Light on the Global Seed Crisis

Shareable Magazine - May 4, 2015 - 06:39

Seeds are small, but they’re at the heart of a global crisis. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 90 percent of the seed varieties that existed 100 years ago are now extinct. Not only that, big corporations have a near global monopoly on seeds. It appears that we’re losing one of our most precious, shared resources.

Categories: Economics

Joe Saluzzi: Broken Markets

Chris Martenson - May 3, 2015 - 13:58

As luck would have it, we had Joe Saluzzi lined up to record a podcast the day the news broke recently that the suspected culprit for the 2010 flash crash, Navinder Singh Sarao, had been arrested.

In this discussion, Joe shares his suspicions about Sarao (a contributor to the crash, but highly unlikely to be the actual cause) and then provides his expert assessment of what has been done in the intervening years since the flash crash to safeguard the market against a similar failure (precious little). In his opinion, a winner-take-all high-tech arms race, clueless and toothless regulators, and central bank price distortion are conspiring to make us more vulnerable -- not less -- to another systemic breakdown.

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Daily Digest 5/2 - The Fastest Economic Unraveling, Avian Flu Found At IA Poultry Farms

Chris Martenson - May 2, 2015 - 07:31
  • We Just Broke 2008′s Record for the Fastest Economic Unraveling
  • A Secret Warrior Leaves the Pentagon as Quietly as He Entered
  • Europe to End FDIC Insurance System for Banks?
  • 6 Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death
  • The Other Man In The Van With Freddie Gray Breaks His Silence
  • The Difference in Life Expectancy Between the Rich and Poor is Getting Worse
  • Avian Flu Infections Are Found at Five More Iowa Poultry Farms
  • U.S. And China To Trade Apples Back And Forth

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Categories: Economics

Celebrate ShareFest Season by Hosting an Event in Your Town

Shareable Magazine - May 1, 2015 - 13:42

A ShareFest is an open, fun, participatory event designed to celebrate your local sharing economy, meet like-minded sharing enthusiasts, and introduce the sharing movement to the wider community.

Last year, Shareable supported over 40 communities from around the world in hosting ShareFests. Events ranged from small, intimate gatherings to multi-venue, multi-day festivals.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/1 - China Rethinks Banking System Safety Net, The Internet Of Cows

Chris Martenson - May 1, 2015 - 06:42
  • Vancouver a 'critical' money laundering hub for transnational criminals, experts say
  • 25 Monetary And Economic Insights From Incrementum's Advisory Board
  • China Rethinks Safety Net for Its Banking System
  • Freedom, Tesla-Style
  • Low Oil Prices Could Destabilize Financial System
  • Almond Farmers Turning into Beekeepers
  • The Internet of Cows: Azure-powered pedometers get dairies mooovin’
  • Lake Mead Has Dropped To Its Lowest Level Ever 

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Categories: Economics