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On Creating a World Worth Inheriting

Chris Martenson - July 14, 2014 - 12:52

We all know that the current paradigm is unsustainable over longer time frames. Here are a few of the ways in which we can express that concept more specifically:

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3 Natural DIY Sunscreen Recipes

Chris Martenson - July 14, 2014 - 10:39

Learn to make your own natural sunscreen with these video tutorials and recipes.

http://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/homemade-diy-sunscreen-sunblock-recipes.html

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Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization?

Shareable Magazine - July 14, 2014 - 10:11

Above: Governance by Networks. Credit: Thierry Erhmann

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ShareFest Supports a Culture of Sharing in Youngstown

Shareable Magazine - July 14, 2014 - 08:22

The Mahoning Valley ShareFest in Youngstown, Ohio brought together over 60 people for an afternoon of sharing skills, knowledge, passions, books, clothing and hobbies. Hosted by lead organizer and Timebank Mahoning Watershed board member Tony Budak, as well as numerous volunteers, the event featured dozens of local organizations aligned with the mission to showcase local collaborative giving and receiving.

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Co-production Wales Empowers Users to Co-create Better Public Services

Shareable Magazine - July 14, 2014 - 07:50

Vale People First, a local self-advocacy group for and by people with learning disabilities in Vale, organized their own conference, pictured here with the Mayor

Co-production in Public Services: a Welsh Story

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Worker Coop Academy Launches Bay Area Pilot Program

Shareable Magazine - July 14, 2014 - 07:41

Worker-owned cooperatives, far from being relics of 1960s counter-culture, are re-emerging as powerful tools for creating a new economy based on equity. But how does one help grow the cooperative movement when the vast majority of jobs are still built on the often undemocratic private ownership model? The Worker Coop Academy aims to answer that question.

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Daily Digest 7/14 - Don’t Be Surprised When System Collapses, Student Loan Assistance Often Predatory

Chris Martenson - July 14, 2014 - 07:28
  • The World Is Getting Less Peaceful Every Year
  • BIS chief fears fresh Lehman from worldwide debt surge
  • Rickards: Don’t be surprised when the system collapses
  • Companies That Offer Help With Student Loans Are Often Predatory, Officials Say
  • Colorado Man Infected With Deadliest, Rarest Form Of Plague
  • Trump Plaza owners confirm plan to close in September
  • BP’s Latest Estimate Says World’s Oil Will Last 53.3 Years
  • Some Company Announces Groundbreaking New Battery, Again

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John Rubino: Taking Control Of The Time In Which We Live

Chris Martenson - July 13, 2014 - 07:09

In what is quite possibly my favorite podcast so far this year, Chris speaks with John Rubino -- founder of DollarCollapse.com and recent author of The Money Bubble -- about the times in which we live.

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High wages, low prices, full employment - doesn't sound like rural Spain!

Community Currency Magazine - July 12, 2014 - 10:52
High wages, low prices, full employment - doesn't sound like rural Spain!


Time to join the Village Against the World?
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“We have learned that it is not enough to define utopia, nor is it enough to fight against the reactionary forces. One must build it here and now, brick by brick… We sincerely believe that there is...
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Daily Digest 7/12 - Road Work Funded By Pension Shorts, Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies

Chris Martenson - July 12, 2014 - 08:58
  • This Road Work Made Possible by Underfunding Pensions
  • For Biggest Cities of 2030, Look Toward the Tropics
  • To Cool Cities, Build Them Tall And Shiny
  • Gold And Silver Price Hugely Diverting From Commodities
  • Focusing on Food Miles is a Mistake
  • These Companies Own All the Food Brands
  • Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies
  • Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

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Sharing Cities Network Launches Pilot Fellowship Program

Shareable Magazine - July 11, 2014 - 10:52

Over the past year and a half Shareable has launched head first into nurturing the growth of an organic grassroots movement in communities around the globe. After listening to organizers and groups working at the local level, there was a unified call for two resources that were needed but didn’t exist: a community of practice to learn from experiments by peers and seed funding for new initiatives to take root and flourish in underrepresented parts of the US and the world.

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Compounding Is The Problem: Crash Course Chapter 4

Chris Martenson - July 11, 2014 - 09:32

Chapter 4 of the Crash Course is now publicly available. It includes Chris' famous "magic eye dropper" example of how the compounding nature of exponential systems speeds up over time, often in ways very non-intuitive to the human mind.

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Daily Digest 7/11 - Tornadoes 'New Normal' In NY, Dry Farming In Arid Climates

Chris Martenson - July 11, 2014 - 07:06
  • Fed, Confident in Economy, Details End of Bond-Buying Program
  • McCarthy, Emanuel react to violent holiday weekend
  • Destroying Confidence: The Last 40 Years
  • Are You Ready for Doubles and Triples in Uranium Mining Stocks?
  • Can the Arctic Reshape Global LNG Shipping?
  • Governor: Tornadoes 'new normal' in New York
  • When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming
  • Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away 

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Off the Cuff: To The Moon And Back

Chris Martenson - July 10, 2014 - 11:51

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

  • Highs And Lows
    • How high will the markets climb? And how fast/far will they fall?
  • The Magic Fed
    • The backstop of last resort. But what will happen when it fails?
  • It's Net Energy, Stupid
    • The measurements for our economic decisions are all wrong
  • Prostitutes & Drugs
    • The lengths we go to fool ourselves

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The Birth of a Freestore

Shareable Magazine - July 10, 2014 - 10:00

We all suffer from a deficit of stories in many areas of our lives, especially with our things. How can we experiment with gifting in our communities to re-animate material objects with stories of relationship, and why does this matter? One community is exploring this question by the creation of a FreeStore.

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Daily Digest 7/10 - Phila. Homeownership Tumbles, Your Kindness Is Good For You

Chris Martenson - July 10, 2014 - 08:07
  • QE: Quantitative Easing or Questionably Effective
  • In Japan, Idled Electronics Factories Find New Life in Farming
  • Smartphone dependency fuels other addictions, say rehab clinics
  • Is The Fed Going To Attempt A Controlled Collapse?
  • Homeownership in Philadelphia tumbles, report says
  • Your Kindness Is Good For You
  • The World’s 10 Most Energy-Efficient Cities
  • Why Energy?

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Build a Cage Fish Trap

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 13:37

An interesting article on building an alternative method of catching fish in survival situations.

http://survival.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/2014/06/survival-skills-build-cage-fish-trap

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Reality-Optional Economics

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 10:10

The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in his grave with envy. It’s a staggering phenomenon because little about it is conspiratorial; rather, it’s the consensual expression of a public that wants desperately to believe things that are untrue, and an economic leadership equally credulous, unmanned, and avid to furnish the necessary narratives that might preserve their jobs and perqs.

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On The Fast Track to Crisis

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 10:08
Executive Summary
  • Understanding the broken narratives we are telling ourselves about:
    • Energy
    • The Economy
    • Our Education system
    • Financial markets
    • Western exceptionalism
  • And why we will continue to hurdle farther off course until we decide to look at our situation truthfully

If you have not yet read Part 1: Reality-Optional Economics available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

It is in the interest of healthy adults to remain sane, even when the powerful matrix of society is going crazy around them. I don’t think you can overstate the capacity of societies to go crazy. We still marvel at the murderous cruelty of Germany and Russia in the mid-20th century, the sickening slide into industrial barbarism, and the technical proficiency they achieved in pursuit of their lunatic ends. And what provoked those terrible journeys into collective madness? Isn’t it part of the horror that no explanation seems to suffice. They were both losers in the First World War. Boo hoo. Many societies sober up when they lose a war. Both opted for organized mass murder instead. Joseph Stalin summed up Russia’s collective psyche in that period when he said, “One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” The regime that promoted that particular view of the human condition lasted seventy years and then dissipated like a mere bad dream, an extremely fortunate outcome for Russia, and not so easy to account for, either.

And so what of us in this new century, faced with the gravely serious problems of resource scarcity, ecocide, climate uncertainty, demographic stress, cultural breakdown, and financial bedlam? How do we...

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