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What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy

A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?
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Cookstoves and the Prepared Lifestyle

Chris Martenson - February 10, 2015 - 13:42

A fun article on the ins and outs of cooking your food with a wood cookstove. 

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2015/01/27/cookstoves-prepared-lifestyle/

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Daily Digest 2/10 - Inefficiencies Abound In U.S. Shale, Samsung May Be Eavesdropping On You

Chris Martenson - February 10, 2015 - 07:55
  • Apple and Microsoft: $300 billion in cash just isn't enough
  • The Companies Bob Moriarty Loves for the Long Term
  • 4 Maps Crucial to Understanding Europe's Population Shift
  • Shhh, Not in Front of the TV! Samsung May Be Eavesdropping on You
  • Inefficiencies Abound In U.S. Shale
  • Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Rock, and Burying It
  • Beyond a Blind Date with Science
  • Scorched earth, 2200AD

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Categories: Economics

Share Vienna: Growing the Collaborative Economy in Austria's Capital

Shareable Magazine - February 10, 2015 - 07:02

Slowly but steadily, Vienna's collaborative economy is growing. Photo: Vienna Shares

In Austria’s capital city, proponents of the collaborative economy face several obstacles to widespread adoption. These include low awareness of alternative markets and sharing resources; media skepticism; and the municipal government’s focus on the "smart city" model.

Categories: Economics

The Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: Apr 24-26

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2015 - 19:20

We're only offering one live seminar in 2014 and it's coming up.  If you haven't attended one before, you really should and this is your chance.  Here's why.

Over the years we've carefully shifted the seminar to match the times and assure that attendees get what they need to be as prepared as they can be heading into the future.

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The Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: Apr 24-25

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2015 - 19:20

We're only offering one live seminar in 2014 and it's coming up.  If you haven't attended one before, you really should and this is your chance.  Here's why.

Over the years we've carefully shifted the seminar to match the times and assure that attendees get what they need to be as prepared as they can be heading into the future.

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3 Essentials for Building Your Own Dental Med Kit

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2015 - 14:32

An informative article on 3 items to consider for your emergency dental care kit and what to keep on hand when a dentist is not immediately available.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-3-essentials-building-your-own-dental-med-kit

Also consider the following book for your resource library: Where There Is No Dentist

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How to Organize a Seed Swap

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2015 - 09:47

Learn the steps necessary to organize and host a successful seed exchange / swap. Connect with other gardeners and community members who are passionate about building resilience and making things grow.

http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/sustainable-living/urban-community-building/how-to-organize-a-seed-swap.aspx

Also check out Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners as a wonderful resource to get you started on harvesting and saving your own seeds for your next exchange.

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How to Save the Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough

Shareable Magazine - February 9, 2015 - 08:15

Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from On the Commons. Written by Peter Barnes.

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Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment

Shareable Magazine - February 9, 2015 - 08:00

Rainbow over Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo credit: Professor Bop / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND. Article cross-posted from Yes! Magazine. Written by Alexis Goldstein.

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Growing Bamboo

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2015 - 07:49

Bamboo is actually a member of the grass family. There are over 1000 types of bamboo worldwide. Some grow as tall as 100 feet, and others only a few inches. Many do well in the tropics, but some can handle cooler weather. Colors and thickness of canes abound. Some grow in clumps, while others grow with their rhizomes extending out taking up more and more real estate.

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Categories: Economics

New North Carolina Coop to Turn a Food Desert into a Food Oasis

Shareable Magazine - February 9, 2015 - 07:47

In 1998, when the Winn-Dixie grocery store in Northeast Greensboro, North Carolina closed, it created a food desert—a community without easy access to food. For years, area residents tried to get another grocery chain to come in, but none wanted to come to the predominantly African-American, low-income town.

The community finally came up with a solution—one that didn't rely on an outside company to come in. They put into motion a plan to open a food cooperative.

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Daily Digest 2/9 - Victims Of The Oil Price Plunge, Polluted Air Leads To Disease

Chris Martenson - February 9, 2015 - 07:32
  • Historically speaking, Germany a bigger deadbeat than Greece
  • All Grexit needs is a few more disastrous weeks like this
  • The World's Best Known Global Shipping Index has Crashed To Its Lowest Level Ever
  • Everybody is Trying to Postpone the Inevitable: Axel Merk
  • Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate
  • Another 5,000 Victims Of The Plunge In Oil Prices
  • Polluted air leads to disease by promoting widespread inflammation
  • Air pollution actually messes with your genes

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Daily Digest 2/8 - Conquering China's Mountain Of Debt, Does Finance Do Society Any Good?

Chris Martenson - February 8, 2015 - 08:04
  • Is Buying a House Still the Best Way to Build Wealth?
  • Greek Austerity Spawns Fakery: Playing Nurse
  • The powerful cheat for themselves, the powerless cheat for others
  • Conquering China's Mountain Of Debt 
  • Does Finance Do Any Good for Society?
  • If you think gas is cheap these days, look what it costs in Saudi Arabia
  • China Tries a New Tactic to Combat Pollution: Transparency
  • How to Use Up Every Single Molecule of Your CSA 

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Arthur Berman: Why Today's Shale Era Is The Retirement Party For Oil Production

Chris Martenson - February 7, 2015 - 14:00

Much of what's been 'sold' to us about the US shale oil revolution is massively over-hyped. The amount of commercially-recoverable shale oil is much less than touted, returns much less net energy than the petroleum our economy was built around, and is extremely unprofitable to extract for most drillers at today's lower oil price.

To separate the hype from reality, our podcast guest is Arthur Berman, a geological consultant with 34 years of experience in petroleum exploration and production, who sees the recent US oil production boost from shale drilling as and short-lived and somewhat desperate; a kind of last hurrah before the lights get turned out.

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Daily Digest 2/7 - The Cost Of A Flexible Job, Where Are Oil Prices Headed?

Chris Martenson - February 7, 2015 - 03:41
  • Why There's No Political Fix
  • At some start-ups, Friday is so casual that it’s not even a workday
  • The Hidden Cost Of A Flexible Job
  • Fears for U.S. economy as shale industry goes into hibernation
  • Lawmakers want US Congress to be able to (finally) deliberate online
  • Shivering, Hungry and Tearful in Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine
  • ISIS And The Logic Of Shock
  • These Experts Know Exactly Where Oil Prices Are Headed

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Off the Cuff: The Black Swans Are Getting Ready To Land

Chris Martenson - February 6, 2015 - 10:13

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

  • The Importance Of Greece
    • Exposing the fatal flaw of the global economy
  • The End Of The Fiat Currency Regime
    • Today's woes were predictable back in 1971
  • Horrible Time For Investors
    • Tons of risk and precious little safe havens
  • Timing For The Crash
    • Unknowable, but closer than ever

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Categories: Economics

6 Gardening Methods to Try in 2015

Chris Martenson - February 6, 2015 - 10:12

Discover an assortment of alternative gardening techniques to fit any style and space constraint. Get growing now to be ready for warmer temps and maximum food production.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/6-gardening-methods-to-try-in-2015-zbcz1501.aspx

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Daily Digest 2/6 - Stock Market Trend Forecast 2015, What Piketty And Summers Don't Say About Income Inequality

Chris Martenson - February 6, 2015 - 09:25
  • What Thomas Piketty and Larry Summers Don’t Tell You About Income Inequality
  • Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast 2015 by Nadeem Walayat
  • Encouraging Signs: This Is a Great Jobs Report Across the Board
  • Striving For The Perfect Diet Is Making Us Sick
  • U.S. West Coast Ports May Shut in 10 Days, Shippers Say
  • Optimism Remains In North Dakota, But For How Long?
  • Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom
  • The Emotion Which Has a Wonderful Protective Effect on Mind And Body
  • California Farmers Cope with Fourth Year of Drought

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What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek

Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.
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