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David Collum: We've Got A Recession Coming

Chris Martenson - December 26, 2016 - 09:53

Whether or not you've had time yet to plow your way through David Collum's excellent 2016 Year in Review, our annual podcast with Dave always brings additional color to light -- and this year's is no exception.

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Daily Digest 12/26 - China To Cut Solar, Wind Prices, Why People Vote For Bad Policies

Chris Martenson - December 26, 2016 - 07:41
  • Wielding Claims of ‘Fake News,’ Conservatives Take Aim at Mainstream Media
  • Why People Vote For Bad Policies
  • The Important Lesson Scientists Could Learn From Trump’s Victory
  • New York Slow to Embrace Approach That Streamlines Building Projects
  • The Man Who Cleans Up After Plane Crashes
  • China to Cut Solar, Wind Power Prices as Project Costs Fall

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Daily Digest 12/25 - NC No Longer Classified As A Democracy, The Great A.I. Awakening

Chris Martenson - December 25, 2016 - 08:50
  • North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy 
  • Calpers Rings Pension Warning Bell
  • A Pictorial History of Suburbia
  • The Force Driving the Next Bull Market
  • The Great A.I. Awakening
  • Why houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs
  • U.S. Shale Is Now Cash Flow Neutral
  • World’s first solar road opens in France: It’s ridiculously expensive

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Categories: Economics

How Community Land Trusts Can Fix Detroit’s Foreclosure Mess

Nearly 1 in 6 properties across the city faced tax foreclosure last year. Land trusts are one way to keep buildings—whether housing or businesses—permanently affordable.
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Daily Digest 12/23 - Good News Friday: New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100% Protection, A Garden For All Seasons

Chris Martenson - December 23, 2016 - 05:59
  • We Trust You
  • Photos: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • The Hanukkah-Christmas convergence couldn’t be more symbolic of the light we must embrace
  • Life Expectancy Is, Overall, Increasing
  • Canada sets universal broadband goal of 50Mbps and unlimited data for all
  • New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100% Protection
  • A Bronx Garden For All Seasons
  • Policy like EPA’s Clean Power Plan would mean higher crop yields

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Categories: Economics

2016 Year In Review

Chris Martenson - December 22, 2016 - 17:03

Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed "Year in Review" synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year's is no exception. As with past years, he has graciously selected PeakProsperity.com as the site where it will be published in full. It's quite longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full.

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2016 Year In Review (Part 2)

Chris Martenson - December 22, 2016 - 17:02

If you've not yet read Part 1, click here to do so. The whole enchilada can be downloaded as a single PDF here or viewed in parts via the hot-linked contents as follows:

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What's Next for the #BuyTwitter Campaign

Shareable Magazine - December 22, 2016 - 15:07

The #BuyTwitter campaign began back in September when thousands of Twitter users excitedly latched on to the idea of buying Twitter and converting it into a user-owned cooperative. The idea was sparked by an op-ed in The Guardian penned by Nathan Schneider, author and platform co-ops expert, as speculations of a Twitter sale were making headlines. 

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Inspiring Reasons Why Readers Like YOU Give to Shareable

Shareable Magazine - December 22, 2016 - 14:21

During this time of year, you're probably getting fundraising appeals from many worthy nonprofits. And you may be asking, why should I donate to Shareable?

We recently reached out to a few supporters to learn why they donate. Below is what they said. If you feel similarly inspired, we invite you to join them by donating today.

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New ‘Canned Salmon’ E-Book Serves as an Important Manual for 21st Century Living

Shareable Magazine - December 22, 2016 - 12:13

If its name sounds unconventional and a bit intriguing, readers of “Canned Salmon: Dialogues on the Common Goodwill” no doubt confirm those labels when they open this newly released e-book. Part social science textbook, part historical tract and part instructive handbook, “Canned Salmon” serves as a sort of contemporary manual for the alternative choices Americans who are young, old and in-between can make to live more fulfilling lives now and in the decades to come.

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How Small Cities Can Get Big Benefits from Flexible Bikesharing

Shareable Magazine - December 22, 2016 - 08:32

Big cities, such as New York City, are celebrated for their successful bikesharing programs, with thousands of bikes and hundreds of smart docking stations. For smaller cities and towns, however, this is not a practical model.

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Daily Digest 12/22 - Bitcoin Exceeds Expectations, The Case For Gold

Chris Martenson - December 22, 2016 - 07:12
  • Jamie Dimon on Trump, Taxes, and a U.S. Renaissance
  • Bitcoin exceeds expectation – valued at over $800 dollars before end of the year
  • Illinois loses more residents in 2016 than any other state
  • How a 2011 Hack You’ve Never Heard of Changed the Internet’s Infrastructure
  • FCC Republicans vow to gut net neutrality rules “as soon as possible”
  • Cash Confiscation and the Case for Gold
  • In a Retreat, Uber Ends Its Self-Driving Car Experiment in San Francisco
  • A New World Order Is Emerging In Natural Gas

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7 Things the Defund DAPL Campaign Has Achieved So Far (Including $28 Million in Personal Accounts Moved)

Public and consumer pressure on banks to quit financing the Dakota Access pipeline companies is producing results.
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Daily Digest 12/21 - Reducing Social Security Checks, Saving Italy’s Banks Means Missing Public Debt Target

Chris Martenson - December 21, 2016 - 08:51
  • CalPERS fiddles while taxpayers’ wallets burn
  • Manitoba forecasts $1-billion deficit for current fiscal year
  • Puerto Rico revised budget gap projection up $10 billion to $67.5 billion: Board
  • Saving Italy’s Banks Means Missing Public Debt Target Again
  • Paschi Said Failing to Lure Investors as State Readies Aid
  • The government is reducing Social Security checks to recover unpaid student debt

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Re-writing the Core Code of Business: Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff

Shareable Magazine - December 21, 2016 - 08:18

Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He is the author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and society, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and most recently Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.

He recently authored a chapter of the new book on platform co-ops, Ours to Hack and Own, in which he states:

Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Rate Hike!

Chris Martenson - December 20, 2016 - 17:55

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

  • Rate Hike!
    • Implications of last week's Fed announcement
  • Why Are Stocks Still Partying?
    • Shouldn't a rate hike spook investors?
  • The Trump Effect
    • What to expect economically from the new president
  • Cash, Gold & ???
    • What to hold going into 2017

Well, it finally happened. After threatening a year ago to hike rates 4 times in 2016, the Fed squeaked in a single buzzer-beating hike last week. The move surprised few, as the predicted odds of the hike among market followers were 100%. Yet the markets still managed to shrug this off and move higher (typically, a rise in rates is seen as 'applying brakes' to the economy, and tends to cause investors to feel less confident in future earnings growth).

Here to talk about the implications of the recent hike, the probabiliy of more to come in 2017, and the shellacking the precious metals have been subject to, is Axel Merk...

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A Hero Of Resilience Needs Our Help

Chris Martenson - December 20, 2016 - 12:44

I'm very saddened to share that our good friend Toby Hemenway, one of the world's leading pioneers in permaculture, is fighting for his life.

Last year when I invited Toby to join the event I produced with Joel Salatin and the folks from Singing Frogs Farm, he privately shared with me that he was battling pancreatic cancer. At the time, he felt well enough to participate in the event, and was even feeling a little optimistic -- his oncologist had recently praised his progress, calling him her "star pupil".

But sadly, he learned over the summer that the cancer had spread to his liver. After more aggressive treatment this fall, he and his wife have made the difficult decision for him to begin home hospice care.

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Categories: Economics

Introducing the 'Teaching Community Technology Handbook'

Shareable Magazine - December 20, 2016 - 10:13

The Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) is excited to present the “Teaching Community Technology Handbook.” This 100+ page handbook will take you through the history of popular education while offering a step-by-step guide to developing community rooted technology workshops and curricula. The handbook introduces Community Technology as a series of educational practices, combining theories and methods by Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, Grace Lee Boggs, Bernice McCarthy, Susan Morris, Grant P.

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Shareable's Top 10 Posts of 2016

Shareable Magazine - December 20, 2016 - 08:01

2016 has been quite a year. Here at Shareable, we have a renewed focus on covering sharing-based solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time including economic inequality, climate change, social isolation, and more. Looking back on the most popular Shareable posts of the year offers hope for a more connected, human-centric world as our readers consistently gravitate to stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities.

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