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Secret Pool Brings Public Art to Mojave Desert

Shareable Magazine - July 9, 2014 - 06:54

Top image: Social Pool.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Most people would say yes. But, if a pool waits in a desert and no one is there to enjoy it, does it make a difference? Alfredo Barsuglia thinks so or, at least, the Austrian-born artist hopes so.

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Daily Digest 7/9 - Caracas' Poor Go Thirsty, Over 50 And Still Paying Student Loans

Chris Martenson - July 9, 2014 - 05:13
  • Italy faces resistance to softer European spending reforms
  • No leads in case of stolen bell (W. Va.)
  • Caracas' poor go thirsty amid political strife and poor planning
  • Central banks ending era of clear promises, return to 'artful' policy
  • Fed's Kocherlakota downplays recent inflation rise
  • Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans
  • Complacency Breeds $2 Trillion of Junk as Sewage Funded
  • House panel sets hearing to reform Federal Reserve
  • Food Prices Inch Up As Calif. Drought Enters Third Year
  • In-N-Out Burger and Chipotle Taco Prices Rising as California Drought Persists

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New York City's Green Carts Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts

Shareable Magazine - July 8, 2014 - 08:39

Top image credit: Illumination Fund.

Obesity and diabetes often plague cities. Such is the case for New York City where 40 percent of school kids are considered obese. One of the main drivers in New York and other cities is the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in low income communities.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/8 - Earthquakes Linked To Fracking, The Everything Bubble

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2014 - 06:56
  • Welcome to the Everything Boom, or Maybe the Everything Bubble
  • Ukraine Rebels Are Retreating for Last Stand
  • Class of 2008 Grads in U.S. Earned Average $52,000 Four Years On
  • The Most Annoying Problem in Computing Is Still Unsolved
  • Peter Schiff: The dollar shouldn’t be the reserve currency
  • Energy Independence: Financial Fact or Political Fiction?
  • Earthquakes Linked To Fracking
  • BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes

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Identifying and Treating Spider Bites

Chris Martenson - July 8, 2014 - 06:20

Learn to recognize bites and learn how to treat them with this great summary article.

http://readynutrition.com/resources/identifying-and-treating-spider-bites_07072014/

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Categories: Economics

Las Vegas In Dusty Trouble

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2014 - 19:16

One thing that is certain to trip up the human race is its tendency to pursue short term goals and solutions without any weighty regard for the long-term consequences of those actions.

We routinely learn that unintended consequences are the norm, not the exception, and yet that rarely stops us from boldly interfering with complex processes.

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11 Projects That Prove Affordable Housing Can Be Beautiful

Shareable Magazine - July 7, 2014 - 15:35

Well-designed affordable housing is not an oxymoron. To the contrary, the best social housing being designed and built today features a combination of creative social programming, cutting-edge sustainability strategies, and a keen aesthetic awareness to rival anything available on the private market. We've collected eleven of the most innovative examples of recent affordable housing projects from around the globe, from a repurposed soap factory in Brussels to a sand-bag based modern home for former shack dwellers in South Africa.

Categories: Economics

Creating Swales

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2014 - 13:32

Swales are simply ditches on contour (contour is a level line across the landscape), with the excavated soil from the ditch being placed downslope to form a berm. The purpose is to rehydrate landscapes, add texture and microclimates, and to be used as a tree growing system. You can also use swales to increase catchment for ponds.

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11 Affordable Housing Alternatives for City Dwellers

Shareable Magazine - July 7, 2014 - 10:00

Inside Rainbow Mansion coliving community: Alexander Van Dijk

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Goteo: Cloudfunding the Commons

Shareable Magazine - July 7, 2014 - 08:12

Ever wanted to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign but didn't have money to spare? Goteo, a now mature crowdfunding website for social and open source projects out of Spain, allows campaigners to crowdsource their outstanding balance through non-financial means, resulting in what the founders call "cloudfunding."

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/7 - Banks Curtail International Money Transfers, Bejing Air Will Not Be Clean Until 2030

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2014 - 07:37
  • RBA’s Stevens Holds Benchmark Interest Rate at 2.5%
  • Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians
  • Is Shinzo Abe Headed to North Korea?
  • 707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT is the most powerful American car ever
  • Silence From de Blasio on Expansion of Living Wage Law
  • Immigrants From Latin America and Africa Squeezed as Banks Curtail International Money Transfers
  • Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint
  • Beijing residents will have to wait at least another 16 years to breathe healthy air

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Your Garden’s Soil pH Matters

Chris Martenson - July 7, 2014 - 07:22

Ensuring that your soil pH is appropriate for the types of plants you are planting in your garden is an important step to archeiving success with your food production.

Use a DIY Soil Test Kit or send of samples to a state soil-testing lab to find out what you are working with.  The following article gives your a great summary of knowledge for working with soil pH and what you need to do to change pH to accommodate your plants. 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/soil-ph-zm0z14amzkin.aspx

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/6 - Charting The Death Of The Saver, Just 28% say U.S. is No. 1

Chris Martenson - July 6, 2014 - 07:55
  • Beijing, Seoul agree to direct trade in national currencies
  • July 4th bummer: Just 28% say U.S. is No. 1
  • Yes, There’s Wood Pulp in Burgers…Here’s Why I Think it Matters
  • Towards an Energy Standard of ‘Local’ 
  • Charting The Death Of The Saver
  • U.S. Seen as Biggest Oil Producer After Overtaking Saudi Arabia 
  • This Breed of Mosquito Is Invading the U.S. — And It Could Carry a Terrifying Disease

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Mike Maloney: The Dollar As We Know It Will Be Gone Within 6 Years

Chris Martenson - July 6, 2014 - 06:42

This week's podcast sees the return of Mike Maloney, monetary historian and founder of precious metals broker GoldSilver.com.

Based on historical patterns and the alarming state of our current monetary system, Mike believes the fiat US dollar is in its last years as a viable currency. He sees its replacement as inevitable in the near term -- as in by or before the end of the decade:

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NeturalWalk Links People, Nature and Innovation in Southern Italy

Shareable Magazine - July 5, 2014 - 17:56

Building an organic connection with rural environments can be challenging for some, but a walk through the hills for others. In an effort to bring innovators to the countryside, I started the rural co-working space, Casa Netural, in Matera, Italy.

While cities can be productive hubs, they can also be overstimulating, crowded, and stressful. Alternatively, the country provides fresh air, space to create, and natural inspiration.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 7/5 - Solar Panels Light The Way, The Energy Cost of Local Food

Chris Martenson - July 5, 2014 - 07:53
  • For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each
  • Texas Set To Overtake Iraq In Oil Production
  • Gold Will Be the Final Currency – Yes or No?
  • Marc Faber: Deflation ‘brainwashing,’ the most attractive precious metal & central bank shenanigans
  • Solar panels light the way from carbon dioxide to fuel
  • Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists
  • The Energy Cost of Local Food
  • Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use

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Exponential Growth: Crash Course Chapter 3

Chris Martenson - July 4, 2014 - 08:18

Chapter 3 of the Crash Course, Exponential Growth, is now publicly available:

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Is there arsenic in your drinking water?

Chris Martenson - July 3, 2014 - 11:37

A good reminder that we need to be vigilant about the quality of our drinking water and have periodic checks of private water sources to ensure one's health and well being.

The article includes a nice interactive mapping feature to search for your location and get a baseline view of the issue. 

http://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/there-arsenic-your-drinking-water-if-you-have-private-well-get-it-tested.html

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