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Economy of Hours Takes Timebanking to the Next Level

Shareable Magazine - August 12, 2014 - 11:38

When money is hoarded and removed from circulation it prevents people from transacting with one another, not because they don't need one another's services, but because they lack the medium of exchange needed to facilitate the transaction, and this is where alternative currencies, including timebanking, come in.

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The Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Shareable Magazine - August 12, 2014 - 10:53

Chattanooga skyline. Top photo credit: C Simmons / Foter / CC BY-NC 2.0.

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Daily Digest 8/12 - Investing in Nutrient Dense Food, BPA Replacement May Be Just As Toxic

Chris Martenson - August 12, 2014 - 09:09
  • A Mountain Of Uncertainty In Iraq
  • How A Computer Algorithm Predicted West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak Before It Was Announced
  • U.S. Financial Markets and the Last Alpha Frontier
  • Public Housing in New York Reaches a Fiscal Crisis
  • Feeding everyone with a minimum of carbon emissions
  • Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Iron
  • A Bacon-Powered Motorcycle Is Cruising Your Way
  • BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous

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From Spain’s 15-M Movement: The Charter for Democracy

Shareable Magazine - August 12, 2014 - 07:53

Images cross-posted from Guerilla Translation. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

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How Reggalo Helps You Support Nonprofits by Doing What You Do Best

Shareable Magazine - August 12, 2014 - 07:52

Volunteering is good. But not everyone can work at a soup kitchen, solicit sidewalk donations, or help build a house. But what if, rather than structuring volunteerism around general services, people could donate their unique skills on their own schedule to raise money for nonprofits?

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NXT is positioning itself, not only as a cryptocurrency but as a cryptocurrency...

Community Currency Magazine - August 12, 2014 - 01:44
NXT is positioning itself, not only as a cryptocurrency but as a cryptocurrency application platform


What is NXT?

This is "What is NXT?" by Nxt.org on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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The state of timebanking software, 10 min vid

Community Currency Magazine - August 12, 2014 - 01:31
The state of timebanking software, 10 min vid


Matthew Slayter Friday August 1, 2014 Summer Global Exchange Gathering

This video an update from Mathew Slayter about software cooperation and Community Forge
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Toronto Groups Come Together for ShareFestTO

Shareable Magazine - August 11, 2014 - 18:16

The sharing economy is changing how and what we consume by providing an expanded access to products, services and skills beyond that of singular ownership. Now more than ever it has become clear that we don’t need to own everything, in fact, we don’t need stuff but rather the utility it provides. This has led to the rise in borrowing, renting, trading, bartering and swapping products and services, connecting our needs with what others already have.

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On the Path To War

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2014 - 16:25

The US is clearly now pushing Russia towards war. But if you read the signs correctly, Russia has been preparing for exactly this outcome for many years.

Out of several reasons that US power brokers specifically -- but western power brokers more generally -- are deeply unhappy with Russia right now is that Russia is committing a cardinal sin: it is openly, brazenly calling for an end to dollar dominance and has moved aggressively with China to achieve that aim.

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The End of Dollar Dominance?

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2014 - 16:24
Dollar Daze

One thing that is absolutely crystal clear at this point is that Putin and Russia consider the US and its dollar hegemony to be a parasitic anachronism that no longer serves anybody besides the US.  Putin has made many direct comments to that effect and then followed them up with concrete deals struck in ways that bypass the dollar entirely.

Here's what he said back in 2011, well before any of the recent action started:

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How To Make Your Own Toothpaste

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2014 - 12:51

Three simple recipes to make you own tooth paste.  A great way to ensure good dental hygene and know exactly what is in your toothpaste.

http://crisissurvivortips.com/how-to-make-your-own-toothpaste/

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Daily Digest 8/11 - Plutocracy Trumping Democracy, Iraq In Crisis

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2014 - 07:34
  • Iraq crisis: Islamic militants 'buried alive Yazidi women and children in attack that killed 500'
  • World Reserve Currencies: What Happened During Previous Periods of Transition?
  • Insight: Plutocracy trumping democracy
  • The Tocalino Index
  • MIT Made A Material That Makes Fluids Forget About Gravity
  • Without Breaking a Sweat, a Doctor Tracks Ebola and Other Epidemics
  • Water and air are all you need to make one of world’s most important chemicals
  • Mobile Wi-Fi Gizmos Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Batteries

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How to Harvest and Store Onions

Chris Martenson - August 11, 2014 - 07:30

It’s amazing to me how versatile onions are. They are in so many different recipes. I can’t imagine cooking without good onions from the garden. The challenge is to harvest and store them in a way that preserves them for the longest period of time.

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A New Opportunity For Investing In Productive Farmland

Chris Martenson - August 10, 2014 - 10:13

Over the past few years, we've tracked the success of Farmland LP, a fund created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.

Today's big news is that, while the initial LP fund closed to new investors last year, the same management team has just launched a new fund, this time structured as a real estate investment trust (REIT).

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Daily Digest 8/10 - Tracing Ebola's Breakout, What’s the Worst Place to Be When the Power Goes Out?

Chris Martenson - August 10, 2014 - 07:52
  • Kurdish Forces Confront ISIS Fighters as U.S. Airstrikes Continue
  • For Refugees on Mountain, ‘No Water, Nothing’
  • Obama signals long U.S. military role in Iraq
  • What’s the Worst Place to Be When the Power Goes Out?
  • Tracing Ebola’s Breakout to an African 2-Year-Old
  • American Horror, Ivy League Edition
  • China Loosens Monetary Conditions in Test of Credit Power
  • Japan Prepares To Release Thousands Of Tons Of Fukushima Groundwater Into The Pacific

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Daily Digest 8/9 - Investing In Risky Times, The Spies Next Door

Chris Martenson - August 9, 2014 - 08:11
  • The Spies Next Door
  • Jim Rogers: Investing during risky times
  • The West on the wrong path
  • China’s Economy: Third Stage of Economic Collapse
  • The Big One - 2014 Version - Maybe
  • Ebola Response Too Slow as Tally of the Dead Nears 1,000
  • Cashew Juice, the Apple of Pepsi’s Eye
  • Fukushima Watch: Regulator Says Tepco Must Focus on Trench Water

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Money Creation: The Fed - Crash Course Chapter 8

Chris Martenson - August 8, 2014 - 17:49

Chapter 8 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

As a follow-on to the two previous chapters -- one explaining the nature of fiat money, the other showing how money is loaned into existence through our fractional reserve banking system -- this week's video details the Fed's near-magical ability to create money out of thin air (literally!).

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80 Amazing Survival Uses For Ancient Tea Tree Oil

Chris Martenson - August 8, 2014 - 16:28

A great list of uses and reasons to have a supply of tea tree essential oil on hand. 

http://www.thegoodsurvivalist.com/80-absolutely-amazing-survival-uses-for-ancient-tea-tree-oil/

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Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Fighting Climate Change

Shareable Magazine - August 8, 2014 - 09:38

This article originally appeared at Equals Change. It is republished with permission in honor of Indigenous People's Day, which is tomorrow Saturday, August 9, 2014. Top image: A forest managed by the Mayangna people in Nicaragua. Photo credit: Alam Ramírez Zelaya / Flickr.

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