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Daily Digest 4/7 - Global Military Spending Increasing, Trump Unbound

Chris Martenson - April 7, 2016 - 04:46
  • Insulin Costs Have Tripled In Just 10 Years
  • It’s Been Twenty-Five Years Since Restaurant Workers Got a Raise
  • Global military spending is increasing
  • Wage Growth Remains an Issue for Millennials
  • Trump Unbound
  • Panama Papers: Obama, Clinton Pushed Trade Deal Amid Warnings It Would Make Money Laundering, Tax Evasion Worse
  • Gold Once Again Proves To Be The Best Defense Strategy
  • Oil Edges Up After Biggest Draw In U.S. Crude Stocks This Year
  • North America’s Largest Coal-fired Power Plant Will Soon be a Solar Farm

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Categories: Economics

Not Alone: Cooperative and Trade Union Solutions for Freelancers

Shareable Magazine - April 6, 2016 - 13:26

Photo credit: The Blue Diamond Gallery / CC BY.

A proliferation of atypical forms of work in Europe has become known as "The Gig Economy." For many, a permanent state of social economic uncertainty is the new normal. Casual work, temping, zero hour contracts, and diverse forms of self-employment are characteristic of this brave new world of "precarious work."

Categories: Economics

New Report: Platform Cooperativism as an Alternative to the For-profit Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - April 6, 2016 - 09:18

Commuting by Uber in San Francisco. (Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

Oklahoma City: America’s “Worst Walking City” Gets Back on Its Feet

Shareable Magazine - April 6, 2016 - 08:34

Photo credit: Wonderlane / CC BY

The U.S. gave up on walking in the mid-20th Century -- at least planners and politicians did. People on foot were virtually banished from newly constructed neighborhoods. Experts assured us that cars and buses (and eventually helicopters and jet packs) would efficiently take us everywhere we wanted to go.

Categories: Economics

The Future of Libraries in America is (Tentatively) Bright

Shareable Magazine - April 6, 2016 - 07:42

The Seattle Public Library is part of a new generation of American libraries. Photo by Pavan Trikutam (CC-0)

On the day after Christmas in 2009, released a statement that their Kindle e-reader had become the most gifted item in the company’s history. That holiday season marked an explosion of reading devices into the mainstream and posed a huge challenge for libraries. Now that people had readers, they wanted to borrow ebooks from their local library.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/6 - Pothole Season Arrives Amid Little Funding, Flint Mayor Presents Bleak Financial Picture

Chris Martenson - April 6, 2016 - 07:11
  • Wastewater Associated with Fracking Cited in New USGS Earthquake Report
  • Hedge funds sue to freeze Puerto Rico bank’s assets
  • Flint mayor presents budget, bleak financial picture
  • Russian Fiscal Aim Seen Out of Reach as Putin Spares Defense
  • Pothole season brings little new funding to fix them
  • Italy banks expect ECB to force pace of bad loan sales
  • Atlantic City Rating Cut to Puerto Rico's Level by Moody's
  • As Water Infrastructure Crumbles, Cities Like Woodbury, N.J., Seek Private Help
  • Global funds drawn to India's record $120 bln sour debt
  • S. Korea's national debt up 53.5 trillion won in 2015
  • Fed's Evans says needs to be aggressive to get up to inflation targets
  • Zimbabwe: Cash Crisis Deepens, Helpless Central Bank Urges Use of Cards
  • The ECB Explains Why Central Banks Can't Go Bankrupt in a Footnote
  • Australia's central bank warns on rising currency
  • India’s Central Bank Slashes Key Rate To Five-Year Low To Boost Growth Amid Easing Inflation
  • Negative Interest Rates Benefit the Global Economy, Says IMF Chief Christine Lagarde
  • SNB's Jordan Says Negative Rate Key, Further Easing Possible
  • IMF director urges governments to ‘pick up the growth baton’

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Categories: Economics

Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option

Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren't afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism.
Categories: Economics

Easy Guide To Mushroom Identification and Terms

Chris Martenson - April 5, 2016 - 13:55

2 simple and nicely created infographics for understanding the terminology and identifications of mushrooms.

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Categories: Economics

How to Crowdfund a Platform Cooperative Like a Human

Shareable Magazine - April 5, 2016 - 11:31

Image credit: The Open Source Way. Article cross-posted from Medium.

To build cooperative platforms on the Internet, crowdfunding can seem ideal.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/5 - The Fort Knox Paradox, What Are The Panama Papers?

Chris Martenson - April 5, 2016 - 08:27
  • What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history's biggest data leak
  • Panama Papers: The Threat to Your Offshore Assets
  • Panama Papers Leaker: ‘I Want to Make These Crimes Public’
  • Epic Battle Rages on: 'Ali-Frazier' in the Crimex Pits
  • US Manufacturing Jobs Have Rebounded... Back to Pre-WWII Levels
  • The Fort Knox Paradox 
  • Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career?
  • Bankruptcy Rout Looms Despite Impressive Productivity Gains In U.S. Shale

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Categories: Economics

How to Co-create a Shared Space in 5 Steps

Shareable Magazine - April 5, 2016 - 07:27

For a long time, the spaces we shared with many were designed by a just a few who decided what goes where. Parks, streets, squares and even our offices and schoolyards were designed for users, not by users.

But what if we created shared spaces based on users’ needs? What if we created a variety of public and private spaces that are constantly transforming with new needs and different users?

Today, many people are doing that through co-creation.

What’s Co-creation?

Categories: Economics

Cities Around the World to Crowdsource their Local Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - April 4, 2016 - 21:16

Yesterday officially kicked off the 3rd annual global #MapJam and we’re so excited to see the latest group of individuals, groups and organizations crowdsourcing the sharing economy in their cities. These local mapping initiatives are cultivating a new economic paradigm simply by making it visible.

Categories: Economics

8 Tips To Help Your Chickens Lay More Eggs

Chris Martenson - April 4, 2016 - 16:44

If you start to raise chickens to be more self-sufficient, you want them to be as productive as possible. But what if they aren’t laying as many eggs as you’d hoped?

The most common reasons that chickens aren’t laying eggs is because they are too young, too old, the hours of daylight are too short, it is molting or the feeding is not of sufficient nutritional value. You might not be able to affect those first points, but you can help contribute to a stress-free environment for your chickens while keeping them healthy and well.

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Categories: Economics

Goods Sharing Platform Peerby Crowdfunds $2 Million in One Weekend

Shareable Magazine - April 4, 2016 - 14:14

Peerby, the local sharing platform that helps neighbors share household items, recently raised $2.2 million over one weekend from 1,051 crowdfunders—and the campaign still has 42 days to go.

Categories: Economics

Bus Stop Farmers Markets Get Fresh Produce Into Food Deserts

Shareable Magazine - April 4, 2016 - 07:30

The Netpark Transfer Center Farmer’s Market in Tampa, Florida provides fresh produce as well as information on how to prepare and grow food. Photo credit: Chris Urso, Tampa Tribune Staff

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/4 - The Truth Behind U.S. Jobs Data, Where Bad Bankers Go To Prison

Chris Martenson - April 4, 2016 - 06:48
  • This Is Where Bad Bankers Go to Prison
  • Wikileaks Reveals IMF Plan To "Cause A Credit Event In Greece And Destabilize Europe"
  • Ominous Population, Job, & Housing Trends
  • Total Inequality
  • HUD Wants to Outlaw Tiny Homes and RV Living
  • The Truth Behind U.S. Jobs Data
  • How the One Percenters Divorce: Offshore Intrigue Plays Hide and Seek with Millions
  • Tesla Model 3 electric car orders accelerate to 276,000

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Categories: Economics

The Seas Will Save Us: How an Army of Ocean Farmers Is Starting an Economic Revolution

Ocean farming isn’t just about food, it’s about transforming a workforce and restoring the sea.
Categories: Economics

Jim Rickards: The New Case For Gold

Chris Martenson - April 3, 2016 - 21:32

Monetary expert Jim Rickards returns this week to share the insights from his latest work The New Case For Gold, a detailed and highly-researched study of the fundamentals likely to drive the price of gold bullion in the years to come.

Rickards is quite confident that the price is going higher -- much higher in fact -- as the current world fit currency regimes falter, to be replaced by ones backed (at least in part) by bullion.

On the way to that outcome, expect the price to be subject to the geopolitical interests and aims of the largest players on the chessboard.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/3 - How To Hack An Election, How Bad Is Ocean Garbage, Really?

Chris Martenson - April 3, 2016 - 09:58
  • How To Hack An Election
  • Crowd Source
  • Thousands Could Lose Food Stamps as States Restore Pre-Recession Requirements
  • ‘Creditors have many sinister ways to keep debt serf Greece paying forevermore’
  • To Buy or Rent a Home? Weighing Which Is Better
  • The Cost Of Putting Down Roots
  • This model of wealthy suburban living is starting to fray
  • How Bad Is Ocean Garbage, Really?

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Dr. Martenson Goes To The U.N.

Chris Martenson - April 2, 2016 - 23:02

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

  • Dr. Martenson Goes To The UN
    • Chris recounts his experience with world experts
  • Diving Into New Waters
    • Spiritual Resilience and the 8 Forms of Capital
  • Rowe Reminder
    • This year's seminar is less than 2 weeks away
  • Curious Allies
    • Tapping the support & knowledge of other PP members

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Categories: Economics