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The World’s Biggest School Meal Program Is Keeping Local Farmers in Business

Emphasizing local food under a radical policy of “zero hunger,” Brazil’s school lunch initiative helps small farmers buy the land they’ve been farming for generations.
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Off The Cuff: Should The Central Banks Just Buy Everything?

Chris Martenson - September 1, 2016 - 16:19

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

  • Should The Central Banks Just Buy Everything?
    • Is that the plan? What would happen?
  • Turning Japanese
    • Japan is leading the way by monetizing all its assets
  • Putting The Fed On Trial
    • Chris fantasizes about holding up the mirror of truth to power
  • The Next Interest Rate Move
    • Up or down?

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Daily Digest 9/1 - The Court That Rules The World, Why Is Large-Scale Wind Power So Hard To Build?

Chris Martenson - September 1, 2016 - 09:04
  • The Court That Rules The World
  • Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections
  • When Work Is Punished Again: "If You Accept This Raise, You Fall Off The Welfare Cliff"
  • Why Millennials, by the Numbers, Can't & Won't Grow the U.S. Out of Trouble
  • All Time Highs and Lows … and the Great Collapse
  • Winds Of War: Is Russia Conducting A Massive Mobilization Of Troops For An Invasion Of Ukraine?
  • Marxist Bubbles and Taleb's Turkey
  • Wall Street Is Destroying the Economic Recovery
  • 5 Ways Blockchain Solves Inequality In The World
  • Quantum mechanics trumps nonlocal causality
  • Why Is Large-Scale Wind Power So Hard To Build?
  • USDA Sees 2016 Farm Income Crashing As Farmer Leverage Spikes to 34 Year Highs

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Categories: Economics

How Americans Build Wealth in 10 Charts (And What Race Has to Do With It)

(Hint: It’s less about income and more about skin color.)
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Daily Digest 8/31 - Chinese Banks Report Rising Bad Loans, Negative Rates 'Seem To Work'

Chris Martenson - August 31, 2016 - 04:52
  • Greece may face aid-payout delay as EU warns on backsliding
  • California drivers asked to pay 'their fair share' for transportation work
  • Taxpayers forced to pay $421 million more for teacher pensions
  • More Fed Bond Purchases Are the Wrong Answer
  • All four big Chinese banks report rising bad loans
  • Australia's growing debt a 'ticking time bomb', says TD Securities
  • Deficits rise, debt set to hit $20 trillion in 2017
  • Slowing German inflation puts pressure on ECB
  • ECB balance sheet expands to 3.33 trillion euros
  • Saudi Arabia’s Attempts to Boost Bank Liquidity Aren’t Working
  • Chinese Banks Step Up Bad-Loan Write-Offs
  • Helicopter Money Predictions Are Still Flying High in Japan
  • Japan top spokesman signals readiness to stem yen gains
  • Swiss central bank steps up stock buying spree
  • Fed’s Fischer Says Negative Rates Seem to Work in Today’s World
  • ‘Rich Dad’ author Robert Kiyosaki: If you’re investing for the long term, ‘you’re crazy’

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A New Economic Vision That Mixes Together Occupy, Amish Culture, and Startups

What subcultures offer us insight and principles for new ways of organizing?
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Show Us Your Community Garden in Action

Shareable Magazine - August 30, 2016 - 21:23

It's amazing to see how community gardens are growing in popularity in the U.S. and around the world — but it's easy to see why. They shift our thinking around food, community, and the environment. Gardening connects us to our natural surroundings and leads us to a greener, more enriching life. Community gardening is empowering on a whole other level: It enables us to connect and work with others, not only to beautify spaces and enrich our diets, but to strengthen bonds with others for a healthier, more connected community.

Categories: Economics

Little Free Pantries Go Viral

Shareable Magazine - August 30, 2016 - 08:21

Sometimes the best ideas are beautifully simple. Such is the case with the Little Free Pantry. Inspired by the Little Free Library movement, Little Free Pantries offer an easy way to share food with neighbors using something akin to a large mailbox installed streetside as an exchange point. It's a great way to help food-insecure neighbors and build community.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/30 - Review Of Progress, Is An OPEC Production Freeze Remotely Possible?

Chris Martenson - August 30, 2016 - 06:51
  • Scientific Economics: Review of Progress
  • Incomes and Outcomes: How the Middle Class May Have Gotten a Raise
  • Crackdown on For-Profit Colleges May Free Students and Trap Taxpayers
  • Prepare for Brain-Dead Corporate Tax Reform
  • The $8 Trillion Fight Over How to Rid America of Fossil Fuel
  • Is An OPEC Production Freeze Even Remotely Possible?
  • The U.S. Is Now Eating and Wasting Twice as Much Food as It Did in 1975
  • A Swarm Of Controversy 

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Barcelona en Comú's Guide to Urban Revolution Stresses Shared Priorities over Party Politics

Shareable Magazine - August 30, 2016 - 03:41

Mortgage activist and Barcelona en Comú spokeswoman Ada Colau won the city's 2015 mayoral election. (Barcelona en Comú / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

Meet the Farmworker Who Helped Win Rent Control in California’s Wine Country

When Gervacio Pena Lopez migrated to Sonoma County 30 years ago, he just wanted to find work to support his family. Since then, he has won victories for domestic and day laborers.
Categories: Economics

Can Automation Turn Fewer Jobs Into Better Ones?

We must shape a future in which technological progress means freeing people to work fewer hours for fairer compensation and to devote themselves to social advancement.
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Photographer Fights for Public Domain in Suit Against Getty Images

Shareable Magazine - August 29, 2016 - 17:45

Photo credit: United States Library of Congress Carol M. Highsmith Archive

Celebrated U.S.-based photographer, Carol Highsmith, has been making tens of thousands of her photographs freely available to the public since 1988. Over the years, she has donated her work to the Library of Congress and dedicated them to the public domain, in order to allow anyone to re-publish or make use of them without paying royalties to her or anyone else.

Categories: Economics

The Pension Time Bomb

Chris Martenson - August 29, 2016 - 16:39

Among the many losers picked by the Fed (in favor of rewarding a very tiny and wealthy minority), perhaps the greatest victims are pensions.

Pensions have to make a couple of key assumptions.  One is how long you expect your cohort of pensioners to live. The second is the rate of return on the funds.  On both counts, pensions have been wrong, and wrong again.

People keep living longer and pension fund returns keep underperforming. 

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An Overlooked Element of the Good Life in Italy (and the World)

Shareable Magazine - August 29, 2016 - 07:14

Piazza Santo Stefano, Bologna. Photo credit : sdhaddow via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA. Article cross-posted from the Blue Mountain Center.

There’s a big secret in the global economy, which the powers that be hope we continue to overlook: cooperatives.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 8/29 - Cow Dung Goes High Design, China And The Dark Side Of The Global Bubble

Chris Martenson - August 29, 2016 - 05:27
  • Why I Left Canada and Became A Citizen of the Dominican Republic
  • Mylan to Offer a Generic EpiPen at Half the Price
  • Why They Did It: Madoff and Enron’s Fastow Explain the Biggest Frauds in U.S. History
  • Prevailing Gray Swans: The Clear and Present Danger List for the Week Ending August 26, 2016 
  • Red Ponzi Ticking—-China And The Dark Side Of The Global Bubble
  • All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You
  • Wind Power Finally Getting Out From Solar’s Shadow
  • Cow Dung Goes High Design

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Categories: Economics

Special Report: Banking on Justice

In the poorest region of the nation's poorest state, a tiny government program keeps money flowing through mom-and-pop financial institutions—changing lives.
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Mike Maloney: This Is The Peak

Chris Martenson - August 28, 2016 - 12:09

Precious metals dealer and monetary historian Mike Maloney is quite confident the liquidity-driven 'recovery' created by the world's central banks is now over. In his estimation, the path ahead is one of accelerating descent into inevitable currency destruction.

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Off The Cuff: There Is No 'Market' Anymore, Only Manipulation

Chris Martenson - August 27, 2016 - 15:19

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

  • There Is No 'Market' Anymore
    • Prices are fully manipulated these days
  • Missing Alpha
    • Since it's only liquidity that matters, portfolio managers are feeling the pressure
  • Malinvestment
    • What you get with too much cheap money
  • The Feds Facebook Fiasco
    • The public is waking up to the ills of central banking

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Categories: Economics