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Fruit Tree Guilds

Chris Martenson - October 29, 2015 - 15:13

Polyculture or the growing of many different plants in a given area is a popular permaculture principle. Fruit tree guilds are a specific polyculture technique used to improve fertility, confuse pests, and attract beneficial insects, as well as provide increased yields.

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Chinese Carmaker Fights Smog with Electric Vehicle 'Vending Machines'

Shareable Magazine - October 29, 2015 - 11:07

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Despite Slow Adoption, Seoul Doubles Down On Sharing City Project

Shareable Magazine - October 29, 2015 - 07:47

In 2012, the city of Seoul launched Sharing City Seoul to create a local, government-sanctioned sharing culture – establishing the city of 10 million as a frontrunner in the sharing cities movement. City officials committed to cultivating a vibrant local sharing economy, and Seoul was quickly praised as a global sharing leader.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/29 - China Demand Slumping, Barcelona to Issue Its Own Electronic Currency

Chris Martenson - October 29, 2015 - 06:49
  • The Fed Can’t Raise Rates, But Must Pretend It Will
  • Barcelona to Issue Its Own Electronic Currency
  • Secret Email Leaked From Hillary's Server: The Real Story Of Bush, Blair And Big Oil's Iraq Agenda
  • Paul Ryan Used to Think Blowing Past the Debt Limit Was No Big Deal
  • The Circle of Gold
  • House Republican leaders reach budget deal with White House
  • Sheriff fires deputy for tossing teen across classroom
  • China Steel Head Says Demand Slumping at Unprecedented Speed
  • Jim Rickards: Recession Will Force Fed To Ease In 2016 – What Will Be The Impact?
  • Hey Obama, Can We Have a Unified Microbiome Initiative?
  • Though Labeled ‘Wild,’ That Serving of Salmon May Be Farmed or ‘Faux’
  • The Gasoline-Powered Car Could Be Gone By 2050

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Categories: Economics

How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York

Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
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The Fatal Blindness of Unrealistic Expectations

Chris Martenson - October 28, 2015 - 18:10

We, as a society, have very much indeed lived beyond our means. By building up such a tremendous amount of debt through our profligacy that a small rise in interest rates would be catastrophic. That our children and children's children will be "paying backwards" for our largess, unless some debt-clearing event transpires (which I think will).

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#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be Good Places for Everyone to Walk

Shareable Magazine - October 28, 2015 - 08:21

Photo credit: DeShaun Craddock / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND.

People have walked for justice and economic opportunity throughout American history.

Workers wanting a better life for their families walked on picket lines and at protests, rallied by advocates like Cesar Chavez. People demanding civil rights marched in Selma, Alabama, and Washington, D.C., led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Daily Digest 10/28 - Healthcare Premiums To Increase In 2016, Venezuela Sues Currency Website

Chris Martenson - October 28, 2015 - 06:16
  • U.S. Job Growth Hurt by Slowing Global Economy
  • BASF cuts full-year goals in face of slowing global economy
  • Cummins to cut jobs as weak global economy hurts sales
  • The average student loan debt grew 56% over the past 10 years
  • Pension problems expected to hammer UPS retirees
  • United Auto Workers union may be cutting pensions
  • premiums have bigger increase for 2016
  • Hamptons' Home County Turns to False-Alarm Fees After Downgrade
  • Chief Springfield critic Emanuel seeks $800 million in help from Capitol
  • Next Few Weeks Will Reveal Full Extent Of Oil Industry Suffering
  • India 10-Year Bond Yield Near One-Month High on Deficit Concern
  • Chicago still spending borrowed money on landscaping, lawsuits
  • Treasury Bill Rates Slide Below Zero After Debt-Ceiling Accord
  • Arch Coal shares hammered as company gives up on debt swap
  • Russia's finance minister sees 1 of 2 rainy day funds depleted by end of 2016
  • Debt Totaling $345 Billion Says ECB to Cut Deposit Rate to -0.3%
  • Japan's economy likely declined again in Q3
  • Brazil companies more leveraged than ever, Credit Suisse says
  • Brazilians Expect Crisis to Linger for at Least 3 More Years
  • Bernanke: Governments 'too focused on budget cuts'
  • Chance of recession highest in two years: Survey
  • Brazil loan defaults stay at near two-year high in September
  • Venezuela sues US currency website
  • 4 central bank interventions in 4 days—who's next?
  • Orders for U.S. durable goods fizzle again

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Categories: Economics

Somebody Has To Be Wrong Here

Chris Martenson - October 27, 2015 - 18:52

As we suffer the interminable wait for the global monetary and fiscal authorities to finally relent and allow some semblance of reality to creep back into the financial markets, it’s completely obvious that somebody has to be wrong here.

Either it’s possible to continue to inflate asset markets forever, even in the absence of organic (or even inorganic) economic growth, or it’s not.

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Categories: Economics

Montréal Models City-Suburb Cooperation in Advance of Habitat III

Shareable Magazine - October 27, 2015 - 09:28

Grand Montréal comprises the center city and 27 surrounding municipalities. (Montreal Tours)

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REI Stuns the Retail World By Closing On Black Friday

Shareable Magazine - October 27, 2015 - 08:20

Outdoor retail cooperative REI just stunned the world by announcing it will close all of its 143 stores for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. On that day, the coop will pay employees to go outside. Part of the company’s #OptOutside campaign, the closure aims to inspire others to move away from the absurd levels of consumerism that have come to define the day.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/27 - Growing Impact Of Ocean Acidification On Marine Life, Where Is All The Gold Going?

Chris Martenson - October 27, 2015 - 07:20
  • Hillary Clinton's Take on Banks Won't Hold Up
  • Clinton Emails Reveal “Behind the Doors Actions” of Private Sector and US Embassy in Haiti Elections
  • A China twist: why are malls closing if consumption is rising?
  • Mind The Empty Malls Of Shanghai–Why Red Capitalism Is Plunging Into The Red
  • The U.S. just challenged China in the South China Sea and… nothing happened
  • Where Is All The Gold Going?
  • Russia and China Increase Gold Holdings As Central Banks Continue Loose Monetary Policies
  • Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill restricting secret investigations
  • Congress and White House Reach Tentative Budget Deal
  • A Whale of a Legal Tale
  • New Report Maps Growing Impact Of Ocean Acidification On Marine Life Worldwide

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Categories: Economics

Documentary Illuminates the Power of Gift Culture

Shareable Magazine - October 27, 2015 - 07:05

Robin McKenna, creator of GIFT, the forthcoming documentary about gift culture. (Credit: Filiz Telek)

I recently met Robin McKenna, the director of GIFT, a film about different facets of the gift economy through the lens of Lewis Hyde's book The Gift. I was struck by how dedicated McKenna is to this project and by the interesting gift-based initiatives from all over the world that she features in her film.

Categories: Economics

Students Grow Extinct Squash From 800-year-old Seeds

Shareable Magazine - October 27, 2015 - 06:23

A group of students in Canada just demonstrated the importance of seed saving seed as they grew a squash from 800 year old seeds.

During a dig on First Nations land in Wisconsin, archeologists found a small clay vessel of seeds. Canadian Mennonite University gave the seeds to students in Winnipeg, who planted them and successfully grew the unlikely squash. The students plan to save the seeds of the squash, which was thought to be extinct, and grow more. Their goal is to never let that variety go extinct again.

Categories: Economics

Meet the 1 Percenters Finding Solace in Wealth Redistribution

A growing cadre of the owning class is crafting a healthier relationship to the other 99 percent: “It is not about individual therapy or even engaging in philanthropy or charity. It’s about collective action.”
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Off The Cuff: Deploy The Flying Pigs!

Chris Martenson - October 26, 2015 - 13:06

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

  • Looks Like We'll Need A Bigger Bazooka
    • Draghi hints at more QE
  • The Schizophrenic Fed
    • Exploring both raising & lowering rates
  • No Rationality Left
    • Depression-level results RAISES stocks?
  • Banning Physical Cash
    • Still the plan of the central bank cartel

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Categories: Economics

New Anthology Shines a Light on Solutions to Urban Injustice

Shareable Magazine - October 26, 2015 - 12:26

Image: Darnell Moore, "Urban Spaces and the Mattering of Black Lives," The Just City Essays.

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Successful Greek Factory Without Bosses Faces Eviction by State

Shareable Magazine - October 26, 2015 - 11:45

Over two years ago, Shareable reported on the birth of the Greek manufacturing cooperative Vio.Me. The cooperative has thrived since, but now the question is, for how long?

Categories: Economics

How to Make a Solar Still

Chris Martenson - October 26, 2015 - 11:12

Learn to make your own distilled water and other liquids using these DIY solar still plans. A great weekend project to build resiliency and have more water security.

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Categories: Economics