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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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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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.
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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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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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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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Daily Digest 4/2 - Financial Regulation In Disarray, How Mainstream Economic Theories Regularly Miss The Mark

Chris Martenson - April 2, 2016 - 07:03
  • Too much of a good thing
  • GAO Has Been Telling Congress that Financial Regulation Is in Disarray for 20 Years
  • Fraud Key Profit Center for Wall Street: William Black
  • How Mainstream Economic Theories Regularly Miss The Mark
  • Gas Pipeline Uses 160 Eminent Domain Suits To Get Property In 3 States
  • Equal Weighting Is the Hardest Part
  • Obama-Backed Green Energy Company Goes Bankrupt — After Getting Billions From Taxpayers
  • A plan to hide humanity from hostile aliens 

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How to Crowdsource a Book Proposal in 10 Not So Easy Steps

Shareable Magazine - April 1, 2016 - 17:31

As you may have heard, Shareable has embarked on an adventure in collaborative book publishing. We’re self-publishing a book on sharing cities to be released this October. Naturally, we decided to walk our talk in terms of process. We’re collaborating on everything from the book proposal to licensing (Creative Commons) to distribution. We believe this process will strengthen the sharing cities movement.

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Digging Into the Meaning of Work (With Real Shovels)

Is the work we do for pay like digging a hole to nowhere? The author put shovels in the hands of 15 people to find out.
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Daily Digest 4/1 - Good News Friday: The Sunny Side Of The U.S. Economy, This Is Your Brain On Nature

Chris Martenson - April 1, 2016 - 07:43
  • The Cities on the Sunny Side of the American Economy
  • Mexico City orders all cars off the road one day a week to tackle air pollution 
  • New York Budget Deal With Higher Minimum Wage Is Reached
  • How the AP busted an international seafood slavery racket
  • This Is Your Brain On Nature
  • UN: 2015 record year for global renewables investment
  • Scientists highlight path to restoring world's fisheries

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3 Tips for Planting a Survival Orchard

Chris Martenson - March 31, 2016 - 17:29

Three ideas to consider when planning and putting in your orchard to improve the success of the new trees and to give you more resilience in survival situations. 

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/3-tips-planting-survival-orchard-fruit-and-nut-trees

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Daily Digest 3/31 - Monetary Disaster Insurance, Are The World's Microbiomes At Risk?

Chris Martenson - March 31, 2016 - 07:40
  • Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year
  • U.S. Attorney, FBI and IRS announce charges against DPS principals in school supplies scandal
  • FBI hacks iPhone: Does this make your phone less private?
  • Robert Kiyosaki: Markets headed for the worst crash in history this year
  • Monetary Disaster Insurance
  • Silver’s Bullish Cup And Handle Pattern
  • The First Official Map of Human-Induced Earthquake Hazards
  • Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly
  • Is Climate Change Putting World's Microbiomes at Risk?
  • Railroad Stocks Hit Hard By Oil And Coal Collapse
  • Good Management can Lead to a More Sustainable Future

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Recap of #SharingCities Twitter Chat

Shareable Magazine - March 30, 2016 - 14:56

This month, Shareable hosted a discussion on Twitter with Julian Agyeman and Duncan McLaren, authors of “Sharing Cities,” about some of the pivotal questions surrounding cities that are weaving sharing initiatives in their socio-economic frameworks. 

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Daily Digest 3/30 - Cheap Money Leads To Bad Debts In U.S., Why Greeks Are Ditching Cash

Chris Martenson - March 30, 2016 - 05:09
  • SCE&G seeks rate increase to help pay for pension costs
  • Kentucky state budget negotiators go another day with no deal
  • PERS deficit climbs to $21 billion
  • Fast facts: Illinois pension systems by the numbers
  • Pension crisis looming as UK firms face £800bn black hole
  • Cheap money leads to bad debts in U.S.
  • Mounting debts could derail China's plans
  • Federal Judge in Puerto Rico Calls Walmart Tax Unlawful
  • Oil Explorers Face Challenge to Secure Financing as Oil Prices Fall
  • Fitch cuts Chicago credit rating in wake of pension ruling
  • Brazilians scrimp and save in unwelcome surprise for investors
  • Imminent QE Boost Sends Spain's 5-Year Debt Yield to Record Low
  • Flood of Central Bank Moves Can't Lift World Out of Rut
  • Japan’s negative rate bounty sparks calls for fresh spending
  • The poisonous gift of cheap money in Portugal
  • Why Greeks are ditching cash for digital barter systems

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Meet the Organizers Planning the Biggest Sit-In in a Generation

If Congress hasn't taken action to help get money out of politics by April 10, 3,000 people have pledged to risk arrest in a week-long series of sit-ins.
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We’re Not Going To Make It…

Chris Martenson - March 29, 2016 - 21:18

Right now I'm on a Metro North train heading the NYC. I’ve been invited to sit on an advisory council at the UN on building a sustainable energy future.

I’ll let you know how the meeting goes, after I take a few selfies to immortalize the experience in case I'm not invited back. 

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Daily Digest 3/29 - How VT Got Companies To Label GMOs, Utilities Starting To Support Community Solar

Chris Martenson - March 29, 2016 - 07:44
  • The Right To Hack Your Life
  • $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in California? Plan Has Some Worried
  • How ISIS Built the Machinery of Terror Under Europe’s Gaze
  • “I Couldn’t Have a Bad Day”: How the Economy Prevents Us From Building Lives Outside of Work
  • Even Utilities Are Starting To Get Behind Community Solar
  • FTC sues Volkswagen, says “Clean Diesel” advertising was deceptive
  • How Little Vermont Got Big Food Companies To Label GMOs

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