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Chris Martenson - May 15, 2017 - 18:48

On this coming Monday, May 22 at 4pm EST, Chris and Becca will hop online to expound on key practices that can help each of us navigate how we want to "be" in the arriving future. And they'll leave ample time for live audience Q&A.

If the time of the webinar is inconvenient for you, don't worry. Everyone who registers for it will receive a link to an archive video of the webinar, which you can replay to your hearts content.

If this of interest to you, register now for this free webinar.

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Categories: Economics

Q&A: NASA's Amy Kaminski on Crowdsourcing and Open Innovation Tools

Shareable Magazine - May 15, 2017 - 14:51

Can open innovation stimulate critical improvements and breakthroughs that will provide direct benefits to the world? In recent years, many organizations have turned to open innovation to solve their toughest challenges and address their R&D needs.

Categories: Economics

Why the 'Power of Cities Deserves to be Explored'

Shareable Magazine - May 15, 2017 - 14:20

Cities must prepare for a greater political role, but without retreating into isolation. This is the opinion of Arthur De Grave, veteran member of the OuiShare Collective, who will be tackling the question of cities as self-contained polities at the OuiShare Fest 2017.

Categories: Economics

Commons Governance as a Means and an End

Shareable Magazine - May 15, 2017 - 13:49

My son Jake was born on Dec. 20, 2009. He was premature. He weighed less than five pounds. When my wife's maternity leave ran out five months later, we had to arrange childcare because we both worked. We had three choices:

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/15 - How Venezuela Got To The Brink Of Collapse, Is Our Kids' Diet Making Them Sick?

Chris Martenson - May 15, 2017 - 06:30
  • CT takes another credit rating hit on Wall Street
  • Why We Should Be Concerned About Low Oil Prices
  • Your Vote Didn't Count, and the Board Didn't Tell You in Time to Do Anything About It
  • How Venezuela Stumbled to the Brink of Collapse
  • The Economist Who Helped Write Trump’s Tax Plan in Five Days
  • Here’s Why You’ll Pay Higher Gas Prices Whatever The Market
  • GloBull Warming Hokum On 'Earth Day'
  • Is Our Kids' Diet Making Them Sick?
  • Sullied seasoning: Sea salts come with a dash of microplastics

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Categories: Economics

Leanne Baker: Investing In Gold & Silver Mining Companies

Chris Martenson - May 14, 2017 - 11:44

For precious metals investors looking to increase their exposure to this asset class beyond owning bullion or gold and silver ETFs, mining companies are a natural consideration. Their prices usually move much more dramatically in response to smaller price moves in the underlying metals they mine. In a bull market, it's very possible for the share prices of these companies to increase by hundreds of percents within a year or two.

But there are a lot of gold and silver mining companies out there, many of which are small operators. Risk abounds in this sector. And for the past half-decade, most of these companies have been absolute widow-makers for investors. How do we identify which companies are worth considering and which should be avoided? How (if at all) should the small investor go about gaining exposure to precious metals mining companies?

To address this, Dr. Leanne Baker, former mining analyst at Solomon Smith Barney and current director of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd, joins the podcast this week.

Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with Leanne Baker (46m:16s).

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/14 - Signs Of Oil Boomlet In ND, The Link Between Exhaust And Alzheimer's

Chris Martenson - May 14, 2017 - 10:14
  • An NSA-derived ransomware worm is shutting down computers worldwide
  • Modernism, Part 2
  • What Does Trump See When He Looks Back In History? Mostly He Sees ... Trump
  • Signs Of Oil Boomlet In North Dakota After Pipeline Finished
  • How we discovered a possible link between car exhausts and Alzheimer’s
  • Paleobiology Database Navigator

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/13 - The U.S. Affordable Housing Crisis, Where Have The Insects Gone?

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2017 - 07:36
  • Moody’s downgrades credit ratings of Canada’s Big Six banks
  • Making Sense of the “Super Fuse” Scare 
  • Are You Ready To Die?
  • Every U.S. County Has an Affordable Housing Crisis
  • Banks Are Failing Again in America
  • Taking Down Terrorists In Court
  • Seeing With Your Tongue
  • Where Have All The Insects Gone?

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Categories: Economics

How To Be

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2017 - 18:02
Executive Summary
  • Understanding The Ego & How It Can Be Manipulated
  • Shifting Our Own Minds
  • Creating A World Worth Inheriting
  • Becoming The Change We Wish To See

If you have not yet read Part 1: The Way To Save Ourselves available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In beginning to tackle this big topic, first, let's take a closer look at the ego.

The Ego

Humans are indeed set apart from the other sentient species on the planet such as dogs, elephants, whales, and dolphins. But what makes us 'special’ is not the use of language or tools. Plenty of other animals make use of both.  Humans seem to be unique in having an ego. 

The ego is the part of the mind we interact with (almost) entirely each day. It mediates between the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves, and is how we interact with the world. It forms our sense of personal identity.  For most people it's a fair statement to say they are their ego.  They identify with it fully, just as I did with mine until not that long ago.

The ego thinks, assumes, that it is everything about you

One feature of the ego is that it is always, and forever, in a state of wanting.  It needs more and more and MORE all the time.  The ego sets goals and attains them, but is rarely if ever satisfied by reaching a goal.  If it obtains one, it immediately sets a new one. Therefore it remains in a perpetual state of wanting as it strives towards each new goal.

Ekhart Tolle, who has had a huge impact on my thinking, puts it this way...

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Categories: Economics

The Way To Save Ourselves

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2017 - 18:02

It’s time to be blunt: Humans are headed towards disaster. 

Most of us already know this.  Some consciously, others unconsciously.

No matter if it's consciously or unconsciously, everybody who ‘knows’ that something is terribly wrong is correct.

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Too Many Balls In The Air

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2017 - 12:26

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

  • Too Many Balls In The Air
    • The central banks are losing control of them all
  • Growing Risk In Europe
    • Macron's victory masks huge looming problems
  • Without Continued Central Bank Balance Sheet Expansion...
    • ...The markets will crash
  • Things Don't Matter Until They Do
    • Why the crash will happen unbelievably quickly

This week Chris and Mish enumerate how completely dependent today's financial market prices are on the continued expansion of central bank balance sheets around the world.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/12 - Good News Friday: Cognitive Bias Survival Guide, Germany Breaks Solar Record

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2017 - 08:43
  • Cognitive Bias Survival Guide
  • U.S. welcomes nearly 32 kids as American citizens in special swearing-in ceremony at the Bronx Zoo
  • Federal judge: Harris Co. bail system unfair to poor, low-level defendants
  • For Mother's Day, Activists Are Bailing Black Mamas Out of Jail
  • Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire
  • Germany Breaks A Solar Record — Gets 85% Of Electricity From Renewables
  • New dinosaur fossil so well-preserved it looks like a statue

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Categories: Economics

How Low-Income Mothers Are Breaking Into the Tech Industry

Two-thirds of low-wage workers are women, often mothers. These programs are giving them better access to high-wage careers.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/11 - PR's Bankruptcy Result Of U.S. Colonialism, Your Grandfather's Jobs Report

Chris Martenson - May 11, 2017 - 06:10
  • Puerto Rico's $123 Billion Bankruptcy Is The Cost Of U.S. Colonialism
  • The US Bill H.R. 1644 to kill Russian food export and Chinese trade
  • Your Grandfather's Jobs Report And His Oldsmobile, Too
  • How a tight budget could complicate Sessions’ vow to fight crime
  • Devonshire: True Inflation Is Three Times Higher Than Officially Reported
  • The Economic Cinderella Story of 2017
  • Barack Obama – Excessive Private Travel For Me, No Meat For Thee
  • Morgan Stanley To Revise 2018 Forecast After Oil Price Rout
  • The Human Ecological Predicament: Wages of Self-Delusion

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Categories: Economics

Podcast: Cooperative Models for Community-based Economic Development

Shareable Magazine - May 11, 2017 - 01:07

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a partner and worker-owner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessica Bonanno from the Democracy Collaborative and Adam Trott from the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (VAWC). The Democracy Collaborative has been doing important work around community wealth building, one of their most notable projects being the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Categories: Economics

Creative Commons' Bold New Strategy to Empower Its Community

Shareable Magazine - May 10, 2017 - 16:33

There are substantial problems with copyright — notably, the burden it places on people from being able to freely quote, remix, and build upon cultural works. The public's right to do these things is critical, because it forms the basis for scientific progress, dynamic culture, and free expression. At the same time, the right of authors to retain some control over their works can be important too. But many laws around the world are written so that they completely prevent people from sharing or using digital works such as music, photos, movies, and research.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: How is the New Economy Embodied in a Pint of Beer?

Shareable Magazine - May 10, 2017 - 13:25

Once an important life-force of early civilization and an ancient crafter of community, beer was — like many things under our current economic system — twisted by the forces of the market and the drive for profit.

Categories: Economics

The End Of Money

Chris Martenson - May 10, 2017 - 12:27

Today's lofty asset prices are dependent on one thing far beyond all else: continued massive amounts of liquidity injected each and every month by the world's central banks.

Over $12 trillion in "thin air" money has been printed up by the world's central banks since the start of the Great Recession. And so far in 2017, a fresh $200 billion is added to the pile each month(!)

This makes the future price trajectory for stocks, bonds, real estate and nearly every other asset class more dependent on central bank policy than at any time in history. Investors need to ask: What are the central banks most likely to do next, and what will the repercussions be?

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/10 - Crisis In Venezuela, PA Budget Woes Deepen

Chris Martenson - May 10, 2017 - 06:15
  • Firing Fuels Calls for Independent Investigator, Even From Republicans
  • Poop bombs: the Venezuelan opposition’s new weapon
  • Hidden numbers reveal scale of Venezuela’s economic crisis
  • Ventura adjusts CalPERS payments
  • Rahm Delays Briefings For Aldermen On How CPS Will Fill Massive Budget Gap (Chicago)
  • Texas House approves Houston pension reform bill
  • U.K. corporate deficits rise in April
  • Oregon raises almost $75 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales
  • Pennsylvania’s budget woes will deepen with aging population
  • Slow revenue growth worries cash-strapped states

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Categories: Economics

A New Primer Sheds Light on the Commons and P2P Practices

Shareable Magazine - May 9, 2017 - 10:35

The Commons is a concept and practice that has been steadily gathering increased attention and advocacy. Deeply rooted in human history, it's difficult to settle on a single definition that covers its broad potential for social, economic, cultural, and political change. The Commons is now demonstrating its power as a "key ingredient" for change in diverse locations and contexts around the world.

Categories: Economics