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In Berlin, a Model for Creative and Affordable Housing

Cities with vibrant arts, music, and social scenes are being hit hard by gentrification. But Berlin’s “co-housing culture” shows that a city’s future doesn’t have to go that way.
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What Quebec Can Teach Us About Creating a More Equitable Economy

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2017 - 12:59

Welcome to everyday life in Quebec — Canada's second largest province with 8.2 million people. Here:

  • Business owners gather at an elegant Montreal event center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a large-scale economic partnership. The former chief of Quebec's largest bank is the guest of honor.

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Podcast: Author Richard Wolff on What Comes After Capitalism

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2017 - 10:46

Unemployment is down and the stock market is up. So all's well with the economy, right? Many politicians and economists would like us to think that, but in this Upstream Podcast, Richard D. Wolff, author of "Capitalism's Crisis Deepens," explains how this couldn't be farther from the truth. Not only is the recession that started in 2008 far from over, but we might actually be witnessing the collapse of capitalism as we know it.

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Daily Digest 4/11 - Solving Japan's Energy Problem, What The Next Korean War Will Look Like

Chris Martenson - April 11, 2017 - 08:44
  • China Is Playing a $9 Trillion Game of Chicken With Savers
  • How China Is Keeping Its Financial System From Collapsing, In One Chart
  • Donald J. Trump: The Empire's Spanker-In-Chief
  • Nasty, brutish, and short—what the next Korean War will look like
  • Gold Gains With Treasuries and Yen on Haven Demand: Markets Wrap
  • Gold Selling for $10,000? Yes!
  • Can ‘Fire Ice’ Solve Japan’s Energy Problem?
  • Whale cams reveal secret Antarctic feeding habits

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Extractive Economy Jobs Are Not the Good Jobs Tribes Were Promised

After the construction phase of the Keystone XL, only 35 employees would be needed to operate the pipeline.
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Could Twitter Users Own the Platform One Day?

Shareable Magazine - April 10, 2017 - 18:23

Could Twitter actually become a user-owned cooperative? An idea that once seemed far-fetched has suddenly fallen within the realm of possibility. On May 22, Twitter's shareholders will vote on a proposal to explore a viable path towards democratic ownership of the company. 

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Adam Parks: How To Select & Prepare Sustainably-Raised Meats

Chris Martenson - April 10, 2017 - 14:15

What specifically should you look for when choosing a provider to buy your meat from?

Additionally, most folks don't realize how important the butchering process is to how well meat tastes. What qualities are important to look for in a butcher?

Former rancher and current meat-repreneur, Adam Parks, joins us for this week's podcast to give practical guidance on these questions, as well as recipe and cooking tips for how to get the most out of the meats we eat. After all, if you go to the trouble to select the healthiest product and get the best butchering, you want to ensure the meals you make from it are prepared well, too.

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Daily Digest 4/10 - The Problem With Freedom, What's Causing The Retail Meltdown Of 2017?

Chris Martenson - April 10, 2017 - 07:40
  • Russian truckers’ strike enters third week amid police crackdown
  • The Problem With Freedom
  • 5 Tangible Investments that Are Alternatives to the Stock Market
  • It's Brutal, It's Harsh and It's True
  • Your House Is Under Arrest
  • What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?
  • Gorsuch Takes Oath at White House, Becomes New Top Court Justice
  • Energy Employment Surges With U.S. Shale Production

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New Sharing Depot Opening Reflects Success of Toronto's Library of Things Movement

Shareable Magazine - April 10, 2017 - 05:45
The Toronto Tool Library in Ontario, Canada, is a model tool lending program. With four locations and a variety of workshops and community events, it is a pioneer of the lending and sharing movement. In April 2016, the Toronto Tool Library team raised the bar again when they launched the Sharing Depot, Canada's first Library of Things, where members can borrow sporting goods, board games, camping equipment, children's toys, and party supplies for $50-$100 per year.   
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Stereotyping Appalachians Feeds Only the Coal Industry

As a fifth-generation coal miner, I see the region’s Trump signs and pro-coal stickers as symbols of defense against a world that views us as lesser.
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How to Reinflate the Dream of College-for-All

Financial aid doesn’t work unless we’re honest about costs.
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Daily Digest 4/9 - Ecology For All Of Us, Symbols Of Strength

Chris Martenson - April 9, 2017 - 10:05
  • Symbols of Strength
  • The Nutty Economy - Europe Returns
  • Amazon will replace some of its battery forklifts with hydrogen fuel cell ones
  • Four Triggers For Panic Attacks
  • Ecology For All Of Us
  • Neonicotinoid Residue Found In Drinking Water For The First Time

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Daily Digest 4/8 - LePen Could 'Blow Up' EU, When Solar Panels Became Job Killers

Chris Martenson - April 8, 2017 - 08:49
  • Trump’s Syria Strike Has Some Critics Cheering and Some Fans Booing 
  • Russian military posts drone footage of aftermath of US strike on Syria
  • Marine Le Pen could 'blow up' the European Union, and the fear's starting to show
  • Jim Rogers: Global Financial Turmoil Should Trump Fail
  • America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever
  • Uber said to use “sophisticated” software to defraud drivers, passengers
  • Did The Banks Just Give U.S. Shale A Carte Blanche?
  • When Solar Panels Became Job Killers

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Daily Digest 4/7 - Good News Friday: Shrinking Big Banks, Making Salt Water Drinkable

Chris Martenson - April 7, 2017 - 10:56
  • Trump and Warren Agree? Maybe, on Plan to Shrink Big Banks
  • Federal judge overturns NC legislative attempt to change Greensboro’s city election system
  • New York City is officially closing the infamously troubled Rikers Island jail
  • Redesigning economics based on ecology
  • Endangered Bumble Bee Could Stand in Way of Afton Sewage Plant Construction
  • As Trump halts federal action on climate change, cities and states push on
  • Aggressive emissions cutbacks would drop heat waves in half in 20 years
  • Scientists Just Figured Out How To Make Saltwater Drinkable

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Sudden Escalation: US Warships Fire Missiles Into Syria

Chris Martenson - April 6, 2017 - 20:40

One of my worst fears has come to pass: the US has launched a missile strike against the Syrian government.

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Daily Digest 4/6 - Deepwater Will Soon Challenge Shale, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Chris Martenson - April 6, 2017 - 07:53
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  • Japanese retailers quickly embracing bitcoin payments
  • Investigation Finds Some Federal Contractors Are Violating Wage Laws
  • Confirmed: Susan Rice "Unmasked" Trump Team
  • Donald Trump Has Just Committed The United States To A Disastrous War In Syria
  • Imperfect Partners: How Trump Can Improve the Messy U.S.-Chinese Economic Relationship
  • Deepwater Will Soon Challenge Shale
  • Farming becoming riskier under climate change

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Podcast: The Power and Perils of Cooperatives

Shareable Magazine - April 5, 2017 - 10:15

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR's Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, research associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively. The three discuss the cooperative model of ownership and how this model can enable investment in gigabit internet connections for their member-owners, but also how they are subject to a low participation rates in their elections.

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Daily Digest 4/5 - High Student Debt Quadrupled In 10 Years, Half Of Americans Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Chris Martenson - April 5, 2017 - 06:07
  • Half of Americans are responsible for only 3 percent of health care costs
  • Number of people who owe over $100,000 in student debt has quadrupled in 10 years
  • Italy budget deficit widens in March, first-quarter deficit also higher
  • Emerging Q1 global bond issuance at record $181 bln -JPM data
  • U.S. households will soon have as much debt as they had in 2008
  • Venezuela Credit Dashboard: Default Risk Spikes as Payment Looms
  • EU Steps Up Efforts to Deal With $1.1 Trillion Bad-Debt Pile
  • S. Korea's national debt hits record high in 2016
  • Half of Americans are desperately living paycheck to paycheck
  • Global debt hits $215 trillion in 2016, led by emerging markets: IIF

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No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies

Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
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How Unprofessional Development Inspires Creativity, Collaboration, and Community Service in Classrooms

Shareable Magazine - April 4, 2017 - 10:32
In 2008, designer Emily Pilloton created Studio H, a nonprofit based in Berkeley, California, that helps young people design and build items that tackle social problems. As teachers found out about the project — primarily through a documentary about Studio H called "If You Build It," they expressed an interest in learning how to bring Studio H's ethos into their classrooms.  
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