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3 Things We Learned About the Sustainability Movement at Future Earth

Shareable Magazine - May 9, 2017 - 09:35

Last week, I attended a three-day workshop held by Future Earth's Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP) knowledge action network at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland. If that sounds bewildering, you're not alone. Half of the first day was spent just explaining the institutional context of the workshop.

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Daily Digest 5/9 - The Biggest Bank Run In History, A Sobering Look At The Future Of Oil

Chris Martenson - May 9, 2017 - 07:08
  • The Long, Hard, Unprecedented Fall of Sears
  • CENTRAL BANK MARKET RIGGING: Horrified About The Biggest Global Bank Run In History
  • Sinclair Acquires Tribune Media for $3.9 Billion
  • The Kushner Project Touted in China Is in Trouble at Home
  • This Obscure Metal Soared 70%
  • The Question Sally Yates Couldn't Answer
  • A Sobering Look At The Future Of Oil
  • Colony collapse: 10 years after the crisis began, what is happening to the world's bees?

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Is it Possible to Have a Better, Democratic Co-op Without Elections?

Shareable Magazine - May 8, 2017 - 08:30

All large cooperative and membership organizations (nonprofits, worker-owned enterprises, etc.) that seek to govern themselves democratically face a perennial problem. How can an organization maintain member interest in matters of organizational governance year after year, and avoid management capture?

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Daily Digest 5/8 - Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere,’ Can Mushrooms Save The Honeybee?

Chris Martenson - May 8, 2017 - 05:18
  • Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere’ on an Insolvent Island
  • Is The Gig Economy Working?
  • Seven unusual trends taking hold since Trump’s inauguration
  • How Your Brain is Turned Against You
  • How the Government Predicts The Future – Inside the “Sentient World Simulation”
  • Gaza is a concentration camp, and it’s an American delusion not to recognize that — Weschler
  • Coal Just Can’t Compete, Despite Trump’s Promises
  • Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee?

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Categories: Economics

Art Berman: Don't Get Used To Today's Low Oil Prices

Chris Martenson - May 7, 2017 - 12:00

Oil expert and geological consultant Art Berman returns to the podcast this week to address head-on the question: Was the Peak Oil theory wrong? With the world "awash" in sub-$50 per barrel oil, were all the warnings about persistently higher future oil prices just a bunch of alarmist hand-wringing?

In a word: No.

Art explains how the current glut of oil created by the US shale boom -- along with high crude output by both OPEC and non-OPEC  producers -- is a temporary anomaly. Fundamentally, we are not finding nearly as much oil as we need to continue our demand curve; and at the same time, we are extracting our reserves at a faster rate than ever. That's a mathematical recipe for a coming supply crunch. It's not a matter of if, but when.

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Daily Digest 5/6 - The Cost Of Healthcare, Why Are The Oil Markets Crashing?

Chris Martenson - May 6, 2017 - 10:28
  • Blood test: $522 or $19? MRI: $750 or $495? Tell us what health care is costing you
  • Buying Mania Will Push Silver Price Much Higher As Dow Jones-Silver Ratio Falls Back Towards 50/1
  • Harry Dent Is Right About One Thing
  • Feds propose heightened social media vetting of visa applicants
  • Sold For Parts
  • Why Are The Oil Markets Crashing?
  • Good Coffee Shouldn’t Have to Cost More Than $1

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Categories: Economics

Sympathy For The Devil?

Chris Martenson - May 5, 2017 - 12:32

We're at the point where those at the apex of power are becoming increasingly desperate to maintain their unfair advantage.

And as the economic pie refuses to grow due to the twin overload of too much debt and declining net energy, these apex predators will turn on each other -- first to maintain their spoils, and then simply to survive.

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Daily Digest 5/5 - Good News Friday: Unemployment Rate Lowest In A Decade, Your Work Matters

Chris Martenson - May 5, 2017 - 10:52
  • Unemployment rate drops to lowest level in a decade in April as economy adds 211,000 jobs
  • To Everyone Who Feels Behind: Your Work Matters
  • Shape-changing fog screen invented
  • Men Slowly Return to the Labor Force
  • Tutu Protests And Parties Break Out In Wyoming Over Senator's Remark
  • Treasury denies Exxon waiver from Russian sanctions
  • Thermo-chemical energy: Uni Newcastle unveils challenge to solar + storage

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Portland, Ore., Becomes First Major U.S. City to End All New Investment in Corporations

To avoid doing business with socially irresponsible corporations, the city is willing to lose investment income—about $4.5 million a year.
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How a Cooperative in Indonesia is Bridging the Digital Divide

Shareable Magazine - May 4, 2017 - 12:32

Indonesia is one of the world's hottest and fastest growing digital markets. "With around 90 million Internet users and more than 281 million active mobile phone subscriptions, we can anticipate the development of the digital ecosystem in Indonesia that will lead the growth," Shinta W.

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The 'Malaga Charter' is a Statement of Purpose for a New, Equitable Economy

Shareable Magazine - May 4, 2017 - 09:42

We participated in the New Economy and Social Innovation Global Forum in Málaga, Spain, last month. It was an inspiring and thought-provoking event that explored how we can design economic systems that serve everyone, and not just the wealthy. The three-day conference drew approximately 700 people from around the globe. In addition to keynotes and panel discussions, there were "open space" sessions where participants worked together to come up with action steps that could be taken to support the growth of the new economy. 

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Daily Digest 5/4 - U.S Gold Scrap Market Drying Up, Oil Price Collapse Is 'Permanent

Chris Martenson - May 4, 2017 - 09:26
  • GOP Sets Do-Or-Die Vote to Deliver on Obamacare Repeal Promise
  • Best Investment Practices?
  • Citizens don’t have ‘absolute’ right over their bodies, privacy complaint is ‘bogus’ - Indian govt
  • The Danger Of 'Black Velvet' Stocks
  • You're Not Going To Believe What I'm About To Tell You
  • Why Did The Tourist Cross The Ocean?
  • Debt Is Financial Life? Nonsense
  • U.S Gold Scrap Market Drying Up: Americans Pawned Off Their Best Asset To Go Further Into Debt
  • Oil price collapse is 'permanent'; analyst says fossil fuel has had its day
  • Saudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East

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Off The Cuff: Sowing The Seeds Of Our Self-Destruction

Chris Martenson - May 4, 2017 - 01:11

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • Our Sick Culture
    • Disconnected and depressive
  • We Are Deficient In Meaning
    • More & more of us live without purpose and value
  • Emotional Resilience
    • Each of us has the ability to chart a better course
  • Engaging Others
    • How to help others break free, too

This week's Off The Cuff takes a more existential turn, as Chris and Charles focus on the many broken elements of today's culture, and the toxic effects they have on our quality of life. With so much social disconnectedness and disappearing prosperity, more and more of the population is simply surviving as opposed to living.

To have quality of life, it is becoming more important than ever for each of us to become the captain of our own destiny, and seek to break out of the current our culture is dragging us along with.

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Crowdfunding Real Estate Isn’t Just For Millionaires Anymore. Could It Be For You?

The relatively new equity crowdfunding seeks investors expecting a return, not donors supporting a project. But the project must improve a community.
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What Does It Mean to “Shelter in Place”?

Chris Martenson - May 3, 2017 - 12:49

As you work on you emergency preparedness it is important to understand the new vocabulary. Terms that you hear quite a bit are “Shelter in Place” and “Grab and Go." It is important to make sure you have emergency supplies that allow you to do both.

Depending on the disaster and depending on the circumstances surrounding the disaster you may need to “Shelter in Place” or you may need to evacuate or “Grab and Go."

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The Urban Common Spaces That Show Us We Belong to Something Larger

Shareable Magazine - May 3, 2017 - 08:40

An American friend living in Germany told me a story about when she first arrived. She and her German boyfriend were out walking when she heard a noise that got louder as they approached the town's main square. Puzzled, she asked her partner about the unfamiliar sound.

"That's the sound of people talking to each other," he told her.

People outside, not drowned out by the noise of cars or amplified music. Imagine!

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Daily Digest 5/3 - Greece Agrees To Bailout Reforms, A Higher Calling for Higher Education

Chris Martenson - May 3, 2017 - 07:10
  • Senate passes Houston pension fix
  • Michigan Business Leaders Propose Pension Overhaul
  • LA Times to LA City Hall: GET REAL
  • Illinois' medical debt spiral injures people, economy
  • Greece agrees deal with creditors on bailout reforms
  • A Higher Calling for Higher Education
  • U.S. Auto Sales Plunge Dramatically As The Consumer Debt Bubble Continues To Collapse
  • 16 Health Benefits of Honey, According to Science

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New Budget Deal Preserves All 19 Social Spending Programs Trump Tried to Eliminate

Economic relief agencies as well as support for arts and culture got nearly a five-month reprieve from the more radical cuts proposed in Trump’s budget.
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Why a Just and Sustainable Economy Looks Like a Doughnut

This is the real-world economy for a living Earth that we must learn to structure and manage to provide a safe space for humanity.
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Why Peg City Car Co-op is Joining Forces With Housing Co-ops in Winnipeg, Canada

Shareable Magazine - May 2, 2017 - 11:43

People in the Canadian Prairies, or the western part of the country, are known to have an attachment to their cars. That's understandable for anyone who has spent time in the region's cities. Take Winnipeg, for example. Thanks to its multicultural vibrancy, edgy theater and film scene, and world-class museums, it's elbowing its way onto Canadian travel itineraries.

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