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New Zealand politician pushing for 'Civics', a local government currency issued...

Community Currency Magazine - September 30, 2014 - 15:32
New Zealand politician pushing for 'Civics', a local government currency issued to pay for local services.


Citizens could be working for rates
www.stuff.co.nz
Ratepayers will one day pay their rates using a local currency if one city councillor has his way.
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Daily Digest 9/30 - "No Right To Free Water" In Detroit, Your Apples Are A Year Old

Chris Martenson - September 30, 2014 - 08:40
  • Judge won't stop shut-offs, says no right to free water
  • Matt Taibbi on How Wall Street Hedge Funds Are Looting the Pension Funds of Public Workers
  • Breakthrough In Oil Sands Waste Treatment
  • Shocking NASA pics show Aral Sea basin now completely dry
  • El Niño Could Put an End to California's Drought Late This Year
  • Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF
  • The Machine Is A Garden
  • Your Apples Are A Year Old

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Categories: Economics

Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation

Shareable Magazine - September 30, 2014 - 08:06

Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission. Written by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, and Brian Van Slyke for Truthout. Photo credit: Alyce Santoro.

Categories: Economics

New Film Follows 18 Students As They Cycle the US to Support Coops

Shareable Magazine - September 30, 2014 - 07:19

In 2012, a group of 18 young people from Hampshire College set off to ride their bikes from San Francisco back home to Amherst, Massachusetts. Dubbed Co-Cycle, the group planned to visit coops along the route to learn from them and create a network of cooperatives. Three months and 15 states later, they arrived safely. Through it all, Emma Thatcher was there documenting the journey for the film To the Moon.

Categories: Economics

7 Reasons to Always Carry a Knife

Chris Martenson - September 30, 2014 - 07:03

A number of great ideas and reasons to always keep a pocket knife on your person.  And this goes out to all the prepared ladies out there too.  It does not need to be a huge Rambo survival knife but something practice and easy to use. 

http://www.survivalbased.com/survival-blog/5540/7-reasons-to-always-carry-a-knife-and-none-of-them-are-for-self-defense

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Categories: Economics

EasyPrep Food Storage - Special Discount

Chris Martenson - September 30, 2014 - 06:41
35% Special Discount for PeakProsperity.com Readers

The ReadyStore is offering Peak Prosperity readers a special 35% discount on EasyPrep food storage packages.

Establishing a deep pantry and having extra long term food storage available is vital and a necessary step in building resilience into your life and ensuring you have adequate food energy for emergencies and difficult times.  The EasyPrep food storage bucket system makes this task simple and relatively cost effective.  With a variety of different foods to choose from, this special offer with help jumpstart your long term food preps and bring you better food security.

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Categories: Economics

Attempting To Sustain The Unsustainable

Chris Martenson - September 29, 2014 - 17:32

The general theme of the 2008 financial rescues engineered by the world's central banks was: Do more of the same.

The same things that got us into trouble -- namely too much debt and increasingly expensive energy -- simply increased after the 2008 crisis.

By a lot.

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Categories: Economics

Governor Brown Signs California's Neighborhood Food Act

Shareable Magazine - September 29, 2014 - 09:16

Photo credit: wayneandwax / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA. Article cross-posted from SELC.

On September 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed SELC's Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, and several other bills seeking to promote local and sustainable food systems in California.

Categories: Economics

How to Turn a Bus Stop into Art

Shareable Magazine - September 29, 2014 - 08:41

Photo credit: clarkmaxwell / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND.

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Multi-Functional Plants for the Permaculture Garden

Chris Martenson - September 29, 2014 - 08:26

If you have a choice of planting a tree, shrub, vine, herbaceous plant, or groundcover that only has one function or another species that fills that desired function and also provides three other benefits, why wouldn't you plant the more functional species. In permaculture, elements of our designs should serve at least 3 functions. Many species can do much better than that. Below is a list of some of my favorite multi-functional plants that I am currently using on my permaculture site.

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Categories: Economics

Alternative Economy Movements Converge at Degrowth Conference

Shareable Magazine - September 29, 2014 - 08:14

Cross-posted from Bollier.org. Originally published on September 11, 2014.

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ShareFest Porto Alegre Catalyzes Local Sharing Movement

Shareable Magazine - September 29, 2014 - 07:45

Attracting 450 people for a day of workshops, discussion, brainstorming, information-sharing, panels, art, music and dancing, ShareFest Porto Alegre was a great success. In true sharing style, the event was a group project from its inception, with organizers deciding that it should be as collaborative as possible, from the planning stages up.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/29 - The Information War For Ukraine, Wind Energy Politics In Kansas

Chris Martenson - September 29, 2014 - 07:17
  • The U.S. Has No Banking Regulation, And It Doesn’t Want Any
  • Geneva Report warns record debt and slow growth point to crisis
  • The information war for Ukraine
  • The Dismal Science
  • Crackdown on Protests by Hong Kong Police Draws More to the Streets
  • Stunning Drone Clip Reveals Massive Size Of Hong Kong Protest
  • Feds: Butterfly Labs mined bitcoins on customers’ boxes before shipping
  • A Kansas twister: Wind energy politics complicate governor’s race

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Chris Kresser: Functional Health

Chris Martenson - September 28, 2014 - 14:42

In today's discussion, we explore the world of "functional medicine" and other approaches to health and wellness that offer potential to complement, or in cases, replace conventional western medical treatment. Some of these practices have been used by eastern cultures for millennia, others are just coming to light now. But the common thread in each is to focus on the biological uniqueness of each patient and use an evidence-based approach to identify and resolve the underlying condition -- rather than merely treating the symptoms, which modern health care (sometimes referred to instead as "sick care") is often guilty of.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/28 - More On Arctic Oil Discovery, When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Chris Martenson - September 28, 2014 - 07:23
  • Economists: Your Parents Are More Important Than Ever
  • The Magic Number That Could End the Ebola Epidemic
  • When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
  • Obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015
  • The Alberta Tar Sands
  • Plowing Bedrock
  • A Rare Arctic Land Sale Stirs Concerns in Norway
  • Rosneft and Exxon discover Arctic oil

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Daily Digest 9/28 - Artic Oil Discovered, When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Chris Martenson - September 28, 2014 - 07:23
  • Economists: Your Parents Are More Important Than Ever
  • The Magic Number That Could End the Ebola Epidemic
  • When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
  • Obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015
  • The Alberta Tar Sands
  • Plowing Bedrock
  • A Rare Arctic Land Sale Stirs Concerns in Norway
  • Rosneft and Exxon discover Arctic oil

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/27 - Exxon Arctic Well Strikes Oil, Catalonian Leader Calls For Secession

Chris Martenson - September 27, 2014 - 09:11
  • This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain
  • The Federal Reserve's Artful Compassion for Households in 'Sobering' Condition
  • The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra
  • Leader of Catalonia Calls for Independence Vote
  • Builders Turn Focus to Housing Market
  • Under Pact, Russians to Give Gas to Ukraine
  • Paul Krugman's Errors And Omissions
  • Rosneft Says Exxon Arctic Well Strikes Oil

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Categories: Economics

Demographics - Crash Course Chapter 15

Chris Martenson - September 26, 2014 - 15:21

Our national demographic architecture no longer can afford the entitlement system we have. And that's even assuming entitlements were currently sufficiently funded. But as the last chapter showed, the existing programs are underfunded to the tune of $100-200 Trillion. 

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Categories: Economics

Off the Cuff: The Tail Wags Harder

Chris Martenson - September 26, 2014 - 14:16

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

  • Topping Markets
    • Signs of an imminent correction continue to mount
  • Central Banks Gone Wild
    • No longer hiding their rampant asset purchases
  • Perpetual War
    • The military-industrial complex is the tail wagging the dog

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Categories: Economics

16 Uses for Plastic Sheeting

Chris Martenson - September 26, 2014 - 12:31

A bunch of good ideas and uses for clear plastic sheeting.  It can be very handy to have a roll on hand to be used in many DIY projects and survival situations.  How do you use it on your homestead?

http://thesurvivalmom.com/16-uses-plastic-sheeting-aka-visqueen/

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Categories: Economics