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Forming a Worker Coop: LLC or Cooperative Corporation?

Shareable Magazine - July 6, 2016 - 10:52

Article and image cross-posted from the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Authored by Sara Stephens. 

We want to create a worker cooperative. What legal entity should we form?

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Daily Digest 7/6 - Brazil Exports Drop, Bad Debt Piled in Italian Banks Looms as Next Crisis

Chris Martenson - July 6, 2016 - 07:23
  • Selling bonds may help U.S. pensions: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Canada Post lockout: work stoppages and unsustainable pension plans need to end
  • Russia to empty one of its sovereign funds next year - ministry proposal
  • U.K. Pension Fund Deficit Likely to Hit Record as Brexit Turmoil Squashes Bond Yields
  • Senate votes to slash minimum wage for youth in Puerto Rico
  • High-interest consumer lending jumps in Golden State
  • Brexit Accelerates the British Pound’s 100 Years of Debasement
  • Brazil New Vehicle Sales Fall 25.4% in First Half Amid Poor Economy
  • Yield Curve Shows 60% Chance of Recession, Deutsche Bank Says
  • Exports to Brazil drop 24% in 6 months
  • Second Property Fund Suspends Trades Over Brexit Fears
  • Government Bond Yields in U.S., Europe Hit Historic Lows
  • Benchmark U.S. yields hit record lows on global uncertainty
  • Italian banks under pressure as political crisis looms
  • Bad Debt Piled in Italian Banks Looms as Next Crisis
  • Italian Bank Risk Surges as Capital Needs Fuel Bail-In Concerns
  • FTSE turns higher after new Bank of England stimulus

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5 Ways the News Media Can Get Real

When Donald Trump gets more air time than Bernie Sanders, the media misses the mark on grassroots change.
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Our Future Is (Literally) Crumbling Before Our Eyes

Chris Martenson - July 5, 2016 - 22:10

The sorts of predicaments the world faces -- ranging from over $200 trillion in debt, to our unsustainable addiction to fossil fuels, to our over-stressed ecosystems -- all require that we get deadly serious about confronting them ASAP, and make difficult decisions and trade-offs.

However, our global leaders always seem to opt to kick the can down the road if at all possible. Short-term thinking and near-term priorities dependably get precedence over doing the right thing for the future. Tomorrow’s generations are thrown under the bus by selfishly motivated actors today.

As I’ve put forth over and over again: we’re simply not going to make it unless we get much more serious about our efforts than we have been to date.

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Bulk Food Storage Tips

Chris Martenson - July 5, 2016 - 15:35

5 tips and areas of concern to keep in mind when putting away bulk foods or prepping your deep pantry.  Keep building your resilience!

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-how-avoid-5-common-mistakes-bulk-food-storage

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The Commons as a Living Process: David Bollier on Transforming Our System

Shareable Magazine - July 5, 2016 - 08:59

In his recent paper, Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm, author, activist and commons scholar David Bollier argues that the commons, which he describes as “at once a paradigm, a discourse, an ethic, and a set of social practices,” holds great promise in transcending the conundrum of imagining and building a “radically different system while living within the constraints of an incumbent system that aggressively resists transformational change.”

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Daily Digest 7/5 - The Politics Of Anger, Don't Celebrate The State

Chris Martenson - July 5, 2016 - 07:24
  • Rio police tell tourists they won't be able to protect them
  • The Politics Of Anger
  • On July 4th Demand Freedom, Don’t Celebrate The State
  • Gold For A Finite World
  • Gold, Platinum, and Silver Speak To Us
  • Does More Security at Airports Make Us Safer or Just Move the Targets?
  • Gas Pump Skimming At New Records This Holiday Weekend
  • Climate, Energy, Economy: Pick Two

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The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP

Six things we can learn from Northern Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, where cooperatives drive the economy.
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Daily Digest 7/4 - How To Spot False Flag Operations, Does Australia Even Need A Government?

Chris Martenson - July 4, 2016 - 07:34
  • The Rules Have Changed
  • After ‘Brexit,’ Finding a New London for the Financial World to Call Home
  • Shooter strikes 3 in South Carolina nightclub, stopped by concealed carrier
  • 5 Confirmed False Flag Operations and How to Spot Them in the Future
  • Election 2016: Does Australia even need a government?
  • Two suspects in Istanbul attack identified as Russian: Turkish media
  • California Issues Subpoenas To Oil And Gas Companies In Price-Fixing Probe
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Great Barrier Reef This Election

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Art Berman: The Coming Moonshot In Oil Prices

Chris Martenson - July 3, 2016 - 06:47

In spite of the recent low prices for oil and natural gas, an energy supply crunch is looming warns geological consultant Arthur Berman.

Berman's perspective should not be lightly dismissed: he has 37 years of experience in petroleum exploration and production with 20 of those years at Amoco (now known as BP). He has published more than 100 articles and reports on geology, technology and the petroleum industry during the past five years --more than 20 of those focused on the shale industry including the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville, Bakken and Eagleford plays.

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Daily Digest 7/2 - Outside The Hall Of Mirrors, Another Market Meltdown?

Chris Martenson - July 2, 2016 - 04:21
  • Why The Collapse Of The U.S. Economic & Financial System Has Accelerated
  • Another Market Meltdown?
  • Broadest of Indexes Indicates US in Recession...Rate Hikes Turning To Rate Cuts and QE4?
  • New York’s Sidewalks Are So Packed, Pedestrians Are Taking to the Streets
  • Outside The Hall Of Mirrors
  • 240 years of US energy use
  • Smelly, thick algae coats Treasure Coast beaches
  • G.M.O.s in Food? Vermonters Will Know

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Off The Cuff: The Prosperity Pie Is Shrinking

Chris Martenson - July 1, 2016 - 08:16

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

  • The Battle Behind Brexit
    • An underlying story of the masses vs the elites
  • The Prosperity Pie Is Shrinking
    • The macro issue of our time
  • Election Rigging
    • A near-certainty at this point
  • Gold & Silver Streak
    • Finally! Some upward momentum

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today.

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Daily Digest 7/1 - Good News Friday: Antarctic Ozone Hole Healing, Is There Life After Leather?

Chris Martenson - July 1, 2016 - 07:46
  • Pell Grants for prisoners moves forward, roughly 12,000 inmates expected to participate
  • Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome
  • Puerto Rico Relief Measure Clears Senate, Goes to Obama
  • Discovery of new helium reserves a “game changer” for medical industry
  • Is There Life After Leather?
  • Antarctic ozone hole beginning to heal
  • Extension Agents: The Unsung Heroes of the Agricultural World
  • The 6,000 Year Old Telescope

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How to Win Workplace Equality? Invest in Neighborhoods Where Women Need It Most

Women make up nearly half of the workforce, yet old-fashioned policies keep them unequal partners. To remedy this, we must first ensure basic opportunities—like making sure girls can get to school.
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DIY Beef Jerky

Chris Martenson - June 30, 2016 - 15:47

It’s smoky. Savory. Salty. Sometimes a little sweet. It has been a favorite snack of travelers and nomads for thousands of years. I’m speaking, of course, of jerky.

Today, jerky is a big business. The Washington Post recently reported that it’s a $1.5 billion industry in the United States. Sales are up 46 percent since 2009. This high-protein, low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free snack has never been more popular.

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Daily Digest 6/30 - The Shadow Doctors, Is A New Banking Crisis Imminent?

Chris Martenson - June 30, 2016 - 07:32
  • The Recent Rise in Delinquency Rates on Bank Loans Is Shocking (Is a New Banking Crisis Imminent?)
  • Federal election 2016: ACT candidates shy about 'truth pledge'?
  • Brexit: EU leaders say UK cannot have 'à la carte' single market
  • The Shadow Doctors
  • Sovereign Debt – What Could Go Wrong?
  • Big Oil Faces US$2 Trillion Cash Shortage – Deloitte
  • North America’s Big Energy Goal Is a Cinch
  • Paris climate agreement plans don’t match Paris agreement goals

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The Working-Class Wounds Hidden Behind Trump Voters’ Racism

If we listen carefully to Trump’s supporters, we can hear their desire for progressive policies.
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Seeking Freelance Technology Writer

Shareable Magazine - June 29, 2016 - 09:48

Do you like writing about the role of technology in society? Are you a critical thinker with a public interest point of view? We've got a great gig for you.

We're looking for a freelance reporter to regularly file stories on the latest news about the intersection of technology and sharing, including open-source tools, platform co-ops, crowdsourcing, open government, urban tech, and other technologies. We're seeking a reporter who has deep knowledge of the space and a keen interest in learning more.

Other key skills:

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The Chicago Honey Co-op Works with a Hive Mind

Shareable Magazine - June 29, 2016 - 07:08

Bees are essential to food production. In response to the massive, global colony collapse problem, myriad urban beekeeping organizations have cropped up around the country. One such group, the Chicago Honey Co-op, was founded in 2004 and continues to expand its operations. 

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Daily Digest 6/29 - JP Yields Drop During Global Bond Surge, Venezuela’s Oil Output Decline Accelerates

Chris Martenson - June 29, 2016 - 05:13
  • CPS will make $676 million teacher pension payment, then what?
  • Illinois gets $5.24 million windfall as motorists rack up fees for late vehicle registration
  • Venezuela’s Oil Output Decline Accelerates as Drillers Go Unpaid
  • Treasury secretary urges Senate to pass Puerto Rico bill before next debt default
  • State budget gap could be nearly $1 billion
  • N.J.’s Evolving Road Plan Ladles Billions of New Debt on Old
  • Korea plans 20 trillion won stimulus
  • Indian banks' bad loans may rise to 8.5 pct by March 2017
  • Japan Yields All Drop Below 0.1% First Time in Global Bond Surge

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