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Off The Cuff: Topping Markets

Chris Martenson - October 14, 2016 - 07:48

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

  • The Rush To War
    • Tensions with Russia continue to mount
  • Odds Of A Fed Hike Rising?
    • Even if the Fed wants to, can it?
  • Recession Warning Signs
    • It's getting harder to argue we're not already in one
  • Topping Markets
    • To keep them elevated, we're going to need a bigger stimulus package...

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/14 - Good News Friday: Where to Find Vitamin B12, 3-D World Map Of Unprecedented Accuracy

Chris Martenson - October 14, 2016 - 07:29
  • SolarReserve Planning World’s Largest Solar Farm for $5 Billion
  • Meet the Ex-Inmate Whose Successful Prison Rehab Program Goes Beyond Drug Treatment
  • The Paris Agreement Is Officially Coming Into Effect
  • Don't Fear The Tech Revolution
  • Five years of observations from tandem satellites produce 3D world map of unprecedented accuracy
  • Here’s why you need vitamin B12, and where you can find it 
  • Coconut Oil Changed My Life

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Categories: Economics

Another Victory for Workers in Seattle—This Time It’s Their Schedules

Thanks to an ordinance passed last month, service and retail workers will finally get reasonable shift schedules, along with their $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Categories: Economics

The Blockchain: Change Everything Forever

Shareable Magazine - October 13, 2016 - 08:14

Article cross-posted from P2P Foundation. Authored by Ruth Catlow.

This new film by Furtherfield in collaboration with Digital Catapult broadens the current debate about the impact of emerging blockchain technologies.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/13 - Russia & U.S. Will Engage In ‘Global War,’ Why Energy Prices Are Headed Lower

Chris Martenson - October 13, 2016 - 06:40
  • US, Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source
  • Russia & US will engage in ‘global war’, unless ‘proxy’ Syria conflict resolved – Turkey’s deputy PM
  • Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science
  • Silver, Debt, and Deficits – From an Election Year Perspective
  • EmDrive (Propelantless microwave resonant reactor by Roger Shawyer) 
  • Russia orders all officials to fly home any relatives living abroad, as tensions mount over the prospect of a global war
  • A Eulogy For Democracy
  • Why energy prices are ultimately headed lower; what the IMF missed
  • Scientists May Have Identified the Protein That Controls Aging

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For Those Who Don’t Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils

Ranked-choice voting is catching on, and Maine might become the first state to help citizens vote for candidates they actually want.
Categories: Economics

Trump’s Fake Critique of Trade Deals Leaves Out Workers

We must build a movement for trade justice that rejects both Trump’s opportunism and the long-standing neoliberalism of the major political parties.
Categories: Economics

How to Scientifically Measure a Coworking Space to Increase Productivity

Shareable Magazine - October 12, 2016 - 07:42

Authored by Joshua Ng, creative director at The Connectors Society, a Swedish interdisciplinary studio blending collective intelligence and urban design.

Coworking spaces aim to replace the stiff, competitive, closed office with an open, community-based environment. As coworking grows, the variet of spaces also grows. While many are open-plan spaces that offer meeting rooms and private offices, a growing number offer facilities for people whose main work tool is not a laptop.

Categories: Economics

Freelancers Are Here...and They're Voting

Shareable Magazine - October 12, 2016 - 06:58

Once a fringe group of disconnected workers, the freelance workforce has become an increasingly organized community and voting bloc.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/12 - Alaska Risks Another Downgrade, Japan Passes $32B In Economic Stimulus

Chris Martenson - October 12, 2016 - 06:25
  • Alaska Risks Another Downgrade With Record Bond Sale
  • Japan Passes $32 Billion in Extra Economic Stimulus, but Some Seek More
  • A $1 Trillion Paradigm Shift Changes Funding Markets Forever
  • China banks may need $1.7 trillion injection as credit quality worsens: S&P
  • Citi CEO Promotes Version of 'People's QE' for the U.S.
  • It would be wrong to abandon the policy of negative rates
  • With soaring demand come weaker assurances for U.S. municipal investors
  • Negative-Yield Debt Falls to $10.7 Trillion After September Rise

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Categories: Economics

Art Co-ops and the Power of Mobilizing Collaboration for Creativity

Shareable Magazine - October 11, 2016 - 11:32

Brian Eno rejected the lone genius myth — the idea that groundbreaking works of art arise out of a notable few graced with exceptional talent. Instead, he observed that good artwork doesn't miraculously emerge from a few great figures, but from relationships. He coined the term “scenius” to reflect the genius that arises out from social relationships or "scenes" of novel creativity and thought. 

Categories: Economics

How Freelancers Are Reinventing Work Through New Collective Enterprises

Shareable Magazine - October 11, 2016 - 09:49

Seats2Meet headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands by Neal Gorenflo

In 2008, Alanna Krause hit a wall. Just 25 years old and already rising through the corporate ranks as a global technical support team leader at Bloomberg in London, Krause began to feel that her work was “meaningless.”

“No matter how well I did my job or how much I improved things, ultimately what I was doing was moving numbers from one column to another column,” Krause said.

Categories: Economics

How to Create Happier, Healthier Nonprofits

Shareable Magazine - October 11, 2016 - 07:35

Nonprofit burnout is real. Beth Kanter, an internationally-recognized nonprofit trainer and author who has worked in the field for 35 years, knows this all too well. Kanter has seen firsthand what overwork, overwhelm and an always-on lifestyle can do to organizations and individuals, including herself.

Categories: Economics

How to Start and Maintain a Worm Compost Bin

Chris Martenson - October 11, 2016 - 06:55

I've been planning to start a worm compost bin for the past seven years, but it was always one of those things that gets stuck on the to-do-list. With my compost tea setup and my starts suffering from poor quality soil, I'm in desperate need of a source of high compost. So, I finally ordered some worms and learned how to take care of them. A typical worm farm will not produce massive quantities of compost but it will produce a very high quality compost, and a small amount of good compost can be multiplied in a compost tea brewer.

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Daily Digest 10/11 - Haiti Risks 'Real Famine', Is The Era Of Cheap Natural Gas Over?

Chris Martenson - October 11, 2016 - 06:20
  • Skip a generation when passing on homes, says housing minister
  • The Truth About the War in Aleppo
  • I'm an Anti-Putin Russian and Clinton Makes Me Nervous
  • Britain’s Economy Was Resilient After ‘Brexit.’ Its Leaders Learned the Wrong Lesson.
  • A Real Threat To The Economy
  • Is The Era Of Cheap Natural Gas Over?
  • Spoiler Alert
  • Hurricane Matthew: Haiti risks 'real famine', says interim president

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Categories: Economics

“I Work Like an Independent Worker, and I Feel Happy”

What today’s workers can learn from day laborers and domestic workers about job security, health benefits, and retirement.
Categories: Economics

Divest From Prisons, Invest in People—What Justice for Black Lives Really Looks Like

Instead of addressing the roots of drug addiction, mental illness, and poverty, we’ve come to accept policing and incarceration as catch-all solutions. It’s time for a change.
Categories: Economics

The Second Presidential Debate

Chris Martenson - October 10, 2016 - 18:00

Look, I know that there are no great choices this time for the next President of the United States. Yet many people have decided which issues matter the most to them when the time comes to cast their vote, and I fully support each person’s chosen personal priorities.

It turns out, to my great surprise, I am a single issue voter this election. I’ve never been a single issue voter before. Usually I'm of the mind that it's a complex world, and many factors need to be weighted and balanced.

So, what’s my single issue?

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/10 - Pound Fails to Shake Off Wounded Image, Robots Win And We Lose

Chris Martenson - October 10, 2016 - 06:27
  • Pound Fails to Shake Off Wounded Image After Week of Flash Crash
  • In Second Debate, Donald Drumpf and Hillary Clinton Spar in Bitter, Personal Terms
  • Here’s Where the Next Bank Deposit “Bail-In” Will Strike…
  • CNN Censors Focus Group Members Voting Third Party
  • Welcome To The Conversation: Important Information Why The Precious Metals Price Smash Is Meaningless
  • Relief Organizations Are Broken Machines
  • Robots Win, You Lose 
  • Why Dividends Are Still A Must For Big Oil

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 10/8 - Big Food Strikes Back, Great Pacific Garbage Patch Larger Than Ever

Chris Martenson - October 8, 2016 - 07:30
  • This Was the Week the World Got Really Anxious About Globalization's Future
  • Deutsche Bank is latest victim of America’s bullying regulatory tactics
  • How U.S. Torture Left Legacy of Damaged Minds
  • Big Food Strikes Back
  • I Listened To A Trump Supporter
  • If gold gets below $1,250 an ounce, start buying: Goldman
  • 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' is worse than thought
  • Insanely Bad Summer Drought is Decimating New England Farms

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Categories: Economics