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You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods

Class action lawsuits point out the irrationality of sales-tax exemptions for items such as Rogaine, foot powder, and Viagra—but not menstrual products.
Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Book Project Seeks International Case Studies

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 11:23

One of Shareable’s core projects this year is to produce a new book and digital database comprised of case studies and model policies to support the growth of Sharing Cities.

Categories: Economics

Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 07:33

by Cynthia Dettman. Article cross-posted from

How does one go about locating a cohousing community that is a good personal fit? Here are my suggestions on how to go about finding a healthy, vibrant, and happy community.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/12 - Your Free Market Is Rigged, Why Low Oil Prices Haven’t Helped The Economy

Chris Martenson - April 12, 2016 - 07:29
  • "The Problems Are Unfixable"
  • Doug Casey: Are We Headed For Another Dark Ages?
  • Your Free Market Is Rigged
  • Gold Money Or Digital Money?
  • Dutch parliament adopted motions to investigate money creation
  • Why Low Oil Prices Haven’t Helped The Economy
  • Germany To Abandon $1.1 Trillion Wind Power Program By 2019
  • Utility regulator, SoCal Gas at odds over reopening of natural gas field

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Categories: Economics

Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Publishes Open-Source Plans for Affordable Housing

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 07:14

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico. (Ramiro Ramirez / ELEMENTAL)

Categories: Economics

What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring

The political march is a tool for social transformation in itself. This one gave me a taste of the connected, empowered society I’m working to create.
Categories: Economics

Why I Went A Little More Short Today

Chris Martenson - April 11, 2016 - 19:26

I've been slowly layering into a short position against the US S&P 500 stock market. At this rate, I plan to be 80% short in my trading and retirement accounts by the end of May. You know “Sell in May and go away.” I am now at 45%.

That’s my general strategy here. 

My reasons for building up this short position are many.  Here are a few of them.

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Categories: Economics

Seeking Freelance Feature Writer

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2016 - 14:20
Photo by Daniella Winkler via Unsplash   If you like libraries and long form reporting, we've got the perfect gig for you.    We're looking for a reporter with a strong background in feature writing for magazines or other outlets to produce an in-depth piece (2,500-4,000 words) on the future of libraries. This piece should offer new and thought-provoking ideas to the conversation about what's in store for these vital institutions in the years to come. 
Categories: Economics

Nation's First Library Social Worker Connects Homeless with Meals, Healthcare and Housing

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2016 - 08:21

Public libraries have long been safe places for homeless people. In San Francisco, library administrators realized that because of their safe-place reputation they had a unique opportunity to reach out to the local homeless community. They hired Leah Esguerra, a psychiatric social worker who is believed to be the nation’s first full-time social worker at a library.

Categories: Economics

How to Prevent Food Waste: 27 Tips for Community Leaders

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2016 - 07:00

Food waste has become an enormous global problem, with an estimated one third of the world’s current food supply for human consumption being lost or wasted every year. And the solutions aren’t simple, as food waste is as complex a problem as it is dire. Food waste occurs at every step along the supply chain, including producers and distributors who reject imperfect food, stores and restaurants that discard uneaten food, and consumers who throw away leftovers or allow food to spoil.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/11 - 1790 All Over Again, The Invisible Money Makers Profiting From Oil Slump

Chris Martenson - April 11, 2016 - 06:10
  • David Cameron Releases Tax Data After Panama Papers Backlash
  • It's 1790 All Over Again
  • The Extreme Sacrifice Detroit Parents Make to Access Better Schools
  • A Forgotten Continent: The Hidden Truths of Africa
  • Austria Just Announced A 54% Haircut Of Senior Creditors In First "Bail In" Under New European Rules
  • Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US
  • The Invisible Money Makers Who Thrived During 2015's Oil Slump
  • Car makers ask US to slow down on allowing self-driving cars

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Categories: Economics

No Fossil Fuel? No Problem—7 Ways We're Already Living More Locally

From affordable transit to local food for school lunches, many people across America are already on their way to living a life without oil.
Categories: Economics

Adam Trexler: A New Way to Hold Gold (2016 Update)

Chris Martenson - April 10, 2016 - 17:03

What if you could carry and exchange gold in the exact same manner as you do with the dollar bills in your wallet?

Two years ago, we introduced the precious metals community to a company called Valaurum, which has developed a technology that's making this possible.

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Categories: Economics

But Anyway, a Rap about Gentrification that Resonates

Shareable Magazine - April 10, 2016 - 16:29

I recommend But Anyway, a new song about gentrification by Washington DC-based lawyer and rapper Tarica June. It hits a nerve.

I haven't watched my hometown disappear like her. That's because as a Navy brat, I've never had a hometown. That's probably why the song resonates. That plus watching as half of my friends and much of what I loved about San Francisco disappear over the last five years due to gentrification.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/10 - Path To The Great Reset, Reducing Food Waste To Halt Climate Change

Chris Martenson - April 10, 2016 - 07:58
  • Big Banks Use a Footnote to Look Smaller
  • Getting a Student Loan With Collateral From a Future Job
  • The Cost of Professional Development
  • Path to the Great Reset
  • The troubling price of the world becoming less open
  • Nigeria fuel crisis: Why is Africa's largest oil producer short of petrol?
  • Climate-Related Death of Coral Around World Alarms Scientists
  • Reducing food waste would mitigate climate change, study shows

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/9 - The Geography of Financial Secrecy, A Brief History Of Leaks

Chris Martenson - April 9, 2016 - 11:33
  • Senate bill draft would prohibit unbreakable encryption
  • China’s President Shows Up in the Panama Papers. Is This a Big Deal?
  • Primary Process Is Seen as in Conflict With Democracy
  • The Geography of Financial Secrecy
  • The not-completely-crazy theory that Russia leaked the Panama Papers
  • Three Oil Majors Have Debt Ratings Cut by Moody's on Price Rout
  • Why Natural Gas Prices Could Double From Here
  • From Panama to Sparta: A brief history of leaks

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Categories: Economics

In a Surprise Win for Democracy Over Corporate Power, GMO Labeling Has Arrived

Those predicting an easy Senate defeat for mandatory labeling saw corporations fold one by one in the face of a strong food movement.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/8 - Good News Friday: Changing Minds With Conversation, How Much is Your Carbon-Rich Soil Worth?

Chris Martenson - April 8, 2016 - 08:07
  • How Do You Change Voter's Minds? Have A Conversation
  • Feature: Political NASCAR
  • San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave
  • ER docs get heart rate info from Fitbit, save patient’s life
  • Farmers are Capitalizing on Carbon Sequestration: How Much is Your Carbon-Rich Soil Worth?
  • The Strange Ecosystem In The Sea: Dead Whales
  • Sweet drug clears cholesterol, reverses heart disease—and was found by parents
  • The fight to preserve taro farming is a fight to preserve Hawaiian culture itself

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Categories: Economics

Could Sanders’ Social Justice Ideas Really Work? Take a Look at These Places

In his new film, “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore shows us what free college and health care for all can actually look like.
Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: Growth Is Gone

Chris Martenson - April 7, 2016 - 20:34

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Growth Is Gone
    • GDP is growing at a 0.4% annual rate
  • Folly & A Finite Planet
    • Our blind pursuit of external growth is dooming us
  • Bubbles Create Bad Decision-making
    • And we are in the biggest bubble yet
  • The Panama Papers
    • Yep - the rich *do* play by different rules

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Categories: Economics