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12 Shareable Things Nashville Is Getting Right

Shareable Magazine - June 23, 2014 - 08:24

Four years ago, a 1,000-year flood event left Nashville, Tennessee underwater. About 19 inches of rain fell in two days, and the Cumberland River breached its levees when it crested at nearly 52 feet — a level it hadn't reached since 1937. A number of other area rivers also broke record levels, including the Duck, the Harpeth, the Red, and the Buffalo. Property damage, injuries, and deaths all followed. 

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Daily Digest 6/23 - A Simple Path To Empowerment, 1/4 Of India's Land Is Turning Into Desert

Chris Martenson - June 23, 2014 - 06:57
  • A quarter of India's land is turning into desert - minister
  • The Best- and Worst-Paid Jobs in America—in 1 Ludicrously Long Chart
  • The Simple Path To Empowerment 
  • Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal?
  • Iraq a minor bump on the road to an inevitable oil price surge
  • Why What You Know About The Global Energy Game Is Wrong
  • Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers
  • Groups Appeal to UN for 'Humanity' as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands

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Daily Digest 6/22 - Clean Water For Millions, Why Argentina Should Default Again

Chris Martenson - June 22, 2014 - 07:48
  • Why Argentina Should Default ... Again
  • New Offering for Job Seekers: Fewer Embarrassing Social Media Photos
  • A Second Career, Happily in the Weeds
  • Doug Casey: Greatest Theft in World History Occurring Right Now
  • Global Stocks Rise for Week to Records Amid Fed Support
  • Worrisome Growth Pattern
  • Teens Create A Way To Use Urine As Fuel
  • Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

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Daily Digest 6/21 - Canadian Gas Prices Hit Record High, Pork Industry Crisis Raises Bacon Prices

Chris Martenson - June 21, 2014 - 07:59
  • The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
  • Gas Prices Hit Record Highs Across Parts Of Canada
  • In Susan B. Anthony List Cast, Supreme Court Votes for the Right to Lie
  • Bacon Prices Soar Amid Pork Industry Crisis
  • Aid Scarce as Pakistanis Flee Conflict
  • Molten salt reactor concept has new Transatomic Power lift
  • Why Elon Musk Is Doubling Down on Solar Power
  • White House task force charged with saving bees from mysterious decline

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Categories: Economics

Planting Fruit Tree Guilds

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 12:37

Last year, I prepped and installed some of my fruit tree guilds. I had planned to install the following guilds around my zone 2 fruit trees. As with most plans, they did not go exactly according to plan. I had trouble getting some of the plants and seed, and I decided to plant more chicken friendly edibles, as these trees are inside the chicken paddocks. Having said that, my original plan was good, so I am listing it below, in case you might want to copy it. The important thing is that you install ample nitrogen fixers, nutrient accumulators, pollinator attractors, and pest repellants.

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Categories: Economics

Why The Next 20 Years Will Be Completely Unlike The Last 20

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 08:50

The video below shines a bright light on these trends and the risks we face as a result. But it also offers hope. If we take action now, while there's still time, there's much we can do not only to reduce our personal vulnerability to these threats, but also to step into this new future with newfound optimism:

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Big News!

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 08:46

It's been a busy 10 months...

Behind the scenes, we've been hard at work completely overhauling the Crash Course video series. I'm extremely happy to announce today that we're ready to start rolling it out.

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Daily Digest 6/20 - The Boomerang Kids Won't Leave, The Do’s and Don’ts of Water Usage

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 07:25
  • Australian troops sent to Iraq to help secure embassy
  • Beijing has almost the same population as these countries
  • A Glimpse of Syrian Lives Ravaged by War in Homs
  • It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave
  • 25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Water Usage
  • More on the Energetics of Food Distribution
  • The World’s Top Polluters And What They’re Doing About It

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And...It's Gone

Chris Martenson - June 19, 2014 - 08:26

Just a few hours ago, amid the reports of fighting in and around the Baiji refinery in northern Iraq, there were plenty of assurances that the main Iraqi forces were in complete control.

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Daily Digest 6/19 -Argentina Hurting Over Bondholder Fight, The Death Of The American Mall

Chris Martenson - June 19, 2014 - 07:44
  • Ukraine Faces Backlash as Devaluation Ravages Foreign-Currency Borrowers
  • WHITEHEAD: Has the Dept. of Homeland Security become America’s standing army?
  • Argentina dealt double blow over bondholder fight
  • Price Index for Meats, Poultry, Fish & Eggs Rockets to All-Time High
  • Google and Facebook can be legally intercepted, says UK spy boss
  • Our opinion: Welcome to Plantation America
  • The Coming Crash Of The Financial And Monetary System
  • Strong words from Marc Faber: Cheap gold, biased media, Fed insanity
  • 40 maps that explain food in America
  • Infertility in Spanish Pigs Has Been Traced to Plastics. A Warning for Humans?
  • State asks judge to reject pension suits
  • American Imperialism and Non-Conventional Warfare in Iraq: Premeditated Covert Operations and the ISIS Insurgency
  • The death of the American mall

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Daily Digest 6/18 - Italian PM Seeks Austerity Relief, Young Americans ‘Living Paycheck To Paycheck’

Chris Martenson - June 18, 2014 - 10:22
  • U.S. Postal Service: ‘The Financial Hole We’re In Is So Deep’
  • Japan continues to count cost of idled reactors
  • Montreal city employees stop work to protest pension bill
  • IMF says Italy's recovery fragile, needs 'bold, quick' reforms
  • Italian PM seeks austerity relief in return for Juncker backing
  • France's State Auditor Warns on Deficit Target
  • Survey: 56 Percent Of Young Americans ‘Living Paycheck To Paycheck’
  • Savings cuts may be wild card in Detroit bankruptcy vote
  • Portugal to be monitored until 2045 despite bailout exit
  • American Airlines cutting flights to Venezuela

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Categories: Economics

How To Convert a Business into a Worker-owned Cooperative

Shareable Magazine - June 18, 2014 - 07:09

Cooperatives represent a growing segment of the economy with an estimated 30,000 enterprises and 100 million members in the U.S. alone. A great way to bring democracy into the workplace, coops can be built from scratch, but they can also be created by converting existing businesses into worker-owned cooperatives. For retiring business owners as well as entrepreneurs, selling a business to employees is a way to strengthen the business while getting a return on investment. 

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CommonBound Recap: There Are Many Alternatives

Shareable Magazine - June 17, 2014 - 13:38

We are CommonBound

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Daily Digest 6/17 - Common Compound Breaks Down Air Pollution, Car Sharing Catches On

Chris Martenson - June 17, 2014 - 07:50
  • Moody’s cuts outlook for Canadian bank debt to negative over ‘bail-in’ regime
  • Students Show Common Compound Breaks Down Air Pollution
  • Facebook Helps Car Sharing Catch On
  • Silver Chart And Sentiment Show Potentially Very Sharp Rally
  • The Real, Forgotten Meaning Of 'The Wizard Of Oz'
  • U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says politics led to Gov. Mary Fallin's repeal of Common Core academic standards
  • Thirsty West: Why Californians Will Soon Be Drinking Their Own Pee
  • LNG: The Long, Strategic Play for Europe: Interview with Robert Bensh

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15 Ways to Create a Summer of Sharing

Shareable Magazine - June 17, 2014 - 07:17

With Summer Solstice right around the corner for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the peak time to be outside, among friends, enjoying all that the season has to offer. And what better way to celebrate than by doing a whole lot of sharing?

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Community Currency Magazine - June 17, 2014 - 06:17

What happens after the crypto-revolution? | Matslats - Community currency engineer
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Bitcoin may disintermediate banks, but that will not change the economy, save the environment or make society fairer. One peaceful way to prevent our governments driving us to collective suicide is to get behind a new generation of P2P credit projects.
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Iraq Breaks Down, Oil Surges

Chris Martenson - June 16, 2014 - 09:58

The situation in Iraq is serious, and is probably going to get worse before it gets better. The potential for this recent action to morph into a regional conflict is very high. That that means that oil could go a lot higher, and if it does, we can expect the odds of a global economic recession and an attendant financial crisis to go up considerably from here.

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Categories: Economics

Oil at Risk

Chris Martenson - June 16, 2014 - 09:57
Executive Summary
  • Why this Iraq crisis comes at a very vulnerable time for world oil markets
  • The three mostly likely outcomes to the current crisis, and the resulting oil price of each
    1. ISIS remains contained from here
    2. ISIS takes Bagdad and points south
    3. A more widespread Middle East conflict erupts
  • The growing risk to the global economy & financial markets
  • What concerned individuals should do now

If you have not yet read Iraq Breaks Down, Oil Surges, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

The biggest risk to the world economy from the developing Iraq situation is that the price of oil could spike higher, killing the sputtering economic 'recovery' and triggering both a new global Recession and financial crisis.

Now, here's the truly interesting part of where we are in this story.

The IEA (International Energy Agency) has recently called for OPEC to deliver more oil by year end, which I wrote about here, and especially called upon Saudi Arabia to do so because world oil supplies are incredibly tight right now.  OPEC is the only entity in the world with any identifiable 'swing production', as all of the non-OPEC nations are alrady producing at maximum capacity. At least, the hope is that OPEC has additional production capacity.

In the prior piece mentioned, I wrote that of the 12 OPEC members, 8 are in a sustained decline trend for a variety of geological or political reasons. Only 4 are not. Only 1 actually has shown a significant increase in oil production over the past few years -- and that was Iraq, which had added 1.5 mbd recently:

Here's what's at risk if the ISIS rebels push further south:

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The IEA is already calling on OPEC to deliver 1.2 mbd more by year end 2014. If Iraq's production is lost, then we can just add that amount to the 'needed total' that the IEA has requested be brought on line by Saudi Arabia, an amount that I already sincerely doubt they can meet. If even a portion of Iraq's production is lost, then we can just kiss $110 barrel good-bye and say hello to $150 per barrel oil. War is messy and it's never easy to predict what might happen, but we'd be foolish to not consider what might happen here.

The true game-changer for the world will come when...

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Dancing Rabbit ecovillage&#039;s complementary currency has the one of the largest ma...

Community Currency Magazine - June 16, 2014 - 09:25
Dancing Rabbit ecovillage's complementary currency has the one of the largest market capitalisation of all in the US


Dancing Rabbit’s Exchange Local Money System: The Promise of Local Currencies and Interest-Free...
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Place-specific currencies can provide critical financing to the small businesses that keep local communities connected and thriving.
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Daily Digest 6/16 - Dry Farming In CA, Why Doesn't Canada Have Food Stamps?

Chris Martenson - June 16, 2014 - 07:58
  • Andy Hoffman: Negative Interest Rates Signal Final Currency War
  • There are not enough resources to support the world's population
  • FOR SALE: 29,656.51306529 bitcoins
  • Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers
  • Supreme Court Denies Appeal by Argentina in Debt Case
  • Hey Canada, Why Don’t You Have Food Stamps?
  • Thirsty West: The No-Water Way
  • 'Suspicious device' explodes at Nogales power plant

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