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Daily Digest 6/8 - Germany Reaches Negative-Rate Milestone, NZ's Half-Trillion-Dollar Debt Bomb

Chris Martenson - June 8, 2016 - 07:56
  • Puerto Rico Insurers Seek Talks to Avert Next Major Bond Default
  • Gov. Rauner calls some Chicago schools ‘crumbling prisons
  • Chicago Water District sells bonds as pensions cost it AAA grade
  • China Forex Reserves Shrink, Renewing Capital-Flight Concerns
  • Puerto Rico's air ambulance company ends service over debt
  • China's massive piling-on of debt is reminiscent of the lead-up to the GFC
  • NZ's half-trillion-dollar debt bomb 
  • Germany reaches negative rate milestone
  • Asia Bond Yields Hit Record Lows as Nomura Says Tide to Turn
  • Draghi Smashes Corporate Yields to 1% Before a Bond Is Bought

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The Sustainability Commons: Using Open Source Design to Address Climate Change

Shareable Magazine - June 8, 2016 - 07:19

A growing movement that combines open source design with sustainability is creating an exciting alternative to profit-driven, proprietary sustainability products. As we face urgent issues like climate change, the ability of open source communities to quickly and inexpensively create solutions makes increasing sense.

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Los Angeles Librarian Inspires a Love of Reading with her Book Bike

Shareable Magazine - June 8, 2016 - 06:51

In an effort to spread a love of libraries and the joys of reading, one Los Angeles librarian is taking books to the streets with a Book Bike.

From her three-wheeled bike, which carries 250 pounds of books, Ednita Kelly has given away over 5,000 free books. The library project is a way for her to encourage kids to read and to connect the job she loves with her community.

"I believe in the magic of libraries and what we bring to people,” she told ABC 7 News. “I really wanted to show that off in a fun way.”

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Sanders Might Soon Be Out of the Race, But Not the Revolution

Five ways to build on the momentum of the Bernie Sanders campaign and transform American politics in ways his supporters envisioned.
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Shareable Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Shareable Magazine - June 7, 2016 - 12:55

We at Shareable have gone to great lengths to find exceptional talent to help carry out our mission. After months of searching, we’re happy to announce that our efforts have been richly rewarded with the additions of Maira Sutton and Joslyn Beile to our staff. Not only are they incredibly talented professionals, they also embody our values as people.

Categories: Economics

Francis Koster: Rescuing Your Local Economy

Chris Martenson - June 7, 2016 - 08:12

"Locally there are lots of nice, tidy, quarter-of-a-million-dollar investments sitting there that the large companies will not do because their overhead is too high. So one of my themes is look in your own backyard -- focus on fiscally-conservative, sound investments and focus on local employment. You will be surprised at the opportunity that just leaps out at you."

So says Francis Koster, author of the new books Rescuing Your Local Economy and Rescuing School Kids who specializes in identifying community investment opportunities that offer attractive returns for the capital provider as well as long-term benefits for the local residents.

In this podcast, Francis highlights a number of the case studies he's collected at his website, The Optimistic Futurist, where motivated individuals have improved their local schools, roads, food, water supply, etc. while earning double-digit returns. These models can be adopted in nearly any community, which is the purpose behind Francis' work.

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Daily Digest 6/7 - Why Britain Is Edging Toward ‘Brexit’, The Great Barrier Reef Catastrophe

Chris Martenson - June 7, 2016 - 07:38
  • Why Britain Is Edging Toward ‘Brexit’
  • ‘Please don’t leave us alone’: A TLS symposium
  • How Kids Learn Resilience
  • The Logic of Paper Money, Debt, and Gold
  • Do We Need The State?
  • More Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents 
  • The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare
  • A Rare Look Inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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Democratizing Our Food System: Frances Moore Lappé on Agroecology

Shareable Magazine - June 6, 2016 - 06:53

In a recent essay, Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and co-founder of Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy, and the Small Planet Institute, argues that the primary obstacle to sustainable food security is an economic model and tho

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Daily Digest 6/6 - Swiss Voters Reject Basic-Income Plan, The Ethical Quandary of Self-Driving Cars

Chris Martenson - June 6, 2016 - 05:47
  • China's Debt Load Is (Much) Higher Than Previously Thought, Goldman Says
  • Switzerland's voters reject basic income plan
  • Why the Economic Payoff From Technology Is So Elusive
  • Happy Sunday, Welcome To Rikers
  • The Ethical Quandary of Self-Driving Cars
  • Advanced-to-Revolutionary Space Technology Options – The Responsibly Imaginable
  • Why OPEC’s Inaction Didn’t Harm Oil Markets
  • The Mushroom Farmer Versus Drug-Resistant Superbugs

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The Startup Turning Locals Into Entrepreneurs in Cincinnati’s Gentrifying Economy

When neighborhoods develop, longtime residents are often left out of the boom. This incubator helps local entrepreneurs turn big ideas into businesses.
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It's Time to Celebrate Global Sharing Week

Shareable Magazine - June 5, 2016 - 12:09

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with The People Who Share to organize Global Sharing Week. The celebration, which runs from June 5-11, will connect communities across the globe to share resources, create collaborative projects, and bolster commons-based initiatives.

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Daily Digest 6/5 - More Than Five Years of War In Syria, A Suburban Experiment For Free Energy

Chris Martenson - June 5, 2016 - 07:52
  • Panama Papers Reveal How Wealthy Americans Hid Millions Overseas
  • Trump and the Fear of Evil in America
  • Lunch with the FT: James Baker
  • In Syria: More Than Five Years of War
  • Saudi Oil Chief Khalid al-Falih Tells OPEC Changes Are Coming
  • A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy
  • For Driverless Cars, Citylike Test Sites Offer the Unpredictable

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Daily Digest 6/4 - The Structure Of Collapse, The Story Of America's Opioid Addiction

Chris Martenson - June 4, 2016 - 05:51
  • The Structure Of Collapse: 2016-2019
  • China is The Biggest Short...Ever
  • Barack Obama Warns Americans ‘To Be Prepared For A Disaster’
  • Don’t Panic: Navigating the Next Tech Phenomenon
  • Gold - Major Cycle Lows
  • Jobs Report Huge Miss at 38,000 Jobs Added, Stagnant Real Wages, Shrinking Labor Participation
  • Worst Jobs Report In Nearly 6 Years – 102 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have Jobs 
  • The Untold Story of America’s Opioid Addiction

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Grasshopper Nation: Planning For Those Who Aren't Prepared

Chris Martenson - June 3, 2016 - 18:40

Our resources are finite. Most of us don't feel we have all that we require to meet our own needs and goals. And the best-laid preparations of the most planful of us can suddenly become woefully insufficient if too many unexpected family, friends and neighbors show up demanding our charity.

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Daily Digest 6/3 - Good News Friday: Scotland Bans Fracking, Investing In Organics

Chris Martenson - June 3, 2016 - 05:53
  • America’s jobs market has had a great 2016. Will it last?
  • Using CRISPR to Learn How a Body Builds Itself
  • How an Artificial Leaf Could One Day Power Your Car
  • Scotland Bans Fracking, Forever
  • Investing in Organics – a Profitable Endeavor
  • Scientists Discover ‘Reverse Photosynthesis’ — Amazing News for the Environment
  • Farmer is Sweet on Bee Hives As Perfect Fence to Keep Elephants Safely Away
  • What The U.S. Can Learn From China’s New Diet Restrictions

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Why Economists Are Coming Out in Favor of Unconditional Basic Income

Economist Guy Standing says the policy can reverse inequality. It also has an invigorating effect on volunteerism, home ownership, and community strength.
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Off The Cuff: Rolling Over

Chris Martenson - June 2, 2016 - 17:31
  • Rolling Over
    • Auto and trophy homes sales are softening
  • BS From The BLS
    • Its statistics look increasingly falsified
  • Rigged Elections, Rigged Markets
    • We're living with both
  • It's All About The Debt
    • And the system can't take too much more of it

This week Chris and John note with interest the growing number of signs across the corporate landscape that the economy is indeed rolling over. Don't expect to see this supported by the stats issued by government agencies like the BLS, though -- their output is becoming blatantly bastardized with phony 'adjustments', all made to give the impression everything is still rosy.

And while the delusions will continue as long as they can be stretched out by the authorities, Chris and John both expect reality to start intervening shortly -- especially as it relates to the massive debt bubble that has built up.

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A More Relevant and Radical Democratic Platform? Sanders Brings Veteran Activists to the Table

From Cornel West to Bill McKibben, Sanders picks some heavy-hitting social movement leaders for the Democratic National Committee.
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Daily Digest 6/2 - Mangroves In Crisis, The Great Banking Lie

Chris Martenson - June 2, 2016 - 05:52
  • Senate Panel Advances Whistleblower Reforms
  • Britons, Feeling Apart From E.U., May Make It So With ‘Brexit’
  • The Great Banking Lie
  • Market Sitrep: Reach For Yield
  • What Copper Says About the Economy
  • Felix Zulauf: Monetary Stimulation Creates Bubbles, Not Prosperity Nor Growth
  • Jim's Mailbox
  • Payday Loans’ Debt Spiral to Be Curtailed
  • The Price Of Public Money
  • John Rubino talks about artificial intelligence in finance, money creation in various countries and explains why he disagrees with Paul Krugman
  • There Is No Moving Exxon From Its Climate Change Position 
  • Mangroves in Crisis: Why One Man Works to Save the Plants That Fight Climate Disruption

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