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How a Network of Platform Co-op Accelerators Could Support Sharing Cities

Shareable Magazine - November 20, 2015 - 08:23

Top image: Arenas Barcelona. Photo credit: Don McCullough / / CC BY-NC.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/20 - Good News Friday: Energy Storage Tech To Compete With Grid, The Value Of Fish Pee

Chris Martenson - November 20, 2015 - 07:53
  • No, Obama’s Clean Power Plan won’t raise your electric bills, no matter what conservatives say
  • We Just Saw the Birth of a New Planet for the First Time
  • This Is How Gold Acted During Past Rising Rate Cycles
  • Taking an inventory of all the water stored under ground
  • Retired Coal Plant Gets New Life As Battery Based Energy Storage System
  • Energy Storage Tech Finally Starting To Compete With The Grid
  • The Value of Fish Pee
  • What Is This Weird Weed, and Why Are Farmers and Health Nuts So Into It?

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Categories: Economics

TSRC Publishes Indispensable Primer on Shared Mobility

Shareable Magazine - November 20, 2015 - 05:46

TSRC's latest white paper is a background and summary report on shared mobility services in the United States.

Categories: Economics

Special Report: The First Nations Blockade That Could Shut Down the Tar Sands

Journey with us to the Unis'to'ten camp, where one First Nations clan stands in the path of three pipelines.
Categories: Economics

How to Make Hard Cider

Chris Martenson - November 19, 2015 - 12:27

Learn how to make hard cider using this informative guide. Making delicious hard cider is fun and simple, and if you press your own sweet — non-alcoholic — cider, you’ll have the perfect starting place to brew your own intoxicating hard cider.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/19 - The Future Of Global Oil, Beirut Feels Forgotten

Chris Martenson - November 19, 2015 - 07:46
  • Rollercoaster Crash: Top 4 Reasons For Deflation
  • Mike Maloney: Bond Bust Will Be Biggest Crash in History
  • Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten
  • Barclays to pay $150 million more to New York regulator in forex probe
  • The Future of Global Oil
  • Fed officials again flag December; see smooth rates liftoff
  • London Property Crashes – Off 11.5% in One Month
  • Obama Administration Goes Easy on For-Profit-College Company With Goldman Sachs Ties
  • ISIS Goes Full "Jackass", Tries To Shoot Down Fighter Jet With Pickup Truck Machine Gun
  • Gordon T. Long: Financial Repression, Gold, And The Dollar
  • Scientists discover new antibiotic-resistant gene MCR-1 in China
  • The Black Market For Black Gold In The U.S. Is Booming
  • Fossil Fuel Subsidies Top $450 Billion Annually, Study Says

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Categories: Economics

Banks create money by making “loans”

Beyond Money - November 18, 2015 - 10:06

Here’s a short and sweet video that reports on court case (Daly v First National Bank of Montgomery) in which it was clearly shown how banks create money by making loans, and the illegitimacy of that process.

And if you are facing foreclosure on your mortgage, the three magic words that might forestall the action are “produce the note.” This Fox news report explains it.

Categories: Blogs

15 Ways for Commoners to Stay Sane on Black Friday

Shareable Magazine - November 18, 2015 - 08:57

The United States' Black Friday holiday shopping ritual doesn’t have to be a descent into its usual madness. There are plenty of ways to build community, express gratitude, exercise your creativity, celebrate the commons, and otherwise stay sane. Here are 15 of our favorites.

1. Explore Your Town

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/18 - Russia In Banking Crisis, Wall Street Is Running the World's Central Banks

Chris Martenson - November 18, 2015 - 06:56
  • Morneau Says Responsible Deficits Will Aid Weak Canada Economy
  • U.S. Pension Insurer Posts Record Deficit for FY2015
  • Many Say High Deductibles Make Their Health Law Insurance All but Useless
  • Colorado health care costs increase fourfold in 20 years, says report
  • 90% of small businesses say Obamacare drove up health-care costs
  • France to miss deficit target amid boost to security
  • Puerto Rico News: Citizens Bracing For Funding Cuts to Federal Health Care Plans
  • CalPERS may lower investment expectations, costing taxpayers billions
  • Decline in loans at China’s ‘big four’ banks shows asset-quality concerns
  • Treasurer Unveils Open Data Website Detailing $1.5 Trillion in Government Debt
  • Rising household debt weighs down sputtering economy
  • The time bomb lurking in US corporate debt
  • Auto loan debt tops $1 trillion
  • Debt Issuance Poised for Record Year: Fitch
  • Macau Sees Casino Revenue Slumping More Next Year as China Slows
  • Chinese investment in Africa falls 40%
  • Dubai Banks Brace for Bad Debt as Borrowers Flee the Country
  • China's Yunnan Coal Becomes Latest Miner to Struggle With Debts
  • Gold slips as dollar strength, slowing economic growth weigh
  • EU warns Italy, Lithuania, Austria on budget plans
  • Missing Boom in Europe Profit Margins Flouts Strategists' Call
  • Wall Street Is Running the World's Central Banks
  • Swiss central bank head Roth says ECB easing has gone too far
  • Rents keep surging, as growth matches seven-year high
  • Russia in full blown banking crisis: Sberbank head

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Categories: Economics

Sharitaly: Not Just an App

Shareable Magazine - November 18, 2015 - 03:17

It is quite fitting that Sharitaly, an attempt to “translate” the sharing economy into the Italian context, took place in Milan, a city which has played such an enormous role in the development of workers’ rights in Italy, and is the current business capital of the country.

Categories: Economics

City as a Commons Conference Reimagines Cities, and in High Relief

Shareable Magazine - November 17, 2015 - 19:43

Mayor Merola welcomes conference attendees to Bologna, Italy

The City as a Commons conference broke new ground earlier this month. As the first International Association of the Study of the Commons (IASC) conference on the urban commons, it urged that the historical focus of study and action on rural natural resource commons should shift, at least somewhat, to material and immaterial commons in cities. This is appropriate now that humans have become an urban species for the first time within the last decade.

Categories: Economics

What Money Means

Chris Martenson - November 17, 2015 - 12:43

There's no doubt that money is important. There's good reason why most of us devote a huge percentage of our lives to pursuing it.

But there's much about money that is misunderstood.

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Categories: Economics

8 Principles for Creating Thriving Public Streets

Shareable Magazine - November 17, 2015 - 07:53

Vibrant, thriving commons are essential to creating healthy, human-scale cities. Our public streets are one of the most overlooked commons, as they’ve long been dominated by cars. But a growing movement is working to recreate streets as public spaces that belong to everyone—not just car owners.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/17 - What ISIS Really Wants, Greenland Glacier Could Cause .5m Sea Level Rise

Chris Martenson - November 17, 2015 - 07:10
  • What ISIS Really Wants
  • Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS
  • Interest Rate Cycles In Review - Are We Ready For The Next Installment?
  • Staying Sovereign in the Face of Fear
  • Nugan Hand bank mystery: Michael Hand found living in the United States
  • Was Ohio’s Corporate Pot Vote Stolen?
  • Gold Miners Putting In A Quintuple Bottom, Near Term 30% Upside Potential
  • Elon Musk's Hyperloop: Expensive, But Doable
  • Antibiotics in Animal Feed May Endanger Kids, Doctors Warn
  • Collapsing Greenland glacier could raise sea levels by half a metre, say scientists

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Categories: Economics

Platform Cooperativism Conference Disrupts Silicon Valley's Disruptions

Shareable Magazine - November 16, 2015 - 10:02

“Silicon Valley loves a good disruption. So let's give them one.”

Categories: Economics

Former Black Panther Creates Urban Farm for Ex-Prisoners, but it's Just the Beginning

Shareable Magazine - November 16, 2015 - 08:24

Farmer and former prisoner Gaquayla Lagrone tends to the tomatoes at West Oakland Farms. ​Photo: Michael Short / San Francisco Chronicle

Categories: Economics

City Made of Bamboo Could House 200,000 People

Shareable Magazine - November 16, 2015 - 07:25

Beijing and Vienna-based architecture studio Penda wants to use bamboo to build modular, sustainable housing systems that could house up to 200,000 people. The team's first stab at the idea came last year when they conceived of One with the Birds, a modular bamboo hotel comprised of triangular, scalable cabins that can expand horizontally or vertically.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 11/16 - What A Year Of IS Terror Looks Like, Oil Thefts Soar As Prices Plunge

Chris Martenson - November 16, 2015 - 06:37
  • France Seizes Weapons in Crackdown as Islamic State Warns of More Attacks
  • Britain to hire 2,000 new spies at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ in wake of the Paris terror attacks
  • U.S. Warplanes Strike ISIS Oil Trucks in Syria
  • What a year of Islamic State terror looks like
  • How To Survive A Terror Attack
  • New analysis finds routes to economic growth with carbon limits
  • Oil Theft Soars as Downturn Casts U.S. Roughnecks Out of Work
  • A Conservative Alternative to Obama's Climate Plan

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Categories: Economics

Charles Hugh Smith: Fixing The Way We Work

Chris Martenson - November 15, 2015 - 10:34

Charles Hugh Smith returns to the podcast this week to discuss the theme of his new book A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All.

Automation and artificial intelligence are changing the landscape of work. Tens of millions of jobs are on track to be eliminated over the next decade or so by these advancing technological innovations in the US alone.

The way in which our current economy is constructed, the fruits of those cost savings are likely to go into a very small number of private pockets, while the millions of displaced workers will find themselves with no income and no work to do. It's a huge looming problem that is not being address in national dialog right now.

But there's opportunity to course-correct here. To use our new technologies to increase total productivity in a way that empowers rather than diminishes the individual worker.

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Categories: Economics