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11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy

Shareable Magazine - May 18, 2016 - 12:00

As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/18 - Japan Sucked Into Deflation Again, U.S. Debt Dump Deepens

Chris Martenson - May 18, 2016 - 07:19
  • Sucked into deflation again - Japan's $2 cup noodle binge is sign of the times
  • Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out
  • Aldermen on board with Emanuel borrowing another $600 million
  • IMF Proposes Eurozone Debt Relief for Greece Until 2040
  • D.C. Metro fare increases cause anger, apprehension
  • Italy 50-year bond: a sign of investors’ confidence or despair?
  • U.S. debt dump deepens in 2016

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Categories: Economics

With More Americans Going Far Left (And Right), an Anti-Corporate Agenda Takes Shape

Voters hit hardest by free-trade economics are rebelling against the status quo. We can use that energy to build a powerful, grassroots movement for democracy.
Categories: Economics

Eugene Tiny House Villages Model Innovative Solutions to Homelessness

Shareable Magazine - May 17, 2016 - 07:44

Tiny houses in Eugene, Oregon, provide the formerly homeless with a sense of ownership and community. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.

Rhonda Harding was working as a live-in health care provider when she became homeless. Her client passed away, and Harding couldn’t find other housing. “Since I was technically not on his lease, I had nowhere else to go,” she says.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/17 - Multiple Collapse Triggers Everywhere, A Terrible Year for Political Transparency

Chris Martenson - May 17, 2016 - 06:36
  • Why Conventional Investors Are Getting Slaughtered
  • BlackRock’s Fink Says Everyone Should Worry About China Debt
  • Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more
  • Multiple Collapse Triggers Everywhere 
  • ‘Who Is This Guy?’ In Connected Political World, Few Know Donald Trump
  • It's a Terrible Year for Political Transparency in America
  • Austin, Indiana: the HIV capital of small-town America
  • eSlice: a triple pricing economic system, designed for a reslient world

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/16 - Escape The Earnings Meltdown, What's The Arabic For Democracy?

Chris Martenson - May 16, 2016 - 07:57
  • What is the Arabic for democracy?
  • U.S. Breakup Becoming More Mainstream
  • Why America's Federal Debt is a Clear And Present Danger
  • Ludwig von Mises's Top 9 Quotes on Gold
  • Escape The Earnings Meltdown
  • Uncomfortable Truths About Banking and Money
  • Americans Don’t Miss Manufacturing — They Miss Unions
  • A Plan to Flood San Francisco With News on Homelessness

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Categories: Economics

Superpublic: A New Coworking Space to Connect Public, Private and Nonprofit Sectors in San Francisco

Shareable Magazine - May 16, 2016 - 07:41

A new coworking space in San Francisco aims to bring all levels of government together with businesses, nonprofits and universities to create solutions to San Francisco's problems. 

Categories: Economics

How Much Does It Cost to Win a Seat in the U.S. Senate?

And other things you should probably know.
Categories: Economics

Dave Janda: Bad Medicine

Chris Martenson - May 15, 2016 - 11:57

In our ongoing discussion of how our Health Care system (or more aptly-named "Sick Care" system) has been hijacked by those who profit most from it, we interview Dr. Dave Janda this week, who recently and very publicly announced he was walking away from his clinical practice in protest of how poorly the quality-to-cost ratio has dropped in his profession.

Dr. Janda's perspective is informed not just from his years as a practicing surgeon and researcher, but also through his involvement with health initiatives for the Reagan and Bush I administrations, as well as the National Institute of Health. His overall conclusion is that the health system now exists to serves its corporate and administrative owners, to the detriment of patients and practitioners.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/15 - It's "Death By A 1,000 Knives” For Farmers, America’s Never-Ending Oil Consumption

Chris Martenson - May 15, 2016 - 08:25
  • Life On The Edge
  • In College Essays About Money, Echoes of Parents’ Attitudes
  • Money Talk: Retirement calculators are a wake-up call for undersavers
  • America’s Never-Ending Oil Consumption
  • Forget the Saudis, Nigeria's the Big Oil Worry
  • Underwater discovery reveals 14,550 year-old Florida mastodon hunters
  • For The American Farmer "It's Death By A 1,000 Knives”- US Farmland Values Plunge Most In 30 Years
  • The Ruined Neighborhoods Burned by the Alberta Wildfire

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/14 - Energy Sector Hit With Bankruptcies, What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation?

Chris Martenson - May 14, 2016 - 08:18
  • Details Emerge on Global Bank Heists by Hackers
  • Unemployment Claims Spike Again As We Get More Scientific Evidence The Middle Class Is Shrinking
  • Signals From Gold and the S&P
  • A bit of debris chipped the International Space Station. That’s just one piece of a much bigger problem.
  • What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour
  • Tummy problems? Just swallow this stomach-repairing origami robot made of meat
  • Energy Sector Hit With Two More Big Bankruptcies
  • WHO: Global air pollution is worsening, and poor countries are being hit the hardest

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Categories: Economics

Which Countries Will Be Tomorrow's Winners & Losers?

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2016 - 17:23

The dictum “demographics is destiny” proposes that all the complexities of finance, society and politics are ultimately guided by demographics: the relative size of each generation, birth rates, death rates, etc.

Where does this lead? If geography and demographics have already defined which nations will be attractive to capital and most likely to accumulate productive capital in their domestic economy, and those nations that will struggle due to high costs and low rates of capital investment, in effect Nature (geography) and Culture (demographics) have already picked tomorrow’s winners and losers.

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Categories: Economics

And The Winner Is...

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2016 - 17:20
Executive Summary
  • The Sole Superpower
  • The Importance of factoring in External Costs
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Which nations to keep your investments in

If you have not yet read Which Countries Will Be Tomorrow's Winners & Losers?, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we examined the thesis that geography and demographics largely define a nation’s destiny.

In Part 2 here, we add other potentially game-changing factors that don’t necessarily fit neatly into either category.

Oh, No: America, The Sole Superpower?

Many of those who disagree with America’s military-interventionist foreign policy of the past 15 years will naturally be appalled by any analysis that suggests America’s preeminence is only going to become even more dominant as the rest of the world is destabilized by the inter-connected dynamics driving global disorder.

The good news is Zeihan sees America becoming much less interventionist as it withdraws into greater self-sufficiency—a topic I’ve discussed in previous essays on autarky. (What If Nations Were Less Dependent on One Another? The Case for Autarky (January 2014))

In Zeihan’s view, America’s preeminence is based on its unparalleled assets of geography and more favorable demographics than its competitors. Zeihan sees the U.S.A’s energy resources, dual-ocean buffers, lack of contiguous-border competitors/enemies, culture of innovation and impressive pool of domestic and foreign capital as an unbeatable combination that no other aspirant to superpower status can match.

In his analysis, the intrinsic weaknesses of other nations and alliances such as the Eurozone have been papered over by the flood of capital that has saturated the global economy for the past 20 years.  The source of this ocean of capital is....

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Categories: Economics

Look Out, Coworking. Here Comes Big Money

Shareable Magazine - May 13, 2016 - 08:16

When a small group of coworking enthusiasts gathered in Austin, Texas in 2008, they knew they were on to something special. They couldn’t have known, however, that their budding movement would turn into a global industry. But, turn into an industry it has, complete with big money, corporate involvement, and a strong focus on scale. As the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) executive director Liz Elam said at last week’s conference in downtown Los Angeles, “If you’re not thinking about growth, you’re not thinking.”

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/13 - Good News Friday: New Technology Harnesses Worms, What Quality Do The Most Successful People Share?

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2016 - 06:16
  • The Truth About Icelandic Happiness
  • What quality do the most successful people share? True grit 
  • Tech-Savvy Families Use Home-Built Diabetes Device
  • A Goose Pecked At The Door Of A Police Car. What She Led Them To? Unbelievable.
  • Bing bans tech support ads—because they’re mostly scams
  • The White House Launches the National Microbiome Initiative
  • EPA issues rules to cut methane, volatiles from new oil and gas sites
  • New Liquid Battery Chemistry Could Be a Game Changer
  • This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms

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Categories: Economics

Off The Cuff: We Need Money We Can Trust

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2016 - 18:49

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • The Death Of The Status Quo
    • The establishment is in a doomed fight to keep change at bay
  • The Importance Of Free Pricing
    • When we can't trust the signals prices are sending us, we're blind
  • The Need For Sound Money
    • When money is manipulated, mal-investment ensues
  • The CLIME Model
    • Charles walks us through his proposal for a labor-backed currency system

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Categories: Economics

Co-Designing the Crowdfunded Sharing City

Shareable Magazine - May 12, 2016 - 09:09

London. Photo credit: barnyz via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND.

From clothing to housing, design touches every aspect of our life. But as our world grows more connected, the role of designers is changing. In a recent conference in Amsterdam, Design & the City, designers explored a new sense of professional identity.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/12 - The American Debt Crisis, If OPEC Is Dead, What's Next?

Chris Martenson - May 12, 2016 - 07:46
  • Five Charts That Show Americans Families’ Debt Crisis
  • Trouble In Saudi Arabia
  • Fed Worries About Deflation but Pays Banks Billions Not to Lend QE Proceeds!?
  • Don't Make The Great Estate Mistake
  • Manipulation, the "Free Market", & What of Gold & Silver?
  • Catherine Austin Fitts: Painful Process Coming for America Not Going to Be Pretty
  • Nigerian President Buhari 'not demanding' Cameron apology
  • OPEC Is Dead, What’s Next?
  • Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest
  • Depth Of Field

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Categories: Economics

Why Not Getting Married Is Smart Economics For Women

More people than ever before are choosing not to get married. And for women, that can actually be a good thing.
Categories: Economics

5 Handy Survival Applications for Duct Tape

Chris Martenson - May 11, 2016 - 13:36

Some unique ideas on how to use that roll of duct tape that you have in your GoBag or emergency kit in the car.  What other ideas do you have?

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/5-handy-survival-applications-duct-tape-you-might-not-think-about

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Categories: Economics