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7 Apps that Will Change the Way You Travel Forever

Shareable Magazine - May 18, 2015 - 09:29

It all started with a bet. In July 2014, two friends and I launched The Sharing Bros project and set off for a crazy adventure. We traveled from Vancouver, Canada to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil using only the collaborative economy. We produced 11 videos to share our adventures.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/18 - Dead Nation Walking, The Great Fossil Fuel Subsidy Myth

Chris Martenson - May 18, 2015 - 07:48
  • Dead Nation Walking
  • Stranded: How America's Failing Public Transportation Increases Inequality
  • #TakeUsWithYouScotland: 1000s in N. England sign petition to join 'future independent Scotland'
  • Kerry says U.S. and China discuss further sanctions on North Korea
  • The GOP Is Dying Off. Literally.
  • The In-State Tuition Break, Slowly Disappearing
  • Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions
  • The Great Fossil Fuel Subsidy Myth

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Categories: Economics

Better, Not More -- aka Buen Vivir

Shareable Magazine - May 18, 2015 - 07:40

Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

Little Town on the Prairie Steps It Up

Shareable Magazine - May 18, 2015 - 07:39

Photos courtesy of Blue Zones

It’s like a small-town scene from Norman Rockwell, updated for the 21st Century.

A Latino family strolls leisurely through the park, immersed in conversation. Coming up fast behind is a blonde woman in designer exercise gear and earplugs, intent on maintaining her power-walking pace. Bringing up the rear is a young man with his husky, both of them staring up at a patch of sun that has appeared from behind the clouds.

Categories: Economics

Dan Ariely: Why The Next Market Downturn May Quickly Become A Full-Blown Panic

Chris Martenson - May 17, 2015 - 08:37

Behavioral science shows we are our own worst enemies in this story. In a realm where everything is so quantifiable, measurable and trackable, one would expect exceptionally good decision-making. But it's our human wiring, our proclivity for seeing things as we want them to be rather than as they truly are, that makes us vulnerable to influences we often aren't even conscious of. And the bad decisions -- and bad outcomes -- ensue.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/17 - Common Retirement-Ruining Myths, Blueprint for a Better Human Body

Chris Martenson - May 17, 2015 - 08:37
  • How Wall Street Is Fighting to Rip Off Your Retirement Money
  • 7 common myths that can ruin your retirement
  • Use privacy software if you want to be safe from Facebook, warns watchdog
  • America's premier rail superhighway is slowly falling apart
  • Amtrak, After Derailment, Told to Expand Automatic Brake Use
  • Millennials Are Ditching College and Heading Back to the Workplace
  • Blueprint for a Better Human Body
  • Brown’s Arid California, Thanks Partly to His Father

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/16 - Rise Of The Robots, Are We Headed For An Egg Shortage?

Chris Martenson - May 16, 2015 - 08:54
  • China is on track for the biggest reduction in coal use ever recorded
  • ‘Rise of the Robots’ and ‘Shadow Work’
  • The Plot Against Trains
  • Gold Up 2.5%, Silver Surges 7% In Week as Bond Market Quakes
  • House Of Cards: Will It Collapse?
  • They Built It. No One Came.
  • Sick Iowa Hens Mean U.S. Bird-Flu Outbreak May Be Worst Ever
  • Are we headed for an egg shortage?

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Categories: Economics

The Self-Employed Middle Class Hardly Exists Anymore

Chris Martenson - May 16, 2015 - 01:57

Of course, the easiest path to financial independence is being born into a wealthy, well-connected family.

But since few of us win that born-rich lottery, this article addresses the important question: How do “the rest of us” carve out financial independence?

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Categories: Economics

A New Story

Chris Martenson - May 15, 2015 - 16:50

In the recent post on the need for a new set of founding documents and the burning need for a new narrative, it was suggested that I talk with Charles Eisenstein again because he’s one of the great thought leaders in this area.

Well, I can do one better than that. I was recently offered the chance, along with Becca, to join in a whole day of new story development with Charles.

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Categories: Economics

NACTO Report Links Station Density to Bike Share Usage, Equity

Shareable Magazine - May 15, 2015 - 15:33

A new report argues that consistent, close station design is crucial to making bike share a viable option for users of all income levels. (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz via Wikimedia Commons)

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/15 - Bird Flu Affecting Millions Of Hens, What The Pacific Trade Deal Means For Diets

Chris Martenson - May 15, 2015 - 06:43
  • How to end boom and bust: make cash illegal
  • How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime
  • How Our War on Drugs Undermines Mexico
  • Financial Repression Discussion With Richard Duncan
  • Amtrak Says Shortfalls and Rules Delayed Its Safety System
  • No One's Talking About What The Pacific Trade Deal Means For Diets
  • This Video Shows Exactly How Eating Organic Affects Pesticide Levels in Our Bodies
  • Egg Farms Hit Hard as Bird Flu Affects Millions of Hens

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Categories: Economics

A Promising Framework For Developing Independent Income

Chris Martenson - May 15, 2015 - 01:56
Executive Summary
  • The most common sources of independent income in America
  • Independent wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few, but it doesn't have to be that way
  • The promise of the Mobile Creative Model for developing independent income
  • The importance of beginning to develop multiple streams of income now, before crisis hits

If you have not yet read The Self-Employed Middle Class Hardly Exists Anymore available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we looked at a variety of IRS and other data to conclude that about 15% of the workforce of 145 million earns some self-employment income, but only 15% of those earners (4 to 5 million) made enough to support a middle class life. Of these around 3 million are estimated to be self-employed professionals. Punchline: very few Americans are able to afford a middle-class lifestyle without working for corporations or the government.

In this Part 2, we examine the primary sources for developing independent income, defined as income that is not paid directly by the government or Corporate America or their pension funds (public and private). 

The Primary Sources of Independent Income

Thanks to the complexities of U.S. tax law, specifically, how the tax code treats various kinds of income, we have a reasonably precise snapshot of earned and unearned income. We can identify the primary sources of independent income as...

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Categories: Economics

Seizing an Alternative-sign up now

Beyond Money - May 14, 2015 - 16:40
Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization
June 4-7, Pomona College, Claremont, CA This promises to be the conference of the year. Get all the details and register here.
Categories: Blogs

Off The Cuff: The Deathtrap of Over-Financialization

Chris Martenson - May 14, 2015 - 14:00

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:

  • The Over-Financialization Of The World
    • It's the cancer that's killing the global economy
  • The Fed's Failure Is Becoming More Apparent
    • Deteriorating data and bubble-prices
  • Chicago Blue
    • What it pension woes mean for the city, and the rest of America
  • Trouble Brewing In The Bond Market
    • This is where the real carnage will happen

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Categories: Economics

Seed Library Forum Furthers International Seed Library Movement

Shareable Magazine - May 14, 2015 - 08:37

Last week, seed library organizers and advocates from nine countries gathered in Tucson, Arizona for the International Seed Library Forum. Featuring panels, presentations, conversations, a seed swap, field trips to gardens and seed libraries, films, music and more, the event furthered the international seed sharing movement. Here are some of the highlights.

Categories: Economics

U.S. Census Bureau to Release Open-Source Devkit for Civic Hackers

Shareable Magazine - May 14, 2015 - 07:53

Civic hackers rejoice!  

On June 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will release ​City SDK , a Javascript-based devkit to allow civic hackers to tap into the vast data stores of the federal government.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/14 - Natural Police, How Saudi Arabia Sets The Global (Currency) Markets

Chris Martenson - May 14, 2015 - 07:30
  • Natural Police
  • Police Officers: Morale Is Low In Departments Across The Country
  • With body cameras rolling, police use less force
  • How Saudi Arabia Sets The Global (Currency) Markets
  • 5 Big Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges, but Punishments May Be Tempered
  • Why Is Oklahoma Now The Earthquake Capital Of The U.S?
  • Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans
  • This Man Is America’s Best Hope for Near-Term Climate Action

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Categories: Economics

Peace walls and peace work in Belfast

Matslats - May 14, 2015 - 00:17

The Troubles of Northern Ireland were to a large extent kept out of the press at the time, being mentioned only when prominent people or the mainland were attacked. Judging by the lack of coverage in the media, we might still be forgiven for thinking that the troubles are over, In many ways the Troubles are over.

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Categories: Blogs

8 Outstanding Gardening Hacks

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2015 - 16:52

Some great ideas and different ways to help produce more food in the garden this growing season.

http://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/8-outstanding-gardening-hacks-that-can-double-triple-even-quadruple-crop-yield/

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Categories: Economics

How to Water a Garden

Chris Martenson - May 13, 2015 - 16:31

Watering a garden is not as simple as just hosing down your garden every evening. In fact if you are doing that, you are not necessarily helping your plants.

Waterfall

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Categories: Economics