As much as I wish we did not have to deal with Government when installing our projects, it is an unfortunate obstacle that we have to deal with. Fortunately, many of the pond types we install in a permaculture setting do not require complicated permits. That doesn’t mean you can just start digging without thinking about acquiring a permit.
Money plays an incredibly large role in the world, but yet it remains poorly understood. What exactly is it? What do the pieces of paper we hold in our wallets and bank accounts actually represent?
Developing an understanding of the underlying role of money allows us to better see when it is being used properly, or abused. And history shows that abuse is more the norm than the exception: the record shows over 3,800 previous examples of paper currencies that no longer exist.
This past Monday Seoul City said it planned to ban Uber, the smartphone car-hailing service, and launch its own app for official taxis. Some reacted by calling Seoul’s sharing cred into question because, after all, Seoul is the self-proclaimed Sharing City with arguably the most ambitious sharing economy agenda of any city in the world. S
- Boom And Bust And What Comes Next
- Whose Oil Will Quench China’s Thirst?
- Lake Mead Before and After the Epic Drought
- 'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought
- California's Drought Turning the State Brown, NASA Images Show
- Satellite study indicates groundwater losses putting Southwest supply in jeopardy
- Huge electrical storm in 2012 nearly shut down modern life, CU researcher says
- Are Sheep Better Lawn Mowers Than Goats?
Quick video that illustrates 5 uncommon uses for tube of lipbalm.
In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles discuss:
- Do Geopolitics Matter Anymore?
- No conflict is seemingly too great for the markets to ignore
- The Marginal Value of A Barrel of Oil
- Even the loss of a few % of total supply could vastly impact the US
- Zombie Markets
- No weapon seems to be able to stop this bull market
- Bass-Ackward Foreign Policy
- The West is pursuing a strategy that makes no sense
Daily Digest 7/24 - Cities Get Creative About Recycling Water, Should Markets Be Discounting Conflict?
- China signs currency swap worth 150 billion yuan with Switzerland
- Recovery? Real Average Hourly & Weekly Earnings YoY Goes Negative
- First Digital Currency Backed By Physical Gold – Independence Coin
- Some small thoughts before I go
- Should Markets Be Discounting Conflict?
- Bulls Take Notice - Caution Suggested as Credit Markets and Equity Markets Diverge
- States, Cities Get Creative About Recycling Water
- Energy From Biofuels Can Match Crude Oil Levels
- The Turning Point: New Hope For The Climate
- Climate Change Creates New Farming Risks
There's a new worktrade kid on the Internet block called Gigoing. Currently in beta, the platform brings together two groups -- the givers of work (known as Gigoingers) and the receivers of that work (Gigplaces). Gigoing employs the same successful formula that WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), Workaway, Help Exchange, and other work-trade platforms use.
The changing nature of work doesn’t just matter to new graduates seeking their first career-track job—it’s equally important to experienced workers seeking to escape the corporate rat-race or build a new career after a layoff.
Those who understand these changes will be able to successfully adapt. Those who don’t, won’t.
- The Matrix of Work & the 5 Forms of Value Creation
- The essential elements of the future's ideal work environment
- How mobility creates career security
- How to start switching from "work" to "work that matters"
In Part 1, we reviewed the forces of structural change in the economy and the nature of work. In Part 2, we’ll cover the matrix of work (how to create value in the age of automation) and discuss specific strategies for building a resilient career you control.The Matrix of Work
In the traditional capital/labor model, labor is paid by the hour to perform routine work. In the emerging economy, routine work is increasingly performed by machines or outsourced. In this environment, the premium for human labor arises from creating value and solving problems.
The tool I use to understand this premium is the matrix of work, which is the overlay of the five forms of value creation: non-process-based work, high touch, non-tradable work, sensitivity of the output to mastery and flexibility.
Let’s start with commodification: when goods or services can be traded interchangeably across the globe, these become commodities, as opposed to one-of-a-kind goods and services unique to one small-scale producer. A Fuji apple from Washington State is the same as a Fuji apple from overseas in terms of its tradability and retail value.
Labor can also be commoditized: if human labor is being sold as time performing basic skills, then the time and basic skills can be bought and sold interchangeably around the world.
Work that is process-based is easily automated or commoditized, meaning that it can be performed anywhere by interchangeable laborers. Process-based work can be broken down into tasks that take a specifiable input and yield a specifiable output.
One way to avoid being commoditized out of a job is...
“We need as many community healing celebrations as possible. When you are dealing with generational pain, we are not at a place where it can be too much. All the healers need to stand up.” -Elisha Hall
What does it feel like to be atop a nine level tower made entirely of humans? I have no idea. But, in Catalonia, Spain, there’s a long tradition of building human towers that represents not just a daring feat, but a rich cultural tradition. The towers, known as castells (meaning castle in Catalan), take different forms, but they all depend on skilled castellers to create the tower and a strong group around the base to support it and soften any falls.
Some great survival hacks found in this nicely made YouTube Video.
- Economist who predicted busted housing bubble says another recession is coming
- Bay Area Club Uses Paint To Keep Grass Green During Drought
- California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste
- Coming to a shore town near you? Inside New Jersey's pension crisis
- S&P warns Europe debt market near pre-crash levels
- China’s terrifying debt ratios poised to breeze past US levels
- Moody's cuts Pennsylvania rating to Aa3 on budget concerns
- Other Cities Poach Police From Detroit's Low-Wage Force
- Detriot retirees back pension cuts in a landslide vote
- U.S. judge orders Argentina, holdouts to meet until deal reached
You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.
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- How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph
- Doug Casey: ‘We don’t really have to end the Fed, it’s going to end itself’
- Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League
- Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing
- Nuclear Waste Not Want Not
- Feeding 9 Billion People
- Keeping oil production from falling
There is a lot to consider when planning for your pond installation. It is a good idea to thoroughly plan you pond installation prior to the machines arriving. I personally like to measure, get the levels, and paint the site to see for myself what the pond will look like. Often times a design on paper doesn’t survive this process. You will often find that the pond will be different in real life than you were thinking it would be on paper.
Shareable has been telling stories from the frontlines of the sharing movement since 2009. Stories of tool lending libraries, timebanks, community clothing swaps, and visions of a worldwide sharing economy. Over time, the visions have turned into realities, the seedlings into sprouting truths. It’s undeniable: the sharing movement is growing every day.
As long as you're curious and read somewhat widely, if you're one of those readers who digs a bit further now and then, it's pretty much impossible to avoid the conclusion that humans are living unsustainably.
We're using up energy sources that took approximately 350 million years to accrete in a single 350-year-long orgy of consumption.
Some great ideas for using mason jars in not so conventional ways. I especially like the idea of using it for bathroom organization containers.