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DIY Mosquito Repellent

Chris Martenson - May 3, 2016 - 15:38

As your family begins to move outdoors for the summer, you’ll have to take precaution against mosquitos and other insects.

Using mosquito repellent helps reduce your risk of exposure to Zika, West Nile virus or other diseases, it allows you to enjoy your summer activities with a lower risk of disease.

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Categories: Economics

Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 to Tackle Systemic Inequities

Shareable Magazine - May 3, 2016 - 10:29

The Living the New Economy Oakland Collaborative is excited to announce the Living the New Economy Convergence 2016, to be held at Mills College, in Oakland, CA, from Oct. 21-23. We’re a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/3 - Food Theft 'Not A Crime' If Hungry, Glacier Dominoes Fall

Chris Martenson - May 3, 2016 - 08:15
  • Myth of China As Exporter Turned Domestic Consumer
  • Debt: The Key Factor Connecting Energy and the Economy
  • Patrick Henningsen Exposes the Human Rights–Industrial Complex
  • When the Truth is Found to be Lies, Confidence in Currency Dies
  • Critical Life Lessons to Avoid Getting Conned 
  • Italian court rules food theft 'not a crime' if hungry
  • Oil Prices Edge Lower As OPEC Nears Record Output
  • Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers

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Categories: Economics

Library Necktie Collection Gives Job Seekers a New Twist

Shareable Magazine - May 3, 2016 - 08:10

As the library of things movement continues to grow, one library in Philadelphia is bringing a new twist to its offerings: neckties.

The Paschalville Branch Library in southwest Philadelphia loans out ties to job seekers for three weeks at a time. Dubbed a “tiebrary,” the collection includes a variety of patterns, including dots, plaid, and stripes.

Categories: Economics

How #MapJam is Connecting the Global Sharing Movement

Shareable Magazine - May 2, 2016 - 13:20

We're delighted to report that #MapJam 3.0 was a great success and a testament to the ever-growing interest in showcasing and utilizing community-based sharing resources. More than 200 people came to #MapJam events in cities around the world, including Beirut, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Toronto, to create and update public maps of resources in their communities that foster sharing. 

Categories: Economics

Explore the New Economy’s Potential During Global Sharing Week

Shareable Magazine - May 2, 2016 - 13:19

Mark your calendars: Global Sharing Week 2016 takes place June 5-11.

At a time when endless consumption and the privatization of the commons grows ever more pervasive, the simple act of sharing can be revolutionary. It challenges the notion that for-profit companies and other private enterprises must be the suppliers of all goods, services, and experiences in our day-to-day lives. That's why people are coming together to share resources and knowledge with each other. It's empowering, sustainable, and leads to stronger, more resilient communities.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/2 - The Clueless Lawmakers Controlling Your Digital Future, Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

Chris Martenson - May 2, 2016 - 08:05
  • Listen Carefully for Hints of the Next Global Recession
  • The Lawmakers Who Control Your Digital Future Are Clueless About Technology
  • Recovery Lies, Debt Lies, Retirement Lies, Immigration Lies: John Rubino
  • The Housing Sector Is Waving Red Flags
  • 6 EU member countries ask Brussels for 2-year internal border control - report
  • How Microgrids May Transform The Future Of Energy
  • Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds
  • Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely
  • Greenpeace Publishes Leaked TTIP Documents Revealing ‘Grave’ Environmental, Public Health Concerns

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Categories: Economics

Saving the Planet is More Than Just Switching to Renewables

Shareable Magazine - May 2, 2016 - 07:49

Photo credit: Bush Philosopher - Dave Clarke via / CC BY-NC-ND. Article cross-posted from Local Futures. Written by Steven Gorelick.

Categories: Economics

The Little-Known Farmworkers Who Sparked the Biggest Labor Movement in U.S. History

There would be no Cesar Chavez without the Filipino manongs of Delano, California, whose decision to strike set off the most significant labor movement the United States has ever seen.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/30 - Russia's Nuclear Nightmare, Advanced Economies Must Still Make Things

Chris Martenson - April 30, 2016 - 09:20
  • Advanced Economies Must Still Make Things
  • A New Option For Gold Buillion
  • Scandal-plagued Rome is becoming a 'do it yourself' city
  • Jim Bianco Warns "The Risk Of An 'Accident' Is Very High"
  • New discovery means more U.S. states will face a risk from Zika
  • South Florida's Tourist Season From Hell
  • Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river
  • Scientists say there’s basically no way the Great Barrier Reef was bleached naturally

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Categories: Economics

Why We're So Unhealthy

Chris Martenson - April 29, 2016 - 16:31

I was fortunate to attend a permaculture conference, 'Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World' at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, California this past weekend that Adam Taggart (co-founder of Peak Prosperity) was responsible for producing. Joel Salatin (author of nine books, including Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front and head farmer at Polyface Farms, Virginia), Paul Kaiser (Singing Frogs Farm, Sonoma, California), Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition), and Robb Wolf (author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet) were on hand to explain the connections between the way our food is grown, processed and distributed and our ill-health.

Though these connections are common sense—we all know about garbage in, garbage out—the linkage between our extractive, monoculture agriculture and all the other subsystems of food and health remains opaque to most Americans.

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Categories: Economics

Take Control: If You Don't, Who Will?

Chris Martenson - April 29, 2016 - 16:31
Executive Summary
  • We know how to farm regeneratively, not extractively, today. We just need to choose to do so.
  • Learning from the recent summit with Joel Salatin, Toby Hemenway & Singing Frogs Farm
  • The 3 most important components underlying our future health
  • What you can do to take control of your health in ways that will enhance your quality of life

If you have not yet read Why We're So Unhealthy, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we examined the structure of our self-organizing centralized food/illness/healthcare system. In Part 2, we look at what we can do to foster a better, healthier and ultimately much more affordable alternative system.

Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture/Horticulture

I have to start by thanking Peak Prosperity’s Adam Taggart for organizing the permaculture conference we attended, Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World. As a long-time gardener, I learned some things that I can apply to my own postage-stamp urban garden (for example, never leave soil bare—plant seedlings immediately after harvesting the current crop of veggies).

I also learned about the perniciously destructive nature of our system of growing, processing, distributing and consuming food.  As noted in Part 1, the only possible result of our unhealthy food/illness/health system is ill-health.

The best way to become healthy is to opt out of the entire system. Removing oneself from one subsystem is a good start but insufficient, due to the interconnected nature of the system. Eliminating fast food, for example, is a good start, but the vast majority of packaged and convenience foods are made with the same ingredients as fast food.

This is difficult to do by design. As Joel Salatin explains...

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Categories: Economics

Urban Farming in Syria Saves Lives During Sieges

Shareable Magazine - April 29, 2016 - 06:17

Urban gardening initiative in Syria keeps people from starving during constant siege; food sovereignty allows people to resist domination by surviving the blockades, but not the bombings.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/29 - Good News Friday: Philly Encourages 'Vertical Farming,' Bringing Back 'Monotasking'

Chris Martenson - April 29, 2016 - 05:44
  • Monotasking Gets A Makeover
  • Living Simply With A Flip Phone
  • ‘Sound of silence’ from anti-gunners after highly publicized self-defense shooting
  • Man Goes From Being Homeless to a Homeowner by Selling Newspapers
  • Colorado Weighs Replacing Obama’s Health Policy With Universal Coverage
  • In Proof We Trust
  • Ecocapsule: A Tiny Solar-and-Wind-Powered Mobile Home
  • City Council encourages 'vertical farming' 

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Categories: Economics

Portland Fast Food Workers Don’t Just Want a Raise—They Want a Union Too

Employees at Burgerville, a Pacific Northwest restaurant chain, are unionizing and demanding benefits. Even without their employer’s recognition, their union offers an alternative model for organizing low-wage workers.
Categories: Economics

What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

Scientists believe that simple land management techniques can increase the rate at which carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in soils.
Categories: Economics

10 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2016 - 13:24

As we look at preparing for uncertain times, we seek to have the resources on hand to weather the storm and be more resilient in our daily lives.  We store water and put food away for shortages or emergency situations.  We make sure we can communicate with family, friends, and loved ones.  We are all working on building resilience our own ways and learning from each other. 

Knowledge and skills acquisition is a topic that resonates greatly with the Peak Prosperity community. In this article we will explore a critical skill to learn and practice that can help you in really tough times or emergency situations – the skill of making fire.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/28 - The Market’s Mirage of Higher Wages, Is Radiation As Bad As We Thought?

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2016 - 08:55
  • Spy planes catching property tax cheats in Spain with possible Brexit looming 
  • A Commonwealth In Crisis
  • The Market’s Mirage of Higher Wages
  • Smoke And Mirrors: False Dilemmas In Monetary Policy
  • Why Real Reform Is Now Impossible
  • Your Pay Is About To Go Up
  • Beware Of Basic Income 
  • 50% Of Proved Oil Reserves May Have Just Vanished
  • Another Farm Under Siege: Animal Rights and The War Against the Farmers
  • The Chernobyl Conundrum: Is Radiation As Bad As We Thought?
  • Whether or Not He Wins, Bernie Sanders Has Already Changed the Climate Debate 

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Categories: Economics

Automating Ourselves To Unemployment

Chris Martenson - April 27, 2016 - 18:39

In this current era of central planning, malincentives abound. We raced to frack as fast we could for the quick money, while leaving behind a wake of environmental destruction and creating a supply glut that has killed the economics of shale oil. Our stock exchanges sell unfairly-fast price feeds for great sums to elite Wall Street high-frequency-trading firms, and as a result have destroyed investor trust in our financial markets.  The Federal Reserve keeps interest rates historically low to encourage banks to lend money out, yet instead the banks simply lever up to buy Treasurys thereby pocketing vast amounts of riskless free profit. The list goes on and on.

One particular malincentive has been catching my attention recently, one that feels especially pernicious because it does not seem easily reversible, if at all. For US employers both large and small, it's becoming increasingly less appealing to employ human labor. 

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Categories: Economics