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Mark Your Calendars for Global Sharing Week

Shareable Magazine - May 31, 2016 - 12:09

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with The People Who Share to organize Global Sharing Week. The celebration, which runs from June 5-11, will connect communities across the globe to share resources, create collaborative projects, and bolster commons-based initiatives.

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Interviewed: Stocksy's Brianna Wettlaufer and Nuno Silva on Building a Cooperative Stock Photo Platform

Shareable Magazine - May 31, 2016 - 09:16

Silhouette of a skateboarder. (Isaiah & Taylor Photography / Stocksy)

Like so many other industries involved in the contemporary "gig economy," stock photography has become, for many freelance photographers, a race to the bottom. As commercial platforms encourage competition among contributors to offset overhead costs, photographers must choose between an unsustainable wage and no wage at all—and clients pay a price in reduced access to high-quality materials.

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Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income; Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

Shareable Magazine - May 31, 2016 - 07:36

Photo: Aitch Muirhead and Shira Frank, a trans man and his spouse, who live at Wasatch Commons in Salt Lake City.

Article by Cynthia Dettman, cross-posted from the Fellowship for Intentional Community.

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New SELC Report: How to Equitably Regulate Airbnb-Style Short-Term Rentals

Shareable Magazine - May 31, 2016 - 07:05

Photo credit: Kurayba via Foter.com / CC BY-SA. Article cross-posted from SELC.org.

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Daily Digest 5/31 - Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory, What Happens If We Burn All The Fossil Fuels?

Chris Martenson - May 31, 2016 - 05:40
  • Why a Universal Basic Income Will Not Solve Poverty
  • The Four Horsemen of the Global Deleveraging Apocalypse: A Neutrino Debt Bomb
  • Bond Commission Approves $22 Million Package For World's Largest Hedge Fund
  • Panama Papers May Inspire More Big Leaks, if Not Reform
  • Venezuela Drifts Into New Territory: Hunger, Blackouts and Government Shutdown
  • Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a 'public service' 
  • Fort McMurray fires a reminder that safety deposit boxes are not 100% safe
  • Link between cell phones and cancer is real, according to major government study
  • What happens if we burn all the fossil fuels?
  • Preparing For A Beautiful End

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Daily Digest 5/30 - San Diego taps a bottomless well, How to Save Puerto Rico

Chris Martenson - May 30, 2016 - 12:10
  • San Diego taps a bottomless well: the Pacific Ocean
  • These 7 data points reveal the sorry state of Americans’ finances
  • How to Save Puerto Rico
  • Saudi Arabia Said to Weigh Bond Sale of as Much as $15 Billion
  • How Finance Took Over the World: Odd Lots Podcast
  • Volkswagen Reports Profit Drop as It Grapples With Emissions Scandal
  • Click to read the PM End of Week Market Commentary: 5/27/16

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Brad Friedman: Why To Be Suspicious Of Every Election

Chris Martenson - May 29, 2016 - 09:26

Long an 'exporter of democracy' to the rest of the world, there is ample evidence that the United States lacks even the most rudimentary, basic protections necessary to preserve voting integrity within its own borders.

Some of the evidence is circumstantial, some is statistical, and some is pretty direct and clear-cut. Taken together, a pattern that emerges strongly suggesting that ever since voting machines, electronic voting machines were introduced in the United States, we’ve had a string of suspect election results that frankly are not consistent with a free and fair voting outcome.

This week, we're joined by Brad Friedman, election integrity analyst to understand better the systems and practices currently in place to collect and tally votes in America. As we gear up to elect our next president, it's clear that numerous concerns exist about the state of 'free and fair' voting in our country.

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Daily Digest 5/29 - Stronger Economy Lets ECB Kick Back, A City Built on Sand, Bleaching of Coral Reefs

Chris Martenson - May 29, 2016 - 08:31
  • Oil Pessimists Exit Market as Supplies Seen Closer to Balance
  • Stronger Economy Lets ECB Kick Back, Let Stimulus Work
  • What it's like to sue the government for data
  • The days are numbered for price-matching
  • A Worrisome Pileup of $100 Million Homes
  • Along the new Silk Road, a city built on sand is a monument to China’s problems
  • European Natural Gas Prices Collapse
  • Bleaching May Have Killed Half the Coral on the Northern Great Barrier Reef, Scientists Say

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Daily Digest 5/28 - Trump Talks Energy, Ukraine Can’t Repay Bonds, More Robots

Chris Martenson - May 28, 2016 - 08:24
  • 60,000 Chinese factory workers replaced by robots
  • Ukraine Says Russian Aggression Means It Can’t Repay Bonds
  • European Money Doesn’t Like Greece
  • Yellen says Fed rate hike likely appropriate in coming months
  • Why The Arctic Oil Dream Is Not Over Yet
  • Trump talks energy in anxious oil country
  • PM End of Week Market Commentary: 5/27/16
 

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Daily Digest 5/28 - Trump TalksEenergy, Ukraine Can’t Repay Bonds, More Robots

Chris Martenson - May 28, 2016 - 08:24
  • 60,000 Chinese factory workers replaced by robots
  • Ukraine Says Russian Aggression Means It Can’t Repay Bonds
  • European Money Doesn’t Like Greece
  • Yellen says Fed rate hike likely appropriate in coming months
  • Why The Arctic Oil Dream Is Not Over Yet
  • Trump talks energy in anxious oil country
  • PM End of Week Market Commentary: 5/27/16
 

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Off The Cuff: The End Of Privilege?

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2016 - 17:45

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

  • Manipulating The Market To A New All-Time High
    • The case why we may see that soon
  • Falling Corporate Profits
    • Why a new high, if it happens, won't last for long
  • The Pension Time Bomb
    • Why all pension funds are dead men walking
  • The End Of The Protected Classes
    • Soon, we will all be in the same boat

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Daily Digest 5/27 - Type 2 Diabetes Cured In Rodents, Wind Energy's Rustic Days Are Over

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2016 - 08:04
  • Even the World's Top Life Coaches Need a Life Coach. Meet Martha Beck
  • No, this isn’t the start of the antibiotic apocalypse, just bad reporting
  • School Shootings: What We Have Learned 
  • Scientists find cure for type 2 diabetes in rodents, don’t know how it works
  • Five Crazy Energy Ideas 
  • Wind Energy’s Rustic Years Are Over 
  • Relax! Eat Some Sesame Seeds to Fight Oxidative Stress

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Daily Digest 5/26 - OPEC Head Calls For $65 Oil, The World’s Biggest Paper Gold Market

Chris Martenson - May 26, 2016 - 09:47
  • What It Takes To Be President Of The American Police State
  • Rickards: The Fed isn’t hiking because the US economy is too weak
  • An Inside Look at the World’s Biggest Paper Gold Market
  • Even The Fed Can't Keep Gold
  • Add It Up...And It Doesn't Add Up
  • Will The Swiss Guarantee 75,000 CHF For Every Family?
  • The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence is Worse Than I Thought 
  • S&P Significant Low has Occurred – Not Likely!
  • White, Middle-Age Suicide In America Skyrockets
  • OPEC Head Calls for $65 Oil

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As Boomers Retire, Mom-and-Pop Businesses Convert to Co-ops to Save Jobs

Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. Worker cooperatives could keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
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Daily Digest 5/25 - Health Care Costs Rise For Families, Crude Debt Cripples Poorer Oil Producers

Chris Martenson - May 25, 2016 - 08:09
  • Price of corn flour in Venezuela up 900%
  • Some rates in Georgia insurance exchange could soar in 2017
  • Health-care costs for families top $25,000 — triple 2001
  • Debt repayments in crude cripple poorer oil producers
  • Puerto Rico Governor Says Budget Will Omit Bond Payments
  • Pension debt for Chicago city-worker pensions doubles to more than $21 billion
  • PDVSA Offers Debt Exchange to Service Providers
  • Report: Illinois continues to hide billions in hidden pension debt
  • Yet ANOTHER Greek bailout! Angela Merkel approves £9 BILLION fund for debt-ridden Greece
  • Chancellor suffers double blow as Government borrows more than expected
  • Why U.S. companies aren't as rich as you think
  • ‘Massive Bailout’ Needed in China, Banking Analyst Chu Says
  • Chinese banks sitting on $1.7 trillion debt time bomb
  • Japan, Canada agree on need for fiscal stimulus to boost economy
  • Negative Rates Prompt Japan Banks to Opt Out Via Derivatives
  • China lacks urgency about its debt problem, IMF says from Hong Kong

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Categories: Economics

OSCEdays: an Open Source Circular Economy Global Hackathon

Shareable Magazine - May 25, 2016 - 08:07

The intersection between open source, with its emphasis on free use, modification and sharing, and a circular economy which produces no waste, is an exciting and increasingly important one.

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What the War on Reproductive Rights Has to do With Poverty and Race

Forty years after Roe v. Wade, discourse about reproductive rights must acknowledge how crucial the abortion decision is to gender equity, economic stability, and a healthy life free from violence.
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Amid Election Chaos, Communities Show Where the Real Power Is

In every community I visited, I found people working hard to lay a different foundation for our society.
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Ignoring Reality Doesn’t Work

Chris Martenson - May 24, 2016 - 16:30

Right now, we humans are busy creating a major eco-tastrophe for ourselves. I’d be a lot more hopeful about our ability as a species to at least notice that, and possibly even do something positive and proactive about it; but ecological destruction is slow, complex, and doesn't change much on a day-to-day basis -- making it poorly visible to the key decision makers. 

My lack of hope stems from our oft-demonstrated inability to rally around workable solutions for the serious predicaments that are blatantly near-term, obvious and straightforward.  Take for example the current Greek debt crisis.

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Categories: Economics

66 Things You Can Grow At Home

Chris Martenson - May 24, 2016 - 08:58

There are an amazing assortment of plants that one can grow in containers and pots that make building resilience without a big garden space easier.  Check out these 66 ideas of plants to start with. 

http://homestead-and-survival.com/66-things-you-can-grow-in-containers/

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