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Daily Digest 2/17 - Good News Friday: The Life Before Dawn, The Compost King Of New York

Chris Martenson - February 17, 2017 - 06:50
  • Money managers no longer hate gold, saying it’s undervalued
  • Dying Wish: Giving The Ultimate Gift
  • Researchers develop eco-friendly concrete
  • The Compost King Of New York
  • Are Ice Batteries The Future Of Energy Storage?
  • The ‘New Normal’ In America: Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge And Consumers Save More Than Ever
  • A small city in Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to America's vanishing bees
  • The Life Before Dawn

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New Report Explores 'Value in the Commons Economy'

Shareable Magazine - February 16, 2017 - 10:26

What is at the heart of the problems erupting worldwide? Is anything good emerging from these multiple crises? Can a new system grow from within the old one? Is it already here, visible and thriving?

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Daily Digest 2/16 - On The Verge Of Treason, 'Extraordinary Levels' Of Pollution In Deep Pacific

Chris Martenson - February 16, 2017 - 07:58
  • China's Holdings of Treasuries Dropped in 2016 by Most on Record
  • Investors Look Past Headlines as Bull Market Roars Ahead
  • Deep State neocons have declared war on Trump
  • On The Verge Of Treason: US Spies Withhold Intelligence From Trump
  • In The Lapse Of Luxury: When The Rich Stop Spending
  • Can Saudi Arabia Carry OPEC Through Spring?
  • A massive lake of molten carbon the size of Mexico is discovered under the US, and it could cause climate chaos
  • State Legislation - RED TAPE for Cottage Industries on Rural Land
  • 'Extraordinary levels' of pollution have contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean

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Call for Submissions: It’s Time for a Just Transition

Send us your ideas by March 13.
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The Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: Apr 6-9

Chris Martenson - February 15, 2017 - 19:40

Humanity is entering an era it has never lived through before: accelerating global change up the steepening portion of the exponential curve. This is the part in the story when events speed up dramatically. And actions matter -- a lot.

Can anyone do anything about this? Wait, let me be more specific: Can you do anything about this?

Yes! 

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Categories: Economics

Launching a Cooperative Isn't Easy — Here's a Resource to Get You Started

Shareable Magazine - February 15, 2017 - 16:28

My foray into the cooperative movement began when I was a student at Indiana University doing campaign-based activism. Along with my fellow activists, I focused on putting a stop to things like the buy-out of the university-owned bookstores on campus by Barnes and Noble and the high costs of rental housing near our campus. After learning about the cooperative model — in which the users of an organization's products or services own and control the organization — our focus shifted to presenting cooperative solutions to these issues.

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Kidoop: A Childcare Co-op App Takes Shape in the UK

Shareable Magazine - February 15, 2017 - 13:49

Of all the problems facing parents, making sure our children have access to the highest quality childcare is one of the biggest. As studio members at Near Now — an arts, design, and innovation studio based at Broadway in Nottingham — we have been working with #RadicalChildcare founder Amy Martin to research and prototype possible alternatives to current childcare provision. Our aim: re-imagine childcare for the 21st century through new approaches built on trust, flexibility, and shared resources. We know that the current childcare system is broken.

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How to Create an Accessible Bike Share

Shareable Magazine - February 15, 2017 - 13:09
Cities of all sizes now have bike share systems. But many of these systems often only have one or two types of bikes, and these may not be suitable for people with certain physical disabilities. We connected with Jon Terbush from bike share provider Zagster to find out how cities can create accessible bike shares.   Cat Johnson: What's the importance of having adaptive bikes in a bikeshare system?  
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Daily Digest 2/15 - Le Pen Lures French Farmers, Italy Considers Regional Bank Bailout

Chris Martenson - February 15, 2017 - 06:07
  • Four reasons Illinoisans can't weather another tax increase
  • Le Pen Lures French Farmers Angered by Worst Crisis in Decades
  • Bills aim to reduce PERS costs, but opponents call them unfair, illegal
  • China Credit Surging to Record Underscores PBOC Shift to Tighten
  • French govt bond trading doubles as election jitters deepen -Trax
  • EU Bad Bank to Tackle Soured-Loan Pile May Be a Long Way Off
  • No Laughing Matter for Kuroda With BOJ Near 40% of Bond Market
  • Italy considers €5bn state bailout of regional banks

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Community Power Offers Fukushima a Brighter, Cleaner Future

Shareable Magazine - February 14, 2017 - 13:27

In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Fukushima prefecture, in the Tohoku region of Japan's main island of Honshu.

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Daily Digest 2/14 - WH National Security Adviser Resigns, Is Trump the New Boris Yeltsin?

Chris Martenson - February 14, 2017 - 10:34
  • Learning to See in the Dark Amid Catastrophe: An Interview With Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy
  • Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser
  • Is Trump the New Boris Yeltsin?
  • Elon Musk doubles down on universal basic income: 'It's going to be necessary'
  • Below Deck
  • Who Will Watch the Banks Under Trump?
  • America's CEOs Have Never Been More "Optimistic"
  • White House Blocks Listing of Bumble Bee As Endangered Species

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Are Americans Ready to Strike?

This past October, women in Poland used a mass strike to stop an abortion ban. Organizers in the U.S. are looking to similar tactics in Europe to show the Trump administration they mean business.
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Expert: What You Need To Know About The Oroville Dam Crisis

Chris Martenson - February 13, 2017 - 18:06

To make sense of the fast-developing situation at California's Oroville Dam, Chris spoke today with Scott Cahill, an expert with 40 years of experience on large construction and development projects on hundreds of dams, many of them earthen embankment ones like the dam at Oroville. Scott has authored numerous white papers on dam management, he's a FEMA trainer for dam safety, and is the current owner of Watershed Services of Ohio which specializes in dam projects across the eastern US. Suffice it to say, he knows his "dam" stuff.

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The Veterinary Cooperative Helps Independent Veterinarians Thrive

Shareable Magazine - February 13, 2017 - 16:28

Though the freedom of owning a small business can be exhilarating, going at it alone can be a tough ride. Operating costs can be higher for independent veterinary practices and hospitals (thanks to pricey equipment, medicine, and supplies) compared to large veterinary hospital chains, which can access discounts through bulk purchasing.

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Why Community-Based Senior Villages Are Growing in the US

Shareable Magazine - February 13, 2017 - 09:43
Back in 2011, Shareable covered the budding senior village movement. The villages, of which there were only a handful at the time, offer seniors a safety net — members can live independently, while having the option to call people for help with any number of tasks, from getting a ride to the doctor to having a lightbulb changed in their home.
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Daily Digest 2/13 - The End Of The Middle Class, China Approaches Breaking Point

Chris Martenson - February 13, 2017 - 08:35
  • The Threat Isn't Skynet. It's The End Of The Middle Class.
  • David McWilliams: Ireland's financial destiny is in the hands of angry French voters - this is what we must do if the euro breaks up 
  • China Approaches Breaking Point
  • Hold Tight To Cash
  • As US, Russia eye stagnant space budgets, India ramps up investment
  • Energy Storage Set To Boom In 2017
  • Larsen C Ice Shelf poised to calve
  • House votes to overturn Obama drilling rule

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Categories: Economics

Oroville Dam Threatens To Collapse

Chris Martenson - February 13, 2017 - 05:51

This is a running commentary on the rapidly developing Oroville dam situation. Because the story developed so rapidly, there wasn’t time to write a complete report.

I’ll have a tidy summary at some point, but first we have to scour and assemble the information.

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Oroville Dam Collapse a Possibility

Chris Martenson - February 13, 2017 - 05:51

This is a running commentary on the rapidly developing Oroville dam situation. Because the story developed so rapidly, there wasn’t time to write a complete report.

I’ll have a tidy summary at some point, but first we have to scour and assemble the information.

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Danielle DiMartino Booth: An Insider Exposes The Evils Of The Fed

Chris Martenson - February 12, 2017 - 10:01

Danielle DiMartino Booth, former analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has just released the book Fed Up: An Insider's Take On Why The Federal Reserve Is Bad For America.

In it, Danielle describes how the Federal Reserve is controlled by 1,000 PhD economists and run by an unelected West Coast radical with no direct business experience. The Fed continues to enable Congress to grow our nation’s ballooning debt and avoid making hard choices, despite the high psychological and monetary costs. And our addiction to the "heroin" of low interest rates is pushing our economy towards yet another collapse.

This reckless monetary policy pursued by the Fed has resulted in the rich elite becoming markedly richer, while savers and retirees are being absolutely gutted. All while risking a coming conflagration in the bond markets that will destroy a painful percentage of the world's financial wealth:

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Casting Call For Professionals Who Prep

Chris Martenson - February 11, 2017 - 12:09

In the wake of the New Yorker article profiling Silicon Valley executives who prep, we've been contacted by a few mainstream media outlets interested in talking with similar professionals who work on building resilience via skill building, homesteading and the like in their spare time.

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