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Tired of Waiting for Corporate High-Speed Internet, Minnesota Farm Towns Build Their Own

Shareable Magazine - August 22, 2016 - 07:03

Photo credit: transCam via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND. Article and infographic cross-posted from YES! Magazine.

Seven years ago, Winthrop, Minnesota, population 1,400, decided it needed an Internet upgrade.

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Daily Digest 8/21 - Nightmare On Main Street, Kids In The Age Of Climate Change

Chris Martenson - August 21, 2016 - 10:29
  • The richest 10% hold 76% of the wealth
  • Counting Human Rights Violations with GoFundMe
  • Nightmare On Main Street
  • Inside the Global Hunt for a Better Way to Measure the Economy
  • Before And After: Historic Flooding Devastates Louisiana Communities
  • Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change? 
  • The Upside of Global Warming: Luxury “Northwest Passage” Cruises for the Filthy Rich
  • Migration in Motion: Visualizing Species Movements Due to Climate Change 

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Categories: Economics

Alice Friedemann: When The Trucks Stop Running

Chris Martenson - August 21, 2016 - 08:59

Alice Friedemann is a transportation expert sounding the alarm on the unsustainable nature of our modern trucking system, which is critical for delivering goods where they need to be, when they need to be, in our just-in-time economy.

The world's trucking fleet is remarkably dependent on petroleum and, for a number of reasons she outlines in this interview, is not feasibly able to shift over to electricity or other alternative fuels.

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Daily Digest 8/20 - The Day The Dollar Died, The Fed's Failure Will Cost You

Chris Martenson - August 20, 2016 - 06:37
  • The Day The Dollar Died, Part 2 
  • What The New SEC Money Market Regulations Mean For The Financial System
  • 'Flash Boys' IEX stock exchange opens. Its goal: Rein in high-frequency traders
  • The Fed’s Failure Will Cost You
  • Another study finds that diversity lead to mistrust and lack of community cohesion
  • Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients?
  • How statistics are twisted to obscure public understanding
  • Manufacturers returning to US may mean jobs for robots, not people

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As #BankBlack Moves Money, Black Credit Unions Are Ready

While the number of Black-owned banks is down to only 22, there are 318 Black credit unions uniquely positioned to invest in their communities.
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Daily Digest 8/19 - Good News Friday: Combating Hidden Hunger, New Mobile Market Travels to Food Deserts

Chris Martenson - August 19, 2016 - 05:55
  • Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons
  • One Classroom, Twenty Teachers
  • From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea
  • In a major shift, city to launch zoned-collection system for private carting industry
  • The Netherlands is considering a ban on selling gas-powered cars in the next 10 years
  • In Austin, A New Mobile Farmers Market Will Travel to Food Deserts
  • A biofortified rice high in iron and zinc is set to combat hidden hunger in developing countries
  • Something new in the chill, salt air: Hope

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Categories: Economics

The Marginal Buyer Holds The Pin That Pops Every Asset Bubble

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2016 - 23:01

Those of you who took an Economics class in college may remember the saying that prices are set "at the margin". That's a fancy way to say that prices are set by the person (or people) willing to pay the most.

This person willing to pay top dollar is called the "marginal buyer". Most of us don't really think about him, but he (or she) is very, very important.

Why? Because the marginal buyer not only determines price levels, but also their stability and degree of volatility. The behavior of the marginal buyer, as well as the degree of competition for his/her "top dog" spot, sets the prices of nearly every asset class held by today's investors.

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Daily Digest 8/18 - 'Zombie' Honeybees Found In Canada, Was the N.S.A. Hacked?

Chris Martenson - August 18, 2016 - 05:12
  • ‘Shadow Brokers’ Leak Raises Alarming Question: Was the N.S.A. Hacked?
  • Financial Crash will be Put On Little People: Ellen Brown
  • The Sociopaths Among Us
  • Rising Prices Make EpiPens A Costly Necessity For Families With Severe Food Allergies
  • OPEC Rumors Continue To Pull Oil Prices Higher
  • The Preservation of Perks, Privileges, and Power: The PPPP
  • Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline
  • 'Zombie' honeybees make first appearance in Canada
  • Pesticides linked to ‘large-scale population extinctions’ of wild bees
  • The Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Month on the Books. Period.
  • Great Cities Must Watch Their Watersheds
  • Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change

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When You Don’t Have a Traditional Job, This Is How You Get Creative

Austin, Texas, leads the nation in people with jobs outside the 9-to-5 economy.
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Chris In Asia This October

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 14:20

As many of you know, earlier this year Chris was recruited by the United Nations to participate in one of its Advisory Groups. The mission of this particular group is to award a $1 million grant to a promising innovator in the field of sustainable transportation.

In April, the Group, made up of high-ranking officials and experts from around the globe, convened its for first meeting at the UN's headquarters in New York.

Its next meeting is taking place in Hong Kong over October 7-9th.

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Categories: Economics

Chestnuts

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 13:29

I planted 4 chestnut trees in 2010. This past fall was the first time they produced any nuts. There wasn’t a ton, but I wanted to try harvesting and processing the nuts by hand to see if it was a viable convenient human food source on a permaculture homestead. Also, I’d never even tried chestnuts.

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20 Antibacterial and Antiviral Herbs

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 12:56

A wonderful look at the various herbs and plants that have antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Possible plants for you to consider growing in your garden.

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/antiviral-herbs.html

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Daily Digest 8/17 - Aetna To Exit Most Obamacare Plans, U.S. Real Estate Market Getting ‘Bubblicious’

Chris Martenson - August 17, 2016 - 06:42
  • Aetna to exit nearly 7 in 10 Obamacare plans
  • Retirees Need $130,000 Just to Cover Health Care, Study Finds
  • Pressure mounts on Portugal rating, says DBRS
  • Saudi Companies Unable to Pay Foreign Workers Salaries in Arrears
  • Sovereign Risk Rating Downgrades Greatly Exceed Upgrades in Second Quarter, IHS Markit Says
  • Barrack Says U.S. Real Estate Market Is Getting ‘Bubblicious’
  • How the BOE's Stimulus Measures Up to the ECB's
  • Illinois' debt amounts to $45,500 per taxpayer
  • Australia's Central Bank Cut Rate to Boost Inflation, Growth
  • Fed’s Williams says inflation target should be increased

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Categories: Economics

#IamtheGigEconomy: Love Being Your Own Boss or Desperate for a Traditional Job?

Tell us about your gig life by using #IamtheGigEconomy.
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A Shareable Explainer: What is a Platform Co-op?

Shareable Magazine - August 16, 2016 - 16:52

by Maira Sutton, Cat Johnson and Neal Gorenflo

The sharing economy held great promise when it first emerged. It was seen as a way to help people build community, reduce unnecessary consumption, and generate extra income. It was based on the brilliantly simple notion that when we share, everybody has more.

Categories: Economics

Can Self-Driving Cars Save Our Cities?

Shareable Magazine - August 16, 2016 - 07:24

Can autonomous cars give us a do-over with our cities, fossil fuel dependence, affordable housing, and also workers? Robin Chase, author of Peers, Inc and co-founder of Zipcar says yes. Or at least they have the potential to.

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Daily Digest 8/16 - The Greatest Threat To Our Freedoms, What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out?

Chris Martenson - August 16, 2016 - 06:06
  • The Greatest Threat to Our Freedoms: A Government of Scoundrels, Spies, Thieves, Ruffians, Rapists and Killers
  • Public Safety: Is Terrorism Getting Worse? In the West, Yes. In the World, No. 
  • Banks across Europe are considering taking a drastic step to avoid negative rates
  • A Melancholy Journey Through the Lost American Dream
  • Falling Taxes Doom the U.S. Economy
  • How This Tiny Washington Town Became An Arts Titan
  • Ethical Investments for the No-Longer-Broke
  • What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out? The Inevitable Failure Of The US Grid

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The U.S. Just Surpassed the Number of Breweries We Had in 1873

And 26 other facts you should probably know.
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James Howard Kunstler: Racketeering Is Ruining Us

Chris Martenson - August 15, 2016 - 18:33

If you don't understand what's causing a particular problem, then it's pretty difficult to come up with an effective solution.

Author, commentator and longtime friend-of-the-site James Howard Kunstler returns to our podcast this week to discuss the importance of accurate diagnosis -- in this case, of the scourge he sees as accelerating America's downslide into economic and social decline: Racketeering.

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Categories: Economics

How to Start a Library of Things

Shareable Magazine - August 15, 2016 - 07:49

DeDeelkelder Library of Things in Utrect, Netherlands. Credit: Sanne van Vliet

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