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#MapJam 2.0 to Put the New Economy on the Map!

Shareable Magazine - September 22, 2014 - 17:16

This October, the Sharing Cities Network will launch the Second Annual Global #MapJam to bring activists together in cities around the world to connect the dots and map: grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons.

Categories: Economics

Death Cross on the Russell 2000

Chris Martenson - September 22, 2014 - 16:51

One of the 'targets' I've had my eye on in the market has been the Russell 2000, a small cap stock index comprised of the smallest 2000 companies in the Russell 3000 index.

The reason I've been tracking this index carefully, along with junk bonds, is that the small companies usually give you an advance heads-up on trouble soon headed for the larger cap companies and stock indexes.

 

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How I Avoided Holiday Shopping Through a Donation Exchange

Shareable Magazine - September 22, 2014 - 12:39

As stores begin to hawk their holiday deals, Shareable reposts this 2009 piece about how Neal Gorenflo gave up holiday gifts and discovered a better way to bond with family.

Categories: Economics

8 Uncommon First Aid Items

Chris Martenson - September 22, 2014 - 12:25

An interesting list of a few not so common additions to the standard first aid kit.  What additional items do you keep on hand that are not typically found in a first aid kit?

http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/fast-track-tip-8-uncommon-first-aid-items/

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Daily Digest 9/22 - Against The Sharing Economy, 400,000 March To Address Climate Change

Chris Martenson - September 22, 2014 - 09:20
  • Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles
  • Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone lockdown declared 'success'
  • Against Sharing
  • New technique gets pure hydrogen out of splitting water
  • The PetroYuan Cometh: China Docks Navy Destroyer In Iran's Strait Of Hormuz Port
  • Scotland’s Oil Future Will Remain In British Hands
  • Photos: 400,000 Protesters March To Prevent Annihilation By Global Warming 
  • Zero Percent Water

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How to Trick Out Your Bus Stop

Shareable Magazine - September 22, 2014 - 07:13

Top image: Swingset on South Main in Memphis, Tennessee. Credit: I Love Memphis.

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Meet the College Dean Who Lives in a Dumpster

Shareable Magazine - September 21, 2014 - 17:14

Plenty of people live in cramped quarters. A third of rural Indians live in homes where each person gets just 65 square feet or less of living space.

Categories: Economics

Woody Tasch: Slow Money

Chris Martenson - September 21, 2014 - 12:31

The Slow Money movement focuses on deploying capital, locally, to strengthen small food enterprises. Its goal is to improve the quality, dependability and sustainability of our food source, while financially nurturing communities and delivering an attractive return on investment to native investors.

Woody Tasch is the founder and chairman of Slow Money - in this week's podcast, he and Chris discuss the templates his organization is piloting across over 350 ventures in local food production, processing, distribution and marketing.

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Daily Digest 9/21 - The Rise Of Unexpected Medical Bills, Can The U.S. Achieve Energy Self-Sufficiency?

Chris Martenson - September 21, 2014 - 09:42
  • CIA Insider Warns: "25-Year Great Depression is About to Strike America"
  • Why Federal College Ratings Won’t Rein In Tuition
  • Slamming A Door On Hedge Funds
  • Financial Criminals Have Been Fined Billions, but They Rarely Pay
  • Paying Till It Hurts: After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know
  • Can U.S. achieve energy self-sufficiency?
  • This Scottish Island Is Nearly Free of Fossil Fuels
  • A Land Under Waves

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Daily Digest 9/20 - Scotland's Attack On The Status Quo, Life In Timbuktu

Chris Martenson - September 20, 2014 - 11:43
  • A Kingdom Still Whole, but Far From United
  • Scotland’s Attack on the Status Quo
  • Texas man must pay $40.4M for running Bitcoin-based scam
  • Bank of America using three intelligence firms to attack WikiLeaks
  • H.R.24 - 113th Congress (2013-2014): Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013
  • U.S. Faces Tough Struggle on Ground to Oust ISIS
  • Life in Timbuktu: how the ancient city of gold is slowly turning to dust
  • Lockdown Begins in Sierra Leone to Battle Ebola

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Coop Trains Next Generation of Community Acupuncturists Debt Free

Shareable Magazine - September 20, 2014 - 11:16

Nearly a decade ago, Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter of Portland dreamed up a low cost, high volume community acupuncture business model. They wanted to provide access to acupuncture for those that couldn't afford the standard fees and also to earn a sustainable living as practitioners serving lower income communities. In 2002, the first iteration of this model, called Working Class Acupuncture, was born.

Categories: Economics

Assets & Liabilities - Crash Course Chapter 14

Chris Martenson - September 19, 2014 - 19:29

Building on the previous chapter on the US' tremendous and exponentially-increasing debt, this chapter looks at the shocking shortfall between our nation's assets and its liabilities.

In short, America is deeply insolvent. We're just not admitting it yet.

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Categories: Economics

Testing Your Soil for a Pond Site

Chris Martenson - September 19, 2014 - 12:57

If you are planning to build a compacted pond without a liner, it is a good idea to test the soil to determine the clay content. The clay content will tell you whether or not the existing soil can be compacted. If you have clay content of 30% or higher, you can be pretty confident that with proper compaction, your pond will seal.

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Daily Digest 9/19 - Scotland's 'No' Vote A Win For Betting Markets, Gold Bars Entice Super-Rich

Chris Martenson - September 19, 2014 - 07:19
  • This is the start of a long constitutional wrangle for the UK
  • Scotland’s ‘No’ Vote: A Loss for Pollsters and a Win for Betting Markets
  • Super-rich rush to buy 'Italian Job' style gold bars
  • Malaysian Flight M17 Crash Analysis, By The Russion Union Of Engineers
  • The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015
  • The Next Crisis – Part one
  • Commodities Suffer As Oil And Gas Takes Rail Priority
  • Busy Days Precede a March Focusing on Climate Change

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My Week with PirateBox, the DIY Mobile Cloud Storage Device

Shareable Magazine - September 19, 2014 - 06:54

Sharing books you've read can be as enjoyable as reading them again, and for centuries books have frequently changed hands from person to person, library to library. But what if you could share an entire archive of books from the palm of your hand with anyone in earshot? I spent a week experimenting with a DIY PirateBox to see how it works, but first let's explore notable episodes in the history of book sharing...

Categories: Economics

Chris at the College of Charleston, SC

Chris Martenson - September 18, 2014 - 13:50

Chris has been invited to give a public presentation at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

The 2-hour event will leave lots of time for Q&A and interaction with Chris, and will focus on the declining availability of "The American Dream", as well as better paths for today's youth to consider taking.

Details on how to register for the event will be available soon.

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Categories: Economics

Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen

Erica Knox: Leveraging privilege

Stanford University student Erica Knox went to see Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math” tour in November 2012. That’s when McKibben and 350.org launched a divestment movement to address climate change and challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry. Knox has been involved with divestment group Fossil Free Stanford ever since. “It’s definitely the group on campus where I feel like I’m actually creating change,” she said.

Modeled after the anti-apartheid movement of the 1970s and ’80s, the divestment campaign pressures universities and other institutions to sell their stock in fossil fuel companies. The movement has spread to more than 300 schools nationwide, as well as cities and faith-based institutions. San Francisco and Seattle, churches including the United Church of Christ, and small colleges such as Hampshire and Pitzer have already pledged to divest.

Divestment is just one strategy to combat climate change, says Knox, who is majoring in earth systems. But she says Stanford students can use their connection to the university’s $18.7 billion endowment to make a strong statement. “It’s important for us while we’re at a university with this kind of power and privilege to leverage that to actually make a difference.”

Donald Kennedy: President Emeritus for fossil fuel divestment

Divestment is nothing new to Donald Kennedy. While he was serving as president of Stanford in the 1980s, the university divested from specific companies that supported the apartheid regime in South Africa. Now, the former president and current Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy is supporting the university’s decision to begin divesting from coal-mining companies.

Kennedy was one of 170 tenured professors who signed a letter addressed to President Hennessy and the Board of Trustees. The letter, which followed a university-wide divestment petition that gathered nearly 2,000 signatures, called for Stanford to divest from all fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas. As President Emeritus, Kennedy’s was one of the most prominent names supporting the request to divest.

Kennedy, whose research interests include global climate change, believes coal divestment is valid, as there are alternative fuels that could be substituted for coal. He hopes there will be “careful and thoughtful analysis of what might be done elsewhere in order to promote a more effective set of climate policies.” He’s in favor of actions like divestment that encourage companies to pursue “a more controlled approach to the very serious problem of climate change.”

Amy Tomasso: Calling for climate change action now

Amy Tomasso, a Stanford urban studies major from Farmington, Conn., was drawn to Fossil Free Stanford’s focus on student activism and the momentum that divestment was gaining on campus.

Last year, the group met with the university’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing to request divestment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies. After months of review, Stanford’s Board of Trustees announced on May 6, 2014, that it had agreed to begin divesting its stock in coal-mining companies.

The announcement, which came sooner than expected, was a surprise to Tomasso and other activists on campus. It positioned Stanford as the first major university to make a commitment to divest from coal. Fossil Free Stanford organizers celebrated their victory while planning to push for divestment from all fossil fuels, including oil and natural gas. Tomasso says it’s important for young people to lead the fight for fossil fuel divestment because they’re the first generation who’ll be living through the consequences of climate change.

“Everyone can be an activist,” says Tomasso. “Everyone has things they care about and love. If you take a moment to think about them, you’ll realize that the call to action is now.”

Dana Drugmand wrote this article for The End of Poverty, the Fall 2014 issue of YES! Magazine. Dana is a YES! editorial intern.

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Chris & Adam Present in Lima, PERU

Chris Martenson - September 18, 2014 - 09:08

Chris and I have been invited to Lima, Peru to present a full-day seminar titled "New Global Scenarios That Will Define Peru for the Next 20 Years"

Entrepreneurs, corporate executives and government officials will be in attendance. If you live in or near Peru, this will be a valuable "meeting of the minds" at which the future of the country (and South America, in general) will be discussed in detail.

Key focus of the event:

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Categories: Economics

Off the Cuff: A Look Across the Pond

Chris Martenson - September 18, 2014 - 08:46

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Alasdair Macleod discuss:

  • Independence For Scotland
    • The implications of this week's historic vote
  • Gold's Depressed Price
    • The establishment benefits from a low price
  • Europe vs Russia
    • Why the EU holds a losing hand
  • The Evils of Central Banking
    • Creating worse problems than they're supposed to solve

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 9/18 - Why Money Is Worse Than Debt, True Cause Of Fracking Leaks Found

Chris Martenson - September 18, 2014 - 07:44
  • Subprime Is Back With A Vengeance
  • House votes to arm Syrian rebels
  • Inequality, Nick Hanauer and the Patriot's Moral Code
  • Bank of England Panic! Scottish Independence Bank Run Already Underway!
  • Why Money Is Worse Than Debt
  • Libertarian ‘Utopia’ Styled After Ayn Rand Book Spectacularly Falls Apart Almost Immediately
  • Toward making lithium-sulfur batteries a commercial reality for a bigger energy punch
  • True Cause Of Fracking Leaks Found – Industry Breathes A Sigh Of Relief
  • Plasmon-assisted radiolytic energy conversion in aqueous solutions
  • Water-based nuclear battery can be used to generate electrical energy 
  • Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan

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