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Daily Digest 4/14 - NY Fed Launches GDP Tracker, How Much Capitalism?

Chris Martenson - April 14, 2016 - 07:12
  • New York Fed Launches Its Own GDP Tracker
  • Olivier Blanchard eyes ugly 'end game' for Japan on debt spiral
  • Is The Fed Preparing For The Next Financial Earthquake To Hit?
  • A New Bill To Outlaw Encryption
  • Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in U.S. Justice Dept mortgage bond pact
  • Welcome To The Real Hunger Games
  • What in the World’s Going on with Banks this Week? Emergency Meetings, Summits, Crashing EU Banks...
  • Oil And Gas Sector Troubles Drive Corporate Default Rate To Highest Level In Seven Years: S&P
  • Gumshoes’ depleted ranks worry former enforcers
  • Deutsche Bank to settle U.S. silver price-fixing litigation
  • How Much Capitalism?
  • The Largest Coral Atoll In The World Lost 80 Percent Of Its Coral To Bleaching

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Categories: Economics

Video: This New York Farm Wants to Fix the “Food Apartheid”

Soul Fire Farm provides farm education to Black and Latino youth in an effort to end a history of racism and injustice in America's food system.
Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/13 - Saudi Arabia Gets Credit Downgrade, Could 'Helicopter Money' Work?

Chris Martenson - April 13, 2016 - 08:35
  • Saudi Arabia gets credit rating downgrade
  • IMF Cuts 2016 Global Economic Growth Outlook to 3.2%
  • GCC states to borrow billions to fund deficits
  • It's Never Been This Hard for Chinese Debtors to Pay Interest
  • U.S. Government Bonds Pull Back Before New Debt Supply
  • China Railway Material Bond Halt Dulls Appeal of State-Firm Debt
  • IMF cuts eurozone growth forecast amid 'major' challenges
  • Olivier Blanchard eyes ugly 'end game' for Japan on debt spiral
  • UBS Says Junk Bond Bubble Just a Slowdown Away From Popping
  • Company defaults headed for largest cyclical rise since recession
  • Weakest Deposit Growth Since 1963 Means Higher India Rates
  • Beijing trains gun on underground banks to check cash exodus
  • Cash Flees South Africa in Longest Run of Outflows Since '99
  • China first quarter GDP growth seen at 6.7 percent year on year, slowest since 2009
  • Strengthening Yen Leaves Kuroda Facing More Radical Options
  • Currency War Plagues Denmark as Central Bankers Run Out of Tools
  • Bernanke says so-called helicopter money could work

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Categories: Economics

After the Gold Rush: OuiShare Fest 2016 Embraces Action and Experimentation

Shareable Magazine - April 13, 2016 - 08:25

OuiShare is on a mission to build and nurture a collaborative society. A forward-thinking, action-oriented community of thousands from around the world, the organization has been decentralized from the beginning. Formed in Paris in 2012, OuiShare is built around the notion of letting community members take initiative and enabling the community grow on its own.

Categories: Economics

You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods

Class action lawsuits point out the irrationality of sales-tax exemptions for items such as Rogaine, foot powder, and Viagra—but not menstrual products.
Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Book Project Seeks International Case Studies

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 11:23

One of Shareable’s core projects this year is to produce a new book and digital database comprised of case studies and model policies to support the growth of Sharing Cities.

Categories: Economics

Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 07:33

by Cynthia Dettman. Article cross-posted from

How does one go about locating a cohousing community that is a good personal fit? Here are my suggestions on how to go about finding a healthy, vibrant, and happy community.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/12 - Your Free Market Is Rigged, Why Low Oil Prices Haven’t Helped The Economy

Chris Martenson - April 12, 2016 - 07:29
  • "The Problems Are Unfixable"
  • Doug Casey: Are We Headed For Another Dark Ages?
  • Your Free Market Is Rigged
  • Gold Money Or Digital Money?
  • Dutch parliament adopted motions to investigate money creation
  • Why Low Oil Prices Haven’t Helped The Economy
  • Germany To Abandon $1.1 Trillion Wind Power Program By 2019
  • Utility regulator, SoCal Gas at odds over reopening of natural gas field

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Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Publishes Open-Source Plans for Affordable Housing

Shareable Magazine - April 12, 2016 - 07:14

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico. (Ramiro Ramirez / ELEMENTAL)

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What I Learned From My March With Democracy Spring

The political march is a tool for social transformation in itself. This one gave me a taste of the connected, empowered society I’m working to create.
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Why I Went A Little More Short Today

Chris Martenson - April 11, 2016 - 19:26

I've been slowly layering into a short position against the US S&P 500 stock market. At this rate, I plan to be 80% short in my trading and retirement accounts by the end of May. You know “Sell in May and go away.” I am now at 45%.

That’s my general strategy here. 

My reasons for building up this short position are many.  Here are a few of them.

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Categories: Economics

Seeking Freelance Feature Writer

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2016 - 14:20
Photo by Daniella Winkler via Unsplash   If you like libraries and long form reporting, we've got the perfect gig for you.    We're looking for a reporter with a strong background in feature writing for magazines or other outlets to produce an in-depth piece (2,500-4,000 words) on the future of libraries. This piece should offer new and thought-provoking ideas to the conversation about what's in store for these vital institutions in the years to come. 
Categories: Economics

Nation's First Library Social Worker Connects Homeless with Meals, Healthcare and Housing

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2016 - 08:21

Public libraries have long been safe places for homeless people. In San Francisco, library administrators realized that because of their safe-place reputation they had a unique opportunity to reach out to the local homeless community. They hired Leah Esguerra, a psychiatric social worker who is believed to be the nation’s first full-time social worker at a library.

Categories: Economics

How to Prevent Food Waste: 27 Tips for Community Leaders

Shareable Magazine - April 11, 2016 - 07:00

Food waste has become an enormous global problem, with an estimated one third of the world’s current food supply for human consumption being lost or wasted every year. And the solutions aren’t simple, as food waste is as complex a problem as it is dire. Food waste occurs at every step along the supply chain, including producers and distributors who reject imperfect food, stores and restaurants that discard uneaten food, and consumers who throw away leftovers or allow food to spoil.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/11 - 1790 All Over Again, The Invisible Money Makers Profiting From Oil Slump

Chris Martenson - April 11, 2016 - 06:10
  • David Cameron Releases Tax Data After Panama Papers Backlash
  • It's 1790 All Over Again
  • The Extreme Sacrifice Detroit Parents Make to Access Better Schools
  • A Forgotten Continent: The Hidden Truths of Africa
  • Austria Just Announced A 54% Haircut Of Senior Creditors In First "Bail In" Under New European Rules
  • Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US
  • The Invisible Money Makers Who Thrived During 2015's Oil Slump
  • Car makers ask US to slow down on allowing self-driving cars

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Categories: Economics

No Fossil Fuel? No Problem—7 Ways We're Already Living More Locally

From affordable transit to local food for school lunches, many people across America are already on their way to living a life without oil.
Categories: Economics

Adam Trexler: A New Way to Hold Gold (2016 Update)

Chris Martenson - April 10, 2016 - 17:03

What if you could carry and exchange gold in the exact same manner as you do with the dollar bills in your wallet?

Two years ago, we introduced the precious metals community to a company called Valaurum, which has developed a technology that's making this possible.

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But Anyway, a Rap about Gentrification that Resonates

Shareable Magazine - April 10, 2016 - 16:29

I recommend But Anyway, a new song about gentrification by Washington DC-based lawyer and rapper Tarica June. It hits a nerve.

I haven't watched my hometown disappear like her. That's because as a Navy brat, I've never had a hometown. That's probably why the song resonates. That plus watching as half of my friends and much of what I loved about San Francisco disappear over the last five years due to gentrification.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/10 - Path To The Great Reset, Reducing Food Waste To Halt Climate Change

Chris Martenson - April 10, 2016 - 07:58
  • Big Banks Use a Footnote to Look Smaller
  • Getting a Student Loan With Collateral From a Future Job
  • The Cost of Professional Development
  • Path to the Great Reset
  • The troubling price of the world becoming less open
  • Nigeria fuel crisis: Why is Africa's largest oil producer short of petrol?
  • Climate-Related Death of Coral Around World Alarms Scientists
  • Reducing food waste would mitigate climate change, study shows

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Daily Digest 4/9 - The Geography of Financial Secrecy, A Brief History Of Leaks

Chris Martenson - April 9, 2016 - 11:33
  • Senate bill draft would prohibit unbreakable encryption
  • China’s President Shows Up in the Panama Papers. Is This a Big Deal?
  • Primary Process Is Seen as in Conflict With Democracy
  • The Geography of Financial Secrecy
  • The not-completely-crazy theory that Russia leaked the Panama Papers
  • Three Oil Majors Have Debt Ratings Cut by Moody's on Price Rout
  • Why Natural Gas Prices Could Double From Here
  • From Panama to Sparta: A brief history of leaks

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Categories: Economics