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Biourbanism: Rethinking the Science of Space

Shareable Magazine - June 24, 2014 - 11:47

The International Society of Biourbanism (ISB) is an international network of scholars and design professionals dedicated to transforming architecture and planning practice through the application of scientific theory. The ISB's annual summer school will take place on July 13-20 in Artena, Italy. This year's theme is "Neuroergonomics and Sociogenesis." I talked to ISB president Antonio Caperna and general secretary and research director Stefano Serafini about their work and its relevance to environmental justice.

Categories: Economics

EasyPrep Special Offer

Chris Martenson - June 24, 2014 - 09:54
25% Special Discount for PeakProsperity.com Readers

The ReadyStore is offering Peak Prosperity readers a special 25% discount on EasyPrep food storage packages.

Establishing a deep pantry and having extra long term food storage available is vital and a necessary step in building resilience into your life and ensuring you have adequate food energy for emergencies and difficult times.  The EasyPrep food storage bucket system makes this task simple and relatively cost effective.  With a variety of different foods to choose from, this special offer with help jumpstart your long term food preps and bring you better food security. 

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Categories: Economics

Freelancers Union Launches National Benefits Platform

Shareable Magazine - June 24, 2014 - 09:03

At the Clinton Global Initiative America event today, Freelancers Union founder and executive director Sara Horowitz unveiled a new national benefits platform for free agents. The program allows the 42 million freelancers across the U.S. to gain access to a slew of benefits they would not normally get that has been specifically vetted and curated by Freelancers Union:

Categories: Economics

10 Shopping Tips from a Farmers Market Manager

Shareable Magazine - June 24, 2014 - 08:39

Top image and article cross-posted from Nourished Kitchen.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/24 - From Barrels To Biology, Auf Wiedersehen To German Gold

Chris Martenson - June 24, 2014 - 07:26
  • IMF Frets About Giant Sucking Sound Of Hot Money, Wants To Take Over Global Monetary Policy
  • Germany's Gold: Auf Wiedersehen
  • Gold Price Relative To Monetary Base At All-Time Low
  • Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree
  • What Crude Oil Says about Silver
  • ISIS: Is It All About The Oil?
  • From barrels to biology: Scientists develop cost-competitive bioderived polymers for a post-petroleum future
  • Nearly Half Of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill

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Categories: Economics

Open Source Recipes to Make Social Innovations More Shareable

Shareable Magazine - June 23, 2014 - 20:17

Inspired by the principles of open source software, the concept of Open Social Innovation aims to document social innovations so they can be more easily shared.

How can we share and transfer sustainable social practices across communities?

Categories: Economics

Off the Cuff: Moribund Capital

Chris Martenson - June 23, 2014 - 10:51

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Brian Pretti discuss:

  • Moribund Capital
    • Asset prices are rising due to money that will never hit the economy
  • Absence Of Useful Market Signals
    • No reliable benchmarks for the investor to trust
  • Dead Volatility
    • Making the market more vulnerable once it returns to life
  • Zombie Economies
    • Too many sovereign nations have become the 'financial undead'

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Categories: Economics

12 Shareable Things Nashville Is Getting Right

Shareable Magazine - June 23, 2014 - 08:24

Four years ago, a 1,000-year flood event left Nashville, Tennessee underwater. About 19 inches of rain fell in two days, and the Cumberland River breached its levees when it crested at nearly 52 feet — a level it hadn't reached since 1937. A number of other area rivers also broke record levels, including the Duck, the Harpeth, the Red, and the Buffalo. Property damage, injuries, and deaths all followed. 

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/23 - A Simple Path To Empowerment, 1/4 Of India's Land Is Turning Into Desert

Chris Martenson - June 23, 2014 - 06:57
  • A quarter of India's land is turning into desert - minister
  • The Best- and Worst-Paid Jobs in America—in 1 Ludicrously Long Chart
  • The Simple Path To Empowerment 
  • Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal?
  • Iraq a minor bump on the road to an inevitable oil price surge
  • Why What You Know About The Global Energy Game Is Wrong
  • Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers
  • Groups Appeal to UN for 'Humanity' as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/22 - Clean Water For Millions, Why Argentina Should Default Again

Chris Martenson - June 22, 2014 - 07:48
  • Why Argentina Should Default ... Again
  • New Offering for Job Seekers: Fewer Embarrassing Social Media Photos
  • A Second Career, Happily in the Weeds
  • Doug Casey: Greatest Theft in World History Occurring Right Now
  • Global Stocks Rise for Week to Records Amid Fed Support
  • Worrisome Growth Pattern
  • Teens Create A Way To Use Urine As Fuel
  • Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/21 - Canadian Gas Prices Hit Record High, Pork Industry Crisis Raises Bacon Prices

Chris Martenson - June 21, 2014 - 07:59
  • The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
  • Gas Prices Hit Record Highs Across Parts Of Canada
  • In Susan B. Anthony List Cast, Supreme Court Votes for the Right to Lie
  • Bacon Prices Soar Amid Pork Industry Crisis
  • Aid Scarce as Pakistanis Flee Conflict
  • Molten salt reactor concept has new Transatomic Power lift
  • Why Elon Musk Is Doubling Down on Solar Power
  • White House task force charged with saving bees from mysterious decline

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Categories: Economics

Planting Fruit Tree Guilds

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 12:37

Last year, I prepped and installed some of my fruit tree guilds. I had planned to install the following guilds around my zone 2 fruit trees. As with most plans, they did not go exactly according to plan. I had trouble getting some of the plants and seed, and I decided to plant more chicken friendly edibles, as these trees are inside the chicken paddocks. Having said that, my original plan was good, so I am listing it below, in case you might want to copy it. The important thing is that you install ample nitrogen fixers, nutrient accumulators, pollinator attractors, and pest repellants.

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Categories: Economics

Why The Next 20 Years Will Be Completely Unlike The Last 20

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 08:50

The video below shines a bright light on these trends and the risks we face as a result. But it also offers hope. If we take action now, while there's still time, there's much we can do not only to reduce our personal vulnerability to these threats, but also to step into this new future with newfound optimism:

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Categories: Economics

Big News!

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 08:46

It's been a busy 10 months...

Behind the scenes, we've been hard at work completely overhauling the Crash Course video series. I'm extremely happy to announce today that we're ready to start rolling it out.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/20 - The Boomerang Kids Won't Leave, The Do’s and Don’ts of Water Usage

Chris Martenson - June 20, 2014 - 07:25
  • Australian troops sent to Iraq to help secure embassy
  • Beijing has almost the same population as these countries
  • A Glimpse of Syrian Lives Ravaged by War in Homs
  • It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave
  • 25 Shocking Facts About The Earth’s Dwindling Water Resources
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Water Usage
  • More on the Energetics of Food Distribution
  • The World’s Top Polluters And What They’re Doing About It

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Categories: Economics

And...It's Gone

Chris Martenson - June 19, 2014 - 08:26

Just a few hours ago, amid the reports of fighting in and around the Baiji refinery in northern Iraq, there were plenty of assurances that the main Iraqi forces were in complete control.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/19 -Argentina Hurting Over Bondholder Fight, The Death Of The American Mall

Chris Martenson - June 19, 2014 - 07:44
  • Ukraine Faces Backlash as Devaluation Ravages Foreign-Currency Borrowers
  • WHITEHEAD: Has the Dept. of Homeland Security become America’s standing army?
  • Argentina dealt double blow over bondholder fight
  • Price Index for Meats, Poultry, Fish & Eggs Rockets to All-Time High
  • Google and Facebook can be legally intercepted, says UK spy boss
  • Our opinion: Welcome to Plantation America
  • The Coming Crash Of The Financial And Monetary System
  • Strong words from Marc Faber: Cheap gold, biased media, Fed insanity
  • 40 maps that explain food in America
  • Infertility in Spanish Pigs Has Been Traced to Plastics. A Warning for Humans?
  • State asks judge to reject pension suits
  • American Imperialism and Non-Conventional Warfare in Iraq: Premeditated Covert Operations and the ISIS Insurgency
  • The death of the American mall

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 6/18 - Italian PM Seeks Austerity Relief, Young Americans ‘Living Paycheck To Paycheck’

Chris Martenson - June 18, 2014 - 10:22
  • U.S. Postal Service: ‘The Financial Hole We’re In Is So Deep’
  • Japan continues to count cost of idled reactors
  • Montreal city employees stop work to protest pension bill
  • IMF says Italy's recovery fragile, needs 'bold, quick' reforms
  • Italian PM seeks austerity relief in return for Juncker backing
  • France's State Auditor Warns on Deficit Target
  • Survey: 56 Percent Of Young Americans ‘Living Paycheck To Paycheck’
  • Savings cuts may be wild card in Detroit bankruptcy vote
  • Portugal to be monitored until 2045 despite bailout exit
  • American Airlines cutting flights to Venezuela

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Categories: Economics

How To Convert a Business into a Worker-owned Cooperative

Shareable Magazine - June 18, 2014 - 07:09

Cooperatives represent a growing segment of the economy with an estimated 30,000 enterprises and 100 million members in the U.S. alone. A great way to bring democracy into the workplace, coops can be built from scratch, but they can also be created by converting existing businesses into worker-owned cooperatives. For retiring business owners as well as entrepreneurs, selling a business to employees is a way to strengthen the business while getting a return on investment. 

Categories: Economics

CommonBound Recap: There Are Many Alternatives

Shareable Magazine - June 17, 2014 - 13:38

We are CommonBound

Categories: Economics