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Daily Digest 1/15 - Carbon Pricing Coming To Ontario, Fracking Good; Coal Bad

Chris Martenson - January 15, 2015 - 08:09
  • Obama Backs Government-Run Internet
  • There’s a blockchain for that!
  • Why the Swiss have let their currency explode
  • A List Of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year
  • Carbon pricing coming to Ontario, strategy to be unveiled this year
  • Ignore What They Say: Cheap Oil Prices Do Not Benefit the Economy
  • Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar
  • Over a barrel? Falling oil prices and the environment
  • Study: Fracking Good; Coal Bad
  • Is Keystone Still Viable Amid Low Oil Prices?
  • Senate to vote on whether climate change is happening 

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Categories: Economics

Why Not Competing is the Best Way for Cities to Compete

Shareable Magazine - January 14, 2015 - 10:49

Miami Beach's historic Art Deco district is the second-most-visited tourist destination in Florida. (Cacophony / Wikimedia Commons)

Categories: Economics

10 Game-Changing Projects from Creative Commons' Team Open

Shareable Magazine - January 14, 2015 - 09:33

David Lippman is a college math instructor. Last year, seeing all the money students were forking out for textbooks, he co-wrote two math textbooks and built iMathAS, a free, open-source math assessment and course platform. Primarily published under Creative Commons (CC) licenses, the book and platform are open to community edits and input.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/14 - Deflation Is Now 'Possible', Oil States Brace For Crude Awakening

Chris Martenson - January 14, 2015 - 09:14
  • Venezuelan shortages, long lines spark violence, arrests
  • Rise in Bank of Italy liabilities fuels worries of capital flight
  • SYRIZA Will Face a €7 Billion Funding Gap if Creditors Back Out
  • Illinois AG: State can use 'police powers' to cut pensions
  • Oil States’ Budgets Face Crude Awakening
  • BOJ said to view oil adding to risk of inflation-target miss
  • China’s Swap Rate Declines Most Since November on Stimulus Bets
  • BoE Governor warns deflation is now 'possible'
  • Court decision could narrow ECB’s quantitative easing options

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Categories: Economics

Ultrathin Electric Motorcycle Designed to Cut through City Traffic

Shareable Magazine - January 14, 2015 - 08:49

Like similarly crowded megacities, Buenos Aires is chock full of people struggling to get places. And going from here to there often requires a noise-making, gas-guzzling, pollution-emitting vehicle of some sort. But the lean, green Sudaca electric motorbike hopes to change that.

Categories: Economics

“Stop, Thief!” Peter Linebaugh's New Book about the Commons

Shareable Magazine - January 14, 2015 - 08:48

Article cross-posted from

It is always refreshing to read Peter Linebaugh’s writings on the commons because he brings such rich historical perspectives to bear, revealing the commons as both strangely alien and utterly familiar. With the added kick that the commoning he describes actually happened, Linebaugh’s journeys into the commons leave readers outraged at enclosures of long ago and inspired to protect today's endangered commons.

Categories: Economics

Vladimir Putin and the New World Order

Beyond Money - January 14, 2015 - 08:10

Despite the ongoing attempts of the Western media and politicians to vilify him, Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing himself to be a true statesman deserving of international attention and respect. Former Reagan administration official and Wall Street Journal editor Paul Craig Roberts, in a recent post, goes so far as to declare Vladimir Putin Is The Leader Of the Moral World.

Roberts begins his post by commenting as follows:

Dear Friends,

Vladimir Putin’s remarks at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club are worth more than a link in my latest column. These are the remarks of a humanitarian political leader, the like of which the world has not seen in my lifetime. Compare Putin to the corrupt war criminal in the White House or to his puppets in office in Germany, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, and you will see the difference between a criminal clique and a leader striving for a humane and livable world in which the interests of all peoples are respected.

In a sane Western society, Putin’s statements would have been reproduced in full and discussions organized with remarks from experts such as Stephen F. Cohen. Choruses of approval would have been heard on television and read in the print media. But, of course, nothing like this is possible in a country whose rulers claim that it is the “exceptional” and “indispensable” country with an extra-legal right to hegemony over the world. As far as Washington and its prostitute media, named “presstitutes” by the trends specialist Gerald Celente, are concerned, no country counts except Washington. “You are with us or against us,” which means “you are our vassals or our enemies.” This means that Washington has declared Russia, China, India, Brazil and other parts of South America, Iran, and South Africa to be enemies.

This is a big chunk of the world for a bankrupt country, hated by its vassal populations and many of its own subjects, that has not won a war since it defeated tiny Japan in 1945 by using nuclear weapons, the only use of such terrible weapons in world history. ….

Read the rest of Roberts’ post and the full text of Putin’s speech at

This RT report gives some highlights of the speech:

And this video purports to provide a summary of the main points that Putin made in that speech:

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Categories: Blogs

Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S.

Shareable Magazine - January 14, 2015 - 07:57

As the U.S. turns to renewable energy, the question remains: who will benefit? (Above photo: Conservation Law Foundation)

Categories: Economics

This Rust-Belt Town’s Survival Strategy Is All About Giving Workers Control

Reading is one of Pennsylvania’s poorest cities. Can its residents turn things around by building a more democratic economy?
Categories: Economics

40 Edible Plants That Will Grow in Partial Shade

Chris Martenson - January 13, 2015 - 10:51

Learn about crops that don't require full sun to grow and prosper in your food production plans and garden.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/13 - OK Oilworkers Brace For Crude Crash, The Achilles Heel Of The Global Status Quo

Chris Martenson - January 13, 2015 - 09:01
  • The Achilles Heel Of The Global Status Quo: Deflation
  • The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to Colorado's TABOR law
  • How To Play The Stock Market In 2015
  • 2014 Was The Best Year For Jobs Since 1999
  • G.M. Reboots Chevrolet Volt as Automakers Push Electric Cars
  • Oil Prices Continue To Fall
  • The Simple Reason For The Oil Price Drop
  • 'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

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Categories: Economics

10 Steps to Running an Offers and Needs Market

Shareable Magazine - January 13, 2015 - 07:04

Article and images cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

Commons Transition Points the Way to a Commons-based World

Shareable Magazine - January 12, 2015 - 20:11

Last week, commons advocates the P2P FoundationGuerilla Translation, and their partners launched Commons Transition, a public forum to further commons-oriented policy-making. Commons Transition is based on the groundbreaking work of the Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK) Society in Ecuador.

Categories: Economics

When Short-Term Thinking Slams Into Long-Term Predicaments

Chris Martenson - January 12, 2015 - 17:10

The tendency to make long-term decisions based on near-term data is simply part of the human condition. We tend to discount the future very heavily in favor of what's close and familiar.

The problem is that we are facing dozens of linked long-term predicaments which will require us to put off immediate satisfaction in favor of far-reaching considerations.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/12 - F.B.I. Broadening Surveillance Role, The Value Of Wealth

Chris Martenson - January 12, 2015 - 08:48
  • The Value Of Wealth
  • European Bank Runs Could Come to America-Laurence Kotlikoff
  • Held To Account 
  • Education plus ideology exaggerates rejection of reality
  • F.B.I. Is Broadening Surveillance Role, Report Shows
  • What is Bitcoin? - Exclusive World Premiere Documentary on Why Bitcoin Matters
  • Ohio Quakes Linked To Fracking
  • As Oil Prices Fall, Banks Serving the Energy Industry Brace for a Jolt

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Categories: Economics

SELC and Shareable Kickoff Campaign to Save Seed Sharing in the U.S.

Shareable Magazine - January 12, 2015 - 08:06

Show your support for seed sharing. Sign the Save Seed Sharing petition.

Categories: Economics

John Arden: The Science Behind Emotional Resilience

Chris Martenson - January 11, 2015 - 18:25

No matter how large your bank account or how well-stocked your homestead, no one can be completely prepared for every potential eventuality. And nothing ever goes 100% according to plan. In the times where it doesn't, it's our emotional fortitude that determines how well we fare.

As we often observe: it's not the specific insult that determines our fate. It's our reaction to it.

So how does one go about cultivating a higher degree of emotional resilience? 

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Categories: Economics

What Should I Do? - Crash Course Chapter 26

Chris Martenson - January 10, 2015 - 08:43

If there’s one message to take away from this newly-updated Crash Course video series, it’s this:  It’s time for you to become more resilient and more engaged. Things are changing quickly and nobody knows how much time we have before the next economic, ecological or energy related crisis erupts.  Nobody knows when, but we do have a pretty good idea of what is coming.

And it is within your control to enter the coming future with a higher degree of security, prosperity and fulfillment than you enjoy now.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/10 - How Bankrupt Cities Make Money, Obama Proposes CC Tuition Plan

Chris Martenson - January 10, 2015 - 07:43
  • December Employment Gain Caps Best Year for U.S. Since 1999; Wage Gains Lag
  • Economy Up, G.O.P. Wants A Little Credit
  • Obama, in Tennessee, Begins Selling His Community College Tuition Plan
  • The Wage Weakness May Not Be as Bad as It Seems
  • Bratton Tells New York Police Officers It’s Time to Get Back to Work
  • The Surprising Ways Bankrupt Cities Make Money
  • Why Quitting Is Good For The Economy

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 1/9 - Big Oil On The Offensive, 3D Printing Limestone, Metal, and Wood

Chris Martenson - January 9, 2015 - 09:49
  • MakerBot Invents a Way to 3D Print With Limestone, Metal, and Wood
  • Goldman Says JPMorgan Should Break Itself Into Pieces
  • Bank of America warns of 'lethal' damage to China's financial system as deflation deepens
  • Job Growth Looks Great; Wage Growth, Less So
  • Gold-Oil Ratio Shows Crude Drop Tied to Supply: Chart of the Day
  • Low cost, walk away safe molten salt reactor design that will lead to thorium reactors
  • Michael Klare - Big Oil Going On The Offensive
  • Shell Energy Scenarios To 2050

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Categories: Economics