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Newsletter–late Spring, 2014

Beyond Money - May 28, 2014 - 14:54

Newsletter Contents

  • Colleagues doing great work
  • Upcoming Conference
  • The Buddhist way—Principles to live by
  • Psychiatry running amok
  • Flight MH370

I do some of my best thinking when I’m on the move—in a bus, a train, a plane (though perhaps not in a Thai minivan). I can’t help but wonder if this might be due to a physical phenomenon of “induced creativity” akin to the electromagnet induction of electricity that occurs when a coil of wire is moved through a magnetic field. Could it be that “creative energy” is induced when an idle brain is moved through the Earth’s magnetic field or through a monotonous landscape? Far out, eh?


Colleagues doing great work

 * The NGO, Koru Kenya, headed by American social entrepreneur and aid worker, Will Ruddick, which I’ve written about before, is now undertaking, with support from the Kenyan government, a program to replicate their successful Bangla-Pesa community currency program in other poor areas around Mumbasa and Nairobi. This is one of the most promising projects I know of that demonstrates how local liquidity can be created by producers themselves to facilitate trading amongst them. See my May 4 post about the project , and please help to support it financially by donating even a small amount via their Indiegogo Crowd Funding site.

* Our friend and associate, Michel Bauwens, who is founder and director of the Peer to Peer Foundation, has been engaged by the government of Ecuador to head an effort to plan the transition to a commons based peer-to-peer economy and shared-knowledge society. The project is known by its acronym, FLOK (which derives from the words free, libre, open, knowledge). Bauwens has just announced the publication of the “integrated Commons Transition Plan” which can be seen at Bauwens recently explained the FLOK transition project at an Integral Theory Conference. You can see it here.

* In 2012, Professor Jem Bendell was appointed to head the newly formed Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at Cumbria University in the U.K. His inaugural lecture, Exploring Sustainability, given in April of this year was both interesting and enlightening. It is well worth watching at


Upcoming Conference

Chong Kee Tan and his Bay Bucks team are in the process of organizing a major “new economy convergence” titled, Living the New Economy, to be held in San Francisco October 23—26. I will be one of the keynote speakers, along with Charles Eisenstein and Ian MacKenzie. For details and to register, visit this site.


The Buddhist way—Principles to live by

I often receive useful input from my correspondents via email. One that came to me recently was a list of life principles referred to as “The Buddhist Way.” I immediately posted it on my blog at , and intend to tack it up on my wall so that I may keep the principles always in mind.


Psychiatry running amok

A few nights ago I went to a showing of a documentary film titled, The Hidden Enemy: Inside Psychiatry’s Covert Agenda, a film of the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights. I was astounded to learn, among other things, the extent of suicides and domestic violence amongst our military personnel, and the scale and scope of the their drugging by psychiatric staff both during and after their active duty service. Our troops have been virtual guinea pigs for psychiatric drugs that have questionable benefit and horrendous side effects.

The showing, sponsored by Veterans for Peace, highlighted some startling facts about psychiatry in the military:

  • The shootings at Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard are linked to psychiatric drugs.
  • 22 veterans are committing suicide every day.
  • In 2012 more active duty soldiers died from suicide than were killed in battle.
  • A questionnaire used to screen military personnel for depression and PTSD is copyrighted by Pfizer, who manufactures the antidepressant Zoloft and other psychiatric drugs.
  • 85% of military suicides had never seen combat.
  • More than 60% of suicides in the military were taking antidepressants or recently undergoing outpatient psychiatric treatment.
  • The antipsychotic drug, Seroquel, is referred to by soldiers and veterans as “serokill” because of its implication in cases of cardiac arrest and sudden deaths.

The showing was followed by a Q and A session during which many veterans described their own personal experience with psychiatric drugs that were prescribed based only on brief interviews and descriptions of symptoms, not a very scientific approach to treatment, in my view. In many cases, multiple drugs are prescribed even though no scientific testing has been done to determine possible interactions among them. I urge everyone to read the information and view the video here.


Flight MH370

While news of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has faded from the headlines the mystery remains, and the failure to find one shred of physical evidence that the plane crashed into the ocean, adds to the plausibility of explanations other than the official ones.

No less a figure than Mahathir bin Mohamad, who served for 22 years as Malaysia’s Prime Minister, has accused the CIA and the Boeing Company of hiding key information. The May 19 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald reported as follows:

One of the most influential figures in Malaysia’s ruling party claims information about flight MH370 is being hidden and the Australian-led search for the plane off Western Australia is a waste of time and money.

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said the plane’s disappearance on March 8 was “most likely not an ordinary crash after fuel was exhausted”.

“The plane is somewhere, maybe without MAS [Malaysia Airlines] markings,” he said. “It is a waste of time and money to look for debris or oil slick or to listen for pings from the black box.”

“Someone is hiding something. It is not fair that MAS and Malaysia should take the blame,” he wrote.

Dr Mahathir suggested the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency had knowledge of the disappearance of the plane with 239 people on board but was not sharing it with Malaysia.

He also claimed that Boeing, the plane’s maker, and “certain” government agencies, have the ability to remotely take over control of commercial airliners such as the missing Boeing 777. [emphasis added-t.h.g.]

“For some reason, the media will not print anything that involves Boeing or the CIA,” he said.

Further, a number of articles compiled by Intellihub report that:

1. Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has accused Malaysian officials of withholding evidence.

2. ‘Hijacked flight 370 passenger sent photo from hidden iPhone tracing back to secret U.S. military base Diego Garcia’.

3. One of the passengers, Philip Wood, sent a text message saying “I have been held hostage by unknown military personal after my flight was hijacked (blindfolded). I work for IBM and I have managed to hide my cellphone in my ass during the hijack. I have been separated from the rest of the passengers and I am in a cell. My name is Philip Wood. I think I have been drugged as well and cannot think clearly.”

What a strange world we live in.

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Categories: Blogs

Dark activism

Matslats - May 28, 2014 - 10:59

There's been much attention, in the alternative media at least, around Amir Taaki and the Dark Wallet project which aims to make using bitcoin more anonymous. Taaki argues, quite properly, that regulating Bitcoin is squandering the founder's legacy and neutering the opportunity that technology gives us to create a really free market.

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Categories: Blogs

10 Safety Tips For Hurricane Season

Chris Martenson - May 28, 2014 - 10:10

Some actions to take and tips to keep you safe as hurricane season approaches.

Also check out the other 10 Natural Disaster Survival Tips here at Peak Prosperity.

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Categories: Economics

New Worker Magazine Launches Today

Shareable Magazine - May 28, 2014 - 06:43

Coworking has grown into a thriving movement with a vibrant community that animates over 2,000 coworking spaces worldwide. Once you understand the simple brilliance of coworking, there’s a sense that you could work among friends you haven’t met yet anywhere in the world.

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/28 - EU Austerity Rethink Urged, Tuition Hikes Anger Students

Chris Martenson - May 28, 2014 - 06:20
  • Spain should increase tax take, get debt down – IMF
  • City Projects $27-$34 Million Deficit - Won't Rule Out Tax Increase
  • Police, fire pension 'deal' faces rocky future
  • Unpaid water bills lead to thousands of liens that could result in more foreclosures
  • Korea's household debt reaches record high
  • As interest rates rise, students struggle to pay loans
  • Students plead poverty as U of O hikes tuition
  • New Costs From Health Law Snarl Union Contract Talks
  • EU Austerity Rethink Urged as Voters Back Protest Parties
  • France's Hollande calls for EU to reduce role

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Categories: Economics

5 Reasons To Add Ponds To Your Homestead

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2014 - 17:16

5 great reasons to invest in pond infrastructure for your homestead and backyard paradise.

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Categories: Economics

Farther and Farther We Go

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2014 - 16:20

Anything and everything necessary to preserve the illusion that such a system is equitable and sustainable (when it is very much neither) is being and will be tried. Anything to continue to growth for as long as possible.

But obviously, we cannot continue to exponentially grow our claims on a finite planet without things breaking down somewhere along the line. I submit to you that, indeed,  they are breaking down today.

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Categories: Economics

How to Increase Public Land Sharing in Austin, Texas

Shareable Magazine - May 27, 2014 - 11:03

Aubrie Christensen is a recent graduate from the University of Texas' Community and Regional Planning masters program. The below is a summary of her thesis.

Cities are natural hubs of sharing; places where people go to share ideas, goods, services and experiences. Within this context, sharing can and should be incorporated into urban policy, programs and initiatives. As one of the scarcest resources in urban areas, land holds some of the greatest potential for sharing.  

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/27 - Let Kids Run Wild In The Woods, Is College Worth It?

Chris Martenson - May 27, 2014 - 10:19
  • Jim Rogers: Giants ditching dollar over US foreign policies
  • Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say
  • Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods
  • Applying the Lessons of Politics to Green Power
  • Silver to Gold Ratio: 27 years of Data
  • Can Rural Brooks Actually Pose A Threat To The Environment?
  • Algae biofuel can help meet world energy demand, researchers say
  • Animals Are Adapting to Climate Change in Remarkable Ways Before Our Very Eyes

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Categories: Economics

For Love or Profit: Reflections on OuiShare Fest 2014

Shareable Magazine - May 27, 2014 - 09:37

"What was the last thing you shared?," asked the Spanish documentary team interviewing "thoughtleaders of the Sharing Economy" at OuiShare Fest in Paris in the first week of May.

Categories: Economics

Creating Commons Festival Catalyzes Oakland's Sharing Community

Shareable Magazine - May 27, 2014 - 07:15

Oakland, California is in the midst of an impressive month-long ShareFest featuring swaps, gift circles, workshops and more. One of the highpoints so far was the Creating Commons Festival that took place on May 10th. Organized by Jonathan Youtt and Veronica Ramirez, and funded in part by a grant from Shareable for our #SharingSpring initiative, the event was held at the PLACE for Sustainable Living.

Categories: Economics

How To Make A Super Secret Safe

Chris Martenson - May 26, 2014 - 12:40

A simple and cheap way to create a secure location to store smaller valuable items in your home.  I especially like at the end where it is mentioned storing a list of computer passwords in this secret spot.  A great idea. 

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Categories: Economics

Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Battery & Charger

Chris Martenson - May 26, 2014 - 10:52
Special Bonus for Readers

We are pleased to announce that PrepareDirect is offering members a special bonus with each Solar Joos Orange Portable Solar Battery & Charger ordered - A bonus reflector kit - a $24.95 value. This reflector can improve charge times up to 40%! The perfect add-on to this simple solar charger system.

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Categories: Economics

New Documentary Explores the Rise of Urban Ag in the U.S.

Shareable Magazine - May 26, 2014 - 10:26

When long-time friends Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette returned home to Omaha, Nebraska, after college, they realized that their city -- despite being in the agriculture epicenter of the country -- was ranked 142 (out of 182) healthiest city in America. Meaning, although Omaha was surrounded by fertile farm lands, its residents were not eating well... at all. So Susman and Monbouquette took a closer look and discovered that various policies and practices -- or a lack thereof -- were hindering the local food movement in Omaha.

Categories: Economics

Gates Foundation bringing payment services to the poor. No mention of bitcoin. T...

Community Currency Magazine - May 26, 2014 - 10:06
Gates Foundation bringing payment services to the poor. No mention of bitcoin. The banks can thank them for developing a hitherto unprofitable market.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/26 - Hemp Enters the Mainstream, Retail Death Rattle Grows Louder

Chris Martenson - May 26, 2014 - 07:58
  • When Does the Story Break?
  • Retail Death Rattle Grows Louder
  • Draghi Says Timing Key as ECB Watches for Negative Spiral
  • Marc Faber Part 1 – Money printing doesn’t help the average person
  • Hemp Enters the Mainstream
  • Federal Reserve Admits Truth In Internal Memo: "Prices Continue To Rise Between 3% And 33%"
  • Kashagan
  • How Much Oil Can California Produce? Much Less Than We Thought

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Categories: Economics

Celebrate Global Sharing Day with the Couch Challenge

Shareable Magazine - May 26, 2014 - 07:05

Those who are involved with the sharing movement know that it’s pretty great. But one of the key challenges of the movement is finding ways to introduce it to people who haven’t heard of it, because to truly make an impact on the global economy, sharing, in all its myriad forms, needs to be adopted by people of all walks of life. So the question is, how do you get people’s attention?

Categories: Economics

Ethan Roland: The 8 Forms of Capital

Chris Martenson - May 25, 2014 - 13:25

Building on top of last week's foundational discussion of permaculture, this week's podcast explores how the permaculture approach can be applied to creating value -- aka, capital -- across the full spectrum of our lives.

Chris sits down with Ethan Roland to discuss the "Eight Forms of Capital" framework he and his partners at Appleseed Permaculture have developed:

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/25 - The Return Of Pink Slime, Russia to supply China with gas for 30 years

Chris Martenson - May 25, 2014 - 09:36
  • Jamie Dimon’s sinister P.R. ploy: What’s really behind JPMorgan’s Detroit investment
  • The Solution To Record Meat Prices: The Return Of Pink Slime
  • Why We’re Ungovernable, Part 9: Crime Becomes Growth
  • Rickards: Janet Yellen’s Fed playbook
  • Russia to supply China with gas for 30 years
  • 7 States Running Out Of Water: 24/7 Wall St.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/24 - HP Axes More Jobs, Tech Poison Killing Chinese

Chris Martenson - May 24, 2014 - 08:32
  • The Government Isn't Very Good at Deciding What to Keep Secret
  • Congress Blocks the NSA From Meddling With Encryption Standards. Finally.
  • U.S. Gains in a Spat With China Over Tariffs
  • Tech poison killing Chinese
  • Ukraine Faces Struggle to Gain Control of Militias, Including Those on Its Side
  • What China Property Crash? Economists See Growth Bump
  • HP axes up to 16,000 more jobs
  • 13 Vintage Pictures of Sheep Shearing

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Categories: Economics