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The Tale of Two Sharing Cities, Part Two

Shareable Magazine - May 1, 2014 - 12:25

Saturday night in the Hongdae district of Seoul. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs line the streets four stories high for blocks. The crowds in the street cover acres of blacktop. It's nightlife on mega-city scale.

Categories: Economics

Basic OPSEC for Preppers

Chris Martenson - May 1, 2014 - 11:36

A wonderful summary to get one thinking about how to find a nice balance in building community and awareness while maintaining a level of security and privacy to protect ones assets and preps.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 5/1 - HI Votes To Raise Minimum Wage, Effects Of Ocean Acidification

Chris Martenson - May 1, 2014 - 08:05
  • Criminal Charges Against Banks Risk Sparking Crisis
  • Hawaii lawmakers vote to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.10
  • One Of The Greatest Threats Facing The World Today
  • Larry Summers to Elizabeth Warren in 2009: “Insiders Don’t Criticize Other Insiders"
  • Obama Administration Argues in Favor of Right to Fire Public Employees Who Testify at Corruption Trials
  • Half in Illinois and Connecticut Want to Move Elsewhere
  • Interest In Ocean Wave Energy Growing
  • Sea Change: Ocean acidification

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Categories: Economics

How to Get the World Walking

Shareable Magazine - April 30, 2014 - 07:26

Top image credit: HJSP82 / Foter / CC BY-ND 2.0.

What if there was a way to reduce the risk of many major diseases at the same time as helping improve your overall health, decreasing your weight, and boosting your energy? And what if this treatment was simple to do and took only a few minutes each week?

Categories: Economics

The State of the Deep State

Chris Martenson - April 30, 2014 - 06:43

We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called Deep State lately. What to make of this shadowy monster? Some observers link it to the paranoid fantasy called the New World Order, a staple of political talk radio (and a hobgoblin I don’t believe in). 

I like to say that I’m allergic to conspiracy theories because human beings are generally too inept to carry out schemes at the grand scale, as well as being poor secret-keepers. Insider knowledge is almost always swapped around, even in secretive organizations, often recklessly so, because doling it out confers status, tactical advantage, and sometimes money for the doler-outer. But the Deep State isn’t a secret. It operates in plain sight.

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Categories: Economics

How To Oppose the Deep State

Chris Martenson - April 30, 2014 - 06:42
Executive Summary
  • A middle ground approach is best at this stage
  • While the Deep State is threatened by its own dysfunction, a collapse will not be pretty for citizens
  • How not to volunteer for victimhood
  • Where hope lies

If you have not yet read The State of the Deep State, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

On general principle, the sort of odious operations represented by the Deep State, including warrantless police actions, immersive surveillance, and even assassination, ought to be opposed by Americans who care about their country and the ongoing project of remaining civilized. The Deep State’s totalitarian tendencies are self-evident. Therefore, “we the people” are obliged to dismantle it as expeditiously as possible, ideally by voting for electoral candidates who vow to work toward that end, but by resistance if that fails. Political actions might include getting rid of all the redundant “security” agencies piggybacked around the CIA since 9/11; voting the Patriot Act out of existence; and introducing legislation to re-define the “personhood” of corporations and their putative “rights” to “free speech” as defined by flinging money at elections.

However, the electoral process, being subject to the depredations and manipulations of the Deep State, may itself be too much a part of the problem at the present time. Resistance, on the other hand, can beat a fast path into the perilous realm of revolution and sedition, inviting punishment by the Deep State. For the moment then, the preferable action probably lies in the middle ground: political persuasion, speaking out against the Deep State. There is simply not enough of this now, especially among serious people in positions of authority. This, by the way, was exactly what turned the nation against the folly of the Vietnam War.

It begs the question: where are the Bobby Kennedys, Gene McCarthys, and William Fullbrights of our time? Where are the visible people of stature willing to take a stand, to put their careers on the line? Not just...

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Categories: Economics

100 Sharing Rockstars to Follow on Twitter

Shareable Magazine - April 30, 2014 - 06:19

If Twitter is your thing, you've undoubtedly noticed that it can be an amazing source of valuable information about almost anything. Below are over 100 sharing rockstars to help you keep up with what's happening in the sharing world.

This list is far from comprehensive. Our intention is to open the door to the wealth of sharing information and demonstrate how multi-faceted the sharing transformation is. Which rockstar sharing tweeters did we miss? Please let us know in comments.


Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/30 - Tuition Hikes Continue, Are We on the Edge of Another Financial Crisis?

Chris Martenson - April 30, 2014 - 06:00
  • CNBC at 25: Are We on the Edge of Another Financial Crisis?
  • East Cleveland could lose trash service over outstanding debt
  • Tuition hikes continue at Ohio's public colleges
  • Obama administration flags big growth in student debt
  • Illinois residents paying more taxes for fewer services
  • France faces 'moment of truth' on economic reform
  • N.J. budget bombshell: Revenue shortfall $800M
  • Warning signals flash for ECB ahead of May meeting
  • IMF urges ECB to do all it can to tackle low inflation
  • France urges action to lower euro’s value

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Categories: Economics

Surviving a Tornado

Chris Martenson - April 29, 2014 - 13:40

Who could not be shocked and saddened by the images of massive devastation left in the wake of recent tornadoes that struck in Oklahoma and Texas? Though nothing can guarantee absolute safety in the path of a tornado outside of a shelter with reinforced concrete and steel walls, understanding something about the nature of tornadoes, safety tips for surviving a tornado strike, and which common folklore is to be trusted or ignored will improve your chances for making the right decision when confronted by a tornado.

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Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 16 New Books for Spring

Shareable Magazine - April 29, 2014 - 10:48

A few times a year, we round up the best new books about the sharing economy, community, and all the other good sharing stuff. It’s amazing that there's never a shortage of good reads for our book finds. It speaks to the growing number of people who want to create a better world through sharing. Below are our top 16 reads this spring. If you know of any new, sharing-themed, must-reads, please share them in comments.

Categories: Economics

New Report Proposes Bold Solutions to Gentrification in Oakland

Shareable Magazine - April 29, 2014 - 08:58

Top image by Laura McCamy. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 4/29 - Reducing The Dangers Of Raw Milk, Deadly Storms Sweep Through South And Midwest

Chris Martenson - April 29, 2014 - 08:07
  • A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy
  • A Grim Toll as Deadly Storms Sweep South and Midwest
  • Photos of Destruction After Tornado Outbreak Barrels Through U.S.
  • Why U.S. Nuclear Missile Silos Rely on Decades-Old Technology
  • The Adjunct Revolt: How Poor Professors Are Fighting Back 
  • G. Edward Griffin explains how the Fed cartel can be defeated
  • Slovakia Agrees To Supply Ukraine With Gas
  • Reducing The Dangers Of Raw Milk

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Categories: Economics

Hacking the Future of Money: Interview with Brett Scott

Shareable Magazine - April 29, 2014 - 04:36

Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner and author of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013). In this interview Brett discusses how the Hacker Ethos can be a useful outlook for approaching complexity and help sharing advocates to explore a system, experiment with ways to jam its various components, or to rewire it. 

Categories: Economics

New timebanking program rolls out across, New South Wales, Australia. New softwa...

Community Currency Magazine - April 29, 2014 - 02:48
New timebanking program rolls out across, New South Wales, Australia. New software produced with open source tools in partnership with

Credits roll for volunteers in NSW with the
NSW's two million volunteers are about to receive more than just a
Categories: Economics

DIY Homemade Air Conditioner

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2014 - 15:51

A great video tutorial on how to create your own personal air conditioner that can be powered off a solar panel and ice.

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Categories: Economics

Methods for Preserving Your Own Meats

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2014 - 14:31

Meat always seems to be a popular item in food storage. It packs essential nutrients like proteins, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, Vitamin B and Vitamin D. However, having a long-term supply of meat can be tricky. How do you get it to last?

There are a few options when preserving meats. Methods like salting, brining, canning, freezing and dehydrating are great options to help you keep meats available  for future meals.

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Categories: Economics

Interview: The Deep Roots of African American Cooperative Economics

Shareable Magazine - April 28, 2014 - 12:33

Wedge Food Coop in Minneapolis

Anticipating the upcoming Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference in Jackson, Missisissippi, I interviewed Jessica Gordon Nembhard, an expert on African American History and Cooperatives. Here's a sneak peek of insights from her groundbreaking new book, Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

Categories: Economics

40 #SharingSpring Tweets Heard Around the World

Shareable Magazine - April 28, 2014 - 11:41

The #SharingSpring is a decentralized movement that’s, well, springing up all over the world.

Categories: Economics

Ethereum could just as easily be a tool for enslavement as for liberty.

Community Currency Magazine - April 28, 2014 - 09:58
Ethereum could just as easily be a tool for enslavement as for liberty.

What can Ethereum learn from Bitcoin's fate? | Matslats - Community currency engineer
Stephan Tual, CCO of Ethereum project, penned this helpful article outlining some of the possibilities of the new technology. I recommend you read it.
Categories: Economics

10 Facts About Earthworms

Chris Martenson - April 28, 2014 - 09:28

A wonderful summary and list of facts about earthworms and why they are so important to our soil and gardens.  Keep this information in mind the next time you use a dewormer on your pets and livestock.  Their waste stream can have a huge impact on your friendly earthworm friends.

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Categories: Economics