SchwartzReport: Monsanto “Owns” USDA

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

It is my view that there exist profoundly immoral and malevolent — the formal definition of evil — corporations. Their corporate vision creates profit by doing something that reduces wellness. Halliburton is one, Monsanto is another. One of the skills these corporations focus on is maintaining high level government connections, and to get your executives in senior positions. So great is the corruption of our government as a result that, as this report de! scribes, the regulatory agencies created to oversee these corporations are tailored to the corporation’s wishes.

Monsanto Has Taken Over the USDA
DAVID SWANSON – Nation of Change

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been taken over by an outside organization. RootsAction has launched a campaign demanding a Congressional investigation.

The organization is called Monsanto.

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Aug 10

Jean Lievens: Defining the Sharing Economy

Categories: 03 Economy
Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Slideshare, 20 slides.

The Sharing Economy Lacks a Shared Definition

Giving meaning to the terms

TERMINOLOGY CONFUSION

There are different terms being used to describe the growing space that includes the likes of Airbnb, Lyft, Zipcar, and Taskrabbit. Namely, the ‘Sharing Economy,’ ‘Peer Economy,’ ‘Collaborative Consumption,’ and the ‘Collaborative Economy.’

Do these terms have different meanings?

YES.

See full briefing.

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Aug 8

Jean Lievens: Jeremiah Owyang on The Collaborative Economy

Categories: 03 Economy
Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

A Market Definition Report: The Collaborative Economy

Jeremiah Owyang

Products, services, and market relationships have changed as sharing startups impact business models. To avoid disruption, company must adopt the Collaborative Economy Value Chain.

Challenges:

Government officials oppose sharing that disrupts existing regulations.
Lack of trust between peer-to-peer “buyers” and “sellers.”
Lack of industry-wide reputation systems and data standards.
Incumbent players view sharing as a threat to their current business models.
Uncertainty about which startups will stand the test of time.

Read full report.

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Aug 8

Jerome Glenn: Some Elements of the Next Global Economic System

Categories: 03 Economy
Jerome Glenn

Jerome Glenn

Some Elements of the Next Global Economic System

How Might These New Elements Affect the Human Condition over the Next 20 Years?

Leading futurists, future-oriented economists, and future-oriented financial experts were invited to participate in this study, thinking 20 years ahead for imagining alternative futures for the world economy.

See list of 35 elements with ranks and comments.

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Aug 7

Reference: Economics of Mutuality

Categories: 03 Economy

Bruno Roche Economics of Mutuality February 2014

Brewery Journal 01-2014 Exploring Mutuality

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Aug 6

Jean Lievens: The Sharing Economy Will Thrive Only If Government Doesn’t Strangle It

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The Sharing Economy Will Thrive Only If Government Doesn’t Strangle It

R. J. Lehmann

Reason.com, 2 August 2014

We’re unlocking unthinkable amounts of capital and lawmakers stand in the way.

The so-called sharing economy is many things to many people. To Wall Street and Silicon Valley, firms like Uber and Airbnb offer tantalizing market capitalizations, the likes of which have not been seen since the go-go ’90s. At the same time, political operatives see the emerging debates over regulation of ride-sharing and space-sharing as a potential opening for the libertarian right to assert their world view in urban politics for the first time in a long time.

Read full article.

See Also:

Five Principles for Regulating the Peer Production Economy

Regulation won’t kill the sharing economy — we just need new rules.

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Aug 6

SchwartzReport: Loss of Wildlife Increases Child Slavery – Holistic Analytics and True Cost Economics Absent

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This report illustrates that all life is interconnected and interdependent.

How Loss of Wildlife Leads to Child Slavery
NIINA HEIKKINEN and CLIMATEWIRE – Scientific American

What do child slavery in Ghana, Somali piracy and the illegal global ivory trade have in common? Their root causes can all be traced back to declining wildlife populations.

At least that’s the theory of a group of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, who looked at how wildlife loss impacts conflict in places where people depend on wildlife to survive.

Justin Brashares and his colleagues say that the way governments and international organizations respond to crimes like poaching often do not address the full “ecological, social and economic complexity of wildlife-related conflict.”

“We thought it was critical to connect the dots” among disciplines, said Brashares, the lead author of a paper published recently in the journal Science.

“If we don’t provide people with livelihoods, if we don’t change market dynamics, then we aren’t going to win.”

Read full article.

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Aug 5

John Boik: Advanced Economics – Economic Direct Democracy and Open Source Everything

John Boik

John Boik

It seems we are in basic agreement on the problems that society faces.  You rightly emphasize the coercive nature of income inequality.  And, IMHO, you rightly emphasize the role that open-source, open-data, open-design, widening-commons, etc. must play in a better, functional society.

Please allow me to explain the strategy behind my project. In a nutshell, the strategy is to develop a parallel financial–economic–business--social welfare system, at the local level, that complements and competes with existing systems. By system, I mean the code, policies, standards, and procedures needed to encourage more cooperative and democratic economic behavior.

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Aug 1

William K. Black Plus Randy Wray and Warren Mosler on Modern Money Theory for Public Purpose

Categories: 03 Economy
William K. Black

William K. Black

William K. Black is a former Bank Regulator and expert on white collier crime especially control fraud you should.

According to Bill Moyers,

“The former Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention now teaches Economics and Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. During the savings and loan crisis, it was Black who accused then-house speakerJim Wright and five US Senators, including John Glenn and John McCain, of doing favors for the S&L’s in exchange for contributions and other perks. The senators got off with a slap on the wrist, but so enraged was one of those bankers, Charles Keating — after whom the senate’s so-called “Keating Five” were named — he sent a memo that read, in part, ‘get Black — kill him dead.’ Metaphorically, of course. Of course.”[4]

He has been writing extensively chastising both the President and Attorney General Holder regarding their lack of attention to control fraud. His prolific output outlines chapter and verse for any diligent prosecutor.

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Jul 30

John Boik: Principled Societies Project – Local Economic Direct Democracy Association (LEDDA) Framework

John Boik

John Boik

Communities worldwide want economies that are stronger, greener, fairer, more resilient, more democratic, and more diverse. Jobs must be created, climate change addressed, infrastructure repaired, schools upgraded, and more. The LEDDA economic direct democracy framework, now under development, offers a bold yet practical solution.

The LEDDA framework provides greater organization to a local economy, one hard-wired for cooperation and steeped in democratic decision-making processes. A complete description is given in the book Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being.

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Jul 27