Community Articles from 2018
Benefits of a Public Bank for Cities and Municipalities
by Mike Krauss, Steve Snyder and Nancy Goldner
Posted March 25, 2018
The American people in cities and communities throughout our nation need a strong local banking industry, free of the destructive practices of Wall Street.
Local banks distribute the sustainable and affordable credit our local economies need. Local banks working in partnership with public banks are able to lend additional funds and, in contrast to Wall Street, their profits do not depend on reckless risk taking.
The result: a more democratic and prosperous local economy in which the benefits are shared by all. And it is within reach. Across the nation, in more than twenty states and a growing list of municipalities, support is growing for the creation of public, “partnership” banks, based, in part, on the model of the hugely effective Bank of North Dakota. More…
How to Maintain an Alkaline Diet and Recipes for You
by Karen Reed
Posted March 24, 2018
Nowadays there are so many different kinds of diets available. And they all have their good points and bad points. However, there is no better diet than the alkaline diet for keeping different diseases at bay. The alkaline diet helps keep the body fluid’s pH levels balanced. In part, the pH levels in the body are determined by the mineral density of food that a person consumes. Every living thing on the planet must maintain the right balance of pH levels. When this isn’t achieved, the body becomes prone to illnesses, disorders, and diseases.
Experts agree that when it comes to humans, blood pH levels must only be between 7.3 – 7.4. Because of this, the body puts in a lot of effort to maintain such pH levels which are safest. These levels vary depending on what time it is during the day. They also depend on one’s diet, what a person ate or drank last, and when was the last time a person went to the toilet. If there are any imbalances because of consuming too many acidic foods and beverages, it might lead to heightened “acidosis.” More…
Field Trip To Oklahoma’s Lake Region Electric Cooperative
by Hannah Trostle
Posted March 24, 2018
Several rural communities have high-speed Internet service in Oklahoma, thanks to the hard work of the local electric cooperative. Headquartered in Hulbert, Oklahoma, Lake Region Electric Cooperative is already laying the necessary infrastructure for an extensive Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network.
Lake Region Electric Cooperative offers FTTH service to more than 1,000 homes in the rural communities around the city of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. As with electrification, the cooperative is once again providing a much needed utility where no private company would go. This is the internetification of rural America.
For years, the Lake Region Electric Cooperative sent out a survey to its members, and each year, the co-op members wrote back that they needed Internet service. The large private provider in the area had not updated their infrastructure in decades. More…
Time To Eliminate Your Wall Street Tax?
By Rudy Avizius
Posted March 22, 2018
Most homeowners can relate to this. Let’s suppose that you have taken out a mortgage for $100,000. By the time you have completed paying off your mortgage, it will probably have cost you well over $200,000. The cost of the interest payments exceeds the original cost of the home. These interest payments are money that you and your family no longer have to spend on your needs.
The same principle applies when a school district, municipality, county or other entity wishes to do a repair, a capital improvement or infrastructure project. The costs of these projects can easily double or even triple due to the interest charges. It almost seems insane, but we pay more to the financiers of these projects than to those who provided the materials and labor for the project. This does not even include the fees imposed by the bank on the borrowers.
In California, the long awaited new Bay Bridge span was recently completed at a cost of $6.4 billion, which was 4 times over the initial projected costs. What most Californians don’t realize is that the total cost of the bridge will eclipse $13 billion when interest payments are considered over the life of the loans or bonds. So when we talk of projects costs doubling or tripling, it is not hyperbole.
So exactly where does all this interest and fee money go when it leaves the community? More…
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Why Steemit Is The Platform Of The People And The Answer To Censorship
by Elizabeth Vos
Posted March 21, 2018
I am no expert in crypto-currency, and I am brand new on Steemit. Though I’m still in the beginning stages of learning the ropes of a platform based on cryptocurrency, like Steemit, I want to bring the platform to the attention of as many people as possible for a few specific reasons.
First, as Disobedient Media previously reported, social media giants including Facebook and Twitter have heavily censored political content and independent media over the course of the last year. Youtube, and its owner, mega-company Google, have likewise strangled the reach of independent news sources and commentary.
Youtube has severely demonetized any and all independent political thought, in an apparent attempt to choke content creators to death via their wallets.
In response to this, independent media have pivoted to other platforms including Steemit. Why? More…
Five Tools To Connect And Trade Directly With Your Neighbors
by Derrick Broze
Posted March 15, 2018
Part of the goal of publishing Counter Markets is to know how to thrive without being dependent on the current rigged and unsustainable system. Our focus is on providing tools for living free while learning to be an entrepreneur and, when possible, live off-grid. To accomplish these goals it is highly likely that you will have to work with other individuals. It is possible for one to attempt to go about their off-grid lifestyle in solitude, but working with other free humans in the interest of mutual aid and growth will be of great benefit. You may end up working with current friends and acquaintances, or you might meet new allies in the push for independence. Either way, these relationships have the potential to help us achieve our goals at a quicker pace than we would alone.
I would like to highlight several apps and websites which are helpful for connecting to your neighbors or other members of your city or town with similar interests. I would like to note that I have not in any way been paid or compensated to promote the use of these tools. I am promoting them as a user who believes they truly have value. These tools can be leveraged to spread the counter-economic message and build real-world examples of such activity. More…
Stephen Hawking, explorer of the universe, dead at 76
By Nsikan Akpan
Posted March 15, 2018
Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist whose theories shaped the universe as we know it, died early Wednesday morning, on the birthday of Albert Einstein. He was 76.
Hawking is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history, known especially for his study on the origins and design of the universe. His theories changed how we understand black holes and relativity and the Big Bang. But it was the way that Hawking communicated science in best-selling books and lectures, despite suffering from a debilitating disease, that introduced generations of avid fans to the cosmos. More…
Stopping the Big Money Takeover of US Elections and Government
By Jeff Clements
Posted March 11, 2018
“A prescription for disaster.” That’s how opponents described a 2017 Ohio ballot initiative in their television ads, claiming the law would increase the cost of prescription drugs, when in fact the law was intended to decrease drug prices. What the ads didn’t say is that they were financed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, an association of for-profit pharmaceutical companies that spent more than $58 million — more than three-and-a-half times the spending of the proponents of the initiative — to defeat the citizen initiative designed to lower the price of prescription drugs.
The corporate-funded defeat of the Ohio initiative is part of a pattern. According to a report from Public Citizen, corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars in state ballot initiatives and usually win by spending 33 times more than the opposition, on average. This kind of domination of corporate money is not “free speech,” as the Supreme Court maintains in decisions such as Citizen United v. FEC; it is corporate power run amok. More…
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