Quality of Life Indicators in Context – October 2014

Focus on US Employment —  October 2014 Update By Hazel Henderson Total nonfarm payroll employment in September rose by 248,000 which lowers the unemployment rate to 5.9%. August’s jobs were revised from 142,000 to 180,000, and July rose by a revised 180,000 – a combined 69,000 jobs more than previously …

Marine industries at risk on both coasts as oceans acidify

Subject: Wishful Thinking – Methane plumes & Ocean Acidification   More precursors/signals:   1.  Methane plumes from the arctic.  This precursor event has a high probability of rapidly accelerating the timeframes for climate change impacts and increasing them to much more devastating levels. 2.  Oysters shells dissolving on both coasts …

Quality of Life Indicators in Context – July 2014

Focus on US Employment —  July 2014 Update By Hazel Henderson Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by a healthy 288.000 in June, good news after the 2.8% drop in GDP-growth for Q1. The 224,000 jobs added in May followed April’s 304,000. Upward revisions: to 203,000 from the 192,000 reported for …

Other News: Edward Snowden and Financial Speculation Taxes

     Edward Snowden and Financial Speculation Taxes   Dean Baker* – The Huffington Post   In the last few weeks Edward Snowden has been holed in Moscow’s airport trying to negotiate terms of asylum with various countries around the world. Thus far it doesn’t seem that Snowden has been …

Book Review: The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money

The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money By Brett Scott, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013   Popular anger against the financial system has never been higher, yet the practical workings of the system remain opaque to many people. The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance aims to bridge the gap between …

NGOs criticise poor performance new leadership Deutsche Bank

NGOs criticise poor performance new leadership Deutsche Bank  Urgewald – Facing Finance – OXFAM -Dachverband der Kritischen Aktionärinnen und Aktionäre  Berlin, May 22, 2013 A day before Deutsche Bank’s annual shareholders meeting, German NGOs criticise the new leadership of the bank, Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen, on their poor sustainability …

Guest Editor’s Column: Public Banking as an Answer to Artificial Scarcity

Artificial Scarcity and Public Banking PBI Newsletter, April 2013 Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Guest Editor’s Column:  Public Banking as an Answer to Artificial Scarcity We are often told, and we tend to internalize, the idea that scarcity is a natural condition of humankind, and the …

The Economics of Curbing Speculation In Food, Water and Vital Resources

By Hazel Henderson Recent spikes in prices of rice, soy, wheat and corn have driven many poor people in developing countries into hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, then World Bank president Robert Zoellick estimated that 44 million people fell into poverty in 2010 due to rising food prices, adding, “Food …