Public libraries around the world are under financial pressure. Self-imposed austerity forces governments, especially local governments to cut subsidies and to raise membership fees. And many public libraries are forced to sell off part of their collection in order to survive. Continue reading Cooperative libraries
There about 180 currencies which are considered as legal tender in one or more nations. In addition there some 4,000 alternative or complementary currencies. Since there is a wide variety in different types of complementary currencies, these are of great interest for monetary reform. Here will discuss one of such alternative currency: the Toreke. Continue reading Torekes: land and money
Our series on the Discources by Machiavelli will continue in September.
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After having discussed the history of money and banking, the authors now turn to modern banking practices in chapter 4. And in chapter 5 the regulation of money creation and allocation is discussed. Continue reading A review of “Where the money comes from” 2
Scientists have discovered a new allow that is four times stronger than most types of steel. This alloy contains three parts titanium and one part gold. Yes, gold! This material might be used in artificial knee and hip joints.
If this titanium-gold alloy would become widely used in medicine, the demand for gold will increase and so will the price of gold. And this might be good news for space settlements as gold could be obtained from asteroids.
One caveat should be made. Central banks and the IMF still hold large gold reserves and they might decide to sell of their reserves to meet demand.
Many will have heard of terms like counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence. These are concepts used by intelligence agencies around the world. The former refers to identifying and arresting (potential) terrorists and the latter to identifying foreign spies. Continue reading Counter-lobbyism
Banking and the financial sector in general are surrounded by a cloud of mysticism, as very few – if anyone – knows how banks actually work. However, proper understanding of the financial sector is essential to sensible banking and monetary reform. Continue reading A Review of “Where does Money com from?”
The Independent has an interesting article:
So men, if you want to have sex more frequently, do more work in the household. It is for your own benefit!
Space colonization and livestock farming is a difficult combination, as livestock will require a significant amount of scarce food and space. Either of these will be limited in supply, in particular in the first space settlements. Hence (the first) space settlers will have to adopt a primarily vegan diet, as animal products will be quite expensive. Continue reading Dairy, Eggs and Space Settlers