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The Maine Lobstering Union voted Saturday to buy a wholesale lobster business near Mount Desert Island to help its fishermen net a bigger share of the profit in the booming, $1.5 billion-a-year industry.

In Denmark in the 1930s, another group of farmers facing repossession by banks set up a system that continues to operate successfully today.  Building upon earlier practices of interest-free systems in Germany, Christian Christiansen championed the founding of a number of rural savings and loan co-operatives that went by the acronym JAK, short for Jord Arbete Kapital ("Land Labour Capital").  The personal savings and community benefits that have accrued to members of this democratic co-operative finance system are testimony to the dramatic impacts that can be realized b

Once upon a time, the world was infinite. The edges of the map simply defined what was known, not all that was. Then it became common knowledge that the earth was round, and “the world” started to become something finite.

This week on THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW, we draw inspiration from a Mexican proverb: “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” 

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Haslam offered his act as an alternative to a push to allow municipal broadband networks to expand, and while this bill lets cooperatives offer broadband or video it wouldn’t allow them to grow beyond current service areas.

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