Blog en Why We're So Unhealthy ]]><p>I was fortunate to attend a&nbsp;permaculture&nbsp;conference, &#39;<strong>Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World&#39;</strong>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Tara Firma Farms</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;Petaluma, California this past weekend that Adam Taggart (co-founder of Peak Prosperity) was responsible for producing. Joel&nbsp;Salatin&nbsp;(author of nine books, including&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front</a>&nbsp;and head farmer at&nbsp;Polyface&nbsp;Farms, Virginia), Paul Kaiser (Singing Frogs Farm, Sonoma, California), Toby&nbsp;Hemenway&nbsp;(author of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Gaia&#39;s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale&nbsp;Permaculture,&nbsp;2nd&nbsp;Edition</a>), and Robb Wolf (author of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Paleo&nbsp;Solution: The Original Human Diet</a>) were on hand to explain the connections between the way our food is grown, processed and distributed and our ill-health.</p> <p>Though these connections are common sense&mdash;we all know about garbage in, garbage out&mdash;the linkage between our extractive,&nbsp;monoculture&nbsp;agriculture and all the other subsystems of food and health remains opaque to most Americans.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog American Medical Association arthritis BMI Cancer Charles Hugh Smith diabetes Diet health health care heart disease high blood pressure nutrition Obesity Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:31:31 +0000 charleshughsmith 98031 at Automating Ourselves To Unemployment ]]><p>In this current era of central planning,&nbsp;malincentives&nbsp;abound. We raced to&nbsp;frack&nbsp;as fast we could for the quick money, while leaving behind a wake of environmental destruction and creating a supply glut that has killed the economics of shale oil. Our stock exchanges sell unfairly-fast price feeds for great sums to elite Wall Street high-frequency-trading firms, and as a result have destroyed investor trust in our financial markets. &nbsp;The Federal Reserve keeps interest rates historically low to encourage banks to lend money out, yet instead the banks simply lever up to buy&nbsp;Treasurys&nbsp;thereby pocketing vast amounts of&nbsp;riskless&nbsp;free profit. The list goes on and on.</p> <p>One particular&nbsp;malincentive&nbsp;has been catching my attention recently, one that feels especially pernicious because it does not seem easily reversible, if at all. For US employers both large and small, it&#39;s becoming increasingly less appealing to employ human labor.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog AI Automation employment jobs labor layoff malincentive malinvestment mechanization robot robotics technology unemployment Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:39:49 +0000 Adam Taggart 97851 at We’re Not Going To Make It… ]]><p>Right now I&#39;m on a Metro North train heading the NYC. I&rsquo;ve been invited to sit on an advisory council at the UN on building a sustainable energy future.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ll let you know how the meeting goes, after I take a few&nbsp;selfies&nbsp;to immortalize the experience in case I&#39;m not invited back.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog energy fossil fuels UN United Nations Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:18:15 +0000 cmartenson 97643 at Less Than 1 Month To Go! ]]><p>If you&#39;ve been thinking about attending this year&#39;s annual Peak Prosperity seminar in Rowe, MA, time is running out to make your decision.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Rowe seminar Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:27:08 +0000 Adam Taggart 97414 at The Year Of The Red Monkey: Volatility Reigns Supreme ]]><p>In the lunar calendar that started February 8, this is the Year of the Red Monkey. I found this description of the Red Monkey quite apt:</p> <blockquote><p><em>&quot;According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. That implies the status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes for your finance, career, business relationship and people relationship.&quot;</em></p> <p><em>(<a href="" target="_blank">Source</a>)</em></p> </blockquote> <p>In other words, the financial world will be volatile. And few will have the agility and wile to outsmart the market-monkey.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog bonds bubble central banks crisis currency financial markets fire monkey interest rates NIRP recession red monkey stimulus stocks volatility ZIRP Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:16:49 +0000 charleshughsmith 97173 at Email Issues With Microsoft ]]><p>It&#39;s recently come to our attention that email services associated with Microsoft (Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, Live) have started blocking the Peak Prosperity server that sends out our emails.</p> <p>Once we realized what was going on, we reached out to Microsoft to alert them and work to rectify things. We&#39;re relieved to say that as of today, our email communications to our Microsoft customers should be restored.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog email Hotmail Live Microsoft MSN Outlook Tue, 08 Mar 2016 03:13:36 +0000 Adam Taggart 97247 at How Rich Is Your Knowledge Capital? ]]><blockquote> <p><em>It ain&#39;t what you don&#39;t know that gets you into trouble. It&#39;s what you know for sure that just ain&#39;t so.<br /> ~ Mark Twain</em></p> </blockquote> <p>The Crash Course does a good job of explaining why we&#39;re heading into an uncertain future. One that will be defined by disruption and volatility.</p> <p>How that change will unfold exactly is impossible to forecast. As Yogi Berra rightly quipped: <em>It&#39;s tough to make predictions, especially about the future!</em></p> <p>The best way to defend yourself against the risk of &#39;losing it all&#39; is to have an important part of your wealth stored between your ears, where it can&#39;t be taken from you.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Book knowledge capital mastery Prosper Prosper! Rowe seminar value Fri, 04 Mar 2016 17:36:06 +0000 Adam Taggart 97151 at How The Seeds Of Revolution Take Root ]]><p>Fisher found that a wage/price cycle often ends in transformational social upheaval. While proponents of his model have a wealth of historical examples to draw upon, they miss a key factor: &nbsp;the vulnerability or resilience of the nation-state facing crises.</p> <p>Some nations survive invasions, environmental catastrophes, epidemics and inflation without disintegrating into disorder. Something about these nation&rsquo;s social/ economic /political order makes them more resilient than other nations. So rather than accept the proximate causes of disorder as the sole factors, we should look deeper into the social order for the factors behind a nation&rsquo;s relative fragility or resilience.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Charles Hugh Smith crisis revolution status quo Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:48:59 +0000 charleshughsmith 96174 at Are You Coming To Our Annual Seminar This Year? ]]><p>Something broke in the world last August.</p> <p>After more than 6 years of dependable steep upward appreciation in the stock market, it all stopped. August 2015 saw a sharp drop in stock values, which quickly rebounded -- but to lower highs. Things more or less flat-lined until the start of 2016, when the markets started selling off in earnest.</p> <p>What ended the party? We can speculate on the specific trigger (anemic global economic growth, the collapse in the price of oil, China&#39;s hard landing, central banks running out of options to intervene -- the list is long), but one conclusion is becoming clearer with each passing day:&nbsp;<em>The trend has reversed.</em>&nbsp;The stability and relative prosperity (false or not) of the past 6+ years is now over. And we are now entering more turbulent times.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Rowe seminar Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:27:35 +0000 Adam Taggart 97028 at The Return Of Crisis ]]><p>Financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic and either retreating or plunging.&nbsp; Our view is that there&rsquo;s a gigantic market crash in our future and it&rsquo;s possible that this has started now.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog banking system banks central banks debt economy energy inflation net energy oil Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:28:00 +0000 cmartenson 96701 at