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Why We're So Unhealthy

Our system makes & keeps us sick
Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:31 PM

I was fortunate to attend a permaculture conference, 'Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World' at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, California this past weekend that Adam Taggart (co-founder of Peak Prosperity) was responsible for producing. Joel Salatin (author of nine books, including Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front and head farmer at Polyface Farms, Virginia), Paul Kaiser (Singing Frogs Farm, Sonoma, California), Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition), and Robb Wolf (author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet) were on hand to explain the connections between the way our food is grown, processed and distributed and our ill-health.

Though these connections are common sense—we all know about garbage in, garbage out—the linkage between our extractive, monoculture agriculture and all the other subsystems of food and health remains opaque to most Americans. » Read more

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Automating Ourselves To Unemployment

How shortsighted policies are creating a long-term crisis
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9:39 PM

In this current era of central planning, malincentives abound. We raced to frack 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.  The Federal Reserve keeps interest rates historically low to encourage banks to lend money out, yet instead the banks simply lever up to buy Treasurys thereby pocketing vast amounts of riskless free profit. The list goes on and on.

One particular malincentive 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's becoming increasingly less appealing to employ human labor.  » Read more

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We’re Not Going To Make It…

…without real sacrifice
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:18 AM

Right now I'm on a Metro North train heading the NYC. I’ve been invited to sit on an advisory council at the UN on building a sustainable energy future.

I’ll let you know how the meeting goes, after I take a few selfies to immortalize the experience in case I'm not invited back.  » Read more

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Less Than 1 Month To Go!

Are you coming to this year's annual seminar?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 11:27 AM

If you've been thinking about attending this year's annual Peak Prosperity seminar in Rowe, MA, time is running out to make your decision. » Read more

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The Year Of The Red Monkey: Volatility Reigns Supreme

To preserve capital, you need to outsmart the monkey
Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:16 PM

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:

"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."

(Source)

In other words, the financial world will be volatile. And few will have the agility and wile to outsmart the market-monkey. » Read more

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Email Issues With Microsoft

Hotmail, Outlook, MSN & Live users please read
Monday, March 7, 2016, 11:13 PM

It'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.

Once we realized what was going on, we reached out to Microsoft to alert them and work to rectify things. We're relieved to say that as of today, our email communications to our Microsoft customers should be restored. » Read more

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How Rich Is Your Knowledge Capital?

The future will belong to those who know how to create value
Friday, March 4, 2016, 1:36 PM

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
~ Mark Twain

The Crash Course does a good job of explaining why we're heading into an uncertain future. One that will be defined by disruption and volatility.

How that change will unfold exactly is impossible to forecast. As Yogi Berra rightly quipped: It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future!

The best way to defend yourself against the risk of 'losing it all' is to have an important part of your wealth stored between your ears, where it can't be taken from you. » Read more

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How The Seeds Of Revolution Take Root

What motivates a populace to rebel against a regime?
Friday, February 26, 2016, 11:48 AM

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:  the vulnerability or resilience of the nation-state facing crises.

Some nations survive invasions, environmental catastrophes, epidemics and inflation without disintegrating into disorder. Something about these nation’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’s relative fragility or resilience. » Read more

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Are You Coming To Our Annual Seminar This Year?

We hope so. 2016 is fast proving rockier times are ahead.
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 3:27 AM

Something broke in the world last August.

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.

What ended the party? We can speculate on the specific trigger (anemic global economic growth, the collapse in the price of oil, China'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: The trend has reversed. The stability and relative prosperity (false or not) of the past 6+ years is now over. And we are now entering more turbulent times. » Read more

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The Return Of Crisis

Suddenly banks everywhere are in deep, deep trouble
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:28 AM

Financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic and either retreating or plunging.  Our view is that there’s a gigantic market crash in our future and it’s possible that this has started now. » Read more