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Your Feedback Wanted

Please spare 5 minutes for this survey
Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:49 PM

In years past, we've solicited feedback from our readers to help improve the value of the service we offer. Well, we're up to it again - so, if you're able, please take a few minutes to fill out our latest survey.

As before, we'll summarize for you the aggregate feedback we receive, in order to make sure we've listened to the PP.com community correctly. Then, we'll use those insights to inform our content and feature priorities for the rest of 2014. » Read more

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The Erosion of Community

We're losing the bonds that once made our society thrive
Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:58 AM

In an age which seems abundantly well-served by individualism, consumerism, the central state and global corporations, why does this erosion of community matter? After all, aren’t we doing rather splendidly despite a declining sense of community? » Read more

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Fukushima's Legacy: Understanding the Difference Between Nuclear Radiation & Contamination

It's very important
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 9:55 AM

Are fish from the Pacific safe to eat?  What about the elevated background radiation readings detected in Japan, and recently, in California? Are these harmful levels?

Should we be worried? And if so, what should be done about these potential health threats? What steps should we take to protect ourselves?

As many of you know, I'm a scientist by training. In this report, I'll lay out the facts and data that explain the actual risks. I'll start by pointing out that Fukushima-related fears have been overblown as well as heavily downplayed by parties on each side of the discussion » Read more

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You've Got No Job!

A glimpse into the future of (un)employment
Friday, February 7, 2014, 1:45 AM

Today, the pundits are a-buzz making sense of the latest lackluster jobs report. Expect much hand-wringing over the impact of the 'polar vortex' and that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

But most of us care more about the state of one particular job: our own. How relevant is this latest bit of data to that? Not very.

So, to better understand the trends in the work environment most likely impact our own paychecks, it will help to look at another bellwether similar to our fuzzy groundhog friend: AOL. » Read more

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"The Government Comes Up With the Money"

A mindset that's killing our economy
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 11:48 PM

I'm half-heartedly watching the State of the Union address right now. What a cynic I've become.

My younger self would be shocked and saddened to learn how I've come to view these annual addresses as little more than a game of charades. The President (not just Obama, but his predecessors, too) reads a carefully and expensively constructed script designed either to elicit self-congratulatory applause from the echo chamber side of the hall, or to lob political harpoons into the other.

But in the end, it's nothing more than a game of words. And the real issues that desperately need addressing get ignored, glossed over, or showered with pablum and over-promises that will never materialize. » Read more

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"Endless Growth" Is the Plan & There Is No Plan B

Time to develop your own plan
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 2:41 PM

After five years of aggressive Federal Reserve and government intervention in our monetary and financial systems, it's time to ask: Where are we? 

The "plan," such as it has been, is to let future growth sweep everything under the rug. To print some money, close their eyes, cross their fingers, and hope for the best.

On that, I give them an "A" for wishful thinking – and an "F" for actual results. » Read more

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What If Nations Were Less Dependent on One Another?

The Case for Autarky
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 3:13 PM

Autarky is more than a ten-dollar word for self-sufficiency, as it implies a number of questions that “self-sufficiency” alone might not.

The ability to survive without trade or aid from other nations, for example, is not the same as the ability to reap enormous profits or grow one’s economy without trade with other nations. In other words, 'self-sufficiency' in terms of survival does not necessarily imply prosperity, but it does imply freedom of action without dependency on foreign approval, capital, resources, and expertise. » Read more

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The Disenchantment of American Politics

And the coming uproar
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 11:34 AM

Considering the problems we face as a nation, the torpor and lassitude of current politics in America seems like a kind of offense against history. What other people have allowed circumstances to run over them like so many ‘possums sleeping on the highway?

And, since human affairs don’t remain static indefinitely, in what direction might things go when the political mood finally heaves and shifts? The possibilities are unsettling. » Read more

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Improvements to the Peak Prosperity Homepage

Highlighting new features for the new year
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 2:35 PM

As we kick off the new year, we wanted to be sure you were aware of a few new features that have rolled out on the Peak Prosperity homepage over the past month or so » Read more

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The Trends to Watch For in 2014

Government overreach, economic stagnation & civil discontent
Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 1:11 AM

At the beginning of this year (2013), I identified eight key dynamics that will play out over the next two to three years (2013-2015). Let’s see how the trends developed... » Read more