Which topic(s) would you most like to see covered more on this site?

Adam Taggart
By Adam Taggart on Sun, Jul 29, 2012 - 11:50am

A wide range of topics are covered on Peak Prosperity. Are there particular ones you would like to see us focus on more? Or new ones you'd like us to start covering?

Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below. We're deliberately keeping this very open-ended, to allow the community here to highlight for us what it's most interested in.

cheers,
Adam

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What are the best countries to move to

What are the best countries to move to.

I am deliberately keeping my answer open ended as well.

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Solutions

I would like to see continued focus on solutions.  I think it is important to be prepared for what is coming but as leaders in our society, what can be done on a large scale to lower costs.

How do we wind down our prison populations? What laws need to be changed to decrease the number of people being sent to jail?  How much would this save our government?  What would be the cost?

How do we get the mainstream media more involved?  How can society reward investigative journalism? How can we promote independent news.

What can be done to improve the level of education in this country. How can we promote more interaction between citizens and our political system?

What kind of infrastructure can be set up to house and feed large populations of people who are unemployed and who have lost everything?

We need large scale solutions.

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climate change

The reasons are obvious and becomimg more urgent while most, not just this site, are studiously ignoring it.  Our supposed leaders need to be pushed into an open discussion, and sites like this one need to apply pressure.

Doug

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Relilience

As daily readers of your site, we very much appreciate your perspectives on trends and current 3E's issues.  Please keep the information coming!

We are interested in building resilience at the personal/family and especially community levels.  We have been surprized and delighted to bump into many people who are actively engaged in personal resilience projects (e.g., backyard chicken raising) motivated by the recognition that our global economy is teetering.  While many have begun taking steps to develop personal/family resilience (thank you for the information you've provided!), we, like tpearse above, recognize the importance of developing community resilience, and would appreciate more information and insight in how to do so.  We are rapidly getting past the "how do I get people to listen" stage and are entering the "what do we do now?" stage of community development. In addition to the encouragement you've supplied, we've found information from www.transitionus.org to be useful, and are involved in our local transition organization (www.transtiontulsa.weebly.com). But we need more perspective and resources in this area. 

Developing local community resilience is fundamental to the health of our society during this time of profound change.  We'll appreciate a greater peakprosperity emphasis on this area to help us develop breadth and depth in community resilience.

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segregate any future political solution discussions

In my three years here I've seen that political discussions are incredibly divisive. Most of the people banned on this site for posting over-the-top things were in trouble for political speech.

May I suggest that politics distract us from showing individuals how to prepare, and individuals are the best way to get  the Peak Prosperity message out - one person at a time. Yes individuals will act en masse sometimes, and that's politics, but perhaps that detracts from our message. The best way to get the message out is one person at a time. Example: people  who are American constitutionalist or Tea Partiers will just end up in online shouting matches with posters who are Occupy Wall Street types or socialists of any stripe. That distracts us from learning needed skills and sharing everyday knowledge.

If I were to post a thread on Glenn Beck's current Restoring Love rally in TX, for example, it would probably cause the same sort of forum-shouting that my original Glenn Beck thread caused. So I won't, or if I do I will post it in Controversial Topics (a.k.a. "the Basement"). I suggest others do the same and that this site consider a "Politics - Basement Only" policy. Political posturing, however well meant, does not raise a single chicken, does not purify or pump a drop of water, does not show anyone how to keep their families warm or well in unsettled times, and does nothing to help people learn how to grow and preserve food or defend themselves aginast civil unrest.

Those practical topics, and things like them, are what make this site so useful and unique.

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Climate Change Discussion?

Doug wrote:

The reasons are obvious and becomimg more urgent while most, not just this site, are studiously ignoring it.  Our supposed leaders need to be pushed into an open discussion, and sites like this one need to apply pressure.

Doug

Folks are welcome to their own opinions about the urgency of responses to climate change and they can be expressed on The Definitive Global Climate Change (aka Global Warming) Thread, where the discussion has been largely civil and factual. But this is an issue that divides rather than unites us. It is a shame that it has become political and partisan, but that being the case, I believe that it deserves its present benign neglect. There are multitudes of other web sites and organizations on both sides of the issue. If you feel strongly about it, join one and give it your best shot.

Stan

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Preparation

I concur with safewrite.  I recommend this site focus on personal preparation whether it is finances, water, electricity, solar, food, safety, etc.  This is the strength of this site which is rarely available elsewhere.    Speaking generally we have had lots of experience with top down solutions and their failure.  I believe decentralized solutions are more likely to bear fruit as compared to enforced direction from some central authority.  Discussions relating to political topics, such as gun control, climate change, healthcare, taxes, etc. may be interesting but rarely generate much light in my opinion.     

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Resilient Life Groups

My comment is: Why is it so hard to get to the Resilient Life Groups page. I see no link on the main PP page. If there is one there, is certainly isn't very intuitive. How about a tab that just says "Groups". I started a group for E Washington, but I have a duce of a time getting to that page to see what folks are contributing. Please make it easier and more intuitive have to get there from you main page.

Dan Nims

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Successes , Achievements and Solutions

Adam,

We need a place were people can post their acheivments, discoveries, and successes that help them to be closer to prosperity. But it needs to be real. Not dreams or ideas, but something you have done, or made or bought. An accomplishment that you can see or touch or demonstrate.

It could be a Solar Panel that you have researched and installed and is working well for you.

It might be a great gardening tip, or a tomato variety, or a source of seeds that you use.

Maybe a structure you designed and built that might serve someone else.

Although these acheivments fit into different categories they might be more widely disseminated if they had a home.  Everyone loves to share their successes. I for one, would see this as perhaps the "inspirational" space.

At the very least, we need to focus more on the local, tangible and real, and less on the macro, global, and political.

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nimsdf

You can access groups via the PREPARE tab.

You can bookmark your E Washington page.

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Topics

I would love to hear an end of the month, or end of the quarter review with Chris and Adam. They could cover what has been happening and where, what their watching both in the US and abroad. Recent guests and conferences could be reviewed and perhaps more questions from the subscribers. Personally, I wonder what books are on their nightstand, what do they find thought-provoking?

Other topics would be a "Sage Advice" column. These could be advice columns wrtten by guest writers or subscribers. The article about harvesting chickens comes to mind. The idea for success stories would be of interest as well.

Thanks for asking.

AKGrannyWGrit

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Climate Change

Doug is absolutely right.  There is no substantive disagreement on climate change in the scientific community.  96% - 98% of climate scientists agree with the National Academy of Sciences (and every other major scientific organization on the planet) that climate change is real, is caused in large part by our burning of fossil fuels, and poses a major threat to our future health and well-being.  The fact that PP ignores climate change in order to avoid alienating a small segment of its readership is a real shame, and the one reason I see to doubt the site's morality and intellectual honesty.  If PP's readers are going to prepare for the future, they can't continue to ignore an issue that will impact individuals and communities the world over.  As someone who works on climate change every day, and who picked a place to live based on its likely resilience to changing climatic conditions, it's obvious to me that if PP continues to ignore the subject, it will lose more and more credibility.  Here's a thought.  Chris would be an ideal person to look into the science of climate change and report back on what he finds.  Why not ask him to do so and accept his due diligence as the basis for a new PP climate policy?  

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Global economy, local resilience, nextdoor.com

We need to remain focused on the global economy, because we need to know the trajectory to see when/if things start to get seriously bad. This determines how much we invest in local resilience. Realistically, it's not possible for most of us to be anything close to comfortably resilient. We would literally need to "put it all on our credit card" to go beyond a small bit of household preparation, but it would be foolish to do that too early.

Therefore, both sides of the coin are needed. Discussion of the global economy, so we know the signs for "when", and practical strategies for local resilience so we can learn the "how". Realistically, if things happen quickly, there are very few first world locales that would survive in a civil manner. Only if the bankers succeed in slowly dragging the entire world into a long depression -- as it appears they might -- is there hope that more semi-rural locales (like my own), could civily transition to resilience. If it happens over 10 years maybe even the entire country could remain civil.

A very compelling option for developing local groups is nextdoor.com. Well-designed web site with some social features. A friend who lives a few miles away used it to organize his entire neighborhood. More than half of the households signed up and they have had 2 get-togethers. I just joined the North Scotts Valley, CA group this evening. 9 households have signed up so far. A map displays which properties have signed up. It's free by the way.

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cmurray wrote: We need to

cmurray wrote:

We need to remain focused on the global economy, because we need to know the trajectory to see when/if things start to get seriously bad.

If you're waiting for things to get worse.......  you will miss the boat!  And forget the economy, that's so 20th Century!

NOW is the time to start and invest in resillience.  Actually.... last year was even better!

I'm nearing 4000 posts here......  been on CMdotcom since the very start.  There are probably THOUSANDS of "solution based" ideas here already (I assume they were all imported from the old site?), a lot of them came from me.  I'm well advanced in our preps for the collapse, and there are reams of stuff on my blog at http://damnthematrix.wordpress.com/

But beware.....  this site may be American, but there are posts from people all over the world (I'm in Australia), and you need to sieve through all the info because not all of it will be suitable for where you live.  In fact, solutions for Texas and Montana will be totally different, and they're both in your country......  in fact one of the best things about the new site is the groups feature....  join groups, start groups, geographic in nature is best IMHO...

Enjoy the ride......

Mike

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personal finance

Many of us are holding 401K's and IRA's and need to know how best to manage these from a Peak Prosperity perspective. For example, what factors to consider before pulling funds out of so-called safe investments? Are there mutual funds or other investment vehicles that could be rolled into and that might be safer in the short term? How about a mutual fund that is truly vested in a positive future that we could support with our savings/investment dollars?

All in all though, you guys are doing a terrific job!

Thanks  Ron

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The best Countries to move to... What about Australia?

I notice there are a few subscribers like myself from Australia. 

As small as it is in the scheme of things , I cant help thinking that Australia could be a good place to be in the years ahead.  The housing market has not imploded YET, unemployment rates reasonable, strong mining resources/ rare earths and currently strong banking sector. Physically isolated and with plenty of land to be self sufficient  in feeding its own

I am interested in others views,  in particular Chris's outlook on whether , just maybe , Australia could still hold its own .

I am trying to picture a co ordinated QE3/ print,. Does Australia have to print too?

The same applies to the BRIC's , do they have to print ???

Don't rip me apart guys, Im not as sophisticated as many here, trrying to get my head around all the possibilities

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More discussion on practical solutions

I'm a regular reader of many resiliency forums and blogs and they all seem to follow the same pattern:

1) Believe us that the end is coming! Here is lots of data backing this claim up. OK I get it.

2) You must get prepared! Stockpile food, buy guns, ammo and gold. Not a long term strategy.

3) Some ancillary advice that applies mainly to the citizens of the United States of America

What I would like to see is more practical advice on the subjects of

1) Protecting your wealth through alternative investments. Not just gold (ever tried buying something over the internet with a gold nugget?), how about a sensible look at Bitcoin without succumbing to FUD? What about advice on purchasing and protecting fertile land, or managing rented accommodation? How about advice on investing in local businesses?

2) Building a resilient community (with contributions from experienced authors in specific countries to allow readers to link up). How can village allotments be created? How can local businesses be created and operated against the might of supermarkets? Could a 3D printer help your community be less dependent on global parts manufacturers?

3) The world is unlikely to come to an apocalyptic stop, more of a slow contraction of economies. To that end there will be a lot of jobless people who are time rich, cash poor. What about advice for those wanting to start a sustainable business within a local community? Can that business be extended to operate sustainably over the internet? How could you do it without PayPal?

4) A step by step guide for a typical middle class office worker to transition to a more resilient and sustainable lifestyle. How to wean yourself off the car. How to work fewer hours. How to contribute more locally. How to install a water filter. Are solar panels still worth installing? How to prepare and protect a vegetable patch. How to choose healthier foods from the supermarket, the farmers market, your friends and neighbours. Solar water heating is it any good in the winter? Is it possible to live entirely off-grid but still be next to a city?

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Two More Responses

I agree with ronpoitras - it would be nice to see more on 401K-type investments.  And gary_rowe -- an excellent resource for the type of info you're seeking is The Archdruid Report, which is John Michael Greer's website.  It's one of the best written, and most informative, sites on the web.  (Don't let the title put you off - it's a true gem.)  JMG typically posts once a week - it would be worth your time to visit the site and run through the older posts.

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I like this idea too

AkGrannyWGrit wrote:
I would love to hear an end of the month, or end of the quarter review with Chris and Adam. They could cover what has been happening and where, what their watching both in the US and abroad. Recent guests and conferences could be reviewed and perhaps more questions from the subscribers. Personally, I wonder what books are on their nightstand, what do they find thought-provoking? AKGrannyWGrit

I like all these ideas, especially the ones in bold.

Travlin 

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Collapse reports from the ground

I would like to see pieces written by people who are e.g. living in Greece or maybe 3rd world countries where there has already been a collapse in one way or another, and in which they describe what it's like to live under those conditions. Collapsenet had memberblogs which could have been something like this, but it didn't realy materialise. Maybe you could offer free memberships to people who commit themselves to reporting from their local environments in collapse like conditions.

And also coverage and thoughts on the LENR developments and what it could mean for the proposed scenarios in the crash course.

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How to navigate the site.

I am sure the new design has great features, but I have found it rather frustrating to figure out a procedure to keep up to date with new posts.  I generally read the new articles, look in my groups (not much happening there, although those thread were busy on the old site) and look at recent comments.  The popular and new  columns are not that helpful.  It does not seem to me that the site is as active as CM.com was.

Maybe a tutorial would help.  I viewed the initial introduction, but that left me with a lot of options and not much direction.

- Jim

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Aussie group

Hi Serge.......  have you joined the Aussie group yet...? http://www.peakprosperity.com/group/australian-resilience

Mike

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How to navigate the site.

I agree.  In fat, it looks to me like traffic has dramatically reduced since the old CMdotcom was abandoned...

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Scope of Discussion

Because we live in a democracy in which (I hope!) we can still make meaningful choices between parties and candidates, I suggest that we should allow political comments to remain in postings on this site.

Everyone here most likely realizes that the future is grim -- but if those parties or candidates who do not recognize the reality of global climate change, resource scarcity, and fiscal irresponsibility succeed in taking office, our prospects are even grimmer. 

Passions do indeed run high on these issues, but it is our responsibility, as adults, to express our opinions in a courteous manner.  The moderator could provide a "code of conduct" describing the sorts of comments that would not be tolerated; these could include name-calling, sarcasm, and so on. Those persons who cannot conform to such standards could be issued one or two warnings; if they continue to post inappropriate comments, they could be restricted to a read-only access to the forum involved.

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retirement planning

I would enjoy hearing the opinions of members on this question:  when a pension plan offers a choice between an annuity and a lump sum settlement, which should an employee choose?

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Individual Retirement Accounts

I recommend a broad based post on IRAs, both the tradition kind and the Roth.  What do I hold in them? Do I hold gold in an IRA?  Should I cash out?  What are tax implications?  What are the chances of government confiscation?  BTW this is one of the best managed sites on the web!  Kudos to Chris & Adam! 

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I post because I want to

I post because I want to learn, and many subjects are just not cut and dry, and for me I get blind spots to what I believe will or will not happen.

For instance the consumer gets slammed by high oil prices, ethanol (corn) is part of the liquid energy mix yet I'm told it is more a supply/demand issue and not actually inflationary. I do not clearly understand this.

I question the Fed QE3 at this time because of the severe crop damage our nation faces, and I guess I do not fully understand how the Fed could print ( which is inflationary) knowing we will get higher food and energy costs near term. Oil is over $90 bucks, going higher on corn ethanol shortages. Plus there are serious world wide highly incinerary consequences to the United States printing. MENA is a location effected tremendously by our printing and why we would cause even more distress in that region to me is another blind spot.

How does the Fed even print during an election year, and certainly since we are so close to our November election.

How do they even print with the air of war with Iran looming?

Plus inflation is a tax, that taxes are bad for the economy and yet they print.

Rising prices for food and energy kills discretionary spending and it just seems the Fed keep shooting themselves in the foot.

All I ever get is they are going to print, print, print and I say 'why' sometimes, makes no sense. Trillions sit on the shelves of the Fed for banks and they draw interest. Trillions on the balance sheets of business and no cap-ex and no wage increases. Seems to me we have plenty of cash not in motion. Why? I presume way more debt, consumer is tapped out, credit demand is tapped out. So why do we need to print? Seems to me we need to clear the under brush and destroy our excesses by way of the risk takers. Figure out a way to get that cash moving without going into more debt. My blind spot. 

I read everything, I read every posting here by members as a courtesy, and because I think it polite that they took the time and so I read them.

I am committed, and there are equally convincing and well regarded folks on both sides of the issue of inflation and deflation. Most are as conflicted as I am.

I fully understand Gold is money and have taken care of that but would like to add more by catching market corrections and playing the Fed print, print, print game. I would like nothing more than for the market to just go the way of what's fair is fair. It is what is most comfortable for me. That rules be followed and the grey area be skirted with a keen eye to the policeman who just might be lurking in the dark. I know things will be bad, real bad, and Chris has mentioned this many times as a matter of fact but it is all going to blow up anyways so why not take our medicine now as Greece should have a few years ago and they would probably have been way better off. Again another blind spot.

I happen to believe with adversity you get your best leaders, you get unselfish men/women who truly seek solutions that are fair and make sense, use common sense.. What we are getting now is nothing, absolutely nothing. I take the vote very seriously, are independent, and I wish I could just vote for no one and still be allowed to biatch because I voted. Congress would get my no vote, vote, and boy am I going to biatch.

So, I would like Chris or Adam as site leaders ( posters get involved when you good folks are posting) to initiate a discussion about some of the issues of the day for thorough, thought provoking, and intimate dialogue so that we could discuss and counter with further thought of some of the issues that even their peers are struggling with. Moderate in a way so that we see the whole picture. Chris and Adam would need to engage the group, offer their insights, be a professor in a class room type leader within the discussion. I would like this very much, tap into the intellect this site most definitely possess.

To print or not to print would be a current discussion. It seems many think August, September, December or later still. It truly is amazing the views out there from some seriously gifted people. I struggle constantly with the knowledge that debt to cash ratio is 10 to 1 and how the heck can we get ahead of a Deflationary event like that ever. Then I look at Europe and I see 25 to 1 and shake my head. Yet, so many see Inflation and I just have another blind spot. Especially since the velocity of money doesn't seem to be in the cards as far out as I can tell. Confidence is waning in the world fiat money system, and after all we are exchanging PAPER for goods and services, and to allow the crooks to go unpunished will have unintended consequences. Remember, not one crook had been jailed. Insider trading is everywhere, and some prosecuted but until recently our own congressmen and women were immune from prosecution. Crazy man, just crazy.

To be clear, I am the happiest man you would ever meet. I am fearlessly loyal, emotional on a broad spectrum (picture the rainbow and colors, that's me), and can chill with the best of them. My priorities are for my Lady, and through her I love easily all those within my family and community.

Go Tigers

Regards

BOB

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Get down and dirty

I don't post as much as I used to due to a job transition, but still read regularly all the articles and many of the posts.

I'm agreeing with what I am hearing as a common thread that people want to get more specific, so I will throw out some brainstorming ideas.

With so many variables to watch in the world economy, it might be helpful to have Chris and members define what exactly we should be watching and what the danger threshold is.  Kudos to Chris earlier this year (last year?) when he said he was watching the US 10 year treasury and Dollar Index.  And the alert earlier this year when Italian debt reached an alarm level.  I'm thinking of an analogy to when doctors round on their patients, they have a very set checklist.  (SOAP - Subjective (how is pt feeling), Objective (lab data etc) Assessment (dx, what is going on) Plan (what to do in next 24 hours.  Or pilots before every flight do a walk around with a checklist - ailerons- mobile and intact, rudder, fuel level. etc. You get the point.

One thought is for Chris to post daily e.g. a quick bullet point for each of the few key indicators.  Example:

DXY- 82.54, down from yesterday, feeling more stable and less likely for Fed printing

UST 10Y  1.56, rising, moving away from danger zone of 1.0

Something like that.

This may sound hyper, but I think we are all getting the sense that things are speeding up, and feel we need as much warning as possible to move money, close accounts, GOOD, whatever.  A daily checklist that is not too onerous for Chris to do or us to read would be helpful. 

Recent question, relevant to above, what is the Japan current account deficit?  Where can I watch it on a daily/ weekly/ monthly basis?  John Mauldin among others says that negative savings rate is the trigger for Japan- where can we track that?

Finally, personally, I feel most focused on water preps, food preps, solar energy, security.  I would like to feature a member weekly at least on what they are doing exactly.  I learn the most from real world examples, and would be very kind and non-judgemental if folks were willing to admit they had only done X for water preps for example.  Lord knows I ain't perfect.  I do appreciate the thoughtful articles, but I learn so much from trial and error and mistakes of others.

Thanks

H

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Climate change

In regards to threats to our current civilation and way of life, climate change and peak oil have been my greatest concern. Then I became aware of our ecomic/debt crises and as this appears to be more immenent I  kind of left the environmental issues aside. But climate change appears to be happening faster than IPCC and other sources were predicting. And the issue of Artic methane release due to the thawing permafrost and the problem of ocean acidfication makes our economic crises seem trivial by comparison. And this stuff is happening now and will certainly have an impact equal, or perhaps greater than any issue covered in The Crash Course. In fact I have come to believe that global warming could be the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. So I agree with Doug and t.tanner that this issue should be included along with the economic and other top concerns here at PP. 

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The 4th E - Ecology

To me, the "Three E's" (economy, energy, and environment) are subsets of ecology. True wealth comes from harnessing the exponential power of ecosystems. 

We can talk all day about politics, the Fed, macroeconomics, gold, oil, climate change, etc, but in the end, our survival depends on the viability of our local ecosystems. 

I would love to start a group discussion on this topic, but I don't want to have to pay in the future to gain access to content that I provide to the site.

Jeff

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Problem Solved

I would love to start a group discussion on this topic, but I don't want to have to pay in the future to gain access to content that I provide to the site.

If that is all that is holding you back, you can write the posts using any word processing software and save them on your computer. Then just copy and paste to the site.

If you are concerned about not being able to see the replies, you can copy those and save on your computer too. 

Problem solved.wink

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Nextdoor.com is USA only

We need solutions like nextdoor.com that operate on a global scale. I'd love to see the equivalent in the UK. I wonder if they can be persuaded to expand across the pond?

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Two More Responses

Thanks t.tanner - I've been a regular reader (and occasional commenter) on The Archdruid Report for some time now. Good advice, though.

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How to prepare for war ?

My Macro view is this.

The big players in the game are the US,China,Russia,the EU all the other states are just proxies. All of them face some kind of major issue that threathens the status quo debt, oil shortgaes, threat to power. The end game will defintley be the resource war or resource race between these nations. All of these super states happen to be nuclear powers and all of them happen to be resource hungry. Only one of them can supply itself with oil (Russia). In the end, the amount they owe each other is very irrelevant, the amount their currency is worth is irrelevant and how much physical gold they have does not matter. Their armies are relevant, their control of the population is relevant and their reource leeching networks are relevant. A very simple end game.

Side note: Think of yourslef as a super state. How resilient are you ? Do you have farmer friends ? Doctor friends ? Do you know the Mayor of your town ? Do you have control over the people that will depend on you (example: will they just waste resources, or will they be frugal) ? Do you have the means to protect what you have and what you will have ? Do you have the means to protect your supply lines ?

So in the end, the country with the best  combination of  army, a resource extraciton network and diplomacy will become the world dominat super power for good. My theory is that some super states will gang up on the biggest one or vice versa. How do we prepare for such a scenario ?<< This is what I would like to see discussed on this site.

The assumption, that the Goverment will fail just because the dollar will fail is frail. The idea that, the US crediotrs will destory the US because they will sell treasuires on the cheap is faulty. If Japan sells the treasuries, Japan bonds will also loose value it's a loose loose scenario. Look at Greece, there are people who have not been paid for months, they still show up at work. That is the only thing that keeps them sane and gives them hope.

The EU, Japan and the US all have huge deficits, when you get to a certain point (trillions) the details do not really matter as we all know these debts cannot be paid back. What matters is the physical assets that each of these country holds. (Isn't that what we tell ourselves hold physical assets?) I would not want to see the EU or Japan forcefully asking the US to pay their money back. It will be the same as asking the school bully for the loan you gave him last week. The only thing he will pay you backwith it is a black eye.

The only problem in my reasoning is nukes. These are a game changer, but somehow I suspect there is technology to neutralise these weapons safelly. (Maybe wishfull thinking, but I hope some scientist has invented an anti nuclear weapon ..)

Your thoughts and critical comments are most welcome as I cannot see any other way for this current world to end.

I would ask the peakprosperity team not to delete this post, if they do please send me a pm as to why and I will not post similar posts in the future.

Thanks

Gemel

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Interviewees that do not agree with Chris!

One other thing that would be nice to see on the site is Chris engaging with people who are not on the same wave length as we are. I think challenging our assumptions about peak oil, gold, market crash are essential. In fact any study done by researchers is regularly ''bashed'' by other researchers. I know this is not easy for the brand. We should not always consume what we believe is true, challenging our assumptions will only help us mature and develop a broader view of the world

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World War

I'm with gemel on this one as far as world war being likely. Every world wide depression has ended in a world war and I don't see this one ending any different. What would be nice is a person who saw this crisis coming but has a different take on the outcome and I think Chris has actually done that for the most part. I see no reason to have anyone on who didn't see this crisis coming.

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Just my opinion.....

We need more cowbell.  cheeky

And turn the volume up to 11.

What did you expect from the resident Dead Head?

Seriously, this site is a living and breathing thing.  It will end up where we take it and it will provide the utility we put into it.  Tell Adam what you want, wait a little while and see what comes out the other side.

You probably won't be disappointed.....

Kind of like going into a long jam by the Dead....you never knew if you were going to get a Cryptical Envelopment>The Other One>Saint Stephen>Crytpical Reprise or a Dark Star>Eleven>Caution. 

Understanding of course that you might also get Liberty>Day Job>Tons of Steel>We Can't Run - but at least Donna wasn't singing on these. surprise

If you were very good you got the second set at Barton Hall....5/8/77.  That was a Morning Dew to die for...

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Gemel/War

Start a thread. There are a lot of SME's here, and I'm sure if the dialog got cookin', CM would throw in with his thoughts. The question I have is this:

How would you even broach such a wildly stochastic possibility?
Not that I think you're wrong - It's inevitable. Probably well within reason to expect it within my lifetime, so I do think it's fairly important, but unless you're running this through a Crae mainframe, none of us are going to have too keen of a handle on what to expect.

Anyway, just my thoughts, but start a topic. I'd gladly weigh in and am eager to hear what other people think on the subject as well, but I'm not sure how the site itself would collect a piece on that topic.
Cheers,

Aaron

PS - I also like your idea about getting contrarian opinions on the podcast.

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Aaron Moyer wrote: PS - I

Aaron Moyer wrote:

PS - I also like your idea about getting contrarian opinions on the podcast.

I don't.........

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, wait a minute there......too late.

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Alternative opinions...

In general, this idea of essentially "inviting" debate to CM.com on major points does not resonate with me on a gut level.. I think because, as I see it, we, "awake folks" are still such a small minority, and this maybe ends up amplifying the, "Baptist vs. Presbyterian" type differences while missing the fact that we are a small minority trying to find our way to a better place, facing the truth as best we know it now, ahead of the sleeping, propagandized crowd.  Certainly differences between Chris and his commentators already come out in the existing format... maybe you missed it when I excoriated CHS for his defense of a deflationary future in a recent CM.com piece;   http://www.peakprosperity.com/comment/137847#comment-137847

Although CHS never acknowledged my post.. he did write two more targeted pieces on his blog immediately after further honing his argument for a king dollar, long term deflationary outcome.. something neither I or Chris see happening.  Here are the articles;

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjuly12/deflation7-12.html

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjuly12/dollar-safe-haven7-12.html

My point is.. there is plenty of debate now.  I don't think we need to create debate on the broader subjects like peak (cheap) oil... because we all live the debate every day as we shift back and forth between the "real" world of CNBC and the fascist leaning status quo and the truth seeking brotherhood of the blogosphere where CM.com is one shining light.   Just my two cents.

PS...  Charles is truly another shining light in the fog.. regardless of our differences on the nature of the dollar's path... his piece today is exemplary; 

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjuly12/theater-of-absurd7-12.html

All their promises, preening and posturing boil down to patting their breast pocket and speaking vaguely about a "secret plan" to end the crisis without bringing down the system that spawned the crisis as a consequence of its very nature.

There is no secret plan, of course, and no secret financial weapons; all they really have is artifice and the hubris to present artifice as reality.

To admit the usustainable is not sustainable would bring the entire rotten edifice crashing down, so the central bankers invite us into their little Theater of the Absurd and evince a phantom confidence in their phantom solutions that depend on phantom assets.

A swollen cloud of doom hangs over the central banker's little Theater of the Absurd; all their chest-pounding hubris and empty confidence is artifice, as phantom as the assets they claim will replace the phantom assets that have been destroyed by exposure to reality.

On their absurd little stage, they claim the Emperor's robes are thick and fine; and we laugh, bitterly, for these threadbare lies are all they have to "save" a parasitic, predatory, anti-democratic financial Status Quo.

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Contrarian views

Jim H,

Very bright people will see value in what Chris says even though they may not agree with him. What I would be happy to see is discussions of alternative practical advice to the loyal readers of this site. Jim Rogers, Simon Black, Chomsky, Roubini and Jim Rawles all advocate different ways on how we can defend our selves and wealth in practical terms. Hearing their views on the easiest way to survive will be a treasure trove for us. I find Chir's interviewees agree too quickly with him, and that results in the same path of resilience: build community, buy gold, buy silver, grow your own food, get out the city etc ... . I am sure there are other ways. 

My 2c

G

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Good discussion Gemel...

I see what you mean.. but I guess the question is where do you draw the line between great minds debating points debatable... and ideas that our proprietor may consider not worthy of shining a light on... say Robert Prechter's deflationist views, or anything MMT, for instance?  Again.. to me this would be retrograde...  I don't need to hear Chris tear up anymore peak oil denialists. 

PS.  I subscribe to SovereignMan, Simon Black's site, as well as this one.  I am leaving open, or at least learning about, my options for getting out of Dodge.  I highly recommend it if you value, "boots on the ground" feedback about the status of different ex-pat destinations.         

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Peak Oil Fatigue

Piece after piece about peak oil.  We get it, pick a new peak thing to hammer on.  I've got peak oil fatigue.

Also, I don't care for the new site layout and navigation - but I'm still plugging away at it.  Is it me or are there several choices that usually lead to the same end?

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Dear Jim, I would not like to

Dear Jim,

I would not like to hear Chris argue with some one who believes in abiotic oil, we agree that is a waste of time.

Some ideas What about some one who thinks solar energy truly has the potential to save our energy shortages

some one who thinks that Gold is not the best option to save your waelth,

some one who argues that confiscation of food will become the norm when food shortages are severe,

some one who argues that it is more worthwhile to live it up now as the time and energy you invest to save yourself will only increase your chances of survival marginally 

I am sure that there are people out there who have very valid contrarian arguments and I would gladly like to hear them. We all read the same stuff and it is all on the same wave length, switching channels might help us discover new music.

G

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This site needs hot sauce.

This site needs some heat.  So many pieces, so well written with the intent to not offend become so long and drawn out the reader is left with plain vanilla, over and over and over.  What good is a site where everybody agrees?  If you do challenge anothers thought or logic, with anything other than words that wouldn't offend somebody pointing a gun at you, the gallery will chime in and do their best to make you feel like a whore in church.

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new site harder to use ??

treemagnet wrote:

Also, I don't care for the new site layout and navigation - but I'm still plugging away at it.  Is it me or are there several choices that usually lead to the same end?

It may be a case of me not having yet learned the best way to use the new site, but before I had a nice little routine to visit the current events, general discussion and enrolled member forums and to keep an eye on the recent comments list (which seemed to be time lagged a bit).

This allowed me to do my nightly catching up on threads relatively efficiently.  I still have this routine on several other forums that I visit regularly.

With the new site it seems that this is not working out as well as it used to.  It also seems like the the volume of interesting postings has either dropped off or is being hidden in some part that I have not figured to be checking.

As long as I am mentioning things, one other item that has sort of been bothering me is that the general culture of forum posting is that the members contribute information to the community and the community benefits.  Granted, threads like the Definitive XYZ Thread get sort of long, but there is a free exchange of information.

Moving this sort of activity to the new Groups section with the implied future of being monetized and restricted to a monthly fee or to current subscribers only seems to violate the culture of a community driven information sharing medium.

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Jim H. is someone I would

Jim H. is someone I would call friend of many on this site. His conflicts with Charles are in direct opposite of my admiration of Charles. I believe Charles speaks the same truths or realities that Chris speaks (Chris believes a major market correction is at hand when/if ) in the handling of our affairs going forward. Many times I can't tell the difference between their views. Same with Mish. That may be because I hold Gold as a hedge against Inflation and Deflation as I just believe it a myth that Gold is not a good hedge against Deflation.

The reason now that I wait then to buy Gold is the world hasn't even taken its first steps towards the importance of Gold as money so I believe the risk worth waiting for on a market correction. Besides, if Gold ever is used again as backing for fiat money then I believe my life style changes very little. I hold Gold as an insurance, that can be used at any time, in any country, for the purchase of goods and services no matter if times are good or bad. My peace of mind.

So Charles is exactly the person I want talking to us here at PP because Chris (we) may just be wrong or the outcome lie somewhere in the middle.

In any case, it will be years yet before the total destruction of the dollar occurs are my thoughts, if we are insane enough to completely destroy the value of the dollar. If true, that the United States has the largest holdings of Gold in the world then how could it ever go to zero? Frankly some strong arguments out there suggests high inflation can be maintained for years as Gold sitting in Fort Knox would keep the dollar from spiralling out of control. Conceptually I get this but don't ask me to argue the point because I have not even past GO yet in what I need to learn, and get my head around. 

There will be many more contractions in our economy, and anyone who is bright enough to let me see so that I can risk some cash or just sit on it for the direct benefit of gathering more cash and hard stuff is fine with me.

Charles has a style that I like, equally as compelling as Chris's. Besides, having more cash is still a useful tool for the purchases of just about anything I need, and again, I suspect this will continue yet for quite some time.

Brass tacks: Charles is a good dude are my gut feelings, so is Jim H. and all who fall on either side of the fence or somewhere in between. It has always been my blind side that I fear the most and to be unprepared for all eventualities makes me very uncomfortable. Like sitting on a curve, get the fast ball and I'm pulling the ball out of my ear because of my lack of preparations.

Adam, you asking this question of topics we would like to discuss has opened up this site for discussion as I tried to convey in my thread that you and Chris could moderate on many subjects. You and Chris have the ability to engage people and should more often. We may not always agree but then again if we have your thoughts for contemplation then perhaps the light above our heads will illuminate us. I've enjoyed all the suggestions here, very enjoyable.

Here's a what if: Europe's economy is about the same size as the United States. What if they let everything burn as we try to inflate? Europe without a union is a broken model and will fall apart or at the very least burn for some years to come until they come together as a single monetary, and political union.. Does this cancel out somehow? Who gets the inflation and who the deflation? Besides, what does any of this matter when demand is absent for the debt of the consumer? Another blind spot. Japan: What if a 7 or an 8 hits Japan again, same area, it is not a very big island. Black Swan event, their economy in physical ruin now for sure. Is that enough to spiral the world out of control financially, creating a massive debt destruction? Blind spot. China hard landing? Blind spot. Do I even know what I'm talking about? Another blind spot.

Respectfully given

BOB

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Ecology

Hope I don't come across as being picky. But you listed climate change as an issue that is unrelated to the subject of ecology.  But I'm certain that the climate is part of the the ecological systems of the planet. (I don't have a background in science so I hope I said this correctly)

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It does not present info as quickly as it used to.

The old site did seem to be a lot easier to glean information from.  The new site is more graphically rich, but that comes at the expense of ease of use.  It seems that most of the same info is here, but it just takes more work to find it.

I'll keep plugging away and hopefully, I'll get used to finding what I need as efficiently as I able to on the old site.

Tim

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Ecology

Ecology UTTERLY relies on climate......  change the climate, and you'll have a completely different environment.....  probably one where you won't be able to grow food.  But hey, that's a minor detail...

Mike

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