Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section is designed to help improve your experience on Peak Prosperity by providing answers to common questions and sharing information about our site policies. If there is an unaddressed question that you feel should be included here, please contact us by clicking here and sharing your thoughts. Thank you.
- Is it possible to download the Crash Course videos and then watch them via an iPod or other mobile device?
- Can I place a chapter from the Crash Course on my YouTube account, or embed it in my website or blog?
- How did Chris go about making the Crash Course? What video format was used?
- If I have a customer service issue with my DVD order, whom should I contact to resolve it?
- Is there a PAL version of the Crash Course DVD available? Do I need the PAL version or the NTSC version?
- Where can I buy a DVD? Can I purchase DVDs in bulk?
- What is the difference between the Basic Edition and the Special Edition of the Crash Course DVDs?
- Is the Crash Course available on DVD or in downloadable format?
- Is it possible to watch the Crash Course on a Pocket PC/Mobile Phone?
- Are translations of the Crash Course available in other languages? May I help by translating the Crash Course?
- I am hearing-impaired and would like to know if transcripts of the Crash Course are available.
- What sources did Chris draw from in creating the Crash Course?
- What can I do to prepare for the economic and cultural changes that Chris predicts?
Enrollment and Donation
- How can I opt out of automatic renewal?
- I am a paid member, but I keep seeing the word enrollment. What is the difference between an enrollment and a subscription?
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- Is a donation to your site tax-deductible?
- I am thinking about enrolling, but I'd first like to see what your Insider Reports contain. Can I get a free sample report?
- How can I tell whether or not my enrollment is current?
- Refund Policy
- How do I renew my enrollment? Can I choose for it to be automatically renewed? What if I don't want it to be automatically renewed?
- Can I change the length of my enrollment when renewing?
- How can I donate funds to help Chris continue his work?
- If I enroll or donate, how will you ensure that my personal information/credit card information is safe?
- If I enroll to see the reports, etc., is there printable content available, or is it all in video form?
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- I signed up for a one month enrollment. On my credit card statement, two withdrawals are pending. What happened?
- I'd like to enroll, but I can't afford the enrollment tuition. Why do you make people pay for content? Why not give it away for free like the rest of the information on your site?
- I want to quote an article in my comment or forum post. Is that acceptable?
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- How can I quote someone else's post in my reply or comment?
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- I came across an inappropriate forum post - how can I report it?
- What are the little symbols to the left of the postings on the forums? Can you tell me what they signify?
- I am confused about how to get a podcast to play, or I want to fast-forward/rewind parts of the podcast and can't figure out how.
- How can I get access to your podcasts?
- I am unable to download or listen to the entire podcast. It keeps stopping partway through. What can I do?
- How can I download a podcast to my iPhone?
- When I attempt to play a podcast, I receive a message that says File Not Found.
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- I use the Safari browser, and none of the text editor pop-up windows work.
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You can watch them through our YouTube channel, along with other videos of ChrisMartenson's presentations.
We have not yet podcasted the video chapters, so downloading them into your library is not yet an option. We hope to be able to offer this at some point in the future.
You may not directly upload a chapter of the Crash Course to your YouTube account. However, you are welcome to link to one of our existing Crash Course videos at www.youtube.com/ChrisMartensondotcom by adding it to a playlist or to your favorites.
You may embed one or more Crash Course chapters in your blog or website, but only the YouTube versions may be embedded, not the high-resolution versions. To embed a video in a personal website or blog page (or anywhere that HTML can be pasted), you will need to go to the above-linked YouTube page to find the video you want to embed, copy the the 'embed HTML code' from the YouTube page, and paste the HTML code onto the page where you want to have the video.
Outside forums and some blogs have their own different system to allow for embedded videos, so if the above instructions don't work for you, you will need to contact those website providers directly to find out more about how to embed in their sites.
Chris created the Crash Course in his home office using Powerpoint for the slides, Camtasia Pro for the video, and Audacity for the audio. The Crash Course was created one chapter at a time during the period from March 2008 to October 2008. Additional sections were produced by Rawn Fulton at Searchlight Films for the Special Edition DVD in March 2009.
Duplium, a DVD fulfillment company contracted by PeakProsperity.com, is handling DVD sales and customer service for us so that we can continue to focus on what Chris does best - site content, reports, podcasts, and more.
For customer service related to DVD orders, please contact Duplium directly at 800-928-2018 or Mia at firstname.lastname@example.org. We at PeakProsperity.com are not handling DVD orders and are unable to provide assistance for issues related to orders placed through Duplium.
Please be sure to doublecheck your address carefully before completing your order, because once the order has been sent it is not possible to change the shipping address. Thank you.
Yes, a PAL version of the Special Edition DVD is available. Click here for more information on all the available options. You can also download the PAL version here if you want to burn a PAL DVD yourself. If you are not sure whether you need the PAL or NTSC version, the following information should help:
- If you are in North America (including the United States), Japan, South Korea, etc., you want the NTSC version of the DVD. To see a map of countries which use NTSC, click here.
- If you are in most of Europe, Australia, and many Asian countries, you need the PAL version of the DVD. To see a map of countries which use PAL, click here.
For more information about ordering individual and bulk DVDs, and for customer service information related to DVD orders, click here.
The Basic Edition (v.1) is
available as YouTube and high-resolution videos on our site and can also be
downloaded from the ISO/bittorrent files (see here for more info). The Basic Edition was also sold in DVD format from November 2008
to February 2009 and will be available for purchase again soon, but only in
bulk quantities. This edition is the one
to buy (or download) if you're looking for an inexpensive already-made version to hand out to people.
The Special Edition (v.2)
is available as a new 3-disc DVD set and can be ordered here
as of March
2009. This is the version to buy if you're planning to own a copy for
yourself or present it to a group. The Special Edition is enhanced
with the following improvements:
- Live video introductions and summaries by Chris
Martenson to put a face to the material and
provide framing for each section.
- Three-disc format. The Crash
Course material has been reorganized and separated into three discs, each less than 1.5 hours, to
better support group showings.
Minor reorganization of
- Chapters 1, 2, and 3 from the Basic Edition were combined into one chapter in the Special Edition.
- The chapter entitled "How Much Is a Trillion?" was moved to an earlier spot in the lineup in the Basic Edition.
- The chapters were renumbered in the Special Edition, so they do not
necessarily have the same chapter numbers that they did in the Basic Edition.
- A 16-page Presenter's Pack that includes:
- How to present and what to discuss
- Study questions (by chapter and/or section)
- Spreading the word
- Tips and advice for hosting a house party
- Tips and advice for hosting a community presentation
We are committed to continuing to offer the Crash Course online for free, but you can now also purchase Crash Course DVDs.
You should be able to watch the Crash Course on a Pocket PC/Mobile Phone, but you may need to download and install Flash Lite on the device first.
Click this link to view a threaded conversation about Flash for Mobile devices on Adobe's site. Also here is a page to download Flash Lite for Windows Mobile: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/wm.html
We are glad to have offers of help from people who are interested in translating the Crash Course into another language. We have had several such offers and hope that before long we will be able to provide Crash Course translations in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and several other languages. If you would be willing to take on the task of translating the Crash Course into another language, we would appreciate your help. Please contact us for more information.
Yes, transcripts of the Crash Course are available on each individual
chapter page below the video box. We hope to eventually be able to
offer a subtitled or closed--captioned version of the Crash Course as
well. If you have skills in this area and are interested in helping us
to make this happen, please contact us. Thank you.
In creating the Crash Course, Chris generally used only what most people would call “Grade-A’ sources for the data. Some examples of sources used:
- All monetary, bank reserve, and interest rate data comes from the St. Louis Fed.
- All oil production and discovery data comes from the DOE (Tonto).
- Housing bubble data comes from a variety of sources, including OFHEO, BLS, CENSUS, Robert Shiller, Robert Prechter (historical bubble examples).
- Population data comes from the UN (future) and Wikipedia (historical).
- All national debt figures come from the US Treasury Department.
- Much of the data on household debt, credit market growth, etc, comes from the Federal Reserve Z.1 report.
- To fill in a lot of the gaps and to simplify some of the data searching, Chris used economagic.com, and they use only “official” sources.
- Inflation data comes from the BLS, except for the counter-argument data, which, as noted in the presentation, comes from John Williams at Shadowstats.
- ALL of the demonstration graphs (e.g., ore body % and mine waste) were created by Chris in Excel.
First, be sure to watch Crash Course: Chapter 20. Downloadable self-assessment materials are available here. For more information on what you can do to protect yourself from the effects of the present and future economic storm, you can find information on the Planning Guides pages as well as in some of the past Martenson Reports. Some of that material is available only enrolled members, although some is available for free to registers users as well.
We understand that this is a big question for many people, ourselves included. We are currently working on developing more site content that will address this question.
Every enrollment defaults to automatic renewal. However, we are well aware that some of our enrolled members do not wish to have their account automatically renewed.
If you would like to opt out of this automatic process, you may. You will need to follow these additional steps at the time of enrollment or re-enrollment to opt out of the auto-renewal process:
- Log in to your Peak Prosperity account and look at the words at the very top of the page. If you see the word “Enroll” after logging in, you are NOT currently enrolled. If you do not see this word, you ARE currently enrolled.
- Assuming you do not see the word “Enroll,” click on the "My Account" link
- On the right hand side of the My Account page, under the box with your photo or the generic placeholder icon, click on the link that says "View my renewals." If you do not see this option in the list under your photo, your account has already been opted out and no further action is required.
- On the right-hand side of the string of links after your order information, you will see a link with the words "opt out." Click on this link. Then choose the set of instructions below that applies to your payment choice:
- IF YOU PAID BY CREDIT CARD VIA OUR SITE, you will then see a confirmation page asking , “Are you sure you want to opt out of autorenewal?” Click "opt out" and you will see a green confirmation box with these words: Autorenewal has been removed from this account for the current enrollment membership. If you do not see this green box after following the above instructions, or if you need further assistance with opting out of automatic renewal, please contact us for help.
- IF YOU PAID BY PAYPAL, you will need to opt out of autorenewal via your Paypal account. We regret that we are unable to assist directly with Paypal opt-outs; they must be completed by the user on the Paypal website. Follow these additional instructions carefully:
- Log in to your Paypal account. Click on the word “Profile” near the top of the page, choose “More Options.”
- On the next page, click on the “My Money” link.
- On the My Money page, click the “Update” link to the right of the words “My Preapproved Payments.”
- On the My Preapproved Payments page, under “Merchant,” click on “Whitney Peak Ventures, LLC.”
- Then click “Cancel” and confirm by clicking “Cancel Profile.”
- On the next page, you’ll see the following message confirming that your opt-out was completed: This profile has been canceled and cannot be reactivated. No more recurring payments will be made.
- If you need further assistance, please contact Paypal directly at 1-888-221-1161 (U.S.) or 1-402-935-2050 (international).
If you need help opting out, you can e-mail us for assistance well in advance of your expiration date.
Please note that you will have to follow this opt-out process each time you reactivate your enrollment. This means that if you forget to opt out or notify us before your expiration date that you want to opt out, the system will, by default, automatically renew your enrollment.
We understand that this process inconveniences a small number of our enrolled members. Most of our enrolled members prefer this option. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide refunds for any reason (you can read our policy here. We appreciate your understanding.
Good question! In a nutshell, they are the same thing. Paid memberships used to be called "subscriptions," but now they are called "enrollments." Subscribers are now called "enrolled members" (and unpaid members are now called "registered users.") Paid members pay the same price and receive the same benefits as before; all that has changed is the wording we use.
We found it necessary to make this change to accommodate a new and useful feature called Content Subscriptions. You might notice the word "Subscribe" shown as a link in blog posts and forum threads. If you click on this link, it gives you a number of options to choose from. Subscribing to content in this way will result in your receiving e-mail notification when various additions or changes are made in that thread, by that author, or in other ways, according to the options you choose. To manage your content subscriptions and preferences, click on "My Account" in the navigation bar and choose "My Content Subscriptions."
First, make sure you are logged in. Then look on the navigation bar at the top of the page, where you will see a drop-down menu under "My Account" that gives you a link to "My Orders." Clicking on this link will take you to your order history, where you can click on the order number for more information about a particular order.
No, a donation to our site is not tax-deductible because PeakProsperity.com is not a nonprofit entity. We appreciate your understanding.
Most Insider Reports are only available to enrolled members, but a handful of classic reports are available for free to registered users. If you'd like to get a taste of what a Insider Report contains, or you'd simply like to take advantage of the free reports that we have made available to all, you can find them here:
- The Great Asset Bubble
- It's Simple: Trust Yourself
- How The Credit Markets Affect Us All
- The Six Stages of Awareness
- A Preview of Chapter 20 (or, Navigating a Martenson Report)
- Commodities Crushed and How This Can Help You
- Charting a Course Through the Recession
- The Federal Reserve Plays A Dangerous Game
- So Long, Mr. Dollar
- Exponential Money in a Finite World
- How Safe Is My FDIC-Insured Bank Account?
- Uh Oh.
- The End of Money
- Housing - Simple As That
- The Unkindest Cut of All
- The Game Is Afoot
- The United States Is Insolvent
In recent years we have changed the format to a two-part format, where the first half of the report is available to all for free, and the second half is available only to enrolled members. You can get a taste of what the reports are like simply by reading the first part, though the second part often goes more in-depth with direct market observations and recommendations.
If you are unsure about whether or not you are currently enrolled, you can figure it out at a glance while you are logged in. If you are currently enrolled, your enrollment expiration date is visible at the top of the page in red, and the number of days left in your enrollment is also noted.
We regret that we are unable to give refunds of any kind. The enrollment fees and donations received by Pea.com are applied toward site maintenance and projects that benefit site readers. We are passionately devoted to making as much of this information free to the public as possible while drawing enough financial support to keep the site running. We simply do not have the resources to process refunds.
This policy also applies to automatic renewals. When you enroll, you receive information about how to opt out of the automatic renewal process. If you choose not to opt out, your account will continue to be automatically renewed by the system at the end of each enrollment period.
This policy also applies to accounts that have been suspended or blocked due to noncompliance with the Forum Guidelines and Rules.
We hope and anticipate that PeakProsperity.com will continue for as long as its message is needed, and we feel the message will be valid for a very long time. By enrolling, you are agreeing to our no-refund policy and accepting the risk that, should the site become financially unviable, your enrollment might end prematurely. We will do everything possible to prevent this situation but want to be clear about this possibility so that you can make an informed choice when purchasing an enrollment.
Thank you for your understanding.
Our enrollment renewal process now defaults to automatic renewal. For most users, this means that your account will be renewed after each enrollment period without any additional steps on your part. However, under certain circumstances you will need to re-enroll to regain access after your expiration date.
Three groups of users will not be automatically renewed and will find it necessary to re-enroll after their accounts have expired if they wish to continue benefits. This is necessary for 1) people who enrolled prior to the implementation of our automatic renewal system, who will need to re-enroll only ONCE to be covered under our new protocol; 2) users who voluntarily opted out of our automatic renewal process, who will need to re-enroll after expiration each time they opt out; and 3) users whose credit cards are declined at the time of auto-renewal, who will find their account has expired and will need to re-enroll to continue receiving benefits. If you find that your account has expired for one of these reasons, you will need to re-active your enrollment by repeating the enrollment process.
To regain access after your expiration date, you will need to follow these instructions:
- Make sure you are logged in.
- Click on the "Enroll Today" button on any page.
- Follow the instructions and your account will be reinstated.
We understand that not everyone will want their account to be automatically renewed. If you would like to opt out of this automatic process, you may. You will need to follow these additional steps to opt out of the auto-renewal process:
- Log in to your account, click on the "My Account" link at the top of the page, and make sure that your enrollment is active.
- On that page, under "Membership Autorenewal," you will see your order information. On the right-hand side of the order is a link with the words "opt out." Click this link.
- You will see a confirmation page asking you to verify that you do really want to opt out. If you click "Opt Out," you will be taken back to your "My Account" page, where you will see that the order information under "Membership Autorenewal" has disappeared. This confirms that your account will not be automatically renewed.
Please note that you will have to follow this opt-out process each time you reactivate your enrollment.
If you would like to change the length of time that your subscription covers, please contact us for help.
There are currently three ways you can donate money to support
Chris’ work. We can accept donations by Paypal, credit card, or
check/money order. For more information, click here.
You have our word that we will never sell your info or use it for anything that is not related to ChrisMartenson.com. We value the integrity of our own personal information and take the same care with your information that we take with our own.
The Martenson Reports and Newsletters that are available with a
enrollment are all in print form. Podcasts are only available in
audio format. Crash Course transcripts are available on the Crash
Course chapter pages under each video box. There is currently no
information exclusively for subscribers that comes in video form,
although there are plans for future chapters of the Crash Course that
may be available only for subscribers.
Yes. You can send an enrollment payment via www.paypal.com to email@example.com. If your payment is for a donation, you can use the Donate button to send us a Paypal payment. If you want to mail us a payment by check or money order, please
1) make it payable to Whitney Peak Ventures LLC
2) mail it to:
125 S. Main Street #104
Sebastopol, CA 95472
If your payment is for an enrollment, please be sure to indicate “Enrollment Payment” as the subject, or our processors will assume your payment is meant as a donation. Also be sure to include your username and/or the e-mail address that is associated with your user registration so that we can properly credit your payment to your account. We will activate or renew your enrollment after your payment has been received and processed.
If you have had trouble getting your transaction completed, it may be due to a credit card error. There are a few common problems that could be the culprit. First, make sure that your name and address are entered exactly as they appear on your credit card statement. Next, please make sure you have correctly entered the CVV code – this is a common cause of transaction failure.
If you are a customer located outside of the United States, your address will need to be entered in the standard format used in your country. This information can usually be found on each country's postal service website. Sometimes the locally-accepted form of an address does not match the official postal service version. For additional help in determining this format, you may find the following websites helpful: http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/postal.html and/or http://www.bitboost.com/ref/international-address-formats.html.
If you still have difficulty, you may want to try submitting your credit card payment via Paypal as an alternative.
Sometimes during the enrollment process, a credit card company
will show the transaction related to one
enrollment twice. While the transaction is still pending, you might see
two (or more) incidences of the transaction in your account register.
Rest assured that when the status of this transaction changes from
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credit card company – the extraneous incidences will disappear and you
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the status on those multiple transactions is pending, please wait a
day or so and check again. If you find that your credit register
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We understand that some readers do not have the resources to enroll. We are considering future changes to our enrollment offerings that would address this. If he could, Chris would give all his services away for free to everyone who was interested in his work.
Unfortunately, this is not realistic, as the site is costing him thousands of dollars to run, he has supported it almost completely out-of-pocket for the past five years, and he isn't drawing any profit from it, despite working more than fulltime on the site and his cause. And we just increased the size of our part-time staff, which will help us better fulfill the needs of site visitors but will also increase our running costs.
Enrolled receive access to more extensive site content than registered users, including special in-depth reports and guides, and to special features such as the Subscribers-Only forum, where Chris personally participates in discussing the issues. However, Chris remains generously committed to keeping the entire Crash Course free and available to everyone, along with the other fundamental features of the site.
Very occasionally, generous supporters offer to sponsor scholarships for interested readers who cannot afford to enroll. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please contact us and explain why you feel you would be a good candidate. Scholarship opportunities are limited, but we will take your inquiry under consideration when and if another scholarship is sponsored.
If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship for someone who is unable to afford one, please contact us to make arrangements. Thank you.
- Have the Crash Course viewed as widely as possible
- Increase collective understanding of the role that energy, the economy, and natural resources play in our future
- Move individuals towards personal and common responsibility for the future
The goal of ChrisMartenson.com is to draw attention to the important messages in the Crash Course and also to create a safe and welcoming place for people to discuss its implications in an intelligent and enlightened way.
Together we will continue to hold this site to a higher standard than is usually found elsewhere on the Internet. We will be civil with each other, respectful, thoughtful, and considerate.
Anything that causes people to feel unwelcome or unsafe will be discouraged or removed, as will things that serve to detract from our high standard of intelligent discourse. Our mission is to engage, not to repel.
Posts must be data-rich, fact-based, and constructive, especially if they are critical. We ask that all critical commentary be accompanied by thoughtful suggestions for improvement—or not offered at all.
We expect people to maintain the same level of civility in posting that a polite person would at the dinner table of a wedding—before drinks are served.
We expect and require courteous interactions everywhere comments can be posted to the site. In an online community, social courtesies are observed, just as at a physical gathering. One doesn't monopolize the conversation, pound the table about a single point until others' eyes glaze over, insult their host or their fellow guests, or spew patently offensive slurs. Tactfulness is a reasonable expectation within a voluntary community.
Please ask yourself these questions before making a post:
- Does my post constructively illuminate an issue or answer a specific question?
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Users should strive to post with integrity and accuracy. We expect that users will not abuse their anonymity by posting things that a polite individual would refrain from saying in person.
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Although we prefer free discussion, we believe that there are some topics that can give the first-time visitor a mistaken impression of this site and run counter to its primary mission.
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Chris agrees with the many website experts who believe that original
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The thought is if someone changes the original post, it may make the
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We appreciate your desire to make your post
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Course wherever you feel it is appropriate. This is the heart of our
viral marketing strategy, and by linking to the Crash Course, you help
play a critical role in spreading the word. So please do, and thanks!
Absolutely! In fact, we strongly encourage it. If you would like to use all or part of the existing Crash Course in a presentation, you may. However, you may not alter the Crash Course content for this or any other purpose without specific permission.
Chris asks three things in return: First, to be given credit for his work; second, to have his URL (ChrisMartenson.com) included as part of your presentation, and third, that he be provided with feedback on how well-received the materials were. Thank you for helping to spread Chris' message.
In order to protect the integrity of Chris’ message, we cannot allow others to modify the content of the Crash Course. We are currently working on a 42-minute version of the Crash Course for use on television and will make it available as soon as possible. You are welcome to use the existing version as-is. If you would like to make your specific needs known so that we can consider them as we plan future offerings, please contact us. Thank you for your understanding.
To play a podcast, click on the right arrow (triangle) in the podcast player located directly underneath the title of the podcast that you want to hear. (Make sure the sound on your computer is turned on!)
To jump forward or go back in the podcast, "grab" the gray shaded bar and drag it forward or backward. The time counter will be helpful in saving and finding your place.
To increase or decrease the volume, click on the height bars on the left-hand side of the podcast player. You can also use the volume control on your computer to further fine-tune the volume.
To pause the podcast, click on the double vertical bars on the right-hand side of the podcast player.
To save the podcast to your computer, click on the text link (mp3 file) below the podcast player and podcast description. If that doesn't work, you might need to right-click the link and open the download in a new window by selecting "Save Link As" or "Open Link in New Tab" instead of simply clicking on the link.
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Sometimes we hear that site visitors are having difficulty downloading or listening to the complete podcast.
The problem can usually be solved by one or more of the following:
- Clear the browser cache. Some information in the cache may
corrupted the podcast download.
- Close all instances of the browser and restart.
- Avoid using "embedded" browsers, such as the browser which
with AOL. Instead, access the Internet using a fully functional
browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.
- Reboot the computer.
to listen to the podcast using a different Internet connection.
- Attempt to listen to the podcast on a different computer. Try on
computer at work, or on a friend's computer. Some older computers may
not have the processing power or memory capacity to handle multiple
videos running at once.
One of our astute readers sent in the following helpful hints for downloading podcasts to an iPhone:
- Download mp3 to desktop.
- Launch iTunes and drag mp3 to music library.
- Add new playlist titled "podcasts."
- Drag mp3 to "podcasts" playlist.
- Connect iPhone to computer. On main sync screen check off "transfer only checked playlists and music." Under iPod tab, check off "podcasts" playlist.
- Apply sync.
After clicking the audio player to start a podcast, you may see a brief message which says "Connecting..." followed by a message stating "File Not Found". If this happens, the download process may have corrupted the podcast MP3 file.
The best action is to clear your browser cache, and attempt to play the podcast again. To clear your browser cache in Firefox, perform the following steps:
- Select "Tools > Clear Private Data..." from the browser navigation menu.
- Ensure the "Cache" checkbox is selected.
- Click the "Clear Private Data Now" button.
- Attempt to play the podcast again.
To clear your browser cache in Microsoft Internet Explorer, perform the following steps:
- Select "Tools > Internet Options" from the browser navigation menu.
- Locate the "Browsing History" section, and click the "Delete..." button. This will pop up a new window called "Delete Browsing History".
- On the "Delete Browsing History" window, click the "Delete files..." button.
- Clicking the "Delete files..." button pops up another window, which asks, "Are you sure you want to delete all temporary Internet Explorer files?" Click "Yes", then click "Close" on the "Delete Browsing History" window.
- Click "OK" on the "Internet Options" window to finish the process.
- Attempt to play the podcast again.
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Private messages are enabled by default. If you don't want to receive private messages from anyone at all, or if you want to change your notification preferences for private messaging, go to your My Account page and click on the Edit tab. Scroll down to the section titled "Private Message Settings," where you can choose whether or not to allow private messages, whether or not to receive aggressive message notification, and how often you'd like to be notified (never, once daily, or with every message.)
There are three ways to send a private message:
- You can click on the "Send PM" link that is located under a person's avatar (picture) and username on the left-hand side of a forum post or blog comment.
- You can go to your My Account page, where you will see a Private Messages area containing a link that says "Write private message." This takes you to a form that you can fill out to send a private message to any user who has the private messaging option enabled. You need to know the person's exact username to be able to send a message this way.
- You can go to the User Profile page of the user you want to send a message to, and click on the words "Write private message" for a form that will enable you to send that particular user a private message.
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It’s free and it will help us a great deal to count you among our registered users. The more registered users we have, the more credible we are when we apply for grants and other sources of support to help keep Chris’ work moving forward. Here are some of the other benefits at ChrisMartenson.com that are only available to registered users and enrolled members:
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Here is a link
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note that you must be registered or enrolled and logged in to view this
We are a very small team and are working very hard to make critical changes and improvements to the site while preparing for future ventures. Chris himself is spending every available moment keeping his finger on the pulse of the market, working on upcoming projects, continuing to offer blog posts and Martenson Reports, and providing occasional forum input. We hope this effort will be appreciated by readers. You may also want to post your question on the site in the Site Feedback and Comments forum so that other community members can offer helpful input.
Chris is not able to respond personally to every message he receives, but he is encouraged to know that readers are seeking more information on the issues. Suggestions for site improvement or blog topics are also welcome. You may also want to post your suggestion on the site in the Site Feedback and Comments forum so that others can discuss it and offer feedback as well.
While Chris is not able to respond personally to all of the email he
receives, he is always grateful for tips from sharp readers. You may
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forum so that others can discuss it. Enrolled members also receive
privileged access to an inner Subscribers-Only forum, where Chris
personally answers questions and discusses the issues. The
Subscribers-Only forum is also a good place to get Chris’ attention
about current news.
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To reach the "My Account" section of the site, either click the "My Account" link on the upper bar of any page on ChrisMartenson.com, or click the "My Account" menu item on the far right of the top navigation bar. Once viewing the account, click the "Edit" tab, then look for the "Account information" section.
In the "Account information" section, you'll see two fields: "Password" and "Confirm password". Enter the new password for your account in both of these fields, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save". Your password will now be changed.
You might have noticed the word "Subscribe" shown as a link in blog posts and forum threads. If you click on this link, it gives you a number of options to choose from. Subscribing to content in this way will result in your receiving e-mail notification when various additions or changes are made in that thread, by that author, or in other ways, according to the options you choose. To manage your content subscriptions and preferences, click on "My Account" in the navigation bar and choose "My Content Subscriptions."
Here are some hints and tips on how to make the most of this feature:
- To receive every post Chris Martenson makes on the site, you will want to subscribe to content authored by Chris.
- The easiest way to do this is first find a post Chris has made on the site. Any post will do -- a blog entry, Martenson Report, etc.
- At the bottom of the post and above the start of the comments, you will see a "Subscribe" link. Click this link, and the screen will expand to show a table of options.
- In the options list, check "To posts by this author." Next, click the "Save" button.
- You will now receive an email notification when Chris has posted new content that he has written. By default, notifications are sent out once a day, so a notification may arrive hours after a post has been published. You can change this frequency by following the instructions below.
- You can also find more options under the "My Content Subscriptions" tab in your account. This area allows you to choose to receive emails after a comment is made on a particular post, be notified if someone comments on a post you have made, or receive messages if content has been recently updated or modified. You can also manually select a notification frequency for each subscription.
We hope these options will make it easier and more convenient for you to be aware of new content in a timely manner.
First, be sure to use the link sent within 24 hours of requesting it. If more than that time elapses, you will need to visit the homepage and click on "New Password" again to send yourself a updated link.
If that isn't the issue, read on.
Users can choose to receive their email as HTML or plain text. This is an option set within your email client (Thunderbird, Outlook, Entourage, etc.) If you have your email client set to receive HTML, you can click directly on the link to use it. You may not see the entire link; it will probably look like this:
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If you currently receive e-mail in plain-text format, switching to HTML format will make it possible for you to receive clickable links from us.
To change your e-mail address, follow these instructions:
- Make sure you are logged in, or enter your current username and password at the top of the page and click "Log in."
- After you have logged in, select "My Account > Edit My Profile" from the navigation bar to access your user profile edit page. Click on the "Edit" tab.
- Enter your new e-mail in the field titled "E-mail address."
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Submit."
You can go to another member's User Profile page by clicking on their username or avatar anywhere that it appears. You can also search for a link to a user's profile by typing their username in the Search box in the upper right-hand corner and then clicking on their username when it appears in the search results.
For example, in Firefox 3, it can be found by selecting "Tools > Internet Options" from the browser menu, then selecting the "Content" tab.
In Internet Explorer 8, it can be found by doing the following:
- Select "Tools > Internet Options" from the browser menu
- Select the "Security" tab, then select "Internet zone" within the Security tab
- Click the "Custom level..." button and a window will pop up.
- Scroll down and under the "Scripting" section, check to see if "Active scripting" is set to "Enable."
Clicking on the RSS icon allows you to set up an e-mail feed so that new content on that area of the site is delivered to you via e-mail.
Whenever an RSS icon is present on a page, it represents an RSS feed for only the dynamic (changing) content on that page. If content on the given page is "static" by nature, it will not be carried along as part of the feed.
Here are a few examples:
- An RSS feed icon is found on the main blog page next to the title. This represents a feed for all blog posts. As new blog entries are created, this RSS feed will update .
- There is also an RSS feed icon next to the title of every blog post. This represents a feed containing all of the reader comments for that particular blog entry.
- You can also subscribe to an RSS feed for each individual forum thread. The RSS feed for each thread is a continual listing of all the reader comments and responses to the original forum post.
- There are also RSS feeds specifically for Chris' Blog and the Daily Digest. The RSS for Chris' Blog can be found next to the title on the main page for Chris' blog entries, and the RSS for the Daily Digest can be found next to the title on the main page of Daily Digest entries.
This is one example of a situation where it benefits you to be logged in with your registered username. Registered members receive better service from our system than anonymous users. Occasionally the Daily Digest becomes unavailable briefly to anonymous users while our system is being updated. The system constantly updates itself for registered users, but only updates itself every 15 minutes for anonymous users (or logged-out users). If you are viewing anonymously, you may need to try opening the page again up to 15 minutes later, once the website's content cache has been re-created. If you are registered but not logged in, try logging in and see if you can view the page.
Rarely, a Digest entry needs to be taken offline for awhile for editing and then made available again, so if the above suggestions don't work for you, please try again at a later time. We strive to make the Daily Digest available as quickly and consistently as possible, and we appreciate your patience and understanding if you experience difficulty opening it.
To change your username, just follow these easy instructions:
- Click the "Secure Login" link at the top of the homepage.
- Enter your current username and password.
- After you have logged in, select "My Account > Edit My Profile" from the navigation bar to access your user profile edit page. Click on the "Edit" tab.
- Enter a new username for yourself in the field titled "Username."
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Submit."
- Write your new username somewhere as a reminder for the future.
If CAPTCHA is hard to read, you can keep selecting a new word set until you find one that is legible to you. This is done by clicking the "double arrows" button.
If you click a Recent Comments link and you are taken to the top of the post rather than the comment itself, this means the posted comments are stretching beyond one page. If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will see "1", "2", "3", "next >", etc. representing each page of comments.
The easiest way to fix this is display more comments per page. At the bottom of each page is a "Comment viewing options" section. By default it shows 50 comments per page. Increase the number, then click "Save settings". This will ensure all comments throughout the site are now displayed with more comments per page. (One important note -- increasing the number of comments per page allows more to be displayed at once, but can also slow down the page load time dramatically. Use this with caution based on your Internet connection speed.)
Another option is to change the sort order of comments such that newest is first. This can be done in the same "Comment viewing options" section by selecting "Date - newest first". By making this change, you will always be taken to the top of the list of comments by click a Recent Comments link.
Please check to see if you are logged in to the site. If you are, you will see in the upper left corner language which states, "You are logged in as <your username>." If you are not logged in, please do so to gain access to the reports.
Often an announcement will be placed on the home page of the site letting everyone know a new Martenson Report is available. This announcement is not the report itself, just an informational notice. To access the actual reports, visit the Martenson Reports home page by clicking here.
One other consideration is that your enrollment may have recently expired. To see if your enrollment is current, select "My Account > My Subscription" from the top navigation menu bar when you are logged in to the site.
We're very confident about the stability of the platform we are using.
We fully understand how it works, and despite its limitations there is
no question in our minds that it is stable. We are working toward
providing a greater complement of functionality to make things easier
for users, members, and administrators. We appreciate your
understanding that these things take time.
When reading your e-mail, please check to see if you are viewing it as HTML or plain-text. If you are currently viewing in plain-text, try changing the setting to HTML. Viewing the e-mail in HTML should fix the problem. You may want to adjust your settings so that all incoming mail is read as HTML. If you still have trouble, please tell us what email client and operating system you are using, and we will try to help.
We are currently working to remedy this issue by changing our outgoing e-mails so that they can be read properly in all formats. In the interim, we also have another solution to help our registered users and enrolled members. All newsletter emails sent by ChrisMartenson.com are available in our Newsletters section. The information in this section is exactly the same as the content sent by email.
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Please perform the following steps:
- Select "My Account" and then "My Profile" from the menu bar.
- Choose the "Edit" tab and scroll down to the "Contact Settings" section.
- Select the checkbox for "Personal contact form."
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Submit."
This will place an email icon underneath your picture on all posts throughout the site. (You won't see an icon under your picture, because you cannot send an email to yourself.) Other registered users will be able to click this icon, which will take them to a page where they can send an email.
Please note, your email address is not displayed to others during this entire process. Only if you decide to respond to the person directly by email will your address be revealed to them.
If you want to contact another user by email, you can only do so if
they have enabled the email feature through the above steps. If you
look at a post made by that user, you will see the email icon
underneath their picture. You can click on that icon to send them an
email. If there is no email icon it means that they are not open to
receiving emails from other users through our system.
You will not see this e-mail icon underneath your own picture because you cannot send an e-mail to yourself.
A few email programs have rather strict policies in regards to spam and will automatically place any unknown sender in your spam folder. Yahoo Mail is quite notorious for putting valid emails into spam.
To ensure that you receive all of our emails in your inbox, we recommend telling your system that "chrismartenson.com" is a safe domain from which you would like to receive e-mail. By doing so, you will be sure to receive every important newsletter, email, alert, and support message from the site.
If it is not possible for you to accept an entire domain name, we recommend adding two email addresses in your email client's address book. When email addresses are added to your address book, you are effectively telling email delivery systems that you consider the sender to be a valid source from which you want to receive messages. To do this, create new contacts in your email program as you typically would. Add one contact with an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and a second with an email address of "email@example.com." This will allow you to receive some of our mailings, but you will still need to check your spam folder periodically as well.
Please check with your Internet service provider if you have further questions about your spam filter settings.
At this time we do not support beta software such as Google Chrome. We do plan to look into this more in the future, but this is our current policy. We suggest the use of Firefox or Internet Explorer if you are seeking a more broadly available browser option. We apologize for any inconvenience.
This can happen when you attempt to copy from Microsoft Word to an Internet page.
We use a rich text editor for formatting. The rich text editor is the box you type in that has the buttons on the top for options such as bullet point, bold, italic, etc. Performing a direct copy/paste from Microsoft Word can cause extra Microsoft code to show up on the page.
There are two options:
- Use the button on the top that looks like a little Microsoft Word icon. If you hover over it, it says "Paste from Word." Click the button and paste your text into that window. Click "Insert" when done.
- If you're still having problems, you can use the button next to it, which has a little icon that has a "T" on it. When you hover over the button, it says "Paste as Plain Text." Do the same thing...click the button, then paste your text into the window. Click "Insert" when done.
One of those two should work, but a third option would be to disable the rich text editor completely by clicking the "disable rich-text" link right beneath the entry field. You can paste your text in this field, but it will lack formatting without adding basic HTML tags.
If you have forgotten your password, you can access your account and reset your password by following these instructions:
- Click on the "New
Password" link at the top of the homepage. If you're already on the Login
page, there is a "New Password" tab that you can click on instead.
- Enter your username or the
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Click the "E-mail new password" button.
- A temporary login link will
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don't receive a message from us containing a temporary login link, be sure to
check your Junk Mail folder or your spam folder to see if it was filtered out
by your spam filter. You may need to make sure your spam filter is set to
allow messages from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Click on the password-embedded
link or cut and paste it into your browser.
- Click on the "Login"
- You will see that you are on the
"Edit Account Settings" page. Enter
a new password for yourself in the field titled "Password."
- Confirm your password by
re-entering your new password in the field titled "Confirm Password."
- Scroll to the bottom of the
page and click "Submit."
- Write your password somewhere
as a reminder for the future.
On occasion, some users may receive a blank page when attempting to view the site. This is fairly uncommon, but when it does happen can be quite frustrating. In most situations, it has to do with a firewall blocking the website, or a local Internet Service Provider (ISP) not updating their cache frequently enough to see site changes.
The list below provides some suggestions of what to do if this problem occurs:
- First, try reloading the page. Sometimes this is all that is needed.
- Temporarily turn off your computer's firewall, and see if you can then view the site. Sometimes firewall settings can be so restrictive that valid websites are also blocked.
- Clear your computer's cache. This can be done by selecting "Clear Private Data" within the Tools menu of Firefox, or by selecting "Delete Browsing History" under the Tools menu on Internet Explorer.
- Use traceroute (http://www.traceroute.org/#USA) to see if you can notice anything odd in the connection between your computer and our server (18.104.22.168). Sometimes you might be able to see the jump point where the connection breaks.
- Contact your ISP to ask them about connectivity to 22.214.171.124, and caching of 126.96.36.199 server content. We have seen a number of situations with smaller ISPs where they do not refresh their caches often enough, and the site is briefly not visible.
- Ask your ISP if they have any policies in place for blocking certain websites.
- Ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to go to the site and see if they are able to access it. This can help to determine if it is more of a local issue or something more specific to your ISP.
- If you have a laptop, take it to a local coffee shop to see if you can connect to the site through their wireless Internet connection.
- If you work in an office with computers, try accessing the site from work. This can at least narrow the problem to either a hardware or connectivity issue.
Occasionally we have visitors mention they are having issues viewing one of the Crash Course chapters.
The issues are not specific to any one given chapter, and most often the problems have to do with browser issues, computer processing/memory, or speed of Internet connection. The current Crash Course format provides a rich viewing experience with high-quality video, but the size of the videos has been known to cause viewing issues for some visitors.
The problem can typically be solved by performing one or more of the following:
- Clear the browser cache. Some information in the cache may
corrupted the video download.
- Close all instances of the browser and restart. Often the
will not be displayed in this situation because the browser is using too
much computer memory. This might be because the video is competing for
memory with another web page, or the viewer has multiple chapters
running in multiple windows at the same time.
- Avoid using "embedded" browsers, such as the browser which
with AOL. Instead, access the Internet using a fully functional
browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.
- Reboot the computer. Sometimes a program running in the
operating system might be causing a conflict with the video.
- Attempt to watch the video with a different Internet
We have had situations where the viewer's Internet connection is either
having problems, or just not powerful enough to watch the videos. He or she was then able to see the video when they took their computer to a
coffee shop and connected to the shop's wireless Internet connection.
- Attempt to watch the video on a different computer. Try on
computer at work, or on a friend's computer. Some older computers may
not have the processing power or memory capacity to handle multiple
videos running at once.
Yes. First. make sure you are logged in. Click on "My Account" at the top of the page, then click on the words "My Posts" (or you can click on the "Track" tab on your "My Account" page.) You'll see a list of all the comments, forum posts, and replies that you have made on the site.
Many people access this site from work. Whether or not we agree, many work places have content filters that will ban a site based on certain words. Swear words and hate language are two types of content that can get this site on a ban list.
To be fair to the people who might check in at ChrisMartenson.com while at work, and to ensure the accessibility of our message, we need to ask that everyone refrain from using this type of language. In the event that we find such language, we may modify it. If the post in question is completely irreparable, we may remove it.
We hope you will understand why this is necessary.
If attempting to add a link with the rich-text editor enabled, it is necessary to highlight the text
to be turned into a link, then click the icon above which looks
like a "chain link". A window will then pop up which allows entry of
the URL to be referenced. If "<a href="http://www.chrismartenson.com">link</a>" is written in the
rich-text editor, it will be displayed as text, not a link.
The reason it works this way is the text editor doesn't know if the commenter wants to create a link, or if a comment post is in regards to HTML programming and the goal is to display the actual written code.
This approach allows for both to be included.
Second, it is possible to have "<a href="http://www.chrismartenson.com">link</a>" recognized
automatically as a link, but only if the rich-text editor is disabled, and if the URL is prefixed with "http://". The editor can be disabled by clicking the "disable rich-text" link below any entry field.
There is a known bug with using Safari and the rich-text editor.
If you use Safari, you have one of two options: (a) disable the
rich-text editor and type the HTML directly (by clicking the "disable rich-text" link below the text entry field), or (b) use an alternate
browser such as Firefox (recommended) or Camino.
Right now the best way you can help is to spread the word by telling others about ChrisMartenson.com and the Crash Course. We also need to make people aware that we depend on the support of subscribers and donors to make it possible for Chris to do this work.
We know there are a lot of you who have time, energy, and skills to offer that could be useful in specific ways to help further ChrisMartenson.com, the Crash Course, and Chris’ message. If you would like to contribute in this way, please email us with a description of what you could do for us. We keep all volunteer offers on file and will contact you if we have need of someone with your skills and interest.
You may also be interested in joining the Martenson Brigade.
From time to time, when we have a project we need to recruit volunteers for, we will post a notice in the blog, so stay tuned. ChrisMartenson.com is run mostly by volunteers at this point, and we are sincerely grateful for all of the offers of help we have receive, whether or not we are in a position to take advantage of them at this time.
The Martenson Brigade is a team of volunteers whose mission is to
spread the word of the Crash Course in all sorts of innovative ways.
You can read more about it here.
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