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.

Technical Support

Before contacting us with a technical issue, please review the questions and answers below. In most every situation, the responses we have documented should solve your issue. If for some reason you do not see a response for your problem, send us an email using our Contact form. To ensure we can help you as quickly as possible, please provide us the following information in your email:

  1. Computer operating system (Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X, etc.)
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  4. Which service provider you use to access the Internet (AT&T, Verizon, AOL, Comcast, etc.)
  5. Region of the world you are located (preferably city/state)
  6. The exact steps taken which cause your problem. The more specific, the better. Tell us step-by-step what you clicked and what was displayed. If there were any error messages, copy and paste the exact text in the email. The more information we have, the more likely we will be able to handle your issue in a timely manner.

Thank you.


The ads you see on PeakProsperity.com do not necessarily reflect our views, but we do rely on the revenue they generate. At this time we are using Google AdSense to manage the ads shown on our site.  We do not condone or encourage any particular ads. Google uses their own automated technology to determine what types of ads they think will be a good fit for our site.  While we would prefer that no political or religious ads appear on our site, we cannot categorically block ads.

We can choose to block individual URLs if we are aware of them, but we have no way of knowing about them until they pop up on the site and we happen to see them or someone brings them to our attention. If you see an ad that you feel our readership would find offensive, please share with us the destination URL listed beneath the ad so that we can consider blocking it.  Once we have blocked an ad, it may take several hours to be removed from our site, so please be patient.  Thank you for your understanding.

For further information about our advertising policies and requirements, please contact us directly.

You can watch them through our YouTube channel, along with other videos of Chris Martenson'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.

At this time, our DVD orders are being fulfilled in house.  If you have trouble ordering or have another customer service issue with your order, please contact us directly and we'll help resolve it.

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 the chapters:
    • 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.

We are glad to have offers of help from people who are interested in translating the Crash Course into another language.  We have had volunteers help with fully or partially translating the Crash Course into French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Greek, Lithuanian, Slovak, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, and Portuguese so far.  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.  Our YouTube versions of the Crash Course, available here as "Chris Martenson Presents the Crash Course," are closed-captioned in English and a number of other languages.

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.

We understand that this is a big question for many people, ourselves included. We continue to develop site content to address the personal and cultural changes that we face. In fact, we've designed a companion site to Peak Prosperity, called Resilient Life, specifically to focus on answering the common question, What should I do?

First, start with our What Should I Do? Guide. Next, go to Resilient Life and take a look at what we offer there, including our ongoing What Should I Do? Blog and Daily Prep suggestions for increasing the resilience in your life. 

We also recommend that you 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, the Peak Prosperity side of the site has you in good stead. You can find information on the Planning Guides pages as well as in Peak Prosperity blog entries, podcasts, and Insider reports. Some of our material is available only enrolled members, but a significant amount of content is available for free to registered users as well.

Every enrollment defaults to automatic renewal.  However, we understand 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: 

  1. 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.
  2. Assuming you do not see the word “Enroll,” click on the "My Account" link
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
  1. Log in to your Paypal account.  Click on the word “Profile” near the top of the page, choose “More Options.”
  2. On the next page, click on the “My Money” link.
  3. On the My Money page, click the “Update” link to the right of the words “My Preapproved Payments.”
  4. On the My Preapproved Payments page, under “Merchant,” click on “Whitney Peak Ventures, LLC.”
  5. Then click “Cancel” and confirm by clicking “Cancel Profile.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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, please 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.  If you forget to opt out or notify us before your expiration date that you want to opt out, the system will 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 under most circumstances (you can read our policy here).  We appreciate your understanding.

Good question!  In a nutshell, they are the same thing.  Long ago, paid memberships used to be called "subscriptions," but they are now 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 or option in some blog posts, groups, forum threads. 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.  

If you are currently receiving content subscriptions notifications and you would prefer not to, please contact us and we will be glad to take care of it for you.

We are unable to automatically send invoices upon enrollment, but you can always view your enrollment information in your account. 

First, make sure you are logged in.  Then look at the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on "My Account."

You will be taken to your account page, where there is a list of links on the right-hand side underneath your profile icon or photo. 

Click on "View my order history."  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.  You will see a reverse-chronological list of all of the charges made to your account.

To view an individual invoice, click on the corresponding order number. At the bottom of this page is a link that says "Click to open a window with a printable invoice."

No, a donation to our site is not tax-deductible because PeakProsperity.com is not a nonprofit entity.  However, we are reader-supported and we're always grateful for donations.  We are doing our best to raise awareness about a set of issues that are incredibly important to our country and our world, and we are strongly committed to making our core content available for free.  This is not a conventionally sound business decision, but we believe it is the right decision.  Donations directly support this important work, and our readers' generosity benefits all who visit our site.

For more information on donating to Peak Prosperity and Resilient Life, along with other ways you can help the cause, click here.

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 an 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:

In addition to regular Insider blog entries, we also regularly offer Insider reports in 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; the second part often goes more in-depth with direct market observations and recommendations.

Go to the homepage and look at the navigation bar at the top of the screen. 

If you see the following, you are not logged in: 

GUEST EDITION   Login    Register    Enroll  

If you see the following, you are logged in but not currently enrolled: 

MEMBER EDITION   Inbox    My Account   Enroll   Sign Off

If you see the following, you are logged in and enrolled: 

MEMBER EDITION    Inbox    My Account   Sign Off

If you need further assistance, please contact us.

We regret that we are unable to give refunds. The enrollment fees and donations received by PeakProsperity.com are immediately 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.  If you need instructions on how to opt out, click here.  If you need assistance, please contact us and we can help. 

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 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.

Two 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) users who voluntarily opted out of our automatic renewal process, who will need to re-enroll after expiration each time they opt out; and 2) 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 wish to remain enrolled but 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:

  1. Make sure you are logged in.
  2. Click on the "Enroll" link in the navigation bar at the top of the homepage.
  3. Follow the instructions and your enrollment will be reinstated.

We understand that not everyone wants 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. Please note that you will have to follow this opt-out process each time you reactivate your enrollment. Also, opt-out must be completed before autorenewal takes place, so do not delay (see our refund policy to understand why.)

If you need further assistance with this process, please do not hesitate to contact us directly for help.

Yes, you may change the length of time that your subscription covers.  The new enrollment length will begin with your next renewal.  Please contact us for help prior to your renewal date. 

There are currently three ways you can donate money to support our 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 PeakProsperity.com.  Furthermore, our staff cannot access user credit card information.  We value the integrity of our own personal information and take the same care with your information that we take with our own.

The Insider Reports and Newsletters that are available with a enrollment are all in online form (via our site or by e-mail).  Either can be printed on our site or from your inbox.  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 Paypal simply by choosing that payment option when you enroll.

If your payment is for a donation, you can use the Donate button at the bottom of this page to send us a Paypal payment.  Be sure to note the reason for your payment so there will be no confusion on our end.

If you want to mail us a payment by check or money order (international payments should be sent in U.S. funds):

1) Make it payable to Whitney Peak Ventures LLC

2) Mail it to:

Peak Prosperity Enrollment (or Peak Prosperity Donation)
125 S. Main Street #104
Sebastopol, CA 95472

3) Be sure to indicate if it is an enrollment payment, 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.  Please allow extra time for processing.

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, or the charge may be rejected.  Next, please make sure you have correctly entered the expiration date and 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.  

If all else fails, please contact us for help and we'll investigate within our system.

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 “pending” to “completed” – something that is done internally by your credit card company – the extraneous incidences will disappear and you will see that you were only charged once for your enrollment.  So if the status on those multiple transactions is pending, please wait a day or so and check again.  Sometimes it can help to contact your credit card company and ask them to clear any "holds" on your account.  If you find that your monthly credit statement contains multiple completed (not pending) duplicate transactions, then you should contact us to sort it out.  Thanks.

We understand that some readers do not have the resources to enroll.  If we could, we would give all of our services away for free to everyone who is interested in our work. Unfortunately, the very real expenses of running a site with 65,000+ users requires us to bring in revenue somehow.

We remain committed to offering a significant body of content on our site for free.  Although we reserve some content for our premium members, the entire Crash Course has always been free and available to everyone, along with some of the other basic but important features of PeakProsperity.com, including forums and groups, our weekly update newsletter, the public blog, and a number of past Insider Reports, which can be found here.  We also offer an entire adjunct set of information at ResilientLife.org, including our What Should I Do? series and frequent blog entries, all at no charge to readers.

Enrolled members receive access to more extensive site content than registered users, including special in-depth reports, guides, and timely alerts.  However, we remain 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 to all who have done so generously in the past.  Your generosity goes a long way and is much appreciated.

Site Posting Terms of Use


SITE MISSION
  1. Have the Crash Course viewed as widely as possible
  2. Increase collective understanding of the role that energy, the economy, and natural resources play in our future
  3. Move individuals towards personal and common responsibility for the future

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The goal of PeakProsperity.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. 


TERMS OF USE

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:

  1. Does my post constructively illuminate an issue or answer a specific question?
  2. If constructively critical, is it emotionally neutral and considerate? Does it offer specific, actionable solutions?
  3. If asking a question, is it a bona fide question that will lead to an increased understanding of the 3E’s and related issues?

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. 

We expect users to take reasonable care to make sure that their posts are accurate and always use verifiable facts to support an argument.  We expect users to do their best to offer constructive solutions to problems, and to remember that this site is about strengthening our communities, not tearing them down or otherwise damaging them.


GUIDELINES

For posts that stray outside of our admittedly subjective boundary lines, we reserve the right to modify or remove any given post to conform to our definition of “acceptable posting.”

Posts may be edited or removed for any of the following:

  • Personal attacks
  • Posts which are in violation of any law or which openly advocate breaking the law
  • Posts containing information known to be false
  • Posts violating copyright laws
  • Hateful, taunting, violent, or harassing posts
  • Posts that are invasive of personal privacy
  • Posts in blatant disregard of purpose for which a specific thread was created
  • Posts containing any language not suitable for all audiences or that would trigger a corporate firewall or cause responsible parents to block us out.  This includes all profanity.
  • Spam and commercial advertisements

Please be sure to always include a link to the source for any posted material.  A snippet and a link, please.  Do not post entire articles.  We respect copyright laws here.

No posting in all caps!  This means titles, especially.  We view this as the equivalent of shouting.  We'll either replace the capital letters with lowercase letters, or we'll delete the post if that is too troublesome.

We really don’t want to remove anyone’s posts or censor anyone’s words, and it is a very rare event for us, but we need to make sure this community stays focused on the reasons we are here.  Please be responsible for your words, and do your best to ensure that none of your own posts ever need to be removed.

Thank you for your understanding.


CONSEQUENCES

Consequences for violating the forum rules may include a warning, editing or removal of the offending material, or suspension of posting privileges, potentially up to and including account deactivation and/or permanent banning from posting on the site. 

Moderators have the complete authority to act in what they see as the site's best interests.  The line is not always crisp, and the job is not easy.  They deserve your support.


CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS

We have given careful thought to the mission of this site and how information is best presented here to preserve the focus and effectiveness of our central message, especially to new users who may be unfamiliar with the main purpose of the site.

The function of the main forums is to discuss energy, economy, and the environment, personal finances, preparing for a future of expensive energy and less abundant natural resources, and those topics most directly related to them.

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.

The Controversial Topics forum area is a place where veteran PeakProsperity.com users can discuss topics which are outside of the main thrust of the site, and which, in our opinion, are controversial and/or might deflect a new visitor from understanding the central message of the website. 

We respect that there can be value in these topics, but have found that they can deflect new visitors who may not be ready to engage in this material.  We are not banning or limiting your ability to converse on these topics in any way; we are simply asking that these conversations happen at a location on the site where they will not be prominently displayed to every casual visitor.

Therefore, new threads covering the following topics may be created only in the Controversial Topics folder:

  • Global conspiracy theories
  • New world order conspiracy theories
  • 9/11 conspiracy theories
  • Guns and weapons
  • Global warming
  • Discussions on faith (not religion - see below)
  • Other topics which are potentially interesting but not necessarily related to the purpose of this site

OFF-LIMIT TOPICS

Regretfully, through much trial and even more error, we've determined that there are several topics that seem to escape the ability of otherwise careful and considerate people to discuss pleasantly in an online forum: 

  • Religion
  • Abortion 

These topics are not allowed, and any threads or posts containing them will be promptly removed.  We wish it could be otherwise, but our hard-earned experience is that these topics are not worth the trouble. We appreciate your understanding.


YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

We can’t be everywhere at once.  If you encounter a post that crosses a line, just click on the "alert moderator" button at the bottom of the post to let us know immediately.  Please be sure to provide us with specific information about why you are flagging the post so that we can take action if it is warranted.  We appreciate your help.


Per our site rules and posting guidelines, it is not acceptable to post anything that might violate copyright law. Consider summarizing or paraphrasing the point you wish to share. If you feel it is necessary to include a quote, please include only a snip - do not post the entire article. Please include a link and be sure to give credit to the original author.

These designations are based on the number of posts a user has made, as follows:

  • 0-24 posts = New Member
  • 25-49 posts = Full Member
  • 50-99 posts = Bronze Member
  • 100-249 posts = Silver Member
  • 250-499 posts = Gold Member
  • 500-999 posts = Platinum Member
  • 1000+ posts = Diamond Member

When you reply to a comment or forum post, look at the bottom of the box surrounding the post you want to quote in your reply and click the "Quote" button. This will set up a reply box for you to type your own response under the quote and will add a tag above the quote saying who originally wrote it. You may wish to delete any portion of the original post that is not relevant to your response.  Click on "Save" when you are ready to post what you have written.

At this time we do not allow forum contributions to be edited after they are posted.

Chris agrees with the many website experts who believe that original forum posts (and comments) should not be editable once they are posted. The thought is that if someone changes the original post, it may make the entire thread irrelevant, and users will have a hard time understanding the other posts in the thread.

We appreciate your desire to make your post more readable. You may want to make an extra effort to preview your words carefully before you hit post. There is a "Preview" button you can use at the bottom of the edit box.  Thank you for understanding.

You can report inappropriate forum posts immediately by clicking on the "Alert moderator" button at the bottom of the post screen. Our moderators will review the post and take appropriate action. Thanks for your help in keeping our site friendly and accessible to everyone.

Every folder and thread in the forums has an icon next to it. These icons provide additional information about the item, which can be useful to site members.  You can scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a visual key for these icons.  The key below provides a description of each icons you will encounter in the forums:

On the forum menu page:

Gray folder with a star means the folder contains posts you have not read (see also the Topics column, which will have a hyperlink in it with "# new" posts).
Gray folder without a star means you have read all the posts in that particular folder (there will be no extra hyperlink in the Topics column).

Within each forum:

New posts - Single-bubble icon with rays represents a new thread you have not read.
No new posts - Single-bubble icon without rays represents a thread that you've already read.
Hot topic with new posts - Multiple-bubble icon with rays represents a thread that is "hot" (lots of recent posts)
Hot topic without new posts - Multiple-bubble icon without rays represents a thread that is "hot" (lots of recent posts) where there are new posts you haven't read.
Sticky topic - Single-bubble icon with a thumbtack represents a "sticky" thread, an important thread placed at the top of the list by site administrators.
Locked topic - Single-bubble icon with a lock represents a thread that has been locked from further comments.

Yes, of course!  We encourage anyone and everyone to link to the Crash 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!

Please note that we do not have a reciprocal link exchange program; the links we feature on our homepage have been handpicked by Chris and Adam, and we do not post unsolicited links.  We appreciate your understanding.

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 (please contact us to discuss details).

We ask three things in return:  First, that Chris Martenson be given credit for his work; second, to have our URL (PeakProsperity.com) included as part of your presentation, and third, that you provide us with feedback on how well-received the materials were. 

If you are interested in purchasing a "presentation-ready" DVD version of the Crash Course with a handy presenter's pack outlining possible discussion content, they are available here.  Other than the cost of the DVD, there is no charge to show the Crash Course publicly.

Thank you for helping to spread the message of the Crash Course.

In order to protect the integrity of Chris’ message, we do not generally allow others to modify the content of the Crash Course.  If you need a shorter version of the Crash Course for television presentation, a 42-minute version of the Crash Course is available here in PAL format.  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

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 large dot on the horizontal line and drag it forward or backward.  The red portion of the horizontal line represents what you've already listened to.  The time counter may be helpful in saving and finding your place.

To increase or decrease the volume, click on the speaker ("sound" symbol).  Slide the gray bar on small gray horizontal line to adjust the volume up (to the right) or down (to the left).  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 ("pause" symbol) on the right-hand side of the podcast player.

To listen in iTunes or download the podcast, open the podcast article and scroll down to the bottom, below the large podcast screen.  Look to the lower left-hand side and there will be links for either option.

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.

Our Featured Voices podcasts are available for free to anyone who is interested.  Our Off the Cuff podcasts (part of our Insider Report series) and other special content is available only to enrolled members. To receive access to Off the Cuff podcasts, read Insider Reports, receive e-mail alerts, and enjoy other special benefits, you’ll need to enroll by logging in and clicking on the Enroll Today button at the top of the main page (or click here) and following the instructions from there.  Please note that once you are enrolled, you will need to be logged in to your account to access premium content at Peak Prosperity.

If you are having difficulty downloading or listening to the complete podcast, the problem can usually be solved by one or more of the following:

  • Clear your browser cache.  Some information in the cache may have corrupted the podcast download.
  • Close all instances of the browser and restart it, then retry.
  • Avoid using "embedded" browsers, such as the browser which comes with AOL.  Instead, access the Internet using a fully functional browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.
  • Reboot the computer. 
  • Attempt to listen to the podcast using a different Internet connection.
  • Attempt to listen to the podcast on a different computer. 

If all else fails, please contact us, let us know what you've already tried, and we'll do our best to help.

The easiest way is to click on the iTunes link at the bottom of the podcast page, on the left-hand side underneath the larger podcast screen.

One of our astute readers sent in the following helpful hints for another way to download podcasts to an iPhone:

  1. Download mp3 to desktop.
  2. Launch iTunes and drag mp3 to music library.
  3. Add new playlist titled "podcasts."
  4. Drag mp3 to "podcasts" playlist.
  5. Connect iPhone to computer. On main sync screen check off "transfer only checked playlists and music." Under iPod tab, check off "podcasts" playlist.
  6. Apply sync.

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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,

First, make sure you are logged in.  Then look at the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on "My Account."

You will be taken to your account page, where there is a list of links on the right-hand side underneath your profile icon or photo. 

Click on "Edit my profile."  Clicking on this link will take you to your profile page.

Scroll down to the section entitled Private Messages.  Here you can choose whether or not to allow private messages and whether or not you'd like to be notified by e-mail when you have received a private message.  Once you have made your adjustments, scroll down to the bottom and click "SAVE."

As always, if you need assistance, contact us.

There are two ways to send a private message:

  1. You can click on the "Send PM" link that is located opposite a person's avatar and username on the right-hand side of a forum post or blog comment.
  2. You can go to the User Profile page of the user you want to send a message to, and click on the words "Private message (username)" for a form that will enable you to send that particular user a private message.

Our current commodity price data for the homepage module comes from oil-price.net. They usually only update it once per day.  For more current pricing, please click the "More" button and go to the full Today's Market's page, where the individual prices are updated from fresh feeds regularly. 

If you are a registered user and like what you see, please consider supporting PeakProsperity.com at the enrollment level. By financially supporting PeakProsperity.com with an enrollment, you gain access to exclusive members-only content that is not available to the general public.  Here are some of the benefits you receive:

Enrolled members receive additional information that is not available to registered or public readers of the site. You will have access to additional in-depth posts, reports and podcasts, get more detailed recommendations on how to protect your assets and your family's needs in case of further economic crisis, and receive exclusive, timely e-mail newsletters, along with special alerts, as warranted. And you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are playing a role in helping to keep the Crash Course and its message available to all.

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For more information about enrollment or to become an enrolled member, click here.

Yes. You can find us on Facebook here

If you are a registered user or an enrolled member, first make sure you are logged in. Then click here and you will be taken to a form that will allow you to send us a message. You can also send an email directly to our Daily Digest email, which is dd@PeakProsperity.com.  Submissions should be current news and relate to at least one of the 3 Es: the Economy, Energy, or the Environment.  Suggestions are filtered by our Daily Digest team prior to publication.

We are committed to providing a significant body of important content for registered users at no charge.  Here are some of the benefits at PeakProsperity.com that are only available to registered users (whether or not they enroll):

  • Receive weekly newsletter updates
  • Comment on blog entries, forum topics, and group posts
  • Start new threads and reply to existing threads in our groups and forums
  • Gain access to special reports and podcasts that are not available to the unregistered public
  • Allow other registered users and enrolled members to e-mail you through our system without needing to know your e-mail address
  • Watch special high-resolution versions of the Crash Course videos
  • Enjoy better service from our system. The system constantly updates itself for registered users, unlike unregistered or not-logged-in users.
  • Be counted!  Help us know how many followers we have.

Registration costs you nothing!  To register, click here.

Please note that registration is not the same as enrollment, although enrolled members receive all the benefits of registration and more.  Enrolled members pay to access 100% of our content, including premium content unavailable to others.  To learn more about enrollment, click here.

Click here for Chris' suggestions about buying gold and silver.  Please note that you must be a registered (or enrolled) member AND logged in to view this page.

Chris and Adam spend just about every available moment keeping their fingers on the pulse of the market, working on upcoming projects, recording podcasts, continuing to offer blog posts and Insider Reports, and providing occasional forum input. We are a very small team and we also continually work hard hard to make critical changes and improvements to the site while preparing for future ventures.  We hope this effort will be appreciated by readers.

Chris and Adam maintain an active presence on the site, reading comments and responding directly to them when possible.  The team reads all comments and incoming e-mail, and we take all suggestions and questions under consideration for inclusion in our site content.  We welcome and appreciate your input.

Although Chris, Adam, and the team cannot usually address reader questions directly, our online community is a rich resource of thoughtful input from well-informed PeakProsperity.com members.  The expertise represented in our community is remarkable (as you may already have discovered). So if you have not already done so, we encourage you to share your thoughts directly on the site so that others can read and respond.  We recommend using our Groups feature to find others who are interested in your topic of discussion.  Or you may want to consider posting in the Peak Prosperity General Discussion forum.  Questions and insights that are in alignment with our site guidelines are always welcome at PeakProsperity.com. 

We are also grateful for suggestions and feedback. We are constantly working to improve the site, and we greatly appreciate input that will help us accomplish that goal.  We take all suggestions under consideration, and those that we cannot yet implement are kept on file for possible future use. 

If you feel urgently that it is in your best interest to speak with Chris personally, you will be glad to hear that he does offer personal consulting for a fee.  Many of our readers have availed themselves of this option.  More information on consulting and scheduling is available here.

Resource suggestions that are in alignment with our site guidelines are always welcome at PeakProsperity.com.  While we are not able to respond personally to all of the email we receive, we are always grateful for timely tips from sharp readers. If your suggestion is appropriate for publication in our Daily Digest, you may e-mail it to us for inclusion.  Suggestions are filtered by our Daily Digest team prior to publication.  If not, you may want to post your link on the site in on of our groups or forums and begin a discussion so that others may benefit and join in.  Please note that we do not accept links for exchange or promotion.

Simply send us an e-mail and let us know how you feel!  Chris works hard to help people and finds it encouraging knowing that his efforts are appreciated.  He especially appreciates hearing how his work has been meaningful to individuals.  If we feel your testimonial is one others would find helpful, we will post it on the Testimonials page (with minimal editing for grammar and punctuation).

All of our e-mails contain a link that you can use to unsubscribe if you wish.  Please note that you may need to be logged in to unsubscribe using these links.  If you are frustrated, in a hurry, or can't figure out how to log in to your account, simply forward a copy of a recent unwanted e-mail to support@peakprosperity.com with your request and we'll promptly remove your subscription(s).

If you would like to handle unsubscribing on your own, you can do so by following these instructions:

We send out three different kinds of e-mail subscriptions/newsletters.

The Weekly Newsletter includes headlines, article snippets, and links back to the site.  It's designed for infrequent site visitors to have a quick summary of all that has happened at Peak Prosperity the previous week, with an easy way to access any articles that might be of interest.

The Insider Newsletter delivers the full text of premium enrolled-members-only articles straight to your inbox.  This is especially helpful for those who do not visit the site often and like the convenience of having our premium content delivered via e-mail.

To unsubscribe from either the Weekly Newsletter or the Insider Newsletter:

First, make sure you are logged in.  Then look at the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on "My Account."

You will be taken to your account page, where there is a list of links on the right-hand side underneath your profile icon or photo. 

Click on "View my profile."  Clicking on this link will take you to your profile page, where you can click on the right-hand tab that says "subscriptions."  Uncheck one or both of the newsletters and click "SAVE."  If successful, you'll see a green box confirming the action.

Content Subscription notifications contain timely notification of comments and other posts on the site.  The easiest way to unsubscribe from a single subscription is to click the link at the bottom of one of these e-mails.  However, you may have numerous content subscriptions, and if this is the case, it will be easier to unsubscribe on the site.

To unsubscribe from Content Subscriptions:

First, make sure you are logged in.  Then look at the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on "My Account."

You will be taken to your account page, where there are several tabs near the top of the page.  Click on the tab marked "notifications."

You will find a tally of how many subscriptions you have ("You have 3 active subscriptions.")  In the section below, you can choose to disable or cancel all your subscriptions.  After you select one, you will be asked to confirm your choice.  If successful, you'll see a green box confirming the action.

As always, if the above steps don't work for you or you need further assistance, please forward a recent unwanted e-mail to us with your request (support@peakprosperity.com) and we'll promptly ensure that you no longer receive unwanted e-mails.

Your account username, password, and/or the e-mail address associated with your account can be changed by following these instructions:

First, make sure you are logged in.  Then look at the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on "My Account."

You will be taken to your account page, where there is a list of links on the right-hand side underneath your profile icon or photo. 

Click on "Edit my profile."  Clicking on this link will take you to your profile page

In the "Account information" section, you'll see fields for "Username," "E-mail address," "Password," and "Confirm password."  Enter only the information you wish to change, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save."

If you need help, please contact us and we will be glad to assist.

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:

https://www.peakprosperity.com/user/rese...

If your email client is set to receive messages only in plain-text format, the URL will look like this:

https://www.peakprosperity.com/user/rese... [1] 

The "[1]" next to the URL is a footnote.  You must then scroll to the bottom of the e-mail to find the full link.  You may be able to click on it, or you may need to cut-and-paste the full link into your browser.  It will be a long link and you will need to make sure to include every bit of it or it won't work.

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.

Finally, if the above does not work for you, please contact us and our customer service crew will reset your password manually. 

Please note that although we do our best to respond quickly to all e-mails, there there may be a delay of up to one business day for a manual password reset.  Thank you for your understanding.

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.

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. 

An RSS icon looks like a dot with two arching lines cupping it on the right.

Here are a few examples:

  • An RSS feed icon is found on the main blog page to the right of the title (in this case, the icon is orange).  This represents a feed for all blog posts.  As new blog entries are created, this RSS feed will update.
  • You can also subscribe to an RSS feed for each individual forum thread (this icon is also orange).  The RSS feed for each thread is a continual listing of all the reader comments and responses to the original forum post.
  • There is also an RSS feed icon on the far right of the light gray navigation bar under the title box of every blog post (in this case, the icon is gray).  This represents a feed containing all of the reader comments for that particular blog entry.  

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.

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.

There is also an audio alternative if you cannot read the CAPTCHA words well enough to enter them.  Simply click on the link that says "verify using audio" and type in the first letters of each word that is spoken.

If you have tried several times and need further assistance, contact us for help.

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.

To clear your browser cache in Firefox, perform the following steps:

  • Select "History > Clear Recent History..." from the browser navigation menu.
  • Ensure the "Cache" checkbox is selected.  (You may also need to select "Cookies" if you have had persistent trouble.)
  • Click the "Clear Now" button.
  • Attempt to play the podcast again.

To clear your browser cache in Microsoft Internet Explorer, perform the following steps:

  • Select "Tools > Internet Browsing History" from the browser navigation menu.
  • Select "Temporary Internet files and website files"  (You may also need to select "Cookies and website data" if you have had persistent trouble.)
  • Click the "Delete" button.
  • Attempt to play the podcast again.

Please note, clearing the Internet files stored for your browser may require you to log in to the site again.  If you have any further questions, please contact us.

If you cannot view premium content on our website, check to see if you are logged in and currently enrolled.  You must be logged in to view premium content at Peak Prosperity.

Sometimes, even after logging in, it's necessary to clear your browser cache or reboot your computer, especially to view a page that you previously tried to view when you were not logged in.

If you continue to have trouble, please let us know and we'll do our best to help.

As a benefit to our users, it is possible to opt in to a feature that allows members to send e-mails to each other via our system without knowing the recipient's e-mail address.  This feature is disabled by default, but you can enable it by doing the following:

First, make sure you are logged in.  Then look at the navigation bar at the top of the page and click on "My Account."

You will be taken to your account page, where there is a list of links on the right-hand side underneath your profile icon or photo. 

Click on "Edit my profile."  Clicking on this link will take you to your profile page.

Scroll down to the section entitled Contact Settings.  Check the check-box to opt in to this feature.  Once you have made your adjustments, scroll down to the bottom and click "SAVE."

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 any post made by that user, you will see the "Email" link that is located opposite a person's avatar and username on the right-hand side of a forum post or blog comment.  If there is no Email link, it means that they are not open to receiving emails from other users through our system.  (You will not see this link underneath your own picture because you cannot send an e-mail to yourself.).

You can also go to the User Profile page of the user you want to send a message to, and click on the words "Contact (username)" for a form that will enable you to send that particular user a private message.

Please note that 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.

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 "peakprosperity.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 add 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 "info@peakprosperity.com" and a second with an email address of "support@peakprosperity.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.

We suggest the use of Firefox or Internet Explorer for best results. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This can happen when you attempt to copy from Microsoft Word into a post or comment on our site. The box you type in is a rich-text editor.  It has buttons on the top for options such as bullet point, bold, italics, 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 (a clipboard holding a small white box with a blue "W" on it).  If you hover over it, it says "Paste from Word." Click the button first, then 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 "Switch to plain-text editor" link right beneath the entry field.  Once in plain-text mode, you can paste your text directly; however, it will lack formatting without adding basic HTML tags.  If you are familiar with HTML, you can add them, or switch back to rich-text mode to add formatting the usual way.

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.
  • Use traceroute (http://www.traceroute.org/#USA) to see if you can notice anything odd in the connection between your computer and our server (174.120.12.180).  Sometimes you might be able to see the jump point where the connection breaks.
  • Contact your ISP to ask them about connectivity to 174.120.12.180, and caching of 174.120.12.180 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.

We are happy to help troubleshoot, so please don't hesitate to contact us if you need help.

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 have corrupted the video download.
  • Close all instances of the browser and restart.  Often the video 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 comes 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 connection.  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 your 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 "history" tab (last one on the right.)  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 PeakProsperity.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.

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Right now the best way you can help is to spread the word by telling others about PeakProsperity.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 us to do this work.  Hosting a Crash Course showing (publicly or privately), telling friends and neighbors about our work, and spreading the word via the Internet through social media are just a few of the things that supporters can do that make a big difference.

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 Peak Prosperity, the Crash Course, and our message.  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. 

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.  Thank you.

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.