Peak Prosperity News Feed en Brad Friedman: Why To Be Suspicious Of Every Election ]]><p>Long an &#39;exporter of democracy&#39; to the rest of the world, there is ample evidence that the United States lacks even the most rudimentary, basic protections necessary to preserve voting integrity within its own borders.</p> <p>Some of the evidence is circumstantial, some is statistical, and some is pretty direct and clear-cut. Taken together, a pattern that emerges strongly suggesting that ever since voting machines, electronic voting machines were introduced in the United States, we&rsquo;ve had a string of suspect election results that frankly are not consistent with a free and fair voting outcome.</p> <div>This week, we&#39;re joined by Brad Friedman, election integrity analyst to understand better the systems and practices currently in place to collect and tally votes in America. As we gear up to elect our next president, it&#39;s clear that numerous concerns exist about the state of &#39;free and fair&#39; voting in our country.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast diebold elections fraud politics voting Sun, 29 May 2016 16:26:00 +0000 Adam Taggart 98586 at FerFAL: Understanding Societal Collapse ]]><p>As we write about the risks of our over-indebted economy, of our unsustainable fossil fuel-dependent energy policies, and our accelerating depletion of key resources, it&#39;s not a far leap to start worrying about the potential for a coming degradation of our modern lifestyle -- or even the possibility of full-blown societal collapse.</p> <p>Sadly, collapse is not just a theoretical worry for a growing number of people around the world. They&#39;re living within it right now.</p> <p>This week, we catch up with Fernando &quot;FerFAL&quot;&nbsp;Aguirre, who began&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">blogging</a>&nbsp;during&nbsp;the hyperinflationary destruction of Argentina&rsquo;s economy in 2001 and has since dedicated his professional career&nbsp;to educating the public about his experiences and observations of its lingering aftermath. Given his first-hand experience with living through, and eventually escaping, economic collapse in South America, we asked him to offer his insider&#39;s perspective on the current crisis in Venezuela, as well as the devolving situation in Brazil.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Argentina Brazil Collapse crisis emergency preparedness Hugo Chavez hyperinflation Venezuela Sun, 22 May 2016 17:18:36 +0000 Adam Taggart 98435 at Observations From The Heart Of Silicon Valley ]]><p>Yesterday I made the 2-hour drive back to Silicon Valley, where I lived for 15 years before moving out to the country.</p> <p>I rarely go back, as I miss very little about the hyper-elite scene there. When I do, though, I feel I have a useful &#39;insider-now-outsider&#39; perspective that allows me to see things there more accurately than those who live in that fishbowl 24/7.</p> <p>What hit me most strongly upon arriving back in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area, is how little of the craziness has changed since I left 4 years ago. I don&#39;t mean &#39;unchanged&#39; though; rather that the same craziness is there, just more extreme than ever.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Apple bubble central bank China Elizabeth Holmes Federal Reserve Google home prices housing LinkedIn Menlo Park Netflix Palo Alto rent prices Silicon Valley tech Theranos twitter venture capital Fri, 20 May 2016 00:11:48 +0000 Adam Taggart 98395 at Dave Janda: Bad Medicine ]]><p>In our ongoing discussion of how our Health Care system (or more aptly-named &quot;Sick Care&quot; system) has&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">been hijacked by those who profit most</a>&nbsp;from it, we interview Dr. Dave&nbsp;Janda&nbsp;this week, who recently and very publicly announced he was walking away from his clinical practice in protest of how poorly the quality-to-cost ratio has dropped in his profession.</p> <p>Dr.&nbsp;Janda&#39;s&nbsp;perspective is informed not just from his years as a practicing surgeon and researcher, but also through his involvement with health initiatives for the Reagan and Bush I administrations, as well as the National Institute of Health. His overall conclusion is that the health system now exists to serves its corporate and administrative owners, to the detriment of patients and practitioners.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Affordable Health Care Act big pharma Dave Janda doctor health care Insurance Medicine obamacare Sun, 15 May 2016 18:57:13 +0000 Adam Taggart 98318 at Which Countries Will Be Tomorrow's Winners & Losers? ]]><p>The dictum &ldquo;demographics is destiny&rdquo; proposes that all the complexities of finance, society and politics are ultimately guided by demographics: the relative size of each generation, birth rates, death rates, etc.</p> <p>Where does this lead? If geography and demographics have already defined which nations will be attractive to capital and most likely to accumulate productive capital in their domestic economy, and those nations that will struggle due to high costs and low rates of capital investment, in effect Nature (geography) and Culture (demographics) have already picked tomorrow&rsquo;s winners and losers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog capital Charles Hugh Smith demographics geography Peter Zeihan Sat, 14 May 2016 00:23:44 +0000 charleshughsmith 98110 at The Inevitability Of Unintended Consequences ]]><p>Anyone involved with managing projects, people or systems knows that the only thing that can be planned with absolute certainty is that things will never go 100% according to plan.</p> <p>This is true even in exceedingly simple situations, which we&#39;ve written about at length here at Peak Prosperity (the uncontrollable nature of the straightforward&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Beer Game detailed in this post on the Bullwhip Effect</a>&nbsp;outlines this well). And it&#39;s one of the truisms that gives us the most confidence that the world&#39;s central planners will eventually lose control of the global systems they are trying to manage via increasingly heavy-handed intervention.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog unintended consequences Tue, 10 May 2016 06:04:51 +0000 Adam Taggart 98224 at M. King Hubbert: The Limits To Oil ]]><p>M. King&nbsp;Hubbert&nbsp;did more to raise awareness of the finite nature of global oil reserves than any other person, living or dead. He was a larger-than-life figure, who fought tirelessly to insert the limits of nature into the national dialog regarding the strategic use of resources. Yet surprisingly little has been publicly documented about the man, even though we are hurdling ever faster into a future shaped by the very limits he warned about.</p> <p>In today&#39;s podcast, Chris talks with Mason Inman about his new book&nbsp;<a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0393239683&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=peakprosp-20&amp;linkId=QCXRB3T73WYNZWZB" target="_blank">The Oracle Of Oil</a>, the first in-depth biography of M. King&nbsp;Hubbert, to learn more about the genesis of the Peak Oil theory.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Podcast Inman M. King Hubbert oil Peak peak oil Sun, 08 May 2016 16:52:28 +0000 Adam Taggart 97983 at Chaos & Volatility On The Rise ]]><p>No, that&rsquo;s not a &lsquo;click bait&rsquo; sensationalist article title. Things are getting &lsquo;weird&rsquo; out there if you&rsquo;re trying to be polite, and downright chaotic if you are being blunt.&nbsp; Everywhere we look, we see signs that the systems that support us are breaking down.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of these are signs that the status quo has failed and continues to fail us. But the form of power expressed by our so-called &lsquo;leaders&rsquo; today seems nearly incapable of healthy introspection coupled to correct action; preferring instead to do more of the same things that got us into this mess in the first place.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog chaos economy Fort McMurray hedge funds Markets stocks volatility Sat, 07 May 2016 00:01:48 +0000 cmartenson 98186 at Why We're So Unhealthy ]]><p>I was fortunate to attend a&nbsp;permaculture&nbsp;conference, &#39;<strong>Better Soil, Better Food...A Better World&#39;</strong>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Tara Firma Farms</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;Petaluma, California this past weekend that Adam Taggart (co-founder of Peak Prosperity) was responsible for producing. Joel&nbsp;Salatin&nbsp;(author of nine books, including&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front</a>&nbsp;and head farmer at&nbsp;Polyface&nbsp;Farms, Virginia), Paul Kaiser (Singing Frogs Farm, Sonoma, California), Toby&nbsp;Hemenway&nbsp;(author of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Gaia&#39;s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale&nbsp;Permaculture,&nbsp;2nd&nbsp;Edition</a>), and Robb Wolf (author of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Paleo&nbsp;Solution: The Original Human Diet</a>) were on hand to explain the connections between the way our food is grown, processed and distributed and our ill-health.</p> <p>Though these connections are common sense&mdash;we all know about garbage in, garbage out&mdash;the linkage between our extractive,&nbsp;monoculture&nbsp;agriculture and all the other subsystems of food and health remains opaque to most Americans.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog American Medical Association arthritis BMI Cancer Charles Hugh Smith diabetes Diet health health care heart disease high blood pressure nutrition Obesity Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:31:31 +0000 charleshughsmith 98031 at Automating Ourselves To Unemployment ]]><p>In this current era of central planning,&nbsp;malincentives&nbsp;abound. We raced to&nbsp;frack&nbsp;as fast we could for the quick money, while leaving behind a wake of environmental destruction and creating a supply glut that has killed the economics of shale oil. Our stock exchanges sell unfairly-fast price feeds for great sums to elite Wall Street high-frequency-trading firms, and as a result have destroyed investor trust in our financial markets. &nbsp;The Federal Reserve keeps interest rates historically low to encourage banks to lend money out, yet instead the banks simply lever up to buy&nbsp;Treasurys&nbsp;thereby pocketing vast amounts of&nbsp;riskless&nbsp;free profit. The list goes on and on.</p> <p>One particular&nbsp;malincentive&nbsp;has been catching my attention recently, one that feels especially pernicious because it does not seem easily reversible, if at all. For US employers both large and small, it&#39;s becoming increasingly less appealing to employ human labor.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog AI Automation employment jobs labor layoff malincentive malinvestment mechanization robot robotics technology unemployment Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:39:49 +0000 Adam Taggart 97851 at