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Chris speaking at The Commonwealth Club of California TOMORROW 4/24

Tuesday, April 24 @ 7pm PST
Monday, April 23, 2012, 10:22 AM

To those of you in the San Franscisco Bay area: Chris is speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California tomorrow night.

This marks Chris' return to the CWC, where he spoke to a standing-room-only crowd three years ago. Tomorrow, they're giving him a bigger venue and the event will be televised for future broadcast.

Chris and I will remain after the main interview is completed to meet with any CM.com members that are able to attend. If you live close enough to make the event, we're looking forward to meeting you.

Here are the details on the event from the CWC's website:

 Crash Course

Chris Martenson, Ph.D., Futurist; Author, The Crash Course 
Tom Van Dyck, Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management

The combination of financial market volatility and depleting resources (notably peak oil) present a challenging outlook for investors. Building wealth is even more daunting when considering how flimsy government figures about the economy can be. If the great disruption is near or here, what are some tips for building a resilient family and community? Join us for a conversation with a noted futurist about charting a course to prosperity through the coming turbulence ahead.

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. reception
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV

Location  Blue Room, The Commonwealth Club  

Click here to register for the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

cheers,
Adam

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So well deserved, and so long overdue!

Congrats on this well-deserved and long overdue speaking engagement guys. The CWC really screwed up badly last time, putting Chris in the smaller Gold Room, competing with Elliot Spitzer in the Blue room, leaving a lot of people frustrated because both speakers appealed to them. CWC staff later admitted to me that they had no idea who Chris was, and that they screwed up by not anticipating the demand.

But I do feel compelled to debunk a slight inaccuracy in your announcement:

Adam Taggart wrote:

This marks Chris' return to the CWC, where he spoke to a standing-room-only crowd three years ago.

"Standing room only" really isn't an accurate description, Adam. The situation there was a near riot. I was literally pushed aside on the narrow escalators up to the 2nd floor by a man who became enraged when he overhead the staff above us say that Chris' talk was sold out more than a full half-hour before the advertised start time. The frustration and annoyance was so great that the Post-Carbon Institute got involved in emergency mode, and rented a room to allow their members who were turned away a second chance to hear Chris speak.

It sounds like CWC has wised up and booked Chris in the Blue Room, where he should have been the first time, and where they can accommodate several hundred attendees. I really wish I could be there myself, and I wish you guys another sell-out audience. You deserve it!

I strongly encourage anyone who wants to attend to PRE-REGISTER to guarantee your seat. It costs the same and you'll be guaranteed to get in. Even the Blue Room sells out occasionally, and believe me, the people who were turned away last time were quite unhappy about it.

All the best,

Erik

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I can't wait to hear Chris's

I can't wait to hear Chris's and Adam's take on the talk at CWC this time.  Erik, I can't believe it has already been 3 years since the last one!  I can remember you describing it then, as you did above, and being struck by how the audience was reacting to Chris's appearance with almost rock-star fervor (as he deserves:)!  So I am very curious to hear how this goes tonight, at the "sequel"  Good luck Chris and Adam!  I hope it is going/went well!

Seems like new trends tend to start on the West Coast, and then take about 5 years to to work their way back East...

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CWC podcast?

Hope Chris's talk will be released later as a podcast. You can subscribe to the Commonwealth Club/Climate One at iTunes.  

  

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Ok, I'm dying of curiosity; how did the Commonwealth gig go?

Hey Chris and Adam-

   Ok, I'm dying of curiosity; how did Chris's gig at the Commonwealth Club go this time?  And how did it compare to the last time Chris was there presenting to a sold-out crowd?  :)

   Is there anyone else who attended who can share their perceptions of how it went?

   Thanks!

  

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I'm with pinecarr, and came

I'm with pinecarr, and came here today to get the skinny. Hurry up will you.

BOB

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CWC talk impressions

I was there and heard Chris and Tom.  There were on a two person panel, sponsored by climate one.  I would guess there were 100 people in the audience.  The room couldn't hold much more than that.

The event was video taped and should be released on the Climate One web site, but I don't see it there as of 4/28.

http://www.climate-one.org/

As expected, Chris gave excellent answers to various questions from the moderator, backed by various data points about peak oil and money printing.  Chris recommended paying down debt, investing in yourself (e.g. learning skills), your home (e.g solar panels), and your community (e.g. shop for locally grown food).

Personally I feel if you have the opportunity to take out fixed rate long-term debt, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lock in cheap money and extremely low rates.  As long as this money can be invested in things that return better than interest+inflation this is a win as the money will be paid back with cheap dollars in the future.

My favorite moment was in the Q&A when one of the questions was asked by a recent college graduate knee-deep in debt who was considering maxing out her credit card to buy gold.  Chris suggested that she "put a bullet" in that idea, and that she should pay down her loans first.  I was in attendance with a friend who is in a similar situation.  Fortunately he is in a high-tech job and should be able to pay down his loans quickly, then start saving in gold.

I wasn't impressed by Tom as his answers were not backed by data and generally towed the liberal line on climate change and the benefits of government intervention in the economy.  In particular, he shared his opinions on how government should further intervene in the energy market (I disagree), and how people should invest in environmentally responsible companies as they will have better return.

Several people asked questions about climate change.  I noticed that Chris didn't acknowledge or deny climate change but would redirect the answer toward resilience and sustainability.  I'm curious whether Chris has expressed any data or opinion about whether climate change is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Regardless I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Chris in person and recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.  Next time I see Chris I will pose the following question: "I recently read Currency Wars by James Rickards.  In the end he lays out a hypothetical scenario of currency collapse and the various responses from the government.  One of the hypothetical government responses is demogogue gold investor and place a 90% windfall profits tax on anyone who owns gold, effectively destroying the inflation protection purchased by gold savers.  Do you see this as a possible scenario and how can gold investors protect themselves from this kind of government theft?"

I'd be curious for any thoughts from the community on this possibility.

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Chris at the Commonwealth Club

   Thanks for sharing your impressions of the talk, dbrubeck!  I agree that getting to see/hear Chris in person is well worth it!

   Re your question about the hypothetical windfall tax scenario for people owning gold:  To me, it seems to reinforce some people's argument that one should not keep all of his/her assets in one basket, in terms of the country they are located in.  I know Simon Black (another analyst with a lot of international experience, who writes about the world/economy/what may come) often talks about the importance of mitigating "sovereign risk"; spreading one's assets across more than one country so one is not at the mercy of any one country's [potentially unfair or corrupt] leadership/laws.  I think Chris may have also written about it; I'm not sure off the top of my head.  I have to admit that I have not paid that much attention to that idea, as I just don't have that much in terms of assets to make it seem applicable.

   That kind of "you can't know for sure what will happen" scenario is also a reason why some people like the idea of investing some of their earnings in more tangible assets, that will make their home/lifestyle more resilient, vs just gold.  -It is the old "you can't eat gold" argument.

...And then there is always diversification into silver:)

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Podcast for Chris at Commonwealth Club

 The audio podcast is available thru iTunes or here:

audio.commonwealthclub.org/audio/podcast/cc_20120424_cl1_crashcourse.mp3

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Commonwealth Podcast on YouTube

If you have not heard this podcast from the itunes link Woodman has posted, you can listen below on our youtube channel.  

http://youtu.be/4mTY5WkVPN8

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How disappointing!

I only listened to the first 15 minutes, but found this extremely disappointing.

So "Climate One" (who?) now claims their charter to be "Economy, Energy and Environment", and introduced the topic as if it were their idea. Chris was outstanding to the extent he could be, but panel discussions are never the best way to present a true expert (I had a very successful career in public speaking and speak from experience). Tom sounds like just another NorCal Greenie, long on rhetoric and sound bites, short on substance. Rah rah rah for wind and solar, because we all know Californians love to hear that message and aren't interested in the factual realities that prevent those alternatives from playing a meaningful role in the energy story.

I suppose that if Tom did all the legwork to get the CC to put up this event, it's a reasonable trade for Chris to share the stage with him. But frankly I think he'd have done better just acting like a "sponsor".

The Commonwealth Club already screwed Chris over once two years ago when they put him in the Gold room, competing with Elliot Spitzer who the same audience also wanted to see. Now we're treated to Chris' message (Three E's), diluted and presented as if the other guys thought it up!

I'm VERY disappointed in the Commonwealth Club. They should have recognized their screw-up two years ago, and re-booked Chris (ALONE) in the Blue Room, where he could have delivered HIS message in HIS way, at HIS pace, organized in HIS way. As a former CC member, I'm sad to say I'm not surprised.

I certainly don't mean to criticize Chris here. He did a fantastic job making the best of the wrong format of speaking opporunity, and was a perfect gentleman about sharing the stage with a couple of wannabes who contributed nothing of substance to the conversation. But I pity the audience who was once again deprived of hearing the real message from the real source, thanks once again to Commonwealth Club incompetence.

Erik

 

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