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    What The 1918 Spanish Flu Can Tell Us About The Coronavirus

    The world's readiness for a true pandemic is woefully lacking
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 8:13 PM

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    Given the continued spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, we urgently reached out to John Barry, author of the award-winning New York Times best-seller The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History.

    Two years ago, we interviewed John about the expected implications should a pandemic of similar scale break out in today world. Little did we realize at the time how quickly his insights would prove relevant.

    John remains quite concerned at how the world’s readiness for a pandemic is woefully lacking, exacerbated by the hyper-connectedness of our modern society (i.e., the ease and speed with with people can travel).

    And while good data is scarce in these early days, what we do know so far about the coronavirus does not encourage him. If the virus is indeed as contagious as suspected, he sees no hope of containing it before it becomes widespread.

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    PODCAST: Everything We Know So Far About The Coronavirus

    It's time to take matters into your own hands
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, January 25, 2020, 2:29 PM

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    In the midst of our furious coverage of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Chris is giving interviews to numerous interested media outlets.

    Here’s an interview he just recorded hours ago on the TFMR Podcast, which gives a good breakdown of what we know so far about the unfolding situation (as of Saturday, Jan 25, 2020).

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    Dennis Meadows: The Limits To Growth

    Revisiting one of the most seminal studies of our era
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 5:23 PM

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    Fifty years ago, an international team of researchers was commissioned by the Club of Rome to build a computer simulation of exponential economic and population growth on a finite planet.

    In 1971, its findings were first released in Moscow and Rio de Janeiro, and later published in 1972 under the title The Limits To Growth. The report concluded society would start experiencing serious declines in resources and population soon after 2030.

    One of the original seventeen researchers involved in The Limits To Growth study, Dennis Meadows, joins us for the podcast this week. Fifty years later, what does he foresee ahead?

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    Art Berman: Houston, We Have A Problem

    The surplus energy that powers the world is declining
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 29, 2019, 7:37 PM

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    Chris caught petroleum geologist Art Berman right before he went on stage to deliver a presentation on the limitations of shale oil (his excellent slides can be found here). The world is finally starting to realize that the profit-making potential of this space was drastically over-hyped.

    But more important, warns Art, is that the souring sentiment on shale oil is a reflection on the bigger challenge ahead of us: How we will power the world in a future of declining net energy?

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    Sebastian Junger: Is Our Material Wealth Undermining Our Happiness & Health?

    For all modern society has gained, we may have lost what really matters
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 22, 2019, 3:56 PM

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    One the most personally meaningful podcast interviews we’ve done over the years was Our Evolutionary Need For Community, recorded with Peabody award-winning author Sebastian Junger.

    Since recording our initial interview with Sebastian, we’ve often shared the insights from it with the Peak Prosperity tribe at live events and in our writings. So this week we decided to reconnect with Sebastian, and hear how his thoughts and conclusions on the topic have evolved since we last talked with him.

    It’s clear that he believes more than ever that the future prosperity of our society will be rooted in rediscovering how to create and foster the communal bonds our tribal ancestors lived by. And that begins by taking an honest look at the narratives, behaviors, and modern conveniences and temptations that keep us trapped in unhappy, unhealthy isolation.

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    Grant Williams: A Reset Of The System Is Inevitable

    We need to clear the malinvestment that never got addressed during the GFC
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 8:57 PM

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    While at the New Orleans Investment Conference this past weekend, Chris and I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Grant Williams, publisher of the economic blog Things That Make You Go Hmmm and principal of Real Vision TV.

    There will be no smooth transition back to sustained economic growth, he warns

    Instead, the distortion of today’s excessive asset prices will require a systemic reset to fix. Either by a deflationary event that destroys the malinvestment, or by an inflationary event that destroys the currency.

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    Charles Hugh Smith: Will You Be Richer or Poorer?

    Much of what we truly value is at risk
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:34 PM

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    Prolific and exceptionally perceptive author Charles Hugh Smith returns to discuss the insights in his just-launched book Will You Be Richer Or Poorer? Profit, Power & AI in a Traumatized World (the first chapter of which can be read for free here) The current narrative that our standard of living is not only the best…

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    Marjory Wildcraft: Growing Your Own Groceries

    How to turn your backyard into a food production system
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 4:14 PM

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    Marjory Wildcraft, founder of The Grow Network and author of Grow Your Own Groceries, explains how we can contribute to the local food production movement by using our own windowsills, planters and backyards as a food production system.

    Even those with no prior experience can swiftly learn how to grow and raise a meaningful portion of their dietary calories.

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    Peter Boghossian: How To Have Impossible Conversations

    'Hacks' for constructive, respectful discussion on any controversial topic
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:32 PM

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    How can we successfully engage in discussion on difficult issues with those we care about, as well as society at large?

    Peter Boghossian, co-author of How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide, shares straightforward conversational ‘hacks’ for having constructive, respectful discussion on any controversial topic — including climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control.

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    Ben Hunt: Prepare To Get Burned

    Society is pretending its actions don't have consequences. It's badly mistaken.
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:01 PM

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    History teaches us that there is no free lunch, reminds Dr. Ben Hunt, publisher of EpsilonTheory.com.

    And science informs us that even simple systems become nearly impossible to predict or control with 100% precision as time and variables change.

    But our society today is ignoring these lessons. It’s betting that the increasingly excessive distortions required to keep the status quo continuing will succeed, and come at no cost.

    That’s a losing bet, warns Hunt.

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