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    Gold Signaling Crisis

    Both Gold And Copper Warn: “Crisis!”

    Is a Comex failure coming?
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:45 AM

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    Gold has spiked higher in the overnight markets, now above $1535.  Copper continues to weaken.  That combination says that gold is not sniffing out an inflationary burst from some future burst of economic growth. If that were the case, copper wouldn’t be tanking here. Take a peek at these two charts. Let’s your eyes wander…

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    Matthew Stein: When Disaster Strikes

    Urgent advice on pre- & post-emergency steps to take
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, September 10, 2017, 3:58 AM

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    To make sense of which steps are most important to take soonest when preparing for a major disaster, we've invited Matthew Stein back on the program.

    Mat is a design engineer, green builder, and author of the two bestselling books: When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival (Chelsea Green 2011), and When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency (Chelsea Green 2008).

    On this week's podcast, Mat details his recommended steps for those facing imminent threat of crisis (Hurricane Irma), those with more time to prepare for one (Hurricane Jose), and those dealing with the aftermath of disaster (Hurricane Harvey).

     

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    Opportunity In Crisis

    Be one of those who prospers from the coming change
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:33 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The systemic markers that precede collapse
    • The approaching end of our current 'unlimited growth' paradigm
    • Is a collapse inevitable? Or can we evolve gracefully to a new model?
    • The opportunity within the coming change

    If you have not yet read Part 1: What Triggers Collapse? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    What Triggers Collapse?

    Many authors (Jared Diamond, Joseph Tainter, Thomas Homer-Dixon, David Hackett Fischer,   Michael Grant and Peter Turchin, to name a few) have delved into the question of why civilizations decay and fail.  The question of how nations/empires endure gets considerably less attention, but economic/social adaptability, the resilience of shared purpose/social cohesion, social mobility, the ability to generate reliable surpluses, secure trade routes, a professional army and navy to defend borders and trade routes, a merit-based a professional bureaucracy to collect taxes and oversee commerce, a stable form of money and competent leadership all play critical roles.

    But history is replete with examples of nation-states and empires that possess all these positive attributes that still decay and collapse once critical supplies of energy and food fail, or invaders conquer essential territories or trade routes.

    Can we generalize the dynamics that weaken a nation/empire to the point where collapse cannot be staved off?

    The authors listed above have highlighted the following systemic dynamics…

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    Recent Chris Appearances In The Media

    A slew of good interviews to catch up on
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, September 12, 2016, 7:09 PM

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    Chris has been in high demand over the past few weeks, as media outlets try to make sense of the options available to the Federal Reserve at this point. More and more, the confidence in the asset price bubbles blown by the Fed's "endless easing" policy is coming under scrutiny by the average observer.

    How much longer can it continue? What are the long-term societal costs of this central bank intervention?

    And more important: What will trigger the return to higher interest rates? (and thereby, the puncturing of the bubbles blown by the Fed)  And what will the repercussions be?

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    Grasshopper Nation: Planning For Those Who Aren’t Prepared

    Whom will you help? And how much will you be able to?
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, June 4, 2016, 1:40 AM

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    Our resources are finite. Most of us don't feel we have all that we require to meet our own needs and goals. And the best-laid preparations of the most planful of us can suddenly become woefully insufficient if too many unexpected family, friends and neighbors show up demanding our charity.

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  • Podcast

    FerFAL: Understanding Societal Collapse

    Warnings we should heed from Venezuela's crisis
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, May 22, 2016, 5:18 PM

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    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'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.

    Sadly, collapse is not just a theoretical worry for a growing number of people around the world. They're living within it right now.

    This week, we catch up with Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre, who began blogging during the hyperinflationary destruction of Argentina’s economy in 2001 and has since dedicated his professional career 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's perspective on the current crisis in Venezuela, as well as the devolving situation in Brazil.

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    The Year Of The Red Monkey: Volatility Reigns Supreme

    To preserve capital, you need to outsmart the monkey
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, March 11, 2016, 7:16 PM

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    In the lunar calendar that started February 8, this is the Year of the Red Monkey. I found this description of the Red Monkey quite apt:

    "According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. That implies the status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes for your finance, career, business relationship and people relationship."

    (Source)

    In other words, the financial world will be volatile. And few will have the agility and wile to outsmart the market-monkey.

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    How The Seeds Of Revolution Take Root

    What motivates a populace to rebel against a regime?
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, February 26, 2016, 3:48 PM

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    Fisher found that a wage/price cycle often ends in transformational social upheaval. While proponents of his model have a wealth of historical examples to draw upon, they miss a key factor:  the vulnerability or resilience of the nation-state facing crises.

    Some nations survive invasions, environmental catastrophes, epidemics and inflation without disintegrating into disorder. Something about these nation’s social/ economic /political order makes them more resilient than other nations. So rather than accept the proximate causes of disorder as the sole factors, we should look deeper into the social order for the factors behind a nation’s relative fragility or resilience.

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    Oil Is Sinking The Markets

    Subprime comparisons are now too obvious to ignore
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, January 25, 2016, 11:47 PM

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    A vast, enormous amount of junk-rated oil debt is in deep trouble. Everybody knows this, but saying so has been taboo up until now, at least in polite conversations.

    But the parallels to the sub-prime market's role as the "pin that popped the bubble" in 2008 are now too obvious to ignore.

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    The Deflation Monster Has Arrived

    And it sure looks angry
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, January 16, 2016, 12:53 AM

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    As we’ve been warning for quite a while (too long for my taste): the world’s grand experiment with debt has come to an end. And it’s now unraveling.

    Just in the two weeks since the start of 2016, the US equity markets are down almost 10%. Their worst start to the year in history. Many other markets across the world are suffering worse.

    If you watched stock prices today, you likely had flashbacks to the financial crisis of 2008. At one point the Dow was down over 500 points, the S&P cracked below key support at 1,900, and the price of oil dropped below $30/barrel. Scared investors are wondering:  What the heck is happening? Many are also fearfully asking: Are we re-entering another crisis?

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