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  • Blog

    The Hard Truth

    Why hard assets are so important given the current state of global markets
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, August 9, 2019, 5:33 PM

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    If you prefer to listen to this article, read by its author Chris Martenson, click the player here below: | Download | ___________________________________________________________________________________ It’s very easy to get sucked into the mini dramas playing out across our digital screens. Trump Tweeted this while the stock market did that. Uh oh! Somebody’s experiencing something awful, or…

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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 10/13 – Trapped By The “Walmart Of Heroin,” Best Government Money Can Buy

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, October 13, 2018, 4:39 PM

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    • You might not be anonymous, thanks to genealogy databases
    • Could Donald Trump be the last world emperor?
    • Jim Rogers: Worst Crisis In My Lifetime
    • Best Government Money Can Buy
    • Watch Boston Dynamics' Humanoid Robot Do Parkour
    • After Soyuz Failure, Space Is Now Weirdly Inaccessible to Astronauts
    • Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’
    • Another NASA space telescope just went into safe mode
    • Ebola 2018 Update: Still Dicking Around With Dynamite
    • USDA Surprises with Crop Yield Cut
    • High CO2 levels cause plants to thicken their leaves, could worsen climate change effects 
    • #ICYMI: Climate change could destroy us all, but who cares?! 
    • Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers

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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 7/12 – How the BBC Lost the Plot on Brexit, China Closes Door To Recycling

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, July 12, 2018, 1:52 PM

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    • Residents of Stockton are set to get $500 a month with no strings attached in bid to boost economy
    • Inflation Is A Policy Decision
    • Merk Research: U.S. Business Chart Book
    • What Happens if I Really Do Run Out of Money in Retirement?
    • How the BBC Lost the Plot on Brexit
    • The Epic Battle Between Breast Milk and Infant-Formula Companies
    • The Big Cycle – Part 2
    • Study Confirms Most Psychopaths Live in Washington D.C.
    • The Downside Risk For Oil
    • Forget the trade war, China won't take our plastic anymore
    • Trash piles up in US as China closes door to recycling
    • What Footage From 1980s Bike Races Can Teach Us About Climate Change

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  • Podcast

    Lewis Dartnell: How To Rebuild The World From Scratch

    If society collapsed overnight, how would we re-create it?
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:24 PM

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    If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, what crucial knowledge would we need to survive in the immediate aftermath and to rebuild civilization as quickly as possible?

    Ask yourself this: If you had to go back to absolute basics like some sort of post-cataclysmic Robinson Caruso, would you know how to recreate an internal combustion engine? Put together a microscope? Get metals out of rock? Or produce food for yourself?

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    Off The Cuff: So Then What?

    If robust economic growth returns, is that a good thing?
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:46 PM

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    In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris discusses:

    • So Then What?
      • The cost of growth may be much higher than we truly want
    • The Exponential Model Can't Work Forever
      • Simple math, but wishful thinking ignores it
    • Data, Debt & Demographics
      • The really big trends all point to growing scarcity
    • Spend Less & Spend Local
      • Smart frugality is the path of the future

    This week Chris explores: What will happen if those cheering for higher economic growth indeed get what they want? Will things really be better off?

    Simply put: No.

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  • Podcast

    Tim Jackson: The High Price Of Growth

    A finite planet cannot sustain infinite economic growth
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, October 16, 2017, 7:31 PM

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    Modern society is addicted to and engineered for perpetual economic growth.

    Now, a fourth-grader can tell you that nothing can grow forever, especially if you have finite resources. But that simple realization is eluding today's central planners, despite multiplying evidence that growth is becoming harder and harder to come by.

    This week's podcast guest is Professor Tim Jackson, sustainability advisor for the UK government, professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey and Director of CUSP. Tim is also a full member of the Club of Rome.

    He explains why the exponential growth rates of today's economies, and their associated rates of resource extraction/consumption, will not be able to continue for much longer — and why a pursuit of "prosperity" (defined much more broadly than simple consumerism) is a much healthier goal for humanity.

     

     

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  • Podcast

    Richard Sylla: This Is An Inherently Dangerous Moment In History

    Low interest rates are causing distortions & mis-allocations
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, August 7, 2017, 6:42 PM

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    "The rates we’ve had in recent years, including right now, are the lowest in history. The book that I co-authored on the history of interest rates traces back to the code of Hammurabi, Babylonian civilization, Greek and Roman civilization, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and early modern history right up to the present. And I can assure our listeners that the rates that they’re experiencing right now are the lowest in human history."

    So says Richard Sylla, Professor Emeritus of Economics and the Former Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets at New York University's Stern School of Business. He is also co-author of the book A History Of Interest Rates

    We invited Professor Sylla onto the podcast after hearing his work favorably referenced by the panel convened at the recent hearing held by the US Congress titled: “The Federal Reserve’s Impact on Main Street, Retirees and Savings.”

    Based on his deep study across the scope of millennia of human history, Sylla warns we are at a dangerous moment in time.

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  • Blog

    The Inevitability Of DeGrowth

    Our current debt & energy orgy can't last much longer
    by charleshughsmith

    Saturday, July 8, 2017, 2:45 AM

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    Even though we don't know precisely how the future will unfold, we know a few things about it.

    Simply put, debt-dependent consumption in a world in which wages stagnate for the bottom 90% and energy costs increase as demand outstrips supply is a system with only one possible end-point: collapse.

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  • Podcast

    Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

    What history predicts about our future prospects
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 26, 2017, 3:20 AM

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    By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of The Collapse Of Complex Societies (free book download here).

    Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on — an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. 

    He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their energy subsidies reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. That is what we are going to be talking about today, especially in regards to where our culture is today, the risks it faces, and whether or not we might already be past the tipping point towards collapse but just don’t know it yet.

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  • Insider
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    Get Ready For The Coming Massive Correction

    One we may never fully recover from
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:46 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The economic data is getting darker fast
    • The over-indebtedness of the economy is the worst it's ever been
    • Predicting the timing of the next major market correction
    • As the risks mount, what should the concerned investor do?

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Why The Markets Are Overdue For A Gigantic Bust available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The Data Says…Another Downturn Is Upon Us

    Our view is that a massive market correction is coming, one that may well rip the financial markets apart, and cause very long-term and long lasting damage, possibly to the point of taking generations to repair in any meaningful sense.

    In fact things may never actually recover to the current heights because recovery requires energy and there simply isn’t the net energy per capita that existed in the past.

    For now, we see plenty of signs of fundamental economic weakness, and this is not surprising at this stage of the so-called economic expansion.  The truth is this expansion has been phony to a large degree, and quite probably should have broken down many times in the past, most recently in early 2016.

    But the central banks prevented that and we can all feel thankful at the extra time that has provided us to become more resilient under reasonably calm circumstances.

    And yet, the one thing that central banks have never been able to do is…

     

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