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    Off The Cuff: Cartel-driven Politics

    How the recent debates reveal the agendas of the deep-pocket donors
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 10:17 AM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

    • Cartel-driven Politics
      • The debates reveal the agenda of the deep-pocket donors
    • Our Broken Health Care & Education Systems
      • They serve the cartels at the expense of their customers
    • ‘Burnout’ Is Becoming An Epidemic
      • And this is during the “good times”?
    • We Need A Movement Focused On “Meaning”
      • Isn’t that (and happiness) what really matters in life?

    This week Chris and Charles take a close look at the platforms being promoted by the bevy of presidential hopefuls, and lament the lock-step commitment to the same “business as usual” that is destroying the prospects and well-being of everyday Americans.

    Rather than looking critically at the “borrow and spend” addiction that is drowning us under an unserviceable mountain of debt and liabilities, the candidates are hustling to out-compete each other in spending $trillions more. All, of course, in service to the corporate cartels donating to their campaigns:

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    Are You Infuriated Yet?

    You should be. I certainly am...
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:27 AM

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    Both the pension and health care crises are infuriating and self-inflicted wounds.

    We could have avoided them by making wiser choices in the past. We didn't. We could limit their damage by making better choices today. We almost assuredly won't.

    Anybody who studies the system and its math comes to the same conclusion: the corporations have all the power and they are misusing it for private gain.

    An easy prediction to make is that this simmering anger of the populace is going to start boiling over more violently in the coming years. Welcome to the Age of Fury.

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    Off The Cuff: Meeting The Enemy

    A hard look in the mirror
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 5:45 PM

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    In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

    • The Intelligence Wars
      • When everyone is pointing fingers, whom are we to believe?
    • The Need For Humility
      • Our current hubris is destroying the systems we depend on
    • The Enemy
      • Is our our "neo'" agenda, whichever side of the aisle it's on
    • Fixing Our Broken Healthcare System
      • Reform needs to start with our own behavior

    "We have met the enemy and he is us"

    ~ Pogo (Walt Kelly)

    This week Chris and Charles hold up a harsh mirror to American society. So many of the long-term predicaments we face are issues of our own making, pursuits that benefit an elite few at the expense of the rest of us. The good news here is that we still have time to dramatically improve our odds of a better future by choosing to make different decisions going forward. The all-important question is: But will we?

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    Too Much Complexity Is Killing Us

    Why the decline is accelerating from here
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:13 AM

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    There’s a line of thinking — one that we ascribe to here at PeakProsperity.com — that says today’s problems are far more complex and numerous than those we've dealt with in the past. In fact, some of them are actually predicaments — meaning they have no solutions, only outcomes that we'll need to manage.  Moribund economic growth is only as high as it is due to massive debt binging. Ecological and energy issues are accelerating, and will for sure rear their heads at inopportune times not of our choosing.

    Said another way: Eventually we're going to have to pay the bill.

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    Mad As Hell

    Why the public is so pissed off
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3:50 AM

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    A critical movement is arising at this time in history.

    Each of us can assume a role to play in its formation and development, and therefore its eventual success or failure. It's my personal belief that we are past the time where we can avoid major disruption, so each of us must be personally prepared as best we can for upheaval, while also working towards building a new and better narrative to live by.

    Do you have the courage to participate?

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    Off The Cuff: Our Out-Of-Control Cost Of Living

    Health insurance for Chris' family went up 61%(!) this year
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, January 13, 2017, 2:14 AM

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    In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

    • The Runaway Cost Of Health Care
      • The premium for Chris' family went up 61%(!) this year
    • A Failure Of Intelligence
      • The lack of substance underlying the latest smear campaign
    • Fake News
      • When everyone is covered in mud, whom can you trust?
    • What To Expect As The Presidential Torch Gets Passed
      • How Trump's strategy is likely to depart from Obama's

    Well, there's a lot of red meat tossed around in this latest podcast. There's something in it for nearly everyone to find righteous outrage with.

    It begins with Chris railing about the year-over-year 61% increase just slapped onto his family's basic insurance plan. The ACA has quickly turned into a racketeering operation in many states like Massachusetts, where Chris lives. Mish joins in on the harsh criticism of the current system:

    For some instances of some people, forty percent of their income going to health insurance.

    And then look at the millennials. I mean, they've just decided to opt out. And who can blame them? They're not making enough money, but they just decided well, I’d rather keep it all. And they’ve decided that they will just rather pay the penalty if they get caught. But if they get sick, then they’ll join on the spot and get coverage. That’s the game everyone's being forced to play.

    And nowhere along the line, as we’ve discussed many times, is there any impetus to control costs. And not only are there not any controls, there was nothing written into the legislation. And meanwhile, they call it the "Affordable" Care Act. As with any act of government, it has the exact opposite effect of its title. 

    From there, Chris and Mish tackle the recent intelligence debacle where our government and media are trumpeting "findings" that are backed by zero evidence and unverifiable innuendo. When all sides look incompetent, where do you turn for trustworthy information?

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    Dave Janda: Bad Medicine

    A doctor's reasons for quitting the profession
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, May 15, 2016, 6:57 PM

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    In our ongoing discussion of how our Health Care system (or more aptly-named "Sick Care" system) has been hijacked by those who profit most from it, we interview Dr. Dave Janda 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.

    Dr. Janda's 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.

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    Why We’re So Unhealthy

    Our system makes & keeps us sick
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, April 29, 2016, 11:31 PM

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    I was fortunate to attend a permaculture conference, 'Better Soil, Better Food…A Better World' at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, California this past weekend that Adam Taggart (co-founder of Peak Prosperity) was responsible for producing. Joel Salatin (author of nine books, including Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front and head farmer at Polyface Farms, Virginia), Paul Kaiser (Singing Frogs Farm, Sonoma, California), Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition), and Robb Wolf (author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet) were on hand to explain the connections between the way our food is grown, processed and distributed and our ill-health.

    Though these connections are common sense—we all know about garbage in, garbage out—the linkage between our extractive, monoculture agriculture and all the other subsystems of food and health remains opaque to most Americans.

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    “The Government Comes Up With the Money”

    A mindset that's killing our economy
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 4:48 AM

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    I'm half-heartedly watching the State of the Union address right now. What a cynic I've become.

    My younger self would be shocked and saddened to learn how I've come to view these annual addresses as little more than a game of charades. The President (not just Obama, but his predecessors, too) reads a carefully and expensively constructed script designed either to elicit self-congratulatory applause from the echo chamber side of the hall, or to lob political harpoons into the other.

    But in the end, it's nothing more than a game of words. And the real issues that desperately need addressing get ignored, glossed over, or showered with pablum and over-promises that will never materialize.

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    2013 Year in Review

    Austerity is not a policy
    by David Collum

    Friday, December 20, 2013, 5:36 PM

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    Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed "Year in Review" synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year's is no exception. Moreover, he has graciously selected PeakProsperity.com as the site where it will be published in full. It's quite longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full.

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