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  • Insider

    The Rich Are Planning For Catastrophe

    What do they know that you don't?
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:10 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Why the wealthy are plotting to leave us behind
    • The "madness of crowds" virtually ensures a period of social chaos when the system breaks
    • The media is, and will continue to be, used to manipulate the masses
    • The growing risk of a new kind of civil war in America
    • Preparing today will give you vastly more options tomorrow

    If you have not yet read Part 1: America The Insolvent available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The Wealthy Are Plotting To Leave Us Behind

    In the absence of an official plan, you'd better have your own — something the extremely wealthy are already working on for themselves.

    As the co-founders of Peak Prosperity, Adam and I happen to know and/or interact with quite a few wealthy people who are deeply concerned about the future and taking steps to assure their survival in it.  These people have access to the very best information; they know the system better than your average citizen.  They know what the weak points are and what could go wrong.

    From our observations, it’s safe to say that the more insider-experience an individual has, the greater their concern.

    The least-concerned people are those without much knowledge of the system (i.e., most "regular" folks). Or a weak sense of curiosity. Or, most damagingly, a propensity to get their news from the mainstream media.  Let’s just say that the information available to the “retail crowd” is either incomplete or misleading (and quite often intentionally so).

    What I mean to say more directly is: if you're not already a billionaire and getting access to the very best and most accurate information, you’d do well to….

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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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    Daily Digest 4/11 – KY Gov Vetoes Pension Bill, U.S. Sanctions Inflict Pain on Putin

    by saxplayer00o1

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:11 AM

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    • Kentucky governor vetoes pension bill allowing agencies to withdraw from state plan
    • Pension Funding an Issue in 3 Midterm Gubernatorial Races
    • U.S. Sanctions Inflict Pain on Putin as Russia Pulls Bond Sale
    • Global Debt Jumped to Record $237 Trillion Last Year
    • U.S. Deficit to Surpass $1 Trillion Two Years Ahead of Estimates, CBO Says
    • Venezuela stopped bond payments in September
    • The U.S. Should Be Reaching out to Russia — Not Risking War
    • Oil Prices Likely To Soar On Geopolitical Risk

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  • Podcast

    Art Berman: Like It Or Not, The Future Remains All About Oil

    And competition for it is heating up
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:19 PM

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    Art Berman, 40-year veteran in the petroleum production industry and respected geological consultant, returns to the podcast this week to talk about oil.

    After the price of oil fell from its previous $100+/bbl highs to under $30/bbl in 2015, many declared dead the concerns raised by peak oil theorists. Headlines selling the "shale miracle" have sought to convince us that the US will one day eclipse Saudi Arabia in oil production. In short: cheap, plentiful oil is here to stay.

    How likely is this?

    Not at all, warns Berman. World demand for oil shows no signs of abating while the outlook for future production looks increasingly scant. And the competition among nations for this "master resource" will be much more intense in future decades than we've been used to.

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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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  • Blog
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    Running Out Of Room

    No energy = no goods and services = no economy
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, November 2, 2017, 12:02 AM

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    The idea of an 'industrial economy' is an extremely recent human invention. And we’ve staked quite a lot on its continuation.

    But it faces a massive predicament: It’s running out of resources.

    When talking about the “economy”, we're really referring to the flow of goods and services — which are themselves entirely dependent on energy. No energy = no goods and services = no economy. It’s really that simple.

    So to track where we are in this story, put on your ‘energy goggles’. If you do, you can discover quite a lot.

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  • Insider
    change.org

    Running Out Of Room

    No energy = no goods and services = no economy
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 2:58 PM

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    The idea of an 'industrial economy' is an extremely recent human invention. And we’ve staked quite a lot on its continuation.

    But it faces a massive predicament: It’s running out of resources.

    When talking about the “economy”, we're really referring to the flow of goods and services — which are themselves entirely dependent on energy. No energy = no goods and services = no economy. It’s really that simple.

    So to track where we are in this story, put on your ‘energy goggles’. If you do, you can discover quite a lot.

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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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  • 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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