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Perhaps there is another option as far as YouTube is concerned?
There is a website, UNSW that put up a whole lot of lectures on YouTube.
However, what they did was make two versions available, the lower quality video which is viewed by default but a link to a higher quality video was also provided – thus most people just watched the default but those requiring more, had an option.
Unfortunately, I am blocked from accessing YouTube due to my employer, so the link I provide may not be correct. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA_G8XbVYugÿ but it should play a video plus give a link to a higher quality video if wanted.
The harsh reality is that bandwidth cost money so I understand why the video quality was cut back hence why I asked rather than just put a ‘virtual’ boot in.
On the use of bittorrent, the main problem that I see with the current DVD release is that it’s one HUGE file.
For some of us in countries with governments with backwards broadband policies, to download such files can take a long time and last time I checked (i.e. two days ago) there were still only 12 bittorent seeders on one of the trackers.
It would be helpful if the individual lectures making up the Crash Course could be listed separately thus giving people the option of downloading it in smaller chunks and also allowing content update to be made also in small chunks. (I am referring to the bittorent releases here).
I know the drawback is that people may be tempted to download just what they perceive to be important and ignore other stuff that assists or under-pins the course (i.e. exponential growth may get sidestepped yet it’s fundamental for understanding the urgency etc).
I’ve subscribed to this site because through this site and the information it relays, I have had the wakeup call that I seriously needed. Comments from people who are obviously way more informed than I am and who are further down the change path than I am has been invaluable.
I don’t live in the US and therefore don’t consider some of the stuff as impacting as what it may be to those living there in terms of what gets discussed in the forums – not so much the Crash Course content (maybe this is my ignorance talking) but even so, I felt a subscription was my way of sending money towards a great cause and to support people who are doing real things for others in this world.
When-ever possible, I open up my full bandwidth to seed the bittorent DVD version of the Crash Course as it’s another small way in which I can contribute. I am listing these things not because I want recognition but because perhaps others may recognise it as a way in which they can contribute/help if not already doing so. The bandwidth one for me is a real concern – only 12 seeders isn’t much and the torrent file should be re-released every so often otherwise it falls off the radar.
What about a target running cost type of display being made available? Like what wikipedia recently did to get to their required $6m donation target?ÿ Seeing something visual makes it easy to realise?The only thing to watch out for is that if the visual constantly shows being behind the eight ball all the time on costs, then this can act as a negative motivator because quite frankly, people don’t like to back what they think could be a loosing cause.
I’m trying here to throw out ideas as my simple way of contributing/helping/tweaking things since helping on a substantial financial basis for me is not possible at this stage.
Between all the smart people we must be able to come up with ways to generate income to cover the costs? I’m no marketing person by any means but perhaps looking at what other sites do may provide some ideas (and dismissing the one’s that cheapen it too).
Crash Course T-Shirts / Coffee Mugs anyone?
Sadly we missed Christmas – I wouldn’t have thought it too cheap to send out Crash Course key rings along with Christmas gifts.
How much does it cost to put together a Crash Course calendar (again, a little late as the new year is well underway) but it could be populated with Crash Course / financial checkpoints and double up as a ‘preparation planner’.
This next idea may be frowned upon but even a refer a friend scheme where you get maybe an additional months access to the reports for free if you get someone to sign up – I know, I know, this borders on blurring the boundaries of the integrity of what this site stands for but I’m just throwing out ideas here so if the idea is crap, then don’t shoot the messenger!
If anything I say is stupid, then please correct me, I’m open for learning all I ask is that you do so in a polite manor
Anyhow – I’ve raved on enough – lets here some other people’s ideas as to what we can do collectively to help cover the costs of keeping this site/video’s available to all in the best possible way.
I have to agree with jrf29, this is a step backward in my opinion.
Plenty of alternative information being trust at people these days, making the presentation of a lower quality is just one more turn-off in people’s minds.
Whilst it will not stop me directing people to the website it does make me feel like I have to give a bit of a warning/apology first for the less than top notch video experience people will encounter,
I have a friend who’s a minister and one of his gripes is over how churches used to be stuck in the mind-set of producing advertising on what often could be described as toilet paper! He often used to say that presenting something to at least a commercial standard added an air of authenticity and respect to things. Youtube is seen as a poor persons delivery media I think.
What is the rationale behind this? To save bandwidth and therefore costs?
What about giving people both options at least? High quality OR low quality so the user can make the choice?
I disagree. Fear of what? Corporations take and own what they want. They buy governments and silence the individual – look at corporate America how it has enslaved people the world over.
Perhaps to state that capitalism itself was the evil may not be technically correct but as a framework it’s been a great framework for greed to work within as far as I’m concerned.
The fear that I see currently is that people are in fear of their jobs and look at the result – contraction. Fear never produces long lasting good for all – it requires greater and greater amounts of energy to maintain it’s rule – thus at it’s heart it is a resource wasteful system. Naomi Watts covers quite well what Friedman’s policies ultimately required to keep them enforced in the third world.
Isn’t the FED a private banking cartel operating under the guise of a government agency? Hardly the government acting as I see it but rather corporate greed at it’s best in stealth.
John Maynard’s statement on capitalism goes hand in hand with how it’s been used:
Quote: "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone".
On the technical issue of capitalism, I stand corrected on the pure essence of what it is. I have wrongly associated fiat based systems with capitalism itself, where-as an excellent post on this website has made a clear definition of what it is: i.e. https://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/time-get-out-way-what-capitalism/12461
However, whilst in the purest sense of the word capitalism may not be to blame, it certain has been used as a vehicle from which destruction has been launched time and time again.
Thank you Ron – much appreciated 🙂
(and for confirming that I wasn’t going blind / didn’t see it – I sometimes have a tendancy to miss the obvious!)
One of the people at my work showed me articles about China’s gold production being actually 25% down on normal levels and that China holds vast gold reserves. In his opinion, gold will not climb to the heights some people are speculating it will.
In a pure crisis, gold becomes almost worthless – as someone put it, you can’t eat gold!
I’m not sure myself – so much advise and views that’s its hard to know – but that’s probably my lack of understanding…
We live in very interesting times.
You know, over the years I have grown to dislike America and it’s policies of take take take but I have to qualify that by saying I don’t hold the average American to blame.
Despite my dislike for the system of unfetished greed they have unleshed upon the world I am truely saddened by the unfolding events.
At the end of the day, those people loosing homes, loosing jobs, loosing perhaps their own lives are people – people like you and I.
I can no longer stand there and say you had it coming because when you see people hurting, all the ‘I’m right, your wrong’ make no bloody difference at all – we are all loosers in what’s happening.
I originated from NZ, so I have that option up my sleave if things get too bad in Australia. Australia has a lot going for it but if food becomes the most sought after commidity in time, then even Australia may find it difficult if droughts continue and global climate change continues. Food wise, I think NZ will hold it’s own and the current government just voted in there is very socialist and is cutting out a lot of the rott in the system – sweeping aside a lot of excuses for non-functioning in many sectors.
I have a very small house and I was looking at putting on extensions before all things started turning pear shaped. I will probably still proceed with this plan but I will look at doing something that will allow others to co-habbit our place if I can. There’s probably going to be a number of people displaced and I thought that perhaps making my place a haven for a few in time might come in handy (If this is folly – please correct me).
If social structures collapse, then it would be really handy to have a list of contacts in your local area who are like minded – by that I mean people who are prepared to band together for the benefit of others rather than exploit the situation. People posting in this site seen to be of this mind.
I realise too that protecting your identity and therefore your possible livelyhood in a time of crisis is important and having your information open to the view of all could be dangerous in time of social unrest – even so, there must be some way to foster perhaps some type of ’emergency contact list’ by area etc? Does this site support private messaging?
Anyhow – I’m just throwing out this type of idea to extend on this thread. It’s great to know what one can do and what others have done but perhaps in time, we will need to actually make contact and band together with others to be able to work together through what’s happening? Food for thought…
[quote=Michael Höhne]Thanks, it works great. I will try to create a video DVD with some material I watched recently and I’m interested to see if it works and how the quality is when watching on TV.
Excellent – I’m glad I have been able to contribute 🙂
Sadly, the video quality from youtube tends to be quite low.
You might be better off trying to source the original articles if you require high quality.
I’ve used the video’s to put together a CD/DVD for some of the people at my work. People get so many links emailed these days that they just don’t bother checking many of things you send – but I’ve found that if I rock up with a CD/DVD in hand with some of the stuff you want to show them, it gets a better response. I’ve even opened their CD/DVD player, popped it in and said "Hey – you should check out this"…
A LOT of people are still living in fairly land (as I was) and it’s quite sad to think about what may happen to a lot of those people as they see no need to prepare at all. Some people even say they don’t want to hear doom and gloom, others listen but can’t see how it can really happen – as in Australia they really have only known times of plenty – still, I’m trying to do my bit. I’m am soooooooo greateful to the person who sent me ‘Money as Debt’ and the link to ‘The Crash Course’, it’s helped me realise that everything is just not alright and that it’s just sensible to do something at least.
I guess if there is a total collapse of everything as a worst case, the positive will be that people will hopefully band together and drop all the superficial crud in life. It also makes you realise that despite cultures and beliefs etc, when you get down to it we are all united by our common need to survive – it’s just nice to have like minded people here who want to help each other prepare as much as possible.
Wow – just goes to show how much I didn’t see
At least on this website you’ll get a straight answer.
Isn’t it refreshing to know your dealing with people who don’t have a secret agenda and/or want to fleece people for financial gain…
[quote]Who really…honestly…truely…cares about the white, racist, fat, rich, trigger-happy, bullying Americans? Seriously– who does care about us? And who would care if we had a "crash" or if we couldn’t afford to keep buying this plastic, overpriced, shit from China? Who? Who cares about Americans? I have to tell you, if I was anything other than American, I probably wouldn’t care two shits. [/quote]
Who exactly are you refering to?
You’re making a pretty sweeping group of assumptions in this statement, especially typifing us as "white racists" when we’re unarguably the most ethincally and culturally diverse nation in the entire world.
If America falls – it will be tantamount to the collapse of Rome.
We are the nucleus that every society on this planet orbits.
This isn’t American Pride, or my white racist roots coming out , it’s a socio-economic concept that can’t be refuted.
In event of a collapse, we’re not going to need sympathy from other cultures, we’re going to need trigger happy bullies to protect those who can grow their own food. It won’t be a world filled with Urban planning and development managers. Those people will become extinct.
What I’ve said reflects the sentiments of persons in other countries. I quite agree with them (from a handful of ethnic minorities I’ve talked to and from what I’ve read).
It seems as though your philosophy is that which the world depends upon the U.S. for most everything even after the "collapse" of America. I differ with you on that. I believe, when the time comes, the rest of the world will do what’s necessary to sustain their own survival with some harbored sentiment that does not favor the U.S. Maybe the powers will shift and, at that point, the world may not revolve around the U.S…. as I may or may not come to enjoy. What I don’t presume is, IF a shift in power does take place, the world will be worse off. We (I) just don’t know.
I tend to agree. An increasingly large portion of the world dislikes Amercia for it’s self centric attitude and it’s two faced tactics of pretending to be world policeman whilst on the other hand pushing it’s idiologies and excessive captialism upon people and sending the money gained back to the US. This is the perception and looking at works from people like Naomi Klein etc, its with fairly accurate accounts that add weight to people’s views.
Yes, excessive capitalism is inherient in all people but it’s the unfetished way that Amercia has gone about this that has painted it in a very bad light. Amercia’s conduct in Iraq has openly displayed to the world what it’s agenda really was – oil. The rest of the world now no longer believes in the terrorism farce anymore.
Amercia’s time is coming, like all great empires that collapse under their own greed. America’s foreign policies have created a lot of people who hate them.
When one looks at the founding fathers of Amercia, these people truely founded a great nation and had vision of leading the world into bigger and bigger things – sadly, that vision has been squandered and lost on the way – the moral decline is never more evident that at the top and flows out through most of it’s dealings.
When the worlds wealth is more evenly distributed instead of being hoarded by a minority, the world will be better off for it IMO.
America holds a disproportionate amount of the wealth but when it’s cut away eventually, man-kind will not really care about how much one has, instead what will be of importance will be what value in terms of living can one add. America and it’s excessive energy lifestyle will be a hard act to shake off – other countries that already know how ot live by low energy means will fair much better. The world sucks up to Amercia because of the type of wealth that it holds – when that wealth is rendered gone of mostly diminished, the focus will swing onto things in life that actually matter, like food and renewable energy knowldege. America will no longer call the shots.
I for one don’t wish to see hardship come to the average person in the street because in most cases, they really are an innocent bystander and at the end of the day, we are all human beings on this planet and to survive will need to band together. Nuking a country will no longer be an option because you probably require the land they have for food production so the gun slinging mentality may have to take a back seat (I guess it depends on how deperate things become).
As for Rome collapsing as the parallel – it didn’t stop the world as the world predates Amercia by a long way – I think to think this way is to foster the idiology that has caused America to be so hated around the world in the first place – namely that the world needs it!
How much longer will it hold? Who knows? I do however know that as it does, those in power will seek to hold onto power by what-ever means at their disposal even if it means suffering for the majority.
A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush, to drag up an old saying.
The truth is , no-one knows for sure.
We are venturing into areas never charted before so the only thing one can do is read the material to get a solid foundation about what’s being said, then reference other information (that doesn’t have a vested interest in your money!) and draw your own conclusions.
Based on those (i.e. your own) conclusions, draw up a plan that fits.
It’s not a simple ‘give me 10 easy steps to follow’ – if you fall for those schemes then you will get fleeced of your money for sure. That is certainly not what this site is for.
As the recession bites, expect some people to resort to their animal instincts and rip off others with scams, cons and financial advise, while others will understand a much bigger picture and will work with others for all of our future. I think the world is finally ready to tell the greedy whoremongers who have ruled for so long, just where to get off – sadly they will not go down without a fight however, having had their snouts in the troth hogging more than their fair share for so long…
Best wishes on being enlightened and directing your own future…