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Stephen Jenkinson: Living And Dying With Meaning

Chris Martenson - December 11, 2016 - 10:59

On this site we discuss the large predicaments the world faces. A question that often arises, especially at our annual seminars is: Given these challenges, how should I be? What outlook and behaviors will better help me meet what's coming?

This week's podcast gets quite existential. Chris sits down with Stephen Jenkinson, an author and thinker who a number of Peak Prosperity readers have requested come on the show. Jenkinson's specialization is grief and dying -- through his decades of work in these fields, he has developed a series of observations on what it means to live, and thereby die, with meaning.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/11 - Trump's Honeymoon Begins, What Statisticians Learned From The Election

Chris Martenson - December 11, 2016 - 09:08
  • 19 Things We Learned from the 2016 Election
  • Obama asks intel community to conduct “full review” of election-related hacks
  • Trump’s Honeymoon Begins: Confidence in the Economy Is Booming
  • FBI sent planeload of agents to frame Assange in Iceland, got snubbed by minister 
  • Fighting For The Poor Under Trump
  • How NASA is rehearsing for a mission to Mars
  • Trump team memo asks Energy Department about cost of carbon
  • The violent costs of the global palm oil boom

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Categories: Economics

The Future Of Truth

Chris Martenson - December 9, 2016 - 18:55
Executive Summary
  • Uniquely, the next president will not rely on the mainstream media to get his messages out
  • Future candidates no longer need the mainstream platform to raise campaign funds
  • The current "fake news" witchhunt is threadbare and already being debunked
  • How to identify truth from fiction (in any media outlet) & stay well-informed

If you have not yet read Part 1: Breaking Free From The Captured Media available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we examined the transition from a corporate mainstream media serving a captive audience to the wide-open democracy of the Internet-enabled independent media.

How will this structural transition affect the political and social spheres going forward? How can you improve your ability to identify trustworthy information in the current landscape of controlled mass media & wildly fragmented alternative voices?

A President Who Is Not Beholden to the Mainstream Media

In a historically unprecedented show of homogeneity, the mainstream media unanimously endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign. In essence, the MSM covered Trump only when his success forced them to, and when his gaffes and provocative comments made good copy.

Regardless of your views of the two candidates, this media-wide bias in favor of one candidate was remarkable.

Despite this media-wide endorsement, Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College and the election. In my view, this is the first time in recent U.S. history where a unanimous endorsement of a candidate by the national media failed to persuade the overwhelming majority of voters. While many will blame the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the defeat, or point to the Democratic candidate’s weaknesses, the reality remains that weak candidates with heavy media backing have won in the past.

In my view, the mainstream media’s failure to persuade the citizenry cannot be pinned solely on the losing party or candidate. It reflects a profound erosion of the MSM’s influence and trustworthiness.

Back when the mainstream media held a monopolistic lock on print, broadcast and radio content and distribution...

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Categories: Economics

Breaking Free From The Captured Media

Chris Martenson - December 9, 2016 - 18:55

Why is the mainstream media freaking out right now? 

For the first time in American history, the entire weight of the corporate mainstream media failed to persuade the citizenry. With advertising revenues sliding along with the citizens' trust, the MSM is flailing about in a self-destructive fit of hubris.

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Categories: Economics

Essential Items in Your Emergency Survival Kit

Chris Martenson - December 9, 2016 - 17:21

Having a well stocked set of supplies and preparations for emergency and disaster situations is one of the biggest steps one can take to being more resilient and prepared for an uncertain future. Below is quick reference infographic for you to learn about and take stock of the essential survival kit items you will need.

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Categories: Economics

7 Winter Projects You’ll Thank Yourself For This Spring

Chris Martenson - December 9, 2016 - 16:01

A list of projects and tasks that make great use of your dark and cold winter hours. Get ready for warmer days and be prepared for the next growing season.

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/7-winter-projects-youll-thank-yourself-for-this-spring-4/

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/9 - Trump's Bait And Switch, Gold vs. Dollar Devaluations

Chris Martenson - December 9, 2016 - 11:31
  • The March of the Billionaires: On Trump’s Bait and Switch 
  • How To Save For Retirement
  • Washington Post admits article on ‘Russian propaganda’ & ‘fake news’ based on sham research
  • Top Hedge Funds Predict How It All Will End 
  • Intake
  • Gold Versus Dollar Devaluations
  • Crude Rises Ahead Of Non-OPEC Meeting
  • This Kansas farmer fought a government program to keep his farm sustainable.

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Categories: Economics

What High Net Worth Investors Are Thinking

Chris Martenson - December 8, 2016 - 20:37

Here’s an update from the front lines.  Thanks to your continued support, Adam and I are able to carry the Peak Prosperity message out to an ever-increasing audience of both size and influence.

One of the recent trends has been to present at wealth conferences, where an assortment of big money managers converge to share ideas, shake hands with old friends and meet new people.

I’m just leaving the Opal Wealth Conference recently held at Laguna Beach CA. Here's what I learned.

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Categories: Economics

Daily Digest 12/8 - Profiting Off Mistrust, 2017 Euro Crisis 'Almost Certain'

Chris Martenson - December 8, 2016 - 07:32
  • Profiting off Mistrust: the Highs and Lows of News Media
  • Stemming The Tide Of Fake News
  • David McWilliams: 'It is almost certain that there will be another euro crisis in 2017'
  • Snowden leaks reveal NSA snooped on in-flight mobile calls
  • 5 Potential Offshore Traps You Should RUN From
  • Permian - Hottest Oil & Gas Zip Codes, Or Dangerous Bubble?
  • Trump win opens way for China to take climate leadership role
  • Stephen Hawking: This Is The Most Dangerous Time For Our Planet

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Categories: Economics