A2A with Chris Martenson


A tremendous webinar today with Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity.com. Though we had to fight through some audio issues, the information and perspective that Chris shared with everyone is invaluable and demands your attention.

Among the topics addressed today:

  • The Central Bank kabuki theater and the level to which The Bankers are now involved in nearly every market.
  • What Chris learned during his recent stay in Buenos Aires
  • The future of the US dollar, not only in energy transactions but as the world's reserve currency
  • How and why HFT algos now control the "markets"
  • Chris' essential list for preparing for what's ahead
  • And a whole lot more!

Big thanks again to Chris for being so generous with his time today. Our apologies on this end for the audio difficulties which required some editing to the recording.

Thanks for listening,



Jul 20, 2017 - 8:42pm

Babylonian Highway Field Report!

We were on a short vacation and met up with two posters upon these sites. Great men to meet. We then traveled to see Old Faithful and had a great time in the park. Yesterday, we left the park at the north entrance at Gardiner, traveled down highway 89 and witnessed how Babylon has invaded the animal kingdom, yep!

We saw farm after farm, large fields of beautiful green alfalfa and great fences around those fields. The farmers have worked very hard to grow these crops for their livestock. However, the cattle were eating the dried grasslands, looking for their daily food supplies. If that steer jumps the fence and eats some of the green goodies of alfalfa, he will be shot and be in the freezer for winter. It is o.k. if the farmer shoots his steer for jumping the fence and eating his owners crop. The steer knows to stick with the grasslands.

Next we saw, field after field of government owned livestock. You know deer, elk and antelope. They have jumped those fences, herds of them, right into that wonderful green alfalfa and having a feast. Now if the farmer shoots the elk and puts it in the freezer, a fine and a possible jail visit. The government controlled livestock is free to roam in anyones fields without penalty. The farmers livestock can only look across the fences, hoping to eat of the green some day but not today. The government elk think that the farmer has grown the crops for them and will never eat of the grasslands provided to them as long as they can jump the fences.


Psalm 100King James Version (KJV)

100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


One has come to set us free from man made fences and in the end will be better than a beautiful alfalfa field.

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:17pm

Chris feels US dismissive of China

Maybe not so much.

Here's an interesting example. China got their first aircraft carrier (if memory serves), as a cast off from Ukraine back in 2011 or so. They refurbished it over the past few years and smacked it with champagne only in the last year or so. But here's the thing, they have just launched another, brand new aircraft carrier that they have built from scratch in their own ship yards. To be sure, the Chinese never do projects like this as' one ofs' or in a small way. It's my bet that we can expect another half dozen of these floating airstrips by 2020 or so, all fully loaded and inexpensively equipped….but not necessarily cutting edge.

The US admiralty is already shitting bricks because they can see what's coming. It explains a lot regarding the conflict over the South China Sea sandbars and land claims. Just wait until China starts putting this new fleet to sea. Our admirals are going to hemorrhage major dodo.

Ps. I don’t agree that they’re just steel boxes looking for an excuse to sink. Carrier fleets are an awesome weapon.

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:17pm


That makes sense. So, what could trigger a reset in the algos? There is so much shit piled up on the edge of the abyss, anything could release the cataclysm and down the gurgler it all goes.

Jul 20, 2017 - 8:03pm

Petrodollar Faces Growing

Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat with Payments in Gold across Asia

"The US needs to also restructure its economy to one that is based on production. It can no longer continue to run a debt-serviced economy that imports all goods it doesn’t produce. It’s unsustainable, and the continuous mistake of many. The wealth of the world is shifting eastwards.

The petrodollar is the last vestige of that “American standard of living” middle America cherishes, and if the gold trade bonds fly and yuan changes hands as the oil flows, the US is going to get a shock when Saudi Arabia likes the look of red paper as much as green, or worse yet, yellow metal, a lot of which is moving east."


Jul 20, 2017 - 7:53pm

Could the algos be responsible for the VIX collapse?

I wonder if there are so many computer programs running trying to squeeze pennies from short term price swings that the computer algos have extracted all the volatility out of the market.

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:32pm

Great Interview With Much to Ponder

Thanks Turd for a great interview. I am confident with our gold/silver as the dollar dies. I am worried about the repercussions as to his energy predictions in the next few years. I was saddened that he thinks President Trump will not make it through 4 years of his term. I sure hope Chris is wrong with in this case.

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:07pm

@ Jihk2431

On Chris Martenson's "mental attitude" . . .

In Pining's book recommendation, Deep Survival, one of the characteristics of survivors was that same positive mental attitude that they would [somehow] get through their ordeal -- even when all of those around them succumbed. Martenson is definitely a "clear thinker", and that was another characteristic of survivors. They may panic (like everyone else) at the onset, but that is replaced with both a calm and a focus on what is happening, and forming a plan to get through it.

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:06pm

Craig, great A2A - Chris is such a great thinker and one of the

few people that "get it" from all different angles of life. I love his last comments regarding emotional resilience and how he's already set himself up mentally to know he will come through what's coming next. I think most of us are somewhere on the same road, but I thank him for being an example of what can really be accomplished as an individual to make one's life more fulfilling.

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:03pm

I've been following this for awhile now, and I decided to

put up $1,000 long VIX at the 52 week low about a week ago. I'm down 5% on it, but I look at it as small bet with a big potential pay off should the shorts get squeezed. From what I've observed, TPTB will allow the VIX to get to around 11 periodically to let some steam off. I actually think it may be a decent trade to put on and off as this range plays out, but I think it's a good risk adjusted fiat speculation at this point. If anything, it keeps me focused on what has become a key barometer on market manipulation.

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:01pm

Farrell wondering are the banks trading during 'down' times

to cover up for devirative problems

Dr Joseph Farrell 7/20


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