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Thursday (Friday) Conversation - Dave Collum

A look back at 2018 and a look ahead into 2019.


It's with great pleasure that we introduce a new guest to TFMR, Dr. Dave Collum of Cornell University. Though Dave is professor of organic chemistry by day, he's also a terrific analyst and commentator regarding the global financial system. His annual "Year In Review" column is always a must read and thus it was a treat to make his acquaintance through this podcast.

If you missed Dave's most recent "Year In Review", you can review it now though this link: https://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/114635/2018-year-review We must warn you, though...It's lengthy and detailed so don't just rush through it. Carve out some time and give it your undivided attention. You won't be disappointed.

For this podcast, Dave and I primarily discussed three topics:

  • Dave's background and how/why he got interested in global monetary issues.
  • What were the two or three most important events of 2018?
  • Looking ahead, what will Year In Review 2019 look like?

I think you're going to really enjoy this podcast. Thanks again to Dave for being so generous with his time and I look forward to keeping in tough through the months ahead.



Jan 10, 2019 - 9:51am

I know...it's not MLK weekend

When we recorded this, I thought it was. MLK's birthday is the 15th so why isn't the holiday observed on the 14th?

But, whatever. Enjoy your weekend and we'll look forward to a 3-day pause NEXT weekend, Jan 19-21.

Thomas More
Jan 11, 2019 - 5:33pm


Well how sweet it is!

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:12pm


I’ll take it!

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:14pm


Oh yeah .

I peruse Dave's Y-I-R annually -- it takes me about 3 days to get through it all!

BTW -- He's a stacker . . .

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:16pm

Cool...Nice surprise....

Been busy over the last day or so...

Dave is fun to follow on twitter....

Can't wait to listen!

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:16pm

Swiss Central Bank SOLD Tech

Swiss Central Bank SOLD Tech Stocks BEFORE October Crash! SNB Admits $15 Billion Loss in 2018!
Jan 12, 2019 - 4:23am

A very interesting conversation

Involving asset stripping and money laundering and selling old mines and running away. Sounds like someone is digging deeply. I suggest starting around 6minutes for Gordons story of investigating the global mudbath;

I grain of salt videos like this but....

1-10-2019 Gobsmack, Gordon Bowden & Field McConnell

1-10-2019 Gobsmack, Gordon Bowden & Field McConnell
Jan 12, 2019 - 8:30am


When does KL announce earnings? From listening to Eric And Craig Friday talk, I believe a pop in price is likely? Thanks

Jan 12, 2019 - 10:13am

Alasdair Macleod

Asset Price Collapse Like 1929 | Alasdair Macleod
Jan 12, 2019 - 10:23am

2 sites to listen to

amazing polly yesterday and the day before ..she talks about impossible burgers that are being 'created'...

and you are free tv yesterday..she talks about how the Chinese are going

another step in monitoring people which probably will come here..zh has an article on Newsguard, a company she mentions

don't listen before going to bed..will cause nightmares

CC Horses
Jan 12, 2019 - 11:08am
Jan 12, 2019 - 1:24pm


The interview Craig


Angry Chef
Jan 12, 2019 - 1:46pm




Maybe we should have a hat contest on the chances of this guy surviving the year.

Ned Braden
Jan 12, 2019 - 7:29pm

World Bank President - Coreys Digs

World Bank President Resigns: Connections | Corey's Digs
Jan 12, 2019 - 7:45pm
Jan 12, 2019 - 9:34pm


Not sure but looking at the alleged claimed charges, I doubt if the Secret Service guy would have a claim of action in most of them as he would not be the offended party and therefore lack standing to make the claim. Might be a bogus article.

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:06pm

Jordan Maxwell - Astro

Jordan Maxwell - Astro Theology [The Root of All Religions]
Jan 12, 2019 - 11:09pm
Jan 13, 2019 - 2:33am

A multiple of reasons to learn hebrew?

Another mind blowing video from Suspicious Observers;

Earth Catastrophe Cycle | Plasma Formations
Jan 13, 2019 - 2:36am

Let them have their Corporation along with charges of crimes

and we will keep our States;

Genealogy of the Constitution | Mrs. KrisAnne Hall
infometron lakedweller2
Jan 13, 2019 - 8:40am
lakedweller2 infometron
Jan 13, 2019 - 9:32am


You can file anything with a clerk of Court, give it a court number, assign it to a Judge and give it a legal review. The issue is whether it is procedurally correct to go forward.

An example is when the non constitutional group filed the first batch of 13,000 indictments in the DC court without any procedural or substantive basis recognized under US law and were rejected by the Courts. I merely questioned the broadness of the complaint.

See what the Courts do with the filing. There are procedural safe guards in the system to preclude abuse of process. Not saying it is. Just saying it appears over broad claims by one individual.

Note: The 13,000 indictments have grown to a claim of 51,000. Where are they? Indictments only come from legally recognized sources. Where are they?

AKA AuAgforever AIJ
Jan 13, 2019 - 10:29am

The PMs, Just like the LA Rams, being physical gets it done

David Jensen: Well, I think if you take a long view and look at metals, they've risen from 250 U.S. dollars an ounce gold in the year 2000 to the $1,300 level now. And I know that is lower than the $1,900 dollars we saw (seven) years ago. But I do think that they have performed somewhat, even though the performance has been muted even with the trading of these unallocated contracts. But I do see a year ahead of us here due to the leverage in the markets, due to the really chronic underproduction, over consumption of the precious metals due to the mal-pricing by the bullion banks. We're now at the point, now, where it's very difficult to hide these problems, Mike. So, I really see this year here as being a hinge point, an inflection point for these markets. And I think that we're going to see the physical market start to really assert itself."


Jan 13, 2019 - 10:42am

Fascism is what we must deal with now

K A Fitts explains to Greg Hunter. This is what we become when there is no accountability with our government and financial overlords. Or does the US populous have the courage to confront this head on?

Catherine Austin Fitts – Federal Government Running Secret Open Bailout
Joseph Warren goldcom
Jan 13, 2019 - 1:40pm

Re: Fascism

Yes, as Gerald Celente has said many times -

“Fascism is the merger of state and corporate power” - Mussolini

'America lives in a fascist state' - Gerald Celente
Angry Chef
Jan 13, 2019 - 2:04pm

30 Democrats Party in Puerto Rico During Government Shutdown


At least 30 Democrats from the House and Senate are said to be kicking back on the island in a trip sponsored by lobbyists from companies like Facebook, Amazon, Comcast and Verizon. They’ll have a chance to view a showing of the hit musical Hamilton, and get acquainted with the show’s cast.

50yank AKA AuAgforever AIJ
Jan 13, 2019 - 2:35pm

LA Rams physical?  -not today

LA Rams physical? -not today against the Pats!

Angry Chef
Jan 13, 2019 - 2:42pm

French Banks Reportedly Begin To CLOSE, NOT ALLOWING...

...WITHDRAWALS Ahead Of Yellow Vest Bank Run


"PARIS, France – Banks in France are reportedly either outright closing down, or experiencing “ATM glitches,” as the Yellow Vest’s planned “bank run” enters it’s first scheduled day today".

Ya....that's it ! It's a " glitch ".

lakedweller2 Angry Chef
Jan 13, 2019 - 2:48pm

AC 30 Dems

Not good. Bad timing, lobbyists involved, probably trip at gov expense....

AKA AuAgforever AIJ 50yank
Jan 13, 2019 - 4:30pm

Rams not Chargers

There is a BIG difference

I say the Chiefs show the Patsies a thing or two....

IF the Rams play the Saints that will be a game

I say Rams / Chiefs in the Superbowl and the winner is..............I don't know but hope its a good game just like the 54 / 51 Monday nite game.


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