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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

FREE - The Eden Proposition - LAST DAY!




In Kurt Dahl's science-based thriller The Eden Proposition, the reader is faced with an enigma at first interesting, then improbable, and finally, terrifyingly real. Duval Dixon, a septuagenarian of immense wealth who is committed to solving what he thinks is the primary scourge dragging the world down an apocalyptic path-unsustainable consumption due to overpopulation-believes he has the solution. Atrocious as it may seem, he becomes an impassioned proponent of MPR - Massive Population Reduction. Over a decade, Dixon spends billions creating the ultimate biological agent that could reduce the world's population down to a handful. Then, he must answer a final question - should he do it? Unsure, Dixon calls together eleven great minds and then cuts them off from all contact with the outside world. What happens next will change the course of history. Called riveting, thought provoking, and unique, The Eden Proposition will stay with you, in a troubling way, for months to come.

Good Afternoon Friends:

It is my great pleasure to make you aware of this very special one time offer from AMAZON

As of yesterday, The Eden Proposition is in an Amazon promotion for three days - the download of ebook version is offered for FREE for two more days.

I think several of you have read the book - it's a good fast paced read that is set in the near future and examines the concept of MPR in a thoughtful manner. It is a a thinking person's Inferno (written and published well before Dan Brown's version!) . The purpose of the free offer is simply to make it available to more people, and to get more people to read it and hopefully begin thinking about our future - and then perhaps it can help ignite some important conversations among those who have not yet studied the issue as we have. As all of you know, awareness is the most important first step.

For the first 24 hours almost 1500 copies have been downloaded, a big number for this kind of promotion. But if it can get another push right now it will make it on to Amazon's lists of top sellers, and then it can do an order of magnitude more downloads - into the tens of thousands. This would be a good thing.

So, if you could, please download a copy, and more importantly, pass this information on to other people, lists, etc., that you are a part of - go viral!

This book has been a perfect catalyst for initiating the essential conversation with dozens of my friends - I know it can be an effective first intro into the topic - just read the reviews on Amazon to see what I mean.


Go here to download and read reviews.

Thanks and Enjoy!

Terrance A McNeil
CEO and Founder
First Financial Insights 


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Scarcity Humanity's Final Chapter - Chris Clugston

 Humanity’s Final Chapter*
     "Diminishing Returns"      

Diminishing Returns – harbinger of humanity’s final chapter

The “law” of diminishing marginal returns applies to successive investments in
nonrenewable natural resource (NNR) exploitation… 

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Comments: "Diminishing Returns"  

January 6, 2013

Dear Chris,

Thanks so much for your most recent article.  As always, excellent work.

Here are a few of my humble observations and thoughts, adding further despondency to the whole situation. 

Aggregating all NNRs from a planetary perspective, thereby creating a single theoretical planetary NNR unit to your lessons, should help clearly convey our grave circumstances, thusly causing even deeper concern amoung readers.

Following from the above, one could point out that it is our traditional economic theory that drove us into this abyss. And it still fails to acknowledge or understand the realities we now face in terms of certain economic collapse, particularly as NNRs diminishing returns will tie directly to the dilution and collapse of all currencies. Few will understand, it seems, until it is much to late, that this is the true and primary cause of ALL Fiscal Cliffs - not our politicians, for sure.

The diminishing returns from the planetary NNR unit are also dramatically accelerated by population growth, climate change and other related concerns. Throw into this mix, the demise of the supporting social, economic and political frameworks, then the dark outcomes of diminishing returns gets much deeper.

So, the only question to ponder now is: Where do we stand? And based on the projected extraction and consumption growth of the global NNR units, all other things being equal;   



Where have all the fish gone?

*William R. Catton Jr. Comments: 
Scarcity - Humanity's Final Chapter
 by Christopher O. Clugston 

Foreword by William R. Catton Jr. (Author of “Overshoot”)

“Chris Clugston has pulled together such an array of facts about the path ravenous humanity has trod and the consequences we now confront that no person who fails to read this book should be eligible for election to high office.” – William R. Catton Jr.

Scarcity is a book about humanity’s “predicament”, which can be summarized as follows: the natural resource utilization behavior that enables our current “success”—our industrialized “American” way of life—and which is essential to perpetuating our success, is simultaneously undermining our very existence as a species.

Our industrial lifestyle paradigm is enabled by enormous quantities of nonrenewable natural resources (NNRs)—i.e., the fossil fuels, metals, and nonmetallic minerals that serve as the raw material inputs to our industrialized economies, as the building blocks that comprise our industrialized infrastructure and support systems, and as the primary energy sources that power our industrialized societies.

Ironically, since the inception of our industrial revolution over 200 years ago, we have been eliminating—persistently and increasingly—the finite and non-replenishing NNRs upon which our industrialized way of life and our very existence depend. As a result, most of the earth’s NNRs have become permanently scarce—i.e., there are not enough globally available, economically viable NNR supplies to completely address humanity’s global NNR requirements going forward.

Based upon analyses derived from US Geological Survey (USGS) and US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data pertaining to domestic (US) and global NNR demand, supply, pricing, and utilization; Scarcity provides compelling, if not irrefutable, evidence to support this assertion; in addition to enumerating the causes, implications, and consequences associated with our predicament.

Scarcity is essential reading for those who correctly perceive that the world, especially the industrialized “Western” world, is in a state of decline—decline that cannot possibly be reversed by our incessant barrage of misguided economic and political “fixes”. Scarcity will enable you to make sense of a world that is experiencing the most profound paradigm shift in human history.

NNR scarcity is the most daunting challenge ever to confront humanity. If we Homo sapiens are truly an exceptional species, now is the time to prove it.

"Scarcity is an impressive analysis of our present predicament. Far too many influential people are attempting to address that predicament with flagrantly misconceived notions about it, and most of what nations and their leaders are trying to do about today's troubles remains counterproductive. This you know, and you show it crisply and emphatically.” – William R. Catton Jr.

Note: For those who are unfamiliar with William Catton, he published the seminal work on humanity’s “predicament”, entitled "Overshoot", in 1982. If you have not yet read "Overshoot", I strongly encourage you to do so; it is arguably the most important book written in the 20th century.

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