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31 Oct

Robert Sarvis

Robert is a native of Northern Virginia and a lifelong believer in freedom, free markets, and the rule of law.  He holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard University and the University of Cambridge and a JD from NYU School of Law.  During law school, he co-founded a libertarian and classical liberal law journal, the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, dedicating the first issue to Friedrich Hayek, and he has been outspoken in arguing against government regulation of the tech industry.  Robert has worked as a software developer, a lawyer, and a tech entrepreneur, and his research interests span a wide range of topics relating to law, economics, and public policy.

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Snowden gets a job; those Russians better not have anything to hide

31 Oct

Russian lawyer says Snowden to start website job

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This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong, Sunday, June 9, 2013. The man who told the world about the U.S. government’s gigantic data grab also talked a lot about himself. Mostly through his own words, a picture of Edward Snowden is emerging: fresh-faced computer whiz, high school and Army dropout, independent thinker, trustee of official secrets. And leaker on the lam. (AP Photo/The Guardian)   MANDATORY CREDIT

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By Steve Gutterman
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has found a job working for a website in Russia, where he was granted asylum after fleeing the United States, a Russian lawyer who is helping him said on Thursday.
“Edward starts work in November,” lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said, according to state-run news agency RIA.
“He will provide support for a large Russian site,” he said, adding that he would not name the site “for security reasons”.
Snowden, 30, a former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed secret U.S. internet telephone surveillance programs, fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia in June.
President Vladimir Putin has rejected U.S. pleas to send Snowden home to face charges including espionage, and the temporary asylum he was granted in early August can be extended annually.
Snowden’s location in Russia has not been disclosed and since July he has appeared only in a handful of photographs and video clips from a meeting this month with visiting former U.S. national security officials who support his cause.
Putin, a former KGB spy, said repeatedly that Russia would only shelter Snowden if he stopped harming the United States.
But state media have treated him as a whistleblower and the decision to grant him asylum seemed to underscore Putin’s accusations that the U.S. government preaches to the world about rights and freedoms it does not uphold at home.
Putin has dismissed the widespread assumption that Russian intelligence officers had grilled Snowden for information after he arrived, and Kucherena has portrayed him as trying to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
He said earlier that he hoped Snowden would find a job because he was living on scant funds, mostly from donations.
A tabloid news site on Thursday published what it said was a photo of Snowden on a Moscow river cruise this summer, and the same site earlier published a photo of a man who looked like Snowden pushing a shopping cart in a supermarket parking lot.
Kucherena was not immediately available for comment, an aide said.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

Obama attacks other countries for his inflationist policies

31 Oct

US criticises Germany and China policies

Cars being transported in GermanyThe US Treasury has blamed Germany’s export-led growth model for dragging down eurozone
The US has criticised Germany’s economic policies, saying that its export-led growth model is hurting the eurozone and the wider global economy.
In its bi-annual report, the US Treasury said that domestic demand growth in Germany had been “anaemic”.
It also reiterated its view that the Chinese yuan continued to remain “significantly undervalued”.
The report has criticised Chinese policy before, but criticism of German economic policy is rarer.
“Germany’s anaemic pace of domestic demand growth and dependence on exports have hampered rebalancing at a time when many other euro-area countries have been under severe pressure to curb demand and compress imports in order to promote adjustment,” the Treasury said.
“The net result has been a deflationary bias for the euro area as well as for the world economy.”

‘Bit strange’

Germany, the eurozone’s largest economy, has been one of its key drivers of growth in recent years.

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It is better for eurozone to have a highly concentrated, efficient and skilled export powerhouse in Germany than not have any major engine of growth”

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Its importance to the 17-nation bloc has only increased since the development of the region’s debt crisis, which has affected other bigger economies such as Italy and Spain.
Germany has been one of Europe’s stronger economic performers and its exports prowess is seen as one of its key strengths.
It narrowly avoided recession earlier this year, but GDP in the second quarter of 2013 was driven up by demand from both consumers and businesses.
Analysts said that while Germany could benefit from boosting domestic demand, the criticism levelled at its policies was unfair.
“I think this is a bit strange,” Tony Nash, vice president at IHS, told the BBC. “The eurozone has to get growth from somewhere and Germany is the most likely place for that to happen.”
“And it is better for the eurozone to have a highly concentrated, efficient and skilled export powerhouse in Germany than not have any major engine of growth,” he added.

Yuan concerns

In recent years, the US and many other economies have alleged that China tries to keep the value of its currency artificially low.

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They say that, by doing so, Beijing gives an unfair advantage to its exporters, as an undervalued currency makes its good cheaper to foreign buyers.
For its part, China has been looking to loosen its grip on the currency as it looks to push for a more global role for the yuan.
But Beijing has maintained that a sudden and sharp appreciation in the value of the yuan will hurt its overall economy.
The yuan has risen nearly 12% against the US dollar since June 2010.
While the Treasury acknowledged that the yuan had been rising, it said the appreciation was “not as fast or by as much as is needed”.
“On the other hand, the evidence that China has resumed large-scale purchases of foreign exchange this year, despite having accumulated reserves that are more than sufficient by any measure, is suggestive of actions that are impeding market determination and a currency that is significantly undervalued,” it added.
However, the report did not label China as a currency manipulator.

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Ron Paul in Baltimore

31 Oct

Politician Ron Paul

A strident voice for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency, former Congressman Ron Paul is proud of his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives: He claims never to have voted in favor of a bill that wasn’t expressly authorized by the Constitution. Paul, who was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s, is the author of several books, including Challenge to LibertyThe Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. After a 2012 campaign for president, Paul retired from Congress in January, concluding 23 years of service as a representative. He continues to champion a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles. The event is part of the annual MSE Symposium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; for seating information, visit jhu.edu/mse—Amy Lunday

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CNN Anchor: Obama’s People Will “Threaten Your Job” If You Question Them

31 Oct

CNN Anchor: Obama’s People Will “Threaten Your Job” If You Question Them

The NSA Has Built A Shadow Social Network With Your Profile On It

31 Oct

The NSA Has Built A Shadow Social Network With Your Profile On It

Sarvis – 15%, $15,000

31 Oct

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