News Links: Monetary Realism and why the Fed won’t tell the truth
- MONETARY REALISM | PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM
I feel that the core operational aspects of MMT are among the most important ideas in the world and my goal here has always been to help promote those ideas. Because I believe in those ideas I will not stop promoting them. So I’ve been working with Michael Sankowski, Carlos Mucha (who most of you probably know as reader Beowulf) and several others to help formulate our thinking. I’ve also been in detailed talks with Warren Mosler over the last several weeks hashing out some differences. It’s safe to say that we have his blessing even though he’s not 100% in agreement with all we’ve concluded.
- Why Won’t The Fed Tell Congress the Truth About Our Debt? – CNBC
the Fed knows the U.S. can’t be the next Greece, as politicians from all sides continuously warn and fear monger. They know that Greece and the other eurozone member nations are in the position of US states, currency users, not the federal government, the issuer of its currency. And they know that the ECB is the currency issuer for the euro, and, like the U.S. government, its expenditures are not revenue constrained.
- The Fed Is Misleading Congress About Europe – US Business News Blog – CNBC
Today I’d like to address the dollar swap lines extended by the Federal Reserve to the European Central Bank and other foreign central banks. My criticism is that the lines are represented to Congress as secured lending, when in fact, for all practical purposes, the Fed is engaging in what is, functionally, unsecured lending to these foreign central banks.
- BBC News – Backlash over Google move to change privacy settings
- The Obama Memos: How Washington Remade the President : The New Yorker
The making of a post-post-partisan Presidency.
- Gabby Giffords: "I will recover. I will return." | Stan Collender’s Capital Gains and Games
If this clip from earlier today in the House floor when Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (D-AZ) resigned doesn’t make you at least a little teary, you have no soul.
- Obama pushes natural-gas fracking to create 600,000 U.S. jobs | Energy | News | Financial Post
President Barack Obama pushed drilling for gas in shale rock and support for cleaner energy sources to boost the economy in his final State of the Union address before facing U.S. voters in November.
- Megaupload piracy case: Kim Dotcom believed he’d given up on criminal past after moving to New Zealand | Mail Online
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom joked in e-mails with his new neighbours in New Zealand two years ago about his bad-boy reputation before telling them his criminal past was behind him. He admitted he was a ‘former computer hacker’ who was once convicted of insider trading, but went on to say: ‘In all seriousness, my wife, two kids and myself love New Zealand and we come in peace.’
- Smartr by Xobni Is a Powerful Contact Manager for Your iPhone – Lifehacker
Smartr for iPhone includes all of the features that Android and Gmail users get. Contacts are arranged by importance and recent use, so you always see the people you contact often at the top of the lsit, instead of alphabetically. Also, Once Smartr scans your contacts and connects to your social networks, it builds a complete profile of each person in your contact list, complete with their phone number, email address (or multiple addresses), links to their social network profiles on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, and common contacts you both have on those networks. The app will even display your recent history with that contact, like emails and text messages the two of you have recently exchanged.
- VOTE FOR OBAMA EARLY – VOTE FOR NEWT NOW! | PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM
I don’t like to do politics here, but hey, we only elect a President once every four years. And in my opinion, a vote for Newt today, is a vote for Obama tomorrow….
- Gary Johnson | Marijuana | Newt Gingrich | Hypocrisy | The Daily Caller
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson went on offense against Newt Gingrich Monday, attacking the former House speaker’s proposal to execute marijuana users as hypocritical, considering the GOP contender has himself admitted to smoking pot. Johnson is currently seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for president, and is a proponent of legalizing the drug
- Why Europe’s crisis can’t be averted | Felix Salmon
Germany and other big northern European countries are running very large trade surpluses: they can remit cash to the periphery if they have the political will to do so. And if they don’t have the political will to do so, there’s no way in which the US, China, and the rest of the world can or should step in to try to save the likes of Greece and Portugal.
- China’s very mysterious data – Telegraph Blogs
So how did China pull off an economic growth rate of 8.9pc in the fourth quarter? Beats me. I strongly suspect that the trade and power data reveal the true state of China’s economy.
- Kids Are Capitalists – CNBC
We start out with a strong sense that ownership is paramount. It’s only later that we become socialized into soft forms of socialism that deny property rights.
- Obama’s New Protectionism – US Business News Blog – CNBC
Nationalism is on the rise across Europe, both in the periphery states tired of being bossed around and the core states tired of being asked to open their pocketbooks. Last night, President Obama joined the chorus that has just begun to sing the praises of "me first" economics.
- Blame game begins as Britain edges closer to another recession | Business | The Guardian
David Cameron says there is ‘not an ounce of complacency’ in government after 0.2% decline in UK’s economic output
- Portugal’s borrowing rates rise to record 19.4% | World news | The Guardian
New high arrives amid fears that bailed-out country will not be able to break free of financial crisis
- New Motorola suit seeks injunction against Apple’s iPhone 4S, iCloud
Motorola Mobility has filed a new U.S. lawsuit, presumably with approval from Google, against Apple, seeking an injunction against the newly released iPhone 4S as well as the iCloud service.
- What does HD Voice sound like on a mobile VoIP call? – Mobile Technology News
Instead of a "narrowband" audio codec, which limits the frequency range of a call, Bria has several "wideband" codecs (some available as an in-app purchase), bringing richer sound as well as a reduction in background noise.
- EconoMonitor : Nouriel Roubini’s Global EconoMonitor » Roubini CNN Davos Vidoes: Europe Needs a ‘Bazooka’, U.S Has 1929-Style Income Inequality