Porter Stansberry with Aaron Brabham

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Alex Jones

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Alex Jones  is an American talk radio host, actor and filmmaker. His syndicated news/talk show The Alex Jones Show, based in Austin, Texas, airs via the Genesis Communication Network over 60 AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations across the United States and on the Internet. His websites include Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com.
 
Mainstream sources have described Jones as a conservative and as a right-wing conspiracy theorist.  Jones sees himself as a libertarian, and rejects being described as a right-winger. He has also called himself a paleo-conservative. In a promotional biography he is described as an "aggressive constitutionalist".  Alex Jones has been the center of many controversies. Jones has accused the US government of being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and September 11 attacks.
 

Alexander F. Fox

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Alexander F. Fox is a native Miamian who started his own firm in 2001. Alex handles a broad range of criminal matters for individuals, partnerships, corporations and financial institutions, including health care fraud, grand jury investigations, white collar defense, witness representations, corporate internal investigations and post conviction litigation and appeals. 
 
Prior to private practice, he served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Office of the State Attorney in Miami, Florida. As prosecutor, he prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases. He was lead counsel on numerous jury trials where the defendants were accused of assault and battery, burglary, sexual battery, drug trafficking, fraud, extortion and homicide.
 

Alexander McCobin

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Alexander McCobin recognized the formal principles of his beliefs after reading Atlas Shrugged, a birthday present from his father in 9th grade. Throughout high school, Alexander participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate, which allowed him to study philosophy and particularly those who advocated the philosophical principles of liberty. During college at the University of Pennsylvania, Alexander began the University of Pennsylvania Libertarian Association to promote discussion and education of libertarian ideas on campus and expand his horizons regarding the power of the message of liberty. In the summer of 2007, he was an intern at the Reason Foundation, working on privatization efforts around the U.S. At the same time, he also ran a nonprofit organization to promote youth debate education to underserved students in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region. In May, 2008, Alexander graduated from Penn with a B.A. in philosophy and economics and an A.M. in philosophy. He spent the following year working as a Koch Associate at the Cato Institute focused on marketing and development. He is currently a third year graduate student at Georgetown University pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy with areas of interest in political philosophy and business ethics.
 
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, & F.A. Hayek
 
On Students For Liberty: “After my first two years of college, I nearly gave up on my libertarian principles because I thought I was alone. It wasn’t until, by luck, I discovered others who believed in the same principles as myself that my passion to advocate for liberty was reignited. Students For Liberty exists to prevent other students who believe in liberty from feeling alone and empower them to pursue liberty whenever possible. Seeing SFL grow from a flicker of an idea into an incredible organization has only reaffirmed my passion for liberty and my belief that by bringing students together in a common effort for liberty, we can change the world.”
 

Amity Shlaes

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Amity Shlaes has been a syndicated columnist for more than a decade. Bloomberg View carries her column. She directs the economic project at the Bush Center, the Four Percent Growth Project.
 
Miss Shlaes has taught the economics of the 1930s in the MBA program at New York University/Stern 
 
Miss Shlaes is winner of the Hayek Prize and currently chairs the jury for the prize, sponsored by the Manhattan Institute. She has twice been a finalist for the Loeb Prize in commentary. In 2002 she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize, an international prize for writing on political economy. In 2003, she was JP Morgan Fellow for finance and economy at the American Academy in Berlin.
 
Miss Shlaes is the author of Coolidge (2013), The Forgotten Man (2007), a national bestseller that National Review called “the finest history of the Great Depression ever written.” 
 
She authored The Greedy Hand (Random House/Harvest paperback), a U.S. national bestseller on America’s experience with its tax code. She is also the author of Germany: The Empire Within (Farrar, Straus), a book about German national identity. In 2004, she was, with the late Robert L. Bartley, co-author of the contribution on tax philosophy to “Turning Intellect to Influence,” an anthology chronicling the progress of free-market ideas as advanced by the Manhattan Institute.
 
Miss Shlaes is a trustee of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.

Barry Ritholtz

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Barry Ritholtz blogs at the popular The Big Picture, offering up his macro perspectives on the capital markets, the economy, technology and digital media. He is also CEO and director of equity research of Fusion IQ, a quantitative research firm.
 
Ritholtz holds a bachelor's degree in political science (with a concentration in philosophy) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he studied corporate law and economics.

Bill Bonner

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In 1978, William Bonner created what is now known as Agora Inc. What began as a small publishing company based in Washington, DC, has grown to be one of the largest and most successful consumer newsletter publishers in the world.
Since founding Agora Inc. in 1978, Bill Bonner has worked steadily to turn it into a "minimultinational," with publishing offices in eight different countries on six different continents. 
 
Bill has received many awards for his business successes, including "Entrepreneur of the Year" as well as Direct Marketing "Man of the Year."
 
Bill, along with his friend and colleague Addison Wiggin, has written two New York Times Best Selling books: Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works were critically acclaimed and internationally distributed. His most recent book, co-authored by Lila Rajiva, Mobs, Markets and Messiahs, also hit the New York Bestseller list.
 
In 1999, Bill founded The Daily Reckoning; he continues to write for it daily. The Daily Reckoning weaves information about the financial world, investing, and everyday life into an educational and entertaining format. Today, more than 500,000 subscribers receive Bill’s daily columns.
 
There are also a number of charities to which Bill is a generous donor. He was instrumental in the creation of The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic in southern Nicaragua. Not long after purchasing and developing a 1,700-acre reserve on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, Bill discovered the local inhabitants’ immediate need for quality, affordable health care. Bill and his partners began amassing donations and recruiting volunteers. In 2004 a clinic was built, staffed and ready to open its doors. Today, the clinic continues to serve and treat more than 8,000 local residents and visitors.
 
At the core of nearly every one of Bill’s ventures lies a sincere desire to preserve our historic and cultural surroundings. It is no accident that Agora Inc’s headquarters in Baltimore, MD is spread across a collection of restored 19th century mansions within the historic Mt. Vernon district. Bill also conducts business in several other historic properties in France and Ireland, which have been carefully preserved and restored. Agora Inc.’s buildings represent, in architecture, what Agora’s companies try to achieve in publishing – a respectful application of more than 2,000 years of evolved wisdom to current issues and situations. Mr. Bonner has received several awards for his outstanding dedication and leadership from preservation groups.
 
Bill has also made historical and cultural preservation a part of Agora Inc.’s day to day business. Pickering and Chatto, based in London, and Les Belles Lettres, in Paris, are Agora subsidiaries whose purpose is to rescue, translate, and preserve important written works.
 
Above all, Bill Bonner is the proud father of six children. Today he lives in Baltimore, with his wife, Elizabeth.

Bill Laggner

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Bill Laggner is the Co-Founder of Bearing Asset Management. He is a graduate of the University of FL (BS in Finance with honors). Bill began in the investment industry in the late 80’s, initially as a stockbroker and then moved to the buy side at Fidelity Investments. He left Fidelity in late 1998 to manage his own investments. Bill cut his teeth on the short side during the tech bubble and after it had burst, formed Bearing with his fund partner Kevin Duffy (Bearing Asset Management) in the early part of this decade.

Bill Murphy

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Murphy grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J., and graduated from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 1968. In his senior year he broke all the Ivy League single-year pass-receving records. He then became a starting wide receiver for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League. He went on to work for various Wall Street brokerage firms and specialized in commodity futures. He began as a Merrill Lynch trainee and went on to Shearson Hayden Stone and Drexel Burnham. From there he became affiliated with introducing brokers and eventually started his own brokerage on 5th Avenue in New York. He now operates an Internet site for financial commentary, lemetropolecafe.com
 
 

Bill Powers

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Bill Powers is an independent analyst, private investor and author of the book “Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth.” Bill is the former editor of Powers Energy Investor, Canadian Energy Viewpoint and US Energy Investor. He has published investment research on the oil and gas industry since 2002 and sits on the board of directors of Calgary-based Arsenal Energy. An active investor for over 25 years, Powers has devoted the last 15 years to studying and analyzing the energy sector, driven by his desire to uncover superior investment opportunities.

Billy Corben

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Billy Corben was born in Florida and graduated with honors from the University of Miami where he majored in political science, screenwriting, and theater. As a young actor, Corben worked with Ron Howard, Roger Corman, Steve Martin, Hilary Swank, Cloris Leachman, Judd Hirsch, Corey Feldman, Alan Thicke, Joe Pantoliano and Christopher Meloni. He retired from acting at age 15 and began work on the other side of the camera. His feature documentary directorial debut, Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, making him one of the youngest directors in Sundance history. Examining the alleged rape of an exotic dancer at a fraternity house at the University of Florida, the film utilized extensive clips from videotape footage of the alleged assault. Considered by critics to be “one of the most controversial films of the modern day” and “one of the most compelling pieces of non-fiction ever produced,” (Film Threat Magazine), Raw Deal has been seen all over the world.
 
Following that success, Corben and producing partner Alfred Spellman founded rakontur, a Miami Beach-based content creation company, and took on another Florida true-crime story, this one closer to home. The New York Times called Cocaine Cowboys, “a hyperventilating account of the blood-drenched Miami drug culture in the 1970s and 1980s.” The film tells the story of how the drug trade built Corben's native city of Miami through firsthand accounts of some of the most successful smugglers of the era and the deadliest hitman of the cocaine wars.
 
After a limited theatrical release in 2006, Cocaine Cowboys became a worldwide success on DVD and the highest-rated documentary ever on the Showtime cable network. The sequel, Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustling with the Godmother, was released in 2008.
 
The U, a Peabody Award-winning feature documentary about the championship history of the University of Miami football program, produced by rakontur for ESPN's 30 for 30 series, became the highest-rated documentary in the network's 30 year history, when it debuted on December 12th, 2009, following the Heisman Trophy presentation.
 
In 10 years, rakontur has become one of the influential non-fiction production companies in the world. In 2007 and again in 2010, rakontur was selected for the RealScreen Global 100, “an annual list of the most exciting and influential production companies working in non-fiction film and television." Also in 2007, Corben and Spellman were listed among of "The 50 Most Influential People in Miami."
 
"They've created a whole new audience: an alternative, youth-leaning, nonfiction-seeking core," Tom Quinn, senior vice-president of Magnolia Pictures, told BusinessWeek in a 2008 profile on rakontur.
 
Since its humble beginnings, rakontur has evolved into a bona fide movie studio, with four non-fiction features scheduled for release in 2011:
 
In March, Square Grouper, examining the free-wheeling pot smuggling era of South Florida in the 1970s, premieres at the South By Southwest Film Festival; in April, Limelight, about the rise and fall of Peter Gatien, New York City's biggest nightclub owner; this Summer rakontur debuts, Cocaine Cowboys Remix, a wholesale re-edit of the original cult classic; and in the Fall, Dawg Fight, a brutal exposé on underground backyard MMA fighting in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods, will debut.
 
2012 will see the release of another new installment of their hit documentary series, Cocaine Cowboys: Los Muchachos, about the sensational Miami-based federal trials of Sal Magluta and Willy Falcone, the most successful Cuban drug traffickers in history, and new feature documentary projects for ESPN and Bloomberg Television.
 
rakontur's development slate includes a Cocaine Cowboys dramatic series for HBO with executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay and the animated comedy series Miami Cowboys with executive producer Pharrell Williams.
 
Corben oversees the soundtracks for all of rakontur's productions, assembling the ideal artists for each project and working hands-on throughout the music production process. For Cocaine Cowboys, legendary Grammy-winner Jan Hammer (Miami Vice) composed and performed the original score; hip-hop icon Luther Campbell performed the opening titles song for The U; Miami music fixture DJ Le Spam wrote his first ever film score for Square Grouper; on Limelight, Corben consulted with Grammy-winning electronic music pioneer Moby, while the original score was written by Fast of the Fun Lovin' Criminals, a band that was actually formed among Limelight nightclub employees in the 1990s and signed by an A&R man from EMI who discovered them performing at the club. In addition, Corben has contributed his own original songs to the soundtracks of Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, The U and Square Grouper.
 
Corben also serves as film critic on the Paul and Young Ron Show, South Florida's highest-rated English-language radio morning show, doing live segments every Friday. Corben and rakontur are regular supporters of Miami-based Hope For Vision, a not-for-profit organization that donates virtually 100% of the money it raises to fund scientific research to develop cures for blindness, the Borscht Film Festival, a group that supports and showcases Miami's independent filmmakers, and The 200 Club, an organization that gives financial support to the families of law enforcement officers and fire fighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
 

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