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Feb 23, 2024 - 4:31:31 AM
40824 posts since 3/5/2008

Enoughf $...in this World..
That groups in the privet sector..can do big n wonderous things..
New moon landing via Space X..

I do wonder..
If a handfull of super rich people..
Would ..kinda create thier own..society...above the frey...

Edited by - STUD figmo Al on 02/23/2024 04:46:56

Feb 23, 2024 - 4:39:37 AM
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slammer

USA

4499 posts since 12/30/2008

So far I haven’t and I’m OK with that . I hate to look down on people just because I’ve got more money than I know what to do with!!! As far as creating my own society, I thought I did ??? I call it da U.P. !!!
Slammer!!!

Feb 23, 2024 - 5:18:50 AM
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61891 posts since 12/14/2005

Somehow, Al/Figmo/Stud's post reminds me of the segment of "Last Week Tonight" where John Oliver discusses the four billionaires who are Very Good Friends with a fellow who they were NOT good friends with, until AFTER he became a Supreme Court justice.

It's on YOUTUBE, for those of you interested in the details.

Feb 23, 2024 - 5:47:32 AM

40824 posts since 3/5/2008

Never saw that but thanks..
I might go look that up..

Edited by - STUD figmo Al on 02/23/2024 05:47:52

Feb 23, 2024 - 6:46:40 AM

Owen

Canada

14823 posts since 6/5/2011

... the universe unfolding as it should ???

I have no direct experience [Margaret Drysdale of The Beverley Hillbillies is my reference point], but don't the rich just pay for somebody else to fray on their behalf?   

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:02:14 AM

3003 posts since 2/4/2013

They would need the frey to clean their toilets and mow their lawns

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:24:15 AM

4753 posts since 4/29/2012

Is the 'privet sector' a group of hedge fund managers ?

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:33 AM

40824 posts since 3/5/2008

Andy..Please explain the differance.

As i may not be using the best term...

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:43:13 AM

1635 posts since 11/10/2022

If we could get the super rich to all live on the desolate moon, how is that bad? Less jets in the air, no high carbon footprint mansions, and they could learn to get along without angering the rest of us.

I know I decided not to be a billionaire so as to not have to buy a moon condo.

Feb 23, 2024 - 8:04:04 AM

4753 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

Andy..Please explain the differance.

As i may not be using the best term...


Bad joke. Maybe you don't have privet hedges in the States.

Feb 23, 2024 - 9:00:29 AM
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rinemb

USA

16144 posts since 5/24/2005

I don't get to excited about ultra-wealthy. I would appreciate that even though many do a lot of "good works" or give charitable support of many organizations-of all kinds, I still wish they would do much more. I look at it like this...some folks could give much much more (even if they already give a lot) and it would not even affect the wealth of their great grand children. I have already said enough to be hypocritical!
Even if you took all their money and even their assets away, it likely won't make much difference even if responsibly distributed to the rest of us (highly unlikely) -or so some studies indicate. However, many of us would lose our jobs and livelihoods. (no, I am not going to prove it.) Brad

Feb 23, 2024 - 9:29:21 AM
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Buddur

USA

3853 posts since 10/23/2004

I still have plans to purchase 100's of acres in the Hawaiian Island chain and build myself a private ultraluxury apocalyptic bunker (below my proposed mansion, of course) with tunnels extending out to many parts of my sprawling acreage.

Just wait until MY moon landing happens.

Feb 23, 2024 - 9:35:48 AM
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4980 posts since 9/12/2016

and it is all coming down to the bit count on a computer chip--but a good currency is necessary--
Even George Wahington's army--was getting paid by some well to do --
but fun is to be had in both crowds

Feb 23, 2024 - 10:07:04 AM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

2339 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

Enoughf $...in this World..
That groups in the privet sector..can do big n wonderous things..
New moon landing via Space X..

I do wonder..
If a handfull of super rich people..
Would ..kinda create thier own..society...above the frey...


They already do, and we are not invited.. its called the WEF, Builderberg Group and others.

 

Having said that, I think it's a good sign that democratic societies consistently create ultra-wealthy citizens. It's also inevitable.

It means we have not yet completely turned to punishing success and keeping hard working people from becoming as successful as they possibly can become.

Up here in Canada its simple... eliminate the middle class so everyone is equally poor, tax them to death and import subservient poor immigrants to replace them to make sure they'll continue to vote for the regime in power. dangerous slope.

Edited by - ChunoTheDog on 02/23/2024 10:18:05

Feb 23, 2024 - 10:12:52 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

2339 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD
quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

Andy..Please explain the differance.

As i may not be using the best term...


Bad joke. Maybe you don't have privet hedges in the States.


hedge fund people are poor peasants compared to the tech billionaires and oil barons etc.

Feb 23, 2024 - 11:08:26 AM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

13732 posts since 2/22/2007

There is ownership and then there is control. Larry Fink is worth "only" a bit over a billion. But through Blackrock he controls Ten Trillion Dollars, and that is a lot of control!

Feb 23, 2024 - 11:42:11 AM

1635 posts since 11/10/2022

Name the billionaires in the US that didnt pool from the common man free money (to them) fund via their favorite baby kissers or inheritance....

I cant think of any...not even yhe Buffet.

Feb 23, 2024 - 12:14:52 PM
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donc

Canada

7418 posts since 2/9/2010

No problem with the rich. Many are probably good individuals. My only problem is when they control who gets elected or what legal favors are extended to the wealthy wing of the private sector.

Feb 23, 2024 - 12:26:15 PM

3003 posts since 2/4/2013

quote:
Originally posted by NotABanjoYoda

Name the billionaires in the US that didnt pool from the common man free money (to them) fund via their favorite baby kissers or inheritance....

I cant think of any...not even yhe Buffet.


I don't fully understand this sentence but you can find lists of those who are self made and their background.

Feb 23, 2024 - 1:56:24 PM

1635 posts since 11/10/2022

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker
quote:
Originally posted by NotABanjoYoda

Name the billionaires in the US that didnt pool from the common man free money (to them) fund via their favorite baby kissers or inheritance....

I cant think of any...not even yhe Buffet.


I don't fully understand this sentence but you can find lists of those who are self made and their background.


I agree with the first half of your sentence because I spotted several on that list fitting my statement.  Im not sure what your answering since you didnt understand my statement.  So your just saying theres billionares that started from scratch?  I would agree with that.  Zuck started merely lower upper class.

Feb 24, 2024 - 6:54:08 AM
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14931 posts since 1/15/2005

I have worked for several approaching billionaire status (or maybe have since made it) and other worth well in excess of 100 million. All are different. The latest one is just over 40 years old, with a high school education, middle class background and although he does not flaunt his wealth, he spend a lot of money on just about everything. Second person, college educated, came from a extremely wealthy, but financially conservative background and now runs the family business, lives in a modest home and drives old cars. He sort of scorns his friends who drive fancy new cars and show off their wealth. A third, who comes from a similar background as the second, and runs the family business (huge) is as a down to earth person as you can find.

So in my experience, these are not people that you read about or hear about in the news and that is the way they like it ..... much unlike those that we do read about from the northeast and California.

Feb 24, 2024 - 10:18:55 AM

heavy5

USA

2988 posts since 11/3/2016

quote:
Originally posted by GrahamHawker

They would need the frey to clean their toilets and mow their lawns


Hmm , we did that in basic infantry training at Fort Dix NJ  ?

Feb 24, 2024 - 2:06:30 PM

79568 posts since 5/9/2007

I hope there is a good market for picking up orbital debris.

I've partied and befriended rich people who have visited Port Clyde over my life-time.

They're like everybody else...just people.

Edited by - steve davis on 02/24/2024 14:10:03

Feb 24, 2024 - 2:37:22 PM
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7633 posts since 7/24/2013

They have their own society above the fray already.

Feb 24, 2024 - 3:00:59 PM
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3727 posts since 4/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by ChunoTheDog
quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

Enoughf $...in this World..
That groups in the privet sector..can do big n wonderous things..
New moon landing via Space X..

I do wonder..
If a handfull of super rich people..
Would ..kinda create thier own..society...above the frey...


They already do, and we are not invited.. its called the WEF, Builderberg Group and others.

Having said that, I think it's a good sign that democratic societies consistently create ultra-wealthy citizens. It's also inevitable.

It means we have not yet completely turned to punishing success and keeping hard working people from becoming as successful as they possibly can become.

Up here in Canada its simple... eliminate the middle class so everyone is equally poor, tax them to death and import subservient poor immigrants to replace them to make sure they'll continue to vote for the regime in power. dangerous slope.


That last one is not unique to Canada. But if you Canucks want to take credit for it, I won't argue with you.

Feb 25, 2024 - 6:25:37 AM

79568 posts since 5/9/2007

I feel rich in living a life that I've loved right here where I grew up.
People from all walks of life have told me all my life how incredibly lucky I am to live here.

Right now I'm watching a pair of young deer out of the kitchen window.
A few years ago I looked up from carving to be face to face with a young bull moose a few inches away on the other side of the glass.

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