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How The "1%" Will Escape?

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It seems only apropos the current exuberance that, having been put on hold due to the economic crisis, an ambitious project to build the world's biggest ship and create "a community that offers unique lifestyle opportunities" is back on track and seeking investors. With calls for wealth taxes increasing and "the 1%" becoming increasingly separate from the rest of the world, what better way that the ironically named "Freedom Ship," which as IBTimes reports, will be a vast floating city that will be more than a mile long and 25 storeys high. It will cost $10bn to build and will constantly circumnavigates the globe; and while US residents may still need to pay taxes, residents of other countries "may realise tax savings by residing in or running businesses in the Freedom Ship Community."


Via IBTimes,

Aimed at creating the world's first mobile community, Freedom Ship will be the largest ship ever built at over a mile long and 25 storeys high.

Freedom Ship: The $10 Billion Floating City for the Super Rich has been redesigned ahead of an expected launch.

Having been put on hold due to the economic crisis, an ambitious project to build the world's biggest ship and create "a community that offers unique lifestyle opportunities" is back on track and seeking investors.

Freedom Ship will be a vast floating city that will be more than a mile long and 25 storeys high. It will cost $10bn (£6.1bn, €7.4bn) to build and will constantly circumnavigates the globe.

The ship will accommodate 30,000 daily visitors, 10,000 nightly hotel guests, and 20,000 full time crew.

"This will be a very heavily capitalised project and the global economy in the last few years hasn't been too inviting for unproven progressive projects like ours," Roger Gooch, director and vice-president of Freedom Ship International, told the Telegraph.

"In the last six months we've been getting more interest in the project and we are hopeful we will raise the $1bn to begin construction," Gooch added.

Small airport

The 2.7-million tonne ship will be four times the length of the Queen Mary II and will be so large it will not be able to enter any existing port. There is no dockyard in the world big enough to build it.

As well as homes, Freedom Ship would contain hospitals, schools, shops, parks and a small airport.

Despite reports, the company said that the airport would not be able to accommodate aircraft the size of a Boeing 747.

"The largest aircraft this flight deck can accept are turboprop aircraft in the 38 to 40-passenger range," the company said.


The ship will spend 70% of its times moored at locations around the world.

A circumnavigation of the world would take two years. The planned route runs from the east coast of the US to Europe, around the north of Scotland to Scandinavia, back down past France and Portugal into the Mediterranean, returning via the Strait of Gibraltar to pass the length of west Africa, then along the bottom of the Indian Ocean to Australia, southeast Asia, Japan and across to the West Coast of the US.

Freedom Ship: The route that the $10 Billion floating city will take every two years.

Is Freedom Ship a tax dodge?

On the project's website, the company seeks to clarify a number of misconceptions including the belief that it is a grand design to facilitate tax evasion.

"The Freedom Ship community has not been conceived as a tax haven. While the community itself will levy no taxes, citizens of countries such as the US would not realise any income tax savings by residing in or running businesses in the community, at least at the federal level, since American citizens are taxed on their worldwide income."

However the company does concede that residents of other countries "may realise tax savings by residing in or running businesses in the Freedom Ship Community".


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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:22 | 4208601 Things that go bump
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How convenient. They will all be in one place. 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:22 | 4208603 bania
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Yep. Better have "Freedom Minesweepers".

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:24 | 4208613 fonestar
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And hope 99% of people forget about torpedos.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:30 | 4208629 markmotive
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The 1% has already escaped. They always have and always will.

You think any of the 1% didn't make it out of Detroit long ago?

Even if the 1% was lost, another 1% would replace it. Look at the numerous changeovers in Russia/USSR.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:34 | 4208650 Grande Tetons
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They. the one percent, have a long straw and the 99 percent are the stupid kid holding a milkshake.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:36 | 4208661 Pladizow
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Will they take two of every kind - even bankers?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:39 | 4208671 Fox-Scully
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Same sex or opposite sex?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:08 | 4208778 Stackers
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One rogue wave away from peace and prosperity for all mankind ....

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:21 | 4208840 PT
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I wonder if they'll have enough life boats ...

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:25 | 4208850 akak
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Don't be silly --- everyone knows that leaches can swim.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:31 | 4208876 Fish Gone Bad
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The thought of all those people getting sick off the water is just too easy to see coming.  Then the toilets stop working...

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:46 | 4208915 optimator
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But your Bankster Fanjet Falcon gives you the leeway to occasionally visit safe places when they again start to exist.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 04:21 | 4209335 Rick Blaine
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They've been talking about this Freedom Ship thing for literally years...maybe decades now...

I distinctly remember seeing that webpage and talking about this shit back in grad school - which was '99 - '02.

(damn...I'm getting old)

Hell, I think the webpage looks EXACTLY as it did back then.

My guess would be that project is now 0.00001% complete vs. the 0.000001% complete it was a decade ago.


Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:06 | 4209437 merizobeach
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I haven't seen 'Elysium' yet, but this is part of the trailer, right?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:41 | 4209467 negative rates
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I hope they self insure, the taxpayers are on their last nerve to have to fork over any money on this insanity.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:40 | 4209524 kralizec
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Anything man can build man can destroy...

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:09 | 4209740 Living The Dream
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Anything man can build nature can destroy...

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:54 | 4209889 Liquid Courage
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Hmmm ... '99 to '02, eh? Could the revival of this -clearly insane- idea be one of those bells that rings only at "the top" and only for those with ears to hear?

Percentage of Bears back into the teens? *DING*DING*DING*


Surely there's a structural limit to the piling on of ever greater quantities of debt - the "liquifaction limit" of the market, so to speak. Due to a combination of high moisture content, and the dead weight loading of "excess liquididty" bearing down on the surface, what appears to be solid ground at one instant will suddenly flow like a liquid and undergo a catastrophic collapse in accordance with the law of gravity.

So for all those with unshakeable faith in the monetary machinations of the FOMC - including those erstwhile ladies and gentlemen themselves -  I repeat the infamous quotation from the 1920s:

They held their ground until the ground itself gave way beneath them.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:54 | 4209427 Headbanger
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It's called "Freedom" in tribute to the "1984" slogan "Freedom is Slavery!"   In this case, it means just that literally!

These ships would be a modern day penal colony like Australia was for England to get rid of the unwanted populace.

Worse yet, they'll be more like death camps when the Obama Nazi regime declares marshal law

They'll be filled with the unwanted and left to drift without food or medical supplies or drinkable water until all aboard are dead.  Then reload and repeat.

So get a clue people what they REALLY mean by a "Freedom Ship"

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:59 | 4208948 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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You mean that Carnival Cruise Lines is the contract operator?


Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:35 | 4209040 Bunga Bunga
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They will think that the entering Somali pirates belong to some Disney musical.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 01:16 | 4209102 Tim_
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Carnival Cruise Lines is a jewish company. It was founded by an Israeli named Ted Arison, and Micky Arison ran it for over thirty years.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 20:00 | 4212018 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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That 'splains a lot!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:30 | 4208877 GoinFawr
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Not for long in brine they can't; but they could try, they could try.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 03:47 | 4209288 A Nanny Moose
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Yeah, but they are quite tasty to the bottom feeders on the food chain.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:25 | 4208847 Skateboarder
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They'll force field that shit for sure man.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 09:52 | 4209684 Grinder74
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Can we fit all teh gheys on the ship, seeing as how Hollywood seems to think gheys are 50% of the population?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:35 | 4208887 Chuck Walla
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A mile long? A good typhoon will break the new Titanic apart.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 03:48 | 4209291 A Nanny Moose
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Just park it in the nearest atoll

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 01:06 | 4212821 mkkby
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The condos facing outside look nice.  The vast majority will be stuck in the interior -- stale salt air, dark, damp, claustrophobic, smelly, dirty...  a real paradise, yes sir!

Just what the 1% want -- being sea sick in a dark, tiny room with 60,000 other people around.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:44 | 4208693 TNTARG
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Are they inmune to radiation? Wow.

About the "Freedom" BS here, in our dreams they're gonna put themselves all together into a floating target!


Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:44 | 4209418 The Mist
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Anyone having read Atlas Shrugged is not so angry about this project. This is the libertarian dream!

Who is John Galt?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 09:53 | 4209686 Grinder74
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Wasn't he that elementary school teacher arrested for kiddie porn?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:29 | 4208636 Thomas
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That's a very odd, almost coffin-like, shape.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:33 | 4208653 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Hmmm..... I wonder why its voyage doesn't go anywhere near Somalia.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:33 | 4208886 Fish Gone Bad
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They miss Canada, and North Korea as well.  Cowards the lot of 'em.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:50 | 4208927 toady
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Yes, but it does follow the coastline. If (when) TSHTF we'll all be pirates, and that thing floating by will be mighty tempting.

Of course, when TSHTF, they'll go way off shore and have a carrier group or two for protection.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 09:54 | 4209687 Grinder74
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Is 30,000 capacity enough to fit all of the Congress and the White House?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:29 | 4208638 SafelyGraze
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used to be called hookersnblowship

a.k.a dancingboyship


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:21 | 4208831 Wahooo
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Where's al qaeda when you really need them?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:26 | 4208618 dryam
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"Freedom Ship"??

.....more like a floating prison. That would be perfect.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:22 | 4209409 mantrid
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prison with pools, casinos, bars, hotles...

people work hard whole life to get these

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:22 | 4208605 seek
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Yeah, I was about so say that in a certain line of business that's known as a "high value target."

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:18 | 4208828 Urban Roman
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I'm not sure which idea is more stupid. The gold-backed bitcoin or the freedom ship?

Two of 'em in one day!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 01:25 | 4209116 sgorem
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we can only hope and pray for a Titanic II................

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:34 | 4209520 Disenchanted
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21st Century Titanic

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 01:56 | 4209155 Freddie
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Heh heh heh.  They better have an escort or some drones.  We can pass the hat and buy a 16 ft Boston Whaler or a few Amazon drones.  Maybe team up with the Sea Shephreds.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:01 | 4209395 Bokkenrijder
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What happened to that Death Star in order to make a "modest proposal to boost GDP?"

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:06 | 4209401 mantrid
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yeah if you can't get away from gulag, destroy all those who escaped! "if I can't have it, no one gets it". this primitive envy is the foundation of marxism.

you ZHeeple are just as rotten as everyone else. I think you deserve you future as debt slaves.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:31 | 4209414 StandardDeviant
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Agreed.  What's wrong with you people?  You complain bitterly (and rightly) about fiat money printing, governmental incompetence and corruption, ever more intrusive paramilitary security forces, ubiquitous NSA spying, state encroachment into once-free markets, and on and on.  But the moment someone proposes a project (however far-fetched) to try to distance themselves as much as possible from all of that, it's "the ironically named 'Freedom Ship'"?!

As for "tax evasion", becoming a non-resident is hardly "tax evasion" (except for the unfortunate Americans).  Tax avoidance, definitely, but not evasion.  And even if it were, what of it?  With all of the brave "molon labe" talk here, am I to understand that anyone here still nevertheless believes that they have a moral obligation to hand over any or all of their income or assets to TPTB?  WTF?

(Oh, and those of you talking about torpedoes and the like are just beneath contempt.  Grow up.)

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:52 | 4209424 The Mist
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Hear Hear!

The jealousy is ridiculous. The ship would be a libertarian floating city-state. The only downside is that it's hard to accomplish building the actual ship, but why hate on the idea?

We all share the hatred towards government.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:20 | 4209447 merizobeach
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"it's hard to accomplish building the actual ship"

Just float word of this to Elon Musk.. he might drop whatever it is he's doing at the moment, scribble on a napkin for a while, close up his existing shops, and head down to congress with a plan in need of some freshly minted yellen$.  (One of the middle floors could be dubbed 'congressional retirement suites' thus ensuring its passage and funding.)

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:40 | 4209415 Frankie Carbone
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Amen to that brother! They had a great plan in 1913 with the FRA and the 16th amendment. Afterall, they stole the United States fair and square and these dirty serfs are merely crying sour grapes!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:15 | 4210262 scrappy
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Torpedos away!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:23 | 4208606 giorgioorwell
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Yes, go for it 1%'ers..that would be the most insanely dangerous place to reside. Might as well paint bullseyes all over it.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:32 | 4208881 putaipan
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naw. hopefully they'll just park it over jim willies' underwater caribbean prison for familial visiting rights.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:09 | 4209402 mantrid
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"The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them." - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin



Tue, 12/03/2013 - 08:47 | 4209530 Offthebeach
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"The sheeple will build their own fences so that we may feast upon them."

( the usual suspects

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:23 | 4208608 Raymond K Hessel
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Good riddance.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:35 | 4208663 Renewable Life
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Shit, floating ship my ass, anyone who is paying attention knows where the 1% are space!

go long bottled water and rocket fuel!!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:40 | 4208679 MonsterBox
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yeah, put this baby on orbit and now you're talkin'.  or a lunar cave.... Logistics can be a bitch, tho..

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:24 | 4208610 LetThemEatRand
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The .01% who would inhabit this boat don't make much income, so they don't care much about income tax evasion.   But I don't buy that they will go there.  Plenty of fortified palaces already on land.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:01 | 4208759 Keyser
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Besides, the .01% all have super-yachts and wouldn't slum it on something called the Freedom Ship.  

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 03:49 | 4209296 A Nanny Moose
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Plenty of bureacrats to buy.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:25 | 4208615 Colonel Klink
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Long homemade subs and torpedoes.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:25 | 4208616 Hulk
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Titanic II, Bitchez !!!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:56 | 4208746 The_Prisoner
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Titanic II is already taken:



Tue, 12/03/2013 - 03:52 | 4209300 A Nanny Moose
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Perhaps Olympic II would be more appropriate? Pull it!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:24 | 4208619 TheObsoleteMan
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Good luck with that. Definition of the term:WET DREAM.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:26 | 4208621 Oldwood
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Of course after it is determined to be an economic flop, our government will buy it, making the investors whole with taxpayer debt and create another offshore prison for us terrorists.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:29 | 4208871 carlin401
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'Privitized prisons' trading on wall street, that hire ex-politicians to be their CEO's,


Make sure to remind folks that the PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX has been privatized, only the COST has been SOCIALIZED.


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:26 | 4208623 Z_End
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Yawn... The 1% already have escape plan(s). They have citizenship in several countries, residence in a few more, and enough money to influence most of life's outcomes.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:47 | 4208699 carlin401
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Back in the 1980's almost all the elite bought TUSCAN VILLA's, and also in Spain, and Portugal.


Nobody want's to be sitting on a fucking boat getting diahreha, or have you all quickly forgotten that this is just a fuck love-boat,


Love-Boat are for white-trash that can eat Vegas style all you can eat buffet's, ... the RICH would never go for this crap.


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:47 | 4208707 stacking12321
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multiple citizenships / residences is a very good thing, and something everyone should do, as mr. snowden found out when usa yanked his passport and left him stuck in limbo in moscow airport.



Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:03 | 4208771 Oldwood
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Escape? We are the ones that will be looking for a place to live, outside of a FEMA camp anyway. (I shouldn't ignore our generous government benefits.)

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:00 | 4208925 Raging Debate
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Z End - You are correct. My belief is things happen in cycles, a season for everything. Another cycle of business bribing politicians to punatively tax competition and enrich themselves. This not being sustainable is ending.

Taxes will continue to go up through inflation and directly and governments will confiscate from all except the very poor when its survival is threatened. Where are the fortunes of Egyptian pharoahs or Roman senators these days? It eventually is recycled. The means of redistribution have been demonstrated and documented throughout history. This time is not different, it never is.

Also, I run a small business, I now pay 17% taxes like our good friend Warren Buffett. Hey, I am following applicable law and I advise all to do the same. And the sooner that happens the faster the shenanigans end and government is funded the way it is supposed to be. Expenditure of government revenues is another discussion worthy of having but another time.

I am not a fan of government but I choose it over anarchy. As for ours, it became empire, though less destructive then others and in some ways bringing benefit globally. The current crop will go, at least most of them and another generation is learning the hard way about debt and politicians stating how "this time is different." The barge is a ridiculous idea. Ill put $1000 wager against anybody it never sets sail within a decade. As another
poster astutely commented, the funds are in other nations along with America's industrial production and dignity.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:26 | 4208626 Ralph Spoilsport
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This has to be a joke. The pictures above are right out of National Lampoon parodies.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:40 | 4208674 disabledvet
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Here's the military variant: lest you think the concept...size wise...unoriginal. you can call it a joke of course...or "a cover story." Admiral King was very fortunate to survive World War II apparently...and he was the guy with the desk job no less. The TOP desk job actually.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:59 | 4208700 Ralph Spoilsport
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At least the ice/concrete carriers in your video looked seaworthy. The Freedom Ship was designed by someone who has never experienced rough weather on a lake let alone an ocean. This thing would be a nightmare going around Cape Horn. They don't call the winds there the "Roaring Forties" for nothing.

Appropos: "The front fell off".

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:04 | 4208770 TheFourthStooge-ing
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This thing would be a nightmare going around Cape Horn.

Yep, a twentyfirst century Titanic, went down in the Drake Passage on its maiden voyage because it was too fucking big to avoid multiple collisions when it encountered an iceberg field.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:56 | 4208940 Blano
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+ 100 for any Clark and Dawe reference.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 03:58 | 4209308 A Nanny Moose
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Imagine how much beer you could chill

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 04:55 | 4209360 Parrotile
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It has to circumnavigate via both capes (Cape Horn and Aghulas) 'cause it's physically too big to fit into the Panama and Suez Canals!

Having navigated both Capes myself, just say "I wish them luck". There is no "good time" to do Cape Horn, only bad, or worse. Let's hope their itinerary permits a December to February window, which isn't so bad!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:43 | 4208900 optimator
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And post war they experimented with floating ice islands, T2 and T3 were their designations.  This link gives the outline, but omits a lot of "details".

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:27 | 4208631 f16hoser
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I hope it hits the Worlds Largest Iceberg! I wonder how many Billions it will take to buy a life-boat? Better pray you're not in steerage...

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:29 | 4208633 Al Huxley
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Please, please get all those fuckers together on a FUCKING BOAT preferably in deep water...

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:30 | 4208644 fonzannoon
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That boat has got to be the decoy

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:37 | 4208668 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Dick Dynasty, a new series on A&E, about the makers of the dick call that lured the 1 percenters to the Freedom Ship dick shoot.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:51 | 4208728 Milestones
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Sharks like warm shallow waters for prey.                           Milestones

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:29 | 4208635 JamesBond
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The pic doesn't look 25 stories high...  must be that new math




Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:01 | 4208761 el Gallinazo
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The bottom stories are for billionaire midgets.  They get a discount.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:33 | 4208651 The Heart
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The kind of garbage that is part of the babylonic bankster puppetry system of supposed leaders running the rudderless ship aground that are ALL LIKE THIS...will NOT escape.

The rarest most sought after and hunted animals will be, the 1%.


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:34 | 4208654 Alpha Monkey
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Is it just me or is their concept ship ghastly?  Besides that, floating cities are so 2013, wake me when they start the fund for a space station or moon base.  30,000 crew... I hope they mean robots. 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:33 | 4208655 DirkDiggler11
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Quick, somebody go get the Skipper and Gilligan ! A three year tour ....

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:33 | 4208656 object_orient
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It looks like a giant floating parking garage. I hope Justin Bieber ruins it for everyone.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:34 | 4208657 Downtoolong
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Meanwhile, the NSA has already started scanning all voice and email messages of the ilk,

”How do I build the biggest effing torpedo on the planet”.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:47 | 4208672 RaceToTheBottom
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Dressing down will be the new 1%'er sport.  Who can look the most 99%'er-ish, will become the new style.

Except when they are among their own people, you know, the good people....

I hope my room is right down the hall from Simon's

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:41 | 4208682 Payne
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this thing will never be built !  except that if it could be organized as a seperate country.  Monaco on the water.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:42 | 4208683 akak
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For those who just can't get enough of the cruise ship lifestyle ....

Freedom Ship, or Floating Prison?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:13 | 4208799 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Freedom Ship, or Floating Prison?

That's the difference between marketing and reality. It's no coincidence that the world's largest free-range prison is marketed as Land of the Free.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 01:57 | 4209159 carlin401
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Well its started out as a 'penal colony' and it will end as such.


Let's also be completely honest, if you don't have MONEY and I mean lots of fucking CASH, nobody country on earth will give a long term VISA nor citizenship, so all those fucking "free american's" its a damn good thing that 95% don't even have passports, and now they're too expensive for most,


Even Canada will not take you with any kind of crime or DUI, which means that most folks in the USA can't even escape to Canada,


A fucking prison, and they don't even know it,


Fucking brilliant,

and if your really fucking rich, you can go live on the good prison lollie-pop my ass its for the rich, folks will be using their HELOC MTG to buy a TIME-SHARE on this bitch and only the dumbest MOFU's, the kind of folk that use real money to BUY BITCOIN, I'm talking live stock american fucking dumb,


Tue, 12/03/2013 - 02:49 | 4209222 Things that go bump
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That is a very long border.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:11 | 4209404 mantrid
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Australia used to be a prison colony. now it's better off than its former motherland.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:42 | 4208684 booboo
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Somali pirates will have a heart attack when they see that bitch go by.

Thurston Howell III: "Lovey, there is a dinghy full of negros wanting welcome us to their waters"

"Oh Thurston, throw some quarters at them and see if they go away, you shant have your hair braided by them dirty boys."

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:43 | 4208688 cowdiddly
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waterworld bitches


just dont ever plan on coming to dry land.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:43 | 4208690 carlin401
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Buy 100 BTC for 95761.98 USD

Sell 100 BTC for 93094.51 USD

[ This is bitce, which is one of the better frauds running this racket. ]

OVER a 3% haircut just to get your own fucking money back, where in the fucking hell else do you find such fucking bid/ask differentials? Maybe penny stock?


If the BTC were really 'currency' then there would be NO fucking bid/ask differential.


Another point, its impossible to get $100K back out, as most withdrawls are limited to $1k a day, or $10K a month peak. So you also have to add in the fact that not only do you not get your money back in whole, but you may not get it when you need it in your lifetime.

Sure some bitches would say, no problem just fetch your 'coin' and send ten groups of $10k to ten exchanges, ... not so simple because exchanges don't like give your own fucking BTC's back to you.


Also there are only less than a 1/2 a dozen honest exchanges, the majority are crooks, and like paypal you can only have a one real bank account tied to each account, which makes it hard to have a dozen 'fake' accounts all funding one real account.


Anyways anybody that calls BTC a currency is a liar and a MORON. There is no fucking currency on earth except maybe the IRAN or North-Korea that has this fucked a bid-ask.


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:59 | 4208753 stacking12321
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  • If the BTC were really 'currency' then there would be NO fucking bid/ask differential.

yes, of course, because if you change your dollars to euros at a bank there won't be any bid/ask differential. brilliant.

  • Anyways anybody that calls BTC a currency is a liar and a MORON. There is no fucking currency on earth except maybe the IRAN or North-Korea that has this fucked a bid-ask.

or perhaps it is you that is the liar and the moron. the currency itself has no bid-ask, 1 BTC is 1 BTC, period. the bid-ask is a function of an exhange, not a function of the currency. but maybe a mentally challenged hater such as yourself is more interested in raving nonsensically about things you don't understand, than actually taking some time to understand what the hell you're talking about.

and the thing that really gets me is you call yourself carlin - carlin was crass and funny, and had brilliant insightful social commentary. you on the other hand tend to be crass and ugly, with no understanding what you're talking about, just a ranting moron.


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:57 | 4208862 carlin401
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Thanks for the backup, so let's just conclude.


BITCOIN is not a PONZI, cuz PONZI's Pay interest.

BITCOIN is a pyramida chain-letter. Where the early birds get 99.999% of the loot, and the late birds get the shit.


Bitcoin is impossible to 'mine', thus all bitcoins is bought from an 'exchange' where you pay up front 4% 'mutual fund' load.

[ todays difficults 760069015, that means a super-computer doing 10MHS would take 12 years to find a block,... ]

Thus all btc's are really a 'load of shit' in the mutual fund sense of the word.

At best if you could buy a penny stock and pay 5% bid/ask, and just as well make 100% on a good day, and lose 100% on a bad day, ... where have we seen this before?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 01:15 | 4209099 Matt
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By your definition gold is also a pyramid scheme, since it pays no interest, most of it has already been mined, and mining gold yourself is really hard. Also, it costs money to buy, transport, and store.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:17 | 4208813 Trimmed Hedge
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You know what doesn't have these issues..? Bigcoin™

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:27 | 4208863 Againstthelie
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don't be upset. ZH presented the news that made it clear that Bitcoin is a Power Elite thing (besides the Alpha Epsilon Pi Winklevoss Bitcoin pushers): the UK Mint has been planning since summer a PR-campaign for Bitcoins being backed by physical goldcoins.




The sheeple are starting to believe it already.


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:44 | 4208910 alentia
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Buy USD$100,000 at Canadian Bank for CAD$108,000

Sell USD$100,000 to Canadian Bank for CAD$104,000

Loss $4,000


Buy CAD$100,000 at US Bank for USD$99,000

Sell CAD$100,000 to US Bank for USD$92,000

Loss $7,000 (Some US bank have spread of 10%)


Why are you complaining about BitCoin?

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:40 | 4209049 Bunga Bunga
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Buy some Enron at..., sell some WTF? qed

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:17 | 4209001 Raging Debate
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Excuse me Carlin but what does BTC have to do with the USS Ridiculous topic?

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:46 | 4208702 cocoanut
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umm. this (or something like it) already exists

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:46 | 4208703 Caveman93
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Up periscope....flood tubes 1 through 4. Torpedos away!

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 05:07 | 4209367 Parrotile
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Alternatively acquire one of these via the Black Market (after all there is a price for everything) - Just the one should "do the job" nicely!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:48 | 4208704 RaceToTheBottom
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How quaint.  The article still thinks that the 1%-.1%'ers that reside in the US don't already have a plan.  They will always have a plan.

I believe those rescinding US citizenship has only reached 2000 odd per year.  At least publicly.  And those will all be average folk tired of the hassle.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:48 | 4208705 Peter Pan
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The Tower of Babel on water.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:48 | 4208714 YHC-FTSE
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That ship design doesn't look flimsy and unstable at all. What's it going to be powered by? Ostentation and hubris?  

Not a single UHNW (new acronym I learned this week at zh) individual unburdened by senility will live on that death trap.  It will be the desperately upwardly mobile nouveaus and hustlers who will hock their homes to get on board to set the world records for the most inane dinner conversations ever. 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:57 | 4208749 Things that go bump
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I understand that ostentation and hubris will get one quite far. 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:51 | 4208724 Peter Pan
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A two year trip.
I say BS.
NO man could cope with being with his wife constantly for that long whether they are on honeymoon or not.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:58 | 4208751 Al Huxley
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Speaking of that...

about 5:50 in...

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:34 | 4208884 optimator
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NO, no and no.  You leave the wife at home, put your gold on your private jet, and live the life of luxury till it all blows over.  If you find Janet Yelling in the suite next to you, just move.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:51 | 4208725 bobthecat
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Who ever dreamed  to make a decent amount of dough and end up stuck on a giant cruise ship with 60,000 people, no one ever....

The idea is to make money and get your own yacht, not one that you have to share...

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:54 | 4208733 el Gallinazo
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Great idea.  Get all those bastards in one place.

But what is far more interesting if where the 0.001% intend to go when the SHTF.  DUMBS don't just stand for our recent high school graduates. They are quite luxurious and interconnected with supersonic maglev trains.  Our CIA drug money and Fed money at work for the people who truly deserve it /sarc Our Congress knows about them and getting their family's ticket pulled for "misbehavior" is their biggest nightmare.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:54 | 4208735 Yen Cross
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    May you all die of the "RABIES"! Bitchez

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 22:55 | 4208737 alien-IQ
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Titanic: The Sequel

This time, nobody makes it out alive.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:09 | 4208781 Things that go bump
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They will probably all expect to be rescued when it goes Carnival Cruise Lines Deux and they are dead in the water and wading through their own shit. 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:21 | 4208833 wisehiney
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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:03 | 4208767 jim249
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Simon Black must be involved in this.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:32 | 4208883 honestann
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I don't think so.  But that would be the kiss of death!

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:08 | 4208779 fijisailor
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I've been all over the world by boat.  Wait till that fucker gets into a category 5 hurricane.  Good way to get rid of the 1%.  It'll just roll over in high seas

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:08 | 4208782 GoinFawr
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I signed on just to make a quip about the pros and cons of 'keeping all your eggses in one basket', but after reading all y'all's comments I don't want to belabour the point anymore

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:09 | 4208783 starman
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Imagine the amount of shit trailing that ship !

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:08 | 4208784 knicks3005
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This can't be serious. If deemed possible, they would rather live in outer space, like in the movie Elysium. 

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 06:12 | 4209406 mantrid
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yeah until you run out of oxygen or get fried by solar wind radation or get blown up by a tiny screw hitting your station with some 200000 km/h

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:11 | 4208791 are we there yet
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I see the 2 year cruise skips the Samalie coastline....

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:14 | 4208808 Stuck on Zero
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That ship has been on the drawing boards for years.  Ever think how they'll haul it out to scrape the bottom?


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:49 | 4208921 carlin401
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Well they have to dry-dock it to build it, ... so they could take back every few years to change the zinc on the propeller.

Most of these boats use divers to clean, but me thinks they days you could easily have a remote contol small sub that just constantly skirts around gently massaging the bottom side, ...

Of course you have to pull out every 1-3 years to slap on new bottom paint, ... then where to the parasites go when at dry-dock? Oh never mind they all have private 'amazon' drones to deliver themselves anywhere, ...




Life is really about figuring  out HOW CHEAP you can live, ... how you can minimize technology and dependence.


Talk about burn-rate, and TIME-SHARE maintenance fee's on this bitch, ...


Anyway far better for the rich man to live like a poor man in a real neat place, and enjoy life.


Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:15 | 4208812 joego1
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I noticed that Somolia isn't on the itinerary. The pirates must be drooling over this one.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:16 | 4208819 jpc578
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There does seem to be an interest in creating a type of "Galt's Gulch". If someone finds a way, I would expect the so called "1%" to flee in droves.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:46 | 4208913 PT
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Yeah, but this type of Galt's Gulch costs how many dollars per hour to run?  I guess once you're rich enough, it might save other expenses (maybe it could be a tax dodge, like others have implied) but since when have the rich skimped on housing?

Err, sorry, I've just confused myself with my own comment.  I leave it here for the rest of yas to enjoy.  Maybe I need a nap. 

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:18 | 4208823 wisehiney
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How the fork can that many Pirate Captains sail peacefully together? Their carcasses will contaminate the oceans worse than Fukushima.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 00:20 | 4208835 David Wooten
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I doubt very much that the billionaires and multimillionaires who eventually board this ship (assuming it even goes) will be the kind of elitists who caused the mess we're in.  Bernanke, Greenspan, no.  Jaimie Dimon, George Soros, Warren Buffett, no.  Tim Geithner, Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Bush, Obama, Clinton, no.  But maybe the Koch brothers.  The others aren't going away, unfortunately.  They won't need to because they'll have their own army.

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 07:23 | 4209451 Winston Churchill
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Earlier this year my company refurbed the NiINE full sized marble bathrooms on a private 200ft

yacht.The anonymous billionaire owner travels the seven seas constantly.

If you have the money, you are already doing it.

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 23:22 | 4208838 Cannon Fodder
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