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Forget ".Com"; Welcome To ".Luxury" With Violin-Shaped Pools & Vitamin-C-Infused Showers

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With Thomas Piketty's book on inequality topping the charts among the book-reading common-folk, ambitious ex-bankers are enjoying the high-life in ways not even Gordon Gecko could have dreamed up. If greed is good, then this is better as former Lehman execs sell the first ".luxury" website domain names and ex-Goldmanites pitch "curated environments that optimize health" for home living with 'Vitamin-C-infused showers'. Of course, as one banker opines philosophically, "it's all about's important that people who have the capital are making it as useful as possible."



As Bloomberg reports, two former Goldman bankers (Jay Dweck and Paul Scialla) are launching Live Better Systems LLC...

“We’re launching this brand and launching this movement,” Paul Scialla said before a tour of the $50 million penthouse his company, Delos Living LLC, is selling with posture-boosting cork floors, purified air and antimicrobial coatings in New York’s East Village. “There’s so much attention focused on the environmental impact of buildings, and we didn’t think there was enough focus on the human.”




Scialla, 40, was co-head of U.S. interest-rate products cash trading at Goldman Sachs last year when he and his twin brother Peter left the firm’s partnership pool to expand Delos. It’s bringing “curated environments that optimize health” to Las Vegas hotel suites, Philadelphia dorms and Los Angeles offices, according to a website that describes lighting built around circadian rhythms and Vitamin C-infused showers.




“If we can scale this and get this to as many people as we can through real estate, that’s a real big win,” he said, citing hospitals and affordable apartments as options, along with housing for Haitian orphans the company has pledged to build. “Anything with four walls and a roof can be infused with this thought.”

Other former bankers working on what they call boutique projects are more explicit about selling to their own kind.

Last month, former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. vice president Monica Kirchner also cited mass appeal, or a version of it, after she began selling the first websites that end in .luxury instead of .com.


Kirchner, whose Beverly Hills, California-based Dot Luxury won an auction for rights to the domain, said her target audience spans “ultra-high net worth all the way into just your middle income.”




Serge Marquie, who ran corporate equity derivatives at Goldman Sachs and left last year, said the firm he started with his wife, Sally Wilkinson, is selling rights to Napa Valley wines before they’re bottled to “bankers, hedge-fund guys.”


The company, E-Cep, offers contracts similar to Bordeaux futures that allow buyers to get U.S. wine at a preset price, like an $1,800 magnum of 2011 Scarecrow cabernet.

Piketty would be proud...

“There’s incredible inequality, but there’s also incredible demand at the high end of the market,” Wilkinson said. “That’s just a reality of the world we live in.”


She and Marquie described the business as a way for them to make an impact.


“Capital can be useless, or it can be very beneficial,” Marquie said. “And it is important that people who have the capital are making it as useful as possible.”

But it's all about balance... right?

The renovation of his stone-and-shingle house -- whose reverse-osmosis filtration makes his shower water “like bottled water” even if it lacks the Delos vitamins -- will cost $3 million, he said. He estimates he’ll spend an additional $3 million fixing up grounds that include the pool, a baseball field, an outdoor kitchen and a movie screen.


“Lots of people have that money,” he said. “They’re willing to spend it on, to me, much more frivolous things.”




“Well,” Scialla said, “it’s all about balance.”

We suspect none of these masters of the universe turned luxury brand creators ever thought to thank the one who is really responsible for their 'success'... Ben Bernanke (and Tim Geithner).

Read more on the opulence here...


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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:03 | 4821621 Big Corked Boots
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Rope. Tree. Copper/lead. Steel bars. 

Problem solved.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:05 | 4821628 Flakmeister
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That will be what it takes...

Problem is that these fuckers can pay for very loyal protection....

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:16 | 4821642 DoChenRollingBearing
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Magnitude 5.2 temblor 50 km S of Lima (on a trip here), not much .luxury here...



Ai yai yai!

No damage or casualty reports yet.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:59 | 4821763 Soul Glow
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What else are people going to spend their worthless fiat dollars on other than babes and toys?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:24 | 4821955 pods
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Living with an RO system for house water?

Guess he never saw how much waste water is produced to produce RO water?

These people really think they are on Elysium?

I like the bit about the Hatian orphans.  Sorry Paul, that won't keep your neck from being stretched.


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:20 | 4822236 gh0atrider
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Buy your Bitcoins today and you can be the future elite!  Have rubber-toy infused pools too!


Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:12 | 4822530 J S Bach
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“Capital can be useless, or it can be very beneficial,” Marquie said.


Not a mention of whether or not said "capital" is stolen or not.  One must ask (if one has a conscience)... is it moral to erect mansions for mafiosi, whose fortunes are gained from the blood and suffering of others?  Those who willingly serve the criminals and profit thereby are almost as despicable as the banksters themselves.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:24 | 4821823 Mohan
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Thanks for picking-up on my tweet, Tyler. 

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:32 | 4823565 Matt
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"Magnitude 5.2 temblor 50 km S of Lima"

if that causes property damage, its probably due to unscrupulous people skimping on rebar.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:36 | 4821853 hangemhigh77
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Until fiat crashes. If they don't have gold they don't have shit and POOF goes their "protection".

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:07 | 4821632 lordbyroniv
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.COM is and will always be King



Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:18 | 4821662 Australian Economist
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.AU begs to differ, it's the Gold Standard of TLDs

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:10 | 4821639 FieldingMellish
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Meat hook, lamppost, piano wire. I'm willing to make use of the "capital" that I have at my disposal.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 05:06 | 4822420 intric8
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Im designing a guillotine with a short alley to set up bowling pins on the end. Please dont take away my fun. Ive already claimed first dibs.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:19 | 4821669 tempo
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w/o frac, Obamacare, EBT we would be in a depression.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:04 | 4821626 Racer
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A 'let them eat cake' moment

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:45 | 4821729 aVileRat
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You have no idea how out of control it is on the fringe

Kanye & Kim's wedding ? US$58 million. Better details in gossip blinds about just how they treated the "hired help"

Next up?

If you are a buyside, call your local contact into Apple and ask Apple why they only did a voice clip of Dr Dre calling in. Or better yet dial in the commentary overheard by the entourage pre-deal and how they celebrated pre & post that video which was leaked.

Corporate governance revolts & raiders are going to have a wicked time "soon".


Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:06 | 4821631 LetThemEatRand
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The live in a bubble, literally and figuratively.  They have no idea that they are taunting the geese that laid their golden eggs, or if they do they sure don't give a shit.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:11 | 4821644 Harbanger
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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:15 | 4821654 LetThemEatRand
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Correct.  It's just that one team that's to blame for all of this.  

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:20 | 4821670 Harbanger
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I didn't know it was about a team as right now both teams are the same.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:28 | 4821687 CrazyCooter
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I think that was LTER's rebuttal.

So ... correct!

Making a broad generalization, I don't think most of humanity realizes the bubble it lives in ... this observation does not only apply to the "rich".

Ask yourself what will "civilization" look like in ... say ... 1,000 years? Electricity? ICE transportation? Public water works? Diverse, resilient, year round agriculture?



Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:42 | 4821721 Harbanger
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Don't fall for the 1/2 truths.  LTER is an apologist for Obama and Progressives.  He supported and voted for Obama, regularly rips into libertarians when she gets drunk and believes in big gov., Lola is team player extraordinaire.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:48 | 4821737 LetThemEatRand
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I rip libertarians when I'm drunk and on the occasions when I'm sober.  It's a black and white non-solution to a complex problem.  

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:52 | 4821744 Harbanger
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Let me just kick you in the nuts a little bit.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:00 | 4821767 LetThemEatRand
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Yes, because I disagree with your ideology I should be kicked in the nuts.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:03 | 4821774 Harbanger
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Yes, Welcome to life outside the protective bubble.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:16 | 4821803 nmewn
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And just what is your ideology Rand? If you disagree with anothers, one would suspect you have a different one.

Or are you an ideological chameleon? ;-) 

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:28 | 4821821 LetThemEatRand
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I voted for Ross Perot because I saw that both Bush I and Clinton were douchebags, and I got the thing about the giant sucking sound.  I voted for Obama because I had a small hope he was different from Bush II and McCain was not a viable option.  I was wrong about Obama and freely admit it.   I voted for Ron Paul the next election even though I do not count myself a true libertarian (at least he would end the Fed).  I don't believe in big government.  I don't believe in no government.  I believe in a social safey net.  I don't believe in endless welfare for takers.  I believe in the need for a national defense.  I don't believe in military bases all over the world.  I believe in capitalism, but I don't believe in pure free markets because of oligarchs and sociopaths.  I believe in public roads and airports.   I believe that the Fed should be ended.  I believe that private charity is not sufficient to overcome poverty.  Mostly, I believe that the problems facing us are extremely complex and there are no simple solutions.   Oligarchs have taken over our political system and our media.  Competing oligarchs exist all over the world.   I don't begin to have an answer, but I'm sure as fuck that most ideologies don't have one either.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:34 | 4821848 prains
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Investing in an idea that incorporates more than yourself is beyond the typical libtard like Harbanger

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:43 | 4821870 Harbanger
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I agree with LTER's list of beliefs, but so does everyone.  In fact, except for not believing in free markets, LTER almost sounds like a right winger.  Change of heart?  I saved LTER's post of "beliefs" so we can compare it to future comments.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:49 | 4821875 LetThemEatRand
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Add:  "I think Harbanger needs to stop viewing the world in the matrix of left and right wing."  90+ percent of Americans were against the bank bailouts.  That includes all flavors of the political spectrum.   They did it anyway, and then they sold it back to the people like a used tampon, using your right wing/left wing paradigm as a base of attack on the reason of the people.  The people got it for a brief period of time, but then they were propagandized right back into the matrix.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:54 | 4821899 Harbanger
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You just said you there is no difference in ideology but don't believe in libertarianism, typical double speak. Lets discuss Statism vs individual liberty then.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:01 | 4821915 prains
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When you 're losing an arguement you always revert to typical failed CEO logic, muddy the question and deflect the criticism elsewhere. 


You are a libtard who's only interested in propogating yourself and your own beliefs about yourself, whenever somebody interrupts you with an idea about working together as a group toward some end, you brand them a"liberal". In typical non-speak.....of a failed CEO

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:12 | 4821939 Harbanger
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My argument is true and you've made no rebuttal fool.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:57 | 4822056 prains
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my arguement is you have a self righteous, sanctimonious agenda that has no basis in fact but more in the fantasy of a failed CEO who is only interested in listening to his own ideas even if it means the "company" fails. You've been surrounded by sychophants your entire life and come to ZH only to find out you are the one the sucks balls.....

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:14 | 4821940 LetThemEatRand
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"I agree with LTER's list of beliefs, but so does everyone."

Yet here we are, me covering my nuts (or my delicious pussy, if I am female as you imagine at night), and you kicking the nuts/pussy.  And America is divided to the point of near civil war when apparently everyone agrees on a lot of basic shit.   Ask yourself why.  If you need a hint, check out the guitar pool and consider how this is a thing.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:25 | 4821960 nmewn
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I'm still trying to figure out how you could vote (with everything you just said) for THE MOST socialist senator (outside of Bernie Sanders) we've ever had.

Was it because of the slick marketing (Hope-N-Change) campaign, he was just younger and less experienced, had never met a payroll in his life, because he picked Biden as Veep (lol)?...I just have to know...

And Perot was a nut before his time...look up Perot/warrantless searches/drugs/guns.


Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:36 | 4821978 LetThemEatRand
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I was still in the matrix when I voted for Obama.  I thought a black guy from humble beginnings who made it to the big show would fuck some things up.  I was totally and completely wrong and will never vote Red or Blue again.  As for Perot, he had issues but I totally agreed with his message about free trade.  He was right about that, by the way.  I had no idea about his stance on warrantless searches because what I knew I learned from MSM.  As for Paul, I would have been happy if he'd won because I agree with him on a lot of things and I'd rather worry about the things he and I disagree about, then the oligarch rule we have now.   It took me 47 odd years, but I now get the whole election thing is a sham.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:26 | 4822243 Slave
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You voted for Obama because you agreed with everything he said in 2008. After he backtracked on half of it you woke up. You're just a recovering Democrat, who trolls around on an Austrian economics website, and is still as lost as ever.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:32 | 4822259 LetThemEatRand
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I agreed with a lot of what he said.  Like justice for bankers, and ending the police state.  He hasn't backtracked any of it in words, just in deeds.   Meanwhile, we have corporatist shills like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz rallying the troops on the other end of the politicial spectrum.  You really don't see what's going on?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:10 | 4822301 Slave
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I sure do. Even if the Tea Party gets one of it's champions as President nothing will change.

My beliefs are out in the open; You have to hide behind generalities when explaining yours, at least on this website, so that your crediblity is not damaged more than it already has been. You align with the Democratic platform on nearly every issue, you just claim to hate bankers and oligarchs the most. As somebody else on this site recently said, you are approaching troll status here. This website is not a good fit for you, please quit deceiving newcomers.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:05 | 4822473 BeetleBailey
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Jesus H. Christ Rand!

I saw through fuckin Soetero right off!

Yes...McCain WAS a huge brain fart by the GOP - (and so was one note Palin, who I STILL feel should do porn - the only thing she'd be good at - maybe)...

But Fuckabama? LOL....please.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:11 | 4822097 Kirk2NCC1701
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+42!  One of the best things you've written, LTER.

Kirk salutes you.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:38 | 4822156 LetThemEatRand
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+1701.   Thanks, Jim.  

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:02 | 4822470 BeetleBailey
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Boys Boys Boys!


Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:13 | 4821652 fonzannoon
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They don't give a shit because they have not had to. They have the system completely rigged and as Flak said above they pay the mafia (police) well to maintain things. It's good livin. Every once in a while one of them falls off a roof but thank god that seems to have abated.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:18 | 4821664 Harbanger
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They pay the thugs protection money until the money runs out or the thugs get the idea of just taking it all.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:21 | 4821672 fonzannoon
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Sounds about right. The irony of it is tremendous. Expecting a cop making 200k with a 150k pension and free healthcare for life at 53 to stand in front of a bullet for some helpless rich dude when it matters.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:30 | 4821691 Harbanger
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The standard fare cop doesn't make 200k a year, not even in NYC.  They are just as much a victim of the social collapse.   The ruling thugs have their own private security forces.  If anyone is gonna pop a cap in their head when they don't see it it's gonna be private.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:38 | 4821710 fonzannoon
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The average cop near me makes over 100k. Throw in their healthcare etc. and you are close to 200k. Throw in the 200-300k lump sum gift. Throw in the 100k plus pension at 53. This is assuming they don't stub their toe on the way out and get 150k tax free disability. 

The ruling thugs hire private security, that is true. That is also ironic because the first thing that private security does is call 911.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:45 | 4821730 Harbanger
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"That is also ironic because the first thing that private security does is call 911."

You're projecting son, Maybe Mall security calls 911.  You have no idea what I mean by private security.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:51 | 4821742 fonzannoon
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You have no idea what you mean about private security. Prove your point. I gave some examples about the salaries. Your turn. Show me you are not talking out of your ass.  I know people who work security for the bigshots. Forget Mall secuirty. I am talking about the big shots. It's an illusion. Usually an effective one. But that is all it is.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:59 | 4821766 Harbanger
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Yeah, Like I'm going to tell you here online.  Those "bigshots" are owned.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:30 | 4821839 prains
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you are a weak fucker Nutbanger


backed into a corner by a cogent point you always flail like a little bitch,you were at one point a failed have the smell

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:46 | 4821878 Harbanger
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Repeat the cogent point made.  And lets argue it YOU AND I, ALONE.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:03 | 4821918 prains
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..anytime...anywhere......I'll even meet you half way if you have the stones, but you don't and you know it.



bring four feet of 2x4 and you'll last more than 2 minutes

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:17 | 4821943 Harbanger
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Again, Repeat the cogent point he made and lets argue it.  Lets see if you can stay focused.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:21 | 4821951 fonzannoon
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The point is if you call someone out on here you back up your assertion. You and I obviously have seen private security in a different light. It is what it is. No big thing. We could have left it at that. You felt the need to go with the "you are projecting son" line of crap and so I pushed you to illustrate your point and you bailed. You know better than to do that on here. 

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:25 | 4821961 Harbanger
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You want me to prove to you they have special forces outside the gov protecting them?  WTF are you asking me?  Come on, you believe in all kind of bullshit and you won't take me at my word on something as LOGICAL as this.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:38 | 4821999 fonzannoon
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You are the one heavily funding the progressive agenda so you can "finally be on the winning team" so if I were you I would not go around throwing stones at others beliefs.

This conversation was originally about cops. You questioned me about their salaries and I illustraed my point. You then brought this around to private security for the wealthy. I stated my point which I totally stand by. The wealthy hire private security which is a total fucking illusion and when push comes to shove the first thing they do is call the cops because they don't want any liability. You attempted to belittle my point and when I asked you to back yourself up you bailed. Now you are talking about special forces outside the gov protecting them. So I now have no idea what you are talking about. 

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:47 | 4822030 Harbanger
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Why do I have to watch my words with you as if you were a bitch.  I didn't mean to belittle you. I told you facts, get the difference.  Whether you get it or not is not my concern.  I know these "folks" will not call 911, they live by the rule of force, you may call, but it won't make  difference.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:53 | 4822040 fonzannoon
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You have to watch your words with me because it's you acting like a little faggot calling me out on several points. I actually provided the facts, you provided the faggot (not that there is anything wrong with that).

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:01 | 4822064 Imminent Crucible
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Well, it was fun while it lasted, but I think this finally stopped being an argument and turned into a bad SNL re-run.

Still, thanks to both of you, fonz and faggot.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:04 | 4822076 Harbanger
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Your skin is too thin to survive what's coming son and there's nothing wrong with being a faggot if you believe so.  Calling 911 ain't going to save your long island ass in an emergency, I was there in my Heli during Sandy ( yes during) and I can assure you that none of you fuckers were able to dial 911.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:18 | 4822105 fonzannoon
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I accept your apology.


Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:39 | 4822163 Harbanger
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Man up and apologize to your clients and tell them how you have no idea what you're doing.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:45 | 4822177 fonzannoon
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You seem to be the one with thin skin. Man up and admit you are gay, ugly and have a small pecker. That is why you constantly project the opposite on here unprompted from anyone.

Go attempt to bully someone else bitch. back to your helicopter video games now.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:50 | 4822186 Harbanger
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Yes, bullying laws to protect people like you.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:01 | 4822202 LetThemEatRand
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I've been shaving my ball sack and/or pussy while reading this exchange.  I'm using a five blade (yes, five blades!) GilletteTM   After reading Harbanger's comments, I've gone from straight, to gay, back to straight.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:03 | 4822215 Harbanger
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Ball sac, vulva...I's all the same in the dark, just put on some nice perfume.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:23 | 4822240 LetThemEatRand
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As I've always suspected.   Broke back Harbanger.  Just put some perfume on it, cowboy.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 02:13 | 4822348 Ceylon tea
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You should see if he accepts buttcoin

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 04:27 | 4822406 Mabussur
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As much as i do not like your tone (you come across as an asshole), I have to agree with your view. Those private security forces will bury the bodies of the "offenders" (whatever the offense might be) right next to the bodies of the children they abduct, abuse and disappear. No 911 involved there. Only wannabe big shots would hire wanna be bad asses that call 911 when anything happens to secure them. At a certain level on that ladder, you live above all laws and therefore do not require law enforcement of any kind.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:53 | 4822042 prains
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failed CEO logic


>muddy water with rhetoric

>push blame on adversary

>when all else fails, flail like a bitch and hope it deflects enough attention to leave 


Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:29 | 4821693 CrazyCooter
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Cops make 200K?



Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:35 | 4821704 fonzannoon
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A top-scale Suffolk County police detective's pay could reach more than $227,000 by 2018 based on the latest contract passed by the county legislature and County Executive Steve Bellone.

The eight-year Suffolk Detectives Association pact, approved unanimously by the legislature in December, covers 344 members and will allow some detectives to make as much as $227,998 when overtime, longevity...

The report from the Empire Center for Public Policy shows the highest average municipal salaries led by the villages of Sands Point, averaging $91,000 for general employees, and Amityville at nearly $176,000 for police.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:41 | 4821706 LetThemEatRand
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I think Fonz was including benefits.  Salaries for experienced cops in big cities are well north of $100K.  Add health insurance, pension, and other perks and it's the equivalent of something close to $200K private sector.  But lest we judge, the real problem is that wages of the private sector have stagnated for 20+ years.  Public employee compensation in large cities more accurately reflects the cost of living for jobs that require some training.  The trillions that flow to the top in the private sector do so at the expense of the private middle class.  But of course the solution pushed by many is to bring the public sector workers down to lower wages because apparently misery loves company.  And I have no dog in this fight.  I am a small business owner, take no money from the public sector, and never worked for the government except for one summer interning for a U.S. Congressman.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:15 | 4821720 fonzannoon
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Correct I was throwing in benefits. Up until recently the first thing any H.R dept did when hiring someone was take their base (say it was 65k) and say "including what we contribute for benefits, that makes your salary 80k" or something to that effect. So I don't understand why we exlude that when it comes to govvie employees.

With that said, If we hung the bankers upside down, I have a feeling enough would fall out of their wallets to give some love to the private sector and keep things in line for quite a while.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:15 | 4822231 Slave
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So you're saying it's fair for taxpayers to fund salaries/benefits much, much larger than their own?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 01:01 | 4822245 LetThemEatRand
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No, I'm saying that private sector salaries are grossly disproportionate to the income of the oligarchs, and that instead of being angry that public sector workers earn a living wage, the private sector should be angry that it is not.  But we're all Chinese now.  IchPhoners.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 02:18 | 4822354 Ceylon tea
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long side of road vegetable stew?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:59 | 4821764 mendolover
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And donate just enough to charity to keep their tiny little conscience from bothering them.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:15 | 4821655 NidStyles
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They will care when the commies finally reach critical mass and can encourage that revolution that they want so bad.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:15 | 4821656 john39
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Money yes. Taste... Not so much.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:17 | 4821661 Winston Churchill
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You have no idea how helpless they are in many ways.

That money actually makes them very weak.

you just have to know their vulnerabilities..

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:08 | 4821635 Hohum
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Another exhibit that shows that the "rich" do not know how to create wealth.

Question: who on ZH is a wealth creator?  I mean someone whose contribution is net energy positive.  Is everyone a taker?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:09 | 4821636 XRAYD
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Do they use soap in the shower ... to wash off the vitamin C after .... you know!

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:19 | 4821668 robertocarlos
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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:21 | 4821671 buzzsaw99
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...antimicrobial coatings in New York’s East Village.

Now that's funny. I can't think of anywhere that would be needed more. lulz

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:21 | 4821673 p00k1e
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Get in on the debauchery, folks.

Open a specialized bathhouse for people to um, do what people do in specialized bathhouses.

Oxygenate the water for men’s stamina.

Infuse the water with alum for the lady parts. 

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:25 | 4821678 telefunken
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Vitamin C-infused showers-Is that what they call golden showers nowadays-These kids today lol

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:28 | 4821683 Azwethinkweiz
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Great, more fodder for my wife to threaten divorce over since she has to bathe in a flouridated infused shower and swim with the kids in the community piss-infused pool. God, I feel like such a winner considering I worked my ass off for 30+ years to give her the luxury of doing both.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:28 | 4821686 Spungo
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If you want to fuck with a rich person, fire 12 gauge bird shot at the windows from a long distance. Bird shot has enough energy to crack glass but not enough energy to risk hurting anyone. it's really like a high powered bb gun.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:31 | 4821698 fonzannoon
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finally some actionable advice.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:40 | 4821714 Azwethinkweiz
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Thanks Justin Bieber, I'm glad you learned from the eggs.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:17 | 4821807 Flagit
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Fuck Bieber. If you want to see true wealth, look at Metallica!

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:35 | 4822150 Azwethinkweiz
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Metallica sued their fans for illegally downloading their albums via Napster. They deserve all their wealth and riches by being bathed by fans via vitamin c infused urine.


*I still listen to Metallica. Haven't bought an album since gives me fuel, gives me fre, gives me that which I desire while I take a dump every morning.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:55 | 4822465 BeetleBailey
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you for you...and let the band hassle with them over their fucking "rights"

Entertainment pukes are the only fuckers that "get paid" every time their crap plays...

These cunts should pay everyone every time they use a road/bridge, etc.

Over paid cunts....



Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:47 | 4822179 Quantum Darwinism
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Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:31 | 4821689 7.62x54r
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"it's all about's important that people who have the capital are making it as useful as possible."


Stack metal. Use it as collateral  for a loan once the dust settles. Buy everyfuckingthing. Use everyfuckingthing to pay the loan off. Pay someone to hang the banksters from lamp posts.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 04:53 | 4822415 kurt
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I'm sensing your circadian rythms are pulsing toward the orange in your aura. Echinacia tincture applied to your buttocks, warm, in a compress while listening to Yani or Kitaro is recommended.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:30 | 4821692 Bemused Observer
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Vitamin C showers...for the love of God...

I look forward to the day when I can rent one of those places for the night. I'll spend the night drinking Old Milwaukee and smoking cigarettes. Then I'll plug the toilet with towels, stuff dead carp behind the pictures, between the mattress and boxspring, in the drawers...then room service, and off to the pool for a quick dip before making my getaway...
I'll leave the poor maid a seriously great tip, of course.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:31 | 4821697 telefunken
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There really is more of a need for .poor,.desperate,.poverty,.sellmykidney....

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:33 | 4821701 DerdyBulls
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This is an insult to a beautiful instrument.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 20:57 | 4821758 bahaar
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How do they know Vit C infused water is not harmful?  And microbes in air/water are not beneficial/essential for our health?  Once upon a time the poor labored under the sun, were physically active all day long, and ate lots of carbs/veggies, the only thing they could afford.  And the rich shunned exercise/luxuriated in their beds, ate high fat food, protected their skin from the sun and suffered from gout/heart attacks/diabetes.  In fact back where I come from, a paunch was called "money stomach".

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:01 | 4821771 Spungo
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Come over to my place. Free golden showers.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:30 | 4821838 Lets Buy The Dip
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dirty buggers, saying I am rich you suck. 

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 21:34 | 4821847 hangemhigh77
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How about the people lynching these scum? It would be a perfect end to a happy and healthy lifestyle that they enjoy so much.  We could build a gallow that looks like Mickey Mouse so it would be a fun experience.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:03 | 4821911 Mr. Ed
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" that describes lighting built around circadian rhythms..."

Okay, that's a good way to support optimal health.  Very good!  Bravo!


Now, when is some knucklehead with a bag of money and a need to make an "impact" gonna design a web browser, and/or define a protocol, that allows circadian-friendly browsing!?

I mean browsing with control over the brightness of the screen background... I mean being able to go to dark blue/green/whatever background and not have half the page contents disappear or wash-out.  I mean not having an look at a glaring bright screen when you need to get some work done right before going to sleep.  Ever try to get to sleep after having the back of your eyeballs seared by white hot web pages?

I don't know how many times I've brought this up ... no one listens - I suppose your average hacker/coder/"software engineer" is so whacked-out from staying up at all hours that they have no idea... maybe that's it.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:06 | 4822084 Quantum Darwinism
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I'm fairly sure what you're looking for is already out there. Just search Chrome extensions and/or Firefox add-ons (if you still use IE then you're an hopeless soul...)

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 04:29 | 4822407 kurt
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Hey, Give him a break. His circadian rythms are off, poor thing. Balance people!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 16:45 | 4824515 Mr. Ed
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I'm a Firefox user.  Add-ons?  If only!  Been trying to find an answer to this for years.

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 23:10 | 4822096 tvdog
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Somebody should tell the idiot with the $3 million reverse osmosis system that he could buy a shower filter for less than a hundred bucks.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 04:43 | 4822412 kurt
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Whole house air filtration and reverse osmosis are an excellent way of avoiding environmental pollution. We must protect our precious bodily fluids so that our pineal can decalcify. They didn't mention that our properties have an entire farraday cage and a complete block out of electromagnetic radiation and a heavy ground to copper for a EMP attack. Heavy ballistic doors drop at the moment such a strike occurs or if the p wave of a nuclear attack is detected. We also feature a continually recycling nutrient production system with ports that terminate at sanitary nipples in the full spectrum illuminated day room where you are suspended on a zero g membrane with nano sanitizer scrubbing bubbles.

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:52 | 4823823 tommylicious
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amazing the illusion of control that comes with extreme wealth.

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