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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

Where To Find The Best Jobs In The World

Government economic statistics are all lies and gorilla math… and one of their most creative frauds is the unemployment figure.

Intuitively, when they say ‘the unemployment rate is 9%,’ that would suggest to the average Joe that 9% of the labor force is, in fact, unemployed. Oh no. Most governments have entire departments and agencies to dazzle people with statistics and calculations that defy common sense.

You see, when someone has been unemployed for too long, they can simply fall out of the system. In other words, the number of unemployed people can actually rise, while the government’s official unemployment rate falls. It boggles the mind. Government figures in no way pose an accurate snapshot of the situation.

A better way to look at it is to consider the raw numbers. In the United States, there are roughly 14 million unemployed, and millions more who are either part-time or woefully underemployed. In Europe, the number of unemployed is over 20 million.

It’s not a pretty picture, and the more that governments do to ‘fix it,’ the longer they prolong the pain. Barack Obama is set to blow another useless round of hundreds of billions of dollars, while central bankers from the United States to England to Switzerland are inflating their currencies without bound.

persistence Where to find the best jobs in the world

If you’re one of the tens of millions of unemployed in the western world, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that your situation at home isn’t getting better anytime soon. The good news is that many foreign job markets are quite strong.

Here in the Middle East, there are a number of countries that shook off the effects of the economic downturn and are still growing feverishly. If you’re looking for a job, this may be a good place to start.

Even a casual glace at the employment section of Gulf News, one of the region’s leading publications (based in Dubai), shows a number of well-paying positions available in a variety of fields… things like:

- Marketing manager: $5500 monthly
- Bank branch manager: $8200 monthly
- Financial analyst:  $15,000 monthly
- Administrative assistant: $1800 monthly
- Warehouse supervisor: $1700 monthly
- Personal trainer: $2750 monthly
- Fashion retail shop manager: $2200 monthly
- Regional sales manager: $9000 monthly
- Business development manager: $9500 monthly
- Senior accountant: $11,000 monthly
- Quality control specialist: $12,250 monthly

These jobs are available across the region, from Abu Dhabi to Kurdistan (yes that’s Iraq) to Egypt to Qatar to here in Lebanon.

Most of the positions, especially the better paying jobs, have great benefits. And no I’m not talking about casual Friday. In this part of the world, it’s common for employers to provide a house and chauffeured car in the package, and sometimes even private schooling for the kids.

Commissions and profit shares are also common, depending on the position.  And as an added benefit, most of these places have little or no local tax… so you keep what you earn.

By way of comparison, if you make $4,000/month ($48,000 annually) in Abu Dhabi, that’s the after-tax equivalent of making $65,000/year in the US. If you make $7,500/month ($90,000 annually) in Dubai, it’s like making $130,000 in the US.

What’s more, US tax law excludes the first $92,900 from income tax. Other nationalities pay nothing.

Remember, the world is a big place, and there’s a lot of opportunity out there for the creative mind that seeks unconventional solutions. Right now on the Gulf News jobs website, there are hundreds of jobs that pay anywhere from $4,000 to over $16,000 per month just waiting to be filled.

Most of those nearly 30 million unemployed in the United States and Europe are going to sit around and wait for the government to ‘fix things.’ I hope they’re patient because they’re going to be waiting for a very, very long time.

Other people who are willing to take control of their future will find a lot of options if they have the courage and resourcefulness to look overseas.


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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:23 | 1646531 andybev01
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Sorry, OT: sort of.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:15 | 1646742 Pool Shark
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Oh great; another post from the pedantic Simon "the grass is always greener" Black.

Well Simon; the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence; but it still needs to be mowed...

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:20 | 1646767 trav7777
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yeah...I mean Dubai??  The nation that said fuck off to any nonconnected contract party?  The one with a ton of filthy arabs who won't hesitate to screw the shit out of you, and the one with the supermassive property bubble and zillions of sqft of empty CRE?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:33 | 1646826 AnAnonymous
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The nation that said fuck off to any nonconnected contract party?


Because that is different in the US?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:28 | 1647090 The Alarmist
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If you aspire to making $92k while living in a hell hole, more power to you.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 12:19 | 1651196 paulbain
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Agreed. Simon "No immigration controls" Black is a dolt. He wants all countries to lift all immigration restrictions immediately, which, by the way, the USA did years ago. Furthermore, this lack of immigration restrictions is the principal cause of the high unemployment rate in the USA. Simon Black apparently cannot see the causal nexus there. Dolt.


-- Paul D. Bain


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:24 | 1646534 bebopgun
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Let's hope mass migration out of the US happens soon.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:33 | 1646580 Long-John-Silver
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We already have mass migration of American jobs.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:46 | 1646631 malikai
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Be careful what you ask for. Have you ever heard the phrase "The good get out"? Well, they are. They have. Look at what you have left.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:06 | 1646700 toady
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Already happening. Here in Phoenix about half the Mexicans took their money and went home

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:25 | 1646539 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Americans don't want to work. Got it? That's what the Chinese are for.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:30 | 1646567 Rastadamus
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You got that right Funky Monkey! That's why since leaving High School I saved my money in gold and now I' retired at 50. It's real simple. I don't even own a house! Not yet anyway. For all the sheeple that followed the herd and started up those 401K thingys, I got one word to say..... SUCKAS!!!!!!!!!!!



Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:12 | 1646728 toady
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All of my parents generation (aunts, uncles, etc.) Were screwed by the stock market, pension, 401k world, so I simply will not do that shit.

I'm in gold, silver, lead, and sustainability.

Good luck if you aren't!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:34 | 1646573 MillionDollarBonus_
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Americans don't need to work. We have a consumer economy and our role is to consume Chinese exports. But in order for this system to function we need to boost aggregate demand or else we will spiral into chaos.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:28 | 1646801 Spastica Rex
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Satire is more funnier when you don't ruin it by saying, "Heads up: this is satire." +1 

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:30 | 1646810 WonderDawg
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Okay, your mask of absurdity slipped a little on that one and the sarcasm shined through just a tad.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:32 | 1646574 Ecoman11
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Actaully the Chinese are exploiting Africa like America did to them.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:38 | 1646844 NotApplicable
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Good work, if you can get it.

/sarc (in case it isn't obvious)

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:25 | 1647075 Smiddywesson
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Americans don't want to work. Got it? That's what the Chinese are for.

LOL monkey, I'd love to say you are wrong, but I went to my son's football practice yesterday and I was appalled.  I have never seen a bigger bunch of lethargic fat bodies.  They were dogging it the whole practice and basically refused to run.  How do you play football if you can't run?  If they take that work ethic into the real world, they are doomed.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:42 | 1647139 LFMayor
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Don't worry man, the up and coming "great thinning" will fix that slack, dead ass shit most ricki-tick.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:28 | 1646547 anynonmous
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He  didn't mention Apple

I hear the benefits are great at Longhua


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:28 | 1646559 andybev01
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Even flying lessons.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:56 | 1646949 See in the pink
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Physics lessons? :p

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:26 | 1646550 alien-IQ
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Yeah...that's fuckin brilliant Simon. Have Americans go to the middle east seeking jobs because we've been soooooo good to Arabs and Muslims that they'll just be thrilled to death that we go there and seek jobs.

Seriously...just fuckin brilliant. While you're at it, why not suggest a Palestinian run for Mayor of Tel Aviv?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:29 | 1646560 tocointhephrase
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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:36 | 1646597 alien-IQ
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his post have gotten so preposterous that I would not at all be surprised to see him write something suggesting we all take jobs as jugglers for a tribe of pygmies in the Congo.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:17 | 1646757 Pool Shark
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Or, how about setting up a yacht brokerage in Haiti?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:33 | 1646829 alien-IQ
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LOL!!! yeah that's the kind of shit I can see coming from him.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:33 | 1646825 Stax Edwards
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Why did you have to go and let the cat out of the bag?

This guy is a nut.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:37 | 1647682 RichardENixon
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The pygmies have job openings? Pack my bags, Mavis!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:40 | 1649254 chindit13
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4200 applicants showed up for the juggling gig.  I've been juggling since I was twelve and couldn't even get a callback.  It's that tough out there.  I guess it's off to Abu Dhabi or Doha.  I do what I've been told is a really convincing Gamal Abdul Nasser impression.  "Qowmia al Arabiya!"  Hopefully I can do stand-up in some juice bar.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:37 | 1646593 percolator
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Alien, you've obviously haven't travel to the middle east.  They like Americans, what they don't like is our government. 

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:50 | 1646645 alien-IQ
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I, being fond of women in Bikini's, can find no practical reason to want to go there.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:06 | 1646994 laomei
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You, being too fat to fuck, lose nothing in the move.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:19 | 1647047 MachoMan
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I'm pretty sure they're fond of women in bikinis too...  hence the popularity of baywatch...

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:41 | 1646617 clymer
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haha -you took the words out of my mouth

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:55 | 1646660 Fukushima Sam
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Yeah, what the fuck is "grass-is-always-greener" Simon really selling and why does he keep ending up in the main articles on ZH?

Obvioulsy he needs a tax write-off for all his traveling.  Probably that's the real motive for the increasingly crazy posts...

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:16 | 1647323 carpman
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I thought that was what the US army was for. They find plenty of work for Americans in the Middle East.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:52 | 1649416 Bringin It
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Like there is a rating for articles, there needs to be a rating for the comments section as a whole.  This is hillarious.


I new something was up with Simon when he went postal on someone bringing up fuel riots/protests in Terra del Fuego during his Chile phase.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:28 | 1646557 Cognitive Dissonance
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Yeah......but America has the best corporate welfare system in the world. America will always be number one in something!


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:29 | 1646561 Titus
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Simon your drivel is thinly veiled marketing at best. Wonderful sales pitch with nothing behind it. Are you a secret groupon agent?

gonands for you . com?

This site is like herpes, viruses will come of it.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:05 | 1646989 Thisson
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I checked out the site, and now I have to make the tough decision of whether I want to be a "Country Manager" or a "Discipline Engineer." 


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:39 | 1647690 RichardENixon
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I worked as a "Discipline Engineer" once. I think it was on 42nd Street in New York, though.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:29 | 1646566 HedgeAccordingly
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OBama is gonna have 100+ oil soon if he keeps up these RAMP job.. 


look at crude today.. megaphone pattern? this pattern is not created by retail moving it 1 dollar ever 20 minutes

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:29 | 1646568 oa92000
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they are overpaid for now.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:32 | 1646575 williambanzai7
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Having been there and listening to the expat chatter, this is a crock of shit. If there are jobs there now, it is because no one wants to be there.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:33 | 1646577 Oh regional Indian
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Now that is funny. Unfortunately, the American accent is getting to be almost universally hated. Sad but true.

Here in india, all the expats hide in gated communities, commute in blackened out SUV's and have their own 'circles". Never sees them mix. Teh foreigners out and about are th estudents of Yoga, hippies and of course those damn Israeli de-mobbed tourist drug mules.

Simon gets a negative here. Thumbs down. The ME is anything but a safe haven for Ummerikans.

Leave if you don't need to work or if you can be humble.


Ills of Outsourcing

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:30 | 1646809 Spastica Rex
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I want to go to New Zealand, but I'm too old and they don't want me. I don't blame them.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:41 | 1647700 RichardENixon
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Yep, it's the old "Any country that would have me I wouldn't care to live in" thing.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:32 | 1646821 AnAnonymous
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Now that is funny. Unfortunately, the American accent is getting to be almost universally hated. Sad but true.

Here in india, all the expats hide in gated communities, commute in blackened out SUV's and have their own 'circles". Never sees them mix.

Sorry but this is common procedure for US citizens in any country they expatriate to.

US citizens really think that their ways are superior. They dont want them to be tainted by other people's ways.

Quite astonishing when one considers that it is the US ways that has pushed the world headlong to the current disaster but wont prevent US citizens from never mixing with others, never learn the language and the rest...

That is their natural behaviour. They are not hiding. They just preserve themselves from the effects of alien influence (because, yes, everywhere US citizens go, they are at home and the locals are the foreigners)

That is just the way it is.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:50 | 1647939 MsCreant
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Yeah, foreigners never do that stuff in the US.

Why does EVERYONE overgeneralize around here ALL THE TIME.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 18:10 | 1648015 ToNYC
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You must realize if you think about it; that people would rather not think. Expect the result when 90% rinse, repeat all day long and since they didn't think about it, must manage to eat it just like they dreamed it optimistically ever after.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:22 | 1649325 chindit13
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As a long time expatriate, I'll share with you something you may not know:

Everybody hates everybody.  You are included on the receiving end of the hate, as much as you like to believe you are the superior one and you have escaped it.

Though my evidence is anecdotal, but is based on an ability to speak half a dozen languages and understand what I overhear, the current Most Hated group in the world is Chinese.  They are viewed as loud, arrogant, dirty and rude.  Personally, the main thing that bothers me (MsCreant, I'll be generalizing here) is when they sneeze on the breakfast buffet or take a bite of a Danish to test it, then put it back on the tray when they find they don't like it.

Americans were the Most Hated in the late 1950's.  They've tried, often successfully, to make a comeback.  They were usurped by Germans, the Arabs, then Japanese.  Koreans had a bad period, but clever marketing of television dramas bought them some goodwill, at least in SEAsia.  The Chinese burst on the scene a few years ago and quickly wore out their welcome and reached the exalted status of Most Hated in record time, an achievement to which I am willing to ascribe the term "miracle".

Americans' mistake today might well be believing somebody even cares about them.  Frankly, if they are not going to mistreat the locals, berate hotel or retail staff, or take the occasional bite out of a cheese Danish, they're off the top spot for good. 

Again, this is anecdotal, but this seems to be the New World Order in terms of general dislike:  Chinese>Indian>German. 

Oh, to address one thing you said, tell me one single ethnic group on the face of the Earth who doesn't think it is superior and knows best how to do everything.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:58 | 1649434 Oh regional Indian
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Chindit, you realize you will never really experience the non-expat view of things? Logically and bio-logically impossible.

Your views on India are narrow in-spite of your best efforts to the conntrary.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:07 | 1649447 MsCreant
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He has a perspective. So do you. Each is colored by your locations in geographical and social space.

What is your point?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:22 | 1649479 chindit13
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Actually, I can really experience the non-expat view of things.  It's possible when I go home.  I hear how people think about "outsiders".  I also know it is consistent across cultures, which is why I say everybody hates everybody, and everybody wants to believe himself or his culture, food, history, philosophy superior.

Obviously if someone thinks I am American (though most don't because I've been away so long my fashion sense is quite different and though I'm tall I am not the quintessential overweight Yank) they are not going to badmouth Americans within earshot, but they wouldn't be afraid to, amongst themselves, badmouth other ethnicities.  That's where my language arsenal comes in handy.  So, though admittedly anecdotal, I do believe I have a pretty clear idea of the relative pecking order of the world's disliked, and in the few decades I have been an expat, I've noticed the ebb and flow of who is on the receiving end. 

I think---actually I know for a fact---that anyone who thinks he is not disliked (in a general way, but not necessarily individually) as an ex-pat or within the borders of another ethnic group, is fooling himself.  Everybody hates everybody else.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:48 | 1649408 chindit13
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More correctly, virtually every single person with the same level of wealth as an expatriate American in India lives in a gated community of walled compound. Doesn’t matter if they’re American, French or Indian. The difference is that the expats treat their staff, if they have one, as human beings and not slaves.

In the ME, Americans in general are pretty safe. Yes, they represent targets to al Qaeda or other terror groups, but in general they are infinitely more safe than the typical expatriate Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Indonesian or Thai laborer, all of whom tend to be treated poorly as a part of national industrial policy.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:33 | 1646581 High Plains Drifter
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best job in the world?  clean up at fukushima. you only have to work ten minutes a day...................

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:28 | 1646582 bob_dabolina
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Really? This guy is recommending moving to Kurdistan? 


dirka dirka mohamed jihad

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:55 | 1646945 NotApplicable
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Aren't they at war with Turkey now?

Sounds like the only Westerners needed there are arms dealers and mercenaries.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:07 | 1646998 Thisson
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We have always been at war with EurAsia.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:51 | 1647944 MsCreant
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We have always been at war.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:35 | 1646584 caerus
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middle east? what do i do with the austrian boutique hotel you told me to buy?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:03 | 1646688 O_HAI
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Sell it for eleven milliondy dollars! By now (in the week and a half) you should have made a 100000000000000000000000000% profit by following his advice.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:08 | 1646707 alien-IQ
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I'm waiting for him to suggest opening a high end bed and breakfast in the Congo.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:35 | 1646585 pods
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While you are there you can throw Big Macs at the poor enslaved people who built that whole place.  You know, the ones who have had their Visas taken and are prisoners.

Oh, and don't fall upon hard times either.  Get tossed in the clink with no way to pay, no way to leave.
Brilliant Simon, you have just officially Jumped the Shark. 

Cue a contrib photo of the Fonz waving whilst on water skis.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:35 | 1646586 EL INDIO
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I think the biggest upset this autumn will be the violent rise of the dollar. Everyone is so bearish about it, everyone is so sure a massive QE3 is coming but what if it does not?

If you believe that those who run the show are evil don’t you think the most evil think to do right now is to screw everyone by not printing more money?

They will probably do it later, but not before they f**ked everyone.

The EURO holders will try to flee it, where are they going to go? Some money will be allocated to Gold but most of it will go back to the dollar until it collapses too. Right now the USD is doing a silent rally but it won’t stay that way for long.

Think about it, it is not in China’s interest to see its dollar holdings evaporate, therefore they will not do what might kill the dollar. Slowly buying commodities is the best they can do.

Folks if you have some PMs hold on to them but do not buy at this very high prices wait until the end of this month to see what happens. If you don’t have any buy some and keep some cash for the eventuality of a strong dollar rally.

Better to be prepared than sorry.

 (Speaking of jobs, if Benny starts QE3 he will lose his job and his head)

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:39 | 1646611 High Plains Drifter
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operation twist and qu3 are baked in , aren't they?   so if this doesn't happen, then what?  s & p , oh how about 666?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:06 | 1646702 Oh regional Indian
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Looks Very very likely. Last powerless, stick hugging, yanking rise for th edollar prior to the stall innduced plummet. 

But please note that this advice is good for the US at this time. If the dollar strengthens massively, PM prices in Rupees will skyrocket at the time. As an example. India is a net silver importer. That is the time to transfer to more tangible assets or move some to cash to catch the PM downdraft. Soem timing involved, but it will play out over weeks at least, if not a few months. 

Elenin got swallowed by Jupiter (or shat upon and pulled apart), so something else must be up, timing presently unknown.

Good luck to everyone for the week/anniversary coming up.




Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:51 | 1647183 LFMayor
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If it got vacuumed by Jupiter, then where are the shoemacher/levy style photos of it?  To be classified as a planet, it's mass would have had to have been orders of magnitude larger than SL7.  SL7 left some pretty nasty cigarette burns on Jupiters face and they lasted for a while.   Anyone noticed those yet from planet X? 

Or, if it got waylaid by the gravity well and broke up, there's still a problem  The mass is still there, it's just a shotgun blast that's going to hit instead of a single slug.

Oh, yeah, that's part of the conspiracy too, right?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:57 | 1649428 Oh regional Indian
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All I have is NASA reports to go by LF. Who knows eh?

Moon landings, FTW!


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:43 | 1646784 Zola
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This is a case of anticipating the anticipation meaning you think that a lot of people anticipate QE3 so you say they will be disapointed and so you load up on the anti trade, however a lot of people know that people anticipate this and are sitting in dollar already (to sell them to a fool later at higher levels) so i think quite a few "traders" are long USD (so not invested in PM). This is a tricky trade, could work, but usually the market likes to fool around. 

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:41 | 1647133 caerus
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the swiss are certainly doing everything they can to guarantee a dollar rise

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:02 | 1647196 Zola
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but at the end of the day this trade only works if Gold in USD goes down. So basically this is just taking a position on Gold correcting.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:09 | 1647273 caerus
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imo the dollar rise has begun...although the usdx is imperfect it is weighted 57.6% to the euro after all...i would guess the euro (and the franc) will be weaker than the dollar in the short term...the usdx looks set to break above 76ish after forming a multiple bottom...strength is imo likely to be short lived but right now the fiat game is like musical chairs...check out usd/chf 

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:36 | 1646595 centerline
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Middle East. You have got to be kidding me. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

What about real jobs like doctors, engineers, architects, scientists, machinists, etc.? You know, the ones that actually create wealth and improve the human condition rather than just market and manage it.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:11 | 1646723 andyupnorth
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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:12 | 1647020 Ahmeexnal
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We are currently on a Galtian strike.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:22 | 1646777 Oh regional Indian
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Too true Centerline. Too true. Real worth as a way of creating value has slipped quietly into the night.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:57 | 1646601 Mercury
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Most of the positions, especially the better paying jobs, have great benefits. And no I’m not talking about casual Friday. In this part of the world, it’s common for employers to provide a house and chauffeured car in the package, and sometimes even private schooling for the kids.

Actually that chauffeured car perk tends to be a good indicator of poor living conditions. And let's not pretend that more than .1% of these positions are open to women (which, even if you're male is another good indicator of poor living conditions).

But if you're going to go Filipino be sure to load up your Ipad with those 1000 books you've been meaning to read....and...uh...some videos... because there isn't much else there (on a fun or risk/reward basis) worth doing.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:38 | 1646602 Cole Younger
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Oh...let me think....a good paying job for a time with a possible kid napping and beheading or suffer on unemployment...Tough one...All though a good beheading for myself  is likely overdue, I think I will just suffer here in the least I will have my head....

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:38 | 1646603 ViewfromUnderth...
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This Simon fuck is getting on my nerves...

Been all around there, landscape like Mars and the people are worse, un-reconstructed Nazis.

Do not take your wife or g/f unless they like being spat on in souhks or thrown off balconies at parties if they don't come across for some prince wannabe.

Hill & Knowlton have a lot to answer for. Absolute cunt of a place.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:16 | 1646750 i love cholas
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I have to agree. I'm getting tired of Simon Black. He's strolling around the world like Rick Steves writing these pointless articles.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:44 | 1646607 doomandbloom
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with technology replacing so many jobs..i am surprised people are still writing about where to find jobs??

What about a discussion on

1. Do we really need jobs? ( why are we working 5 days a week now?, why are there so few people controlling all the resources? Can we manage resources better?)

2. Can we think of a new social model which allows us all to relax and let technology do the work

3. Why not make a 3 day work week, that way, more people can find jobs and many of us can relax and do other things in life than be a hamster

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:02 | 1646682 Cole Younger
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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:10 | 1646719 doomandbloom
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wealth is only required when you believe in a system of scarcity.

If we believe in a system of abundance, we dont need to store things or accumulate either as a sign of our own worth or for survival.

I believe there is abundance on this planet that can be harnessed for the benefit of everyone.

I know i am on a different trip, dreaming of utopia..and shit...but the first step towards that is to at least consider it as a possibility. How we get there is the next challenge

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:40 | 1647132 Turkey
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I'm shocked you didn't get troll rated for this.  How about that, the lonely masses are waking up even on zerohedge.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:45 | 1647148 Smiddywesson
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Had to junk you brother, nothing personal, but creating a new social model where people don't have to go to work would be suicidal.

Most people today are hulking shambling mounds of suet.  The only exercise these disguesting creatures get is hauling their fat asses out of bed five days a week and going to work.  When they get home, their idea of leisure is to sit in front of the tube so their metabolisms slow and digest each and every calorie of the processed shit they stuff in their ugly pie holes.  They can't even go to the supermarket without an electric cart to haul their useless carcasses around.  Watch them cross a street, they never break into a trot.  They live life in first gear and couldn't care less.  Take away the one part of their day where they can't wallow in mud and swill alcohol, and they'd be dead in a month.

Hey, that's an idea.  Sorry I junked you.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:42 | 1646618 Sutton
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I'm a blond haired blue eyed janitor in a Detroit public high school.

It's the worst job in the world.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:42 | 1646619 SilverRhino
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When I can carry a pistol concealed in those places I'll consider it.  Till then fuck that, I'm in Texas.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:42 | 1646620 EvlTheCat
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ahhh, Simon Black the new and improved Leo Kolivakis!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:44 | 1646872 NotApplicable
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LOL! That was the exact comment I was going to make. These comment threads are getting quite entertaining.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:43 | 1646623 patb
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Stranded workers in Dubai

Debt slaves in Dubai


screw that.  I'd rather farm marijuana in Vermont of Oregon.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:36 | 1646838 Jack Sheet
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fantastic articles - thanks

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:40 | 1646843 Jack Sheet
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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:43 | 1646624 TradingJoe
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Ah Senior Black is Back! Escucha me cavron: we don't go to the middle east, all that wonderful money would be spent on personal protection and thus makes no sense :))) rather be un or under employed here or the US of Absurdistan then be in the middle of east where swhtf soon enough!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:43 | 1646626 Monedas
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He and his shadow ! David Axelrod (pronounced Ass'olerod in advanced Ebonics) will strut out his shadow government, tele-prompter puppet Obama tonight to address a joint session of Congress ! David is the one man brilliant enough to discover why Socialism has never worked as planned ! We have never pledged sufficient "Fortune and Sacred Honor" ! He has a plan to fix that ! Monedas 2011 "Socialcism"....the cruelest cut of all !

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:53 | 1646653 DoChenRollingBearing
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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:46 | 1646634 AnarchoCapitalist
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Why would Americans want to move to a place that our country has been meddling with and bombing for decades? Also, check out the human rights records of those dictatorships.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:47 | 1646637 aerial view
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Is the author serious or is he just trying to get rid of Americans or "Damn ericans" as they are known throughout the ME.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:50 | 1646907 NotApplicable
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He has to fill the page with something to justify his facade of escapism, even though it relates to nobody.

From now on, I'm going to read his articles in Robin Leach's voice.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:49 | 1646639 ska11153
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I looked at the financial analyst position paying $15,000.  The $15,000 is in AED (UAE Dirham). After conversion this is $4,000 dollars per month.  This might be like making $65,000 USD since it is tax free, however, that is still a far cry from the $150,000+ Many of us unemployed financial analysts etc are used to making and it is definitely not enough to make us leave the US to work elsewhere. 

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:50 | 1646644 pazmaker
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Yea go to Dubai  It's great!!!!


who to heck wants to live in dry desert land where you have to stay in your gated communities set up for Westerners????

I want rivers, lakes, mountains and snow!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:51 | 1646649 Vergeltung
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Kurdistan? um, yeah. I'll get my resume right out...



Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:52 | 1646651 Chump
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You must be dumber than a bag of hammers to suggest Americans go work in the Middle East.  Besides the prohibitive relocation costs to someone who's likely been burning savings to survive, did you forget that the ME in general does not think very highly of Westerners, specifically Americans?  I'm sure an influx of Americans looking for work would go over extreeeemely well after the influx of Americans delivering lead.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:00 | 1646673 Incubus
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"fuggin' american illegals landscaping my dunes."



Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:25 | 1646657 Incubus
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Long wait?  Who knows.   Things tend 'get fixed' pretty quickly once heads start rolling.

You can walk around with a prideful stride when an entire culture has been designed to "look up" to your saintly wealth; when those 'envious wannabes' start to go hungry, then it is no longer limited to just stares and failing attempts at imitation. 

So, you do as any good thief does--you get the hell out of dodge.  Who the hell stays at the crime scene, anyway?  You go to some country that doesn't have a disenfranchised middle class that just got ripped away from the teat that they were suckin' kool-aid from.


A little honesty: most people simply "hate" the "haves" because the "haves" simply "have."  I don't care how you got your wealth--most people would drop their righteous crusade the moment they were allowed "in the loop."  Morality is but a mask that the downtrodden and victimized use to hide behind. 


We're all very nasty on the inside.  When we "have," our true selves are shown; when we lose it, we become holy.  Fuck that.  During the "boom times" we were a nation of arrogant hedonists--now we're good?  Now we've got any redeemable qualities?  We're just the same as those banksters--except they're a bit more ruthless than we were and now we're crying because of it. 


As everyone's favorite pirate says, "Take what you can.  Give nothing back."


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:08 | 1647559 Zola
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This works and is what America has been build on. WIth one difference about the rule of law.

Ill gotten wealth should be frowned upon and adressed, while there is nothing wrong with a succesful entrepreneur becoming very rich. 

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 12:55 | 1646662 pazmaker
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Simon I was kind of in a somber mood today.  Thanks for a good laugh!!!!   It broke my mood!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:00 | 1646674 Byte Me
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Fine jobs there, and they won't have any problems with me drinking my Belgian beer occasionally will they?

Well paid jobs are one thing -- but quality of life is far more important.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:00 | 1646676 Use of Weapons
Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:09 | 1646711 O_HAI
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See the world! Meet exciting people!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:51 | 1646917 NotApplicable
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Then kill them.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:06 | 1646699 riley martini
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  Simon go to Kurdistan or Dubai and work for couple of years and then let us know  how it is working out. Have a nice trip.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:13 | 1646738 choorles
Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:20 | 1646768 Matto
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The middle east is struggling since the collapse of construction - no way the average new arrival will just slip into that dream job with mega pay there now. More than enough westerners already established there for the jobs available combined with plenty of asians and indians who ca do anything you can do for less,,, already living there and established. Middle east was a good place to work 5 years ago but the story's changed now.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:32 | 1646817 Fate
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Same planet, different worlds.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:07 | 1646874 mccoyspace
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I am one month back in New York from living and working in Abu Dhabi for a year. I was paid about a 50% premium to go there and I was provided an apartment and tuition for my 2 kids. But my wife didn't work, so that was a net loss. Financially I was able to get ahead a bit and I paid off a debt. So that was good. But let's get real. It is not a place you want to spend any amount of time. I thought I was going to loose my mind there. I was never so happy to get back to the States as I was at the end of this trip. 

No one has any kind of future there.

Everyone is a short timer/guest worker/visitor. (It doesn't matter if you are white collar/blue collar/whatever.)

It is like living in a logging camp.  

Those bonus perks are becoming more and more scarce.

You have no political rights.

All businesses must be majority Emirati owned.

There is wide spread corruption and graft.

The Internet is cencored and many sites blocked.

Movies are tightly edited for content. 

There is nohing to do.

(I did have a lot of free time to read zerohedge and learn Austrian economics....!)

I could go on and on. They have a lot of price controls, first on gas and now recently on a bunch of food items. (To control massive inflation). And what have the price controls led to? You guessed it: shortages of gas (and soon food):


Other Abu Dhabi facts:

Highest per capita carbon footprint

Highest per capita water usage

Highest per capita solid waste production

Highest per capita diabetes rate




The Gulf: It's a cultural experience. You can save a little money. It is maybe something to try out, but no thanks.....


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 13:55 | 1646943 mcarthur
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You guys are forgetting the resource boom in Australia.  I am currently contemplating a position designing new coal mines on the eastern side of the country paying $140,000 pa.  Based in Brisbane. 37% tax bracket kicks in at $80G.   

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:34 | 1647876 sherryw
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Life's pretty damn good down here in South East Queensland -whatcha hesitating for?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:11 | 1647019 Mitch Comestein
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Oh Simon.  Should you mention that those salaries are in AED currency, not dollars.  I did a search for a senior accountant, my profession, and all of the $10,000 to $15,000 per month salaries listed on Gulf News were in AED not dollars.  The exchange rate does not make it a good deal. 


Plus, I would have to worry about my head getting chopped off every day.  No thanks.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:20 | 1647051 in4mayshun
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And never mind the 130 degree's a dry heat.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:22 | 1647058 TJ00
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Middle east Job Summary-


Monthly Salary $9000

Monthly personal security expense $12000

Not being kidnapped, tortured and decapitated... priceless

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 14:22 | 1647064 SaveTheGreenback
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LOL!  Remember the Dubai Ports World controversy?  Haha! Remember when that was the US Congress'  #1 priority?!?

I'd like to play golf and gamble in Dubai for vacation.  Can't imagine living and earning there....

By the way, how does one successfully get a visa to work in places you mentioned, Mr. Black?  I imagine that is a career for some people in itself...

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:12 | 1647286 ItsDanger
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Having done this in the past in different locations, Id caution anyone thinking of this option.  Costs are usually quite high and the culture adjustment isnt always easy.  Let alone working & living in a predominantly Muslim area.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:42 | 1647433 Bolweevil
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Cook eggs in your pants, don't surf, pick sand out of your teeth, keep your wife on lockdown/burka'd, stitch up your kids after daily beatings in Abu grade school. Fun.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:10 | 1647569 TheGardener
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It is the very sorry escapism of the eternal jew, let`s forgive him. He has nowhere to go, and that`s what he is trying to teach us through ZH postings...

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:47 | 1647721 Fred C Dobbs
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It looks like eveyone posting here has a job.  

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:55 | 1647756 Magnix
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Yeah, I got a Web developer job offer in Dubai ($120K/yr) and Im stuck in Texas working as a Web developer with a standard stinky salary, cant afford to fly there....its mind-blown!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:04 | 1647784 laomei
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obviously no you didnt.  those job offers are typically also bundled in with relocation expenses and travel costs.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 18:25 | 1648050 Use of Weapons
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In about 5-10 years time, news feed from Dubai will be showing a vast empty metropolis being slowly eaten by the desert, with the odd wind abraded skull in the ruins. The islands will be slowly turned into coral by the waves enveloping them and the horrors of the place will be stilled by the sound of the wind and the cry of gulls. No doubt, the scars of humanity will be shown on the concrete, but even those will have faded. Water will have vanished, leaving only desert mice and flying hawks to view the folly that was once called 'the dream of prosperity'.


If you want a testament to Hell on Earth and the stupidity of humanity, built on the blood and bones of the unfortunate, you have Dubai. It is what happens when you take all that is wrong with humanity and attempt to cheat nature.


We curse this place, and the degenerate fools who spent their time there.



Thu, 09/08/2011 - 20:32 | 1648816 bid the soldier...
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Ozymandias Redux.

Would that my trunkless legs had GPS

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 19:05 | 1648206 kragsquest
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Interesting article, but is it practical?  I know an Indian fellow who was involved in a high end business in Dubai or one of the other Arab countries.  His business partners pulled a fast one, and though the facts were on his side, the judges were easily bribed by those on the other side of the case.  He spent a long time chasing his money, waiting for court dates without getting any real satisfaction... Wait a minute, that could just as easily happen in the good old U.S., couldn't it?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 19:09 | 1648226 kragsquest
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Jim Rogers says we should learn Mandarin Chinese and then move to China to take advantage of the booming business there.  How many ifs to that before you get all your relocation/education money back with interest? 

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 00:41 | 1649621 bid the soldier...
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You can expatriate, but you can't hide
The Appointment in Samara
By Somerset Maugham

"A certain merchant in Baghdad sent his servant to the market to buy some provisions. A little while later, the servant returned looking white in the face. In a trembling voice he said, "Just now in the market place I was jostled by a man in the crowd, and when I turned I saw it was Death. He looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Please lend me your horse, because I want to go to Samara where Death will not be able to find me." The merchant agreed and lent the scared man his horse. The servant mounted the horse and rode away as fast as the animal could gallop. Later that day, the merchant went down to the market place and saw Death standing in the crowd. He approached him and said, "Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?" "That was not a threatening gesture," said Death. "It was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, because I have an appointment with him tonight in Samara."

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 13:43 | 1664377 cjBills
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Interesting that this article makes it here now. I graduated in 2006 (am American) and have never actually worked in the States. Whatever you want to say about the Middle East, I have lived here for many years now and feel more free, secure, and able to pursue my own happiness than I ever did at home. I could leave my laptop on the roof of my car in Dubai and nobody would touch it.

And taxes? Are you kidding me? Unless you are planning on repatriating - which would be a pretty stupid idea looking at the way things are going, why the hell would you ever pay taxes? Do a google search for "offshore incorporation" and then another for "offshore banking". If you can't connect these dots, you aren't clearing more than $92k.

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