Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Rich Hypocrites Talk...but don't Walk

My Bouncer had to ask a chap to leave the premises the other day. I admit that he  - the chap - was behaving himself and not pissing on the carpet, but what he was saying was getting just too funny. There was a clear and present danger that many customers would piss their pants laughing.

Mr Jeff Greene was he, who recently spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying he believes people in the United States need to stop aiming so high and start living with less. 
"America's lifestyle expectations are far too high and 
need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, 
better existence".
Mr Greene ran for the Democratic (but of course) Senate nomination in Florida in 2010.  Clearly he wants his views heard and to be 'Law'.  

You know he's a democrat because he has abandoned the English language and grammar (fewer, not 'less'). It is what happens when you learn 'DoublePlusGoodSpeek'. Indeed, anyone can pen a non-English sentence, as you will see me try below.

The only issue Americans took with the 60-year-old's opinions was, well, everything.

He owns a $195 million palace in Beverly Hills, which has 23 bathrooms and a rotating dance floor, as well as four other blue ribbon properties, and is famous for throwing wild parties on a 145-foot yacht.

Personally, I have nothing against owning a Palace or Yachts. I have no problem with rotating dance floors - as long as they don't spin too fast and all the ladies topple off their ridiculous high heels. 

I do not even have a problem with people owning jet planes either. But when so many of the people who were invited to Davos this time around, to discuss the awfulness of climate change and the dangers caused by profligate human beings using carbon fueled electricity to cook their lunch and heat their hovels, arrived by their own private planes that the Swiss Air Force had to open up military airfields for them because the civil ones were overflowing, well.... perhaps I start to see a problem.
World leaders traveling to this year’s Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland will reportedly board about 1,700 private jet flights to reach their destination, where ironically the topic of how to tackle “climate change denial” will be discussed.
The annual globalist confab of power brokers, economists, journalists, world leaders, pop stars and titans of industry meets through Friday to flesh out various issues they believe to be affecting the planet.

One of the items on the agenda: “How can we tackle climate change denial?,” a problem threatening the implementation of a carbon tax scheme long in the works.

Oblivious to the irony, forum attendees from all over the world booked tens of hundreds of flights into Geneva, collectively spending hours polluting the airways.

“Roughly 1,700 private flights are expected over the course of the week, which is twice as many as normal, according to WINGX Advance, a tracking firm,” CNN Money reports.

A June 2008 Institute for Policy Studies report, entitled, “High Flyers: How Private Jet Travel is Straining the System, Warming the Planet and Costing You Money,” revealed

“An hour of flying in a private jet burns as much fuel as an entire year of driving.”
“Four passengers flying in a private Cessna Citation X from Los Angeles to New York will each emit 8,892 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. 
This is more than five times as much CO2 emitted by a commercial air passenger making the same trip,” the report added.

“Don’t worry. I’m sure these will be non-polluting private jets powered by carbon offsets and unicorn magic,” jests’s Daniel Greenfield. “They will not in any way add to the heat death of the earth. Unlike you, toting your groceries home in a plastic bag in the back on an SUV.”

Among this year’s meeting attendees is none other than climate change advocate, multi-millionaire and former vice president Al Gore, whose name has become synonymous with the ongoing effort to convince humans we’re the primary cause of global warming, a stance many non-establishment scientists largely contradict.

Yes, I know. The number of the aircraft has been 'challenged'. 

Take a Mandy Rice Davis Moment, and a drink. 
"Well they would say that, wouldn't they?"
1700? It may eventually be more accurately fixed at 1674.

Some really famous and hard-working world leaders attend the conference.  40 heads of state, indeed, as well as 2,500 high-profile business leaders, who will deliberate over issues of economic growth, geopolitics and the internet.

And their entourages of course. It is not just Leonardo De Caprio who has a mob of hangers-on. Where do you think he got the idea from?

Co-chairing the event is Oxfam's executive director Winnie Byanyima, who has said she will use the occasion to highlight the “staggering” global economic gap between the rich and the poor. Just why she is there beats me, but I guess even she needs a break from the poor.

And this guy was there too.....

I bet you are glad he was there.
Everyone else wanted him there so they could try on his hat.

Who the hell is he?

Ah well. Its just a conference. It keeps them off street corners. Until the next one. I understand there is at least one such opportunity for swanning around the world on the Taxpayers (or consumer's) wallet, every month for the next 17 years.

The extravagance is outrageous. And, here's the rub.... these people are so thick that they just do not see that the hoi-poloi are pissed off. (But not on my carpets).

But maybe something is getting through.....

With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people’s mind, the world’s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said.
Johnson who heads the Institute of New Economic Thinking and was previously managing director at Soros, said societies can tolerate income inequality if the income floor is high enough. But with an existing system encouraging chief executives to take decisions solely on their profitability, even in the richest countries inequality is increasing.

Johnson added: “People need to know there are possibilities for their children – that they will have the same opportunity as anyone else. There is a wicked feedback loop. Politicians who get more money tend to use it to get more even money.”
The panellists were scathing about politicians, Wallis describing them as people who held up wet fingers “to see which way the money is blowing in from.” 

What was that in Revelations about the rich and powerful hiding in out of the way places, under hills etc...?

Drink up and don't hog the candle.


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