A woman sitting on a chair made of gold has encouraged the country to “live within its means” during these times of austerity while addressing a room full of millionaires.
She also voiced support for a government imposing longer working hours with less pay on junior doctors while wearing a hat encrusted with five rubies, 11 emeralds, 17 sapphires, 273 pearls and 2,868 diamonds.
“One also hopes one’s government will put superfast broadband at the top of its agenda,” she added. “Because the Wi-Fi at Balmoral is totally pants.”
She then left Parliament and returned to her £1 billion house. Her crown left shortly afterwards in its own horse-drawn carriage.
The video is from 2010. Jimmy McMillan is fighting for the rights of blue collar people in New York City who can barely afford the insanely high rent in the city.
I watched a documentary from 2017 that covered the gentrification of the New York City boroughs of Harlem and Brooklyn. In a part of Brooklyn the mean annual income is $45,000, the average rent in the same area is $33,000. 70 percent of income has to be used towards rent. Not a good scenario. Somebody is making fistfuls of money by creating hardship for the vast majority.
Zimbabwe has gone from one economic crisis to another over the last decade. Estimates of the country’s unemployment levels vary, but the country’s biggest trade union claims the jobless rate was as high as 90% earlier this year.
Zimbabwe has struggled with hyperinflation, which peaked in 2008. The country was forced to abandon its own currency at a rate of Z$35 quadrillion to US$1, adopting the use of foreign cash.
Because of a continuing chronic shortage of hard money, the government issued their own version of dollars called bond notes, but they have rapidly lost their value.
People with money stored electronically in banks are unable to access it, or are subject to strict limits on what they can withdraw. Because of this, crypto-currencies that are traded online have risen in popularity. Following the news of the military takeover, Bitcoin prices in Harare surged on Wednesday.
The third dollar rates above are OMIR. The cash rate differs significantly to the above rates. The table below is the cash rate of the third dollar history:
ZWR per USD
1 200 000
Mid Dec 2008
60 000 000
End Dec 2008
2 000 000 000
Mid Jan 2009
1 000 000 000 000
2 February 2009
300 000 000 000 000
On 2 February 2009, the RBZ removed 12 zeros from the currency, with 1,000,000,000,000 (third) Zimbabwe dollars being exchanged for 1 new (fourth) dollar. Although the dollar was abandoned on 12 April 2009, exchange rates were maintained at intervals for some months. Therefore, the fourth dollar would be worth 200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or 2×1035 first dollars if never revalued.
On 4 June 2015, it was announced that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe would exchange some of the old banknotes for US dollars.
A selection of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe bearer cheques printed between July 2007 to July 2008 (now expired) that illustrate the hyperinflation rate in Zimbabwe.
Coca-Cola is a world corporate behemoth with an unrelenting marketing campaign. Coca-Cola is sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines in every country except Cuba and North Korea. Based on Interbrand’s best global brand 2016, Coca-Cola was the world’s most valuable brand. Being the world’s most valuable brand makes Coke recognizable everywhere. Pervasive merchandising also keeps the brand in the unconscious of the masses. And toys are a major part of this merchandising.
The super-billionaires of the world have to spend their gobs of money somehow. From giant homes to private jets they have the resources to indulge. The billionaires that like the sea buy the biggest private yachts ever imagined. They cost tens of millions of dollars, often more expensive than their homes. The costs continue with the upkeep, crews, equipment and helicopters that go with them. The super yachts are over 400 feet (130 meters) long . Most of them are owned by Russian oligarchs, Arab sheiks, Greek shipping magnets and American billionaires.
Tiger Woods has a yacht called Privacy. But it is minor league in comparison to what the super-billionaires sail.
The first picture is Tiger’s yacht. The last two pictures is Bill Allen’s (co-founder of Microsoft) behemoth named Octopus. It is 414 feet long. The size of many modern navy frigates.
377-Foot Migaloo Submarine Yacht Is Perfect for James Bond Villains
James Bond villains, take heed: Here’s a way to one-up all those other yacht owners in the bad-guys club — the Migaloo Private Submersible Yacht. This luxury design concept for a 377-foot submarine was created by design firm Motion Code: Blue, and could become a reality if some well-heeled buyer steps up.
Of course this vessel features all the usual super-luxury features that are so important for taking over the world on your yacht, such as a helipad for quick escapes, a two-story owner’s suite with a private patio on the bow, eight VIP suites for all your henchmen, and plenty of room for those white cats you love to pet as you concoct your diabolical schemes.
And for all those lovely ladies that constantly surround you — because they like you, they really do — there’s a huge beach club midship, complete with a pool, bar and plenty of deck space for them to bask in the sun.
But that’s just the beginning. This is a frickin’ submarine, folks. As you can see in the pictures above, all of those outdoorsy party locations get covered up for 787-foot-deep dive, taking you into an underwater world for lots of spectacular sightseeing.
And let’s not forget, there’s plenty of privacy deep below the ocean waves, giving you freedom to transport whatever contraband your heart desires. After all, how did an evildoer like you get the billions necessary for such a luxo-sport sub, anyway?
The boat’s designers at Motion Code: Blue say this is not a completely impractical design, claiming it’s based on current submarines that currently cruise the world — in fact, its dimensions are identical to the U.S. Navy’s latest Virginia-class attack submarines. Even better for yachtsmen and women, all that room usually reserved for nuclear missiles and such is dedicated to pure pleasure and decadence.
This is certainly not a real product yet, but we were wondering how much such a vessel would cost. While we wait for the designers to give us some sort of price estimate, let’s compare it to that 377-foot Virginia-class attack sub. According to Military.com, it costs $2.3 billion to build one of those, and it can dive about the same depth as is claimed for this luxury underwater yacht fantasy.
Whoa, that’s a lot of money for a toy. But what’s $2.3 billion to a villain hell-bent on taking over the world?
It’s not clear whether this design concept would be nuclear-powered, a feature that would let it cruise underwater indefinitely. Nor is it clear whether any government would permit a private citizen to own a nuclear-powered attack submarine, albeit dressed in sheep’s clothing, so to speak.
Assuming the vessel will be diesel powered and won’t have all the high-tech weapons systems of military subs, the cost would likely be somewhere between 400-800 million dollars.