What are the Super-Rich Buying these days?

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 20th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1_mqokjb/
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The sales of very high-end luxury goods are booming all across the world. Let's take a look at the goodies the uber-rich are consuming these days.

Would you have some Grey Poupon?

You remember the commercial. A black Rolls Royce pulls up next to a white Rolls Royce, the rear window of the black Rolls rolls down and a fat cat dressed in a tux asks "Would you have some Grey Poupon?" The commercial, of course, plays to snob appeal by suggesting that if you use Grey Poupon you occupy a superior station in life. Consuming Grey Poupon, it suggests, will separate you from the rabble.

In fact, almost all of the "isms" by which we as a society are afflicted seek to separate "us" from "them," whether it be racism, sexism, able-bodiedism, ageism, cronyism, or the worst of all of them - capitalism.

Toys for rich boys

You can buy a three-hundred dollar hamburger speared with a solid gold, diamond-encrusted toothpick at Serendipity 3 in New York. In Miami's South Beach, you can take a bath in Evian mineral water for just five-thousand dollars. For $825,000 you can choose between a burial at sea on a luxury yacht or a family mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. You can even have your precious pet mummified for as little as $30,000.

Guarding your loot

The only problem with getting it is that once you've gotten it you now have to guard it, and you may even have to guard yourself. As the wealth of the nation has moved increasingly away from those of us who work for a living to the one percent, security has become a booming business. This nation now employs more security guards than teachers! The number of people employed to guard rich people has risen five-fold since 1990. As reported in Forbes Magazine, "Wealthy American citizens have gone into survivalist mode, constructing luxury bunkers and panic rooms in their fancy apartments. The 1 percent doomsday preppers are requesting everything from secret passageways to pepper-spray sprinklers, in preparation for every conceivable disaster and attacker. Chris Pollack, president of Pollack & Partners, a New York-based design and construction outfit, told Forbes that spending on home security has seen a noticeable uptick in the past five years. Some of the stuff is in the realm of science fiction, like infrared cameras, biometric technologies and ballistic-proof suites."

Pity the poor billionaire

Billionaires are feeling very picked on these days. The billionaire owner of Home Depot, Ken Langone, a strong supporter of the Catholic Church, has warned Pope Francis that if he won't shut his mouth about income inequality, the financial "spigot will be turned off." Thomas Perkins, billionaire investor and certified nutcase, gave a speech the other day proposing that the wealthy deserve more votes in national elections. If you have a dollar, he said, you get one vote, but if you have a million dollars you should get a million votes. And Bill O'Reilly has warned that "Every affluent person in America is in danger. Every One." He asks us to "pray for them."

I forget who it was who once exclaimed "The rich are different from you and me." Perhaps it was Gertrude Stein. To that all one can say is "They certainly are."

All photos and images from wikimedia commons.

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1 Percent, 99 Percent, Capitalism, Free Market, Ninety-Nine Percent, One Percent, Steve Kinsman, Super-Rich, Wealth, Wealth Inequality

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar spirited
21st Feb 2014 (#)

You include a lot here both said and unsaid, Steve.

The unsaid I guess is how sad the world has become. The idle rich sidle up to the rest of us and flaunt their stuff, and people cater to them for this!

Whatever happened to democracy, has it been crucified, instead of these filthy rich people.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Researchers have discovered and detailed that people who become unimaginably wealthy become less and less caring toward others as they get richer. At some point, money becomes a curse. Thanks very much for commenting spirited.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
21st Feb 2014 (#)

so true your comment Steve and the squirly stuff that goes in the world of the ultra rich is well documented here...

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Feb 2014 (#)

The worst part is that the gap is widening more and more all the time. The poor do not even have much of a chance!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Feb 2014 (#)

I remember that Daddy Warbuck's cartoon when it first appeared in syndications.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Me too. Thanks for the comment Jerry.

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author avatar Retired
21st Feb 2014 (#)

interesting post would like to read more.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Feb 2014 (#)

I am glad it interested you Anuprita. Thank you for commenting.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Nice and interesting post!

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author avatar Mariah
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Your heart goes out to them doesn't it..money talks so Pope Francis should mind his P's an Q's or the cash cow will go on strike..and whilst we're praying for those who need all kinds of help, we'll be sure to mind an extra one to 'keep the mega rich safe' eh! Great post Steve, thank you

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Maria. Your comments are always so enjoyable to read.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Did I ever tell you Steve that my Dad owns the cattle on a thousand hills , and He loves to bless and prosper us , as our souls prosper ??... and He says .' Give and it shall be given back to you , pressed down shaken , and running over ' ...
Some of these billionaires must have done a huge amount of giving in their time ...don't you agree ?
As for me .. they can keep their Poupons , and I'll just enjoy my meals in peace and security knowing my Heavenly Father will meet all my needs ...
Many blessings to you and yours today
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella.

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author avatar joyalariwo
21st Feb 2014 (#)

Who says that the rich don't ever cry? or is it worry? Its factual that the more wealthy one becomes the more paranoia sets in, there's that constant fear that someone or everyone for that matter, is greeneyed and after what they have.

Well I am certainly ok with being just comfortable, thank you.... Interesting as always Mark.

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Feb 2014 (#)

Great article Steve. Money can buy many things but life is short and death treats everyone alike.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Feb 2014 (#)

Yes indeed. Thanks for commenting Kingwell.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
22nd Feb 2014 (#)

Interesting share.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir.

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author avatar Retired
24th Feb 2014 (#)

My father told me many years ago anything that ends in 'ism' is bad for you. By the way, if The Octopus is not being used this weekend, would it be okay if I borrow it?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Feb 2014 (#)

Anytime.

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