I don’t want to get to preachy about this on a harmless post but this is disgusting to me. 25,000 people starved to death yesterday, today, tomorrow and the day after. What does starve to death actually mean? It means our bodies essential nutrients are absent long enough to start shutting down our internal organs which causes death. We have people who have enough discretionary income/ wealth they can to spend $19,000 on a single use non productive 10 hour voluntary item while someone else’s internal organs are shutting down because they don’t have the absolute minimum levels of nutrients to function. This is violence in its worst form, being invisible. I don’t have a problem with people spending money on personal hobbies, interests, ect.. ect… but the over the top stuff really gets me fired up.
Sorry Jeff for the preachy rant but sometimes I just got to put it out in the universe.
Another example of this type of stuff. OCCUPY THE WORLD and lets create a moral/ fair economic and justice system where everybody can live.
Everything You Need to Know About Wall Street, in One Brief Tale
If there was ever a news story that crystalized the moral dementia of modern Wall Street in one little vignette, this is it.
Newspapers in Colorado today are reporting that the elegant Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado, will be closed to the public from today through Monday at noon.
Why? Because some local squire has apparently decided to rent out all 94 rooms of the hotel for three-plus days for his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.
The hotel’s general manager, Tony DiLucia, would say only that the party was being thrown by a “nice family,” but newspapers are now reporting that the Daddy of the lucky little gal is one Jeffrey Verschleiser, currently an executive with Goldman, Sachs.
The Hotel Jerome I knew in Aspen never had 94 rooms. They must have uglified the structure. Your point is well taken, but without a birth control component up front and center, the wealthy will have workers and customers forever to manipulate.
One of the big reasons we moved to Nevada County was because Telluride, CO was quickly turning into another Aspen. My wife and I couldn’t stand to watch the town and region we loved get engulfed with all the bs that comes with affluence. We were one of the last places to eat in town that locals could afford on a regular basis. The housing shortage for local workers is amazing considering the empty 5,000 to 30,000 sq ft furnished homes taking over the landscape. For a year I had a sheet hanging from the ceiling creating my small living space ($300 a month) in a friends single bedroom apartment while I waited for an opening. These huge structures jacked up property values and changed the zeitgeist of the area to think about catering to the affluent instead of preserving what made the area incredible.
There was a film entered into the Telluride Mountain Film Festival that makes fun of this phenomena. Mountain Village virtually became a ghost town during the summers.
This is a must watch film
Actually, no, it seems that the building was bigger than I remembered or they added at least one, possibly two stories, all done in matching fancy brickwork, just like the original. Here’s the interesting part. I used Google Earth to get a better view, at street level, and guess what? It is strictly a computer generated piece of unuable visible information. The rest of the country has been thoroughly documented by Google’s VW Bugs with the all seeing multiple direction cameras, but by God, Aspen has no such imaging. I wonder how many enclaves of the rich are thus protected?
I know the technology well, and in fact we bought a house that I first saw via Google Earth this year. We had looked at many houses this way, and followed up with ground IRL visits. No can do in the public town of Aspen CO. I wonder who paid for this “non-inclusion?”
Lake Wildwood, private, is, downtown Nevada City is not.
Mitt Romney would watch that film about Mountain Village and just dismiss it as more proof of his “envy” theory perpetuated by Obama. These discussions about wealth distribution should be reserved for “quite places”, not street corners with OWS protestors holding signs and honking car horns or urban encampments full of protestors.
So relax forlks, Romney will be annointed the Republican nominee and if elected to be President, then he and all his wealth management buddies at Goldman Sachs, Baine Capitol, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan etc. etc. will figure out what is needed for our country with their supporters in Congress sitting in those quite rooms. I’ll bet they could find plenty of them in Mountain Village during the off season but they might need to bring their own staff.