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Buffet the Poor

Posted by feww on May 25, 2008

Warren Buffet: World’s biggest moneybag [AND CO2 producer]

The United States is in a recession, one that will be longer and deeper than most people expect, said Warren Buffet, the world’s biggest moneybag.

“[T]he people are already feeling the effects,” said Buffet. “It will be deeper and last longer than many think.”

The world’s moneybags have only one goal in mind: To make more money than everyone else, despite the environmental and social consequences. “If the world were falling apart I’d still invest in companies,” Buffet said.


Warren Buffet listens to a question during a news conference in Madrid May 21, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea Comas. Image may be subject to copyright. See RTSF fair Use Notice!

Invariably, they blame someone else for the ills they create. Buffet, as usual, blamed the derivatives market.

“It’s not right that hundreds of thousands of jobs are being eliminated, that entire industrial sectors in the real economy are being wiped out by financial bets even though the sectors are actually in good health.”

Buffet bemoans the “lack of effective controls,” as if the system ever had any.

“That’s the problem,” he said. “You can’t steer it, you can’t regulate it anymore. You can’t get the genie back in the bottle.”

Thank you for Lesson One, economy 101, Mr “B,” and may you live long enough to witness the full scale of the environmental and social catastrophes, the impact of your lot’s casino economy on the world. May you live in interesting times!

Related Fact:

  • Warren Buffet’s Net Worth: $62.0billion [Warren Buffet produced at least 30.628MMT of CO2 in 2007]
  • Combined Net Worth of World’s Richest 100 : $1,725 billion
  • No. of World’s Billionaires : 1,125
  • Combined Net Worth of World’s Billionaires : $4,384 billion (source)
  • No. of people who live on less than $2 per day: About 4 billion (Source)

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China Quake: Why Was the Girl Removed from Family?

Posted by feww on May 23, 2008

Why was the Wenchuan girl photographed below separated from her parents? Where is she now?


[Why is this girl being taken away?] “A girl waves goodbye to her parents as she is airlifted out of the earthquake-hit city of Wenchuan, Sichuan province May 22, 2008. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)” (Image may be subject to copyright. See RTSF Fair Use Notice!)

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Bigger China Disaster Unfolds

Posted by terres on May 22, 2008

We all know that earthquakes are natural disasters. But what happened to our children also has human causes, and they’re even more frightening. —A grieved parent who lost his son.

Zhao Deqin Lost Her 15-year-old Twins, Yajia and Yaqi

JUYUAN, China (Reuters) – Zhao Deqin keeps a kerbside memorial to her twin daughters killed when their school collapsed in China’s earthquake, and a petition-signing site alongside that has become a focus of protest by grieving parents.

The most lamented victims of the quake that shattered parts of Sichuan province in southwest China eight days ago have been the thousands of children killed when school buildings collapsed.

Earthquake survivor, Zhao Deqian, the mother of twins Zhao Yajia and Zhao Yaqi, 15, who were killed when their school building collapsed in the earthquake, cries at their memorial altar in the town of Juyuan in the quake-hit area of Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (Image may be subject to copyright. See RTSF Fair Use Notice!)

As the ruling Communist Party seeks to maintain a staunch front of unity and stability after the quake, the incipient protests by parents could be troublesome, for many of them blame official graft and laxity, more than nature, for the deaths.

“How come all the houses didn’t fall down, but the school did? And how come that happened in so many places?” Asked Zhao.

“This was a tofu dregs project and the government should assume responsibility,” said Pu Changxue, whose son Pu Tong died in a classroom.

“To think that I lived and they died,” said an old woman living opposite Zhao’s shrine. “That is just too unfair.” (Source)

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