When he already has more money than God, what else can a Billionaire tech tycoon look forward to? How about being immortalized in comic book form? This week, from his Wifi hotspot in the sky, the late Steve Jobs got to see the release of Blue Water Productions’ comic book biography of his life. Click here to watch video about Steve Jobs Comic Book
Jobs joins Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose comic book life story was released in February of 2011. Click here to read more about Mark Zuckerberg Comic Book
Blue Water’s release of the Steve Jobs comic coincided with their announcement that they would be completing the trilogy with a Bill Gates comic book biograrphy, scheduled to hit book stores, comic book shops, and news stands, in March of this year.
Chinese Billionaire Long Liyuan died on Dec. 23, 2011, after enjoying a hot pot made with, among other things, cat meat. Later, Police detained Huang Guang, a local forestry official. They believe that Guang “spiked” Liyuan’s stew with gelsemium elegans, a poisonous flowering plant native to China. According to The Star.com
Long and Huang had met for lunch to discuss a business contract. Long, who ran a forestry company in Guangdong, wanted to lease a piece of woodland and develop it, the Nanfang Daily, the mouthpiece of the Guangdong Communist Party, reported Tuesday.
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According to The Telegraph,
The fondness for eating dogs in northern China is well known, but cats are also prized in the country’s south. One of the most famous Cantonese dishes is “Tiger and Dragon locked in Battle”, in which the flavours of cat and snake vie for attention.
The Cantonese appetite has already made cats scarce and expensive in Guangdong itself, forcing restaurants to look elsewhere for a steady supply. Nanjing, with its excellent transport links and central position in China, has emerged as the hub of cat trading.
“Because of the bad economy, more and more people have turned to cat-snatching. You don’t need to be skilled – you just bait a box with some meat and wait.
“It happens all over Nanjing. There is nothing illegal about taking cats. If you try and call the police, they will not help you. You can take cats with collars without any problems.”
So Ron Paul’s in bed with George Soros? That’s the take away from Daniel Greenfield in a column he wrote yesterday for frontpagemag.com titled “Ron Paul’s Soros Defense Plan”. Another blog, MarkAmerica.com quoting, Daniel Greenfield’s piece, ratchets up the rhetoric a whole “nother” notch, with this headline “Ron Paul: Soros Puppet?
The basis for Greenfield’s claim is this. Paul co-authored (with Barney Frank!) a Huffington Post editorial in July of 2010, that called for reduced military spending. In the Huffington piece, Paul and Frank introduced (and provide a link to) the Sustainable Defense Task Force.
The task force recommended a $trillion in defense cuts. Greenfield takes exception to Paul and Frank’s claim that the task force consisted of “experts on military expenditures that span the ideological spectrum”. Greenfield wrote, “The experts, however, didn’t quite “span the ideological spectrum” — more like float under it.”
I’m getting to the “Soros connection, keep reading!
Greenfield goes on to describe the task force as “The panel of experts who would decide how to best gut national defense”. He points to Lawrence J. Kolb who is affiliated with the Center for American Progress, and Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies.
If you want to know what the Center, the Foundation and the Institute all have in common, it’s Hungarian and smells like stale cabbage and the death of nations.
We all presumably know that George Soros is Hungarian.
Greentfield cites several other task force members with connections to Soros funded groups including: Christopher Hellman of the National Priorities Project (NPP). The mission of NPP, according to its website, is to make “complex federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent.” Miriam Pemberton is also connected to the NPP. acording to Greenfield, “The man behind the curtain at NPP? (is) none other than our favorite Hungarian James Bond villain.” (Oh that’s right, Oddjob wasn’t Hungarian.)
Greenfield connects nine other members of The Sustainable Defense Task Force to groups linked to Soros. He then offers three suggestions as to “why Ron Paul would allow George Soros that much power and influence over America’s defense policy.”
1. Paul just didn’t do his homework
2. He knew and didn’t care, “that he had no objection to being part of a left-right alliance against the American Empire”.
3. Paul “put his (Soros’s) experts in charge of America’s defense policy”, because Soros (through a web of front organizations of course) paid for an ad during the 2008 primaries, which praised Paul’s opposition to the Iraq War.
Greenfield concludes with this
I’m not one to dabble in conspiracy theories, (Oh really?!) but when Soros pays for an ad praising you during the Republican primaries and then you put his experts in charge of America’s defense policy, then maybe some questions should be asked.
Greenfield’s report might not be as viral as The Dancing Baby, but considering the subject matter, it’s getting pretty good play. Most of it is supportive of Greenfield’s anti Paul, anti Soros views.
A post went up today on Ulsterman Report titled “Ron Paul Endorsed by George Soros “Blue Republican” Organization”. Here’s how the Blue Republicans identify themselves on their website
We are people who have never before thought of joining the Republican party, but are going to do so for one year to ensure that Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination for President in 2012.
Most of us identify as Democrats or Independents and/or supported Obama in 2008. We believe that on issues that matter most – war vs. peace (Iraq, Yemen etc.), civil liberties (Patriot Act etc.), and crony corporatism (bailouts etc.) – Obama has pursued a course similar to George Bush.
So how do we know that the Blue Republicans are another Soros front? Ulsterman.com explains
The term Blue Republican was coined by leftist Robin Koerner, who runs an organization called WatchingAmerica.com. The current cover story on the front page of that website is an article detailing how Barack Obama’s victory in 2012 is essential to saving the “American model” and draws heavily from a George Soros-sponsored Center forAmerican Progress study as proof. A WatchingAmerica linked article SAID THE FOLLOWING regarding Mr. Soros:
Hedge fund financier George Soros is actively advocating for freedom of the press and thespread of democracy through the Open Society Foundations.
Advertisers on the website include MSNBC and the Al Waref Institute – a pro-Muslim anti-Israel think tank based in Washington D.C. whose founder, Marah Bukai takes meetings with such figures as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
It seems interesting then that an organization that appears quite hopeful to see Barack Obama re-elected in 2012, and is clearly linked to progressive anti-American globalist George Soros is simultaneously calling for Democrats to register as Republicans and support Ron Paul in the Republican primaries does it not?
Did you follow that? Robin Koerner runs an organization called WatchingAmerica.com. Watchingamerica.com posts a pro Obama piece that quotes a George Soros-sponsored Center forAmerican Progress study. (That’s true.) Therefore, Soros has endorsed Ron Paul, via “his” Blue Republican Organization.
It’s got to be true. I read it on the internet. And you know what else? If Ron Paul gets the nomination, Soros is going to be his running mate.
Among other things, Russian Billionaire Abramowich
And yet somehow he found the time to host a New Years Eve “event” that dinged his petty cash drawer to the tune of £5million. The party was held at Abramowich’s “place” in St. Barts. Guests were entertained by
the musical stylings of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Daily Mail noted a preponderance of rich old guys escorting much younger (some even attractive) women.
Among them was media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, 80, and wife Wendi, 43; music mogul Russell Simmons, 54, and actress girlfriend Melissa George, 35; film producer Harvey Weinstein, 59, and fashion designer wife Georgina Champman,35; and George Lucas, 67, and his partner Mellody Hobson, 42.
BusinessInsiders.com released their list of The Biggest Billionaire Losers of 2011. Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad won the contest on a technicality. He saw his net worth drop from $23B to $6B. However, there’s no need to worry about Kamprad. He’s still okay.
Earlier this year, Swedish journalists revealed that a Liechtenstein-based foundation called Interogo, controlled Ikea. Kamprad, it should be noted, controls Interogo. By using the foundation based in “tax haven” Liechtenstein, Ikea has been able to avoid paying $billlions in taxes. It was reported that Interogo had cash reserves of close to $17B, money which theoretically, is not owned by Ikea.
Kamprad defended the use of the tax dodge. FT.com noted that
the 84-year-old Swede argued that “tax efficiency” was a ¬natural part of the company’s low-cost culture.
Number 2 on the list, Nobutada Saji might have a felt a bit less sanguine about his 2011 losses of $6.6 billion. He’s followed by Anil Ambani whose fortune dropped by $4.9 billion. Anil Ambani has been estranged from his billionaire brother Mukesh Ambani, but there was speculaton of a reconciliation when the Ambani “boys” both attended a family reunion last week.
Click here to see Businessinsider.com’s full list of biggest billionaire losers of 2011.
Bloomberg’s Matthew G. Miller has identified some additional high profile billionaire losers. He points to Oracle’s Larry Ellison whose 1.1 billion shares of Oracle declined by $6.6 billon. In one day, the value of Ellison’s shares fell by almost $3.8 billion. Miller reports that Canadian Paul Desmarais lost $2.9 billion on his shares of Power Financial Corp., while Bill Gates Microsoft shares declined by $3.2 billion.
Miller also cited a few billionaire winners including: William Lei (China). His online gambling, er gaming company NetEase, increased his wealth by $442 million. Leslie Wexner notched a gain of just over a half billion dollars, on his shares of Limitedbrands; and Intel’s Gordon Moore tacked on $600 million with the stock gains that his company posted in 2011.
Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone isn’t denying that he paid $44,000 to Gerhard Gribkowsky, a German investment banker. Ecclestone prefers to call the payment a “shakedown. The UK judge didn’t buy it he. The Telegraph reports that he said, “Isn’t that a bribe”?