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nosefirsteverytime
10th Mar 2006, 09:54
Well, Forbes has released its list of the World's Richest (http://www.forbes.com/home/lists/2006/03/07/06billionaires_worlds-richest-people_land.html), I'd just like to pass this bit of info on.

#207
Anurag Dikshit
$3.3 billion
Country Of Citizenship: India

*snigger snigger*

Lon More
10th Mar 2006, 13:23
Paris Hilton - fancy being named after a crap hotel

phnuff
10th Mar 2006, 13:26
"Paris Hilton - fancy being named after a crap hotel"

It could have been worse

Paris Premier Travel-Lodge

strafer
10th Mar 2006, 14:39
I've got a silly surname, yet I'm boracic? How does that work?

phoenix son
10th Mar 2006, 15:06
Paris Hilton - fancy being named after a crap hotel

She makes good films though...:E

mixture
10th Mar 2006, 18:39
Well, these examples may not feature on the richlist,but here are a few other contenders

Ms Samantha Fountain, Inventor of Shewee
cf http://www.shewee.com

Other examples I've heard of include Sunshine and Toogood.

Have a good weekend !

Grandpa
10th Mar 2006, 19:49
It's the fact that there are more and more very rich people.....and more and more poor!

Not funny in fact, the only surprising thing is the number of individuals who refuse to see the truth: where is this system leading us?

Slavery?

Gingerbread Man
10th Mar 2006, 19:52
The blindingly obvious Donald Trump.

Trump is a funny word :) .

GBM ;)

BelfastChild
13th Mar 2006, 22:31
"Dikshit" is a pretty bad surname! You would think with $3.3 bill he could afford to change it.

Speaking of bad names, a young actor named Penis van Lesbian went to Hollywood for an audition. He nailed the audition but was told he would never get on in acting if he didn't change his name. He took the advice and never looked back, his biggest role being as a chimney sweep in Mary Poppins, but most lately playing a nosey doctor cum detective in Diagnosis Murder. Who is he?

BlueWolf
14th Mar 2006, 01:28
So what do you propose as an alternative, Gramps? Divvy the loot up equitably? That's been tried, and it didn't work; it was called Russia, if you recall. Nowadays Russia is becoming more and more capitalist and more and more successful.

I cannot for the life of me understand why people whinge about the gap between the haves and the have nots. If you have not, and you wish to have, get off your posterior and go make a fortune. If you begrudge the likes of Bill Gates his billions, go invent a better operating system. In the Free World, you're allowed to do that.

The problem with trying to bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator is that it suppresses creativity and enterprise. Why should people bother to strive for greatness if it isn't going to get them anywhere? Frankly the creative and the enterprising deserve more than the others, because it is by their efforts that advances are made for all mankind.

I mean really, if people are thick, lazy, untalented, self-pitying, or plain unlucky, they should sit down and keep quiet in the cheap seats. Some of us are trying to succeed.

"What about the poor?" they cry. Yeah, exactly, what about the poor? :yuk: Let 'em eat cake, I say.

Blunt human reality is this; there are always going to be the rich, and there are always going to be the poor. There are always going to be those who are blessed in life, with physical, mental, artistic, social, and financial advantages of birth, and those who are not. You can't change human reality with unworkable ideology. Accept it.

Now how about a reasoned response, and one which doesn't involve the concept of fairness? Life, remember, is not fair.

Evening Star
14th Mar 2006, 09:25
Maybe so BW, but it is always prudent to bear in mind what preceeded the divvying up in Russia. The rich got very rich and the poor were more and more dispossessed until the point the rich suddenly got a nasty surprise. And todays' Russia is hardly a good example, with the very rich having bodyguards partly because if they turn up in the street otherwise it would severely limit their survival propects. Lesson is that maybe capitalism works, but if the rich/poor balance gets too out of kilter, or the rich get too arrogant, there will be a bloody backlash.

strafer
14th Mar 2006, 10:36
More Morning Star than Evening Star. :}

Capt.KAOS
14th Mar 2006, 11:23
Maybe so BW, but it is always prudent to bear in mind what preceeded the divvying up in Russia. The rich got very rich and the poor were more and more dispossessed until the point the rich suddenly got a nasty surprise. And todays' Russia is hardly a good example, with the very rich having bodyguards partly because if they turn up in the street otherwise it would severely limit their survival propects. Lesson is that maybe capitalism works, but if the rich/poor balance gets too out of kilter, or the rich get too arrogant, there will be a bloody backlash.It's called democratisation and free market. Or how do I steal the jewels in the people's crown, spasibo balshoye, comrade Yeltsin...

The looting of Russia (http://www.ulfsbo.nu/ussr/looting.html)

thomay
15th Mar 2006, 01:02
Russia isn't the greatest example for this sort of discussion, BlueWolf.(However, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Cuba, (increasingly) Venezuela, etc are.) Other than that, you hit the nail squarely.

Capitalism, as free as possible, but not without some sensible regulatory guidance, is the way of the future (See New Zealand's version of it: Rogernomics). Even the people in France and Germany will eventually have to recognize that.

Some guy or gal, by far smarter than me (I know, that is not all too difficult :} ), once came up with the following (very true and truly applicable) proverb:

The stone age didn't end for lack of stone.

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Arm out the window
15th Mar 2006, 01:53
Well, Belfast Child, It's not too hard to figure out who it is, but it seems he hasn't come that far from his rude roots if he's playing a 'nosey doctor cum detective' ... that sounds far ruder!

Richard Spandit
15th Mar 2006, 04:33
I've got a silly surname, yet I'm boracic? How does that work?

You contain boron? How much - that stuff is probably valuable

sled dog
15th Mar 2006, 08:50
Belfastchild

Did`nt Penis van Lesbian change his name to Dick van Dyke ? :E :cool:

strafer
15th Mar 2006, 09:53
Richard Spandit -

Boracic, me old china, is rhyming slang for Boracic Lint - skint.

Stone the bleedin' crows.

Evening Star
15th Mar 2006, 11:05
More Morning Star than Evening Star.

:E :ok:

Or another way of looking at it is that revolution is merely an extreme form of capitalism, when the have nots decide to become haves by whatever means. Most stable societies do not tend towards extremes. Contrast the social changes in Victorian Britain with the social stratification in Imperial Russia.

Capitalism, as free as possible, but not without some sensible regulatory guidance, is the way of the future

Except for disagreeing with the following comment about Germany, seems quite sensible. Message is, get rich folks, but do not take the p:mad:s.

Richard Spandit
15th Mar 2006, 18:47
Richard Spandit -
Boracic, me old china, is rhyming slang for Boracic Lint - skint.
Stone the bleedin' crows.

You learn something every day - I thought it was spelt "brassic", but you are quite right... hoisted by my own petard... :)

thomay
16th Mar 2006, 13:18
Hi Evening Star

My reason for mentioning Germany, together with France, was:
Leading up to last year’s election, Mrs. Merkel’s strategy for campaigning was an attempt to tell the people the truth about the dire situation that Germany is in, and what kind of measures her government would take to help Germany back on its legs.
After starting with a huge lead in the polls (and yes, I do know the limitations of those ‘measurements’) this advantage shrunk scarily fast as more and more information concerning the proposed plan of action was disseminated.

All the while, the Socialists’ and the Lefts’ share at the polls increased due to their unabated reiteration of “Everything is fine. We are rich. It’s all somebody else’s fault, especially the locusts’. Let’s have ever more government intrusion in private business, with more bureaucracy and paperwork and more taxes and more costs for the normal worker and business and we will finally be able to redistribute the wealth to everybody and this will solve all the problems we have…”

Well, it worked. Mrs. Merkel's Christian Democrats got less votes than Mr. Schroeder's Socialists, and only her sister party CSU saved her from a defeat on election day. Had she not pedaled back and adopted a more “realistic” campaign strategy (telling the people what they wanted to hear rather than telling them the cold, hard truth: how sadly ironic is that, almost an oxymoron) she would, most likely, have lost the election.

The good thing, though, as Germany is a democracy, the people got the government they voted for and therefore deserve. So, no complaining about the lackluster economy and the almost western-civilized-world-record unemployment rate allowed. Those that see the current impossible situation (e.g. doctors, engineers, scientists) vote with their feet and immigrate to Scandinavia, the UK, America, Australia, Switzerland etc.

Dear nosefirsteverytime: I know I am high jacking this thread, but unfortunately I neither know any hilariously funny names nor do I belong to the club of World’s richest people. :{ :{ :{ But (sob, sob) may I bravely propose that real richness can only come from inside? Oh wait , that was real beauty. Never mind.

airship
16th Mar 2006, 15:30
There's lots of foreign-sounding names in there though. (eg.) #8 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud.

Is it part of the great-new conspiracy? :uhoh:

ManfredvonRichthofen
16th Mar 2006, 15:34
The erstwhile Singaporean businessman, Mr Goh Lik Kok, always raises a smile

airship
16th Mar 2006, 15:39
Like this one...?! :eek: