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” It was a good year for members of Congress in one respect: their pocketbooks.
Roll Call has for decades calculated the “50 Richest” members of Congress by poring through financial disclosure forms, and this year, we’ve taken the added step of tallying the minimum net worth of every member of Congress. (Visit our interactive to see the full ranking, which includes representatives, senators and delegates. Because there are three vacancies in Congress, there are 538 members on the list.)
The combined minimum net worth of Congress jumped — up more than $150 million to $2.1 billion — according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of the financial disclosure forms for every member of Congress and delegate who filed one for 2013.
That’s an increase of about $300,000 to $3.9 million per lawmaker — although, as with the general public, most of the wealth is concentrated at the top.
The top five lawmakers on the list had more than 37 percent of the combined minimum net worth reported of all 538 members and delegates, according to the CQ Roll Call analysis. The minimum net worth of the 50 Richest was $1.7 billion, or more than 80 percent of the total for the entire Congress.
The richest person on our annual 50 Richest list, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, has a net worth of at least $357 million, calculated by subtracting the minimum reported liabilities from the minimum reported assets. That means Issa alone accounts for more than one-sixth of the entire Congress’ reported minimum net worth.
And two of the top five — No. 3 Rep. John Delaney of Maryland and No. 4 Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, both Democrats — accounted for $67.85 million of the increased net worth of all of Congress.
Our analysis also found at least 188 millionaires — about a third of Congress — up from 185 the previous year.
It’s not a secret that one of the easier ways to get to Congress is to be rich in the first place, given the cost of campaigning and the hassles of fundraising.
The median lawmaker on our ranking has a minimum net worth of $456,522 — not too shabby.
The Senate is richer on average than the House — no surprise.
The minimum net worth of the Senate is nearly $570 million, with 50 senators topping $1 million.
The House has a minimum net worth of $1.53 billion, with at least 138 millionaires but a median of just $338,000.
The actual reported wealth of Congress would be significantly higher if Congress required members to disclose all of their assets and to disclose them with precision.
But while net worth of U.S. households has never been higher, median net worth — the folks in the middle — has generally lagged.
The latest figures from the Census Bureau — from 2011 — show a median net worth of $68,828 per household.
You can see every member of Congress in our updated interactive on the wealth of Congress at this link.”
Thanks To Roll Call
” A 10-year veteran IRS attorney has demanded a Congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency’s alleged role in allowing American corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes at the same time the agency is cracking down on individuals and small businesses.
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, IRS commissioner John A. Koskinen, and IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, Jane J. Kim, an attorney in the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel in New York, accused IRS executives of “deliberately” facilitating multi-billion dollar tax giveaways. The letter, dated October 19, will add further pressure on the agency, which is under fire for allegedly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.
Kim, who has previously blown the whistle on “gross waste of government resources” in the IRS New York field offices [Senior IRS Lawyer Charges Chief Counsel's New York Office With Waste and Abuse], wrote in her new letter that senior IRS officials have “intentionally undermined the authority of the IRS Whistleblower Office” to avoid taking action “in cases involving billions in corporate taxes due.” The IRS also refuses to enforce laws for “large corporate taxpayers,” resulting in giveaways of further billions, despite applying the same laws with “draconian strictness to small business, the self-employed, and wage-earning individuals.” … “
The TaxProf has more
” The duo behind a rash of Phoenix bank robberies is out of business, with one now dead and the other under arrest, thanks to the efforts of an armed local businessman.
On Wednesday, the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union was targeted by Lyndell Cherry, age 29 and Vincent Jones, age 21, who entered at around 2 p.m. and demanded money. The two had left the keys in the ignition and the engine of their getaway vehicle running, a mistake which proved to be their undoing.
While the robbery was taking place, one credit union employee was able to call Sean Quaid, who owns a business next door to the credit union and told him what was happening. Quaid grabbed his gun and ran outside. After determining which was the likely vehicle of the perpetrators, Quaid removed the keys from the ignition.
When attempting their getaway, Cherry and Jones ran outside to their car and found they had no keys. They went back inside to see if they might have dropped them somewhere along the way, even going as far as searching a woman’s purse inside to see if she might have picked them up.
With time running out, the robbers ran back outside and accosted a couple in a Chevy pickup, with Jones pointing his gun and demanding their vehicle. At that point, Quaid stepped in, ordering the felonious pair to stop. It was then that Cherry reportedly spun around and aimed his gun at Quaid, who fired first, striking Cherry. “
What is The ‘Million Mask March’?
” Last year thousands of people worldwide joined Million Mask March rallies organized by the amorphous Anonymous movement. Rallies, both peaceful and confrontational, protested austerity, surveillance, corporate greed and corrupt governments.
In a mass demonstration of people power, crowds in 450 cities around the world filled the streets wearing Guy Fawkes masks. “The corrupt fear us. The honest support us. The heroic join us” – under this motto protesters united in a global mass-march to deliver various messages.
From Sydney to Los Angeles, from Johannesburg to London – thousands came forward to make their voices heard. Among key ideas which virtually connected all different protests were anti-capitalist idealism and the rejection of NSA surveillance. Some rallies had a sense of carnival, where whole families with kids marched in protest, while other gatherings – like in London and Washington – turned more intense, with people not hiding their rage.
You Want To Participate This Year In The Million Mask March 2014 with thousands of others all around the world? “
” Here is all information you need for 2014:
HOW TO USE THE MAP
Make sure you have the latest version of Google maps.
Go to: MillionMaskMarch.com/map. (.com, .org & .net lead to the same place). Once you start zooming in, city names/event pages and the search option will appear. As a protective measure, copy this link for safekeeping in case anything ever happens to this web site: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zcw0ZYrLl5RQ.khgYCnHItPbY “
” HOW TO ADD YOUR EVENT TO THE MAP
1. We add events to the map that you create.
2. If you only see a 2013 event, contact the group, ask if they’ll update it to 2014 and email us here or on Facebook with the link so we can add it to the map. Posting links on our FB discussion threads as the only way of informing us is discouraged. “
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
” The wreck of a Nazi submarine sunk during World War II has been found off the coast of North Carolina, maritime authorities announced Tuesday.
U-boat 576 was found just 240 yards from another wreck: the American freight ship, Bluefields, which it torpedoed in the Battle of the Atlantic in 1942.
The twin wrecks were found just 30 miles off the North Carolina coast, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration said.
” Most people associate the Battle of the Atlantic with the cold, icy waters of the North Atlantic,” said David Alberg at the NOAA. “But few people realize how close the war actually came to America’s shores.” “
“… how close the war actually came to American shores.” is an understatement as the fact is German spies were actually put ashore on the beach in sleepy Amagansett , New York from a sister U-Boat on the night of June 12/13 1942 …
” Shortly after midnight on June 13th, four trained German saboteurs landed on the beach near the Coast Guard Station at Amagansett, Long Island. They had made the voyage across the Atlantic in a German submarine and had rowed ashore in a collapsible rubber boat containing clothing, explosives, and several thousand dollars in cash. On June 17th, four other saboteurs were similarly landed from a submarine at Ponte Vedra Beach, south of Jacksonville, Florida. On June 27th, J. Edgar Hoover announced the arrest of all eight saboteurs and the discovery of maps and plans for a two year program designed to destroy war plants, railways, water works and bridges in the United States.”
Read more about the infiltration in Jacksonville four days later , as well as the landing in Maine in November of 1944 . The report on NOAA’s location of U-576 and the merchant ship Bluefields continues here .
” I have long dabbled in the preparedness mindset but never really paid too much attention to it all until my town was hit hard by a mile-wide, category-three tornado that destroyed or severely damaged hundreds of homes in my immediate area. Ordered to evacuate my home for several days the realization that things can change very quickly and that ‘bad things’ can and do happen to otherwise completely normal people has compelled me to re-evaluate my own preparedness for a wide variety of possible scenarios.
One cannot be hurt by being prepared for whatever may happen, but one will undoubtedly be hurt if one has not prepared for the unexpected. That has become my mindset and how I now approach the concept of preparedness. It just makes good sense to have plans and preparations in place for the unknown. It is every man’s duty to provide and protect his family no matter what happens and being prepared is the ultimate fulfillment of that duty as well as being a valuable insurance policy against a great many possible threats.
Ideally, one should plan to hunker down and not leave your own home unless you absolutely have to. This is ‘bugging in.’ Planning around this allows you to stock large stockpiles of water, food, and other supplies without any major convenience. Know your neighbors well, and this will allow you to have a small base of supplies and a network of people in the immediate vicinity that can help each other out if things go south quickly for whatever reason. Be a good neighbor now and they’ll be an invaluable neighbor then. I live in a cul-de-sac and know everyone on the block fairly well. I bring them gifts of garden produce in the summers, wave at them when I drive by, and invite them all over when I have my big backyard birthday bashes. We have helped each other out at various times and I would feel comfortable turning to them for assistance or access to tools etc. if I had no choice. Such nominal relationships could come in very handy some day. You never know.
” The city of Birmingham has settled a police beating lawsuit for $460,000, but the plaintiff remains behind bars and won’t get much of a payday.
Under terms of the settlement approved by the City Council and Mayor William Bell, Anthony Warren will receive $1,000, while his attorneys receive $359,000 in fees and $100,000 in expenses, AL.com learned this evening.
Read more of this disgusting outcome that demonstrates how the lawyers ALWAYS win . No surprise as they are the ones that make the rules and referee the matches . Sickening …
” A terrifying Tuesday morning in a Roy neighborhood turned tragic when police officers shot and killed a man in his garage at 3779 West, 5300 South in Roy. The Weber County Attorney’s Office is investigating it as a “suicide by cop.”
The 35 year old man, who neighbors describe the as a quiet, friendly man, was divorced and now lived in the home with his girlfriend and her children. According to Detective Matthew Gwynn of the Roy City Police Department, the man called a suicide hotline around 4 a.m. and threatened to kill himself. The Weber County Consolidated Dispatch Center sent officers to the resident.
” There were people in the home at the time the call was placed,” Det. Gwynn told ABC4 News. “They left the home shortly thereafter.”
Roy City Police and the Weber Metro SWAT Team tried to convince the man to surrender and get help but seven hours after the initial call, something dramatic occurred in the garage causing SWAT officers to open fire.”
Yes , Governor Malloy actually said that “high capacity” magazines would help people fight against the Federal government .
1 Dead After NC Grandfather Fires Back At Trio In Attempted Rape Of Teen Granddaughter, Sheriff Says
” A grandfather shot back and is believed to have killed a suspect in a home-invasion and attempted rape of his teen granddaughter on Monday night, Robeson County Sheriff’s officials said.
The grandfather was also shot – but he also managed to shoot the 2 other suspects in the home-invasion and attempted rape, said Maj. Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident started around 10 pm at a house on Yedda Road in Lumberton on Monday night when someone knocked on the home of the grandfather, his wife and their 19-year-old granddaughter, according to the sheriff’s office.
Two of three men – all wearing black clothes, ski masks and gloves — stormed into the house and demanded money, officials said.
The grandfather and his wife ended up in the back of the house and were directed at gunpoint to open a safe. The three men were all armed and tried to rape the teen girl, officials said.
The 67-year-old grandfather managed to grab a gun and shot all three of the suspects. The suspects fired back and the grandfather was hit several times, deputies said.”
” The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.
The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).
And with the deadline quickly approaching on talks between the U.S. and Iran over its contested nuclear program, Younesi’s denigrating views of Obama could be a sign that the regime in Tehran has no intent of conceding to America’s demands.
“ Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened,” Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency. “
Published on Jan 10, 2014
” The first episode of Martin Scorsese’s documentary series about the blues.”
” The paternalist project for our civil courts runs something as follows. After the revolution — which perhaps has already taken place—the average citizen will enjoy a vast array of wonderful new rights to sue other people. You will be empowered to haul your neighbors and fellow citizens to court if you feel they have fallen short of good faith and fair play. You will be entitled to sue them for unlimited damages, punitive as well as compensatory, even over behavior that had previously been thought not subject to liability at all. Everyone will be under a vague but stringent obligation to look out for your safety and welfare, enforceable by legal action. You will enjoy a cornucopia of contention opportunities, a smorgasbord of suing options, a Lotus-land of litigability.”
1260 – Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, who seizes power for himself.
1260 – The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1360 – The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
1492 – 24 Jews are burned at stake in Mecklenburg Germany
1596 – -26] Battle at Kerestes: Ottoman beat Austria-Hungary & Germany
1648 – Treaty of Westphalia ends 30 year war & Holy Roman Empire
1656 – Treaty of Vilnius: Russia & Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant
1681 – Earl of Shaftesbury accused of high treason in London
1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia
1882 – Dr Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis
1901 – 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
1903 – George Sutton becomes billard champ
1904 – 1st NY subway opens
1911 – Robert Scott’s expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole
1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.(see UE 10/05)
1917 – Battle at Caporetto: German & Austria smash Italian army
1922 – Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State
1924 – Nobel prize for fysiologie/medicine awarded to W Einthoven
1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1931 – George Washington Bridge connecting NY to NJ opens
1938 – US forbids child labor in factories
1939 – Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (Wilmington Delaware)
1940 – 40 hour work week goes into effect (Fair Labor Standards of 1938)
1942 – 2nd day of battle at El Alamein: British infantry
1944 – US air raid on Jap battleships/cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks
1944 – US capt David Mccampbell shoots down 9-11 Jap planes in Gulf of Leyte
1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
1948 – Bernard M Baruch introduces term “Cold War”
1954 – Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam
1956 – Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary
1957 – The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
1960 – Disaster on USSR (Baikonoer) launch pad, kills missile expert Nedelin & team (165 die-unconfirmed); USSR claims killed in plane crash
1963 – Sandy Koufax is unanimous winner of Cy Young Award
1964 – Zambia (N Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1971 – Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
1973 – Heavy fog causes 65 car collision killing 9 on NJ Turnpike
1973 – Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus
1976 – Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as China’s party leader
1980 – Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar
1980 – Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity
1984 – Steffi Graf plays her 1st pro tennis match
1987 – Bork’s supreme court nomination rejected by senate
1988 – Traveling Wilburys Volume One is released
1988 – Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown
1989 – Rev Jim Bakker is sentenced to 50 years for fraud
1998 – Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
2003 – Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
2004 – 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.
2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
51 – Domitian, Roman Emperor (d. 96)
1378 – David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, heir to the throne of Scotland (d. 1402)
1763 – Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (d. 1839)
1788 – Sarah Josepha Hale, author (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
1794 – Friedrich B Freiherr von Gagern, German/Dutch army commandant
1815 – John Edwards, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1894
1830 – Belva Bennett Lockwood, attorney (1st lady to argue in Supreme Court)
1855 – James S. Sherman, Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)
1868 – Alexandra David-Néel, French explorer and writer (d. 1969)
1875 – Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter (d. 1958)
1887 – Octave Lapize, French cyclist (d. 1917)
1890 – Chicago Mainbocher, uniform designer (Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Waves)
1891 – Rafael L Trujillo Molina, president/dictator of Dom Rep (1930-61)
1892 – Kurt Huber, German philosopher/resistance fighter
1894 – Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (d. 1987)
1903 – Melvin Purvis, American FBI agent (d. 1960)
1904 – Moss Hart, Bronx NY, playwright (You Can’t Take it With You, Act 1)
1906 – Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician (d. 1968)
1908 – John Alwyne Kitching, zoologist
1911 – Clarence M Kelley, FBI head
1915 – Roger Milliken, American millionaire
1919 – Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical engineer (d. 2008)
1920 – Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician (d. 1996)
1926 – Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
1929 – George H Crumb, Charleston WV, composer (Pulitzer 1968-Echoes of Time)
1932 – Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)
1932 – Robert Mundell, Kingston, Ontario, economist and Nobel laureate (1999)
1936 – Bill Wyman, England, rocker (Rolling Stones-Under My Thumb)
1936 – David Nelson, NYC, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet)
1940 – David Sainsbury, English billionaire/founder (Dutch Soc-Dem)
1946 – Jerry Edmonton, Canada, rock drummer (Steppenwolf)
1947 – Kevin Kline, St Louis, actor (Sophie’s Choice, Big Chill)
1948 – Dale “Buffin” Griffin, rock drummer (Mott The Hoople)
1960 – Ian Baker-Finch, Nambour Queensland, PGA golfer (1991 British Open)
1960 – Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian (d. 1999)
1960 – Joachim “Jo” Winkelhock, German race car driver
1962 – B D Wong, SF CA, actor (Freshman, Mystery Date)
1966 – Roman Abramovich, Russian oil magnate
1968 – Robert Wilonsky, American journalist
1970 – Rob Leslie-Carter, British Engineer and Project Manager
1980 – Monica, American singer
1980 – Zac Posen, American fashion designer
1981 – Mallika Sherawat, Indian actress
1981 – Tila Tequila, American model
1983 – Brian Vickers, American race car driver
1983 – Adrienne Bailon, American actress and singer
1983 – Keyshia Cole, American singer
996 – Hugo Capet, king of France (987-96), dies at 58
1375 – King Valdemar IV of Denmark (b. 1320)
1579 – Albrecht V von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria, dies at 51
1669 – William Prynne, English Puritan leader (b. 1600)
1672 – John Webb, English architect (b. 1611)
1708 – Kowa Seki, Japanese mathematician
1821 – Elias Boudinot, American President of the Continental Congress (b. 1740)
1860 – Elie Decazes, French Bourbon Restoration politician, dies at 80
1864 – James Jay Archer, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 46
1875 – Raffaello Carboni, Italian writer
1898 – Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter (b. 1824)
1915 – Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist (b. 1828)
1922 – George Cadbury, British chocolate and cocoa manufacturer (b. 1839)
1929 – Peter J Blok, Dutch historian, dies at 74
1944 – Louis Renault, French automobile manufacturer (b. 1877)
1945 – Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Min of Defense/PM (1942-45), executed at 58
1957 – Christian Dior, French designer (New Look), dies at 52 in Italy
1966 – Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
1970 – Richard Hofstadter, US historian, dies at 54
1975 – Ismail Erez, Turkish ambassador, killed by car bomb in Paris
1980 – Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), dies at 30
1983 – Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
1984 – Edith Massey, actress (Polyester, Pink Flamingos), dies at 66
1985 – Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver (b. 1941)
1993 – Ben Scholtens, historian (Gaama Duumi), murdered at 39
1994 – Alexandr Nikolaievich Shelepin, dir of KGB (1958-61), dies
1994 – Raul Julia, actor (Addams Family), dies of stroke at 54
1995 – Ronald Selby Wright, minister, dies at 87
1997 – Don Messick, cartoon voice (Astro-Jetsons, Bamm Bamm), dies at 62
2004 – Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
2005 – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (b. 1913)
” The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.
One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.
The disparity is emblematic of the city’s reluctant scramble to comply with the July order that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public.
The Metropolitan Police Department, working off legislation adopted by D.C. lawmakers last month, released the concealed carry applications on its website at about 7 p.m. Wednesday — hours before the stay of U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr.’s order was set to expire.
The regulations firm up the details of the application process, including establishing a $75 cost to apply for a permit.
But it’s unlikely anyone will be walking out of police headquarters with the license anytime soon.”
No surprise here . As we predicted , the bureaucrats in power in DC will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into court , yet again , in order to be forced to restore the citizen’s God-given right to self-defense . They don’t work for the people , they work for the State . Always remember: “The State Is Not Your Friend”
” Better watch your back, (current world’s largest) 590-foot Azzam. Project “Triple Deuce” is coming. And at 728 feet (222 meters), she’s going to send you, and other yachts in your category, into relative obscurity as she swipes your title as the world’s largest yacht.
“ Project Triple Deuce is about to set the world on fire as not only the largest private yacht ever built, coming in at a whopping 222 meters, but also the most expensive, at a cost of over $1 billion USD,” said Craig Timm, yacht broker at 4Yacht, Inc., responsible for selling Project Triple Deuce to his client.
To put this massive yacht in perspective for the layman, the sheer size of Triple Deuce even dwarfs some cruise ships. As an example, Costa Cruises has a ship named Costa Classic that is 722 feet long and carries 1,308 passengers and 590 crewmembers. But Triple Deuce is a private yacht, and is designed to carry only 36 guests in opulent luxury with a crew complement of 90-100.
In addition to being the longest private yacht in the world at 728 feet, the yacht will have a beam of nearly 82 feet, and a draft of nearly 16 feet.
She’ll be no slouch in the speed department either, with top speed projected to be in excess of 30 knots—to be achieved by triple gas turbine engines generating over 100,000 horsepower. The yacht also has no rudders. Electric podded propulsion units will handle maneuvering.
Owner and guests will live like royalty
The owner’s suite, at 2,960 square feet (275 square meters) over two stories, will encompass nearly one full deck of space in the seven-deck yacht, and offer unparalleled views. It will feature two staterooms, and will include private access to a helipad and an elevator from an exclusive drive-in dock, as well as all the luxury amenities you would come to expect. The owner’s suite also offers a private gym, office and study, private dining area, butler’s stateroom and more.
Onboard guests will be similarly pampered in four VIP suites of 968 square feet (90 square meters) apiece, and 12 guest suites, each at over 645 square feet (60 square meters). All guests will have access to the yacht’s two pools, one indoor, one outdoor, multiple Jacuzzis, spa facilities, full time masseuse, hair stylist and barber, as well as all the water toys the yacht can carry.
Who Would Buy A Yacht Of This Size?
“ It takes a person of vision, someone with a dream to own the worlds largest yacht and to bring it to reality,” claims Timm. “For several years, we have advertised the sale of a 200-meter yacht and have worked with several UHNWI as well as several Middle Eastern clients toward the goal of building a yacht of this size. We had many discussions with our buyer that a yacht of 200 meters was of sufficient length, however with the launching of Azzam recently at 180 meters, that all changed.
“ What our client was concerned about is that if we built the yacht to 200 meters, then someone would come along like Roman Abramovich when he built Eclipse at 163.5 meters, to barely ‘eclipse’ Sheikh Maktoum’s yacht, the 162-meter Dubai, by only 1.5 meters,” said Timm. “By building the yacht to 222 meters, he wants to make it difficult, if not impossible, to be ‘eclipsed’ himself.”
According to Timm, construction of Project Triple Deuce will begin at a European shipyard, which has still yet to be decided, in the next 6-12 months, with a target delivery date of spring 2018. He goes on to say that the yacht will be built under the 100 A1 Passenger Ship Classification and be fully PYC (Passenger Yacht Code) Compliant.
What will it all cost?
Current large superyachts run about €3.5 million to €4 million per meter to build at the best European shipyards.
Doing some quick math, it seems that Project Deuce will cost €777 million to €888 million, or at the current USD exchange rate, $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion.
“ Don’t forget to add in annual operating costs,” Timm said. “On a yacht of this size, it will run the owner an additional $20-$35 million USD per year.”
Much like the race to build the tallest buildings in the world, such as the Shanghai Tower at 632 meters (2073′), or the Burj Khalifa at 828 meters (2717′), super yachts will continue to expand their size depending on who needs to have the biggest and best yacht.
How Long Will Project Triple Deuce Hold Its Position As The World’s Largest Yacht?
“ That’s hard to determine, as there is a limit, not in size, but functionality and logistics,” Timm said. “We haven’t gotten there yet, but if the uber wealthy of the world have their way, Project Triple Deuce will be toppled in the future. How soon? That will be anybody’s guess.” “
Thanks to Yacht International
Originally posted on Rare:
The Ohio State Marching Band is infamous across the country for their amazing half-time performances, and this past weekend’s was no exception.
Performing a show with classic rock music, the band creates shapes of men rocking on a guitar.
The most impressive part happens while playing “Pinball Wizard” by The Who, when the marching band creates a pinball game.
Check it out in fast forward:
(via Land-Grant Holy Land)
” Three people were arrested Monday afternoon during a protest that briefly linked the unrest in Ferguson to the violence that erupted last Friday at a New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival.
The arrests occurred after approximately 10 demonstrators approached the St. Louis County Justice Center with a red wagon filled with pumpkins scrawled with slogans denouncing “RACISM,” “WHITE PRIVILEGE,” and “HATE.”
Authorities took protest organizer Derek Laney into custody after he held a pumpkin overhead and decried the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police before smashing it at the feet of officers stationed about 10 feet from the Justice Center door.
The pumpkin bore the words “POLICE BRUTALITY.”
” We are going to smash (pumpkins) symbolically at the foot of someone who can bring (the Brown) case to justice,” Laney said prior to his arrest in a reference to St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, whose office is in the building. “It’s another way to let people know we will be heard.” “
While it is becoming more evident that the shooting of Michael Brown was a “justified” use of force , these protesters still had a right to their free speech . Since when is it illegal to smash your own pumpkins ?
As to the littering charge , if the “litterers” hadn’t left the scene leaving a mess behind then who is to say they weren’t going to clean up after themselves . The assault charges are also easily trumped up as anytime a police officer grabs you and you pull away , as is a natural reaction , you are liable to be charged with resisting arrest and assault . We cry Bulls**t on this one .
” Find Out How Far Your Mental & Physical Capabilities Would Take You In A Militia.”
” What warrior from history are you?”
Take these two fun quizzes from PlayBuzz to see where you stand with your inner warrior … We received a “General” ranking in the militia and a ‘spec ops” MOS in the warrior version . LOL … It’s all in good fun
” Her name is Shyanne Roberts, and she’s a gunslinging 10-year-old from Franklinville, New Jersey, who’s just won a spot to compete as an adult in a big shooting competition.
Shyanne will be competing against 200 women at the Lady 3 Gun Pro Am Challenge in Georgia at the end of the month. She’ll be handling a rifle, shot gun and hand gun in the competition.
She told CNN she wants to use her skills to inspire other kids.
I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader. Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.
As you’ve probably figured out, Shyanne can skillfully handle all types of guns, including an AR 15 she built herself. “