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DailyDirt: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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Money can't buy happiness, but if you have enough of it, you can get all kinds of publicity (whether or not you want it). Here are just a few folks that have been named on the various "these people are rich" lists. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2011 @ 6:01pm

    Who doesn't want to be a millionaire?

    ...

    A billionaire!

    (Ok, bad joke).

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Aug 25th, 2011 @ 7:05pm

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    heh. that joke reminds me of the Chris Rock standup routine about wealth -- and how Bill Gates would jump out of a window if his fortune dropped to Oprah's net worth... :P

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 25th, 2011 @ 11:13pm

    Money can't buy happiness?

    I'd like to test that theory personally.

     

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    Butcherer79 (profile), Aug 26th, 2011 @ 3:56am

    Re: Re:

    Didn't Gates give away most of his (personal) wealth to charity.... possibly to try and buy good karma before his mortal coil faces the "blue screen of death"?

    if we're on bad jokes:
    Bad Karma..... ran over my Dogma......

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 26th, 2011 @ 6:28am

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    You mean like the Bill Gates Foundation?

    Define charity. Or is it for political causes disguised as charity?

     

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    Butcherer79 (profile), Aug 26th, 2011 @ 6:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I only asked the question, and it's a registered charity so yes, I guess I do mean the "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation"

    Charity - Definition (from WordIQ.com)

    Charity is a term in Christian theology (one of the three virtues), meaning loving kindness towards others; it is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. In its most extreme form charity can be self-sacrificial. Charity is one conventional English translation of the Greek term agape.

    Charity is the short form for charitable trust, a charitable foundation, or a corporation set up entirely for charitable purposes. These are set up for specific causes, such as curing diseases; providing goods or services for people or areas that lack them; nature conservation; and many others. In some countries (including the UK, Canada, Australia, and the United States) a charitable organization needs, by law, to register with the government. This is to reduce the possibilities of fraud and increase the opportunities for charities to receive tax breaks; it also indirectly allows the government to influence the scope and agenda of charities (e.g. RSPCA Told to Put Human Needs Before Animal Pain (http://www.webtribe.net/~animadversion/RSPCA%20put%20human%20needs.htm)).

    Charity can also refer to the act of giving money, goods or time to such a charitable trust or other worthy cause.

    In Greek Mythology, the Charites (note: not Charities, the proper plural of Charity) were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility; also better known as the Graces. See Charites.

    Charity is also used as a forename.


    I have no idea about whether or not the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is "for political causes disguised as charity" - I'm presuming not but then I'm sure I'll be proven wrong by some know it all AC...
    All this for what I thought was just a chuckle comment and a chance to tell the karma joke (VERY difficult to link in to most conversations), which, I might add, has been completely ignored - I will probably lose sleep now worrying about it all.....

     

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    Mike42 (profile), Aug 26th, 2011 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You're right. Educating children in low income areas is just a political ploy.

    Sometimes I wish someone would cut the telco lines to the AC bomb shelter, but then we wouldn't get such delightful and scintillating conversation.

     

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    FarSide (profile), Aug 26th, 2011 @ 8:01am

    On the Buffett thing...

    I've always kinda wondered about this, so the article was enlightening. However, to me the important caveat is the final paragraph of the analysis:

    So when it comes to Buffett's statement, there are two categories: the rich and the really rich. And the evidence tends to point to the conclusion that the really rich pay less in taxes as a percentage of income then their merely well-to-do counterparts -- if their income comes primarily from investments. Overall, we rate Buffett's statement True.


    Which means he's still paying a higher percentage than me.

     

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    80sRelic (profile), Aug 26th, 2011 @ 11:49am

    PolitiFact is Anything BUT Non-Partisan!

    "Politifactís fact is nothing more than their left-wing hypothesis disconnected from and ignoring every data point that doesnít help them make their case."

    - RedState: "PolitiFact Proves Yet Again It Is a Left Wing Attack Machine With Nonpartisan Veneer": http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/08/26/politifact-proves-yet-again-it-is-a-left-wing-attack-machin e-with-nonpartisan-veneer/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    -and-

    AgendaWise: "Politifact runs cover for Obama": http://www.agendawise.com/2011/08/politifact-runs-cover-for-obama/?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 26th, 2011 @ 12:53pm

    Re: PolitiFact is Anything BUT Non-Partisan!

    And Redstate.com is painstakingly netural, I trust...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 26th, 2011 @ 12:56pm

    Re: PolitiFact is Anything BUT Non-Partisan!

    *neutral... ugh, I'm a typo machine today. :\

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 26th, 2011 @ 9:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It was just a question to consider, I'm not saying that it exists for political causes disguised as a charity.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 26th, 2011 @ 10:41pm

    Re: On the Buffett thing...

    Which means he's still paying a higher percentage than me.

    I'd gladly trade place with him and pay his taxes. You wouldn't?

     

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