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Old 12-24-2017, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default The wealthy and their toys

I see this a lot. A wealthy doctor or a lawyer buys a small plane because he can, and either it's too much for an inexperienced pilot to handle safely or he does something he had no business doing.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/24/us/flo...ash/index.html
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Old 12-25-2017, 05:00 PM   #2
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I also read about the wealthy freezing on Mount Everest, being eaten by crocodiles in Australia, being murdered by pirates off Somalia, and so on.

I think they believe their money can protect them from anything.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:17 PM   #3
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A Cessna 280 with 12 people on board crashes in Costa Rica.

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Old 01-28-2018, 02:43 PM   #5
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A GoFundMe page? Is that for real?

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Old 07-07-2018, 03:15 PM   #6
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They could afford to do this "look at me" shit full-time instead of working for a living. Then they get themselves killed in one of their stunts and need your help to pay for their funerals.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/6/17...-megan-scraper
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If you can afford to set your kid up with a trust fund so that he can do bullshit like this instead of working, then you should be ashamed to ask for the public's help to pay for his funeral. But of course the rich are not at all ashamed to do that.
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Getting killed on a zipline while on a cruise to Honduras is not something that happens to poor people.

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Though it doesn't require that you be fabulously wealthy, either. Many people take what amounts to once-in-a-lifetime excursions on the event of their honeymoon, even if they couldn't normally afford such a thing.

I've no idea what the financial status of this couple was, of course. But to me it really doesn't matter. This wasn't a case of rich people doing something stupidly dangerous, it was newlyweds on a tourist jaunt gone horribly wrong. Zipline excursions aren't usually deadly. They have my sympathy, whether or not they are far wealthier than I am.
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Of course those two deserve sympathy.

But many of the people who are crossing the southern border of the United States have walked all the way from Central America, and it's because that place is intolerable to live in.

Only someone whose affluence has lulled him into a false sense of security thinks Honduras is a safe place to ride a zipline, or to do anything else for that matter.
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I'd wager that, like many other countries that suck to live in, it is still actually quite safe statistically for tourists, so long as they stick to tourist-centered destinations.

It is when the tourists decide that they are just so awesome that they should be able to do whatever they want, ignoring any warnings or guidelines provided by the tourism industry (that has a vested interest in keeping tourists safe), that bad stuff usually happens.

That's when my sympathy wanes, too, but this doesn't sound like one of those situations to me. I could be wrong, though.
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They could afford to do this "look at me" shit full-time instead of working for a living. Then they get themselves killed in one of their stunts and need your help to pay for their funerals.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/6/17...-megan-scraper
This is just irresponsible, though. I mean sure, go ahead and live your life the way you want (though actually breaking the law to do it is a bad thing, IMHO), but you've got to be prepared to face the consequences if you choose to do high risk stuff (and in my mind that also means you should carry insurance to cover your funeral expenses without begging the public for money).
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Exactly what is an "Instagram model?"

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