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The Insane Hennessey Venom GT Price Tag

When it comes to expensive cars, one of the first things that people want to know before spending a massive amount of money is how fast the car can go. There is a lot of competition between manufacturers on who can make the fastest car, but the current champion in a lot of speed categories is Hennessey Performance Engineering.

Hennessey’s fastest car is known as the Venom GT, which set the Guinness World Record for the fastest production car to reach 186 miles per hour (or 300 kilometers), hitting the mark in just 13.63 seconds. The Venom GT also set the record for fastest to reach 200 miles per hour, doing it in 17.68 seconds. Not only that, but a couple of different speed trials have found that the Venom GT can reach speeds of more than 270 miles per hour.

That’s a lot of speed, and not a lot of people are able to handle that much in a car…let alone afford it. So how much does the fastest production vehicle in the world cost? Well, hold onto your wallets, because this dream machine will set you back a minimum of $1.2 million.

There are a few different editions of the Venom GT that have reached this price tag. In 2014, Hennessey released the “World’s Fastest Edition” which sold for $1.25 million each, and only three of them were made. There is also a new edition called the F5 coming out in 2016 that will be delivered to customers for $1.2 million with 30 in production.

And that $1.2 million actually won’t get you much in terms of add-ons, as the crazy price tag does not include delivery or any of the additional options. The options that you can get with the Venom GT F5 edition include Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, right hand drive, a carbon fiber finish and even an interior designed by Stefano Ricci or a stereo system that was designed by Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler.

If you get just the stock edition of the Venom GT, you are still getting a V8 twin turbo engine with 1244 bhp with huge 345.30R-20 tires. Stopping also won’t be a problem with Penske coilovers, double A-arm suspension and carbon ceramic rotors. It’s a safe car despite its high speed, and checks in at a surprisingly light 2,743 pounds.

You have to act fast if you want to buy one of the new Venom GT models, as nearly a dozen of them have been sold already, mainly in the Middle East in places like Dubai. Company founder John Hennessey said that “Guys in the Middle East like the best and want to drive the fastest, most exciting cars. And the Venom GT delivers exactly what they are seeking.”

Of course, if you want the stripped down version of the supercar (especially if you don’t plan on setting any speed records), you can do that to. There are five regular Venom GT’s that are produced each year, and each one of them costs $950,000 without the options, taxes or deliveries. There is also a six month waiting period when you order a Venom GT so they can get it customized for each customer.

Basically what the manufacturer is saying is that if you want a Venom GT for 2016 to give as a gift (or keep for yourself), you might already be too late.

We Found Out How Much Facebook Lost During 91 Minutes of Downtime

If you’re the normal everyday person living in 2015 who avoids all sorts of real human contact, you undoubtedly noticed that something was amiss on the Internet. Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder all simultaneously went offline for exactly 91 minutes. Yes, no “Top 10 Cat Butts That Look Like Buddha” popping up in your News Feed, no photographic proof that your cousin went to Starbucks on your Instagram, and certainly no swiping on women who probably wouldn’t actually sleep with you anyways on Tinder. It’s truly amazing how far humanity has advanced.

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Though hacker group “Lizard Squad”, the lovely folks behind the Christmas Day PlayStation Network outage, is claiming responsibility, Facebook is claiming that the problem was caused internally by one of their own engineers. Oh, to be that guy who had to give Mark Zuckerberg a call explaining how he tripped on a wire. The 91 minute outage is the longest outage in the storied history of Facebook (of several short blips over the year), and left desperate users trying to remember their Twitter passwords to have the hashtag #FacebookDown trending Worldwide instantly.

It is rare that websites such as Facebook vanish from the Internet, and with good reason when you consider how much money they lose by even 1 minute of unavailability. When Amazon went offline for a mere 40 minutes in August 2013, it was estimated that they lost out on $4.8 million in sales. That’s a lot of thermal underwear (as of writing on the 27th of January, Amazon’s daily top selling item)! So that got us to wondering, what is the monetary value of 91 minutes of downtime worth to Facebook? Never mind the human capital in engineers who mysteriously disappeared.

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According to Facebook’s last quarterly earning statement, in Q4 2014 the company brought in $2.590 billion in the 91 days spanning October 1st, and December 31st. That’s a staggering $28.46 million per day. That means that for every minute that Facebook is offline they lose $19,764, and for every hour Facebook has to do without an additional $1,185,875 added to their coffers. So for 91 minutes of downtime like we saw on January 26th, Facebook missed out on nearly $1.8 million. Of course every company plans for this, so it is unlikely Mark Zuckerberg is cutting back on his billionaire chic wardrobe of hoodies, and jeans due to this unprecedented outage.

The Eccentric Life of Billionaire Howard Hughes

Mention Howard Hughes, and most people think about the end of the man’s life, about the eccentricities of a billionaire. It’s fair; he was a billionaire, and he was eccentric, but that’s far from the whole story. Hughes had a brilliant mind, and he was inventive. Unfortunately, he also suffered from several physical and psychological conditions that ended up ruining his mind.

Early Life Influences

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Howard Hughes always lived in wealth thanks to a drill bit that his father, Howard Sr., invented for the oil business. Howard Jr., born in 1905, was just a toddler at the time.

As a teenager in the 1920s, he received an allowance of $5,000 a week, and although he never graduated high school, his father bought him a place at Rice University. This treatment likely made Hughes believe that money was easy and that he was entitled to anything he wanted. Yet he also had intelligence to go with his privilege.

When his mother refused to let him have a motorcycle at age 14, he motorized his bicycle. He showed a natural aptitude for physics in high school, but he wasn’t a good student; he soon dropped out of college too. Considering his many later accomplishments, perhaps school just wasn’t challenging enough for him.

His mother’s influence was rather damaging. Concern for her son’s safety led her to instill Hughes’ lifelong obsession over germs. Allene Hughes wasn’t cruel; she was scared. Polio was a real threat when Howard was young, and she became obsessed with protecting him, checking his body daily for disease and controlling what he ate.

She didn’t encourage friendships, and Hughes grew to be a loner. Her influence was so strong that it might have literally paralyzed him. There was a period of a few months during adolescence when he couldn’t walk. The symptoms later disappeared and were probably psychological.

Howard Hughes’ parents died within two years of each other, and he inherited 75 percent of his father’s estate and of Hughes Tool Company when he was only 18 years old. Unable to make decisions as a minor — the age of majority was 21 then — he became a legal adult at age 19 and bought out the rest of his family’s shares in the company. He then hired someone to run the business for him. Continued earnings from the company financed many of Hughes’ business activities.

Hollywood

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In 1925, Howard Hughes moved from Houston to Los Angeles where he financed films before making them himself. His first directorial effort, “Hell’s Angel’s,” showed early signs of Hughes’ excesses and obsession. He bought 87 vintage planes from World War I as well as a blimp just to film it burning. Hughes suffered his first airplane crash during filming, which resulted in a crushed cheekbone. Also, more than one stunt pilot died during filming. There were numerous reshoots, and the film’s final cost of $3.8 million was, in 1930, enormous.

Hughes went on to make “Scarface” and “The Outlaw,” both of which caused trouble with censors. “Scarface” was too violent, and “The Outlaw” dared to show Jane Russell’s cleavage above a low-cut blouse. How times have changed.

In 1948, Hughes bought controlling interest RKO Studios but fired 75 percent of the staff and investigated the political beliefs of the rest during a six-month shutdown. He also stopped production on many films with messages he didn’t like or sent them back for reshoots if the anti-communist message wasn’t clear enough.

Hughes meddled constantly in productions and obsessed over the appearance of female stars. He ended up buying out nearly all other shareholders to avoid their lawsuits and basically ruined the studio. Still, when he sold his studio shares in 1954, he made a $6.5 million profit.

Aviation


Hughes’ interest in airplanes went beyond movie making, and he formed Hughes Aircraft in 1932. Before RKO, he bought controlling interest in Trans World Airlines and helped make it into an international carrier. Yet like RKO, he mismanaged the business and had to sell his shares in the 1960s. He walked away with over $500 million.

Hughes won various government contracts to build planes during World War II but never delivered. He became infamous for the “Spruce Goose,” a wooden behemoth meant to carry troops; it flew once for one mile. Yet Hughes developed two important innovations: retractable landing gear and flat rivets that reduced air drag and increased speed. He personally set several speed records, including a flight around the world. Hughes did a great deal for the aviation industry, but he suffered too.

Acting as a test pilot for his own planes, he crashed twice more. In 1943, an amphibian plane crashed into Lake Mead outside Las Vegas, Nevada, killing an employee and an aviation inspector. Hughes suffered a serious head gash. In 1946, a plane he was testing malfunctioned and crashed into more than one Beverly Hills residence. The plane caught fire and Hughes nearly died. He suffered third-degree burns, numerous broken bones and a collapsed lung. His crushed chest caused his heart to shift to the right side of his body.

Yet Hughes didn’t stop working. During his hospital stay, he designed a push-button bed to help burn victims move around, which led to today’s modern hospital beds. While doctors called Hughes’ recovery miraculous, he attributed it to fresh-squeezed orange juice, juice that he insisted on watching someone squeeze for him or he wouldn’t drink it. However, the injuries led to constant pain and long-term dependence on painkillers, including codeine and morphine.

Physical and Psychological Illness

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Multiple airplane crashes, deaths occurring as a result of his work, multiple head traumas and continuous pain would send anyone off the deep end, but Hughes also had the early loss of both parents, the damaging effects of his mother’s paranoia and an enormous amount of responsibility while still a teenager. His eventual mental decline isn’t that surprising.

In addition, several reports state that Hughes contracted syphilis in his younger days; he was certainly a notorious womanizer, even while married, and some say he also had affairs with men. Hughes received penicillin treatments for the disease, but it continued to affect him neurologically and caused dementia. Additional reports state that he suffered from allodynia, a condition that causes pain with even the lightest touch.

Hughes developed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) fairly early. Well before he became a recluse, he would use several tissues to open doors or handle the telephone, and he couldn’t bear to see dirt or stains on other peoples’ clothes. He burned his own clothes at times to avoid germs, and he was obsessed with peas, often arranging them by size.

Seclusion

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Howard Hughes was never comfortable in the spotlight, but after his 1946 crash, he isolated himself even more. Late in 1947, he entered a screening room in California and stayed there for over four months, watching movies and consuming only chicken, chocolate and milk. He used empty bottles and food containers to relieve himself.

Hughes began writing memos to his aides filled with exact details about how they should interact with him. He created what he called a “germ-free zone” where he could safely sit, yet he didn’t take care of himself. Hughes finally left the screening room in early 1948, emerging dirty and ragged in appearance. His allodynia might explain why he spent long periods of time naked and also why he didn’t bathe, cut his hair or trim his nails.

He then moved to the Beverly Hills Hotel. While he didn’t isolate himself as deeply as before, he continued obsessive behaviors with a germ-free zone and watching movies naked. Yet many people with chronic pain do watch movies to distract themselves.

In 1956, Hughes hired former FBI agent Robert Maheu to spy on girlfriends and business rivals; he also dealt with blackmailers. Maheu eventually became Hughes’ surrogate so that Hughes didn’t have to go out in public. However, Mahue didn’t meet Hughes. All their business took place by phone.

Las Vegas

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The most infamous period of Howard Hughes’ life began in late November of 1966 in Las Vegas. Wanting to escape California state taxes, Hughes took a private train to the city and moved into the Desert Inn, renting the entire top two floors. Hotel management wanted him gone after 10 days to prepare for high rollers booked for New Year’s Eve; Hughes refused. He eventually bought the hotel so he could stay longer.

The billionaire had a plan. He wanted to rid Las Vegas of mob presence, and he bought several other hotels that they owned. Hughes helped make Las Vegas into a legitimate place to do business, but his motives weren’t entirely selfless; income from hotels was taxed at a lower rate than investment income, which benefited him. Meanwhile, city officials broke rules for Hughes, granting operational licenses despite his refusal to disclose his finances or to be fingerprinted or photographed.

Hughes’ eccentricities reached full bloom during his years in Las Vegas. He bought a television station so that he could program the movies he wanted to watch. If he missed some scenes, he made the station replay them. He tried to influence local politics with generous and diverse campaign contributions, hoping to repeal sales tax and stop school integration.

Hughes wanted to cancel a tennis tournament featuring Arthur Ashe because he feared his hotel would face “hordes of Negroes.” He was also suspicious of civil rights legislation, but his dislike of African Americans was a phobia more than racism; he witnessed terrible race riots as a child that resulted in multiple deaths.

Additional control attempts included wanting city engineers to consult with him before realigning streets; wanting to outlaw rock festivals in the county; and wanting to prohibit entertainers from communist countries from performing in Las Vegas.

Hughes objected to projects designed to bring water in from Lake Meade to help the city, blatantly revealing his germ phobia. He claimed that the city put sewage into the lake and then barely cleaned it, just having “turds removed by a strainer.” Hughes didn’t drink the water himself but was concerned about his hotel patrons. He was unsuccessful with all these efforts.

Mormon Mafia

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During these years, few people actually saw Howard Hughes except for his staff of mostly Mormon aides, known as his “Mormon Mafia.” Hughes delivered more rules in memos, including how many tissues to use when carrying anything to or from his rooms; how many times aides needed to wash their hands; and how to wash a can of peaches before opening it.

His quirky food demands included getting Baskin-Robbins to make a discontinued ice cream flavor for him, in a minimum-allowable order of 200 gallons, only to change his mind after it arrived. The aides occasionally fed Hughes, and they also regularly gave him drugs.

When Hughes left Las Vegas in 1970, his rooms had never been cleaned, and the drapes had never been opened. His aides carried him out and put him on a private plane.

Final Years

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Hughes lived in hotels in the Bahamas, Nicaragua and Mexico during his last years. In 1972, he sold Hughes Tool Company. In 1973, he cleaned up briefly and went flying again in England. Unfortunately, he suffered a fall and had to go back on painkillers. He declined sharply then, becoming the caricature many remember with long hair, long fingernails and skeletal body.

In 1976, in Acapulco, Mexico, aides found him unconscious and put him on a plane to Houston. He died of kidney failure during the flight; however, malnutrition, dehydration and the discovery of broken needles in his arms likely played a part. His longtime assistant, Maheu, expressed bitterness towards Hughes’ aides, calling their neglect a weapon that killed him.

Many false wills surfaced following Hughes’ death, claiming rights to his estate. The courts never found a legitimate will, and more than $2 billion went equally to several cousins. These days, most people remember Howard Hughes only for his eccentricities. Many things contributed to his poor mental state, but he was once a brilliant innovator.

Is $20,000 a Month Enough of a Holiday Budget? Not According to One Ex-Beauty Queen

pauline-chaiIn early 2015, a woman was formally denied what judges, news organizations and sane people all over the world decried as an insanely exorbitant divorce settlement. According to the Daily Mail, Pauline Chai, the 1969 winner of the Miss Malaysia title, is in the midst of a heated dispute with her former husband, Dr. Khoo Kay Peng.

At the heart of the divorce claim lies the fact that Ms. Chai asked for various monetary awards, including $130,000 (USD) each month for “maintenance” and $225,000 each year for vacations! What kinds of vacations require hundreds of thousands of dollars annually? The ex-beauty queen, currently 67, seems to favour flying first class and being chauffeured between her stays at five-star accommodations. Of course, it’s understandable that such behaviour could run up a bill, and if we had that much to spend on holidays, we’d probably do much the same.

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Unfortunately for Ms. Chai, her estranged husband seems to have taken issue with her love of living in high style. Dr. Khoo, 76, may have stashed away quite a nice chunk of change while serving as the non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings, but that doesn’t mean he wants to part with any of his wealth. He argued that the settlement case, which involves assets like a sprawling English manse in the Hertfordshire countryside, should be heard in Malaysian courts. It’s unclear, however, whether the couple held joint ownership of any Malaysian properties that might necessitate such hearings.

Dr-Khoo-Kay-PengAccording to reports, it was Dr. Khoo’s belief that the English courts his wife favoured would simply be too generous. As it turns out, however, Ms. Chai’s push to have the claims heard before UK officials could work against her: An English judge agreed that the settlement sums she demanded were excessive.

High Court Justice Roberts noted that the divorce claims were far from frugal and that the beauty queen probably wouldn’t even spend as much as she asked for. She also pointed out potential discrepancies in the woman’s justifications for her legal action. For instance, although Ms. Chai said she was making sacrifices like cutting her own hair instead of visiting her customary London hairdresser, she spent almost $1.5 million on “living expenses and outgoings” during the 11-month period ending in February 2014.

It’s also notable that even after the judge’s intervention, Ms. Chai will still receive payments of about $67,000 each month. She was also awarded a lump sum of $2.7 million in the middle of 2013, although it’s unclear how much of this money remains unspent.

So will this settlement mark the final end of a 42-year marriage that resulted in five children? While it’s certainly unlikely that the pair will reclaim their lost love and get back together, this may not be the end of the case itself. News sources implied that Ms. Chai still plans on fighting, and it’s unclear how much of the approximated $300 million family fortune will get swallowed up in legal scuffles.

From Gas Jockey to an $8 Billion Dollar Fortune, How Jim Pattison Did It

Jim PattisonThe story of multi-billionaire Jim Pattison is as inspiring a tale of bootstrapping rags to riches as any you’re likely to read these days. It would be easy to say Pattison just got lucky. However, if you take a closer look at the path his career took, it’s clear that a combination of persistence, strong work ethic, and natural sales talent enabled Pattison to seize opportunities when they came and make himself a fortune, time and time again.

Born in Saskatoon and raised in East Vancouver, Pattison displayed a knack for making money from an early age. His first paying gig was actually as a trumpet player in a kids summer camp, but it seems that his heart wasn’t in music. Rather, playing trumpet was just one of a stream of odd jobs he held growing up, which ranged from the typical newspaper delivery boy to hotel bellhop, fruit picker, door-to-door seller of seeds in his neighborhood, and parking lot entrepreneur hawking doughnuts at his high school. This last job was a sign of things to come. But first, upon completing high school, Pattison chose to forego higher education and work a variety of labor-intensive jobs, including in a cannery and on bridge building projects. A stint as a restaurant car attendant on the Canadian Pacific Railway followed, then a gig at a gas station with an attached used car lot. Pattison’s duties were supposed to be limited to washing cars at the gas station. However, the normal used car lot salesman was absent one day. Seeing an opportunity, Pattison jumped in as substitute salesman and sold his first car the same day. The rest, you could say, is history.

Pattison’s early success at the gas station lot led him to a summer job at one of the biggest used car dealerships in Vancouver, as well as gaining him a crucial connection with the General Motors company. He used the money he earned to study business at the University of British Columbia, but left school three courses short of a degree. As it turned out, degree or not, Pattison was more than ready to take the used car business by storm. With uncanny skills of persuasion, he managed to talk a bank manager into giving him a loan over eight times the official limit and, through that handy connection to General Motors, used it to open his own Pontiac dealership on the very same street where he had attended elementary school (and possibly sold seeds) as a kid. Within twenty-five years, Pattison was the biggest seller of automobiles in all of Western Canada.

used-car-sale-dominationPattison hardly intended to stop at domination of the used car world. He quickly invested his new fortune in a supermarket chain, radio and print media companies, and advertising firms. In the following decades, he expanded to include fishing, shipping, and finance companies. He held ownership of the Vancouver Blazers hockey team. As if all that wasn’t enough, he also chaired Vancouver’s 1986 Worlds Fair, working full time and uncompensated for five years to make it one of the most highly regarded Worlds Fairs to date. Later, Pattison assisted the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Committee. In a touch of whimsy, Pattison also acquired the companies Ripley’s Believe It or Not! as well as Guinness World Records. Speaking of records, Pattison’s company is now the biggest privately held company in Canada, and Pattison himself is the wealthiest Canadian person.

Even in his late eighties, Jim Pattison shows little sign of slowing down. He recently acquired over 11% of the outstanding shares of Just Energy Group, an international electricity and natural gas reseller. Pattison is also very active in philanthropy, donating millions to the Vancouver Hospital Foundation and other organizations. Naturally, he holds many official honors, including membership in the Order of British Columbia and Officer of the Order of Canada. Far more impressive than titles is that fact that, as stated in the Globe and Mail, Pattison has given away 10% of his income for many years–an inspiring gesture, yet unsurprising from a man whose inspiration and dedication helped him work his way to the top of the world. Pattison’s life demonstrates that for those willing to work hard and fulfill their natural potential, the sky’s the limit.

Couple Earning $450,000 Per Year Struggles to Get By

broken-piggy-bankA Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada couple maintains that they are struggling to make ends meet on a combined annual income of $450,000. Before you start crying buckets of tears for them, keep reading because it gets better.

Eric and Ilsa are married and have five children. The ages of their children range from infancy to 9 years. Eric is a 42-year-old physician that has two part-time jobs. He works one day a week at a medical clinic, and he also works one day a week lecturing a class at a local university. He knows that he could earn a lot more money as a physician, but his true love in life is teaching.

Ilsa is a 39-year-old dentist. She is currently on maternity leave; however, she’ll be returning to work shortly. Ilsa has to go back to work soon because three of her five children attend private school, which costs the couple a whopping $5400 per month.

They live in a relative’s house free of charge; however, they do pay the property tax on the home. Unfortunately, they can’t stay. You see, their relatives have decided to sell the property. Apparently, they think Eric is no longer sponge-worthy, so they want their home equity in the bank. Nevertheless, after they notified him that he would get the boot, Eric bought a $1.1 million dollar building lot. He wants to build a house that’s big enough for his family and a live-in nanny, which are the concerns of every struggling family, right?

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Eric and Ilsa’s current monthly expenditures are as follows:

  • Mortgage $3,800
  • Property tax for both properties $1,000
  • Utilities $490
  • Insurance $90
  • Maintenance/garden $190
  • Transportation $800
  • Groceries: $2,000
  • Clothing $520
  • Children’s activities $1,000
  • Tuition $5,400
  • Summer camp $600
  • Child care $2,800
  • Charitable gifts $320
  • Vacation/travel $2,000
  • Dining/entertainment $200
  • Sports and hobbies $200
  • Miscellaneous $400
  • Health insurance $50
  • Cellphones $220
  • Internet service $80
  • RRSP $3,000
  • Professional associations $500

Total: $25,660

Eric and Ilsa have become resigned to the fact that they are not doing very well financially, and they just don’t understand why. The mortgage payment on the building lot seems to be taking a large chunk out of their monthly income, but they feel they should be able to afford it without struggling. Don’t bother to gasp; everyone who has ever heard this story has already done it for you. Instead, let’s review several of Eric and Ilsa’s special problems, shall we?

The house, which will go on the newly purchased building lot, will cost an additional $1 million. Of course, since Eric admitted that he only has $6,000 in his savings account, he’ll have to borrow the money. Borrowing more money is the perfect response to this whole financial nightmare, isn’t it? Hang in there; it gets even better.

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Somehow, one of their parents heard about the couple’s failure to procure another $1 million in debt, so mom and dad are going to save the day by offering to extend Eric and Ilsa the credit to build their new home. In order to give them the money they need, they are going to mortgage their own property. Eric is not sure how he will be able to afford the payments because he and Ilsa are in the red each month.

It seems as though Eric and Ilsa have made some bad financial decisions. Currently, they admit to spending $660 per month over their combined monthly income. By the way, do they still teach math to doctors and dentists?

Neither of them have a life insurance policy. Therefore, if one of them should meet with an untimely death, the other would have an enormous financial burden placed on their shoulders. This probably isn’t a big concern for Eric because he is still relatively young. It’s unlikely that he’s experiencing visions of dramatically clutching his chest and having a stroke while waxing philosophical at the lectern. Still, if he should die, who will pay for the $2000 per month vacation expenses? Where will Ilsa get the $2800 per month for the live-in nanny?

The couple believes the $2 million dollar home they want is modest. They also believe that they should be able to afford it on the income they are earning.

Eric and Ilsa are currently seeking advice to solve their financial debacle. Amid all the struggling and scratching their way up from oppression, maybe they can find the strength to figure this whole thing out on their own before someone loses an eye!

The Celebrity Guests of Convicted Pedophile Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s Slave Island

At some point in his life, Jeffrey Epstein acquired enough money to buy his own private island. The island is known as Little St. James, and Epstein allegedly decided to turn it into a slave run day spa for his fabulously rich and famous friends. Recent news reports reveal a sordid tale of underage girls who were being shipped to the island to quell the perverted compulsions of the elite. Allegedly, the guest list of the island includes Bill Clinton, Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew of Britain. A flight log and a little black book with the names of the rich and famous guests are in existence, and they’ve been offered as evidence in a recent court case involving allegations against Epstein and his friends.

The Egg Man

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Jeffrey Epstein is a 61-year-old former banker from Brooklyn. He is a billionaire jet setter who trades his time between Paris, rural New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Palm Beach, Florida. He attended both the Dalton School and New York University. He once worked for the former Wall Street legal theft ring known as Bear Stearns. Eventually, he went on to open his own financial firm in 1982. Obviously, he did quite well; however, with all of Epstein’s accomplishments, the cute little teenagers on his island know him best for his egg shaped member.

Although the thought of an aging billionaire who allegedly enjoys the enslavement of high school girls may be disgusting, Clinton, Dershowitz and the Prince didn’t mind palling around with him. In fact, it has been alleged that they saw him frequently.

Apart from Bill Clinton, it’s curious as to why anyone would want to potentially ruin their reputation by partaking in a wealthy pervert’s wet dream of Xanadu. However, the friendships weren’t just about relations with underage teens; many of them involved Epstein’s money. In particular, the men wanted very large donations from Epstein. The girls were just a way to pass the time while haggling over the size of the checks. For instance, Dershowitz asked Epstein to contribute $50 million to Harvard. Epstein did indeed pledge a large donation to Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, but he only pledged $30 million. It’s been alleged that Dershowitz didn’t spend enough on Epstein’s Lolitas.

Dershowitz has stated that he has always been loyal to his loving wife of 28 years. He says that she goes everywhere with him. He claims that he doesn’t even argue a court case without her being by his side. He also says that he knows nothing about Epstein’s slave girls. He maintains that he traveled once to Florida and once to New Mexico to see Epstein. However, according to the flight logs, Dershowitz accompanied Epstein on a flight from Florida to New Jersey as far back as 1997 that included a number of women. The flight log shows that Epstein and Dershowitz flew with one unidentified female and three additional females whose names were recorded as Claire, Hazel and Maxwell. Another flight log shows that Dershowitz was on a flight with Epstein from Massachusetts to New Jersey in 1998. The log of a flight from Massachusetts to Montreal shows that Dershowitz was traveling with Epstein, a woman named Tatianna and several others. The one thing the logs fail to show is that Dershowitz’s wife traveled with him on any of these flights.

Bill Clinton accepted a large donation from Epstein for his charitable foundation, which promotes global health and wellness. It’s been alleged that Clinton once requested that Epstein make his plane available for a weeklong tour of Africa to fight poverty and AIDS. Also on the tour were Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, billionaire Ron Burkle and a few others. The flight log also shows that a woman named Chauntae Davies joined the entourage for five days. The name Chauntae Davies appears in papers discovered by an investigation into Epstein’s island. Davies is one of 27 females listed in Epstein’s little black book under a list of massage services in California. It’s one of six other lists for massage girls that Epstein kept in various locations. There are 160 names on these lists, and many of the girls listed were underage at the time they were made. The little black book contains 21 email addresses that allegedly belong to Clinton and one of his aides. Both Dershowitz and Clinton unabashedly deny ever having anything to do with Epstein’s girls.

Bill Clinton cut off all communication with Epstein when rumors of his inappropriate and illegal behavior began to surface in the media. Considering the buffoonery occurring during his presidency, it’s not shocking that he wanted to avoid the exposure of being known as a connoisseur of underage companions. As it turns out, it was wise for Clinton to disassociate himself from the friendship because the future proved to be less than bright for Epstein.

Arrest and Trial

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In 2008, Epstein was arrested for soliciting an underage prostitute in Palm Beach, Florida. He is currently a registered sex offender after pleading guilty to the charges. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail, which is a minimal sentence for a crime of this nature because there was irrefutable evidence against him. What’s even more appalling is that he ended up serving only 13 months of his sentence in the local Palm Beach jail where the warden permitted him to leave the premises for up to 16 hours at a time. Essentially, he just slept there, and he probably had his egg dipped when it was out of its nest. He must’ve also gotten great legal advice during his trial. Of course, early on, Dershowitz was one of his attorneys. However, it’s a good thing he decided to plead guilty because the information that has surfaced in the media about the stance his attorneys considered taking in the case is frightening.

To assist Epstein in the case against him, Dershowitz initially wanted to discredit his accuser by scouring her social media profile for evidence that she consumed drugs and drank alcohol. Dershowitz was attempting the idiotic comparison that if a high school girl becomes addicted to drugs and resorts to prostitution to feed her habit, Epstein should be able to sleep with her for money.

Prior to his arrest and conviction for soliciting the underage prostitute, Epstein settled dozens of out-of-court cases involving young females who have accused him of prostituting them to his friends and clients.

Epstein’s criminal behavior and lawsuit settlements are fueling much speculation as to whether he may have attempted to blackmail some of his powerful friends who were frequent visitors of the island. After all, settling all of those lawsuits, and getting out of jail for 16 hours a day may have cost him a bundle; a few threats of exposure certainly would help to replenish his accounts.

Recent Allegations

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Alan Dershowitz is a 76-year-old attorney and a retired Harvard professor. He is both a personal friend and a legal counselor to Epstein. He is also a staunch supporter of the State of Israel, and he consistently defends the Israeli government’s harsh policies toward the Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank. He holds these issues close to his moralistic heart. On the surface, he appears to be an altruistic, spiritual giant to those who support Israel. This is probably why many have been shocked to learn that Dershowitz’s name appears in recent accusations associated with Epstein and his slave island. Court documents have revealed that one of Epstein’s girls made fairly detailed allegations against Epstein and his friends. However, her primary accusations are as follows:

  • When she was underage, Epstein forced her to have physical relations with both Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz in several different locations.
  • Dershowitz witnessed Epstein coercing other underage girls into having intercourse with him.
  • While he was advising Epstein, Dershowitz designed an agreement for his clients to sign, which would grant full immunity from any future prosecution of himself or his friends.

Obviously, it’s hard to bridge the gap between hero for the cause of Israel and pimp daddy’s lawyer, but let’s not forget the fact that Dershowitz was a legal consultant for O.J. Simpson during his double murder trial in the 1990s. He also profited from a book deal about the case. Of course, Dershowitz continues to deny the allegations against him, and he has accused the alleged victim of being a serial liar. He believes this entire case has been made up to get him to part with his money. Additionally, he has threatened to file disbarment charges against her attorneys. It’s highly doubtful that the woman’s attorneys are nervous about being disbarred. This is especially true considering the guy who appears on multiple flight logs for Epstein’s Lolita plane would be filing the charges.

Prince Andrew has also publicly denied the allegations that he has had any contact with one of Epstein’s underage girls. The woman says that Andrew’s public statement on the matter is false, and she hopes that her attorneys can question him under oath. Even though Andrew has denied the allegations stemming from this tawdry scandal, sources say that The Queen was not amused.