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Billionaire Blastoff: Rich riding own rockets into space

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Idiots!!

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Narcissists fighting for the spotlight. The orange one must be so jealous!

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What goes up, must come down. Two egomaniacs, flying high, to the edge of space, but not far enough. A one way trip to Mars with their fellow megalomaniac Musk, is hopefully offering in the future.

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There was a crowd funding campaign in the UK to not let Richard Branson re-enter!

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Branson lives on his private island, not the UK.

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At least Musk actually has a vision and results to back it up. Musk has an erratic, arrogant personality but I would bet my money on him to actually change the world and beyond. Bezos and Branson are just attention seekers

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Musk sold all his homes and belongings and now lives in a trailer on the tesla site

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Ego's....

Money and fools are soon parted.

My Granny constantly drilled that into me from childhood.

Branson’s flight will be longer, but Bezos’ will be higher.

Branson’s craft has more windows, but Bezos’ windows are bigger.

Both fail to full comprehend the reality's of life in the here and now on terra-firma, a devastating pandemic, a so called climate crisis, third world poverty.

Both want to wallow in an ego driven space race that has no logical meaning.

Branson is nothing more that a tax avoider.

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Remember Toru Muranishi lost his everything when he focused too much to the satellite thing. That's what might happen to these guys.

But Branson is loved by majority of British public. They have been wanting the National Lottery to be controlled by him as well but Camelot will never give anyone the chance.

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I have no issues at all with any of them doing whatever they please, but please, please tell us how the toilet situation works. It is hard enough to find a clean private toilet around the world yet these guys are confined to space suits.

I can tell you some good stories about umbrellas...

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Zichi...

Branson lives on his private island, not the UK.

The crowd funding in the UK was British humor.

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They should both try to get to Mars before Musk-keep on going!

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Mr KiplingToday  01:37 pm JST

There was a crowd funding campaign in the UK to not let Richard Branson re-enter!

zichiToday  02:07 pm JST

Branson lives on his private island, not the UK.

So that means he is outside the UK, so he would be re-entering the UK on his next visit there.

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Rich people like Branson, Mick Jagger are only allowed to enter the UK for a maximum of 60 days per year unless they want to pay taxes. They are tax exiles. Didn't stop Branson from taking taxpayer money for his Virgin company during the pandemic.

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Mr KiplingToday  01:37 pm JST

There was a crowd funding campaign in the UK to not let Richard Branson re-enter!

zichiToday  10:13 pm JST

Rich people like Branson, Mick Jagger are only allowed to enter the UK for a maximum of 60 days per year unless they want to pay taxes. 

Ok, but Branson would be re-entering the UK regardless of how long he would stay there, which is what me and Mr Kipling are discussing.

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Ok, but Branson would be re-entering the UK regardless of how long he would stay there, which is what me and Mr Kipling are discussing.

you might, but Mr Kipling, has stated by him, was just a joke. He’s discussing zero. Branson is a tax exile. He suggested keeping Branson out forever.

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zichiToday  10:52 pm JST

you might, but Mr Kipling, has stated by him, was just a joke. He’s discussing zero. Branson is a tax exile. He suggested keeping Branson out forever.

No, we both are discussing re-entering. Mr K never wrote 'forever'.

And the tax exile comment is totally irrelevant to Branson re-entering the UK.

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I guess you don't understand British humour.

Mr Kipling

"There was a crowd funding campaign in the UK to not let Richard Branson re-enter!"

That means forever. 

You are the only bread roll discussing anything?

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zichiToday  11:27 pm JST

I guess you don't understand British humour.

Really? Because you say so?

How does the below response show an understanding of British humor?

zichiToday  02:07 pm JST

Branson lives on his private island, not the UK.

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They are not going into space, they are going up high then floating back down.

It's an "I did it!" brag for the rich crowd.

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@Gaijinjland.... Musk is changing the world alright, but non for the better. He's tapped into the crowd of 'look at me and how good I can feel about myself at your expense' lemmings, which are in fact, the problem, not the solution. Lithium mining is changing the world of lives and our environment in ways which decades of fossil fuel consumption has... in a cosmic comparative matter of days. Musk is the problem.

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Musk is changing the world alright, but non for the better. He's tapped into the crowd of 'look at me and how good I can feel about myself at your expense' lemmings, which are in fact, the problem, not the solution. Lithium mining is changing the world of lives and our environment in ways which decades of fossil fuel consumption has... in a cosmic comparative matter of days. Musk is the problem.

I call this the Bill Gates effect, whereby rich person does something counter to what the other rich people do by actually trying to support humanity, and people call them the devil.

The greatest thing about the internet is that it gave everyone a voice. The worst thing about the internet is that it gave everyone a voice.

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This is great that they are doing this.

Thank you Richard and Jeff!

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Bezos and Branson, two men not paying their share of taxes.

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The tax authorities in the US and UK would seize their assets if they really were not paying their share of taxes.

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Jeff Bezos paid a true tax rate of 0.98% but his wealth has increased to $212 billion. The super-rich knows how to avoid paying taxes.

Branson has paid no UK income tax since moving to the tax-free British Virgin Islands 14 years ago. 

Need new capital gains tax and wealth tax.

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zichiToday  09:07 am JST

Jeff Bezos paid a true tax rate of 0.98% but his wealth has increased to $212 billion. The super-rich knows how to avoid paying taxes.

Branson has paid no UK income tax since moving to the tax-free British Virgin Islands 14 years ago. 

Need new capital gains tax and wealth tax.

If they did something illegal, they should pay. Otherwise, let's be thankful for the thousands of jobs they created, and taxpayers that derive from that.

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Otherwise, let's be thankful for the thousands of jobs they created, and taxpayers that derive from that.

Ahh yes. Amazon workers who are paid below-poverty wages and wear diapers because they don’t get bathroom breaks. And even if they did, the bathrooms can be more than half a mile away, depending on where in the warehouse you work.

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3 ego maniacs with extortionate wealth and a longing to go into space.

Please stay there.

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These two heroes must be grateful to Donald Trump for making this happen.

"There was grass growing in the cracks of the runway. There were all broken-up runaways. There was grass growing through those cracks. And it's now a vibrant, incredible place," Trump said of NASA, adding: "That was a closed, dead field, and I'm very, very proud of the Space Force."

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How much CO2 are these idiots dumping into the atmosphere for their joy rides?

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How much CO2 are these idiots dumping into the atmosphere for their joy rides?

And it's not just them. It's your average Joe too in his Tesla too. There is no shortage of hypocrites in this world.

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