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The world's top billionaires 2012

Billionaire List Now Includes 1,226 People
128 new billionaires are added to the Forbes' annual list of billionaires, released today. The world's richest have a combined net worth of $4.6 trillion. See who is on the list
2012: New records, new trends

Forbes's first annual list of the world's billionaires, published a quarter-century ago, had 140 names. This year, a record 1,226 billionaires made the list, with a combined net worth of $4.6 trillion, also a record and up from $4.5 trillion in 2011.

Innovation, strong consumer brands and a rebounding U.S. stock market helped produce 128 newcomers to this year's list and brought 17 former members back into the billionaire ranks. Falling stock markets, particularly in China and Russia, were mainly responsible for knocking out 117 individuals.

In addition, 12 members from the 2011 list passed away, including buyout titan Theodore Forstmann and Apple's (AAPL) Steve Jobs, whose widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, takes his spot on the 2012 list.

Overall, 460 billionaires got richer, 441 got poorer and 180 held steady.

This year's billionaires come from 58 countries. The United States remains home to more billionaires than any other nation, with 425, a gain of 12. But only three of the 10 richest hail from the United States, one fewer than last year.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 12:45 PM (0 replies)

Republicans In A Bubble - Bill Maher

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 08:00 AM (0 replies)

Romney and Santorums Greatest Show on earth

This circus looks like it could go ALL THE WAY!!!

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 07:01 AM (0 replies)

Woman Killed by "Homemade Cannon"

Homicide investigators with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department are on the scene of a bizarre death in San Diego's East County.

Deputies say a man called 911 to report his wife may have been killed with a homemade cannon by accident.

Investigators along with U.S. Border Patrol agents responded to Potrero Valley Road around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Two men were working on the cannon outside the home in the Twin Lakes Resort mobile home park when it fired, sending a projectile into the home.


Source: Woman Killed by "Homemade Cannon" | NBC San Diego

Maybe this should be in the gun forum
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 6, 2012, 03:21 PM (19 replies)

Americans Against the Tea Party Face Book

I might have to get a face book account just to join this group.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 6, 2012, 02:45 PM (2 replies)

U.S. A Net Gas Exporter For First Time In Decades - NPR


The U.S. has become a net exporter of gasoline for the first time in fifty years. Thanks to rising production at refineries and declining demand, the United States exported more gasoline than it imported in December. The unusual development reflects the segmented U.S. energy market the East Coast needs to import gas while the Midwest produces a surplus.

Story and transcript here: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/05/147992053/u-s-a-gas-exporter-for-first-time-in-more-than-50-years

Edit to add: DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!!!
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 6, 2012, 08:29 AM (1 replies)

Limbaugh's little bomb threat a publicity stunt?

And why did he call the police? That is a socialist, government agency.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Mar 2, 2012, 05:58 AM (11 replies)

We seem to have a new batch of trolls

I have encountered several low count posters who have demonstrated their true colors.

They do come in swarms, don't they.
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Mar 1, 2012, 10:25 PM (15 replies)

GM May Spend $500M On Employee Bonuses

DETROIT (AP) General Motors is likely to spend more than $500 million on employee bonuses and profit-sharing based on the company's performance last year.

GM, which made a record profit in 2011, will pay bonuses of at least $182 million to white-collar workers such as engineers, car designers and managers on Wednesday, according to a formula obtained by The Associated Press. That's on top of $332.5 million in profit-sharing it already agreed to pay factory workers.

In the past, such payments have drawn criticism from those who believe the government shouldn't have bailed out GM and Chrysler. But GM, which made a record $7.6 billion last year, says the payments are needed to hold on to skilled employees. It's also keeping fixed costs down by giving bonuses instead of annual pay raises.

The bonuses will go to most of the company's 26,000 salaried employees, many of whom make more than $100,000 a year. The bonuses will range from 8 percent of base pay to 14 percent, according to the formula.


The up-side: This is more evidence of the success of the economy and the Presidents bail out.

The down-side: This is only for white collar workers, not the rank and file labor employees. (that is a shame).

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Feb 29, 2012, 12:39 PM (2 replies)

Grapes of Wrath on TCM

Posted by liberal N proud | Sat Feb 25, 2012, 08:48 PM (1 replies)
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