… “The master bedroom is generously proportioned, with an awesome bay window where you can just stand, arms crossed, for hours on end, making your neighbors super super nervous while they parallel park.”
Billionaires are buying houses in New Zealand – either because it’s an incredible, unspoiled paradise, or because global civilization is on the brink of utter collapse. Maybe both.
One of the highest profile New Zealand preppers is Peter Thiel, the Paypal cofounder who bankrupted Gawker and reportedly wants to inject himself with the blood of young people. (Definitely the kind of guy whose example you should be following.) According to reports, Thiel owns two properties in New Zealand. The first is a sprawling, 477-acre estate in the country’s Southern Alps (the area where “Lord of the Rings” was filmed; note that Thiel is a known JRR Tolkien obsessive who’s named several of his companies after Tolkien characters), for which he paid $10 million. … BILLIONAIRES ARE BUILDING LAVISH COMPOUNDS TO PREPARE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
After Victor Gruen fled war-torn Europe in 1938, he landed in New York with eight dollars in his pocket. Within 15 years, he’d completely reinvented American commerce. How? He not only invented the mall, he pioneered the whole suite of psychological tricks that retailers use to trick you into browsing and buying more. Next time you go to Whole Foods for a half gallon of milk and end up spending eighty dollars on cheese and sparkling grape juice, blame Victor Gruen. … THIS SOCIALIST WW2 REFUGEE IS THE REASON YOU BUY TOO MUCH STUFF AT WHOLE FOODS
… “Further on is a family room, for all your familyin’, and a media room, which is a nice way of saying, “this is where you’re going to spend most of your weekends, curled up under a filthy fleece blanket and watching pirated episodes of ‘Golden Girls.’” The media room opens onto a nice little balcony, so you can go out there and have a cigarette and decompress after that super-intense episode where Blanche’s ex husband visits and almost tears the girl-clique apart.”