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Titanic again?

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    A billionair who does not know what to do with his money came up with the following ( poor silly guy)

    NEW YORK (AP) — What could possibly go wrong?

    An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016.

    Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship's namesake Tuesday at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. He said construction is scheduled to start soon in China.

    Palmer said 40,000 people have expressed interest in tickets for the maiden voyage, taking the original course from Southampton, England, to New York. He said people are inspired by his quest to replicate one of the most famous vessels in history.

    "We all live on this planet, we all breathe the same air and, of course, the Titanic is about the things we've got in common," he said. "It links three continents."

    The original Titanic was the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner when it hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on April 15, 1912. Only 700 people of the more than 2,200 on board survived the most famous maritime disaster in history, partly because there were not enough lifeboats to carry everyone.

    Palmer said an unknown when the original ship sailed — climate change — may play into a positive for the new ship's fate.

    "One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn't been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days," Palmer said.

    Passengers on board the replica will dress in the fashion of that period and eat dishes from the original menu, in dining rooms copied from the ill-fated predecessor.

    Joining Palmer on Tuesday was Helen Benziger, the great granddaughter of Titanic survivor Margaret "Molly" Brown. Benziger, who agreed to serve on the advisory board for the Titanic II, said her great grandmother, who died in 1932, would have loved to see the Titanic rebuilt and complete the journey it never got to finish.

    In what some may consider a temptation of fate for a remake of a notoriously "unsinkable" ship that sank, a representative of the Finnish designer of the Titanic II said it will be the "safest cruise ship in the world."

    Markku Kanerva, director of sales for marine design company Deltamarin said that while the vessel is modeled after the legendary liner — the diesel-powered ship will even have four decorative smoke stacks mimicking the coal-powered originals — it will meet modern navigation and safety requirements.

    In addition, plans call for a new "safety deck" featuring state-of-the-art lifeboats, safety chutes and slides. The new ship will also have amenities unknown a century ago, like air conditioning.

    Palmer, who is funding construction of the ship himself, built his fortune in real estate and coal. Australia's BRW magazine estimated his net worth last year at $4 billion, although Forbes puts it at $895 million.

    "I want to spend the money I've got before I die," he said. "You might as well spend it, not leave it to the kids to spend, there will be enough left for them anyway."

    Note: I guess he has never heard of poor people who like to live a bit too in this world.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I don't know if it's his gargantuan ego, his desire to be recognized as a entrepreneur, or possibly even his wanting his children to learn to make it on their own, that is driving this re-creation effort, but I feel that it it HIS money and he can do with it as he pleases. He admits that he is not spending his ENTIRE fortune, so they should be more than happy that he has not forsaken them. My own children abandoned me when I divorced their mother, and I am leaving the most of what small amount exists in my estate to my wife's children, who have honored me with their love and respect. Like this man, I have not forgotten my own children, and they will receive something from me, but definitely a lesser amount.
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    Icebergs ain't the issue. Still waiting for one of these over size, poorly ran, cruise ships to take a hit from a rogue wave.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    michaels39301 Wrote: I don't know if it his gargantuan ego, his desire to be recognized as a entrepreneur, or possibly even his wanting his children to learn to make it on their own, that is driving this re-creation effort, but I feel that it it HIS money and he can do with it as he pleases. He admits that he is not spending his ENTIRE fortune, so they should be more than happy that he has not forsaken them. My own children abandoned me when I divorced their mother, and I am leaving the most of what small amount exists in my estate to my wife's children, who have honored me with their love and respect. Like this man, I have not forgotten my own children, and they will receive something from me, but definitely a lesser amount.
    michaels; look at my last line; then you know what I mean.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I see what you mean Dutch, I only said what I did because he is enjoying his own money and still giving a significant balance of it to his own kids. That does not make him wrong because he did not give to the poor at the time of his death. He may have done that while he was still alive. Only he knows that, and maybe his accountant and tax man too, but it is really no one else's business. I haven't made provisions in my will for charity, and I sure hope no one thinks or says that this means that I have disregarded the poor in my lifetime.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    michaels you are right he is enjoying his own money. There may be better things to spend money on, but also much worse things to spend your money on, and do we know that he does not give away some money to charity? Maybe he has given away lots of money to the poor already, maybe not, but it is his money and if he earned it honestly and paid his taxes, then it is up to him to do as he likes.

    The thing I heard that I did not like is that most of the work to build the ship will be done in China. He is free to have it built wherever he wants but if he has so much money, why not build it in his home country so his countrymen could have the jobs?
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    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Because there's probably 5,000 people working on a ship of this size. Why not pay them 40 cents an hour instead of 28.00 per hour. Why not have no taxes to withhold and no EPA to deal with either. No overtime to pay, no chance of work stoppages, no union demands.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Mcclellan I agree with you money is probably the motive to build in China, in fact I'd bet on it. What I am saying is that IF he wanted to do the right thing, he'd build it in his home country, but that would be the right thing to do and when it is a choice between money or the right thing to do, we all know that money usually wins.

    That is IF he wanted to do the right thing and it appears that he doesn't. This guy probably did not get rich by doing the right thing.

    But, it is his money...
  • Independent
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  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    jamesn Wrote: michaels you are right he is enjoying his own money. There may be better things to spend money on, but also much worse things to spend your money on, and do we know that he does not give away some money to charity? Maybe he has given away lots of money to the poor already, maybe not, but it is his money and if he earned it honestly and paid his taxes, then it is up to him to do as he likes.

    The thing I heard that I did not like is that most of the work to build the ship will be done in China. He is free to have it built wherever he wants but if he has so much money, why not build it in his home country so his countrymen could have the jobs?
    Mike, If I may suggest.....any billiomaire who is "enjoying his own money" ?......who can bet your bippy it isn't his.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    A billionaire most likely at least earned some portion of the billion(s), so why wouldn't you think his enjoyment is at least partially due to using his own money? I seriously doubt that amongst his billion(s), he has a separate account of JUST his own earnings, and never touches that as long as he has that other source to draw from when he needs it.
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    Does anybody know where we can get tickets? I am a Titanic "junkie" who collects all kinds of memorabilia from the movie. I have a duplicate necklace that Rose wore, (full size, one of a kind), and a music box that plays the theme song, & a plate that shows the interior of the room where Rose stayed, & the whole beautiful ship on it. I have a duplicate of the original poster from the White Star Line, showing the ship sailing. And I have a duplicate of the drawing of "Rose" (the nude in the movie) laying on the couch posing for the artist, played by Leonardo di Caprio. It made a big impression on me, at the time. But speaking of "icebergs" I think there may be MORE of them now than during the Titanic tragedy. Since the heat from global warming is melting the icecaps, breaking them off to float in the ocean as icebergs. I hear there are a LOT of them now.

    But anyway, it would be fun to know how much those tickets would cost? We could always rent a helicopter to float above us, just in case..
  • Other Party
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    For the maiden voyage, the best cabins are estimated to cost up to one million dollars. Even the "cheap" cabins would probably be out of my price range. Since the boat has not yet been built with Chinese slave labor, the tickets may not be available for purchase until a later date.