The nobles

You’re all just lazy drunks who didn’t happen to inherit $30 billion – and don’t think she didn’t work hard for it:

According to the world’s richest woman, low-income people are only poor because they don’t work hard enough, and because the government has coddled them with a minimum wage that is too high. Australian Gina Rinehart, who inherited her $30 billion fortune, said, “If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working”:

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” she wrote in an industry magazine column.

“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.

“Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”

Rinehart blamed what she described as “socialist”, anti-business policies for the plight of Australia’s poor, urging the government to lower the minimum wage, as well as taxes, unless it wanted to end up like Greece.

Australian Treasury minister Wayne Swan replied, “These sorts of comments are an insult to the millions of Australian workers who go to work and slog it out to feed the kids and pay the bills.” Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called Rinehart’s comments about the minimum wage “just plain wrong” and an “odd thing to say.” Australia’s minimum wage is $15.96 per hour.

Rinehart is not the only one of the the world’s richest people to weigh in on public policy recently. Last month, Carlos Slim, whose $65 billion fortune makes him the world’s richest person, said countries that are struggling economically should raise their respective retirement ages to 70.

Another shooting

This time, in a NJ supermarket:

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Three people are dead, including the gunman, in a shooting inside a supermarket in Old Bridge.

The shooting happened around 4 a.m. inside a Pathmark supermarket on Route 9.

Police said a 23-year-old man broke into the store and shot two employees, CBS 2′s Emily Smith reported.

Witnesses said two employees were shot and killed before the suspect turned the gun on himself, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported. One of the victims was 18 years old. The age of the second victim is not known.

The suspect is an ex-Marine who worked at the store for about two weeks, sources told CBS 2. He was armed with an AK-47 and an automatic pistol and dressed in camouflage, CBS 2 reported.

Al Gore calls for end of electoral college

Hmm. What do you think?

Many Americans are disenfranchised and some states are ignored because of the Electoral College, and it’s time to abandon it, former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday night as part of Current TV’s coverage of the Republican National Convention.

“I really do now think it’s time to change that. It’s always tough to amend the Constitution and risky to do so, but there is a very interesting movement under way that takes it state by state, that may really have a chance of succeeding. I hope it does,” Gore said.

Asked to describe the movement, Gore was vague, saying it “started in California and it’s gained a lot of momentum.”

[…] “I supported the idea of the Electoral College because the logic is, it knits the country together, prevents regional conflicts, and it goes back through our history with some legitimate concerns,” he said. “But since, I’ve given a lot of thought to it and I’ve seen how these states are just written off.”

Quote of the night

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. [Pause. Laughter.] MY promise…is to help you and your family.

Climate change is SO FUNNY!!!!

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