For years we and others have reported how the "elite," meaning the ultra-wealthy had been gobbling up properties in New Zealand, having multi-million dollars luxury "doomsday" bunkers built under ground with private airstrips above, in case of economic collapse, a terror attack, or any possible event that may cause civil unrest and for them to fear for their lives and make them desperate to hide.
Before showing the stark contrast between how the COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting one group as opposed to other groups, let me say I do not play 'class warfare' games. I do not hate the rich for being rich and I do not think because someone is rich they "owe" me a thing. They either worked their butts off to earn what they have or someone in their family did at some point, therefore what is theirs should stay theirs.
In a time of extreme crisis, which the COVID-19 coronavirus has caused with millions upon millions put out of work, others lining up across the country in miles-long food lines so they and their families don't starve, to see stories of how the ultra-wealthy are fleeing to their bunkers in New Zealand, bunkers they never even visited after buying it or having it built, where their worst problem is they forgot the secret code to get inside, is one heck of a stark contrast.
As coronavirus infections tore across the U.S. in early March, a Silicon Valley executive called the survival shelter manufacturer Rising S Co. He wanted to know how to open the secret door to his multimillion-dollar bunker 11 feet underground in New Zealand.
The tech chief had never used the bunker and couldn’t remember how to unlock it, said Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Co. “He wanted to verify the combination for the door and was asking questions about the power and the hot water heater and whether he needed to take extra water or air filters,” Lynch said. The businessman runs a company in the Bay Area but lives in New York, which was fast becoming the world’s coronavirus epicenter.
“He went out to New Zealand to escape everything that’s happening,” Lynch said, declining to identify the bunker owner because he keeps his client lists private. “And as far as I know, he’s still there.”
For years, New Zealand has featured prominently in the doomsday survival plans of wealthy Americans worried that, say, a killer germ might paralyze the world. Isolated at the edge of the earth, more than 1,000 miles off the southern coast of Australia, New Zealand is home to about 4.9 million people, about a fifth as many as the New York metro area. The clean, green, island nation is known for its natural beauty, laid-back politicians and premier health facilities.
The article goes on to describe how the bunker builders are creating massive 300-person bunkers and fielding calls from other prospective clients wanting to have shelters built for themselves, bunkers with luxury items such as a gym, theaters, game rooms, shooting ranges, etc.
Need I go on? The differences being seen between how the rich, the famous and the media are treated compared to how average citizens are being treated, is not a matter of what they have or do not have, but rather those with more and being given more rights, more testing, more than everyone else.
Almost like they have no clue that people can do both. One can take the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously while getting back on with their lives and taking the proper safety precautions while doing so.
While millions of Americans are basically locked in their own homes and yards, wearing gloves and masks when forced to go shopping or other essential needs, celebrities are jetting off to Paris wearing $50 Swedish face masks, offering their little tidbits of advice.
Using Paltrow, seen above, as an example of a serious disconnect with us "regular folk" we see she joined the #allinchallenge which is raising money for @mealsonwheelsamerica, @nokidhungry, @wckitchen, @feedingamerica and @americasfoodfund. Sounds good.... a worthy cause, until she explains what she is doing to help......hint, it isn't donating any of her millions. No, it is "donating a dress I wore to the Oscars (and that holds great sentimental value!) which I will personally hand to you over a cup of tea or a glass of wine."
Another way to look at it is that Paltrow is helping @mealsonwheelsamerica, @nokidhungry, @wckitchen, @feedingamerica and @americasfoodfund, by trying to get other peopleto donate their money to help the hungry.
Very generous of her (Yes, that was snark).
SMALL POCKETS OF HUMANITY
My initial reaction to reading that article about the rich escaping to their doomsday bunkers, and others describing much the same type of behavior, was "That is why they built them, so more power to them."
I am still of that mindset.
With that said, historically Americans have banded together, helped each other, in extreme times of need. Not because the government forced them to, or took more and more from them with legalized thievery otherwise known as taxes, but because most human beings are inherently good and want to help if they can.
On the other hand we are seeing small pockets of true humanity from everyday citizens sharing with others that have nothing, and even some celebrities setting up a poker challenge where all proceeds, which was a $10,000 buy in for each one that joined, ($1.75 million) is donated to Feeding America.
There is a huge difference between Ben Affleck, Matt Damon. Tom Brady and a star studded poker tournament cast, including other poker champs, putting their own money where their mouths are, and people like Paltrow donating a freaking dress to try to get others to donate to the hungry.
The so-called "elite" are either hiding in their doomsday bunkers in New Zealand, or taking to social media to lecture the "little people" as to what they should be doing and to take this all "seriously," without a thought to the fact that while busy showing off their freezers are full of gourmet ice cream, others are having trouble figuring out if they will have a meal for dinner all week.
As Afflect, Damon and those folks showed clearly, it isn't a matter of who has what and how much, but the humanity of those that have it.
This pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of people, and only once it is all over will we know if there was more of the worst than the best.
What I have seen so far, by headlines and social media accounts of the so-called "elite," is massively disappointing.
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