The U.S. is home to a working class suffering from stagnant incomes and declining job prospects—widespread struggles that helped elect Republican Donald Trump. The relative wealth of Americans in all age groups keeps falling, compared with previous decades.
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Dependence on Wi-Fi is now so high that 4 out of 10 people would prioritise it over sex, chocolate, or alcohol, a new study has found.
The study, carried out by Wi-Fi connectivity provider iPass and which examined 1,700 professionals across America and Europe, found that 40.2 per cent of people now view WiFi as their number one “human luxury or necessity,” ranking above sex at 36.6 per cent and alcohol at 14.3 per cent.
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Time For Truth: (Breitbart) – Study: People Now Crave Wi-Fi More Than Sex, Chocolate Or Alcohol
Some upper-income Texans are headed down below, not Australia, but below the surface.
An investor group is planning for a doomsday scenario by building a $300 million luxury community replete with underground homes. There will also be air-lock blast doors designed for people worried about a dirty bomb or other disaster and off-grid energy and water production.
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Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it’s no surprise that home security is going over the top and hitting luxurious new heights. Or, rather, new lows, as the average depth of a new breed of safe haven that occupies thousands of square feet is 10 feet under or more. Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called self-preservation are doing so — in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show “preppers” — to prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change events. Gary Lynch, GM at Rising S Bunkers, a Texas-based company that specializes in underground bunkers and services scores of Los Angeles residences, says that sales at the most upscale end of the market — mainly to actors, pro athletes and politicians (who require signed NDAs) — have increased 700 percent this year compared with 2015, and overall sales have risen 150 percent. “Any time there is a turbulent political landscape, we see a spike in our sales. Given this election is as turbulent as it is, we are gearing up for an even bigger spike,” says marketing director Brad Roberson of sales of bunkers that start at $39,000 and can run $8.35 million or more (FYI, a 12-stall horse shelter is $98,500).
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Time For Truth: (Hollywood Reporter) – Panic,anxiety spark rush to build luxury bunkers for L.A.'s superrich
Robots dominated New York Fashion Week, but not all of them behaved themselves.
Michael Kors used the Double robot camera for its installation at Refinery29’s 29 Rooms event held to coincide with NYFW in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The luxury designer re-created a digital street at 29 Rooms complete with shops and flowers and the robot camera—controlled by an individual user’s iPad— was at the center of the action. The robot camera was designed to follow people entering the Michael Kors installation.