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(Bloomberg)   When the Saudi king rolls into Moscow, he rolls DEEP, with a 1,500-person "squad," food, furniture, servants and carpets from home, and his own portable golden escalator   ( bloomberg.com) divider line
    More: Strange, Saudi King Salman, Hotel, Saudi Arabia, four-day state visit, Russian police escorts, entire luxury hotels, President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump  
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2017-10-06 11:11:25 AM  
...and here I am, excited that I have my own mug at work.
 
2017-10-06 11:20:25 AM  
As an Alzheimer's patient,  they are trying to keep his enviornment as similar as possible.

They take as much gold-plated crap as they can for Trump too.  Just...noting...
 
2017-10-06 11:23:32 AM  

FormlessOne: ...and here I am, excited that I have my own mug at work.


Woah, man! Are you like an executive vice president?
 
2017-10-06 11:25:49 AM  
img.fark.net
*yawns*
 
2017-10-06 11:33:40 AM  
This is what our dependence on fossil fuels looks like, by the way.
 
2017-10-06 12:11:24 PM  

Petit_Merdeux: FormlessOne: ...and here I am, excited that I have my own mug at work.

Woah, man! Are you like an executive vice president?


...right?! I can, when I'm in the office, actually have a cup of tea that doesn't taste like carnauba wax and paper. It's like a drug. No one geek should have all that power.
 
2017-10-06 12:12:58 PM  
Meh, Trump takes his own golden showers when he travels.
 
2017-10-06 12:22:44 PM  
Where's the damn reset button?
 
2017-10-06 12:23:36 PM  
40 fakirs?
Cooks and bakers?
Birds that warble on key?
 
2017-10-06 12:23:38 PM  
nightflight.com
 
2017-10-06 12:23:56 PM  
As always, Simpsons did it first.
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2017-10-06 12:25:59 PM  
Amateur.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2017-10-06 12:26:04 PM  
And in the time it took to write that headline, two kids probably died of starvation and that Saudi King probably made another $10,000.

I think I'm getting pessimistic in my old age.
 
2017-10-06 12:26:20 PM  
All that just to get a personal viewing of the peepee tape.
 
2017-10-06 12:28:35 PM  
What a real billionaire looks like!
 
2017-10-06 12:28:50 PM  
That's money well spent.
 
2017-10-06 12:28:51 PM  
Technically (I believe) the golden escalator is attached to the Kings 747, so it sort of goes with him.

What exactly do the 1500 people actually do?
 
2017-10-06 12:29:59 PM  
he be rolling Muscovites be hating.
 
2017-10-06 12:30:19 PM  
Turns out, it's good to sell to America.
 
2017-10-06 12:32:48 PM  

ifky: What a real billionaire looks like!


Yup. I remember working at a hospital where a Saudi royal came in previously for cancer treatment. One floor was way more posh than the rest of them and I asked why. Apparently the royal rented out the entire floor for himself and his family and replaced all the bathrooms and renovated all the rooms (and this was already a pretty rich hospital).
 
2017-10-06 12:33:08 PM  
::shrug:: Sounds like any royal 'progress.' Golden escalator (please don't be a euphemism, please don't be a euphemism!) aside, sounds not different from when Henry the VIII went a-traveling.
 
2017-10-06 12:34:00 PM  
Traveling with furniture is apparently a THING for rich people. I worked for a year at a schmancy hotel on the upper east side of manhattan (it cost $100 per session to use the gym). It wasn't uncommon at all to see packing crates full of furniture on the loading dock that guests would send ahead and have loaded into their rooms. Mattresses, couches, you name it. There was one guest who had a full wardrobe in a storage unit and when she would stay with us, the hotel would have her clothes shipped to her suite and laid out for her.

The really rich just don't have the same kind of lives that we do.
 
2017-10-06 12:35:43 PM  
Just don't look at what he's heeling down the drain.
 
2017-10-06 12:35:59 PM  

naughtyrev: Meh, Trump takes his own golden showers when he travels.


Beat me by 22min!
 
2017-10-06 12:36:13 PM  
D2S must be totes jelly.
 
2017-10-06 12:38:01 PM  

naughtyrev: Meh, Trump takes his own golden showers when he travels.


I heard the Russians provided them...
 
2017-10-06 12:38:16 PM  
Be fun to see the liquor bill.
 
2017-10-06 12:38:46 PM  
but does he have theme music?
 
2017-10-06 12:39:42 PM  

Schmerd1948: Be fun to see the liquor bill.


The liquor bills are paid though the hookers so there is no paper trail
 
2017-10-06 12:40:45 PM  
The 1500 follow ons are so no one notices the couple dozen mistresses.
 
2017-10-06 12:41:15 PM  

JohnCarter: Technically (I believe) the golden escalator is attached to the Kings 747, so it sort of goes with him.


Not at all. It's an entire vehicle, that they use a separate cargo aircraft to ship from place to place ahead of him.

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2017-10-06 12:41:48 PM  

Petit_Merdeux: FormlessOne: ...and here I am, excited that I have my own mug at work.

Woah, man! Are you like an executive vice president?


And I was excited once I climbed the ranks high enough not to have to wear the communal underwear anymore.
 
2017-10-06 12:42:56 PM  

BigNumber12: JohnCarter: Technically (I believe) the golden escalator is attached to the Kings 747, so it sort of goes with him.

Not at all. It's an entire vehicle, that they use a separate cargo aircraft to ship from place to place ahead of him.

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I wonder if they ever get hop-ons.
 
2017-10-06 12:43:03 PM  

vudukungfu: This is what our dependence on fossil fuels looks like, by the way.


Saudi will be so farked when we get away from oil dependence. Of course by that time, they'll have all the money anyway.
 
2017-10-06 12:43:41 PM  

The Department of Inadvisably Applied Magic: D2S must be totes jelly.


I don't imagine so. I mean, if Donnie only wanted the trappings of wealth - there were much more profitable paths. No, D2S is a narcissist. He wants everyone to like him.
 
2017-10-06 12:44:08 PM  

naughtyrev: Meh, Trump takes his own golden showers when he travels.


Maybe when his relationship with Melania was fresh, perhaps.  These days he samples the local flair.
 
2017-10-06 12:44:24 PM  
I have heard that the Saudi types don't like stairs. Building small elevators if an escalator won't fit.
 
2017-10-06 12:45:36 PM  
Sounds more like Xerxes in 300.
Does he get to step on people too?
 
2017-10-06 12:46:38 PM  

carnifex2005: ifky: What a real billionaire looks like!

Yup. I remember working at a hospital where a Saudi royal came in previously for cancer treatment. One floor was way more posh than the rest of them and I asked why. Apparently the royal rented out the entire floor for himself and his family and replaced all the bathrooms and renovated all the rooms (and this was already a pretty rich hospital).


Mayo Clinic?  They do a lot of work on Arabian Princes.  I saw the King of Jordan when I lived there, and some other high mucky-mucks.  The only reason the Rochester Airport exists is so that the Royals don't have to sit in a car for an hour, and they've been known to close the airport when they land, the way that they do for the U.S. President.
 
2017-10-06 12:49:49 PM  

The Department of Inadvisably Applied Magic: D2S must be totes jelly.


You know, that insult kinda bothers me. There are so many things you can use to make fun of the guy. But for having a second scoop of ice cream? Seriously? I have two scoops of ice cream at home. You'd bet your ass if I was the president, I'd have two mother farking scoops of ice cream. I'd have so many two scoops of everything, my Secret Service codename would be Kelloggs. Sure Donny is an overly entitled whiny baby. But as leader of the entire farking country, if anyone deserves two scoops of ice cream, it's that motherfarker.
 
2017-10-06 12:52:12 PM  

MythDragon: vudukungfu: This is what our dependence on fossil fuels looks like, by the way.

Saudi will be so farked when we get away from oil dependence. Of course by that time, they'll have all the money anyway.


Yes and no. They'll definitely have to dial back the extravagance, but they've built a healthy tourism industry on the backs of 1.8 billion adherents who are religiously compelled to visit SA's black box in the desert. There's a reason they've been frantically bulldozing historical sites in order to build more accommodations.

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Yep, those are hotels going up in the background. Saudi Arabia knows the end of oil is coming, they've been planning for it for a while.

Between that, existing investments like sovereign wealth funds, and the fact that something like 33% of the population are "foreigners" who aren't entitled to state benefits, they won't starve.
 
2017-10-06 12:53:12 PM  

uber humper: but does he have theme music?


Actually, yes!
Saudi Arabia Darth Abdullah
Youtube K-Cc_dJBKz4

Damn those Brits can have a wicked sense of humor sometimes
 
2017-10-06 12:54:21 PM  
Does he bring his own concubines?
I assume that they make up 30% of his contingent.
 
2017-10-06 12:55:33 PM  

MythDragon: The Department of Inadvisably Applied Magic: D2S must be totes jelly.

You know, that insult kinda bothers me. There are so many things you can use to make fun of the guy. But for having a second scoop of ice cream? Seriously? I have two scoops of ice cream at home. You'd bet your ass if I was the president, I'd have two mother farking scoops of ice cream. I'd have so many two scoops of everything, my Secret Service codename would be Kelloggs. Sure Donny is an overly entitled whiny baby. But as leader of the entire farking country, if anyone deserves two scoops of ice cream, it's that motherfarker.


You know that the whole point is that he deliberately restricts everyone else at the dinner to one scoop, so that he can lord that second scoop over them, right? Like my 6-year-old does to her younger brothers?
 
2017-10-06 12:57:38 PM  
US President travels with 1,500 Secret Service people and staff. Plus 1,500 or more members of the press.

Still has the King beat.

Caesar's Praetorian Guard was much more compact, perhaps half the security apparatus of a POTUS.

The Queen travels with a staff of 8, including a large Lady in Waiting who doubles as a body guard. Most of the Queen's security is provided by the Host Country. In Canada, the RCMP put about 800 on the job. In Australia, they may be able to make do with fewer or to provide more. I don't know. When the Queen is in Canada she is there as the Queen in Right of Canada and Newfoundland, but might do a bit of work on behalf of the UK on the side.

The Pope needs a bit more security and staff to lean on. The diocese he visits provide all the gold and silver decorations unless he carries an emergency kit for special cases of extreme unction and the other various sacraments (I believe there are eight of them. I could be wrong.)

But you could combine the entourage of a Roman Emperor, the Pope, the King, and the Queen, and the POTUS would still win hands down. Try to remember when the POTUS was Obama and this was History's Greatest Scandal for Repugs and other two-faced loonies.

Imagine that.


Imagine - John Lennon (Lyrics)
Youtube t_YXSHkAahE
.

You can do it if you try.


Did you know you can play a cool game of cards with the Tarot Deck, by the way. Don't ask me what the rules are. But it has a Pope, an Emperor, Kings and Queens and even a Moon.

Imagine that!
 
2017-10-06 12:59:04 PM  
Whoops. Doesn't the Earth look a lot like a stress ball?

You know, the one your boss gave you for taking your quota of BS.
 
2017-10-06 12:59:26 PM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: carnifex2005: ifky: What a real billionaire looks like!

Yup. I remember working at a hospital where a Saudi royal came in previously for cancer treatment. One floor was way more posh than the rest of them and I asked why. Apparently the royal rented out the entire floor for himself and his family and replaced all the bathrooms and renovated all the rooms (and this was already a pretty rich hospital).

Mayo Clinic?  They do a lot of work on Arabian Princes.  I saw the King of Jordan when I lived there, and some other high mucky-mucks.  The only reason the Rochester Airport exists is so that the Royals don't have to sit in a car for an hour, and they've been known to close the airport when they land, the way that they do for the U.S. President.


That is correct.
 
2017-10-06 12:59:57 PM  

MythDragon: uber humper: but does he have theme music?

Actually, yes!
[Youtube image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/K-Cc_dJBKz4]
Damn those Brits can have a wicked sense of humor sometimes


I wanted this to be true so badly, but it sounds like this is just clever editing, that the band actually played the march during warm-ups before the King arrived.
 
2017-10-06 01:01:06 PM  
So, are these guys all inbred too, or is that just the British monarchy?
 
2017-10-06 01:03:33 PM  

peterquince: Traveling with furniture is apparently a THING for rich people. I worked for a year at a schmancy hotel on the upper east side of manhattan (it cost $100 per session to use the gym). It wasn't uncommon at all to see packing crates full of furniture on the loading dock that guests would send ahead and have loaded into their rooms. Mattresses, couches, you name it. There was one guest who had a full wardrobe in a storage unit and when she would stay with us, the hotel would have her clothes shipped to her suite and laid out for her.


I don't get that at all. One of my favorite things about going to hotels is staying someplace new. What's the point of spending a gazillion dollars on a top end hotel just to dress it up exactly like the house you just left.
 
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