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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Man turns down five billion dollar fortune, never even thought about doing two chicks at the same time   (smh.com.au) divider line
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2007-07-15 4:27:19 AM  
It's not as dumb as I thought it was going to be. This man does not need all that money, he seems happy enough with his simple life.

/would give that land up in a heartbeat for 5 billion.
 
2007-07-15 4:37:58 AM  
Sounds like somebody has a case of the "Mondays".
 
Fie
2007-07-15 4:40:45 AM  
Hero tag on vacation?
 
2007-07-15 4:57:37 AM  
10 years from now, his sacred ground will be compromised by U mining corps. 20 years from now, his sacred ground will be invaded by U mining companies sanctioned by the Australian government.
 
2007-07-15 5:01:37 AM  
TFA: Mr Lee, the shy 36-year-old sole member of the Djok clan

Is it really a clan if you're the only member?
 
Fie
2007-07-15 5:05:06 AM  
Once the news gets out, I reckon he'll have a harem, not a clan.
 
2007-07-15 5:06:47 AM  
hardyz1: TFA: Mr Lee, the shy 36-year-old sole member of the Djok clan

Is it really a clan if you're the only member?


As long as he puts =Djok= before his username.
 
2007-07-15 5:23:33 AM  
I'll bet he's just another one of those savage aborigines who has no idea about what land is worth.
 
2007-07-15 6:09:02 AM  
this guy will be whacked off soon enough
 
2007-07-15 6:09:26 AM  
He could have bought everyone a Ferrari.
 
2007-07-15 6:16:08 AM  
Gotta admire the guy for sticking to his guns and not refusing to compromise his principles for a huge wad of cash. For his sake, I hope he has children who share his interest in keeping mines out of that area, flipping the bird to the gov't and energy companies for multiple generations sounds fun.
 
2007-07-15 6:29:33 AM  
Someone's not a happy looking camper in that pic...

You gonna get hunted & fished?
 
2007-07-15 7:09:12 AM  
"etoof: He could have bought everyone a Ferrari."

Yea, but you don't deserve a Ferrari. Have one of my cat turds instead.
 
2007-07-15 7:09:16 AM  
Someone needs to bake him a yellowcake.
 
2007-07-15 7:09:57 AM  
He doesn't plan to remain the sole member:

"I was taken all through here on the shoulder of my grandmother ... I heard all the stories and learnt everything about this land, and I want to pass it all on to my kids."

So, his decision is not going to be irrevocable, even if you totally ignore the power of a government to do what they please.

More power to him, though. I mean less. Hmm.
 
2007-07-15 7:11:28 AM  
Where is the "You gonna get raped" picture?
 
2007-07-15 7:11:31 AM  
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doesn't this face make you wanna do a rain dance or something?
or say, "SHAFT!"
 
2007-07-15 7:12:39 AM  
Props to him for sticking to his beliefs, even though some of them are pretty weird (giant blue tongued lizards?). Just hope he doesn't get screwed by the energy companies through some loophole, and that his future kids are as principled as him.
 
2007-07-15 7:14:15 AM  
a sacred place where, according to his clan's beliefs, a giant blue-tongue lizard still lurks and should not be disturbed.

He's the last surviving member of his clan. A giant blue-tongued lizard? He can make up whatever he hell he wants as "his clan's beliefs". Hell, I'm forming my own clan. I'm the last surviving member at the moment. According to my clan's beliefs, those who give money and gifts to members of my clan will receive great luck and fortune in the future. We believe that for a clan member to have sex with anyone outside the clan will give that outsider great honor and...uh, more luck. Look, see...here's the ancient scrolls, written on the walls of my apartment with a No.2 pencil. The apartment superintendent can't yell at me. They're sacred writings of my clan. Sacred!

Hell, I could do this all day. I could make up my own mythology. Who'd dispute me? What're you going to do, ask another member of my clan? Go ask the Shaman. He'll tell you. Course, that's me. Or you could ask the Chief of my clan. Me. I'll tell you the same thing.

This could be fun....
 
2007-07-15 7:15:07 AM  
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If you mine on my land, you're gonna get raped
 
2007-07-15 7:15:12 AM  
As the sole surviving member of the Djok clan Mr Lee does not have any children to pass the land on to.

"I'll have to see what I can do about that," he said.


pretty funny. he's just going to delay the mining of that land. even if it's put into a park the govt can always undo it. i'd take the money and live comfortably while i was alive, but whatever makes him happy.
 
2007-07-15 7:15:56 AM  
So, his decision is not going to be irrevocable

From TFA:

he wants to see the land incorporated into the World Heritage-listed national park, where, he said, "it will be protected and safe forever"
 
2007-07-15 7:17:10 AM  
Five Billion Dollars!
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That could help a lot of charities.

TheXerox [TotalFark] Quote 2007-07-15 06:16:08 AM
Gotta admire the guy for sticking to his guns and not refusing to compromise his principles for a huge wad of cash. For his sake, I hope he has children who share his interest in keeping mines out of that area, flipping the bird to the gov't and energy companies for multiple generations sounds fun.


Obviously not a US politician.
 
2007-07-15 7:17:42 AM  
This man is my new personal hero. If all of us could live a hint of his integrity, we'd be satisfied and truly wealthy.
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2007-07-15 7:17:44 AM  
Where is Earnst P Worrell when you ned him?
 
2007-07-15 7:19:25 AM  
This is what Mr Lee calls a djang, or place of spiritual essence, which he has closed to the 230,000 tourists who visit Kakadu each year.

Be right back. My bathroom just became my djang.
 
2007-07-15 7:19:30 AM  
"Sacred ground."

What a smart guy.

/By smart I mean farking dumb.
 
2007-07-15 7:20:29 AM  
HERO.
 
2007-07-15 7:20:40 AM  
Heh heh okay I know I'm sleep depping now...one more.

I gotta go Kakadu in my djang...

/going to bed now
//really
///no more making fun of small insignificant cultures
 
2007-07-15 7:21:25 AM  
besides buying land on the moon stock my grandpa bought uranium land rights also. looking.looking.here they. djok mining company "we mine da junk to blow up the world". hmmm. 15% share,20% share,50%,25%. it looks like i own 110%. get off my uranium lawn.
 
2007-07-15 7:24:04 AM  
Welcome fellow Beavites.....
 
2007-07-15 7:26:06 AM  
When I RTFA for some reason I read the Djok clan as the Bjork clan. The story reads funnier that way.
 
2007-07-15 7:26:16 AM  
$5,000,000,000.00 Australian is $1,000,000 Canadian which translates to $3.47 in USD. I wouldn't sell it either.
 
2007-07-15 7:27:11 AM  
Anyone can claim to be sole surviving member of a clan...the key is to have the energy and mining industries and a stable government recognize your claim over clan territory and mineral rights. GL with all that, Akaziel.
 
2007-07-15 7:28:03 AM  
Have they tried offering more money, or a case of VB instead?
 
2007-07-15 7:28:35 AM  
He has a doubly special case to be right though. Not only do they want to destroy his land for profit, they want to destroy his land for profit to mine one of the most dangerous substances known to man. The person offering now wants to use it to power French power plants, but there's an awful lot of stuff, and france is an atombomb wielding country. I might get some conscience problems signing uranium over too.

Third, the stuff is worth $5B. I bet they're not offering him more then $5M.
 
2007-07-15 7:30:54 AM  
As the sole surviving member of the Djok clan Mr Lee does not have any children to pass the land on to.

"I'll have to see what I can do about that," he said.


Golddiggers are lining up as we speak.
 
2007-07-15 7:34:40 AM  
Miss Cellania
As the sole surviving member of the Djok clan Mr Lee does not have any children to pass the land on to.
"I'll have to see what I can do about that," he said.
Golddiggers are lining up as we speak.


Well I ain't sayin she a golddigga,but she ain't messin with no broke aborigonie


/Wait,what?
 
2007-07-15 7:39:13 AM  
I love how some of you Farkers call (implicitly) call this guy an idiot for not accepting the $5B because he's a man with strong beliefs and principles. That's a pretty big deal, giving up land you own and a history with your clan just for a shiatload of cash. But no matter. I'd piss a statue of Jesus if someone offered me cash to give up my beliefs. Who wouldn't, right?

/ Not a practising Catholic but you get the idea.
 
2007-07-15 7:40:36 AM  
How do you get to be the last member of a clan? What about the farking? Did you forget how to fark?
 
2007-07-15 7:41:25 AM  
Would you still be violating the condition of consent if you entered the uranium deposits from outside the area and never broke the surface?
 
2007-07-15 7:45:02 AM  
So, without this uranium for nuclear power, we'll have to keep using fossil fuels. Thus, when civilization is destroyed by global warming, we can stop blaming Bush. It will all be this guy's fault!
 
2007-07-15 7:45:51 AM  
i.am.a.dark.man: $5,000,000,000.00 Australian is $1,000,000 Canadian which translates to $3.47 in USD. I wouldn't sell it either.

actually, with the AUD rising and the USD falling its about $4,000,000,000

/Suck it USD
 
2007-07-15 7:46:29 AM  
sojourner: Would you still be violating the condition of consent if you entered the uranium deposits from outside the area and never broke the surface?

Like in "Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1"?
 
2007-07-15 7:47:45 AM  
I've been to Australia and the outback and spoken to the natives and locals. The aboriginals have a VERY different view of daily life and very different social structure than we can imagine.

It doesn't surprise me that he's taking this stance and I applaud him for it. However the big companies will find a way to get what they want and this guy will be railroaded. Sad but true.
 
2007-07-15 7:50:43 AM  
Good on him.
 
2007-07-15 7:51:28 AM  
I'm glad someone doesn't want to get rich on fat westerners, waste and weapons. I liked his comment about "poison in the ground". I'm all for this guy
 
2007-07-15 7:54:59 AM  
Dear sweet god, he's worse than wrong... 5,000,000 Australian is worth $435,000,000 USD, which proves that over the last eight years our money has become nearly worthless... it used to be better than 2:1
 
2007-07-15 7:55:48 AM  
SanderJK: He has a doubly special case to be right though. Not only do they want to destroy his land for profit, they want to destroy his land for profit to mine one of the most dangerous substances known to man. The person offering now wants to use it to power French power plants, but there's an awful lot of stuff, and france is an atombomb wielding country. I might get some conscience problems signing uranium over too.

Er, uranium is not all that bad. It's a heavy metal, yes, so it's toxic in similar was to lead. In its ore form, it's not terribly radioactive. Still, I'd not like to curl up and go to sleep on a bed of uranium ore every night.

Anyway, mining is, by it's nature, "destroying land for profit". So what? Is there something wrong with profiting from the extraction and sale of valuable minerals? If you can invent a way to get valuable minerals out of the earth without disturbing the surrounding land in any way, you could become extremely wealthy by marketing that invention.

What's wrong with using uranium in nuclear power plants? The French generate the bulk of their electricity from nuclear power plants. Sure, the French have nuclear bombs, but somehow I suspect that France is not engaged in nuclear weapons proliferation, so what's the big deal if they want some uranium for their power plants?

That said, it's this guy's land and his beliefs. I can respect that.
 
2007-07-15 7:56:00 AM  
sojourner: No mining rights go vertically down. Thats like saying, if I entered your house though a secret door, could I steal everything from it??
 
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