$230,000 For a Guard Dog: Why the Wealthy Are Afraid Of Violence From Below

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$230,000 For a Guard Dog: Why the Wealthy Are Afraid Of Violence From Below

“Violence in the streets, aimed at the wealthy. That’s what I worry about.”

That was what an unidentified billionaire told Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal a while back. Rich people are scared of global unrest, Frank reported, citing a survey by Insite Security and IBOPE Zogby International of people with liquid assets of $1 million or more (translation: folks who have or can get their hands on $1 million in cash fairly easily) that says 94 percent of the wealthy are concerned about “global unrest” around the world.

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Of course, Insite has an interest in getting the paranoid rich to beef up their security. Still, the numbers are backed up by other trends seen throughout the world of wealth today: the rich keeping a lower profile, hiring $230,000 guard dogs, and arming their yachts, planes and cars with military-style security features.

John Johnson, the owner of the $230,000 dog featured in the New York Times, is a former debt collector. (You can't make this stuff up.) He sold his debt collection company three years ago, but still has not just one, but six highly—and expensively—trained “executive protection dogs.” Harrison K-9 services, the trainers behind Johnson's pricey protection dogs, used to train dogs for elite military units like the Navy Seal team that raided Osama bin Laden's compound. The article doesn't say exactly how many dogs Harrison K-9 has provided for the world's rich and famous, but it does feature a quote from their head trainer saying she's trained “a thousand” dogs.

In addition to security systems, dogs and armed yachts, the security-conscious oligarch can hire a private spy company—Jellyfish, a spinoff of the notorious private security company Blackwater. Or what about their own personal drone? “Smaller, private versions of the infamous Predator” may be coming to well-heeled private citizens near you, according to the UK's Daily Mail. So far the private drones appear to only be for spying, but former Navy fighter pilot Missy Cummings told the Daily Mail, “It doesn't take a rocket scientist from MIT to tell you if we can do it for a soldier in the field, we can do it for anybody.”

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229,999.00 wasted

Cost of a bullet, 1 bernanke buck = 1 dead dog.

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steeled wrote: John Johnson,

steeled wrote:

John Johnson, the owner of the $230,000 dog featured in the New York Times, is a former debt collector...

Unless that dog can drive a car, shoot a gun, and fly, I think he overpaid a bit.

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it's not the dog's fault they

it's not the dog's fault they are grossly overpaying for him!!

~ just wanted to bring attention to the fact that fear is starting to be felt!

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steeled wrote: ~ just wanted

steeled wrote:

~ just wanted to bring attention to the fact that fear is starting to be felt!

For sure.  Whether "karma" or "reaping what one sows," an awful lot of people are probably looking in the mirror and becoming concerned.   I wonder how many concealed permits NYC has issued to Wall Street bigwigs?  I'll bet they didn't get the same "no" that other folks do.

Couldn't help laughing at the cost of the dog though :)
 

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Plaxico Burress

Ask Plaxico about packing heat in NYC.  New York and Chicago like to keep their citizenry defenseless.  The "Rich!" probably go the Rosie O'Donnell route and hire security who can carry.

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