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Massive Ships 12-Miles Offshore to Provide Floating City for Entrepreneurial Start-Ups;
Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2013 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 03/16/2013 9:40:30 AM PDT by Kaslin

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To: Kaslin

This is a big FU to California.


61 posted on 03/16/2013 1:49:59 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: RightGeek

Probably could charge a 10% ‘fee’.


62 posted on 03/16/2013 1:56:41 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Kaslin

Motivation for Coming to Blueseed

Can have their soft drinks in any damn size cup they want
63 posted on 03/16/2013 2:03:29 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: RightGeek
Who do they pay taxes to?

Whomever they buy their supplies from!


I'm just SURE that it would be cheaper in the long run to build, supply, maintain, insure and travel to, on LAND; no matter WHAT any nations regulations were!

64 posted on 03/16/2013 2:18:30 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin
A company named Blueseed is a year away from offering entrepreneurs an inexpensive place, near Silicon Valley, in which to develop their products.

Yeah... sure...

Wait 'til Capt. Jack Sparrow and his crew decide to heave to and take it over.

Who they gonna call?

65 posted on 03/16/2013 2:20:43 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Lancey Howard
Wow, this is an excellent idea!

Just like THIS one!!

66 posted on 03/16/2013 2:23:49 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: The Antiyuppie
I really, really do like the idea of a floating, cut-rate hospital outside US waters, though. I’d invest in that!

Oh; you mean the doctors and nurses and other staff wouldn't get PAID as much; eh?

I'm SURE that quality medical folks will just FLOCK to that enticement!

Besides; there already IS a place like that: it's called INDIA.


Robin Cook Foreign Body

67 posted on 03/16/2013 2:32:39 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: longtermmemmory
is this actually being built or is it still vaporware.

I'd call it SUCKERware!

68 posted on 03/16/2013 2:34:54 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: MaxMax

I had the Gobi yesterday.

Not bad, but I hear that the Sahara is MUCH better.


69 posted on 03/16/2013 2:35:46 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: PastorBooks
I don’t think it will fly off the California coast for the reasons you point out.

Fine. How about floating off the coast of Mexico?

70 posted on 03/16/2013 2:54:18 PM PDT by upchuck (Free Republic: faster than a speeding bullet!)
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To: Kaslin
What do you bet they'll expect the Coast Guard to protect them from piracy?
71 posted on 03/16/2013 7:46:13 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics is.)
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To: Elsie

“Oh; you mean the doctors and nurses and other staff wouldn’t get PAID as much; eh?”

No, I mean, I’m sure it would cost a lot less than the entrenched bureaucracy and overhead of the US medical-industrial complex, which dwarfs the “threat” of the military-industrial complex.

I could not believe how many non-medically trained people were recently involved in me getting my freaking TEETH cleaned.


72 posted on 03/16/2013 8:00:47 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Kaslin

Going Galt?


73 posted on 03/16/2013 8:05:44 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
—— it takes a far smaller percent of revenue to deal with it for big business than it does small business. -——

Doesn’t this level the playing field? Big companies don’t have to get on the boat. This gives start-ups a chance.


First, the boat itself is not owned or operated by a mom and pop (< 500k revenue, < 5 employees, etc.) kind of company. It's operated by "big money".

I'm sure big companies will either directly, or indirectly through contractors, subscribe to most of the space.

That is, if I'm a small contractor with only say 3 employees, but I'm contracting to a large company, my work product is contracting work for several, or even one, large company. In that case, if I save money by hiring cheapies and my customer gets wind of it (they almost always insist on having the resumes of the people who will be working on their work) they will want the labor savings passed on to them.

Consider that, as opposed to the same small 3-person company developing and selling their own software/service/website/etc., that sells to thousands of small customers; in which case the small company is really working for "themselves", i.e., they will be able to grow their revenue and profits independent of the squeezing of any one customer.

I also do not include as "small business" any business that is funded by private equity, where investment capital is available at the snap of fingers once the investor is convinced. Most small business owners that do not have a "rich uncle" do not have that kind of access to capital.

If you look at the boat with this all in mind, and tally the people there and who they are "really" working for, I think when the dust settles we'll see the boat having nothing to do with real "garage" type entrepreneurs. Incidentally - such entrepreneurs never try to outsource their early development efforts, since a) whichever partner(s) are the technical ones can do the work and manage the work of others themselves, b) they mostly do the bulk of work on the first versions themselves and c) once off the ground, actual development labor is not largest cost in early growth phases - it's all the "other" people need to be hired. Of course, once private equity gets involved, outsourcing frequently begins to happen.
74 posted on 03/16/2013 8:22:51 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: PieterCasparzen
Those are good points. You'd think it would make sense to start on a smaller scale, and build up.

But as someone else said, the ocean 12 miles out isn't exactly a stable platform. If someone can invent a way to dampen the wave oscillations, they'll really have something. Maybe even harness the energy to power the place.

75 posted on 03/16/2013 8:35:54 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Kaslin

I found the concept vessels to be very amusing, as any finished product will differ greatly from what is being advertised (bait and switch). It would appear that operating and maintaining any of these vessels would be labor intensive and expensive. I could rattle off dozens of things that don’t look right in their designs, but I would actually require more information regarding each vessel’s size, number of persons capacity, etc., before offering any further comment on them.


76 posted on 03/16/2013 8:51:07 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.


77 posted on 03/16/2013 8:51:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Lancey Howard
"you KNOW the whore Democrat politicians "

that conjured up the dark question of how long it will take for a couple of hookers to rent a space and set up "shop" (maybe as a message service or physical therapy).

78 posted on 03/16/2013 9:01:26 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: Baynative

Another thing comes to mind: what are the laws in international waters about grow rooms and pot sales?


79 posted on 03/16/2013 9:05:42 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: research99

“Earl Warren gained his fame by cracking down on gambling cruisers in the late 1930’s, which were situated just offshore of California for the same reasons proposed for this ship.”

They were only 7 miles off shore anchored on the Horseshoe Kelp.

Not within the 3 mile State limit but since Catalina is only 23 miles the international limit is 12 miles outside Catalina.

I don’t think they busted them but at least one of them sunk in a storm.


80 posted on 03/16/2013 9:18:47 PM PDT by dalereed
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