Mark Zuckerberg is tearing down the four homes that surround his $7 million Silicon Valley mansion and building what looks like a high-security stealth compound.
Papers submitted to the planning department in Palo Alto, Calif., show that the four neighboring houses — scooped up by the Facebook boss in a string of deals totaling nearly $44 million — will be razed and replaced by houses that are 20 percent smaller and mostly single-story.
Indeed, one home looks like a possible security bunker, with “white brick walls, dark steel doors and windows, dark grey siding and louvers where they occur above the roof line, and a dark gray standing seam metal roof,” according to the plans.
The other three will be built with “a simple palette of painted wood shingle siding, natural cedar shake roofing, painted windows and french doors, and stained wood doors where they are solid.”
The new homes are shrinking after Facebook’s 32-year-old CEO was forced to fend off a developer who threatened to build a house behind his that would have been tall enough to get a view into Zuckerberg’s bedroom window.
In 2012, Zuckerberg started buying up neighbors’ houses at inflated prices. They’ve all been mostly vacant for more than a year, although there have been local news reports of unidentified occupants.
Having weathered an attempted shakedown, Zuckerberg isn’t expected to surrender control of the new homes. Instead, insiders speculate he might use them for family and friends, Facebook employees — and a sizable security detail.
A timeline hasn’t been set for the project, but Zuckerberg is taking pains to minimize disruption for neighbors by razing and rebuilding all the homes at once and assembling as many parts as possible off-site.
“The proposed project seeks to maintain the character of the neighborhood,” according to the plans, adding that “each is carefully located to preserve the existing trees on site.”
For many, the end of the world might seem daunting, but for Wasteland Weekend festival goers a post-apocalyptic world in the middle of a Californian desert is escapism.
I guess in their version of the apocalypse, food is (apparently) plentiful. I.E., Too many fatties!
There are fundamental limits, Bezos said, and Earth is within a few hundred years of finding them. “Some people say, and I think it’s a reasonable point, that you need a Plan B if something bad happens to Earth,” Bezos said. “I look at this the opposite direction. We need space to make sure nothing bad happens to the Earth. “
For less than $0.25 a piece (in bulk)… are these keychain LED lights worth the money?
You can order these from Amazon. I paid $4 for 10:
… and liked them so much I went to Alibaba.com and ordered them in bulk for $0.22-$0.25 a piece to stuff in bug out bags, in the car, in survival kits, and to give away as gifts.
SobertGummer.com reveals the best personal protection dog breed for you and your family.
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Any time you talk about dog breeds, two things become immediately apparent: First, everybody thinks they’re a dog expert. Apparently, owning a dog makes you an expert. And second: There is not one perfect dog breed despite what breed enthusiasts would have you believe. It all depends on what traits you’re looking for in a dog.
Keep in mind that a good dog is a good dog, it doesn’t matter what breed. I’ve owned three dog training companies and I’ve worked with a lot of different dogs. And I’ve owned quite a few dog, personally. The best dog I’ve ever owned was a mixed breed, so I’m definitely not a breed snob.
That being said: When a client would ask me to find them a dog with certain characteristics, I’d almost always look for a purebred dog that would meet their requirements, because there is predictability with purebred dogs. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a bet you can place with greater odds than choosing a mixed breed dog.
Spurred by renewed fears of the fabled “Big One” shattering the West Coast, the Obama administration on Tuesday promoted stronger earthquake-preparedness efforts as part of a first-of-its-kind White House summit.
Here’s one way to end the year on a bright note.
Waves are beginning to hit the coast of Chile amid tsunami warnings after an
earthquake hit the north, killing at least eight people and flooding the
town of Coquimbo. Latest updates here
More Americans renounced their citizenship in the first three months of the year than ever before, courtesy of the crackdown in foreign tax rules.
In the first quarter of 2015, the Treasury Department reported 1,335 expatriates. That was the highest quarterly number of published expatriates ever, surpassing the previous record of 1,130 that was published in the second quarter in 2013.
But in the second quarter this year, the department reported only 460 expatriates. That represents nearly a 65 percent decline from the record first-quarter number.
So is the exodus losing steam?
Freddi Weintraub, an attorney who specializes in immigration law believes that things may be changing. At one point, Weintraub was seeing a threefold increase in expatriation inquiries related to taxes. But for the last 10 to 12 months, she hasn’t had a single request for assistance when it comes to expatriation and taxes.
“This past quarter would suggest that the numbers are leveling off,” Mitchel said. But he won’t make any bold confirmations just yet. “The quarterly numbers tend to vary quite significantly,” he said.
In The Wall Street Journal, columnist Peggy Noonan says America is so in play—Donald Trump’s staying power in the polls reflects a change in the electorate only now coming into focus.