July: Vancouver imposes a 15% tax on foreign real estate speculators; September: home sales drop by a third

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Vancouver has been wracked by a white-hot property bubble driven primarily by offshore speculators, mostly Chinese, who have driven up the price of housing beyond the means of working Vancouverites, crippling the city's daily life as workers, students and families struggle to find somewhere -- anywhere -- to live. Read the rest

Rich Russian Kids Instagram feed

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The spawn of Russia's 0.0001% are alive and well, enjoying police escorts, helicopters, ski resorts, private jets, gold-plated Bentleys, megayachts, luxury wristwatches, pet lion cubs, photo opps with Vladimir Putin, and their own Instagram account.

Кто там сказал понедельник день тяжёлый?😂💸🇺🇸🍾👯 - by @alexander_dgr8 #RRK #RichRussianKids #audi #r8 #armanddebrignac #domperignon #villa #la

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 15, 2016 at 12:05am PST

Баршаңызға сәлем #RRK из Майами, летим тусить😎 У кого какая погодка сейчас?😉🚁☀️🇺🇸 - by @maks_rr_ w/ @muratx01 #RichRussianKids #helicopter #miami

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 20, 2016 at 8:14am PST

Московское время 120🍋₽, получше твоих паленых g шоков😂💸⌚️🔝 - by @invisible #RRK #RichRussianKids #hublot #ulyssenardin #rogerdubius #louismoinet #urwerk #greubelforsey

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 20, 2016 at 3:24am PST

Чего там на #RRK нового, ищу компанию на лето😂💸🏎🇮🇹 - by @ml_max #RichRussianKids #mclaren #650s #italy

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 18, 2016 at 1:12am PST

Кто там сказал понедельник день тяжёлый?😂💸🇺🇸🍾👯 - by @alexander_dgr8 #RRK #RichRussianKids #audi #r8 #armanddebrignac #domperignon #villa #la

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 15, 2016 at 12:05am PST

Summer '15 #tb ☀️🛥🍺 - by @papa__doma #rrk #RichRussianKids #yacht #corona

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Dec 23, 2015 at 6:56am PST

GM Miami🇺🇸 - by @polinaaam #rrk #RichRussianKids #miami

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Dec 23, 2015 at 2:11am PST

Yacht day☀️🛥 - @anastasiyakot #rrk #RichRussianKids #yacht #mauritius #girls

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Dec 13, 2015 at 1:23am PST

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Putin your butt

Reddditor Amzfx created a Putin butt-plug by way of commentary on Russia's invasion of Crimea, and he's selling them on Shapeways for €20.22. The print medium seems a little too porous for safe sex play, and the nose looks like a likely candidate for painful snagging. Amznfx has more political 3d prints in his repertoire.

Check out my 3d printed Putin Butt plug (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Read the rest

Realtime Mitt Romney wealth accumulation calculator

The "Mitt Romney just made" page is a running calculator that shows a realtime estimate of Romney's earnings while you watch (He made $940.38 while I wrote a couple of blog posts and got a bowl of cereal for my daughter). It also lets you calculate your own Romney earnings. For example, making a 10-minute egg (including the time it takes for the water to boil, and a minute in ice-water to loosen the shell):

"In the time it takes me to boil an egg, Mitt Romney makes $2,596.08"

Mitt Romney just made: (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Read the rest