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    How much philanthropy is there in Argentina from mega rich?

    Forbes is generally the global go to for the billionaire count, as they have, over time, a pretty good record, the resources and connections to get accurate data, and no political horse in the race. So, me, I tend to believe them. Certainly, its possible there are secret bitcoin billionaires...
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    How much philanthropy is there in Argentina from mega rich?

    If you really want to understand how it works in Argentina, here is a primer on the tax laws, and how they affect donations. I am sure its more complicated in reality, but this is a start. https://www.cof.org/content/nonprofit-law-argentina Some, but not all, donations to non-profits may be...
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    How much philanthropy is there in Argentina from mega rich?

    Cesares doesnt live in Argentina. He has never made a billionaire list, or even come close. He has "sold" 3 companies which the total sales prices added up to a Billion, but he didnt own any of them 100%. He is certainly a rich expat living in Cali, but he is not a billionaire, and, probably...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    My interest in this discussion it to wonder who would think that earning 200k in Argentina is common, and why they care about the tenth of one percent of the population that earns that much, usually because of inherited wealth. Argentina's problems are much more centered on the sixty percent or...
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    How much philanthropy is there in Argentina from mega rich?

    Forbes says there are 5 billionaires in Argentina. They are not household names, and charitable donations are pretty difficult to track in Argentina. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Argentines_by_net_worth
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    How much philanthropy is there in Argentina from mega rich?

    Its not tax deductible in the same way. So there is no financial gain to doing it. Here, rich people OWN museums, but they dont give much money away. Malba, for instance, is privately owned. Di Tella is technically a non-profit, but its probably the biggest example of a university endowed by a...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    you are living in a dream world. a "lower tier" job makes $15k in the USA. The median HOUSEHOLD (not personal salary) in the USA is currently around 40 grand. 50% of the people make LESS than this. So a lower tier job makes 40 grand or less. At that salary level, a mortgage is far from "easy to...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    You guys have a funny idea about how much people earn. First- only 1.5% of Americans make $200k or more. And maybe 5% of households have a combined 2 or 3 salaries adding up to 200k. Not very many people. And, studies show, the vast majority live in a very few metropolitan areas- primarily...
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    American-style granola

    I havent made it in years, I eat the stuff from the dietetica. But I used to just roast whole oats on a cookie sheet, with a little honey, some oil, and lots of seeds and nuts. Coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, maybe almond slivers, a bit of salt, and raisins (added after cooking). I tend to cook...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    I dont see how you can compare a cosmopolitan city of 5 million with Mudflats Louisiana or West Coal Junction Kentucky. People who earn 200k dont live in those places. If you are going to compare costs, you need to be talking apples to apples- say, cities of 2 million or more. And, in the USA...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    While I dont get medicare til next year, I can assure you that US medicare is not free. I have a family member I pay the medicare for every month- With supplemental, its close to $250 per month payments for medicare, and not everything is covered- another few thousand a year for various costs...
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    What would customs do if I brought grapes or other fruit?

    Funny- every time I fly to the US, I get those little love notes from the TSA left inside my bags when I open them. My wife once got the treatment trying to smuggle a hard boiled egg into Argentina- she had made it for the airplane, and didnt eat it on the plane. They found it on their magic...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    When I plug in the city closest to where I live in the USA, Seattle ( I live part time in the north and part time in the south) It tells me the prices in my part of the USA are generally 55% LOWER in Buenos Aires, if you dont include rent. If you do, its 67% cheaper in Buenos Aires. And from...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    The median price of a one bedroom apartment in NYC is $750,000. That means half of them cost more than that. Good luck finding one for less... Anyway, my point remains, ALL housing in the USA is more expensive, and pretty much everybody is subject to either huge interest costs, or constant rent...
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    Highest salaries in Argentina?

    One thing to keep in mind- Most middle class or above income Argentines own their homes outright. Many have inherited apartments or homes, but pretty much all paid cash, often at much lower prices than today. So rent or mortgage expenses are usually non existent in the way that the are, say, in...
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    NEW SUBWAY F LINE

    Actually, compared to most north american cities, Buenos Aires has been remarkably quick and efficient at building subways and light rail. And the Metrobus stops went up practically overnight. The Red Line in Los Angeles began construction in 1985. They are still working on it. Link Light Rail...
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    NEW SUBWAY F LINE

    Just like Beverly Hills, which fought the subte there for 30 years. In the end, though, the rich people lost. https://www.lamag.com/driver/beverly-hills-finally-loses-crazy-stupid-subway-battle/
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    American-style granola

    make your own.
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    Brazilian Armor For Argentina

    Argentina already makes a vehicle for this purpose, much cheaper. You may have seen it in San Telmo. It is much more appropriate for a city with some of the most bookstores per capita, and ten daily newspapers, too.
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    NEW SUBWAY F LINE

    I am still waiting for the peripheral, myself. With a station at Dock Sud. Just like in Moebius.
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