“It's called saving lives”: German Government Strikes Back At Elon Musk’s Criticism of Migrant Rescue
Billionaire Elon Musk delved into German politics on Friday by sharing a post that denounced the country’s handling of migrants and giving kudos to the nation’s far-right party, Alternative for Germany.
Video clips appear to show German non-government organizations rescuing migrants crossing the Mediterranean
Ahh, yep, there it is. He's no longer a billionaire, so his #GetOutOfJailFreeCard has been revoked. He's effectively an ordinary citizen again, so he's once again bound by the same laws that apply to everybody else.
Such a sudden, tragic fall from grace! What ever shall he do?! 😂
“critics say that #Musk’s impulsive front-running on the CEO announcement was merely a prelude and that she has appeared on the back foot on multiple occasions since…
“The job is not to be CEO,” says one person with knowledge of their working relationship. “You will not get to control Elon, you have to roll with the punches and channel him. If he says the sky is bright pink, you have to say you’re excited the sky is pink”
We Need #CleanAir, Not Another Billionaire
The first time I heard the chant it was while helping to block the street in front of leading fossil fuel financer #BlackRock in lower Manhattan last Wednesday the 13th: “We need clean air, not another #billionaire!”
Then there was the other one: “Tax the Rich, Tax the Mother-F—ing Rich!”, also a big hit all throughout the week of actions in New York City.
This was the spirit of the week of resistance to end fossil fuels
A surprising number of people have the ridiculous goal: "I want to be a #billionaire!"
It's not a reasonable or wise aspiration.
You're statistically more likely to get hit by a bus.
Plus, you might want to take a closer look at the lives of these billionaires. It's not that delightful.
You know what a much better #goal is?
Being in complete control of how you spend your days. Much more achievable and amazingly delightful!
#ClarenceThomas’ involvement in the events is part of a yearslong, personal relationship w/the #KochBrothers that has remained almost entirely out of public view. It developed over years of trips to the Bohemian Grove, a #secretive all-men’s retreat in Northern California. #Thomas has been a regular at the Grove for 2 decades, where he stayed in a small camp w/real estate #billionaire #HarlanCrow & the Kochs….
The irony after a 70 year reign of #lies #disinformation facilitating #corruption #subversion of #democracy #billionaire #media mogul ‘Rupert Murdoch says in a note to staff today upon announcement of his retirement: "The battle for the freedom of speech and, ultimately, the freedom of thought, has never been more intense" https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/rupert-murdochs-70-year-career-australia-global-media-mogul-2023-09-21/
“The malignant narcissist in #Florida is not the force driving the #RepublicanCult. He is a very useful front man for the #Billionaire autocrats that fund the #HeritageFoundation and #FederalistSociety.
Woooooooo - #DOJ #Probe #Scrutinizes #ElonMusk #Perks at #Tesla Going Back Years. #Federal #prosecutors also have sought information about #transactions between Tesla and other entities related to the #billionaire https://www.wsj.com/tech/justice-department-probe-scrutinizes-elon-musk-perks-at-tesla-going-back-years-3493e321?st=rr5xrx3f4fhppon&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink
"One #American #billionaire w/ #Saudi investor help has now seized control of the nation’s largest short-form #socialmedia platform (X) & turned it into a #Nazi friendly place where hate & #antisemitism flourish. He also used #US govt #subsidies to build a worldwide web of #satellite based #internet providers & then blocked #Ukraine from attacking the #Russian fleet in #Crimea." #ThomHartmann #Substack #Musk
Thank you Senator #ElizabethWarren, who is demanding an investigation into #SpaceX after Elon #Musk acknowledged he had blocked #Ukraine from extending the private #Starlink satellite network for an attack on Russian warships near the Crimean coast.
“The Congress needs to investigate what’s happened here and whether we have adequate tools to make sure foreign policy is conducted by the government and not by one #billionaire,” the Massachusetts Democrat said Monday at the Capitol.
The activists included #FederalistSociety leader #LeonardLeo &his ideological soulmate, a hard-edged activist named #GinniThomas, the wife of #SCOTUS Justice #ClarenceThomas.
“Ginni really wanted to build an organization & be a movement leader. Leonard [Leo] was going to be the conduit of that” said a person familiar….
She also had… #HarlanCrow, the… #billionaire who helped Thomas & her husband in many ways, from #funding #luxury #vacations to picking up #tuition payments for their great-nephew.
The #CBC is an obstacle to their domination of the infosphere.
Imagine every news outlet in Canada as #RebelNews #TrueNorth & #FoxNews. Every #SocialMedia platform a #billionaire-owned #EchoChamber. Every #SearchEngine a #SurveillanceCapitalism #DataHarvesting, #ProductPlacement machine. It’s an oligarch’s wet dream.
Activists spray red paint over billionaire Walmart heiress's superyacht for a second time | CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/08/europe/yacht-vandalize-activists-spain-walmart-climate-intl/index.html #walmart #billionaire #wealthgap #taxtherich
Way too much power in one man, an unelected Billionaire nutcase!
According to excerpts published by CNN, a soon-to-be-released biography of the #SpaceX CEO claims that Musk secretly ordered his engineers to turn off his #Starlink satellite network over Russian-occupied #Crimea last year in order to prevent a Ukrainian drone attack on #Russia’s naval fleet
Harsh, but fair and true. It first hit me when I watched #Supergirl a couple of years ago and she was burning herself out listening for and responding to nonviolent larceny and similar crimes.
No superhero fights the system, though some anti-heroes may sometimes do (#Punisher?).
I posted the Billy Bragg song answer to Oliver Anthony recently, but this quote is too good not to pass along.
"Since I saw that clip of Oliver Anthony singing "Rich Men North of Richmond" the ghost of Woody Guthrie has been whispering in my ear.
"Help that guy out" Woody keeps telling me.
"Let him know there's a way to deal with those problems he's singing about."
Today I sat down & wrote this response to Mr Anthony's song, for people like him & people like you."
Plan for 55,000-acre utopia dreamed by Silicon Valley elites unveiled
Flannery Associates, the California group behind the $800m effort, launched a website showcasing renderings
The Silicon Valley elites who have been quietly buying up northern California farmland for several years have gone public with their vision for the utopian city they hope to build from scratch on 55,000 acres in Solano county.
@swearyanthony I was actually just thinking a few hours before seeing this: "if I were a #billionaire #DirtyEnergy #plutocrat and I wanted to pollute public discourse, wouldn't I want to set up various awards to give my corporate megaphone (#MurdochPress etc) a veneer of 'quality journalism'? Hmmm,I wonder what the history and funding of the Walkleys is?"
This scares the hell out of me!
#ElonMusk’s Shadow Rule
How the U.S. government came to rely on the tech #Billionaire—and is now struggling to rein him in.
Musk’s influence is more brazen and expansive. There is little precedent for a civilian’s becoming the arbiter of a war between nations in such a granular way, or for the degree of dependency that the U.S. now has on #Musk in a variety of fields, from the future of #energy and #transportation to the exploration of #space.
Setting aside the untrustworthiness of lone billionaires, their megalomaniacal goals, and their grandiosely named political initiatives, I don't quite understand these goals, or how #McCourt "plans" to "fix" the supposed "problems" he's pointing to. We know #Twitter and #Facebook are bad, and we know why: this isn't new ground he's treading.
Part of me also thinks if one of these billionaires wants to put their money where their mouth is, they could always put it behind an actual project that might actually improve the way social media is done, like #Fediverse. I feel like even a tiny bit of this money thrown behind some server funds and #Mastodon code bounties could be a game-changer.
Then again, I have my doubts that this is actually about supporting the common good and not some self-righteous political goal...
And even if you have the $$$$$$$$$ to get it lobbied in, it'll be faster and far cheaper to just migrate somewhere that has mandatory paid vacation.
I.e. #Germany has like 24 days of paid vacation mandatory but I've yet to find a company that has less than 30 in their contracts.
@Heidentweet which won't work as most don't "own" said planes on their own but have those boxed into airlines.
Ignorance is no excuse! #Ford and #Clark should have known the #greenbelt land swap would be controversial and ensured a fair and transparent land selection process. Not shuffled the dirty job off onto a chief of staff to enrich influential #billionaire developers. They should be held accountable for this #scandal. #onpoli #ontario #auditorgeneralreport #duffinsrougeagpreserve
“I am a major investor here [in the #UK]... If I see this country steering itself over a cliff backing #FossilFuel, I am going to start pulling out. I will push my #investments over to North America … I must invest where I know I have proper #leadership, not leadership which is on a clickbait cycle.”
I'd also like to point out that #Monero's :monero: #AntiASIC position resulted in a more diverse or at least #decentralized #Mining #Community that isn't paywalled so hard that one needs to be a #Billionaire just to get Crumbs.
"I'm a #billionaire, the rules don't apply to me", exhibit A: #birdsite https://www.npr.org/2023/07/31/1191055173/twitter-x-sign-san-francisco-investigation-musk
I've done office work for construction companies for a long time in my day job, often for work in #SanFrancisco, and the idea that #ElonMusk was able to even THINK about putting up that fucking sign in a couple of days, let alone one that strobes and is held up by sandbags...do you KNOW how hard the permitting process is in #SF? For one thing, it's constantly given by #LondonBreed as an excuse for why affordable housing isn't being built there. But this #billionaire gets to do as he LIKES? #X
Apropos of nothing: if I were a hundreds-of-billions #billionaire, one of the many things I would do is, I would fund a nation-wide independent non-profit criminal defense law firm that was 100% as skilled, professional, and dedicated as the United States Department Of Justice. We would offer a free and vigorous defense at trial to every criminal defendant in the country who wants one. No more coerced pleas, ever! Make prosecutors prove or dismiss every bullshit case. Worth every penny. #Justice
Imagine if you can if just one #fossilfuel #billionaire woke up one day and as his flunky handed him his #coffee, and thought for one moment that his #wealth is causing the heat the entire world is suffering from and asked himself if there's anything he can do to help.
I know it won't happen, but it's nice to imagine that one of them may still have an iota of #humanity left.
"A #billionaire who doesn’t want to be called a billionaire, who blusters when his company’s service workers get likened to the blue-collar worker who raised him — this is the chasm between our putative national values and our daily reality. We want to believe in a middle-class America where hard #work weaves its own safety net. But millions of workers don’t earn enough money to cover basic expenses." #Starbucks #union
A small sign of maturity 💩
#Edgelord #Billionaire Elon #Musk has finally put an end to his months-long troll of the media, announcing Thursday night that #Twitter’s press email will no longer auto-respond to inquiries with a #Poop #Emoji. “We are changing the auto-reply from 💩
Too much money is not good for you!
(good thing I'm not a billionaire 🤣)
“Extreme #wealth does a number on people's grasp on reality.
For decades, the dominant narrative about the rich, especially the #billionaire class, was that they really are better than us: Smarter, more talented, and, in the case of tech billionaires, equipped with prognostication powers so profound they are indistinguishable from magic.”
Tax data obtained by @ProPublica provides a glimpse of what congressional investigators would find if Crow were to open his books…. Crow’s voyages w/Thomas, the data shows, contributed to a nice side benefit: They helped reduce Crow’s tax bill.…
Just a reminder that every #Billionaire represents a tax policy failure.
Or paraphrasing the great Fran Lebowitz:
“No one makes a billion dollars, they STEAL it.”
While looking for my favorite Joseph Heller quote, I found this article with his and some other good quotes.
Kurt Vonnegut & Joseph Heller talking about a #billionaire:
Joe: “I’ve got something he can never have.”
Kurt: “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
Joe: “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr: "You can not legislate morality."
"Party of Trump" 2023: "Hold my (Not Bud Light) beer." 🤦♂️
The irony of a Party now obsessed with legislating #morality, has rallied around an #amoral, thrice married, serial adulterer #billionaire #conman who paid hush money to a porn star, and now convicted of #defamation of someone who credibly accused him of #rape.
#GOMP: Grand Old Morality Police
Activists complain of obsession with #billionaire #submersible vs. hundreds of #migrants dead traveling in a boat from Libya to Italy https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/syria-migrants-boat-sinking-titanic-submersive-missing-rcna90336?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma&taid=64937d7649cd0f000151532c&utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon
I am sorry but i absolutely refuse to follow live updates or take any interest in what happens to three #Billionaire tourists or whatever on a luxury thrill-seeking, super-expensive, super-unnecessary fun thing, when over 500 people (including many children) are feared dead after #Tragedy in Mediterranean and we never had live coverage or frontpage news on it. (And yes of course this is sad too but the difference in concern is just so wrong)
A quick reminder, from one of my heroes, @juddlegum of "Popular Information":
Billionaire Jeff Bezos owns the #washingtonpost
Billionaire John Henry owns the #BostonGlobe
Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong owns the #latimes
I'm done with that shit, folks. DONE.
I just want every fancy #billionaire with a foundation to know that this is what <$5M nonprofits say behind your back when your Hunger Games-like competitions go live.
No one has time for this.
I hate the fact that #NASA now has to choose between two centibillionaires’ rocket companies to send humans to the moon.
We used to have a #spaceProgram. Now we rent rockets by the mission from rich people.
“Bezos' Blue Origin wins NASA contract to build astronaut lunar lander”
Non-paywall link: https://archive.is/d2uf9
Musk also tweeted "elites" are fabricating racial prejudice, and #Zuckerberg "bought" the 2020 Election.
📷 (Edit) Benjamin Fanjoy / AP file
#Wyden: “I was disappointed but unsurprised by #billionaire Republican activist #HarlanCrow #refusal to respond to my #questions about #gifts he’s #lavished on #ClarenceThomas & family over the bulk of Thomas’s tenure on #SCOTUS. Mr. Crow is relying on same baseless arguments that failed #Trump in his attempt to stonewall #Congressional #oversight. I have used my Chairmanship of the committee to shine a bright light on tax schemes undertaken by the #ultrawealthy https://www.finance.senate.gov/chairmans-news/wyden-statement-on-harlan-crow-stonewalling-committee-inquiry
Reminder that convicted anti-democracy criminal and open #fascist, #Republican Steve Bannon groomed RFK Jr. for months to be a “chaos agent” against the Democratic Party in the 2024 Presidential Election.
"$50 Billion to his name? Wow, how does he do it?"
(Khalil Bendib for OtherWords, CC-BY)
#DonaldTrumpJr, son of a #insurrectionist #billionaire, and supporter of #domesticterrorism, and who is the epitome of #whiteprivilege, flips out calling trans people “#terrorists.” Claiming “#Trans people can do anything they want!”
Now, people who aren't paying are again getting the same legacy features. Once again, I am raising the question of what the actual use is other than a bail out for yet another #billionaire?