brad m
27 minutes ago

“it's worth pausing to consider just how thoroughly the #Cybertruck has come to represent some of the worst problems of American #transportation culture”
“the vehicle seems to be maximized for pedestrian extinction”
“Perhaps what's most upsetting about the #Cybertruck is what the vehicle suggests about how #billionaires like Musk imagine the future of our world — and how willing many Americans are to buy into that violent #dystopia
Deadly reality. Not funny.

@hiiaminfi @tante #Finfact: Were those not misdemeanors but felonies and had he done so in Germany and be sentenced by a judge, his penalty in the form of a fine would've been based off his income.
The Problem with #billionaires like Bezos is that they can and do artifically keep their taxable income low, and that being compensated in shares, not a paycheck as well as getting liquidity by taking a credit with said shares as collateral isn't even legally considered income.

and this is just for starters ...

#media #rethuglican #GQP #Billionaires

The Real Me
6 hours ago

‘Musk and Bezos and people are wanting to go to Mars, they know the Earth is absolutely doomed!’
#JohnCleese #StephenFry #humor #covfefe #billionaires

21 hours ago

Newly minted billionaires are increasingly not “self-made,” but inheriting money from mom and dad, creating American “wealth dynasties” and a society that more closely resembles traditional aristocracies.
#billionaires #wealthtax #succession #kendallroy #TrustFund

stefani banerian
2 days ago
Please, no joking about the #billionaires
2 days ago

The billionaire myth takes a beating - Whites of absolute power and riches built on slavery as “socialism,” the anti-government conservative movement forged in the Gilded Age tried but largely failed to dislodge the New Deal. #billionaires

"Great wealth encourages a sense of entitlement and egotism. It seems to suppress trust, empathy and generosity.

Affluence also appears to diminish people’s interest in looking after their own children.

If any other condition generated these symptoms, we would call it a mental illness."


Peter Butler
4 days ago

“It’s a good thing that responsible custodians are taking on great wealth at this time” 🙄

#Wealth #Inequality #Inheritance #Billionaires

Peter Riley
4 days ago

The more I think about it, the more it seems that Elon #Musk is going the way of eccentric aerospace zillionaire #HowardHughes!

‘One of the most influential and richest people in the world, Hughes first became prominent as a film producer…Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by his worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain…and increasing deafness”

Sound familiar?
#Billionaires #tesla

4 days ago

Newly minted #billionaires have collected more of their wealth from the deaths of relatives than through their own work and entrepreneurship, according to a Swiss bank favoured by the super-rich...

Robert M
5 days ago

@politico The #GOP's wealthy donors don't want anyone getting help to afford healthcare. If they can't afford to pay for it themselves just let them die.
Trump will say or do anything to get elected in order to stay out of prison. #usPolitics #billionaires

A man dumps a senior out of her wheelchair off a cliff.
5 days ago

I don’t like “tax the rich.” The problem isn’t that they “aren’t paying taxes” — not remotely. The problem is the very fact that they are making *billions* in the first place while everyone else makes pennies, and especially *how* someone can accumulate such an abysmally asymmetrical amount of wealth.

The means and systems by which they accumulate that wealth — the exploitation, lobbying, cheating, plutocracy, and other horrible things involved — need to go, along w #billionaires themselves.

Bruce Mirken
5 days ago

"This year's report found that the majority of #billionaires that accumulated wealth in the last year did so through inheritance as opposed to entrepreneurship."

So much for the rewards for effort bollocks;

Last year (according to research by UBS - a Swiss bank), #Billionaires gained more through #inheritance than via #entrepreneurship ($151bn inherited/$141bn 'earned')

and that's just the start, as UBS Head of Wealth Management points out; this will continue 'over the next 20 to 30 years, as more than 1,000 billionaires pass an estimated $5.2tn to their children'!

When you cut away the reward for #innovation, this is just a new form of #feudalism!

Joseph Simons 🍁
5 days ago

"So the fight against #environmental #breakdown is not and has never been just a fight against environmental breakdown. It is also a fight against the great maldistribution of #wealth and power that blights every aspect of life on planet Earth. #Billionaires – even the more enlightened ones – are bad for us. We cannot afford to keep them."

Tucker Teague
5 days ago

We are used to hearing reference to #MSM, meaning Main Stream #Media. I suggest we instead use RCM, meaning Ruling Class Media. This, I believe, more accurately describes the reality that all major/mainstream #news outlets are, in fact, owned and governed by #billionaires and large #corporations.

And as such, the RCM will never speak ill of one of their favorite sons unless doing so increases #profits. Thus, #Kissinger will be praised, just as he always has been, by the #RCM.

ZZ Bottom
5 days ago

#Billionaires NO they do not earn their fortunes by hard honest work..
The bank said it was the first time in the nine-year history of its annual report on the fortunes of the richest 0.00004% of society that “the next generation of billionaires accumulated more wealth through inheritance than entrepreneurship”.

NoBeerToday 🇦🇺
5 days ago


Makes sense, #Trump was/will be a guaranteed champion for #tax minimisation rules for #billionaires & to transfer the tax burden onto the middle class and lower demographic groups. (But the MAGA cult is too stupid to realise that).

Tawtovo (ܬܘܬܒܐ)
5 days ago

Okay, this sentence about #billionaires' #hubris made me laugh:
"By combining a distorted interpretation of #Nietzsche with a pretty accurate one of #AynRand, they end up with a belief that while 'God is dead', the übermensch of the future can use pure reason to rise above traditional religious values and remake the world 'in his own interests'."

Jeri Dansky
6 days ago

This news about Home Depot's co-founder is no surprise, given Home Depot's past donations, but it's a good reminder to consider shopping at Lowe's rather than Home Depot.

Edited to note (thanks to @geographile) that the co-founder is long retired from the company & its current donations can be seen here:

More info here:

#elections #billionaires

Killer Rabbit 90
6 days ago

Here’s a question Cop28 won’t address: why are billionaires blocking action to save the planet? | George Monbiot #COP28 #billionaires #OnePercent #ClimateChangeCriminals #ClimateActionNow

6 days ago


Most of the rich are sociopaths, so no, actually, they don’t care about their children’s or anyone else’s future. They care only for themselves, now.

"Here’s a Q #Cop28 won’t address: why are #billionaires blocking action to save the planet?"

“Don’t they have children? Don’t they have grandchildren? Don’t rich & powerful people care about the world they will leave to their descendants?”

Andrew Thompson
6 days ago

Here’s a Q #Cop28 won’t address: why are #billionaires blocking action to save the planet?

“Don’t they have children? Don’t they have grandchildren? Don’t rich & powerful people care about the world they will leave to their descendants?”

It’s obscene that the super-rich can criminalise protest, as they continue to burn the world’s resources untouched by the law

6 days ago

Jeff Bezos' Superyacht Is So Damned Big It Has to Hang Out With Oil Tankers
The Amazon founder has contributed to the world’s wave of shipping pollution, but it is unclear if he sees the irony.

#climatecrisis #billionaires #news #amazon #climatechange #eattherich

1 week ago

I suspect that if EVERY BILLIONAIRE could be investigated and prosecuted for fraud, tax evasion, environmental assaults, employment law violations, unlawful collusion with foreign governments, and campaign contribution violations…we would no longer be under threat from ANY billionaire or their sleazy organizations.

Fuck them all and the lawyers they ride in on.


Sorry #UAW, but 2028 is FAR too late for a #GeneralStrike.

That's 4 more years of the elite and powerful letting #COVID cull the population. None of our governments will go back to doing the right thing — the end of COVID protections PLUS the ongoing #gaslighting around it just like HIV / AIDS in the '80s and '90s — is making that loud and clear. Even the most holdout of nations are abandoning protections under the immense pressure of the U.S.A. to pretend that the world is normal. Don't underestimate my country's reality distortion field.

Stop showing up. It's time to flex that power so that at least politicians are reminded of who they serve, and where the wealth generation really happens, and how #billionaires will need to begin to redistribute that wealth lest we go from work stoppages to working on guillotine construction.

#GeneralStrike #GeneralStrike2023
#GeneralStrike2028 is too late

Gary Hall
1 week ago

The Equality Trust’s Cost of Inequality 2023 report shows #inequality has increased rapidly in the UK. The UK’s 171 #billionaires are now as #wealthy as more than 40 million of the rest of us.

'The UK’s inequality has left us more #unhealthy, #unhappy and #unsafe than our more #equal peers' in other countries, the report concludes:

Kenneth Freeman :linux: :tor:
1 week ago
Schematic in a thick blue line and an internal grid of black lines of a roller coaster. Proof of concept. The apex is extremely high, the climb and descent very steep. You rapidly enter a series of nine Euler spirals.
Alice Marshall
1 week ago

the reason for the #ClimateCrisis is not people eating cheese burgers, it is #billionaires

Alan Rycroft 🇨🇦
1 week ago

‘We will coup whoever we want!’: the unbearable hubris of Musk and the billionaire tech bros

Challenging each other to cage fights, building apocalypse bunkers – the behaviour of today’s mega-moguls is becoming increasingly outlandish and imperial

#Billionaires vs #ThePeople #inequality

Metin Seven 🎨
1 week ago

Good read.

"The unbearable hubris of Musk and the billionaire tech bros.

Challenging each other to cage fights, building apocalypse bunkers – the behaviour of today’s mega-moguls is becoming increasingly outlandish and imperial."

#article #reading #billionaires #ElonMusk #MarkZuckerberg #tech #technology #BigTech

Consumers are expected to spend a whopping $10 billion dollars this weekend! And to put that into perspective:

Elon Musk - $180 billion
Jeff Besos - $150 billion
Bill Gates - $136 billion
Larry Ellison - $120 billion
Mark Zuckerberg - $118 billion
Larry Page - $118 billion
Warren Buffett - $116 billion
Sergey Brin - $113 billion
Steve Ballmer - $100 billion
#billionaires #blackfriday

1 week ago

@lupus_blackfur @havvyhh2

From my 2019 rant about #billionaires

The word idiot comes from Ancient Greek* ἰδιώτης ‎idiṓtēs, “a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman”), from ἴδιος ‎(ídios, “one's own, pertaining to oneself, private”); ἰδιώτης ‎(idiṓtēs) was used derisively in ancient Athens to refer to one who declined to take part in public life.

Money was created to represent property, for trade. The parasites are destroying the world without adding value.

Catherine Morris
1 week ago

‘…the unbearable hubris of Musk & the billionaire tech bros. “#Billionaires…have been around a long time, but there’s something different about today’s tech titans... Reading about their apocalypse bunkers, vampiric longevity strategies, outlandish social media pronouncements, private space programmes & virtual world-building ambitions, it’s hard to remember they’re not actors in a reality series or characters from a new Avengers movie.” | Douglas Rushkoff, Guardian

"In contrast, however avaricious, the titans of past gilded eras still saw themselves as human members of civil society. Contemporary billionaires appear to understand civics and civilians as impediments to their progress, necessary victims of the externalities of their companies’ growth, sad artefacts of the civilisation they will leave behind in their inexorable colonisation of the next dimension."

#billionaires #villionaires #killionaires

Petra van Cronenburg
2 weeks ago

@emilymbender Thank you so much for this brilliant thread about #OpenAI and #AIHype ⬆️ that I want to recommend warmly to all #journalists and #media, but also to people in #education. Interesting links, f.e. the connection of these #billionaires to fascistoid #eugenic ideologies!
A big #followFriday from me, your work is so enriching!

BTW, these same #superrich techies would never admit that there is #intelligence and #consciousness in #animals.

#AI #generativeAI #LLM #ChatGPT

2 weeks ago

@carnage4life All I know is that any really intelligent AI, regardless of its task or if it’s a simpleton or not, will quickly identify billionaires as a main interference factor to its task.

Only exception is if its task consists in destroying nature or humanity.

#ai #artificialintelligence #billionaires

Matthew Merkovich :clippy:
2 weeks ago

The biggest problem with #billionaires is that they have the very best security money can buy.

Ang Black
2 weeks ago

Wow. Really...
Colts owner Jim Irsay blames arrest on police prejudice against white #billionaires | Indianapolis Colts | The Guardian

> #IndianapolisColts owner #JimIrsay said his March 2014 arrest for driving under the influence was a result of prejudice against him for being #white and #rich

Just 12 #Billionaires Produce More #Emissions Than 2 Million Average Homes
It seems the ultra-wealthy are happy making all the #carbonemissions they please — so much, in fact, that 12 billionaires emit as much as 2.1 million homes. All the green investments were just regular, profit-earning investments, and the talks are #greenwashing and empty words?
Shocked, Shocked I tell you.

2 weeks ago

' Democracy is compatible with capitalism only if democracy is in the driver’s seat, so it can rein in capitalism’s excesses.

But if capitalism and its moneyed interests are in charge, those excesses inevitably grow to the point where they are able to extinguish democracy and ride roughshod over the common good.

That’s why Trump’s neofascism [is] attracting the backing of some of the richest people in the US.'

#Trump #bankrolling #fascism #billionaires

IF someone were to murder a #billionaire (which I am not inciting you to do because's moderators forbid me to wish violence on the people who destroy our planet) it would be the most impactful thing they could possibly do to stop #climateChange


#globalWarming #greenhouseGas #emissions #billionaires #EatTheBillionaires #NoBillionaires #BillionairesShouldNotExist

2 weeks ago

"Private jets belonging to 200 celebrities, CEOs, oligarchs and billionaires have spent a combined total of 11 years in the air since the start of 2022. The carbon footprint of all those flights – a jaw-dropping 44,739 journeys – would be the equivalent of the total emissions of almost 40,000 Britons." #climate #aviation #flying #billionaires #celebrities

Zeb King 🇨🇦
2 weeks ago

"We’re already feeling the long-term impact of listening to what billionaires think is the best way to live one’s life. It sounds good since it’s so relentlessly optimistic. But a billionaire’s guide to living your best life is one where you need to suspend your belief on so many things."

🦋 Benjamin West - 🐒🌻
2 weeks ago

Billionaires are a Menace to Society...

"Let me put it this way: if you made $10,000 a week – a princely sum by the standards of most people – you would have to work every week from the year of Jesus’s birth until this week to earn over a billion dollars. To earn as much as Elon Musk’s net worth at that rate – currently $180bn, according to Forbes – you’d have to work every week for more than a third of a million years – that is, since before Homo sapiens first emerged in Africa....

... billionaires are a menace to the rest of us: their sheer political size warps our public life. Disproportionately older, white and male, they function as unelected powers, a sort of freelance global aristocracy who are too often trying to reign over the rest of us. Some critics think that the supergiant tech corporations that have spawned so many modern billionaires operate in ways that resemble feudalism more than capitalism, and, certainly, plenty of billionaires operate like the lords of the Earth while campaigning to protect the economic inequality that made them so rich and makes so many others so poor. They use their power in arbitrary, reckless and often environmentally destructive ways."

- Rebecca Solnit

#billionaires #inequality #EatTheRich #TimeForChange #Elon #BirdSite #poli #society

2 weeks ago

@Npars01 @rbreich
These #Billionaires 👆 don't support Trump because of his nuanced policy proposals.

They support him because he offers tax cuts and crony capitalism.

Time for #CampaignFinanceReform and to #TaxTheRich with a #WealthTax

Solarpunk Presents Podcast
2 weeks ago

Have you read our first advice column? We've launched a series called "Dear Solarpunk Presents..." where we respond to questions or links or comments (etc) you've sent us about solarpunk and related things.

Not sure if something is solarpunk? Want the opinions of either @arielkroon or @xtinadlr?

We have a LOT of opinions, and we're very happy to be wrong but we can only learn if other people join our conversation.

So head over to our blog and let us know what you think!

(Disclaimer: we're not the arbiters of what is solarpunk or not; that would be very silly. This series hopes to provide a place for discussion where the solarpunk community can learn from each other!)

#solarpunk #solarpunkPresentsPodcast #blog #DearSolarpunkPresents #Advice #AdviceColumn #city #UrbanPlanning #Billionaires #SolarpunkCity #UrbanDesign #IsItSolarpunk? #QandA #Question #CaliforniaForever

CelloMom On Cars
2 weeks ago

"A less discussed but faster-growing problem is #inequality within countries. #Billionaires are still overwhelmingly white, male and based in the US and Europe, but members of this influential class of super-rich can increasingly be found in other parts of the world. Millionaires are even more dispersed."

CelloMom On Cars
2 weeks ago

#Oxfam report: Richest 1% emit more carbon than poorest 66%

"The most comprehensive study of global #climate #inequality ever undertaken shows that this elite group, made up of 77 million people including #billionaires, millionaires and those paid more than US$140,000 (£112,500) a year, accounted for 16% of all CO2 #emissions in 2019 – enough to cause more than a million excess deaths due to heat, according to the report.."

Petra van Cronenburg
2 weeks ago

The richest 1 percent of the world’s population produced as much carbon pollution in 2019 than the five billion people who made up the poorest two-thirds of humanity, reveals a new Oxfam report: Before #COP28 starts, Oxfam has launched a petition:

#carbon #climateJustice #pollution #billionaires #taxTheRich #ClimateCrisis #Oxfam #MakeRichPollutersPay

Ecologia Digital
2 weeks ago

"As more and more wealth accumulates at the top, the moneyed interests fear that democratic majorities will take it away through higher taxes, stricter regulations (on everything from trade to climate change), enforcement of anti-monopoly laws, pro-union initiatives, and price controls.
So they’re sinking ever more of their wealth into #antidemocracy candidates.
#Trump is going full #fascist these days, and gaining the backing of prominent #billionaires."

3 weeks ago

#Mastodon continues its solid growth with well over 14 million accounts but almost zero coverage in the corporate news media.

Meanwhile, #oligarchy #billionaire owned #BS (#Bluesky’s incredibly appropriate acronym) just surpassed only 2 million accounts, yet the corporate news #media is gushing about its ‘amazing’ growth.

The #propaganda is blinding.

#SocialMedia #journalism #ethics #disinformation #misinformation #billionaires

Solarpunk Presents Podcast
3 weeks ago

Dear Solarpunk Presents...

We're launching an advice column! (Well, sort of...) Our first question is from a listener who wanted our opinion about the "California Forever" project to build a sustainable city in Solano County, California. Is it solarpunk?

Click through to see what California-raised @xtinadlr has to say about it, and join the conversation in the comments to share your opinion.

(Ariel also took a look at the project, but this is more in Christina's wheelhouse!)


#solarpunk #solarpunkPresentsPodcast #blog #DearSolarpunkPresents #Advice #AdviceColumn #city #UrbanPlanning #Billionaires #SolarpunkCity #UrbanDesign #IsItSolarpunk? #QandA #Question #CaliforniaForever

brad m
3 weeks ago

"Did you ever wonder why the 21st century feels like we're living in a bad #cyberpunk novel from the 1980s?” by @cstross

#SiliconValley ideology quietly admits (its) #freedom is not compatible with (our) #democracy
"#Longtermism grabs attention back from people being harmed, who were beginning to make too much noise” by @mariafarrell

#sciencefiction #billionaires #effectivealtruism #tescreal #authoritarianism

brad m
3 weeks ago

This article barely scratches the surface of the threat from #SiliconValley’s #radical #anarchocapitalist #billionaires

#Rightwing titans of #tech helped create Donald Trump. Now they’re alienated from politics and searching for allies

Read these by @anildash for more

The #tech tycoon #martyrdom charade

"#VC qanon" and the #radicalization of the #tech tycoons

#farright #libertarian #authoritarianism

Bruce Mirken
3 weeks ago

#Billionaires are supporting #Trump. They aren't doing this because they want to make your life better or protect #democracy.

There is a rumor going around that if one mentions to #BillGates three times in a row #Linux that he will throw the person to the most silent room in the world. As a form of white #torture

#anechoic #chamber

#billionaires #mock #jokes 🃏 🤡

Imagine a place free of
⛔ actually, any kind of #rich people and, oh no,
⛔ 95% of the items on your shopping list

but with

🏭 sky high #CO2 emissions way above our current footprint.

I have been there and don't want back.

Three graphs representing CO2-emissions for the whole of Germany, East Germany (GDR) and West Germany. The graph for Germany as a whole on top shows steady decline. The share of the emissions from (smaller) East Germany is much higher than the share of West Germany.
Not A Bird
1 month ago

@ taylorlorenz @ When psychopaths fixate on something, it is scary as heck. When it's a rich psychopath, it is just 🚨🚨🚨

Don't ignore these as tantrums.

#internet #billionaires #autocrats

Noelle :verified:
1 month ago

"Tesla CEO Elon Musk has broken a record for the largest amount of money lost by one person, according to Guinness World Records."


#money #billionaires #wealth #Tesla #ElonMusk #News #npr

1 month ago

$10 Trillion in Added US Debt Since 2001 Shows 'Bush and Trump Tax Cuts Broke Our Modern Tax Structure'

"In their blind loyalty to their mega-donors, Republicans' fixation on giant tax cuts for billionaires

The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday released new figures related to the 2023 budget that showed a troubling drop in the nation's tax revenue compared to GDP—a measure which fell to 16.5% despite a growing economy

#Oligarchy #gop #trump #billionaires

Metin Seven 🎨
2 months ago

Want to get an impression how insanely disproportionally wealthy the richest people in the world are?

#billionaires #wealth #money #TaxTheRich #information #knowledge #infographic #web #online #website

David Chartier
2 months ago

Yeah so... when can we start setting fire to #billionaires. Because they are openly talking about setting fire to the rest of us.

Zhi Zhu 🕸️
2 months ago

"the “New Right now often discusses a #RedCaesar, by which it means a leader whose post-Constitutional rule will restore the strength of his people.”

...anti-democracy arguments like Slack’s are gaining traction in the small but influential world of far-right think tanks like #Hillsdale & the #ClaremontInstitute.

...a dangerous #conspiracy theory taking root not just with obscure professors but with the iconoclastic #billionaires who back the right."

#GOP #USPol #News

Text from article:
Slack writes that the “New Right now often discusses a Red Caesar, by which it means a leader whose post-Constitutional rule will restore the strength of his people.” In a recent Guardian article, writer Jason Wilson — who deserves enormous credit for tying together these threads — finds anti-democracy arguments like Slack’s are gaining traction in the small but influential world of far-right think tanks like Hillsdale and the Claremont Institute. That’s been tracked here in Philadelphia by another writer, the centrist liberal Damon Linker at UPenn, who sees a dangerous conspiracy theory taking root not just with obscure professors but with the iconoclastic billionaires who back the right.

“Intellectuals play a certain kind of role, especially on the right, in legitimating actions of elites in the party and [the] movement,” Linker told me in a recent interview, adding: “They’re giving people permission to do terrible things,” labeling shameful measures as “acts of virtue.”



Donald Trump Drops Off The Forbes 400 For Second Time In 3 Years