1% Space Race

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Elon Musk’s Space Race Is Misguided

Last night I read a Tweet by Bernie Sanders, everyone’s favorite cranky grandfather. He’s not cranky in the sense “we walked uphill in the snow, both ways” cranky, but he’s “to have a well-functioning society for all, we all need to pay our fair share” cranky.

His tweet took aim at Elon Musk’s SpaceX program and made a remarkably salient point, why are we rushing to Mars when we can’t even feed our children?

Last night I read a Tweet by Bernie Sanders, everyone’s favorite cranky grandfather. He’s not cranky in the sense “we walked uphill in the snow, both ways” cranky, but he’s “to have a well-functioning society for all, we all need to pay our fair share” cranky.

Insect populations are collapsing — a huge ‘canary in the coal mine’ warning.

His tweet took aim at Elon Musk’s SpaceX program and made a remarkably salient point, why are we rushing to Mars when we can’t even feed our children?

Yes, having a Plan B out in space is a good idea in case a killer asteroid hits the Earth or some Pandemic kills everyone, but do we need to have Elon Musk leading the charge? Or someone like Jeff Bezos?

While I love all the commercial space innovation that’s going on right now, I think we’ve lost sight of the most important thing in our lives right now, our Earth and how we treat one another.

There is homelessness. We don’t have good healthcare for everyone. The divide between have and have-nots is growing wider every day. Our Earth is burning. Insect populations are collapsing — a huge ‘canary in the coal mine’ warning.

Mars is dead, Earth is not…yet.

Things are becoming unsustainable and those ‘resources’ that Elon is ‘accumulating’ leads me to believe he’d leave us, plebs, all behind when the Earth finally does burn and die.

We can not support a Space Race for the 1%, which is what will happen if Elon continues on his course and Jeff Bezos joins him. It will an escape pod for the ultra-rich — the 1% — while the most livable planet anywhere in the known universe dies.

My plea to Elon and Jeff is this if you want to do something of great value that humanity will honor you for eternity, pay your taxes and fix what’s wrong with this planet NOW.

Mars is dead, Earth is not…yet.

Elon Musk is a Troll

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And I can’t stand the hubris

Elon Musk is a troll, and I can’t stand this level of “in your face” hubris. I’m not a religious guy but I do believe that “pride does go before a fall.” Why do I believe in that? Because I’ve lived it a few times.

Effective as of March 15, 2021, the titles of Elon Musk and Zach Kirkhorn have changed to Technoking of Tesla and Master of Coin, respectively. Elon and Zach will also maintain their respective positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. (via TSLA 8-k)

Why am I bent up over something as silly as calling yourself Technoking or Master of Coin? I really don’t care what you call yourself, but there’s a hidden sinister message there. It’s a flagrant ‘F U’ to the markets and shareholders, under the guise of ‘sticking it to the man.’

Do people realize that they’ve lost their marbles?

Right now everything is riding high for him. Space X is doing some cool stuff, Tesla’s share price is at ridiculous highs, and everything Musk touches seems to turn to gold. The funny thing, I don’t buy this Technoking crap one bit, it’s just Musk managing his company’s narrative for his personal ego. If you believe that his shit doesn’t stink then I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

He’s invested a portion of the company’s assets into Bitcoin. What a great way to blow up (manipulate) his company’s share price. When Bitcoin goes up, so does the valuation of his company. Do people realize that they’ve lost their marbles?

He’s poking his fingers in shareholder’s eyes, going ‘na na na na na’ and you say, ‘Yes Sir! May I have some more?” There’s going to be people that will buy TSLA for the first time at these insane valuations and then get left holding the bag when it all collapses. Believe, it will collapse but I just don’t know when.

Who gets hurt when it collapses? Mutual funds, pension funds, shareholders, individual investors, your Mom or Dad, teachers, and many more. There’s a lot of money tied up in the markets, not just for Wall Street but for regular people too.

The sad part? People look up to this troll. They want to be like him, but as Jessica Wildfire wrote, our heroes reveal our values

Millions of men look up to Elon Musk because his obscene wealth allows him to do and say whatever he wants, without consequence. He can send the price of stock and assets like bitcoin soaring with a single tweet. (via Jessica Wildfire)

What’s the value he reveals? A smart guy who wants to show that he’s just like you, wants to take on the big Wall Street machine for the little guy, all the while acting like a big baby because he didn’t get his way.

And right now? He’s definitely on the side of r/WallStreetBets apes. They idolize him because his stock has made a lot of them rich, something they’d never ever be in their lifetimes on their own, so they feel they owe him.

But loyalty and sentiment’s a funny thing. The Wall Street Rebellion continues and one day people will realize he’s not like them at all. He’s just like the rest of leeches on Wall Street, plunging the knife in your back with a smile on his face.

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” — Let them eat cake