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Imagine there’s no Commies

Elon Musk has bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter,  according to a regulatory filing published Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Why it matters: Musk recently told his around 80 million Twitter followers he’s giving “serious thought” to building a social media platform to rival Twitter, which he criticized for “failing to adhere to free speech principles.”
By the numbers: Twitter shares jumped more than 25% in premarket trading after news of Musk’s purchase broke.
Musk’s 9.2% stake is equivalent to 73,486,938 shares of Twitter common stock and is worth $2.89 billion based on the company’s closing price Friday. The stake would make Musk the company’s largest shareholder, per the Financial Times. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey holds a 2.25% stake.

Aw well. . . It’s probably nothing. Just Elon setting up to kill Commies . . .

Meanwhile… @ his Day Job:

Meanwhile… @ his Hobby:

And the moral of the story is:
Just say no to Silicon Soy Valley.

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  • Now With Fortified Democracy April 4, 2022, 11:14 AM

    Comrade kommissar Pajeet Arawal CEO of the Twit hiveborg says they are not bound by the construct of the white male patriarchy known as the first amendment.

    • Mike Austin April 4, 2022, 12:28 PM

      Another babu with a punchable face. In the tech world of the US there are hordes of such foreign interlopers—and every one of them as weird as anything. They need to return to their country of origin.

      • ghostsniper April 5, 2022, 2:56 PM

        Or get burned in place.

  • AlfromChgo April 4, 2022, 11:36 AM

    Walter Reuther spins in his grave….

  • KCK April 4, 2022, 1:26 PM

    I’d like to be a fly on the wall in the break room (latte counter?) at Twitter after this. Actually, I’d like to be the fly in their latte, but I digress. There must be some sense of foreboding. The Twitts have to know, at some cognitive level, that they are bad guys. I mean, c’mon man. No sentient being can be so far afield from the mass culture, or so far to the Left that they are blind to their own evil. They think like the following. January 6th: existentially bad/BLM summer of riots: quintessentially good.

    Musk is flawed beyond measure by his enviro-maniacal beliefs, but at the same time he also seems to have some common sense. In some ways he’s kind of a 40s-60s era liberal. Not evil, necessarily, but also not particularly brilliant. He is brilliant technologically, and he does see the connections in things. But, he believes political bullshit at the same time. I mean, the Tesla is the right tool for a non-problem.

  • John Venlet April 4, 2022, 1:42 PM

    The Twitts have to know, at some cognitive level, that they are bad guys. I mean, c’mon man. No sentient being can be so far afield from the mass culture, or so far to the Left that they are blind to their own evil.

    Casey, I think you are wrong, here. Dead wrong. They know, and they embrace the evil.

    • KCK April 4, 2022, 3:51 PM

      They know…we agree. see that?

  • Gordon Scott April 4, 2022, 2:30 PM

    Tesla is the right tool if the goal is to figure out how to make battery packs that don’t catch fire. That knowledge has implications far beyond cars. GM couldn’t do it. More than one airplane has crashed because of faulty batteries carried as cargo. Two cargo ships have caught fire (and sunk?) because of fires created by battery packs.

    The cars paid for the research. Tesla now will sell you a package that includes rooftop solar and a battery pack. Musk sold Australia a battery installation that shaves down the peaks of power consumption. Now the idea that we’re going to have enough batteries to store power and run off solar and wind is fantasy. There ain’t enough batteries and there ain’t enough wind and solar and there never will be enough. But enough to shave off the peak consumption? That can be done and it saves a lot of money.

    If I could buy a Tesla Powerwall for my house, I could charge it with less expensive off-peak power, and have it kick in during the 3 pm-6 pm period when the utility charges me nearly five times the baseline rate. I cannot now buy one because it’s a package with rooftop solar, and no one will install rooftop solar on a manufactured home unless it’s permanently attached to the ground.

    • ThisIsNotNutella April 4, 2022, 4:50 PM

      The problem with Musk and his PowerWalls and rooftop solar energy and the schemes to sell back excess energy to the utility companies is that it’s all based on taxpayer subsidies and Upper Middle Class Welfare policies and artificially hiked utility prices which raise the base cost of utility bills for those who cannot afford the capital outlays to build a new environmentally friendly house and tile its roof with panels and install the extra kit… so that while CFO Fred and Doctor Jenny are preening about their techno and enviro creds and showing off screenshots of the app showing them selling energy back to the grid, Grandma Hardscrabble is either dying of heatstroke or freezing to death because she can’t afford the energy bills in Current Year. But Grandma Hatfield or whatever flyover icky surname she might have is not on Instagram. So no problem.

      The one thing I will say for Musk is that faced between him ripping off the taxpayer and Blue Haired Lesbians and POCS doing likewise, I’ll go with Musk. More chance of getting that Flying Car from Musk.

      It would be glorious to see him sluice out the Augean Stables at Twitter… Problem is the Pajeets would just label him a ‘Sweeper’ and shake their Brahmin heads. I think gonna take more Plomo than Plata.

      • Fletcher Christian April 5, 2022, 6:17 PM

        More chance of getting vacations on Mars and zero-G honeymoons from Musk, too. Leftists absolutely hate the thought of human expansion into space. Why? Because such an expansion will mean them losing control, and because for a very long time the space civilisation will have no use and no room for intersectional gender theorists and writers of socialist propaganda.

    • ghostsniper April 4, 2022, 6:22 PM

      This is a fairly simple problem to solve, Gordon, if you’re willing to do a little research and get a little dirt under your fingernails. Oh, and you’ll save a ton of money over buying the premade stuff that you won’t understand how it does what it do. Just because, find out what it means to be “permanently attached to the ground”. It may mean something other than what you may think. Lastly, the absolute worst place to put a solar array is on a roof. Imagine, if you will, that you need to overhaul the engine on your car and you decide to do it on the roof of your home. Can you understand? Solar array placement needs to be convenient to the operator for a host of reasons.

      A few days ago I was driving somewhere and came upon 3 fat buzzards feeding on a roadkill possum. As I approached 2 buzzards lit out and the 3rd hung back as long as possible. At the very last second it took off banking to the left out in front of and slightly above my vehicle. Taking off from a standing start like that creates a lot of internal pressure and as we all know pressure, like water, seeks the quickest outlet. Out of that buzzards anus exploded at least a quart of the foulest liquid material you can imagine and I am glad I was not in it’s pathway. How would you clean such a mess from a roof mounted solar array? A quart would wipe out the production of at least 1 panel maybe more. If the array is on the ground where it should be you grab the hose and the broom and 5 mins later you’re back on the porch sippin your tea.

  • Terry April 4, 2022, 10:06 PM

    I don’t have the time to rehash my wife and I living comfortably off grid totally for eighteen years in the mountains of Nevada. Nevada is a high insolation state . . . gets lots of sunny days. We loved it. Ran off photovoltaic and large storage batteries. Never had an electric power outage.

    We had a small backup gas generator. We had a 260 foot deep water well. We had a 500 gallon propane tank for heat. We could also use free firewood for heating. Winters were as cold as minus 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit.

    We moved to this location for purposes of “learning” through experiencing, rough environmental conditions. We think most people would have hard times and possibly perish experiencing what we endured. No phone, no TV, no neighbors, no hospital. Closest grocery store 12 miles distant.

    We were snowed-in several times. That’s what being prepared is for. The area was inhabited by un-friendly Black bears, Cougars and Rattlesnakes.

    The Sun is our friend. I believe the technology will be developed to harness incredible mega, mega watts of solar energy in time. I am not thinking photovoltaic panels. Man has always learned to develop and utilize new forms of whatever is needed. Always. Could be decades away. My wife and I are not too concerned about what may be coming due to the apparent collapse of a once great nation. The goons will starve to death. Let them eat . . . each other.

    • OneGuy April 5, 2022, 7:48 AM

      It is not that solar doesn’t work. It is that the math doesn’t work. To put it simply commercial solar and wind uses more energy than it can produce in it’s lifetime. The only reason it appears to be sustainable is because it is built in China where coal energy is cheap and it is heavily subsidized in the U.S. It is like investing in something with a negative return. You put in $100 and every year the value of your investment goes down by 5%. That is what solar is except that the government taxes everyone else and gives you back the 5% you lost.

  • Mike Austin April 5, 2022, 4:49 AM

    I have not the slightest idea whether or not Musk’s involvement with Twitter will be “good for free speech”. Musk is very strange, a brilliant grifter, a genius and a multi-billionaire. His thoughts are not my thoughts. He moves in circles that are unknown to me. I enjoy reading of his latest antics, but these are mere entertainment.

    Like all of his kind, Musk considers himself “beyond good and evil”. His personal life is messy; his choice of creating a bastard with the appallingly bizarre Grimes is typical of his sort.

    Vox Day does not care much for Musk, for whatever that is worth:

    “Elon Musk is not, and will never be, one of “the good guys”. Neither is Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, or any other figurehead elevated and propped up by the wicked corpocracy…When will morons on the right stop falling for the same charade?”

    When all is said and done, Musk has no effect on my life whatsoever. Like I wrote, he is entertainment value. That’s something I guess.

    • MMinWA April 5, 2022, 5:30 AM

      Dennis Prager??

      • Mike Austin April 5, 2022, 6:21 AM

        I know. Shapiro I get. But why Prager? And why Beck?

        • Aggie April 5, 2022, 7:49 AM

          Because sometimes VD is just a jealous, vain, mean old lady.

          • ThisIsNotNutella April 5, 2022, 5:17 PM

            VD does get bad cases of extreme jealousy. Not a very nice character, but very intelligent and sometimes sees further than the rest of us. When he’s right he’s very, very right and when he’s wrong he’s very, very wrong. Either way he’s pretty much always Horrid. Definitely some Stockholm Syndrome in his comment threads.

            Still he’s right on the Pragers and Becks of this world. They’re Gate Keepers. Keep the Cattle from straying too far. Prager is just another YouKnowWho telling Aspirational Intellectually Curious Joe Sixpack what it is and is not OK to believe and think about. Beck.. well funny underwear. Ultimately they don’t just gate-keep, they obfuscate and inscribe flourishes and curlicues and epicycles … when what is needed is some (as the Chinese say) Drawing of Lines.

            • Mike Austin April 6, 2022, 9:13 AM

              The source of Day’s outrage was that both Beck and Prager happily accepted—in fact they had cheered it on—a sodomite union involving Dave Rubin. According to Rubin “the true American dream of the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness” must now include sodomy.

    • OneGuy April 5, 2022, 7:58 AM

      If Vox Day doesn’t like Musk than clearly Musk is a good guy!

  • billrla April 5, 2022, 11:27 AM

    I saw very little diversity in that Tesla plant fly-through. Those cars are racist.

    • Mike Austin April 5, 2022, 5:08 PM

      It didn’t show the janitorial service.

      • ThisIsNotNutella April 5, 2022, 5:19 PM

        Gotta love the Great Chain of Being.

  • ThisIsNotNutella April 5, 2022, 5:29 PM

    I’ve got this theory that if Musk really truly wants to get to Mars and live out the remainder of his life, this is what he will do, because it’s going to be Very Expensive and require human species level application of resources and focus to do it right:

    1) Grift enough money to develop enough space tech capacity to go fetch > 1 sufficiently-sized asteroids back to Earth Orbit.

    2) Redecorate the Siwa Oasis with one of these for demonstration purposes.

    3) The rest is obvious.

    Vox Day is fond of telling us dumb-asses that we cannot hope to comprehend the thought processes of someone more than one SD to the right. So doubtless there’s an easier way to do it.

    • Mike Austin April 6, 2022, 8:59 AM

      Alexander was at Siwa 2300 years ago. Maybe Musk can locate his tomb lost somewhere in the Mediterranean near Alexandria. He can take it with him to Mars.