I’ve been under the weather for a few days, still not quite up to snuff, but it surely didn’t take much to get me growling with anger again …
Elon Musk is an engineer, industrial designer and technology entrepreneur. He is a citizen of South Africa, the United States (where he has lived most of his life and currently resides), and Canada. He is the founder, CEO and chief engineer/designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc., and other lesser-known companies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018. In December 2016, he was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People, and was ranked joint-first on the Forbes list of the Most Innovative Leaders of 2019. As of May 2020, he has a net worth of $36.5 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 31st-richest person in the world. He is the longest tenured CEO of any automotive manufacturer globally.
Now let me tell you a few more things about Elon Musk. He is a spoiled brat, a fool, and he doesn’t care if you or I live or die … all he cares about is making more and more and more money. All of the above accolades do not impress me after his behaviour of this past week.
Mr. Musk has a Tesla manufacturing company located in Fremont, California. In March, under shutdown orders due to the wildfire spread of the coronavirus, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all non-essential businesses, which included auto manufacturers, to close temporarily. Those orders still remain in most counties, but Mr. Musk, having decided that since he is such a wealthy and important man, first threatened to relocate his plant to another state. He filed a suit against Alameda County where his factory is located. When that little temper tantrum got him nowhere, he defied the law and opened his plant in Fremont anyway.
Since January, Mr. Musk has pooh-poohed the idea that the coronavirus was anything more than the common cold, citing “research” that said there would be no new cases by the end of April. Well, we can see how well that worked out, when we have 85,000+ deaths in the United States alone, with over 1,000 deaths per day. Musk is willing to risk the lives of his employees, their families, and anyone else they might come into contact with … just so that he can make more electric cars that, frankly, right now nobody has any interest in buying.
In a recent phone call, Musk called the stay-at-home orders “fascist”, saying …
“They’re breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are wrong and are not why people came here or built this country.”
Trump, of course, had to get in on the act, tweeting, “California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!” And just what does HE know??? He is largely responsible for some of those 85,000+ lives that we’ve already lost!
For the time being, Musk seems to have won the battle, but perhaps not the war. Country officials implemented strict safety regulations for the plant and if any are not followed, they are prepared to force Musk to shut it down. Personally, I think he is evil, a spoiled brat, and wish we could send him back to South Africa where he was born, for if the making of a damn car is more important than human lives, then he is the exact sort of inhumane jackass that we do not need in this country.
My friend Brian, aka Equinoxio21 on WordPress, made a comment today that I think covers most everything I write about lately: “Common sense has just been listed on the WWF list of endangered species …”
The latest in the demise of common sense annals in the U.S. …
The Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton (a republican, of course) moved to enforce restrictions on mail-in ballots, insisting that people who fear getting infected with the coronavirus must still vote in person. Paxton asked the Texas Supreme Court to order election officials in five Democratic-led counties to follow state law on mail-in ballots. Mr. Paxton argued that Texas law requires in-person voting. Perhaps Mr. Paxton has not heard that in Wisconsin last month, 67 people caught the coronavirus after being forced to vote in person? Oh … and speaking of Wisconsin …
Wisconsin’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the extension of a stay-at-home order by Governor Tony Evers, siding with Republicans in one of most high-profile challenges of its kind to the emergency authority of a statewide official during the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Evers had extended the prohibition on most travel and operations of nonessential businesses until May 26. Less than two more weeks.
There have been legal challenges to stay-at-home orders in Michigan, California, Kentucky and Illinois, but none of those were successful in persuading a court to fully strike down the order, as the plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case were.
And what would a circus of fools be without the biggest fool of them all?
Donald Trump pushed Wednesday to reopen the country’s schools and criticized the testimony delivered on Tuesday by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who had cautioned the Senate about the unknown effects that the coronavirus has on children. Said Trump …
“I was surprised by his answer. To me it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools.”
Translation: “I don’t care if your kids die … kids don’t support the economy and I want businesses back up and running. Open the schools so parents can go back to work and get the economy back on its feet before election day so I can take credit and win the election.”
Perhaps he fails to realize that the coronavirus is non-partisan and will kill as many republicans as democrats. And perhaps he doesn’t realize that no parent who loses a child due to his lack of due diligence and stewardship will ever vote for him. And perhaps he fails to realize that the majority of people in this nation aren’t going to go rushing out and spend money on things we’ve managed just fine without for two months now. I’m in no hurry to go out to restaurants or shops, nor is anyone I’ve talked to lately. Capitalism only works if people buy the stuff that producers produce.
That’s all I’ve got time for tonight … I’m sure I’ll be back later today with something else. Keep safe out there, remember your hand sanitizer and … your common sense!