So much for that ‘poisoned pill’ that Twitter said would stop the clown, Elon Musk, from effecting a hostile takeover of the social media giant. Around noon today, I received no less than five “breaking news” texts on my cell phone informing me that Twitter has agreed to allow Musk to proceed with his takeover for somewhere in the neighborhood of $44 billion. The deal is expected to be completed sometime this year. Now I have a dilemma. I said last week that I will close down my Twitter account the day Elon Musk takes over Twitter. I meant it then, and I still mean it. However, I’ve also read a number of people who I respect saying that those of us who stand for truth & justice, for racial and income equality, for the LGBTQ community and more, should stay on Twitter and fight, continue to make our voices heard, continue to hassle, annoy, and generally be a pain in the arse of those who are bigoted and corrupt.
What are your thoughts on this? Admittedly, it made me step back for a minute and think, and I still haven’t come to a firm conclusion. Why would I shut down my account? What would be gained? My thoughts are that I would be making a statement, and that if enough of us leave Twitter, Elon Musk will rue the day he even thought about making such a purchase. What would be gained? I would have assuaged my own conscience, for I do not believe in supporting the wealthy in any way, shape, or form. I would not hate myself for talking the talk but failing to walk the walk. But what would be lost? Communications with friends and people from all walks of life. What else would be lost? A layer of stress, an hour or so of my daily time. A venue for my blog posts – my voice.
Needless to say, I’m undecided as yet, and I likely have some time to ponder, since I understand that Musk, for all his wealth, doesn’t have immediate access to a measly $44 billion and will have to play some liquidation games in order to fund his latest circus act. Remember my post from earlier this month, where I calculated that over 26 million children could eat for a full year for what Musk is paying to buy yet another plaything for his bored mind? This, my friends, is why I despise those with great wealth … if they helped people as much as they could, they would no longer have that wealth. That they have millions or billions of dollars is an automatic tell that they do nothing to help either the planet or humankind.
I’ll let you all know when I decide which direction I plan to take, but right at this moment I’m inclined to say it just isn’t worth the aggravation and stress to remain on Twitter, which will be a private company owned and operated by a wealthy clown. Let me know your thoughts …
Speaking of Twitter … I came across this on Sunday and it damn near brought a tear to my eyes. I almost never share people’s tweets here on ye olde blog, but this one … I need to share it with you and I hope Ron DeSantis and his bunch of homophobic, racist boot-lickers have seen this at least 1,000 times!
“Gov DeSantis, when I was a little boy growing up in Florida I had to drink from the “colored ” fountain at the Volusia County Courthouse. The “white “water was cool but ours was warm. This made me feel bad. May I share this with students in Florida?”
Is this what the Republicans want to take this nation back to? Sure as hell seems like it sometimes, doesn’t it?