Hanging in There [DOT 21/12/22]

Hope you guys are having a great week! I’m still plugging along on my continuing ed…should be able to knock the rest of that out today. Year-end is the worst.

Stay warm!

Imagining the logistics to get this to happen!

Zelensky slated to meet Biden, appear in Congress on Wednesday

Ha ha.

House committee votes to release Trump’s tax returns to the public

Changing the rules of the game, like any 8 year old. Nevermind, 8 year olds are smarter.

Elon Musk breaks silence after 10 million Twitter users vote for him to step down

Also this makes no sense.

Police provide first official details of Elon Musk’s alleged stalker incident

Florida Man.


S&P 500 futures rise, helped by Nike and FedEx earnings


Mat Ishbia agrees to purchase Phoenix Suns and Mercury in record $4bn sale

This is bonkers.

Have a great day!



  1. …makes no sense seems like an understatement…the stalker story sounds like the elevator pitch for one of those “suspense” flicks that defaults to pulling every 180 with zero regard for a narrative throughline

    …that “threw himself on the hood” becomes “got struck by car” isn’t particularly outlandish

    …but “guy offered as pretext for banning an unrelated account on the grounds that it provided information unrelated to the incident which are deemed “real-time” doxxing equivalent to “assassination coordinates” despite only listing that a plane was at an airport about 24hrs beforehand becomes…after he apparently confirmed that WaPo correctly ID’d him

    The man said he was a delivery driver for UberEats, the Washington Post reported, and “made several bizarre and unsupported claims, including that he believed [Grimes] was sending him coded messages through her Instagram posts; that Musk was monitoring his real-time location; and that Musk could control Uber Eats to block him from receiving a delivery order.”

    …I’ll admit I don’t think I could have predicted that even in a movie as bad as this one?

    • …by way of doubling down…I’d go in on your side of that bet…with some sort of accumulator for the option that he also didn’t post it until the investors’ opinions had been inflicted on him during his jaunt to the world cup final made it clear he’d be pushed out PDQ…think I saw somewhere it would have about 2am “local” time where he would have been when he put it up & he seems like exactly the sort of asshole who thought showing the mob majority on his side would provide him more leverage with the real money than it ought to be clear to him he actually has?

    • He absolutely did. There’s a weird sort of myopia (apologies to myo) that infects right-wing assholes. They feel that because they believe something, and the handful of people with whom they interact regularly believes something, that therefore everybody believes the same thing they do. That’s also useful when selling them on conspiracy theories like voter fraud: “Nobody I know voted for Biden, so there’s no way he could have won.” It’s also coupled to an inability to comprehend basic math — 12 < 300 million.

      Elmo is simply part of that whole MAGA tapestry. “I believe this so everybody does.” He’s also bolstered by lackwit sycophants who think he somehow works miracles, thanks to his PR. I listened to morning DJs again explaining that Elmo has a plan for Twitter, and he’s the smartest guy in the world, and he’ll get everything on track soon. It’s amazing how the simple-minded will buy into the myth of his infallibility while watching his fortune crumble. They also assured everyone that “Elmo doesn’t believe all the stuff he posts.”

      I use “MAGA tapestry” deliberately. Who else do we know that has a pretend fortune that he’s piddled away, shitposts constantly, has a large gaggle of worshippers who think he’s infallible, and is in deep trouble because he’s too stupid to shut his mouth? I’ll leave identifying him as an exercise to the reader.

      • I would add that they are completely habituated to the idea that if they say something, then everyone will believe it.

        They’re used to a stupid feedback loop where their PR ops announce they are doing something that will drive up their stock, the business press recycles the PR, investors assume other investors will move on the PR and the press, and then the stock goes up.

        At least, until it falls.

        And then the same dynamic bleeds over into electoral politics, where they get grossed out by homeless people in San Francisco, so they decide it’s the fault of progressives like Chesa Boudin and launch a campaign to drive him out in favor of a get tough prosecutor. Bari Weiss’s equally reactionary spouse Nellie Bowles swallows the PR feed and regurgitates it, along with friendly reporters at the national and local level.

        Except now that their person is in place, nothing changes, because reality isn’t affected by their PR in the long run,except in terms of accumulated damage for the misfortune of everyone, even the tech lords.

  2. …&…on the other thing about musk…you know that cliché about always practicing to fight the last war over again?

    Replying to another user’s suggestion that “Blue subscribers should be the only ones that can vote in policy related polls”, Musk said: “Good point. Twitter will make that change.”

    Twitter Blue is a paid-for subscription that allows anyone to buy a blue tick verified badge for their account.

    …what part of free-speech-absolutism exactly is it that’s compatible with you-get-a-say-if-you-pay?

    …I am a fan of irony, as a rule…but…I can’t tell if that’s reductio ad absurdum incarnate…or the circular logic equivalent of perpetual motion?

    • I think buying your way to enfranchisement is a time-honored tradition in the Anglosphere: you had to be male and over a certain age but you also had to be a landowner. It was certainly that way in Britain and the fledgeling US. I don’t know much about Elon’s home country of South Africa but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that that was the case there well into the 1980s. Maybe that’s where he got the idea.

      • …so…this has been low-key bugging me since I first read about musk referring to twitter as a digital town square…because I’m pretty sure he meant it in the sense of the agora in ancient greece…that cradle of democracy in which most of the populace didn’t get a vote…but there was a story I remembered from somewhere about a particular dude in relation to a particular custom in which anyone could vote…namely ostracism…where if enough people wanted someone gone then they could be banished from the state of athens for a decade by popular decree

        …it was about a dude called aristides…whose knickname was “the just” & I tracked down the reference I was thinking of today so I’m using your comment as an excuse to throw it into the mix

        The method of procedure—to give a general outline—was as follows. Each voter took an ostrakon, or potsherd, wrote on it the name of that citizen whom he wished to remove from the city, and brought it to a place in the agora which was all fenced about with railings. The archons first counted the total number of ostraka cast. For if the voters were less than six thousand, the ostracism was void. Then they separated the names, and the man who had received the most votes they proclaimed banished for ten years, with the right to enjoy the income from his property.

        Now at the time of which I was speaking, as the voters were inscribing their ostraka, it is said that an unlettered and utterly boorish fellow handed his ostrakon to Aristides, whom he took to be one of the ordinary crowd, and asked him to write Aristides on it. He, astonished, asked the man what possible wrong Aristides had done him. ‘None whatever,’ was the answer, ‘I don’t even know the fellow, but I am tired of hearing him everywhere called ‘The Just.’’ On hearing this, Aristides made no answer, but wrote his name on the ostrakon and handed it back.
        …it’s from plutarch

        …the lead in from the enfranchisement angle might be thin…but…maybe someone needs to bring originalism into the cancel culture debate?

        • I think the Swiss have reformed their laws fairly recently but I know that up until the 1980s and 1990s you could buy a Swiss passport (of convenience) with the right amount of money. However, to become a real Swiss citizen and actually live in Switzerland as a fully functioning member of society was far more difficult. Like their German neighbors Switzerland had no birthright citizenship; your grandparents might have moved to Switzerland after the war for work, Switzerland was happy to accept Gastarbeiter, like the Germans, but like in Germany you were considered in their world but not of it.

          One of the wrinkles of Swiss law, which the Germans didn’t have, is that if you wanted to become naturalized the town you lived in voted on whether they wanted you in or not. I don’t know how this worked in cities, like Zurich, whether it was by neighborhood or all the Zürchners got a say. It’s kind of a drawback (or a strength, maybe) of this hyper-democratic model.

          Switzerland is a Confederation and the cantons have great leeway in deciding their own affairs, and the Swiss are constantly going to the polls to vote in various plebiscites. It’s one of the reasons why women didn’t get the right to vote until 1971. They do have great fondue and skiing though. And of course the “ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies” financial institutions, like the perpetually scandal-plagued Credit Suisse.

  3. Nike and FedEx up as Tesla keeps dropping in a very short window doesn’t really mean anything, but it’s fun to say it anyway:

    The market overall rides growth in traditional businesses dependent on consumers, overcoming the weirdo speculative stock dragging it down.

    It really means nothing in isolation, but it would be fun in the long run to see consumers failing to succumb to the agita that business pundits are sure is looming, inflation continuing to moderate, regular businesses growing, and useless speculative techlords losing billions.

    Nike and FedEx are horrible, of course. It’s awful when they are turned into a better option, but that’s how rotten and damaging places like Tesla and Facebook have become.

  4. The direct and indirect dumping on Jeremy Peters’s idiotic NY Times “analysis” that Musk’s politics are complicated continues.


    To be clear, Peters is only a product of his closed loop of conservative sources and his teacher’s pet relationship with top editor Carolyn Ryan. He can’t possibly think any other way. And as Zimmer points out, the basic problem is the stupid conflation of techies with liberalism that the ruling press likes to assume.

    Tech lords are deeply authoritarian — it’s right there in the way they run their companies. They’re deeply anti-free markets — it’s there in the way they drive for monopolies and pander for huge government contracts. It’s not remotely complicated, even if they also ride a bike to buy heirloom tomatoes from a farmers market.

    • It’s also because we can never talk about class in this country, so if rich person A rides a bike to the farmers market, they must be more liberal than rich person B who drives a Hummer to the golf course. Aesthetics become more important than action or belief. (It’s also not hard to note that this is a British paper making the claim, a place where talking about class is absolutely baked into coverage, and thus stores like Peters’ must be like receiving an alien transmission.)

  5. “I can’t release my taxes because I am being audited!”


    and I wonder why they didn’t audit him?


    I think we found Biden’s replacement.



  6. Agreed on Tom Cruise. He did a stunt for Mission Impossible #whatever recently that had him ride a motorcycle off a cliff and base jump.

    Dude apparently did a year of skydiving practice with 30 jumps a day.

    Almost anyone else I’d be like no they’re full of shit and made that up. Tom Cruise? No, totally believable.

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