Thanks for this clear presentation of where things stand economically (and more) in the world and the US. So clear that Democrats need to win the trifecta in 2024. Musk is a total threat to peace and stability---in his domination of satellites and in his own instability. Thank you again, HCR.

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Thank you for showcasing the G21 and their plans for infrastructure projects to assist our global partners.

We need to get US satellites positioned near Ukraine so that Ukraine no longer has to depend on the whims of Elon Musk. Musk believes Russia’s threats rather than contacting the US government to ascertain the truth.

The top 1% no longer just depend on influencing IRS regulations to attain tax breaks—now they lobby to reduce the workforce to prevent/delay audits to make them follow the rules.—and the Republicans have introduced legislation to do just that. There are basically two ways to balance a budget—bring in more revenue or cut outgo.

As you’ve repeatedly said, the contrast can’t be any clearer—take care of the common man or help the oligarchy get richer. The choice at the ballot box is ours.

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Meanwhile, the president is kicking butt and making the world a more promising place where as the former guy was calling some of these places shxt hole countries.

What a night and day difference between democracy and despotism.

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The U.S. is foolish to rely on a guy like Musk for anything, particularly anything national security related..The U.S. is an ally of Ukraine, Musk has unilaterally interfered in our Foreign Policy..that must be dealt with..I did not vote for Musk, I did not sign up to have him participate in affairs of state..He must be made an offer he can't refuse and back away from melding..

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Electric cars, social media, batteries, and SPACE.

It was shocking that Donald J. Trump became President of the United States; we’ve been through lots of shocks in the last eight years and have learned that a great deal of them are part of our country’s identity; in its roots.

Now, what about Elon Musk?

It would greatly underestimate the true sense of Musk’s power to say, he’s gotten too big for his britches. Look up folks, look up into space.

The next to last article from The New York Times provides a sense of Musk’s reach. It is far too great and far too dangerous, even if Musk was a sane and responsible human being

‘Ukraine rips Elon Musk for disrupting sneak attack on Russian fleet with Starlink cutoff’


• A Ukrainian official slammed SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for ordering engineers to shut off Starlink’s satellite network over Crimea in order to thwart a Ukrainian attack on Russian warships.

• According to a new biography of Musk, the South African-born billionaire asked, “How am I in this war?” during an interview with author Walter Isaacson.

• Musk feared that he would be supporting a “mini Pearl Harbor” that could have led to a nuclear war, according to the book.

• WASHINGTON — A Ukrainian official slammed Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for ordering engineers to shut off Starlink’s satellite network over Crimea last year in order to thwart a Ukrainian attack on Russian warships.

• According to a new biography of Musk, the South African-born billionaire asked, “How am I in this war?” during an interview with author Walter Isaacson.

• In the early days of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, as Western governments worked to supply Kyiv with artillery and air defense systems, the first of Musk’s Starlink terminals arrived in the country. The billionaire eventually soured on the arrangement.

• “Starlink was not meant to be involved in wars. It was so people can watch Netflix and chill and get online for school and do good peaceful things, not drone strikes,” Musk said, according to the book. He told Isaacson that he was worried the Ukrainian attack on Russian vessels would provoke the Kremlin into launching a nuclear war. The book, titled “Elon Musk,” will be released Tuesday.

• A top aide to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy lashed out at Musk over the revelation.

• “By not allowing Ukrainian drones to destroy part of the Russian military fleet via Starlink interference, Elon Musk allowed this fleet to fire Kalibr missiles at Ukrainian cities,” Mykhailo Podolyak wrote Thursday on social media after CNN reported on some of the details from Isaacson’s book. (CNBCnews) See link below.



‘How am I in this war?’: The untold story of Elon Musk’s support for Ukraine

By Walter Isaacson

'Walter Isaacson is a professor of history at Tulane University, former editor of Time magazine and author of several biographies. This op-ed is excerpted from his latest book,' “Elon Musk.”

‘An hour before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, it used a massive malware attack to disable the routers of the American satellite company Viasat that provided communications to the country. The command system of the Ukrainian military was crippled, making it almost impossible to mount a defense. Top Ukrainian officials frantically appealed to SpaceX founder Elon Musk for help, and the deputy prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, used Twitter to urge him to send Ukraine terminals so it could use the satellite system that the company had built. “We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations,” he wrote.’

‘Musk agreed. Two days later, 500 Starlink terminals arrived in Ukraine. “We have the U.S. military looking to help us with transport, State has offered humanitarian flights and some compensation,” Gwynne Shotwell, Musk’s president at SpaceX, emailed him.’ “Folks are rallying for sure!”

“Cool,” Musk responded. “Sounds good.” ‘He got on a Zoom call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, discussed the logistics of a larger rollout and promised to visit Ukraine when the war was over.’

‘Ever since he was a scrawny and socially awkward kid getting beaten up on his school playground in South Africa, Elon Musk has liked to imagine himself as a hero rushing to the rescue, engaged in epic quests. He was deeply into comics, and the single-minded passion of the superheroes impressed him. “They’re always trying to save the world, with their underpants on the outside or these skintight iron suits, which is really pretty strange when you think about it,” he says. “But they are trying to save the world.” The war in Ukraine, when no other company or even country could manage to keep communications satellites working, gave him a center-stage opportunity to show his humanitarian instincts while playing superhero. It also showed the complexities of critical military infrastructure being controlled by an often well-intentioned but mercurial private citizen.’ (WAPO, OPINION of Walter Isaksson) Gifted link below.


Elon Musk’s Unmatched Power in the Stars

The tech billionaire has become the dominant power in satellite internet technology. The ways he is wielding that influence are raising global alarms.

By Adam Satariano, Scott Reinhard, Cade Metz, Sheera Frenkel and Malika Khurana

July 28, 2023

On March 17, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the leader of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, dialed into a call to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Over the secure line, the two military leaders conferred on air defense systems, real-time battlefield assessments and shared intelligence on Russia’s military losses.

They also talked about Elon Musk. (NYTimes) See gifted link below.


Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Build Shanghai Battery Factory (excerpts)

The facility will produce large batteries that will help electric utilities stabilize grids and use more renewable energy.

By Keith Bradsher

Reporting from Beijing

'Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, announced on Twitter on Sunday that his company would build a factory in Shanghai with the aim to assemble 10,000 giant batteries annually for electric producers and distributors.'

'The batteries, which Tesla calls Megapacks, are designed to store large amounts of electricity — a single Megapack can power 3,600 homes for one hour, according to Tesla. The batteries, which are roughly the length and height of an international shipping container, can discharge the electricity to run factories or homes when demand from the local power grid is high, or during a blackout.'

'The capacity to store electricity when it isn’t in demand is critical as electric utilities move toward wind and solar energy to replace power generated by fossil fuels. In China, demand for grid-storage batteries is especially strong. Many provinces now require new solar and wind farms to have enough batteries to hold 10 to 20 percent of the electricity they generate.'

'Variable electricity pricing aims to encourage electricity users to turn off power-hungry devices when demand is high, reducing the risk of blackouts. The combination of China’s shift in pricing and the regulations for new renewable energy installations to store electricity has created a fast-growing demand for batteries.'

'Tesla is also active in renewable energy: It is a large manufacturer of solar panels in the United States.

Large batteries allow power generators, power users and even speculators to buy electricity when it is cheap and sell it when the price rises.'

“It’s that gap that determines whether storage is in the money or not,” said David Fishman, a senior manager at the Lantau Group, an energy consulting firm in Hong Kong.'

'For Tesla, Shanghai is the site of its single largest factory for making electric cars. The plant not only supplies China’s domestic vehicle market but also exports large numbers of cars to Europe, where Tesla has found it is harder to build factories as quickly as in Shanghai.'

'China produces most of the world’s rechargeable batteries, and dominates the chemical processing needed to produce their ingredients. Tesla’s Shanghai facility that will make the Megapacks will be close to the factories that manufacture almost all of the world’s lithium-iron-phosphate compounds for batteries.'

'These compounds are less expensive to make than the materials previously used in rechargeable batteries, which include cobalt. Human rights advocates have raised alarms about the working conditions at cobalt mines in Africa, the world’s leading source of the mineral.' (NYTimes) Link below, sorry it could not be gifted.


And that's not the whole story of Elon Musk or why America ignored his immense power. Elon Musk: the power broker at a time of war and what more?

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Musk is like some villainous character in a comic book, ruling the fate of the world from his lair. He has monopolized wifi satellite and has handed Russia the advantage against us ( i.e. Ukraine) and made it possible for the food warehouses that are relied upon to feed millions to be blown up. This guy should be tried for treason and crimes against humanity with Putin.

His control of satellite transmission and its uses makes him a world wide menace.

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F*** Reagan.

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I left the dead bird site yesterday. I joined Twitter back in 2008, about the same time we moved to Portland. It was my primary tool for making new contacts in #PDX and the broader edu community. In a round about way, I got my adjunct position at University of Portland via Twitter. But Twitter’s lost it's utility - Elon’s dumpster fire is a mean place - so I'm out.

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G-21. The global south MUST have a voice and the power of equal influence.

Sustainability? Investment in global infrastructure? Some of us have been singing from that book for decades.

80s style predatory capitalism has been a disaster for all but the ruling class. Time to try a different approach.

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It's my understanding that much of the technological advances utilized by mega corporations has originated largely from academic research supported through government grants. Then these mega corporations find ways to avoid paying taxes to replenish money for these grants that they have benefited from. Right back to good ol' Reagonomic greed.

Musk is in a class of individuals that defies explanation. His far right turn has enabled him to rationalize his psychopathic destructive ways as ideology...when actually it is egomaniacal behavior that feeds his childish need to be 'king of the hill'. He does what he does because that's what he felt like doing at the moment. Not because it serves a purpose, or a goal...just because he can do it. Like trump he is an impulsive man-child with more power than good intention or good sense. The world and its inhabitants are his plaything. He is a menace to humanity and the proof is there for the world to see.

Biden's intentions are noble and long term and far reaching. Our society is obsessed with immediate gratification and superficial results.... he will be appreciated by far more by history than the here and now.

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The differences of party visions couldn’t be clearer.

How eloquently this is said.

How much gratitude can we have for Joe Biden

A most excellent and discreet president

The future of our lovely Earth is partially, for a time, in good hands...

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Wow, what a state we are in. Great insights to the global economic dynamics and to Biden's effective play in it all. Conversely how our system has allowed a spoiled megalomaniac to have such power on a whim in the world is beyond comprehension...and yet here we are. Thanks as always for your hard work and excellent insights.

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Thank you, Heather. There are dark clouds on the horizon that forebode bad events. Please stay strong and we will too!

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The extent of privatization of vital public functions is just plain crazy. I believe that one of the legitimate freedoms of a free society is private enterprise, but a free and democratic society gets to define the ground rules under which commerce is conducted. Many functions of society are far too vital and/or dangerous to be trusted without keen supervision and accountability even in public hands, and far less less so when private, ulterior motives are stirred into the mix, as Musk's Starlink creepily demonstrates. If any more distrust of overly powerful private companies is needed, look up the history of the British East India Company and it's ilk. Want a Wagner? Blackwater was bad enough. Can government contract private services? Sure. But not to do the jobs that would leave us up a creek if the interests of the Oligarch supplying them should happen to differ from the public's priorities and needs.

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President Biden's vision of global economic corridors sounds a lot like President Eisenhower putting in the Interstate Highway system which greatly enhanced interstate commerce in the US in the 1950s just on a global scale. Wow! This is impressive! I like his “One Earth, One Family, One Future” mantra. Thank you, Heather, for showing us all what is happening on a global scale. If we can keep it together it will mean a better world for all. I have been looking and hoping for a leader with vision. Looks like President Biden is fulfilling that role which will be the salvation of all of us. Salvation for all vs. retribution for a few. A strong vision of the future. Now we, the People, must unite and make it happen. All of us, this time, across the globe - for earth, for family, for a future of well-being for all. Strength of character and a sense of community is what we need in our leaders and President Biden certainly has both. Let's value our differences and do the right thing by the planet and each other. Everybody ready for constructive action!?

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Thank you.

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