What Would You Do?

Billionaire businessman Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share in a filing published yesterday, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately. Musk’s offer values Twitter at about $43 billion.

According to Musk, the social media company needs to go private because it can “neither thrive nor serve” free speech in its current state. “As a result,” he said, “I am offering to buy 100% of Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash.”

$43 billion to buy total control (100% ownership) of Twitter? Seriously? Doesn’t that make you wonder…

What would you do for the world if you had 43 billion dollars to spend on anything and, when your done, you’d still be a multi-billionaire?

41 thoughts on “What Would You Do?

  1. emkingston April 15, 2022 / 3:01 pm

    Must be nice… I am trying to figure out how to put gas in my car. Lucky you don’t have to worry about that, lol. He could give me just 50K and I would be happy.

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  2. XingfuMama April 15, 2022 / 3:32 pm

    “Free speech”? One person controlling a platform of that size is pretty much the opposite of that.

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  3. Sadje April 15, 2022 / 5:43 pm

    Definitely help the poor countries to feed, house and provide free healthcare

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  4. Rochelle April 15, 2022 / 6:34 pm

    I would probably faint, first of all, and when I recovered I’d:
    Provide decent, affordable housing for everybody.
    Give enough money so that all school lunches were free and substantial, so no
    child would ever be “lunch shamed” again.
    Set up a publishing company and reprint expensive and hard to find books at affordable prices,
    no book over $5.00.
    Take over every nursing home and/or assisted living facility and make them more like luxury resorts, without sacrificing any needed health care. Families would pay what they could afford.
    Buy all the high-kill animal shelters and make them no-kill (except in the case of an incurably
    sick, suffering animal).
    Put together a team of doctors and scientists to work on a way to not just cure, but PREVENT
    cancer.
    Distribute food, water,and medicine wherever needed,
    Build amusement parks with rides large and strong enough to accommodate wheelchairs.
    Donate enough money so that all tv shows, including old ones, would have audio descriptions
    for the sight-impaired. (I have an online friend who is legally blind)

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    • Marleen April 18, 2022 / 2:55 am

      I was disillusioned or, better description, sad to find out a person can save up enough money to pay a hefty (I do mean hefty) monthly fee for a nice care home (sorry I haven’t learned the terminology yet for not a nursing home… but my aunt can’t leave) and meals in a very nice dining room while the people at the tables for meals, when said person gets to that point in life, can’t expect proper service. I don’t even mean fancy or ingratiating service, just coffe and other drinks at the right time and so forth. I guess we’re just supposed to be grateful (oh and I am grateful) the residents aren’t full-out mistreated or abused like they used to be (and still are in some places).

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      • Marleen April 25, 2022 / 12:47 am

        The man who complained — the same way any man would when out tk eat for instance — about it on a particular day I was there (and saw of myself) was soon booted out of the place.

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  5. Taswegian1957 April 15, 2022 / 6:55 pm

    I agree with Sadje and Paula. If I had that kind of money to spend on anything I think helping to provide basic needs like food, shelter and clean water and medical care for poor people wherever they are would be my priority. I’d also be spending some of it on animal welfare. Well if I had the kind of money that man has I could probably spend that much to do good every year and still have a very nice life.

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  6. Nope, Not Pam April 15, 2022 / 9:54 pm

    That’s plain troubling. Why is he willing to pay that much? What’s he getting out of it?

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    • Fandango April 15, 2022 / 10:55 pm

      That is THE BIG QUESTION, isn’t it?

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      • Nope, Not Pam April 16, 2022 / 2:44 am

        Oh, I like how you type that ☺️

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  7. chey April 15, 2022 / 10:27 pm

    Dang that’s crazy! I’d probably invest in making a new company but first I’d use the money for essentials like buy or fix a house or car and then make a plan for next big idea to use the money wisely. Lol that crazy! So this is for free speech or what is he planning? I find it very interesting.

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    • Fandango April 15, 2022 / 10:53 pm

      That’s the question, what IS he planning? What is he expecting in return for his billions of dollars?

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  8. Faye Arcand April 15, 2022 / 10:37 pm

    Seriously! I feel like the reality is completely lost on people. Oh my goodness the education that $ could fund. Or housing or support or… Fandango thanks for making us think about this in another dimension of reality. 🤓

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    • Fandango April 15, 2022 / 10:50 pm

      You’re welcome, Faye. I do think about how much good that money could do for the benefit of society.

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  9. writerravenclaw April 16, 2022 / 2:51 am

    I would like to think I would help solve a few of the world problems with that sort of money.

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  10. Marleen April 16, 2022 / 8:37 am

    Although I’ve been noticing the progression of Musk getting involved with Twitter (in the sense of ownership and considering being in the board and so forth), my answer was (sardonically): put a tunnel under the Vegas strip for a few high-profile visitors. Then, I wanted to know who he’d needed to get to approve that (didn’t exactly find that answer and, no, the characters twitter were not in my search).

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2013/08/musks-hyperloop-is-a-political-manifesto.html

    ………….

    For years, government has been a nuisance to Elon Musk. It’s slowed him down. It’s required him to spend his valuable time lobbying his Twitter followers for support in the New York legislature instead of building rockets. It’s required him to explain his mind-bending technical innovations to grayhairs in Congress as if he were speaking to schoolchildren. Over and over, the public sector has convinced Musk that it is hopelessly lost when it comes to matters of innovation, and that anything truly revolutionary must spring from the ambitions of the private sector.

    So it’s not exactly a surprise that in 2008, when California’s voters approved funding for a high-speed rail system, Musk rolled his eyes. As he wrote in his Hyperloop proposal, the idea of a next-generation transportation system didn’t come to him as an epiphany out of thin air — it was a response to a specific political failure he saw unfolding around him: When the California “high speed” rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL [NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory] – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world? Musk proceeded to explain that while the California high-speed rail project, which is projected to cost over $60 billion once completed, promised to send passengers from L.A. to San Francisco in two hours and 38 minutes, he figured out that he could build a Hyperloop that would make the same trip in just 35 minutes and would cost only about $6 billion. He could do this using only technology that already existed, with minimal environmental or land disruption.

    Now, Musk doesn’t actually want to build the Hyperloop. On a conference call yesterday, he said that the project ranked “low-priority” for him compared to SpaceX and Tesla. And it’s easy to see why. The bureaucratic nightmare involved in supplanting California’s existing high-speed rail project with one of his own design (and securing land-use rights, political approval, and funding to make it happen) would make sending rockets to Mars look easy. Musk has many ambitions, but explaining linear accelerators to farmers in Fresno is probably not one of them.

    Still, it’s worth remembering the bigger, more salient point of the Hyperloop proposal: that beneath the futuristic design and sci-fi specs lies a political strategy at work. Musk wants to train normal people to look to private enterprise, not government, for the innovations that will improve their lives, and he wants them to pressure lawmakers to get out of the way of technological progress. That’s a far different project than moving people from San Francisco to L.A. in half an hour, but in many ways, it’s the greater challenge. Californians, after all, have voted for high-speed transport. The decision they now have to make is about who should be trusted to give it to them — their elected officials, or a 42-year-old entrepreneur with a PDF

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    • Marleen April 16, 2022 / 9:37 am

      The article (above) is from August, I should say, of 2013.

      And I sure messed up with not getting the italicization right on the rest of the article — through to the end of the post. Plus, the midst of the second paragraph in that post of mine is supposed to be set off because it’s quoting Elon without the proper punctuation the way I put it through (while you can see it correctly-presented at the article itself). Sorry about all that. Here is the part of the article that comes right before what I posted:

      ….. This outlook is not explicitly libertarian — except, in cases like that of Musk’s fellow PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel, when it is — but it does share with libertarianism some hostility toward the way government currently works, and the speed with which it accepts change. Call it Libertarianism Lite — the view that while government may not be the source of all of humanity’s problems, it certainly isn’t solving them as well as it could.

      “I expect [Musk] will prove, once again that the private sector (and not the government) should be handing public transportation,” Draper told me yesterday after the Hyperloop announcement. “He is smart to go after inefficient government public works.”

      Musk has a long history of political entanglement — usually with people trying to scuttle his various big-think projects. SpaceX has been a target of regulatory concerns from the get-go, most recently from Texas legislators who opposed letting Musk build an airport for spaceships at a site near Brownsville. Tesla has also clashed with lawmakers in New York and other states who have tried to stop the company from selling electric vehicles directly to consumers. These are the kinds of obstacles no tech CEO wants to face — and yet, because of the scope and scale of Musk’s ambitions, he has to climb over them.

      NOW… this (below) unitalicized portion after italicized paragraphs is me speaking, not more article.

      I feel that NY MAGAZINE was sort of downplaying what Musk is involved in… it is quite Republican (big r); I don’t know if the downplaying was intentional or just ignorant.

      You may have seen Abbott of Texas (governor) singing praises of Elon Musk lately. That being so, the words “some hostility toward the way government currently works” is odd and confusing (I’m gonna go with intentionally). Libertarians pretty much hate government, all the time (at least in peddled ideology). You can call that Libertarianism Lite if you mean he’s just trying to make it and the Republican Party sound better. And, come on, Thiel is a Republican. He had a prime time spot with Donald Trump on television for the Republican National Convention that put Trump in office. Libertarians run as Republicans. And Democrats are Republican Lite.

      This, chopped from the same line, describes ME: “[unhappiness with] the way government currently works, and the speed with which it accepts change.” I’m progressive.

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    • Marleen April 16, 2022 / 6:10 pm

      Now, I did find a surface answer as to who approved Elon’s project in Vegas (in the early bullet points at the link).

      https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/i-rode-in-elon-musk-s-tesla-tunnel-under-las-vegas-and-lived-to-tell-the-tale/ar-AAQv4EQ

      ……………..

      Later, on another ride, we hit 42 mph. I took a few rides during my time at SEMA. They were all serene, certainly less terrifying than a ride I had taken a few years ago in The Boring Company’s Hawthorne project tunnel. In that scarefest the Model X was driven autonomously, with spring-loaded side wheels at the car’s corners bumping off curbs in the tunnel at exponentially higher rates. Finally, at about 45 mph, an engineer in the driver’s seat had to grab the wheel to keep us from obliteration. (I must say I prefer the new approach I experienced in Vegas.)

      …..

      …..

      ……………..

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      • Marleen April 16, 2022 / 6:48 pm

        https://blooloop.com/technology/news/elon-musk-tesla-tunnel-las-vegas/

        Here’s a segment from this article (at the beginning):

        The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) shared a first look at the transportation system, which is located beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

        Known as the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, the transportation solution is operational and will be available when LVCC launches its first major convention in June 2021.

        The $52.5 million system will speedily transport convention guests via one-way tunnels across the 200-acre campus in all-electric Tesla vehicles.
        { This is a funny statement — “speedily” — given the article says the vehicles can go over a hundred miles per hour but will go about forty. Yet it’s true enough compared to trying to walk through Vegas (which I’ve done once over about a two or three day period), although I might be mixing up the convention area with the strip. }

        “We are excited to have partnered with Elon’s company to bring this transportation ‘first’ to our valued convention customers,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of LVCVA.

        And here’s another segment (to the end):

        LVCVA announced its support for the Loop back in 2019.

        Meanwhile, Musk’s Neuralink has implanted a wireless chip into a “totally happy” monkey’s brain, letting him “play video games using his mind”.

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      • Marleen April 16, 2022 / 8:28 pm

        Jan 8 2022

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/elon-musks-las-vegas-loop-tunnel-concerns-riders-afraid-of-getting-trapped-underground/ar-AASywXU

        Musk is pictured unveiling The Boring Company’s test tunnel in Hawthorne, California on December 18, 2018.

        Safety concerns have been raised for Elon Musk’s futuristic “loop” transportation tunnels after riders experienced a traffic jam while using the system during a Las Vegas convention.

        The tunnels were built by billionaire Musk’s The Boring Company and use Tesla vehicles to transport riders in a single lane underground.

        Although Musk began his tunnel-digging endeavor as a proposed solution to gridlock, viral video of the traffic jam forming during this week’s 2022 CES consumer electronics trade show quickly prompted mockery by demonstrating that the system is far from immune to the issue.

        … [Thursday:] “Congratulations @CityOfLasVegas this must be the most advanced traffic jam in the world!”

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      • Marleen April 25, 2022 / 12:49 am

        https://www.inputmag.com/tech/starlink-russian-jamming-attack-us-military-elon-musk-vladimir-putin

        Starlink fought off Russian jamming attack faster than the military could

        Though Elon Musk has generally declined for Starlink to get involved with the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the satellite internet company has apparently been thrown into the fray anyway. Starlink’s infrastructure was able to fend off a Russian cyberattack with incredible speed, according to Dave Tremper, the director of electronic warfare at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

        Just a day after reports of the jamming attack came to light, Starlink managed to jump in and kill it. “Starlink had slung a line of code and fixed it,” Tremper said at the C4ISRNET virtual conference. “How they did that was eye-watering to me.”

        PENTAGON’S GOT SOMETHING TO LEARN — It’s obvious from Tremper’s comments (particularly the “eye-watering” one) that the Pentagon really had no idea blocking a Russian cyberattack could be quite so easy. Tremper also noted specifically that the official U.S. response to that jamming attack had a “significant timeline” to correct the necessary vulnerabilities.

        Already U.S. cybersecurity officials are planning to take notes directly from Starlink’s responses. “There’s a really interesting case study to look at the agility that Starlink had in their ability to address that problem,” Tremper said. “We need to be able to have that agility.

        NOT ALL BAD? — Starlink, like all of Elon Musk’s Big Idea projects, has been met with a mixture of fanfare and outright disdain. The satellite internet program makes lofty promises — high download speeds and low latency just about anywhere on the planet — but those promises come with some sizable caveats. The upfront costs of setting up a Starlink terminal are certainly not affordable, for one thing, and customers that live in close proximity to each other have found their connections to be spotty at best.

        SpaceX had sent some Starlink terminals to Ukraine when the Russian invasion first began, as a measure by which to assist Ukraine in maintaining internet connectivity. Russia reportedly tried jamming up those terminals almost as soon as they arrived — but Starlink was able to remotely close up its vulnerabilities with a relatively simple system update.

        PENTAGON’S GOT SOMETHING TO LEARN — It’s obvious from Tremper’s comments (particularly the “eye-watering” one) that the Pentagon really had no idea blocking a Russian cyberattack could be quite so easy. Tremper also noted specifically that the official U.S. response to that jamming attack had a “significant timeline” to correct the necessary vulnerabilities.

        Already U.S. cybersecurity officials are planning to take notes directly from Starlink’s responses. “There’s a really interesting case study to look at the agility that Starlink had in their ability to address that problem,” Tremper said. “We need to be able to have that agility.

        NOT ALL BAD? — Starlink, like all of Elon Musk’s Big Idea projects, has been met with a mixture of fanfare and outright disdain. The satellite internet program makes lofty promises — high download speeds and low latency just about anywhere on the planet — but those promises come with some sizable caveats. The upfront costs of setting up a Starlink terminal are certainly not affordable, for one thing, and customers that live in close proximity to each other have found their connections to be spotty at best.

        Starlink as a company is also going to struggle with profitability for the foreseeable future. SpaceX loses about $800 for every home setup it sells, and launching the company’s full satellite array is going to costs upwards of $30 billion over the next decade.

        If the Pentagon is to be believed, the technology behind Starlink is significantly more advanced than even the U.S. government knew. If we get nothing else out of Starlink, perhaps our top defense officials will be able to learn a thing or two from SpaceX’s satellites.

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