I personally believe all the regulation the Feds, and now the States, do is because there are few consequences to them. Agencies have run amok since the courts have decided that the agencies are “right” except in certain egregious occasions. Were ALL the EPA “rulings” contested properly in a court, there would be far fewer regulations. Most regulations cannot exist without “protection” of the courts.
Wall Street Journal hit piece, 2024-01-06:
(Click image to read full text liberated from paywall by archive.is.)
In recent years, some executives and board members at his companies and others close to the billionaire have developed a persistent concern that there is another component driving his behavior: his use of drugs.
And they fear the Tesla]and SpaceX chief executive’s drug use could have major consequences not just for his health, but also the six companies and billions in assets he oversees, according to people familiar with Musk and the companies.
The world’s wealthiest person has used LSD, cocaine, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms, often at private parties around the world, where attendees sign nondisclosure agreements or give up their phones to enter, according to people who have witnessed his drug use and others with knowledge of it. Musk has previously smoked marijuana in public and has said he has a prescription for the psychedelic-like ketamine.
In 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported that Elon Musk microdoses ketamine for depression and also takes full doses at parties. Following publication of the article, Musk tweeted that ketamine is a better way to deal with depression compared with more widely prescribed antidepressants that are “zombifying” people.
I think there is growing evidence he is correct.
Is it not interesting that no one seems to care about drug use - until the user turns out to be among the elite rich with political opinions not shared by the communist fellow travelers.
And, of course, it’s coincidental that he is suddenly the subject of regulatory actions of multiple federal agencies e.g. for NOT hiring enough illegal aliens.
A key incident that figured in the Wall Street Journal hit piece on Elon Musk from 2024-01-06 discussed in comment #44 above was his alleged behaviour at a SpaceX “all-hands” meeting at the company’s Hawthorne, California headquarters in late 2017.
The people around Musk long ago became accustomed to his volatile behavior. Some SpaceX executives who had long worked with him, however, noticed a change at a company event in late 2017.
Hundreds of SpaceX employees gathered around mission control at the rocket company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., in anticipation of Musk, who was nearly an hour late to arrive at the all-hands meeting about the company’s latest rocket.
When he finally took the stage, Musk was strangely incomprehensible at times. He slurred his words and rambled for around 15 minutes, according to executives in attendance, and referred repeatedly to SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket prototype, which was known as BFR, as “Big F—ing Rocket.”
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell ultimately stepped in and took over the meeting.
It couldn’t be learned if Musk was under the influence that day. But after the meeting, the SpaceX executives privately talked about their worries Musk was on drugs. One described the event as “nonsensical,” “unhinged” and “cringeworthy.”
SpaceX have just released complete video of the meeting. Judge for yourself.
That concisely describes the problem and a prudent solution. It will be crushed, dismembered and incinerated.
Someone needs to tell him that Texas state judiciary is hard left, particularly in Austin where Tesla has its factory.
He is undoubtedly aware of that. Of course if he made any public claims to that effect he would be yelloed out. OTOH, how does it compare with the rest of the State Judiciaries?