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The [SolarCity] trial’s most illuminating moments were the ones in which the central questions that have long haunted Musk’s career were made explicit. Is he a visionary or a huckster? A marketing genius or a narcissistic troll?
—Will Oremus[1]

Elon Reeve "Ted Faro" Musk[2] (born 1971) is a high-profile businessman, best known for his S3XY electric vehicles and his "plans" to colonise Mars,[3][4][5] and is currently the wealthiest person in the world, beating out Amazon founder Jeff Bezos at the beginning of 2021.[6][note 1] He is also the embodiment of the hi-tech messiah complex of the 21st century with a detailed history of terrible Twitter shit-posting.[7]

Musk is notable for massively promoting several firms that have pushed cutting edge innovation forward in the fields of green technology, cars in space, artificial intelligence, hyperloop, and space travel, and several charities including the Tesla Museum. He is considered by some as one of the world's most influential people and a major player in alternative-energy technology and future spaceflight. Musk is, however, also notable for defending questionable labour and anti-union practices[8][9] at his manufacturing companies and having a strange view of modern capitalism. In the last couple of years, Musk has found endless controversy (and legal problems) with bizarre and even despicable tweets ranging from COVID-19 misinformation and anti-lockdown stubbornness[10], market-destabilizing comments and baselessly slandering a Tham Luang cave rescueWikipedia diver as a pedophile.[11]

Youth[edit]

Elon Musk was born wealthy, as are so many billionaires. His father co-owned an emerald mine in Zambia, and Elon lived a lavish lifestyle in his youth because of this. To avoid a mandatory stint in the South African military, which would have required him to uphold the apartheid regime he personally despised, he left South Africa to attend college in Canada and the United States; while certainly a display of privilege, it was also a very real move to avoid upholding white supremacy.[12][13]

Business ventures[edit]

Rendering of the SpaceX Dragon 2 reusable space capsule. The Dragon 2 comes in two variants, one for human spaceflight and the other for cargo.
  • Zip2: started in 1995, a company that produced city guides for newspapers, sold in 1999 to Compaq.
  • PayPal: long story short - in 1999 Musk (using his Zip2 cash) and a few other men founded X.com, an online bank, which subsequently merged with its competitor Confinity in March of 2000. Confinity had already developed an early version of PayPal and released it in 1999. Musk was able to become CEO of the newly merged company but because the board found him to be a total shitgibbon[note 2] they fired him in October 2000 while he flying to Australia for his honeymoon; he was replaced by Peter Thiel. In subsequent litigation over his firing, he was able to negotiate that he be listed as one of the founders of PayPal (which is what Confinity was renamed in 2001), despite that, as noted, he didn't found it. Additionally, because he kept his stock holdings (about 11% of the total, making him the largest shareholder), when eBay bought PayPal in 2002, he made about $180 million in the deal.
  • SpaceX: started in 2002, a company that researches, develops, and manufactures spacecraft and (reusable) launch rockets,[note 3] including to develop the most powerful launch vehicle currently in useWikipedia and test it by putting a car in solar orbit[note 4]. Alongside Boeing, SpaceX enables NASA to send American astronauts into space on American rockets, from American soil, for the first time since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011.[14]
  • Tesla Motors: founded in 2003 by Musk[15] Martin Eberhard (who was shoved out by Musk)[16] a company that designs and manufactures semi-automated electric cars.
  • SolarCity: started in 2006, a company that manufactures and installs rooftop solar panels.
  • Hyperloop, announced in 2013, an as-yet-unfeasible rapid transit method that is basically a maglev train inside a vacuum tube. Musk wants this to compete with conventional high-speed rail.
  • OpenAI: started in 2015, a nonprofit intended to generate a general artificial intelligence (and avoid Roko's Basilisk).
  • Neuralink: started in 2016, a company intended to produce software and devices that can interface with the human brain.
  • The Boring Company: started in 2016, a company intended to reduce the cost of boring tunnels. This could come in handy if the Hyperloop succeeds. In 2018, it was awarded a contract to provide an express train service from the O'Hare International Airport to downtown Chicago, scheduled to open in 2021.[17][note 5] By September of the same year, however, nothing has been done, and the future of the project remains in doubt.[18][note 6] So far, the Boring Company is not very exciting.
  • Thud: started in 2018, a company intended to produce comedic/satirical articles similar to The Onion, which Musk had attempted to purchase after it wrote satirical articles about him. After Musk pulled the rug out after 6 months, Thud made a muffled sound on the ground and did not come back up.[19]
  • pravduh.com: started in 2018, a website intended to let people vote on the reliability of media sources, created after Musk received much negative media coverage in the same year.[20] This turned out to be a minor temper tantrum, as there's no evidence the site ever had any content.[21] Not to be confused with Pravda.ru, which actually has content of the bovine fecal variety.
  • Musk is currently trying to acquire Twitter under the pretence of encouraging "free speech". It very well could be a ploy to really make money out of Twitter (somehow) or serve other interests but it is hard to believe he cares about anything goes free speech. In any case the whole process has been fraught with his typical attention seeking derp behaviour, highly manipulative tactics, weird and douchey tweets/comments including personal attacks on well known figures. He claims there will still be moderation, so not sure what that means for "protecting free speech". Predictably, his adoring fans have eaten up everything he has done so far praising every move he has made as "genius" and believing that Musk actually cares about anyone but himself.

Tesla Motors[edit]

Either the logo of the most valuable car manufacturer in history or the drawing of a uterus.

Tesla Motors is a car company figure-headed by Elon Musk. It is famous for being the only company with a commercially available car floating in space. It makes electric cars, which made the news for catching fire.[22][23] As it turns out, though, while Teslas caught fire, they did so at a much lower rate than the cars relying on controlled explosions of flammable material.[24] However, putting out EV car fires is far more difficult than putting out internal combustion car fires, sometimes requiring more than 20,000 gallons of water.[25] Tesla also makes cars that can drive themselves, but they often seem to crash while driving on their own.[26]

Coins for Cars[edit]

In late 2020, Tesla hinted that they would begin accepting Bitcoin for cars, which sent the already overpriced Bitcoin even higher. In early 2021, Tesla bought $1.5 billion in Bitcoin,[27] and then in March made the actual announcement they'd sell cars in Bitcoin. Bitcoin skyrocketed even further, making Tesla's Bitcoins even more valuable. Then Tesla began selling off their Bitcoins,[28] whereas Musk loudly insists didn't happen,[29] just before refusing to accept Bitcoin for their cars in May 2021.[30][31]

But there's another explanation that doesn't involve insider trading or market manipulation. During those two months, numerous problems with Bitcoin purchases became apparent, at least for the consumer. To purchase a Tesla, you have to place a deposit of $2500 or equivalent value in Bitcoin. If you cancelled before the car was made you got a refund, but if the deposit was made in Bitcoin, Tesla got to choose whether to pay you Bitcoins or cash. I.e., if Bitcoin went down, you got Bitcoin, but if it went up, you got cash. The US also has "lemon laws" for defective cars, colloquially known as "lemons", where you can be compensated if the manufacturer gives you a lemon. But if you paid for your car in Bitcoin, you guessed it, Tesla could compensate you in whichever currency was worth less.[32] Purchasing itself was a hassle; when given a quote, you had 30 minutes to complete the purchase or you would have to get a new quote.[33] This was needed because of Bitcoin's notoriously volatile price, as otherwise the purchaser could change their mind as Bitcoin fluctuated. Most charitably, this whole debacle was such a miserable experience for everyone involved, and not the image that Musk wants for Tesla.

Sociopathy[edit]

Court lawyer: Do you have some kind of unique ability to identify narcissistic sociopaths?

Musk: You mean by looking in the mirror?

Court lawyer: And, sir, since you've brought it up, do you think that you're a narcissistic sociopath?

Musk: No.[35]

For someone who has ostensibly created some ventures that could be called good for society (pioneering electric vehicle manufacture, installing rooftop solar, more questionably others), Musk and Tesla have exhibit repeated and disturbing signs of narcissistic sociopathy[36][37] (superficial charm, lying, intentionally causing harm to others).

Musk believes in the theory that all of existence is a simulated reality and has dedicated millions of dollars towards proving an unfalsifiable hypothesis true,[38] rather than using that money to do something beneficial. Presumably, he believes in this theory because he believes it could absolve him of any accountability regarding his actions. Musk's apparent belief that reality is a simulation would appear to be a rationalization for Musk doing whatever the fuck he wants. When one is the richest person on the planet one can do a very good job of creating a walled garden to keep out things that one doesn't want to confront by just throwing money at them.

Musk, himself[edit]

Musk either thinks that he is a big gorilla, or he knows that is a manospherian, declaring to his first wife at their wedding in 2000, "I am the alpha in this relationship." He later treated her like a slightly privileged employee, later telling her often, "If you were my employee, I would fire you."[39] In 2020, Musk tweeted a call to "Take the Red pill 🌹".[40] The term "red pill" was popularized by the manosphere and absorbed into the larger alt-right. It is possible however that Musk was referring to the original use in the film series The Matrix, which would agree with his simulated reality belief. Years after The Matrix was released, the filmmakers revealed in 2016 that films were actually a reflection of their transsexuality.[41] Although the red rose in Musk's tweet is a symbol of social democracy, Musk is known to be strongly against this ideology.

On March 6, 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when vaccines were not available, Musk said, "The coronavirus panic is dumb".[42] By March 17, state and local officials were ordering lockdowns to prevent further spread of COVID and the overburdening hospitals that did eventuate. On March 19, Musk stated, "Based on current trends, probably close to zero new cases in the US too by the end of April".[43] Contrary to what the boy genius predicted, daily case counts have yet to drop to zero as of December 2021, and the daily peak was 218,000 in January 2021 before vaccines were widely available.[44] By April, Musk was complaining about lockdowns.[45] In May 2020, Musk opened his Fremont, California Tesla factory in defiance of Alameda County health orders. As a result, he personally caused 450 COVID cases.[46]

After resigning, a Tesla employee returned to work just to say goodbye to colleagues. Musk shoved and threatened the employee by saying "I will nuke you."[47]

Musk told the UN he would donate much of his fortune to end world hunger if they told him exactly how they would spend it, and then, when they gave him precisely what he wanted, a detailed program explaining exactly what they would use his money for, he refused.[48] Of course, he reneged on his part of the deal.

Companies, by proxy[edit]

Tesla has repeatedly rolled out new and potentially-dangerous (a not fully-functional 'auto pilot',[49][50] 'Insane' mode[51]) or on-its-face features (driver-accessible video games[52]) that are tested on existing car owners rather than going through extensive in-house testing.[36] Tesla has 3 times the number of driver deaths compared to other vehicles in its car class (BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes).[49]

In 2021, Tesla was sued by six women who worked at Tesla factories, alleging that there was "rampant sexual harassment" and "nightmarish conditions" at the factories.[53] The lawsuit alleged that the abuse is effectively encouraged by Musk's lewd tweets.[53] A woman who was an engineer at SpaceX has also said that she suffered sexual harassment there and that there was rampant misogyny.[54]

A former contract worker at Tesla was awarded $137 million in a discrimination suit against Tesla that had alleged racist epithets, discrimination and a hostile work environment.[55]

Being a whistleblower seems to be grounds for immediate termination at Tesla despite it being illegal for Tesla to do so.[56][57][58]

Elon and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Tweets[edit]

Musk in 2012,[59] right before he told his friend not to come to school the next day.

Despite being a rock star of scientific progress and innovation, a busy professional with a million things to do and a good understanding of the essential importance of good communication, Elon still finds time to tweet stupid shit every now and then. He apparently loves Tweeting so much, he bought 9.2% of Twitter, making him the single largest shareholder of the company.[60] You might also notice Twitter has 11 board members, and 9.2% is more than 1/11th of the company, enough to permanently make yourself a board member without any voting necessary. Which is exactly what happened.[61]

"Marx was a capitalist"[edit]

By the way, I am actually a socialist. Just not the kind that shifts resources from most productive to least productive, pretending to do good, while actually causing harm. True socialism seeks greatest good for all.
—Musk, bravely taking the controversial view that he likes good things, not his plate overflowing with things to manage and support bad things[62]

Taylor Harris: What would you proclaim yourself as? Anything specifically?[63]

Musk: A socialist[64]

Musk: Marx was a capitalist. He even wrote a book about it.[65]

Musk makes the common mistake of mixing up Marxist socialism with modern welfare social democracy. While he may be somewhat right in his interpretation of Marxist socialism as "the greatest good for all", modern welfare social democracy concerns itself with reducing poverty and misery and funding a large range of basic social services without abandoning capitalism. In either case, he describes socialism in a way that neither makes sense in Marxist socialism nor modern welfare social-democracy "the kind that shifts resources from most productive to least productive, pretending to do good, while actually causing harm". This is a gross misrepresentation of Marxist socialism and doesn't remotely resemble modern welfare social democracy.

Unions[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Trade union

Musk: If you must know, I am a utopian anarchist of the kind best described by Iain BanksWikipedia [a leftist writer][66]

Cory Doctorow: Iain Banks was an ardent trade unionist, @Elonmusk[67]

Musk: Iain certainly wasn’t pro-union in the Culture books. At all. And wouldn’t be in the case of Tesla. Banks was about freedom through & through. Maybe for a single buyer (monopsony) vs single seller (monopoly), I would be too, but that’s a special case.[68]

Doctorow: Banks consistently endorsed the freedom of workers to form collective bargaining units. The existence of a thought experiments in which this was obviated by eg FTL [faster-than light travel] is by no means an indication that a marginal improvement in EV tech would have turned him into a strikebreaker[69]

Musk: I endorse freedom to form a union too, as well as freedom not to do so if they feel Tesla is a good company. UAW has major conflicts of interest & failed our car plant already when they abandoned us in 2010. Tesla can only hire 5% of applicants, so must be doing something right.[70]

David Slack: Unions don’t exist only at “bad” companies, Mr. Musk. They exist to provide workers with a voice to negotiate with management, insuring that conditions do not become intolerable or unsafe, that good companies do not become bad ones. Good companies should welcome unions.[71]

Musk: You think all companies are bad and all unions good? That’s a very bigoted position.[72]

Boring boneheads[edit]

After his flagship company, Tesla, posted a massive loss it could be imagined that analysts would want to know why. Musk was busy telling everyone that things were fine when he said:

"Boring bonehead questions are not cool. Next," ... "We're going to go to YouTube. Sorry, these questions are so dry. They're killing me."[73]

This briefly bummed out the investors and Tesla stock dropped 5% (about $3 billion).[74]

Tesla[edit]

In 2019, Musk tweeted that the company may go private.

Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.[75]

For whatever reason he did this (who knows?), he broke the law as it was of a speculative nature. While the company wasn't destined to go private, the market took the tweet seriously, and some investors lost millions in the speculation game. Investors initiated a lawsuit, which is still in the courts.[76] Somehow Musk survived this colossally stupid move. Though in fairness, Tesla is currently worth about 10x what it was when Musk made that tweet; had he gone through with the deal it would've been the greatest business deal in modern history.

However, clearly, this wasn't enough. In 2020, while he was busy denying the serious nature of COVID-19, he also made a casual claim that his company was "over-valued".[77]

Tesla stock price is too high imo[78]

This led to a huge drop in market value with himself losing billions in value. It is unlikely any of this will stop Musk from making stupid, pointless, destructive comments in the future about the value or future of the company.

Transphobia[edit]

Elon Musk, despite his brainchild Tesla being well-known for its inclusiveness of LGBTQ+ people, has also made quite a few attacks on the use of pronouns for non-binary individuals. After facing much backlash after infamously tweeting "pronouns suck"[79], Musk went on to make the following even-more damning follow-up tweet a few months later:

I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 14, 2020[80]

It also didn't help Musk's case that he additionally shared a meme of a soldier rubbing his face with bloody hands and a hat with the words "I Love To Oppress", with the caption ""when you put he/him in ur bio"[80][81] The meme is known as "The Eternal Anglo"[82] The term 'The Eternal Anglo' is based on the anti-semitic 1940 film The Eternal JewWikipedia produced in Nazi Germany. The Eternal Anglo meme is purportedly primarily used by fascistic German and Slavic speakers to demonize English-speaking countries[83] but has morphed into other usage within the larger alt-right.

Donald Trump[edit]

Musk was very critical of Donald Trump until Trump became President. Musk then changed his mind and joined Trump initiatives including a council of business advisors and a project to promote manufacturing in the US.[84][note 7] Musk's attacks on the media seemed in accord with Trump's complaints about fake news and were supported by Trump's son Donald Trump Jr.[85] He also supported Trump's campaign to shift global tariffs on car imports and exports to be more favorable to American car exports.[86] He left Trump's presidential council in June of 2017, citing Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.[87]

Losing his mind[edit]

A mixture of overwork, substance abuse, fame, and gross insecurity has cracked his head. In recent months, he has posted misguided, possibly illegal, as well as frightening tweets. They include suggestions that Tesla would go private (without detailing sources of funds) and then backtracking the claim. Prosecutors have opened an investigation into possible financial fraud (as the shares in the company went up sharply after the announcement). His other tweets range from self-aggrandizement to semi-misogynistic comments and worse. He admitted a reliance on stimulants and depressants to fulfill his workload and a few hours of shut-eye. Two high-level members of Tesla resigned after Elon openly smoked pot on a podcast with Joe Rogan. Musk suggested we live in a kind of real-life Matrix, and his reasoning is humorously reminiscent of the logic used in Roko's basilisk:

"If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end. One of those two things will occur," Musk said. "Therefore, we are most likely in a simulation, because we exist." —Elon Musk[88]

Pedophilia accusations[edit]

Elon's most ghastly batshit-insanity is the accusation of a child-rescuing hero of being a pedophile. While several young soccer players were stuck in a cave, Musk flew to Thailand and tried to offer help however he could.[89] Regardless of whether or not the suggestion that his mission to help out was nothing but a PR stunt, it seemed his help was rather useless and was getting in the way.[90] A semi-professional spelunker, Vern Unsworth helped bring the trapped children to safety.[91] He was critical of some of Elon's efforts to help including criticism of the feasibility of Elon's proposed amazing-cave-submarine-child-rescue-awesome-mobile.[92] Unsworth risked his life to reach the boys, comfort the scared children and rescue them.[93] As thanks for this he was accused of being a pedophile by Musk.[94] Elon's petty hissy-fit in the form of a vague accusation of pedophilia didn't go away even after Elon deleted the tweet and gave a half-hearted retraction.[95] A week later, Elon sprayed a full out pedophile on social media...twice.[96][97]

In September 2018, Unsworth filed suit for defamation, with Musk somehow winning,[98] despite none of his accusations having a shred of truth to them - the Private Investigator hired by Musk having scammed him.[99]

During the trial, he essentially defended his right to be a Twitter troll.[100]

See also[edit]

  • Nikola Tesla — from whom the name came. Although ironically, Musk identifies more with Nikola Tesla's nemesis, Thomas Edison, than with Tesla himself – despite buying the company named after him.[101][note 8]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Much of his wealth is tied up in Tesla stock and SpaceX, both of which are difficult to assess their "true" value, so his "real" wealth is actually difficult to determine, although similar can be said of Bezos or just about any other multi-Billionaire.
  2. Seriously though, there were a bunch of issues. First off, he insisted on keeping the site named "X", even though consumer surveys consistently showed that people thought it was a pornographic website. Also he insisted that the company use Microsoft framework even though the rest of the board preferred Unix. Lastly, he's kind of a jerk and they got tired of his shit.
  3. If you're into space exploration, the videos of the rocket stages landing are pure nerdgasm.
  4. Which itself was a petty, douche move by Musk. When Martin Eberhard was forced out of Tesla by Musk, the subsequent settlement stipulated that when the roadsters finally came out, Eberhard would get the first one off the line. Musk instead tried to keep it for himself, and rather than hand it over, he had it shot into space; he wound up giving Eberhard the third one, which had to be rebuilt after engineers had crashed it. See Debunking Musk, Pt 2 for more details and sources.
  5. At present, the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line connects O'Hare to downtown. Each train can carry upwards of 600 people and travel at a maximum speed of 50 mph. Musk's express service trains can only carry up to 16 passengers but can reach up to 150 mph. Furthermore, it takes around 45 minutes on the Blue but only 12 on the Express Line.
  6. There is, however, an alternative proposal that requires only mature technologies, namely the Chicago Crossrail.
  7. This is one of the few times when Trump is right. Promoting manufacturing in the U.S. instead of outsourcing American jobs puts America first.
  8. Also interesting is that he did not name the company "Tesla". It was incorporated in July 2003 as "Tesla Motors"; Musk did not become involved with the company until February of 2004. This is a recurring theme with Musk, rewriting history to give himself credit for things he didn't actually do.

References[edit]

  1. The two sides of Elon Musk: Liar or optimist? Troll or marketing genius? Icarus or Daedalus? A trial in Delaware highlighted the contradictions at the Tesla chief’s core. by Will Oremus (July 16, 2021) The Washington Post.
  2. If you get the reference, then good for you!
  3. Emperor Elon Musk? SpaceX founder clarifies if he’ll lead humans on Mars The South African 13 March 2018
  4. Elon Musk Reveals His Love Of Anime And The Desire To Build A Mecha Forbes 16 October 2018
  5. Elon Musk on Twitter[a w] 7 September 2018
  6. https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/01/07/elon-musk-is-now-the-richest-person-in-the-world-passing-jeff-bezos-.html
  7. Elon Musk drops first SoundCloud track, 'RIP Harambe.' Yes, you read that right Mashable UK 31 March 2019
  8. Tesla and Elon Musk's Tweet Violated Labor Laws Protecting Unions, Judge Rules Time 29 September 2019
  9. Tesla workers speak out: 'Anything pro-union is shut down really fast' The Guardian 10 September 2018
  10. "Elon Musk promoted coronavirus misinformation for months. Then his own infection kept him out of SpaceX's astronaut launch." by Morgan McFall Johnsen, Business Insider, 2020 November 25
  11. Elon Musk calls British diver in Thai cave rescue 'pedo' in baseless attack The Guardian 16 July 2018
  12. Elon Musk's family once owned an emerald mine in Zambia
  13. A teenage Elon Musk once casually sold his father's emeralds to Tiffany & Co. in New York, while his dad was sleeping
  14. NASA Names Astronauts For First Commercial Flights BBC News 3 August 2018
  15. Does it matter if founders run tech companies? The San Francisco Chronicle 26 September 2018
  16. Tesla's Founder Sues Tesla's CEO Wired 11 June 2009
  17. The Latest: Musk Says O’Hare Express Line Could Open in 2021 Associated Press News 14 June 2018
  18. Rahm Emanuel wanted to expand O’Hare airport and partner with Elon Musk on high-speed rail. Now what? Chicago Tribune 4 September 2018
  19. Elon Musk wanted The Onion; he got Thud by Jacob Kastrenakes (Jul 2, 2019, 8:30am EDT) The Verge.
  20. Problem solved, was able to buy http://Pravduh.com! Game on by Elon Musk (11:27 AM - 25 May 2018) Twitter (archived from August 17, 2021).
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  25. Due to Those Batteries, Tesla Car Fires Require Outlandish Volumes of Water to Extinguish by Joe Kukura (22 June 2021) SFist.
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  35. It has often been remarked how Musk is a skilled gaslighter. Always staring at the floorboards beneath which is the bloody body. Here, he testifies he believes Marty Tripp is a narcissistic sociopath. by @montana_skeptic (2:13 PM · Aug 7, 2020) Twitter (archived from ).
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  39. "I Was a Starter Wife": Inside America's Messiest Divorce by Justine Musk (September 10, 2010) Marie Claire.
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  41. Lilly Wachowski Acknowledges Re-Examination of The Matrix With Lens Focused on Transness by Jessica Lachenal (Apr 5th, 2016, 5:04 pm) The Mary Sue.
  42. The coronavirus panic is dumb by Elon Musk (12:42 - 6. March 2020) Twitter (archived from March 23, 2020).
  43. Based on current trends, probably close to zero new cases in US too by end of April by Elon Musk (4.38 - 19 Mar 2020) Twitter (archived from March 22, 2020).
  44. COVID Data Tracker Centers for Disease Control.
  45. FREE AMERICA NOW by Elon Musk (23:14 - 28. Apr. 2020) Twitter (archived from April 30, 2020).
  46. Hundreds of covid cases reported at Tesla plant following Musk’s defiant reopening, county data shows by Faiz Siddiqui (March 12, 2021 at 7:24 p.m. PST) The Washington Post.
  47. ‘I will nuke you’: Elon Musk was accused of shoving and threatening a former Tesla employee by Graham Rapier (Apr. 6, 2019, 8:32 AM) Business Insider.
  48. Johnny Wood, How Billionaire Elon Musk's Fortune Could End World Hunger. weforum.org, 19 November 2021.
  49. 49.0 49.1 Tesla Deaths (2021).
  50. Backseat Tesla Driver Unapologetic After Arrest for Reckless Driving: Soon after he was released, Param Sharma took to his Instagram page and uploaded a video that shows a driverless Tesla on The Embarcadero in San Francisco — with him in the backseat by Sergio Quintana (Published May 13, 2021; Updated on May 14, 2021 at 7:20 am) NBC Bay Area.
  51. Tesla tempted drivers with ‘insane’ mode and now is tracking them to judge safety. Experts say it’s ludicrous. Tesla’s system for rating drivers’ safety came under criticism as the company prepared to roll out its Full Self-Driving software to more owners. by Faiz Siddiqui (October 10, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT) The Washington Post.
  52. Tesla halts use of video games in moving cars amid safety probe: The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe into the ‘Passenger Play’ feature this week. by Faiz Siddiqui (December 23, 2021) The Washington Post.
  53. 53.0 53.1 Six Tesla workers file additional lawsuits alleging sexual harassment by Faiz Siddiqui (December 14, 2021 at 3:07 p.m. EST) The Washington Post.
  54. At SpaceX, we're told we can change the world. I couldn't, however, stop getting sexually harassed. by Ashley Kosak (2021) Lioness.
  55. Jury orders Tesla to pay more than $130 million in discrimination suit, which alleged racist epithets and hostile work environment by Faiz Siddiqui (October 5, 2021 at 1:47 a.m. EDT) The Washington Post.
  56. Tesla Whistleblower Meissner Associates.
  57. Since 2017, > 30 @tesla employees have been victim of whistleblower retaliation $TSLA Employees blew the whistle on fraud, safety , harassment, sexual assault & more. Most disturbing, many were terminated immediately after contacting Musk or ethics hotline. … by Luis Carruthers (4:43 PM · Jul 23, 2019) Twitter (archived from 26 Dec 2021 02:49:10 UTC).
  58. Tesla called her a criminal. Her fight could be a milestone for employees’ rights by Russ Mitchell (Dec. 8, 2020 5 AM PT) Los Angeles Times.
  59. Wore Marquis de Sade outfit for a party last night. Was v popular with women who'd read 50 Shades :) by Elon Musk (1:31 - 18 jun. 2012) Twitter (archived from June 17, 2018).
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  74. Elon Musk Rejects ‘Boring, Bonehead Questions,’ and Tesla’s Stock Slides The New York Times 3 May 2018
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  76. A federal judge just ruled that Tesla must face a shareholder lawsuit over Elon Musk's tweet saying he was considering taking the company private Business Insider 15 April 2020
  77. Tesla Shares Tumble As Musk Says Stock Is Overvalued Barron's 1 May 2020
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  81. when you put he/him in ur bio by Elon Musk (10:11 PM - 13 Dec 2020) Twitter (archived from December 14, 2020).
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  84. Here's why Elon Musk is changing his tune on Trump Business Insider 29 January 2017
  85. Elon Musk melts down, blames scumbag tesla critics for electing trump Vanity Fair 23 May 2018
  86. Elon Musk's and Donald Trump's Twitter Tariff Tiff Wired 12 March 2018
  87. Elon Musk leaving Trump advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal TechCrunch 1 June 2017
  88. Elon Musk Thinks We're Living In The Matrix. If He's Right, It's a Good Thing Inc. 6 November 2017
  89. Elon Musk Thinks a Mini-Submarine Could Help in Thai Cave Rescue The New York Times 7 July 2018
  90. Elon Musk and the Thai cave rescue: a tale of good intentions and bad tweets Vox 18 July 2018
  91. HERO'S LAWSUIT Who is Vernon Unsworth? Thailand cave diver dubbed ‘paedo guy’ by Elon Musk The Sun 7 December 2019
  92. Elon Musk calls British diver in Thai cave rescue 'pedo' in baseless attack The Guardian 16 July 2018
  93. Exclusive interview with Thai cave rescue hero Vernon Unsworth: ‘If the Brits hadn’t been called in, it would have been too late’ The Times 15 July 2018
  94. Cave diver criticizes Musk’s kid-sub rescue plan. Musk suggests he’s a pedophile Los Angeles Times 15 July 2018
  95. Elon Musk Has Finally Apologized to the Thai Cave Diver He Called a ‘Pedo’ Fortune 18 July 2018
  96. Elon Musk calls British diver in Thai cave rescue 'pedo' in baseless attack The Guardian 16 July 2018
  97. Elon Musk attacks British cave diver for a third time, calling him a ‘child rapist’ by Ryan Browne (5 September 2018) CNBC.
  98. Elon Musk 'Set Out to Destroy Me,' Says Cave Diver After Losing 'Pedo Guy' Defamation Lawsuit Against Tesla Boss Newsweek 18 December 2019
  99. Elon Musk claims his investigator tricked him about diver he called a 'pedo' The Guardian 9 October 2019
  100. Elon Musk defends his right to be a Twitter troll at 'pedo guy' trial Billionaires gonna troll. by Rachel Kraus (December 4, 2019) Mashable.
  101. Elon Musk interview reveals whether he prefers Nikola Tesla to Thomas Edison Big Think 4 February 2019