Economics/Class Relations

What’s on Musk’s ‘bedside table’

Nicholas Carlson, November 29, 2022

 

Hello, Insiders. Can we talk about Elon Musk’s nightstand? He posted a bizarre photo of what he said was his “bedside table” yesterday. It featured what appeared to be two replica guns, four caffeine-free Diet Coke cans, and a picture of George Washington. See for yourself here.

 

When I saw this, the first thing I thought was: Someone get this poor man a La Croix! If you’re looking for a sugar-free, caffeine-free fizzy drink … isn’t seltzer the ticket? As for the guns, both seem to be fake: One might be a replica of a revolver from a video game, while the other may be a replica of Washington’s pistol. But he’s now calling himself “Elon Musket,” so there’s that.

 

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Streetlights in a bunch of major cities are turning purple. Is it just a fluke — or a warning of the chaos to come?

 

Reports of the “Great Purpling” go back to 2020. From California to Wisconsin to Florida — and even as far away Ireland — lights spontaneously changed to a purple hue, illuminating the streets like they were a TV tuned to a Prince concert. Residents were spooked.

 

But as senior correspondent Adam Rogers reports, the change isn’t ghost- or football-related. And it isn’t some grand conspiracy, though lots of people claimed the synthetic twilight was caused by the effects of 5G radiation or a government surveillance tool, a sign of the times.

 

Instead, the mystery of the purple lights appears to be both more mundane and more worrisome than anyone has realized. It’s a visual cue that we might need to rethink how we build the future.

 

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