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The Three-Year-Old Billionaire

So this morning I went to check Twitter on my iPad and nothing new downloaded on the app. I checked using Safari and nothing downloaded. It works on Android and Windows.

Elon Musk has thrown a tantrum and cut off service to Apple because Apple won’t advertise on Twitter after Elon allowed all of the banned people back on and started backing Republicans. Tim Cook has to protect his Brand and his shareholders. This guarantees that the Twitter App will be gone from the App Store.

40 comments

1 Anya { 11.30.22 at 12:06 pm }

*sigh*

I used to think that Bill Gates was so rich that he was going to build a continent in the shape of his own head. Now — not so much.

I used to think that Elon Musk was brilliant and forward-thinking, poised to make the world a better place. Now — not so much.

Gates took his money and turned it to philanthropy.

Musk, it appears, is taking his alleged brilliance to build his head-shaped continent in Space, and the rest of us be damned.

PS: Yay for Apple.

2 Bryan { 12.01.22 at 12:39 pm }

He paid $44 billion for a company worth $14 billion and has proceeded to destroy it. In the process investors have gotten nervous about the value of Tesla because of fires and the accidents caused by “Autopilot”. So far he has lost an estimated $100 billion dollars and borrowed money from the Saudis and Emirates who don’t have a problem killing people who lose their money.

He has become a wingnut like Trump and the MAGAts.

I have created an account at Mastodon, and am on the list for Post.news. Twitter was always a minor thing, and I will miss some of the people, I got my fill of being jerked around in the Air Force.

3 Kryten42 { 12.03.22 at 10:30 am }

Hello Bryan and Anya! I do hope you are both well, and get to enjoy a break and a refresh. 👍🏽🥰

Agree, of course. But honestly (and I never thought I’d be saying this), I think EM has a bigger ego than Dotard! And I thought Dotards was at least Moon sized! 🤦🏽‍♂️😒

I think EM is going to be facing the music sooner than Dotard also.

I tweeted a link to this thread.

Anyway… We’ll just have to wait and see. 🤷🏽‍♂️🙄

OT: I’ve been spending my ‘day’ just catching up on tech news. I’ve missed a lot. I watched this YT vid on the USA’s newest toy, the B-21. Thought you might be interested. 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcIcuuKCdVs

4 Bryan { 12.03.22 at 11:37 pm }

Other than car problems I’m doing great. EM wants free speech and then imposes rightwing whackos on everyone, and starts a fight with Apple that makes no sense. He claims impartiality and then tells people to vote for Republicans. That picture of his night stand tells a story: two toy guns, one used for a video game, and four empty no caffeine diet Coke cans that are leaving rings on the furniture. It’s the bedroom of a teenager. Why would he show that?

I saw the announcement and then watched the video at the link. The engines on F-35s are louder than hell, not a great choice for a stealth anything. You could use World War II British technology to find them with those engines. It’s slightly better than the B-2 with a smaller payload. Its usefulness is yet to be proven.

5 Kryten42 { 12.06.22 at 1:39 am }

Maybe the ‘new engines’ (in development at GE) will be less noisy. 🤷🏽‍♂️

EM’s problems continue to pile up (no surprise there):

https://www.reuters.com/technology/musks-neuralink-faces-federal-probe-employee-backlash-over-animal-tests-2022-12-05/

6 Bryan { 12.06.22 at 12:10 pm }

I hope so, the R&D guys don’t worry about the ancient techniques or even the civilian applications when designing weapon systems. The Serbs shot down a F-117 Nighthawk using cell towers and a program on a PC. Hell, infrared sensors are still huge on AA missiles.

Musk’s neuralinks are a bad idea to begin with and given the track record of Musk batteries who would risk the implant. I have a nephew who was born deaf but now hears with a cochlear implant. He loves American football and is big enough to play on his high school team, but he decided he wouldn’t risk damage to the implant, even wearing a helmet. His ability to hear is more important than his desire to play a game he loves.

7 Kryten42 { 12.07.22 at 3:05 am }

After working for General Dynamics for over a year, I agree! Most only worry about what tech is, or may be, coming. “Future proofing”. Nice concept… It’s never worked very well. Ignoring the past is asking for trouble.

So… Want some good news (that you probably already know)? 😉 😀

Dotard got got Caponed! 😂👍🏽
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-63882140

And Warnock won! Best part, is that Biden is the only POTUS since FDR to have every Senator re-elected (51). 👍🏽

Well done. Too bad your FL scum was re-elected. 🙁

8 Kryten42 { 12.08.22 at 12:52 am }

I was checking my news feeds… And came upon this by The Young Turks. I’m curious about your take Bryan?

(No rush! I know you are busy!)

It relates to the Khashoggi suit – “Saudi Crown Prince Gets Bailed Out By US Judge”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXbtwBMEBjc

I guess when you own a lot of the oil and a lot of MIC contracts, you can get away with murder. 🤔 🤷🏽‍♂️

9 Bryan { 12.10.22 at 8:30 pm }

MBS gets a pass because of diplomatic treaties. As the de facto head of state he has diplomatic immunity and cannot be charged under US laws.

All of my Florida scum were reelected. DeMentis hides the truth from the people and no one can get through. But I finally got my car back. After a half dozen guys told me it was a simple fix, they show you how on YouTube and we all tried to put the new starter in and failed. Then a friend of a friend stopped by and put it in in a half hour. $20 and a case of beer isn’t bad pay for a half hour.

10 Kryten42 { 12.14.22 at 4:06 am }

OK. Thanks Brian. 🙂

Bryan… I don’t know about you, but I am feeling as I did after 4 years of several hours per day of dealing with the Shrubbery & GOP. Exhausted & drained. In a way… I am glad EM has turned Twitter into a steaming cesspit. I’ve done all I can to make people aware & understand reality. Zero chance of that with the influx of moronic thoughtless clones flooding it now.

Don’t know if I ever mentioned it… But I did 2 yrs of an Automobile Mechanic’s Apprenticeship at 17 through Shell. I quit after just being the Mechanic’s menial slave. Though, in hindsight, they drove me to going for a BSc in Engineering instead. Every Thursday, I attended Box Hill TAFE (Technical And Further Education) school (they used to be simply Technical Schools – Bloody politicians!) The teacher asked why I was quitting and I told him. He said I was wasting my potential and should see the Principal. So I did. We had a lengthy discussions, he suggested I should participate in the new three year Certificate of Technology course, which was a precursor to a BSc in an Engineering steam of my choice, requiring only 1 year to achieve. COT was the hardest course I have ever done! Washout rate was very high! Over 70% (we had to pass a rigorous entry regimen to be selected!) Ah well… the past is gone. “Seemed like a good idea at the time!” 😏🙄 (I want that on my headstone! Or, “WTF was that all about?”) 😜😂

Very glad you finally have a working car again though! 👍🏽😊 Sad that you didn’t meet the “friend of a friend” a week ago! I have that issue. 😉 😆

I just finished downloading the HUGE new The Witcher 3 “Next-gen Update”! Over 50 GB. It’s essentially The Witcher 3.5 now. 😀 Can’t wait to get my last 3 parts to build my new PC to play it! They have been shipped (via sea, airfreight prices are INSANE! The case was going to cost more to ship than it cost!) But shipping & customs are overloaded. What should have taken 2-4 weeks, is now 2-4 Months! 🤨😖

11 Bryan { 12.14.22 at 10:57 pm }

Shipping is unreal. Almost everything I ordered from Amazon was delivered in two days. Now I’m lucky if I get it in a week. Nothing is coming via the postal service. UPS and FedEx are not sure where I am after 70 years of Dumkas living at this address.

Since the arrival of EM I spend more time blocking rightwing nut cases then reading tweets. I now have accounts on @Post.news and @mstdn.social and feeling my way around. I will go somewhere, not sure where.

12 Badtux { 12.15.22 at 1:39 am }

Well, Twitter put me on timeout for ranting about the right wing frothing lunatics cluttering my timeline, so no more Twitter for me, lol. I am, of course, over at Mastodon:

https://mastodon.social/@badtux

Hope to see you soon!

13 Kryten42 { 12.15.22 at 5:19 am }

Followed BT (I’m at: https://mstdn.social/@kryten42)

My T friend Rick (@colonelhogans) tweeted:
“Apologies that you can’t retweet my stuff. I’m extremely grateful that you want to, but I’ve locked my account. I was spending more time blocking than writing tweets. I’m happy with just all you amazing followers. Thank you so much. 🤗”

I replied:
“I’m all for any sanity move! I thought about locking my acc’t… But I’m morbidly curious how many “young lasses with 3 photo’s on their timeline, that usually do not match their avatar” will Follow in the vain hope I’ll follow back to be spammed!😏 We all need a hobby. 😈😜”

😏😈

14 Kryten42 { 12.15.22 at 5:24 pm }

Well, well… Whatdyaknow?

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-twitter-employee-sentenced-42-months-federal-prison-acting-foreign-agent

Hmmmm! I can’t say I am surprised. After all, The Saudi Prince was a major shareholder of T. But now with EM as sole boss, no worries. They’ll all likely be Russian now. 🤦🏽‍♂️🤨😏

15 Bryan { 12.15.22 at 10:58 pm }

https://msdtn.social/@perun

I need some time to find the manual. I’m Using the avatar.

16 Bryan { 12.15.22 at 11:18 pm }

I’ve been doing more blocking than anything else since Noel Kums pushed into the building in San Francisco, but this week a Rabbi who I follow finally showed up on my timeline again. She tweets most days except Friday and Saturday. I didn’t read any of EM’s tweets as I blocked him as well as any Magats that showed up and creeps on the comments of some women’s tweets. Like Trump, he doesn’t pay his bills and keeps threatening to leave San Francisco. He thinks people want him in the city. His landlord wouldn’t mind getting the build back to raise the rent.

About that young lady, a political operative should show up in a Google/Duckduckgo search. We are amazed that Twitter is the only place she appears.

17 Kryten42 { 12.18.22 at 11:31 pm }

So… EM posted a tweet poll about whether he should stop down as ‘boss’ of twitter.

A friend (and long-time member of GeeksResist on T as I am (was?)) sent me a tweet I retweeted that explains why!

https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1604692608772890624

Also, as we know… The Saudi Royal Family takes a very dim view towards anyone that costs them serious money! 😈

I am fighting other dragon’s at home currently.

I hope you are all doing well and can take a deserved break for a while at least!

Oh!! Check this YT vid out! Damn… I am impressed by this young lass! (No spoilers!) 👍🏽🥰🥂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ5q7Iv5wTM

18 Bryan { 12.18.22 at 11:50 pm }

The finance guys have been wondering if they were going to get involved. Some sites are running a picture of EM and Jared Kushner with a bunch of Saudis (based on their head coverings) at a sporting event. They are conservative in financial affairs are are watching Tesla dropping to the bottom. At this point it is obvious that Elon is not management material.

19 Kryten42 { 12.21.22 at 6:52 am }

Well… looks like the fool got the message. But I suspect it’s a Trojan kind of “here’s a gift! Enjoy!”

https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1605477902631309313

20 Bryan { 12.21.22 at 12:43 pm }

I suspect you’re right, because he retains control of software and hardware while while handing off the PR and HR problems to some poor fool to take the flake for the problem he causes.

Rupert has really screwed up your media. I loved the “investigative report” that Kevin Rudd might have ties to the Labor Party. WTF, I’m half a world away from Australia and I know that Kev is a former PM and leader of the Labor Party. It’s like the American media saying there are reasons to believe that FDR had ties to the Democratic Party. 😆

21 Kryten42 { 12.22.22 at 7:10 am }

I tweeted your last comment! I couldn’t agree more. I added my own comment of course.

https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1605905677205078016

As for me… screw it ALL! I’m tired of it. I’m spending most of my time with my kitties (which they are happy about), Gaming, and watching some TWITCH streamers I like (though I despise TWITCH totally! Thankfully, YouTube is making it better for live streamers and many are moving over! Good!) Also watching some of my favorite game/science/film vid’s, etc. on YT. One of my faveorite gamer streamers is LilliaTV. Her reactions to games she plays are priceless! She and her hubby had a break recently when she gave birth to a new gamer-to-be! 😆 So glad it went well. 😀 They are good people so far as I know. I’ve no reason to think otherwise. She posted some heartfelt ‘explainer’ type vids over the years, that I understood completely.

Here’s an example from a couple years ago of a fave game of mine Portal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFl_BP9YLxc&list=PL14p1fPgxfv-yf8N7PHiq3hfzrImlA5s8

Oh! Here (You probably already know this, but I tweeted a TYT commentary on P45, release of his taxes, that I agree with. I expect nothing much to happen.)
https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1605909553669115910

OK! I truly hope all is well with you mate! Also hope you catch a beak and have some good R&R! I’d love to send you something that helps me… But you wouldn’t get it until Xmas 2023. Maybe. *SIGH* 🤦🏽‍♂️ I am very glad I found you all those years ago. Thanks! I owe you.

22 Bryan { 12.22.22 at 10:52 pm }

We are in an emergency mode due four days of below 0°C which is an uncommon occurrence on the Gulf Coast. We also need to watch for falling iguanas dropping from trees as the low temperatures cause them to shut down their systems and hibernate. I’ll answer your remarks in full after I get the tenants to calm down.

23 Kryten42 { 12.24.22 at 5:33 am }

I understand. I hope it all goes well Bryan. I hope you have a great day with your kitties. I plan too with mine. 🙂

No rush mate! Take some time for you. You’ve more than earned it.

😊🥰👍🏽

24 Bryan { 12.24.22 at 6:40 pm }

So far the only “frozen pipe” was a rubber hose to a washing machine. You can’t convince people that -7°C does nothing good to plumbing. I told the tenant to warm things up with her hair dryer. I have a heat gun but it’s too hot on it’s low setting to use on rubber.

The thing his taxes prove is that he’s nowhere near as rich as he claims. We also found out that he has not been under an audit of his taxes as he claimed. In fact the standard audit of Presidential income taxes didn’t take place. The GQP threatened to “released Biden’s Taxes” forgetting that Biden already releases them himself.

I appreciate the thought, but moving anything, including Christmas cards, is at a standstill. I was attempting to buy something from Sweden and they won’t guarantee delivery outside Sweden for the foreseeable future due to the war in Ukraine rise in fuel costs, the nasty weather, &c.

It’s already Christmas Day for you, so Happy Christmas to you and your kitties, Mate. May the new year be kind to you.

25 Kryten42 { 12.25.22 at 7:31 am }

Good idea! Everyone should have a hairdryer for that! I do. 😉

Well… My Xmas Day is over & Yours is beginning. My Kitties and I had a very nice day. Callie got quite excited by her 1st Xmas! Was great to see. She’s doing well. Fewer bad dreams this past week & sleeping better & longer. The other two have been awesome with her. They remember what it was like for them to be abandoned. They snuggle up to her & purr when she has a bad dream. I talk to her gently & pat her to reassure her. She’s smart & knows she is safe here. The Bastards that treated her badly then abandoned her better have move overseas! If I ever find them. I’ll make sue they never have a good nights sleep ever again!

Sorry… It still upsets me! Mr. Kitty & Little Miss took over a year to get over it & feel safe. Callie is much younger than they were. I hate most Humans!

But, they had a fun day and very good (vet approved) Xmas food! 😀

Here… Perhaps a gift for you! Well, for the entire World really! (I added a comment):
https://twitter.com/WizePenguin/status/1606933325587050496

Just in case the RW Black Bird deletes the tweet (as it does now):
https://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2022/10/26/lachlan-murdoch-and-news-corp-thrown-under-a-bus-by-their-barrister-sue-chrysanthou/

I’ve been meaning to ask… Do you still have feral kitties to look after? And how are yours doing? Please have a good day my friend! 🥰👍🏽😺

26 Bryan { 12.25.22 at 6:11 pm }

The remaining cats have all been adopted and I only have Property, Ringo’s daughter left. she has decided that she will be an outside cat. The decision came after her brother, Excise (the tabby Siamese cross) passed over the rainbow bridge. I would get another cat from the shelter if I wasn’t so old, but help a neighbor on disability pay for his cats.

Yes, taking down Australopithecus rupertus and his spawn is good for everyone in the English speaking world.

Callie will take time to trust again. The transition from feral is never easy for you or the cat.

27 Kryten42 { 12.27.22 at 2:29 pm }

I got very lucky with Callie really. And the first pair Missie & Kitty. Happy to see the oldsters taking good care of the youngster. That isn’t always the case with Cat’s. I suspect it’s partly because they were abandoned & mistreated also. But, who knows with Kitties? 🤷🏽‍♂️😼

I am glad you still have property. Also hope your neighbors kitties appreciate what you do for them. 👍🏽😺😻

Saw this posted on Mastodon earlier. Pretty much as suspected.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/02/magazine/russiagate-paul-manafort-ukraine-war.html

I truly hope 2023 is a better year for us all (at least, for the ones not hell bent of destroying the World. For those that are, I wish them very short miserable lives!)

28 Kryten42 { 12.28.22 at 4:01 pm }

😻😂

Here… Have a laugh! I truly do admire Greta Thunberg! I wish we had a few Million more like her! (I replied.)

https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1608056944501178368

Also on Mastodon. A GeeksResist friend tweeted it. I replied to a couple comments here:
https://mstdn.social/@TrisResists/109592933855493009

Made my day, so far! Only 9 AM. 👍🏽😂

29 Bryan { 12.29.22 at 4:56 pm }

When I got Dot & Sox, my first cat, Koshka, was not amused. I had to keep them separate for months. I finally put a hardware cloth (1/4 inch square wire grid) version of a screen door so they could see, smell, and hiss at each other. Males are usually OK with other females, but females have to be convinced. You are lucky.

The local cats think I should be doing something about possums, racoons, and other riff-raff from eating “their food”. Gratitude really isn’t a “cat thing”.

30 Bryan { 12.29.22 at 5:26 pm }

The thing these fools don’t understand about Ms Thunberg and other people on the “spectrum” is their ability to concentrate. If you decide to go against her, you are on a fool’s errand. You can’t divert her. She will go straight for your core with a total absence of “social norms”. The guy’s a fool. The era of internal combustion is ending. He’s going to be stuck with museum pieces that he can’t get fuel for. Three million U$ for that Bugatti, so there’s no maintenance or repair for that car that costs less than U$ 1,000.

31 Bryan { 12.29.22 at 7:45 pm }

Oops, Mr Smallpenis really screwed up. The Romanian Police were looking for him and he revealed in his exchange that he was in fact in the country and was arrested on multiple charges. When it comes to prisons in the former Eastern Bloc the term “dungeon” is not out of place.

32 Bryan { 12.30.22 at 8:53 pm }

Greta twisted the blade: “See what happens when you don’t recycle your pizza boxes.”

33 hipparchia { 12.30.22 at 10:53 pm }

i got a kick out of the pizza boxes remark.

34 Kryten42 { 12.31.22 at 3:08 pm }

Hey hey… It is 2023 here! So far, so good (except for ex-friends of Vlad! It’s raining Oligarchs again!) 🤦🏽‍♂️🙄🤨

Gretta is just awesome! A teen that, since the age of 15, has been putting MANY Adults to shame! And they HATE her for it! Everyone with a brain that works and has any moral/ethical compass, admires her.

Here’s the latest from TND & TYT:
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/12/30/andrew-tate-human-trafficking/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qoG0hIZ-qo

George Takei had a brilliant tweet summary that I enjoyed! 👍🏽😊https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/1608588826813038592

And then… There are the butthurt people that actually have little to show for their contribution towards stopping climate change & flora/fauna extinctions (which it’s too late to do now anyway) essentially blaming the teenage Greta for being “all talk! No action!” (I posted a comment below this tweet on George’s thread)
https://twitter.com/niyatimav/status/1608822699287269380

OK! As for myself recently… Busy with the kitties (I got them a big new play tower thing that they seem to be loving!) Playing mostly Guild Wars 2 & Black Desert Online (both started new seasons, so i have new characters to grow as fast as I can!)

I hope you all had a great Xmas, and that 2023 is better & kinder for us all!

35 hipparchia { 12.31.22 at 6:15 pm }

HAPPY NEW YEAR, KRYTEN!!

36 Bryan { 01.02.23 at 4:43 pm }

😆

37 Bryan { 01.03.23 at 4:52 pm }

Russian oligarchs are like the iguanas in Central Florida – they get get frozen out the Kremlin and fall out of windows. The iguanas hit hit 5°C and they fall out of trees.

I see a future with the Romanian Police have adding a Bugatti and two Ferraris to their panda cars. It will be short-lived as most officers are terrible drivers.

38 Kryten42 { 01.06.23 at 6:06 pm }

Sorry… Been busy dealing with BS! Happy 2023 me! 🤷🏽‍♂️🙄

👍🏽😊 Seriously though… You would think these wealthy Russians who should know Putin better than anyone, would at least have a non Russian security detail 24/7 when out of Russia! And if they do go back to Russia… Then they are screwed!

It’s not looking good for Tate & his bro & others. But good for the World. All his manly-men wannabe’s are either angry or in shock. Not at him of course. The media etc. Typical.

I haven’t seen much news the past week, I think I only posted a couple replies to tweets.

I posted a comment to this one. Have a groan/laugh!
https://twitter.com/PhilipOLeary11/status/1611226767037173765

I hope you are doing well Bryan & hipparchia. And wear a miners helm when walking under trees in sub zero temp’s Bryan. 😉 😀

39 Kryten42 { 01.07.23 at 7:53 pm }

FFS! You probably already know about this Bryan… But SERIOUSLY??!

https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1611903249883484162

What next? Teaching toddlers in Kindergarten that guns are cool and fun and they should have one??!

🤦🏽‍♂️😖

40 Bryan { 01.10.23 at 9:57 pm }

You would think that they would wear an emergency parachute. You might go to the hospital, but at least you would be alive.

Your news is getting weird with the NLP out of power but bitching from the sidelines about laws and proposals they haven’t bothered to read.

Tate really stepped deep yogurt and Romania is not a good place to break laws. If your a foreigner with a lot of money, breaking the laws in a foreign country is a lot different than if you were in your own country. The former Eastern Bloc have learned that they don’t need to accept small bribes when they can prosecute and make real money. It couldn’t happen to a better target.

The Gulf Coast is getting the least of these storms, but the Pacific Coast is getting hammered. They won’t have time to clean up from this one before the next one hits. La Niña is really soaking Australia and the US Pacific Coast.

Stay dry and see the comedy we are living in, M8. Laughing is better than crying.