Crooked Media - What A Day: More like Elon Busks

Thursday, May 5, 2022
BY JOCELYN COFFMAN & CROOKED MEDIA

 -Madison Cawthorn, choice-of-words person

The fallout from the leaked Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade continues as government leaders scramble to find protections for pregnant people and the focus shifts from seemingly toothless federal powers to those of individual states. 

And in Washington, the ideological fight has forced the spotlight onto a seemingly powerless federal government, and comically dishonest Republicans. 


Even if our hands are covering our eyes, and we’re peeking between our fingers, and those fingers are covered in mustard from the sandwich we just stress-ate, we are watching. And beyond watching, pro-choice advocates across the country are also organizing. Activists with the Women’s March, Ultra Violet, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Move On have announced a day of action on Saturday, May 14, which will include big protests in New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Let’s hope Republican Supreme Court justices and members of Congress are watching that.

This week on Hysteria, Erin and Alyssa discuss the leaked SCOTUS draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the political and emotional fallout. Then, Tien Tran and Kiran Deol join to rage and rant about the imminent takedown of Roe, and our culture’s obsession with scammers. New episodes of Hysteria every Thursday wherever you get your podcasts.

Elon Musk is desperately seeking equity commitments from myriad investors, including super shady ones, to help him reduce the personal burden of the totally normal amount of money he offered up to buy Twitter. Musk has added more than a dozen new individuals and investment firms to support the bid, securing more than $7.1 billion from co-investors, including right-wing Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed, the Chinese cryptocurrency exchange Binance, Sequoia, and the Qatari sovereign wealth fund. Musk is also reportedly courting Twitter co-founder and current board member Jack Dorsey to throw in a few billion, presumably with all the nonchalance of asking if your friend wants to go in on fries for the table. With the investments and loans he’s secured thus far, Musk will still be responsible for coughing up $21.5 billion in cash. According to Forbes, he’s sold about $8 billion worth of Tesla stock thus far to make good on his commitment, but will continue to seek additional co-investors so he doesn’t accidentally send Tesla shares plummeting. Musk is currently the richest man in the world, but the vast majority of his paper wealth comes from the $265 billion valuation of his Tesla shares. While a variety of events could still derail his plan to become owner and CEO of the website where he posts his stalest memes, if all pans out financially, experts predict the deal could be closed by the end of the year.

U.S. intelligence reports on the movements of Russian forces, shared with Ukrainian counterparts, have allowed Ukrainian forces to kill approximately a dozen Russian generals in the Ukraine war, according to an astonishing New York Times report. Intelligence sharing is just one facet of U.S. support for Ukraine, along with tens of billions of dollars in aid and heavy artillery. The Times cites senior American officials as well as Ukrainian officials as sources for this grim information. Let’s hope they know something we don’t know, like precisely why they’re confident this disclosure won’t make Putin freak out and start a little something that rhymes with Curled Store Tree. Good luck figuring that one out, codebreakers.

 

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Christian Smalls, President of the Amazon Labor Union, offered an inspiring retort to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who had just defended Amazon’s labor practices, in testimony before the Senate Budget Committee: “This is not a left or right thing. This is a working class thing.”

Telecommunications industry groups in California have withdrawn their bid to block the state’s net-neutrality law, which prevents internet providers from throttling internet access to websites and applications that don’t pay a premium to providers, helping secure a free and open internet for California residents.

Agronomist and climatologist Cynthia Rosenzweig won the World Food Prize for her innovative work modeling the impact of climate change on food production.

Karinne Jean-Pierre will be the first black woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as White House Press Secretary. Exiting White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (if you’re reading this Mr. Trump, the woman with the really beautiful red hair), announced the news Thursday on Twitter.

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