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Musk’s Twitter Deal Falling Apart? Don’t Worry, It’s All Part of His Plan

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The talk about Elon Musk’s Twitter deal just keeps buzzing as new developments hit the news cycle again and again.

On Friday morning, things took another turn when the billionaire tweeted that his deal to buy the social media giant was “on hold.”

That had some asking whether the deal will fall through — but it could be a tactical move on Musk’s part.

His tweet said the deal was “temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users.”

Musk linked a report from Reuters saying Twitter estimated in a quarterly filing that bogus accounts made up less than 5 percent of its “monetizable daily active users.”

The company said in the filing on May 2 that its estimate “may not accurately represent the actual number of such accounts.”

Musk made it clear when he made the $44 billion deal to buy the platform that he planned to rid it of fake accounts.

This pause in the deal had some concerned that he might not finalize the purchase.

Twitter noted in the filing that it faced several risks until the deal with Musk is closed, including whether advertisers would continue to spend on the platform and the “potential uncertainty regarding our future plans and strategy,” Reuters reported.

The company’s stock took a tumble after Musk’s tweet about the pause, falling more than 20 percent in the premarket session, according to The Wall Street Journal.

But after tweeting about the pause in the deal, he followed up a couple of hours later with a tweet that said, “Still committed to acquisition.”

What is Musk doing? Is he trying to back out of the deal?

Aron Solomon, the head of strategy and chief legal analyst for Esquire Digital, told The Western Journal in an email on Friday that he thinks Musk is trying to keep this deal constantly in the news.

“Musk’s endgame here involves keeping Twitter not just in the daily news cycle but seemingly the hourly,” Solomon said.

The pause on the deal could have been an excuse to get leverage to get out of the deal, but Musk put that idea to bed when he said he is dedicated to the acquisition.

“But I also don’t think the deal is ‘temporarily on hold’ because, well, deals like this don’t work that way. I’m not sure how the buyer of a $43 billion asset tells the seller ‘Imma pause for a bit,'” Solomon said.

Also, Musk has known about the company’s estimate of spam and fake accounts for a while now since the quarterly filing was made on May 2.

Tweeting about it a week and a half later seems to be a strategy to just keep the whole deal fresh in the news cycle.

It’s also important to remember that this pause on the deal is coming after several shakeups at Twitter.

On Thursday, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal announced changes at the company that included the firings of consumer product leader Kayvon Beykpour as well as the head of revenue product, Bruce Falck.

He also announced a pause on most of the company’s hiring as well as other cost-cutting moves.

These internal shifts at Twitter play a role in the ongoing deal and show that Musk is already influencing the platform. That would indicate that his purchase will keep moving forward.

“Musk already has internal eyes and ears in Twitter to recognize who’s friend and who’s foe,” Solomon said. “He’s going to clear out as many executives and managers as possible before he arrives. And he’s going to do it with a blunt instrument. Fire first and ask questions later.”

“He tells the existing management team that they either need to execute on his strategic calls now or he’s just going to come in and clear out everyone responsible for Twitter’s current strategy and trajectory — even more firings,” Solomon added.

Do you think that Musk's ownership of Twitter will drastically change the platform?

Musk has already made it clear that he has big plans for Twitter in order to put it on a more profitable trajectory. The billionaire will move to cut costs and make operating changes to improve the company’s bottom line, according to the Wall Street Journal, and he has told investors that an initial public offering could come in just a few years.

So this temporary hold on the deal should not have anyone panicking.

It seems to just be part of Musk’s process in keeping up the publicity on him and the deal.

“So we don’t have all the answers today (we never do),” Solomon said, “but it’s going to be a particularly interesting week ahead in the Twitterverse.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Private Jet Owned by Climate Alarmist Elon Musk Takes Flight of Just 31 Miles

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Stop it! Stop the climate change!

So says offbeat entrepreneur Elon Musk. Bill Gates, too — he’s so alarmed about the climate that he says we need to get rid of cows and eat plastic meat. Or something.

But why believe these guys? Both indulge in what Gates calls a “guilty pleasure.” Despite what they preach, Musk and Gates travel in private jets.

Last week, Musk’s jet was tracked — on Twitter, no less — flying from San Jose, California, to San Francisco. That’s about 31 miles, a flight lasting nine minutes, The Byte reported.

To be fair, there’s no record Musk was on that flight — it might have been moved for maintenance or something. But Gates’ guilty pleasure is extreme — he has four “business jets,” according to Simple Flying.

So while you save the planet chewing on a vegan burger, Gates gets to pollute the skies more than you and I probably will in several lifetimes.

Then there’s John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s go-to guy to fix the climate. He jetted aloft at least 16 times last year, and not in a government plane, but in a jet belonging to his family.

What is it with these people?

Musk’s brilliance is off the charts. And while he has some oddball ideas, Gates, of course, is also smart. But when it comes to hypocrisy and the optics of what they are doing, both are clueless.

To Musk, one of the world’s greatest threats is climate change. A carbon tax will solve that, he once told podcaster Joe Rogan.

We should tax behavior that produces carbon emissions and “the market will react in a sensible way,” Musk said, according to CNBC. “But because we don’t have a price on it, it is behaving badly.”

So rich guys like Musk can freely engage in their climate sins by offsetting their guilt with taxes? If that sounds familiar, you might recall Martin Luther and his thoughts on church sales of indulgences.

Unlike the growing number of neo-feudalists, Musk at least recognizes the potential carbon tax burdens on those who are not wealthy, who inevitably impact the climate in their little ways by heating their homes and by breathing.

Low-income users of large amounts of gas would get a carbon tax rebate, he said. And, by paying the tax, Musk is free to ride his jet. And of course, he’s one of the Good Guys since he’s saving the planet with his electric cars.

Gates, when not pushing to vaccinate everything that moves, worries about climate change, as outlined in his book “How to Avoid Climate Disaster.” Despite dumping 1,600 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere during his 59 private jet flights in 2017, he takes care of his conscience by buying clean aviation fuel and funding carbon-capture technology.

Carbon capture draws carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then stores it until needed for some kind of beneficial economic project. Apparently, no one considers carbon dioxide being converted into oxygen by plants as having economic value.

So the Musks and Gates and Kerrys continue to fly and to buy all their cool stuff. I don’t begrudge them that.

It’s just that some of us are skeptical about human-caused climate change. What we believe has been called “fraud” by Musk, according to Futurism.

But what do you call it when the rich guys get to pour filth in the skies while preaching cleanliness to us?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Stop it! Stop the climate change! So says offbeat entrepreneur Elon Musk. Bill Gates, too — he’s so alarmed about the climate that he says we need to get rid of cows and eat plastic meat. Or something. But why believe these guys? Both indulge in what Gates calls a “guilty pleasure.” Despite what they preach, Musk and Gates travel in private jets. Last week, Musk’s jet was tracked — on Twitter, no less — flying from San Jose, California, to San Francisco. That’s about 31 miles, a flight lasting nine minutes, The Byte reported. Landed in San Francisco, California, US. Apx. flt. time 9 Mins. pic.twitter.com/8vWvODLEOL — ElonJet (@ElonJet) May 6, 2022 To be fair, there’s no record Musk was on that flight — it might have been moved for maintenance or something. But Gates’ guilty pleasure is extreme — he has four “business jets,” according to Simple Flying. So while you save the planet chewing on a vegan burger, Gates gets to pollute the skies more than you and I probably will in several lifetimes. Then there’s John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s go-to guy to fix the climate. He jetted aloft at least 16 times last year, and not in a government plane, but in a jet belonging to his family. What is it with these people? Musk’s brilliance is off the charts. And while he has some oddball ideas, Gates, of course, is also smart. But when it comes to hypocrisy and the optics of what they are doing, both are clueless. To Musk, one of the world’s greatest threats is climate change. A carbon tax will solve that, he once told podcaster Joe Rogan. We should tax behavior that produces carbon emissions and “the market will react in a sensible way,” Musk said, according to CNBC.…

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Melania Trump Breaks Year-Long Public Silence to Call Out ‘Leadership’ Over ‘Heartbreaking’ Formula Shortage

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Former first lady Melania Trump, who spent her time in the White House calling attention to children the world forgot, said America’s infant formula shortage is “heartbreaking.”

Trump sat down with Pete Hegseth of Fox News for what is being reported as her first interview since leaving the White House, the Washington Examiner reported. The interview will air Sunday. Fox posted a clip of the interview on Friday.

“I think it’s sad to see what’s going on if you really look deeply into it,” Trump said when asked to assess the state of the country.


“I think a lot of people are struggling and suffering and what is going on around the world as well. So it’s very sad to see, and I hope it changes fast,” Trump added.

Hegseth then asked about the formula shortage.

“It’s heartbreaking to see that they are struggling and the food is not available for children in [the] 21st century in the United States of America,” Trump said.

“Why is it happening?” Hegseth asked.

“Leadership,” she said.

“Leadership or lack thereof?” he followed up.

The answer came in a heartbeat: “Yeah.”

President Joe Biden was asked Friday if his administration could have responded faster to the shortage.

“If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could have,” he told reporters, according to CNN.

In another clip posted by Fox, Trump spoke about the media bias she faced in the White House.


Hegseth noted that Vogue magazine never featured Trump on its cover, a distinction that went to Hillary Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama (three times), Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden.

“They’re biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” Trump said.

“And I think [the] American people and everyone see it. It was their decision, and I have much more important things to do — and I did in the White House — than being on the cover of Vogue.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Former first lady Melania Trump, who spent her time in the White House calling attention to children the world forgot, said America’s infant formula shortage is “heartbreaking.” Trump sat down with Pete Hegseth of Fox News for what is being reported as her first interview since leaving the White House, the Washington Examiner reported. The interview will air Sunday. Fox posted a clip of the interview on Friday. “I think it’s sad to see what’s going on if you really look deeply into it,” Trump said when asked to assess the state of the country. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com “I think a lot of people are struggling and suffering and what is going on around the world as well. So it’s very sad to see, and I hope it changes fast,” Trump added. Hegseth then asked about the formula shortage. “It’s heartbreaking to see that they are struggling and the food is not available for children in [the] 21st century in the United States of America,” Trump said. “Why is it happening?” Hegseth asked. “Leadership,” she said. “Leadership or lack thereof?” he followed up. The answer came in a heartbeat: “Yeah.” President Joe Biden was asked Friday if his administration could have responded faster to the shortage. “If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could have,” he told reporters, according to CNN. In another clip posted by Fox, Trump spoke about the media bias she faced in the White House. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Hegseth noted that Vogue magazine never featured Trump on its cover, a distinction that went to Hillary Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama (three times), Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden. “They’re biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” Trump said. “And I…

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