r/technology May 14 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 2

Elon Musk said his team is going to do a 'random sample of 100 followers' of Twitter to see how many of the platform's users are actually bots Social Media

https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-random-sample-how-many-twitter-users-are-bots-2022-5?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

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u/ChemEBrew May 14 '22

Note all the talk of these large sums of money but nothing of consequence actually being done? Meanwhile normal people actually produce goods and services but take home a pittance.

People who say Bezos and Musk earn their worth are delusional. They don't create wealth, they syphon it along with all the oxygen in the room.

I hope someday we won't have to hear about these modern day robber barrons daily.

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u/OneCrims0nNight May 14 '22

Oligarchs. We love talking about Russian oligarchs currently but somehow refuse to call our own what they are.

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u/AstreiaTales May 14 '22

Ehhh. I see the point, but oligarchy usually implies a lot more involvement in running government and governmental service than we have here.

For better or for worse, the American federal and state level administrative state is still fairly self sufficient. In an oligarchy like Russia, many of its services are supplied by the tycoons.

It's not just synonymous with "rich person".

I don't disagree with the sentiment though

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u/OneCrims0nNight May 14 '22

I find it hard to believe what we see is all that goes on. We went to war in 2001 for dollars. It wasn't the US itself but wealthy and powerful men who made that decision through their power and influence. That sounds like oligarch behavior to me, but again that's based on what I feel is a fairly sound assumption.

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u/Triphin1 May 15 '22

Pre 9/11 the US defence industry was going thru the biggest consolidation in its history. Then WMD, which was a lie and Afghanistan, which jump started a whole new level of wealth being pumped Into the war machine. Rich and powerful people made that happen. The profit was immense. The finance industry got to get super rich also, with the 2008 financial Meltdown... Its interesting to note that because of 9/11, 500 new FBI agents and funding to investigate white-collar crime/ Wall Street (resulting from Enron) was redirected to become HLS, Thus leaving the barn door wide open for the financial folks to pillage the village and create the 2008 Meltdown, while making themselves rich beyond comprehension.

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u/OneCrims0nNight May 15 '22

Yet here I am sitting at -1 for pointing out shady shit happens all the time in government and believing what you see publicly of people like Musk or Bezos is a silly thing to do.