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Elon Musk’s little house won’t help save the world. Pay more taxes would be | Arwa mahdawi


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Imagine no possessions? Easy if you are Elon!

Elon Musk has a huge rocket and a little house. Last year the billionaire (who is the second richest person in the world) Announced that he was going to sell most of his physical possessions, including several mansions, and “will have no home.” He seems to have kept much of that promise and now lives in a $ 50,000 manufactured home, 375 square feet in Texas that he rents to his company SpaceX.

To say that Musk has “fans” is an understatement. It has devotees. The 50-year-old has an army of admirers, most of whom are young and male, who seem to believe that he is the second coming. Unsurprisingly, Musk’s new living arrangements have sparked an orgy of admiration from MuskBros, who see it as another example of how their beloved leader is selfless – and modestly – saving the world. “Reminder: Elon Musk is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 193 billion, and he lives in a $ 50,000 folding house that he rents …” said one man cheep that went viral. “Stop buying things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like.”

Now that the last piece of advice is very good, I grant it to you. But let’s not pretend that Musk is living a simple and sustainable lifestyle, shall we? His new digs aren’t so much a real home as a $ 50,000 office; Anyway, I’m pretty sure he won’t entertain his six children there. It’s easy to avoid possessions when you can afford to get your hands on what you want, when you want. And while Musk may not technically own a home, his business owns the village of Boca Chica where his home is located. Spacex has been accused of removing the village residents, many of whom are retirees, and pressuring them to sell their houses. Public beaches are reportedly closed frequently with little warning when SpaceX is conducting tests. Musk has also taken the liberty of unofficially renaming Boca Chica “Starbase.” “For better or for worse, Boca Chica now belongs to Elon”, Texas Monthly sigh.

I’ll give credit where it’s due, Musk’s carbon footprint is low per billionaire standards (which is not saying much). Bill Gates, for example, who is trying to become a thought leader on the climate crisis, is responsible for many more emissions. Still, it’s more than a little nauseating to see a billionaire, whose wealth soared during a global pandemic, being revered for living modestly. It’s also weird to see him brag about not owning a property during a housing crisis. Thanks to decades of trickle-down economy, nearly half of American workers don’t earn enough to pay to rent a room, let alone buy a home. Musk wants us to think that he is using his vast and inconceivable wealth to save the world. But billionaires like him are the result of the same greed that is helping accelerate the climate crisis. If Musk really wanted to help the planet, maybe he should think less about his living arrangements and more about his fiscal arrangements.

Why NASA astronauts can’t fly as much as men

Not only are there far fewer female astronauts than men, but women are also not allowed to spend as much time in space. The Economist explains That’s because astronauts are exposed to large amounts of radiation, and women have been found to have a higher risk of developing cancer than men when exposed to radiation. To limit health concerns, NASA has imposed gender-based occupational limits on radiation exposure, meaning that a woman can fly only 45-50% of the number of missions she can perform. a man. To make things fair, NASA wants to replace this system with a standard stroke limit.

What happened to America’s concern for Afghan women?

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan and women and children will suffer disproportionately. “That’s not America’s problem”Joe Biden basically said. For 20 years, America has done a great song and dance about how the liberation of Afghan women and girls was largely in Afghanistan. This was always false, of course, but America’s disastrously abrupt departure from the country underscores how insincere it was. America’s involvement in Afghanistan has been a litany of disasters and was never going to end well. But Biden certainly could have tried to end it in a slightly more thoughtful and less abrupt way than he did.

Journalist hunted by the Taliban tells her story

“Last week I was a news reporter,” writes an anonymous woman in The Guardian.
“Today I cannot write with my own name or say where I am from or where I am. My whole life has been erased in a few days. “

Women can now wear pants to the Henley Royal Regatta

Until this year, the elegant rowing event has required women to wear dresses and skirts. “with a hem below the knee”. Following a request from the Oxford Women’s Boat Club, they are graciously allowing women to expand their options.

Prince Andrew is not above the law

Like nearly all powerful men associated with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew has faced some embarrassment, but no real consequences for playing with the convicted sex offender. However, he is now being sued in US courts by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges that the prince had sex with her when he was 17 years old knowing she had been trafficked by Epstein, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will be able to ignore her. the accusations.

Kathy Hochul to become New York’s first female governor

Hochul has said he will work to change the “toxic” work culture in office after Andrew Cuomo’s resignation. This is not the first time that Hochul has stepped in to replace a man expelled by a scandal. A decade ago a sex scandal caused Representative Chris Lee resign in disgrace and Hochul won an election to fill his vacancy. Another dodgy Chris succeeded him: Republican Chris Collins, who went to jail for securities fraud.

The week in the patriarchy

Cats may have cultivated a reputation as distant predators who secretly want to kill you, but they are actually loving critters who adore their humans. That’s according to a new study that has found cats see their humans as parents, perhaps even more than dogs. Sometimes they have a slightly strange way of showing it.




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