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Elon Musk Quits Mark Zuckerberg's Lobbying Club

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the i'm-makin'-my-own-club-for-cool-kids dept.

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theodp writes "Valleywag's Adrian Chen wasn't the only one troubled by the tactics of Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us political lobbying group. Composed of a Who's Who of tech millionaires and billionaires, the group boasted its control of massive distribution channels, broad popularity with Americans, and money would make it a political force to be reckoned with. But the group came under fire for embracing decidedly old-school political tactics, forming both left-leaning and right-leaning subsidiaries, thus broadening its appeal to those who might help advance its agenda. Reports that FWD.us had funded ads praising Arctic oil drilling drew fire from critics, including Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who FWD.us listed as a 'Major Supporter.' Not anymore. Valleywag reports that Musk has quit Zuckerberg's lobbying cabal, apparently feeling that the group's ends did not justify their hit-both-sides-of-the-aisle-to-get-what-you-want means. 'I have spent a lot of time fighting far larger lobbying organizations in DC and believe that the right way to win on a cause is to argue the merits of that cause,' Musk said. 'This statement may surprise some people, but my experience is that most (not all) politicians and their staffs want to do the right thing and eventually do.' By the way, didn't members of the Zuck PACk create, fund, and appear on Code.org, which lamented the sad state of U.S. CS education and featured a slick documentary showing technically clueless little kids, just weeks before launching their pro-techie immigration push? Hey, all's fair in love and lobbying!"

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Well (5, Interesting)

hsmith (818216) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696591)

If you are in the lobbying game, you have to grease the skids on both sides of the isle. It is a bit idealistic to think that isn't the way DC works. You pay to play and you get what you want. Buying legislation successfully takes both parties.

Re:Well (2)

Sir_Sri (199544) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696665)

Sad but true.

I think the problem is more one of advocating for both sides of an issue, or advocating for a side that your supporters disagree with. You can't be for arctic drilling and against it at the same time, but you can be for spending lavishly and offering cushy 'jobs' to politicians from both sides of the political isle.

Bad Name (1, Flamebait)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696855)

"Sad but true."

They should have just named it "FUD" in the first place. It would have been more honest. But then... this is Zuckerberg, after all. Honesty and ethics was probably not much of a concern.

Re:Bad Name (2)

dmbasso (1052166) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696977)

Honesty and ethics was probably not much of a concern.

As it isn't for the majority of politicians. Money is all that matters. I'm not American, but if I were, I would surely join these guys: http://www.wolf-pac.com/ [wolf-pac.com]
Getting money out of politics should be your (you, citizens) top priority.

Re:Bad Name (2)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697073)

"Getting money out of politics should be your (you, citizens) top priority."

I agree wholeheartedly. And as an American myself, I have trouble understanding why more Americans have not appeared to have the same concern.

Re:Bad Name (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43700855)

You must use FB or Twitter to sign the petition. Screw that noise.

Re:Bad Name (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about a year and a half ago | (#43700735)

"Flamebait"?

Wow. Somebody must have been really pissed off at me today. I don't see how that could possibly be construed as "flamebait".

Re:Bad Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706703)

LOOKOUT!!!
Zuck has mod points!!!!!!

Ah, the legendary and mysterious political isle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696869)

...politicians from both sides of the political isle.

Yes. I think most Americans would agree that our country might improve if only we can keep our politicians exiled on an island. No doubt they would divide the isle down the center with an aisle, but hey—that's what they do. Don't care, as long as they aren't "helping out" here.

Re:Well (2)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697097)

Sad but true.

Sad too that I refuse to support any tech millionaires who are willing to fund H1B's rather than invest in American children for tech education. Never have, never will. What little control I have over my taxes; I send directly to scholorships for American children that send them to technical schools and write off those funds on my taxes on the next tax schedule. Best way to write down my taxes, giving to tech scholorships. I have a list of such funds if anyone is interested. Its activist, its American, and a visible protest against the large companies that make all kinds of money from America but refuse to invest in it.

This (1)

ridgecritter (934252) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697577)

Thanks for describing a genuinely constructive action many of us could emulate. I would much rather contribute propellant to an American student's life launch than pour more fiscal gasoline on the political bonfire by contributing to lobbying groups, even those whose values I endorse.

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43699743)

How come you can't spell "scholarship"? That was PAINFUL, dude.

Re:Well (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43700867)

Perhaps, thanks to his donations, there's a kid somewhere who won't have to undergo such embarrassment. :)

Re:Well (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696763)

Looks like he felt Zuck was supporting things he didn't like. He thought Zuck wasn't paying attention to other issues that are important. Here is what he said,

"I agreed to support FWD, because there is a genuine need to reform immigration. However, this should not be done at the expense of other important causes."

I should add, I think immigration reform is important too, but I have different ideas about how it should be reformed. I added that because doubtless everyone is dying to know what phantomFive feels about immigration reform. :)

Re:Well (1)

Mitreya (579078) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696767)

If you are in the lobbying game, you have to grease the skids on both sides of the isle.

That may be true, but you would still do the greasing towards a unified goal.

Bringing in people from different sides of the isle into the same lobbying group causes tensions (as to what that goal is), which is presumably what caused Elon Musk to quit.

Re:Well (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about a year and a half ago | (#43699831)

If the goal is to sell technology, then you have to play to both sides.

FWD.us acronym (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696821)

From a previous discussion on this group:

Facebook's Wealth Demands Unlimited Slaves

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696983)

Not true. It only takes one side playing like this for the process to work. See: the NRA -- they're able to effectively get everything they want by refusing to negotiate, and letting the other side give in on every detail.

Well said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697597)

And, as well, your description accurately characterizes the behavior of Republicans in Congress with respect to Obama's administration.

Re:Well (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | about a year and a half ago | (#43699965)

You pay to play and you get what you want. Buying legislation successfully takes both parties.

Right?! Isn't there a typo in the summary? It's not supposed to be FWD.us but PWNED.us, as in "the U.S.? We fucking OWN it."

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43701975)

It is a bit idealistic to think that isn't the way DC works

Yeah, but Musk is right on this, for his purposes. FWD was on 'both' sides, which means they were also pissing off 'both' sides. Meanwhile, Musk is trying to sell Congress a replacement for NASA.

Notice also that he got an undeserved compliment in to Congress in his statement. He's far from stupid.

In the long run, his success with replacing a major government function will have far more positive effects than anything a lobbying group is doing asking the power structure to behave.

FWD.us or FUD.us (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696605)

I think we all know what this club is really about.

Re:FWD.us or FUD.us (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696667)

Given the supporters it's either money and/or control. At least it's not technology.

Re:FWD.us or FUD.us (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43700073)

It's a double-ewe, for twice the Uncertainty.

CS is not IT and the old school system is not real (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696617)

CS is not IT and the old school system is not really set up to give trading needed for a job.

Also the old collgle model is a poor fit for the fast moving IT field.

as for HB1-s the thing is that they are abused and can be worked in ways that is pushing the limits on labor laws.

So corruption is ok (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696695)

as long as the money only goes to our side.

Stupid summary (4, Insightful)

MrEricSir (398214) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696701)

By the way, didn't members of the Zuck PACk create, fund, and appear on Code.org, which lamented the sad state of U.S. CS education and featured a slick documentary showing technically clueless little kids, just weeks before launching their pro-techie immigration push? Hey, all's fair in love and lobbying!

I don't know what point you think you're making, but bringing smart people into the country and educating Americans are not mutually exclusive goals.

Re:Stupid summary (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696955)

As a wise person, I know what point you're trying to make, but
1. Educated is not smart but orthogonal to intelligent.
2. Smart alone is not intelligent.
3. Educated alone is not experienced.
4. Intelligent alone is not wise. Neither is experienced. But they both together are.
5. Americans are neither, and their opinion-makers and their induced "culture" make damn sure of that.
6. No, that does not mean you're hated. Hatred is a primitive emotion and it's no surprise you picked that one (see point 5). But we actually feel bad for you, and hope you get better.
7. Wise people stay the hell out of the USA nowadays, just as they stay out of Pakistan or North Korea, and for the same reasons. (See all above points. Include their results, namingly beliefs and opinions, greed and dog-eat-dog behavior.)

Re:Stupid summary (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697043)

As a wise person....

This is overly generous. Anyone who stereotypes an entire country the same way is not wise.

Re:Stupid summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697125)

True, but when people stereotype on here, they are talking about a majority of the people, not the entire country.

Being overly generous is par for the course for Slashdot et al.

Re:Stupid summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697757)

As I wise person, I know what psychiatric deficiency makes you think you are wise, but....

Re:Stupid summary (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43700893)

As an American who's chosen to love overseas since the turn of the millennium, I think he's spot-on.

(I decided to respond with this rather than an Overrated mod, lucky you.)

Re:Stupid summary (5, Insightful)

ebusinessmedia1 (561777) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696997)

True, but bringing 100's of thousands of unqualified tech workers into this country to replace those who are already here is a bit much, don't you think? In fact, it's a direct attack on the American tech worker, no matter his/her ethnic origin. There is NO shortage of qualified tech workers in America; there is also no shortage of greed as professed by those in Zuckerberg's cabal of moneyed lobbyists.

Don't believe me? Here's some unbiased research and FACTS for you to peruse.

What's little known is that American corporations are using large-scale outright deception and manipulation in an attempt to displace American Workers.

Some of the information presented in the following links will shock most Americans, because American corporate leaders don't want us to know the truth, and they are paying off policy makers with contributions to keep the truth from us. The H-1B fiasco has cost Americans $10TRILLION dollars, since 1975. For anyone who wants to know the truth, read on.

One of the most respected technology pundits in Silicon Valley: http://www.cringely.com/2012/10/23/what-americans-dont-know-about-h-1b-visas-could-hurt-us-all/ [cringely.com]

Watch this attorney and his consultants teach corporations how to manipulate the law to replace qualified American workers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU [youtube.com]

Here's more abuse of the L-1 Visa (H1-B's are only the tip of the iceberg http://economyincrisis.org/content/l-visa-programs-brimming-abuses [economyincrisis.org]

Professor Norman Matloff's extremely well documented studies: http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/h1b.html [ucdavis.edu]

Re:Stupid summary (3, Informative)

stenvar (2789879) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697311)

Professor Norman Matloff's extremely well documented studies: http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/h1b.html [ucdavis.edu]

Those aren't "studies", they are a screwball's collected and biased web links. Matloff hasn't done "studies".

Have a look at his earlier web pages, where he was talking about the supposed evils of immigration in general:

http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/pub/Immigration/Imm.html [ucdavis.edu]

He switched over to flaming just against H-1B because that's presumably more politically correct.

True, but bringing 100's of thousands of unqualified tech workers into this country to replace those who are already here is a bit much, don't you think?

First of all, they are qualified to do the low-level tech jobs they get hired for, otherwise employers wouldn't hire them. And I don't think it's "a bit much". You can see a good economic analysis here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/modeledbehavior/2013/04/24/an-alternative-theory-of-the-skills-shortage/ [forbes.com]

In effect, US companies are willing to pay up to a certain amount for tech workers, but no more. If the price of labor rose more, companies would just move the jobs themselves overseas.

So, Matloff is right to the degree that H-1B visas are about keeping wages down. He's wrong in believing that that's a bad thing, since the alternative to hiring the H-1Bs is not higher-paid IT jobs for Americans, it is losing IT jobs from the US altogether.

Re:Stupid summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697645)

This.

I love that the average person honestly assumes that "Everyone should feel entitled to making an ever increasing amount of money for their entire life"

Let's face it, If someone just as skilled and qualified as you wants to do your job for less money, and you don't want to settle for making less, it seems like a pretty easy decision for those above you.

Don't like it? Start your own company and do things your way. See how far that get's you.

Re:Stupid summary (0, Troll)

ebusinessmedia1 (561777) | about a year and a half ago | (#43698285)

Spoken like someone who is probably either an H-1B visa holder, or someone who has hired H-1B's to drive down wages at her company.

Re:Stupid summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697929)

It is virtually impossible for most businesses to move all tech workers overseas. I have seen several companies try it, and all have failed. You can outsource certain aspects, like testing and support. But at most businesses it requires a fairly deep understanding of the business to write custom software for it. And that process is extremely hard to translate offshore.

Re:Stupid summary (1)

ebusinessmedia1 (561777) | about a year and a half ago | (#43698275)

@stenvar, who says: "So, Matloff is right to the degree that H-1B visas are about keeping wages down. He's wrong in believing that that's a bad thing, since the alternative to hiring the H-1Bs is not higher-paid IT jobs for Americans, it is losing IT jobs from the US altogether." _____________________________________

Is that all you can bring? Really? Maybe you should walk into some of the software development situations that I've been in, where HR *on purpose* will overstate the qualifications for a job, simply to disqualify qualified domestic applicants. Where out of 500-600 workers in Austin, TX, or Silicon Valley, 97% are South Asian H-1Bs. Who are you trying to fool?

Did you even take the time to look at the video I posted, where an attorney is advising corporations on how to do this? This happens *all the time*, with immigration attorneys ginning up the game.

Also, in many places, ex-H-1Bs are doing the recruiting!! They "hire their own". Try looking for a gig in Silicon Valley and then note what the ethnicty of most recruiters are.

Plainly, you didn't read the research, and you are biased.

Oh, and trying to drive down the cost of IT with UNQUALIFIED H-1B's is almost traitorous. I have seen too many of these types come in with their puffed up resumes from some unknown school in India, or China, and they don't know *anything*. The whole thing is a ruse. They end up getting trained by QUALIFIED Americans, and then either replace them here, in America, or go back to take over the position as an outsourcer. It's a well-known pattern. In addition, many of these H-1B incompetents are put on mission critical (medical, transportation, etc.) development projects. I have seen H-1B managed groups AVOID SQAssurance on mission critical items, just to get the product out the door.

In addition, they bring their own cultural preferences re: workplace ethics and treatment of women. I have seen the most staggering, and awful treatment of females, and others who are not of the same ethnicity of the H-1B boss - or watched as an H-1B boss treats his/her workers like lackeys, as if they were never learned how to spell the term "workplace harassment.

Re:Stupid summary (1)

stenvar (2789879) | about a year and a half ago | (#43701489)

Is that all you can bring? Really? Maybe you should walk into some of the software development situations that I've been in, where HR *on purpose* will overstate the qualifications for a job,

Yes, companies consider the H-1B restrictions to be stupid and they try to circumvent them, because they want to--and arguably need to--keep labor costs down. We agree on that. The point I was making is that the alternative to that is that the jobs simply move off-shore. You have failed to counter that argument.

Trying to tighten the screws further on H-1B will just cause more non-compliance and more job losses.

As for the rest of what you wrote, that is just racist; knock it off.

Re:Stupid summary (2)

SpzToid (869795) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697443)

Also last week NPR did a fair piece on the FWD.us agenda to viscerate the current immigration/H1B discussion; in order to except themselves (as a classic lobbyist move). If I didn't hate Zuckerburg enough before, I certainly do now. He's a freaking zillionaire, while having no concept of actually *working* in the tech field, as a career, and *trying* to grow old in this country while supporting self/family. Yet he's all in favor of rolling over older I.T. workers while importing fresh blood from abroad to support his business, at lower costs.

But let's not simply single Mark out. Let's also add LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, Dropbox's Drew Houston and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to the list [npr.org] of those supporting FWD.us.

http://www.npr.org/2013/05/09/182516877/facebook-joins-lobby-for-overhauling-immigration [npr.org]

Miano is a former programmer. Now he's a lawyer who represents displaced tech workers. He blogs for the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that's decidedly right-wing. But for now, groups like this are just about the only ones opposing the increase in tech worker visas. Miano says with tech giants like Facebook teaming up with well-heeled liberal groups, he doubts his views will get much of a hearing on Capitol Hill. Martin Kaste, NPR News.

Kudos to Elon Musk for dropping out of this %$#@! lobbying group. This is just another example of extremely wealthy people working to buy influence with the best government money can buy.

Re:Stupid summary (1)

ebusinessmedia1 (561777) | about a year and a half ago | (#43698295)

Add John Chambers (Cisco) and Bill Gates to that list if traitors to the American worker, and Americans in general.

Re:Stupid summary (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#43700841)

Uh, Musk dropped because the paid ad included something else he doesn't support (building a certain pipeline), not because he's against what the group defends.

Re:Stupid summary (1)

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) | about a year and a half ago | (#43699581)

There are a lot of jobs unfilled. There are a lot of people looking for jobs. There are a lot of jobs that remained unfilled because the people offering the jobs dont't want to pay anything close to a living wage, much less benefits.

I hate to sound like an old man (get off my cyberlawn) but there used to be days where you'd sacrifice your life for a company and they'd reward you with stability. Now you sacrifice your life for two companies (because you need two jobs to make ends meet) and they reward you with raiding your pension for e leveraged buyout.

Elon Musk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696713)

I'm getting tired of hearing about Elon Musk. Just what we needed, another white South African with an inflated ego.

Re:Elon Musk (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696785)

I'm getting tired of hearing about Elon Musk. Just what we needed, another white South African with an inflated ego.

When one is being referred to as "the next Steve Jobs" [fool.com] , you gotta wonder.

Contrary to popular myth, one doesn't get a Worldwide reputation by just being great - you need PR and self-promotion (Even Mother Theresa was heavy into self promotion.). I mean really, what has he done? Part of the folks who started PayPal (black mark). Tesla? Yet another entrepreneur trying his hand at an electric car - BFD. Yet another billionaire wanting to open up space tourism? BFD.

Is he doing anything original? Is he stealing anything original?

If Musk were the next Steve Jobs, there'd be a Tesla dealer down the road from me and we'd be seeing many many more of those cars on the road - actually, I don't think Ive ever seen one on the road where I live. I did see a competitor's - Fisker - though.

Re:Elon Musk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697625)

Uh, he isn't running a space tourism company. He's running a commercial orbital launch and aerospace development company. As in, he's competing with Boeing rather than with Virgin Galactic.

Also, please name someone else who has succeeded in creating an electric car company.

Re:Elon Musk (2)

ridgecritter (934252) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697661)

I watched when a vehicle he built launched launched on a successful ISS resupply mission. I've driven one of his Tesla S cars. Don't know if he's the next Steve Jobs, but gotta say, he's actually making things happen. Beats posting as AC on /., don't you think?

Re:Elon Musk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43700911)

Beats posting as AC on /., don't you think?

Who says he's not doing that, too?

Arctic Drilling (1)

gregchang (1181543) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696737)

Electric car tycoon resigns from lobbying group that supports Arctic Drilling. Makes sense to me.

LOL (2)

argoff (142580) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696759)

"I have spent a lot of time fighting far larger lobbying organizations in DC and believe that the right way to win on a cause is to argue the merits of that cause"

HAHHHA HAHHA HH AHA HA HAH AH HAH A HA HAH A HH A HAHA

Yeah, uh huh.

Re:LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696957)

Have fun with your abject cynicism, but I think he has a point about clarity of purpose.

The messier you make your organization's goals, the more it focuses on *sustaining an organization* rather than its original purpose. The more rider causes you pick up in moves like this, the more hooks for politicians to oppose you on rational-to-the-base grounds.

Deathmatch (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696777)

Internet Millionaire Deathmatch. Someone needs to get on this.

umm (2)

buddyglass (925859) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696885)

By the way, didn't members of the Zuck PACk create, fund, and appear on Code.org, which lamented the sad state of U.S. CS education and featured a slick documentary showing technically clueless little kids, just weeks before launching their pro-techie immigration push?

These two things are not contradictory.

Re:umm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43696915)

They aren't. One is to educate Americans and the other is to keep them unemployed or forcing them to accept low wages. Either way, Zukerberg gets the people he wants at a price he wants. We lose both ways.

Re:umm (0)

buddyglass (925859) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696995)

Eh. I'm getting compensated quite well by a company that wouldn't exist w/o immigrants. Ditto for my last job. I'm quite happy to see more competent tech workers enter this country and put down roots. It's not a zero sum game. Or, if it is, the competing parties aren't "me and the Indian guy who moves here" but "The U.S. and India". I'd rather the U.S. benefit from that guy's talents than India. If nothing else, the taxes he pays while working here will subsidize the education of American children.

Re:umm (1)

Si (9816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697063)

Who said they had to be?

Re:umm (1)

buddyglass (925859) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697107)

There original article certainly seems to imply that the latter thing ("launching their pro-techie immigration push") runs counter to their formerly stated goal of boosting C.S. education in the U.S.

Oops (3, Interesting)

goodmanj (234846) | about a year and a half ago | (#43696947)

Oops, we got so wrapped up in the whole "money buys power" thing that we forgot to make sure we wanted to buy the same stuff.

FWD.us Exposed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697305)

Some very useful findings:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7799

The 1% can lobby all they want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697403)

But when they've continued to squeeze the country far past its ability to give, they will all end up fleeing or hanging from lamp-posts. Which will do little good for those living in a Third World country that used to be a world leader, but at least we'll be able to take a little consolation in spitting on their corpses.

Its sad that they have to have this attitude... (1)

Karmashock (2415832) | about a year and a half ago | (#43697773)

Its always "you're with us or against us"... Which means its impossible to agree on some things but not on others because if you fail to agree on anything you're suddenly the enemy.

Its sad.

Re:Its sad that they have to have this attitude... (1)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year and a half ago | (#43700857)

This isn't just "agreeing" but paying wads of cash, and it's not just "anything", but something that's incompatible with Musk's own business (more oil pipelines don't exactly help an electric car company).

Re:Its sad that they have to have this attitude... (1)

Karmashock (2415832) | about a year and a half ago | (#43703563)

the interest group doesn't exclusively push for more oil. It pushes for a lot of things at once.

Take the bits you might not totally agree with the bits you don't agree with...

Furthermore, electric cars cannot replace gas cars in the near future. So pushing for that is not reasonable.

All he will do by pushing against gas at this point in time is make cost of living costs go up for Americans. NOTHING else will come from it. So if that's what he wants f' him.

I'm a fan of spaceX... and I generally like the guy and what he's done. But he has to be reasonable or I can't think of him as a reasonable person. And unreasonable people are not to be taken seriously.

Good for him (and hopefully, everyone)! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43697775)

As a recent PROMINENT PERSON it takest some guts to do this. I hope it works out for him, and eventually everyone! You know, being anti-fossil fuels.

Re:Good for him (and hopefully, everyone)! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43702241)

I drive a plug-in hybrid and it is great not needing to buy gas (95% of the time) and all the crap that comes from getting it to the addicted consumer.

If the big automakers would have worked together on a supercharger network, it would be everywhere around the world by now, and solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro powered. I use solar panels on my roof to make power for my car.

Zuck is a narcissist. (3, Interesting)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about a year and a half ago | (#43698059)

Zuckerberg is a narcissist and likely also a sociopath:

Note the amusing pro forma disclaimer in this video before the slicing and dicing begins:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuB_ng5uVaI [youtube.com]

He doesn't have a "value system" as normal people mean that concept. How many times does he need to prove that to everyone? Why do people sign up for FB? Does anyone really trust that when his ship starts sinking, he won't post a 3.am. *privacy policy update* and sell absolutely everything about you to the highest bidder who in turn just wants to mine your data to create a "character profile" and sell it to, say, your potential future employers? Or that Zuck will just do that himself ?

FB is one gigantic blackmailing data collection machine without the blackmail part. The profit will be derived from "concluding" things about your character and proclivities which will follow you, haunt you, limit you until the day you die .

Re:Zuck is a narcissist. (1)

lexyco (2921433) | about a year and a half ago | (#43702789)

Probably the most accurate statements about his shady character and tactics I have read Trust FB.. you must be joking

Re:Zuck is a narcissist. (1)

heteromonomer (698504) | about a year and a half ago | (#43705347)

Wish I had mod points...

Americal Liberal Hyprocrisy (1)

Frankie70 (803801) | about a year and a half ago | (#43700433)

I have noticed that the same American Liberals at Slashdot who want amnesty for illegals also don't want H1-Bs.

Is this a case of 'I love immigration & diversity as long as it's not in my backyard'. Or is it that they prefer illegal immigration to legal immigration?

Re:Americal Liberal Hyprocrisy (1)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707197)

It's just a recognition that immigration can be used as a tool in class warfare. It's a very old story- consider the Chinese brought here to work on the railroads by the robber barons.

*Your* cognitive dissonance comes from the fact that *you* think liberals are all for unlimited immigration . The facts are just the opposite. It's the right wing / libertarian CATO Institute and their mouthpiece Dan Griswold who are constantly pushing for- in their own words "unlimited free flow of people, services and goods across borders". Because you know, people are just another good.

Sorry but the party line in liberal-land is that multinational corporations want to dissolve the borders in order to create a sense of rootlessness in the population thereby disenfranchising them from the politics of the nation. A constantly moving, migrant population of workers whose only constant is the corporation which deigns to employ them is their target, final state.

This is why corporations move young families around so much, especially when the kids are young. That's when young parents will bond with other young parents and set down roots and form post-college, lifelong friendships . You join the PTA, get involved in church, get involved with the community you live in etc etc etc.

Oh no no no, none of that serves the corporate interest. They want the only constant thing in your life to be them and your only allegiance to be to them. They have consciously done this for decades now. They want company men, not citizens.

What liberals want is to export labor and environmental standards so that immigration is curtailed because Mexico, say is prosperous instead of the NAFTA -created fucking failed narco state it is. I wonder where all the NAFTA cheerleaders are, you know, the ones who said that NAFTA would turn Mexico and central America into this wonderful place of 1st world prosperity within a generation. What GDP increase there is goes in the pockets of guys like Carlos Slim. The average Mexican is more fucked than ever. Of course they come up here.

As far as H1B goes, I only large employers pretend it's not a Big Lie intended to depress wages and displace pesky American programmers. They do the same thing with supermodels BTW , oh and they did the same thing with chefs also. It's a very old game, just new to you, and your congressman knows all about it and he/she approves being from the 1% and all.

Top Obama Crony Capitalist Deserts Zuckerberg Immi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43702325)

Top Obama Crony Capitalist Deserts Zuckerberg Immigration Scam
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/top-obama-crony-capitalist-deserts-zuckerberg-immigration-scam/

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