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November 02, 2022 07:08 AM UTC

Wednesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.”

–Otto von Bismarck


31 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

  1. Schadenfreude watch. Ha ha ha. Musk is going to lose billions, or perhaps the losses will accrue to the Saudis and Chinese investors who own his ass.

    John Gruber: The Math on Twitter’s Debt‘Lauren Hirsch…. “Musk…  loaded about $13 billion in debt on the company, which had not turned a profit for eight of the past 10 years…. [Interest] will now balloon to about $1 billion a year. Yet the company’s operations last year generated about $630 million in cash flow…. That means that Twitter is generating less money per year than what it owes its lenders. The company also does not appear to have a lot of extra cash on hand…” Interest payments are a bitch. The optimistic take on Musk taking Twitter private is that it frees Twitter from pursuing increased revenue at all costs to please shareholders. But what’s the point if Twitter now needs to pursue increased revenue at all costs to service its debt?…

    1. You know, other than those fired Twitter execs crying all the way to the bank, the real winners are the law firms, Wachtell and Skadden Arps. Wachtell looks spectacular because of the complete and total victory, abetted by Musk casually agreeing to a no-diligence deal (his M&A lawyers must be shitting their pants over that one). Skadden Arps got to show the world how far they will go in service of the second-worst client* on earth after Trump.

      *Note: Musk may actually be the best client on earth, as opposed to the second-worst, depending on how quickly he pays his legal fees.

    2. I checked out Twitter for the first time since Musk bought it. It seems more cutesy , more infotainment-focused –  more baby animal feeds,  and human-interest rabbit holes to dive down, and the political threads have a definite slant.

      For example, the Brittany Greiner thread had NO supporters of Greiner – only people whining about how she shouldn't complain because Whelan's been captive longer, she committed a crime and has to do the time, etc.

      On the other hand, the thread searching "election intimidation Arizona" had fact-based results.

      If Twitter's priority now is truly just to make money, it will get boring quickly. What most people like about it is the chaotic immediacy of the platform. If all of that is filtered out, it will be a loss. And if it is filtered out, but exhortations to violence are not filtered, it will be a net loss for democracy.


  2. "Thar were only seven Democrats in
    Hinsdale County and you ate five of them!"

    The fictional quote is more disinformation, to disadvantage the cannibal community. Stop the HATE!

    1. Wrong, Pear.

      “Thar was only seven Dimmycrats in Hinsdale County and you, you voracious, man-eatin’, son of a bitch, you et five of ’em.  I sentence you to hang by the neck until you are dead, dead, dead, for reducin’ the Dimmycratic population of this state. “

      1. I used to volunteer in the Western Colorado Historical Museum. At that time, they were in possession of the gun collection of Aubrey Thrailkill, which contained Alfies' gun. Your citation is right.

  3. Kudos to Pence…(Fat Donnie and the MAGAt machine will eat him alive)

  4. I disagree with Mike Pence on many things. But I respect his integrity and sense of personal honor.  I have no such respect for the narcissistic whoremonger Donald Trump.


  5. Duke and Pete…you both might recognize some names from this thread.  This is what we're up against.  Unfortunately these campaigns prey on weak minds and ideological sheep (you know who you are): 

  6. There was a light plane towing a banner that said "Heidi" over the I25 corridor today. There were other words on the banner, but too small to read.

    What a waste….is she thinking that her name recognition is so great that people will see this banner in the sky, and connect it to her race for Governor?

    There is another "Heidi" running for HD31. Her signs even look like Ganahl's. Way to throw away thousands of dollars.

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