Musk did good
While most of us like musk sweets, not everyone is a fan of Musk tweets. In a September experiment, he asked his twitter followers what they thought if his plan to end the Ukraine war: "Ukraine-Russia Peace: - Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people. - Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake). - Water supply to Crimea assured. - Ukraine remains neutral. Yes or No?" 2.7 million of his 100 million twitter followers voted: Yes 40.9% No 59.1% 97 million bots abstained (haha). Ukraine took umbrage, as if Musk himself was a Muscovite, that he would run any idea involving Ukrainian concessions to the Russian landgrab up the pole. Said the Ukrainian ambassador to Ukraine: “F--- off is my very diplomatic reply to you.” Must countered: 'In that case you get f.....d. I am not sure I want to continue to provide Ukraine with my free satellite service, any more' - or words to that effect. Eventually, sanity prevailed. Musk accepted the verdict of his own referendum with a tweeted 'sigh', and Ukraine continue to be grateful for his free satellite service. So what about it? The greatest thing about this episode is the democracy of it. People's blood boiled, but no blood was shed. People disagreed, but no grenades were hurled. It ended with a sigh. Nothing has changed, it is true. But seeds have been planted, and variations of this theme may no doubt one day conclude the conflict. And it has promoted global dialogue in that direction. So, salute to Musk. For promoting thought, dialogue, peace and democracy. Even though the people did not agree. Sigh.