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Ooh, some criminal problems for the Musk.

DOJ investigates Elon Musk perks at Tesla
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the personal benefits that Tesla may have provided its CEO Elon Musk since 2017 as part of a criminal probe that is also looking into the use of company funds to build a proposed glass house.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York has also requested information about transactions between Tesla and other entities connected to Musk, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal that cites people familiar with the matter.

This revelation into the extent of federal scrutiny beyond the glass house -- a secret project that has been described internally as house for Musk -- indicates that prosecutors are pursuing potential criminal charges.
 

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"Imagine if Steven Hawking had this."

Dude managed to cheat on his wife while being a parapalegic. I am not sure being able to walk would have changed much, if anything it might have been a detriment.
 

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He had it covered without one.
 

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The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Tesla yesterday, alleging that the electric carmaker violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting Black employees at its manufacturing facilities in Fremont, California, "to severe or pervasive racial harassment and created and maintained a hostile work environment because of their race."

The US agency also alleged that Tesla "unlawfully retaliated against Black employees who opposed actions they perceived to constitute unlawful employment discrimination." The lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California and alleges that the discrimination has been ongoing since May 2015.
"Throughout the Relevant Period, racial slurs, chief among them, [different variations of the N-word] as well as racist epithets and race-based stereotyping permeated Tesla's Fremont Factory subjecting Black employees to racial hostility and offenses," the lawsuit said. "Non-Black perpetrators of the racial misconduct have worked in a variety of positions at Tesla, including as managers, supervisors, line leads, production leads, production associates, and temporary workers."

The agency alleged that throughout the period since 2015, "Black employees also encountered displays of racist graffiti, including swastikas, threats, and nooses. They found such graffiti on a variety of surfaces, including on desks, in elevators, and on equipment, including vehicles rolling off the production lines. Black employees have described the prevalence of racist imagery as 'frequent,' 'constant,' 'a regular thing,' and occurring 'too many times to count.'"
 

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Elon Musk is being sued by a college student after he casually promoted a false conspiracy theory that the student was a "fed posing as a neo-nazi" on Twitter.

What had happened was, during a fight in Oregon between the Proud Boys and another group of neo-nazis, one of the neo-nazis' mask got pulled off. Proud Boys supporters used photos of the incident to try and identify the unmasked man, and they settled on a random 22-year-old Jewish college student who had once on his fraternity's website said that he hoped for a government job after school:

Online shitposters, misinformation peddlers, and the worst internet sleuths you could imagine seized upon the fact Brody had once written for his Jewish college fraternity that he wanted to work for the government. This was enough proof for some that Brody was a federal agent pretending to be a neo-Nazi and the group was a “false flag” orchestrated by the United States government—a favorite conspiracy of the far-right.

It wasn’t too long after the false allegations about Brody began swirling on Twitter that Musk, the website’s owner, replied with things like “very odd,” and “always remove their masks” under several tweets falsely accusing Brody and sharing his personal information and photos. These responses, according to the lawsuit, drew much larger audiences to the defamatory tweets because of Musk’s large following.


On June 27, after several days of amplifying other people’s posts, the lawsuit states Musk personally committed defamation against Brody when responding to a news article by Zero Hedge—a far-right news outlet that was banned from using Google Ads in 2020 for its racist content and was integral in aiding the spreading of the Sandy Hook conspiracy—with the headline “Patriot Front ‘White Supremacist’ Unmasked As a Suspected Fed.”

“Looks like one is a college student (who wants to join the govt) and another is maybe an Antifa member, but nonetheless a probable false flag situation,” Musk wrote. The lawsuit states this is a clear nod toward Brody. The tweet has been viewed over 1.2 million times since it was posted and while the Zero Hedge post and article were deleted, Musk’s remains up.

“Musk’s personal endorsement of the false accusation against Ben Brody reverberated across the internet, transforming the accusation from anonymous rumor to gospel truth for many individuals, and causing others to use Musk’s endorsement to justify their desire to harass Ben Brody and his family,” reads the lawsuit.
 

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The Tesla factory in Grünheide, Germany, is outstanding... in terms of work accidents.

Alone in the time frame from June to November 2022 over 190 reportable accidents happened. Work accidents in Germany must be reported in case of either death of the worker, or if the worker is unable to work for more than 3 days.

The factory also called the ambulance in the first year of operation 247 times. This is three times the number German car maker Audi calls the ambulance in their factory in Ingolstadt.

The metal workers union, IG Metall, demanded that Telsa needs to improve work safety. They do view the lose safety culture there in Grünheide as bad.

 
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"We."

The Tesla Cybertruck finally has a delivery date, according to a company post on X (formerly Twitter). Along with its third quarter earnings today, Tesla announced the long-delayed Cybertruck electric pickup will have its first deliveries during an event on November 30th at the company’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. The company is also expected to announce pricing then, which was originally pegged at $39,900 when first announced in 2019.

On Tesla’s Q3 earnings call Wednesday evening, CEO Elon Musk said he wanted to “temper expectations” as production ramp-up for Cybertruck will be extremely difficult. Musk says Tesla is targeting a quarter million Cybertrucks per year in the future, but that won’t happen until after 2024, and confirmed that more than 1 million people have reserved the truck.
“We dug our own grave with the Cybertruck,” said Musk. “Cybertruck’s one of those special products that comes along only once in a long while. And special products that come along once in a long while are just incredibly difficult to bring to market to reach volume, to be prosperous.”