Well, the Illuminati are at it again – at least if you believe some. Yes, the World Economic Forum has gathered once more in Davos, Switzerland, where thousands pay anywhere from $130,000 to $930,000 to attend events and hobnob with CEOs, CIOs, heads of state, actors and directors, and, of course, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.
With the war still raging in Ukraine and companies shortening their supply lines to avoid future disruptions caused by similar acts of aggression – or by the next global pandemic – some have criticized Davos as out of touch or no longer as meaningful.
The annual meeting has taken place since the 1970s and has generally grown ever more elaborate, attracting not just leaders of Fortune 500 companies but also the latest tech innovations, some somewhat reasonable, others less practical.
The original idea, as promoted by founder Klaus Schwab, a German professor, who, according to the WEF website, was both an engineer and economist, was that companies should recognize that it isn’t just shareholders who are impacted by the decisions of executives, but all “stakeholders”: employees, community members, and those suffering negative externalities like pollution or climate change.
The WEF has made itself out to be a forum for promoting the interests of all stakeholders and has taken credit over the years for highlighting progressive ideas and for preventing conflicts by bringing nations and leaders together.
Yet the criticism that it’s become more and more elitist does, of course, have some legitimacy.
You can’t charge hundreds of thousands of dollars for a ticket and claim you’re there to serve the common folk at the same time.
Many businesspeople go to Davos for one simple reason: influence.
They want to network and make an impression. And maybe see some cool stuff they can post on social media about.
Since you probably can’t afford a ticket to Davos (and I surely can’t), below are some of the key happenings, starting, I’m sorry to say, with a certain South African-American businessman who somehow inserted himself into an event he isn’t at.
The Elon Story
2022 was a bit of a rough year for Elon Musk.
He lost over $200 billion to claim the title of “World’s Biggest Loser”; sunk $44 billion into Twitter, a company he then proceeded to turn into the most chaotic circle of hell; and was embroiled in legal actions for his tweets about taking his other company, Tesla, private, forcing him to step down as chairman and face severe criticism from Tesla investors for how he seemingly abandoned the company.
And then, apparently, he wasn’t invited to the world’s biggest billionaire party.
My reason for declining the Davos invitation was not because I thought they were engaged in diabolical scheming, but because it sounded boring af lol
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 30, 2022
Yet WEF organizers have stated that Musk was never invited and hasn’t been invited since 2015.
Basically, they told him, “Elon, please be elsewhere.”
Musk’s assertion that he decided not to go is kind of like a high school wannabe telling people he was invited to that party everyone’s talking about but just decided he was too cool for it.
Musk tried to hit back by pushing the Illuminati line:
Poor Elon. When is he going to learn that there’s a benefit to not talking sometimes?
Speaking of De-Haters
Not to be outdone, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made sure to let the WEF know he felt as well, telling everyone that any idea presented at Davos would be “dead on arrival in Florida.”
Clean air? Clean water?
Fuck that, Ron says.
He doesn’t want any of that liberal shit reaching his shores.
🔥Governor DeSantis reiterates that the WEF agenda is "dead on arrival" in Florida pic.twitter.com/c3vtsdpNSj
— Enrico Farabollini (@EnricoFaraboll1) January 10, 2023
As for DuhSantis’s claims about Xi controlling everything, I’m gonna let you in for a little shock here, Ron: companies like to make money.
Money is what controls them, not CCP ideology.
Undoubtedly some businesspeople do also have ideals, but why they would be Xiists or Maoists or Stalinists, Ron is unlikely to explain since they are – get this, governor – capitalists, primary and foremost.
You’ll also be happy to know, Ron, that, as I’ve detailed before, your president, Dark Brandon, has been pretty much having Xi’s lunch, and that the CHIPS and Science Act will bring tens of thousands of jobs back to the US, as well as hundreds of billions in tech investments, all while giving us an edge against our greatest economic rival.
But please, give us more information from the University of Your Ass.
Sinema Plays Cinema Version of Herself
You probably didn’t think you could be more disgusted by Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, now an Independent.
But wait until you hear the head-scratching logic and false equivalencies she offered at Davos.
First, Sinema claimed that Democrats all believed that we would not have a free election in 2022 unless we got rid of the filibuster.
Sinema is asked at Davos about leaving the Democratic Party. She criticizes Dems for trying to change filibuster rules and pass voting rights legislation. She calls Kevin McCarthy “a dear friend of mine.” pic.twitter.com/9D5WOsoiRv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 17, 2023
You know, Kyrsten, it’s possible that we managed to vote despite the obstacles Republicans have continually placed in voters’ paths – especially poor and minority voters.
And the filibuster has helped keep those impediments there, derailing the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Rights Advancement Act last year, which together would have done things like restore felon voting rights, stopped states from making voting more difficult by enacting voter ID laws and closing polling stations, and extended voting hours and made Election Day a federal holiday so that workers could take off work to vote.
But you and Mr. Manchin did those bills in.
Should we thank you for that, senator?
The filibuster, by the way, has also served to prevent both civil rights and healthcare legislation for many years and makes it more difficult to pass any reasonable gun laws.
Her answer not being nauseating enough, Sinema then high-fived Joe Manchin in celebration of their collective idiocy:
Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin—surrounded by billionaire CEOs in Davos—share a high five after agreeing that they won’t reform the Senate filibuster.
She still hasn’t held a town hall for her constituents. pic.twitter.com/HC7LhqijwW
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) January 17, 2023
And let’s not get started on the coat because we’ll be here all day.
One of the things most talked about at this year’s event is the AI advancement known as Chat GPT.
If you’re a tech laggard like me and haven’t heard of this until now, it’s basically AI intelligence that can supposedly answer questions like a human and, using information gathered from the web, can tell you about pretty much anything.
Microsoft has invested a billion bucks into this technology, recent layoffs notwithstanding.
You can actually try this yourself online if it’s not filled to capacity.
Some have pointed to its practically unlimited potential.
Others have noted its huge possible downsides.
Somehow I think it will allow Cablevision to provide even worse service.
There are also various cool gadgets to be found at Davos this year.
One of the ones generating a lot of attention is a fold-up electronic motorcycle. See here:
“This foldable e-bike can almost park wherever you want.
Tatamel Bike is a foldable electric motorcycle developed by Japanese startup ICOMA.”
Source @gigadgets_ pic.twitter.com/9vIrrrNpBb
— Tech Burrito (@TechBurritoUno) November 30, 2022
Jared Kushner is in Davos!
I’m sure he’s only there for good.
Maybe he’ll really solve the Middle East this time.
Yes, Mr. Stone is there too.
And I’m flabbergasted to pretty much agree with the premise of the movie he’s hawking, Nuclear Now!
It argues that we should build more nuclear plants to help fight global warming and that unreasonable fears have prevented us from doing so.
I haven’t seen the movie, though, and I’m worried that if I say I fully agree, I’ll find out that Stone uses it to put forward the idea that climate change is a conspiracy being orchestrated by Richard Nixon, who is still alive and living with Elvis in a bunker in Montana.
Mr. Elba is attending Davos with his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who, according to qz.com, is a UN goodwill ambassador.
But I’m not buying that story.
I know that Elba is really James Bond – not playing Bond, mind you – but the real Bond.
And he’s there undercover, chasing after a lunatic set on destroying the world with his acid rain bomb.
And that lunatic is Jared Kushner.
It’s all part of the plan.
Elon could tell you all about it.
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