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(He’s actually not super popular with Tesla investors but more on that shortly).

Elon Musk has 54 million followers on Twitter and after sending this into the Twitterverse: 

Nearly 4 million people voted one way or another, around 100,000 retweeted, and over 70% answered ‘yes’ to the provocative question. Dogecoin’s price shot skyward immediately.

Musk is riding a tsunami of popularity after co-hosting Saturday Night Live, he took us further inside his remarkable mind during a wide ranging chat with the Wall Street Journal.

The 49-year old didn’t hold back in describing what’s wrong with business in the US.

“I think there might be too many MBA’s (Master of Business Administration) running companies. There should be focus on the product and service itself.” 

He has no interest in companies purely focusing on profit, board meetings and spreadsheets. 

“Why even have companies? A company has no value in and of itself. It only has value, to degree that is, being an effective allocator of resources to create goods and services that are of greater value than the costs of the inputs.”

Musk is adamant we can all develop a ‘product mindset’ like his. 

There are a number of steps involved with one constant “step number one would be try. Have you tried? Have you tried hard? And if you haven’t tried hard, try harder. I think it is learnable. It’s not some mysterious thing.”

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Now back to those angry investors. Tesla has had a bad recent run of PR in China and sales have been hit.

Last month Tesla was the target of protestors at China’s biggest auto show in Shanghai after owners vented their fury following problems with their cars.

These aren’t insignificant challenges but you get the feeing it won’t keep the new Texas resident up at night.

His focus is very clear “the two biggest things that I’ve got going on right now are the starship development in South Texas” and Tesla’s Gigafactory site near Berlin that’s just been approved.

Following Musk’s every move and motive is tricky, but you can guarantee one thing, wherever he directs his energy he is going to try very, very hard.

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Reports of discrimination against pregnant and disabled workers at Amazon

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Amazon is under fire for allegedly discriminating against some of its pregnant workers and workers with disabilities

New York’s Division of Human Rights filed a complaint against the company with Governor Kathy Hochul announcing the move on Wednesday.

Amazon is being accused of failing to provide these workers with the correct pay, forcing them to take unpaid leaves of absence.

There are multiple reports that the company did not follow guidelines with its workers, one pregnant worker was initially given approval to avoid lifting packages over 11 kilograms, but was then made to lift heavy items anyway by a manager.

Amazon did not provide this worker with accommodation after they were injured and instead placed them on indefinite unpaid leave, according to the complaint.

The company is being examined for its failure to accommodate these workers, and allowing managers to override safety recommendations.

Such actions are against breach New York’s Human Rights Law which protects pregnant and disabled workers from discrimination within a workplace.

Amazon is now being urged to “pay civil fines and penalties to the State of New York” and to fix its discriminatory practices.

Amazon’s spokesperson has denied its wrongful conduct saying the company offers “the best available options to accomodate” such employees.

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New York man sues McDonalds for burgers not looking like photos on ads

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Those late night McDonalds ads with the crispy lettuce and soft bun, makes the mouth water…. but one New York man has beef to pick

The man says McDonalds and Wendy’s have misleading adverts that are unfair and deceptive.

He says make their burgers look much bigger than they actually are.

In a proposed class-action lawsuit, he is seeking $50 million in damages for himself and other similarly duped customers.

The chains did not comment immediately on the suit.

Rival Burger King was hit with a similar lawsuit in Florida in March, by the same law firms representing New Yorker Justin Chimienti.

While Burger King has yet to respond in court, an amended complaint shows that more unhappy customers have signed onto the suit.

According to complaints quoted in the BBC, the companies’ adverts are “unfair and financially damaging consumers as they are receiving food that is much lower in value than what is being promised.”

The “actions are especially concerning now that inflation, food, and meat prices are very high and many consumers, especially lower income consumers, are struggling financially,” they add.

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U.S. stocks plunge – markets have biggest daily drop in 2 years

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U.S. markets have had their biggest daily drop in almost two years, as investors evaluate the impacts of higher prices on earnings and the possibility of monetary policy tightening

The S&P 500 dropped by 4 per cent, while the Nasdaq fell the most amongst other major benchmarks.

Meanwhile, retailer Target down was down more than 20 points in its worst performance since 1987, and Apple and Amazon.com both slid.

The U.S. dollar rose against all Group-of-10 counterparts, except the yen and Swiss franc.

The S&P is slowly emerging from its longest slump since 2011, but rebounds are fragile amid tightening policy, the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China.

It comes as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warns U.S. central bank will raise interest rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence inflation is in retreat.

Looking to other parts of the world, and Europe saw new-vehicle sales shrink for a 10th month in a row.

Over in the United Kingdom, inflation rose to its highest level since Margaret Thatcher’s reign 40 years ago.

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