Billionaire boys Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are at each other's throats in the most boring way possible: legally. As Amazon uses litigation to keep Musk's Starlink 2.0 grounded, the multi-billion-dollar company with a history of wrongdoing claims its fighting against an Evil Elon Musk.
Angelic Amazon vs Evil Elon Musk
Reported by The Register, Amazon's battle against SpaceX to please founder Jeff Bezos and his failing Blue Origin space company is starting to roast. In a letter to the FCC, Amazon's Andrew Keisner claims that fighting Musk is an effort in futility.
“Try to hold a Musk-led company to flight rules? You’re “fundamentally broken.” Try to hold a Musk-led company to health and safety rules? You’re “unelected & ignorant.” Try to hold a Musk-led company to U.S. securities laws? You’ll be called many names, some too crude to repeat.”
Keisner explains that the rules that apply to others don't apply to Musk, not mentioning all the times Amazon breaks rules. The Amazon counsellor mentions multiple times where Musk's companies have bent the rules. He writes:
“Whether it is launching satellites with unlicensed antennas, launching rockets without approval, building an unapproved launch tower, or re-opening a factory in violation of a shelter-in-place order, the conduct of SpaceX and other Musk-led companies makes their view plain: rules are for other people, and those who insist upon or even simply request compliance are deserving of derision and ad hominem attacks.”
Does Amazon have a point?
Yes, of course Amazon has a point. Billionaire Musk does not play by the rules. Just this week, a report by The Guardian revealed Musk's blatant disregard for the rules by dumping rocket waste in a protected reserve. Before that, the Tesla “Technoking” blatantly ignored environmental laws in Germany.
However, while Amazon has a point, it's also hypocritical. While it may be playing nice in terms of space, the company has a vast history of wrongdoing. Just a few years ago, Amazon allegedly used two insider sources to try and force its way into a $10 billion government contract. Amazon and SpaceX, Bezos and Musk, both have long histories of bending rules.
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