Tesla uses Merck whistleblower punishment playbook
... "Destroy them where they live"
Note: Here is a familiar story. A major corporation's (Tesla) bad dealings are exposed and the company seeks to kill the messenger. This reminded me of the Merck "destroy them where they live" email that targeted the doctors who were questioning the safety of Vioxx - long since removed from the market. From a CBS report in 1999: '...Merck emails from 1999 showed company execs complaining about doctors who disliked using Vioxx. One email said:
We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live ...
Just yesterday, a huge news story broke about wealthy celebrities buying their kids' way into pretigious colleges and Universities. Parents paid hundreds of thousands, some millions (!) to sneak their dumb kids into college. They lied. They cheated. They STOLE a seat from worthy applicants with bribes.
Where is the level playing field in the USA? Can the "little guy or gal" survive any longer? We're fighting for our lives to speak out on social media while major media demands we be silenced. Amazon, YouTube, Pinterest - all ripping away free speech when it comes to vaccine safety. There are many seeking to destroy us where and how we make a living.
From Bloomberg Business on 3/13/19: By the larger-than-life standards of Elon Musk, the story was far from a blockbuster. On June 4, 2018, Business Insider reported that Tesla Inc. was scrapping or reworking 40 percent of the raw materials at the Gigafactory, its huge battery plant in the Nevada desert. The article cited a source who figured the inefficiency had cost Musk’s electric car company $150 million, describing giant piles of scrap materials in the factory. Tesla denied the report, and a few hours later, the world moved on.
The world, that is, except Elon Musk. Although he wasn’t asked about the Business Insider story the following day at the company’s annual meeting, he stewed for weeks, dispatching a team of investigators to try to figure out who’d shared the information with the press.
The leaker, they determined, was one Martin Tripp, a slight man of 40 who’d spent his career in a series of low-level manufacturing jobs before finding his way to the assembly line at the Gigafactory. Tripp later claimed to be an idealist trying to get Tesla to tighten its operations; Musk saw him as a dangerous foe who engaged in “extensive and damaging sabotage,” as he wrote in a staff memo. He implied that Tripp had shared the data not only with the press but also with “unknown third parties.”
Could larger forces be at work? Musk wondered out loud. Could Tripp be coordinating with one of Tesla’s many enemies—oil companies, rival automakers, or Wall Street short sellers? “There are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die,” he warned.
On June 20, the company sued Tripp for $167 million. Later that day, Tripp heard from the sheriff’s department in Storey County, Nev. Tesla’s security department had passed a tip to police. An anonymous caller had contacted the company to say Tripp was planning a mass shooting at the Gigafactory.
When the police confronted Tripp that evening, he was unarmed and in tears. He said he was terrified of Musk and suggested the billionaire might have called in the tip himself. A sheriff’s deputy attempted to cheer up Tripp and then called Tesla to tell the company that the threat, whoever had made it, was bogus. Tripp wasn’t dangerous.
Many chief executive officers would try to ignore somebody like Tripp. Instead, as accounts from police, former employees, and documents produced by Tesla’s own internal investigation reveal, Musk set out to destroy him.