Bill Gates : the Philanthropist ?

A few days ago I stumbled upon a Digg news on Bill Gates : Bill gives big. It was about Bill Gates (again) donating serious amount of money.
On the page’s commentaries, a lot of people praises Bill for what he’s done. The usual stuff – when you see a shiny package, you think that it contains something very nice too.

But, the comment by shazeubaa caught my eye.
Shazeubaa gave a few pointers, which can be used to see what’s under the “skin”.

Here’s what I’ve found so far :

1. Sure, Bill gives big. But, do you realize that most of those are related to drugs / vaccinations? Here’s one of it. And, do you realize that he has invested quite a lot in medical companies ?
Can we draw a line connecting these ?

2. An investigative journalism into Bill’s donations and agendas. Basically, the donations will bring him even more money from drugs, by blocking cheap drugs, therefore potentially killing more than he saved.

3. Just as with Microsoft, Bill staunch support of strict intellectual-property protections for drugs in poor countries. They argued that this is necessary, so they can recoup the R&D costs. However, turned out that Big Pharma’s marketing cost are 2.5 over their R&D cost.

Also, when you read something like this paragraph below, you can’t help but to start question the real intentions of Gates’ Foundation:

A report issued last year by the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, chaired by economist Jeffrey Sachs, made a strong defense of intellectual-property protection as critical to continued investment in drug research and development. The Gates foundation was a major sponsor of the commission.

4. With vaccinations becoming mandatory in many countries, he could get very good returns on his “donations” (read: investment) to vaccine researches. But, vaccines are not without problems:

This list is by no means comprehensive. I already use up too much time, and need to stop at the moment. I’ll try to continue later, but do feel free to inform me if you know similar investigative research into Bill’s donations.

Note that I don’t judge that indeed Bill have hidden agenda in his donations. It requires much more exhaustive investigation, which I simply don’t have time/resource for.
I’m just simply against looking on the shiny skin / package, and decided that it’s good – straight away. With no effort whatsoever to look further / underneath all of it. This is why we can be fooled by many parties (gov’t, corporations, celebs, etc) so easily, for their own benefit.

We need to stop taking things so literally, and start to be smarter in regard to a lot of things. As Kakashi said; we need to start to “look underneath the underneath“.

Hopefully many will be inspired by this article to start doing this.

15 thoughts on “Bill Gates : the Philanthropist ?

  1. i really appreciate your great and benevolent atitude in sponsoring major project from thecgoood of humanity. I am a Medical practioner under Pan Africa Academy of Christian Surgeon, traning christian surgeon to help in Africa. I will with my entire life live to thank you if u can be my sponsor. This is request from a young and propecting surgeon. I am Nigeria , presently doing my Residency in Surgery at Ethiopia. i hope to hear from you . God bless.

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  4. I think Bill Gates should focus more on the Sub Saharan regions.

    Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from chronically overburdened water systems under increasing stress from fast-growing urban areas. Weak governments, corruption, mismanagement of resources, poor long-term investment, and a lack of environmental research and urban infrastructure only exacerbate the problem. In some cases, the disruption or contamination of water supply in urban infrastructures and rural area has incited domestic and cross-border violence. Experts say incorporating water improvements into economic development is necessary to end the severe problems caused by water stress and to improve public health and advance the economic stability of the region.

  5. I think Bill Gate should focus more on Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from chronically overburdened water systems under increasing stress from fast-growing urban areas. Weak governments, corruption, mismanagement of resources, poor long-term investment, and a lack of environmental research and urban infrastructure only exacerbate the problem. In some cases, the disruption or contamination of water supply in urban infrastructures and rural area has incited domestic and cross-border violence. Experts say incorporating water improvements into economic development is necessary to end the severe problems caused by water stress and to improve public health and advance the economic stability of the region.

  6. It’s not interesting for me. These all investigations, scandals, obsessions etc etc. What if Bill Gates is not guilty? How he fells helping people and people are saying bad words about him?

  7. @Thomasooo – What if Bill Gates is not guilty?
    .
    That’s just “what if”. We should focus on facts.
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    And the fact is, being a “philantrophist” can bring significant financial reward.
    Such massive tax breaks. Or, helping your new businesses to grow.
    .
    We need to be more critical in these issues. It’s easy for the rich to become richer, at our expense. If we’re not critical, and kept easily wowed by the blings, expect to be the external sucker.

  8. I really don’t believe that Bill Gates can be a philantropist. I don’t like him and I think that he can think only about himself.

  9. Hi, from a guy lost on this goddamn planet, somewhere, feeling concerned about other humans he doesn’t even know. Why the hell?

    Anyway, you’re not crazy.
    You’re spot on, but the STORY… IS crazy.
    it is also TRUE. It’s just so huge… it seems to be straight out of a fictional universe. Well, isn’t it funny that fiction can often predict dystopias that prove just too true, often doing this by circling the wall of propaganda and silence, by renaming the enemies with fancy names, and giving them fancy clothes.

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/secretive-rich-cabal-met-to-discuss-population-control.html

    OK, this is Alex Jones, bla bla. But just pay attention. Could it be true? Well, we’re smart enough to be able to piece evidence together when clues are here and there.

    http://www.infowars.net/articles/may2009/250509Eugenics.htm

    Just maintain intellectual criticism ON, but don’t reject claims because they seem crazy. They’re actually not. They are very SIMPLE, but seem incredible because of rarity. Rarity of information. Once you’re used to it… you’re a wacko. Ha ha. No, just joking.
    You’re in the true reality. You’re behind the stage.

    Welcome to Planet Shit Hole. Like if life wasn’t already hard enough.

  10. I feel that Gates and other multimillionaires should be spending more of their fortunes on those who cannot help themselves.

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