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103. PR and tax breaks.
The Gates Foundation has poured $218 million into polio and measles immunization and research worldwide, including in the Niger Delta. At the same time that it is paying for inoculations to protect health, it has invested $423 million in Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Total of France the companies responsible for most of the flares blanketing the delta with pollution, beyond anything permitted in the United States or Europe.

Indeed, local leaders blame oil development for fostering some of the very afflictions that the foundation combats.

Like most philanthropies, the Gates Foundation gives away at least 5 percent of its worth every year, andthus avoids paying most taxes. In 2005, it granted nearly $1.4 billion. It awards grants mainly in support of global health initiatives, for efforts to improve public education in the United States and for social-welfare programs in the Pacific Northwest.

It invests the other 95 percent of its worth. This endowment is managed by Bill Gates Investments, which handles Gates' personal fortune. Monica Harrington, a senior policy officer at the foundation, said the investment managers had one goal: returns "that will allow for the continued funding of foundation programs and grant making." Bill and Melinda Gates require the managers to keep a highly diversified portfolio, but make no specific directives.

Bill Gates' Guinea Pigs
The Gates Foundation wants to remake American education, and ground zero for their billion-dollar experiment is Mountlake Terrace High School. Results so far? It's been a learning experience.

"The last five years, though, have been anything but average. Mountlake Terrace and its staff and students have been guinea pigs for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Small Schools project. It is the first suburban high school in the nation to go through a wrenching top-to-bottom transformation process that has been hailed as both the salvation of our failing public education system and a crucial step on the road to sustained economic success for America. Success or failure at Mountlake Terrace will play a pivotal role in the future of this high-powered and monumental effort to reimagine a major social and educational institution: the American public high school. /

Unintended victims of Gates Foundation generosity

In 2000, the Gates Foundation joined with the drug firm Merck & Co. and chose Botswana as a test case for a $100-million effort to prove that mass AIDS treatment and prevention could succeed in Africa.

Botswana is a well-governed, stable democracy with a small population and a relatively high living standard, but one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world.

By 2005, health expenditures per capita in Botswana, boosted by the Gates donations, were six times the average for Africa and 21 times the amount spent in Rwanda.

Deaths from AIDS fell sharply.

But AIDS prevention largely failed. HIV continued to spread at an alarming pace. A quarter of all adults were infected in 2003, and the rate was still that high in 2005, according to the U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS. In a 2005 survey, just one in 10 adults could say how to prevent sexual transmission of HIV, despite education programs.

Meanwhile, the rate of pregnancy-related maternal deaths nearly quadrupled and the child mortality rate rose dramatically. Despite improvements in AIDS treatment, life expectancy in Botswana rose just marginally, from 41.1 years in 2000 to 41.5 years in 2005.

Dean Jamison, a health economist who was editor of Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, a Gates Foundation-funded reference book, blamed the pressing needs of Botswana's AIDS patients. But he added that the Gates Foundation effort, with its tight focus on the epidemic, may have contributed to the broader health crisis by drawing the nation's top clinicians away from primary care and child health.

Liar, Scoundrel?
By Rick Anderson
Thursday, Jun. 7 2007 @ 10:12AM

The way medical researcher John Buse recalled it yesterday, the lead researcher at pharma giant SmithKlineBeecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) called him a "liar" and said he was a "scoundrel" for questioning the risks of a diabetes drug, Avandia, the company was pushing.

The researcher who maligned and threatened him eight years ago was Dr. Tadataka Yamada, now the director (since 2006) of global health for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Buse was testifying at a House hearing in D.C. where lawmakers are probing how Avandia and other drugs get onto the market without proper warnings of their hazards.
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  -Bill Gates says ideology threatens hunger fix bemildred  Oct-15-09 06:21 PM   #0 
  - A big FUCK YOU to Mr. Gates. GMO crops are a Pandora's box that should  kestrel91316   Oct-15-09 06:34 PM   #1 
  - I'll gladly second your "FUCK YOU" to Gates.  scarletwoman   Oct-15-09 07:03 PM   #8 
     - Imposing on and opposing nature has saved billions of lives.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:25 PM   #22 
  - Yeah, Mr. Gates, your *economic* ideology  Cal Carpenter   Oct-15-09 06:44 PM   #2 
  - There is a solution that Gates would hate that embraces potentially useful new technology.  sudopod   Oct-16-09 12:34 PM   #82 
     - Gates has his.  spotbird   Oct-16-09 08:28 PM   #95 
        - Indeed, Gates is all about Gates. That's been clear for a long time. nt  bemildred   Oct-16-09 08:33 PM   #96 
           - Please  LeFleur1   Oct-18-09 10:28 AM   #105 
  - These people could grow natural crops using agricultural methods that don't strip  bertman   Oct-15-09 06:45 PM   #3 
  - So why aren't they?  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 06:57 PM   #6 
     - Biotech Companies Up GMO Campaign in Africa  bemildred   Oct-15-09 07:02 PM   #7 
     - And if they are offered a version of Cotton that is resistant to the Jewel Beetle  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:16 PM   #13 
     - If it is free, it's fine.  bemildred   Oct-15-09 07:17 PM   #14 
        - But people were citing dangers to health and environment, not economic hostage taking.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:21 PM   #18 
        - So now I am not "people"?  bemildred   Oct-15-09 07:25 PM   # 
           - Oh they are.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:27 PM   #23 
        - By that logic, sub-Saharans should refrain from using oil or fertilizer, too. n/t  Psephos   Oct-15-09 09:06 PM   #38 
     - Sure Africa is ripe for experimentation.  zeemike   Oct-15-09 10:39 PM   #44 
        - News flash, everything is made of chemicals.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 10:57 PM   #46 
           - I was not trying to scare you.  zeemike   Oct-16-09 04:50 AM   #57 
     - AC, because they already have people who live there who can do that. People who would be  bertman   Oct-15-09 07:12 PM   #12 
     - I don't think they would mind a know it all australian like Norman Borlaug  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:19 PM   #16 
     - because cash crops for export on plantations have shoved out small farmers  diane in sf   Oct-15-09 07:57 PM   #30 
     - Colonial  tama   Oct-16-09 02:24 AM   #53 
  - Gates just likes things that have Patents and Copy Rights.  bahrbearian   Oct-15-09 06:56 PM   #4 
  - Wow, look at the hate in this thread.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 06:56 PM   #5 
  - The issue here is patenting of GMOs for sale.  bemildred   Oct-15-09 07:04 PM   #9 
  - And patents may not be an issue.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:09 PM   #10 
  - If you think patents are not the issue, you disagree with Monsanto. nt  bemildred   Oct-15-09 07:18 PM   #15 
  - Oh I do.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:23 PM   #20 
     - I'm not opposed to GMO as such, I'm opposed to patenting of genetic material.  bemildred   Oct-15-09 07:29 PM   #26 
        - That makes sense  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:33 PM   #28 
           - Thanks, glad we can agree, though not about Mr Gates. nt  bemildred   Oct-15-09 07:35 PM   #29 
  - Tell me what invention man has created that has improved the planet we all live on.  bertman   Oct-15-09 07:25 PM   #21 
  - Depends on your definition of 'improved'.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:29 PM   #25 
  - Flood and erosion control are benefits to humans. But, that aside, humans lived just  bertman   Oct-15-09 08:18 PM   #33 
  - Control  tama   Oct-16-09 02:55 AM   #55 
     - Do you take vaccines or antibiotics? nt  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 08:18 AM   #59 
        - Not lately, why? n/t  tama   Oct-16-09 08:22 AM   #61 
           - That would be interfering with nature.  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 08:24 AM   #63 
              - Strange  tama   Oct-16-09 08:54 AM   #64 
                 - Another example....  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 09:00 AM   #66 
                    - Answer to example below  tama   Oct-16-09 09:55 AM   #70 
                       - Is culture part of nature?  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 10:38 AM   #72 
                          - Yup n/t  tama   Oct-16-09 10:47 AM   #73 
                             - That's tough...  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 10:51 AM   #74 
                             - Interesting take  tama   Oct-16-09 11:00 AM   #77 
                                - Mutilating sensory organs is far from natural...  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 11:04 AM   #78 
                                   - I'd rather not  tama   Oct-16-09 11:28 AM   #80 
                                      - I suppose the debate is on the meaning of the word...  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 01:19 PM   #85 
                                      - Didn't intend to debate  tama   Oct-16-09 01:53 PM   #87 
                                      - I prefer discussions over single barrel jack daniels on ice .  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 02:05 PM   #89 
                                      - Damn you!  tama   Oct-16-09 02:18 PM   #90 
                             - Technology is definitely a part of culture...  Silent3   Oct-16-09 01:59 PM   #88 
                                - Yep  tama   Oct-16-09 02:25 PM   #91 
  - If you consider humans *in exactly the same way*...  Silent3   Oct-16-09 01:03 PM   #84 
  - I thought  tama   Oct-16-09 02:49 AM   #54 
  - AND they're often toxic and spread like prions n/t  MisterP   Oct-15-09 07:20 PM   #17 
     - Please cite one.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:22 PM   #19 
        - Here's one that is not "concluded safe"  Trillo   Oct-15-09 09:55 PM   #41 
  - Yeah,Your hatred puts you at the top of the list.  nosmokes   Oct-16-09 04:56 PM   #92 
  - this card carrying environmentalist seconds gates' opinion  enki23   Oct-15-09 07:12 PM   #11 
  - What corporation you carrying that card for?  nosmokes   Oct-16-09 04:58 PM   #93 
  - Be prepared for flames.  Codeine   Oct-18-09 10:06 AM   #104 
  - Better to be cautious. What good would it do to given them food to live, only for them  Honeycombe8   Oct-15-09 07:28 PM   #24 
  - It's not just food to eat.  AtheistCrusader   Oct-15-09 07:31 PM   #27 
     - Companion crop, please  tama   Oct-16-09 03:04 AM   #56 
  - Reasoned debate? Sources? Citations? Hasn't Europe banned GMO crops for safety reasons?  Liberation Angel   Oct-15-09 08:00 PM   #31 
  - Here's a good documentary:  wickerwoman   Oct-18-09 02:34 AM   #102 
  - Fuck you and your shitty software...  santamargarita   Oct-15-09 08:11 PM   #32 
  - Some people insist on a mutant vision of the future  SpiralHawk   Oct-15-09 08:29 PM   #34 
  - "...regard to how much hunger and poverty might be reduced by it."  unkachuck   Oct-15-09 08:39 PM   #35 
  - He already gave almost all his money to his foundation.  Psephos   Oct-15-09 09:18 PM   #39 
     - A foundation that he has control of.  zeemike   Oct-15-09 10:35 PM   #43 
     - You do make a good point about some foundations, but the B&MGF is a cut above.  Psephos   Oct-15-09 11:08 PM   #47 
        - PR and tax breaks.  ipaint   Oct-18-09 09:37 AM   #103 
     - Buffett promised most of his money to the Foundation. I am not sure he's actually given it yet.  No Elephants   Oct-16-09 09:25 AM   #68 
        - Do you doubt that he will? n/t  Psephos   Oct-16-09 08:22 PM   #94 
  - The ultimate corporatist pig!  Vidar   Oct-15-09 09:04 PM   #36 
  - Agreed. n/t  OhioChick   Oct-15-09 09:56 PM   #42 
  - The ultimate moron  Mudoria   Oct-16-09 08:14 AM   #58 
  - Does everyone know that Gates has an Iceland seed vault, so when he FUCKS the genetics of our food  Gman2   Oct-15-09 09:06 PM   #37 
  - Most people know the consequences of GMO's  bluesmail   Oct-15-09 09:32 PM   #40 
  - They should have hung Gregor Mendel and burned his body. nt  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 08:21 AM   #60 
     - FAIL! Beautiful way to show *exactly* how ignorant you are on the subject.  nosmokes   Oct-17-09 05:55 PM   #100 
  - GM crops are to agriculture like Bill Gate's Vista is to computers - frightening!  SandWalker1984   Oct-15-09 10:54 PM   #45 
  - Not just the patent monopoly and $$; there ARE real health issues  lunasun   Oct-15-09 11:25 PM   #48 
  - I got to admit  DeadEyeDyck   Oct-15-09 11:37 PM   #49 
  - No they weren't  PaulaFarrell   Oct-16-09 01:31 AM   #52 
     - Should we use genetic therapy on people then?  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 08:23 AM   #62 
        - That's  tama   Oct-16-09 08:58 AM   #65 
           - Is it?  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 09:19 AM   #67 
              - Yup,  tama   Oct-16-09 09:52 AM   #69 
                 - No...  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 10:22 AM   #71 
                 - Heh  tama   Oct-16-09 10:52 AM   #75 
                    - Do you know how people breed?  WriteDown   Oct-16-09 10:57 AM   #76 
                       - Again  tama   Oct-16-09 11:13 AM   #79 
                 - Eugenics is INVOLENTARY.  Odin2005   Oct-17-09 01:53 AM   #98 
  - Glad to hear they can stand up for themselves.  earcandle   Oct-15-09 11:40 PM   #50 
  - He probably thinks high fructose corn syrup is good bee food, too  thecrow   Oct-15-09 11:54 PM   #51 
  - uber capitalist weirdo  fascisthunter   Oct-16-09 12:01 PM   #81 
  - I'm really, really torn on this issue.  bejamin wood   Oct-16-09 12:44 PM   #83 
  - No  tama   Oct-16-09 01:37 PM   #86 
  - Gates is right.  Odin2005   Oct-17-09 01:51 AM   #97 
  - How about when you take the choice from others?  newspeak   Oct-17-09 11:58 AM   #99 
  - Bill Gates is part of the One World Bilderberg Group  Ter   Oct-18-09 01:46 AM   #101 

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