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Posted on 02/05/2009 3:48:50 PM PST by Askwhy5times
Should Bill Gates be prosecuted?
Bill Gates released a swarm of potentially deadly mosquitoes at a technology conference and yelled, 'There's no reason only poor people should get malaria'. What an idiot. While it is unlikely these mosquitoes were malaria carriers, there are a host of other potentially fatal diseases that mosquitoes carry. Among these diseases are various forms of encephalitis and West Nile virus that are common among North American Mosquitoes. My granddaughter got La Crosse encephalitis from mosquitoes a few years ago. She spent several very scary days in pediatric intensive care. Anyone who would deliberately release these potentially deadly disease carriers in an enclosed area, occupied by people, should be charged with criminal negligence. If someone deliberately released poisonous snakes at a conference and yelled, 'Rural people aren't the only ones who should get bit,' they would be arrested. Bill Gates endangered the people at that conference and should pay for his crime. He should not get a free pass because he has billions of dollars.
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I didn’t want to believe it, but...
Yes, it’s true. Those were really mosquitoes.
Bill Gates did release a jar of the insects at an elite tech gathering in California. “Not only poor people should experience this,” Gates said. A picture and blog post from the event is here.
Gates released “several” mosquitoes, thinking it would be a good way to draw attention to the issue of malaria, since that was part of his talk, says a Gates Foundation spokesperson, adding that the mosquitoes were not carrying malaria.
It wasn’t clear whether the mosquitoes came from a nearby lab or flew to Long Beach in a private jet. One commenter suggested they would starve in a room full of bloodless technocrats.
In case anyone was wondering, the mosquitoes did not come from Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI), a top malaria research center, where volunteers are paid to get bitten. In our informal poll, 1,586 out of 2,464 people said they would be willing human hosts.
Here’s the in-depth series we did on malaria in 2007. Gates spoke about the topic with an almost feverish enthusiasm during a lengthy interview.
One thing a conference on technology does not need is more bugs!
And...yeah...what an idiot. I would’ve been OUT of there; I don’t care what gee-whiz new Windows feature I’d miss. He should at least get some sort of “never, EVER do that again or else X happens” notice from every potential conference/seminar organizer in the world.
Get real! Where would Bill Gates pick up a jar of infected mosquitos? My reasonable guess is he picked up laboratory quality bred disease free. And not the type that spreads disease. They were probably males to begin with. That don’t bite. In fact they may not have been mosquitos at all but the larger mosquito hawk. Scary looking but completely harmless.
...thank God they weren’t Vista bugs...those are horrible. :o)
Since when do mosquitoes only bite poor people?
We operate four skeeter-vacs all summer at our ranch, and still get bit now and then!
Gates spreading bugs? How is this new?
Wish I had been there.
Suing Bill Gates is a better payout than hitting the lottery.
Oh please! If mosquitoes were so deadly there would be no humans left.
The same could be said of poisonous snakes, but you would not release them at a technology conference.
Gates has always been the world’s foremost supporter of abortion. He is a flaming liberal.
I grew up with mosquitoes. We didn’t used to have air conditioners in every home, believe it or not. And somehow people survived.
Gates is arrogant in more ways than one.
Manipulating people’s guilt is how the Left gets over on people. Feeling faux-guilt is how the Left feeds its self-righteous sense of superiority. It doesn’t really work with me, or most conservatives, which is yet one more reason they hate us.
No the same could not be said about poisonous snakes. I'm not sure I've ever seen one outside of a zoo. I'm hardly an outdoor type, but I would be surprised if I've ever had a year with fewer than 50 mosquito bites.
There is such a thing as lab-raised clean mosquitoes. I doubt Bill is dumb enough to have had some shipped over from Congo.
My wife is allergic to mosquitoes. I am not sure there is a “safe” mosquito.
Mosquitos can’t pass Malaria unless they have bitten someone infected with Malaria, so unless he brought them from a Malaria infested country they were harmless.
What are the Law Enforcement agencies going to do?Go out and trap Mosquito's that are in the building and test them to see if they are carrying diseases and How would they Know if the Mosquito's that they found were actually released by Gates when they could have flown in the building on their own accord as soon as a door was open.
There is a photograph of him releasing them and saying he wants them to bite people. They don’t have to actually bite someone anymore than a drunk driver has to kill someone for it to be a crime.
PETA should be all over his ass for endangering those mosquitoes.
Actually it was an act of terrorism by any real definition. It would have been no differnt than if he had a cardboard box on the stage and said ‘There is no reason why just the poor have to die from land mines...’ and then opened the box.
Bill Gates should be prosecuted.
They probably were clean samples, however this was a horribly negligent and incredibly arrogant stunt by Gates. He may have made his point, but a public apology should be the minimum repentance, if not some sort of gift to those who feel they were unfairly treated. I'm hardly one that sympathizes with those who instantly scream "victim", but this was pretty outrageous, unnecessary, and unacceptable.
The reason we have very few cases of malaria in the US (as I heard when an entomologist/mosquito expert gave a talk) is that we have air conditioners and tend to be indoors when most of the malaria-carrying mosquitoes are out and about. Our lifestyles aren't conducive to the spreading of malaria. There are a few cases every year, though, about 15.
I thought this was about that damned “ribbon” on Office 2007. He deserves jail time for doing that.
Think of the irony (and the justice) of Gates contracting a disease carried by one of his mosquitoes. He’s an ass.
Some one should pump few rounds at his house at the Reserve.
Poor people shouldn’t be the only ones to experience drive bys.
Sounds like a terrorist threat to me.
How is this different from sending out envelopes with white powder and saying “you will die soon”?
But of course nothing will happen. He’s rich, you know! Laws are for the little people.
” that we have air conditioners and tend to be indoors when most of the malaria-carrying mosquitoes are out and about”
Most importantly, mosquitos aren’t born with Malaria. They have to have a blood meal from someone who already is already infected. The way yellow fever were eliminated when we built the panama canal was to first eradicate all the mosquitos which were capable of carrying yellow fever (only certain types can carry it). Once we eliminated the mosquitos then the yellow fever disease disappeared. After that, the mosquitos only had to be controlled since there were no yellow fever sufferers around to contaminate the mosquitos. Since mosquitos have a very small range I’m not sure how Malaria could be spread in US unless the 15 cases you mentioned are mostly contained in a very small area and contain an individual who is a carrier from a previous contamination. I think a person who has had malaria carries it for the rest of their lives. That is true in some types of malaria, anyway.
Maybe not the brightest thing for Bill to do, but this fear of encephalitis and West Nile was an overreaction.
At most they could have been a carrier for diseases among people in the room.
While unlikely, it is still possible, which is why it is unacceptable behavior by Gates. COMPLETELY unacceptable, and outrageous. People have enough concerns in their life already, without having to worry about some billionaire using them as a prop to make a point about disease. Gates contributions to the world have done a lot of good, but that doesn't give him the right to negatively impact if not possibly jeapordize the lives of ANYONE. Even if it was only mental trauma that they suffered, it was unnecessary, and abusive, and extremely arrogant of Gates to subject them to it, calling into question his supposed care for the well being of others, therefore destructive of his own reputation as well, making it all ultimately ignorant.
I was criticizing the overreaction about the mosquitoes being carriers for diseases, and, no, arrest is not warranted (pun intended). Whether it was a smart move overall is a different matter.
Bill Gates got them from his bottomless supply of bugs.
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