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Bill Gates makes world's biggest ever single charitable donation
Daily Mail ^ | 29th January 2010 | Mail Foreign Service

Posted on 01/29/2010 2:03:45 PM PST by Niuhuru

Bill Gates made the largest ever single charitable donation when he pledged $10billion (£6billion) to develop and distribute vaccines. The Microsoft founder hopes the money, to be spent over the next ten years through his foundation, will save the lives of more than eight million children in the world's poorest countries. 'We must make this the decade of vaccines,' he said. 'Vaccines already save and improve millions of lives. 'Innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before.'

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billgates; billionaires; charity; microsoft; philanthropy; vaccinations
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1 posted on 01/29/2010 2:03:45 PM PST by Niuhuru
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To: Niuhuru

Doesn’t saving human lives contribute to Global Warming?


2 posted on 01/29/2010 2:05:40 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Niuhuru

As long as this is his own money and he isn’t running around demanding that big brother take it from others, more power to him.


3 posted on 01/29/2010 2:06:30 PM PST by mnehring
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To: P-Marlowe

Do not joke. Bill Gates is a hero, and more conservative of many republicans in Office.


4 posted on 01/29/2010 2:07:24 PM PST by free1977free
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To: P-Marlowe

Don’t ask me.


5 posted on 01/29/2010 2:07:42 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: mnehring

He is a great man.


6 posted on 01/29/2010 2:07:52 PM PST by free1977free
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To: mnehring

I think it is his money. He made tons through Microsoft as you surely know.


7 posted on 01/29/2010 2:08:13 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

If this measure alleviates a sense of crisis, ironically the left will hate him MORE, not less. Lefties NEED emergencies and death —in this way they can rob folks.

They will REALLY make him PAY for this...


8 posted on 01/29/2010 2:08:46 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Niuhuru

Wait, the title is misleading, he did “make” a donation, he only “pledged” it. So I think I might pledge $1,000,000,000. And my money wasn’t made based on ill gotten gains from selling crappy software based on QDOS software bought off some poor guy for $50k and rebranding it, my money is just made up money.


9 posted on 01/29/2010 2:08:59 PM PST by coaltrain
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To: Niuhuru

Good start, but a long way to go before he atones for Windows ME.

/jk


10 posted on 01/29/2010 2:09:08 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Niuhuru

I know, it was kind of an ‘in general’ statement. Last time I checked, I think his net worth was in near $100 Billion and I’m sure a lot of that was liquid as, frankly, it is not easy to spend that much.


11 posted on 01/29/2010 2:09:31 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Agree. His money, his agenda. I just dont want to be lectured about helping the poor overseas when a huge number of Americans are unemployed.


12 posted on 01/29/2010 2:09:38 PM PST by max americana
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To: gaijin

Chances are he’s already established in the bosom of various countries like India and China and there’s nothing the lefties can do to hurt him or Microsoft.


13 posted on 01/29/2010 2:09:43 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru
While it's certainly admirable to endeavor to vaccinate the world's children, $10 billion might be better invested in businesses in those countries so that they can grow their own respective economies and buy the vaccinations - perhaps even develop the vaccinations - for themselves.

Of course, that's not popular with the globalist crowd because an investment might actually return a dividend in the form of profit. That would be horrible because money and profit are evil. It's sad that a guy who's presumably as smart as Gates buys into such rubbish.

14 posted on 01/29/2010 2:09:56 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Niuhuru

And this kind of giving would happen even more often if government wouldn’t try to steal it all first.


15 posted on 01/29/2010 2:11:54 PM PST by John Leland 1789 (But then, I'm accused of just being a troll, so . . . .)
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To: Niuhuru

Anyway this article was written by a mad liberal (or a mad liberal) against Silvio Berlusconi (sic!). Why liberals are so stupid? They are not interested in what Bill Gates has done. that’s the truth.


16 posted on 01/29/2010 2:11:58 PM PST by free1977free
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To: OldDeckHand

Maybe he sees that if he directly contributes to vaccinations, it would go to that. A lot of time when money is given to these third word governments, the despots just use it for themselves to keep their thumb on their people.


17 posted on 01/29/2010 2:13:11 PM PST by mnehring
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To: John Leland 1789

Yes it would. The ‘evil rich’ are the biggest philanthropists.


18 posted on 01/29/2010 2:13:12 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

This country going to hell in a hand basket and he spends the money overseas. I mean he is free to do what he wants and all, but wouldn’t it be better to put this money into something sustainable, like a business here in the USA? I mean this country gave him everything he has in terms of opportunity and he spends the money elsewhere.

He is free to do what he wants and I would never try and force him to do otherwise. I even would rather see him spend the money that way than have it confiscated by our government when he dies. But spend the money HERE please Mr. Gates.


19 posted on 01/29/2010 2:15:24 PM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: Niuhuru

I hope it does better than Muddy Waters Coffee Shop did... lol!!

Maybe he should make it a for-profit business.


20 posted on 01/29/2010 2:15:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: mnehring

It’s not his own money. It’s money he stole from me and others.

Gates is a con man.


21 posted on 01/29/2010 2:16:27 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Niuhuru
"Bill Gates made the largest ever single charitable donation when he pledged $10billion (£6billion) to develop and distribute vaccines."

About time he learned something about anti-viruses.

22 posted on 01/29/2010 2:16:28 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Niuhuru
I don't want to be a party pooper or something, but it seems to me the poorer countries have no food as it is ... and BG wants to save more lives to increase the already (over)full population?

It's a noble idea, Bill ... but ....

23 posted on 01/29/2010 2:16:30 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Niuhuru
Are we supposed to believe Jesse Ventura and his *expose* on the Bilderberg group and it's scheme for depopulation through use of vaccines?

Just askin' b/c reportedly Melinda Gates has attended the Bilderberg meetings.

24 posted on 01/29/2010 2:16:37 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: mnehring
"A lot of time when money is given to these third word governments, the despots just use it for themselves to keep their thumb on their people."

That's a good point. Certainly, some of the governments in these countries make it impossible to invest - think Hugo Chavez - and they're so corrupt themselves that any aid funneled directly to them goes into their Swiss accounts - think Aristide (sp?) from Haiti.

Like I said, it's an admirable endeavor and it's his money, but I tend to fall to the side of private investment rather than private giveaway.

25 posted on 01/29/2010 2:17:25 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: eCSMaster

Oh please, he offered a product on the market and consumers chose to buy that product. Since he has started, there have always been options other than what he offered. Just because people chose it en-mass doesn’t mean he stole it from you.

When you go to a store and look at a computer, you can choose to say NO to his product and pick up an Apple. No one is taking the money out of your bank.


26 posted on 01/29/2010 2:18:36 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Daffynition

I guess we’ll see when the continent of Africa has several million people start dropping out.

I’ve heard this before, I personally think Alex Jones tries to ride this wave.......for his own benefit.

Monetarily that is.


27 posted on 01/29/2010 2:22:10 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: Niuhuru

I think that is great that he wants to vaccinate those who survive the UN abortion program that he is the biggest donor to.

So basically ...let’s vaccinate those we don’t kill. Way to go Bill.


28 posted on 01/29/2010 2:24:23 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

No mere fallen mortal can ever atone for Windows ME.


29 posted on 01/29/2010 2:26:30 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: DariusBane
This country going to hell in a hand basket and he spends the money overseas. I mean he is free to do what he wants and all, but wouldn’t it be better to put this money into something sustainable, like a business here in the USA? I mean this country gave him everything he has in terms of opportunity and he spends the money elsewhere.

He's created tens of thousands of jobs and made thousands of millionaires of lots of them. I'd say he's done more for more people in the economy than pretty much anyone else I can think of. This country didn't "give" him anything and he owes nothing "back". It's people like him that create business and wealth that are owed, not the other way around.

Now the single largest donation ever to any cause, and somehow it isn't "enough"?? Pure envy, that, and ungratefulness.

30 posted on 01/29/2010 2:26:39 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

+1


31 posted on 01/29/2010 2:27:23 PM PST by mnehring
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To: servantboy777

I’m not one to follow conspiracy stuff, but I did see the episode I linked above. Maybe Alex Jones was interviewed, I’m not sure.

But if one were to believe this stuff ...it would sure fit better than OJ’s glove.


32 posted on 01/29/2010 2:29:32 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Ramius

I understand the rocky ground i’m on. I would never tell anybody what to do with their own money. I guess it just sounded like Princess Dianna and her landmine crusade, or like what Haiti relief is coming too. Just seems trendy. But hey, I will shut up. Sure won’t dig my heels into this very tenuous position. :) And I hate busy bodies. So I guess today, and today only i’m a self loathing busy body!


33 posted on 01/29/2010 2:30:50 PM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: Niuhuru
Saving thousands of children in other countries is a good cause. Killing thousands in the womb in America is not. Maybe Mr. Gates would like to contribute to saving our unborn here at home.
34 posted on 01/29/2010 2:32:06 PM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: Niuhuru

A man that gives away his money to charity is a saint. A man that demands your money for a charity is a scoundrel.


35 posted on 01/29/2010 2:34:15 PM PST by Cyman
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To: free1977free

Which is why he supported Obama?


36 posted on 01/29/2010 2:35:31 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Daffynition
Honestly, I don't know what the hell to believe any more.

Heres one for ya. If congress passes blanket amnesty for up to 20 million illegals, wouldn't this change voting demographics in favor of the democrats?

So, assuming this would be the case (which I personally believe), this would potentially give the democrat party millions more supporters.

With this being a reality, why would the republicans try to pass blanket amnesty during George Bush's presidency?

Surely we send the best and the brightest in the republican party to Washington.....right?

When one looks at this closely, it almost appears that the Republican party is trying to commit political suicide.

I dunno, just sayin.

37 posted on 01/29/2010 2:38:23 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: Niuhuru

Good for him. I hope the vaccines better than his other anti-virus products.


38 posted on 01/29/2010 2:39:31 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: mnehring; eCSMaster

Well, he sort of has a point. Microsoft sure has fleeced the taxpayers in government contracts. I can’t begin to describe the waste in money and man hours due to Microcrap.


39 posted on 01/29/2010 2:40:58 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: free1977free

In 1994, a Microsoft employee e-mailed company chairman Bill Gates to tell him about her husband’s campaign for the Washington state legislature. Stu Jacobson is a liberal Democrat, wrote wife Sandra. He favors abortion rights, wants stricter gun control, and supports the state’s 1993 health-reform law (a mini version of ClintonCare). “It sounds like we agree on many things,” replied Gates. “I am willing to endorse Stu.”

Jacobson was clobbered on Election Day and quickly forgotten. But Gates’s endorsement worried Republicans in the Evergreen State; they were starting to detect a disturbing pattern. One year earlier, Gates had given $80,000 to help defeat a tax-limitation initiative sponsored by conservatives. In interviews, he would occasionally identify himself as a Democrat. He golfed with President Clinton. In 1996, he gave money to Democrat Gary Locke’s gubernatorial campaign, and in 1997 he spent $35,000 backing a gun-control measure. Microsoft’s corporate-donor list has long included left-wing groups such as the ACLU, the NAACP, and NOW.

In recent months, however, Gates appears to have started having second thoughts. The Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Microsoft, charging it with predatory monopoly practices, has left Gates in a deep funk. Huge amounts of his personal time and his company’s resources have gone to fending off Clinton-administration lawyers instead of developing new products. Gates wants nothing more than to have the federal government leave him alone and permit Microsoft the simple “freedom to innovate”-a catch phrase spoken by virtually every company employee involved in the case. “The lawsuit has forced him to think about politics more,” says one Microsoft insider. “He’s like the liberal who was ‘mugged by reality,’” says another. It appears that the richest man in the world is wondering whether now it’s time to join the Republicans.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_2_51/ai_53662235/


40 posted on 01/29/2010 3:01:10 PM PST by lowbridge ("We may be wrong, but the point is, we believe in what we're doing." - Joe Biden)
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To: DariusBane

Heh. Fair enough. We each would surely pick something different to support. So he picked vaccines. Okey dokey.

I get what you mean about “trendy”. I’ve found annoyance with that sort of thing too, over the years.


41 posted on 01/29/2010 3:11:40 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: servantboy777

I hear ya.

As they say ...follow the money. Some are lining their pockets along the way.


42 posted on 01/29/2010 3:23:53 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: mnehring

I’ve owned three computers and decided to try out an Apple, will never but another brand again.

Best choice in computers that I’ve ever made.


43 posted on 01/29/2010 3:34:08 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Republic of Texas

Not true. He was for MacCain.


44 posted on 01/29/2010 4:09:03 PM PST by free1977free
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To: mnehring

“Oh please, he offered a product on the market and consumers chose to buy that product.”

No they didn’t. Gates made underhanded and illegal deals and strongarmed hardware and software makers to eschew other, better operating systems.

I was one of those who Gates destroyed illegally. I still haven’t recovered the money he stole from me.

Because of Gates’s illegal activities the computing world lost excellent OS technology. We are all foundering in a world of bloated, inefficient, bug-ridden insecure crap that runs our computers and our lives.

There are better operating systems out there. Gates’s illegal activity prevents you and everyone else from using it to its fullest capacity.


45 posted on 01/29/2010 5:17:44 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: eCSMaster

Are you saying you have an unknown OS?


46 posted on 01/29/2010 5:46:26 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: philetus

No, I developed (good) software for a (great) OS that Gates destroyed illegally.

Microsoft was convicted of antitrust violations, but Gates suffered no consequences. He manufactured false evidence and submitted it at the trial. Yet he suffered no consequences.

But I did. So did my wife. So did my employees. So did my customers.

And in a way, so did you. Because if my software truly is good, you will never have a chance to use it because of Gates’s criminality.


47 posted on 01/30/2010 2:32:04 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: DariusBane

“This country going to hell in a hand basket and he spends the money overseas. I mean he is free to do what he wants and all, but wouldn’t it be better to put this money into something sustainable, like a business here in the USA?”

He’s already built Microsoft and if he developed another business, there’s a high risk that it might get taxed, blackmailed, or pushed into accepting minorities as AA employees. Remember what they did to him in the nineties? He got crucified for having a monopoly, ordered to prop up Apple, blackmailed by the NAACP, and then ordered to pay massive fines.

Only an idiot would think to build a successful business in this country. If he spent the money here, there’s a high risk that the project would go awry since everyone and their mother would demand their slice. In the Third World they don’t nail him to a corporate cross for being successful and hardworking, they practically worship him and don’t make him a target for the wrath of the unsuccessful.

You said it yourself, this country is going to hell and I think a lot of people need to go through hell to learn to appreciate the freedoms and prosperity this country has. We have to throw off these greedy special interest groups, blackmailing minorities.


48 posted on 01/30/2010 12:39:50 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: DariusBane

“I guess it just sounded like Princess Dianna and her landmine crusade,”

Well, Princess Diana didn’t really create jobs with her crusade. Plus the landmines, however insidious, protected South Korea from the North Korean military. But a vaccination program is better since it saves lives and prevents a disease from spreading.

Bill has been remarkably pragamtic about his programs and he’s done a spectacular job.


49 posted on 01/30/2010 12:41:56 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: max americana
Will he get tax credit for sending this money overseas? Has he made contributions to causes that help this country? I just recall reading his support for Rev. Jesse Jackson. How about Al Sharpton?
50 posted on 01/30/2010 12:47:28 PM PST by apocalypto
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