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  • Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

    05/18/2010 4:15:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 1,099+ views
    Times ^ | 24 May 2009 | John Harlow
    Some of America's leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world's population and speed up improvements in health and education. The philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change. Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America's wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah...
  • Bill Gates chucks cash at climate cooling cloud creator

    05/11/2010 7:49:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies · 926+ views
    The Register ^ | 11th May 2010 06:02 GMT | Rik Myslewski in San Francisco
    Boffins want to curb climate change by building a $7bn fleet of 1,900 ships to crisscross the oceans as each sucks up ten tons of seawater per second and blasts it a kilometer into the sky to create clouds to absorb sunlight and cool the earth. And Bill Gates is funding them. No, really. The Times Online reports that a San Francisco research group with the cloudy name of Silver Lining has received $300,000 from the billionaire mosquito terrorist and tiny-nuke pusher to fund research into the aforementioned geoengineering project. Sailing over a school of sardines is not recommended (source:...
  • The Abject Failure of the Obama Presidency – Part 6

    04/14/2010 5:48:24 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 3 replies · 220+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 04-14-10 | Gerry Ashley
    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy; it’s inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill To understand the above quote from Sir Winston Churchill is to understand how Barack Obama rose to power without actually having accomplished anything of substance beyond the spoken word. It also explains why his Presidency is doomed to failure. Indeed, his very political philosophy (and, to a similar extent, the entire philosophy of far left-wing democrats) is the antithesis of tenet #6 in the series of tenets by William J. H. Boetcker, defining democracy...
  • Developer of the first personal computer, dies in GA at 68

    04/01/2010 8:57:51 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 18 replies · 681+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 1, 2010 | Dionne Walker, AP
    Dr. Henry Edward Roberts, a developer of an early personal computer that inspired Bill Gates to found Microsoft, died Thursday in Georgia. He was 68. Roberts, whose build-it-yourself kit concentrated thousands of dollars worth of computer capability in an affordable package, inspired Bill Gates and his childhood friend Paul Allen to come up with Microsoft in 1975 after they saw an article about the MITS Altair 8800 in Popular Electronics.
  • A Simple, Common-Sense Solution to Emission-Free, Clean Energy

    03/30/2010 7:56:29 AM PDT · by geniusbyosmosis · 16 replies · 688+ views
    Captain Dave Funk ^ | March 30, 2010 | Captain Dave Funk
    Drill here- drill now has been my mantra for a long time, to help break our dependence on the world for energy. Simultaneously, we need nuclear power. For 50 years the US Navy has safely sailed around the world on nuclear power and it's time for us to bring that technology ashore. Bill Gates, along with Toshiba, are in the process of developing a small nuclear reactor that can run continuously for 100 years without any refueling. Currently, Toshiba's US based partner; Westinghouse, has already built a model that can run up to 30 years continuously. The left propagates their...
  • Bill Gates building nuclear reactor (but it's only a little one)

    03/23/2010 7:46:06 AM PDT · by Duke C. · 39 replies · 785+ views
    TG Daily ^ | Mar. 23, 2010 | Emma Woollacott
    Bill Gates (yes, really) and Toshiba are reported to be building a next-generation nuclear reactor. Unlike other light-water reactors, which need to refuel every few years, it would be able to run for 100 years on a single supply of depleted uranium. It would be based on Traveling-Wave Reactor technology and would have an output of about 10,000KW, making it suitable for developing countries. Most of the technology required is already available in the form of one of its own earlier designs, the 4S, Toshiba told the Nikkei business daily. Gates, operating through a company called TerraPower, and Toshiba, which...
  • Bill Gates talks about ‘vaccines to reduce population’

    03/04/2010 5:51:20 PM PST · by jsh3180 · 38 replies · 1,570+ views
    FinancialSense.com ^ | March 4, 2010 | F. William Engdahl
    Microsoft founder and one of the world’s wealthiest men, Bill Gates, projects an image of a benign philanthropist using his billions via his (tax exempt) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to tackle diseases, solve food shortages in Africa and alleviate poverty. In a recent conference in California, Gates reveals a less public agenda of his philanthropy—population reduction, otherwise known as eugenics. Gates made his remarks to the invitation-only Long Beach, California TED2010 Conference, in a speech titled, “Innovating to Zero!.” Along with the scientifically absurd proposition of reducing manmade CO2 emissions worldwide to zero by 2050, approximately four and a...
  • Mexico's Carlos Slim Overtakes Gates, Buffett to Become Forbes Richest Person

    03/10/2010 4:28:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 360+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | 03/10/2010 | Chris Dolmetsch and Crayton Harrison
    Mexico’s Carlos Slim beat Bill Gates and Warren Buffett for the top spot on Forbes magazine’s annual list of billionaires, becoming the first person from outside the U.S. to lead the rankings in 16 years. The net worth of Slim, 70, who built a telecommunications empire after buying Mexico’s state-run phone monopoly two decades ago, rose $18.5 billion to $53.5 billion. Gates, 54, chairman of Microsoft Corp., fell to second as his net worth increased $13 billion to $53 billion. Buffett, 79, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was third with $47 billion, a rise of $10 billion. Slim is the...
  • What is the success or failure of iPad depends on?

    03/07/2010 8:15:13 PM PST · by kingsoft.org · 22 replies · 197+ views
    March 8, 2010 | kingsoft.org
    As the “Microsoft founder” and “the former world’s richest man”, Bill Gates, the other titles are often easily ignored by the industry, he actually is still a unique vision of “IT prophet” In fact, Bill Gates predicted on a lot of things, such as the popularity of personal computers, the Internet thrives. Most recently, he is the most famous prophecy e-book will change the world, and in so often before, he also said that tablet PCs will become the most popular PC. It now appears that these two predictions seem to have to happen.
  • Bill Gates Admits Vaccines Are Used for Human Depopulation...

    03/01/2010 12:43:15 PM PST · by TaraP · 87 replies · 3,277+ views
    Youtube ^ | Feb 28th, 2010
    Next are two short excerpts from a recently filmed TED presentation (Feb 2010) by none other than Bill "Microsoft" Gates. At the heart of Gates' address lies the central Global Warming dogma, which dictates that Co2 emitted by human beings are the primary culprit for the unwanted heating of the globe. Since this artificial alleged human-induced heating effect allegedly stands to devastate the planet if left unabated, Global Warming dogma proponents therefore argue that human Co2 emissions must be drastically reduced. As Gates casually addresses the issue, he goes on to state that one way to accomplish this goal is...
  • Bill Gates, Environmental Kook

    02/20/2010 7:57:36 PM PST · by fuzzybutt · 18 replies · 673+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2010 | Claude Sandroff
    If giving away a multibillion-dollar fortune is hard work, Bill Gates has been slaving away since he relinquished active management of Microsoft Corporation in 2008. Perhaps the most loathed technology executive of the P.C. era, he now bottle-feeds African babies and champions touchy-feely models of capitalism as he yearns to become the world's most beloved philanthropist. But adoration from liberals comes with a high price, especially if you've been one of the most ruthless and successful businessmen in American history. You must not only lavish support on the right causes, but you must also hold the right opinions, whether they...
  • Microsoft co-founder Gates tackling climate change

    02/13/2010 5:04:33 AM PST · by decimon · 112 replies · 1,486+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 13, 2010 | Glenn Chapman
    LONG BEACH, California (AFP) – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has broken from philanthropic work fighting poverty and disease to take on another threat to the world's poor -- climate change. "Energy and climate are extremely important to these people," Gates told Friday a TED Conference audience packed with influential figures including the founders of Google and climate champion Al Gore. "The climate getting worse means many years that crops won't grow from too much rain or not enough, leading to starvation and certainly unrest." Gates said he is backing development of "terrapower" reactors that could be fueled by nuclear waste...
  • No Whites Need Apply For Bill Gates Scholarship

    02/04/2010 8:26:19 PM PST · by DwFry · 186 replies · 4,207+ views
    Bill Gates has made his scholarship fund off limits to white teenagers. The Gates Millennium Scholarship fund is financed by a $1 Billion endowment Bill Gates made in 1999. The fund explicitly denies eligibility to white students. “Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they: Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American;"
  • Bill Gates makes world's biggest ever single charitable donation

    01/29/2010 2:03:45 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 53 replies · 897+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 29th January 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    Bill Gates made the largest ever single charitable donation when he pledged $10billion (Ł6billion) 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.'
  • On Google case: Bill Gates bats for China (peddling Bing to Chicom?)

    01/26/2010 9:28:15 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 419+ views
    People's Daily ^ | 01/27/10
    On Google case: Bill Gates bats for China 09:04, January 27, 2010 In an interview Monday with ABC television, Gates called the row a "complex issue."Different countries have different rules on censorship, Gates said, adding that Germany forbids pro-Nazi statements that would be protected as free speech in the United States.( Photo: Xinhua) Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Monday that obeying local laws is a prerequisite for doing business in a foreign country, joining in the ongoing spat between Google and China over alleged cyber attacks a day after Beijing spoke out to defend its Web policy. In an interview...
  • Bill Gates says U.S. recovery to take years, taxes rise

    01/25/2010 9:47:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,033+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/10 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bill Gates, the world's richest man, said on Monday the U.S. economy could take years to recover from recession and predicted taxes will have to rise to bring the federal budget into balance. Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America, Gates also warned against too much government intervention and urged President Barack Obama to focus policy on long-term issues such as education to combat the effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression. "When you have a financial crisis like that, it's years of digging out," said Gates, who co-founded Microsoft Corp and remains its chairman. "The...
  • Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship - no whites allowed

    01/07/2010 7:25:12 AM PST · by edcoil · 53 replies · 2,155+ views
    College Financing Workshop | 1-7-2010 | edcoil
    America's richest man has set up a college scholarship and "white" people are not allowed. My daughter is starting college next year, like most parents we are attending college financing workshops to figure out a way to afford it. We were presented with a list of scholarships as well and one struck me, the Gates Millennium Scholarship. You have to apply by January 11 BTW if you qualify but to qualify, you must be: "African American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American. Racism is wrong when it is in any direction.
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2341083/posts And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2396058/posts Additional information about RWJF can be found here....
  • Microsoft Word sale prohibited as of Jan. 11, fix promised

    12/23/2009 2:45:21 PM PST · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 28 replies · 1,441+ views
    Microsoft Word is now scheduled to be prohibited from sale beginning January 11, 2010. That's less than three weeks away. The good news: Microsoft has promised a fix, one which will be rolled out before the deadline arrives. If you don't understand, you might have simply missed this story, or dismissed it as something that Microsoft would ultimately use its considerable clout to have pushed under a legal rug. But it's no joke. In August of this year, a court sided with a small Canadian company called i4i that holds a 1998 patent on the way the XML language is...
  • Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders

    12/11/2009 5:02:43 AM PST · by usalady · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 11, 2009 | Martha
    Bill Gates is known as the world’s most successful capitalist and is less famous for being the world’s biggest philanthropist.
  • The Empire Strikes Back

    11/24/2009 7:51:34 AM PST · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 410+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | November 24, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Empire Strikes Back Malcolm A. Kline, November 24, 2009 Bill and Melinda Gates, in their education reform efforts, have drawn the ire of NEA types, RiShawn Biddle at the Capital Research Center points out. “From the bastions of traditional public education—the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the university-level schools of education that dominate teacher training, and the public school superintendents—the alarm has sounded: the Gates Foundation engages in ‘misinformation campaigns,’ and wants to ‘effectively cripple public control’ of schools,” Biddle writes. “Two years ago the National Commission on Skills in the Workplace, a Gates...
  • On CNBC Now - Buffett and Gates discuss the economy and capitalism.

    11/12/2009 6:20:06 PM PST · by HighWheeler · 16 replies · 858+ views
    CNBC
    Interesting discussion
  • Bill Gates vs. the Famine Lobby (The Left demonizes "Frankenfoods" while Africa starves)

    10/30/2009 5:38:44 PM PDT · by FrontPageMag.com · 32 replies · 1,312+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | October 30, 2009 | Ben Johnson
    Bill Gates took on the Famine Lobby while addressing a forum on the world food supply in Iowa. Speaking at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Gates took aim at the chorus of environmental leftists and organic food advocates who believe Africans should starve rather than eat genetically modified (GM) foods. “Some voices are instantly hostile to any emphasis on productivity. They act as if there is no emergency, even though in the poorest, hungriest places on earth, population is growing faster than productivity,” he said.The opposition is significant, because Gates is left-of-center himself. The Bill and Melinda...
  • Bill Gates vs. the Famine Lobby

    10/30/2009 11:36:30 AM PDT · by fpmadmin · 4 replies · 332+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 10/30/09 | Ben Johnson
    Bill Gates took on the Famine Lobby while addressing a forum on the world food supply in Iowa. Speaking at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Gates took aim at the chorus of environmental leftists and organic food advocates who believe Africans should starve rather than eat genetically modified (GM) foods. “Some voices are instantly hostile to any emphasis on productivity. They act as if there is no emergency, even though in the poorest, hungriest places on earth, population is growing faster than productivity,” he said.
  • ACORN Could Remain Potent and Well-Funded Into 2010 Elections

    10/16/2009 11:42:29 AM PDT · by Justaham · 10 replies · 661+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 10-16-09 | Kevin Mooney
    Although large majorities of House and Senate Democrats have voted to cut off funding for ACORN, this rebuke could be reversed as soon as November 1st. This is a point that has been overlooked in press coverage of the besieged left-leaning community action group. Moreover, even if ACORN (the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now) does lose out on public funding it continues to receive support from foundations, corporations and individual donors, including George Soros. Despite the scope and magnitude of ongoing scandals that have ensnared ACORN officials, there remains a certain slyness to the news coverage in that...
  • Does Feminism Portend the Rise of a New Master Race? (neo-eugenics alert!)

    08/18/2009 6:47:46 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 16 replies · 1,751+ views
    Renew America ^ | August 18, 2009 | Carey Roberts
    Were you taken back by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg's recent admission that Roe v. Wade was decided because persons were worried about "populations that we don't want to have too many of"? Ginsburg's atavistic views can be traced back to the pioneering work of Margaret Sanger, the celebrated American feminist who later founded Planned Parenthood. Beyond her feverish crusade to convince women to use birth control, Sanger was an unapologetic eugenicist. In her book The Pivot of Civilization she wrote, "More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief issue of birth control." In...
  • Gates Foundation Sells Off Most Health-Care, Pharmaceutical Holdings

    08/15/2009 9:33:00 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 43 replies · 2,056+ views
    wsjmarkets ^ | AUGUST 14, 2009, 10:06 P.M. ET | JESSICA HODGSON
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private philanthropy fund, sold off almost all of its pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health-care investments in the quarter ended June 30, according to a regulatory filing published Friday. The Seattle-based charity endowment, set up by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and his wife, sold its total holding of 2.5 million shares in health-care giant Johnson & Johnson in the quarter, according to the filing.
  • Microsoft’s Gates Gets Indira Gandhi Prize

    07/25/2009 8:35:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 211+ views
    AP Report ^ | July 25th 2009
    Microsoft’s Gates gets Indira Gandhi Prize Foundation has committed nearly $1 billion to India for health projects NEW DELHI - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Saturday received the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development from India's president, a government statement said. The prize recognizes his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is awarded annually to individuals or organizations for creative efforts that promote peace, development and a new international economic order. As of this month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had committed nearly $1 billion for health and development projects in India. Most of...
  • Bill Gates quits Facebook over 'too many friends'

    07/25/2009 3:35:27 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 892+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Jul 25, 10:02 am ET | Yahoo News!
    NEW DELHI (AFP) – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he was forced to give up on the social networking phenomenon Facebook after too many people wanted to be his friend. Gates, the billionaire computer geek-turned-philanthropist who was honoured Saturday by India for his charity work, told an audience in New Delhi he had tried out Facebook but ended up with "10,000 people wanting to be my friends". Gates, who remains Microsoft chairman, said he had trouble figuring out whether he "knew this person, did I not know this person".
  • Bill Gates in bid to tame hurricanes

    07/18/2009 5:27:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 165 replies · 4,624+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/19/2009 | Tony Allen-Mills
    The world’s richest man has joined the battle against the world’s most destructive weather. Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is backing inventors and climate scientists who claim to have devised a technique for diminishing the power of hurricanes. Gates was named last week among a group of weather experts who have applied for patents on a system for lowering ocean temperatures. Using a fleet of barges equipped with pumps, Gates and his team believe a hurricane can be slowed by cooling the tropical waters that fuel its progress. American scientists agreed last week that the system was theoretically feasible...
  • Bombshell: Prominent Attorney Accuses Sotomayor of Possible Ethics Breach

    07/16/2009 2:26:31 PM PDT · by kristinn · 188 replies · 13,904+ views
    Thursday, July | Kristinn
    The following letter was confirmed to me by Mr. Greenberg with the following statement:"The letter was sent to Senators Sessions, Hatch, Grassley, Graham and Coburn. It was also sent to Cong. Peter King (R) NY. The story is being covered extensively by the photo blogs, the trade publications and the NY Times. No politician has responded. The NY Times quotes attributed to me are accurate and therefore I assume that the quotes of my adversary Mr. Fairhurst are accurate as well."Text of the letter: I am an attorney in NYC who represented White House Photographer Chris Usher in litigation against...
  • Behind the Scenes: Sotomayor and Photographers

    07/16/2009 1:38:31 PM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies · 599+ views
    NYT ^ | July 15, 2009, 3:11 | David W. Dunlap
    In an era when slides and negatives are no longer the coin of the realm, the case of Usher v. Corbis-Sygma may seem to have lost much timeliness. Except for this: one member of the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals that most recently heard the case was Judge Sonia Sotomayor. The portfolio included photographs Mr. Usher had taken during the 2000 presidential campaign. “The value of these images is certainly more than $7 each,” Mr. Usher, 47, said in a telephone interview Tuesday from Alexandria, Va., where he lives. “But I’d so much rather have the...
  • Bill Gates envisions disarming hurricanes by siphoning the high seas

    07/15/2009 5:38:23 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 48 replies · 1,034+ views
    nola.com ^ | 07/14/09 | Mark Schleifstein
    If you thought domination of the world's software market was cool, get a load of Bill Gates' next technological vision: giant ocean-going tubs that fight hurricanes by draining warm water from the surface to the depths, through a long tube. A second tube could simultaneously suck cool water from the depths to the surface. Microsoft founder Gates and a dozen other scientists and engineers have a patent pending for deploying such vessels, which they say would collect water through waves breaking over the walls of the tub. Some variations have the water moving through turbines on their way down, which...
  • The New Jacobin Elite

    06/24/2009 11:20:11 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 56 replies · 2,050+ views
    The New American ^ | Wednesday, 24 June 2009 | William F. Jasper
    The New Jacobin Elite | Print | Written by William F. Jasper    Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:00 The Socialist Party of Great Britain is celebrating the reissuing of Peter Taaffe’s book, The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789 -1815. “Its republication by Socialist Publications, in time for the 220th anniversary of this great event in July 2009, is extremely timely,” says the party’s website. A different page on the party’s site promoting the same book instructs readers: “An understanding of the French Revolution remains crucial for all revolutionaries. Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky studied it intensely to gain an...
  • Obama Flubs Gates' Name During Speech (Teleprompter turns on Obama)

    05/21/2009 9:13:10 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 17 replies · 1,109+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/21/2009
    President Barack Obama sees his secretary of defense just about every day, but he still flubbed Robert Gates' name on Thursday. Gates was in the crowd for Obama's national security speech. Pointing him out, the president said "William Gates" was on hand.
  • Gates mix-up: Obama flubs defense chief's name

    05/21/2009 9:53:30 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 678+ views
    NECN ^ | 5/21/09
    NECN: Washington, D.C.) - President Barack Obama, preparing to give a speech on Bush administration interrogation techniques and the prospective closure of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, took a moment to share the names of the members of his cabinet that were in attendance. Except he got one wrong. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in the crowd, but President Obama said that "William Gates" was on hand. Was that William Gates, as in the Microsoft billionaire? On Tuesday, Gates was introduced at a Pentagon ceremony as Ronald Gates. At the time, Gates joked that he had recently been introduced...
  • Which Gates? Obama flubs defense chief's name

    05/21/2009 1:43:36 PM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 858+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/09 | staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sees his secretary of defense just about every day, but he still flubbed Robert Gates' name on Thursday. Gates was in the crowd for Obama's national security speech. Pointing him out, the president said "William Gates" was on hand. Perhaps Obama was thinking of Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire. The defense chief, who goes by Bob, was also misidentified at a Pentagon ceremony on Tuesday. Then, he was introduced as Ronald Gates.
  • World's richest not so rich, Gates regains top spot (Buffet back to Number 2)

    03/11/2009 4:57:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 455+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 11,2009 | Claudia Parsons
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates is the richest man again, overtaking investor Warren Buffett, as the global financial meltdown wiped out $2 trillion from the net worth of the world's billionaires, Forbes Magazine said on Wednesday. The number of billionaires in the world fell by nearly a third to 793 in the past year, with large numbers dropping off the list in Russia, India and Turkey. Gates regained his title as the richest man in the world, with $40 billion after slipping to third last year when he was worth $58 billion. Buffett, last year's richest...
  • Bill Gates' foundation dumps shares in Warren Buffett's Berkshire

    03/08/2009 4:59:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies · 945+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | 3/7/09 | David J. Reynolds
    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sold 36,056 Class B shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRKA, BRKB), the holding company run by famed value investor Warren Buffett. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Gates Foundation sold the shares from Jan. 5 through Thursday for a total of $99.7 million, or $2,766.66 a share. Berkshire Hathaway's Class B shares closed on Friday at $2,327.
  • Report: Bill Gates Won't Let His Kids Have iPods (no iPhones either)

    03/03/2009 4:03:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1,328+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | Mar 3,2009
    You'd think the children of the world's richest man could get anything they wanted. But Bill Gates' kids aren't allowed to have any Apple products, the Microsoft founder's wife tells Vogue magazine. "There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household," Melinda Gates, a Microsoft millionaire in her own right, tells interviewer Michael Specter. "But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids." It's pretty clear Bill Gates is familiar with Apple products — after all, Microsoft Word was first written for the original Mac. Yet the silken tentacles of Steve...
  • Microsoft to open own stores, take on Apple

    02/13/2009 1:58:11 PM PST · by max americana · 44 replies · 621+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 13, 2009 | Bill Rigby
    Microsoft to open own stores, take on Apple (Reuters) Posted on Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:20PM EST SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced plans Thursday to open its own chain of branded stores as it looks to catch up with rival Apple Inc's successful move into retailing. The world's largest software company, which also makes the Xbox video game console and the Zune digital music player, did not say how many stores it was looking to open, or when, or which of its products would be on sale. That is to be decided by David Porter, a former DreamWorks Animation...
  • The Bill Gates Mosquito Circus ( Liberal guilt on parade )

    02/09/2009 3:28:05 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 1,070+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 8th | Ralph Alter
    To make his point about the deadly and fearsome plague of malaria, Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes on the unsuspecting crowd at the Technology, Entertainment Design Conference in Long Beach, California. Did Gates plan on infecting some rich folks to prove his point? The answer is yes, although Gates quickly pointed out that the pests released were not malarial. Mr. Moneybags only intended to infect his audience with guilt. And guilt-inducement is the last refuge of the liberal scoundrel. It has become the go-to move for so-called progressives when intellectual argument fails and one can't muster the facts...
  • Should Bill Gates be prosecuted?

    02/05/2009 3:48:50 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 34 replies · 919+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 5, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    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...
  • Bill Gates unleashes swarm of mosquitos on audience

    02/04/2009 7:47:30 PM PST · by beagleone · 51 replies · 1,848+ views
    Gawker ^ | 02/05/2009 | Owen Thomas
    TED, the annual gathering of the most pretentious people from the fields of technology, entertainment, and design, just got punk'd. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates released a swarm of mosquitos into the crowd. Ending malaria is a particular passion of Gates's, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent millions fighting the disease. But he apparently didn't feel like TED attendees were taking the threat seriously. "Not only poor people should experience this," Gates said as he let the bugs loose on his audience, according to Facebook manager Dave Morin. (eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Twitter CEO Ev Williams confirm the...
  • Atheist Bill Gates to give more during economic crisis

    01/27/2009 9:56:10 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 1,222+ views
    Examiner ^ | 1/27/09 | Trina Hoaks
    Many statistics and people say that atheists aren’t charitable people. However, they seem to miss that the nation’s largest charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded by an atheist – Bill Gates. It was reported by the Associated Press today that several charitable groups have committed to continue charitable giving during this time of economic crisis. Among those committing to do so is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What’s more is they have gone a step further.
  • Bill Gates: Financial crisis will last a decade

    01/26/2009 2:48:34 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 54 replies · 1,872+ views
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has predicted it will take up to 10 years to weather the current global economic storm. "The financial market and economic conditions that have developed this past year are truly unprecedented," Gates wrote on Monday in his first annual letter about his work at the philanthropic foundation that bears his name. "I hope two years from now when I write this letter I can look at this section as a reflection of something that was short-term and that has passed," wrote Gates in a section of the 20-page letter devoted to the economic slump.
  • Obama's Billionaire Buddies

    01/17/2009 3:53:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 685+ views
    Forbes ^ | January 17, 2009
    Obama's Billionaires Claire Obusan President-elect Barack Obama has had a slew of billionaire backers with him on his journey to the White House--plutocrats who provide economic and political advice and help to raise money. Lots of money. Obama's Billionaire Buddies Obama's national finance chairwoman during his presidential campaign was Penny Pritzker, one of 11 members of the famous Chicago family that appear on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans (combined net worth as of September: $21.6 billion). As of Nov. 24, 2008, Obama's campaign had raised a record-breaking $742 million during the election, according to the Center for...
  • Rich People Versus Politicians

    01/07/2009 7:32:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 644+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2009 | Walter E. Williams
    Sometimes I wish there were a humane way to get rid of the rich. Without the rich for whipping boys, we might be able to concentrate on what's best for the 99 and a half percent of the rest of us. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, with about $60 billion in assets each, are America's richest men. With all that money, what can they force us to do? Can they take our house to make room so that another person can build an auto dealership or a casino parking lot? Can they force us to pay money into the government-run...
  • Rich People Versus Politicians

    01/07/2009 8:57:29 AM PST · by dbz77 · 3 replies · 415+ views
    TownHall ^ | January 7, 2009 | Walter E. Williams
    Sometimes I wish there were a humane way to get rid of the rich. Without the rich for whipping boys, we might be able to concentrate on what's best for the 99 and a half percent of the rest of us. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, with about $60 billion in assets each, are America's richest men. With all that money, what can they force us to do? Can they take our house to make room so that another person can build an auto dealership or a casino parking lot? Can they force us to pay money into the government-run...
  • Bill Gates: I'd Work in Obama Administration

    12/05/2008 3:51:45 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 53 replies · 1,130+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12-05-2008
    Bill Gates: I'd Work in Obama Administration Microsoft founder Bill Gates has met with Vice President-elect Joe Biden and said he's open to a role aiding the incoming Barack Obama administration. Gates is in Washington this week to promote the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's education and global health agenda. "Certainly my full-time job is being chairman of the foundation," he told The Washington Post. But he added: "If there was some committee or pretty focused task where I could contribute, I'd be glad to consider that, and I hope that the things we've learned about education, including the mistakes...