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    Default Bill Gates officially loses his mind.

    Bill Gates releases mosquitoes into audience
    Microsoft chairman makes demonstration during discussion on malaria


    "Bill Gates just released mosquitos into the audience at TED and said, 'Not only poor people should experience this.'"

    That was the post by Facebook's Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin on social networking site Twitter.

    The event took place at the TED2009 (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference on Wednesday in Long Beach, Calif., where the Microsoft chairman was delivering a presentation about malaria education and eradication. Malaria is transmitted from person to person via mosquito bites.


    The philanthropist has been pushing to reduce malaria deaths through the nonprofit. In September, Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would provide $168.7 million to the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative to help develop a vaccine for the deadly disease.

    Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasites in the red blood cells. Each year, 350 million to 500 million are infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than one million cases result in death. Symptoms include high fever, nausea, chills, sweating and weakness.

    The disease is still prevalent on continents such as Africa and Asia, which have tropical or subtropical climates. Malaria has been eradicated in most countries with temperate climates. There is currently no effective vaccine against malaria.

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    Why won't that fuck... un-ass 168 mill back into places that need it! You know like schools, fire stations, police stations, run down county courthouses etc. etc. Shit we all use and need. Stupid mosquitos! LOL. Out.
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    this is going to sound awful but did any millionaires from other countries establish foundations like this to give money to the United States when we were a "developing nation?" It would seem that if Gates really wanted to put that money to use, he'd use to help change many of the issues faced here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
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    Cant this guy just post a tirade on MySpace like the rest of us????

    No, then who would take it seriously?

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    I know a guy whos worth about 20 mil and gives a few hundred grand a yr to save animals in africa but treats most of his employees and people in general like shit. I think Bill should help the folks at home first in such times of need as now. How many people has microsoft layed off I think it was 5000 jobs and counting just google it. Come on Bill..
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    As usual very good points all.

    If Gates were to use all that $$$ to educate people, we would then have more resources to look for a cure

    It's hard to fault someone for trying to help other people, sometimes their methods do make you wonder.

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    Wow. Some of the posts here really shock me.

    The guy has donated BILLIONS to the AIDS/HIV cause. Billions. Billions.

    Probably the most generous billionaire there is on the planet.

    What do you guys propose he do to help your own country?

    Should he be forced to bail out the economy?

    Maybe you people should do some research before saying that the guy needs to do more for his own country

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvH_316_5150 View Post
    Wow. Some of the posts here really shock me.

    The guy has donated BILLIONS to the AIDS/HIV cause. Billions. Billions.

    Probably the most generous billionaire there is on the planet.

    What do you guys propose he do to help your own country?

    Should he be forced to bail out the economy?

    Maybe you people should do some research before saying that the guy needs to do more for his own country

    http://www.gatesfoundation.org/unite...-overview.aspx

    Agreed, most of the stuff he and his wife do seems to fly under the radar...but, you seem easily disgusted between this thread and the "Terminator" deal, tough classes this semester?
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    I know a guy whos worth about 20 mil and gives a few hundred grand a yr to save animals in africa but treats most of his employees and people in general like shit. I think Bill should help the folks at home first in such times of need as now. How many people has microsoft layed off I think it was 5000 jobs and counting just google it. Come on Bill..
    googling will also tell you that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation gave 284 grants in 2008 in North America (not including anything done overseas, which is substantial). I stopped adding the $$ total after 64 grants. The total of those was almost $22 million.

    The guy has taken his enormous personal wealth and has dedicated his life now to making the world a better place. Yeah, he's a kooky guy. He'll do some strange shit every once in a while, and I'm in no way suggesting that the guy is perfect, or that he's a saint. But I find it hard to criticize what him and his wife is attempting to do right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickett View Post
    googling will also tell you that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation gave 284 grants in 2008 in North America (not including anything done overseas, which is substantial). I stopped adding the $$ total after 64 grants. The total of those was almost $22 million.

    The guy has taken his enormous personal wealth and has dedicated his life now to making the world a better place. Yeah, he's a kooky guy. He'll do some strange shit every once in a while, and I'm in no way suggesting that the guy is perfect, or that he's a saint. But I find it hard to criticize what him and his wife is attempting to do right now.
    i agree.

    I just get a little irked with the whole "african aids relief" and "developing nations debt relief" things because those seem like the causes de jour...there are a lot of other less chic causes right here in the states and abroad for that matter that don't get a lot of run because the angelina jolies and bonos of the world don't think they're worth making photo ops for.

    Gates is to be commended for seemingly saying "i have enough money, it's time to start concentrating on other things"

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    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also dedicated $100 million in the effort to eradicate polio from the earth.

    You won't find me criticizing him.

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    The dollar amounts are staggering, but isn't it all relative to his net worth and the fact that he is set for life?

    Let him do what he wants with his money, I just don't need to hear about his crusade against malaria or whatever heartwarming venture he's all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aceface9 View Post
    Let him do what he wants with his money, I just don't need to hear about his crusade against malaria or whatever heartwarming venture he's all about.
    Exactly. He earned it, let him do what he wants with it. But dont get on stage and tell us about how youre helping third-world countries when your company just laid off 5000 people. 5000 people who helped you earn all that money, by the way. How much stock did they receive in their severances?
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    Bill Gates is a good guy. He does a ton shit for Americans and this country, ever think maybe he just doesn't alert the media every time he does something.

    Bottom line its his fucking money, he can do with it what he wants.

    Yes, Microsoft has laid of a few thousand people. My guess is its because software sales have slowed. Microsoft has also made thousands of people into millionaires. Microsoft has also donated truck loads of of money to many different charity's over the years.

    Just because he is worth billions doesnt mean he is your Daddy and has to help you or your neighbor.

    Didnt gates and a few other billionaire just each loan California a few billion each?



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