“Get me into that and goddam, we’ll make so much money!“
–Bill Gates, Microsoft (source)
“The Gates Foundation does wonderful work, but it’s only a portion of its many activities and functions…”Watch yesterday's news digest for various stories and some of the latest movements in the Gates Foundation and Bill Gates’ private investment firm. Also consider the previous post about head-changing at the Foundation. If you are a new reader and such power shifts mean very little to you, read this and this.
The Gates Foundation does wonderful work, but it’s only a portion of its many activities and functions, some of which include tax evasion, investment in questionable ventures and possibly the flirting with politicians’ ‘pet charities’, which buy political influence (think antitrust).
A few days ago it emerged that there is another unfortunate side effect in the endeavors of the Foundation on good deeds [via Bob Sutor]
Gates Foundation’s Influence Criticized
The chief of malaria for the World Health Organization has complained that the growing dominance of malaria research by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation risks stifling a diversity of views among scientists and wiping out the world health agency’s policy-making function.
This leads to another news story. Jointly, the Gates Foundation and Microsoft work on strengthening the monopoly by handing out Vista-loaded PCs. Russian subsidies were mentioned just days ago and a new discussion about this revealed that the same thing is happening in Portugal.
In my country (Portugal) we have a very similar deal, available to all students and teachers in high school, which is subsidized by the cellphone/mobile ISP companies, the government and probably Microsoft, where you can get a laptop for 150 euros with a contract for 2 years for the mobile internet access with a nice discount from the usual monthly fees, from several well known laptop manufacturers (HP, Toshiba), and pretty decent machines also (Core Duo, 1 Gb RAM, the only downside is they all have integrated graphics cards), of course they all come with Windows Vista Home Premium as well.