Summary: Popular magazine Mother Jones is the latest among many magazines (those which have not been paid by Bill Gates yet) to tell readers the true story of the tax-evading, investment-driving, PR-pumping, Microsoft- and patents-boosting operation known as “Gates Foundation”
DUE to lack of time, we no longer cover the Gates Foundation as we once did. The same dirty tricks are still used and a lot of publications are still being bribed in an attempt to change perceptions and drive agenda. One publication that Gates appears not to have bribed yet is Mother Jones. It’s easy to know this because this Web site is clearly unafraid to publish the facts (unlike some fake guardians of society, such as the Gates-bribed Guardian).
As Mother Jones put it (with some nice infographics): “The Gates Foundation did not respond to requests for comment; however, its investment policy says the the trust’s managers “consider other issues beyond corporate profits, including the values that drive the foundation’s work.”
This covers some of the examples we covered before, but we covered even more. The total hypocrisy is clearer to see in the images prepared by Mother Jones. For instance there’s this: “In its most recent annual report to investors, private prison company GEO group listed some risks to its bottom line, including “reductions in crime rates” that “could lead to reductions in arrests, convictions and sentences,” along with immigration reform and the decriminalization of drugs. Military contractor DynCorp, meanwhile, has faced allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and even slavery from the Middle East to Eastern Europe.”
Remember that Gates offered money for Gartner too. This is a group that spends much of its time bashing Free software and actively blocking its adoption. Its latest target is OpenStack and a lot has been written about Gartner’s (possibly deliberate) misunderstandings. There are many rebuttals on the Web right now.
When one can bribe the press, pass money to publications (to advance particular messages under the guise of ‘peer review’) and even bribe analysts or politicians it is no wonder that policies are bottom-down, imposed by plutocrats on the rest of us. █
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Summary: Plutocrats are using US schools to indoctrinate, control, and even spy on tomorrow’s adults
Compatibility prison is what many schools leave students in. They teach children habits which only help them become unwanting/unwanted customers of an abusive company and files which are written by these children are not even readable several years down the line (hence school work becomes self-burning). This is the legacy of Microsoft in schools — a legacy which the Gates Foundation is working hard behind the scenes to enforce. The upgrade treadmill is all they care about; it has nothing whatsoever to do with education and everything to do with Microsoft’s revenue. It’s corruption. Remember that Facebook, for example, is not obligatory, whereas schools are.
But Gates’ rogue legacy in schools goes much further than all this. As we showed before, Gates now uses schools to spy on children for profit. It’s about profitable indoctrination, shrewdly disguised using euphemisms like 'Common Core'. One one article put it the other day: “There are also concerns about the longitudinal data system that goes along with Common Core. The system is designed to collect up to 400 data points on each child, which can include personally identifiable data, she said. The data will be collected by a company called inBloom, created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”
Schools must not use software that spies on children; since nobody knows what proprietary software actually does (nobody except few developers) it must never be used in schools, either. Gates is working to make this the norm by mislabelling proprietary spyware “open”. If not students, then parents and teachers should be up in arms, uniting to stop this injustice. █
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Summary: White-collar criminals controlling schools not a smart idea, neither in theory nor in practice
THE Gates Foundation, a worldwide lobbying organisation, seeks to commercialise schools like Microsoft commercialised information, putting profit before knowledge and depriving many from access to knowledge/source code or even to choice. This is a serious issue here in the UK and fortunately a lot of writers are catching up, gradually realising the seriousness of the matter.
A new article titled “Bill Gates Imposes Microsoft Model on School Reform: Only to Have the Company Junk It After It Failed” came from AlterNet a few days ago. This author says that “New school systems are stuck with a model designed to trash teachers, while Microsoft employees collaborate and work on teams.”
The author explains: “Using hundred of millions of dollars in philanthropic largesse, Bill Gates persuaded state and federal policymakers that what was good for Microsoft would be good for the public schools system (to be sure, he was pushing against an open door). To be eligible for large grants from President Obama’s Race to the Top program, for example, states had to adopt Gates’ Darwinian approach to improving public education. Today more than 36 states have altered their teacher evaluations systems with the aim of weeding out the worst and rewarding the best.
“Some states grade on a curve. Others do not. But all embrace the principle that teachers continuing employment will depend on improvement in student test scores, and teachers who are graded “ineffective” two or three years in a row face termination.”
This is a vision of businesspeople; it’s not compatible with services. As the author concludes: “Big business can turn on a dime when the CEO orders it to do so. But changing policies embraced and internalized by dozens of states and thousands of public school districts will take far, far longer. This means the legacy of Bill Gates will continue to handicap millions of students and hundreds of thousands of teachers even as the company Gates founded, along with many other businesses, has thrown his pernicious performance model in the dustbin of history.”
We have already explained how Gates profits from this privatisation of schools. It’s all about self interest, it’s not about benefiting teachers and students. █
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Summary: Another new example of exploitation of a crisis (caused by oligarchy) by oligarchs who wish to profit from it (privatisation)
Will Hill, a regular contributor of this site, reminds us of this topic which we no longer explore (no time to cover it anymore). The Gates Foundation continues to do its evil deeds under the pretense of charity and teachers are not stupid enough to think that Bill Gates, a college dropout, genuinely wants to improve education. “The article goes on to expose Bill Gates’ recent, self dealing and other interference in Colorado’s schools,” Hill says. Dora Taylor, the teacher who wrote an analysis based on this news, puts it like this: “it is the same oligarchic attitude that now dominates local education politics all over the country. Perhaps most illustrative of the trend is my home state of Colorado. This state has unfortunately become the national petri dish of the Education Oligarchs – people like the Walton family, of Wal-Mart fame; Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft; Michael Bloomberg, the anti-union media mogul; and Philip Anschutz, the billionaire sponsor of right-wing Christian causes. These oligarchs and others aim to put everything – including our kids future – up for sale to the highest bidder in the Colorado education system.
“One way to see this is to look at how the Walton family and Gates have deployed their wealth to make an opportunity out of this square state’s infamous education finance problems. Leveraging their tax-subsidized foundations, they purport to come to the financial rescue of budget-strapped schools. Yet, they typically tie their seemingly altruistic beneficence to ideological demands.”
Taylor concludes by saying: “Some go further and push specific technologies into classrooms – technologies that, not coincidentally, their corporations stand to profit from. One example: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has used $100 million from his foundation to ram his company’s corporate partner, inBloom, into the Colorado’s largest school district. InBloom collects student data to share with technology companies like Gates’ Microsoft, which then develop for-profit education software to sell back to schools. According to the New York Times, parents objecting to the surveillance-like technology feared “officials might be unable to evaluate inBloom objectively, given its backing by the Gates Foundation, a major donor to public schools whose grant money Jeffco was hoping to attract.” The school district ultimately received a coveted $5.2 million grant from the Gates foundation and – not surprisingly – decided to keep using inBloom.”
We covered inBloom before. It’s like Gates’ own mini-PRISM. What we generally have here is a huge problem and Gates is one of several who cause it. When the “corporate rule”  runs the country and exploits crisis (real or manufactured) it is no wonder that we see people-hostile policies being passed. Gates does this not only in education. In agriculture too, Gates pushes hard for private profits by trying to promote the agenda of Big Agriculture he invests in, including GMO . Gates wouldn’t know charity even if it hit him in the face . He was born a super-affluent boy. To him, making himself richer is the solution to poverty in the world. █
Related/contextual items from the news:
RT TV interview about how governing by crisis and brinkmanship is having a negative effect on the US economy.
The agribusiness giants would have us believe that our inherently unsustainable and morally reprehensible factory farming system is the only way to feed the world’s burgeoning population. But the facts prove otherwise. Factory farming is all about maximizing profits for a handful of the world’s largest corporations.
Studies have found the wealthy are less interested in the needs and motions of others and are not as helpful, compassionate or generous as those who possess less. One study, published in 2010, found people with less money are better at reading faces in a measure called empathy accuracy.
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Summary: The extortion operation and pyramid scheme known as “Intellectual Ventures” (originally formed by Bill Gates and his close friend) is rapidly growing and the FTC grows increasingly concerned
Bill Gates’ pet extortion operation (Intellectual Ventures) — the entity which likes to shake down Microsoft rivals while pretending to save the world — is looking for more money to buy more patents. A patent trolls expert writes:
IV touts good returns, but one public source reports returns as poor as -70 percent.
That’s not the point though. Intellectual Ventures is a competition-manipulating entity. Even if it makes no direct income (or let elone profit) from patents, it sure helps its financiers, including Bill Gates for example, to make billions of dollars at the expense of competition crushed by patent litigation (filed through proxies). Andy Updegrove says that the FTC is trying to improve its comprehension of patent trolls’ business models, but will it investigate Intellectual Ventures? A lot of lobbying from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures (for years now) has been used to keep regulators away and there are reports which suggest Intellectual Ventures will keep hiding behind its proxies, publicly pretending not to be a patent troll. It’s a massive PR campaign. Anyway, as Updegrove put it:
It’s hardly news that the Obama Administration is no friend of so-called “Patent Assertion Entities,” or PAEs. Not only members of the administration, but the big man himself have spoken publicly against those companies that make a business model out of buying and asserting patents, as compared to those that actually develop new technology, such as universities, which then then seek to license (sometimes referred to as “Non-Practicing Entities,” or NPEs).
Most of what little we know about the business strategies, licensing practices and economics of PAEs has been gleaned from disclosures made in the course of litigation. Now the Federal Trade Commission has decided to gather some first-hand information on exactly how PAEs operate. And, because it is a regulatory agency, it can do so by asking the PAEs themselves to respond, and under oath, to boot.
Trolls are a very major problem, but some are summoned by entities like Intellectual Ventures. This one is said to have literally thousands of proxies. Those proxies are destroying everything that the “mother ship” (Intellectual Ventures, i.e. Bill Gates et al.) wish to destroy, including the Web, which is now transforming into another vehicle of the copyright cartel. The W3C may claim to be against trolls, yet at the same time it harbours some of the proponents and feeders of patent trolls. Its founder claims to be against software patents, yet in his working group he has strong advocates of software patents, as we pointed our on numerous occasions several years ago. There’s a total lack of credibility right now.
See articles like “Web Daddy Berners-Lee DRMs HTML5 into 2016″ and
“Web’s gatekeepers embrace DRM for next HTML5 standard”. To quote
Digital Rights Management isn’t just coming to HTML5 but also HTML 5.1 in 2016 – despite objections from critics.
The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) formally accepted a big change recently that could affect future Web standards—a decision that will either change nothing or destroy the Web forever.
This really is just an example aside, since the subject has become mainstream in recently days. Bill Gates despised the Internet since its early days. Perhaps now that it’s turning into a channel that Microsoft and its buddy Netflix can control, things are going to gradually change. Similarly, Windows is no longer the most sold operating system; Android is. That’s where trolls come into play and the stories we find are self-explanatory/evident. In order to stop disruption of the free market (free as in freedom) we need to identify and crush the schemes perpetrated against it. █
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Freely sharing is evil, apparently
“[T]here is this thing called the GPL, which we disagree with.”
–Bill Gates, April 2008
Summary: Bill Gates risks ejection from Microsoft, but the lobbying against sharing what’s freedom-respecting carries on
THE company of bribes, technical sabotage, extortion, etc. (with immunity to jail terms) is in the headlines again (celebrity criminal) because there is apparently an initiative to remove the most criminal elements, especially now that there are probes over alleged bribes all around the world (some high-level Microsoft executives risk going to prison). Some pundits think that Microsoft’s #1 criminal, Bill Gates, should be fired to be left working on his fake ‘charity. As IDG put it:
Steve Ballmer has been booted as CEO at Microsoft. Now should Bill Gates be removed from Microsoft’s board of directors? Datamation thinks he should be given his walking papers and sent on his way.
Many people prefer to forget Gates’ role in Microsoft’s competition crimes — crimes that he mostly dodged without a jail sentence, just as he escaped a jail term several decades earlier because his parents were very wealthy. But here is what’s most disgusting about it all; Using a lobbying front, Microsoft is now trying to call Linux/Android anti-competitive — a bogus allegation which KDE is the latest party to respond to. To quote the KDE Web site:
Open Letter to the European Commission: Free Software is competitive
The KDE community is deeply concerned by the wrong notion contained in a recent complaint to the European Commission. The Fairsearch initiative claims that “distribution of Android at below-cost” could constitute anti-competitive behaviour or predatory pricing. Mirko Böhm produced a response (PDF) for the KDE Community.
In part, the Fairsearch complaint is an attempt to reduce the strong competition of Free Software platforms with proprietary offerings. KDE and other free software projects would be adversely affected by a misinformed decision about Android. The Internet itself (a basis for the Fairsearch complaint) is largely a product of Free Software. The KDE Community in one of the largest Free Software communities in the world, a global collaboration of companies and individuals building a free platform and creating programs in an openly governed development process.
In a world where crime is “business” or “success”, it is not too shocking to see sharing and freedom characterised as some kind of a crime. Coming from the fiend who daemonised respecting one’s neighbour (see Letter to Hobbyists), it is not shocking to see those lobbyists. Whether Gates stays in Microsoft or not, he will continue to promote selfishness while pretending to do the very opposite. That’s how effective his PR campaign — just like the above “Fairsearch” (it’s the very opposite of fair) — has been. █
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“A lot of people make that analogy that competing with Bill Gates is like playing hardball. I’d say it’s more like a knife fight.”
Summary: The most criminal elements of Microsoft are being pushes out by investors, and it’s no longer just Ballmer
BILL Gates (including his pseudo ‘charity’) is “successful” in the same sense that Genghis Khan was successful. He sure spread his mentality and imposed his will upon others, no matter how crudely. To glorify the “success” of Bill Gates is like adding glamour to the Mafia.
Gates, who is largely responsible for Microsoft’s competition crimes (as many documents reveal), is still too much of a control freak in the board, so investors want him out. As a British paper put it yesterday:
Unnamed investors said to be lobbying the board for the departure of the technology giant’s co-founder
If Gates is as shrewd as people claim he is, then how come Microsoft is losing its monopoly while he is still heavily involved? As one writer put it this week:
Three years after Windows Phone and a year after Windows 8, businesses are testing — and using — rivals instead
Windows is no longer holding a majority market share. Android/Linux is the market leader. Microsoft is trying to deny this while taxing Android with patents. Galen Gruman from IDG has a lot more to say on this subject.
Ballmer is stepping away, but just like Gates he plans to stay rather close (from the outside). Those two bullies are largely responsible for illegally obtaining and maintaining a monopoly, using crimes such as bribery. We are unlikely to ever see them in prison, but we might at the very least see them totally dissociated from Microsoft one day. Watch what Microsoft’s crimes have done to Finland alone. █
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And prison sentences, too
Summary: What really would have happened if there was justice in this world; bankrupt Microsoft, executives with long jail sentences, rapid restoration of fair competition
Microsoft is pretty much forced to ‘cooperate” with a probe over its bribery tactics, which Microsoft is seemingly trying to hide by distraction. To quote The Register, “Microsoft says it will cooperate with US investigators probing alleged bribery of foreign officials. It’s claimed Redmond’s resellers bunged cash to apparatchiks in Russia and Pakistan in return for contracts with state-backed businesses.”
As Pogson put it:
Ever wondered why M$ manages to sell licences to all kinds of folks even when GNU/Linux is a better option, with a lower price, better performance and fewer problems? It just may be that big businesses, governments, schools, and organizations that have large numbers of system, are being manipulated by a few well-placed bribes.
Remember EDGI and remember what Microsoft did to government and schools in Russia. It is a serious case of corruption, even by Chinese and Russian standards.
As put by Nokia observer Tomi Ahonen the othe day, “I have tried to be ‘fair’ and ‘open-minded’ about Microsoft in my writing and on this blog. However, this is the tech company with the nickname ‘The Evil Empire’. That term comes with plenty of cause – over the past three decades Microsoft has been fined countless times huge sums for crushing competitors with illegal methods, using its monopolistic position like a bully. I personally have been a user, supporter, registered developer, and/or authorized trainer for many of the various victims of Microsoft from WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 to Novell Netware, Mosaic and Netscape.”
Here is part 2. Microsoft apologists may say that “Ballmer Successor Must Apologize to Partners”, but we don’t agree. Microsoft should apologise and also compensate its rivals which it bribed against, even if that means the immediate bankruptcy of Microsoft (they should pull out more money — earned by criminal activities — from bank accounts of Microsoft executives past and present, including Gates and Ballmer).
Sadly, given false (or mutually similar) choices offered by the corporate media, this perfectly legitimate option is rendered “not worth entertaining”; big banks show this to be the norm. Those who commit crime, even if caught, are made the richest and most powerful people, hence they can continue to harm society and whitewash their reputation. █
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