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08.26.14

Microsoft’s Massive Tax Evasion Becomes Better Known

Posted in Bill Gates, Finance, Fraud, Microsoft at 11:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A new report about Microsoft’s admission that it plays dirty tricks with tax (sometimes using moles in government) is increasing awareness of Microsoft’s criminal aspects

Microsoft does not like paying tax. Microsoft is above the law, so why should it bother paying tax? Just like Bill Gates it is robbing the public while pretending to have little to do with national deficit, Microsoft is actually looting the US and many other parts of the world where it uses similar tricks. India found Microsoft guilty half a decade ago.

Last week when we wrote about Chile we mentioned reports about Microsoft’s colossal tax evasion. Professor Diane Ravitch, who has been watching Gates for years and called for investigation against him, responded as follows:

That kind of money, repatriated to the United States, could underwrite prenatal care for low-income women, provide early childhood education for all low-income children, underwrite medical clinics in low-income communities, and save public education in cities like Detroit and Philadelphia, where it is in dire peril. Imagine $550 billion invested in the well-being of our children! Imagine using that money to reduce our child poverty rate, which is currently the highest among the advanced nations of the world.

The comments are worth seeing too. To quote the first comment: “Perhaps it’s time for Bill Gates teflon coated self be put in jail for tax evasion, after he coughs up back taxes…..One can have hope or fantisize”

The other comments focus on Gates’ corrupt characters and are hardly any favourable than the above.

08.19.14

Gates Foundation CFO Quits and Debate About Revolving Doors Recalled Amid Systematic and Shrewd Bribery of Public Officials

Posted in Bill Gates at 4:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: More officials step out of the Gates Foundation and their destination is not known yet; Gates continues to corrupt the public sector with his money so as to increase personal gain at taxpayers’ expense

The Gates Foundation is a nice-looking tax evasion apparatus. Gates has already used it to evade literally billions of dollars in tax payments (he is not alone, as Bush-era tax cuts made it even legal) and at the same time he glorified himself, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars paid to press organisations, blogs etc. to help launder the Gates Brand®. Gates is rapidly becoming richer and richer, so the myth of giving is a myth, that is all. It is usually taxpayers who foot the bill for his endeavours; he is there just to steal credit and collect a profit. Now we find that the financial chief of this apparatus decides to quit and along with him quits another top executive. He is yet another top official who quits on his own. Others spoke a little negatively after they had left. Some did complain about what they saw, but would not go into specifics (gag orders and conditions are often part of the departure). They did this perhaps despite the non-disparagement clauses. A Microsoft and Gates fan site said:

Two top execs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are stepping down: Dick Henriques is leaving the organization after four years as CFO, while Martha Choe is moving on after spending ten years with the foundation.

The danger (and expectation) is that Dick Henriques and Martha Choe will pick up a government job now, potentially in order to help Bill Gates from within governments and the likes of them (revolving doors). According to this:

Leigh Morgan will take over Choe’s responsibilities in the newly created role of chief operating officer. She is new to the foundation, coming from , San Francisco, where she was an associate chancellor.

Appointment of Leigh Morgan to Gates’ lobbying group after a public career reminds us how Gates bribes public officials (salaries) as a reward for their ‘services’. We gave some examples of that before. Here is another article which says:

Transition for all four leaders will begin immediately and continue through late September.

It is important to see where the departing ones go because the articles do not say. If they go into the public sector they often become like moles of Gates, as we saw very routinely in the world of education. Gates cleverly passed many bribes to officials and policymakers, under the guise of ‘charity’. Here is a new article about Gates’ lobbying in education:

Hoping to line up the support of teachers, the Gates Foundation education chief is now urging states to wait two years before using Common Core tests to make decisions about teacher performance.

Like many do-gooders, Bill Gates is obsessed with the problem of inequality. However, Common Core’s way of trying to overcome inequality is by dumbing down all U.S. students and pretending, like the Lake Wobegon kids, that all children are above average.

Reacting to the growing opposition to Common Core, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the biggest money bag for Common Core, is now urging states to have a two-year moratorium on all states and school districts about to make any high-stakes decisions based on tests aligned to the new standards.

Also see [1,2] and this article that says: “Both groups also received chunks of the almost $200 million that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested in developing Common Core. When it came to creating the program, “development teams” were formed that had a number of consultants, or representatives of lobbying organizations or testing corporations, along with school administrators and college professors. Out of about 50 members, only two on both the English and math teams were actual classroom teachers.”

Putting Microsoft in classrooms is one of the goals and this is a timely reminder of that:

The overhaul is funded by a $450,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, a program backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Piedmont was singled out for the funding because of the changes it’s made over the past five years, through its use of laptop computers.

As always, we must watch where people who received salaries from Gates or expect to receive it in the future. Gates’ money is corrupting the whole system. This is hugely profitable.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Teaching Is Not a Business

    TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology.

  2. Guest Column: Protect our children from Common Core

    Common Core is a federal government power grab disguised as a “revamping” of our nation’s educational system — an educational system that, with all its flaws, managed to produce people who put a man on the moon and gave the world the Internet.

    Why is it that by 2011, 45 states (blue and red) had officially adopted the Common Core State Standards, yet in 2013 62 percent of Americans said they’d never even heard of it. Why did the governors who adopted Common Core do it without discussing, disclosing or debating it with their taxpaying constituents, the very people it concerns the most?

    As with anything political, follow the money.

    Bill Gates is the major player in Common Core. In 2013 alone, he contributed over $200 million to encourage the creation and adoption of Common Core. Pure altruism on his part? No, merely an investment in Gates’ Inbloom, which stood to make $2 to $5 per student for the privilege of participating in the student data-mining scheme, despite being listed as a nonprofit entity.

    Inbloom Corp. has thankfully been shut down permanently due to the avalanche of parental objections about student privacy. There’s no force in nature more powerful than a mother’s instinct to protect her children from a perceived threat. (Common Core is quickly becoming the proverbial ‘third rail’ for the elected.)

    Other recipients of Gates’ “dollars” are the National Governor’s Association, the Fordham Institute, Achieve, Inc., the U.S. Department of Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wow! Those billions are buying a lot of “reform” for our children, don’t you think?

    [...]

    The Pearson Data Solutions-Gates connection is also a matter of interest. Pearson’s role in Common Core is data-mining. Joy Pullman, Heartland Institute education research fellow, states; “The Administration has essentially rewritten federal privacy regulations without the approval of Congress — to claim that information on children can be shared without parental knowledge or consent … As part of the agreements signed between state governments and the federally backed consortia, data gathered on children at school will be provided to the organizations. As an example of the types of data being sought, is information on student behavior, their attitudes, their persistence, their discipline and so forth — a lot of non-academic things that a lot of parents aren’t comfortable with.

    “The real goal is social engineering,” Pullman said. “I don’t like to use explosive sorts of things like that, but this is very obvious — the goal is to create a workforce that responds to the needs of the 21st century, as determined by the central planners.”

    Diane Ravitch, a leading education expert who is now a research professor of education at NYU and has been writing about the controversy on her blog, states: “I’m sorry, I think this is madness. Is there a mad scientist or psychologist advising the Gates Foundation? Does Dr. Moreau work in Gates’ lab in Seattle?”

08.11.14

Bill Gates is Profiting By Diverting Public Money to His Own Pocket and Reducing Wages

Posted in Bill Gates at 1:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Bill Gates
Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images, via the Financial Post

Summary: Gates’ lobbying for companies he is an investor of and for lower salaries inside companies he is investing in (and managing) comes as no surprise

BILL GATES is not a dumb person. He sure knows how to turn public money into his own, usually by playing political games. We covered many examples over the years. He invests his money in companies to which he later funnels taxpayers’ money. It’s an old trick. Just use euphemisms like “charity”, pay people to say so, and if the majority of people are lazy enough to accept such statements, then opposition is paralyzed. The Rockefeller family did this well before the Gates family. Gates spends so much money bribing media outlets, ‘sponsoring’ people in positions of power, stuffing panels, etc. that it’s hard to stop him. Some people are afraid to even try because they so often get labeled “jealous”. Sometimes they get stopped by editors and/or publishers who are simply paid by Gates (self-censorship and praise in exchange for future ‘contributions’), so voices explaining Gates’ deeds are generally suppressed.

Recently, as the corporate/business media serves to show (actually an advocate of the fossil fuel industry), people dare to criticise Gates’ practices. Here is one example:

Peter Foster: Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

There are signs that Bill Gates — multi-billionaire do-gooder, Giving Pledge arm twister, and “leverager” of your tax dollars — is at last catching on to the nature and benefits of capitalism, although he still has some way to go.

[...]

As for Mr. Gates, it might seem strange that one of the world’s most successful capitalists might not comprehend the system that enabled him to become so fabulously rich, but it’s not unusual at all. You don’t need to grasp the Invisible Hand to thrive under its guidance any more than you need to read Gray’s Anatomy to stay alive. Also, successful entrepreneurs almost invariably have a sense of personal exceptionalism that encourages them to see themselves as different from their competitors (whom they regard as grubby and greedy). Finally, businessmen often imagine that the economy is like a gigantic business, thus what it needs is a strategic master plan.

This should mention how Gates profits from all this ‘energy’ lobbying. He is poised to make billions of dollars (public money or African debt) if his plan succeeds. When it comes to GMO, this has already succeeded. It has not much to do with ethics and philanthropy; it’s opportunism. Gates has already bribed some of Africa’s biggest media outlets (we gave examples), so a lot of Africans might not comprehend what’s happening here. Thankfully, some do break through the screen of propaganda, but they’re not in the majority.

Other corporate media Web sites, not some random blogs with some rants, have slammed Gates’ over his fantasy of cheaper labour and devaluation of technologists (Gates himself is not a technologist but a pseudo-technologist who studied law and did not even graduate). To quote USA Today:

Bill Gates’ tech worker fantasy

Business executives and politicians endlessly complain that there is a “shortage” of qualified Americans and that the U.S. must admit more high-skilled guest workers to fill jobs in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. This claim is echoed by everyone from President Obama and Rupert Murdoch to Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

This relates to lobbying that we alluded to earlier this month (the New York Times did the usual lobbying for its Uncle Bill):

Three of America’s richest men are fed up with gridlock in Congress and are urging lawmakers to get moving on an immigration bill.

Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Sheldon Adelson wrote in a New York Timesop-ed column that it s time for the House to pass a bill that reflects both our country s humanity and its self-interest for the good of U.S. economy.

Perhaps more people need to realise that the pseudo-technologist and his super-affluent buddies merely pursue more profit for themselves in a highly abusive and systemic way.

08.04.14

Bill Gates Now Bribes NBC in Exchange for Favourable (and Profitable) Coverage

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Rupert Murdoch with Bill Gates

Summary: How the corporate media continues to accept payments from plutocrats such as Bill Gates and then promotes their agenda, for power and for profit

Bill Gates relies on buying the media. Without buying it people would sooner or later realise that he is no better — if not much worse — than the Koch Brothers (they are a tad late in buying the media, which they try to buy because they realise they have a public ‘perception’ problem). Bill Gates has bribed a lot of the media over the years. Here in this site we lost track and lost count of many blogs, local media, press outlets of moderate size and also very large networks Bill Gates had paid in exchange for propaganda (puff pieces, gagging of Gates’ critics, attacks on Gates’ opponents, competition, etc.), with examples ranging from private entities such as The Guardian to public ones like PBS, NPR, and the BBC.

On the one hand we have lobbying at the personal level, which is influenced not only by the media. Professor Ravitch recently explained how Bill Gates distorted the media and all sorts of groups, including politicians, to make a profit from the public education system in the US. Others cite her observations [1] that continue to come out.

On the other hand we have corporate media pushing the Gates line. Journalists do not seem to be doing their job. Well, a lot of them don’t even state who funded their so-called articles (it would embarrass them), but one media outlet does [2]. Yes, Bill Gates bribes the press to promote policy that grants him public funds and gets Microsoft more contracts. NBC finally admits being part of it. How long has this been going on for? A lot of trend-setting media coverage about Common Core turns out to be directly funded by Gates, who would gain from it through Microsoft and InBloom, a surveillance company that Rupert Murdoch too would gain from.

It should be seen as no coincidence that Murdoch is using his tabloid to attack Ravitch, the messenger, trying to label her a sexist. Murdoch, unlike Gates, does not need to buy the media as he already has a lot of media. Ravitch slams Common Core and InBloom (which makes Murdoch rich through spying on students), so Murdoch’s tabloid attacks her.

Media control has enabled Bill Gates to slam critics, which is why Melinda Gates was ousted from the Washington Post (she smeared critics/competition there). It’s often hard to say who’s behind the articles because the payments from Gates are discreet, whereas in the case of Murdoch it is quite clear who owns the news channels (News Corp.), acting as instruments as indoctrination, just like the education system that Gates and Murdoch pursue.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Replace Arne Duncan with Secretary of Education Bill Gates

    As Ravitch reminds us, any replacement “would have to be acceptable to DFER, Stand on Children, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and the other reformers.” And, that gets to the real reason why the Obama administration, which teachers and our unions helped elect and reelect, has spread the insanity to the point where schools are reduced to test prep factories. The Billionaires Boys Club in general, and Bill Gates in specific, are really in charge of our nation’s education policy. We’ve had a “barrage” of weird ideas, based solely on the hunches of elites, and Arne Duncan coerced states into making them the laws of most of the land.

  2. Whoa: Look who’s being paid by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to cover Common Core

    Wow. Here’s a link to the Gates-subsidized NBCNews.com article. There is no indication that it’s an advertisement or advertorial. It appears to be a bona fide news story written by a bona fide reporter (Nona Willis Aronowitz). Here it is featured along with NBC News’ other articles on its education page:

07.24.14

Valerie Strauss Explains Why Gates Foundation’s Lobbying for ‘Common Core’ (Privatisation) is a Swindle That Makes Microsoft Richer

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft at 3:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Valerie Strauss

Summary: Continued criticism of the Gates Foundation’s lobbying and masquerading, with more journalists brave enough to highlight the corruption

THE Gates Foundation is pretty clever scam which is not used for much other than tax evasion and lobbying, as well as tax-exempted investment in companies which it lobbies for, under the guise of ‘charity’. Gates is not unique in that regard; other plutocrats, including the Koch Brothers, use similar loopholes that are accommodated by a government they habitually bribe (the Republic is plutocrats-led). There is a new article titled “The Koch Brothers vs. Bill Gates” and it says: “The Gates Foundation is the world’s largest, at $37 billion in assets, according to its tax filings. That number alone makes it far, far larger than any single or cumulative Koch gift. Some may argue Gates spends money on philanthropy, not politics; but Gates has actually perfected the practice of using nonprofits to influence politics. Leftists claim to hate this tactic—witness the manufactured rage and proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations aiming to curb politics-minded conservative nonprofits—but it seems they actually just hate when it’s used against them.”

What has been quite evident is that Gates bribed lots of nonprofits in order for them to help him lobby for a profitable (to him) agenda, not only in education but in many other areas. Dealing with education for the time being, Salon has published the article “Bill Gates needs to drop his Common Core obsession”. It says: “The billionaire’s latest little fixation is catching hell on all sides. Here’s why he’s better off simply moving on”

Well, it’s all about profit, using (exploiting) “the children”. We have written about this for years and now it has become acceptable to speak about it in corporate media. Valerie Strauss from the Washington Post (where Gates’ close friend and wife used to be on the broad of directors) explains “How Microsoft will make money from Common Core (despite what Bill Gates said)” and other sites cover that also. To quote: “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has used up over $200 million in an effort to push the Common Core Standards Initiative in the last couple years.

“On the Microsoft Web site, a webpage dated April 22, 2014 entitled “Tech Essentials for Testing Success” describes in considerable detail how schools using computer-based, Common Core-aligned tests will now need to spend a bunch of money — on Microsoft products.”

Here is an article which names American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one among very many groups that Bill Gates bribed in exchange for lobbying. To quote: “Though the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) received millions of dollars in funding from the private Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the development of the Common Core standards, the union will begin its annual convention in Los Angeles Friday with the announcement that it will award grants to assess the standards and write others to replace them.”

This is what the Gates Foundation is for. It’s for lobbying, with profit at the bottom line.

The plutocrats’ rag, Forbes, almost properly explains that ‘charity’ by plutocrats is tax evasion with PR (aside from ‘charity’ for PAC). Read this between the lines:

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO’s latest gift of more than 21.7 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway class B stock — valued at $128.98 per share at Monday’s close — decreases his personal fortune from $65.9 billion down to $63.1 billion. He slips one spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people, moving into 4th behind clothing and real estate magnate Amancio Ortega.

So it’s the virtual giveaway, it is a game of stocks/shares. To people like these, it it important to be perceived as generous whilst actually hoarding ad infinitum. With publications like Forbes (glorifying the super-rich) they actually succeed at fooling a lot of people. Let’s hope this will change in the coming year. Their perception management Jihad sure faces obstacles in the age of the Internet.

07.13.14

Wirelessly-Controlled Contraceptives and Other Villainous Bill Gates Initiatives

Posted in Bill Gates at 7:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Euthanasia propaganda
Nazi Euthanasia Propaganda Poster, German government, about 1938.

Summary: Remote controls for people’s reproductive systems are now in the making and Bill Gates is a prominent investor in the technology

NSA, which enjoys Bill Gates’ support (and Microsoft’s) is taking over vast numbers of networks, which were made insecure by design (rigged peer review process, moles inside standards bodies, bribes to companies etc.) and we therefore must assume that any in-body implants which are wirelessly controlled are hugely dangerous. This is a point that Karen Sandler has been stressing for years, speaking in public about it, pressuring companies, informing doctors, and so on. Just see how worried Dick Cheney has become about his pacemakers (there are many articles about it). Many people want this man dead.

Bill Gates has made it no secret that he pursues depopulation. He spoke about it publicly, albeit not using the terminology of eugenics, even if the ideology isinherently similar. A lot of the corporate media wishes to characterise any discussion about depopulation as “conspiracy theory”, even though some very affluent people (usually billionaires with clout in the corporate media) routinely speak of such ‘humane’ aspirations, where selections for depopulation are financially-motivated (the criteria are not for common people to decide on).

“Questions over wireless-controlled contraceptives” is a new article that Martin told us about in IRC. “The BBC is carrying information on a type of contraception (funded in part by Bill Gates) that takes the form of a microchip, inserted under the skin,” the source said. Days beforehand we saw this opinion piece from The Mukt, a Free software-leaning site. Using hypothetical analogies it says:

In an alternate world of Quentin Tarantino Adolf Hitler systematically and peacefully eradicated Jews by giving them a ‘smart capsule’ disguised as birth control pill. The capsule was developed by German doctors which can release certain hormones and drugs remotely. They were regularly releasing contraceptive hormone in the blood stream lasting for 20 years. Which peacefully and effectively sterilize the entire segment without any suspect.

The article ends with this: “If you think if was just fiction, then I have bad news. Bill Gates’ Gates Foundation seems to be obsessed with control over food production and human production. According to reports the foundation is funding a new way to inject drugs into human body which can be controlled remotely.

“The Verge reports, “The Gates Foundation project looks to develop a pill that would automatically release a contraceptive hormone into the bloodstream, lasting for 16 years or until it’s disabled by a wireless signal. The project is planning to start preclinical testing in 2015 and reach the market in 2018, but there are still many questions to be answered, including security issues.”

“The technology being developed by the Gates Foundation can be a nightmare for human society and the wettest dream of suppressive government.”

This is not the first time that Gates gets involved in such controversial schemes, which not only anger contraception opponents but also people who know what a ruthless thug Gates is. He seeks control, not goodwill. His track record on this has been very consistent.

07.06.14

Bill Gates Pushed Out of States by Better Informed Teachers

Posted in Bill Gates at 6:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ravitch's book

Summary: Bill Gates’ private (for-profit) coup against public education is being impeded by people whom it negatively affects

SOME time ago it was reported in local media that Indiana had been getting out of the Bill Gates-imposed Common Core regime. Bill Gates apparently bribed not enough lawmakers, politicians, newspapers and non-profit origanisations over there. Passing taxpayers’ money to private pockets didn’t work as smoothly as expected.

According to new backlash against Gates, led by more public figures like Professor Diane Ravitch who wants Bill Gates investigated, it is “Good Riddance to Common Core Testing”, at least in some states:

Bill Gates’ money helped foist Common Core on Indiana

Indiana is no longer alone in abandoning the Common Core academic standards.

Oklahoma and South Carolina are pulling out, and North Carolina is headed for the door as well. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking his state out of the national standards, provoking a conflict with the state’s education superintendent and causing uncertainty about state testing in the fall.

Bill Gates is hardly any different from the Kochs. He has better marketing and he buys more media outlets than the Kochs, at the cost of around one million dollars per day. He does all this abusive lobbying while he keeps pretending to do charity (he hoards billions of additional dollars at times of recession), using heavy PR and bribed press. For people among world’s top 10 for wealth, the cost of bribing lots of papers and officials is by far outweighed by the profit this generates and Gates has been an incredibly useful example of this.

Here is a new and rather long article that covers some of the angles we have talked about before (although we may not agree with everything it says):

COMMON CORE WILL MAKE BILL GATES RICHER

[...]

Common Core will be used for “data mining.” In May 2012 Charles Scaliger wrote in The New American that “in the sagebrush desert of Bluffdale, Utah, in the shadow of the Wasatch mountains, a vast new federal surveillance and intelligence processing center is being erected. The so-called Utah Data Center, operated by the National Security Agency, will occupy more than a million square feet when it becomes operational sometimes next year.

Coincidentally this Data Center was completed in 2013 about the same time Common Core was being promoted by such organizations as the National Governors Association (which helps state governments get federal grants) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (which claims to provide leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major educational issues) – started work on a common set of curriculum standards in English language arts and mathematics while using such deceitful words as “state led” and “voluntary.”

Thankfully, a lot of people now realise that not only in the education sector is Gates doing great harm. Former managers from Microsoft link to our articles about Gates, perhaps realising what was inconvenient to believe when Microsoft paid their salary.

07.05.14

Bill Gates Deeply Corrupt Not Just in Education Sector

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception at 6:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Knight

Summary: Bursting the bubble or shattering the illusion that Gates is merely a misguided well-meaning person when it comes to education ‘reform’

THE Gates Foundation continues to swindle the world.

GMO (e.g. Monsanto) monopoly is still on the agenda based on reports from CNET (part of CBS) and other CBS sites that highlight more patents on bananas, with investments from Bill Gates. They are of course pretending it’s about feeding hungry Africans, which is a common PR strategy, but it is really about profit. A lot of Gates-bribed media companies and blogs (bribed for silencing Gates criticism, plus the occasional grooming) might be able to keep the lies going some of the time (watch the Gates-funded Guardian publishing a disgraceful puff piece and other whitewash from the plutocrats’ fan press, Forbes), but they can’t keep the world from knowing that’s rather obvious to more and more people over time.

Well, “for a modest profit,” note reports, Bill Gates has just sold shares in private thugs. So only after public pressure and some profit Bill Gates distances self from G4S [1, 2, 3, 4]. It’s a shame that this did not receive even more media attention. It highlights the way Gates continues to rapidly increase his wealth while pretending to be giving it all away. It should be easy to see that he does this everywhere, essentially bribing to profit where it’s more challenging a task. He would bribe officials who stand in the way of his corporate ambitions. A common mistake to be made is assuming that Bill Gates ‘screwed up’ only with education when the reality of the matter is that he’s hardly any different from the Koch brothers, he just has better PR.

Here is some recent coverage about Gates’ “Common Core” crusade (privatising what’s public, for a profit). This coverage comes from a paper (Washington Post) whose board used to include Bill's wife Melinda and his close friend Warren Buffett. It says:

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes.

[...]

The Gates Foundation spread money across the political spectrum, to entities including the big teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, and business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — groups that have clashed in the past but became vocal backers of the standards.

Money flowed to policy groups on the right and left, funding research by scholars of varying political persuasions who promoted the idea of common standards. Liberals at the Center for American Progress and conservatives affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council who routinely disagree on nearly every issue accepted Gates money and found common ground on the Common Core.

One 2009 study, conducted by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute with a $959,116 Gates grant, described the proposed standards as being “very, very strong” and “clearly superior” to many existing state standards.

Gates money went to state and local groups, as well, to help influence policymakers and civic leaders. And the idea found a major booster in President Obama, whose new administration was populated by former Gates Foundation staffers and associates. The administration designed a special contest using economic stimulus funds to reward states that accepted the standards.

The result was astounding: Within just two years of the 2008 Seattle meeting, 45 states and the District of Columbia had fully adopted the Common Core State Standards.

We recently covered Ravitch's views, which the same paper gave a platform to, despite the infamous Gates ties.

Here we have a Gates-funded newspaper covering a “Rush-hour protest by teachers to target the Gates Foundation” and another Microsoft-linked (and at times — in a previous incarnation — Gates-funded) folks covering this protest against Bill Gates (some GeekWire staff came from Microsoft-funded circles). To quote:

Bill Gates has poured millions of dollars into public education reform in the U.S., and some teachers aren’t too thrilled about that.

About 150 instructors from the Badass Teacher Association marched through downtown Seattle toward the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday evening to demonstrate their disdain for the Common Core standards that have been implemented in 45 states, thanks largely to support from the Gates Foundation.

[...]

But as detailed in this Washington Post article from earlier this month, there’s been more and more pushback recently from both teachers and politicians on the standards. Some accuse Gates for supporting Common Core not for the benefit of students, but rather for corporate interest and to help Microsoft’s bottom line because the standards support technology and data.

The most important point we wish to highlight is that not only in education does Gates do this. Perhaps the fact that teachers are smart led to the quick realisation that Gates was selfishly doing harm and there was a triumph over Gates’ well-funded PR operation, which includes bribing politicians and newspapers. We hope that in the coming years it will become a regular thing in the press to cover Gates’ abuses in many other areas, not just obvious ones like investment in oil giants, ALEC, G4S, tobacco, and GMO. Gates is a sociopath just like the Kochs, and one with pockets so deep that he can bribe a lot of people to bamboozle the majority and ridicule (at times even suspend/fire) his opposition.

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