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09.06.14

New Article Explains How Bill Gates Prevents Schools From Moving to GNU/Linux and Free Software

Posted in Bill Gates at 3:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: A new article from Al Jazeera provides details about the role of so-called ‘charities’ of billionaires inside school systems

We recently wrote about the Gates Foundation‘s promotion of Common Core for profit, having previously covered InBloom and the Microsoft connection (surveillance on children for profit [1, 2]). It is all about control and monetary gain. Based on this new article from Al Jazeera, Los Angeles (LA) is leaving Apple and affluent opportunists are already hanging around because they to try to keep LA away from Free software, which should be default in education:

Foisting computers on schools has been a lucrative business, one easily disguised as charity. Among Pearson’s allies is the Gates Foundation, which works alongside Microsoft’s education arm to promote the Common Core in schools and support libraries, with Microsoft software in hand. Gates’ competitor for the richest-person-in-the-world slot, Mexican telecom monopolist Carlos Slim, has proposed to bypass schools altogether by bankrolling the online-only Khan Academy. Now Rupert Murdoch is trying to enter the education tech business with a tablet of his own.

[...]

One might, for instance, consider replacing the iPad with a little device called a Raspberry Pi. About the size of a credit card, it’s a fully featured computer, though a keyboard and screen need to be plugged in separately. It comes as a single circuit board with no casing, which reflects its philosophy; the basic parts of the machine are plain for a student to see — the video card, the CPU, the power system, the USB ports. The nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundation sells it for as little as $25, compared with $299 to $929 for an iPad. One Laptop per Child (OLPC), another nonprofit project, produces low-cost laptops and tablets with education in mind.

Software can be even cheaper. The Raspberry Pi and OLPC run on Linux, a free, open-source operating system, which is constantly being improved and expanded by thousands of programmers around the world. An enormous variety of free, community-developed programs, including fully featured office suites, graphics tools and games — as well as popular commercial programs such as Skype and Dropbox — can be installed on the device. Apple and Microsoft often tell us that open-source software is unreliable and unfriendly to use, but that hasn’t stopped Linux from being the basis of Android phones, many everyday appliances and most of the Internet. The computer I used to write this article runs Linux.

This article reinforces a lot of of what we have shown over the years. It is really simple to see why education systems should teach methods rather than preach brands; they need to teach with transparency and participation, not restrictive licences, spying, and lock-in. On the other hand, it is simple to see why people like Gates wish to impose Windows on an obligatory and publicly-funded system.

LA’s policy for school procurement should be rather clear now, never mind how close it is (geographically) to Apple, the company that lets people’s private (sometimes nude) photographs leak out because its security mechanisms are technically a farce. Children would be an easy target here.

“…it is simple to see why people like Gates wish to impose Windows on an obligatory and publicly-funded system.”Speaking of privacy, the NSA-tied Microsoft now promotes “always-on” in phones and after Box’s CEO made some noise about privacy he shows his company to be just another NSA surveillance tool through Microsoft Office. No school should impose such nonsense on its students. Any school that still teaches Windows and Microsoft Office should seriously consider whether it is teaching or selling/marketing.

09.04.14

Bill Gates’ God Complex: Common Core a One-Man Campaign of Greed and Control

Posted in Bill Gates at 11:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The push for Common Core is overwhelmingly dominated by Bill Gates, who intimidates and even resorts to retribution against critics while bribing those who help him accomplish the goal of privatised (for his private profit) indoctrination in US schools

In the previous post we covered the Gates Foundation‘s serious harms to society, of which there are many. We have given examples for almost a decade now.

“The crusade of Bill Gates against public education (for the public, from the public) is all about self interest and profit.”There is one area where Gates’ systematic interference gets him a lot of flak and leads to more backlash than in others. The backlash shouldn’t be exclusive to it for reasons that we highlighted before, but it’s a step in the right direction when even in one single area people defeat Gates, making him realise that he is not invincible and not everything he wants he will get. Gates bamboozles taxpayers and politicians in many areas (looting them by passing public funds to his pocket through corporations), but in one area the professionals, who are teachers and pedagogues, are not dumb enough to fool. Gates is losing a battle right now. The battle has many children at stake. It’s public education.

The crusade of Bill Gates against public education (for the public, from the public) is all about self interest and profit. By privatising this massive system (worth trillions) Gates hopes to enrich himself and enrich greedy Microsoft, in which he is an active executive and top investor.

Looking at the press, journalists are gradually waking up and covering this without approaching Gates-funded lobby and PR groups. We are going to give examples from new articles (collected over the past month). The Christian Post says: “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.”

The article mentions that “Gates Foundation [is] the biggest money bag for Common Core” (bribe is a better word than money bag).

Here is an article that states: “Truth be told, Common Core wasn’t “state led,” it was “Gates led.””

Another new article states: “Because the state standards were developed by three private Washington, D.C.-based organizations — the National Governors Association, The Council of Chief State School Officers and Achieve Inc.— and all funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Stotsky said she finds herself “in the position of constantly contradicting one of the major talking points,” which are that the standards are state-led.”

We have already shown how this helps Microsoft’s corporate profit. Time is critical here.

As one site put it a month ago: “Armed with $10.3 million in fresh grant money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Common Core proponents now have plans for a PR blitz that supporters hope will promote similar “emotional” fervor for the standards initiative.”

Nice bribe he got there. Punishment and consequences for standing up to Bill Gates and his lobbying money? Of course. From the same publisher: “As Breitbart News reported August 18, a new non-profit organization, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with connections to the Fordham Institute, is being launched with the task of reviewing textbooks and other instructional materials to ensure they are aligned with the Common Core standards.”

The headline of this article is “Obama Administration Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards”

Another new article says: “Felton did not identify any of these nefarious groups. Strangely, he also did not mention the fact that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has used up over $200 million in an effort to push Common Core on America.”

Then there’s is this: “Collaborative for Student Success, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other charities, published a memo Friday criticizing Jindal’s position on the education standards as motivated by a desire to win the Republican presidential nomination.”

Just discrediting one’s opposition by proxy. Sure, money talks. Watch the aggression from Gates’ minions and notice this part in particular: “The Common Core standards were developed through the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a joint initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others.”

Here we have “non-profits” subsidised by Bill Gates to privatise a public system for Gates and Microsoft profit. So much for good doers…

“Behind the scenes,” says this report, “as state after state was considering Common Core, the Gates Foundation (funded by Microsoft’s Bill Gates) was spending well more than $200 million to promote the Common Core idea. Gates gave grants to liberal and conservative education groups, teachers unions, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Then the Obama administration tied the standards to massive federal aid. The result has been an overwhelming financial push for Common Core.

“The Gates money also gave Common Core a smooth sail through the checks and balances that usually apply to educational innovation. Sarah Reckhow, an education policy researcher at Michigan State, said, “Usually there’s a pilot test—something is tried on a small scale, outside researchers see if it works, and then it’s promoted on a broader scale. That didn’t happen with Common Core.””

For those who think that Gates has moved on from crimes at Microsoft to some kind of charity or good acts of philanthropy the above should be relevant. Not much has changed. It’s opportunism and greed. It’s systemic corruption. Gates is still a businessman who studied law and did not graduate; he was never a scientist and it shows.

Bill Gates Investments Harm the World, Not Improve the World, Based on New Exclusive Piece of Investigative Journalism at The Nation

Posted in Bill Gates at 10:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The Gates Foundation’s profiteering efforts and lack of ethics outlined in a new report that many sites around the Web find fascinating and mostly irrefutable

When Bill Gates does invest (for profit of course) in a company that enables tyrants to demolish homes and one that murders union organisers (these are some of his biggest investments which we covered before) he sure invests in even more evil companies, such as G4S. He hopes people won’t notice, but some do. A widely-cited (even in Gates fan press) report with an accompanying press release says a lot more and gives many examples. To quote the press release: “That report found that the foundation had vast holdings in big-pharma firms that priced AIDS drugs out of reach for desperate victims the foundation wanted to save. It benefitted greatly from predatory lenders whose practices sparked the Great Recession and chocolate makers said by the U.S. government to have supported child slavery.”

Here is the original article:

How the Gates Foundation’s Investments Are Undermining Its Own Good Works

Soon after Susan Desmond-Hellmann became chancellor of the University of California San Francisco medical center campus, she faced an acute personal embarrassment. Financial disclosures revealed that she and her husband, both physicians, owned a sizable chunk of stock in Altria Corporation, a top cigarette maker. The chancellor commendably divested those shares and donated the proceeds to tobacco-control research.

“Rockefeller … believed his money was given to him by God, which must have been nice for him.”
      –Arundhati Roy
Meanwhile, the Bill Gates-bribed paper Seattle Times [1, 2] unintentionally shows another revolving doors incident (salary as reward, lobbying, etc.) that helps Gates profit from the education system. More on that in our next post…

Arundhati Roy has published an excellent article (part of her work as an author of books) [1] in which she explains how instruments such as the Gates Foundation really work. The excerpt below includes a bit about Gates.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Arundhati Roy: How Corporate Power Converted Wealth Into Philanthropy for Social Control

    What follows in this essay might appear to some to be a somewhat harsh critique. On the other hand, in the tradition of honoring one’s adversaries, it could be read as an acknowledgment of the vision, flexibility, sophistication, and unwavering determination of those who have dedicated their lives to keeping the world safe for capitalism.

    Their enthralling history, which has faded from contemporary memory, began in the United States in the early twentieth century when, kitted out legally in the form of endowed foundations, corporate philanthropy began to replace missionary activity as Capitalism’s (and Imperialism’s) road-opening and systems maintenance patrol.

    Among the first foundations to be set up in the United States were the Carnegie Corporation, endowed in 1911 by profits from Carnegie Steel Company, and the Rockefeller Foundation, endowed in 1914 by J. D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil Company. The Tatas and Ambanis of their time.

    Some of the institutions financed, given seed money, or supported by the Rockefeller Foundation are the United Nations, the CIA, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), New York’s most fabulous Museum of Modern Art, and, of course, the Rockefeller Center in New York (where Diego Riviera’s mural had to be blasted off the wall because it mischievously depicted reprobate capitalists and a valiant Lenin; Free Speech had taken the day off ).

    Rockefeller was America’s first billionaire and the world’s richest man. He was an abolitionist, a supporter of Abraham Lincoln, and a teetotaler. He believed his money was given to him by God, which must have been nice for him.

    [...]

    How else would Bill Gates, who admittedly knows a thing or two about computers, find himself designing education, health, and agriculture policies, not just for the US government but for governments all over the world?

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.

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