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'There's no reason only poor people should get malaria': The moment Bill Gates released jar of mo

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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 03:15 PM
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'There's no reason only poor people should get malaria': The moment Bill Gates released jar of mosquitoes at packed conference


www.dailymail.co.uk

It was a show-stopping move by any standards.

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft and a renowned philanthropist, let loose a swarm of mosquitoes at a technology conference in California to highlight the dangers of malaria.

‘Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,’ the Microsoft founder yelled at a well-heeled crowd at a technology conference in California.

’I brought some,’ he added. ‘Here, I’ll let them roam around – there is no reason only poor people should be infected.’
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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 03:15 PM
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Gates said more money was being spent finding a cure for baldness than developing drugs to combat malaria.

'Now, baldness is a terrible thing and rich men are afflicted,' he joked. 'That is why that priority has been set.

'The market does not drive scientists, thinkers, or governments to do the right things. Only by paying attention and making people care can we make as much progress as we need to.'

He called for greater distribution of insect nets and other protective gear, and revealed that an anti-malaria vaccine funded by his foundation and currently in development would enter a more advanced testing phase in the coming months.


BG is making a lot of really good points here.

As far as I'm concerned this is a great example of the powerful showing responsibility commensurate with their influence.

Good on ya Bill!

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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 03:21 PM
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If this was your average citizen doing this, he or she probably would have been arrested under the terrorism law.


I give Bill the highest praise for the method he used to send this message across. The rich should always remember that if it wasn't for the people below them they wouldn't be rich in the first place. IMO, it wouldn't be asking for much for them to give back to the ones that made them rich.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 03:22 PM
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Socialist!!!


*wink*



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 03:58 PM
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tually...

why doesn't he just help the people that are trying to figure out how to eradicate this Bat-Killing-Fungus ?? you know.. the one that's rapidly spreading throuought the North Eastern United States??
news.yahoo.com...;_ylt=AowuxVy.IIZZBKO2xyPcTDNH2ocA;_ylu=X3o'___'E5bW5lcm5xBHBvcwM1BHNlYwN5bi1tb3N0LXZp ZXdlZARzbGsDYmF0LWtpbGxpbmdz

yeaah...

these bats are being covered with the fungus, which robs them of their nutrients so they burn through their fat-stores before winter's end.. and they die of starvation... millions of dead bats.

which means...

trillions of mosquitos not being eaten.

which means a higher rate of humans and birds being bitten
which means a higher rate of transmission of disease...
like.. malaria.. like... bird flu.. like west nile..

etc


you're not gonna do squat if the mosquitos are in the quadrillions.


op, i think you're incredibly naive in general, judging by your past posts... but moreso concerning Gate's "business plan"...

my brother came a sliver away from death in a coma induced by malaria.
he didn't take his pills like the rest of the americans he was with did.
they just took pills the whole time they were in africa.. and every time they were bitten they were temporarily immune to it.
he was dumb and didnt take the pills.
so he got it.

it's easily preventable. and cheap.

so why all this hooplah and grandstanding about it?

fear... allocation of funds to other projects.




save the bats. pop a few pills.

end of story.

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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:03 PM
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OH, my!! I hope nobody actually gets Malaria. He would make a very attractive target for an ambulance chaser.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:06 PM
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Originally posted by prevenge
tually...





What?




why doesn't he just help the people that are trying to figure out how to eradicate this Bat-Killing-Fungus ?? you know.. the one that's rapidly spreading throuought the North Eastern United States??
news.yahoo.com...;_ylt=AowuxVy.IIZZBKO2xyPcTDNH2ocA;_ylu=X3o'___'E5bW5lcm5xBHBvcwM1BHNlYwN5bi1tb3N0LXZp ZXdlZARzbGsDYmF0LWtpbGxpbmdz

yeaah...





Well given that Malaria isn't a problem in the North Eastern United States, I'd say that's not a priority...

But not a bad idea.




these bats are being covered with the fungus, which robs them of their nutrients so they burn through their fat-stores before winter's end.. and they die of starvation... millions of dead bats.

which means...

trillions of mosquitos not being eaten.




yes, but in the US... not Africa...



you're not gonna do squat if the mosquitos are in the quadrillions.




Uhm.... actually if you create a complete vaccine then it doesn't matter how many skeeters there are




op, i think you're incredibly naive in general, judging by your past posts... but moreso concerning Gate's "business plan"...



Wow... personal attacks? Nice attempt to distract the reader...



my brother came a sliver away from death in a coma induced by malaria.
he didn't take his pills like the rest of the americans he was with did.



Sorry to hear about that. As an American tourist... he was very lucky to have pills.




they just took pills the whole time they were in africa.. and every time they were bitten they were temporarily immune to it.
he was dumb and didnt take the pills.
so he got it.

it's easily preventable. and cheap.



Then why do so many people die of Malaria still each year? How available are these pills in the areas of Africa where they don't even have rice to eat?



so why all this hooplah and grandstanding about it?



It's called raising the consciousness of the wealthy.




[edit on 5-2-2009 by HunkaHunka]



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:08 PM
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What would happen if a mozzie started to feed from a person in the crowd that actually had a communicable diesiese AIDS maybe?? Then if that mozzie did not finish the feed and immediatle started on another in the audience? Surly that would be possible? Or did Bill personally blunt each neddle thingie on each mozzie?



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:38 PM
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Originally posted by HunkaHunka
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Socialist!!!


*wink*


You shouldn't ask the rich, you should take it. As we head for a world wide depression, it would be an indulgence to have free ranging billionaires.

In the same way young men and women are sent to wars, billionaires should be asked to make sacrifices in the national interest. There is no room for them to spread around cash on a whim.

Power to the people!

(i am being tongue in check)



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:41 PM
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haha, "Bill Gates releases more bugs to the world" that was a good quip within the article. I for one can't wait to see the reaction of the crowd when the video is submitted to the public.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:48 PM
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Originally posted by Now_Then
What would happen if a mozzie started to feed from a person in the crowd that actually had a communicable diesiese AIDS maybe?? Then if that mozzie did not finish the feed and immediatle started on another in the audience? Surly that would be possible? Or did Bill personally blunt each neddle thingie on each mozzie?


He could have just released male mosquitoes. The females suck blood.

Or, they could have been female and just home grown without prior contact with disease.

Either way, mosquitoes rarely ever get away with human blood from someone who's awake, people kill the mosquito well before it gorges itself, drops to the ground, metabolizes the blood and goes after it's next meal. It's when you're asleep that you're at risk.


Bill has a point.
Most rich people won't give a damn about anything unless they're directly affected by it.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:52 PM
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I am allergic to mosquito bites and the bite swells into a huge lump within minutes. Although I appreciate his intentions, I would totally be suing him. In summer I slather myself in mosquito repellent creams and try to avoid bites. When I do get bitten I will itch incessantly for a week. By some coincidence mosquitoes love me. I can be in a room with 50 people and I will be the one they bite.



[edit on 5-2-2009 by Mynaeris]



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 04:58 PM
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Bill is alright with me. I'd love to do something like that.

No doubt if he wasn't so wealthy Der homeland security would of strip searched him, locked him up in a cold concrete room with recycled air from the motor pool garage, fed him stale bread with tainted peanut butter, and charged him $5 a minute to phone for help.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 05:31 PM
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Interesting thread, thanks for posting.

Several years ago, I had a friend who recently had been a researcher on malaria at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, and what he had to say about Bill Gates (who to his credit has been funding this for many years) and the whole area of malarial research was quite fascinating.

First off, in the 3rd world, malaria is often the first or second killer. He noted that BG and others have poured huge sums into research to find a cure--which he was quite happy with as it provided him and a whole community of researchers with well-paying jobs--but noted that numerous studies had shown that simple efforts at education and prevention would yield far higher dollar-for-lives results.

Prophylactic pills, for example. Distribute them free to the masses, educate them to take them, and you could reduce infection rates dramatically. Why isn't this done? Drug company profits--also what conveniently drives the search for a cure.

Even more simply, distributing mosquito netting and educating people to use it when sleeping at night would also dramatically reduce infection.

Simple, cheap, and effective means to make huge reductions in malarial infection are already available. But they have none of the glamour or high-profile payoffs that drug companies and researchers are looking for, so they are severely underfunded.

BG's theatrics certainly help raise awareness of this massive killer, but his cash is profoundly misplaced.


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posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 05:50 PM
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Originally posted by Now_Then
What would happen if a mozzie started to feed from a person in the crowd that actually had a communicable diesiese AIDS maybe?? Then if that mozzie did not finish the feed and immediatle started on another in the audience? Surly that would be possible? Or did Bill personally blunt each neddle thingie on each mozzie?

Aids is not spread by mosquitoes to begin with.

Only certain viruses can be transmitted by mosquitoes and not all mosquitoes can carry the same type of virus.
Living in Cairns we have one mosquito that can carry the Dengue virus although we have many species of mosquitoes living in the area.

As nice as the Gates foundation appears to be with his generosity he does scare me a little.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 05:54 PM
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Truth is that Gates just injected everyone with his new version of windows MS Nano. Now the nanobot OS is coursing through these people's veins on it's way to their brains where it will install the software.

Of course it being a windows product, you will see these peoples eyes turn a strange shade of blue now and again and they will stop moving.



posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 05:59 PM
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He's big into tropical diseases. He donated 28 million dollars to my local university the liverpool school of tropical medicine. Good on him i say with his money he has probably saved many lives but if he'd of released those mosquito's in a room i was, in he would of endangered his own



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