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Bill Gates "bugs" the world's rich and famous

Perhaps tiring of "checkbook compassion" from the wealthy and powerful elite who will never have to suffer from the afflictions that they claim to care so much about, Bill Gates decided to up the ante at the recent Technology, Entertainment, and Design Conference:

Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates released a glass full of mosquitoes at an elite technology conference to make a point about the deadly disease malaria.

"Malaria is spread by mosquitoes," Gates said while opening a jar onstage at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference -- a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars.

"I brought some. Here I'll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected."

Afterward, Gates released a statement announcing that none of the mosquitoes were really infected with malaria.

I'm guessing that Gates probably doused himself thoroughly with insect repellent before his presentation, but at the same time I applaud his effort. With all of the current demands for wealthy business and political leaders to "get back in touch" with the every day world that the rest of us must live in, Gates' little demonstration was not only appropriate, but sorely needed. Perhaps in the near future, Gates will be able to persuade some of his wealthy friends to spend some time in a slum in Mexico City or Cairo or Calcutta or Detroit or Baltimore/DC.

Who knows? If they're not careful, they might even learn something.


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Maybe Gates should've broug... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Maybe Gates should've brought the mosquitoes to the Inaugural Ball, or maybe Obama' Super Bowl party, if he wanted to scare rich people.

I assume you're speaking to... (Below threshold)
TimK:

I assume you're speaking tongue in cheek, but what would have been helpful would be to actually advocate something useful that would cut down on the incidence of malaria. From what I have read, the single thing that would most greatly reduce malaria would be the judicious use of DDT.

If Gates wanted to do some ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

If Gates wanted to do some good he would have released the bugs at an European environmentalism conference. They are the idiots who think millions of deaths by malaria don't justify the use of DDT. A pesticide that current studies show is much safer than once thought.

Even if it were only a hand... (Below threshold)
nomorelies:

Even if it were only a handful of mosquitoes, they can spread malaria, HIV, West Nile etc. by biting an infected audience member and then another person nearby. What of the audience folks receiving chemo or with impaired immune systems? Gates is an idiot and an arrogant berk. It was a mean-spirited, childish stunt.

What wasn't reported was th... (Below threshold)

What wasn't reported was that Gates got royalties from the mosquitoes for every bite!

Um, yeah Bill: it's because... (Below threshold)
ECM:

Um, yeah Bill: it's because of people like you (liberals) that DDT use was curtailed (and still is in many places) for a very long time and led to millions and millions of unnecessary deaths, so spare us the lecture.

Btw, the best part about DDT is that it's super cheap, easy to spray and does literally zero harm to anything but mosquitoes (despite the lunatic, Gaia-worshipping, left's decades-long protestation to the contrary).

MeThinks this was a metapho... (Below threshold)
Marc:

MeThinks this was a metaphorical admission of guilt.

'Cause anyone within a 100 yards of any MS product knows it contains more bugs/security fixes than the Earth's entire population of mosquitoes.

Marc - touche!... (Below threshold)

Marc - touche!

ECM:DDT is a persi... (Below threshold)
Matt:

ECM:

DDT is a persistent organic pollutant with a half life in soils of up to 30 years. It also has been proven to have a positive correlation to non-Hodkins lymphoma and testicular cancer, as well as a marked negative impact to other species. The US ban on DDT is cited as one of the primary reasons the bald eagle began to regain its population rather than go extinct. But I'm sure all this scientific proof showing DDT's negative effects is all psycho babble left wing hippie tree higging bullsnit to you. Go jump off a cliff you lunatic repugnican't.

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