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March 17 2020: "#Gates has proved there is a far easier path to political power, one that allows unelected billionaires to shape public policy in ways that almost always generate favorable headlines: #charity."
"Describing his approach by turns as "creative capitalism" and “catalytic philanthropy," Gates oversaw a shift at his foundation to leverage "all the tools of #capitalism" to "connect the promise of #philanthropy with the power of private enterprise."

#Microsoft #Pharma
The #Gates Foundation has made over the last two decades, ...close to $2 billion in tax-deductible charitable donations to private companies—including some of the largest businesses in the world, such as #GlaxoSmithKline, #Unilever, #IBM, & #NBC Universal #Media."
"The #Gates Foundation even gave $2 million to Participant Media to promote Davis Guggenheim's previous documentary film Waiting for Superman, which pushes one of the foundation’s signature charity efforts, charter schools—#privately managed public #schools."
“It’s been a quite unprecedented development, the amount that the #Gates Foundation is gifting to corporations….

such as a $19 M donation to a #Mastercard affiliate in 2014 to “increase usage of #digital #financial products by poor adults” in #Kenya."
M-Kopa: Exploits of Gates & Al Gore (Generation Invest.) in #Africa:

"Other vultures exploiting the impoverished and vulnerable under the guise of green & "clean energy for all" include ... the #Gates Foundation and #Mastercard."…
$250 M to corps that the #Gates Foundation holds corporate stocks/bonds in: #Merck, #Novartis, #GlaxoSmithKline, #Vodafone, #Sanofi, Ericsson, LG, #Medtronic, Teva, w/ —with grants directed at "developing new #drugs & health monitoring systems & creating mobile banking services"
"In speeches delivered at the American Enterprise Institute & #Microsoft in 2013 & ‘14, he trumpeted the lives his foundation was saving—in one speech he said 10 million, in another 6 million—through 'partnerships w/ #pharmaceutical companies.'"

#Gates #COVID19 #4IR #Blockchain
"... the [#Gates]foundation is doing more than simply partnering w/ companies: It is subsidizing their research costs, opening up markets for their products, & bankrolling their bottom lines... even as you and I, dear reader, are subsidizing this work." [Photo: Davos. 2018] #WEF
The #Gates Foundation "has given money to groups that push for industry-friendly government #policies & #regulation, including the Drug Information Association (directed by Big #Pharma) and the International Life #Sciences Institute (funded by Big Ag)."
"...a prof. of educ. at NYU... illustrates the way Gates is "working to push tech. in classrooms, to replace #teachers w/ computers"

WEF: "The notion of an educ. as the knowledge-holder who imparts wisdom to [] pupils is no longer fit for the purpose of a 21st-century education"
With an ideological interest in free markets the foundation "has been a strong & consistent supporter of intellectual property rights, including for the #pharmaceutical companies with which it works closely... #philanthropy to advance a pro-patent agenda on pharmaceutical drugs."
"Gates is sort of the right wing of the public-health movement... always trying to push things in a pro-​corporate direction... big defender of the big drug companies...undermining a lot of things that are really necessary to make #drugs affordable to people that are really poor"
"The #Gates Foundation’s $200 M program to improve public #libraries partnered w/ #Microsoft to donate the company's software, prompting criticism that the donations were aimed at 'seeding the market' for Microsoft products & 'lubricating future sales'"

#IoT #4IR #AI #Blockchain
"It's hard to draw the line between a) #Microsoft b) his own personal wealth & investment; & c) the foundation.. The foundation’s clearest conflicts of interest may be the grants it gives to for-profit companies in which it holds investments—large corps like #Merck & #Unilever.
Jan 31 2019: "Global Pharma Giant #Merck Wins US #Blockchain, #AI Patent for Product Authenticity"

"Last week, U.S.-based health insurance giant Aetna partnered with tech mogul #IBM to build a blockchain network designed for the healthcare industry,..."…
"Gates' "strategic invest. fund... includes a $7 M equity stake in the start-up company AgBiome, whose other investors include the #agrochemical companies #Monsanto & #Syngenta."…
"The foundation also gave the company $20 M in charitable grants to develop #pesticides for #African farmers... At one point, the foundation held a 48% stake in an #HIV diagnostic company called Zyomyx, to which it previously awarded millions of dollars in charitable grants."
The #Gates Foundation endowment includes investments in #prisons, fast food, the #arms industry, #pharmaceutical companies, & #fossil #fuels... "Its $50 billion endowment has generated $28.5 billion in investment income over the last five years."
There are approx. 100,000 private foundations in the US, w/ close to $1 trillion in assets w/ a tax rate of only 1-2%. These foundations control/shape whole populations via the NGOs that comprise the non-profit industrial complex. #Gates et al. billions buys blindness & silence.
Gates "has had far-reaching effects on public policy, pushing privately run charter schools into states where courts & voters have rejected them... earmarked funds to direct [] #WHO to work on the foundation's [] agenda, & subsidizing Merck's & Bayer's entry into dev. countries"
"100 yrs ago []#Rockefeller asked Congress to provide him with a charter to start a private foundation, his ambitions were [] rejected" 'No amount of charities in spending such fortunes can compensate in any way for the #misconduct in acquiring them.'"…
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