Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

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So much for the Good Tech Overlord.

One detail about Bill Gates has always stuck with me, and I was forever astounded that, over his 20-year makeover, it was never again mentioned: Upon his engagement to Melinda French, he insisted that if they were to marry, he would need one long weekend alone each year with his ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad.


Not only that — Gates asked Winblad for permission to marry, then told Time magazine all about it.

“I called Ann and asked for her approval,” Gates told Walter Isaacson in 1997. Gates characterized these annual rendezvous as sexless nerd stuff, and who wouldn’t believe him? Just look at that eyewear and the penchant for synthetic knits.

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates said. The implication, of course, is that Melinda was bright, just not as bright as Ann. Isaacson noted that of the few framed photos in Gates’s office, one was of his wife and another of Ann.

It’s understandable America fell for the well-crafted image of Bill Gates, the cuddly nerd in a V-neck and khakis, BFFs with Warren Buffett, most interested in climate change, global health initiatives, education, and, like Oprah, loving nothing more than recommending a good book.

Bill Gates posited himself as the opposite of our tech villains: Mark Zuckerberg, unconcerned by fake news or rioting at the Capitol or the propaganda ISIS and Russia feed through Facebook; Jeff Bezos, whose Amazon recently admitted lying about overworked employees forced to pee in bottles; and Elon Musk, whose SpaceX is bullying residents of the small Texas town Musk would like to buy.

Of course we wanted to believe Bill Gates was good, despite what seems an obvious truth: Anyone with the kind of megalomania needed to create profit margins and personal fortunes greater than the GDPs of many nations, whose companies more closely resemble sovereign countries, each founder its imperial ruler for life and answerable, really, to no other government on the planet — why would any of these people have a moral compass?

The seeming lack of morality or empathy has traditionally been explained away as a politically incorrect third rail: These men might be on the spectrum, a bit autistic; we’ve been told.

It’s a defense that’s always somehow in the ether, as is the excuse that these men are such geniuses that their greed, ruthlessness and meanness is something closer to eccentricity.

And the coup de grace of this argument: Ladies, just look at them! Not a leading man in the bunch. Don’t you feel sorry for these guys? It’s us women, after all, who have made their ability to deal with us so hard, what with our superficiality and high-school dismissal of the nerds.

So how could it be Bill Gates’s fault if he came off a little creepy? Shouldn’t he get credit — and this is surely his crisis team at work — for telling at least one woman that if he didn’t like his come-on to her — he the married boss, she the subordinate, #MeToo, #Shmee-Too — just to pretend it never happened? Isn’t that the height of courtly benevolence?

Before we get into the sordid details of the real Bill Gates, it’s worth noting that as far back as 1997, when he was 41, longtime friends and former colleagues told Time who he was: A boss with a “famous temper,” loathed in the tech world.

“He’s Darwinian,” former Microsoft exec Rob Glaser told Isaacson. “He doesn’t look for win-win situations with others, but for ways to make others lose.”

Esther Dyson, who nonetheless called herself a longtime friend, issued this observation: “He can lack human empathy.”

Bill Gates: On the spectrum? Or sociopath?

As one former employee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently told The Daily Beast, “It was not a secret . . . that he had dalliances. I don’t think it was a wink-wink permissive thing at all. I think [Melinda] was humiliated and did not like it.”

Translation: Bill either enjoyed or didn’t care that he was embarrassing his wife, who has always been seen as his greatest asset.

As the old saw goes, the fish rots from the head.

“The personality of Bill Gates,” one of his closest colleagues told Time, “determines the culture of Microsoft.”

In 2020, Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board — allegedly at the insistence of board members who, according to the Wall Street Journal, were investigating a multi-year extramarital affair Gates had with a Microsoft employee.

“This was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably,” his spokeswoman told the Journal. Yes, because don’t all such affairs usually end peaceably? Further, she said, his “decision to transition off the board” — have to love that soft verbiage — “was in no way related to this matter.”

Right. Because there is no shortage of powerful men who, their camps have maintained, are way, way too smart to be sexually inappropriate, let alone harass or worse: Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes to mind, as does Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, former New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, New Republic editor Leon Weiselteir, to name a few.

I think we can retire intelligence as a plausible defense.

According to a discrimination lawsuit filed against Microsoft in 2015, “the flagrant and repeated incidents of sexual misconduct toward women at Microsoft reflects the corporate culture in which women are undervalued and underpaid.”

The suit, dismissed at the end of last year, also contains allegations that the company is a place where women are “ignored, abused or degraded,” where staffers were called “p—y” and “c—t,” and that female employees lodged 238 complaints with HR, 108 about sexual harassment and 118 gender discrimination.

One employee claimed that a male colleague asked why she was “dressed like a whore.” Another complaint, about a male staffer who allegedly groped four women at a single work event, was dismissed by the company, which said he suffered from “poor interpersonal awareness,” according to the suit.

Sound familiar?

“It was a culture of [treating] women poorly with impunity,” plaintiff Katherine Moussouris told the Daily Mail, “and I think these revelations [about Gates] have shown that to the world.”


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The enrichment of ... nine new billionaires is due to the profits arising from the production monopoly of the pharmaceutical groups. Their cumulative fortune would make it possible to vaccinate the poorest countries, according to the NGO Oxfam.


Vaccines against Covid-19 have enabled at least nine people, including the French CEO of Moderna Stéphane Bancel, to become billionaires and their cumulative fortune would allow the poorest countries to be vaccinated, the NGO Oxfam said on May 20.

These new fortunes have emerged "thanks to the huge profits of the pharmaceutical groups which have a monopoly on the production of vaccines against the Covid", estimates Oxfam in a press release published before a G20 world summit on health on May 21 in Rome.

These figures are based on the ranking of the American magazine Forbes and are published by the People's vaccine alliance, of which Oxfam is a part, which brings together organizations and personalities demanding free vaccines against Covid-19 all over the world.


The cumulative fortune of the nine billionaires cited, which amounts to 19.3 billion dollars, "would make it possible to vaccinate 1.3 times all low-income countries", which "received only 0.2% of vaccines produced in the world, in particular because of the large deficit of available doses ”, according to Oxfam.

"Enough to vaccinate the entire Indian population", according to Oxfam The first two fortunes, which stand out from the crowd, are held by the CEO of Moderna Stéphane Bancel ($ 4.3 billion) and the CEO and co-founder of BioNTech Ugur Sahin (4 billion).

Eight other billionaires, with "large portfolios of shares" in pharmaceutical companies, have experienced a cumulative increase in their assets of 32.2 billion dollars, "enough to immunize the entire Indian population," the statement added.

"These vaccines were financed by public funds and should be above all a global public good," said Sandra Lhote-Fernandes, of Oxfam France, calling in the press release to "put an urgent end to these monopolies". The lifting of patents still under debate The European Commission assured on May 19 that the EU would be "constructive" at the WTO to assess a lifting of patents on anti-Covid vaccines, wanted by Washington, but that it would propose to first, measures to rapidly increase production.


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Bill Gates Almost Single-Handedly Derailed the Plan That Could Have Led to a 'People's Vaccine' 

Hard to believe now, but in the first few months of the pandemic it looked like the world was going to act together to develop a "people's vaccine."

Given the scope and urgency of the looming crisis in February 2020, hundreds of global health experts and researchers converged for two intense days at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) where they drew up extensive plans for pooling global scientific knowledge in order to expedite the quest for a vaccine.

Their plan amounted to a bold rejection of the usual pharmaceutical model where drug companies carry out research behind proprietary walls, jealously guarding their "intellectual property" as they race to get a patent, which will give them a monopoly on their new product.

Instead, the urgent plan drawn up at WHO headquarters by some of the world's top infectious disease experts was based on a concept rarely seen in the ultra-lucrative world of pharmaceutical drugs—co-operation in the interests of creating a public good.

But, in the grim winter and early spring of 2020, governments around the world were sufficiently scared of the deadly new virus that they seemed willing to embrace such a radical scheme—even over the objections of Big Pharma.

"The early days featured tantalizing glimpses of an open-science, co-operative pandemic response," notes Alexander Zaitchik, author of the forthcoming book "Owning the Sun: A People's History of Monopoly Medicine, from Aspirin to COVID-19."

But the inspiring plan devised by the scientists—which promised to create a vaccine essentially belonging to the world's people, not to corporate shareholders—was crushed fairly decisively when Bill Gates ventured into the fray.

The multibillionaire, often described as the "global health czar," has achieved an exulted, almost revered status for giving away tens of billions of his fortune in a seemingly selfless effort to help the world.

Unlike other billionaire philanthropists, who lavish money on their alma maters or prestigious cultural institutions, Gates has focused on helping the world's poor.

Long before the pandemic struck, Gates was channelling billions from his foundation to support vaccine programs in the developing world.

And yet, as Zaitchik documents, Gates almost single-handedly derailed the plan that could have led to a "people's vaccine."

That's because, for all his philanthropy, Gates is deeply committed to protecting the rights of patent holders. He made his own mega-fortune through patents on his computer innovations and has long supported the pharmaceutical industry's claim that patents are necessary to encourage investment.

Big Pharma has been only too happy to let the selfless billionaire be the frontman for their cause, seemingly providing evidence of its moral validity.

So, even before the scientific community had a chance to launch its co-operative public initiative in May 2020, Gates had put forward his own COVID initiative based on protecting drug patents and encouraging vaccine philanthropy.

Of course, the Gates-Big Pharma model has been a disaster, with pharmaceutical companies making astronomical profits as they dole out scarce supplies of their patented COVID vaccines to the highest bidders, leaving poor countries with little chance of vaccinating their people before 2024.

This abject failure prompted an alliance of developing nations, led by South Africa and India, to demand that patents be waived for COVID vaccines and drugs until the end of the pandemic.

For months, rich countries rejected the patent-waiver demand. But a surprise recent endorsement by the Biden administration has changed the dynamics somewhat, pushing even the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the poor countries' initiative, although Gates himself has not changed his tune.

Among other things, the vaccine tragedy highlights the danger posed by the extreme concentration of wealth and power that Bill Gates represents.

It turns out that his mega-philanthropy comes with a hitch: it enables Gates to develop extraordinary influence over crucial matters, such as whether or not the world's poor will have a chance to survive the pandemic.

Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, famously dismissed a question about ownership of his discovery with the question: "Could you patent the sun?"

To which Bill Gates would presumably reply: "Absolutely. How else can we encourage investment?"


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“It’s hard to imagine a story with a more dramatic rise or disastrous fall than the story of the Maxwell family,” said a creative director from Expectation Factual, the British TV production company making an upcoming documentary series about the family of Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. 

Manhattan’s elite kept schtum earlier this month when a team of BBC filmmakers working on “The Fall Of The House Of Maxwell” documentary rolled into town to discuss Jeffery Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and her fraudster dad, according to Page Six sources.

Ghislaine is currently in jail awaiting trial for an eight-count indictment over her ill-fated association with the dead financier. The daughter of late press baron Robert Maxwell is being accused of helping her former boyfriend to sexually abuse young girls and sex traffic them to other rich and powerful figures, including British royal Prince Andrew, who denies his involvement.

But many New York socialites, who were once all too eager to rub shoulders with Epstein and his British girlfriend, are now desperately trying to bury any reminders of their connection to the disgraced couple, one insider told the BBC.

“All members of higher society in New York refused to talk to the BBC,” the person told Page Six. “Some people are buying the copyrights to photos both in London and New York to remove the pictures from the market that shows them with Ghislaine and/or Epstein.”

The producers of the three-part doc, which was first commissioned by BBC Two last year and is being made by the UK’s Expectation Factual, still reportedly managed to get interviews with an attorney for one of Epstein’s accuser David Boies and some former business associates of Robert Maxwell, including his ex-PR representative, but not with the financier’s alleged victims.


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