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(The Week)   Say what you will about Bill and Melinda Gates, but their foundation just donated $150 million to push coronavirus vaccine doses below $3 for the world   (theweek.com) divider line
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2020-08-08 6:11:07 AM  
Good to hear, but somehow I expect that we Americans will get totally hosed.  We'll get charged $3000 a pop after our taxes pay for all the research.
 
2020-08-08 6:19:10 AM  
so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?
 
2020-08-08 6:20:58 AM  

luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?


I never liked how Bill Gates made his money.. but he's starting to redeem himself.. a little.
 
2020-08-08 6:25:13 AM  

Alphax: luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?

I never liked how Bill Gates made his money.. but he's starting to redeem himself.. a little.



i've gotta say, dedicating billions and decades to attempting to eradicate human malaria cases from planet earth was a damn good start.

you may hate how he made the money, but now that it's made, he seems to be pretty into not spending most of it for evil....
 
2020-08-08 6:35:27 AM  
One of the few tech billionaires who is not a complete asshole.
 
2020-08-08 6:42:00 AM  
I have a 100 city tour planned starting in Cincinnati and finishing in Tuscaloosa to demonstrate that even if you never took the vaccine, the Bill Gates vaccine has infected you and your family.

And I have the only proven anti-vaccine on the market.

The best part is it can be administered remotely. And with off the shelf items found at your local grocer or gas station. You just follow the steps in the prerecorded VHS tape, and upon completion of the first cleansing, you become eligible for both the 2nd AND 3rd rounds of VHS treatments that will clear you and your family from this fake virus and fake vaccine.

Send your $
 
2020-08-08 6:49:33 AM  
Yes, but Zuckerberg celebrated passing $100,000,000,000 in assets by letting Alex Jones' personal colloidal-Silver lizardman-repellent suppository inserter edit all CDC posts on Facebook.
 
2020-08-08 7:10:46 AM  
I'm sure American insurance companies will still want a $20 copay
 
2020-08-08 7:30:06 AM  
He's also providing the 5G tracking devices for the vaccines free of cost.
 
2020-08-08 7:36:12 AM  

kbronsito: He's also providing the 5G tracking devices for the vaccines free of cost.


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2020-08-08 8:34:41 AM  
Don't cheer that hard for him.

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2020-08-08 8:37:52 AM  
There are no good billionaires.
 
2020-08-08 8:38:13 AM  
Musk, Zuck, Bezos, and Sims?
 
2020-08-08 8:39:10 AM  
Only $150 million?

I know that it is at least something, but come on, that's a tiny drop in the bucket. Maybe if it was several billion, that would actually make a huge difference.
 
2020-08-08 8:41:43 AM  

whosits_112: Only $150 million?

I know that it is at least something, but come on, that's a tiny drop in the bucket. Maybe if it was several billion, that would actually make a huge difference.


You know that's not the only thing he is doing with his money right?
 
2020-08-08 8:42:07 AM  

Alphax: Good to hear, but somehow I expect that we Americans will get totally hosed.  We'll get charged $3000 a pop after our taxes pay for all the research.


It's beyond unfortunate that the world needs to rely on the philanthropy of the token uber-wealthy and the US is expected to enrich people so they could become the uber-wealthy, and maybe one of them will find a conscience in their Scrooge McDuck vaults... and by that time, the US might be one of those third world countries they help.

I'd say better luck, next plague, but I still feel empathy and outrage on your behalf, even though the dumbest/evilest among you are going to wreck the global economic recovery and keep growing this plague. Your assholes keep coming to Canada, despite the border lockdown. We have our own assholes, we don't need that kind of help.

It's ludicrous and many good people will die and suffer unnecessarily, and never get justice. I'm really sorry. It's going to hurt the disadvantaged even harder.
 
2020-08-08 8:42:10 AM  

DannyBrandt: I have a 100 city tour planned starting in Cincinnati and finishing in Tuscaloosa to demonstrate that even if you never took the vaccine, the Bill Gates vaccine has infected you and your family.

And I have the only proven anti-vaccine on the market.

The best part is it can be administered remotely. And with off the shelf items found at your local grocer or gas station. You just follow the steps in the prerecorded VHS tape, and upon completion of the first cleansing, you become eligible for both the 2nd AND 3rd rounds of VHS treatments that will clear you and your family from this fake virus and fake vaccine.

Send your $


That's cool, but you're going to see some hefty fines for violating the EULA for the firmware of the nano bots that have taken over our brains.
 
hej
2020-08-08 8:45:01 AM  
Farkers will still find a way to biatch about him.
 
2020-08-08 8:46:24 AM  

Zroop: DannyBrandt: I have a 100 city tour planned starting in Cincinnati and finishing in Tuscaloosa to demonstrate that even if you never took the vaccine, the Bill Gates vaccine has infected you and your family.

And I have the only proven anti-vaccine on the market.

The best part is it can be administered remotely. And with off the shelf items found at your local grocer or gas station. You just follow the steps in the prerecorded VHS tape, and upon completion of the first cleansing, you become eligible for both the 2nd AND 3rd rounds of VHS treatments that will clear you and your family from this fake virus and fake vaccine.

Send your $

That's cool, but you're going to see some hefty fines for violating the EULA for the firmware of the nano bots that have taken over our brains.


That's why I use proprietary software available only on VHS.

Did you sit out day 2 of the Sales Seminar?
 
2020-08-08 8:47:56 AM  
Never mind the Negative Nancies, this is good news.
 
2020-08-08 8:48:53 AM  
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2020-08-08 8:49:17 AM  

luna1580: Alphax: luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?

I never liked how Bill Gates made his money.. but he's starting to redeem himself.. a little.


i've gotta say, dedicating billions and decades to attempting to eradicate human malaria cases from planet earth was a damn good start.

you may hate how he made the money, but now that it's made, he seems to be pretty into not spending most of it for evil....


Give Melinda 99% of the credit. Bill just likes having something to work on, Melinda is the heart and soul.
 
2020-08-08 8:50:09 AM  
Meh, I don't get the lingering hate for Bill Gates on this site; perhaps I'm not close enough to "the real story" to understand the angst.

But from afar the guy seems to be truly trying to help and I suspect if he was up here in Canada we'd treat him as a national treasure for the philanthropic work he does with his wealth.

He really seems like a guy who has climbed to the top of his mountain and after surveying the winnings decided that the next best conquest is how best to distribute the spoils to the people that provided that wealth (all of us lowly minions).

/fark, has he already injected me with that mind control vaccine? Did I just type that?
 
2020-08-08 8:52:26 AM  
Dang that's like an entire 0.13% of his wealth.
 
2020-08-08 8:53:17 AM  

Salmon: Meh, I don't get the lingering hate for Bill Gates on this site; perhaps I'm not close enough to "the real story" to understand the angst.

But from afar the guy seems to be truly trying to help and I suspect if he was up here in Canada we'd treat him as a national treasure for the philanthropic work he does with his wealth.

He really seems like a guy who has climbed to the top of his mountain and after surveying the winnings decided that the next best conquest is how best to distribute the spoils to the people that provided that wealth (all of us lowly minions).

/fark, has he already injected me with that mind control vaccine? Did I just type that?


For about a year I worked in BGIT at MSFT.  My real responsibility was to be Bill's personal IT admin.  I owned his email and sharepoint stuffs so I had access to all his business dealings.

Dude's boring as hell.  I don't understand the hate.  

/ate a lot of free popcorn that year
//oh, and my foos improved dramatically
 
2020-08-08 8:54:01 AM  

bikkurikun: One of the few tech billionaires who is not a complete asshole.


...anymore.

Microsoft's predatory scorched-earth behaviour in the 1990s made Bill a very, very hated man.  I worked for a small software company they screwed over. They signed a marketing agreement with us and then went on to make a ripoff of our product.  Their response?  Basically "yup, we lied.  Go ahead and sue us.  Just try".

I think eventually he took the hatred personally and decided he didn't want to be remembered that way.

Which is smart.  You can buy only so many islands and yachts before it gets boring.  A philanthropic hobby is far more fulfilling.
 
2020-08-08 8:55:26 AM  

carnage4u: There are no good billionaires.


Some rich fark on Bloomberg yesterday said he gets tested twice a day for rona. Every day.

Probably why it takes 3-5 days to get my results.
 
2020-08-08 9:00:14 AM  

bikkurikun: One of the few tech billionaires who is not a complete asshole.


Sadly, he is the closest thing we have to a real world Batman.
 
2020-08-08 9:02:06 AM  

hej: Farkers will still find a way to biatch about him.


Hey, being Edgy McEdgelord gets you the upvotes man.
 
2020-08-08 9:02:13 AM  

hej: Farkers will still find a way to biatch about him.


The Fark community is hardly unique on the internet for contrarian perversity.
 
2020-08-08 9:04:15 AM  
Gotta have a distribution system for those 5G microchips.
 
2020-08-08 9:04:19 AM  

CluelessMoron: bikkurikun: One of the few tech billionaires who is not a complete asshole.

...anymore.

Microsoft's predatory scorched-earth behaviour in the 1990s made Bill a very, very hated man.  I worked for a small software company they screwed over. They signed a marketing agreement with us and then went on to make a ripoff of our product.  Their response?  Basically "yup, we lied.  Go ahead and sue us.  Just try".

I think eventually he took the hatred personally and decided he didn't want to be remembered that way.

Which is smart.  You can buy only so many islands and yachts before it gets boring.  A philanthropic hobby is far more fulfilling.


I believe both his wife and his father finally made him grow up a little. Becoming a father himself probably had something to do with it as well.
 
2020-08-08 9:05:44 AM  

luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?


I give Bill's credit to Melinda, who seems to be able to coax and cajole her husband to do genuinely good things with his wealth and time.  She's a moral Machiavelli.  Still, kudos on Bill for listening to his spouse as opposed to being all, "fark you lady, I do what I want, I'm the King of Microsoft!"
 
2020-08-08 9:08:04 AM  

Salmon: Meh, I don't get the lingering hate for Bill Gates on this site; perhaps I'm not close enough to "the real story" to understand the angst.

But from afar the guy seems to be truly trying to help and I suspect if he was up here in Canada we'd treat him as a national treasure for the philanthropic work he does with his wealth.

He really seems like a guy who has climbed to the top of his mountain and after surveying the winnings decided that the next best conquest is how best to distribute the spoils to the people that provided that wealth (all of us lowly minions).

/fark, has he already injected me with that mind control vaccine? Did I just type that?


In general, you don't climb to that height, at least not under your own power. You reach that height by standing on the corpses of the companies and people you have subjugated or crushed on your rise.

https://www.boredpanda.com/jeff-bezos​-​batman-tweet-honest-business/?utm_sour​ce=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campa​ign=organic
 
2020-08-08 9:10:01 AM  

rohar: Salmon: Meh, I don't get the lingering hate for Bill Gates on this site; perhaps I'm not close enough to "the real story" to understand the angst.

But from afar the guy seems to be truly trying to help and I suspect if he was up here in Canada we'd treat him as a national treasure for the philanthropic work he does with his wealth.

He really seems like a guy who has climbed to the top of his mountain and after surveying the winnings decided that the next best conquest is how best to distribute the spoils to the people that provided that wealth (all of us lowly minions).

/fark, has he already injected me with that mind control vaccine? Did I just type that?

For about a year I worked in BGIT at MSFT.  My real responsibility was to be Bill's personal IT admin.  I owned his email and sharepoint stuffs so I had access to all his business dealings.

Dude's boring as hell.  I don't understand the hate.  

/ate a lot of free popcorn that year
//oh, and my foos improved dramatically


The hate isn't about him personally, (well maybe a few Windows Vista users) it stems from the understanding that that level of wealth inequality is highly damaging to modern society.
 
2020-08-08 9:12:40 AM  

Alphax: luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?

I never liked how Bill Gates made his money.. but he's starting to redeem himself.. a little.


Windows sux
 
2020-08-08 9:13:19 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Yes, but Zuckerberg celebrated passing $100,000,000,000 in assets by letting Alex Jones' personal colloidal-Silver lizardman-repellent suppository inserter edit all CDC posts on Facebook.



You're one of my favorites because you usually don't disappoint.
 
2020-08-08 9:15:06 AM  
If the headline were accurate, it would mean the vaccine cost 3.02 to begin with
 
2020-08-08 9:17:28 AM  

luna1580: Alphax: luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?

I never liked how Bill Gates made his money.. but he's starting to redeem himself.. a little.


i've gotta say, dedicating billions and decades to attempting to eradicate human malaria cases from planet earth was a damn good start.

you may hate how he made the money, but now that it's made, he seems to be pretty into not spending most of it for evil....


Yeah, I mean wouldn't it be much better use on cocaine and hookers??  You know, like a man?
 
2020-08-08 9:24:16 AM  

Sachlpch: I'm sure American insurance companies will still want a $20 copay


I've somehow before had a higher copay than what the meds would be if I bought them without insurance. How the fark does that work?
 
2020-08-08 9:25:17 AM  
$150,000,000 ÷ $112,700,000,000 = .133% of his net worth.

The MegaMillions jackpot tonight is $158 million.  So he's donating a multi-state-lottery-jackpot's worth, and it's one-eight of 1% of his total net worth.

Whereas if he was taxed at 35%, the government (we the people) would have about $40 billion to spend on making vaccines... free!
 
2020-08-08 9:30:01 AM  

Alphax: luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?

I never liked how Bill Gates made his money.. but he's starting to redeem himself.. a little.


He'll be relieved, no doubt.
 
2020-08-08 9:31:19 AM  

hej: Farkers will still find a way to biatch about him.


Will?

You're too late to use future-tense.
 
2020-08-08 9:33:28 AM  

Sachlpch: I'm sure American insurance companies will still want a $20 copay


Plus the 100 dollar office visit.
 
2020-08-08 9:34:36 AM  

whosits_112: Only $150 million?

I know that it is at least something, but come on, that's a tiny drop in the bucket. Maybe if it was several billion, that would actually make a huge difference.


On a global scale, that's nearly 2 cents per person.  What are you complaining about?
 
2020-08-08 9:36:11 AM  

krispos42: $150,000,000 ÷ $112,700,000,000 = .133% of his net worth.

The MegaMillions jackpot tonight is $158 million.  So he's donating a multi-state-lottery-jackpot's worth, and it's one-eight of 1% of his total net worth.

Whereas if he was taxed at 35%, the government (we the people) would have about $40 billion to spend on making vaccines... free!


You do realize he already paid taxes on the money he earned, right tovarishch?
 
2020-08-08 9:37:29 AM  

krispos42: $150,000,000 ÷ $112,700,000,000 = .133% of his net worth.

The MegaMillions jackpot tonight is $158 million.  So he's donating a multi-state-lottery-jackpot's worth, and it's one-eight of 1% of his total net worth.

Whereas if he was taxed at 35%, the government (we the people) would have about $40 billion to spend on making vaccines... free!


Suuuuure they would.
 
2020-08-08 9:38:03 AM  

Alphax: kbronsito: He's also providing the 5G tracking devices for the vaccines free of cost.

[Fark user image 720x750]


Brilliant. Every once in a while a meme is so smart and funny that it should be inevitable.
 
2020-08-08 9:40:30 AM  
Say what I want? OK, they're both awesome.
 
2020-08-08 9:42:00 AM  

Alphax: luna1580: so, totally disregarding any and all products/companies ever affiliated with them, let's focus on public works (or public statements, if actual works are lacking).

it's very clear that NOW, in real life, "cool" elon is a billionaire super-supervillain, and "dorky" billionaire bill is a super-superhero.


-right?

I never liked how Bill Gates made his money.. but he's starting to redeem himself.. a little.


He basically created a computer standard for the world. What's wrong with that?
 
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