Why Would Bill Gates Want to Kill One Billion People?

Viral video aggregator Upworthy has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for their meteoric rise in popularity and maddening-yet-effective headline writing style. One element of the site that didn’t get much press, however, was an announcement they made over Facebook on November 12. The post proclaimed:

One of the reasons we started on this social merry-go-round was to get important ideas out there that people rarely talk about. So we are getting in cahoots with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and launching a global health and poverty section.

This they did, kicking off an area of their site called “All 7 Billion” which spotlighted videos related to poverty, sustainability and health care in the developing world. What nobody at Upworthy seemed to take into account was the loathing for the Gates Foundation among various pro-woo, anti-science fringe movements. And the comments left by these people, which numbered almost a thousand in total, were scathing:

Need to find another partner if you want my support……..Gates Foundation owns 1,000,000 shares of Monsanto who looks not only control the world’s food supply and poison everyone as they do it, the do their best to ruin any competition from sustainable growth and organic farmers.

While you’re partnering with them maybe you could ask them why they support toxic GMO foods.

Bill accidentally (cough) sterilized thousands with his generous donation of vaccines (contaminated with sterility compounds), while giving a TED presentation that said “in order to cut greenhouse gases, we need to lower population, and thanks to vaccines, we should be able to lower the earth’s population by at least 10%”…

He’s busy vaccinating and euthanizing children in poor countries instead of caring for and feeding them … Sad day for Upworthy.

I do not agree what the Gates foundation is doing to public education. Specifically the Common Core crap. What does he actually know about education anyway?

The Nazi Eugenicist Gates Foundation , Bilderberg Billy Gates ???!! Pushing deadly vaccines instead of food Gates foundation ??? Jeez, you just lost all credibility there…

And on and on it goes. So is Bill Gates really a Monsanto-owning, eugenics-loving, anti-education monster who wants to cull the population through poisoned vaccines? Or is he a wealthy man trying to use his fortune do some good in the world in a way that angers people who see conspiracy around every corner?

CLAIM: Bill Gates owns part of/most of/all of Monsanto and won’t answer questions about it. As with anything related to Monsanto, it’s hard to separate fact from hysterics. The short version of the truth here is that in 2010, according to their legally-required public tax return, the Foundation Trust purchased 500,000 shares of Monsanto, worth $34 million. These shares were sold in 2011 and as of their 2012 filing, the Foundation doesn’t own a single share of Monsanto. As it was, the investment was a tiny portion of their holdings, never enough to make a significant impact in either organization.

As to why they bought the stock in 2010, why wouldn’t they? The Foundation has a massive portfolio of investments. Just their list of corporate stocks owned in 2011 runs for 19 pages. Given that the Foundation has an interest in both decreasing poverty and increasing their overall endowment, and Monsanto stock is a strong performer, their investment isn’t surprising at all. The Foundation has a policy of not commenting on individual investments, so the fact that they won’t discuss this particular one also isn’t surprising.

Bill Gates...vaccines...UN...OPEN YOUR EYES!!! (guardian.co.uk)

Bill Gates…vaccines…UN…OPEN YOUR EYES!!! (guardian.co.uk)

CLAIM: The Gates Foundation supports toxic GMO’s. It’s true that the Foundation has made a major commitment to agricultural development, particularly in poverty-stricken countries. One particular method they’re using to accomplish this is through the research and promotion of genetically modified crops. They’ve invested heavily in numerous different GMO initiatives, including basic science research, virus resistant cassava and “golden rice,” a vitamin-loaded crop that can reduce malnutrition and infant blindness.

And remember, when it comes to children dying, the fewer, the better. The harm of GMO crops has never been proven to exist, but the people being helped by the Foundation’s backing of this work certainly do – hundreds of millions around the world. The Foundation’s efforts could lift these people out hunger and into better lives. Of course, the vast majority of the objections to the Foundation’s investments in GMO’s come from activists who have never had to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. As I’ve said many times, it’s easier to March Against Monsanto when your belly is full.

CLAIM: The Gates Foundation supports deadly vaccines that kill people. Three for three on claims that induce hysteria among certain portions of the internet. First of all, let’s sweep away any speculation that supporting vaccination is a bad thing. Despite one’s personal opinion, vaccines save lives. Mommy instinct and Google University might not agree with that, but decades of scientific research does.

Vaccination in the developing world makes up a major platform of the Gates Foundation’s philanthropy. Populations that had no access to vaccines for a host of deadly, preventable illnesses now do. The Foundation’s efforts are working. In just one example, India, a country ravaged by polio not that long ago, reported one single case in 2011.

It’s the polio vaccine that makes up one of the most common claims against the Foundation, that Gates-sponsored vaccines caused 47,500 cases of paralysis in India. You’ll find this claim all over vaccine-doomsayer websites, and as you can guess, it’s not true. The polio vaccine does not cause polio. These cases turned out to be acute flaccid paralysis, caused by a non-polio enterovirus. Another oft-repeated and equally bogus claim is that Malawian children were forced at gunpoint to take Gates vaccines. The source of this is, of course, Natural News – which referenced an article from Malawi Voice that appears to have been taken down shortly after it went up.

Golden rice, currently saving lives in a country near you.

Golden rice, currently saving lives in a country near you. (Wikimedia commons)

Skeptical Raptor has a good write-up of these and other false vaccine-related accusations against the Gates Foundation. Read it, then beat your head against the nearest wall.

CLAIM: Bill Gates is a eugenics advocate who wants to cull the world’s population. Conspiracy theories about global depopulation are legion, with everyone from the UN to the Illuminati supposedly preparing a massive thinning of the herd through “soft kill” techniques. So naturally, a Bill Gates speech about how vaccines can reduce the population of the world would be a big deal and prove him to be a murderous monster.

Of course, Gates never said such a thing.

What Gates DID do was give a TED talk in 2010, called “Innovating to Zero.” The focus of the talk was reducing global carbon emissions to, as per the title, zero. Out of that speech came this quote, which conspiracy mongers have seized on as an admission that Gates is a eugenicist in programmer’s clothing:

The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3.

Devoid of context, it looks like he’s saying that vaccines and health care could kill a billion people. But a rational person doesn’t look at this and see the richest man in the world calmly (and publicly) outlining his plans for genocide. What Gates is talking about is reducing population growth, and reputable science bears out that a higher-standard of living equals lower birth rates. Included in this are things like good health care, better food and, yes, vaccines.

Like all the other depopulation plans, this one appears to be either not real or moving incredibly slowly.

CLAIM: Bill Gates is single-handedly destroying education in America. The Gates Foundation played a key role in the development, funding and promotion of Common Core, an education initiative dedicated to reforming standards in math and English. The benefits, drawbacks and myths surrounding Common Core are probably legion enough to warrant their own blog post, but it’s clear that the Gates Foundation is intertwined with this work. If you think Common Core is a bad idea, and many people do, you’re naturally going to hang this on the Gates Foundation.

CLAIM: Bill Gates is a member of various global elite bankster ruling cadres, including the Illuminati and the Bilderberg Group. Gates was a member of the 2010 Bilderberg Group conference, so that claim is factually correct. Though as with everything Bilderberg related, it’s slathered in misinformation and fear.

As for Gates being a member of the all-powerful Illuminati, if such a group existed, Gates’ status as one of the richest men on the planet would probably approve him for charter membership – along with virtually every other powerful, wealthy and important person around.

So is the Gates Foundation an arm of the apocalypse, or an instrument for good? That depends on whether you think vaccination and ending hunger are good things. Since I do, I’m pretty firmly on their side.

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34 Responses to Why Would Bill Gates Want to Kill One Billion People?

  1. Anne Ramsey says:

    I Just have one question. If GMO is only single crop with no seed then what good is it to developing countries who have to buy seeds every season and not cultivate their own crops.

  2. George says:

    Answer: GMI is not only obe crop with one seed. Anything else?

  3. es says:

    What I think Anne is asking is about the business practices of Monsanto. If you buy their GMO seeds, you are legally entitled to plant one crop, one season and not allowed to reserve the seeds from a portion of your crop for planting the next season. This means that farmers have to buy seeds every season.

    • Innominata says:

      And if it was not economically viable to buy more next season, because your GM crops yield much better profits, then you would not use GM crops. The take away here is that YES! GM crops are so much more cost effective than regular crops, that farmers are buying the seeds every year.

      The only people with a problem with this are people who mistakenly think that Monsanto’s millions or billions of research and development of seeds that HELP FARMERS is worth absolutely nothing to farmers. If this is the case, then farmers wouldn’t want these seeds.
      If they are the next best thing, they will buy them, using some of the money they would have otherwise had to spend on pesticides, and end up better off.

  4. It would do those that argue that GMO is hurting small farmers a great deal of good to spend some time on a modern single-operator farm as it would help them lose some of the misconceptions that are driving these arguments. In most cases, successful farmers in this class are business people first, then agronomists, millwrights, equipment operators and chemical technicians, then lastly, (if at all) romantic about what they do. Most have considerable formal education in their field and are well up on the technology and scientific advances in agriculture and try to apply as much of what is available from these areas as they can afford to their operations.

    Outside of Third World subsistence farmers no modern farmer saves seed from last year’s crop to sow the following season, but instead relies on commercial hybridized seed and has done so long before Roundup Ready and other GMO cultivars showed up. They do this because it is far more convenient and because commercial seed is guaranteed to germinate.

    Modern farmers are in no more thrall to their seed suppliers than they are to the companies they buy their equipment, machinery, pesticides, and fertilizers from, and probably less than they are to several other economic entities they must do business with or through like banks and marketing cooperatives.

  5. Reg says:

    The question presumes the intent and if fact, then only one person can answer it.

    What everyone seems to have forgotten is that vaccines and antibiotics have put us on the credit side when it comes to the squandering of lives. Man has erred once more.

    Oh sorry, this IS purely a logical and economic discussion isn’t it?

    • Christian says:

      Reg, are you saying that vaccines have squandered lives, or saved them ? I am not sure what you’re implying. I THINK you’re saying vaccines have cost lives, but that’s so dumb that I don’t want to put words in your mouth if that’s not what you meant.

      • Reg says:

        Well being in credit means that vaccines and antibiotics have saved an enormous number of lives, even it was a bit globally patchy . But since the subject appears to be one of the pure logic and economics of whether Bill has the power and desire to restore the balance by exterminating one billion people, some-one is playing silly-buggers.

        Quote Bill’s Ted torque, “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3. Unquote.

        “Great job and new vaccines” needs defining, but without it I am led to believe that Bill is operating from the best of intentions rather than the worst, what-ever that is, so he is seeking to save the vast population from pain and starvation.

        For this we need a non-reproductive health service, or rather we would have, before Global Warming promised to take a hand and either drown the hoardes or move them into such population density that the warriors would rise to the surface requiring all available sustenance to keep the enemies at bay while the population they are protecting starve to death anyway.

        Not dissimilar to the Republican attitude to defense and health-care.

        I make no judgement, for that we need a real idiot.

        • Christian says:

          Ah. I see…. In my mind, most conspiracy theories start from a feeling of helplessness. Bill Gates has more money than me, so he must be holding me down. I am sure Bill has the best of intentions, and it’s obvious that improved infant health and access to services such as education, will lower the birth rate, and is probably one of the reasons it’s already peaking and starting to drop.

          • Reg says:

            It is ever the human propensity to judge people by the status of their birth regardless of the evidence. Lloyd George and Winston Churchill are cases in point.

            The lowly born Lloyd George of Welsh origin is still seen as the upholder of individual freedom and protector of the masses and yet it was he who, because of his ineptitude, allowed thousands of working people to be slaughtered under the guns of the enemy during WWI.

            While the high born Winston Churchill, from his own jealous desire for personal aggrandizement and recognition and prone to error, truly had the welfare of the individual at his core. But he had the ability to rise above his dreadful failures with the full appreciation that he would probably fail again.

            Bill is fortunate that his wealth, so relatively easily obtained, can be used to help those whom the general population would rather ignore for as long as possible.

            And there we have some fanatic driven to question Bill’s motives as if he should have simply retired on his generous pension until the tides had risen and washed it all away. I’m afraid I cannot help reading some sort of hopeless religious fatalism into such a dismal approach.

          • Christian says:

            Yes, I’ve often wondered why people think so much of Steve Jobs, and so little of Bill Gates, given how they both chose to spend their money and time.

          • Reg says:

            Hey Christian if you follow TED talks, have a look at this one by our very own Mark Kendall, about Nanopatches. Hair raising in its potential.

            http://www.ted.com/speakers/mark_kendall.html

  6. fagsaresin says:

    All you sheep for GMO seeds deserve all the deaths that come. I cant wait..

    • Christian says:

      Wow – that doesn’t seem like a trolling post at all…

      • Reg says:

        Perhaps he, she or it, is being sarcastic. Who knows. Bananas and Strawberries are genetically modified.

        Oh I get it, it can’t wait to die. :-)

        Now that’s an interesting thought. Waiting is PART of dying.

        Which reminds me…. wandering…. on the Tibetan mountain sides, the air has half the oxygen content but ten times the ultra-violet rays of that found at sea level. Seedlings die in a few hours if exposed to such radiation. Farasaresin should try doing a Kramer in the tanning machine, without goggles of course, that should hurry the process.

        • Christian says:

          The username is what marks it as deliberate trolling, as much as anything.

          But yes, everyone dies. You just need to wait.

          Tanning machines are being made illegal where I live. There’s even talk of a buyback scheme. Personally I think it’s a waste of money, that’s just natural selection at work.

          • Reg says:

            Buy-back scheme be buggered, bad commercial choices deserve to shrivel on the vine. They probably paid for their investment in their first flush of over-charging anyway. Does anyone think the cigarette manufacturers need compensation?

            So much stuff comes on the market at inflated prices and all it takes is a single purchase to discover it’s rubbish, which all producer wanted anyway. The majority simply write it off as a bad choice. Just imagine, 100,000 sales at $25 to totally dissatisfied customers each described as getting what they paid for. Crap. $2,500,000 for an outlay of a pittance by the hawker. Plus postage. Have a look at those “Stocking Fillers.” Anything from an iPhone to a plastic duck.

            By the way I’m a Nokia user surrounded by iPhones. I have lost count of the hours and days lost returning other people’s iPhones to Apple for repairs or condemnation, but never a Nokia.

            Apple don’t buy anything back even though it’s only the battery. They want $179 for their failure.

          • Christian says:

            I’m an Android man myself. I didn’t know Nokia still existed :-)

          • Reg says:

            I did not know that Androids had got to that level of intelligence?

            Haven’t you seen their Nokia 25 megabit stabilized camera phone? Or whatever. High res zoomed in shots without shake. Almost like being there. Duel lens three D projected on the eye-balls is next I imagine.

            My SIL makes a living from doing the art on some of those dreadful games and he’s changed from iPhone to .. what is it again…andy-roid to make sure they look as intended? So it sounds as if you’re on the right track Christian #178463. :-)

            On the tanning business, they used to rub dog poo on hides to cure it, so perhaps there’s a thought for a natural tanning process in there somewhere. Wolf poo might be even better. I know snake poo is a cert for getting possums, mice and rats out of the ceiling.

            What were we talking about again?

          • Christian says:

            *grin* I can’t remember, either. I do have a feeling Nokia does Windows phones now, that’s why they are outside my sphere.

          • Reg says:

            Yeah Windows phones are just so cuddly and Apple security is driving me around the bend yet still it fails.

            The only conclusion I can draw from this is that so many users HATE Apple, that security is their never-ending problem. I had a 24 character, no spaces Apple password and still someone breached it. shisss.

  7. Christian says:

    People seem to love Apple, they seem completely oblivious to the fact that they are at least as evil as Microsoft.

  8. Really respect your logical analysis of the Gates foundation. I remember that Ted talk, and all these people on a few websites taking what he said totally out of context. It was obvious he was talking about reducing the growth of the population through birth control, but people were so willing to burn him at the stake they were blinded by their pre-existing opinion. Ironic because most of these people think they are “spiritual”…. not even close…

    • Reg says:

      Some people cannot separate themselves from the conviction that having money and thus power, equates with the desire to perform evil acts. Crazy.

      I too am convinced that no matter how clearly and concisely one says something, there are always others who, by acts of pure closed-mindedness, WILL not understand.

      This is why primary school teachers have to keep repeating themselves, so what does that say about the some of the TED listeners?

  9. Bill gates is blind to the spirit. He does not see the soul. Had the devil show up looking like God he would think the devil was God doing his biding. Satan wants life sterilized. Satan is in the Police system too. Bill Gates does not see beyond this life. Bodies that are dark inside see darkness after this life. Those with the Father of lights in them knows that there will be light after this life for those not refusing to be like Jesus is. Jesus does not want death.

  10. Chris Hunt says:

    If he were really trying to kill or maim millions of people, funding dodgy crops and fake vaccines seems like a really inefficient way to achieve that aim.

    Why not just hang on to his money and let famine and disease do the job for him?

  11. Troy says:

    GMO are sold by the same corporations(Monsanto,Dow,DuPont) that claim they are safe when third party scientists know they cause cancer in lab rats within a month. The FDA has nothing to do with clearing them for consumption. Funny,the yields are not higher!! Guess who’s minding the store folks,nobody? History shows us that if you have the budget you can sell a camel a toothbrush or star in your very own version of history of the world.

    • Christian says:

      I guess you’ve never grown food. Of course yields are higher. Why else would farmers buy them? So you’re claiming that if rats eat food grown with these things, they get cancer ? Because it doesn’t matter if rats get cancer if they bathe in them, that’s not what we’re doing. The dose makes the poison. Without the green revolution, we’d all be starving.

      • Christian says:

        I know what Ted is, but I really dislike being asked to watch videos, I prefer to read. I assume this is a different Mark Kendall to the guitar player in the 80s band, Great White ?

        • Reg says:

          Guitar player? Holy shit is that what we’ve go to do to achieve notoriety? Just that graphs are more easily comprehended in video. But If you’d like a matrix of figures then get stuffed. Sorry I spoke. Hahahahahahaaa.

          • Christian says:

            *grin* I know that videos are the norm. I am just old fashioned. I like to read at my own pace, pause to think about things, etc.

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