Monopoly

My “entry point,” as Resnick and Wolfe might say, into the black box was vaccines.

When you follow the thread of vaccines, it leads you to Bill Gates, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, now the GAVI Alliance). It also leads you to the World Health Organization, Monsanto, GMOs, nuclear power, and the World Bank.

Let’s begin with the World Health Organization (WHO) and its funding. The WHO is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations system (https://www.who.int/about/who-we-are/our-values accessed 9/17). They declared the Novel Corona Virus a pandemic on March 11th 2020. By far and away, the largest donor to the WHO is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As noted on the WHO website, they contributed 14.8% of its funding for 2020-2021. Together, with the financial contributions of the global vaccine alliance GAVI (which, partners with the Gates Foundation), and Rotary International (also partnered with the Gates Foundation), they control 22.68% of the WHO’s funding. In the current global crisis, that’s a lot of power. When Bill Gates says nothing can go back to normal until six billion people are vaccinated (incidentally exponentially expanding his for-profit vaccine investments), we had better listen. –And we do.

Screen shot of http://open.who.int/2020-21/contributors/contributor (accessed 8/26/20)
screen shot from https://www.gavi.org/our-alliance/about (accessed 9/15/20)

Member-state contributions cover less than 20% of WHO’s budget, the rest comes from a variety of public and private partnerships. The GAVI vaccine alliance, is the fourth-largest donor after the US, UK and the Gates Foundation. They donated $388.7 million dollars in 2018/19. They donated more than Germany, the fifth, Japan the 7th, and the European Commission the 8th largest donors.

Return on Investment

Vaccines are an extremely lucrative investment. As Gates says, “look at the economics of it;” According to Gates:

It’s been $100 billion overall that the world’s put in, our foundation it’s a bit more than $10 billion, but we feel there’s been over a 20 to 1 return. So, if you just look at the economic benefit, that’s a pretty strong number compared to anything else.

Interview with Bill Gates. CBS coverage of the DAVOS World Economic Forum (see hyperlink, accessed 9/16/20).

Gates suggests that misinformation leading to anti-vaxx sentiments could risk the entire endeavor. This may explain his foundation’s donations to journalism and Fact Checkers.

Tim Swhab found that among “twenty thousand grants through the end of June”:

more than $250 million going toward journalism. Recipients included news operations like the BBC, NBC, Al Jazeera, ProPublicaNational JournalThe Guardian, Univision, Medium, the Financial TimesThe Atlantic, the Texas Tribune, Gannett, Washington MonthlyLe Monde, and the Center for Investigative Reporting; charitable organizations affiliated with news outlets, like BBC Media Action and the New York Times’ Neediest Cases Fund; media companies such as Participant, whose documentary Waiting for “Superman” supports Gates’s agenda on charter schools; journalistic organizations such as the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Press Foundation, and the International Center for Journalists…

Shwab 2020 “Journalism’s Gates Keepers.” Columbia Journalism Review. 8//21/20. https://www.cjr.org/criticism/gates-foundation-journalism-funding.php (accessed 9/16/20)

At least $17 million of these dollars went to National Public Radio (NPR) in the US.

Since 2000, the Gates Foundation has given NPR $17.5 million through ten charitable grants—all of them earmarked for coverage of global health and education, specific issues on which Gates works.

NPR covers the Gates Foundation extensively. By the end of 2019, a spokesperson said, NPR had mentioned the foundation more than 560 times in its reporting, including 95 times on Goats and Soda, the outlet’s “global health and development blog,” which Gates helps fund.

IBID (accessed 9/16/20)

I now have two or three five minute commutes per day and I’ve heard Gates twice during this time on NPR in the last 3 days.

The Gates Foundation also funds the fact checkers.

During the pandemic, news outlets have widely looked to Bill Gates as a public health expert on covid—even though Gates has no medical training and is not a public official. PolitiFact and USA Today (run by the Poynter Institute and Gannett, respectively—both of which have received funds from the Gates Foundation) have even used their fact-checking platforms to defend Gates from “false conspiracy theories” and “misinformation,” like the idea that the foundation has financial investments in companies developing covid vaccines and therapies. In fact, the foundation’s website and most recent tax forms clearly show investments in such companies, including Gilead and CureVac.

… [I]n 2015 Gates gave $383,000 to the Poynter Institute, a widely cited authority on journalism ethics (and an occasional partner of CJR’s), earmarking the funds “to improve the accuracy in worldwide media of claims related to global health and development.”

Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride said Gates’s money was passed on to media fact-checking sites, including Africa Check, and noted that she is “absolutely confident” that no bias or blind spots emerged from the work, though she acknowledged that she has not reviewed it herself. 

[Shwab] found sixteen examples of Africa Check examining media claims related to Gates. This body of work overwhelmingly seems to support or defend Bill and Melinda Gates and their foundation, which has spent billions of dollars on development efforts in Africa…

Africa Check says it went on to receive an additional $1.5 million from Gates in 2017 and 2019. 

IBID (accessed 9/16/20

The global agenda of pharmaceutical companies and their vaccine investors have significant power to shape the mainstream narrative of what we consider science. –And for those who love science, this is a dangerous game we’re allowing them to play.

While incidence may be relatively small, we don’t hear about the Gates’ Foundation’s darling polio vaccine, an oral version that doesn’t provide complete immunity and is responsible for spreading vaccine-strain polio a small but greater rate than the wild strain of the polio virus.

When this injectable alternative exists it would be unethical to continue with the live oral vaccine that might be causing more polio cases—from vaccine associated polio paralysis—than the wild polio virus itself

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1570019/ (accessed 9/17/20) Dr John Jacob Quoted in Doctors question India’s polio strategy after surge in number of cases

The problem with hiding the problems with vaccines is that only makes skeptics more skeptical.

With no wild polio cases reported in Africa since 2016, the WHO admitted that the oral polio vaccines that its top sponsor, Bill Gates, so generously finances and so avidly promotes are giving African children polio. In addition to officially acknowledged vaccine-derived polio cases, which increased substantially from 2018 to 2019, the African region also annually reports tens of thousands of cases—over 31,500 from just 18 countries in 2017—of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), a debilitating condition with a clinical picture virtually identical to polio. Many other countries—ranging from India to Italy—also record significant numbers of AFP cases.

Children’s Health Defense https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/the-polio-and-non-polio-shell-game-in-africa-and-the-u-s-2020-update/?itm_term=home (accessed 9/17/20)

The plot thickens. What else is the benevolent Gates Foundation invested in? MONSANTO and GMO seeds.

In August the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, which manages the $33.5 billion asset trust endowment that funds the Foundation’s philanthropic projects (and to which Bill & Melinda are trustees) disclosed that it purchased 500,000 shares of Monsanto shares for just over $23 million.(1) According to Dena Hoff, a diversified family farmer in Glendive, Montana and North American coordinator of La Via Campesina, “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust’s purchase of Monsanto shares indicates that the Gates Foundation’s interest in promoting the company’s seed is less about philanthropy than about profit-making. The Foundation is helping to open new markets for Monsanto, which is already the largest seed company in the world.”

Since 2006, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has collaborated with the Rockefeller Foundation, an ardent promoter of GE crops for the world’s poor, to implement the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which is opening up the continent to GE seed and chemicals sold by Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta. The Foundation has given $456 million to AGRA, and in 2006 hired Robert Horsch, a Monsanto executive for 25 years, to work on the project. In Kenya about 70 percent of AGRA grantees work directly with Monsanto (2) , nearly 80 percent of Gates’ funding in the country involves biotech, and over $100 million in grants has been made to Kenyan organizations connected to Monsanto. In 2008, some 30 percent of the Foundation’s agricultural development funds went to promoting or developing GE seed varieties (3).

Pambazuka News https://www.pambazuka.org/security-icts/denouncing-gates-foundation-purchase-monsanto-company-shares#:~:text=In%20August%20the%20Bill%20%26%20Melinda,for%20just%20over%20%2423%20million. (accessed 9/16/20)

While the mainstream media in the US and several lefties I know are bemoaning the lack of diversity in US vaccine trial subjects, Gates’ darling AstraZeneca vaccine Oxford study rolled out one of the first human subject studies in South Africa in mid June. The Gates Foundation has funded this study to the tune of $150 million–a mere drop in the bucket of $10 billion invested in vaccines. –But, with a 20 to 1 return, that investment offers a 200 billion return.

Oxford and AstraZeneca are collaborating with clinical partners around the world as part of a global clinical programme to trial the Oxford vaccine. The global programme is made up of a Phase III trial in the US enrolling 30,000 patients, a paediatric study, as well as Phase III trials in low-to-middle income countries including Brazil and South Africa which are already underway.

“New study reveals reveals caronavirus vaccine produces strong immune respons” https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-07-20-new-study-reveals-oxford-coronavirus-vaccine-produces-strong-immune-response (accessed 9/19/20)

Fake News

The mainstream media (including television stations like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox) get some 70% of their advertising revenue from pharmaceutical companies. No wonder the news media immediately took advantage of Trump hate to disparage the potential value of hydroxychloroquine (a drug with a 50 year history with and expired patent that costs about $2.5 per dose).

The Gates Foundation invests substantially in research and manufacturing of vaccines (again $10 billion by his own estimation), including about $150 million for the AstraZenaca vaccine being tested in poor countries. It has donated substantially to news networks, (including $17 million to my favorite, NPR, alone), journals (like the Guardian and Atlantic) and factcheckers.

Researchers and graduate students too benefit from the benevolence of the Foundation. For instance, a $20 million dollar gift to Johns Hopkins University for the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health Institute. As noted on the Gates Foundation website:

Global population grows by 100 million each year, Zabin [program director] said. More than 100 million women who want to delay childbearing or have no more children do not have access to contraception, she said. Death and disability due to childbearing are major health problems in the developing world.

Press release on Foundation donation page [not linked here because I didn’t want cookies]

Most lefties diverge from Gates’ perspective on the value of GMO technology and the new green revolution. However, many would agree with two other key concerns of his (overpopulation) and surely they agree with his advocacy for green energy to fight climate change. Most conservatives do not. They think of the early connections between Planned Parenthood and eugenics movement (for example see this article by its founder Margaret Sanger from NYU.edu). If you consider those early documents, consider too the fact that Gates’ father was an early board member of Planned Parenthood in the same era with the Rockefeller eugenics interests (and remember, eugenics was the science of its time). It’s not a stretch for conservatives think of reproductive rights as a simple rebranding of ‘population control’ and its early eugenic aims. From Sanger:

In the limited space of the present paper, I have time only to touch upon some of the fundamental convictions that form the basis of our Birth Control propaganda, and which, as I think you must agree, indicate that the campaign for Birth Control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical in ideal, with the final aims of Eugenics.

First: we are convinced that racial regeneration like individual regeneration, must come “from within.” …

Margaret Sanger (1921). “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.” Birth Control Review. https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sanger/webedition/app/documents/show.php?sangerDoc=238946.xml (accessed 9/19/20)

The most effective tool for decreasing fertility rates is education and the Gates Foundation is heavily invested in this endeavor. I would guess that $100-million goes a long way for John’s Hopkins-trained organizers who come from the impoverished communities and return to educate women about birth control in their countries.

Gates’ is also heavily invested in green technologies (and recently wrote a book about climate change). One of his investments is nuclear power. In this interview with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum in Beijing, Gates describes his concerns with getting public support for climate policies via research models that demonstrate the need to get to 0 emissions by 2050. He’s made bad investments (batteries) but, he says, his investment in Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods may pay off more than anything else.

He’s put “many hundreds of millions of dollars” into nuclear. He thinks there needs to be a “new generation” of nuclear power. “In this innovation portfolio, we have to have a lot of bets knowing some of them won’t succeed.”

We need to build a demo plant. At one point um, we planned to do that in China. The US government decided that we shouldn’t do that. So now, the back up plan now is that we’ll try and build that demo plant in the United States. It’s not an easy endeavor but none of the paths to climate success are risk free.

John Micklethwait (Bloomberg chief editor) asks: How frustrating was that for you? You put all this money into setting up this technology; you had the Chinese on board to test it and the Trump administration stopped it.

Gates: Well, it’s frustrating because I had gone for a decade, meeting with every secretary of energy who had encouraged us and actually the US government had created an agreement because you need an explicit permission to do this type of collaboration. So it was a surprise when that was withdrawn… It was a setback. In the very best case it was a five year delay…

John Micklethwait interview at Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vapTJLUSvpQ (Nov 2019, accessed 9/17/20) Emphasis mine

Does the Green New Deal mean that Gates gets his trump card and nuclear demo plant? I don’t know because the only things I ever hear the Democrats saying is that the climate apocalypse is coming (the world is already on fire!). But they don’t have to talk about details. They just talk about Trump.

Whether or not you agree with Gates’ views on Monsanto, climate, nuclear power, population, or vaccines, he and his agenda have way too much power…

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