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Gates, Google Join $120 Million Funding for Genome Editing Firm

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Miran Rijavec (CC BY 2.0)

Bill Gates and Google Ventures have invested in Editas Medicine Inc., a company that uses the Crispr-Cas9 technology to “fix faulty genes that lead to eye disorders.” The company will also work closely “Juno Therapeutics Inc., which engineers immune-system cells to fight cancer.”

Caroline Chen via Bloomberg Business:

Crispr allows scientists to edit the human genome by precisely cutting out faulty sections of DNA and replacing them with healthy ones. The technology is relatively cheap and easy compared with other genome editing techniques, and has drawn a rush of scientists interested in modifying everything from diseased human cells to insects and plants.

It’s also been controversial, with some researchers calling for a moratorium on its use in human sperm, eggs and embryos, known as the human germline. One fear is that the technology could introduce changes that would affect not only one patient, but future generations as well.

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Tech Titans Defy Death

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If you had billions of dollars of wealth at your disposal and presumably all the happiness those billions can buy, wouldn’t you want to search for immortality? That’s the obsessions of many of today’s tech titans; the Washington Post dials into their latest efforts:

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city’s soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose research was considered radical, even heretical.

It was 2004 and Thiel had recently made a tidy fortune selling PayPal, which he co-founded, to eBay. He had spent what he wanted on himself — a posh penthouse suite at the Four Seasons Hotel and a silver Ferrari — and was now soliciting ideas to do good with his money.

Among the guests was Cynthia Kenyon, a molecular biologist and biogerontologist who had garnered attention for doubling the life span of a roundworm by disabling a single gene.

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Gates Foundation’s Seed Agenda in Africa ‘Another Form of Colonialism,’ Warns Protesters

Calling out a scheme to privatize Africa's seed resources, protesters in London picketed outside the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo: Global Justice Now/cc/flickr)

Calling out a scheme to privatize Africa’s seed resources, protesters in London picketed outside the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo: Global Justice Now/cc/flickr)

Originally Published on Common Dreams.

‘This neoliberal agenda of deregulation and privatization poses a serious threat to food sovereignty and the ability of food producers and consumers to define their own food systems and policies,’ says campaigners

Food sovereignty activists are shining a light on a closed-door meeting between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which are meeting in London on Monday with representatives of the biotechnology industry to discuss how to privatize the seed and agricultural markets of Africa.

Early Monday, protesters picketed outside the Gates Foundation’s London offices holding signs that called on the foundation to “free the seeds.” Some demonstrators handed out packets of open-pollinated seeds, which served as symbol of the “alternative to the corporate model promoted by USAID and BMGF.” Others smashed a piñata, which they said represented the “commercial control of seed systems;” thousands of the seeds which filled the pinata spilled across the office steps.

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Bill Gates Sets New World Order Conspiracy Theories On Fire With Global Government Quote

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Bill Gates is a usual suspect when it comes to fear mongering amongst New World Order conspiracists. He appears to have enhanced that reputation with his latest pronouncements, according to Inquisitr:

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates may be the the richest man in the world, but he apparently envisions a global government as a goal for the future. This prospect has New World Order conspiracy theorists buzzing about the potential for the one world government being pushed by the Gates Foundation.

In a related report by the InquisitrBrazil’s Eike Batista managed to go from one of the world’s richest men to the very first negative billionaire within a period of only several years. Some New World Order conspiracy theories claim the Illuminati devil horns were spotted at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

There are many Bill Gates conspiracy theories. One of the oldest was the claim about a hidden code in Microsoft Windows that secretly proclaimed Gates’ identity as the bible’s anti-Christ.

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Op-ed: The Plot Against Public Education

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By Detlef Schobert via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

via Politico Magazine:

Bill Gates had an idea. He was passionate about it, absolutely sure he had a winner. His idea? America’s high schools were too big.

When a multibillionaire gets an idea, just about everybody leans in to listen. And when that idea has to do with matters of important public policy and the billionaire is willing to back it up with hard cash, public officials tend to reach for the money with one hand and their marching orders with the other. Gates backed his small-schools initiative with enormous amounts of cash. So, without a great deal of thought, one school district after another signed on to the notion that large public high schools should be broken up and new, smaller schools should be created.

This was an inherently messy process. The smaller schools—proponents sometimes called them academies—would often be shoehorned into the premises of the larger schools, so you’d end up with two, three or more schools competing for space and resources in one building.

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The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

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Cliff Schecter reports that Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks for putative gun buyers, at Daily Beast:

Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.

It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Melinda, have given $1 million to Initiative 594 in Washington state. The ballot initiative, if passed by voters on November 4 (and it currently enjoys overwhelming support), will require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state.

Gates is only the latest Washington billionaire to give to the effort, with original Amazon investor Nick Hanauer providing crucial early funding, and more recently upping his overall donation to $1.4 million. Additionally, Gates’s Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, has provided $500,000 for the cause.

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The Single-Minded Testing Atmosphere is Damaging America’s Education System

I was taught in a test-driven atmosphere and it was a rather negative experience. I went to a large public high school in Ohio where the OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) haunted my teachers and us students. The OGT is administered to 10th grade students in Ohio and you must have a passing score to graduate. Though, upon looking at the website, it seems that there will be some changes. Actually, the test may have changed since I took it. All in all, I remember very little of the OGT.

For the first two years of high school, I was fed the same information. The stakes are high for these kinds of tests – for students, but mostly for the teachers. They are forced to stay within the bounds of an established curriculum, reiterating material that may appear on the test. It was a wholly one-sided education.… Read the rest

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Bill Gates: Robots Will Take Many, Many Jobs – Probably Yours

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PIC: World Economic Forum (CC)

Microsoft founder and GMO enthusiast Bill Gates made some pretty grim predictions during an appearance at an event hosted by right-wing think tank the American Enterprise Institute. Grim for them? No, no, silly little person: Grim for you! According to Gates, people are underestimating the number of jobs that will be lost to robots, and unless we’re willing to cut payroll and income taxes out altogether, future businesses will likely not be willing to hire human beings that need jobs. Gates is also against raising the minimum wage, as he sees that as potential discouragement as well. So get ready to work for peanuts or not work at all.

Via the Business Insider:

Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation (“bots” in tech slang, though Gates used the term “software substitution”).

This is what he said:

“Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses … it’s progressing.

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The Richest Man in the World Explains How to Save the Planet

BillGates2012Bill Gates really wants to do good things, but there are plenty of people who think he has a hidden and possibly nefarious agenda. He opens up for Rolling Stone, in this segment speaking about income inequality:

RS: Let’s talk about income inequality, which economist Paul Krugman and others have written a lot about. As a person who’s at the very top of the one percent, do you see this as one of the great issues of our time?

BG: Well, now you’re getting into sort of complicated issues. In general, on taxation-type things, you’d think of me as a Democrat. That is, when tax rates are below, say, 50 percent, I believe there often is room for additional taxation. And I’ve been very upfront on the need to increase estate taxes. Particularly given the medical obligations that the state is taking on and the costs that those have over time.

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Bill Gates Sponsors ‘GeoEngineering’ a/k/a ‘Chemtrails’ To Combat ‘Climate Change’

Trainées2011 09 16John Vidal reports in the Guardian that Bill Gates and other wealthy individuals have funded a series of reports into the future use of technologies to geoengineer the climate:

A small group of leading climate scientists, financially supported by billionaires including Bill Gates, are lobbying governments and international bodies to back experiments into manipulating the climate on a global scale to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The scientists, who advocate geoengineering methods such as spraying millions of tonnes of reflective particles of sulphur dioxide 30 miles above earth, argue that a “plan B” for climate change will be needed if the UN and politicians cannot agree to making the necessary cuts in greenhouse gases, and say the US government and others should pay for a major programme of international research.

Solar geoengineering techniques are highly controversial: while some climate scientists believe they may prove a quick and relatively cheap way to slow global warming, others fear that when conducted in the upper atmosphere, they could irrevocably alter rainfall patterns and interfere with the earth’s climate.

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