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02-07-09, 08:17 PM #1
Bill Gates releases mosquitoes at tech conference
Bill Gates set a conference abuzz when he opened a jar of mosquitoes onstage to make a point about malaria prevention.
"There's no reason only poor people should have the experience," the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft said at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference Wednesday in Long Beach.
Audience members including technology leaders laughed nervously as the insects swarmed across the auditorium. Gates assured them that the bugs were not carrying malaria.
Gates talked about his philanthropic foundation's fight against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that kills more than 1 million people a year, mostly in Africa.
Gates said fighting the disease must be a higher priority.
"There is more money put into baldness drugs than into malaria," Gates said.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $1.4 billion to fight malaria and is backing a vaccine that could reduce deaths by more than two-thirds if it is effective, he said.
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02-07-09, 08:23 PM #2
Wow, I bet that resulted in megabytes.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
02-07-09, 09:05 PM #3
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02-07-09, 10:39 PM #5
Poor people are crazy. Bill's eccentric."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
02-08-09, 01:16 AM #6
What a moron. If he did that to me, I would punch his lights out...after I was outside of the facility.
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