Although I am not a huge user of Twitter I do like to throw out some tweets that are political or that may bait some of the extremists out there. There is a lot of crap expressed online and you have to realise that what you see is not representative of the views of most people. Extreme opinions are amplified online as people cluster around them. I think it is partly a power thing as they like to think that they have the special knowledge that the 'sheeple' lack.
I posted this yesterday about the strange theories that Bill Gates wants to implant us all with tracking devices.
That got a response from @alanfreestone, who I met at Steemfest 2. Alan is a homeopath, so has a certain view on health issues, including a distrust of vaccines. Vaccines date back about 200 years to when Edward Jenner came up with one against smallpox, a disease that has been effectively eradicated. They have also been successful against polio, measles, influenza and other disease that affected millions.
I am no medical expert, so I cannot speak much about the science of vaccination, but it seems there are many different ways of achieving it. We now seem to have an large movement that seems to be against it in general, including any possible vaccine for COVID-19. Some of this is rooted in the discredited work of Andrew Wakefield that linked some vaccines to autism. It seems he was paid by solicitors who were trying to sue vaccine manufacturers.
Alan recommended I watch this video from the Corbett Report on Bill Gates. I am not too familiar with their work, but this assessment did not inspire much confidence.
I told him I did not really want to spend 2 hours if he could give me the main points, but he declined to do that. Youtube lets you speed up videos, so let us see what they say.
Bill is a geek, not a medical expert
I was not a great fan of Microsoft for various reasons. They were anti-competitive and stole a lot of ideas from other companies. That made him a controversial figures. This was not helped by him being socially awkward. The 'documentary' makes much of this. Someone putting a pie in his face is not too relevant.
40+ years on from his geek roots Bill is one of the richest peopel on the planet, but he is intent on giving most of it away through the foundation he founded with his wife Melinda. It could be that her influence has changed him. That is an impression I got from this documentaty, which is obviously authorised and complimentary. He is a very smart guy who is very well read. He does seem to love his Diet Coke.
Bill has lots of influence on world health
He is giving away billions to lots of projects. Is that a bad thing? It may be considered a threat by others who want to control that agenda. There are some massive medical companies out there as well as government projects. There is a lot of mention of the 'tentacles' of the foundation. That is loaded language.
They are a major contributor to the WHO who are losing US funding thanks to Trump and his insular policies. Any large organisation will have faults, but we need coordinated research across the world to fight global issues.
Of course there can be conflicts between science and business. Bill is a businessman, so his actions will be influenced by that.
He talks about a 'final solution'
An unfortunate slip. I have heard others use that term and Trump has re-tweeted some who do.
He is all about vaccines
Well, they are a proven method of dealing with diseases. But it is a trigger word for the 'anti-vax' brigade.
Companies that develop vaccines will profit from this, but they profit from lots of other things too. Big companies lobby governments all the time and this is not all public. A lot of that is for exploiting natural resources or selling weapons which I would be more worried about than curing diseases.
Any medical treatment involves risk as biological processes are incredibly complex. The rushed effort to combat COVID-19 does bring risks and the scientists are well aware of this. The desire for results by politicians and profits by companies could increase the risks. Dealing with this pandemic is inevitably political and commercial. 'Big pharma' is a powerful force and profit may override morals in some cases.
BTW The gimick of showing videos on an old IBM monitor seems a bit pointless once you get past talk of the early days of Microsoft.
Vaccines can have adverse effects
Gates foundation is at the 'heart of the web'
Well they have a lot of money. In some projects they contribute just a fraqction of the funds.
Bill is getting richer
He has a lot of investments and not just in medicine. Is that bad if he still gives it away?
Bill wants to slow population growth
Is that a bad aim? Current growth is not sustainable if everyone wants even a quality of life much lower than the average European or American. Reducing the pressure to have lots of children due to high infant mortality would help. This was mis-reported as using vaccines to directly reduce population.
Bill wants to track us
There are concerns about Bill wanting to track people, but it seems more about knowing the medical history to efficiently apply treatments. I would worry more about governments who want to track citizens. China is big on this.
There is a leap in the video from applying a 'bar code' to show vaccination has taken place to 'implantable microchips'. Identity is imporant for bankng (unless we go 100% crypto), medicine, voting and other fields, but we have to wary of abuse of systems by goverments.
Maybe Bill gets to excited by the technology. Ethics has to be considered too. Data has to be protected.
Bill is not such a great businessman
It is well known that he did not develop the original DOS and Microsoft stole ideas frmo Xerox. He did exploit those well to build a very profitable company. His parents were well off, but he went well beyond that. He has been ruthless, but so have most seriously rich people.
Back to population control
Here we go on eugenics, which has been pushed by various people and was part of Nazi policy. Their attempt to link Gates with eugenics gives no real evidence. Maybe a member of his family was involved with a eugenics organisation before he was born, but so were lots of prominent people when it was a popular movement. Their tagging of Bill as a eugenicist is tenuous.
Bill and Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein seems to have been successful at associating with influential people and he did have dealings with Bill. Jeffrey does seems to have been a very dodgy character, but no evidence is presented of any mis-deeds by Bill.
Apparently I am now one of the 'most informed people in the world' on these topics. Bill is no saint, but I get the impression he wants to use his wealth for good. I see no real evidence of a dangerous agenda to control the world population. The video picks and chooses which quotes to use to suit their own agenda. Of course someone who is 'anti-vax' will not like how Bill is spending his money.
I do accept that a lot of shady deals go on between businesses and politicians. They want to retain the power they have. Some may want to extend that and apply unethical policies to the greater population. We need people who watch out for that. There are some in the 'mainstream media' that is reviled by many online pundits, but who has the resources to actually investigate such issues properly? From what I have seen Jamers Corbett is not the man for the job. His obvious biases and dubious evidence do not serve him well even if he can make flashy videos. It is a case of style over substance.