Boycotts : Max Broker
As i've written about before, the underlying American business model that allows corporations to offload risk into the public domain while keeping the rewards of gov't subsidies (i.e. corporate welfare - in this case the tax payer who built the internet that msft exploited), is what needs reform ahead of us applauding the philanthropic antics of bill gates. had the playing field been level first, there would be less - and some might argue - no need at all for what bill is doing in the charity space as the free markets themselves would have solved these problems ages ago had a monopolist like bill been prevented from gaming the system as he's done for twenty years; adding to the security problem in america; adding to america's loss of competitive powers in the globalized world... mb
BILL GATES 'CHARITY' FOUNDATION FINANCES NEWSPAPER PURCHASES
The BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION declares its noble mission is to bring "innovations in health and learning to the global community."
But the world's largest philanthropic organization also is among the organizations that collectively loaned nearly $400 million to MEDIANEWS GROUP INC. -- for the acquisition of newspapers in California and Minnesota!
"I thought this foundation was all about starving kids, not starving newspapers," mocked one Seattle insider.
The GATES FOUNDATION loaned an unspecified amount to MEDIANEWS, along with GENERAL ELECTRIC.
In April, MEDIANEWS agreed to buy four newspapers, including the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS and CONTRA COSTA TIMES, from MCCLATCHY CO. for $1 billion. MEDIANEWS also bought California's MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD and the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS in Minnesota. It also own the DENVER POST.
The move into funding media acquisitions was unusual for the BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, whose donations usually go to health and anti-poverty purposes.
In June, financier Warren Buffett announced he would donate an estimated $31 billion to the GATES FOUNDATION, bringing its total endowment to more than $60 billion -- which could easily save every newspaper in America!
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