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Old 06-27-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Bill Retires Today

Today is Bill Gates last day on the job. He's my age - 52 - so qualifies as an early retiree for sure. Good luck Bill and enjoy your retirement!
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:09 PM   #2
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He posts here occasionally. Said he wasn't going to buy a SIPA and had already paid off his mortgage.
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I hear he's going to buy a Hospital for medical care.
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The Mayo Clinic?
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I understand he attempted to run his numbers through FIRECalc but came up a few digits short...in the entry fields.
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I understand he attempted to run his numbers through FIRECalc but came up a few digits short...in the entry fields.
Perhaps Bill can get someone to fix this. I think he knows some people who are good with computer type stuff.
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Bill is a great American. He has changed the world in so many ways, and will continue to do so-not by redistributing wealth through the government and taxes, but by creating it with genius and drive.

He'll expose for what they are all the phony charities that exist so that Ivy Leaguers who don't like to work much but do enjoy meetings in Paris and Geneva will have suitable jobs.

Go Bill, and Melinda too!

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Glad Bill was able to retire at 52, just like me. I bet he doesn't bitch and moan about the market, like me.
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He's on my ignore list. Troll.
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He's on my ignore list. Troll.
At least he didn't keep saying "Just one more year..."
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He's a pretty driven guy. Somehow I think his days will be just as full helping to run his foundation.

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I'd like to read more about him and his company, but f#&%ing Windows keeps crashing!
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Glad Bill was able to retire at 52, just like me. I bet he doesn't bitch and moan about the market, like me.
He probably lost a lot more this week than you or I did, so maybe he does.
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yeah, another college drop out who did well.
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Bill Gates has caused more anguish and depression than all the terrorists.

He is now moving on to reduce disease and suffering in Africa, without addressing the overpopulation issues that caused them, thus leading to more disease and suffering.

That's my cheery view.
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Bill Gates has caused more anguish and depression than all the terrorists of all time combined.

He is now moving on to reduce disease and suffering in Africa, without addressing the overpopulation issues that caused them, thus leading to more disease and suffering.

That's my cheery view.
I guess by this view charities should, in order to perform best, be corrupt and incompetent. They won't do any good, but by merely wasting the money available rather than effectively using it to bring about better health a more felicitous overall result would come about. Kind of the radicals' mantra- anything that makes conditions better only delays the revolution and prolongs the agony of suffering.

But who could directly address these core demographic issues? There is a foundation that has worked toward this goal for some years, but they are routinely dismissed as racist.

Best that he work to control population of white billionaires from advanced countries. Who would criticize that?

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An oldie, but goodie from 2 years ago when he made his announcement:

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Bill Gates has caused more anguish and depression than all the terrorists.

He is now moving on to reduce disease and suffering in Africa, without addressing the overpopulation issues that caused them, thus leading to more disease and suffering.

That's my cheery view.
This was pretty funny thread... until T-Al came in

But thanks, T-Al - I didn't want to be the first to post anything negative on this subject. But in all serious, and with no malice intended, I have heard/read from several on-the-ground sources (a Science Friday podcast was one) that the work of the Gates Foundation in Africa is doing more harm than good. I truly believe that Bill & Melinda have nothing but good intentions (even though I do have issues with Bill's business practices), but they really do need to address the concerns.

The main issue is, they are throwing money at the problem by supplying relatively expensive drugs. Sounds good, until the unintended consequences come into play. Workers are jumping on this gravy train, and basic needs, such as clean water, are getting short shrift. And even more people are dying for lack of clean water than before. As I understand it - it is a net negative in terms of human lives. More people could be helped with every $1M spent on clean water (that money goes a long, long way), than can be helped with $1M worth of AIDS treatments. It is sad, but it actually is doing more harm than good.

While one could argue that we should be doing both, you need to prioritize and get the most bang for the buck. Even with billions available, there is some 'robbing from Peter to pay Paul' going on.

Hopefully now, with his full attention on the foundation, he will look at how to make the money do the most good for the most people. I wish him well in this endeavor.

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This was pretty funny thread... until T-Al came in

But thanks, T-Al - I didn't want to be the first to post anything negative on this subject. But in all serious, and with no malice intended, I have heard/read from several on-the-ground sources (a Science Friday podcast was one) that the work of the Gates Foundation in Africa is doing more harm than good. -ERD50
I find these comments to be very interesting as I was unaware of any problems with the Gates Foundation. It's sad to think such an huge fortune is not being put to the best possible use. I wish Bill and Melinda would help the animal shelter I volunteer at. Perhaps there is hope since I've heard their daugher is crazy about animals.
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