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High-tech, tobacco and junk-food manufacturers don’t use their own products

What does it say when the founder, owner or CEO of a company makes it a point not to use the company’s product?

Reporting for Popular Science (via pocket), Eleanor Cummins calls the actions of these CEOs “an important bellwether — a sign of problems consumers may not even know they’re facing.” According to Cummins:

From tobacco to food manufacturing to social media, executives and insiders are subtly sounding the alarm in actions, if not in words. Their behaviors provide insight not just into the risks of certain consumer products to children, but to adults, too….

Plenty of executives believe wholeheartedly in products that are clearly dangerous or, at best, a waste of money (think supplements, activated charcoal, or fad diets). But…many more executives use their insider knowledge to make different personal choices than the ones they promote to the public. Like the canaries in the coal mines of their own creation, when the CEO squawks, we should listen.

The following are some striking examples:

(1) High tech and social media:

  • The late Steve Jobs, who founded Apple Inc., forebade his kids to use the iPad or any other product their dad invented. According to a 2014 report by Nick Bilton of The New York Times, and Walter Isaacson, author of the definitive biography Steve Jobs, Jobs’ family was low-tech. Jobs said his children “haven’t used it [the iPad]. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” Every night, the family had a phone-free dinner together, and his children were not “addicted at all to devices.” 
  • Another software executive said he’d “seen the dangers of technology firsthand,” from bullying to tech addiction, and wanted to protect his children from those experiences.
  • In 2017, Microsoft founder Bill Gates revealed he had both age and habit-related rules for his three children. Gates told The Mirror: “We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal. We didn’t give our kids [cell phones] until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.” Gates said that although smartphones and related devices were useful for “homework and staying in touch with friends,” they had the potential for “excess.”
  • Mike McCue, founder of Flipboard, said of social media during a 2017 appearance on the Recode Decode podcast: “It’s like if you ate potato chips all day long. You have to have a balanced information diet. There’s nothing wrong with looking at Facebook. If that’s all you do then you’re just going to be a product of that.”
  • Former Google employee Tristan Harris and his colleagues at the Center for Humane Technology gray out their smart phones’ screens and turn off all (or all non-essential) notifications.
According to a 2018 analysis by the Pew Research Institute, 45% of teens said they were “online on a near-constant basis”. Today, the average American gets their first phone at age 10, and spends 5 hours a day on their phone. That translates, according to one analysis, to touching, swiping, and tapping our phones 2,000 times a day, between getting up and going back to sleep. 

(2) Tobacco executives:

  • Susan Cameron, former CEO of Reynolds American that makes Camel cigarettes, stopped smoking “conventional cigarettes” more than 15 years ago and turned instead to electronic cigarettes, which some believe are a healthier, though no less addictive, alternative.
  • David Crow, then the managing director of tobacco company BAT Australia, regularly warned his children to avoid the very products he made, according to a 2011 report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Crow said: “It’s bad for you. It says it on the pack. I’ve got a 13-year-old, an 11-year-old and a seven-year-old and if they smoke I tell them absolutely, categorically, ‘Do not smoke’.”

(3) Junk food manufacturers:

In his 2013 book Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss documented the ways in which food manufacturers hacked our taste buds and designed snacks, sodas, and other grub that keep us “hooked.” There is a class issue at work in processed foods, in which the inventors and company executives don’t generally partake in their own creations. Publicly, these companies have broadcast their efforts as a boon to convenience, satisfaction, and savings—despite mounting health concerns. But privately, many junk food executives and their families avoided their own products, including:

  • Bob Drane, the creator of Lunchables, argues that the pre-packaged snacks save parents time, and that the benefits outweigh the health problems. But Drane’s daughter, Monica, doesn’t allow her children anywhere near Lunchables. She calls Lunchables “junky” and “awful” and said although her children know Grandpa Bob invented them, “we eat very healthfully.” Lunchables contains 13 teaspoons of sugar and two-thirds of the daily recommended sodium intake for children. Still, Drane has come to believe that his industry—if not the Lunchables product specifically—should acknowledge its accountability for issues like childhood obesity, one of several causes he’s taken up as a volunteer.
  • Howard Moskowitz, who led the effort to develop Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper, said: “I’m not a soda drinker. It’s not good for your teeth.” When goaded by a reporter to take a sip of Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper, Moskowitz called the drink “terrible” and “overwhelming.”

~Eowyn

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10% of Amazon workers in Ohio are on food stamps

On January 9, 2018, CNBC reports that Jeff Bezos (né Jorgensen) — founder/chairman/CEO of Amazon and the owner of Washington Post — surpassed Microsoft mogul Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man, with $105.1 billion in wealth.
Gates, once the world’s richest man, is now worth “only” $93.3 billion.
17 days later, propelled by the launch of Amazon Go, Bezos’ net worth increased another $2.8 billion to a total of $107.9 billion. (CNBC)

So it’s a downright disgrace that 10% of Amazon’s workers in Ohio are on food stamps (SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) — the working poor in America. Amazon is one of the largest employers in Ohio, with more than 6,000 workers and thousands more to be added soon at three new big warehouses.
But Amazon is also one of the largest employers in Ohio of workers who need food assistance to get by.
A study by the think tank Policy Matters Ohio found that according to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, as of last August, as many as 10% or 1,430 Amazon employees or family members in Ohio were getting food stamps. That places Amazon 19th among all Ohio employers in the number of employees receiving SNAP. Just months before, Amazon didn’t even rank in the top 50.
The Amazon employees on food stamps include both full- and part-time workers, but it is likely mostly part-time workers require food assistance. Amazon operates data centers, wind farms, and Whole Foods outlets in Ohio, but the largest number of employees are at two big warehouses near Columbus.
While more than one in every ten Amazon employee in Ohio are on food stamps,  Amazon gets millions of dollars in state and local subsidies at its warehouses, including (Bloomberg Businessweek):

  • $17 million in tax incentives from the state of Ohio,and over $1.5 million in cash from JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development agency, as part of a two-warehouse deal — all funded with income from the state’s liquor monopoly.
  • At least $123 million in tax breaks and $2.9 million in cash grants in four deals with JobsOhio since 2014.
  • A 15-year exemption on state and local property and sales taxes, and $1.4 million in cash, in a 2014 deal with JobsOhio for Amazon spending $1.1 billion to build three data centers and a promise of 120 jobs.
  • No property taxes to Licking County for 15 years, a deal that Amazon negotiated in 2015 with local officials and JobsOhio.

At the same time, Amazon‘s new facilities in Ohio, totaling almost a million square feet, make use of public services like the fire department and emergency responders. At least once a day, a medical unit from West Licking Fire Station 3 makes a run to the Amazon warehouse 3.1 miles away, in the township of Etna, about 20 miles east of Columbus. Steve Little, the fire district administrator, said the calls for routine medical issues that occur in grueling warehouse jobs come at all hours, including shortness of breath, chest pains, and myriad minor injuries. During the busy holiday season, the warehouse sometimes issues multiple emergency calls a day. Little said, “We have to protect, but we get no extra money. We have no voice in these deals, and we get no cash. Our residents are being forced to pay instead.” In November 2017, voters in Little’s district were asked to approve a five-year, $6.5 million property tax levy to keep the fire department operating.
The deals Ohio made with Amazon create surprisingly few jobs. Ohio’s Republican state auditor David Yost says: “$123 million is a lot of money, and you ought to get a lot for that. It’s really hard to know how much the state of Ohio paid per [Amazon] job.”
Ohio’s job-growth rate has trailed the U.S. average for 57 consecutive months; in August it was an anemic 1.1%, compared with the 1.5% national rate. In 2013, Yost threatened to compel JobsOhio to be more transparent by showing him more numbers. So Governor John Kasich pushed a bill through the state legislature stripping public officials of the right to audit JobsOhio’s books. A private auditor now conducts an annual review, which is partly redacted before publication.
I thank God John Kasich didn’t win the GOP primaries and wasn’t elected POTUS.
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~Eowyn

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4 times Bill Gates said vaccines would reduce world population

Bill Gates is the multibillionaire founder of Microsoft, whose net worth as of 2/19/2017 is estimated to be a mind-boggling $85.6 billion.
Via his eponymous foundation, Gates is also famous for his philanthropy, a word that the dictionary defines as “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.”
One of the funding outlets of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are vaccines for poor people in the Third World. From the Cambridge Dictionary:

Vaccine is a substance containing a virus or bacterium in a form that is not harmful, given to a person or animal to prevent them from getting the disease that the virus or bacterium causes.

Note that nowhere in the definition does it say vaccines are also a form of birth control or contraception.
So it’s most curious that in his speech on how to reduce global warming at the 2010 TED conference, Gates touted vaccines as a means to reduce the world’s population by as much as 10-15%. He said:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a REALLY great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health service, we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.


I had thought that Gates’ vaccine remark was a Freudian slip or a slip of the tongue — a verbal mistake that reveals a repressed belief, thought, or emotion; something that you say that shows your true thoughts in a way that you do not intend.
But it turns out Bill Gates had made that remark of vaccines being a causal agent for population reduction at least FOUR times, as shown in this video:

Saying the same thing four times can no longer be called a mistake or a Freudian slip. It’s intentional.
H/t Thought Crime Radio
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~Eowyn

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Dear Bill Gates: Open your home to refugees or shut up!

Bill Gates told the the BBC that the United States “should set a better example” by taking in more refugees. He said his home country “had the capacity” to follow the examples of Germany and Sweden, who were “to be congratulated.” GAG. Read all the details here.
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I doubt the victims of the New Year gang assaults carried out by refugees in Cologne, Germany share the same sentiment as Gates. And I’m guessing neither do the victims of sexual harassment by refugees at the We Are Stockholm youth festival in Sweden.
Course Mr. Gates hasn’t opened up his home to refugees like Fat Boy offered. And he has the capacity to shelter refugees. Gate’s home is an astounding 66,000 square feet. Plenty of room for some refugees there, wouldn’t you agree?
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Hey Bill: Just be sure that any refugees you invite into your home receive the proper training so they won’t rape your wife or children.
h/t Twitchy
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Bill Gates’ foundation funds permanent contraception for Third World

Bill Gates is the multi-billionaire founder of Microsoft, whose net worth is estimated to be a mind-boggling $79.1 billion.

Via his eponymous foundation, Gates is also famous for his philanthropy, a word that the dictionary defines as “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.” Gates’ idea of “good causes” is the reduction of the population of the world, in particular of the Third World, by hook or by crook.

In 2014, news came that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the development of a contraceptive microchip that can be remotely controlled to release hormones that can act as abortifacients — drugs that induce abortion — into a woman’s body for up to 16 years.

Not content with that, the Gates Foundation is now funding the development of a permanent contraception.

Bill Gates (l) and Jens "666"Stoltenberg (r)

Bill Gates (l) and Jens “666”Stoltenberg (r)

Note: Jens Stoltenberg is secretary general of NATO. For the “666” allusion, see “Another Candidate for the Beast.”

Lisa Bourne reports for LifeSiteNews, May 15, 2015, that a new sterilization drug for women will likely be developed and promoted worldwide thanks to a large donation from Bill and Melinda Gates.

Last October, the Gates Foundation gave Oregon gynecologist Jeffrey Jensen $5 million in grant money to develop nonsurgical “permanent contraception.”

Jeffrey Jensen

Jeffrey Jensen

Jensen, a gynecologist who’s also a professor at Oregon Health & Science University, said it’s all about putting a stop to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. “My goal is very simple: to make every pregnancy planned and highly desired,” Jensen said in a report from the Portland Business Journal. He cited a study that he said showed 50 percent of Ugandan women no longer wish to become pregnant, but only two percent have access to “permanent contraception.”

Jensen and his associates have been researching an approach on rhesus monkeys and baboons which uses polidocanol foam, an FDA-approved treatment for varicose veins, which bypasses the cumbersome and lengthy regulatory process. If they are successful the next step will be human trials.

Jensen is working in partnership with Dr. Ov Slayden and Slayden’s team at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), and they have established the Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center (OPERM).

OPERM will supply grant funding, scientific expertise, a “nonhuman primate animal resource,” lab and procedural infrastructure, and administrative support to chosen investigators for assessing new nonsurgical contraceptive techniques, according to the Oregon University Health and Science website.

This latest multi-million-dollar Gates grant to prevent women from bearing children is just one in a lengthy list. Support for population control from Bill and Melinda Gates, under the guise of philanthropy, goes back year.

The news of the Gates Foundation’s funding for a permanent contraception has drawn condemnation from pro-lifers who warn of eugenics concerns.

Human Life International’s Stephen Phelan said the Gates Foundation’s obsessive focus on promoting contraception in the third world is based upon a faulty notion of what constitutes authentic ‘development,’ as well as highly suspect data about the actual desire for such contraception. “It is difficult to determine what is more outrageous,” Phelan told LifeSiteNews, “the uncritical and fawning ‘news’ reporting on every new Gates Foundation sterilization development grant even as coercive sterilization campaigns continue around the world, or the fact that the Gates Foundation continues to act as if every problem in the developing world can be solved by sterilizing women.”

Phelan also disputed the oft-cited claims that hundreds of millions of women in developing countries desire artificial birth control: “To simply repeat the claims of population control organizations, including the absolutely baseless claim that what 200 million poor women of color want most is the ability to stop becoming pregnant (where exactly did this statistic originate – let’s see the data) is reckless and irresponsible.”

Phelan also questions why foundations like Bill Gates’ focus their philanthropic efforts on population control when “what these women always say they want most when asked is better basic healthcare, education, opportunity, and just governance.”

See also “Warren Buffet gives $millions for abortions.”

~Éowyn

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Anti-tetanus vaccine in Kenya contains miscarriage-inducing hormone

Bill Gates is the multibillionaire founder of Microsoft, whose net worth is estimated to be a mind-boggling $79.1 billion.
Via his eponymous foundation, Gates is also famous for his philanthropy, a word that the dictionary defines as “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.”

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One of the funding outlets of his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are vaccines for poor people in the Third World. But a Freudian slip that Gates made in a speech at the 2010 TED conference belies the philanthropic purpose of those vaccines.
In his speech, Gates was on the subject of how to reduce global warming by lowering the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) from Earth’s atmosphere. A major way to do that is to reduce the world’s population. Beginning at the 1:03 mark in the video below, Gates said:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a REALLY great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health service, we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.”

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You heard it. Gates was championing vaccines as a way to lower the world’s population. Since when do vaccines, which immunize us against diseases, curb reproduction and in so doing reduce the rate of population growth?
Gates’ Freudian slip is dismissed as the stuff of tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists (as if there are no real conspiracies! See here for examples.)
Then in July of this year, LifeSiteNews reports that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the development of a contraceptive microchip that can be remotely controlled to release hormones that can act as abortifacients — drugs that induce abortion — into a woman’s body for up to 16 years.
Now comes confirmation that a vaccine administered by the United Nations in Kenya indeed contains an antigen that causes miscarriages.
Steve Weatherbe reports for LifeSiteNews that Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two UN organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.
On Nov. 4, 2014, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) released a statement that the KCDA has found an antigen* that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.

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*An antigen (from ANTIbody GENerator) is a molecule that induces an immune response in the body.

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KCDA spokesman Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews, “We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG* antigen. They were all laced with HCG.”

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 *HCG is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone produced in pregnant women by the placenta, following implantation. In other words, the HCG in the anti-tetanus vaccine causes women to develop antibodies against it. When they do get pregnant, and produce their own version of HCG, their bodies produce antibodies that cause a miscarriage.

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Dr. Ngare stated in KCDA’s press release, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”
The Kenyan government insists the vaccine is safe. Health Minister James Macharia even told the BBC, “I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects.”
Dr. Collins Tabu, head of the Health Ministry’s immunization branch, told the Kenyan Nation, that “there is no other additive in the vaccine other than the tetanus antigen.” Tabu said the same vaccine has been used for 30 years in Kenya. Moreover, “there are women who were vaccinated in October 2013 and March this year who are expectant. Therefore we deny that the vaccines are laced with contraceptives.” Newspaper stories also report women getting pregnant after being vaccinated.
Responds Dr. Ngare: “Either we are lying or the government is lying. But ask yourself, ‘What reason do the Catholic doctors have for lying?’ The Catholic Church has been here in Kenya providing health care and vaccinating for 100 years for longer than Kenya has existed as a country.”
The Catholic Church in Kenya maintains an expansive medical system of 54 hospitals, 83 health centers, and 17 medical and nursing schools.
Dr. Ngare points to several things that had alerted doctors in the Church’s medical system to the possibility the anti-tetanus campaign was secretly an anti-fertility campaign:
1. The anti-tetanus vaccination program involves an unprecedented five shots or “jabs” over more than two years, instead of the usual 3 shots over 2 to 3 years. Dr. Ngare says that the only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone HCG developed by WHO in 1992. “We knew that the last time this vaccination with five injections has been used was in Mexico in 1993 and Nicaragua and the Philippines in 1994,” said Dr. Ngare. “It didn’t cause miscarriages till three years later,” which is why the counterclaims that women who got the vaccination recently and then got pregnant are meaningless.
2. The vaccine is applied only to women of child-bearing years. The Kenyan government says that the vaccination is targeting women in order to inoculate their children in the womb against tetanus. But Dr. Ngare says, “Usually we give (the anti-tetanus shots to) anyone who comes into the clinic with an open wound, men, women, or children. If this is intended to inoculate children in the womb, why give it to girls starting at 15 years? You cannot get married till you are 18. The usual way to vaccinate children is to wait till they are six weeks old.”
3. The current anti-tetanus vaccination program is being conducted in secrecy, without the usual fanfare of government publicity. Dr. Ngare said,  “They usually bring all the stakeholders together three months before the campaign, like they did with polio a little while ago. And they use staff in all the centres to give out the vaccine.” But with this anti-tetanus campaign, “only a few operatives from the government are allowed to give it out. They come with a police escort. They take it away with them when they are finished. Why not leave it with the local medical staff to administer?”
Brian Clowes of Human Life International in Virginia told LifeSite News that in previous cases in Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Philippines, the UN vaccinators insisted their product was pure until it was shown not to be. Then they claimed the positive tests for HCG were isolated, accidental contaminations in the manufacturing process.
LifeSiteNews has obtained a UN report on an August 1992 meeting at its world headquarters in Geneva of 10 scientists from Australia, Europe, India and the U.S.A and 10 “women’s health advocates” from around the world, to discuss the use of “fertility regulating vaccines.” It describes the “anti-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin vaccine” as the most advanced.
One million Kenyan women and girls have been vaccinated so far with another 1.3 million to go.
Dr. Ngare said it was the Catholic Church’s hope that the government could have resolved the matter quietly by testing the vaccine. “But the government has chosen to be combative,” forcing Kenya’s bishops and Catholic doctors to go public.
WHO’s Kenyan office and several WHO media contacts in Washington, D.C. failed to respond to LifeSiteNews enquiries over a 24-hour period.
~Eowyn

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Pro-amnesty billionaires should open their mansions to illegals

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A country is like a house, but with borders instead of doors.
Anyone who enters your home without your invitation or permission are trespassers. The same applies to a country.
But Barack Obama, with the active collusion of the governments of Mexico and Guatemala, has decided to throw open America’s southern border by refusing to enforce border security and immediately sending back or deporting trespassers.
In so doing, the POS is committing dereliction of duty as the head of the U.S. government, and of malfeasance — an act that is criminal or wrongful which causes injury of another person. In this case, “another person” actually numbers in the millions. They are the citizens, legal residents and legal immigrants of the United States, as well as people across the world who respect our laws, having applied to and are patiently awaiting immigration to the U.S.
President Lucifer has powerful and vocal allies not only in the MSM but also among the richest and most powerful — the 0.1 percenters. They include multi-billionaires Sheldon Adelson (casino mogul), Michael Bloomberg (finance-media mogul and former NY mayor who wants to change the U.S. Constitution to prevent future Boston Marathon bombings), Warren Buffet (investor and abortion funder), Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft and funder of a remote-controlled contraceptive-abortion microchip implant), Charles and David Koch (industrialists and businessmen), Rupert Murdoch (media mogul), George Soros (currency profiteer and manipulator), and Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook).

As Hunter Wallace observes in the blog, Occidental Dissent:

Whether Left or Right, Republican or Democrat, Jew or Gentile, the billionaires in this country – the “1 percent” who rule the American oligarchy – overwhelmingly support amnesty for illegal aliens. The GOP establishment, the Obama administration, the Left, the SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center], and the “1 percent” are on the same side of this issue.
Are they on your side?

In the video below, Bill Whittle asks the pro-amnesty billionaires to match their deeds to their rhetoric by opening the doors of their mansions to house the illegals flooding across the US-Mexico border, because that effectively is what they are asking from you, me, and the non-élite American people who will have to cough up even more in taxes to pay for the costs of transporting, housing, feeding and schooling HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of illegals.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkN4XiqRnrE#t=49]
~Eowyn

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg’s wealth soars $3.8 Billion in one day

What would you do with all that money. Me, I don’t think I’d want that much. I mean what would make you happy. You want a Rolls, you buy 10.  See my Point? What would you do?

PS I would go out and get every man toy there is..

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By David De Jong – Jul 25, 2013 6:01 PM ET

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune soared $3.8 billion yesterday as shares of Facebook Inc. (FB), the world’s most-popular social-networking service, rallied 30 percent to the highest level since May 2012.

Surging demand for mobile advertising helped profit and revenue top analysts’ estimates in the second quarter Wednesday. The earnings may quell concerns, voiced by analysts and investors since Facebook’s initial public offering last year, that the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets is outpacing its ability to make money selling promotions to mobile users.

Very few people saw the pace at which the entire activity of the planet’s Internet connectivity was going to move toward mobile,” said David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” a history of the company, in a telephone interview. “It’s clearly under way now.”

The gain pushed Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 29-year-old co-founder and chief executive officer, ahead of Microsoft Inc. CEO Steve Ballmer and Dell Inc. (DELL) chairman Michael Dellon the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Zuckerberg is No. 42 on the ranking with a net worth of $16.8 billion. His fortune is up 37 percent year-to-date.

Revenue rose 53 percent to $1.81 billion in the latest quarter, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Profit excluding certain items was 19 cents a share. Analysts had projected profit of 14 cents on sales of $1.62 billion on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Boosted Projections

Facebook closed at $34.36 in New York yesterday. The Menlo Park, California-based company traded at 149 times earnings as of today’s close, more expensive than 99 percent of the companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased their target price to $46 from $40, and at least 10 others also boosted projections, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“They’ve really done a 180-degree shift toward mobile, even if it was somewhat belatedly,” said Kirkpatrick.

In December, Zuckerberg donated almost $500 million in Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The gift to the nonprofit group, which had $2 billion in assets in 2011, is to “lay a foundation for new projects,” Zuckerberg said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

The billionaire and his wife, Priscilla, have committed the majority of their wealth to charity.

Gates, Slim

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates, 57, remains the richest person in the world with a net worth of $72.2 billion.

Mexico’s Carlos Slim, 73, is $5.5 billion behind Gates. The telecommunications tycoon’s fortune has plunged $8.5 billion this year as his main holding, a 44 percent stake in America Movil SAB, the largest mobile-phone operator in the Americas, has fallen 11 percent.

No. 3 on the Bloomberg ranking is Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) Chairman Warren Buffett. Shares of the Omaha, Nebraska-based company are up 31 percent this year, elevating the 82-year-old’s fortune to $59.8 billion.

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Money doesn't make you smart…

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Bill Gates: ‘Some days I wish we had a system like the UK’ to give Obama more power

DailyCaller: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the wealthiest American, said on “some days” he wishes the U.S. political system were like England’s, so that President Barack Obama could have “slightly more power.”
Gates was asked for his assessment of President Obama’s job performance  during an interview at Politico’s “Playbook Cocktails” event. “Some days I wish we had a system like the U.K. where, you know, the party in  power could do a lot and you know, you’d see how it went and then fine you could un-elect them,” said Gates on Wednesday.
“Now, over time, our system has worked slightly better than theirs, theirs  has worked okay but so it’s ironic that right now it feels like I wish there was slightly more power in the presidency to avoid some of these deadlocks. So I think what he [Obama] wants to do and what he’s actually able to do, the gap is so big there that it’s hard to know in some ways.”
Gates praised President Obama for his education  policy and commended former President George W. Bush for The President’s  Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“I think the education piece is probably the most unappreciated piece there  where Bush, he was definitely unappreciated for the AIDS work. I went to an AIDS  conference where somebody mentioned Bush and the audience was like, ‘boo’ or  something like that. Well that is deeply, ironically unfair.”
He called PEPFAR a “phenomenal thing” that would not have happened without  Bush’s “leadership.” “I feel the same way about a lot of the education things that have happened  in the last four years,” Gates said.
So how’s that system working in the UK? According to Wikipedia:
In the final quarter of 2008 the UK economy officially entered recession for the first time since 1991. Unemployment rose to 7.6% in May 2009 and by January 2012 the unemployment rate among 18 to 24-year-olds had risen from 11.9% to 22.5%, the highest since current records began in 1992. Total UK government debt rose from 44.4% of GDP in 2007 to 82.9% of GDP in 2011. In February 2013, the UK lost its top AAA credit rating for first time since 1978.
If you want a system like the UK Mr. Gates, feel free to move there.
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The Most Important Video – Charlotte Iserbyt Puts It All Together

Wow!  This one is a Must See!  Charlotte ties everything together; Agenda 21, regionalism, communism, federal takeover of private education and homeschooling, changing our entire way of life and system of government. 
THIS MUST GO VIRAL!
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rznyswK7Qec]
https://www.americandeception.com
https://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

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