OK, perhaps that title is a little misleading. After all, Bill Gates hasn’t really won the Nobel Peace Prize (yet). But surely he deserves it far more than the political figurehead known around the world as Obama.
• Dueling Prizes
• A Peace Prize Conspiracy?
• Bill Gates vs Science
• Bill Gates vs Hugo Chavez
After inventing the personal computer and becoming the richest person in the world, Bill Gates transformed into the greatest philanthropist in world history.* He bravely declared war on every teacher in America as he set out to recreate public schools in his all-knowing image. Next, he launched a one-man war against disease. It was Bill Gates vs AIDS, Bill Gates vs Malaria, Bill Gates vs Death.
Again, Bill Gates knows best. Thousands of AIDS researchers and activists voiced their contempt for Gates, but the high-tech sage was undeterred.
As the global economy appeared to be falling off a cliff, Bill Gates heroically gave a speech on “creative capitalism” in Davos, Switzerland. One of the world’s richest individuals, Gates pronounced the “recession” - which had seen millions of people lose their jobs and homes - “interesting.”
Shortly after it was announced that the United Nations snubbed Bill Gates in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to de facto war criminal Obama, Gates showed his valor once again in declaring war against environmentalists.
Gates is already familiar with the battlefield, Africa, which might be described as Bill Gates’ favorite pet continent. Bill Gates cares very much about all the starving children in Africa. Really.
No one has done more to fight AIDS in Africa than the almighty Bill Gates. He has even visited Africa with his father so the dynamic duo could be photographed with starving children. Operation Photo-Op was simply heartwarming.
More recently, the all-knowing Gates has discovered that genetically modified (GMO) food is the solution to global hunger, and he has chosen Africa as the showcase for his born again Green Revolution. Unfortunately, an army of ignorant scientists and environmentalists think they’re smarter than Bill Gates.
Of course, Africa is also starved for Windows and other Microsoft software programs. Thus, AIDS activism, genetically modified food and Windows are shaping up as the Bill Gates Trilogy - the three pillars of goodness that can transform Africa into a really cool continent, even if relatively few residents own an iPhone.
The Nobel Prize would have given so much well deserved publicity to genetically modified food, Windows and Bill Gates’ one-man crusade against disease. It’s hard to comprehend how Obama - who never markeed a software program based on ideas stolen from other people in his life - could have won out over Gates.
In other news, the UN awarded a much less controversial prize when Ethiopian agronomist Gebisa Ejeta won the $250,000 World Food Prize.
The World Food Prize is the creation of the late Norman Borlaug, who himself won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in creating high-yielding crop varieties. Borlaug’s “Green Revolution” is estimated to have saved over one billion lives from famine worldwide. Borlaug created the World Food Prize (known as the “Nobel for food”) in 1986.
Gebisa Ejeta was awarded the World Food Prize for his work in developing a supposedly superior variety of sorghum, an important food crop in Africa. Ejeta received a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from Purdue in 1978. He is now a professor of agronomy at Purdue University in West Layfayette, Indiana.
Ejeta received the World Food Prize in a ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa on October 15, 2009. Coincidentally, Bill Gates spoke at the award ceremony.
Gates reinforced his image as a force for good when he announced nine grants totaling $120 million for programs aiding small farmers. He also drew a bead on the bad guys, warning that “The fight to end hunger is being hurt by environmentalists who insist that genetically modified crops cannot be used in Africa.” Gates moaned about the “ideological wedge” created by scientists who worry about GMO crops, fertilizers and chemicals, all of which become trivial when the starving children only Bill Gates cares about become a part of the picture.
Wait a minute... Am I the only one to detect a series of coincidences which might almost be described as a conspiracy?
Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009. An African agronomist who likes to tinker with plant genetics is awarded the World Food Prize less than a week later, on October 15. Bill Gates speaks out against environmentalists at the award ceremony in Iowa, about the same time the corporate media are publicizing Gates’ new “Green Revolution.”
Oh, yes - Norman Borlaug can’t criticize or even question Bill Gates’ crusade because Borlaug died on September 9. (Among other things, Borlaug might have opined that his Green Revolution - which adversely affected the environment - was eventually trumped by a problem Bill Gates doesn’t seem to care about: Population growth.)
Of course, countless people have come to suspect a Nobel Peace Prize conspiracy. Past winners have included de facto war criminal Henry Kissinger and America’s most famous bully, Theodore Roosevelt.
So what the Hell did Obama do to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? He has actually escalated the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (I’ve recently seen the occupation described as the AfPak war.) Obama is also attempting to build several military bases in Colombia, George W. Bush’s #1 South American ally.
Well, if corporate interests can manipulate the Nobel Peace Prize, why not the World Food Prize? How hard would it be to arrange for the winner to be an African agronomist and GMO food fan and for Bill Gates to plug his latest scam at the award ceremony? How hard would it be to persuade the corporate media to yet again promote Bill Gates as a hero, his opponents (in this case, environmentalists) as villains?
Just for the record, I was elated when I heard the news about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Why? Because it was such an unbelievably bad, even twisted, choice.
Few intelligent people can fail to note the enormous irony in the award. It will make Obama’s continued war mongering even more incongruous. And what about the continuing war against America’s middle class that Obama is aiding and abetting so admirably? The Nobel Peace Prize will hang around Obama’s lying, conniving throat like a bloody anchor.
The choice further highlights the fact that not even the United Nations is immune from corporate corruption and political intrigue. The UN is largely a sham.
For similar reasons, I was delighted to learn about Bill Gates’ new war against environmentalists.
Bill Gates has always been a son of a bitch. He proved himself a SOB while attending Seattle’s exclusive Lakeside School for Boys and again while playing games at Harvard. After launching Microsoft, it quickly became clear that Bill Gates and the corporate attorney he calls Dad are effectively career criminals.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also makes it clear that they can be described as what I call “corporate pedophiles,” screwing children around the world (figuratively speaking; I don’t know if Bill Gates picked up any tips from the late pedophile Lakeside teacher turned judge Gary Little or not).
The problem is that it’s so hard to expose Bill Gates’ “philanthropy” for what it is. An army of media whores has brainwashed even seemingly intelligent people into believing that the Gates Foundation is nothing more than a vast charity.
The Los Angeles Times published a sensational exposé that revealed the Gates Foundation for what it is: a very shady investment firm. But that landmark article has been generally ignored and largely forgotten, even as rumors and conspiracy theories swirling around the Gates Foundation, medical research and genetically modified food continue to multiply. (What is the nature of the Gates Foundation’s involvement with Norway’s arctic “Doomsday Seed Vault”?)
I think Bill Gates cut his throat when he declared war against environmentalists. Think I’m joking? Check out this overwhelmingly anti-Gates discussion on the political forum Democratic Underground.
As much as I hate to say it, America’s teachers are largely addle-brained wimps, hamstrung by some of the nation’s most corrupt unions. During my sixteen-year stint with the Seattle School District, I quickly learned that the greatest obstacles to my reform efforts were my ignorant, apathetic, gutless “colleagues.” In contrast, most scientists are intelligent - and they aren’t united in bondage to the National Education Association.
Of course, scientists do have an advantage in science itself. The scientific method, which is based on truth and logic, is a hard beast for even Corporate America to kill.
It’s also possible that Bill Gates may have spread himself too thin. Attacking teachers even as he wrecks public schools has already earned Gates many enemies. Taking on the scientific community may be akin to Adolph Hitler invading Mother Russia.
Finally, it was predictably arrogant for Bill Gates to promote himself as the father of a new Green Revolution. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has taken the baton from Latin American patriot Simon Bolivar in renewing his revolution, which Chavez has christened the Bolivarian Revolution. But Chavez is one of the good guys, with an impressive track record to prove it; he walks his talk. (Remember, Chavez hates George W. Bush, who was Bill Gates’ benefactor and ally.) Furthermore, Chavez is reaching out to Africa in his quest for allies willing to stand up to Corporate America.
Do you see where all this is leading? Imagine a blood feud between Bill Gates and Hugo Chavez over Africa. Wow! Could that make politics interesting and exciting or what?
A year and a half ago, I wrote an article encouraging Hugo Chavez to add Bill Gates to his hit list. Merely calling Gates a few choice names (anything from eduphilanthropreneur to asshole) and helping to expose his phony philanthropy could light a fire even the almighty Bill Gates couldn’t escape.
In this spirit, I’d like to thank Bill Gates for making himself an even bigger target. So come on, Hugo - stick it to’em; the whole world is watching.
Viva la Revolucion!
*No, silly, Bill Gates didn’t really invent the personal computer, nor is he a real philanthropist.
• No depression, major recession, from US finance crisis: Bill Gates (AFP, Oct. 5, 2008)
• UPDATE 2-Bill Gates says ideology threatens hunger fix (Christine Stebbins and Roberta Rampton, Reuters, Oct. 15, 2009)
• Ethiopian scientist wins World Food Prize for sorghum (Elizabeth Weise, USA Today, Oct. 16, 2009)
• Bill Gates: A Critical Biography (David Blomstrom, Google Knol)
• The Judge Who Raped Children (Bruce Brown, Astonisher.com)
• Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation (Charles Piller, Edmund Sanders and Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 7, 2007)
• Svalbard Global Seed Vault (AbsoluteAstronomy.com)
• Bill Gates says ideology threatens hunger fix (Democratic Underground, Oct. 15, 2009)
• Chavez promotes closer Africa-South America ties (Ian James, Associated Press, Sept. 26, 2009)
• Hugo Chavez vs Bill Gates (David Blomstrom, Viva Chavez!, May 15, 2008)