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Bill Gates, GM, MMR, and ‘they kill children’

I have never liked Bill Gates. In fact I have positively disliked what I have seen of his business practices and attitudes. But this particular quote beggars belief (he’s discussing the connection between the MMR vaccine and autism):

“… [I]t’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they, they kill children.”
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This uninformed emotional blackmail from a mega-rich programmer would be sad if it were not so dangerous. Big Pharma and GM foods are two of the biggest threats to the future of humanity that exist today. Sadly, Gates is as big a fan of Monsanto and GM foods as he is of vaccines. He should stick to overcharging people for over-bloated, buggy, unnecessary software. If he wants to talk about health issues he should learn a bit about health issues first.

‘They kill children’ is simply pathetic.

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  1. March 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Re 5: I’m not qualified either, but here is an article from the British Medial Journal: http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7452.full – Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent (!!!)

    And the burden of proof rests on Wakefield: he postulated that there is a link between autism and MMR and thus he should show proof for it (which he failed to do). Otherwise the scientist would be running around disproving that the earth is flat.

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    • March 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      Why, if you’re not qualified, would you automatically believe that Wakefield is fraudulent and the medical establishment is not? Such an assumption is dangerous: the establishment has more to lose than Wakefield.

      Ask yourself, as just a single example, why do the doctors want to give everyone statins even if they don’t need them and despite the unpleasant side effects?

      In the UK, the NHS is in the pocket of the pharmaceutical companies; and if you think that is unlikely then you simply do not understand how business works.

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  2. March 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I should have used my middle initial before.

    I fear I have started a fire. Against my better judgement I will fan the flames a little longer.

    1. Bill Gates created Microsoft to create an operating system that brought PCs to everyone. If he did not create a business model that attracted investors, he would not have been able to do that.

    2. This is an ethical question that I disagree with you on. Genetic Engineering makes it feel man is playing god with nature, and has backfired on the environment in the past. But malaria has killed millions of people, and if genetic engineering can bring malaria to an end then with adequate testing I think it should be seriously looked at.

    3-5. What about: “Autism and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine: no epidemiological evidence for a causal association”?

    http://www.morrisonlucas.com/GL/vaccines/Lancet_353_2026_autism_and_measles_no_evidence.pdf

    Sure, saying he killed children is trying to get an emotional response, but Wakefield’s paper caused people to not immunize. That decrease in MMR allowed those diseases to spread and kill.

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  3. March 8, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I agree that Microsoft and Big Pharma have some questionable business practices. However, I do not believe that Bill Gates is a bad or uninformed person. Bill Gates gave away the billions of dollars to cure diseases like Malaria. He knows something about the health issues.

    I know this is a rant, but I really don’t see where you are coming from. Are you defending the link between MMR and Autism?

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    • March 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Kevin. This could become confusing…

      Anyway:

      1. If MS had questionable business practices, then BG did also

      2. Is BG’s money involved in the attempts to produce a genetically modified malaria fly? If so, shame on him. The potential harm to mankind from genetic engineering is far greater than malaria alone.

      3. I see no indication that he knows anything at all about health issues.

      4. I don’t necessarily think he is a bad person (I don’t know him personally), but I think he is a mis-informed and dangerous person. And the emotional blackmail in ‘they kill children’ is indeed pathetic.

      5. I am not qualified to comment definitively on any link between autism and MMR; but I would say that Wakefield’s research has not been disproven, and the demonisation of Wakefield is despicable.

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