Unfounded cynicism; first, of course his charities are "hand-picked" by him- uh, what else would they be? If you give money to charity, do you hand pick which ones you give to, or do you just toss a handful of cash in the air and figure it'll make it's way to someone useful? He's put 22 big ones into that charity, so naturally he'll want to have some say about what charitable causes that money helps. Since his focus isn't on some self-promoting techie charity like computers in every classroom but instead things like eradicating 3rd-world illnesses through funding vaccinations and research into curing malaria et al, I'm not sure what you're complaining about. In fact, when I really went off about the Gates Foundation in this thread, it was to point out that Gates has done more than say Mother Teresa- who is on the fast track to sainthood, so guess that puts Gates in rarified air.
Also, don't forget that Gates != Microsoft; the decision by MS lawyers to go after those charities was legally founded if a bit tactless (and hey, as has been noted before Linux is available), but we don't even know if that decision was one Gates et al were aware of or involved in- a company that big makes too many decisions for the top brass to be involved in all of them.
But more importantly, you seem to assume he's put that much money into a charity simply to bolster his image- right, because never in the history of the world has someone found themselves with a lot of money and decided to donate it to the public good. Never happened, because everyone with money is just pure evil. Oh, and I'll assume then that crasspastor has never done anything to help anyone else, has never done anything altruistic- and if he has, that it was purely to bolster his image or get him laid or some other purely self-absorbed reason. Seems fair, to just assume that...
Here's a dollar, you prick. :)posted by hincandenza at 3:50 PM on September 9, 2001
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