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Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

Put a Name to the 80 People Who Own Half of the World’s Wealth

Some of the names on this list of the über rich will seem familiar while others may come as a surprise.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

AP/RIA Novosti, Alexei Drizhinin

Vladimir Putin Is the Most Powerful Person in the World, According to Forbes

Beating out President Barack Obama, Chinese leader Xi Jingping and Pope Francis, in order, Russian President and tiger wrestler Vladimir Putin tops Forbes’ annual list of the most powerful people in the world.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

The Rebirth of Family Capitalism

This is the indigenous romance of American capitalism: The man from nowhere rises out of obscurity to unimaginable heights through the application of disciplined effort, commercial cunning, and a gambler’s sang froid in the face of the unforgiving riskiness of the marketplace. Conversely, 19th century Gilded Age anti-capitalists knew this dark fairy tale as “the Property Beast.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE

How About Diversifying Newsrooms for a Change?

Media organizations would benefit from fresh faces from a variety of backgrounds; protesters want the Gates Foundation to stop giving money to private prisons; meanwhile, a man is serving a life sentence in prison for lending his friend a car and going to bed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

Bill Gates Doesn’t Want Minimum Wage Raised

Bill Gates and other members of the 1 percent worry about having to pay more taxes to increase wages; the United States turned its back on the Arab Spring; meanwhile, an Oklahoma legislator wants to forbid all marriages so gays won’t wed either. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE

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Bill Gates Worries Pakistan Violence Blocks Polio Eradication, but Is CIA Partly to Blame?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done an amazing job in targeting diseases for eradication, and the world is very close to getting rid of polio altogether, in part because the Gateses in recent years have given their support to the effort, which began in 1988.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE


Diane Ravitch Reviews ‘Reign of Error’ Review: ‘Beautiful’

It’s always nice when, tasked with writing a book review involving a key figure in a certain field of which one is well acquainted, one ultimately has good things to say about the book in question.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE

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Marching in Chicago: Resisting Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Savagery

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s current attempt to close down 54 public schools largely inhabited by poor minorities is one more example of a savage, racist neoliberal system that uses the politics of austerity and consolidation to further disenfranchise unskilled youths in the inner city.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE

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Bill Gates Will Pay You as Much as $1 Million for a Better Condom

Condoms are cheap and effective, but they also diminish sexual pleasure, and that gets in the way of lifesaving.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE

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TED: ‘A Money-Soaked Orgy of Self-Congratulatory Futurism’

In the wake of a recent scandal over TED’s refusal to publish a talk about income inequality, Alex Pareene at Salon performs a neat takedown of the organization’s driving ethos. (Hint: It has to do with the “1 percent” that the Occupy movement is raging about.)

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE

America the Battlefield

John McCain and several other senators are trying to pass a measure to include the United States as part of the battlefield in the “war on terror,” allowing the U.S. military to jail American citizens without a trial; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated to an enemy of public education; meanwhile, David Cameron was trying to blackmail the rest of Europe. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE

Gottfried Helnwein

A Peek at Henry A. Giroux’s ‘Education and the Crisis of Public Values’

“We are more than a nation in decline; we are a nation moving toward the bittersweet simplisms, policies and values of a new form of authoritarianism,” writes Henry Giroux, in an article adapted from his new book on America’s shift away from democratic values toward a rigid, market-driven uniformity.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 READ MORE

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Google’s Many Changes

With the simple dictum “don’t be evil” as its motto, the Internet software giant Google—which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010—wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Flunking Teachers Gives the Ruling Class a Pass

With all the evil people in the world, why are public schoolteachers being villainized? And how did they attract such powerful enemies?

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE

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And the World’s Richest Person Is ...

Well, it’s not Bill Gates, but the Microsoft mastermind did come in second place in this year’s countdown of Forbes’ top 10 wealthiest people in the world. So who was No. 1? That would be Mexico’s Carlos Slim, for the second year in a row.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE

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Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE

Gates Foundation

40 Billionaires Agree to Give Half of It Away

With philanthropy buddies Warren Buffet and Bill Gates leading the way, 40 representatives of the uber rich have pledged to give half of their fortunes to good works. George Lucas of “Star Wars” (and ruining “Star Wars”) fame and Ted Turner, who gave us CNN before it was terrible and has the mustache to prove it, are among those on the list.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE

Marco Calasan

Oh, to Be a 9-Year-Old Computer Genius

Meet Marco Calasan, the world’s youngest Microsoft systems engineer and official computer genius. At the advanced age of 9, Marco, who calls Macedonia his home, is already the author of a book on Windows 7 that he’s hoping to publish and has earned four Microsoft certificates.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Bill Gates, Twitter-er

Now that Bill Gates doesn’t have to run one of the world’s biggest companies, he has more time to devote to a few of his favorite causes including, say, trying to revamp the school system at home and fight hunger abroad—you know, just hobby material. Here, he tells Jon Stewart about his post-Microsoft life, as well as how he learned to tweet just last week.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE

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Bill Gates Launches Online Diary

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is getting into online sharing mode with the launch of his new Web diary, the Gates Notes, in which he holds forth about his various projects, plus sections called “What I’m Learning” and “Curious Classroom”—plus travel videos!

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Current National Threats, According to Colbert

Stephen Colbert walks us through the top three threats of the moment: Harvard professor and criminal mastermind Henry Louis Gates, Bill Gates and his weather-controlling madness, and an unemployed Wilford Brimley, who breaks into Colbert’s house in search of food. Check out this clip from last night’s “Colbert Report.”

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 READ MORE

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Prashant Panjiar

Do the Billionaire Shuffle

Bill Gates is once again the world’s richest man, though he rules over a ravaged kingdom of billionaires. Forbes’ annual list has shriveled by nearly a third and $2 trillion in net worth. Those poor billionaires.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE

Bill Gates


It’s official: Microsoft’s top-geek-made-good, Bill Gates, is leaving his full-time position as head of Microsoft on Friday. Now that he’s made more money than regular mortals can even fathom (aside from those congresspeople who approve the defense budget), he’s stepping down in order to focus on his philanthropic work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE

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