Saturday, January 29, 2011

Feeding Microsoft when Gates feeds Monsanto

There are things I hate with a passion. One of them is Mosanto. Another is Cargill.

And one thing I'm really close to hate, aside from the monopoly it holds on PC OSes (and wonderfully illustrated in Bill Gates's open letter from the 70s), is Microsoft.
Microsoft, BG's ever growing supply of money.

So what happens when our nerdy BG buys about 500,000 shares from Monsanto - poisonous killers of crops, farmers (not just the African ones) and liberties- for $27.6 M in the second quarter of 2010, and the news breaks out in late 2010?

The video game industry remains silent.
Controversial? All but an euphemism.
Sure, with billions to make, who'd shake the boat by pointing out the disgusting ties between Gates and Monsanto, and therefore logically risking the business profitability of Microsoft and millions of jobs depending on the sales of games on the Microsoft console?

Still, here's a couple links you should read, if you don't want to die silly. (And as always, don't miss the comments section when there's one!)

Gates Foundation ties with Monsanto under fire from activists
Bill Gates Foundation Buys 500,000 Shares of Monsanto
Should the Gates Foundation sell its stock in Monsanto?
Gates Foundation invests in Mosanto: Both will profit at expense of small-scale African farmers
Chemical Relations: Monsanto and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Seriously, there are times when I feel a bit heart-torn when I know that making video games in such an age of disgrace is not particularly fertile for the mind, and is often said to keep people away from important matters (just like any entertainment consumed in droves and nothing in video games actually encourages people to do otherwise), but do we really have to flush everything, including ethics ?

EDIT : I forgot something. Did you ever hear of the Doomsday Vault ? Surely, you want to read the following article : Doomsday Arctic Seed Vault: Do Bill Gates, Rockefeller and GMO (genetically modified organism) titans know something...
Hello? Is there anyone still sane on this fucking planet?

--- Special Blackwater Black Ops/XE Services Update ---

Machines of War: Blackwater, Monsanto, and Bill Gates. An excerpt:

A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater's Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State "security services," that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.

Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training - for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater.

One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008 as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights activists, anti-GM and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.

Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to keep track of "public disclosure" of its opponents. He also said that Total Intelligence was a "totally separate entity from Blackwater."

However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents, using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that Total Intelligence had become "Monsanto's intelligence arm," spying on activists and other actions, including "our people to legally integrate these groups." Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $ 127,000 in 2008 and $ 105,000 in 2009.


This is getting out of hands!
- Whose hands?

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