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Comment: Re:Gates? (Score 1) 140

by chthon (#49284787) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response

It is mainly to trick gullible people like you into believing that doing charity is a positive trait. The kind of people that are most loathable are the robber barons who then try to cover up their past tricks with doing things 'for the good'.

And US charity is paternalistic, it is always done with disdain for those who receive it.

Comment: Re:What's the evidence this will work? (Score 1) 156

by chthon (#49064635) Attached to: Bill Gates On Educating the World

You do not have kids or you are lucky with them. If I would not push my 10 year old daughter around a little bit, she would gladly sit all day in front of the TV or the computer doing nothing. She does have the brains, if she studies, she gets good grades. But she has a tendency of rather doing nothing and not to want to think about anything.

Comment: Good for Mississipi (Score 1) 297

by chthon (#48988059) Attached to: Mississippi - the Nation's Leader In Vaccination Rates

But underlying all this, it seems that the US American belief that you should have the complete right as a parent to decide how to raise your children, even if it is against their well being, is not new. I clearly remember 'Huckleberry Finn', and the description of his father who falls in the same category as those people that are opposed to vaccination (for whichever reason). And that was written 130 years ago.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.