Round Two: Tow the rig to international waters near the bay area. Run cables to barges hosting data centers and immigrant IT labor working without visas?
Peter's got the money to pull an Uber on the energy industry
Nuclear power plants and electrical distribution are slightly more expensive than writing an app. "breaking the law" to set up your own nuclear power generation and distribution network would also be less than successful, especially when, unlike roads that Uber depends on, your competition owns the grid.
But OK, I'll bite: Buy an oil drilling rig and tow it to international waters near a city that controls its own grid. Build a nuclear power plant on the rig, run cables to connect the city's grid.
Then what happens?
"Both the right's fear of government and the left's fear of technology have jointly stunted our nuclear energy policy,"
If we ease the regulations for making new reactors, can we also lift the liability cap and force the owners to pool responsibility?
What makes anyone think they have a right to an accounting?
Tax laws. As a tax exempt organization, they have to release their 990 at a minimum. Here you go: http://www.gatesfoundation.org... People who donate should expect more information, but the Gates foundation does not solicit donations. Since no one has addressed McGooey's concerns on Gates' spending on public health:
As McGoey briefly acknowledges, the foundation’s investment of more than $15 billion in this field “has done considerable good.” That seems an understatement. Thanks in part to the Gateses’ strong investment in vaccines for infectious diseases, deaths from measles in Africa have dropped by 90 percent since 2000. Over the last quarter century, tuberculosis mortality worldwide has fallen by 45 percent, while over the last dozen years the number of new malaria cases has dropped by 30 percent. And polio, which in 1988 was endemic in 125 countries, is today endemic in only two. The foundation has also played an important part in fighting the spread of HIV and helping those infected with the virus to lead productive lives. For this, Bill and Melinda Gates deserve much credit.
The question is, has this been the best use of their money? As McGoey notes, chronic diseases, as opposed to communicable ones, exact a staggering toll worldwide, yet the foundation has invested less than 4 percent of its funding in research on them, and the global health community has largely followed suit. “The failure to combat obesity, cancer and heart disease epidemics in poor nations,” she observes, “has been one of the most glaring mistakes of global development efforts in recent years.”
So she agrees they have spent their money very effectively, but criticize them for not trying to fix problems in third world countries that have proven to be intractable in first world countries.
The Gates Foundation hasn't cured cancer, heart disease, or the obesity epidemic, therefore it is ineffective. Then she criticizes them for not creating primary care infrastructure in third world countries. Until recently, that is, when they started spending money on creating primary care infrastructure.
Didn't you read the follow-up story?. The free market fixed that problem, and the medicine is selling for a buck now.
Not quite that simple: many folks won't have access to a compounding pharmacy, the drug isn't for sale yet that I can tell, and for many or most drugs a compounding pharmacy won't be able to help. I think the real answer is pretty similar to your answer about money: not all monopolies are evil and we shouldn't abandon all monopolies. When rent seekers like Actelion and Turing learn to game the system it's time to reform the rules on restricted distribution and returning generic drugs to exclusive status; it's not time to blow up the FDA.
Why in the world do you think he should react any differently when you ask him to give you his money for free?
You are the only one talking about getting something for free. For everyone else it's quid pro quo.
Being a firefighter is dangerous; damned dangerous.
In the US it is actually a safer (2.5 deaths per 100,000 workers) than average (3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers) job.
It's either that, or get NO service during a disaster. Think very, very carefully before you decide which option is better.
or just give emergency services first priority, text messaging 2nd, email 3rd,
It's a good sized city with plenty of city things to do
Yes, cities are generic that way. Go to city, go to House Of Blues, catch a travelling broadway show, leave city. Seriously - if you can't name 5 amazing and important (to you) things about where you live you aren't living there - you're stuck there.
Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.