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Bill Gates secret Reddit Santa

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    11101110

    http://redditgifts.com/gallery/gift/spoiler-alert-bill-gates-did-not-get-you/

    I dunno. Bill's a billionaire. He gave this girl the gift of giving a cow to somebody else's family for charity. It's a bizarre Secret Santa gift. It's only $500, plus it doubles as a tax write off for him.

    I can see Larry Ellison giving some lucky 16 year old a Ferrari as a gift instead.

    10/10 would receive gift from Bill Gates again

    ps: Sorry for the apple ipad on my wishlist, that was really awkward.

    She should at least ask for a cow for herself. It's only fair in this situation. He essentially made the US tax payer pay for this cow for somebody in a foreign land because he pays more than $500 in taxes per year. 
    If he had given the cow to the girl instead at least it would have had the opposite effect on the economy in some small way.

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    PeterF

    Cool Scrooge impersonation, you're really good at it 😉

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    Sven Groot

    , PeterF wrote

    Cool Scrooge impersonation, you're really good at it 😉

    Ebenezer, I assume. Beer here is nowhere near cool enough to be Scrooge McDuck.

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    11101110

    Somebody who gives people their tax write-offs as holiday gifts would be more deserving I think.

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    PeterF

    You're on a roll, you're really talented at this Smiley How long did it take you to get this good, and how much does it help you in feeling satisfied and happy in real life? Genuinely interested, really

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    Dr Herbie

    @11101110: The b*stard!  Giving something useful to the people who need it most, when he could have given some luxury item that no one really needs!  No wonder people are flocking to Google Chrome laptops.

    Herbie

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    Ian2

    , 11101110 wrote

    I dunno. Bill's a billionaire. He gave this girl the gift of giving a cow to somebody else's family for charity. It's a bizarre Secret Santa gift. It's only $500, plus it doubles as a tax write off for him.

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    Have you thought of working for the National Enquirer?  They are always looking for people with a talent like yours.

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    wkempf

    OK, how many times does this yahoo need to be banned? Why is he still here? Beer, take your toys and go home, you're not wanted around here.

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    Richard.Hein

    @11101110: Bill has been working to promote that charity in many ways this year. What have you done for the world's poorest you miserable hypocrite?

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    Richard.Hein

    Not to mention I'm fairly certain Bill has exceeded his annual charitable donation tax credits. I know I haven't come close and this is just the last push I need to get me to actually go ahead and buy a few chickens or something. I almost did so a few weeks ago but got distracted by my own selfish wants and needs and work and life.

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    SteveRichter

    , Richard.Hein wrote

    @11101110: Bill has been working to promote that charity in many ways this year. What have you done for the world's poorest you miserable hypocrite?

    I do not see Bill's involvement in foreign societies as completely benign and benevolent. Not that he is trying to do harm but the population of the nations he helps are growing unsustainably. And the political pressure Bill and other tech leaders apply to support open borders immigration policies arguably cause a brain drain in poor countries. I think a good case can be made that if nations were left to develop on their own that they would be better off in the long run.

    Keep in mind, the prime directive was written for a reason.

     

     

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    cbae

    , SteveRichter wrote

    *snip*

    I do not see Bill's involvement in foreign societies as completely benign and benevolent. Not that he is trying to do harm but the population of the nations he helps are growing unsustainably.

    Are you trying to say that helping out the impoverished nations that have unsustainably high birth rates is merely "adding fuel to the fire"?

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    Ian2

    Actually, come to think of it, it does look as though Bill is only helping people that don't already have a PC on their desktop (or even a desktop come to that).

    Oh dear, that is in poor taste Ian.

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    SteveRichter

    , cbae wrote

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    Are you trying to say that helping out the impoverished nations that have unsustainably high birth rates is merely "adding fuel to the fire"?

    Yes.  In total, all the help hurts. Think of it this way.  Life in the industrialized countries is much better than it was 500 years ago. Can we say the same for those who live in many other places in the world? I do not think so.

     

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    MasterPi

    , wkempf wrote

    OK, how many times does this yahoo need to be banned? Why is he still here? Beer, take your toys and go home, you're not wanted around here.

    He hasn't really violated the Code of Conduct. Posting a bunch of rubbish isn't enough to warrant a ban.

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    11101110

    "What have you done for the world's poorest .... hypocrite?"

    I assume you mean poor cultures in the world and not the poor in California. I left them alone instead of trying to push my western values, religion, and ways on them.

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    spivonious

    @11101110: Giving a family a cow is promoting western values and religion? Whatever dude. It's teaching them to fish instead of giving them a fish.

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    cbae

    , SteveRichter wrote

    *snip*

    Yes.  In total, all the help hurts.

    Population control through starvation, is it?

    Think of it this way.  Life in the industrialized countries is much better than it was 500 years ago. Can we say the same for those who live in many other places in the world? I do not think so.

    What "other places" are you referring to? Considering that the lowest current life expectancy of any nation on Earth is 47 years (Sierra Leone) while the average life expectancy in the wealthiest 16th Century European countries was no more than 35 years, I think we can say the same.

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