Please stop flagging it.
Feel free to downvote me for complaining about the flags, but don't flag the post. No, I'm not OP.
Two rich people got divorced. Who cares? Flag it into the ground.
No...... It's literally a tweet from their verified account. It's literally the exact opposite of gossip; it's their official announcement, and this thread provides room for readers here to analyze the effects of the split in our technical, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic context
You know what's gossip? r/relationship_advice, which this isn't. (discl: I run the subreddit)
Please contribute positively.
And fair enough, it's not gossip. Celebrity news still doesn't belong here.
It seems your personal relevancy radar is out of sync with the larger HN community. Not a problem in itself, but probably not something you should get up in arms about.
My main concern is around whether the foundation ends up splitting from its current areas of focus (climate change and disease research). There's been a wealth of innovation around both as a consequence of GF's investment and I worry that less focus might mean less funding at a critical time for both.
Yikes. That's a flag. At least one reputable study: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200910110824.h...
> free circumcisions to African boys based off of pseudoscientific and absurd research.
On the compound impact of a 1% difference: https://www.politifact.com/article/2016/apr/18/hiv-africa-6-...
The WHO analysis, for independent reading: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/43751/97892...
> even if true it’s still multiple orders of magnitude less cost effective than offering and teaching condom usage.
Announcement of condom innovation funding: https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/bill-gates-condom-campaign...
Progress check: https://www.mic.com/articles/128850/bill-and-melinda-gates-f...
One potential MVP five years after the initial grant round: https://www.businessinsider.com/scientists-invent-self-lubri...
Seems like a multi-layered approach: tackle risk from one side through improved rubbers and further reduce risk on the flip side through medical procedures given the sustained aversion to traditional condoms.
It's not really healthy to harbor this amount of unfounded hatred for someone you've (presumably) never met, and I'd advise bringing fact-checked sources next time.
You flagged my comment because I expressed an opinion that you disagree with about social distancing? I didn't say it doesn't work to reduce infection (although I absolutely put no stock in associative studies), I said it was a bad thing. I don't believe in constraining human relationships via coercion in order to prevent the spread of a highly infectious respiratory virus that is and was always going to be endemic. What an evil thing to do to use the flag button like that.
Doubly ironic because you linked to an article about a study rather than the actual study, and the study itself is incredibly weak because it's a crappy associative study, which is the only type of study you can really perform for social distancing (which is why it will always be a largely unfalsifiable intervention but I digress)
> Announcement of condom innovation funding: https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/bill-gates-condom-campaign...
That doesn't change the fact that they're spending money on this intervention. Moreover there are obvious ethical concerns with billing genital modification as a medical intervention. We don't take that ethical stance towards FGM, which we rightly decry here in the West as evil. (And before you say that FGM is totally different from male circumcision, you should read up in detail about both, including the multiple different forms of FGM, many of which are analogous to male circumcision; the correct answer is both types of genital mutilation are evil, not just the one we do to girls).
> It's not really healthy to harbor this amount of unfounded hatred for someone you've (presumably) never met, and I'd advise bringing fact-checked sources next time.
You clearly aren't familiar with fact checkers and how they work otherwise you wouldn't use that phrase with a straight face.
And sorry, it is absolutely healthy to harbor a strong distaste for someone that does things you think are evil. I've never met Xi Jinping but I don't like him either.
> On the compound impact of a 1% difference: https://www.politifact.com/article/2016/apr/18/hiv-africa-6-...
First of all politifact is not a neutral source, can we stop collectively pretending that these fact-checker types have any credibility?
Anyway I don't want to get into the whole AIDS-in-Africa debate but maybe you should read up on the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangui_definition and the fact that we regularly diagnose AIDS for things that could very plausibly not be AIDS.
I avoided giving sources because I don't want to have to argue the age-old "is it okay to perform a medicalized pseudo-surgery that started out intentionally with the intention of curtailing pleasure and the function of the male sexual organ" debate. But you might be interested in https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1016/S0968-8080%2807... that goes into some interesting history.
On the WHO-Bill-Gates-circumcision-for-HIV thing specifically, there's a great response letter to the original study that points out the glaring flaws (the most shocking that they halted the study halfway through because the results were supposedly so good it was unethical not to circumcise everyone right away...which poor data analysis aside has the obvious confound that you can't have sex for weeks after getting circumcised thus you need a long study period). However I'm having trouble finding it.
Tangentially, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/africans-speak-out-... makes some good points though. Yes it's not a research paper, I'm not trying to say it is.
I have doubts this means anything negative for the foundation, other than maybe a rebrand of the name. I live in Seattle and have a few friends who work there - While both Gates are active in the spectacle of the foundation and pushing the broader mission, neither touch day-to-day operations at all.
Similarly, I was a Gates Scholar and it changed my life (no college debt). I hope none of the scholars or scholarship fund partners are affected, either.
The US federal govt spends $85.9 billion a day. That is just federal, not state or municipal.
The US alone could very easily set up a foundation with similar funding. What makes the Gates Foundation special are the ideas and networks of the creators.
The Soviet Union went down because it represented an attempt at strictly centralized management, coupled to punitive information management where any feedback was assumed to be dissent and swiftly repressed.
As you may know, negative feedback systems are the key to stability and USSR is a case study of everything the opposite.
China is hardly a legit market economy, more of a compromise to afford some autonomy of judgement and decentralization.
I don't really think this impacts the Foundation, and even if it did, it is a relatively small organization.
I wish them and their family the best.
Seems like none of these are at play. Best of luck to Bill and Melinda.
I will never forgive BillG for his cutthroat and ruthless actions as Microsoft CEO given he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. None of his "charitable" actions will clear his record.
Both things can be true. Especially in this case where they happened sequentially instead of in parallel.
Loyalty and honor count for something, when you're thinking about who should hold your hand in the ICU, or who should be with you and your kids in the next plot (or urn).
It's odd to think that either of them looked at the other and thought "this person is an obstacle to what I really want."
I say this as a very long-time critic of Microsoft and Gates, including on recent issues (patents as applied to vaccines).
"And why are you getting a divorce now?" the judge asks.
"We wanted to wait until the children died."
Also, any inherited wealth coming from his parents should be his sole property. His dad died last year I believe but his widow(not Bill's mom) is still alive so the inheritance might not have happened yet.
it's like the big picture VS the rest