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Bill Gates releases mosquito menace on TED2009 audience

Posted at 7:00 PM on February 9, 2009 by Steve Mullis
Filed under: People, Technology

OK, so it wasn't a menace. In reality, Mr. Gates was giving a talk on malaria prevention at the TED2009 conference when he released the vampiric insects into the audience.

His follow-up explanation that, "...not just poor people should experience this..." drips with a certain tastelessness, similar to the Davos Refugee Run, of trying to make wealthy donors understand the plight of us meager plebians.

Again, my thought here is that these stunts do not go far enough. Doing anything less than going the whole nine yards seems a little pointless. Besides, it's not the mosquitos Bill, we've got those in abundance in Florida. It's the malaria that is the problem.

Next time, maybe bring a jar of that instead.

Playing refugee in Davos

Posted at 5:05 PM on February 5, 2009 by Steve Mullis (1 Comments)
Filed under: News, People, Politics

There is something that just feels wrong about this Refugee Run that was held at the Davos conference. I understand the idea behind it, which is to give these rich and powerful folks an inside view of what life is like as a refugee so that they may be better able to sympathize with their plight. Here's Richard Branson participating in the run:


(Photos: PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)

FP: Passport has more photos here. Ooh, he looks really frightened doesn't he?

The thing that bothers me here is how it is advertised on the flier: EXPERIENCE LIFE AS A REFUGEE IN DAVOS! It's as if being a refugee is a fun rollercoaster ride that the Davos elite will get a chance to ride on.

"You must be this tall to ride this farce."

If they really wanted to do this effectively, there should have been no advertising and no signing up for the fun. Right in the middle of their banquet dinners or as they slurped down their gourmet soup in a hotel bathrobe, armed militants should storm in a take the place over. Storm the keep, string up the monarchs!

Now that would change some stations.

What do you think, useful exercise or not?

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