Twitter post Dr. Simon Goddek @goddeketal Did you know that Bill Gates' primary residence in Seattle boasts 7 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, a 60-foot pool with an underwater music system, a 2,500-square-foot gym, a 1,000-square-foot dining room, six kitchens, and a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling? And let's not forget the 2,100-square-foot library, a home theater that seats up to 20 guests, and a massive 300-square-foot reception hall with room for 200 guests. And there's also a spacious guesthouse, a garage that fits 23 cars, and an artificial stream stocked with fish.
Depending on the source, its value is estimated at $127 to $170 million. But wait, there's more! Gates also owns homes in Del Mar, California at sea level ($43 million), Indian Wells, California ($12.5 million), Wellington, Florida ($8.7 million), and a ranch in Wyoming ($8.9 million).
A fun little tidbit about his Florida property: In 2016, he paid $13.5 million for the neighboring house. Rumor has it he's also bought four other properties on the same street, making him the sole resident of the entire block.
In addition, Bill Gates has ironically splurged $650 million on 'Aqua', a luxurious super yacht. This extravagant purchase, complete with lavish amenities, starkly contrasts his public stance on environmental conservation. Gates' Aqua, a symbol of opulence, raises questions about the sincerity behind his environmental advocacy.
And the hypocrisy does not stop there. Just as Gates allegedly advocates for the environment while doing the exact opposite, he has behaved in a 'supposedly selfless' manner during the alleged global health crisis of the past four years. For instance, in September 2019, he invested $55 million in BioNTech, a company then only recording losses, coincidentally months before the outbreak of an alleged pandemic.
This vaccine, produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, would reduce transmissions and deaths, Bill claimed, only to sell 86% of his cheaply acquired shares two years later for hundreds of millions of dollars. 'Purely by chance,' Gates had also previously invested in Moderna. By his own admission, he turned 1 billion dollars in health industry investments into 20 billion.
Trusting someone who funds the WHO more than entire nations, predicts a viral pandemic, and then profits from it, is like believing a firefighter who predicts every single fire. Often, such people are more the cause of problems than the solutions.
Coming back to his real estates and his luxury yacht: Isn't it ironic that one of the main proponents of reducing our carbon footprint lives like this? With such an expansive estate and luxurious lifestyle, we can't help but wonder how much his own carbon footprint is ballooning.
If the people who are urging us to reduce our carbon footprints are living lives of excess, how can we trust their motivations and the validity of their claims about man-made climate change?
Cheers, Dr. Simon
P.S. Oh yes, and let's not forget the curious case of chiIdp0rn discovered on his private property in 2014, where it seems one of his employees might have conveniently been the fall guy. Plus, his 37 visits to Epstein Island? Purely coincidental, of course - much like his investments right before the pandemic.
P.P.S. Bill Gates has also bought up 110,000 hectares of farmland while pushing for soy products and fake meat, which really makes you wonder why.
Data being sold include information about military members’ children, their health conditions, interest in gambling, political affiliation, and religion.
Sensitive personal information of active and veteran military members is being sold by U.S. data brokers that could pose a potential threat to national security, according to a recent report by Duke University.
“It is not difficult to obtain sensitive data about active-duty members of the military, their families, and veterans, including non-public, individually identified, and sensitive data, such as health data, financial data, and information about religious practices,” the Nov. 6 report said. The research team purchased details via data brokers for as low as 12 cents per record. Even the location data of military members were available for purchase. “Access to this data could be used by foreign and malicious actors to target active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their families and acquaintances for profiling, blackmail, targeting with information campaigns, and more,” the report warned. The information in the dataset included: Personal details like name, home address, email, specific branch and/or agency (active duty only), wireless phone numbers, age, gender, ethnicity, language, occupation, and levels of education. Family information like marital status, presence of children at home, numbers of children, ages of children, sexes of children. Ideological information like political affiliation, religion, interest in charitable donations, interest in current affairs/politics. Financial information like income, net worth, credit rating, homeowner/renter status, home value, and interest in gambling/casinos. Medical details like ailments and health conditions. “Several data broker websites advertise data on military families, with dataset titles such as ‘Military Families Mailing List’ and ‘Hard Core Military Families,’” the report said. None of the datasets purchased by the team were anonymized, even when brokers provided sensitive information to unverified buyers.
The datasets cost between $0.12 and $0.32 per record when buying roughly 5,000 to 15,000 records at a time. For much larger purchases, the costs go down to as little as $0.01.
In an interview with public media outlet Marketplace, Justin Sherman, a senior fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy who led the study, gave an example of how financial data collected from such brokers could be weaponized against the country.
“If you’re trying to identify people in debt, that could be really, really dangerous from a national security perspective if you can identify, target, and then blackmail particular people,” he said.
For their analysis, the team scraped through 533 data brokers’ websites, contacted 12 of them, and eventually bought from three sellers. Uncontrolled Data Brokerage Industry The study highlighted the issue of an absence of government control over the data brokering industry. “We found a lack of robust controls when asking some data brokers about buying data on the U.S. military,” the study said. One broker told the research team that they would have to verify their identity before selling data on military personnel. However, this restriction was applicable when paying for data via credit card. For wire payments, such restrictions were not in place. The team then paid by wire and the broker provided the data without any identity verification.
One broker refused to sell geolocation data around sensitive locations like military sites. However, this broker was willing to sell geolocation data in other regions of the United States. Two brokers refused to sell owing to the research team not being a verified business.
The team also bought datasets while using an IP address from another country. “Our team selected Singapore in our initial grant proposal because of its tech industry and important geopolitical position between the U.S. and China. All of the brokers responded to our requests.”
“For several of the brokers … the controls in place were primarily focused on requiring confidentiality around the data purchasing itself and to make certain the customer was a company.”
The report called on Congress to pass a “comprehensive U.S. privacy law,” with strong controls on the American data brokerage industry. It also asked the Defense Department to “assess the risks from data brokerage in its contracts.”
“For example, the Department of Defense could reserve the right to restrict a contractor’s sale of any data, related to the contract or otherwise, to external entities throughout the contract period and restrict the future sale of data to entities that was obtained due to the contract.”
Threat to Security The study has triggered alarm bells among U.S. lawmakers. “This report further solidifies the need to address this gaping hole in the protection of U.S. servicemembers,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), according to NBC News. “We must act in the interest of national security and protect those who defend our nation.” Sen. Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.) called the findings a “sobering wake-up call for policymakers that the data broker industry is out of control and poses a serious threat to U.S. national security.”
A January 2022 report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence also raised similar concerns. It focused on the threat posed by “Commercially Available Information” (CAI). “The volume and sensitivity of CAI have expanded in recent years, mainly due to the advancement of digital technology, including location-tracking and other features of smartphones and other electronic devices, and the advertising-based monetization models that underlie many commercial offerings available on the Internet,” it said.
Since CAI is available to the general public, including adversaries of the United States, such data raise counter-intelligence risks for the U.S. Intelligence Community, the report stated.
Naveen Athrappully Naveen Athrappully Author
Back in 2020 or 2021 (I think), I watched a video where a woman in the UK showed published data which projected world population by country. It showed significant drops in most countries, including the USA. Does anyone have that video or know where I can access that data?