Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jeff Bezos Is a Fool

 

Mr. Bezos has decided to throw away 10 Billion Dollars. Yes, the world’s wealthiest man has “Committed 10 Billion Dollars to Fight Climate Change.” So, he is spending his own fortune, giving money to “scientists, activists, and non-profits” who are intent on saving the planet from climate change. Activists? Non-Profits?

Well, he’s welcome to spend his money any way he wishes. It’s too bad that not one of those ten billion dollars will have one iota of effect on the climate.

What a fool.

(No, I didn’t find a picture of the guy, simply because he’s been over-exposed, and I think he’s ugly.)

Crossposted at RushBabe49.com.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RushBabe49:

    No, I didn’t find a picture of the guy, simply because he’s been over-exposed, and I think he’s ugly.

    Thank you.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 6:54 PM PST
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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49

    Er.. Thanks for what, Percival?

     

    • #2
    • February 17, 2020, at 6:56 PM PST
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  3. Percival Thatcher
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Er.. Thanks for what, Percival?

     

    Not running his picture.

    • #3
    • February 17, 2020, at 7:03 PM PST
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  4. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Rush,

    You are completely right. What a waste of money. Bad technology, delivered by questionable people, to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Just great!

    At least Bill Gates still has a brain in his head.

    Bill Gates warns the coronavirus could hit Africa worse than China, and that 10 million may die worldwide

    Last month, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $10 million (R147m) towards the fight to contain the outbreak in China and Africa.

    Of that total, the foundation is giving $5 million to support the response in China, while the other $5 million is going to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention for screening and crisis preparedness there.

    Whether this particular virus turns out to be the big one doesn’t matter. Just pumping up the response will save lives now and will improve our chances of not being taken off guard in the future. Gates is on the job, Bezos is a jerk.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #4
    • February 17, 2020, at 7:09 PM PST
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  5. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    I don’t think he’s a fool. He is buying something that has great value in the crowd he travels with–virtue. It is sad, because the efforts of the climates alarmists are harmful to the prosperity of poorest people in the world. 4 million Africans die each year, because they lack cheap electricity. If I had $100B, I would put my money into cheap nuclear power. He’d improve more lives than “free shipping” ever could.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 7:11 PM PST
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  6. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):
    He is buying something that has great value in the crowd he travels with–virtue.

    Don,

    Just make that pseudo-virtue. There might be something called virtue but it isn’t what the crowd that you are referring to has the slightest idea about.

    Regards,

    Jim

    • #6
    • February 17, 2020, at 7:14 PM PST
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  7. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    I suspect the money will go to good purposes. Climate change allows big businesses to bribe politicians will virtue signaling all the way.

    • #7
    • February 17, 2020, at 7:27 PM PST
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  8. Clavius Thatcher

    Sad to see someone with otherwise good judgement (look at his businesses) make such a foolish move.

    • #8
    • February 17, 2020, at 7:44 PM PST
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  9. Chris B Member

    I expect he is setting up a charitable foundation, which ultimately can be used as a slush fund while getting him out of a bunch of taxes.

    • #9
    • February 18, 2020, at 12:13 AM PST
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  10. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Clavius (View Comment):

    Sad to see someone with otherwise good judgement (look at his businesses) make such a foolish move.

    Nothing foolish about it if he is a committed leftist seeking dominance of our society and government.

    • #10
    • February 18, 2020, at 1:51 AM PST
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  11. Jon1979 Lincoln

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    I don’t think he’s a fool. He is buying something that has great value in the crowd he travels with–virtue. It is sad, because the efforts of the climates alarmists are harmful to the prosperity of poorest people in the world. 4 million Africans die each year, because they lack cheap electricity. If I had $100B, I would put my money into cheap nuclear power. He’d improve more lives than “free shipping” ever could.

    Bezos does periodically shoot off fossil fuel-burning rockets here in non-fossil fuel adverse West Texas, as part of his Blue Origin space project. Bought a huge ranch to do it where a wind farm — the first ever built in Texas — was removed because, being on the edge of the Guadalupe Mountains, it was subject the state’s worst winter ice and spring high winds weather and kept breaking down.

    I’ll be interested to see what he does with the ranch after Blue Origin starts doing orbital launches. Those are going to be done on the Gulf Coast, because — as much as Gaia might like Bezos raining rocket parts down on the oilfield region of the Permian Basin just to the east — he doesn’t want to donate the rest of his fortune to local landowners if the booster section of New Sheppard V lands on someone’s house.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 4:38 AM PST
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  12. WillowSpring Member
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    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Bad technology, delivered by questionable people, to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Just great!

    I’ve been following the climate ‘debate’ for years and this is one of the best summaries of the situation I have seen.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 1:53 PM PST
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  13. Michael Minnott Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    I suspect the money will go to good purposes. Climate change allows big businesses to bribe politicians will virtue signaling all the way.

    Agreed. I suspect a not insubstantial portion of the money will go to lobbying.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 10:57 PM PST
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  14. Michael Minnott Member
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    Chris B (View Comment):

    I expect he is setting up a charitable foundation, which ultimately can be used as a slush fund while getting him out of a bunch of taxes.

    It will also allow him to buy political influence by “hiring” the relatives and friends of the politically connected.

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    • February 18, 2020, at 11:04 PM PST
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  15. Fritz Member

    As the old saying goes, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

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    • February 19, 2020, at 1:59 PM PST
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  16. Old Bathos Moderator

    Bezos gave money to the Green Cult for the same reason the Medicis paid to build churches and shrines–public image-building and an in with the highest moral authority in town, empowered to absolve other sins.

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    • February 20, 2020, at 10:49 AM PST
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  17. aardo vozz Member

    Fritz (View Comment):

    As the old saying goes, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

    I prefer the more cynical version: “A fool and your money are soon partners.” (“Sayings from the notebooks of Lazarus Long”, in “Time Enough for Love” by Robert Heinlein)

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    • February 20, 2020, at 10:59 AM PST
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  18. EDISONPARKS Member
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    It’s a pretty safe bet the $10 Billion to fight climate change will be invested in the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation which will be managed by the Bezos family and friends.

    You can rest assured that much of the operating expenses will be spent on Bezos family and friends world travel and entertainment expenses as they span the globe to entertain and “educate” in the hopes of getting other wealthy dopes interested in saving the planet by giving their money to the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation.

    Of course there will be occasional minimal mandatory disbursements from the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation to the favored insiders pretending to be fighting climate change, and then the elaborate parties to celebrate their greatness and laud the generosity of the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation …. and Jeff Bezos of course.

     

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    • February 20, 2020, at 11:07 AM PST
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  19. aardo vozz Member

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):

    It’s a pretty safe bet the $10 Billion to fight climate change will be invested in the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation which will be managed by the Bezos family and friends.

    You can rest assured that much of the operating expenses will be spent on Bezos family and friends world travel and entertainment expenses as they span the globe to entertain and “educate” in the hopes of getting other wealthy dopes interested in saving the planet by giving their money to the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation.

    Of course there will be occasional minimal mandatory disbursements from the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation to the favored insiders pretending to be fighting climate change, and then the elaborate parties to celebrate their greatness and laud the generosity of the Jeff Bezos Fight Climate Change Foundation …. and Jeff Bezos of course.

     

    Not sure if this is cynical enough.🤔

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    • February 20, 2020, at 1:17 PM PST
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  20. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Better Bezo’s money than mine. 

    • #20
    • February 20, 2020, at 6:58 PM PST
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