[ 20/4/20 Ron shared an image on facebook, with two pics of Bill Gates,
1 – 1980s – lets infect computers with a virus and then sell them antivirus software; and
2 – 2019 – Lets infect people with a virus and then sell the vaccine]
This is total nonsense Ron. You’ve been around enough to know the real story.
Viruses exist. They way predate humanity.
Computer viruses predated Gates by a long time.
Pissed off programmers have been creating viruses for a very long time, and that is always a possibility.
Various black and criminal organisations have very strong incentives to create them too.
This is just a stupid and nearly criminal sort of meme to be spreading at a time like this. Seriously irresponsible.
Sure Gates is scary. You do not get to be the richest guy on the planet by being nice. I’ve been in the software business for almost 40 years, and have some experience in the matter.
And that has nothing at all to do with the image above – which is not really applicable to this situation we have now with covid-19.
And sure, things are complex. I have no doubt that more than a few agents are attempting to profit financially from the existing situation. I don’t think Bill is one of them, in this specific instance.
I am also sure that there will be many levels of conspiracy happening – always is, but this situation as a whole does not seem to me, at this point in time, on the balance of the many evidence sets and interpretive schema I have been able to find and evaluate, to be the result of any sort of grand conspiracy.
My dad taught me a rule almost 60 years ago which has served me well – never ascribe to intention that which can be adequately explained by incompetence. It usually works, and occasionally a conspiracy can hide behind it, but I suspect not in this case (at least not by Bill Gates).