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UNW Riots Report: Peaceful Protests Turned Violent, Bad Cops and Hipsters Clash Across the Nation While Root Problem Goes Unchecked

Keith Griffith, Justin Deschamps, Ryan DeLarme
May 30th, 2020

EDITORS NOTE: Bad cops are just a single branch on really gruesome tree, instead of focusing on the branch why not address the root? Prison profiteers, and politicians who signed sweeping crime bills that fortified institutionalized racism maybe?

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has walked back remarks he made Saturday morning in a press conference, during which he boldly claimed “every single person we arrested last night, I’m told, was from out of state.”

According to Star Tribune reporter Torey Van Oot, the mayor acknowledged Saturday evening that he shared incorrect information with the public earlier in the day: “I take full responsibility for that.”

At the time of the original remarks, Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) made a similar assessment, claiming that the best estimates say about 80% of the people arrested for rioting were from out-of-state. After Carter walked back the remarks, Walz was reportedly pressed on the source for his claim, and gave the following response: “I get a lot of reports from what we’re getting on the streets. Some of this is human intel that comes to us, so we’ll see tonight.”

Asked @GovTimWalz about the estimate that 80% of the demonstrators were from out of town. Do they still think that’s the case? “We’ll find out when this is over.”

“We’ll have a much bigger data set after tonight and then will be able to see what’s happening,” he said.

— Torey Van Oot (@toreyvanoot) May 31, 2020

KARE 11 Investigates, a team of investigative journalists in the Twin Cities region, was the first to cast doubt on the St. Paul mayor’s claim, reporting that a “review of all the arrests made by Minneapolis-based police agencies for rioting, unlawful assembly and burglary-related crimes from Friday to Saturday tells a different story.”

As of 11am CST on Saturday, a sample of data from the Hennepin County Jail’s shows that 86% of those arrested provided a Minnesota address to police. Later in the day, St. Paul released arrest information showing that two-thirds of people arrested since Thursday gave police in-state addresses.

However, the news organization cautions that police have expressed concern about rioters providing false information, and that the data analyzed was based on a “small sample.” 

UPDATE: St. Paul released its numbers, showing that of the 18 arrested since Thursday, 12 are from Minnesota.

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Find the story here: https://t.co/xZlulYVVyC

— Brandon Stahl (@b_stahl) May 30, 2020

“The number of arrests we’ve made is a very, very small percent of the people who are out there causing problems,” Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman, told the Pioneer Press on Saturday. “We’ve been focused on protecting people and firefighters so they can protect property. I don’t think you can look at 18 people and say it reflects the total number of people out there causing problems.”


(Keith GriffithPresident Donald Trump has blamed antifa and the ‘radical left’ as protests over the death of George Floyd devolved into violence nationwide, after the governor of Minnesota suggested that foreign influences, white supremacists and drug cartels are the fueling chaos.

  • Trump blamed antifa and radical leftists for violence in cities across the country on Friday
  • Minnesota Governor Tim Walz earlier suggested that foreign and extremist influences are fueling chaos
  • Walz hinted that white supremacists and drug cartels may be instigating the violence 
  • He said the riots resemble a ‘military operation’ and he is considering asking for Pentagon assistance. 
  • Said that widespread arson and looting made a ‘mockery’ of Floyd’s death and is an attack on civil society 
  • Walz called for full mobilization of the state’s National Guard for the first time in the state’s history 
  • Protests devolved into chaos and violence in at least 30 cities across the country on Friday night
  • Federal protective officer in California and protester in Detroit were shot dead overnight
  • White House was besieged by hundreds of demonstrators attempting to break through Secret Service lines

‘It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!’ Trump said in a tweet on Saturday, referring to the militant far-left movement, short for ‘anti-fascist’, that is known for violence.

On Friday night, widespread looting and arson continued in Minneapolis and nearby St. Paul, in defiance of curfews there, and protests spilled into violence in 30 cities, as a federal agent in California and a protester in Detroit were shot dead.

Echoing the president, Attorney General Bill Barr said on Saturday that ‘the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by radical elements.’

‘Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,’ Barr said in an on-camera statement. ‘In many places it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and far-left extremist groups using antifa-like tactics.’

‘It is a federal crime to cross state lines or use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting and we will enforce those laws,’ he added, saying that the FBI, US Marshals, DEA, ATF and U.S. Attorney’s Offices would fully support local and state law enforcement in restoring order and cracking down on violence.

President Donald Trump has blamed antifa and the 'radical left' as protests over the death of George Floyd devolved into violence nationwide, with protests in 30 cities that turned to looting, arson and vandalism

President Donald Trump has blamed antifa and the ‘radical left’ as protests over the death of George Floyd devolved into violence nationwide, with protests in 30 cities that turned to looting, arson and vandalism

Los Angeles: A protester breaks a window of a business after protests over George Floyd's death turned to violence

Los Angeles: A protester breaks a window of a business after protests over George Floyd’s death turned to violence

Oakland, California: People investigate a vandalized Mercedes-Benz dealership on Friday after arson and looting broke out

Oakland, California: People investigate a vandalized Mercedes-Benz dealership on Friday after arson and looting broke out

St Paul, Minnesota: A protester feeds a fire with copy paper inside a Office Depot after looters ransacked the interior, Friday

St Paul, Minnesota: A protester feeds a fire with copy paper inside a Office Depot after looters ransacked the interior, Friday

Minneapolis: People survey the damage along Lake St. near S. 27th Ave. as a fire burns to the east on Saturday

Minneapolis: People survey the damage along Lake St. near S. 27th Ave. as a fire burns to the east on Saturday

Echoing the president, Attorney General Bill Barr said on Saturday that 'the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by radical elements' including 'anarchic and far-left extremist groups using antifa-like tactics'

Echoing the president, Attorney General Bill Barr said on Saturday that ‘the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by radical elements’ including ‘anarchic and far-left extremist groups using antifa-like tactics’

Earlier in the day, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz suggested domestic terrorists or foreign influences might be subverting peaceful protests and turning them to violence.

Walz said the riots in Minneapolis had begun to resemble a ‘military operation’ and that he was actively weighing whether to accept military and intelligence assistance from The Pentagon.

‘Last night is a mockery of pretending that this is about George Floyd’s death, or inequities, or historical traumas to our communities of color,’ said Walz, a Democrat, at a press conference.

‘The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd, it is about attacking civil society, instilling fear, and disrupting our great cities,’ Walz said.

‘As you saw this expand across the United States, and you start to see whether it be domestic terrorism, whether it be ideological extremists to fan the group, or whether it be international destabilization of how our country works,’ he continued.

On Friday night, Walz hinted that white supremacists and drug cartels may be fueling violence or taking advantage of the chaos in the rioting.

Pressed by reporters on rumors that white supremacists were secretly infiltrating Black Lives Matter protests and instigating violence, Walz said: ‘my suspicions and what I’ve seen on this, yes.’

‘It gets worse than that,’ Walz said. ‘The cartels, who are wondering if there was a break in their drug transmissions, are trying to take advantage of the chaos. That’s why this situation is on a federal level.’Distraught Minnesota governor laments ‘chaos’ in Minneapolis

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has called for full mobilization of the state's National Guard, as he suggested that foreign and extremist influences are fueling chaos

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has called for full mobilization of the state’s National Guard, as he suggested that foreign and extremist influences are fueling chaos

A man holds up a sign near a burning building in Minneapolis on Friday night as the city descended into total chaos

A man holds up a sign near a burning building in Minneapolis on Friday night as the city descended into total chaos

On Friday night, widespread looting and arson continued in Minneapolis (above) and nearby St. Paul, in defiance of curfews there, and protests spilled into violence in 30 cities

On Friday night, widespread looting and arson continued in Minneapolis (above) and nearby St. Paul, in defiance of curfews there, and protests spilled into violence in 30 cities

'The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd, it is about attacking civil society, instilling fear, and disrupting our great cities,' Walz said

‘The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd, it is about attacking civil society, instilling fear, and disrupting our great cities,’ Walz said

Walz said at his Saturday press conference that ‘protection of citizens and property is our top priority, and maintaining and restoring civil order on the streets.’

‘The tactics and approach that we have taken have evolved and need to evolve,’ he said.

Floyd, 46, died on Monday in Minneapolis after bystander video captured a white police officer pressing a knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck for at least seven minutes.

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The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired from the force and has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

In response to Friday’s violence, Walz called for the full mobilization of the Minnesota National Guard for the first time in the state’s history.

The Minnesota Army National Guard is composed of approximately 11,000 Guardsmen.

Around 500 National Guard soldiers have already been mobilized in and around Minneapolis, where an officer faces charges over Floyd’s death.

A protester reacts standing in front of a burning building set on fire during a demonstration in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Friday night, over the death of George Floyd

A protester reacts standing in front of a burning building set on fire during a demonstration in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Friday night, over the death of George Floyd

A looter carries goods out of a ransacked business in Minneapolis on Friday night as anarchy was unleashed nationwide

A looter carries goods out of a ransacked business in Minneapolis on Friday night as anarchy was unleashed nationwide

A looter plunders a business in Minnesota on Friday night. The state's governor is fully mobilizing the National Guard

A looter plunders a business in Minnesota on Friday night. The state’s governor is fully mobilizing the National Guard

Looters ransack and Office Depot in Minneapolis on Friday, when the city was overwhelmed by violence and chaos

Looters ransack and Office Depot in Minneapolis on Friday, when the city was overwhelmed by violence and chaos

Fired police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged on Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Walz said that on Friday night, every resource in Minneapolis was deployed to respond to widespread looting, arson, vandalism and violence, and that the forces in the city would be expanded ‘exponentially’ by nightfall on Saturday.

The chaos in Minneapolis was mirrored in cities across the nation on Friday night, as National Guard units were called into Atlanta and put on standby in Washington DC, and two people were fatally shot in separate incidents in California and Detroit.

In Oakland, California, two officers with the Federal Protective Service – a part of Homeland Security created to protect government facilities – were shot, one fatally, in confrontations with protesters. Police are investigating.

Oakland, California: Looters rob a Target store as protesters face off against police on Friday. A federal protective officer was shot dead in Oakland in a face-off with protesters

Oakland, California: Looters rob a Target store as protesters face off against police on Friday. A federal protective officer was shot dead in Oakland in a face-off with protesters

Oakland: A damaged vehicle sits on its roof during a demonstration on Saturday

Oakland: A damaged vehicle sits on its roof during a demonstration on Saturday

Oakland: Graffiti reading 'kill cops' is seen in Oakland on Friday, where one federal officer was shot dead

Oakland: Graffiti reading ‘kill cops’ is seen in Oakland on Friday, where one federal officer was shot dead

Oakland: Protesters smash the window of a Chase bank during protests in Oakland, California, yesterday

Oakland: Protesters smash the window of a Chase bank during protests in Oakland, California, yesterday

Detroit: Demonstrators run from the police during a protest in the city of Detroit, Michigan, on Friday

Detroit: Demonstrators run from the police during a protest in the city of Detroit, Michigan, on Friday

Detroit: Riot police officers detain a man during a demonstration on Friday. A 19-year-old protester was killed when an unknown subject fired into the crowd. Police were not involved in the shooting

Detroit: Riot police officers detain a man during a demonstration on Friday. A 19-year-old protester was killed when an unknown subject fired into the crowd. Police were not involved in the shooting

Detroit: Police detain and arrest protesters during a series of confrontations in the Michigan city last night

Detroit: Police detain and arrest protesters during a series of confrontations in the Michigan city last night

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old protester was shot dead in Detroit last night when an unknown subject fired into the crowd.

Police said the man was killed after shots were fired at a crowd of people near Detroit’s Greektown entertainment district last night with dozens of protesters out on the streets, but officers were not involved in the shooting.

The suspect pulled up to the crowd in a Dodge Durango and fired shots at around 11.30pm, and the man was pronounced dead in hospital. No details about who fired the shots were immediately available, police said.

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In Brooklyn, a police van was set ablaze and a mob tried to storm the 88th police precinct, and besieged the 84th precinct.

Video posted to social media showed New York City officers using batons and shoving protesters as they took people into custody and cleared streets.

One video showed on officer slam a woman to the ground as he walked past her in the street.

Demonstrators rocked a police van, set it ablaze, scrawled graffiti across its charred wreckage and set it on fire again as officers retreated. Blocks away, protesters used a club to batter another police vehicle.

Brooklyn: Firefighters work to contain the flames from a New York City Police Department van ablaze on Friday night

Brooklyn: Firefighters work to contain the flames from a New York City Police Department van ablaze on Friday night

Brooklyn: Protesters gather during a "Black Lives Matter" protest near Barclays Center on Friday

Brooklyn: Protesters gather during a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest near Barclays Center on Friday

Brooklyn: Thousands gathered near the Barclays Center in outrage after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being arrested by a police officer in Minneapolis who pinned him to the ground with his knee

Brooklyn: Thousands gathered near the Barclays Center in outrage after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being arrested by a police officer in Minneapolis who pinned him to the ground with his knee

Brooklyn: NYPD Officers spray mace into the crowd of protesters gathered at Barclays Center on Friday

Brooklyn: NYPD Officers spray mace into the crowd of protesters gathered at Barclays Center on Friday

Brooklyn: A vandalized New York Police Department vehicle is seen on Saturday the morning after a protest

Brooklyn: A vandalized New York Police Department vehicle is seen on Saturday the morning after a protest

‘There will be a full review of what happened tonight,’ New York mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, referring to the Brooklyn protest. ‘We don’t ever want to see another night like this.’

The NYPD said numerous officers were injured, including one whose tooth was knocked out.

In Portland, Oregon, protesters broke into police headquarters and authorities said they lit a fire inside.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a state of emergency and imposed an 8pm curfew on Saturday night, calling the violence ‘disgusting’.

‘ENOUGH,’ Wheeler wrote in a tweet on Friday night. ‘I had to leave Portland today because my mother is dying. I am with family to prepare for her final moments. This is hard, this is personal, but so is watching my city get destroyed. I’m coming back NOW.’

‘Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters. All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything,’ Wheeler continued.

‘This isn’t calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting.’

Portland: Policemen walk enveloped by teargas in Portland, Oregon, yesterday as violence escalated in the downtown area

Portland: Policemen walk enveloped by teargas in Portland, Oregon, yesterday as violence escalated in the downtown area

Portland: Police walk through fire and smoke as they push back violent protesters on Friday night

Portland: Police walk through fire and smoke as they push back violent protesters on Friday night

Portland: A fire burns in an office on Friday night during protests in response to the Minneapolis death of George Floyd

Portland: A fire burns in an office on Friday night during protests in response to the Minneapolis death of George Floyd

Portland: A police officer is silhouetted with a burning car seen in rear, as violence escalated on Friday

Portland: A police officer is silhouetted with a burning car seen in rear, as violence escalated on Friday

Portland: People march from the George Floyd vigil at Peninsula Park towards the Justice Center downtown in Portland Friday

Portland: People march from the George Floyd vigil at Peninsula Park towards the Justice Center downtown in Portland Friday

Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp tweeted that up to 500 members of the Guard would deploy immediately ‘to protect people & property in Atlanta’.

Some demonstrators smashed police cars and spray-painted the iconic logo sign at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.

At least three officers were hurt and there were multiple arrests, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said, as protesters shot at officers with BB guns and threw bricks, bottles and knives.

Atlanta officials said crews were unable to reach a fire at Del Frisco’s restaurant in the Buckhead area several miles north because of protesters there.

At a press conference, Atlanta mayor Ms Bottoms said: ‘This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘You are disgracing the life of George Floyd and every other person who has been killed in this country.’

Bottoms was flanked by Dr King’s daughter, Bernice King, and the rappers TI and Killer Mike.

‘We have to be better than burning down our own homes. Because if we lose Atlanta, what have we got?’ said Killer Mike, crying as he spoke.

Atlanta: Demonstrators paint on the CNN logo as the besieged the network's headquarters on Friday

Atlanta: Demonstrators paint on the CNN logo as the besieged the network’s headquarters on Friday

Atlanta: A man wearing a 'Purge' mask runs in front of a burning police car during a protest on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta: A man wearing a ‘Purge’ mask runs in front of a burning police car during a protest on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta: A cop car burns during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd

Atlanta: A cop car burns during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd

Atlanta: Demonstrators mass as a cop car burns and protests turn to violence on Friday

Atlanta: Demonstrators mass as a cop car burns and protests turn to violence on Friday

In Washington DC, police and Secret Service agents were out in force around the White House before dozens of demonstrators gathered across the street in Lafayette Square chanting, ‘I can’t breathe.’

‘The professionally managed so-called ‘protesters’ at the White House had little to do with the memory of George Floyd. They were just there to cause trouble,’ President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning from the White House.

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The angry crowd at the White House grappled with Secret Service agents and attempted to breach their line of barricades surrounding the executive residence.

The crowd of hundreds chanted ‘No justice, no peace’ and ‘Say his name: George Floyd.’Protesters confront police outside White House as riots continue

A protester holds his hands up as police officers enter Lafayette Park during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of black man George Floyd

A protester holds his hands up as police officers enter Lafayette Park during a demonstration against the death in Minneapolis police custody of black man George Floyd

The Secret Service form a line outside the White House as agitators attempt to breach their barricade during a protest over the death of George Floyd

The Secret Service form a line outside the White House as agitators attempt to breach their barricade during a protest over the death of George Floyd

Demonstrators outside the White House grapple with Secret Service agents as they try to tear down barricades surrounding the executive residence

Demonstrators outside the White House grapple with Secret Service agents as they try to tear down barricades surrounding the executive residence

Protesters wield a barricade after grappling with Secret Service agents at the White House

Protesters wield a barricade after grappling with Secret Service agents at the White House

As some in the crowd at the White House grew more aggressive, police deployed pepper spray to keep them back and maintain a perimeter.

Fellow demonstrators came to the aid of protesters who were sprayed, their eyes red and puffy, offering bottles of milk and water to splash on their faces.

By the end of the night, the protesters had stolen about 15 barricades and left police to form a line of officers holding riot shields to keep back the swelling crowd.

At one point, the protesters were able to gain control of an officer´s shield and set it ablaze before trying to toss it back at the line of officers. Police used a smoke device to quickly stop them.

The protest went on for hours before police declared the gathering ‘unlawful’ and ordered everyone to leave Lafayette Square, a seven-acre public park located directly north of the White House.

Richmond, Virginia: A burned out Richmond City bus is loaded onto a tow truck Saturday after it was burned overnight

Richmond, Virginia: A burned out Richmond City bus is loaded onto a tow truck Saturday after it was burned overnight

Dozens of officers pushed forward with their shields and fired off streams of pepper spray at protesters.

In Virginia’s capital, a police cruiser was set on fire outside Richmond police headquarters, and a city transit spokeswoman said a bus set ablaze was ‘a total loss.’

Windows were smashed and fires were set, and buildings and cars were spray-painted with anti-police graffiti.

Bus service will also be delayed Saturday in Richmond and possibly canceled for the safety of staff and riders.

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Authorities in Minneapolis had hoped Chauvin’s arrest on Friday afternoon would allay public anger, but the violence only seemed to spread.

In Houston, where Floyd grew up before he moved to Minneapolis for a new start in life, huge protests also devolved into rioting.

The demonstration, which was organized by Black Lives Matter, saw thousands of protesters process up Main Street to City Hall shouting ‘can’t breathe’ and ‘enough is enough’.

The initially peaceful protest took a violent turn two hours in after a man attempted to punch organizer Ashton Woods as he made a speech.

Houston: Protesters march during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd on Friday

Houston: Protesters march during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd on Friday

Houston: Black Lives Matter protesters rally in honor of George Floyd at Discovery Green in Houston, Friday

Houston: Black Lives Matter protesters rally in honor of George Floyd at Discovery Green in Houston, Friday

Houston: Police officers try to calm down the crowd after a physical altercation that broke out during demonstrations

Houston: Police officers try to calm down the crowd after a physical altercation that broke out during demonstrations

Although the scuffle was swiftly broken up by police, some demonstrators moved away from the main protest and attempted to rush and occupy the I-45 freeway.

Others in the throng chanted: ‘Justice for George’, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘We want change’.

According to the group’s Facebook page, at least 1,800 people turned out, although there appeared to be far more.

One protester described the death of Floyd, who lived in Houston most of his life, as a ‘modern day lynching’.

Rebecca Bozeman told DailyMail.com: ‘Enough is enough. The people have to come out and do their part or nothing will change.

‘It’s been 400 years and it’s still happening. We saw a modern-day lynching. It should not be happening.’

Her friend Sylvia Clinton added: ‘Call it what it is. He was lynched. It was a modern-day lynching.’

Floyd, who had worked security for a nightclub, was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money at a store to buy cigarettes on Monday evening.

Bail has been set at $500,000 for Chauvin, but it was unclear on Saturday whether he remained in custody. Hennepin County jail records showed no inmate of that name. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Bill Gates EXPOSED: Web of Dark Money and Influence – Part 1: Philanthropic Narrative Shaping

Derrick Broze,
May 23rd, 2020

In the first few months of 2020, business tycoon and billionaire Bill Gates saw his popularity soar through the roof. According to YouGov, 58 percent of Americans polled about Gates had a positive opinion of him, he is equally liked by men and women, and both Boomers and Millennials adore him. Gates’ popularity might have increased due to a viral Netflix documentary about his life being released in late 2019. Combine that positive press with a wave of media interviews seeking the guidance of the man who “predicted” the next major pandemic, and voila – Bill Gates is a superhero here to save the planet from impending doom.

Of course, this rather cartoonish view ignores several incontrovertible facts, and a few strong theories regarding Gates’ true intentions. First, the facts. Bill Gates has used his immense wealth to garner influence and media time, spreading his message of fixing global health issues while he continues to make billions. Using the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to dole out grants and donations, Gates has created a web of organizations who owe their budget to the Foundation or answer directly to Gates. By tracing the Foundation’s investments and Gates’ relationships we can see that nearly every person involved in the fight against COVID-19 is tied to Gates or his Foundation by two degrees or less. This gives Bill Gates and his Foundation an unchallenged influence over the response to the pandemic. Equally worrisome is Gates’ call for global lock down until the entire world has been vaccinated and given a digital certificate to prove immunity.

Now, the theories: when taking a careful listen to several speeches and statements made by Gates, it becomes clear that he has a penchant for discussing reducing population growth. Despite “fact checkers” claiming Gates’ words have been taken out of context, his words speak for themselves. He believes the population should be reduced or prevented from growing, and he believes this can be done with vaccines and healthcare.

As we attempt to peel back the layers of PR stunts and puff pieces fawning over Bill Gates, we hope to illustrate that the man being propped up on the global stage and sold to the people as their savior, is anything but. Despite the apparent growth in support for Bill Gates, there is also evidence on social media that people are beginning to question him and challenge the savior narrative. This is the first step in unraveling Bill Gates’ Web of Dark Money and Manipulation.

The Global Influence of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In 1994, the story goes, Bill Gates asked his father, William Gates Sr., to help him “improve reproductive and child health” by founding and leading the William H. Gates Foundation. Gates Sr. agreed and by 2000, the Foundation was merged with the Gates Learning Foundation to become the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to the Foundation, Bill Gates has donated $36 billion of his personal wealth to the foundation. The Foundation is estimated to be valued at $46.8 billion.

For the last two decades the Foundation has invested in a range of controversial companies and projects while pursuing their goal of improving global health and access to vaccines and reproductive care. This has all been done as part of Gates’ plan to reshape his public image as that of a friendly and kind billionaire whose only aim is to help the world. The reality is much more suspect.

Let’s take, for example, the Netflix documentary mentioned above,Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates. Rather than being a genuine look at the life and personality of Gates, the documentary failed to acknowledge conflicts of interest which might portray the film – and Bill Gates – in a different light. In a recent explosive investigation examining the reach of Gates’ money, The Nation noted that, “in the first episode, director Davis Guggenheim underlines Gates’s expansive intellect by interviewing Bernie Noe, described as a friend of Gates.” Noe goes on to tell of Gates reading 150 pages an hour with 90 percent retention. However, The Nation reported, “Guggenheim doesn’t tell audiences that Noe is the principal of Lakeside School, a private institution to which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $80 million.” Coincidentally, this is the same school that the Gates’ children attend.

Of course, using the Foundation’s wealth to influence media coverage is not new for Bill Gates. Although The Guardian claims editorial independence, their Global Development section is funded in part by The Gates Foundation. The Foundation has also given more than $9 million to The Guardian, over $3 million to NBC Universal, over $4 million to French newspaper Le Monde, over $4.5 million to NPR, $1 million to Al-Jazeera, and $49 million to the BBC’s Media Action program. In light of these investments it’s easy to understand how Gates could quickly organize a speaking tour of his favorite media outlets.

Corporate media outlets are not the only beneficiaries of the Gates Foundation. They have also invested in controversial technologies and companies, including Monsanto, geoengineering, 5G technology, and vaccines.

MintPress News recently reported on how the Gates Foundation helped highly controversial pharmaceutical and chemical giant Monsanto Corporation “gain a stronger foothold in Africa.” MPN also notes that the Foundation funded a, “flawed clinical trial of the HPV vaccine in India in 2009, where 23,000 impoverished girls aged 9-15 were exposed to potentially lethal drugs without even their parents’ consent, leading to seven deaths.”

In 2010, it was also reported that since 2007, Gates had given $4.5 million to study geoengineering methods for altering the stratosphere to reflect solar energy, techniques to filter carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, and brightening ocean clouds. Geoengineering is the deliberate mass scale manipulation of the weather for the stated purpose of reducing heating on the planet. The Guardian previously noted that Gates gives “an undisclosed sum” to geoengineering proponent and Harvard professor David Keith. Gates also owns majority stake in Keith’s geoengineering company, Carbon Engineering. Prominent geoengineering researcher Ken Caldeira says he receives $375,000 a year from Gates and works for Intellectual Ventures, a private geoengineering research company part-owned by Gates and run by Nathan Myhrvold, former head of technology at Microsoft.

The Foundation has also invested $10 million towards developing antennas which will accelerate the roll out of controversial 5th generation cellular technology, otherwise known as 5G.

The concerns around Bill Gates fortune and his use of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to influence pet projects is not the only worry expressed by critics of the Foundation. The larger – and more immediate – is that unelected billionaires like Gates are using their fortunes to shape public policy using their philanthropic foundations. This method of investing billions of dollars in the form of tax-deductible charity donations to private companies is allowing Gates to shape policy and profit by holding stock in the same companies supported by the Gates Foundation.

A recent investigation by The Nation uncovered more than 19,000 charitable grants from the Gates Foundation in the last two decades. They also found $2 billion in these tax-deductible charitable donations to private companies. Companies receiving these donations include GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, IBM, and NBC Universal Media. The Nation noted that the Gates Foundation has given $250 million to media companies and “other groups to influence the news.”

The Nation found close to $250 million in charitable grants from the Gates Foundation to companies in which the Foundation holds corporate stocks and bonds: Merck, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone, Sanofi, Ericsson, LG, Medtronic, Teva, and numerous start-ups.

You might see the previous statement and ask, “how can this be legal? Is it not a conflict of interest to hold stock in a company which you also give tax-free donations?” The simple fact is there are not rules or laws against doing exactly what the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are doing. While some might argue that Bill Gates’ scheme is brilliant – donate your fortune by forming a foundation which can give tax-deductible donations to companies you partly own and reap profits while avoiding taxes – it is allowing him to hide his money in a myriad of ways. It has almost become impossible to track every donation, investment, or other partnership.

The Nation concluded,

it is difficult to ignore the occasions where their charitable activities seem to serve mainly private interests, including theirs—supporting the schools their children attend, the companies their foundation partly owns, and the special interest groups that defend wealthy Americans—while generating billions of dollars in tax savings.

Other notable facts from the investigation include that the Gates Foundation’s “$50 billion endowment has generated $28.5 billion in investment income over the last five years” while only giving away $23.5 billion in charitable grants. Additionally, a 2007 LA Times investigation found that the organization was involved in subprime mortgage loans and for-profit hospitals which reportedly performed unneeded surgeries. The Gates Foundation is also reportedly invested in chocolate companies that use child labor.

It would be a mistake to see the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as merely a vessel for a rich man to hide his money and reap immeasurable profits. No, the Foundation is “more than a collection of grants and projects” says Dr David McCoy, a public health doctor and researcher at University College London and an advisor to the People’s Health Movement. McCoy says the Foundation “operates through an interconnected network of organizations and individuals across academia and the NGO and business sectors” which allows Bill Gates to “leverage” influence” in a kind of “group think.”

In part 2 of this investigation we will sift through the myriad of connections between Bill Gates, his Foundation, and the many players involved in the COVID-19 response. We will also attempt to answer the essential question: Is Bill Gates a force for good or a force for harm?

SOURCE: https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/bill-gates-web-dark-money-influence-part-1-philanthropic-narrative-shaping/