Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates “wants to reinvent the toilet,” Scott Olson reports for TIME Magazine.
“This next big idea for the good of mankind will now also be getting help from German taxpayers after Development Minister Dirk Niebel earmarked $10 million for a joint project with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Olson reports. “Gates says it’s time to move on from the era of the classic toilet. He points out that, despite all the recent achievements, 40% of the world’s population, or some 2.5 billion people, still lives without proper means of flushing away excrement. But just giving them Western-style toilets isn’t possible because of the world’s limited water resources.”
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Olson reports, “Dutch engineer Frank Rijsberman… heads the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene department at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he is presently working on two projects. With one project, the foundation supports the construction of pit latrines in rural areas and slums without sanitation facilities. With the other, it supports research projects, giving grants to scientists who come up with new ideas for using human excrement.”
“In April, Gates met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Christian Wulff in Berlin,” Olson reports. “In a press conference he told journalists that they didn’t talk politics, but discussed the idea of the ‘ultimate toilet.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Don’t laugh, the old thief’s an expert: For decades he’s been churning out shit and getting suckers to pay for the privilege of dealing with it.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “NuBee” for the heads up.]
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