As criticism of the WHO mounts, H/T Sheldon for this Daily Mail article:
Champagne, caviar and salmon carpaccio … and we might talk about Ebola: World Health Organisation spent £1 million on lavish conference hosted by Putin as number of infections passed 10,000
And H/T Smokingscot for this piece in the Express:
‘Broke’ WHO host £1.6 million caviar-fuelled beano
WITH two types of caviar, Champagne and an ocean of salmon, it’s a world away from Ebola ravaged West Africa.
Yet the World Health Organisation has hosted a lavish £1 million conference in Moscow, while complaining about the lack the funds to deal with the killer disease.
Last night one senior Conservative MP told how he would be asking parliament why senior British delegates were sent to the week-long Conference of the Parties (COP) in Moscow when both the US and Canada boycotted it after learning it would be hosted by Vladimir Putin.
And H/T Carol for drawing attention to antismoker Ted Turner, who gave a total of $1 billion to the WHO from about 1998, apparently in violation of the UN Charter, Article 17.2 of which requires the UN expenses “to be borne by the Members”.
This means that huge amounts of money can be – and are being – donated to the WHO by wealthy individuals, and earmarked for particular purposes. And large amounts of money have been been earmarked for antismoking measures (see right, “single largest grant ever made to prevent and discourage international tobacco use).
And with people like Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg having followed in Ted Turner’s footsteps, it would seem that many of the WHO’s programmes (e.g. antismoking) are in effect privately funded. And what would appear to have been the product of a consensus of opinion among the WHO’s medical professionals are actually the product of the personal ideologies of a few very wealthy individuals.
Which might be regarded as wholly benign, if the wealthy individuals were solid, stable, dependable citizens. But as described by Nassir Ghaemi in A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, Ted Turner suffers from manic depression, for which he was prescribed lithium:
In addition, Ted Turner seems to have been “very conservative” until Jane Fonda showed up in his life, according to his son Teddy:
Teddy Turner, son of billionaire media mogul Ted Turner and Republican candidate for Congress, said his father’s marriage to Jane Fonda prompted his major left turn.
“I was raised in a different time at the Turner household … a very conservative household with capitalism and all of that kind of stuff,”…
“He started becoming more and more environmentalist and then Jane helped move things over as well,” Turner told Malzberg. “Then when you start hanging around and everybody you’re hanging around with is liberal, then you tend to move more liberal.’’
Teddy Turner, a 49-year-old high school teacher, said he – not his father – has always been consistent in his political orientation.
“I’m not a liberal,” he said. “People say how did you separate from your dad? I didn’t separate from my dad. My dad separated from me.”
Furthermore, Ted Turner’s father committed suicide (Jane Fonda’s mother committed suicide too). Jane Fonda on suicide:
“I’m a suicide survivor,” she admitted. “Suicide survivors are workaholics, people raging, mourning, grieving. The pain never leaves, but you have to get on with it.”
Jane Fonda on Ted Turner:
“He needs someone to be there one hundred percent of the time. He thinks that’s love. It is not love. It’s babysitting,” Fonda said. “… We went in different directions. I grew up.”
By 1996, Jane had been with Turner for nearly eight years and was painfully thin and frankly exhausted from all the travelling. ‘His nervous energy almost crackles in the air,’ she says. ‘He can’t sit still, because if he does, the demons will catch up with him.’
‘I feel sorry for him — he can’t be alone,’ she says. ‘Sometimes, I take him into my lap and rock him like a baby.’
And that’s just Ted Turner. It wouldn’t be too surprising if both Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg are similarly dysfunctional, afflicted individuals, whose principal shared characteristic is that they have one heck of a lot of money with which to advance their various private agendas.
But it’s a crazy way for the WHO to be funded.
Ted Turner’s UN donations are now almost complete, and his UN Foundation is now looking for new donors.
And if no big donors show up, maybe – just maybe – the WHO Tobacco Control will be de-funded, and fade out of existence almost as rapidly as it first emerged – and we’ll find that all the coughing, spluttering antismokers were only ever driven by the power of money.