Remembering Mark Zuckerberg

Ask just about any high school kid who Andrew Carnegie was and what he accomplished in his life, and it is a near certainty that they will respond with “I don’t know.”  This might seem unsettling to some of you, but I take comfort in it, every time I hear the name Mark Zuckerberg.  One hundred years from now, or less, probably a lot less, no one will know who he was.

So while Mark is still fresh in the public’s collective memory, let us take time to reflect upon Zuckerberg’s greatest gift to America and the world.  Even though it was not his intention, he demonstrated, over and over again, that problems cannot be solved, simply by throwing money at them.

First, he tried to fix the Newark, New Jersey public school system, but to no avail.  No biggie though.  It was only $100 million.  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”.  Right, Mark?  So then he thought he’d try to help San Francisco public schools by throwing a shitload of money their way.  Now this one, he just did this year, so it’s too early to be reading news stories on how it didn’t do any good, but this is an excellent opportunity for you all to play Nostradamus, and tell everyone you know that it won’t - because it won’t.  Perhaps Mark should have adopted a new motto, like “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”

At least he should have adopted it before he did this:

source: National Journal

Mark Zuckerberg Just Donated More Money to Fight Ebola Than China, Canada, and France Combined

People walk past the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center on Oct. 13 in Monrovia, Liberia.(John Moore/Getty Images)
October 14, 2014 Various nations, organizations, and individuals have donated more than $507 million in humanitarian assistance to West Africa in its fight against Ebola. On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg pledged $25 million of his own—more than the donations by the governments of China, Canada, and France combined.
The Facebook founder wrote in a Facebook post that he and his wife, Priscilla, will give that sum to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, a nonprofit organization that connects the CDC with private-sector groups to create health programs.

Everybody knows a guy who’s a whiz at fixing cars and machinery, but is a retard at everything else.  Apparently, Zuckerberg is the information technology version of that.  If the money that he donated, couldn’t find it’s way to the school children he wanted to help in the United States, what makes him think that his money is going to make to the people who need it in Africa?

You and I both know that Zuckerberg did not put a whole lot of thought into this, and we also all know that he’s no more generous than your average Joe or Jane who donates twenty dollars of their hard earned, non tax deductible money to charity, or volunteers an hour of their time here and there for a good cause.  He’s just got more money than he knows to do with, and he wants to feel good about himself. The governments of China, Canada, and France are all smarter than he is (at least about this matter) and none of them have an inexhaustible supply of money.

Ebola will either run rampant in Africa, or die down on its own, but Zuckerberg’s money will have no effect upon it either way.  He should have donated $24 million to fight Ebola, and gave a million to me.  I would have immediately went out and bought a ‘69 Camaro.  At least he (and I) would have something to show for his money.  Which is more than he will be able to do with public schools in the United States or Ebola in Africa.

But it’s not all in vain.  At least we will have three real world examples of how throwing money at problems alone, does not solve them.  Maybe some people and governments will notice.  So, that is what Zuckerberg will be remembered for.  Oh yeah, he also came up with that Facebook thingy.

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