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Billionaire conservative philanthropist David Koch dies at 79

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Billionaire David Koch, who along with his older brother was a formidable conservative activist and donor for decades, died Friday morning at age 79. 'It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother David,' Charles Koch said in a statement Friday. 'Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life.' David Koch had stepped down from Koch Industries just over a year ago for health reasons. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer more than two decades ago and had been involved in donations to numerous cancer research charities and medical groups.
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Just one less parasite the world has to content with. I imagine how many developing world families his lifestyle assisted...NOT?

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a man responsible for the deaths, illnesses and suffering of millions worldwide. believed that he atoned for his sins with his philanthropic work. somehow I just don't think it works that way.

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Your statement "a man responsible for the deaths, illnesses and suffering of millions worldwide" is news to me. What did he do that burdened him with that responsibility?

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David Koch R.I.P. - Rot in Perdition

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Should we start a GoFundMe page for his family?!

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I trust you are joking...

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You're not serious about getting an answer to that, are ya?! :)

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More like a "GoF*ckYourself" page. lol

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He will probably recycle fairly quickly because he was firmly attached to all things material. (AAah'll Be Baack)

In the meantime, plenty more of his ilk are waiting in the wings to perpetuate the deeds.

IOW, Who Cares?!

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There should be an estate tax of 99% on obscene fortunes such as this. What is obscene: anything over $100 million imho. And that is generous.

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One down, two to go.

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My favorite quote from Catilin Johnstone's article on the death of Koch:

"Calling David Koch a philanthropist is like calling Hannibal Lechter a chef"

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They're all "philanthropists", or just all-around "exemplary people", aren't they?! (Yes Floyd, I'm being sarcarstic.)

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Did Hannibal broil all his meat?

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Yep. And served it with a good Chianti. :)

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He donated more than $65 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, were/are they conflicted about the donations?

The David H. Koch Theater and the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing were named for him following contributions to Lincoln Center and the American Museum of Natural History. A wing at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History was also named in his honor after multi-million dollar donations.

As the swamp is cleared, by natural or other causes, and more of the truth is commonly understood, will these places have to rename their "David Koch" areas due to public opinion?

I don't believe people can escape their karma, even from beyond the grave. I wouldn't want his!


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