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Live and Amplified

Live8 Logo[originally posted here at my Twilight Universe blog]
Madonna, Coldplay, U2, REM, Dido, Sir Paul McCartney, Keane, Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Duran Duran, A-ha, Sir Elton John, Jamiroquai...

Not a bad set list when you concider that is only the people who have been confirmed so far.

On July 2nd the world will change. Its that simple. This concert is not about charity, its about politics. The G8 summit is in Scotland this year and Geldof wants a million people to march up there, showing the politicians what their people want. Make no mistake -- if this comes off even slightly like Live Aid did, its going to be talked about for the rest of the decade or longer.

There's going to be lots of talk on Technorai about this too I would bet, it even gets its own tag: .

Stopping world poverty, stopping the bleeding dry of nations that helped cause the famines that Live Aid fought to raise awareness of. That is what Live 8 is about. You can make a difference, many people did before and this is even more important than it was 20 years ago. I was too young in 1985 to have more of an awareness than "Cool bands on the telly." Now, in 2005, I can be part of this. It's not a generational thing, it's part of standing up and declaring yourself a citizen of the world. Being responsible for how your corner of the world treats the rest of it. Not just saying you want to make a difference, but helping to do just that.

Live Aid, Live 8, they are both symbols for all this and more. On July 2nd the richer western world is going to have a second chance to prove its not selfish, that it cares for more than just power, money, and politics. It's an amazing thing, and I'm glad I can be part of it in any small way that I can.

Oh and to this guy in Philly who, selfishly mis-understanding the whole thing, said on the BBC website:

I work 10 hours a day to feed my family, not Africa.

You're an idiot. Work 20 hours a day in a rubbish pit for scraps, earning in a year what you probably earn in a day, and then maybe I'll have some sympathy. You have it easy, and your selfish little mind obviously doesn't understand that.


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31st May, 2005 20:20 (UTC)
times like these make me wish i lived in the uk even more than normal...
but i was wanting your opinion. i want to buy some of the bracelets, but there are a number of sites i can do that from and i'm not sure which one would be the best cause to support. most are uk sites, so i thought you might have a greater insight than i. i tried world vision (i've worked with them before through church connections), but there bracelets are only available to the uk. can ya help a sister out?
thanks for posting this greg.
31st May, 2005 22:17 (UTC)
*snogs Madonna*

Good entry; thanks for posting!
1st Jun, 2005 00:33 (UTC)
These international aid efforts have a history of horrible mismanagement and corruption. You should read Graham Hancock's book "Lords of Poverty." He documents the fraud, waste and huge overhead costs of aid organizations like Red Cross and World Vision and the African governments that have seized money and resources sent to help starving villagers. But, even if every dollar reached these people, what evidence is there to suggest this wouldn't cause them to breed and create more impoverished people who have trouble feeding themselves? And I don't agree that a man works to feed his family rather than total strangers who live halfway across the globe is a selfish idiot.
1st Jun, 2005 01:18 (UTC)
My two cents worth....
First of all, I would like to preface my comment by saying that this is exactly the kind of entry that I would've made in my own journal even less than a year ago, but I've since opened my eyes to the world around me. I've realized that the things that they teach you in cultural anthropology classes, which are the kinds of beliefs and notions that have bled into popular western culture (and are exactly what supports events like this one), are sheer crap.

Having said that:

How about if, instead of pouring all this money into some huge concert event, they send said money to the people they are trying to "save"?

And, btw, there are several reasons why the western world is richer than those "poor, impoverished souls" in Africa, and being selfish really isn't even among them. Why don't the people who put together such events consider the fact that Africa has had as much time as the western world (actually, even longer since archeologists have been able to prove that mankind originated in Africa and then migrated elsewhere) to advance its civilization, and yet it's still in the same state it was in hundreds, even thousands, of years ago? Don't you think that that perhaps says something about the kind of people who live in that part of the world?
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