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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-07 08:24 PM
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Bob Geldof criticizes Gore's Live Earth concerts
Source: Yahho News/Associated Press

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 benefit concerts, criticized the Live Earth music events Al Gore is putting together this summer, saying they lack a specific goal, according to a Dutch newspaper report Saturday.
The Live Earth concerts will be held in cities around the world on July 7, with proceeds funding a yet-to-be-named foundation to combat climate change, under Gore's direction.

"I hope they're a success," De Volkskrant newspaper quoted Geldof as saying in an interview.
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"I would only organize (Live Earth) if I could go on stage and announce concrete environmental measures from the American presidential candidates, Congress or major corporations," he told the newspaper. "They haven't got those guarantees, so it's just an enormous pop concert or the umpteenth time that, say, Madonna or Coldplay get up on stage."

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070512/ap_en_mu/people_gel...
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-07 08:28 PM
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1. Gore isn't representing the government ... Bob sounds jealous
Thank heavens Al took the high road by promoting Kerry's book.
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-07 08:45 PM
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2. I believe the phrase is "Jealous Prat".
And yes, Brave Sir Bob does sound like he has his knickers in a bunch.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-07 05:41 AM
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8. "Hissssss, meeeeowwwwww." - Geldorf
Jeeez, Geldorf is sounding like a sour-grapes, whiney-ass republicon...
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non sociopath skin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-07 06:50 AM
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11. Geldof has always been rightist in his politics.
Edited on Sun May-13-07 06:51 AM by non sociopath skin
When David Cameron was elected Conservative Party leader in the UK, Bob jumped at the chance to join one of his high-profile interest groups - a useful boost to a distinctly sagging career.

The Skin
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razzleberry Donating Member (877 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-07 10:33 PM
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3. how much do the performers get paid? n/t
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-07 10:49 PM
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4. and what's worst for Bob... the concert is on a Monday!
probably not really, or is one?
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-07 11:53 PM
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5. Geldof has no real cocept of issue activism
Edited on Sat May-12-07 11:54 PM by karynnj
He says, ""I would only organize (Live Earth) if I could go on stage and announce concrete environmental measures from the American presidential candidates, Congress or major corporations," he told the newspaper."

Al Gore's point is to influence the presidential candidates and Congress. The way he intends to do it is to get enough activists behind him that together they can make Congress change. (I do like that he and Senator Kerry are both saying they are hoping the candidates take strong positions.) Congress is working on combining the various proposals they have. When they get their bill ready - that will be a good time to push any on the fence senators.

Geldof was simply raising money for a good, relatively non-controversial issue.
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ryanmuegge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-07 02:39 AM
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6. There's merit to what Geldof said.
It's in how you look at it, I guess. Geldof's point is that there is a rather formidable political structure to overcome if progress as it relates to the conert's purpose are ever going to be seen. I'm assuming that significant results are what we want to see. Giving poor people food in Africa and doing something on large, unified level about global warming are two very different things in terms of the distance between the intention and the result.


I understand that Gore's trying to influence legislators with numbers.

Unfortunately, legislators are not responsive to anything other than their own vanity and corporate money. They know what the public large wants and they spit in our faces every day by giving us the opposite. The public's demands aren't part of the equation for most of them...other than to pretend to be responsive in the most minimal ways possible for a few months while maintaining the corrupt, K Street circle jerk status quo.

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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-07 05:48 AM
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9. Why does Geldof feel empowered to tell another person what to do?
Whether one method or the other will help, will be shown by the results. Anything
beyond that sounds like Geldof is pouting.
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-07 05:26 AM
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7. It's reasonable criticism
Gore probably does have specific goals in mind, but the press is certain it "dumb down" the event, like they did with Live Aid back in the day.

Geldof doesn't sound put off to me in any way. It's solid criticism. I hope Gore & Co. will take all the helpful crit that they can and make the concerts as successful as possible.

--p!
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-07 05:49 AM
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10. It comes across to me as Bob pouting because he wasn't asked to play
I'm so tired of this knock-others-down Alpha crap. Is there only one way to
do these things?
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SoxFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-07 11:58 AM
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12. I'm with Geldof
Bob Geldof has more credibility on this sort of issue than anyone. He has kept his Live Aid Trust active for twenty-plus years, and has provided an immense amount of direct assistance to the needy in Africa. The Live Earth people aren't being entirely straightforward about their end goals, and our erstwhile Boomtown Rat is right to raise the point.
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