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Not very Live Earth

I didn't watch much of this but Paula did and it seemed that Melissa Etheridge was the most engaged with the message. This is what I've found about her performance on the top two hits on Google News:

From Reuters
The leisurely cable broadcast let viewers watch the full sets of several performers, but the NBC telecast held artists to just one number, sometimes less. On NBC, Melissa Etheridge introduced concert hero Al Gore. He then thanked Etheridge for her music, none of which made the three-hour telecast.

From the National Review
6:45: Second song, remarkably indistinguishable from the first. More ranting and raving. “You’re gonna tell your children’s children about how we almost lost democracy.” Thanks Melissa, I’ll forego parenting advice from someone who chose an alcoholic walrus to father her child. Seriously, she just WON’T STOP. Speaking of stopping an unjust war, as a journalist being forced to listen to this I’m beginning to think this is my personal Vietnam. Not to trivialize the experience of veterans, but my father’s a Marine and I’m pretty confident he would have called in an airstrike by now.

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whakiwhyg
Jul. 9th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
fiddling while rome burns?
Hmmm...

A lot of media stars & the corps that own them using global warming(which we're assured is bringing about the end of the world) to boost flagging, sales of their products(:

And 'I'm' a cynic?

gbsteve
Jul. 9th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: fiddling while rome burns?
No, the free time that the stars gave is indeed paid for by their increase in record sales. I think the payoff is that it's worth it if it raises awareness of the problem. And the stars management are dead keen for them to donate so graciously. Not that I can see Puff Daddy given up his private jet any time soon. For the most of them, now they've done their bit for the planet, they can go back to the oil guzzling life of luxury.

The trouble is, awareness isn't enough and even if lots of money is pumped into, Africa say, it gets pretty much pumped straight back to developed nations through debt repayment if the country is lucky or arms sales if it's not. My Dad was in Sudan with UNDP and his view of Live Aid was well-meaning idiots. Slightly better than his view of the UN which was corrupt pocket liners.

Medecins sans Frontieres got the best reports so they're my charity of choice. And what's more they don't spend masses on advertising. I get one newsletter a year telling me what they've done with their money and if they've had enough for a particular project they ask people not to send it any more.
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