more actually-important stuff
Alot of people knocked Live8 for a bunch of singers trying to change world politics.

In a way the detractors are right; no world leader is going to sit down and say "Gee, these rock folks think this is a good idea, maybe I should do what they say".

But the concerts did serve the function of raising awareness, which, in a way, is more important than what world leaders think. Elected leaders think whatever their voting populace tells them to think, and nobody is better for altering what the populace thinks than a bunch of rock stars. The concerts were major news for weeks; and while the G8 leaders may not have listened, a huge number of people paid attention to the concerts, and damn near everybody paid attention to the news blurbs about them. That, my friends, is star power; that is raising popular sentiment.

I don't know how much good it will do, but I respect their methods, and, to a certain extent, their goal. I don't particularly agree with their politics, but they are using the tools they have at hand to further an important cause, so power to 'em.

That's a sideways method to bring up the post I want to mention. The blogosphere, ironically for Live8's blogging detractors, serves much the same function as the concerts. If you're a blogger or blog reader, then I have news for you: George Bush dosen't care what you think. No elected official has any use for your personal opinions. The only hope you have is the same as the performers at these concerts, and you have much less pull than they do. You, a political nobody, can alter world policy through a connection to a massive group of other political nobodies.

All through public perception and awareness.

Anyway, I tend to get melodramatic with stuff I find important to spread around, so I'll just shut up and put up: go read this story. See? I'm raising awareness, to a much lesser extend than Bob Geldof. But I think it's important, and if you do as well, then share the story, and maybe something can get done about it.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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