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As a concert, Live Earth was not the repeat of Live Aid/Live 8 it clearly wanted to be. Unlike the events organised by the charismatic Sir Bob Geldof – upon which this one modelled itself closely, right down to its choice of name – the acts who answered the call from Al Gore’s people to play at Wembley Stadium were a bit short on superstar clout.It was Geldof’s legendarily persuasive powers which got Pink Floyd to abandon a 20-year feud and re-form for Live 8 in Hyde Park in 2005. There was nothing on the Live Earth London bill to command that level of anticipation and potential drama.With the exception of the closing act Madonna – who played next door at Wembley Arena only last summer – there was nobody on the Stadium bill with the cross-generational appeal, and catalogue of monster hits, to supply the great unifying moments which event gigs need to make their message stick in the mind.
Queen singing We Will Rock You at Live Aid, or Robbie Williams leading the 80,000 Live 8 crowd through a giant karaoke session of Angels, are worth far more in this context than the 20 minutes per hour of worthy exhortations dished out on screen or by guest celebs at Live Earth.(source)

Is any one really surprised that a manufactured event for a dubious cause should be much less of a success than the efforts of Sir Bob which provided the template?

Like any good snake oil salesman Al Gore has worked hard to promote his product. Make no mistake we have been getting the hard sell on this one. With a tenacity that would make one of those Nigerian scammers seem slothful Gore has been tub-thumping about global warning for far too long. If I am in a charitable mood I tend to think that it is because he truly believes his own pitch. But when I see such an affront to good sense like these concerts my cynicism sub routine kicks in and I begin to speculate that perhaps this is all part of a fiendish plan that is intended to scam him right into the oval office. After all the economy and the ongoing war on Islamic terror is too hard a ticket to ride because there are too many pesky realities to face. So why not instead claim a higher purpose for seeking office? There of course be no higher purpose than saving the entire planet can there?

The only flaw in such a plan is the kryptonite of cold hard truth that AGW is not the done deal that Al Gore, et al would have you believe.


26 Comments

  1. PKD says:

    Lets Fisk this shall we? 🙂

    With a tenacity that would make one of those Nigerian scammers seem slothful Gore has been tub-thumping about global warning for far too long.

    Really – so you think Gore is scamming now in a way to put the Nigerians in the sahde? For your comparison to be true Gores ulterior motivation would have to be for his own profit? Where is the evidence that Gore is doing this to personally make money? I reckon it’s a safe bet your just talking out your bottom again Iain!

    If I am in a charitable mood I tend to think that it is because he truly believes his own pitch.

    You should be charitable more often – for once you’re probably right!!!

    I begin to speculate that perhaps this is all part of a fiendish plan that is intended to scam him right into the oval office.

    Oooh – I knew you couldn’t go a whole AGW article without conconting some new baseless conspiracy theory! Absouletly pricless! Or do you have some proof to back this up?

    Rgrds,

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  3. Cooper says:

    Well I wouldn’t call it a fizzer. It apparently broke an internet streaming record. And the line-up! The Smashing Pumpkins! The Police! Crowded House! Genesis!

    Michael Nyman!!

    If nothing else it was an excellent line-up. Some favourite artists of mine in fact. And raising environmental awareness in China particularly is a good thing. Regardless of the GW debate, that country is seriously in need of a green-up.

    Cutting greenhouse gases by 90 percent sounds a bit over the top though. But it goes with the territory I guess. You’d hardly expect a conservative target from a rock concert.

    You might have a point about Gore- a bit weird appearing in hologram form in Tokyo like some techno-messiah. Not sure about a run for the Oval Office but he’s certainly building a cult of personality.

    Still the overall message of being environmentally aware, in the end, is a positive one I reckon, and if it encourages people to take an extra bus, or pickup their rubbish, then all the better.

  4. Elijah says:

    “I am the angel of death. The time for purification is at hand.” That’s Al Gore in a nutshell.

  5. Iain says:

    PKD

    With a tenacity that would make one of those Nigerian scammers seem slothful Gore has been tub-thumping about global warning for far too long.

    Really – so you think Gore is scamming now in a way to put the Nigerians in the shade? For your comparison to be true Gores ulterior motivation would have to be for his own profit? Where is the evidence that Gore is doing this to personally make money? I reckon it’s a safe bet your just talking out your bottom again Iain!

    Read the sentence of mine that you quote again; I say that that aspect of Gore’s crusade that is like the Nigerian Scammers is his tenacity, there is no mention in my piece about Gore playing his game to make money.

    I begin to speculate that perhaps this is all part of a fiendish plan that is intended to scam him right into the oval office.

    Oooh – I knew you couldn’t go a whole AGW article without concocting some new baseless conspiracy theory! Absolutely priceless! Or do you have some proof to back this up?

    May I suggest that you consider each word that I actually write? In particular when I say that “I begin to speculate” it is clear to everyone else that the following idea has no “evidence “ it is merely some idle musing on my part.
    It seems to me PKD that your basic comprehension needs work. I suggest that before you next face the keyboard ,keen to score points here that you should take a step back and read what I have written a second time before sprouting of further nonsense.

    Cooper
    I can get what you are saying here, especially about China. The trouble is that far to many of the virtues of the message are contaminated by the pernicious falsehoods from the messenger. Oh and streaming video is free and you can at least ignore the sales pitch between the songs. I note to that the concert in Hamburg had at least half of it’s tickets unsold…
    Elijah and Fang
    I still have not found any reference as to wether the performers are being paid for their appearances at these concerts but as Fang points out there is a lot of cross promotion of tours and musical product going on here.

  6. kg says:

    “The greatest show on Live Earth rocks Wembley but leaves the world cold
    The organisers had billed it as a concert for two billion people. But the global interest in the Live Earth ‘save-the-planet’ concerts appears to have fallen well short of expectations …”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/dailymail/home.html?in_page_id=1766

  7. kg says:

    “We are in a transition time in history when the only way we can get to where we need to be is by starting from where we are.”
    Al Gore.
    Where would we be without that towering intellect to show us the way?

  8. Cooper says:

    Fang, you should see the cover of the Pumpkins new album you’ll understand why they thought they should play the gig:

    http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/music_zeitgeist

  9. MK says:

    “..snake oil salesman..” Good one Iain, I’ll remember that.

    Just to add to KG’s link, here’s more Live Earth branded a foul-mouthed flop, but the goracle’s followers won’t have any of that will they, hooked on the snake oil. From the pictures i believe the pussycat dolls were the highlight.

  10. Brett_McS says:

    The bit that convinced me that Al Gore does not believe what he is pushing is the part where he explains the CO2/Temperature graph. He uses such an artfully contructed sentence – designed to obsure the fact that the temperature changes before the CO2 level – that he must know he is pushing propaganda. He is a politician first and last.

  11. PKD says:

    In particular when I say that “I begin to speculate” it is clear to everyone else that the following idea has no “evidence “ it is merely some idle musing on my part.

    Meets the definition of a conspiracy theory to me Iain – you know, a theory that assumes the worst in something with no actual evidence to back it up…seems like there’s not much wrong with my comprehension mate, just like your ‘conspiracy’ musing on Gores motives, your way off the mark as usual!

  12. kg says:

    conspiracy theory
    n.

    A theory seeking to explain a disputed case or matter as a plot by a secret group or alliance rather than an individual or isolated act.

  13. kg says:

    “..seems like there’s not much wrong with my comprehension mate,..”

    Seems like there is.

  14. Iain says:

    spot on Keith 🙂

  15. MK says:

    Somebody get a claw hammer..

  16. PKD says:

    Oh, I’m sure under Iains ‘idle musing’ that Gore’s ‘fiendish plan that is intended to scam him right into the oval office’ is all Gore’s own work!!!!! It’s bound to succeed that way!!!!!

    Gee – do you guys practice at playing dumb or something?

  17. Elijah says:

    No PKD. You’re doing enough for every commenter here.

  18. PKD says:

    No Elijah – I leave the playing dumb bit to you and your fellow neo-cons! 🙂

  19. Iain says:

    Better a neo-con tham a Neo-COM any day PKD

  20. kg says:

    “Gee – do you guys practice at playing dumb or something?”
    We’d need a hell of a lot of practice to achieve your level of miscomprehension.

  21. kg says:

    we’ve just demonstrated that you don’t understand the meaning of “conspiracy theory” and you reckon we’re dumb?
    hahahaha!!

  22. kg says:

    damn typo–“demonstrated”

  23. Iain says:

    Typo? what Typo?
    😉

  24. kg says:

    lol! thank you. 🙂

  25. Elijah says:

    PKD, that was as witty as a fart joke.

  26. PKD says:

    PKD, that was as witty as a fart joke.

    Well you should know elijah – I bet you wrote all the fart jokes!

    Better a neo-con tham a Neo-COM any day PKD

    Both hard core radical types you’re describing Iain – much a muchness really

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