gothwalk: (hope springs eternally from my fist)
( Jul. 6th, 2005 12:46 pm)
I'm a bit annoyed with myself still over the anti-globalisation thing. So I've deciding to kick myself into a more attentive and informed state. I recognise that most people won't want to read about it as I do it, so I've decided to keep it separate. I considered another LJ, but that keeps me logging in and out, which is a nuisance, so I eventually settled on Blogger as the method of keeping tab.

So, I present, for those of you interested, A Political Education, syndicated on LJ as [ profile] politicaledu, and available as a raw feed at

I've been coming up with the basic idea for a few days, but the writing is only there as of yesterday lunchtime, and today. Comments on what's there so far are welcome - it's open to anyone to comment.
gothwalk: (Default)
( Jul. 4th, 2005 02:01 pm)
Much as I give out about other people jumping to conclusions, not reading things before they comment on them, and so on, I'm occasionally guilty of it myself. This is particularly with regard to the anti-globalisation movement, which I'm now finding to be a label imposed on that movement by the media. In my defense, I'm fairly certain that the Socialist Workers Party here use it themselves, which is probably one more reason that they're widely ignored.
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( Jul. 4th, 2005 10:51 am)
I'm somewhat bemused, somewhat amused, and somewhat despairing over the number of people who are saying "Live 8 is [insert negative] because any amount of money collected will make no difference in the long term".

People, you clearly didn't notice, but there was no money collected. The tickets were free, there was no donation method. That was not the point. Those people who are saying that corrupt governments in Africa are the problem - yes, that's what Live 8 was saying! Those people who are pointing to third world debt and trade barriers, yes, that's what Live 8 was saying. It really does your credibility no good when you rail against short term money collections by rich pop stars when there weren't any.

Let me summarise: Live 8 was about putting pressure on the G8 leaders to:

Drop third world debt
Dispose of trade barriers preventing Afican nations from exporting
Lend support to getting rid of corrupt governments in Africa
Increase aid to an actual meaningful level

Four items, very few of which have been comprehended by the naysayers. I hope the actual G8 were paying attention, but given the obtuseness of much of the population who were aware of Live 8, it's not awfully hopeful.

[Edit: [ profile] hkim points out re: collecting money - That's not necessarily true. Each text for the London gig cost £1.50. I think about £3 millionw as raised. £1.6 million went to the Prince's Trust, a pay-off for cancelling Party in the Park. The rest covered costs, AFAIK.

So money wasn't collected for anything more than running costs.]
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( Jul. 2nd, 2005 09:45 pm)
Sting is onstage, singing "Every Step You Take" while the screens in the background show the faces of G8 leaders. Fantastic.
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( Jul. 2nd, 2005 08:40 pm)
These're damn good books, [ profile] puritybrown. Thanks!

More posting on the subject when I finish filling my brain.
gothwalk: (hope springs eternally from my fist)
( Jul. 2nd, 2005 03:21 pm)
[ profile] inannajones and I are intending to spend a good chunk of the day in front of the Live 8 concert being broadcast from Hyde Park in London. We've also got laptops here, so expect a fair bit of posting.

One of the major parts of Live 8 is the petition. Sign Here.

I'd like Live 8 to make a difference, and it's having the effect it's supposed to here at least - I'm thinking about the issues it's raising, poverty and global economies. There are some rumblings going on in the back of my head about the notion of anti-globalisation movement, which strikes me as a set of concepts that isn't going anywhere. I'd like to know what it's about before I dismiss it altogether. So tell me about it, please?

Good grief, Bill Gates just walked on stage...
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( Jun. 10th, 2005 10:10 am)
The company I work for, Sports Interaction, got some coverage on Fox News on Wednesday. It's about the 2008 Presidential Election. I'm rather pleased; I know that an awful lot of people see the site every day, but having it on TV makes that point a bit more. That's my code they're seeing.


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