Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Vile and Evil are anagrams of Live. Just sayin'...

A) I don't understand how these free Live 8 concerts, including the one in Barrie, Ont., which just announced its line-up, are supposed to benefit developing countries. Yes, "raising awareness," but of what exactly? Do Bryan Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, the Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden, Bruce Cockburn, the Tragically Hip and Our Lady Peace really have a singular, clearly-defined strategy for helping poorer nations? Amidst all this debate over where the concerts are going to be held, who's going to take part, who remembers a single song by Status Quo, it feels like there is no real awareness being raised beyond that which your mother raises everytime you don't clean your plate and are reminded of those starving elsewhere...

b) What a boring, boring line-up in Canada: The aforementioned plus Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, Deep Purple, Motley Crue, Simple Plan, African Guitar Summit, Tom Cochrane, Sam Roberts, the Tragically Hip, Bachman-Cummings band, Les Trois Accords and -- by satellite -- Celine Dion.

c) Doug Saunders had what I consider the best recent article about alleviating world poverty in Saturday's Globe and Mail. (If that link doesn't work, you can Google News "Doug Saunders".) Saunders raises his readers' awareness of Indian economist Amartya Sen, who he describes as "the man I believe has the most advanced and sophisticated understanding of the poorest people in the world." Saunders' main point is "You shouldn't do anything to the people of a very poor country that you wouldn't want done in your own country. This principle, over the past few decades, has been constantly and repeatedly ignored."

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