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July 07, 2007

Live Aid Earth Concert Inspires Other Causes

International environmental groups, in advance of a bevy of rock musicians, arrived today in Japan to petition Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to ban the traditional Japanese practice of killing whales for food and raw materials.

Organizers of the expedition arrived dramatically at Kobe seaport in small vessels constructed of halved, rotting whale carcasses propelled by outboard motors.

"We're endeavoring to raise awareness of the whales' plight, particularly for extremely rare species such as these," explained Head Organizer Tim Simpul, waving toward the ghastly flotilla of enormous ribcages. "Sometimes people need to be shocked out of their complacency."

Concerts will be held nightly over the next week in The Kobe Municipal Fruit & Flower Park. Attendees can support conservation efforts by purchasing whale-oil luminaria, scrimshaw iphone covers engraved by famous artists such as DoDoGuRu, and fried whale snacks.

UPDATE: The Real Deal.

Their narcissism and hypocrisy footprints dwarf even their massive Carbon Footprint.

Critics say Live Earth lacks achievable goals, and that jet-setting rock stars whose amplifier stacks chew through power may send mixed messages about energy conservation.

Emphasis mine.

The crowd — which was expected to swell to 60,000 — rose to its feet as the reunited Genesis used its hit "Land of Confusion" to send an environmental message with Phil Collins urging fans to make the world "a place worth living in."

I won't be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We're not just making promises
That we know, we'll never keep.

UPDATE II: Unsurprisingly, the online article I originally linked has been altered dramatically. It has been expanded to include supportive quotes from other artists, and now excludes the reference to 'Land of Confusion,' and furthermore excludes the original specific criticism (which I did not quote) from (Live Aid patron saint) Bob Geldof, who really wonders what this whole thing is attempting to concretely accomplish.

All of that was replaced with this:

Critics have faulted the Live Earth concerts for lacking clear-cut, achievable goals, and for lauding rock stars whose jet-setting, high-consumption lifestyles can often send a different, less environmentally friendly message.

In London, after fans went home, the stadium's floor was covered with discarded plastic cups and litter.

Many of the musicians acknowledged that they weren't rock stars when it came to the environment but said it was important to start a discussion about climate change.

'Do as I say, not as I do.'

These people want the masses to turn our thermostats down in Winter, when they won't do without one single earthly luxury at any time whatsoever.

Duly noted, Superstars, and please do go fuck yourselves.

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