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Jerry Fletcher

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: The 'Influentials' - a.k.a. The G8 Lapdogs Reply with quote

What's that sound I hear?

Is that the sound of Bono's heart bleeding for justice all over his jacket's patriotic lining?

Is that the pounding rhythm the fist of Sir Bobby G, demanding relief for those suffering the worst effects of global imperialism?


Nope, that's the sound of me vomiting breakfast... again.

Either I'm pregnant, or it's time for the G8 conference...


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Sir Bob Geldof arrives at Auckland Airport yesterday. Picture / Richard Robinson
Geldof to offer words of wisdom at $1495 a pop
Friday July 14, 2006
By Maggie McNaughton

Sir Bob Geldof touched down in Auckland yesterday in all his dishevelled glory to take part in an event featuring a group of star speakers, who have been dubbed "The Influentials".

<more violent wretching...>

The musician and humanitarian is one of the "The Influentials", who are in Auckland to offer their pearls of wisdom tonight to anyone prepared to pay up to $1495 plus GST to hear them.
Sir Bob, television producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice), Saatchi & Saatchi creative head Bob Isherwood, Trade Me founder Sam Morgan, and former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren will speak at the event in the Aotea Centre.
The event is aimed at business people and "delivers a compelling mix of leadership, corporate social responsibility, media and brand insights for CEOs and senior executives", according to the blurb on The Influentials' website.
The group is part of a roadshow touring Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.
But the group's Melbourne show was cancelled this week, apparently because of low ticket sales.

Ha! But it sounds like such a rocking gig! I think that's still cheaper than ticketmaster too.

Maybe they could get Marilyn Manson next year to help boost attendance. You know, a porn star might really be able to give these issues some welcome visibility... wait a minute... light bulb - I see the whole campaign... "Jenna sez..

However, Red Carpet director Simone Williams said earlier this week that the Auckland event would not suffer the same fate and was "pretty full", although there were still tickets available.
Sir Bob told Campbell Live last night that he worked on the idea of "achievable goals".
"You reach plateaus which are achievable, then you achieve another," he said.
But Sir Bob, who rocked his way on to centre stage heading up the Boomtown Rats, rebuffed suggestions he had saved the world after the phenomenal success of the Live Aid Concert in 1985 that raised millions of dollars for poverty and made him a household name.
"You don't save the world ... I haven't saved the world," he said. The aim of Live Aid had been to get people to the bank. "I didn't expect it to be a phenomenon ... it was ridiculous what happened that Christmas."

From: Geldof to offer words of wisdom at $1495 a pop - 14 Jul 2006 - Lifestyle & Leisure


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Sir Bob said people didn't die in NZ because of drought - but they did in Africa because they were poor. Picture / Richard Robinson

No, Sir Knob, they died because they didn't have any food you ass clown. Unfortunately all that 'aid' was about as nutritious as a roll of red tape. I'm curious though, is genocide considered 'lifestyle' or 'leisure'? 
Sir Bob Geldof calls Govt stingy over foreign aid
8.40pm Friday July 14, 2006
By Janna Hamilton and Sue Eden

Rock legend and humanitarian Sir Bob Geldof today accused the Government of being mean over foreign aid, saying its contribution was pathetic and a disgrace.
But Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Sir Bob has his facts wrong and should have been better briefed.
Sir Bob, 54, in New Zealand to speak at a business leadership conference, said the 0.27 per cent of gross national income (GNI) the Government gave to impoverished countries was stingy .
"The New Zealand Government, frankly, must up their game," he said.
"The pathetic 0.27 per cent that this Government gives to the poorest people on the planet... is a disgrace.
"The great shame of New Zealand is that it is the [third] lowest in the world with their generosity and this surely does not represent the spirit of the electorate."
Sir Bob today met representatives of the Make Poverty History (MPH) organisation - a coalition of 60 New Zealand organisations campaigning against poverty - and signed a petition to Prime Minister Helen Clark.
MPH's chairman and executive director of Oxfam NZ Barry Coates said 25,000 New Zealanders had signed the petition calling on the Government to help cancel debt owed by poor countries, increase aid, balance world trade, and end child poverty in New Zealand.
Mr Coates said New Zealand was the third lowest aid donor among OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries - ahead only of the US and Japan per proportion of GNI.
"This is shameful," he said.
The Government has allocated $396.5 million (0.27 per cent of GNI) in aid in the 2006/07 budget, and plans to raise the proportion to 0.28 per cent by 2008.
Green MP Keith Locke said Sir Bob was right and New Zealand should give more in aid.
"We're at the back of the pack which is quite inconsistent with the way we're at the front in some other areas of international concern like peacekeeping and anti-nuclear disarmament," he said.
"Labour is not even keeping to election promise where it said it would get to 0.35 per cent of GNI by 2010. At the current rate there's no way it will get there," Mr Locke said.
MPH said New Zealand was one of only six countries which did not have a plan to reach the promised target of 0.7 per cent by 2015.
"At our current rate we will not reach this target until 2050."
Council for International Development executive director Rae Julian also said Sir Bob was right to call New Zealand's aid contribution a disgrace.
"New Zealand risks international opprobrium if the Government doesn't take serious action on this issue," she said.
But Mr Peters Sir Bob had got his facts wrong and the 0.27 per cent proportion was "well ahead" of the international average.
There were other aspects to New Zealand's contributions including the millions of dollars flowing out of the economy in remittances to Pacific countries, the significant contributions it made to peacekeeping, and its open economy that any country could trade with.
The quality of its aid, too, was important, and New Zealand's aid was "largely untied".
Sir Bob earned fame first for his rock stardom with the Boomtown Rats then as the organiser of 1985's Live Aid concert against global hunger.
He was joined at today's leadership show by Sex Pistols founder Malcolm McLaren, Saatchi and Saatchi world-wide creative director Bob Isherwood, and Trade Me founder Sam Morgan.

From: Sir Bob Geldof calls Govt stingy over foreign aid - 14 Jul 2006 - Lifestyle & Leisure

So, wise up all you sovereign nations - make your 'poverty' payments on time, or else your country will get a terrifying visit from the 'Influentials'.

If that doesn't make your treasury dept. reach for it's wallet, then just hope your government is prepared to face the most diabolical weapon of mass media destruction ever: the Elton John / Cher duet.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 3:03 pm    Post subject: Correction Reply with quote

No, Sir Knob, they died because they didn't have any food you ass clown.

The correct term is "ass spelunker" .... Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lapdogs strike again... breathing new life into the tired old phrase, "Better red than dead."

That's right ... let em eat pills.


Bono brings Red campaign to the home of retail therapy

Sunday October 15, 2006

Irish rock star Bono has launched the US version of his "Red" campaign that turns shopping into a funding stream to fight Aids in Africa.

The programme - the brainchild of the U2 singer and Bobby Shriver, nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy - encourages shoppers to buy Red-branded goods, while manufacturers pledge to channel a portion of the profits to Aids programmes financed by the UN-backed Global Fund.

The campaign has already raised about $US10 million ($NZ15 million) in Britain since its launch this year.

"The idea is simple, the products are sexy and people live instead of die," Bono said. "When you buy a Red product, the company gives money to buy pills that will keep someone in Africa alive."

Gap is offering T-shirts and jeans, Motorola a red cell phone, Converse a series of limited edition shoes, Apple a red iPod nano and Giorgio Armani a collection of clothes and accessories - all of which will carry the Red trademark and channel up to 50 per cent of profits to the programme.

Bono was promoting Red on TV shows yesterday after a shopping trip to participating stores in Chicago.

The US launch was also marked with advertisements in major newspapers and celebrity support.

Bono and fellow Irish rock star Bob Geldof have used their fame to raise money for Africa through international concerts and campaigns to press leaders of rich nations to do more to eradicate poverty.

The Red campaign works alongside the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History - a longer-term project launched in 2005 by Bono and 11 US aid and nonprofit groups - that has more than 2 million members.

The Global Fund was established in 2002 to channel government and private-sector funding into the fight against Aids, malaria and tuberculosis - the big killer diseases of the developing world - with a focus on Africa.

"We want to change history by writing its future," said Shriver, a Santa Monica, California, city councilman. "People buy things every day. But now when they buy Red, they will look good and do good - and that's good business."

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:10 am    Post subject: Lapdogs to the rescue. Reply with quote

With friends like these...

Bono and Bob Geldof increase Africa's problems say charity

AIDS charity boss attacks celebrities' campaigns.

23.Nov.07 10:20am

The head of an African AIDS charity has slammed campaigns by the likes of Bono and Bob Geldof, including Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8, claiming that they actually increase problems in Africa.

Jobs Selasie, head of charity African Aid Action, claimed that such campaigns increase corruption and dependency on the continent.

Selasie explained that he believed that the western media had an obsession with political correctness which diverted from what he believes are the real causes of poverty in Africa.

The charity says since the original Band Aid campaign, the number of Africans living on handouts has increased by 500 per cent and African governments who used to rely on only 20 per cent of their annual budget from overseas aid are now dependent on a 70 per cent contribution.

"Aid has failed because campaigners, charities and governments do not have the right plan and excluded African entrepreneurs and grassroots organisations from being part of the solution," said Selasie.

"You can't impose change from without," he continued. "It has to come from within and we won't end poverty with handouts. Africans need to fight corruption and work hard."

From: Bono and Bob Geldof increase Africa's problems say charity | News | NME.COM
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read the .PDF article on Blood Diamonds by Keith Harmon Snow.
It's about how Africans like Mugabe are not "incompetent". While kicking out all those European farmers, Mugabe was ass-kissing multi-national corporations, in particular, the "legitimate" diamond business and their terror-squad armies.

Some Russians, Americans, and Israelis are involved. Just a handful of people, destroying a continent and subjugating a people --- many people --- to unbelievable poverty. Yes it's FOOD, but food is a problem when you are prevented by force from growing crops, harvesting, or even searching for diamonds, driven off the land into an African version of the Gaza Strip.

The irony is, the Kimberley rule, the one that involves corporations "self-policing" their business against getting diamonds from 'rogue' groups, only 'certified' diamonds from 'legitimate' govts, empowers the rogue rulers and corporations while making it illegal for any 'cottage industry' diamond (or other mineral) collector to work his own land. So the MILLIONS of dollars worth of precious gems and metals only goes to 'legitimate' people who hire the death squads and who keep the slaves on $2 a month and who foment the civil wars.

Let's not talk about that though, shall we???
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