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June 06, 2005
Tens of Thousands Dead a Day
Posted by Frank J. at 03:01 PM | View blog reactions | Comments (10)

When I was invited to a blogger conference call about Live 8, I was a little surprised. I do not make much effort here to be taken seriously.

Skepticism came next, as the main goal of Live 8 is to end poverty in Africa, to which I was like, "Well, why don't we create world peace while we're at it?" I saw on the Live 8 website that all the rockers who love trendy causes were involved (including SarahK’s favorite, Dave Matthews), thus further increasing skepticism. Then I saw what was stated as the goals for Live 8, which is doubling aid, fully canceling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa. I wasn't so sure about the first two, and didn't know what the last one meant (all I know is it made me further suspicious).

Still, I was invited by John Hinderaker of Power Line who was organizing this blog arm of Live 8 along with Joe Trippi, and I thought it was certainly worth a listen. It ends up that Bob Geldof, the organizer or Live 8, has a real plan for tackling poverty in Africa (real, in that it involved free trade and competition in parts of it) and hopes the blogosphere can use some of its influence in pushing towards the means needed for the end. The conference call should be up as a podcast a little later, and I'll urge you all to listen to it. I hope to get you more information soon (that was my main suggestion during the conference call was to have a place to link to where things are explained as well as Sir Geldof explained them himself), and, perhaps, you'll see more of the blogosphere talking about this.

There's certainly no other continent more in need of help than Africa, and it's nice to at least think we can do something for the people there.

UPDATE: Here's more from John Hinderaker of Power Line.

UPDATE 2: Citizen Smash has a great roundup with links to reactions from other bloggers (I wasn't sure who was in on the conference call since not everyone spoke).

BTW, only time I chuckled when being compared to a hippy.

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