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Less than three weeks after Al Gore, the environmental campaigner and former vice president, visited Istanbul to announce its participation in the round-the-world Live Earth concerts on July 7, organizers announced yesterday that the city had been dropped from the roster of nine sites because of a lack of interest …

South Africa:

Organizers seeking to stimulate lagging ticket sales moved the Live Earth concert to the 18,000-seat Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg …


Only half of the tickets have been sold. Hamburg tourist officials are giving away the tickets in promotional packages.


Brazilian authorities have obtained a court injunction suspending the Rio show of the Live Earth global series of concerts set for Saturday on concerns about security in the crime-hit city.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/04/2007 at 12:10 PM
    1. No way! Surely global warming is popular everywhere?!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 04 at 12:18 PM • permalink


    1. Just checking in to say BWAHAHAHA! If you hear about some guy arrested for gut-laughing hysterically in Apalachicola, FL, that’s me. Must…stop…laughing…to breathe.

      Posted by brett_l on 2007 07 04 at 12:32 PM • permalink


    1. Heh.

      Wonder if they’ve considered digitally inserting crowds for the broadcast portions.

      Whaaaat? He’s making up most of the rest of it!

      Posted by Wind Rider on 2007 07 04 at 12:33 PM • permalink


    1. That loud, squealing sound you hear is the hot air escaping from the Luftshiff Gore Gurke as the great green zeppelin sinks slowly to earth (one devoutly hopes, into the feeding pen of Allen and Patty Register’s Gatorama in Palmdale, Florida).

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 04 at 12:38 PM • permalink


    1. Um, any chance we could get that Brazilian injunction to apply to the rest of the world—it would certainly help the climate to not have this monstrous show go on.  Think of the baby polar bears.

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 07 04 at 12:40 PM • permalink


    1. (one devoutly hopes, into the feeding pen of Allen and Patty Register’s Gatorama in Palmdale, Florida).

      Soon to be renamed the “Goretastic Gatorama”?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 07 04 at 12:48 PM • permalink


    1. Heh. But ads for the event started in Malaysia. And the ad played most on national TV seems to be the one promoting cycling as a zero-carbon something or the other. I like cycling as much as the next greenie, but in Malaysia? For general commuting?


      But I feel happy. Back in Malaysia, I had access to the car – enabling me to finally drive up my carbon footprint.

      Posted by Rajan R on 2007 07 04 at 12:49 PM • permalink


    1. Just as the left never lets the facts get in the way of the “truth”, they won’t let their own hypocrisy get in the way of their “mission”.

      My week will include massive displays of pyrotechnic ordnance, resulting in localized global warming with temperatures up to 700° F, celebrating the GOOD OLD US OF A!!!

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2007 07 04 at 12:52 PM • permalink


    1. One of those times I’m glad I’m blogsurfing from home today.  That burst of maniacal evil laughter would’ve been hard to explain to my co-workers.

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 07 04 at 01:15 PM • permalink


    1. Either the promotional blitz hasn’t been as strong as it was for Live 8, or I’ve gotten better at blanking it out…until now I didn’t even have any idea where the German concert was going to be. Heck, I was barely aware there was a German leg to this whole thing.

      At any rate, can’t say I’m surprised…at least for Live 8, the preaching was mostly directed at the “powerful people” (and the audience was merely asked to direct their preaching at the same people), while Live Earth is gonna be telling its own audience that they must change because they’re not doing things “the right way”. Who wants to hear that in the middle of a concert?

      Posted by PW on 2007 07 04 at 01:34 PM • permalink


    1. Aww.  Y’all are gonna make ol’ Lizard Eyes cry.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 07 04 at 01:35 PM • permalink


    1. Who wants to hear that in the middle of a concert?

      The Goreacle™ wants to hear it, PW.  Why else promote all this crap?

      Of course, ol’ Lizard Eyes is something of an egotist…’s hardly surprising that He would forget that people might attend these concerts for entertainment, and not for the chance to Worship Him.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 07 04 at 02:09 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe Al Gore III can set up a concert at Folsum Prison?

      Posted by JDB on 2007 07 04 at 02:12 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, Agore, you are so last season.

      Elsewhere on planet Earth, Theodore Dalrymple has some glowing words for Oz:

      Australia is known, not without reason, as the Lucky Country. It has virtually every resource known to man. It is a liberal democracy and has been for most of its existence. No one in Australia has ever feared the midnight knock on the door. To live well there requires a good deal less effort than in most places, perhaps anywhere else. The climate in much of the country (the current drought notwithstanding) is very pleasant. Overall, it is probably the best place, certainly among the best places, on earth to live. The fact that it is lucky is not, of course, a consequence of its natural endowments alone, but of what human beings have made of those endowments. Australia is a triumphant success.


      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 07 04 at 02:22 PM • permalink


    1. #14: A fine tribute, indeed, to a wonderful country.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 04 at 02:33 PM • permalink


    1. The left has been dying to use “hell, no, we won’t go!” for the longest time, and now’s their chance!

      Posted by Patricia on 2007 07 04 at 03:11 PM • permalink


    1. In China ticket sales have lagged because the government requires you to dig a tonne of coal first.

      Posted by Merlin on 2007 07 04 at 03:25 PM • permalink


    1. #13

      A spokesman for the elder Gore said he was traveling and could not immediately be reached for comment.

      Traveling? By bicycle, no doubt.

      Posted by Neeniebug on 2007 07 04 at 03:30 PM • permalink


    1. #18: That’s true; he is travelling, and is maintaining radio silence.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 04 at 03:44 PM • permalink


    1. Blogger Les Jones has been collecting reports of rock stars who saw thru the Live Earth hype.

      Posted by triticale on 2007 07 04 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. #13 JDB-

      You made my 4th of July.  I literally blew beer through my nose when I saw the headline.  HAH!!!

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2007 07 04 at 04:36 PM • permalink


    1. Headline: Live Earth Slaps Turkey, Faces Brazilian Cut

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 04 at 04:57 PM • permalink


    1. #3
      A case for Patronage Augmentation by Carbon Officials.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 04 at 05:00 PM • permalink


    1. TV commercials featuring a singer from Silverchair saying ‘the earth is dying…you can do your bit’ won’t necessarily attract large audiences in Australia. Many people will go and listen to the music, and not because of the Live Earth principles.

      My four children all enjoy Silverchair but turning Johns from a singer songwriter into a political tool contradicts fitness for purpose. Fanning take notice. Stick to what you do best, penning cute tunes with simplistic lyrics for naive under 20’s.

      Posted by mehaul on 2007 07 04 at 06:09 PM • permalink


    1. #23: Oooooo! I think, egg, I may have to put you in charge of Pacronymns.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 04 at 06:32 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, no! Panicked Andycanuck Clearly Out®. There goes my pension.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 07 04 at 06:44 PM • permalink


    1. #26: There, there, Andy. I only meant, er, that egg should be in charge of the Pacronymns while you’re on vacation. Now, turn that frown upside down! :^)

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 04 at 06:50 PM • permalink


    1. Okay. I feel a little better now, boss.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 07 04 at 07:37 PM • permalink


    1. ‘the earth is dying…you can do your bit’

      Please, tell me that’s a literal quote.

      Posted by PW on 2007 07 04 at 07:50 PM • permalink


    1. #14 Ace link, kyda. Dalrymple is eminently readable. Gun quote:

      if you are unhappy in a country like Australia, you have to consider the possibility that the problem lies with you rather than with the conditions that surround you.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 04 at 07:52 PM • permalink


    1. #28: Gee, Andy, don’t feel bad. I tell you what. I’m going to put you in charge of the Canadian Division of Paco Enterprises’  booming property sales unit, Keepin’ It Real(ty). See if you can move this baby. Maybe you can get that gal from HGTV – what’s her name? Candice Olsen, I think – to bring in her team and install some recessed lighting, conversation pits, maybe some pillows with beagle puppies embroidered on ‘em and some bric-a-brac from Pier 1; you know, that “eclectic” look those home improvement types are always talking about. And talk up the location. This lovely country home is only fifty miles from the nearest convenience store, lots of privacy, more like an estate than a mere house. Commission City, man!

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 04 at 08:06 PM • permalink


    1. Sanctimonious lectures by smug limousine leftists thinly disguised as a concert? Who could possibly resist that?!

      Posted by morbo on 2007 07 04 at 08:58 PM • permalink


    1. #25 #26 paco andy
      Happy to be one of the minions! 🙂

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 04 at 09:31 PM • permalink


    1. #33: We don’t have “minions” at Paco Enterprises, Egg. We feel that that’s a demeaning description. What we have are “conductors on the gravy train”.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 04 at 10:02 PM • permalink


    1. I have commenced my own bold bid to hold the Live Earth concert in a regional area of Brazil.  See, I even cleared a space.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 04 at 10:18 PM • permalink


    1. Presumably, there will be a Live Earth AlBum & DVD … in widescreen?

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 07 04 at 10:22 PM • permalink


    1. #35 MM

      I love the sound of bulldozers in the morning

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 07 04 at 11:49 PM • permalink


    1. #31 I’m already working on the Pelican Area Condo Outhouse Office, boss. And Saskatchewan must have government grants for making buildings “green” so that will help PACO’s bottom line too.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 07 05 at 12:01 AM • permalink


    1. #3 Digital insertion?


      (fingers in ears singing “la la la la la”)

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 05 at 12:50 AM • permalink


    1. HA! HA!

      – Nelson Muntz

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 07 05 at 03:28 AM • permalink


    1. The reason why I felt so horrible the other week was because I was triggered by an event that happend to me while I was working a few years ago.

      I remember, we had a club pool at RNSH and I watched unaware of a dear colleage who was swimming and he didn’t come back up. He was in cardiac arrest, I just felt so unaware that he was drowning. I remember seeing the pool and I felt so guilty he didn’t make it/ The team worked on him but he passed away.

      I still feel so much guilt I didn’t call the alarm sooner. I dont know why …

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 07 05 at 08:34 PM • permalink


    1. I just felt at that moment my life was not worth living I felt incredible guilt.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 07 05 at 08:34 PM • permalink


    1. It hangs around me, sometimes I see the pool water and I see him. He was such a great guy.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 07 05 at 08:39 PM • permalink


    1. Sorry not to reply earlier, 1.618. Sheer stupidity. Haven’t been blogging every day and wasn’t conscious of a “Dead Earth” thread, so assumed you were going to post something about Dead Earth. Was just about to tell you I was still waiting when it clicked! Dumb-dumb Dminor 🙂

      Well, that sounds like just about the most wretched thing that could happen to someone, and I’m referring to your experience, not that poor man’s. I’ll have to confess, that when you first mentioned “the trigger”, I thought you were having me on. Damn computer screen doesn’t clue you in on body language, intonation etc, and let’s face it, I wouldn’t presume to know you, even though I’ve found your postings suggest a witty, smart and caring soul. So sorry about that.

      Is what you’re going through “Post Traumatic Stress”? The event is certainly tragic and sudden enough to give anyone life-long effects. I’d be more worried if you felt nothing over the incident, than this. Guilt’s a bitch of an emotion, isn’t it, straight out of the limbic system and about as easy to control sometimes as a category 5 hurricane. Only psychopaths feel no guilt. Main problem is when it’s undeserved. Can’t blame yourself for a slow reaction time, because that’s biological, not psychological. Error of judgement? Not being there, I wouldn’t know, but let me say this: we all make them. There’s a secret medical instrument you may or may not have heard of called the Retrospectoscope. We discourage anyone from using it, because the results are so unreliable. I’ve seen people chewed up inside their whole life from the injudicious use of this instrument.

      I know if I died, and afterward someone I loved lived their life in distress, feeling guilty when they shouldn’t – that would make me angry!

      Anyway, I’m real sorry for your loss 1.618 (Sophie?), and I hope you can remember him as he’d want to be remembered and grieve for him in the way all kind people grieve over the loss of someone – or even something – valuable. Not much sense in running away from such perfectly normal, if not very pleasant, feelings. But please, I’d hate to think such thoughts and emotions control you. At the end of the day, they belong in their own little mental pigeon hole, for you to withdraw and examine when you see fit. No one who didn’t intentionally do harm deserves to have them whirling about the inside of their heads, or charging to the front of their thoughts uninvited.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 07 05 at 11:02 PM • permalink


    1. You hinted earlier at other stuff, too, which sounded even more personal. You seem much happier these days, so whoever you saw to get some help must be good at what they do. I’d rather not pry over the internet; your private life is your own. Just hope you keep well. I’m signing off for a bit, so talk with you later!

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 07 05 at 11:19 PM • permalink


    1. D, ty.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 07 06 at 07:11 PM • permalink


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