And More Hot Air
I am very sorry to have to admit this, dear readers, however Kerfuffles cannot be everywhere at all times. I am depending on Charmaine Yoest at Reasoned Audacity (charmaineyoest.com) to keep us all up-to-date on all the happenings, including the riots, which she has promised to blog first hand. She has posted: All Week: LIVE-BLOGGING the G8 Summit and Live8 events in Gleneagles, Scotland.
I have been at wit’s about this Live8 thing and how it can be an admirable endeaver to indoctrinate young people throughout the world to “Be a Part of History” by participating in “group-think” (act or practice of reasoning or decision-making by a group, especially when characterized by uncritical acceptance or conformity to prevailing points of view).
How much fun will it be for us wingnuts anyway, when we know that free speech has been denied to the performers, and none of them are allowed to diss President Bush? Maralyn Lois Polakasks at TalkNetDaily asks:
“Live8? Liberal musicians begging the ruling class for crumbs. Nobody allowed to use the ‘i-word’ – imperialism. Why are Africa or Central America or Central Asia or wherever so hellishly impoverished? Why isn’t anyone allowed to talk about that?”
Instead of talking and screaming about poverty in Africa, there are actually some Americans working on the ground to relieve suffering and improve the lives of the afflicted (Barbara in Capetown).
Scott Ott at ScrappleFace is worrying about the results of the event. “Everybody feels sorry for the poor people of Africa, because they’re not industrialized yet. But looking at the bright side, they’re also not cranking out too much greenhouse gas either. The last thing in the world we need is 20 or 30 more developed nations producing prosperity, buying up SUVs and destroying our atmosphere.”
Scott suggests that international diplomats Bob Geldof and Bono should “craft a proposal that would keep Africa in ‘clean, green sustainable poverty’ for the foreseeable future through a series of charity rock concerts.”
“Groupthink is a term coined by psychologist Irving Janis in 1972 to describe a process by which a group can make bad or irrational decisions. In a groupthink situation, each member of the group attempts to conform his or her opinions to what they believe to be the consensus of the group. In a general sense this seems to be a very nationalistic way to approach the situation. However this results in a situation in which the group ultimately agrees upon an action which each member might individually consider to be unwise (the risky shift).”