BAD 2009

As tempting as it may be to pretend, after giving this post such an uncharacteristically snappy title, that David is to perform a series of ostentatious tribute concerts in memory of the great Michael Jackson and his equally great 1987 album, it’s obviously best not to make up silly stories for my amusement.*

Instead, I’ll just say that Blog Action Day (BAD, get it?) is coming ’round again, so I’d like to know what you would like to discuss on 15 October.

The aim of Blog Action Day, you may recall or even guess, is to get people talking about the same issue via their blogs, podcasts, tweets, etc.

Last year, when the theme was Poverty, nearly 13,000 blogs got involved, reaching more than 13 million readers. Some of those blogs, like this one, tallied up some extremely sharp, thoughtful, stirring comments. Thank you, all.

Although you can suggest your own topic, this year’s listed choices are:

– Water and Food Sustainability
– Human Rights
– Gay Rights
– Peace and Armed Conflict
– Education
– Climate Change
– Health
– Internet Freedom

My vote, not surprisingly, is for Climate Change. I invite you to vote, too.

Oh, and if you’re in the mood for casting votes this evening, I heard through the grapevine that Gala, daughter of Richard Wright and Guy Pratt’s (much) better half, has once again been short-listed in the British Design Awards – congratulations, Gala – so, I don’t know, maybe some of you might want to vote for Viable London, ‘Milton’ range in the British Design of the Year category…?

*Admit it, many of you would snap up tickets.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

66 thoughts on “BAD 2009”

  1. David could do a tribute to Boxcar Willie and I’d want to be there. 😛

    I voted for Health and Education.

  2. David performing some tribute concerts in memory of Michael Jackson? Sure I would ‘snap up’ tickets! it would be great fun to see him doing the moonwalk! Shamone! :))

    Seriously, all of the topic mentioned above are important, difficult to select one. I have seen that we can choose as many as we like. Good. Of course fighting ‘Climate Change’ is such a big challenge.

    But If I had to choose only one, it would be ‘Education’, I don’t mean only the education we get at school, but Education with a big ‘E’. If everyone -on the planet- was informed, ‘Educated’, responsible, I think that solutions to the other problems would be easier to find. Ignorance leads to fear, intolerance, racism, hate, absurdity, disaster…

    I would say that ‘Education’ is a ‘key-word’ (Not sure if it makes sense, we say ‘mot-clé’ here).

    Michèle

  3. Admit it, many of you would snap up tickets.

    Honestly? I’m not thinking so. Not so sure I would want to see anyone doing an MJ tribute. Kinda tired of the whole MJ frenzy as it is.

    It was a pleasure joining the chat today and catching up with Ulli, Michele, Patricia, Lene and Lorraine. Too bad you had to run so quick FEd.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  4. Britsh Designs? Is this architecture or something else Fed? Gala, keep going. We know you can kick butt next time I’m sure.

    A topic could be spices and herbs in your fashion of sorts Fed. I’m cooking like crazy round here to keep Lesley fed, Fed. LOL.

    See what I mean? 😀

  5. My vote is for Education because poor education, which in turn causes apathy in general, is the cause of every other issue on the list.

  6. Good one FED,

    You nearly had me booking a flight.

    I have been watching some vidio clips of the late Michael Jackson since his death and “Earth Song” has got me planting trees.

    I voted for the planet.

    Good luck Gala and Guy.

  7. It was a toss up between Human Rights and Climate Change for me. I went for the latter, on the basis that it’s probably the thing that’s going to have the biggest impact on everything else on that list anyway.

    :v Yer damn right I’d buy those tickets.

  8. My vote would def. go to Health, as I have just been told that my Bladder Cancer has GONE after innumerable sessions of Chemo hooked up to infusions of muck and filth. I had PF loaded on the old MP3 player which helped no end.

    So it’s all down to Drugs and rock n roll!

    Seriously though, if any of you have even the slightest suspicion that something ain’t right, DO bother your Doctor soonest.

  9. Y’all have great ideas!! David doing the Moonwalk — that image is now permanently stuck in my brain the way bubble gum sticks in your hair. David singing Boxcar Willie — in my mind’s ear that sounds horrible, but David would find a way to do it justice.

    I voted for water quality. We really need to stop treating water as a waste disposal system, because that always mucks things up. We are already short of clean water, and in the upcoming global drought that scientists are predicting, we’ll need every drop of potable water that we can get our hands on. So, I think this is going to emerge as an immensely important issue and the sooner we get a handle on it, the better.

    1. I voted the same as you. This is by far, in my opinion, the world’s biggest problem that is also the most urgent. I don’t think it has been talked about enough because people don’t seem to focus on it in blogs so that would be a good one, I think, with FEd educating these facts in his blog and people adding to it.

      Visit one.org for seeing what the problem is with fresh water and sustainable food.

      Patricia

  10. There is little doubt that Climate Change is the biggest issue that faces our generation and the next, but I voted for Peace and Armed Conflict.

    The number of British deaths in Afghanistan now stands at 212. As with other Coalition forces, they are dying for nothing, trying to fight an unwinnable war.

    I have no idea how many Afghan civilians have died, but I mourn their deaths also.

    I disagree with Barack Obama: Afghanistan is not a ‘war of necessity’. What is necessary is Peace.

    Thank you for inviting us to have our say on Blog Action Day. I think it is a very good idea and wish all concerned well.

    1. I agree with you and, sadly, also disagree with Obama (not for the first time in recent weeks).

      75 British servicemen and -women killed this year, which is more than the eight preceding years. Still, they have free elections in Afghanistan now, huge voting turnouts, and no signs whatsoever of electoral fraud. It seems we’ve really won their hearts and minds – and their oil and gas pipelines.

      I don’t know about you, but I’m brimming with pride knowing that British soldiers are dying so that a puppet president put in power to serve US interests can pass laws allowing men to rape and starve their disobedient wives.

      Come to think of it, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anyone mentioning finding that ‘evil-doer’ Bin Laden, isn’t it? Is anyone still looking, do you think?

    2. …this weekend two Dutch soldiers were killed in Afghanistan… 21 Dutchies lost their lives for… peace?

    3. American military casualties since war began (3/19/03): 4339 (3470 In Combat).

      I support the cause of freedom from oppression, and wonder at the mindset that says these deaths are for nothing. There are many who would say otherwise. The deaths are sad indeed, do not get me wrong. But to rid the world of tyranny sometimes takes a stronger action than breaking out the acoustic guitars and singing Kum Ba Ya around a campfire.

      My vote? INTERNET FREEDOM. Being a part of a few different online communities, I find that there is a lot of oppression happening online as well. People not wanting others to express their opinions unless those opinions coincide… The freedom for me to respectfully disagree is in danger.

    4. Well, I have to admit I am a touch ignorant on this subject but I understand that we are at war with Afghanistan due to Al-Qaeda.

      Now way back in the eighties, I watched a documentary about the women in Afghanistan in that prior to the Taliban, the women were in professional jobs like teachers, lawyers etc. etc. Then came along the Taliban and they became oppressed. They had to cover up their bodies and became second class citizens. What I thought at the time is that it must have been bad for the women because they had the taste of freedom and then it was taken away from them. The television programme made me want to TAKE UP ARMS and fight for the Afghani women’s freedom.

      It’s bad enough being a second class citizen i.e. woman in the UK but it is not as bad as the Afghani women.

      Maybe it is my American upbringing, but once someone has had the taste of freedom, one cannot take it away without a fight.

      Amen.

    5. I support the cause of freedom from oppression, and wonder at the mindset that says these deaths are for nothing. There are many who would say otherwise. The deaths are sad indeed, do not get me wrong. But to rid the world of tyranny sometimes takes a stronger action than breaking out the acoustic guitars and singing Kum Ba Ya around a campfire.

      Hear, hear.

    6. Were they ever looking for bin Laden? Even when they had their sites on him years ago after 9/11, the CIA would not give them permission to shoot him. Funny how he just disappeared. The world’s No. 1 terrorist and nobody cares if he is living the good life in Fiji or somewhere.

      It is true about our presidents, and in America we are getting pretty fed up. We have more deaths to those 2 countries than Britain and my future son-in-law is now fighting in Iraq.

      His promise before taking office was to get us out of the Mid-East. Seems like we are more deeply entrenched in Afghanistan and we may be there at least 20 years and our economy can’t afford it.

      Isn’t this how Rome went under? Fighting foreign wars and the economy going under?

      We need peace, everywhere, not war. Whatever civil war is going on within a country should not be intervened by America ever. We have done enough with the babysitting the world thing.

      Patricia

    7. Whatever civil war is going on within a country should not be intervened by America ever. We have done enough with the babysitting the world thing.

      Well, at the risk of ruffling feathers so near to 9/11, I wouldn’t call it “baby-sitting”. The US Military has interfered, sorry, intervened in countless countries (here’s a long, incomplete list) in the last several decades in particular, and each time it was to protect its own ‘interests’ so as to further strengthen its economy. Surely that’s more bullying and badgering than baby-sitting?

      Regardless, I wish your future son-in-law a safe and swift return.

    8. My vote? INTERNET FREEDOM. Being a part of a few different online communities, I find that there is a lot of oppression happening online as well. People not wanting others to express their opinions unless those opinions coincide… The freedom for me to respectfully disagree is in danger.

      I also think internet freedom could be an interesting subject, but not for your same reason.

      The kind of freedom you’re talking about shouldn’t even need a discussion since IS the right of everyone on this Earth to express his thoughts and disagree with others’ opinions. If you do it respecting the others, without using any kind of violence, you HAVE to be respected.

      If I were part of an online community where I didn’t feel respected, I simply wouldn’t take part in it anymore.

      I think there is much more we could talk about.

      For example the independence of internet from economic/political powers, or also the importance of giving everyone free access to the web, since people needs to share correct informations and a society in which only few people have access to them will never be a fair society.

    9. Peace, remember we talked about the Woodstock generation’s ideals? As I grew older I realised that the only way to secure long lasting peace was to either negotiate, fight or give way to the enemy. Some things ARE worth fighting for because there will always be a greedy person who will seek to take from others and who will not be reasoned with.

      I am proud of British service men and women who serve their country. They are out there risking their lives for me (and you) and the world I enjoy. I pray they all come home safely.

      Have a look at this.

      ash X

    10. Come to think of it, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anyone mentioning finding that ‘evil-doer’ Bin Laden, isn’t it? Is anyone still looking, do you think?

      Well at least it would appear that he is still around, unless of course BT Yahoo are propagandists.

      Hmmmmm.

  11. I could conceivably link Climate Change to three or four of the other suggestions, so I’d go with that one since it affords the broadest canvas in my humble opinion.

    MJ tribute, right… Hmm, how about an imaginary set list for that one:

    Don’t Stop ‘Til You get Enough
    Can You Feel It
    Another Part of Me
    Wanna Be Starting Something
    Rockin’ Robin
    Got to Be There
    Heal the World
    You Are Not Alone
    Blame It on the Boogie
    Off the Wall (Guy Pratt can have fun with the bass)
    The Love You Save (another fine song for Guy)
    Thriller

    Encore:
    Beat It
    Comfortably Numb

    Hahahahahaha! I’d pay money to see David do that.

  12. Voted for the climate… think that issue could have a major influence on Water and Food Sustainability, Education, Health and even Peace.

    David playing at a Michael Jackson tribute? I truly hope that ALL the money goes to a good goal.

    If it would be recorded and pressed, it would be my first Michael Jackson song in our house… ah, I went to metal gig last week and even that was fun!

    Peace.

  13. Honestly I’d vote for all the choices mentioned above, but I voted for education, many problems would be solved much more easily if all the people in the world could know what happens around them, and especially know the truth.

    By the way, I’d be very curious to see David play some MJ songs!

    Luckily, we still have each other in this blog, a wonderful escape from our problems.

    Thank you.

  14. I can’t believe I’ll probably miss again BAD. 🙁

    I’m not sure I’ll be able to join it on 15 October, but I’ll certainly try.

    Since I think climate change is a special emergency (our own lives depend on Earth’s life, in the end) I’m going to vote for that, but I would be happy if we could have more than one BAD during the year to talk about different topics.

    I read in the link that’s one of the possible options, so I’ll vote for that, too.

    1. Thank you very much, FEd. 🙂

      I’m sure it would be very interesting.

      Considering the world in which we live today, it’s not easy at all to find a place to share opinions in peace.

      I’ve been writing in the Blog for one year now, and I can say that you, FEd, and everyone here, have made this place a wonderful exception, not only to the web dimension, but to the real life, too.

  15. I have to say that, looking at the increasing number of aggressions against gay people here in Italy, I would have liked to vote for gay rights, too.

    I feel upset and worried about what’s happening here, really. Unfortunately, I think it’s just the consequence of the political/social climate in which we are living right now.

  16. Dear FEd,

    Bad Day, huh? Can not possibly vote from your list as most of them are top concerns for me. So I asked myself, what am I doing to address these concerns?

    I think that as concerned people of this world we would do well to take this great subject at hand, and besides casting our vote, take mental inventory as to what each and everyone of us is doing in our own little way to contribute to what we would see as part of the answer.

    As for David Gilmour and Michael Jackson, I would love to hear him perform Ben. I know, not a spectacular pick but the words move me.

    Love to the World.

    1. take mental inventory as to what each and everyone of us is doing in our own little way to contribute to what we would see as part of the answer.

      So true. You reminded me of an inscription that I saw a few weekends ago, written in big letters on a wall in The City of London:

      “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.

      It made me think a lot. It’s so easy and comfortable to always (only) complain and rely on someone else to change the world…

  17. Hi one and all. Haven’t been around for a while as fallen in love. So that’s why I would add “Love” to topics. Yep, I am a 56 year old widow who thought it would never happen but have met a lovely lady. Must be lovely to be with me!!

    Also I am typing this on a laptop which I find a pain as not sure if it all works so I would add “technology and info overload” as a topic. Ahhh, think I am getting the hang of it. Wot, no spelling mistakes, nah. Maybe love and techno go hand in hand.

    Yep, I would buy a ticket t see David do MJ.

    Have a good week, I am of to Glasgow for a glassblowers knees up and drink malts to David’s music. Crystal clear magic!

    Ian

    1. Hi one and all. Haven’t been around for a while as fallen in love. So that’s why I would add “Love” to topics. Yep, I am a 56 year old widow who thought it would never happen but have met a lovely lady. Must be lovely to be with me!!

      Congratulations, Ian. Lot’s of good news on the blog for a change. Have a great time in Glasgow as well, and good to hear you are still around.

      Jan

  18. I really feel that Climate Change, Education and Health are really important topics, but I feel that Peace and Armed Conflict should be first for it’s time that we put a stop to fighting with other countries and then focus on our own problems like the education for our children and climate change so that we will have a world for our future generation.

    Plus Health, for I just had a physical last week and they found a spot on my lung and I am really scared for there is no real cure for cancer and many other health problems that our world is facing.

    I hope that one day that all the countries can put down their weapons and join together to make this world a better place to live. I know this may sound like I’m dreaming, but what a Wonderful dream it would be to see this happen in our lifetime…

    Thomas

    1. Plus Health, for I just had a physical last week and they found a spot on my lung and I am really scared for there is no real cure for cancer and many other health problems that our world is facing.

      Thomas:

      I can understand completely your fear. I hope that your treatments will be a success and that you will overcome. I understand that attitude and education can do a lot for you. Also, sometimes alternative actions have been successful. Arm yourself with as much education as you can regarding your situation.

      Prayers and thoughts for a good outcome. Keep us posted.

      Jan

    2. Thomas,

      Very well said!

      I will be praying that it is not cancer and hope you find out soon that it is not.

      That period of waiting for test results can be nerve racking. Hang in there.

      Patricia

    3. Thomas, a lot of cancers do get cured. My 80 year old father just got the all clear. My 83 year old uncle is having the same treatment for the same type of cancer. I have two female friends who have had successful treatment for breast cancer.

      Please don’t be frightened, the best of luck to you. 🙂

      ash X

  19. We still need an education,
    We still need to go and enrol,
    An education in the classroom,
    Teacher, teach us all you know.
    Hey teacher! Teach us all you know.

    (This version was created by me and my husband, Kevin)

    When we go out in the car, everytime ABiTWpt2 comes on, Imogen loves to sing: “We don’t need no education… Hey Teacher! Leave them kids alone”. I love to hear her sing it too. I am also hoping that the song has the same effect on her in that she realises that we do need an education. This song coupled with ‘Happiest Days of our Lives’ – especially the teacher in the film with his mortar board and gown – made me absolutely obsessed with education.

    I do chuckle at the thought of getting a letter from the Imogen’s teacher complaining that Imogen is singing “We don’t need no education” when in fact, the song is actually saying that we do need one because the double negative aspect of the song i.e. “don’t” and “no” cancels each other out. 😀

  20. For me the vote seems simple and difficult at the same time. Each thing is vital and they all impact each other.

    I saw a headline briefly yesterday of the situation in Africa of devastation and death caused by the massive drought. Makes you feel very insignificant regarding the scheme of things, but I suppose a person must keep trying to help anyway you can. Just seems like will never ever be enough or soon enough.

    Jan

  21. It’s bad enough being a second class citizen i.e. woman in the UK but it is not as bad as the Afghani women.

    Julie:

    This subject just makes me so angry. It seems there is no good situation for women to be. When things are bad, they suffer even more, and only worse thing is to be either the children or animals.

    Dark subjects today.

    Jan

    1. I agree.

      “Women condition” should be also a good topic for BAD.

      It’s very sad that women condition and gay rights needed to be treated like topics on their own, instead of being simply included in human rights. It gives the impression that women and gay people were considered something different than human beings.

      Probably the world still has too many problems with these topics to include them in an already universally accepted subject, such as human rights.

  22. MAKE WATER NOT WAR
    A Path To Peace

    Step 1. Ceasefire on all battlefronts – Negotiate Peace at a Table – Not on a Battlefield.

    Step 2. Begin to drill for Water all about the World. Replace bombs, rockets and missiles with water, tractors and seed. Restore Agriculture to the Parched Land. Millions begin to work. The Oil Companies can use their Excess Profits for funding and make even more money.

    Step 3. Build water Desalinization Plants all about the World – Bring Rivers of Life to the Parched Land. This will slowly lower the Earth’s Temperature and lower the Levels of the Oceans. Bring Balance and Harmony back to Mother Earth.

    ALL THAT YOU SEEK TO ACHIEVE – ALL THAT YOU NOW HAVE SHALL BE FOR NAUGHT WITHOUT “MAKE WATER NOT WAR”

    WE CAN DO THIS OR WE CAN ALL DIE
    SO SAY I – JERRY MYER

  23. MOTHER EARTH WEEPS

    As man continues on his Path of Greed – God ponders our fate indeed. MOTHER EARTH WEEPS.

    For balance is gone and disasters draw near – While man plays stupid and shows no fear. MOTHER EARTH WEEPS.

    And as the Whale cries her sweet and sad song – We poison their home her whole life long. MOTHER EARTH WEEPS.

    As the Eagle seeks to find a new lofty perch – He chokes on the air as he widens his search. MOTHER EARTH WEEPS.

    The Lion he now roams in his limited space – For his den is now death per the human race. MOTHER EARTH WEEPS.

    From the Meadows to the Mountains with all that is Deep – Mother Earth suffers and continues to weep. MOTHER EARTH WEEPS.

    But God was awake, He saw and heard every call and now he looks at Mother Nature as She plans the Fall, and Jerry Myer shall warn, “Prepare Ye All, For The Ground Shall Quake, The Mountains Will Erupt, The Wind Will Turn, The Fires Surely Burn and The Sea Will Churn.”

    SO SAY I – JERRY MYER

  24. FEd,

    There was no “reply” button under where you commented on what I said about America ‘babysitting’ the world. The president(s) who always takes a position uses a moral argument every time but at least we don’t take over a country like England did India and countless other countries. “Imperialist United Kingdom” they call it. No regard for anybody but England.

    Who is evergreen.edu anyway?

    On that note, here is something about the imperialistic notion England has always had of taking over countries, including mine.

    I can only apologize for what my ancestors did to the American Indian tribes, as well as black slaves. It is inconceivable the notion of taking away somebody’s land or capturing a race of people and using them as slaves.

    Here’s your lovely link to England’s imperialistic attitude. Your country, like mine, is not perfect and you are at the mercy of your government. If you think differently, you are greatly mistaken.

    Patricia 🙁

    1. There once was a saying that “the sun never sets on the British Empire” due to the fact that Britain owned various countries all across the globe.

      But now, “light is changing to shadow”, “a man in black on a snow white horse (one of the horses of the Apocalypse)… fades into the setting sun” and “frontiers shift like desert sands, while nations wash their bloodied hands, of loyalty, of history in shades of grey”. The sun has nearly set on the British Empire.

      It is all probably evolution, anyway; but at the same time history has a habit of repeating itself. It happened to the Romans etc.

    2. I’m sorry that you had to use such a predictable defence focused on what England was doing as far back as four centuries ago, at a time when all major European forces were racing against each other to expand, and very much at risk of invasion herself.

      That’s not to excuse it. Of course you’re right: the British Empire is a shameful blot on Britain’s history. But at least we study that history. We don’t forget that atrocities happened (and are happening now, sadly, criminally, because we have recklessly followed the USA into a convenient war against terrorism).

      The UK is surely, and quite rightly, the world’s second most hated country – and for good reason (well, possibly the third, after Israel). Not perfect at all.

      My point, which is perfectly fair, is that most of the world doesn’t see what the US is doing – right now, this very second, maybe we’ll get to hear how many have died today somewhere down the line – as “baby-sitting”. If the US realised that, maybe those savage monsters in the Middle East wouldn’t be so determined to inflict harm on American citizens in the most brutal ways imaginable.

      Although, to be fair, aerial bombing and missile attacks on villages tends to be pretty brutal.

      I suppose Education should be this year’s Blog Action Day theme, after all. We don’t seem to learn anything from history. Is the USA not an imperialist power?

      The Reply button, by the way, is there. It follows the first comment in the thread.

  25. Your country, like mine, is not perfect and you are at the mercy of your government.

    More like we are more at the mercy of an EU government, not British. It is going that way anyway it seems.

    It is amazing as I have spoken to hundreds of people in the past and they all say that they do not like the idea of being ruled by the EU. So why does the government think that is what “the people” want? What I have heard from many people over here is that the British have always considered themselves as British, not European.

    I better be quiet before my mouth gets me into trouble. Sorry I went slightly off topic.

    1. What I have heard from many people over here is that the British have always considered themselves as British, not European.

      Ah yes, you drive on the wrong side of the road, you refuse the Euro and the metric system… Perfect, no problem…

      Just kidding, eh? 😛

  26. Internet freedom made me think about Gary McKinnon. Any news, FEd?

    From time to time I read the updates arriving by Twitter, but it doesn’t seem things are going so well for him. I hope to be wrong. 😕

    1. The latest was another appeal – on Tuesday – to the Home Secretary, asking him to to prevent Gary’s extradition.

      The Home Secretary maintains that it would be “illegal” for him to intervene in the legal process, but because there is a risk of a human rights breach should Gary be extradited, the Home Secretary’s claim is once again being challenged. It seems that he could intervene if he really wanted to, if it can be proved that there is a real risk of a human rights breach.

      The hope is still that Gary can face charges in the UK instead.

    2. Thanks for the updates, let’s hope that risk will be proved.

      I find amazing that also the European Court of Human Rights rejected Gary’s appeal.

      Gary’s story is very unfair.

  27. MAKE WATER NOT WAR
    A Path to Peace – A Song of Redemption
    By: Jerry Myer Jackson Jr.

    On this Earth that I love to roam, We better change some things or we will lose this home. WE GOTTA MAKE WATER NOT WAR.

    While all is not well, let’s just blame it on Hell. WE GOTTA MAKE WATER NOT WAR.

    With no song in their heart, with no dream for a new day, why it’s no wonder we are having this fray. WE GOTTA MAKE WATER NOT WAR.

    While the babies cry and the children die, That’s not rain it’s tears from God’s eye. WE GOTTA MAKE WATER NOT WAR.

    So lets make some water lets plant some seed, Things will be better when people start to feed. WE GOTTA MAKE WATER NOT WAR.

    Let not money in a vault, mans greed be our final fault, It’s time to do the things we were taught. WE GOTTA MAKE WATER NOT WAR.

    So with some love and kindness food on a plate, Jerry Myer says we can change the world’s fate. WE GOTTA MAKE WATER NOT WAR.

    In Memory of Gabriel Buol,
    The Lost Children of the Sudan – All Who Suffer.
    jmj 2002

    ALL THAT YOU NOW HAVE – ALL THAT YOU SEEK TO ACHIEVE
    SHALL BE FOR NAUGHT WITHOUT ” MAKE WATER NOT WAR ”

    SO SAY I – JERRY MYER

  28. TO: DAVID GILMOUR – THE GENIUS THAT IS PINK FLOYD!
    FROM: JERRY MYER (just a messenger)

    DEAR DAVID;

    YOU HAVE DREAMED MANY YEARS ABOUT – SAVING THE WORLD – CHANGING THE WORLD – HAVEN’T YOU?

    NOTHING WILL CHANGE WITHOUT “MAKE WATER NOT WAR” SEE PREVIOUS BLOGS!!!

    DAVID GILMOUR – BETWEEN YOU AND BONO – WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD BUT IT AIN’T EVER GOING TO HAPPEN WITHOUT “MAKE WATER NOT WAR”.

    NO DISRESPECT DAVID, BUT IF YOU GOT A BETTER PLAN YOU BETTER PULL IT OUT REAL QUICK.

    KINDEST THOUGHTS – JERRY MYER

  29. Hello Everyone!

    After reading the comments, I would have to agree that the topic should be education or human rights. And I would hope that all people, regardless of country, race, religion etc. etc. can get along. Music does help, folks. It may not solve the world’s problems, but it helps people to get through some difficult times.

  30. Hi, FEd.

    It’s a good idea talk about BAD 2009. This is an interesting topic for all people who take care and work for a better World.

    I wish to see our world without every kind of violence and I work very hard for this.

    I voted for different choices but, I think it’s right to put in Blog Action Day’s list Women and children rights, too. It’s important help all women and all children in need. I think Internet is a great resource to use in this way.

    PS: Congratulations, well done Gala! :))

    Bye, Hydrea

  31. I would have to say internet freedom. I just saw an editorial by none other than Tom Brokaw, he says there is way too much “bad info” on the net that the government should start monitoring it.

    I DO NOT want the government in anything, I DO NOT trust the government, way, way too powerful for my liking

  32. HEALTHCARE FOR ALL IN AMERICA

    1. No one should die of an curable disease because they have no Insurance or access to medical care.

    2. Access to Medical Care must be a right for all not a privilege for the few.

    3. No one should lose their home and be forced into Bankruptcy because of catastrophic illness.

    As a pandemic looms across the World let us all pray for those who might be affected by this illness.

    May God Bless You All – Jerry Myer

  33. Great topic Fed and it’s good to be back. Missed a bit over the last few months due to work etc.

    The topic I would love to see discussed is Tyranny as it is all over the place and probably leads to more problems than anything. Plus I don’t think it’s been talked about enough. I’ve babbled on about it occasionally here, but generally a lot of people accept it and put up with it. As I’ve said before, no 1 person has any more right to be on this planet than another. And also the sooner the Taliban are gone the better. They certainly have no right to put a gun to a woman’s head for adultery or any other so-called crime, or hang a man for so-called moral infringements. They had this sort of stuff turned into a spectacle in football stadiums if anybody can remember a few years ago. Tyranny is still all around us.

    Thanks Fed,
    wilko

  34. I’ve wanted to express my extreme gratitude to David for many many years and just now have gotten the urge to try. The reason I am grateful is because I have been deaf in one ear since before stereo recording was standard and as a result I grew up being used to hearing my music in mono. That all changed back during the Animals tour when I went to see Pink Floyd at Anaheim stadium. I’d been to other concerts there before, but NONE of the bands I ever saw were so concerned about how their sound would be heard in the entire stadium, just on the field.

    I can’t remember exactly which song it was that opened my world, but suffice it to say that with the methods of causing the sound to move around the entire place started, even with one ear I could hear it in stereo, like I’ve never heard anything before. This was such a wonderful thing that I couldn’t help but get choked up because I actually thought for a limited time that my deaf ear had been healed! I sure did hear things from the Floyd that my one ear was never able to.

    I know David may never see this but I can only hope he will because I appreciate him and the band so much for this experience. I too am a musician and I feel that what he and the crew did for me that day (by caring about the sound) was priceless. Unlike before, I at least understand stereo now, and even if I don’t hear it like others, I can still use it to mix down my own recordings.

    Thanks so much guys!

    Kevin David

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