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Duran Duran's Simon LeBon: "Westeners should put recession into perspective."
OK! Magazine ^ | 1/27/13

Posted on 01/27/2013 11:06:01 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD

Pop star SIMON LE BON has urged Westerners to gain a level of "perspective" over the economic slump, insisting problems in Europe and the U.S. are minimal compared to the issues facing Africa.

The Duran Duran frontman has spoken out to share his views on the global recession and admits he is baffled by complaints from affluent families who need to tighten their belt.

He tells The Times, "We have to put this economic slump into perspective. Even though the recession might be tough on us in the West, we have to get through it and should remember how people live in Africa and India, where they have absolutely nothing but family, love, music and fun."


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KEYWORDS: 1980s; duranduran; recession; simonlebon
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1 posted on 01/27/2013 11:06:11 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: Perdogg; qam1

Of Interest.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 11:06:55 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

From a true economic giant....(s)....


3 posted on 01/27/2013 11:07:40 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Rock stars....is there anything they don’t know?


4 posted on 01/27/2013 11:08:28 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
"... remember how people live in Africa and India, where they have absolutely nothing but family, love, music and fun."

Not to forget Assault Rifles (the real kind with selectable fire), RPGs, explosive vests and the occasional tank. Pretty idyllic.

5 posted on 01/27/2013 11:10:38 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

That’s nice and everything....But I could care less about bum-duck-india and any other india. The bills can’t be paid with lurve and music.


6 posted on 01/27/2013 11:11:50 AM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
People will probably jump all over him for saying that, but I agree with him.

We've built a consumer culture where, as Neil Postman said, we amuse ourselves to death. Most of us have too much "stuff". Our society's labor and capital go toward lawyers, marketing, tacky fashions, and bad culture.

It's not for me to say how others live. I would wave no magic wand. I would propose no "leveling" legislation. But I think we would all be a lot better off if we lived frugally, ate basic food, wore simple clothing, and spent less time with electronic toys. We're not poor -- but many of us sure seem unhappy.

7 posted on 01/27/2013 11:12:03 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

This coming from the guy who once sang, “There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time...”....Really?!?!?? Genius!


8 posted on 01/27/2013 11:12:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
Hey Simon, why don't you do us all a favor: get your good friend Bob Geldoff (sp), Bono, Sting, and other mega rich liberal entertainment friends and go do a benefit concert where 3% actually goes to the victims.

Sorry, but to this day I cannot watch the “We Are The World” video. These people are absolute douche bags!

9 posted on 01/27/2013 11:13:55 AM PST by Artcore
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To: ClearCase_guy

Tell that to the poor people who try to steel my Samsung Galaxy S III, my Dodge Ram, my 47 inch TV, my computers...


10 posted on 01/27/2013 11:14:32 AM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Until this celebrity is living on $50k a year (as half of all Americans are) and wondering how the higher taxes and energy/food costs demanded by the Obama regime will affect his standard of living, I invite him to STFU!!


11 posted on 01/27/2013 11:14:49 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

“Until this celebrity is living on $50k a year (as half of all Americans are) and wondering how the higher taxes and energy/food costs demanded by the Obama regime will affect his standard of living, I invite him to STFU!!”
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Well said!


12 posted on 01/27/2013 11:16:29 AM PST by Artcore
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To: dfwgator
This rock star is pretty in the know...at the 4:30 mark gets really interesting.
13 posted on 01/27/2013 11:16:49 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: dfwgator

I don’t agree much with his liberal leanings, but I gotta give him credit for being married to the same woman (Yasmin LeBon) for over 28 years... they have 4 kids (I think)...

Bono too — married to Ally for 30+ years.

In the crazy & wicked world of Rock & Roll, these marriages have lasted through thick & thin.


14 posted on 01/27/2013 11:17:09 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: dfwgator

Yup. Pearls of wisdom from a washed-up bi-sexual git from a washed-up ‘80’s rock band.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 11:17:38 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Dear Mr. Asshat:

With the peoples and the countries of the west being bankrupted by 0bummer, who is going to be in a position to help the starving people of Africa?


16 posted on 01/27/2013 11:20:09 AM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

That wasn’t addressed to you Silvie! That was meant for that has been singer dude.


17 posted on 01/27/2013 11:21:10 AM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

That wasn’t addressed to you Silvie! That was meant for that has been singer dude.


18 posted on 01/27/2013 11:21:10 AM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I agree with you and Simon. In the West, we've lost the appreciation of what poor really means. The “poor” in America have flat screen color TVs, WiFi, free cell phones, and free breakfast, lunch and dinner provided by the Government, along with the free housing.

And yet, they want more. When the global economic collapse comes - and it is coming - the poor will really understand what life is like in Africa and India.

I wouldn't be surprised if we don't enter a new age of feudalism

19 posted on 01/27/2013 11:21:10 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: dfwgator
Rock stars....is there anything they don’t know?

Is there something I should know?

20 posted on 01/27/2013 11:21:36 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
how people live in Africa and India, where they have absolutely nothing but family, love, music and fun."

Fun .... ?

Like disease, poverty, rebel hordes who steal from them, rape their women, take their sons for war?

Please, Mr. whoever you are, tell me what "fun" exists for these people.

21 posted on 01/27/2013 11:23:41 AM PST by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Artcore
Sorry, but to this day I cannot watch the “We Are The World” video.

In fairness, he was Band-Aid and "Do They Know it's Christmas", which as unlistenable as it is these days, at least I could listen to it back then, as opposed to its terrible American bastard offspring, We Are the World, which might as well have been, "Sending Our Love Down the Well".

22 posted on 01/27/2013 11:24:38 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I quite agree.

30 years ago I was doing some work for a lady who was complaining bitterly about how difficult the economy was. Her prime example was that she’d only been able to spend a month in Europe that year rather than her usual two months.

I was at the time literally in a position where I’d sometimes sit by the phone hoping it would ring so I could get a project, make some money and buy groceries so the family could eat that night. Her complain rang a little hollow for me.


23 posted on 01/27/2013 11:26:35 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Tanniker Smith
Is there something I should know?

Well played, sir.

24 posted on 01/27/2013 11:29:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Tanniker Smith

HA!

Weird....I’m currently reading John Taylor’s autobiography (DD’s bass player). It’s not bad, and he’s a pretty fair writer.

Also, I came across some very recent DD music on YouTube that’s better than the stuff they did in the 80’s. “All You Need Is Now” rocks.


25 posted on 01/27/2013 11:30:55 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
My perspective? I've been a productive member of the work force for half a century, my income has declined 40% since 2007 through no fault of my own, I'm struggling to meet my mortgage payments and other obligations, and the Marxist bastard in the WH is raising my taxes.

If Simon LeBon wants to share the wealth, let him share his own!



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

26 posted on 01/27/2013 11:32:08 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

Oh I know! LOL!


27 posted on 01/27/2013 11:32:27 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: CatherineofAragon; Tanniker Smith
Rock stars....is there anything they don’t know?

Is there something I should know?

Hilarious!

Catherine: Does John Taylor come across as more conservative than Simon in his autobio? I heard about it...

28 posted on 01/27/2013 11:35:06 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: ClearCase_guy

This goes with the topic we discussed in my Sunday School class this morning. Our teacher pointed out many wealthy people he knew, who had lots of toys and the latest gadgets, were very unhappy because their primary focus was on material possessions and not a relationship with the Lord and other people in their lives.


29 posted on 01/27/2013 11:36:47 AM PST by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-6-12 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Don't forget the midnight mass machete massacres!!!!

Nothing says mohamhead loving like murdering a Christian family in their sleep.

30 posted on 01/27/2013 11:38:07 AM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
At last, at last! We've been holding pour collective breath waiting for Monsieur LeBon's expert opinion. Now what remains to complete the debate is the opinion of the leader of the Archies.


31 posted on 01/27/2013 11:40:35 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
should remember how people live in Africa and India, where they have absolutely nothing but family, love, music and fun."

Where have I heard of that before? They think we should get used to less liberty, freedom and prosperity and just accept life in Gulag.

32 posted on 01/27/2013 11:41:49 AM PST by plain talk
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Lib Reflex


33 posted on 01/27/2013 11:43:20 AM PST by mikrofon (Living in the Rio world)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Africa is not poor, they are tribal.


34 posted on 01/27/2013 11:59:13 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (SOS)
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To: Tanniker Smith
In fairness, he was Band-Aid and “Do They Know it's Christmas”, which as unlistenable as it is these days, at least I could listen to it back then, as opposed to its terrible American bastard offspring, We Are the World, which might as well have been, “Sending Our Love Down the Well”.
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Okay, correction noted.

My original point still stands. These types of liberal, feel good outreaches serve no other purpose than for the self aggrandizement of liberal entertainers to show “how much they care” with little or no funds actually going to their cause. They all make me want to hurl!

35 posted on 01/27/2013 12:06:03 PM PST by Artcore
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
Okay. This guy is a rock star. And as the great Alice Cooper noted:

"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."

(shrug)
I happen to love Duran Duran music.

36 posted on 01/27/2013 12:06:39 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
I see a remake of Duran Duran's “Planet Earth” 2013 is just moments away. /sarc.
37 posted on 01/27/2013 12:17:28 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

I can’t see the name Simon Le Bon without a shreaking banshee sound going off in my head.


38 posted on 01/27/2013 12:23:26 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Bryanw92
Until this celebrity is living on $50k a year (as half of all Americans are) and wondering how the higher taxes and energy/food costs demanded by the Obama regime will affect his standard of living, I invite him to STFU!!

*shrug*

I live on less than that, in Canadian dollars, with a higher tax rate, and I agree with le Bon about keeping perspective. I'm not exactly rich, but I'm well fed and my bills get paid.

39 posted on 01/27/2013 12:30:35 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

I have read there are several members of rock groups who are schizophrenic.


40 posted on 01/27/2013 12:32:49 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"many of us...seem unhappy"

Unless conservatives have Dem friends, like I do, they probably don't realize the depths of envy possessed by those people. Even though they had more dough than me, all I'd hear from two close Dem friends is how unfair life was. I occasionally reminded them that (1) people in third world countries didn't have 1/10 or 1/100 of the material stuff they had and (2) they had more money than me, but I didn't whine about others having more like they did. That's how I see Democrats...mostly whiners and complainers.

41 posted on 01/27/2013 1:07:16 PM PST by driftless2
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Have to agree with him on this one. Spent a year in Mexico, and up in them thar hills, people are still starving to death. A quote from D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones- the most miserable people I know are the rich, whose god is their money, surpassed only by those who have the same goal, but have not achieved it.


42 posted on 01/27/2013 1:09:09 PM PST by RKM
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To: Lancey Howard

I like all of DD’s stuff, too.


43 posted on 01/27/2013 1:31:46 PM PST by txhurl
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To: RansomOttawa

>>I live on less than that, in Canadian dollars, with a higher tax rate, and I agree with le Bon about keeping perspective. I’m not exactly rich, but I’m well fed and my bills get paid.

*facepalm/sigh*

My point was that a person living the life of a celebrity should not insist that “the little people” keep things in perspective. When I said $50k, I meant “Less than $50k”. If you believe that the standard for living is the third-world African model, then feel free to live that way. But, I get up every morning, drive to a job, and stay there for most of my day and then come home. I do not want to work like that and then live like an African or Indian!

Prosperity encourages Americans to work harder than they have to, and that helps to supply the world with innovation, technology, medical advances, and food. When you and Simon LeBon get your way and we live “in perspective”, who will pick up the torch in this world and work hard to create excess?


44 posted on 01/27/2013 1:34:47 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Without a robust economy in the US and Europe, Africa is screwed.


45 posted on 01/27/2013 1:37:43 PM PST by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Well, I don’t know if I would call him conservative, because he doesn’t touch on politics. But I remember reading here on FR that he watched the VP debate this fall, liked Ryan, and thought Biden was a “d**k.”

However, he does come across as just a regular nice guy.


46 posted on 01/27/2013 1:49:44 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

He sure does. He’s always been my favorite...


47 posted on 01/27/2013 2:03:41 PM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Hail Emperor ClearCase_guy - This man has all of the answers for all of use. Just like Hilary. Let us make him Dictator for life


48 posted on 01/27/2013 2:10:18 PM PST by DanZ
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Same here.

Nick Rhodes strikes me as something of a control freak.


49 posted on 01/27/2013 2:11:04 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: DanZ
It's not for me to say how others live. I would wave no magic wand. I would propose no "leveling" legislation.

I'd make an awful emperor. I'm pretty clueless about telling other people what to do. But sometimes I state an opinion. You don't like that, do you? I should maybe shut up?

50 posted on 01/27/2013 2:15:36 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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