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Billy Joel Wants People to Stop Killing Elephants and Rhinos for Pianos
Time ^ | June 18, 2014 | Laura Stampler

Posted on 06/19/2014 11:36:51 AM PDT by nickcarraway

The Piano Man has had enough

“Piano Man” Billy Joel has seen an ivory key or two in his day, but the musician has a message to piano aficionados: Stop killing elephants and rhinos to make instruments.

In support of a New York bill that aims to ban illegal ivory trade, Joel posted this message on his website:

To whom it may concern:

I wholeheartedly support the ivory sales ban bill pending in New York State. I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: ivory
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"What's a matter with the keys I'm playing, Don't you know that their out of style"
1 posted on 06/19/2014 11:36:51 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Let me be the first to step up and say that I have NEVER killed any elephants or rhinos for ANY reason, and I have no intention of ever doing so. That should give him some comfort.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 11:38:39 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: nickcarraway

Piano keys haven’t been made out of Ivory for many years and Rhino aren’t ivory.


3 posted on 06/19/2014 11:38:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: nickcarraway

Can they use his teeth as substitutes for elephant ivory?


4 posted on 06/19/2014 11:39:01 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: nickcarraway

While we are at it, lets get Paul McCartney’s position on Ebony and Ivory.

Michael Jackson is unavailable to comment


5 posted on 06/19/2014 11:40:12 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: nickcarraway

Agreed, the pianos can kill the elephants and rinos for themselves.


6 posted on 06/19/2014 11:40:52 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep, he’s a moron.


7 posted on 06/19/2014 11:41:12 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: cripplecreek

He’s been misinformed on this issue. No pianos are made of Ivory anymore. All this legislation will do is prevent old pianos from being sold. That doesn’t make sense. What’s done is done.


8 posted on 06/19/2014 11:41:48 AM PDT by Borges
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

He’s actually a pretty sharp guy.


9 posted on 06/19/2014 11:42:14 AM PDT by Borges
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To: nickcarraway
In support of a New York bill that aims to ban illegal ivory trade,

If its illegal already, why are they banning it? Is this just some "feel good, look at me, I'm doing something" bill, or am I missing something here?

10 posted on 06/19/2014 11:42:26 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Borges

Then why would he say something like this?


11 posted on 06/19/2014 11:43:40 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: nickcarraway

I admit I haven’t been putting enough effort into going out and shooting poachers.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 11:45:00 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Probably passed to him by someone with a brief description that he didn’t bother following up on.


13 posted on 06/19/2014 11:45:07 AM PDT by Borges
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To: nickcarraway

Last time I saw Billy Joel, he was a fat drunk. Has anything changed?


14 posted on 06/19/2014 11:45:17 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: nickcarraway

Most of the old ivory keyboards were made from Hippo teeth.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 11:45:26 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

They will make it double illegal!


16 posted on 06/19/2014 11:46:15 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

he’s sobered up once or twice.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s already made his money. He already has an assortment of pianos. Typical liberal.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 11:48:46 AM PDT by albie
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To: nickcarraway

No more “tickling the ivories. for you!” But, I bet he has a piano that was made before 1930.


19 posted on 06/19/2014 11:50:47 AM PDT by World'sGoneInsane
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Ivory is too expensive for your average piano buyer and requires special care.


20 posted on 06/19/2014 11:50:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: nickcarraway

Does he really say “rhinos”? I won’t give Time a click. Rhino horns are not ivory and piano keys have never been made of them. Is the piano man that much of an idiot?


21 posted on 06/19/2014 11:51:15 AM PDT by all the best
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To: nickcarraway

http://anamazingmachine.wordpress.com/piano-resources/


22 posted on 06/19/2014 11:51:31 AM PDT by World'sGoneInsane
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To: Borges

Another uninformed liberal who just wants air time.


23 posted on 06/19/2014 11:52:02 AM PDT by MRourke85
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To: nickcarraway

Agreed. There is no need to do it. None.


24 posted on 06/19/2014 11:52:15 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: nickcarraway
And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.

does Bill Joel have pianist envy?

25 posted on 06/19/2014 11:53:52 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

It’s a junk bill, they are saying that the old pianos with ivory keys can’t be bought or sold anymore (or at least not without special permission from the state, which means inspections, documentation, permits, etc). They need to let us dispose of our lawfully obtained property as we wish, and leave us the heck alone.


26 posted on 06/19/2014 11:54:10 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Putting Botswana out of business. They actually harvest ivory from living elephants to prevent poaching. (not to mention some limited culling of elephants)


27 posted on 06/19/2014 11:55:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: nickcarraway

But you can’t use plastic either, because plastic is made from evil petroleum, which Algore says is causing Global Warming.


28 posted on 06/19/2014 12:10:57 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Can you make substitoots on the Horn of Africa?


29 posted on 06/19/2014 12:16:26 PM PDT by Sparklite
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To: Borges

Anyone know after what year did they stop making ivory piano keys?


30 posted on 06/19/2014 12:32:43 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: nickcarraway
Dear Billy,

Thank you for joining 1910's greatest environmental initiative.

However belated, your thoughtful recommendations have been forwarded to King Edward VII in Heaven and the House of Lords for immediate action. One wonders what tragic retro-cause concerning the abuse of animals you will next select. May I suggest you now turn to the cruel plight of pit ponies in Welsh mines?

On behalf of a grateful empire H.M. has asked me to tell you to Foxtrot Oscar, you stupid twit.

Ecologically yours,
Bertie Wooster

31 posted on 06/19/2014 12:34:31 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: cripplecreek

How embarrassing for The Piano Man.


32 posted on 06/19/2014 12:34:56 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: rdcbn

Stevie Wonder, not Jackson


33 posted on 06/19/2014 12:40:30 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Then why would he say something like this?

He had to be a Big Shot.

34 posted on 06/19/2014 12:40:38 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: PGR88

He just has not been the same since he lost Christy Brinkley


35 posted on 06/19/2014 12:42:32 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: nickcarraway

Sirius satellite radio recently made its Channel 4 an all-Billy Joel channel. I wish they would go back to “40’s on 4,” which played music of the 1940’s.


36 posted on 06/19/2014 12:43:13 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: cripplecreek

He isn’t very smart!


37 posted on 06/19/2014 12:49:30 PM PDT by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE, it is a CHILD OF GOD!)
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To: nickcarraway
In support of a New York bill that aims to ban illegal ivory trade

The trading of ivory is already illegal..........does this mean he wants to ban its illegality?

38 posted on 06/19/2014 12:52:36 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Last time I saw Billy Joel, he was a fat drunk. Has anything changed?

Yes, he's older and stupider.......

39 posted on 06/19/2014 12:54:21 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Fiji Hill
I wish they would go back to “40’s on 4,” which played music of the 1940’s.

Me too! I never grew up in that era but certainly love the bands and music........

FWIW, I can think of many other artists more deserving of Joel who deserve their own channel on Sirius........

I'm looking forward to the eventual release of the DVD of the "Jersey Boys"........

40 posted on 06/19/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: nickcarraway

I always hated this guy. Now he proves he’s a misguided fool as well.


41 posted on 06/19/2014 1:01:14 PM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: cripplecreek

That is the real solution. Allow for the full trade and sell but only from actual businesses raising and harvesting the ivory. Just like free trade coffee, this business model would end up producing a glut of elephants. But it sounds so much more cool and caring if you make something illegal. You can’t be hip if you run a business.


42 posted on 06/19/2014 1:02:19 PM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: DickBrannigan

Why do you hate him?


43 posted on 06/19/2014 1:03:02 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Hot Tabasco

Commercially it makes sense, Joel is the highest selling singer songwriter of all time.


44 posted on 06/19/2014 1:04:20 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Fiji Hill; Hot Tabasco

Wait, is that gone permanently? I was hoping it was only temporary. Why did they have to remove that channel?


45 posted on 06/19/2014 1:06:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Fiji Hill; Hot Tabasco
Good news 40s on 4 is coming back June 26th. In the meantime, is you are technologically savvy, you can stream it on smart phone.

SiriusXM Swaps ’40s Music For Billy Joel, Learns That People Really Love ’40s Music

Bette Midler denounces arbitrary SiriusXM '40s on 4' station programming change

46 posted on 06/19/2014 1:11:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: wbarmy

Its also part of why Botswana is among the more politically and economically stable nations in Africa. I believe tourism is their primary industry and they recognize the value of their wildlife.


47 posted on 06/19/2014 1:13:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
They actually harvest ivory from living elephants to prevent poaching.

I have an old high school classmate friend from Boyne City who owns Traverse City Products who has gone on several month long hunting safaris to Africa.

On each of his safaris he has taken countless slides and photos detailing his trips which he ultimately has shown to the schools in that area.

His reason for doing this is to show to the kids the conditions in Africa and the efforts going on to actually help preserve the wildlife via the highly regulated hunting of specific species.

A typical month long trip will cost him in the neighborhood of $30,000.00 which includes the license fees of the SPECIFIC animals he will be allowed to hunt.

Virtually every animal he has harvested was provided to the native tribes in that area which was used to feed them.

48 posted on 06/19/2014 1:16:02 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Hot Tabasco

If I had to live in Africa, I would choose Botswana. Very stable, representative democracy, and fairly wealthy by African standards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botswana


49 posted on 06/19/2014 1:22:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Borges
Commercially it makes sense, Joel is the highest selling singer songwriter of all time.

Really? Show me the list..........

50 posted on 06/19/2014 1:25:41 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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