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Ten for the Next Ten (U2's Bono for the NYT OpEd page, creeping tide of government alert)
NY Times ^ | January 2, 2010 | Bono (no last name provided)

Posted on 01/06/2010 11:10:31 AM PST by a fool in paradise

...I am seized by each, and moved by its potential to change our world.

Return of the Automobile as a Sexual Object ...That’s why the Obama administration — while it still holds the keys to the big automakers — ought to put some style fascists into the mix...

Intellectual Property Developers ...A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business...

An Equal Right to Pollute (and the Polluter-Pays Principle) ...each person has an equal right to pollute and that there might somehow be a way to monetize this. By this accounting, your average Ethiopian can sell her underpolluting ways...

A Person and a Word ...angiogenesis inhibitors ...In a world worrying about whether it can afford health care, advances in prevention are at a premium....

Matter Doesn’t Matter ...it seems to have something to do with teleporting properties or bits of information, not physical objects...

Festival of Abraham ...The idea is an arts festival that celebrates the origin of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam....

People Power and the Upside-Down Pyramid Much has been written about the profits to be made at the bottom of the pyramid; less has been said about the political power there...

Taking the Fight to Rotavirus

Viva la (Nonviolent) Revolución “I am living testimony to the moral force of nonviolence.” (Obama)

So, he might have added, are the Germans and Eastern Europeans who came out a couple of months ago to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Wall

The World Cup Kicks Off the African Decade ...Signs point to a further decade of growth to come...

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: bigmedia; bono; fascism; festivalofabraham; filesharing; hypocrite; limousineliberal; marxist; milliondollarmarxist; redistributewealth; redistribution; rockstar; starkravingsocialism; taxcheat; taxexiles; u2

1 posted on 01/06/2010 11:10:31 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...
PING


2 posted on 01/06/2010 11:13:02 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise

...who cares what this Irish jerk thinks?


3 posted on 01/06/2010 11:14:41 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: a fool in paradise

That tears it for me. Lets put BONO in charge.


4 posted on 01/06/2010 11:16:11 AM PST by skeeter
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To: a fool in paradise

Can I get that minute back I just wasted reading this hot mess........


5 posted on 01/06/2010 11:17:51 AM PST by MissH
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To: a fool in paradise

Could this snottiness be any more incoherent?


6 posted on 01/06/2010 11:17:58 AM PST by rhombus
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To: STONEWALLS

World leaders and the NYet Times.

Without access he’d be just another John Lennon pontificating from a luxury hotel suite.


7 posted on 01/06/2010 11:18:30 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“...A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators... and the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business... “

...I’m glad he’s getting ripped off by the file sharing crowd.


8 posted on 01/06/2010 11:19:01 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: rhombus

Some of the incoherence may come from my 300 word parsing of an itemized 10 point list.

But I wanted to excerpt his calls for fascist and marxist “solutions” to some “issues”.


9 posted on 01/06/2010 11:20:03 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise

What’s next, an op-ed from Fergal Sharkey on the global monetary crisis?


10 posted on 01/06/2010 11:21:47 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Refugee from the World of Doomed Olsens)
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To: rhombus

And “non-violence” didn’t tear down the Berlin wall. It was the beginning of the ‘end’ of the Cold War which came in part through an arms race.

And Barack’s pal William Ayers didn’t become somebody through “non-violence” (although Ayers DID claim that just sitting by and letting the Vietnam War rage WOULD have been a violent act).


11 posted on 01/06/2010 11:21:57 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Some of the incoherence may come from my 300 word parsing of an itemized 10 point list.

Nope. I read the whole thing. The incoherence came from Mr. Oh No Bono... and the NY Times of course.

12 posted on 01/06/2010 11:23:04 AM PST by rhombus
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To: a fool in paradise

Hey Bono, how`s it feel to have a tax nick-named after you you tax dodging holier than thou dumb ass ?

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Ireland’s Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has introduced new measures that will hit the Irish rich where they live, literally. Major figures such as Bono and others members of U2, as well as many leading businessmen, are essentially tax exiles from Ireland despite being citizens.

Now however, if you hold an Irish passport and have extensive holdings in Ireland, Lenihan said he will introduce a $300,000-per-year levy on “all Irish nationals and persons domiciled here who earn more than $1.5 million in income worldwide, and who have capital located here worth more than $7.4 million.”

Lenihan was speaking as he introduced the toughest budget in living memory, seeking $5.9 billion in cuts, mainly from the public-sector workforce to try and cut down Ireland’s ballooning deficits.

The levy, which some are already facetiously calling the “Bono Tax,”
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http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Bono-Tax-to-hit-Irish-wealthy-abroad—78899477.html


13 posted on 01/06/2010 11:23:08 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: STONEWALLS

He is still beholden to the corporate suits who have ripped off money from many artists for DECADES. Warner has proposed making all digital content (including downloads) free in exchange for owning a share of their talent (slaves), owning a slice of performance money, endorsement money, appearance money, acting money, anything you do that draws income. Warner wants a cut of it just like the IRS.


14 posted on 01/06/2010 11:24:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise

...he’s going to ramp up his/and the band’s, public profile now...their US tour kicks off first of June...top seats are going for $1200 a pop...all the big acts are touring now...that’s where the money is since file sharing.


15 posted on 01/06/2010 11:26:26 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: Para-Ord.45

Another million dollar Marxist, wanting to spend more of YOUR money because YOU aren’t paying enough in taxes...


16 posted on 01/06/2010 11:26:38 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise

...he’s going to ramp up his/and the band’s, public profile now...their US tour kicks off first of June...top seats are going for $1200 a pop...all the big acts are touring now...that’s where the money is since file sharing.


17 posted on 01/06/2010 11:26:49 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: a fool in paradise

I look forward to the Festival of Abraham. That should end up a nice bloody mess. Oh that’s right “non-violence” solves everything. I guess they won’t be needing any security... you know, big nasty mens with guns. ;-)


18 posted on 01/06/2010 11:27:43 AM PST by rhombus
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To: STONEWALLS

Globalist Warming Scare campaigns to redistribute of wealth in the name of “pollution equity” is where the money is. Music industry just makes you famous, Al Gore can make you a Bishop.


19 posted on 01/06/2010 11:28:26 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: rhombus

People playing music is forbidden. Especially in the Forbidden Zone where Christians and Jews claim to have once lived.


20 posted on 01/06/2010 11:29:31 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Bono- The single largest amount of douche ever bagged.


21 posted on 01/06/2010 11:42:26 AM PST by chris37
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To: a fool in paradise
your average Ethiopian can sell her underpolluting ways

Just think how much better off we'lll be if Ethiopians would just die.

Just think if an Ethiopian was rich enough to own their own jet and fly it around (like Bono), then it would really server the greater good if that Ethiopian would just die.

But since Ethiopians don't own their own jets and you do......

22 posted on 01/06/2010 12:18:12 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: a fool in paradise

Bono does his analysis of the world’s problems like most urban, politically correct leftists. Full of contradictions.

For example, he promotes: “Twaweza, a citizen’s organization, is spreading across East Africa, helping people hold local officials accountable for managing budgets and delivering services.” This is just “Representative Democracy” or perhaps “local vs. Federal power,” but then Bono wants the UN or some other world body to impose carbon taxes on everyone.

Muddled is the best word to describe him.


23 posted on 01/06/2010 12:30:50 PM PST by PGR88
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To: STONEWALLS

*...he’s going to ramp up his/and the band’s, public profile now...their US tour kicks off first of June...top seats are going for $1200 a pop...all the big acts are touring now...that’s where the money is since file sharing.*

That’s where the money’s ALWAYS been. The parties getting hurt by file sharing are the record companies. The artist has always gotten squat in payment for selling records, unless you’re a megastar.


24 posted on 01/06/2010 12:32:44 PM PST by j-damn
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To: a fool in paradise

I think this guy fancys himself a country gentleman.


25 posted on 01/06/2010 12:43:06 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Brett66

What happens when the underpolluting Ethiopians immigrate to some non-third world nation and begin polluting? Do they have to pay a tax penalty like those who get a tax deferment and then don’t abide by the agreement?


26 posted on 01/06/2010 12:44:58 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: PGR88

Not just redistribution on “carbon usage” to third worlds but redistribution of money sprent on internet usage to record companies (owned by corporate giants, some of which conveniently also offer internet services...)


27 posted on 01/06/2010 12:53:07 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: chris37
Bono- The single largest amount of douche ever bagged.

2 for one special...


28 posted on 01/06/2010 12:55:16 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: a fool in paradise

It looks as if they are about to reproduce somehow!


29 posted on 01/06/2010 12:57:34 PM PST by chris37
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To: chris37
Bono- The single largest amount of douche ever bagged.

I have verifiable information that boNo is simply the largest turd on the planet. I wish I could get back that 50 bucks I spent taking my girlfriend to a U2 concert 20 years ago. Oh, and his guitar player sucks a$$.

Now where is that file sharing program I misplaced? I think I'll go rip off some of his shitty little ditties and dump them in the loo.

30 posted on 01/06/2010 1:19:49 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: subterfuge

Gaahh! I think I was at that same show...or one just like it. 20 years ago in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

There is one song and one song only from U2 that I like. That song is “Bad” from The Unforgettable Fire album.

Beyond that, they suck.

Here is a link to “Bad” by U2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyfaYHMNIuA


31 posted on 01/06/2010 1:51:05 PM PST by chris37
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top seats are going for $1200 a pop

The mind boggles. I remember a couple of years ago a friend of mine offered me free tickets to a U2 show and I declined even though I had nothing else to do. Meh.

32 posted on 01/06/2010 6:28:36 PM PST by KevinB (The trouble with liberals isn’t that they're ignorant; it's that they know so much that isn't so.)
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To: chris37

Thanks..


33 posted on 01/07/2010 6:23:23 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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