Seems like the organizers of the Live 8 concert are all for life and freedom - except when they don't like it. The concert series, scheduled for July 2 around the world to coincide with the G8 Summit, is designed to convinced the leaders in the summit to send more aid to Africa. The tickets to the concert were all free.
Some of the people who won the tickets were selling them on Ebay, which infuriated organizer Bob Geldof. He called Ebay's allowing of the auctions "sick profiteering" and asked people to place "impossible bids" to stop the selling of the tickets. Sure enough, some geniuses placed bids as high as 10 million pounds (the equivalent of about 18 million dollars).
Ebay has permanently banned everyone who placed one of the bids as they attempted to disrupt an auction. Unfortunately, they also caved to Geldof and removed all auctions for the tickets, even though Ebay stated that it is not illegal under U.K. law. On the face of it, it's certainly unsavory that these people would sell these tickets. But, many of them probably need the money - so, instead of seeing that and letting people use their tickets to distribute wealth (which is what Geldof is trying to do with the concerts), he is jumping up and down and whining about it.
In the U.S., the concert will be at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on July 2. Will Smith is the host with acts like Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, 50 Cent, Rob Thomas, Sarah McLachlan and many more.
What bothers me a bit is a line on the Live 8 Web site that says: "8 world leaders, gathered in Scotland for the G8 summit, will be presented with a workable plan to double aid, drop the debt and make the trade laws fair. If these 8 men agree, then we will become the generation that made poverty history."
It's great that they're trying to get more people focused on Africa. I'm all for helping people who are truly in need of help. But, this absurd claim that they'll end poverty? It's ridiculous rhetoric to stoke the fires in the bellies of some people and make the G8 leaders look like they want to keep poverty around.