Monday, July 09, 2007

Securing Live Earth?

I hope you were able to take some time this past Saturday to enjoy the music and the message of the Live Earth concerts. It was indeed uplifting and fun to be exposed to so many types of music from around the world. When was the last time you saw something like that and were not asked for money? All Live Earth asked was our commitment to trying to save our earth’s future.

Something I noticed that was a bit out of the ordinary these days, was a lack of talk about the security of these concerts, especially the ones here in the US. I saw the organizer of all the events being interviewed. He was asked what it was like to try to organize something this large and far reaching. He said something to the effect that it was like trying to organize ten Super Bowls for one day.

We all know about the hype we hear each year before the Super Bowl about the high security that will in be in place the day of the game. I don’t recall hearing any of that same hype about these concerts. There were a lot of people all in one place in New York. Going by what we have been told in the past, that would seem to have been seen as a great target for terrorists.

Was the high security there and we just didn’t hear about it, or did they feel that the terrorists weren’t interested in blowing up people who enjoy music and care about the environment?


Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Interesting observation and one that wasn't lost on me either.

July 09, 2007 4:36 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

Perhaps there was no emphasis on security so it would not bring extra focus on a worthy event.

Corporate America didn't want this event, and Corporate America makes up the neocon party.

July 09, 2007 5:02 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Since when have you believed "what we've been told in the past" concerning terrorism? Let's not forget that those same people were also telling us that global warming is only a theory. Loved the event; kicking myself that I wasn't at The Meadowlands.

July 09, 2007 5:25 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

What a job putting that together. I too wondered about the security issue and then wrote it off as corporate government not wanting to give anymore attention to this event than possible.

July 09, 2007 5:32 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I gather that there was plenty of security but not overly much compared to other big concerts. It wasn't important to the message the Live Earth event was trying to get across so you didn't see it. Plus there were no CNN/FOX pundits to tell us what we were seeing.

July 09, 2007 5:58 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Did see parts of Live Earth, wonderful performances, the ones I idi catch. Melissa Etheridge, Foo Fighters, John Mayer and many others that excellent live.

Security? I did notice that the big networks and news media were ignoring this event.

July 09, 2007 6:25 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

Unfortunately I didn't see any of it, but have heard from others how good it waAnd you know I'm interested in the subject matter so should ahve seens.

July 09, 2007 6:36 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

In certain circles, blowing up a bunch of environmentalists might be considered the upside of terrorism.

July 09, 2007 6:54 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

I watched most of the day, Bon Jovi IMHO carried the East Ruitherford event, though thats natural.

Security was never really mentioned, though I think Tokyo had some problems, since they needed a 15 minute break during Linkin Park's set because crazed fans rushed the stage.

July 09, 2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I did read that the officials in Brazil were going to cancel their live earth concert because they could not provide security for all the people who were attending. I don't know what became of that story, and that was the only mention of security that I heard. Very interesting observation, PoP. All those people gathered and no drumbeat for homeland security and terrorism fear frenzy.

July 09, 2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger pogo2 said...

I did catch parts of the concerts - Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer and a few others. Best part of the whole deal was the rebuke given that moron James INhofe by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood playing on the mall in the Smithsonian's venue after Inhofe blocked the use of the Capitol steps. Pardon me, but screw you, Jim. I thought it was great. I imagine that there was plenty of security, but not the overdone bullshit we've become accustomed to. We seem to think that if we don't search every bag and frisk every granny, we're not secure.

July 09, 2007 8:08 AM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

The media essentially bashed the event leading up to it. They asked, "Are these big concerts worth it?", "Are we sick of them?", "Do they really help?", "Doesn't this concert consume a lot of energy and contribute to Global Warming?" etc.

The "Liberal Media" my black ass.

The only question I had was, "Why can't they get some better music? Bon Jovi? Cripes."

July 09, 2007 10:02 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Chimpy wouldn't lose much sleep over a bunch of traitors getting vaporized.

In the "Culture of Life," life is pretty damned cheap.

July 09, 2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

They probably had it...but it was low key as far as seeing it. I think it speaks volumes that people turned out as well as they did for this...thus showing the administration that they weren't afraid.

Fred would like my word verification...amice!

July 09, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Aaron A. said...

Perhaps no one was scared of flaming jeeps...
Or perhaps they had Chuck Norris on the case, no need for more security:)

July 09, 2007 6:26 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I'm glad it went great and nothing happened.

I saw as much as I could but forgot to tape it, so that's just my little lost.

July 09, 2007 6:59 PM  
Blogger Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

I too am glad it went smoothly without problems. It was for a worthy cause! :)

July 09, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Sadly I slept through it. I presume the events had security.

July 10, 2007 9:38 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

pop- interesting that you bring this up- i have a feeling that it is because there just isn't the level of terrorist threat that this admin would have us believe. not to say that there aren't folks out there that like to blow stuff up- but i don't think it is nearly as widespread as the corporate media would have us believe.

July 11, 2007 5:57 PM  

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