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Post by fourpawsonthefloor » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:05 am

Darfur is one of those things that is frequently in my mind. The latest news story caught my attention. They told me to kill, to rape the children.

I just can't imagine. These poor people.
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Post by Bamfing_Bob » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:10 pm

Invisible Children. Look it up.
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Post by Ult_Sm86 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:13 pm

I couldn't find this on YouTube... In fact none of their videos came up. Something tells me Green Day is plotting something...


Anyways, here's a very informative music video, believe it or not, of Green Day performing Lenon's "Working Class Hero".

Very upsetting and also a very cool song.
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Post by Slarti » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:52 pm

Yeah, that is a horrible, horrible mess there. There is more and more awareness of it in the US, mostly because of that Invisible Children group. Even locally, as this ‘Displace Me’ event was held last week.

I thought the high school kids taking up this cause was an interesting thing, since when I was in high school the current crisis was Bosnia/Herzegovina and the genocide during that civil war and we didn’t do jack squat.

I did download the Green Day song for that fundraiser on iTunes and while it’s cool, it’s also a bit creepy that they edited Lennon’s voice into their version.

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Post by Ult_Sm86 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:10 pm

I find it respectful more than creepy but yeah, I can see where you're coming from with that. Though the album it's off of is all songs by Lennon. U2 did Instant Karma, Jack Johnson and Avril Lavigne both did Imagine, and Matisyahu did "Watching The Wheels".
There's many other artists on there, but I think those renditions are the most notable.

It's really interesting to see a disaster like that take the attention of the youth. Hopefully that is enough for a change.
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Post by The Drastic Spastic » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:54 am

Been awhile since I heard anything about Darfur. The "in" topic now is Israel. Maybe people are finally getting bored with that one and we're gearing up to cycle back to Darfur.
Ult_Sm86 wrote: It's really interesting to see a disaster like that take the attention of the youth. Hopefully that is enough for a change.
Darfur was "in" during my first year of university. Students did a bunch of fundraisers then it fell off the radar to be replaced by the latest charitable cause. (Global warming, I believe it was.) That's my perception of it anyway. Making a difference, for real!

Paws, what's with the depressing news topics lately??
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Post by fourpawsonthefloor » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:02 am

It's still snowing here. That should answer why. LOL

No really, darfur is just a horrid situation and I think that people do forget about it. This is like (as in different but still similar to) the extermination of jews and others in the second world war. People now look at that and talk about it as such a horrible thing - but in a way we're tolerating it happening again, because the UN isn't stopping it. With public pressure and support I'm hoping that we can pull some sort of stop to this. As shitty as these topics are - we tend to overlook them in our day to day lives. I'm just as guilty of that.

Also all this helps put my own shit in perspective. Yeah, I may have a lot of pressures on me at times, but thank God I have food to eat and don't have to worry about myself and my kids getting raped and killed like the people in darfur do. And in other areas. We have it so good.
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Post by The Drastic Spastic » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:26 am

People sure do expect a lot from the UN. There are problems everywhere and only so much they can do.
Also all this helps put my own shit in perspective. Yeah, I may have a lot of pressures on me at times, but thank God I have food to eat and don't have to worry about myself and my kids getting raped and killed like the people in darfur do. And in other areas. We have it so good.
Ah ha. I find using that kind of thing for perspective just doesn't work. It's too remote to mean anything.

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Post by Bamfing_Bob » Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:39 am

Yeah, seriously, if anyone wants to take a proactive stance on the ever-raging war in Sudan, Darfur, and Uganda, please please talk with me. Or go to http://www.invisiblechildren.com The Rescue is happening April 25th. I've been a strong supporter of IC for a while now and would be thrilled to see any of my fellow Bamfers participate as well.
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Post by fourpawsonthefloor » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:21 pm

excellent site, excellent info. Thanks Bob. :) I'm going to pass it along.
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Post by Bamfing_Bob » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:24 am

Thanks Paws. It's something I'm passionate about. If you've never seen a movie made by IC, you should. They'll make you cry.
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Post by fourpawsonthefloor » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:01 pm

I watched them on that link. Or the ones that they showed - it was 30 min worth of film at least. Very inspiring.
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Post by Bamfing_Bob » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:35 am

yeah, it makes you think...
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