Thursday, May 19, 2005

Slavery has gotten better over the years.

Entertainment: Chris Martin of Coldplay is depressed being a slave to EMI and he is trying to get the word out to fight da man!

"I don't really care about EMI. I'm not really concerned about that. I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world." ...Martin told reporters at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre that the band was uncomfortable that they sell so many albums they can affect a major corporation's stock price. "It's very strange for us that we spent 18 months in the studio just trying to make songs that make us feel a certain way and then suddenly become part of this corporate machine," Martin said backstage. He criticised what he called "the slavery that we are all under to shareholders."
Slavery has sure evolved over the years. Slavery back then.
Slavery today. Feel the pain, agony and torture.

BTW, Stay your ass out of Africa, they have more than enough problems and the continent can't handle someone who wants to be Bono Jr. This article by Franklin Cudjoe pointed out the lack of intelligence spewed by the likes of Chris Martin.

"Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has said that Ghana's rice, tomato and poultry farmers need to be protected from cheap imports. Yet the problems of Ghana's farmers lie elsewhere: they and other entrepreneurs are stifled by punitive tax regimes and the high cost of capital, not to mention our disarrayed land tenure systems which lead to low crop production. Neither Mr Martin nor fellow celebrities have mentioned these problems: they claim that the world's trade regime is "rigged" in the name of "free trade", harming poor countries like Ghana and benefiting interest groups in wealthy countries. The only solution, they say, is to protect local economic interests. If we did ban rice and tomato imports, just how would we feed ourselves? Ghanaians depend on rice as a major staple in our diets, yet local production caters for only 30pc of the rice we consume. Subsidies to local producers also mean fewer choices for consumers. The average Ghanaian has suffered because of shoddy goods made locally by protected industries that do not face any competition. Who can blame consumers for buying higher quality and less-expensive foreign goods?"

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