U2 Protest in Ireland and Some Beginning Guitar Advice

These two entries are also originally from Facebook, but they ran too long to include in the last post.

‘Saint Bono’ facing huge Glastonbury protest for avoiding tax.

A protest leader said, “Bono claims to care about the developing world, but U2 greedily indulges in the very kind of tax avoidance that is crippling poor nations. We will be showing the very real impact of U2’s tax avoidance on hospitals and schools in Ireland. Anyone watching will be made very aware that Bono needs to pay up.”

What Bono’s doing isn’t illegal or immoral; it’s just ironic. Everyone tries to avoid taxes, even those who create the taxes: remember John Kerry moving his yacht registration to Rhode Island to avoid his home state’s tax? Media pressure forced him to pay off the difference to the Massachusetts state treasury.

The money Bono is raising for Africa doesn’t all come from private donations. A great part of it comes from taxpayers, for example the $5 billion aid package President Bush passed in 2002 and the many debt relief packages for African nations that he’s championed. In a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2006, he called for an extra one percent tithe of the US national budget for foreign aid. So he’s all in favor of the U.S. appropriating other people’s money to use on his favored causes but doesn’t want Ireland appropriating his money for its own.

We should all have the freedom to choose where to donate. Sadly, only the wealthy and mobile do for the most part. If I were a Congressman that Bono were petitioning for government funding, I would tell him, “I’ll consider opening my own checkbook for you, but you’ll have to go to the rest of our citizens yourself. We took this money from people who had no other choice but to pay it, and we should only use it for things they truly need.”

I could practice the F chord until I go insane, or I could just find songs that only have the chords I know. #avoidtheproblems
Enjoy key of D. But you’ll have to do bar chords eventually; you know the 133211 fingering of F, right?
‎”Key of D” is songs on the D musical scale: the notes and chords are D,E,F#,G,A,B,C# for D Major. A little musical theory helps make songs easier to remember!
133211 refers to the notes for that chord from the lowest string to the highest. For example, A is x02220. G is 320003. (x means you don’t play that string, and 0 means it’s open)
Bar chords: you press down across the neck with your index finger at a certain fret (the 1 line for F, the 2 line for B) so that all the notes are in harmony.
The alternate non-bar chord F is xx3211.
Learning proper form early is helpful because it makes songs easier to play in the long run, especially when they get more complicated. Bar chords are hard for just about everyone because you really have to press down on the strings hard, especially on an acoustic, to get the sound to come out. It’ll make you stronger, though. I had a lot of trouble with F when I started, too.
If you’re just starting, you’re obviously coming from 0 so you have no reason to say you suck! You’re very dedicated! :)

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