How out of touch is Obama and did he incite hate?

Although I have a lot of respect for the former President of the USA, I do feel he has lost touch with reality somewhat.

I was very annoyed after Barack Obama’s speech at the Cop 26 in Glasgow. As a man with influence he has to measure his words, because they can be taken out of context and lead to dire consequences. Also he should not assume things, there is a saying ‘When you assume you make an ass out of u and me.

In a world where people do no longer listen to or read full stories, it is dangerous when you use words which evoke emotions. Because nowadays people are only interested in headlines and sound bites.

I will not post the whole speech but I will have a link of the transcript at the bottom of the blog. Here are the things he said which annoyed me and what I believe can be seen as inciting hatred.

“So to all the young people out there, as well as those of you who consider yourselves young at heart, I want you to stay angry. I want you to stay frustrated, but channel that anger, harness that frustration, keep pushing harder and harder, for more and more because that’s what’s required to meet this challenge. Gird yourself for a marathon, not a sprint, for solving a problem this big, this complex and this important has never happened all at once. Since we’re in the Emerald Isles here, let me quote the bard, William Shakespeare, “What wound,” he writes, “did ever heal but by degrees.”

Prior to that he said “Folks in my generation have not done enough to deal with a potentially cataclysmic problem that you now stand in here.”

I know, but I sincerely hope I am wrong, there will be people who will see this as a call of channeling that anger towards what Obama calls ‘folks from his generation’ I happen to be a member of that generation.

Obama did not consider the fact there is a militant element to these climate activists. Their is a highly potential chance that they see this as a call and a blessing to take violent action to those who Obama claims to be responsible, or at least has created that narrative.

Then there are many ‘folks of his generation’ who have done more for the environment than the current eco warriors have done or will ever do. They are the people who didn’t have to be chauffeured every where , they took the bus, bicycle or walked. They didn’t fly everywhere either, they had to save for months and months to perhaps go on a flight once every few years. We did not use plastic bottles but glass and would return them for recycling.

Every time when I pass by a site where these ‘new generation of eco warriors’ protested about the climate crisis, I am astounded by the rubbish they leave behind. Folks of Obama’s generation were taught to pick up after themselves. We did not have or want all the newest gadgets or wanted to replace them every few months.

We did not leave a TV on all day, we did not leave on a light for longer then needed. Even now we only put on a heating when it is absolutely necessary. The list is endless but I hope you get what I mean

So when Obama is talking about folks of his generation who is he talking about? The same Obama who flew to Glasgow where he could have done an on line speech. Mr. Obama also seems to forget that he was the most powerful men on earth for 8 years, and aside from signing a few agreements he did very little about climate change.

When you tell one group to be angry and put the blame on another group, you open up a Pandora box ,aside from that it is a form of fascism. I am not a fan of Trump, far from it, I hate everything the man stands for, but if he would have said those same words there would be a global outrage.

One last thing, I recently saw a documentary about Cobalt mining in the Congo. It was truly awful, deformed babies being born, young men dying, deforestation, depleting minerals all so we can drive electric cars to safe the planet. I never saw any of these eco warriors in Congo.

This is your chance Ms. Thunberg, Mr. Obama, Mr. Gore have a balanced approach and go to the Congo and other places where Cobalt mining is happening just so that we can ‘safe’ the planet. Go there rather then go to luxurious resorts where they have Climate conferences.

https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/barack-obama-cop26-climate-speech-transcript

Glasgow Rangers-Ibrox Park Deadly stadium.

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Association Football also known as just Football or Soccer is the world’s most favourite sport.No sport united and divides fans like football. Legendary Dutch football coach Rinus Michels famously said that “top football is something like war. And unfortunately like war it has casualties.

There have been several well documented Football disasters over the decades, Hillsborough and Heizel are amongst the most devastating ones.

But very few stadiums top the deadly disasters like the ones in Glasgow Rangers stadium Ibrox Park in Glasgow Scotland.

During an international  football match between Scotland and England in Ibrox stadium on 5 April 1902,the West Tribune Stand collapsed, resulting in the death of 25 fans.

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A number of reasons have been considered for the collapse, including heavy rainfall the previous night and the large crowd stamping and swaying as the match progressed. One theory in a report following the event centered around Scottish player Bobby Templeton.bobby

Regarded as an exciting attacking player, he was making his debut for the Scottish national team and had gained possession of the ball moments prior to the collapse.

 

The investigation stated that the crowd’s desperation to see Templeton dribble with the ball caused them to surge forward which may have been a contributing to the collapse.

During 1963, concerns were raised about the safety of the stairway adjacent to passageway 13 (colloquially known as Stairway 13), the exit closest to Copland Road subway station. On 16 September 1961 two people were killed in a crush on the stairway, and there were two other incidents, in 1967 and 1969, where several people were injured.

Unfortunately worse was yet to come. On January 2,1971. 66 fans died in a crush among the crowd at an Old Firm football game.

In the 90th minute, Celtic took a 1–0 lead through Jimmy Johnstone and some Rangers supporters started to leave the stadium. However, in the final moments of the match, Colin Stein scored an equaliser for Rangers.

As thousands of spectators were leaving the ground by stairway 13, it appears that someone may have fallen ,possibly a child being carried on his father’s shoulders, causing a massive chain-reaction pile-up of people.

Among the dead were many children. The youngest child to die was  Nigel Patrick Pickup of Liverpool, age 9.

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Sheriff James Irvine Smith, in his damages statement, ruled: “The said accident was due to the fault and negligence of the defenders, Rangers F.C.”

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a poem and song by Chicago born Gil Scott-Heron. Scott-Heron first recorded it for his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, on which he recited the lyrics, accompanied by congas and bongo drums. A re-recorded version, with a full band, was the B-side to Scott-Heron’s first single, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”, from his album Pieces of a Man (1971).

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The song is a fusion of Jazz,Funk and early Hip Hop, it has been re-released for the movie Black Panther.

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Ironically a revolution of sorts was televised, a sort of ‘revolution’ by Gil Scott-Heron’s own father Gil Heron.

Gil Heron (9 April 1922 – 27 November 2008) was a Jamaican professional footballer. He was the first black player to play for Scottish club Celtic.

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Heron was born in Kingston, Jamaica. During the second world war he joined the Canadian air force, where his footballing talents began to make a wider impression. In 1946, he signed for Detroit Wolverines, who played in the short-lived North American Professional Soccer League, which they duly won in its inaugural season, with Heron as top scorer. He was then transferred to Detroit Corinthians, who played in the larger American Soccer League.

Celtic had a history of making lengthy American tours and doing some scouting at the same time. The goalkeeper Joe Kennaway was an earlier product of this strategy. Although they did not play Detroit Corinthians on their 1951 tour, a scout learned about Heron’s prowess and was sufficiently impressed to invite him to Glasgow for pre-season trials. He made an early impression, scoring twice at a public trial at Celtic Park and was soon dubbed “the Black Arrow”. He made his debut on 18 August 1951 in a League Cup tie against Morton at Celtic Park and scored in a 2-0 victory. However, he was competing for the centre-forward role with John McPhail, a Celtic hero of the era.

By the end of the season, Heron’s star had faded and he was transferred by the club to Third Lanark, subsequently moving again to become the first black player to sign for Kidderminster Harriers.

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However, the folklore surrounding Heron’s brief football career in the UK lived on. He was a skillful player, a natty dresser and a colourful personality in an era of cloth caps and physical football. He was capped by Jamaica at football and excelled at cricket, playing for leading Glasgow clubs while resident in the city.

 

 

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