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Barack Obama warns against nationalism, addresses Paris climate deal in Indonesia speech

  • Former President Barack Obama warned against “aggressive” nationalism and instead urged people to stand up for tolerance during a Saturday speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Guardian reported.
  • “It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said during his keynote address at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress. Obama also said that some countries had adopted an “aggressive kind of nationalism” that resulted in “increased resentment” toward minority groups.
  • Obama added that failing to stand up for “tolerance and moderation” will stunt the global progress of the last few decades. Read more. (7/1/17, 12:21PM)
My fellow Americans, it has been the honour of my life to serve you, I won’t stop. In fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days. But for now whether you are young or young at heart. I do have one final ask of you ask your president, the same thing i asked that you take a chance on me 8 years ago. I am asking you to believe not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who march for justice. That creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battle fields to the surface of the moon. A creed at the core of every American who’s story is not yet written. Yes, we can. Yes, we did! Yes, we can! Thank you! God bless you. May god continue to bless the United States of America.
—  President Obama’s Farewell Address
Obama Farewell

Tonight, President Barack Obama addressed the nation for the last time in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. I think I speak for most of us when I say his last speech was one of his most powerful, and heart-felt. The youth should feel empowered, and the wise should feel proud. Here are my favorite quotes for anyone who missed it.

1. “We rise, or fall as one.”


2. Climate change denial “not only betrays future generations, it betrays the essential spirit of this country.”


3. “Laws won’t be enough. Hearts must change. They won’t change overnight.”


4. “There’s a second threat to our democracy, and this one is as old as our nation itself. After my election there was talk of a post-racial America. In such a vision, however well intended, it was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. Now I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago no matter what some folks say. You can see it not just in statistics, you see it in attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum. But we’re not where we need to be, and all of us have more work to do.”


5. “Science and reason matter.” –  “This trend represents a third threat to our democracy. Politics is a battle of ideas; in the course of a healthy debate, we’ll prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts; without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent is making a fair point, and that science and reason matter, making common ground and compromise impossible.” 


6. “ For White Americans it means acknowledging that the effects of slavery. and Jim Crow didn’t just suddenly vanish in the ‘60s. That when minority groups voice discontent, they’re not just engaging in reverse racism, or practicing political correctness. When they wave peaceful protests they’re not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment that our founders promised. For Native born Americans, it means reminding ourselves that the stereotypes about immigrants today were said almost word for word about the Irish, and Italians, and Poles. Who it was said were going to destroy the fundamental character of america, and as it turned out america wasn’t weakened by the presence of these new comers. These new comers embraced this nation’s creed, and this nation was strengthened.. So, regardless of this nation that we occupy we all have to try harder. We all have to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens love this country just as much as we do. That they value hard work, and family just like we do. That their children are just as curious, and hopeful, and worthy of love as our own.”


7.  “Those brown kids will represent a larger and larger share of our workforce.”


8. “I reject discrimination against Muslim-Americans; who are just as patriotic as we are. That’s why we can not withdraw from big global fights. To expand democracy, and human rights, and women’s rights and LGBT rights. No matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem that’s part of defending america.”


9. “America’s no fragile thing, but the gains to our long journey to freedom are not assured.” …”We have to preserve this truth with jealous anxiety that we should reject the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties that make us one.”


10. “Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment…. we, the people, give it power.”


11.” For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions.”


12. “For all outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud title…Citizen.”

13. “Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it. After eight years as your President, I still believe that.” 


14. “That’s why I leave this stage tonight even more optimistic about this country than when we started. Because I know our work has not only helped so many Americans; it has inspired so many Americans- Especially so many young people out there- To believe you can make a difference; to hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves.”


15. “Yes we can, Yes we will.”

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President Barack Obama found himself in a familiar, dark place on Thursday: addressing the nation about a shooting that had taken multiple lives.

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The first songs were highly personal, a change from the strong narrative thrust that has characterized much of The Decemberists’ work. “Having a family, having kids, having this career, getting older – all of these things have made me look more inward,” says Meloy.

These reflections come to the foreground in “12/17/12,” a song he wrote after watching President Obama address the nation following the Newtown school shootings. “I was hit by a sense of helplessness, but also the message of ’Hold your family close,’” recalls Meloy. This bewildering, conflicted feeling came out in a phrase near the end of the song – “what a terrible world, what a beautiful world”—that gave the album its title.

Here are all the details on the new Decemberists album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.

How Obama should address the nation about what happened in Charleston
  • Obama : *addressing the nation about the Charleston shooting *
  • Obama's conscience : so you gonna be woke af to tell them how you feel about this terrorist shit?
  • Obama : ... The shooting in Charleston was a great tragedy..
  • Obama's conscience: NO NIGGA STOP SAYING THAT SHIT THAT THE WHITE MAN WROTE FOR YOU! YOUR PEOPLE ARE BEING KILLED IN THE STREETS THAT YOU RUN! YOU JUST GONNA LET THAT HAPPEN YOU JUST GONNA LET THE WHITE MAN OWN YOU? YOU GONNA LET THE WHI-
  • Obama: listen up people, what happened in Charleston was a great tragedy. But it's about time I say something. White people I'm going to need Y'all to wake the fuck up,this shit that y'all keep doing is unacceptable. It's the shit like this that make us angry. It's the shit like this that make us lash out in rage. You white people are not getting away with this. White people think that they own shit. Hmm the only thing you should own is responsibility for your ignorant actions that you choose to carry out. You see I'm woke as hell and I'm saying black lives matter, yours don't at this given moment. Yes I do believe that all lives matter but according to you guys and Fox News a young white boy shooting up a church is not an act of domestic terrorism. So his life matters? Hmm that's funny because the basic foundations of the United States was made by a group a white men what wanted batter for their county. They were woke as hell. As a the first Black man in office I'm going to say that the founding fathers weren't woke enough if this is still happening. What I want to know is why In the hell do you ,white people choose to make life so hard for the black man? Answer that question. Answer the question. Have a good evening people.
  • *walks off podium *
  • Obama's conscience: my nigga .
A reality check on America’s gun problem: Part I

The multiple mass shootings that all of us have witnessed take the headlines are unspeakably tragic and rightfully call attention to the access to firearms in America. Many gun rights advocates have argued than any regulation infringes on their second amendment rights. Many in support of gun control have argued that regulating access to guns will lead to less acts of gun violence. Particularly after the shooting at a community college in Oregon, a campaign spread online to “do something”. This writer believes that “do something” isn’t a policy. No further regulation should be imposed until the circumstances in which the problem occurs are understood.

There is no shortage of gun violence statistics on the Internet especially after President Obama, addressing the nation after the Oregon shooting, challenged the press to compare the number of Americans killed by terrorism to firearms. The numbers were not even remotely close. Tens of thousands of Americans have died over the past three decades due to firearms over acts of terrorism. There’s a chart, graph or listicle for every man, woman and child that attempts to place into context the tragedy of homicides by firearms.

But these publications don’t put this data into valuable context. It’s just static data that hasn’t done more than outrage. I haven’t seen any mainstream sources that seek to take this data and understand the circumstances in which firearm homicides occur. The least we owe to those whose lives have been changed forever by the use of firearms is that we address their hearts by thinking with our minds. Data that compares America’s firearm use problem to other parts of the world don’t help. America has a unique problem and it will take a unique solution. No truly meaningful policy can be derived from “do something” unless we seek to understand the origin of the problem.

One of the more valuable pieces of data floating around shows that there is more than one firearm for every man, woman and child in the United States. After the 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Congressional Research Service found that there were 112.6 firearms for every 100 residents.

Correlation or not, more firearms and more firearm violence have risen in tandem. This will sound pretty obvious but these firearms are also already in the private possession of millions of Americans. Common-sense regulations backed by the majority of Americans and gun owners, like background checks on gun sales are not a bad idea, but it doesn’t address the gaping hole of a problem that is dangerous people gaining access to guns in private possession.

This dimension of the problem is one that government cannot solve. What do we do and how long will it take as a society to keep the private possession of guns out of the hands of people who are a threat to others?

Let’s place mass firearm homicides into perspective.

Despite the potency of mass shootings and the media coverage they attract, they are very rare. According to crowdsourced data site Mass Shooting Tracker, there have been 996 mass shootings in the past three years. What the site considers a mass shooting is an instance in which an offender kills or wounds four or more people. Since the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, according to MST, there have been 1,261 mass shooting homicides with 3,602 wounded. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 11,000 firearm homicides every year. The tragedy at Sandy Hook took place three years ago this December which means 3.8 percent of firearm homicides over the past three years have been related to mass shootings — or on average, 1.2 percent a year. As painstaking as they are rare.

In this first post, I’m focusing on the year 2011. From the research I’ve been able to complete on this subject, it is the most recent year where I was able to collect the most data on four critical areas: the number of homicides, those committed with a firearm, the circumstances in which a firearm homicide took place and the relationship between the offender and the victim. My sources were primarily the Center for Disease Control and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The research is a work in progress though I was able to collect data that leads to some unequivocal results.

According to the CDC, in 2011, there were 31,058 firearm deaths. Two-thirds (19,990) of those were firearm suicides. The remaining third (11,068) were firearm homicides.

According to the FBI’s Expanded Homicide Data, in 2011, there were 12,664 victims of murder altogether. Two-thirds (8,583) were committed with a firearm. Yes, there exists a discrepancy between the CDC’s firearm homicides data and that of the FBI. In future posts, my goal is to determine the reason behind this. Purely speculating, my sense is that the FBI’s figure reflects firearm homicides investigated by the bureau itself. That leaves us with a significant 2,485 firearm homicides that are unaccounted, one-fifth of the CDC’s total firearm homicide count.

As large as that number is, one can still gather from the FBI the primary circumstances of all firearm homicides.

The first piece of data shouldn’t really come as a surprise. In 82 percent (7,076) of firearm homicides in 2011, the relationship between the offender and victim was determined as one of the following: family, friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, neighbor, an acquaintance or employe(e/r) or stranger. In 14 percent (1,487) of those cases, the relationship between the two was “stranger”. In the remaining 17 percent (1,507), the relationship was “unknown”.

Gun violence has re-entered the public forum because of recent mass shootings but while it can be a grim form of motivation, it should not be the vehicle that drives policy. If we somehow miraculously isolated and eliminated all mass shootings, according to the most recent CDC firearm homicide results from 2013, we would have at least 10,000 firearm homicides every year.

While background checks will help dangerous individuals from acquiring firearms, they along with any other government regulation will fall significantly short of eliminating the problem which isn’t just firearms but relationship-based firearm homicides.

Given the problem, the only real solution will take an inconvenient amount of time and will require the largest publicly-facilitated campaign since the citizenry’s efforts to conserve resources for use by Allied forces during World War II.

I discovered a parallel to the issue of firearm homicides in an unlikely place. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, soda consumption is at its lowest point since 1985 just before fast food, indoor malls, Cola wars and consumerism reached fever pitch in America. The biggest drop in soda consumption started in 2005. If current trends continue, bottled water will overtake soda in consumption within the next ten years.

The parallel here is that liberal cities like New York and San Francisco have attempted to tax or heavily regulate soda consumption, but those efforts have failed. Could those policies have assisted in reducing some soda consumption? Maybe. Could background checks prevent gun violence? They modestly have.

However, the biggest reason soda and cigarettes have been on the decline is because of a change in the public’s mindset. The public has realized that the purpose and use of these is either limited or nonexistent. Given the evidence, we will only begin to see a sharp decline in gun violence as soon as the public adopts an aggressive and relentless campaign against the irresponsible use of firearms. We also shouldn’t need a mass shooting to motivate us to do this.

I’m optimistic that we will get to this point. A point where firearms will be eliminated as a preferred means of defense against other citizens without intervention by the government. It will preserve our critical second amendment rights which were originally intended to protect citizens from the remote probability of a violent government crackdown. Shooting guns will simply be an American pastime, a hobby, just like what gasoline-powered cars will become in the next twenty years. Still a recreational pleasure, but no longer joining baseball, apple pie and the wild west as symbols of American culture. The best part is that we will have gotten to this point without using the ax of government but the scalpel of American determination.

Obama tells Coast Guard Academy graduates: "The threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service.”

Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office.

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“It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It is our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL. Muslim Americans are our friends, and neighbors; our co-workers, our sports heroes—and yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that. My fellow Americans, I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history. We were founded upon a belief in human dignity—the idea that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law.” —President Obama addressing the nation from the Oval Office