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‘Prepare For A Natural Disaster:’ Obama Speech Goes ‘Conspiracy’

End of world artistic rendering. After President Obama told citizens to be prepared for a natural disaster, a whole wave of conspiracies has cropped up. (Image: Comfreak via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)
End of world artistic rendering. After President Obama told citizens to be prepared for a natural disaster, a whole wave of conspiracies has cropped up. (Image: Comfreak via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

Just recently Barack Obama warned Americans “to be prepared for a disaster.” Obama was speaking at the FEMA National Response Coordination Center. Many online sites picked up the news. Two or more phrases from the president’s speech have been totally pulled out of proportion around the web, inflated into a conspiracy size debate about what type of disaster Obama could be talking about.

There is no question that conspiracies on a grand scale do exist and are possibly even true. However, in our day-and-age when the Internet gives every person’s mouth a paper and feather to spread their opinion, one needs to also make sure to always reference the source of the source that people refer to as their source.

In other words, don’t just take the reporters word for it. Go back and convince yourself, follow the trail of information to its source — if possible. This task alone will educate you on the subject at hand, more than just reading an article and saying: “That’s how it is!”

Prepare for a natural disaster

In the before mentioned speech, the U.S. president held before the FEMA National Response Coordination Center, he said:

Since the president was also addressing matters related to the response center that is responsible for responding in the case of a natural disaster, he also addressed the citizen’s responsibility to be prepared for the event of a natural disaster.

The reason for this is that:

Because the FEMA response in the case of a natural disaster can take longer than planned, the citizens are advised to prepare themselves by stocking up their food rations and emergency supplies.

Much of the conspiracy related to the president’s speech might stem from the fact that he calls the citizens to also follow the Ready.gov website to check up and get wise on all the types of disasters that could accrue, and how to prepare for them. Among the listed disasters listed on the website are:

Convince yourself and do research

Tianmen, China. Falun Gong Practitioners being forcefully removed and detained for holding up banners with the Chinese Characters of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. (Photo Credit: Falundafa.org)

Tiananmen Square, China. Falun Gong Practitioners being forcefully removed and detained for holding up banners with the Chinese Characters of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. (Photo Credit: Falundafa.org)

The consequences of spreading false rumors took a tragic turn in China when in 1999 practitioners of the spiritual practice Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) where hit with false accusations; time and a lot of forbearance has show the opposite to be true. None of the accusations were ever validated, but Chinese media and papers spread them like wildfire around the globe.

The spreading of false information about Falun Gong and its practitioners led to them being brutally persecuted, tortured, and illegally detained in China ever since.

Opinions based on facts or well researched conclusions

Whether there is more to the speech president Obama gave is not easy to say as a fact. There is no problem in critically examining information and cross referencing it to form a conclusion that might lead to the understanding that there is more to the speech that the president might be admitting to.

However, anyone spreading such a conclusion should also take up the journalistic responsibility to inform people that his information is either a conclusion based on his research or on the information from unconfirmed sources.

But no worries. This is not calling out anybody. Even the big news-agencies are not very meticulous in their reporting these days. Often times you will see on TV or read in the paper that “so and so said this or that,” when in fact it should be that “according to unconfirmed sources” […].

But then again there are probably not many readers who really follow news because of how true it is, but rather because of how hard it resonates with their opinion about a specific subject.

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