The United States and Ghana are more or less evenly matched on the field. But plans to broadcast today’s World Cup match between the two nations show how far apart their economies remain.

When the teams kick off at 6pm in New York and 10pm in Accra, the most pressing concern for American soccer fans may be how to find the game online. In Ghana, the issue is whether there will be enough electricity to power everyone’s televisions.

Ghana has been suffering from a power shortage this year due to low water levels at hydroelectric dams on the Volta River. The nation’s utilities regulator is already rationing electricity by mandating sporadic shutdowns.

To ensure that World Cup viewing won’t be interrupted, Ghana is purchasing 50 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Ivory Coast. Power plants will also be running at maximum capacity, and Volta Aluminum, the nation’s largest smelter and a large drain on electricity, will slow production during the match.

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  • Slowing aluminum production and the jobs that go with that industry just so retards can sit home and watch adults play a kids’ game? Sounds like par for the course for an African country.

    I’m sure glad they have their priorities in order!

    • Bossman

      So soccer is a kid’s game and American football isn’t? How so? Big men in tight pants falling over each other to retrieve a stupid ball is so sissified in so many ways.

      • US football is also a kid’s game. Any activity where a score has to be kept is just a game. Ernest Hemingway once said “There are only three real sports: racing, mountain climbing and big-game hunting; anything else is just a game.”

        • Tarczan

          Yeah, but he shot himself so don’t take him too seriously.

          • Well, he didn’t screw that up, now did he? A 12-gauge to the head.

          • bilderbuster

            “The Running of the Bulls” was also his idea of great literature.
            The subject being Spaniards pestering livestock.

          • Hemingway didn’t make the bull-bullies do that at Pamplona. He just wrote about it.

          • bilderbuster

            I’ll always have a soft spot for “The Old Man and the Sea”.

        • Brian

          Nitpick alert: Auto racing, mountain climbing, and bull-fighting were his three.

    • Mason Gull

      Why on earth would you mine aluminum when you could watch TV? It’s not like they see much of the money anyway.

    • The Final Solution

      I suppose you think the Olympics are kid’s games too? When
      the top ten countries with the most medals in Sochi were white European, that
      was kid’s stuff? The World Cup is a big deal, not some kid’s game – soccer is a
      game of strategy, skill, and sportsmanship. It is not a jungle game like
      basketball and American football. This is a chance to show the whole world once
      again that soccer is a white man’s affair – there are several European teams
      that are excellent so far, including Germany, Holland, Italy, and France. We
      must show the world again that whites are dominant in all things, not just
      technology and science and art but also sports and the arena.

      • The Olympic racing events are real sports, because everyone knows who won. That said, the Olympic Commission has allowed Synchronized Swimming on the menu for decades. That might be performance art, but it certainly isn’t a “sport”.

        My only exception to having to keep score to make something only a game was the 1956 men’s Olympic Water Polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union in Australia. The USSR had just crushed the Hungarian revolution, so that Olympic event turned into a fistfight in the water, which probably makes it a sport.

      • skara_brae

        You might want to take France off your list. There are barely a half dozen Frenchmen, the rest are all Africans.

        • Strider73

          True, but not as bad as the nearly white-free 2010 gang that could have passed for the Ivory Coast side, and totally imploded both on & off the field.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    I expect nationwide power shortages to be a daily occurrence in the US as it gets browner and uglier. Once whites are less than 50% of the American population, we’re in serious trouble. The future is Africa.

    • Since they were already having brown-outs in southern California in the mid-eighties, you sure called that one right.

    • Tarczan

      The generating margin, or reserve capacity of electric power has steadily decreased under Obama. So many coal plants are being taken off line that grid stability is becoming an issue. The grid is depending more and more on wheeling power, that is transporting it long distances to levelize demand and production. It used to be as demand went up, units were brought on line locally to supply the electricity, now it is wheeled.

      And please don’t believe this nonsense about solar and wind. Neither can be brought up to meet demand, and power can’t be stored effectively. Engineers I talked to are predicting brownouts in the coming years.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Solar and wind could easily do it , there are reasons the US is in the middle east.

    • MBlanc46

      And I was hoping that it was going to be no worse than Brazil.

  • OTOH, with electricity diverted to TVs, expect fewer sequestered fortune 419 code spam e-mails to be sent around the world at least for a few hours.

    If Ghana wins, they can celebrate their great victory over the evil crackers…in the dark and in what is probably a hot humid sub Saharan western African night. They really showed us! Meanwhile, barring a very unusual circumstance, my dwelling will be lighted and air conditioned this evening.

    White privilege at work.

    • No need for A.C. in my neck of the woods, but we anticipate running the computers most of the evening.

    • RisingReich

      Correction – White(s) AT work. 🙂

    • Jesse James

      Don’t crow too loud the globalist Agenda 21 drones are already working to curb your flagrant and unfair access to cheap electricity.

  • David Ashton

    I regret that I have to say that it is not an agreeable trait for Americans to look down on any countries just because they are not so richly supplied with technology or consumer goods, and the values that often accompany them. I well recall our honeymoon in Paris years ago when my wife and I were followed into the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral by two US tourists, whose arrogance had already just driven off their coach driver in angry despair, and the female of the species quacked in an extra-loud voice: “Gee, don’t they have electric light in these places?”

    • Katherine McChesney

      One example of the ‘ugly American’.

      • David Ashton

        I decided against using this phrase myself on this occasion, since most white Americans are good people. Then I open today’s left-liberal “Independent” to find a letter attacking any notion of “British” values, except for the “very British characteristic” of – “arrogance”. If any other nationality or ethnic group were so stereotyped, I could report the statement to the local constabulary as another “racist incident”. Of course, we Anglo-Americans share positive values and cultural achievements, and masochistic self-hatred is not a welcome development. Yet we all need to see ourselves as others see us, though we can all think of two very different minority groups that probably need this requirement more than most.

  • Bobbala

    I’m shocked that Obama hasn’t picked up the tab and given it to us.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Well, he IS modeling our electrical grid after theirs. We don’t need no stinkin’ coal!

  • During the segregation era, Louisiana had a law that prohibited blacks and whites from competing against each other in sports events. Good law. Needs to be restored.
    If Ghana wins, I wonder if the chimpouts will be like in the US, with cars overturned and burned, people beat up, others shot. Some video of a nice chimpout might be a pleasant diversion.

    • MekongDelta69

      Are you talking about Accra or DIE-Troit?

      Wait – nvm…

    • At least if they chimp out, it will be in their own country, with their own riot police cracking heads.

  • Mason Gull

    Not really news. Many poor countries have arrangements like this.

  • So much for a celebration in dark and hot Accra tonight. Final score: USA 2, Ghana 1.

  • Extropico

    The Ghanaian team is named “Black Stars.” How rayciss.
    There is money in bauxite.

  • Extropico

    Kabinen-Party Mit Der Kanzlerin.

    Germany won 4-0 against Portugal.

    • Tarczan

      Wow, all white. I was cheering for Croatia and Argentina, it’s the krauts for me, all white!

      • Katherine McChesney

        Nope. Look again. There’s a melanin enhanced guy fourth from the right, bending forward.

        • Tarczan

          Ok, it’s back to Croatia, or Bosnia Herzegovina. The US started five darkies.

        • Dr. Cramden

          yes, the fly in the ointment, so to speak.

        • Brian

          Fourth from left, second row also.

  • Alexandra1973

    Is there a soccer game going on or something?

    I seldom if ever watch TV. I don’t have cable so I watch DVDs or YouTube.

    • Katherine McChesney

      World Cup nonsense.

      • Alexandra1973

        World Cup is soccer? Thought it was hockey or something. (Though there are similarities between the two.)

        Bread and circuses.

        • Katherine McChesney

          It’s similar to football in fact that’s what it’s called in England.

  • MekongDelta69

    I sure hope they have enough matches to light the fires under those giant kettles where they cook the missionaries.

    Wait — Maybe I’m remembering an episode of Ramar Of The Jungle…

    • Chimpout in 10…9…8…7…

      • Strider73

        The chimpout happened in today’s last game Cameroon’s Alex Song slugged a Croatian in a fit of TNB and was sent off. Bonus TNB near the end as two Cameroon players head-butted each other. One has to wonder why any white person would agree to coach that bunch of savages.

        But God does have a sense of humor. Croatia 4, Cameroon 0. The “Indomitable Lions” are eliminated and now slink back home.

  • MBlanc46

    Hey, Ghana has electricity. Who knew?

    • They only have a shortage because white racists keep stealing it. I have a great big pile of stolen African electricity in my basement. You want any?

      • MBlanc46

        Nah. Never use the African stuff. I much prefer the Central Asian. But thanks anyway.

      • MekongDelta69

        I’ll trade you for my stash of stolen White Privilege African diamonds.

        [America and the entire world is falling apart, and all I feel like doing sometimes is cracking jokes. We used to call it foxhole humor. For civvies, it was known as black humor, but I believe using that expression may be a capital offense these days.]

      • Whitetrashgang

        Stolen African electricity was the name of my pet mouse, I haven’t seen him I hope he is okay.

        • It would probably also make a good name for a garage band.

          • Whitetrashgang

            Or just a fun loving 450 lb black woman from Haiti.

      • Dr. Cramden

        Its only 50 volts, cant use it here.

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    Don’t the mud huts come equipped with little hamsters running on a treadmill to use as back up power?

    • Whitetrashgang

      Your thinking of the 2015 White house.

  • Puggg

    We had a soccer game today?

    Who knew?

    Or better yet, who cared?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Muh sports.

  • Dave West

    I’m surprised the Ivory Coast even has enough electricity to supply Ghana with!

  • Matt Turner

    Hey Ghana. You lost. Back to the hut.

  • Brian

    Ghana has been suffering from a power shortage this year due to low water levels at hydroelectric dams on the Volta River.
    ===
    Someone doesn’t understand the difference between proximate cause and ultimate cause. Every country has variance in hydroelectric production on a river.

  • David Ashton

    “These places”.