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False Alarm in Hawaii

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TomCat S (128)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 12:15 pm
Yesterday the world may have come closer than any of us want to admit to nuclear war. While Hawaii Emergency Management Agency was trying out a new system for the very first time, an employee pressed the wrong button. Thinking he was turning over control to the next shift, he sent out a nuclear alert instead, causing widespread panic in Hawaii.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 12:29 pm
Here's an article about what living through it was actually like for a real family.

Joe Arpaio blamed it on Obama's birth certificate, causing even Jeanine Pirro confusion. (Excuse me, I do realize she is ALWAYS confused, but this time even SHE realized she was.)

I have to give Governor Ige and Administrator Miyagi credit for accepting responsibility. So unlike Republcans.


Ed Site Issues V (198)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 12:37 pm
Noted, Thanks

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 12:58 pm
Oh my!!!

HERE is one account from two Canadian couples vacationing in Hawaii:

“They had 10 minutes to live.

So they used it well: they dressed, packed up some water and their medications, sent “I love you” texts to bewildered family back home in Hamilton and Brantford. They hugged each other and drank two shots of vodka.

Then they waited for the ballistic missile to hit. …


They were relieved, of course. Grateful. Shaken. But also angry.

“I’m angry that something so careless like this can happen,” says Suzie.

So what do you do when the end of the world is a false alarm?

“We had another shot of vodka,” Mike says.”

Their anger is well placed. What if Dinkie Donnie had been in the Oval Office and “pushed the button” for a nuclear response!? WWIII would ensue and all because of an unstable pResident “Shithole” sitting at the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.

Fortunately, CNN and other major news channels (including Faux Noise) did not know about the alert.

Mind, in the case of CNN and other reputable news carriers (does not include Faux Noise), Dinkie Donnie calls them “fake news” and may not have acted on it from them, although I’m not making any bets on that!

Is it possible that the 38 minutes of response time between activation and cancellation was a result of contacting Washington for direction or at least further information?

That not withstanding, scary times and contemplations.

I wonder if there is any vodka left in Hawaii? (a little gallows humour)

Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Wilde Thange (10)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 1:11 pm
We should be used to false alarms like the Tonken Gulf and WMD's in Iraq and threat of IMMINENT ATTACK!!!
Radio may not have been trusted as much as publicized for The War Of The Worlds an post WWI fear of mechanized alien attack but but it can have disastrous effects whether a false alarm or intentional ruse.
Belief in a North Korean attack that would have to be suicidal for them appears excessive.

On the night of February 12, 1949, another radio play based on The War of the Worlds resulted in pandemonium in Quito, Ecuador, with tens of thousands of panic-stricken residents running into the streets to escape Martian gas raids. The event made headlines around the world including the front page of the February 14, 1949, edition of The New York Times ("Mars Raiders Caused Quito Panic; Mob Burns Radio Plant, Kills 15”). The drama described strange Martian creatures heading toward the city after landing and destroying the neighboring community of Latacunga, twenty miles south of Quito. Broadcast in Spanish on Radio Quito, the realistic program included impersonations of well-known local politicians, journalists, vivid eyewitness descriptions, and the name of the local town of Cotocallo. In Quito, a riot broke out and an enraged mob poured gasoline onto the building housing the radio station that broadcast the drama, then set it alight, killing fifteen people..

Pat B (356)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 1:13 pm
"Don't forget to close the windows!!"
How absolutely frightening, for those folks, and counting the minutes as they ticked by..!!!

Freya H (345)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 1:19 pm
I don't know about the rest of you, and maybe I'm just paranoid, but I smell hackers.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 1:46 pm
Noted, Thank you

David C (78)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 2:20 pm
still hoping we can figure out how to de-nuclearize tRumple-thin-skin

Ted W (127)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 2:37 pm
Noted and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! RESIST! Thanks for sharing, TomCat!

pam w (139)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 3:10 pm
Imagine how HORRIBLE this was? I agree with Freya....this is suspicious.

Glennis W (393)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 4:51 pm
Very frightening and scary and taking so long to get to telling people it was a false alarm. It is just getting worse.

Nita L (127)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 4:53 pm
Freya could be right. I'm just glad Drumpf was golfing as usual. We need to keep him on the golf course until we can get rid of him and his cronies. Thank you TomCat.

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:07 pm
I smell s**thole when I see Arpaio, even in a cartoon. It is a measure of its intense toxicity for Faux News to even give this clown a platform, but that’s what they are there for.
Except for the presence to Tiger Woods, I never found golf of any value, until now. this give a more immediate meaning to the idea that history is often driven by tiny incidents, this time a golf club in tiny hands, run by the tiniest of brains!

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:12 pm
Damn, wilde, I never heard of that one. Still, I live in the state that was attacked, and freaked out, by the original Martin "landing" in Brown's Mills, N.J. I expect that the folks of Ecuador were not aware of the prior event.

Animae C (508)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:17 pm

Animae C (508)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:23 pm
Ah yes War Of The Worlds!!!
Love the album;

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 5:50 pm
They are saying on the evening news, that the one who pushed the button is no longer at the controllers. Plus that they are now going to make it so it will need to be pressed twice when it will be needed. Hopefully that will be never. Thanks TomCat

Vivian B (169)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 7:31 pm
Isn't it a testament to how far down the rabbit hole we have come when a nuclear bomb missile alert being mistakenly being sent out to take the whole COUNTRY in a tail-spin? All except for tRump, thank goodness! He would have launched a retaliatory strike before he would've found out if it was for REAL or NOT! And to think when we were in grade school, we did the "Duck and Cover" drills, not knowing that we would see a return to the same crap 50-60 years later by the rantings and ravings of a deluded orange buffoon!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 7:54 pm
Can you imagine hiding in a bathub scared to death? After all you only had 12 Minutes!!
Tryiing to gather your family together in 12 minutes?
Makes you wonder if TRUMPY did this?
Be prepared if needed!
Thank you TomCat


Ruth R (246)
Sunday January 14, 2018, 10:14 pm

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday January 15, 2018, 4:12 am
Of course the news went big in other countries, but strangely enough none of the news I saw (Netherlands, Australia, Britain) mentioned Drumpf or only by noting that Drumpf was briefed on the false alarm according to the White House. I can only speculate on the background of that: either other nations think so little of Drumpf and see him as incapable of handling any situation that needs quick thinking that they just assumed nobody had informed Drumpf of the “threat” until it was declared false alarm on Twitter only 10 minutes later, or other nations do not want to have their citizens losing more sleep over a possible nuclear war because Drumpf could react in unforeseen ways. Perhaps it was a combination of both.

The BBC – perhaps unknowingly, but I think very intentionally and sarcastically – did put in this little remark on golfers on Hawaii: "Golfers were also thrown into alarm ahead of the US PGA Hawaii Open in Honolulu, with US player Talor Gooch tweeting that “birdies didn’t seem too important for a few minutes”." 🤣

divergent r (309)
Monday January 15, 2018, 4:49 am
well said everyone

Winn Adams (179)
Monday January 15, 2018, 8:30 am
OMG, what's next?????

TomCat S (128)
Monday January 15, 2018, 1:05 pm
Thanks, hugs, and stars to all. I feel confident that it was an actual mistake, and not the false flag some of you have suggested.

Sheila D (28)
Monday January 15, 2018, 7:25 pm
What a terrifying situation. I don't remember when the "War of the Worlds" was broadcast on the radio, but I heard about the panic that ensued because people thought we were being invaded by beings from outer space. This could easily have ended with people dying; we can be truly thankful it turned out OK.
Thanks for the post, TomCat.

Janet B (0)
Monday January 15, 2018, 8:51 pm

Trent B (0)
Monday January 15, 2018, 9:02 pm
Nine months from now, a baby will be born from this.

But seriously, how many times do you have to mess up in order to "accidentally" hit a nuke alert? Computers will pester you to confirm you want to shut it down or some program, but there's a literal button someone in the Hawaii state government accidentally pressed with their ass which sent a whole state into a panic? That sounds pretty bad and almost stretches credulity.

TomCat S (128)
Tuesday January 16, 2018, 12:32 pm

Trent, you should be right. They did not fire the employee, because the system was so flawed.
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