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That's scary!! I think of the drills from the 60s - like taking shelter under a school desk would make any difference. I can still remember where many of the "fallout shelters" were located, with their yellow & black signs.
My mom and her friends "joked" they should go to the local school and hide under the desks. There really isn't anything in place for taking shelter. No one really knew what to do. Who would anymore?
That this could occur when there is another unstable gobshite in the WH is truly scary. And the reaction to this in Hawaii is just beyond belief. Is there no one with one ounce of critical analysis in that State or has the media in the US in their quest for rating and Advertising revenue driven them stupid. Why on earth didn't anyone say ' hold the bus a bit, lets check this out'. But no, a State wide alert about a missile. From where ffs. The truth is if a missile was whizzing it merry way to a dozen or so flyspecks in the middle of the biggest ocean, without one iota of interest strategically -you might as well target Legoland-, it's the sister of the same idiot that rang the alarm playing with switched in Iron Mountain -friendly fire.
What has come out about it is it was a mistake when the change over of duty supposedly happened. Interestingly enough, even though the alert message went out, the emergency siren they have didn't go off. Some people noticed that and were confused while others were truly panicked. With everything going on at the White House with the tweeting and the lunacy, most thought it was legit. Without the alarms and no other news about it, I was almost certain it was a hoax, even though I was a nervous wreck at the same time. So far, though they are blaming it on a mistake.
What I don't get is how sane educated people could possibly think North Korea could send something that distance. Or anyone outside of the main powers.
Oh, we HAVE been warned that it could happen...I'm mostly sane ;), but feel like if it were going to happen it'd happen after our chief ding dong tweets some nonsense. Hawaii has been getting their sirens and stuff working again since November. Are you telling me that you have different news?
Yes, different. And yes, better and far more sceptical analysis in our media. And we have international sources too. Dealing with the US media after dealing with French German and UK on a topic is quite scary.
There really should be some severe consequences for whomever messed up. I think I read there would be less than 20 minutes of actual flight time has a missile been launched and significantly less time than that to verify and inform the public. Now the next time it happens and for real that time, people are going to waste most of the time they have checking to see if that message is real or not before taking action. In essence, someone's mistake is now going to cost tens of thousands of lives if it ever happens for real.
It's definitely a Cried Wolf moment for sure. As I mentioned above, the alarms/sirens that are in place didn't sound at the same time so hopefully that will be a sign that it's real. I think the thing they are luckiest about is that someone (or many) didn't have a heart attack or there weren't mass casualties due to crowds in a panic. Surreal!
you were there? I can't even imagine what would've gone through your mind. thank god it was a false alarm.
No, I'm not there, but my mom is. So it was a worrying few minutes. A lot went through both our minds. It is a relief, but also maddening that we've gotten to the point that it was believed as well.
What a harrowing experience.