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Emergency Alert System Fails. Itís only funny because there wasnít an emergency.
Human Events ^ | 11-9-11 | John Hayward

Posted on 11/09/2011 2:42:15 PM PST by Driftwood1

Today was the first test of the new Emergency Alert System, which is a centrally controlled version of the Emergency Broadcast System whose tests have been annoying the hell out of people for the better part of fifty years. The idea is to give the President a way to alert the entire populace to a national emergency instantly, by seizing control of all TV and radio communications.

In the event of a nuclear war, large-scale civil unrest, a massive cyber-attack, or a zombie apocalypse, you’ll hear a headache-inducing tone, followed by emergency instructions. Unless we get attacked by an electromagnetic pulse weapon. Then you’ll be alerted to disaster by the collective howl of millions of enraged cell phone users. The EAS tone is less alarming.

The test was a… well, “failure” is such an ugly word. Let’s just say it was a “conditional success.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alertsystem; emergency; failure
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1 posted on 11/09/2011 2:42:19 PM PST by Driftwood1
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2 posted on 11/09/2011 2:46:57 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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Another Trillion or so should fix this /s


3 posted on 11/09/2011 2:47:16 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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There is no reason for Washington DC to to speak to individual citizens ever. The job belongs to each state.


4 posted on 11/09/2011 2:48:00 PM PST by donna (Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards.)
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lol... that’s cute!!


5 posted on 11/09/2011 2:48:44 PM PST by Driftwood1
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I don’t really see the point with this myself.


6 posted on 11/09/2011 2:48:57 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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0bama = Failure at every level!


7 posted on 11/09/2011 2:49:28 PM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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Biggest EBS fail since 1971:

http://ebstest.stlmedia.net/


8 posted on 11/09/2011 2:50:38 PM PST by bigbob
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This is why tests exist. Rockets, planes, cars, etc. You push the button and see what happens. Then you fix it.


9 posted on 11/09/2011 2:52:12 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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The idea is to give the President a way to alert the entire populace to a national emergency instantly, by seizing control of all TV and radio communications.

A requirement now that we have a narcissist in chief.

10 posted on 11/09/2011 2:52:19 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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Zere0 needs to be able to impose martial law just before he is swept out’a orifice.


11 posted on 11/09/2011 2:52:47 PM PST by Paladin2
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Yeah, what is the need? Unless, of course, you want to be able to cut in and control all communications at some future point in time.


12 posted on 11/09/2011 2:53:24 PM PST by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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Obama FAILS.


13 posted on 11/09/2011 2:53:26 PM PST by boomop1
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They were no doubt relying on computers, and as Murphy* says, “To err is human; to really foul things up requires a computer.”

*Of Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”


14 posted on 11/09/2011 2:57:08 PM PST by ixtl ( You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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I hope this this doesn't turn out the way my town's emergency call system has. The police here can call every land-line at once with a broadcast message. There's at least one message every week. I already recognize when one of these calls is coming in because it's always two calls as I still have two land-lines here and they ring simultaneously. With the recent storm we probably had eight or ten messages last week. I think the last one was about having a Halloween Party at the town pool for the little crumb-crunchers who got cheated out of Halloween this year. There were at least two messages telling us what a great job the town maintenance crew was doing clearing the roads. No more than one in ten of these messages could even remotely be considered emergency information.

ML/NJ

15 posted on 11/09/2011 2:57:52 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: bigbob
Cool. Who knew?

Computers allow one to generate mistakes at a prodigious rate these days.

16 posted on 11/09/2011 2:58:12 PM PST by Paladin2
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The current National Emergency is that there is an undocumented socialist squatting in the White House.


17 posted on 11/09/2011 2:59:05 PM PST by Vlad The Inhaler (Ben Raines For President)
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Yeah, like did we really expect it to work???? Lol!!


18 posted on 11/09/2011 2:59:20 PM PST by Driftwood1
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At some point in time Odummy will take over everything and now he can let us all know at one time that he intends to be Dictator-N-Chief for life.

He is helping muslims and weakening our country for some reason. I have a nasty feeling we will be finding out why...soon.


19 posted on 11/09/2011 3:00:23 PM PST by mardi59 (Time to turn off the tv so I don't break it..)
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Survival Basics for Beginners - Part 1
20 posted on 11/09/2011 3:01:29 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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