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  • That Hawaii false missile alarm worker has been fired, and that wasn’t his first “error”

    01/31/2018 11:13:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 31, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Okay, “fired” probably isn’t the technical term for it. The worker in question actually submitted his resignation. But do we really think this was a decision he arrived at on his own? Unlikely at best. But the Washington Post reports that the letter of resignation was accepted by the boss and he’s no longer working there. (I’ll repeat the fact that we don’t actually know the worker’s gender, but I’m going with “he” by default. My apologies if this turns out to be a woman.)But there’s another, somewhat more disturbing angle to this story, which started out as terrifying but...
  • Employee who sent false alert in Hawaii not cooperating with FCC probe, official says

    01/25/2018 11:58:07 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/25/2018 | Max Greenwood
    The employee responsible for sending a false mobile alert across Hawaii warning of an incoming ballistic missile is not cooperating with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigations looking into the matter, an FCC official said Thursday, according to media reports. "We are quite pleased with the level of cooperation we have received from the leadership of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency thus far," Fowlkes said, according to Axios. "We are disappointed, however, that one key employee, the person who transmitted the false alert, is refusing to cooperate with our investigation," she added. "We hope that person will reconsider."
  • Hawaii governor took 15 minutes to announce missile alert was false

    01/19/2018 5:28:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/19/18 | AUDREY MCAVOY
    The Hawaii National Guard's top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide. But the governor didn't tell the public until 15 minutes later. Maj. Gen. Arthur "Joe" Logan told state lawmakers that he called the governor at 8:09 a.m. Saturday after confirming there was no threat. Rep. Kaniela Ing asked why the governor didn't immediately address the public, but Ige had left the hearing. Gov. Ige's spokeswoman Cindy McMillan said the governor had to track her down to prepare a message. She said the...
  • Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch

    01/16/2018 7:45:51 AM PST · by shove_it · 34 replies
    Yahoo/Rooters ^ | 16 Jan 2018 | Kiyoshi Takenaka
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes. It was not immediately clear what triggered the mistake. Related Searches Missile Alert False Alarm HawaiiHawaii Missile False AlarmFalse Missile Alert HawaiiMissile Launch HawaiiBallistic Missile Alert Hawaii "We are still checking," an NHK spokesman said. NHK's 6.55 p.m. alert said: "North Korea appears to have launched a missile ... The government urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground." The same...
  • 38 Minutes in Hawaii: My Family and the False Missile Alarm (Amazing personal account)

    01/15/2018 5:18:17 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 155 replies
    The Stream ^ | January 14, 2018 | Jason Scott Jones
    I woke up abruptly. Overzealous JROTC Cadets ran and yelled on the high school track across the street. I rolled over and grabbed my reading glasses. Time to return to the book which I’d fallen asleep reading. It’s Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile by Eugene Sheppard. Thirty minutes later, I faced a tough choice. Should I go down and check on my children? Or watch an old Lomachenko fight on Youtube? Then my wife called up, “Babe, it’s garbage day. Take out the trash!” So I rushed downstairs. My typical Saturday ritual. As I dragged the trash out...
  • Hawaii state bureaucrat who sent out fake missile alarm escapes any punishment -- remains anonymous

    01/15/2018 5:55:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The words “accountability” and “government bureaucrat” are strangers to each other for many of the almost 22 million people who work for governments in the United States. Imagine having a job where you can totally screw-up and seriously inconvenience a million people, and not only remain unpunished, but not even be identified to the people you scared the wits out of. That is the privilege being enjoyed by the person (a male, apparently, based on the gender pronouns employed) who told Hawaiians that a missile strike was incoming last Satrurday at 8 a.m. John Fund writes in National Review:...
  • The false alarm in Hawaii revealed an abdication of leadership by Trump (Washington Post)

    01/14/2018 10:14:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/14/2018 | By Philip Bump
    On a normal day, there aren’t many people heading to Google to figure out how to survive a nuclear strike. But Saturday was not a normal day. Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Eastern, searches for “how to survive nuclear” peaked in the U.S., from being almost nonexistent to being almost twice as common as “how to make pasta.” The increase was centered in Hawaii, where about 90 minutes earlier, a warning had gone out over the state’s emergency alert system: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”. You can see when that alert went...
  • Hawaii Issues Missile Warning in Error, Sending Panic on Social Media

    01/13/2018 12:02:36 PM PST · by gandalftb · 62 replies
    KTLA ^ | JANUARY 13, 2018 | CINDY VON QUEDNOW
    Residents and visitors in the Hawaiian Islands Saturday received a missile warning alert in error, but not before creating a panic on social media. The alert read in all capital letters: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” The alert was sent sometime after 8 a.m. local time, and many people took to Twitter to share screenshots of their phones. A second emergency alert went out about 40 minutes later clarifying that the first alert was a false alarm, CNN associate producer Amanda Golden tweeted. “Repeat. False Alarm” the second alert read. The...
  • Free Republic's "Punctuation Script Problem" is Solved!

    01/18/2016 6:31:59 PM PST · by PROCON · 142 replies
    Jan. 18, 2016
    Has anyone else noticed that the " and ' symbols that were plaguing our threads for so long are no longer present?Woo-Hoo, Good Job to John Robinson and the Free Republic computer fix-it nerds!
  • Gravitational wave rumors ripple through science world

    01/12/2016 9:00:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 87 replies
    spacedaily.com ^ | 01/12/2016
    There has been no announcement, no peer review or publication of the findings - all typically important steps in the process of releasing reliable and verifiable scientific research. Instead, a message on Twitter from an Arizona State University cosmologist, Lawrence Krauss, has sparked a firestorm of speculation and excitement. Krauss does not work with the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO, which is searching for ripples in the fabric of space and time. But he tweeted on Monday about the apparent shoring up of rumor he'd heard some months ago, that LIGO scientists were writing up a paper...
  • ALERT CAROLINA TIMELY WARNING: Unconfirmed report of armed person (UNC Chapel Hill)

    12/02/2015 6:14:05 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 13 replies
    Univ of North Carolina ^ | December 2 | Staff
    12/02/2015, 8:57 a.m. Unconfirmed report of armed person near ROTC Building / Venable Hall ALERT CAROLINA TIMELY WARNING: Unconfirmed report of armed person near ROTC Building / Venable Hall UNC Chapel Hill Police are investigating the report of an armed individual near the campus NROTC Building and Venable Hall. The report is unconfirmed at this time, but the campus is asked to shelter in place. Continue to monitor Alert Carolina website (alertcarolina.unc.edu) for any updates into this incident. UNC Police are asking anyone with information to call the UNC Police Department at 9-1-1 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers...
  • Suspicious package investigation underway in Sarasota (package turned out to be birdfeeder)

    07/22/2015 5:57:43 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 22 replies
    FOX 13 Tampa Bay ^ | 22 JUL 2015 | FOX13 Staff
    <p>SARASOTA (FOX 13) - Surrounding roads are shut down and all nearby businesses have been evacuated as police investigate a suspicious package Wednesday morning.</p> <p>Sarasota police said the package was found on a sidewalk near Arlington and U.S. 41.</p> <p>Officials have shut down U.S. 41 between Waldereme and Hillview. Traffic is being diverted.</p>
  • Navy Yard, DC. Active Shooter (Update: False Alarm)

    07/02/2015 5:08:04 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 173 replies
    FoxNews, et al ^ | July 2, 2015 | FoxNews, et al
    Active Shooter, Navy Yard, Washington Campus on lockdown.
  • Fargo Police Have Guns Drawn And Major Road Blocked Off

    06/23/2015 5:17:08 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies
    VALLEY NEWS LIVE ^ | 23 JUNE 2015 | VALLEY NEWS LIVE
    Fargo Police have their guns drawn and are ordering two men to the ground with their hands up near the Cork N' Cleaver in Fargo. Workers at the Cork N' Cleaver tell us an incident happened a few buildings down the road and everyone was instructed to stay put. University Drive has been blocked off at 32nd Avenue South. We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more updates as information becomes available.
  • Local USGS, LA Times ‘Quakebot’ Mistakenly Report Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Near Redding

    REDDING (CBS SF) – An earthquake with magnitude of 5.1 was reported but never hit the Redding area overnight. The United States Geological Survey reported the quake just after midnight, seven miles outside of Lewiston, just under Buckeye Ridge at Clair Engle Lake. But the Associated Press confirmed Friday morning that this was a “…erroneous alert based off an earthquake that struck in Alaska.” The event record of the California quake has since vanished from the USGS seismic activity map. As of 9 a.m., the computer algorithm used to automatically “write” earthquake stories for the Los Angeles Times continued to...
  • Police bomb squad blows up pressure cooker from ‘suspicious’ car near Capitol, Memorial Day Concert

    05/24/2015 10:23:51 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 54 replies
    ABC 7 News, The Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2015 | By Jay Korff
    WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says a bomb squad has safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended near the Capitol building and that the vehicle's owner has been arrested. Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider told The Associated Press by email that officers on patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle Sunday on a street on the National Mall west of the Capitol and an odor of gasoline was also detected. She says a bomb squad "disrupted the items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker," producing a loud bang about 7:45 p.m....
  • Ill patient prompts evacuation, quarantine (Baton Rouge)

    10/03/2014 8:41:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    WBRZ ^ | 10-3-2014 | Trey Schmaltz, Ryan Naquin
    A fire station was quarantined and a police station evacuated Friday evening after a man claiming to be from Africa showed up at the Baton Rouge Police precinct on Highland Road ill. Police said, given the current situation with Ebola across the globe and the events in Texas, they decided to take precautionary measures. The measures included calling medical responders, HAZMAT and evacuating the police station between downtown and LSU. Officers said they were concerned because the man was obviously ill, a spokesperson said. The fire station near the North Gates of LSU was closed Friday night and fire fighters...
  • (Vanity) Google search is no longer linking to Free Republic pages

    05/23/2014 10:09:30 AM PDT · by Yossarian · 72 replies
    Vanity by Yossarian | 5/23/14 | Yossarian
    Free Republic is a great resource to visit and browse, but it also is valuable to use as a searchable resource. It is very useful to see what FReepers have to say on various subjects, as we come from wide array of backgrounds, and have lived practical lives in the very-real world. Hence, one of the ways I access FR is via Google's search engine. I do a search, but specify to ONLY get results from Free Republic by appending "site:freerepublic.com" to the search term(s). In the past, this would guide me to the pages hosted on freerepublic.com, full of...
  • Report: Nerve Gas Sickens Postal Inspectors at New York's JFK Airport(Update post 122)

    08/11/2013 10:11:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 122 replies
    WABC-TV via Twitter ^ | Sunday, August 11, 2013
    BREAKING NEWS: Two postal inspectors at JFK Airport sickened by nerve gas after opening package
  • Suspicious substance found in envelope at Huntington Beach City Hall (Harmless)

    04/22/2013 2:27:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Clark Carpio
    The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad found a suspicious substance in an envelope that was delivered to the Huntington Beach Fire Department on the fifth floor of City Hall, according to city Fire Capt. Bob Culhane.