In 1938, so the story goes, America nearly scared itself to death when "the Mercury Theatre on the Air enacted a Martian invasion of Earth". Orson Welles´ radio play took the form of simulated news bulletins, but its content provoked mass hysteria. Mass hysteria is not a thing of the past and there have been numerous outbreaks since all the way into the 21st century. In 2016 an epidemic of hundreds of "evil clown" sightings in the US and Canada eventually spread to " Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South America." Mass hysteria can affect even politics and historians cite
How much less hysteria would there have been, if we had Reagan´s Star Wars missile defense system? But the Leftists all "educated us" on what a bad idea that was. At the time, I thought they were just Pollyanna obstructionists. After the last nine years, I now now they believed it would work and prevent the destruction of our Country. Hence, they had to oppose it.
I wish I weren´t old enough to recall the fatalism of the Carter years but I am. I also recall the freshly-bathed feeling of the Reagan years as the economy mollified almost all other concerns.
America has been mired in navel-gazing born of financial difficulties amd uncertainty for so long it is the default position of many. The bizarre subjects and debates we rail against are the product of too many idle hands and minds.
If, and hopefully when, people go to work and spend, invest and consume as much as a healthy nation should there will be a sea change in the general outlook and tone of the national conversation. People enjoying themselves are much more resistant to sob stories and manipulation. If Generation Snowflake want to carry on moaning and panicking that´s their lookout.
In every society, there is a subset of hysterics who panic and run around with their hair on fire over just about anything. That´s the group that panicked over "War of the Worlds," and the Hawaiian false alarm. A rational person says, "what is going on?" and tries to get confirmation before putting their kids in storm drains.
Luckily cooler heads are prevailing and the dedicated public servant will not lose his/her job over the incident. After all, 2 hours were spent in training and finding people qualified to push buttons is not an easy task. I also applaud the rapid correction of the error. The required studies were sidestepped and a person qualified to determine the veracity of the error was quickly found. Kudos to the union controlled government employees for a great job!
#8 - considering that casualties in a missile attack are random (and in a nuclear strike and relatively widespread), the best thing and individual can do is sit tight, get right with God and hope it hits somewhere else, wailing sirens nothwithstanding. Anything else is just wasted effort.
Weakness is provocative. Obama was weak (I thought his weakness was deliberate); Trump is strong; thus, we are infinitely safer with Trump as CIC. Don´t think our enemies don´t know that, even though America´s Left refuse to acknowledge anything that doesn´t fit their Narrative.
FTA: The real peril is cheapened by the imaginary one. The actual warning is blunted by the fake. If there is one unequivocal danger those "38 minutes in Hawaii" engendered it is desensitization.
The Left have gone whole hog in their politically involved lying, and the mainstream media are giving them cover. The America we knew can´t survive this amount of mendacity by the professional socialists in political office and in the newsrooms. But how do we get rid of these destructive ingrates? About half the citizenry believe their lies. The Narrative thus assumes the appearance of reality.
My thoughts are: 1) Poor system design. The ´REAL ATTACK!´ ´button´ ... if it is an actual, physical electrical switch, should have a shield over it, so that you first lift the shield, THEN activate the switch. If it is on a computer screen, ´pressing´ it should pop up a big flag warning "THIS IS TO ACTIVATE THE REAL ATTACK WARNING SYSTEM. PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE ACTIVATING THE ACTUAL ATTACK WARNING SYSTEM."..... or something similar. Make it HARD to make such a serious ´Dumb Mistake´. ------------------ #7, my thinking is that if you get the ´REAL´ attack warning, you do not have time to ´wait for confirmation´. The Fireball will occur in less than 30 minutes. You HAVE to take action NOW (and I think getting the kids into -I assume underground piping- storm drains is probably as good as protection as you are going to find. Look up photos of Hiroshima after the attack in WWII. -------------------------------- #11, I used to do the ´Duck and Cover´ drills in elementary school. By the time we were in junior high school we joked that it was ´Bend Down and Kiss Your (behind) Goodbye´ --------------------------------- #8, that is also what struck me...... that it took 38 MINUTES for them to realize their mistake and put out a correction or an ´All Clear´! Dysfunctional System, Incompetent People, or BOTH! --------------------------- and #1, I agree..... If we had done as Ronaldus Maximus wanted, we would NOT be ´Sitting Ducks´ today!
OMB Director Mick Mulvaney is one of the all-stars among President Trump’s cabinet level appointees. President Trump had the inspired idea to appoint him acting director of the constitutional monstrosity known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when Richard Cordray departed to run for elective office. Before his departure, however, in the lawless spirit of the bureau itself, Cordray sought to name his own successor. We admired his performance facing down the media in “Mulvaney meets the press.” With the help of her Democrat friends riding high in the Obama era, Elizabeth Warren designed the bureau in her own imperious image.
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