2006/07/12

Coming To A Cell Phone Near You - Panic!

THIS IS A TEST
OF THE DHS
EMERGENCY TEXT


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WARNING SYSTEM.
IF EVIL DOERS IN
YOUR AREA ARE UP

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TO NO GOOD, THIS
SYSTEM IS DESIGNED
TO GIVE YOU JUST

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ENOUGH INFO
FOR YOU TO KNOW
THAT YOU ARE

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REALLY SCREWED!
BUT THANK GOD
THIS IS ONLY...

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...A TEST.

I see so many problems with this that I'm not even sure I can enumerate them. Sheeesh!

20 Comments:

Just another tool designed to keep the fear coarsing through the veins of the American public.
What ever happened to "Do not Call," can I use it here with this?

Mccs1977
Aren't they already listening to our calls anyway? Why not just say "Hey! Yes, you! You know we're here, now hear this"!
Sweet. I wonder if it will override Bush, Cheney, and Chertoff's vacation blocker.
I just don't get it. What are we supposed to expect in case of say...a hurricane? "It'll be here in a day. Evacuate!"? Well duh!

The logistics will never work. The conspiracist in me thinks that Lew may be right. This is just a gorified version of the alerts from DHS.

I like John's suggestion, BTW. Use the existing infrastructure. ;-)
I think they have lost their minds. Too much nowddays happens too fast for this to do any good...idiots as usual.
I smell a form of gov't disclaimer. "We NOTIFIED you ... blah, blah ... so if you sustained damages, it's your own damn fault. What more could we do? We bear no responsibility & will accept no claims for such. What part of 'on your own' don't you understand?" -- D.K.
Dont you think they should work on the inter-agency communication system before they worry about spreading panic?
So when the first false alarm happens, how much do we all get charged for this? Another give away from the government to the telecoms. I'm partially serious.
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This cellphone terror alert message has been brought to you by Universal Music Group - a purveyor of fine records like John Cale's "Fear is a Man's Best Friend, available at fine record and cd stores near you."
D.K., eek! Hadn't thought about that disclaimer angle, but if things like they did with Katrina, you'll get the message as the hurricane roars through.

Praguetwin, you mean work on the communication before they take to crashing Verizon's communication system?

SA...yes and that's pretty good. The commerce angle, hadn't thought about that either.
If the Boy Who Cried Wolf married Chicken Little, where would their children work?
I suppose we'll have to pay the wireless charge to receive these warnings too, eh? This is just another scheme they've cooked up to pad the pockets of AT&T, Cingular, Verison, etc.
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If the Boy Who Cried Wolf married Chicken Little, where would their children work?

For the president. Duh!
If the Boy Who Cried Wolf married Chicken Little, where would their children work?

Well I was going to say DHS, but TPM said it better. ;-)

Hey TPM...the question is, when you're in the middle of Manhattan and the call comes through, run where? I can just see mass panic ensuing because of too little info.

Kathy...indeed. Do you think they'll let us block it?
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BEND OVER
KISS ASS
GOOD BYE

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Kvatch, I bet we won't be allowed to block it. The "do not call" list doesn't block calls from political parties, sadly. I'm a registered Dem yet I keep getting GOP propaganda on my home phone. Arghhhh!
WS...that's so true. Though with the swamping of the system, it would probably be...

BEND OVER
KISS A--

Kathy, for anoyances like that, I just ask for their address and their agreement to a $500.00/minute charge for my time. Usually get's 'em off the phone right away.
"your cell phone will go off saying something bad is happening" oh there's a clever message.

like what?

Bush is choking on his pretzels again?
He needs more money for his birthday?
The twins got busted again and need bail?

can we text message back?

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