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LibraLiz1973 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:19 AM
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What's with this commercial?? Anyone else see it?
Edited on Sat Apr-09-05 12:24 AM by LibraLiz1973
So I am watching MSNBC right now. Keith Olbermann's rap up of the popes funeral. Commercials come on. Normally I mute them. I was busy reading the Gannon/Guckert/Gosch thread so I didn't. This random commercial comes on and it's little kids asking their parents what they should do in case of a terrorist attack. (Where would we meet, what should I do etc)
Has anyone else seen this? Does it feel like it just came out of no where? I've got that feeling they are going to start up with the raised levels etc. again. Diverting us from paying attention to- something big. Don't know what yet.

The commercial directs you to this web site.
www.ready.gov


The Commercial can be viewed here. It is called Kids-Terrorist Attack.
It is on the right hand side of the screen.
http://www.adcouncil.org/campaigns/homeland_security/
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:29 AM
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1. Duck and Cover ...
''There was a turtle by the name of Bert. And Bert the Turtle was very alert.
When danger threatened him he never got hurt. He knew just what to do.

He'd Duck and Cover. Duck and Cover.

He did what we all must learn to do. You and you and you and you.

Duck and Cover!''

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/dac.shtml

Or ...

Same shit, different century.

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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:30 AM
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2. I saw the same thing a couple of weeks ago...
Edited on Sat Apr-09-05 12:30 AM by TwoSparkles
...and I felt the same way you did.

I was wondering why this came out of nowhere. I automatically began thinking, "Ok. What are they planning to do to us now?"

I was really disturbed by this commercial and I discussed it with my husband who shared my concerns.

It almost felt to me, like someone was sending out a message, so they could soon say, "We warned you. We warned you with those ads. We were prepared."

I wish I had some comforting words. It's hard with this lying, manipulative administration.

I do share your concern and I thought the same thing!
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:31 AM
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3. Unadulterated government propaganda
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:34 AM
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4. Sounds weird, I wish they would show this one...
From the U.N.'s anti-land Mine campaign. The link below takes you to the website, If you want to see the Video, it's on the upper left.

Warning: If you have a weak heart, be forewarned.

<http://www.stoplandmines.org/slm/index.html >

Here is another site with some other good videos.

<http://www.thislandwasmine.org/tlwm/index.html >
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American in Asia Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:47 AM
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7. I saw that ad on tv too..
Can't remember if it was on CNN or BBC. Powerful stuff, huh? I hope it's effective at making people think outside their own comfortable world, but, I dunno - my experience is that it's very easy for most Americans to mentally close off those kind of thoughts or feelings as being irrelevant since it doesn't happen to them. Who knows though - maybe it will have a big impact. I hope so....
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 01:22 AM
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11. Which one did you see? The Soccer game?
I saw the Cambodian Farmer spot on CNN International the other night.
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American in Asia Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 01:16 PM
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18. Yeah - the soccer game...
And being a parent - and a former "soccer parent" at that, it really hits you in the gut. Or at least it did me, and given that our lives living outside the US in a poor country are not nearly as sheltered as the average American's, I suppose I'm hoping that it would make an even bigger impression on someone who hadn't really been able to visualize the horror.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 02:00 PM
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21. I Had the same reaction to the Soccer Game spot, I can't watch it again
Sorry to report, but, other than CNNInt, these U.N. spots have a snowball's chance in Hell of ever being shown on a main stream media (MSM) channels.

I don't know now long you've been out of the country, but the amount of Television "news" on the Cable "news" channels has dropped to around 5% news, 95% fluff. CNN/Headline News has even launched their new "Headline Prime" (8pm to 11pm) "Entertainment News." I guess 5 minutes of "news" headlines every 1/2 hour was just more than the Government would allow.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central), NPR, BBC and other foreign News, and the Internet are about the only News we can get in this country now. :argh:
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American in Asia Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:06 PM
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25. I've lived overseas for 4 years
I missed almost all the Bush presidency -- I was kinda having mixed feelings about coming here (lots of family reasons) until Bush won the election in 2000, and then was so depressed at the idea of having to see his smirk on tv for the next four years that leaving sounded MUCH better!!

No doubt television news has really changed. I get all mine from BBC, because even from here I can see a difference in CNN's coverage. Major bummer for me is that where I live, I only get the Daily Show once a week!
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Catamount Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:34 AM
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5. I've heard many adds like this on AA, they're calling them Community
Services, I think.
I usually tune adds out, never really hearing the full message, but they do involve planing for 'somekind of unusual event'.
I think they may be for a phone company.
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hippiepunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:38 AM
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6. 666 posts!
:evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:52 AM
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8. 3000 people die a month in America because of gun violence. An
add that scares about terrorism is unfair. But what do you expect from a bunch of liars.
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zippy890 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 05:29 AM
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14. Exactly!! we have more to fear from americans
with guns than foreign terrorists.

we have more to fear from religious extremists advocating violent acts against judges.

Our home grown variety of terrorists are much more likely to do real damage to life, property and our country then foreign terrorists.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 06:56 AM
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15. That does not mean you ignore the terrorists. You fight them and
you fight the gun danger within the USA. And neither one means you have to go to Iraq without going there under the auspices of the UN to get Saddam for all of his Human Rights violations.
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LibraLiz1973 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 09:30 AM
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16. EXCELLENT point
Don't see alot of commercials about the terror of guns now do we?
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Hard Attack Donating Member (264 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:54 AM
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9. Homeland Security Funds Hard At Work.
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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 12:57 AM
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10. Bushco is using whatever he can to SPREAD fear among the people here inthe
USA--maybe he knows that COLOR CODED ALERTS go nowhere near where they want the alerts to go, i.e., upping him in the polls...so, now they are trying out a more visual and gut grabbing way, hence the ad you saw.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 02:59 AM
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12. Oh, Christ. I haven't seen this ad, but I'm familiar with ready.gov,
and it's horrifyingly moronic. HORRIFYINGLY.
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LittleWoman Donating Member (217 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 05:02 AM
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13. This is not a new commercial
Insomniacs like me have seen it on very early morning TV for quite a while. I do find it disturbing on a number of levels and I am glad it seems to run at times that children are not likely to be watching. As a survivor of the "duck and cover" years I do not like to think of any more children having bad dreams over this stuff.
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Discord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 09:32 AM
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17. Ok kids. Climb under your desk and clasp your hands on top
of your heads...


Anyone else smell a new terra attack coming?

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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 01:27 PM
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19. Watch out! The gay terrorists will get your children!
Vote Republican!
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Lost Texan in NC Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 01:56 PM
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20. Gay Terrorists
:smoke:

Don't you mean the gay children are out to get those poor terrorists. haha!

All this about commercials on tv proves one thing. The government basically controls the air waves.
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Career Prole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 05:58 PM
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22. Time to break out the JuliusBlogspot * approval/terra alert chart again!
Check out this helpful chart to see how terra becomes a concern when *'s numbers dip. Unfortunately they stopped in 8/04 but you get the idea. It's positively illuminating! :)



Visit it at www.juliusblog.blogspot.com
(in left column)
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LibraLiz1973 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-05 02:15 PM
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27. My thoughts exactly. As * numbers dip ever lower...
The chances of an "attack" grow ever higher.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 06:26 PM
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23. Here we go again - back to the bomb shelter days of the 50's
and 60's. Perhaps nationally these commercials are in poor taste. Attention at the community level where special attention can be given to isolated cases.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 06:42 PM
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24. To speak up in favor of ready.gov,
in the 9-11 commission report they said that the WTC employees began having safety drills after the 1994 attack, and that these simple, stupid safety drills kept the employees calm and enabled them to evacuate the towers in a non-chaotic manner.

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Liberal In Texas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-05 11:19 PM
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26. It's actually a Public Service Announcement (PSA) not an ad.
Stations used to be required to run a certain number of PSA's, but I don't think they have to anymore.

Now days, they stick in PSA's when they have an empty slot where a commercial, or ad, would go.

This looks like one from the Ad Council, which was started in the days of mandatory PSA's. Funded by advertisers and broadcasters, they produced the PSA's so the stations wouldn't have to and distribute them (I believe) free. All on a wide range of topics.

Many times, stations will edit on or super their own id's to "brand" them.

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LibraLiz1973 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-05 02:20 PM
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28. To me the whole thing smacked of "be afraid. be very afraid"
I don't debate the need for www.ready.gov in any way. But using the children to make the spot? Odd. It was reminiscent of PSA's about house fires. (Where would we meet? What should I do? etc) But since theres only been 1 day of terror in our country in the last few years(at least that they admit to) it seems odd that they have this big push for these commercials,which I have now seen two more times.
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