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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 06:12 PM
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"War of the Worlds" on Wednesday
I just heard on the tv news that, for the first, there will be a test of the emergency broadcast system without saying that it's only a test.
This might have the same effect as the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, where people thought it was real.
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 06:15 PM
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1. There are already paranoid right-winger emails about it
The only reason I knew this was happening was thanks to a DU post a week ago about this very thing.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 06:17 PM
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2. I've seen the warning a couple of times on the cable so far....
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 06:31 PM
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3. This is the first i heard of it and I think it's a really bad idea
It's like crying wolf, in the future people will assume it's only a test when there's a real alert.
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 09:12 PM
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5. Here's where I first heard about it:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

When I was a kid, in broadcast-only days, they had these all the time. But back then all we had was tv and radio. I'm not sure how this test differs but I'm not too worries about it. They test the emergency doors and p.a. system in my apartment building every three months.
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leeroysphitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 06:36 PM
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4. I, for one, intend to panic either way...
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 09:14 PM
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6. There is a whole manual for this, and it has been known for some time
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 09:15 PM
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7. Got an email from Time Warner about it
apparently, it will even cut into stuff being watched On Demand.

dg
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-08-11 09:15 PM
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8. And just for fun, the original war of the worlds broadcast is here:
http://www.mercurytheatre.info /

:) Love listening to it
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