Even Testing an Alert System Triggers Pres Trump Haters… This Is A Test (beeeep)

We have all received those AMBER Alerts and Flood Warnings on our cell phones. This afternoon (Wednesday) at 2:18pm (Eastern), FEMA and the FCC performed the first test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. 

And soon after the alert came out, social media blew up with folks criticizing the alert.

Come on people, are y’all that triggered by President Trump that you have to clown EVERYTHING associated with him or show displeasure?!?

People couldn’t help themselves and tweet the hacky joke, “Can I block this…” Or ask if this meant that Trump use the system the same way he uses Twitter?

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s look at the facts as reported by Vox.com

  • Approximately 100 mobile carriers, including all major wireless companies, participated in the testing. A second test that put messages on TV and radio, known as the Emergency Alert System, took place a couple of minutes later
  • The alert was transmitted in English and Spanish. Cell towers broadcast the test for about half an hour, during which time most cell phones that were switched on and within range of an active cell tower got the test message
  • The TV and radio system has been tested three times before; the texting system hasn’t. The test was initially scheduled for September but was postponed because of Hurricane Florence (Smart Move)
  • The system is the same one that’s used to warn the public about dangerous weather or missing children, such as tornado warnings and Amber Alerts. Users can’t opt out of texts, a requirement from a 2006 law passed by Congress called the Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act. Congress requires the system be tested every three years
  • The national warning system predates Trump and has been under development for years, and officials say there are some pretty specific guardrails in place to make sure it’s always used correctly
  • According to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, the system “shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety.”

This is ultimately a good thing, but I will say it is still important for the people to know/understand how the system works. For example, how the system will be triggered? What’s the chain of approval for an alert to go out? What kind of a follow-up will we receive; instructions, etc…?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

What is North Korea’s Definition of Denuclearization?

When the news broke that North Korea would suspend their nuclear missile test program ahead of peace talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump took to Twitter and tweeted the following…

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While it is true that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is suspending their testing program, this is still far from North Korea giving up their nuclear program. Any confusion going into the summit between Kim and Trump can prove to be disastrous.

For North Korea, the suspension of their nuclear missile testing is not a concession to the United States. They have completed all the testing they feel is necessary

“We no longer need any nuclear test or test launches of intermediate and intercontinental range ballistic missiles, and because of this the northern nuclear test site has finished its mission,” the official Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying.

Yeah, that sounds like someone who has no plans on denuclearization, instead it sounds as if Kim is looking to negotiate from a position of strength. If North Korea truly has a functional nuclear missile program, we may very well see Kim Jong Un attempt to look for concessions from the United States that could include a reduction of military presence in South Korea. If that is the case we may not see anything big come from the upcoming summit.

Without a doubt Trump has to be eyeing this summit as something historic. If can manage to get North Korea to give up their nukes (highly unlikely), his presidency will go down in history for something other than Russian interference in US elections

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Source: Washington Post

 

 

Yes, In 2011 President Obama Suspended the Iraqi Refugee Program…

Yes, In 2011 President Obama suspended the Iraqi Refugee Program for 6-months.

In response to the backlash President Trump has received since he signed the immigration executive order,  many conservatives and Trump supporters have mentioned Obama suspending the receiving of Iraqi refugees in the U.S. The problem with that comparison is that Obama’s suspension of the refugee program was in response to 2 al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

And at that time Obama didn’t restrict visa access, they slowed down the process of allowing visas and added additional security checks because of actionable intelligence. In Trump’s case he seems to be acting within a bubble that did not include anyone outside of the oval office.

The Department of Homeland Security only saw details of the executive order on Friday, the day it was signed, and basically left border patrol agents on their own to figure out how to enforce the order.

Get it together Trump!!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!