False ballistic missile alert in Hawaii

A big scare in Hawaii:

But someone on a change of shift apparently pushed the wrong button and sent out an alert accidentally.

Just as well it was only an alert button and not a launch button that was accidentally pushed.

And just as well no one reacted to the alert by pushing a more dangerous button.

Nuclear arms have arguably kept the world away from major conflict for seventy years, but they are a massive risk hovering over us.

40 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 14, 2018

    Doh! How on earth did this happen? I don’t believe the “wrong button” flannel. More to it than that.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 14, 2018

      I don’t suppose that we will ever know, but I do suppose that the moron who was either stupid or had a strange sense of humour will be unemployed by now.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  January 14, 2018

    Numerous possibilities –

    A) If the USA is going to initiate a pre-emptive nuclear war based on a competition about the size of their respective ‘buttons’ between their equally insane leaders, the population of ‘Land of the Free, [former] Home of the Brave’ needs to be conditioned about their impending doom, as per the early 60s … “False alarms” might actually fulfill both requirements … excuse and preparation …?

    B) If North Korea is a real threat – which is highly debatable – Hawaii is the obvious target … and “the population of ‘Land of the Free, [former] Home of the Brave’ needs to be conditioned about their impending doom, as per the early 60s …”

    C) If Hawaii is going to be the target of a “False Flag Op” … the population of ‘Land of the Free, [former] Home of the Brave’ needs to be conditioned about their impending doom, as per the early 60s …

    D) etc … other possibilities …

    You gotta find out what you can “get away with”. Never mind that infants, children and even adults may be traumatised for years or lifetimes by thinking they’re about to die …

    Watched an excellent movie last night about the militaristic insanity of South & North Korea

    ‘Joint Security Area’ – 2000 1hr 48 … Hardly an American in sight … thank God!

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 14, 2018

      You are exploring the malevolence possibilities way before the incompetence options have been exhausted.

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 14, 2018

        Alan, you’re the one who says above, “I don’t believe the “wrong button” flannel. More to it than that.”

        Rest assured, there’s more to it All-Right …

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 14, 2018

        I don’t believe the “wrong button” flannel. Nor is it likely that the Democrat-progressive Hawaii political establishment is hatching any of your Alt-right conspiracies. As per below I suspect an idiot act of malice by a disgruntled employee most probable. Or less probably an idiot prank gone wrong. But I guess we will find out soon.

    • NOEL

       /  January 14, 2018

      “You gotta find out what you can “get away with”. Never mind that infants, children and even adults may be traumatised for years or lifetimes by thinking they’re about to die …”

      As a soldier in the NZ Army in the 1970’s NBC instruction was a part of the training.
      The instruction manuals were American and when it got to the bit about dressing in your NBC suit someone said “where are they stored.” The answer was the NZ Army didn’t have any.
      Someone at the back of the class said “Don’t worry bend down and kiss your ass good bye”

      • Corky

         /  January 14, 2018

        Didn’t know your were in the army, Noel. That makes two on this blog, if Ray’s picture is genuine. Sounds like you had some fun. You would have been stationed in Blenheim in those days. Certainly beats Waiouru in winter.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  January 14, 2018

      I recall being affected by this particular trauma as a child when my dear old dad showed me a herald headline that read ‘the Russians are now able to destroy the world 22 times’

      This is highly disturbing news to a 7 a year old mind that is not yet equipped to rationalise the probability and gamesmanship involved

      I was somwhat comforted when he explained the Americans were on our side and would prevent the bad guys from prevailing, just as they had done when he was a lad

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 14, 2018

        C, as a sensitive 7 year old, perhaps it’s lucky you weren’t informed that the ‘goodies’ in this Pollywood* drama, the Americans, were already capable of destroying the world ONE HUNDRED & TWENTY-TWO times!?

        * new word # 127 Politics-Hollywood

        • Conspiratoor

           /  January 14, 2018

          They saved our sorry arses in the previous dustup partisanz, that qualifies them as the good guys in this script

          • PartisanZ

             /  January 14, 2018

            I’m sure our proud Second Expeditionary Force & Maori Battalion troops who nearly mutinied in North Africa to get home and defend these sacred shores would be pleased to hear you say so C …

            They’d no doubt totally agree about their own, their loved-ones and their leaders’ “sorry arses” too …

            Instead they were ‘swapped’ for Yanks … unlike some Australian Divisions … although the Yanks would have come here anyhow …. just like they went to Australia regardless …

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 14, 2018

              What an insult. They came in when everyone else had been in the war for years and was exhausted. They didn’t have to go through what the UK and Europe did, being bombed and the rest of the horrors. They were not going hungry or having to go without anything much, as far as I know.

              To talk about the ANZACs and the rest, military and civilians’ ‘sorry arses’ is an appalling insult. Be ashamed.

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 14, 2018

              I don’t think shame is in that one’s repertoire of feelings Miss Kitty … ?

            • Conspiratoor

               /  January 15, 2018

              Her shield of sanctimony looks to be rubbing off on you partisanz 😇

  3. And the relevance of Trump playing golf when this is going on is? Absolutely zero… but ya know smart arsed anti-Trumpers will be amused, how pathetic.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 14, 2018

      Keeps PG happy. They got to get their daily fix.

      • You are not wrong Al, you are not wrong…..

      • Conspiratoor

         /  January 14, 2018

        Meantime back in the real world the news just keeps getting better for the low paid as trump rolls out his promised tax cuts

        http://www.newsweek.com/walmart-giving-raise-benefits-after-tax-bill-778027

        • PartisanZ

           /  January 14, 2018

          If that’s good news “back in the real world”, we sure-as-hell don’t need any bad …

          What do we really learn from this pap piece? Almost nothing? Do we learn, for instance, what proportion of the tax cuts are being ‘redistributed’ as wage increases or bonuses? No. It’s a Walmart-Trump Media Release.

          $50 a year for each of the 20 years you’ve wage-slaved for Walmart.
          I call this fuck all!

          How much will shareholders receive?

          Nor do we hear any hints or indications of what might have happened if they hadn’t redistributed at least some of the tax cuts? Labour unrest and industrial action? Low-wage staff being head-hunted by other low-but-better-waged stores? Service standards dropping?

          This tosh-journalism has already slipped below the ‘idiocracy’ level …

          • Conspiratoor

             /  January 14, 2018

            ‘Low-wage staff being head-hunted by other low-but-better-waged stores’

            I concur, this is a terrible thing. Should be a ban on it!

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 14, 2018

              I wouldn’t want to prevent it … fool … but clearly Walmart did!

            • Conspiratoor

               /  January 14, 2018

              Didn’t take long for the ad homs. You’re all class partisanz

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 14, 2018

              Fair enough, apologies for the “fool” … Yours was sincere and witty *sarc* …

              What I meant to convey was: Walmart has closed any wage-gap with its competitors, almost certainly for solely profit-motive reasons rather than any genuine concern for its employees …

              My comments about Newsweek, which I believe once had a good journo-rep, still stand. That pap-piece PR tosh isn’t journalism at all … It’s Alt-Right populist propoganda, the Inverse Totalitarian equivalent of a Soviet Communist Party Newsletter or handbill …

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 14, 2018

              And, sure enough –

              “With its announcement on Thursday, Walmart didn’t mention the great difficulty employers are having finding and retaining workers in the retail industry.

              said Thomas Kochan, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. “What’s impossible to sort out is how much of this is because of savings from the tax cuts, and how much is because of pressure they’re receiving from employees and labor groups.”

              But it wasn’t all good news. The retailer also said Thursday that it had suddenly closed 63 Sam’s Club stores, affecting thousands of workers.”

              https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/01/11/walmart-to-raise-starting-hourly-wage-to-11-offer-paid-parental-leave/?utm_term=.433d4cdb354f

              ‘Commentary: Walmart Has 4 Reasons to Raise Wages But the New Tax Cuts Ain’t One’ – Fortune

              http://fortune.com/2018/01/11/walmart-minimum-starting-wages-raises-bonuses/

              “There has to be a higher level of compassion for the country and the American people”

              Regrettably he’s speaking a foreign language which Righties don’t understand …

            • PartisanZ

               /  January 14, 2018

              Gotten real sidetracked … aside from the well proven money-power link with militarism … but Oh Look!

              ‘Walmart Expands ‘Scan & Go’ Service to 100 More Stores’ – Fortune

              http://fortune.com/2018/01/11/walmart-expands-scan-and-go-to-100-stores/

    • Any thoughts on the relevance of most of Trump’s tweets to leading the US? Perhaps it’s ok when he does it.

      • Its called diversion – he does it deliberately. Ignore them and focus on what is really happening. Trump is not my cuppa tea but I have a sneaking admiration how he has got his tax reform while all the Trump haters were taken in by his tweets….. he uses diversion, hyperbole and redirection like a magician…

        • Tax reform of sorts was achieved – mostly by the GOP – but it’s flawed.

          Whoops! Last-minute change to U.S. tax overhaul splits grains sector
          A pitfall of last minute wrangling to get a a bill through.

          Republican U.S. senators are working with some of the world’s biggest agricultural merchants to undo a last-minute provision in the tax overhaul that threatens to distort the grains market and starve private firms of corn, soy and wheat supplies.

          • Says Pete George… how about we watch for a year or so and see what happens. Remember lower corporate rates mean US Corporations will be placed under more pressure to bring offshore profits back into the States. A bit of potential for additional investment due to lower tax rates…

            But still doesn’t explain why we had to have a tweet re trump golfing tacked on the end of the story Pete….

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 14, 2018

              I don’t think that he does make reforms while everyone is diverted by those insane tweets-not everyone sees them and the government is more than one man, Why would anyone be stupid enough to hide achievements behind a mask of childish rants on Twitter ?

              His golf days in a year are 1/4 (in round figures) of Barack Obama’s in 8 years,

              This is worthy of comment-and he abused Barack Obama for playing golf and said that he would never do so himself while he was in the White House as he would be there for the people (hollow laugh from me)

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 14, 2018

      Maybe one employee with a grudge. Sent it out at the end of the shift and buggered off. Could be heading to jail.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 14, 2018

        There’ll be more fun if it turns out to be an illegal immigrant.

  4. Not a nice situation to be in.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 14, 2018

      The daughter’s name is GEORGE ? What sort of people give a little girl a name like that ?

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 14, 2018

    Hawaiian Democrat progressive mouthpiece tries to blame Trump for their massive cock up:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11974870

    … and ignores the fact that North Korea has restarted talks with South Korea as a result of Trump’s pressure after Obama’s ineptitude.

  6. PartisanZ

     /  January 15, 2018

    Many stories emerging of fear, shock and trauma due to the “false alert” …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11975117

    A fearful populace is a compliant populace …