Residents of Hawaii experienced a rude awakening Saturday morning as a round robin text was sent out to all their devices and online warning that the islands were about to suffer an attack by nuclear missile from North Korea. Hawaiians have been worried about the escalating tensions in the Far East seeing as Kim Jong Un has specifically mentioned the United States of America as one of his country's greatest enemies and has stated that he has missiles capable of striking it and would be willing use his full nuclear deterrent on America if he had to. The islands of
in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are by far the closet
part of the United States
to North Korea
and would probably be hit first, as has happened in previous wars in the
region. The people of Hawaii took
the threat completely seriously. They hastened to whatever shelter they could.
In hotels and public buildings people headed for the basements. Some people in
the open streets forced their children down manholes. Along with the alarm was
sadness. People called loved ones essentially to say goodbye. One woman had a
tearful telephone conversation with her mother, a ninety-five year old lady who
had survived the 1941
attack. She was too old to lower herself to the floor for protection. After
this period of pandemonium it was revealed that the whole alert had been a
"terrible mistake". The services sent out a second Tweet apologizing profusely
and reassuring Hawaiians that there was no real missile threat. The state
governor David Ige reported that a worker at the Pearl Harbour Hawaii emergency management services "pushed the wrong button" during a shift
change. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IDYO4o9aOE.
You can just imagine it, can't you? "Morning
Nigel. 'Ere, I've been meaning to ask you, what does this button do?"
"A hell of a lot! Don't press it, Dave, whatever you do!" "Are
you sure, Nigel?" "Yes, Dave. Now I'm off home. You have the
shop!" "Righto. See ya, Nigel... Hmm... Maybe I'd better just press
it to make sure..."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWD9Q6klzco. Unfortunately a number of people thought it was real and they panicked. Some people jumped into their cars and fled for the hills. Others looted shops and rioted in the street. A number of people were injured by violence and car accidents. The blame was placed on the director Orson Welles. However I wonder if the purpose of the play was to see how the population would react if faced with the real eventuality of armed and dangerous UFO's. If the play was not produced for that purpose you can still bet psychological think tanks, such as the Tavistock Institute, would take a distinct interest in the response by the public. No doubt the authorities will play this heartless trick on us again as and when they think they need to.
See here for more information: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/2012-london-olympic-stadium.html.