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Sunday, January 14, 2018

State employee screws up, Trump to blame

Americans are so not ready for actual war that involves them actually being attacked, as opposed to an accidental false warning. And remember, no matter who screws up, the God-Emperor is responsible.
Approx. 8.05am: A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated. This was a test that involved the Emergency Alert System, the Wireless Emergency Alert, but no warning sirens.

8.07am: A warning was erroneously triggered statewide by an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).

8.10am: State Adjutant Maj. Gen. Joe Logan validated with the US Pacific Command that there was no missile launch.

Honolulu Police Department notified of the false alarm by HI-EMA.

8.13am: State Warning Point issues a cancellation of the Civil Danger Warning Message. This would have prevented the initial alert from being rebroadcast to phones that may not have received it yet. For instance, if a phone was not on at 8.07am, it would not receive the alert later on.

8.20am: HI-EMA issues public notification of cancellation via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

8.24am: Governor Ige retweets HI-EMA’s cancellation notice.

8.30am: Governor posts cancellation notification to his Facebook page.

8.45am: After getting authorization from FEMA Integral Public Alert and Warning System, HI-EMA issued a 'Civil Emergency Message' remotely, cancelling the false alert.
The Russians must be laughing so hard that vodka is coming out of their noses. So, this is what the great dumbing down looks like.

Allahpundit explains the two primary conspiracy theory explanations:

Minor: It was a hack but will be played off as an error by emergency warning services.
Major: There was a missile, we shot it down, and now it's all being played off as a false alarm.

Given that the West Coast is clearly under the threat of imminent attack, I expect Michelle Malkin has already concluded that the only rational response is the immediate internment of all Koreans and Korean-Americans.

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77 Comments:

Anonymous Yakov Smirnoff January 14, 2018 5:51 AM  

America! What a country!

Blogger Salt January 14, 2018 5:59 AM  

It was all due to one guy with his finger on the button. How comical. Wonder if he's a democrat?

Blogger rumpole5 January 14, 2018 5:59 AM  

Idiocracy. Some years ago I served on an office panel that revied applicants for open positions. After some weeks on the panel it became obious to me that the black lady chairing the panel was skewing the panel recommendations to favor black applicants. The result was that the panel sometimes hired a less qualified person. Extrapolate this over decades, and the result is an organization like the Washington D.C. transit system that is so African Americanized that it violates federal race employment guidelines, and which, coincidentally, has such poor operational and maintenance performance that a few years ago, closing the subway system for a month to make repairs made the news.

Blogger rumpole5 January 14, 2018 6:03 AM  

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-armageddon-is-coming-a-year-of-shuttered-sections-massive-repairs/2016/05/06/9a7160d0-12e6-11e6-93ae-50921721165d_story.html?utm_term=.0b8753771d9e

Anonymous Luke January 14, 2018 6:04 AM  

I am reminded of the over-the-top reactions to this missile alert TARFU most of all to the various frights over imagined early 1942 IJF raids on the U.S. West Coast. The pre-incident hyping (that predictably led to hair-trigger freakouts) was similar as well, as primary cause.

Blogger rumpole5 January 14, 2018 6:12 AM  

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theblaze.com/news/2012/03/29/exposed-dc-metro-subways-racist-willfully-incompetent-policies/amp/

Blogger Lazarus January 14, 2018 6:13 AM  

Look, the mysterious scapegoat with the fat finger feelz really bad about it, and is going to be retrained. Everything is under control.

Blogger rumpole5 January 14, 2018 6:21 AM  

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theblaze.com/news/2012/03/29/exposed-dc-metro-subways-racist-willfully-incompetent-policies/amp/

Blogger The Observer January 14, 2018 6:30 AM  

"Go 'way, batin'!"

Given how many state employees are doing just that on the job...Idiocracy is the best case scenario.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 14, 2018 6:57 AM  

Isn't Hawaii under the rule of the Japanese Occupational Government, JOG for short?

Anonymous Simon January 14, 2018 7:03 AM  

My conspiracy theory...

Someone in the govt. wanted to see how people would react if the U.S. was actually attacked.

The results would have been as predicted (people running around like headless chickens).

Anonymous Eduardo January 14, 2018 7:11 AM  

Lol, you haven't forgot Me So Michelle huh! XD

So was there really a missile? Any photos? Videos? Docs?

Vox, Camp Malkin might be the first step in Making America America Again.

Blogger JACIII January 14, 2018 7:19 AM  

When competently accomplishing a task is seventh or eighth on the list of important things about holding a position of employment... You might be a banana republic.

Blogger Gordon Scott January 14, 2018 7:46 AM  

Geez, she's not perfect, but she's done some good work, and last time I looked, she isn't shooting in this direction.

Mind you, it turns out that Mr. Miyagi was the boss. Apparently Daniel-san failed to grasp switch-on, switch-off.

Anonymous Causal Lurker January 14, 2018 7:53 AM  

Times headline we'll never see ...

"Government employee fired for incompetence
Woman or minority affected; a first"


That particular message is the sort that only a watch commander should be allowed to send, and only after consultation (quick but needed) with the correct higher-ups for confirmation. Flash traffic from NORAD or PACOM should be the first step, not the last step.

"An employee" sending the real message means the deliberate screwup by:

Watch commander
Watch commander's deputy
Other designee allowed to send messages
Idiot with unauthorized access to one of the above's message privileges
Several of the above

Heads that dense will make a dandy set of KE kill mechanisms for ABMs, unless putting more than two together induces creation of a black hole.

Blogger Markku January 14, 2018 7:54 AM  

This was a missile shot by Gogimir Putin from the land of MuhRussia.

Anonymous Corrox January 14, 2018 8:00 AM  

Vox seems to enjoy keeping his grudges alive for a long time.

I imagine that in the 2030s wasteland of the former US John Scalzi will one night wake up to a strange noise only to find nothing but a note mocking the demise of his big beautiful lawn.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 January 14, 2018 8:01 AM  

That warning system takes more than one step to activate. Incompetent people tend to not be that stupid.

Anonymous The Original Arrogant Steelers Fan January 14, 2018 8:16 AM  

At one time I was a contractor working with a local government that was in EOC lockdown because of one of hurricanes that hit the Southeast in the mid 2000s.

The EOC was run by about 1/2 women and 1/2 elderly. The only real emergency that ended up happening... one of the sissies got so worked up that she accidentally wrapped her own neck so tightly in a telephone cord that she passed out and hit her head on the edge of a desk.

Such was the level of panic of the panic mitigation squad. I imagine things have gotten much worse since then.

Blogger pyrrhus January 14, 2018 8:21 AM  

The story out there now is that the alert was "accidentally triggered during a shift change." Since that shouldn't be remotely possible, everybody is "investigating." I'm betting that the culprit will not be held responsible, or at most suspended with full pay...

Blogger pyrrhus January 14, 2018 8:24 AM  

"When competently accomplishing a task is seventh or eighth on the list of important things about holding a position of employment... You might be a banana republic."

I'm going to steal that one!

Anonymous Laz January 14, 2018 8:25 AM  

"The EOC was run by about 1/2 women and 1/2 elderly."

Staffed by people who's first reaction is to freak the f*ck out.

Blogger exfarmkid January 14, 2018 8:44 AM  

Can you imagine Dr. Pournelle's comments on this?

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 14, 2018 9:01 AM  

That reminded me of when I was in jump school at Ft. Benning.
This Turkish officer (from the Turkish navy) was too terrified to jump, so the sgt airborne screamed at him enough and he went. But he didn't hand off his static line and it got wrapped around his neck. It would have taken his head off, but the jumpmaster pulled the line at just the right time for him to fall out of it. Then when he got on the ground, his neck oozing blood, he wanted to fight the jumpmaster, placing the blame on him.

Dumbing down will affect our enlisted troops' safety if we draw officers from immigrant groups.

Anonymous Maximo Macaroni January 14, 2018 9:09 AM  

Or it could have been "Resist" terrorism, intended to cast blame on Trump. Hawaii is absolutely rotten with Hillary mourners. Hard to understand how dangerous it could have been.

Blogger tuberman January 14, 2018 9:28 AM  

As Stephen King once said "Eventual Everything," and we will eventually get more information on this conspiracy theory. It has been promised.

H scare indeed!

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 14, 2018 9:54 AM  

Gogimir? Not Lil' Magogimir?

Blogger SemiSpook37 January 14, 2018 10:00 AM  

Well, this *IS* Hawaii we’re talking about. I’d be more shocked if the idiot in question was an independent.

Blogger James Oswald January 14, 2018 10:01 AM  

Big news coming out this week. Some Progressive thought a missile warning to Hawaii would be timely to show Trump as an evil warmonger who is creating chaos. The Progs are jumping on this now. North & South Korea are having talks. Can't have that. Progs deceive. Kinda like SJWs Always Lie. Big news coming out this week.

Blogger James Oswald January 14, 2018 10:04 AM  

Big news coming out this week. Some Progressive thought a missile warning to Hawaii would be timely to show Trump as an evil warmonger who is creating chaos. The Progs are jumping on this now. North & South Korea are having talks. Can't have that. Progs deceive. Kinda like SJWs Always Lie. Big news coming out this week.

Blogger James Oswald January 14, 2018 10:05 AM  

Oops. Sorry for the double.

Anonymous Darth Dharmakīrti January 14, 2018 10:08 AM  

The results would have been as predicted (people running around like headless chickens).

As far as I can tell, both regular internet and phone/VOIP connections to the mainland held up. That is actually kind of impressive, and frankly more than I expected given the circumstances.

Blogger The Deuce January 14, 2018 10:32 AM  

If they nuke California into oblivion first, we might actually win this thing.

Anonymous Avalanche January 14, 2018 10:44 AM  

@15 ""An employee" sending the real message means the deliberate screwup..."

Roll that in with these (what's it, seven, now?!) Naval vessels having pretty horrendous screw-ups. It CANNOT be that (in the Navy's case, at least) it's ONLY DIEversity crew with no training... It can't be that a short awards ceremony on the ship's bridge distracted the ENTIRE bridge crew from seeing a 3X-larger container ship coming for them!

Seems like most of these Navy eff-ups are happening in full daylight (one or two at night), in clear weather, with a decent range-of-view. *IF* it was merely jamming on-board comms -- then the bridge crews could have sent a runner down to Engineering...

If it was jamming every electronic piece o' gear -- including steering controls -- then there could still be a chance to manually operate the rudder. Although that's a guess; I got out in 1983. Wouldn't been entirely surprised if the Federation changed the design so you needed to be at warp to fire the phasers!)

Bit scary if our military IS actually this dumbed down.

OpenID cyrus83 January 14, 2018 10:44 AM  

Even though I'm usually not surprised by stunning bureaucratic idiocy, this seems more like a manufactured crisis to distract from something else, particularly with the attacks on Trump.

Anonymous BBGKB January 14, 2018 10:52 AM  

related to mistakes caused by Affirmative Action vs avg IQ lowering:

Why bad things happen more often to black/brown people.

"‘Moving fire bombs’: Dangerous illegal rigs drive Miami’s black market for gas"
"“He was smoking a cigarette when I pulled him over,”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article194490029.html

Blogger tuberman January 14, 2018 10:53 AM  

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Blogger Bob January 14, 2018 10:54 AM  

Someone rather high-placed in government once told me: "Nothing happens by accident. Period."

He was talking about government activity, of course.

Anonymous Lord of the Fleas January 14, 2018 10:54 AM  

State employee screws up, Trump to blame

As evidenced by:

"This Hawaii missle scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY. Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!"

An actual tweet from yesterday (typos and ALL CAPS in the original) by Hollywood hyper-intellectual Jamie Lee Curtis.

Headless chickens indeed...

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 14, 2018 10:56 AM  

"Seems like most of these Navy eff-ups are happening in full daylight (one or two at night), in clear weather, with a decent range-of-view. *IF* it was merely jamming on-board comms -- then the bridge crews could have sent a runner down to Engineering..."

I've been both a sailor and a bridge lookout on a submarine. There're only two guys up there most of the time (when not in immediate transit in or out of port, and one of those guys is the Officer of the Deck) and I can confirm, there's no way in hell you don't see a container ship coming in broad, clear daylight. You'd have to be literally asleep for most or all of thirty minutes.

As for anything involving FEMA... I may or may not have made a public remark about my perception of their lack of competence last night. Instant validation.

Anonymous BBGKB January 14, 2018 11:02 AM  

an organization like the Washington D.C. transit system that is so African Americanized that it violates federal race employment guidelines

Lots of Asians got blackpilled after an engineer with a PHD lost a promotion there to an illiterate black.

""An employee" sending the real message means the deliberate screwup

I give you the brown PULSE killer who thought locking the emergency exit behind him was "helping"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3643430/Orlando-survivor-admits-trapping-club-goers-inside-escaped-claims-thought-doing-right-thing.html

Anonymous Be Deplorable, Not Afraid January 14, 2018 11:13 AM  

This smells like battlespace prep for Tulsi Gabbard. Watch to see if she ends up on all the news shows condemning Trump for creating such a dangerous atmosphere.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 14, 2018 11:25 AM  

Is anyone really surprised at mentally auto-handicapped people forming effectively memetic "other"s to blame things on no matter what? I love saying multiple things at the same time.

OT(Apologies) - if any "moderates" know why my posts are being auto-spammed, I assume it's my fault at this point and I'd love to know if you know what I'm doing wrong, whether I fed the trolls too much or just am eating google-retaliation for extensive Noscript-age.

Blogger Markku January 14, 2018 11:52 AM  

I freed them from spam, but unfortunately the consistency in which you are getting auto-spammed probably means that it's not going to get better any time soon. For some reason, Blogger Comments have you under a microscope, and we don't have control over that.

Blogger Markku January 14, 2018 11:55 AM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:Gogimir? Not Lil' Magogimir?

The Ma is in the MuhRussia

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club January 14, 2018 12:02 PM  

The Starfire Security idea sounds plausible: lazy computer barely-literates are so used to impatiently clicking "OK" to accept EULAs, downloads, etc., that when this alert popped up, some dope just clicked the box to unleash it on everyone.

Anonymous Hesiod January 14, 2018 12:11 PM  

YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY.

These idjits can't but to project.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 14, 2018 12:19 PM  

Markku, I really appreciate the info, it's probably because I have pretty much everything to do with google noscripted to perdition. I'll play around with the settings and see if I can fix it.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 14, 2018 12:24 PM  

Nicotine is addictive as hell, but that guy takes it to a new level.

Blogger DonReynolds January 14, 2018 12:25 PM  

Wherever the emergency alert button is located, I am pretty sure it will soon be encased in hard plastic soon with a key required to open it.....and the governor will have the key on a bead chain around his neck....and a checklist of required steps before bothering him for the key.

If the North Koreans (or Chinese) did not trigger this "false alarm", they must be thanking their lucky stars right now. Now the early warning system will be more difficult to trigger and will be slow to respond and leave less warning
time for Hawaiians....all of which is the wrong response but the most likely.

Anonymous Roundtine January 14, 2018 12:34 PM  

Someone in the govt. wanted to see how people would react if the U.S. was actually attacked.

If there's a conspiracy, that's the most likely one. Drills are BS. If you want to know how people react, you have to give them a real life test. We'll see how sunk America is over the next few days, because after the shock wears off, the real news is Hawaii is comically unprepared. It was like the ending of Animal House.

Blogger Phelps January 14, 2018 12:34 PM  

The Q anon explanation is that a missile alert triggers a bulk data transfer and wipe of the NSA data center in Hawaii.

The question would be where that data lands.

Blogger DonReynolds January 14, 2018 12:38 PM  

Bob wrote:Someone rather high-placed in government once told me: "Nothing happens by accident. Period."

He was talking about government activity, of course.


Accidents do happen, Bob....but they will NEVER be reported in the media. That crap gets cleaned up before there are pictures or reporters or police investigators.

If it gets reported in the media, it was definitely not an accident...and there is a 50-50 chance, if it is reported in the media, it never actually happened.

Anonymous Just another commenter January 14, 2018 12:40 PM  

It's news about a political subject - I assume that all parties involved are lying, the media will not understand and misquote, and the truth has only a tangential contact with anything said by anyone involved (if at all).

That said, who benefits if was a hack? Someone testing response times? Someone *trying* to start a nuclear war via retaliation? Someone trying make Trump / military look bad (no response=weak, actual response = insane)?

If it was an "honest" screwup, how many mistakes in planning, validation, etc had to happen to get it to the point where such an accident could happen? The AF is the king of check-list makers, and there HAS to be a procedure for something like this (and for missile launch detection I'm assuming they have to be involved at some point in this shit-show); I'm pretty sure there is not a "skip steps 45-106 if doing a test during a shift-change and just hit the button" exception.

I like the Major Theory better - demo our ability and we passed - but the other is more likely.

Blogger Markku January 14, 2018 12:41 PM  

Obviously a shady group in Russian government shot a missile at Hawaii, which was shot down, but unfortunately at the exact same moment, another shady group in Russian government, which didn't know of the other group, hacked the alarm system into giving what was supposed to be a false alarm. A third group of Russians have earlier influenced Trump to create a dangerous world in which this would create hysteria.

It's Russians all the way down.

Blogger Markku January 14, 2018 12:46 PM  

Also, shitholegate?

Russians.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 14, 2018 12:56 PM  

Russception.

Blogger Nate January 14, 2018 1:08 PM  

i'm with the conspiracy theorists on this. we decided we were not ready to have a war today... so we covered up the fact that we shot down the missile.

Now.. if that is true... then we can predict a big build up for war in the near future. with questionable justification for it.

Blogger John (not the pope) January 14, 2018 1:32 PM  

I don't buy either the "oops" excuse or the "we shot one down" scenario.
I'm going with some low-level apparatchik flipping a few switches intentionally trying to get the President to blink & launch pre-emptively at the NORKs. HI, as noted above is deep-HRC country...likely heavy on the #resist...I put nothing past that mob of jackals.
What are the chans saying?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 14, 2018 1:56 PM  

Blue country's emotional incontinence finding a way to loose itself while simultaneously blaming it on Trump? I'd buy that at least as easily as anything else.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener January 14, 2018 2:52 PM  

My guess: this was some shitlib bureaucrat trying to stir up an international incident and pin the blame on Trump.

Anonymous Battlefrog January 14, 2018 2:56 PM  

It seems more likely this was a test. You can't test a genuine public response if you say it's a drill.

Blogger Matthew McDaniel January 14, 2018 2:57 PM  

I share the same suspicion. While folks are busy with their noses in their phone checking twitter & Facebook they'd already be incinerated by a nuclear sun.

OpenID leukosfash January 14, 2018 5:40 PM  

Phelps wins the intertubes.

Anonymous Mr. Rational January 14, 2018 5:52 PM  

@43  I've found it varies massively by browser.  Blogger seems to love Brave.  It positively hates Pale Moon in Firefox-compatibility mode, but grudgingly tolerates it in native mode.  I have not tried Gecko mode, I am trying that now.

Anonymous Mr. Rational January 14, 2018 5:55 PM  

It is far more grudging to Gecko mode, but it let the comment through.  Sticking with native for now.

Anonymous Precious January 14, 2018 5:58 PM  

If you are vacationing in Hawaii when a missile attack occurs, there isn't much you can do unless you have close relatives with a home nearby. Rather than panic you may as well order the most expensive thing in the restaurant or from room service and enjoy your last meal.

Anonymous BBGKB January 14, 2018 6:11 PM  

Rather than panic you may as well order the most expensive thing in the restaurant or from room service and enjoy your last meal.

Maybe renting a 2 man oceangoing kyack or something bigger.

If it was jamming every electronic piece o' gear -- including steering controls -- then there could still be a chance to manually operate the rudder

Every time I went to a new place I always asked what their downtime procedures are so I would at least have a clue. When unplanned downtime or power outages happened in hospitals many just Dee DE De

AA staff retrained https://today.mims.com/nursing-staff-negligence-of-ventilator-alarm-led-to-death-of-elderly-patient

Blogger DonReynolds January 14, 2018 6:48 PM  

Precious wrote:If you are vacationing in Hawaii when a missile attack occurs, there isn't much you can do unless you have close relatives with a home nearby. Rather than panic you may as well order the most expensive thing in the restaurant or from room service and enjoy your last meal.

When a missile attack occurs and you are vacationing in Hawaii, you can watch it on the TV in your hotel room.

The North Koreans launch their satellites into orbit over the South Pole, so the nuke missile will probably approach the US from the south, the nearest target would be anywhere in the south half of the Lower 48.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer January 14, 2018 7:34 PM  

DonReynolds wrote:Precious wrote:If you are vacationing in Hawaii when a missile attack occurs, there isn't much you can do unless you have close relatives with a home nearby. Rather than panic you may as well order the most expensive thing in the restaurant or from room service and enjoy your last meal.

When a missile attack occurs and you are vacationing in Hawaii, you can watch it on the TV in your hotel room.

The North Koreans launch their satellites into orbit over the South Pole, so the nuke missile will probably approach the US from the south, the nearest target would be anywhere in the south half of the Lower 48.


That's why I don't buy the "we shot down the missile" theory either. The Norks latest round of missile tests proved they could hit anywhere in the United States. Hawaii might be a major naval base, but somehow I doubt that it would be their opening strike. Hitting key targets in the continental US would cause much more havoc in our chain of command.

Blogger DonReynolds January 14, 2018 7:47 PM  

@70 basementhomebrewer
"Hitting key targets in the continental US would cause much more havoc in our chain of command."

Of course, anything within 20 miles of the District of Columbia would be devastating, but the North Koreans have MIRV capability (which is no longer new technology) so we should think in terms of one vehicle carrying multiple warheads.

A direct hit on the Panama Canal would take an awfully long time to recover from. New York City? Boston? EMP?

It is a very rich target environment and they have all the time in the world to think about it....no doubt they can rely on Russian and Chinese experts to assist.

Anonymous Andrew E. January 14, 2018 10:11 PM  

I think Anonymous Conservative's explication of Q anon is the best thus far.

https://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/q-anon-implies-the-hawaiian-missile-warning-was-necessary-to-steal-nsa-databases/

Anonymous Post Alley Соучастник January 14, 2018 11:11 PM  

"Russians." "Russception."

Сейчас мы все российские сообщники. :-)

Blogger lannes January 15, 2018 7:59 AM  

"Accidental", but could it have been accidentally on purpose? No way to know for sure, is there?

Anonymous Tsalal January 15, 2018 11:22 AM  

"What are the chans saying?"

That it was Israel and we sunk their dolphin sub in retaliation.

Anonymous Aaron January 15, 2018 6:31 PM  

That's hilarious, thanks :)

So true.

Anonymous Anonymous January 16, 2018 8:30 AM  

Democrats are incensed that Pres. Trump's hardline towards Rocketman has resulted in talks between North and South Korea. KimJong il, and son Kim Jong un played the Democrats like suckers, which they are. They always take the woman's way in Foreign Policy...appease, beg for mercy, don't hurt us. Trump takes the man's way. Some angry Prog in Hawaii set off the false alarm so dipshit celebrities could scream, "Trump's making the world unsafe!!!! Argghh. We need Baraq Obama to bow at the waist to America's foes and pre-emptively surrender!!!)

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