Presidential alert system’s first test: If you have a cell phone, expect a call Thursday

presidential-alertjpg-527e2d8414d4a376Cell phone users around the country will receive a presidential alert message Thursday as part of a nationwide test. (Contributed photo/FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is testing a new “presidential alert” system this week, allowing for a message to be sent to every cell phone in the U.S.

Here’s what you need to know:

What is the presidential alert system?

The test, being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, involves a state-of-the-art alert system that will allow a message to be sent to cell phones around the country in the event of a national emergency. More than 100 cell phone carriers will participate in the test, FEMA said, including major companies such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

FEMA is required by law to conduct a nationwide test of its public alert systems no less than once every three years.

What will happen Thursday?

On Thursday, September 20 at 2:18 p.m. ET (1:18 p.m. CT) or shortly thereafter, anyone with a cell phone will receive a special text message on their phone. The message will have a header “Presidential Alert” with the message “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

Handsets that receive an alert will initiate a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

Has there been a cell phone test like this before?

No, this is the first time the cellular presidential alert system is being tested. These types of alerts were established in 2006 under President George W. Bush to allow the White House to issue notices in the event of an emergency.

Will there be any text charges related to the message?

No, you will not be charged for this test alert or any emergency messages received.

Is that the only test?

No. After the cell phone test, the Emergency Alert System will be tested over television, radio, and wireline video services. It’s the fourth time the EAS system has been tested with previous trials in November 2011; September 2016; and September 2017.

The message will say:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

When would these alerts be used?

The alerts can be sent at the discretion of the president and can be sent for any reason. The system can also be used by federal, state, local and tribal officials during local emergencies. The same systems can be used to send Amber alerts, extreme weather warnings and Presidential alerts about national emergencies. Users can opt out of receiving weather and Amber alerts but cannot opt out of receiving Presidential alerts.

FYI

If circumstances, such as a major weather event, cause the test to be postponed, the back-up date is Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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“Paul McCartney” “I Hate You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!”

New Ben Garrison Cartoon, “Paul McCartney”

“I Hate You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!”

The aging ex-Beatle and now billionaire “Sir” Paul McCartney has a new album out titled “Egypt Station.”

It’s his first number one album in 36 years. Why would an old fossil like McCartney still be recording songs and how on Earth could his new album possibly be a hit? That’s what I thought when I first heard about it.

I found out why. The 76 year-old mop top has Trump Derangement Syndrome. He’s an outspoken purveyor of ‘climate change,’ so he wrote a song on the subject in which he compares President Trump to mad captain piloting a boat toward an iceberg.

Sir Paul is now the very face of the establishment. The deep state globalist swamp establishment, that is. He rubs shoulders with royalty, movie stars, fellow billionaires, and authoritarian oligarchs. (He also revealed that he rubbed other things with his buddies at Lennon’s place long ago, but I won’t get into that—too disgusting). Oh—and of course he’s good friends with Hillary Clinton! He wants us all to be good little globalists. We need to downsize, stop eating meat, respect our lefty leaders and give up our guns.

I’m sick of hearing about the Beatles and about McCartney in particular. He has won a golden ticket to ride. It’s time for him to ride off into the sunset.

Woman, 19, who accused four Trump-supporting teens of slashing her tires and leaving a note that said ‘Go home’ on her car is charged for ‘fabricating the story’

  • Adwoa Lewis told detectives Friday she was driving home in Long Island on September 2 when four teens confronted her and yelled ‘Trump 2016!’
  • They also allegedly told the black 19-year-old she ‘didn’t belong here’
  • Lewis said she found her tires slashed and a note that said ‘Go home’ the next day
  • A police investigation revealed there hadn’t actually been a confrontation
  • Lewis later admitted to writing the note, Nassau County police said Saturday

50417DC400000578-6173315-Adwoa_Lewis_19_has_been_charged_with_fabricating_a_story_about_a-m-1_1537106333680Adwoa Lewis, 19, has been charged with fabricating a story about a hate crime by four Trump-supporting teens in Baldwin, New York

A New York woman has been arrested after police say she made up a story claiming to be the victim of a hate crime.

Adwoa Lewis gave detectives a written statement on Friday, in which she said she was driving home in Long Island September 2 when four teens confronted her.
She claimed they yelled ‘Trump 2016!’ before telling the black 19-year-old she ‘didn’t belong here’.
Lewis said the following morning she found her tires had been slashed and there was a note that read ‘Go home’ on her car, which was parked in front of her home in Baldwin.
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The note that Lewis said she found on her car the morning after the confrontation is pictured above. The 19-year-old later admitted to having written it herself

After an ‘extensive investigation’, Nassau County police determined there hadn’t actually been any confrontation between Lewis and the teens.

She later admitted to having written the note herself.

Lewis has been charged with making a false punishable written statement and was released on an appearance ticket, police said Saturday.

She is expected to appear in court on September 24.

 

U.S. now believes Russia is behind ‘sonic attack’ on 26 embassy personnel in Cuba

Diplomatic worker in China similarly afflicted in what are now believed to have been microwave, rather than sonic, attacks

Then–Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a flag-raising ceremony marking the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana on Aug. 14, 2015.

Russia is believed to be behind the strange “sonic attacks” that have left U.S. diplomats with concussion-like injuries in Cuba and China, according to a report Tuesday.

Communications intercepts, known as “signals intelligence,” that point to Russia as the culprit have been collected as part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI, CIA and other agencies in the US, multiple sources reportedly told NBC News.

The evidence, though, isn’t conclusive enough to formally blame Moscow.

Twenty-six U.S. workers have been hurt in the attacks that occurred in their homes or hotel rooms beginning in 2016. Most reported hearing high-pitched sounds, leading investigators to suspect a sonic weapon.

The FBI later said sound waves alone couldn’t have caused the symptoms, which included brain injuries, hearing loss, cognitive problems, difficulty with balance and problems with vision and hearing.

A U.S. employee experienced similar symptoms following an attack earlier this summer in Guangzhou, China.

Now scientists are saying microwaves could be to blame, according to CNN.

The unexplained incidents have worsened relations between the Cuba and the U.S., which pulled out most of its diplomats from Havana and tossed 17 Cuban counterparts from Washington.

Cuba has denied any involvement, and officials there don’t believe a sonic device is to blame.

The incidents are also being probed by the State Department’s internal Accountability Review Board.

“The State Department has come to the determination that they were attacks,” the head of the board, retired Ambassador Peter Bodde, testified before Congress last week.

A source told NBC News that the U.S. has “no reason to believe this was anything but an intentional act.”

The Kremlin didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Last week, a top security official in the U.K. pointed the finger at Vladimir Putin for the deadly nerve-agent attacks that nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in England.

Dallas Police Officer Kills Her Neighbor in His Apartment, Saying She Mistook It for Her Own

A Dallas police officer fatally shot a neighbor inside the man’s apartment late Thursday night, claiming that she mistook his apartment for her own and believed he was an intruder, the police said.

After completing her shift on Thursday, the officer went to her apartment building across the street from the Dallas Police Department’s headquarters shortly before 10 p.m. But the officer, who was still in police uniform, did not go to her own unit and instead tried to enter the residence of a neighbor, Botham Shem Jean. She then shot him, the authorities said.

Mr. Jean, 26, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was not clear how the officer, whose name has not been released, mistook where she lived or why she opened fire.

Chief U. Renee Hall of the Dallas Police Department said that investigators were seeking an arrest warrant to charge the officer with manslaughter. Chief Hall said it became clear in the beginning of the investigation that the case was not a standard officer-involved shooting.

“We were dealing with what appears to be a very unique situation,” Chief Hall said at a news conference on Friday afternoon. “Right now, there are more questions than we have answers.”

The Police Department asked the Texas Rangers, the state’s top law enforcement agency, to take over the investigation.

Chief Hall said that the officer had been questioned only when other officers responded to the shooting on Thursday night. While the officers took a blood sample from her to test for alcohol or drugs, investigators have been unable to further question her.

The chief identified the officer only as a patrol officer who is white, saying that the officer was not in custody and that she did not know her whereabouts.

Within hours of the shooting, there was an outpouring of grief for Mr. Jean from Dallas to St. Lucia, his home country in the Caribbean, as well as demands that the officer be charged in his death.

Mr. Jean was born in the Caribbean and later moved to the United States, where he graduated in 2016 from Harding University in Arkansas. He was active on campus and in student groups, including as a member of the Good News Singers, the university said on Friday. With a booming, soulful voice, Mr. Jean often led the group in songs.

Bruce McLarty, the university’s president, said on Friday that he recalled when he asked Mr. Jean in 2014 to sing a hymn at a major event at Harding, which is associated with the Churches of Christ. Mr. Jean agreed but later confessed that he had said yes without actually knowing the song.

“He called back to St. Lucia and asked his grandmother to teach him that old hymn on the phone,” Dr. McLarty said in a statement. “He shared it with us at Lectureship that night, and it was a truly special moment.”

Mr. Jean moved to Dallas after college. After an internship at the accounting firm PwC, formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, he joined the company full time in July 2016 in its Dallas offices, the company said. He was currently a risk assurance experienced associate.

“This is a terrible tragedy,” a PwC spokeswoman said in an email. “We are simply heartbroken to hear of his death.”

Mr. Jean was a member of a prominent family in St. Lucia. His mother, Allison Jean, was a senior official in St. Lucia’s Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development. A family friend said that Ms. Jean could not comment on Friday because she was receiving chemotherapy treatment.

One of Mr. Jean’s uncles is the chief executive of a regional water utility in St. Lucia, while another uncle, Earl Jean, played professional soccer in Europe and on the island’s national team.

“How can this nasty world take you away from me,” Earl Jean wrote on Facebook on Friday. “This is the worst day of my life thus far.”

The “Silly Symphony” of Leftist Loons

The “Silly Symphony” of Leftist Loons

The Democrats conducted a sorry performance this week during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

The Democrats are full of sound and fury but short on facts and truth.

The Democrats are the party of the Deep State Swamp.

They’ve made it clear that they will oppose Trump no matter what. They’re playing an ugly, dangerous tune. To many of us, it sounds like sedition.