Saturday morning people in Hawaii were told to take immediate shelter from an imminent ballistic missile attack. The message sent to their smarphones read:
Emergency Alert. BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
HAWAII – THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE TO HAWAII. I HAVE CONFIRMED WITH OFFICIALS THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. pic.twitter.com/DxfTXIDOQs
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 13, 2018
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard quickly tweeted out that the original message was a false alarm:
This is a false alarm. There is no incoming missile to Hawaii. I have confirmed with officials there is no incoming missile.
Hawaii residents understandably went into panic mode after the text alert. Hawaii state representative Matt LoPresti said:
“I was sitting in my bathtub with my children saying our prayers … ‘Do you remember where daddy put all the emergency supplies?'”
Hawaii State Rep. Matt LoPresti says in a shaky voice on CNN: "I was sitting in the bathtub with my children saying our prayers … 'Do you remember where daddy put all the emergency supplies?'" pic.twitter.com/supNq1GP15
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 13, 2018
It turns out the text was sent by an employee of the Emergency Management Agency who accidentally hit the wrong button. News of a missile hitting the U.S. and the first thought always points to North Korea. A ballistic missile can hit Hawaii from North Korea in about thirty minutes. North Korea has been testing missiles for a while now, and President Kim Jong Un stepped up the tests after President Trump was elected.
The rest of the world thinks Kim Jong Un is a madman. Jong Un counters that he needs to be able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon to fend off any potential assassination attempts. In August 2017 North Korea launched a missile over Japan which really got the international community into an uproar:
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile that passed over Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters early Tuesday.
A South Korean military official told NBC News that the missile was fired around 5:57 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The official said that the missile flew for about 2,700 kilometers (1,678 miles), reaching a maximum altitude of 550 kilometers (342 miles). U.S. Pacific Command projected that the missile splashed down at 6:29 a.m. local time.
Later Tuesday, Abe said the missile was an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to Japan. The Japanese prime minister said he would ask the United Nations to up the pressure on Pyongyang.
North Korea claims to have a missile that can reach the continental United States. At a minimum, he can hit South Korea, Japan and Hawaii with ease. These areas have a reason to be on edge. While President Trump talks tough about war with North Korea, those areas in its immediate path should be concerned. Two questions remain, “What does Kim Jong Un really want? Can diplomacy still rectify tensions between North Korea and the U.S.” In the meantime, countries that can be easily reached by a North Korean missile should be concerned.
The Wire’s Chad Coleman Hosts Trump And The Global Economy February 6th
Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead.
The event was well-received by the community. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?