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On ‘Statewide Emergency Alert Tests’

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This morning, anyone with a smartphone in the state of Tennessee got two back-to-back emergency alerts:

The alerts were part of a statewide test:

“This year, in Tennessee and across the nation, natural and human-caused disasters have taken lives, destroyed homes and damaged roads and infrastructure,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “While we live in some of the safest times in history, these fires, storms, flash-floods, heatwaves, tornadoes, accidents, and active shooter tragedies serve as reminders of the importance of being aware of the potential threats around us and to prepare ourselves and our loved ones. This statewide EAS test message will recognize National Preparedness Month and emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness.”

While the state claims the test was “designed to have limited impact on the public,” I call bullshit. It’s like the boy who cried wolf; emergency alerts should be used for emergencies.

Having two back-to-back alerts1 that most people will consider spam will tempt some to disable the feature. If Tennessee — or any other state — can’t see that as an obvious outcome, I just don’t know what to say.

Update: Tennessee has issued an apology for the tests:

We have received calls and messages from hundreds of Tennesseans letting us know about problems with receiving messages and the concerns caused by the messages received. In many instances the caveats that the message was part of a test were not received, making it seem like an emergency was imminent. While many are understanding, knowing that we need to test our systems, many have voiced their concerns about the angst this test cause. Please accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience today’s test caused.

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MotherHydra
1 day ago
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I turn off emergency alerts after setting up a new iPhone or upgrading iOS (well verifying it is still off). I do this not only for myself but also for friends and family. If shit hits the fan you will know, no need for your iDevice to interrupt the work day, or worse, wake you up.
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Technicalleigh
1 day ago
Thank you. I forgot this very important step the last time I switched (Android) phones. Whew.
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SF Bay area, CA (formerly ATL)
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Android and its first purchasable product, the T-Mobile G1, celebrate their 8th birthdays today

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Eight years - that's how long Android has been available to the public for. September 23rd, 2008 marked two huge events in Android's history: T-Mobile's release of the G1, the first Android device available to the masses, and Google's release of the Android 1.0 SDK. Happy birthday, Android!

The T-Mobile G1, also known as the HTC Dream and Android Dev Phone 1, was the first Android device that the public could actually purchase.

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Android and its first purchasable product, the T-Mobile G1, celebrate their 8th birthdays today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Technicalleigh
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I still have this phone in a drawer. I really miss this form factor. It's SO satisfying to slide open, and it was so nice to see all of the screen while typing.
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READ: Transcript of the Keith Lamont Scott Shooting Video

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The New York Times just released a video, recorded by Keith's widow Rakeyia, which shows what happened before and after the fatal shooting in Charlotte. For those who can't bear to see yet another Black life taken, we have the transcript.



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Technicalleigh
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:'(
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'Don't shoot!' wife tells Charlotte police in video

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Video emerges of the moment North Carolina police shot a black man, captured by his wife, who is heard pleading: "Don't shoot him!"
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Technicalleigh
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"City Police Chief Kerr Putney [...] said the body cam and dash-cam video, by itself, does not provide sufficient evidence of probable cause for the shooting. Releasing it without "context" could only inflame the situation, he added."

Woke folks already know the context.
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Tulsa Cop Who Killed Terence Crutcher Arrested, Released on Bond

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Officer Betty Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter.



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Technicalleigh
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Shared for mugshot. But as an astute Twitter user pointed out, it's troubling that she's probably facing these charges because she's a woman, whereas so many men (especially white ones) have gotten away freely with the same thing. We have to hold ALL killer cops accountable.
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icecreamsandwichcomics: Table legs! My arch nemesis! [Twitter]

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Table legs! My arch nemesis!

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Technicalleigh
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