New York City Releases Nuclear War Alert

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The article behind this LINK is the epitome of absurdity, irresponsibility, and the unconscionable.

An excerpt:

“On Monday, July 11, 2022,  New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) released a 90-second public service announcement (PSA) giving instructions to city residents on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack on America’s largest city.

The video begins with the narration, “So there has been a nuclear attack. Don’t ask me how or why, just know that the big one has hit.”

The narrator, standing in what appears to be an undamaged luxury apartment, gives the following suggestions: “Get inside,” “stay inside,” and await further instructions.

The advice given to residents includes to “shower with soap or shampoo” and to “stay tuned” using the “notify NYC” internet-based phone app. The video concludes with the narrator saying, “All right? You’ve got this,” before walking out of the frame.

Everything about the video, from its breezy narration to its trivial advice, is completely absurd.

In the event of a nuclear strike on New York City, there will be no buildings to shelter in, no water to shower with, and certainly no internet to get phone notifications.

At first glance, it would appear that the people who commissioned and released the video have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

But such a video, dealing with critical civil defense issues, could only have been produced in consultation with the highest echelons of the Pentagon and the US government. Its absurdity is a product not of ignorance, but of deception. Its aim is to acclimate the public to the idea of nuclear war, while hiding its horrifying reality.

A nuclear attack on New York City would be part of a full-scale thermonuclear exchange, involving the launching of thousands of warheads at cities and infrastructure throughout the United States and the world…”

 

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