posted on Oct, 29 2004 @ 03:23 AM
Pull your head in. 88 people from Bali migh disagree about the suggestion there is no threat.
Do I think the threat is high enough to go around worrying I'm going to get blown up ....No.
Do I think people need to be a little bit more aware of whats going on around them.....yes
People are acting like this is a bad thing. Fire exstinguishers come with instructions on how to use them.......Do we pull the instruction lables off
because some idiot might from time to time abuse the use of them?....No.
You guys on here so far have been like about half a dozen of the people I have met in the last two years who make more out of these ads putting on
angry threatening tones to mimic what has really been a sedate, boring public service message to remind people to be aware.
We have a history or maybe even a tradition of doing public service announcement campaigns and pamphlet mail outs in Australia to promote awareness of
We do it for bushfire season, crimestoppers, kidsafe...hell the fire ants ad campaign in Queensland is scarier than our Anti Terror ads campaign.
It scares people...of course it bloody does. Most people are apathetic and prefer to stick thier heads in the sands about stuff like this as if its a
It tells people to be aware, it gives some commonsense tips on the sort of things to be aware of so they dont go overboard.
People took the piss about the fridge magnets. I used mine. Its got the normal emergency numbers on it, contacts for a lot of things ordinary and run
of the mill besides "end of the world" like your scornful of.
Do you need a central number for reporting things like this....Bet your life they do. Time can be important. The hotline is part of a central
processing centre. There are situations were the timely passage of info could save lives.......do you want the grannies your so dismissive of to spend
30 minutes looking for the right number or trying to explain to 000 (911 for our US freinds) what she is on about the one time the call might be
genuine, serious and correct? If you live in Australia you know the cock-ups that have happened recently with 000 Emergency calls.
They also came out with some very hefty fines and jail times when the original campaign was launched for hoaxers and practical jokers.
Its reassurance for those who are not as sure as you this is all a sick or evil joke. Sometimes just the suggestion that there is something you can do
is a comfort to some.
And the damned campaign is almost sessional now like fire season. Do you complain about the fire safety ads when they play in summer? These are
reminders. Thats all.
In its first months of operations the hotline reported over 500,000 Most of them were not acted on, several hoaxers ended up in jail, and some of the
tip offs have turned up serious criminal not terrorist activity, in one case a drug plantation haul. The sky did not fall in on anyone wrongly
accused, and there have been few of those. Now there are a lot less calls because most people have calmed down after 911 and Bali
If the Government had not done something like this and down the track an actual attack did happen......people like you would be down on them like a
ton of bricks for not having an awareness campaign.
If the hotline has been of any help I am sure most of it is being done on the QT and we will not hear of any successes. Even if it only ever prevents
one real terrorist attack I think it is a worthwhile thing.
There are things that we do not notice that are out of the ordinary but we have programed our selves not to pay attention. A woman gets assaulted in
a dark street she is better to yell out "fire" than "rape" to expect help.
A year ago I saw a go on the boundary of the local airport park his car and get out with his mate and crawl through a gap in the wire....What am I
supposed to do on a lonely road, pull up and ask them what they are doing? No I get on my mobile and phone the airport office........I dont know what
happened about it, but guys crawling through a fence at an airport is strange to me when they are not in overalls or driving airport vehicles.
I served in the Australian Army Reserve six years and security mindedness was part of the training so most of this is what we called CDF....common
sense to you. But most people seem to show a distinct lack of it or indiffence to it, so yeah I think we need an ad campaign and a hotline.
Once the initial alarm and panic mongering passes I think the scared and confused get some reassurance out of it.
I think some people out there get overwrought thinking its a Stalinist Police State tactic of having informers getting thier neighbours hauled away.
Its a just a tool that can be a double edged weapon. Thats why they have public oversight on the bloody system here.
Sorry but I get steamed by people who are so one eyed about this issue they have to think and state the worse.
The worse to me is its better to be better prepared than not at all.