The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will send most cell phone owners in the United States a text message Thursday.
It's a test of the agency's "presidential alert" system, which allows the president to send out national texts in the event of a catastrophe. The test message will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."
The presidential texting program was started in 2012, but it has not been tested before. Legally, a test is required at least once every three years.
While some have worried President Trump will use the presidential alert for personal or political ends, the texting system will not be an extension of his Twitter feed. Though "FEMA is under control of the executive branch (the head of FEMA is selected by the president, and reports to the Department of Homeland Security)," New York magazine explains. "The agency would have a vested interest in not seeing their alert system bent toward, uh, non-emergency ends."
The president is also not known for his tech savvy — he reportedly does not use a computer and calls an iPad "the flat one" — so sending a national text on his own during a 6 a.m. tweet session is implausible. Bonnie Kristian
How many phone calls must a man receive/Before you call him a Nobel Prize winner? Bob Dylan is apparently seeking to answer that question. Despite the Swedish Academy having awarded the singer-songwriter the Nobel Prize in Literature last Thursday, Dylan has not said a word about his win — nor confirmed to the Swedes that he will be attending the Nobel Prize winners' banquet, The Guardian reports.
"Right now we are doing nothing," the Academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, told state radio, confirming the committee has given up trying to reach Dylan. "I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that's certainly enough."
The winners banquet in Stockholm is highly anticipated in part because the laureates are invited to give speeches. Additionally, it is at the banquet that the laureates receive their awards from King Carl XVI Gustaf. Yet at his concert in Las Vegas on Thursday night, Dylan characteristically didn't say nearly anything to the crowd, much less mention his Nobel.
"I'm not worried at all," Danius said. "I think he will show up." Jeva Lange