Day After Disaster on the History Channel

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Verevoof, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Orderite

    Jul 12, 2009
    I was watching the History Channel and some commercial came on that at first I thought was a Fallout 3 commercial. :lol: Apparently tonight at 8:00 PM they are running a show called Day After Disaster, which depicts the hypothetical situation of what if Washington D.C. was nuked? Here's a synopsis:

    Sounds interesting. But I always wonder about shows like this, if they are going to reveal Homeland Security's disaster plans on TV, couldn't the terrorists just watch the show and work that into their plans? :?
     
  2. iridium_ionizer

    iridium_ionizer Mildly Dipped

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    Jul 24, 2007
    Yes, that could help them maximize casualties/psychological effect, but the DHS probably keeps some of their disaster plan details from the public. Also, unless you are talking about a large scale strike from Russia or China (in which case we're screwed no matter what) any terrorist strike will be lucky if it has more than two successful attack groups. Security is really tight there now and would likely grab one of the groups before the strike. And once one strike happened the police/National Guard are going to have carte blanche to detain whatever suspicious persons they see for the next few days.

    So I think a successful bombing in a place of interest followed by a second successful attack in an evacuation route is (while possible) very unlikely, unless they are disgruntled white Americans (so as not to stand out) that are also genius in their operations planning (only happens in Hollywood).
     
  3. It's good to know that Brian Fargo's staff is giving the entertainment industry material to <s>rip off</s> use 12 years later.


    The economy is bad and terrorists. = Psychotic republicans = Marketing theory of post-apoc demographic = Bethesda's Fallout 3 = New wave of post-apoc trends.
     
  4. Ah-Teen

    Ah-Teen Vault Senior Citizen
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    Jun 21, 2007
    Only if some idiot violates operational security. Most of these shows are based on "expert opinion" and if we do have procedures they're probably available from freedom of information act. Now our security and retaliation that would be highly OpSec. The release they'd get would likely have lots of black marker(My job :D! )

    Really now, when I get my security clearance I get to see all that fun stuff... but I can't tell anyone. Great right? great? fffff.....
     
  5. I_eat_supermutants

    I_eat_supermutants Vault Senior Citizen

    Feb 5, 2007
    I actually watched parts of this. Just a repeat of repeats of the same footage and "information".
    It really wasn't that interesting to watch as most history channel programming these days. I just got bored and didn't feel as though I was told anything new. Nor did I know anymore than I did a year after 9/11.

    It's more of the doomsday "this could be absolutely horrible if it happend if it wasn't so unlikely" kind of stuff. Same with all the 2012 theories and such. I grow tired of it all really. Swine flu. Terrible solar activity. Nuking of D.C. blah blah blah.

    EDIT: It was boring as hell.
     
  6. victor

    victor Antediluvian as Feck
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    Dec 12, 2003
    Has it aired yet? I can't find any info.
     
  7. Member of Khans

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    Aug 26, 2004
  8. Verevoof

    Verevoof Cryptid oTO Orderite

    Jul 12, 2009
    Yup, I struggled through it. Boooring. Could have easily been just an hour, hour and a half tops show.

    Don't give Bethesda so much credit. :wink: It always seems to be that every generation has a peak interest in the apocalypse/post-apoc stuff. Sure Fallout 3 just added to the interest for some people, but I have a hunch that its because we are approaching the dreaded year 2012, ooo scary. What, they expect the Mayans to be writing the calendar forever? That's like asking someone to write down every single number; at some point they're just going to stop. Also books and movies like The Road and stuff are coming out, people feel down about whats going on in the world etc.
     
  9. Gonzalez

    Gonzalez Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2004
    Well, actually they should had stopped their calendar long ago, since their civilization is already over, but they couldn't even predict that. Nah, their predictions even led them to believe that a man from a different civilization, that wasn't necessarily tremendously superior to their own as many would think, was a god. In my opinion they deserved their fall for being so naive.

    And as for all the end of the world theories, the world has been near it's end since the beginning of human civilization, because of that, when it finally happens, whoever predicted the end will have no credit for the prediction, because he just happened to predict it be mere chance in the one moment it was actually truth after thousands of years of people saying the end was "near".
     
  10. Ah-Teen

    Ah-Teen Vault Senior Citizen
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    Jun 21, 2007
    Actually some say they did predict it.... that said me thinks it's a bunch of shit
     
  11. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    I have also heard they predicted their own demise.
     
  12. Gonzalez

    Gonzalez Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2004
    Actually, the story goes that they had a "prophecy" that said that one time, a "white god" (wich they confused with the white skin coloured spanish Cortez) would come to claim its kingdom from them. So in any case their prophecy made the mayans believe the spanish were gods rather than mere men and thus contributed to their own demise. So much for a prophecy.
     
  13. victor

    victor Antediluvian as Feck
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    Dec 12, 2003
    Being able to see into the future would've been quite a technological leap for a culture that hadn't discovered proper metalworking.
     
  14. Dragula

    Dragula Stormtrooper oTO Orderite

    Nov 6, 2008
    They didn't even have the wheel.
     
  15. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    They had a 'zero' in their numerical system, though. That's pretty awesome.
     
  16. Sorrow

    Sorrow So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Feb 9, 2006
    Most of primary school children have a `zero` in their numerical system too :D .
     
  17. Buxbaum666

    Buxbaum666 Heterostructured Nanorod oTO Orderite

    Dec 5, 2003
    No idea what this thread is all about but I do appreciate the Eddie Cochran Avatar.
     
  18. iridium_ionizer

    iridium_ionizer Mildly Dipped

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    Jul 24, 2007
    The Aztecs were the dominant civilization when Hernán Cortés arrived in 1519 CE. Cortés still needed to pit rival tribes against the Aztecs, benefit from the native americans weaker resistance to common Eurasian diseases, and use warfare tactics (guns and horses) to stamp out most Aztec opposition by 1521 CE. That some Aztecs thought Cortés was the god, Quetzalcoatl or a messenger from him stems from a letter that Cortés sent to the king. Whether or not that the misrepresentation to the Aztecs really happened is disputed by some modern historians (the early Spanish settlers were notorious for stretching the truth in letters back to Spain).

    Regardless, it's the Maya calendar that seems to run out of dates in 2012 (the whole end of the world thing is an interpretive stretch). The Maya civilization had mostly collapsed by 900 CE and only traces of the formerly dominant culture remained when the Spanish arrived. The Maya and the Aztec empires were different countries from time periods.
     
  19. victor

    victor Antediluvian as Feck
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    Dec 12, 2003
    Epic quote:


    "If you're at the epicenter of this blast, unfortunately you will not make it. You will most likely be vaporized".