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Making security securer

The standard UK Government Alert State System is as follows:
RED indicates that a UK interest is believed to be the target of an imminent terrorist attack.

AMBER indicates that domestic or international events suggest that there is a SUBSTANTIAL threat to UK interests.

BLACK SPECIAL indicates that domestic or international events require the need for additional security to address the INCREASED LIKELIHOOD of a threat of terrorist attack against UK interests.

BLACK is a STANDARD level of security to address the ever-present general threat from terrorism to UK interests.

What other important coding system contains the same colour twice? Does the Home Office printer only do three colours? How are they intending to convey our current status visually anyway? “Are we at Black Special, Terry, or have the electrics gone again?”

Is ‘Black Special’ perhaps not all that special? Or is it a separate colour after all, dipping into the outer frequencies on the colour spectrum that we can't actually see?

Is this meant to confuse the enemy? Could the enemy be any more confused than us?

Whose, ultimately, the fuck idea was this?

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webofevil
Jun. 16th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
"You won't find this colour coding anywhere else. It's not FIFA's system, it's my own system", etc.
internetsdairy
Jun. 17th, 2005 09:10 am (UTC)
It's Pantone 133.
ex_cornfedpi814
Jun. 17th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
Being colourly challenged, I prefer it when they send round the armoured trucks and tell people to stay in their homes.
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