The Grateful Dead Solution to the Artificially Generated Stampede

read - sonofsaf.comThe remaining members of the iconic rock band The Grateful Dead have announced a 50th year reunion concert.  It will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on July 3-5, 2015.  All three nights are completely sold out.  Venue capacity for each show will be approximately 70,000.

OBJECTIVE:  Try to convince one of the band members to explicitly inform fans that… legitimate emergency stadium evacuation orders would NEVER be delivered via their personal phones.

Why you ask?  Because when a stadium evacuation is deemed absolutely necessary, standard protocol dictates using the public address system, usually in tandem with the video monitors.  Reason being — it’s necessary to present an all-encompassing, unified directive.  Under no circumstance whatsoever would you attempt to individually alert each person.  That’s just not how it’s done.

This is indisputable, common sense, public safety information.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Well… not really.  It’s critical to understand the NFL’s perspective.

Soldier Field is one of 31 National Football League venues.  Regrettably, despite the proliferation of smart phone technology, the NFL front office remains unwilling to acknowledge that their emergency evacuation protocol is outdated.  Some would argue obsolete.  The reasoning behind this is both exceedingly visible and blatantly obvious.  Virtually everyone in the crowd has an active cell phone!

These mobile devices function as miniature wireless super computers and are capable of transmitting real-time information (hoax bomb threats, phony evacuation orders, spoofed messages, etc.).  The saturation of such false information could come in an array of formats (wireless carrier hack, abuse of an opt-in notification system, bulk text messaging, social media blitz, reverse 911 platform, robo-calls, emergency alerts, etc.).  It could be both deliberate or unintentional.  Simply stated, if something like this were to happen, it is an attempt to induce widespread panic.

Panic and stadiums do not mix.

The NFL will not acknowledge this predicament for three basic reasons:  plausible deniability, foreseeable litigation and the lose-lose proposition.  They will never make a voluntary admission about a scenario which could render a stadium unsafe.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does not allow the media to field speculative questions in this realm.  Extreme Networks, the Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider of the NFL, is equally reluctant to address the complexity of this very generic issue.  The website explores this matter in greater detail.

The federal government (Congress, DHS, FCC, etc.) also refuses to publicly acknowledge this asymmetric, national security threat — the prospect of weaponizing a human stampede.  As you might except, the notion of indiscriminately killing people without conventional weapons is a touchy subject.  Once again, AGSAF provides a more thorough explanation.

People have a fundamental right to know…
that if they are in a large, confined crowd and receive an evacuation order
 and/or panic-inducing information from their cell phone or mobile device…
it’s almost certainly a hoax designed to create an artificially generated stampede.

Or we can be a little more straightforward.

Official stadium evacuation orders do NOT come from your personal cell phone.

I’ve been searching for someone to deliver this message for a little over 3 years.  The challenge comes not from the truthfulness of the message.  The dilemma I usually encounter is a “societal uneasiness” or trepidation.  Others will claim my concerns are stupid or meaningless and often “conspiratorial.”  However, when asked to explain their logic, the ad hominem attacks continue or there’s an attempt to shift the conversation.

Here’s why.  There has never been a transparent admission of the problem itself.  This issue, by its very nature, is undiscussable.  Nobody’s permitted to talk about the potential downside of 50,000 – 100,000 hot cell phones in any NFL stadium.  Whether or not the subject matter merits consideration isn’t even really the issue.  The question you must ask yourself — WHY is it completely unavailable for public consumption?  And there’s your red flag — a total lack of situational awareness.

To top it off, there’s a taboo question that’s even more unsettling — could something like this be attempted?  Seriously, is it asking too much for human beings to get ahead of the curve on this one?  Especially since it’s just a modern variation of shouting fire in a crowded theater.  This isn’t Big Bang Theory physics with Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

Please consider these recent quotes…

Concert promoter Peter Shapiro: “The Grateful Dead truly are a great American rock & roll band so to have their final shows take place July 4th weekend in Chicago creates a lot of potential for magic to be made.”

Lead guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio: “The Grateful Dead are not just a genuine piece of musical history, but also an important part of American history.  They really embodied the American concept of freedom”

I generally agree with these characterizations of history and freedom.  During the summer of 2015, I’m hoping for a different kind of magic to be made.  A different demonstration of independence.  I’m merely asking someone in the band to finally divulge the uncomfortable secret that many already know, one that will eventually become common knowledge.

Over the years, I’ve grown dissatisfied with the strategic incompetence of the NFL and the bureaucratic indifference of government.  What this situation calls for is a high profile Bob Barker-inspired individual.  Remember what happened at the end of each Price is Right episode?  He’d urge viewers to get their pets spayed or neutered.  Help control the pet population.  It was a moral plea that had nothing to do with the game show.  And it didn’t cost anything.  Give it some thought.  There could be some very similar parallels.  Just change the last name from Barker to Weir.

There has been a lot of speculation that these reunion concerts are purely an attempt to cash in.  With all the financial interests at stake, here’s a convincing way for the band to squash these rumors.  Follow my advice and share this information with the world — legit stadium evac orders don’t come from your cell phone.  This info doesn’t cost a dime.  It’s priceless.  What better evidence that not everything revolves around greed and money?  If you can think of a better way, lemme know.

So furthermore, why the Dead?  Because these concerts are being billed as a once-in-a-lifetime event, the exposure will be significant.  There will be live simulcasts streaming to every continent.  This is not your typical stadium concert (Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, etc.).  Although I would certainly make the same appeal to them as well.  After all, ANYONE is allowed to dispense common sense information about public safety.  We are afforded that right under the provisions of the First Amendment.

If you’re personally acquainted with any of the following band members: Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bruce Hornsby, Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti… or if you personally know any individuals affiliated with the band or their management, I’m begging you to consider sharing this article with them.  I hope that’s not asking too much.

The time to share this information is NOW, not in the aftermath of a preventable tragedy.  There is a “discernible inevitability” in play.  One of these days, the “wireless fear” dynamic will be tested.  Many would argue it already has.  Either way, we’re left with two distinct choices.  Do something or do nothing.  Be proactive or reactive.  This might sound presumptuous, but I think I know where the late Jerry Garcia would have stood on this.

In a 1967 interview conducted by CBS’s Harry Reasoner, Jerry Garcia said, “What we’re thinking about is a peaceful planet. Nobody wants to get hurt; nobody wants to hurt anybody.  We would all like to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life, you know.  And, like, think about moving the whole human race ahead a step or a few steps, or half a step, or anything.”

“Moving the whole human race ahead a step or a few steps.”

Hmmm, sounds like some good advice.

I had the distinct pleasure of attending 3 Grateful Dead performances at Soldier Field.  A very memorable show in the summer of 1991 and two others (6-25-92, 6-26-92).  Although this gives me no additional “standing” to pursue my case, I can assure you of one thing.  I was standing and moving for the duration… a far superior outcome to being trampled and rendered motionless.

As a “Dead veteran” of 46 shows, I was an ardent admirer of how the band permitted, and even encouraged, fans to tape and freely distribute their live concerts.  This decision transformed the music industry and it still continues to resonate.  In keeping with that spirit, I would encourage you to spread this information and help redefine society moving forward.  Please share this article at-will.  It’s a little more important than another “hippies-gone-wild” celebration video.

If you don’t feel compelled by the moral argument, please consider sharing this material as an act of civil disobedience.  Trust me, there are a lot of billionaire NFL owners and cowardly government representatives that do not want this information in the public domain.  So if your mail order tickets were rejected or you can’t afford the thousand dollar price tag for the 4th of July concert… just think of it as a patriotic substitute.  Share this article and help set off some internet fireworks.  Wave that flag.
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