Adam Kennedy

NAME

Acme::Terror::AU - Fetch the current AU terror alert level

SYNOPSIS

  use Acme::Terror::AU;
  my $t = Acme::Terror::AU->new();  # create new Acme::Terror::AU object

  my $level = $t->fetch;
  print "Current terror alert level is: $level\n";

DESCRIPTION

Gets the currrent terrorist threat level in Australia.

The levels are either...

 CRITICAL    - an attack is expected imminently 
 SEVERE      - an attack is likely
 SUBSTANTIAL - an attack is a strong possibility
 MODERATE    - an attack is possible but not likely
 LOW         - an attack is unlikely
 UNKNOWN     - cannot determine threat level

HOWEVER, as the government has repeatedly stated that they think triggering various security events off a single level system would be damage flexibiliy by oversimplifying the situation, and in any case, why on earth should they let the terrorists see what their alert status is.

And so this module never returns any of the above status, and instead always returns UNKNOWN. :)

This module aims to be compatible with the US version Acme::Terror and the UK version Acme::Terror::UK.

METHODS

new()

  use Acme::Terror::AU
  my $t = Acme::Terror::AU->new(); 

Create a new instance of the Acme::Terror::AU class.

fetch()

  my $threat_level_string = $t->fetch();
  print $threat_level_string;

Return the current threat level as a string.

level()

  my $level = $t->level();
  if ($level == Acme::Terror::AU::CRITICAL) {
    print "Help, we're all going to die!\n";
  }

Return the level of the current terrorist threat as a comparable value.

The values to compare against are,

  Acme::Terror::AU::CRITICAL
  Acme::Terror::AU::SEVERE
  Acme::Terror::AU::SUBSTANTIAL
  Acme::Terror::AU::MODERATE
  Acme::Terror::AU::LOW

If it can't retrieve the current level, it will return

  Acme::Terror::AU::UNKNOWN

BUGS

This module may become buggy if Australia develops a simple public and level-based terror alert system, like the ones the US and UK have.

SEE ALSO

Acme::Terror, Acme::Terror::UK

AUTHOR

Adam Kennedy <adamk@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright (C) 2006 Adam Kennedy.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.7 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.