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Giant comet may collide with Earth late October
Pravda ^ | October 6, 2006

Posted on 10/09/2006 9:40:33 PM PDT by tlb

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To: DemforBush

YEP!

151 posted on 10/10/2006 3:48:52 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: tlb

Comet Rove and the October surprise?


152 posted on 10/10/2006 3:53:52 AM PDT by feedback doctor (Lindsay Graham, the conscience of al-Qaeda.)
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To: Syntyr
Karl Rove's October Surprise.

I posted before I saw yours!

153 posted on 10/10/2006 3:55:07 AM PDT by feedback doctor (Lindsay Graham, the conscience of al-Qaeda.)
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To: ModelBreaker

Pravda, once the mouthpiece of the communist party, now the Russian verision of the National Enquirer.


154 posted on 10/10/2006 3:59:10 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: tlb

And what does he suggest we do ?


155 posted on 10/10/2006 4:00:25 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: tlb

If it's a giant comet and it is close enough to hit us in the next couple of weeks, one would think we'd be able to see it by now.


156 posted on 10/10/2006 4:04:37 AM PDT by Junior (Losing faith in humanity one person at a time.)
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To: Stoat
As usual, Babelfish translations remind us of how very complex language is and how difficult it is for software to grasp it coherently :-)

It falls satisfactorily. ;-)

Thanks for all the effort!

157 posted on 10/10/2006 4:27:59 AM PDT by umbagi (Monthly Donor [entry level])
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To: Rca2000
It has been debated among experts if the public should be notified a catasrophic event such as a comet hitting us would do any good? Most seem to think a warning to the public is not the best thing, believe it or not.

Aside from mass panic being created, what could we do?

The only solid reason for letting us know would be that we would have time to make things right with our maker..

sw

158 posted on 10/10/2006 4:49:45 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: tlb

Well I had a choice to buy a new Mitsubishi 65" TV soon, guess I'll just get drunk instead.


159 posted on 10/10/2006 4:52:39 AM PDT by Eye of Unk
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To: tlb

160 posted on 10/10/2006 4:52:59 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (I've had it with these &%#@* jihadis on these &%#@* planes!)
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To: Eye of Unk
And I'm going to eat ALL of my Halloween Candy...

sw

161 posted on 10/10/2006 4:56:36 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Allegra

I hope you were in the USA then! :)


162 posted on 10/10/2006 5:00:41 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: Allegra

I wonder if the comet strike would sound like a gigantonormous cowbell...


163 posted on 10/10/2006 5:02:37 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: JRios1968
I hope you were in the USA then! :)

During Election Hell? Oh, I was. It was how I first hooked up with some FReepers during a couple of Stop the Recount rallies in Houston. I had lurked since 1998, and finally joined shortly after that.

Because of that, I have made some wonderful friends with whom I am very close today. We are still mourning the recent passing of one of ours (Flyer.) :-(

The Houston FReeper Chapter is a great bunch!

164 posted on 10/10/2006 5:34:40 AM PDT by Allegra (Super Elastic Bubble Plastic!)
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To: TexasTransplant
About 85 with tight lugs on a down grade...


165 posted on 10/10/2006 5:41:21 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: bobdsmith

Oh, even a half mile across would have major, worldwide consquences. The reason I said that about it "only" being a regional catastrophe was that the Russian thinks this is going to hit in the general vicinity of Moscow, with "thousands" killed. That's not a "giant comet." He blew it about "top speed," because this thing cannot be at perihelion, so he's probably full of it anyway.


166 posted on 10/10/2006 5:44:00 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SlowBoat407

Ewww. Dr. Smith is positively Foleyesque in hindsight. Who was Speaker back then? He should resign! /sarc


167 posted on 10/10/2006 5:47:41 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Enterprise
Bush's fault. And, may I add, "Women and Minorities Hardest Hit."

"Hardest Hit" was never more appropriately used. I'm still chuckling.

168 posted on 10/10/2006 5:49:59 AM PDT by vollmond (Careful with that axe, Eugene!)
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To: tlb

"We look for showers in the east and doppler radar shows a comet in the northwest. "


169 posted on 10/10/2006 5:50:50 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: BulletBobCo; All
"Calling Bruce Willis."

Hmmmm... I saw the movie Armageddon.

I think you'd have a little bit better luck calling Ben Affleck, IMHO....

170 posted on 10/10/2006 5:53:59 AM PDT by musicman
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To: ModelBreaker
Even Ihe Enquirer wouldn't touch it: It's WORLD GLOBE stuff! (They're the "BAT BOY" folks, I believe.)
171 posted on 10/10/2006 5:54:59 AM PDT by bannie (HILLARY: Not all perversions are sexual.)
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To: tlb

172 posted on 10/10/2006 5:58:14 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." (Psalm 53:1))
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To: tlb

That's it -- I'm maxing out the credit cards. Oh wait, I already did.


173 posted on 10/10/2006 5:59:23 AM PDT by Sloth ('It Takes A Village' is problematic when you're raising your child in Sodom.)
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To: tlb

"There is no truth in Pravda"....


174 posted on 10/10/2006 5:59:41 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: SierraWasp; Grampa Dave

There are a lot of recent wilderness areas this thing could hit and only kill a few dope growers...


175 posted on 10/10/2006 6:00:02 AM PDT by tubebender (Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional)
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To: metmom
What's 'top speed' for a 'giant comet', anyway?

Speed of light?

You do remember Einstein, don't you? As you try to move an object faster and faster toward the speed of light, one of the things that happens it takes more and more energy, but the bottom line is you can NEVER get to really close to the speed of light.

From a web site about a previous comet (Hale-Bopp):

http://www.algonet.se/~sirius/eaae/newsl4/hb.htm

Dooms-Day Science Exercise.

A comet speed will increase even further, when entering the inner parts of our Solar System. Comet Hale Bopp will reach a speed around 200 000 km pr hour, while being closest to the Sun (slightly below 1 AU, April 1997).

Convert this speed to the unit meters pr second.

Let the Comet Nucleus have a diameter of say 20 km, let us assume the mass density is equivalent to Ice (0.9 ton/m3).

Now estimate the kinetic Energy of this object.

1 million ton (Megaton) of Plastic TNT explosive releases 1 250 000 000 kWh. 1kWh (kiloWatt hour) is equal to 3 600 000 Joule.

How many Joule is one Megaton TNT?

How many Megatons TNT would a comet impact correspond to?

It is estimated, that the total amount of atomic weapons technically available during a Global Atomic War equals 10 000 Megatons.

How many atomic Wars would such an impact correspond to?

As the figures above show, such an impact would have a most dramatic consequence. Chemical changes may occur, model calculations by NASA suggest that the Earth atmosphere Nitrogen, Oxygen may combine to a kind of smog , which together with water moisture may give acid rain (pH between 0 and 1, corresponding to the strong acid, you find in car batteries).

In addition, dust may shield the sunlight for a year, implying temperature fall to -40 deg.

Luckily, these space-accidents occur seldom; such a global event is only likely to happen once during typically

50 000 000 to 100 000 000 years.

However, on a geological time scale, this kind of impact may have been important. At the end of the K-T period, 65 million years ago, 70-80% of all life on Earth died probably due to such a dramatic impact.

In the very early start of our solar system, these impacts may have been quite frequent, isotopic investigations indicate that most of the water in our oceans may be due to comet impacts.



Comet Hale-Bopp is followed by students and amateurs across all the world as a part of the Astronomy On Line Programme: http://www.eso.org/astronomyonline/.
176 posted on 10/10/2006 6:03:20 AM PDT by BILL_C (Those who don't understand the lessons of History are bound to repeat them.)
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To: okstate

this doesn't translate from the Russian, but I understand they had an expression something like

"there is no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia"

As I understand it Pravda translates as "truth" in English and Izvestia translates as "news," so the full phrase all in English would be

"there is no truth in Truth and no news in News"


177 posted on 10/10/2006 6:13:58 AM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: tlb

whatever.


178 posted on 10/10/2006 6:14:29 AM PDT by CAPTAINSUPERMARVELMAN
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To: tlb

The truly frightening thing is that it is flying "at top speed." This aint no pokey little ball of slush.


179 posted on 10/10/2006 6:16:25 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: Allegra; Bacon Man; Hap; humblegunner; Slings and Arrows
I need to stock up on beer for the "We're All Gonna Die in the Comet Crash" party. I guess I can use the same decorations I recently used for the August 22 "Ahmadinejad's Gonna Nuke Us All" party?

I'd think so, except for added cachet, you need to get a HUGH picture of the FedEx guys talking about how we're all DOOMED!
180 posted on 10/10/2006 6:16:33 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Viva España!)
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To: tlb

GOOD!

It'll put an end to all those campaign ads!


181 posted on 10/10/2006 6:17:28 AM PDT by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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To: struwwelpeter
I will search out the description Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote for Lucifer's Hammer and post it on the thread. It was several pages and involved a hot fudge sundae with the cherry being the size of a house and dropped in place by a military helicopter.
182 posted on 10/10/2006 6:20:03 AM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: SFConservative

Yep, Old House Lane.


183 posted on 10/10/2006 6:21:00 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: SierraWasp

Actually, Al Goron has leased the comet for advertising the end of the earth due to Global Warming. He and other rats will not shut their pie holes, and that is causing massive global warming along with their veggie diets.


184 posted on 10/10/2006 6:21:42 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: tubebender

Or put out a few fires if it is an ice comet.


185 posted on 10/10/2006 6:22:53 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: tlb

As long as it hits Mecca, sounds like a good way to end the month.


186 posted on 10/10/2006 6:23:17 AM PDT by newcthem (Brought to you by the INFIDEL PARTY)
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To: diverteach
Dude.

Data overload. I'm hemorrhaging bits and bytes out of my drivespace.....
187 posted on 10/10/2006 6:25:16 AM PDT by roaddog727
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To: DemforBush

liv tyler?


188 posted on 10/10/2006 6:34:24 AM PDT by television is just wrong (our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: tlb

Cool - No more pesky recycling!


189 posted on 10/10/2006 7:28:50 AM PDT by Semper Vigilantis (If you don't ban liberals only liberals will have rights.)
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To: Phsstpok

Wow! Do I ever remember THAT book!!!


190 posted on 10/10/2006 7:40:53 AM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: bannie
Even Ihe Enquirer wouldn't touch it: It's WORLD GLOBE stuff! (They're the "BAT BOY" folks, I believe.)

So next week, it's "BAT BOY DIRECTS ASTEROIDS IN ATTACK ON EARTH?"

191 posted on 10/10/2006 7:45:12 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: tubebender

Ya know... I think I'd actually enjoy that action!!! I'm gittin so sick of them greedy bastards!!!


192 posted on 10/10/2006 7:47:01 AM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: tlb
>Giant comet may collide with Earth late October

Oh man. Alison
Michalka is seventeen!
Even if she bought

the "End of the world!"
thing, it just wouldn't be right.
Can somebody ask

the comet to wait
two more years? I mean, nineteen
is almost okay . . .

193 posted on 10/10/2006 7:50:37 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Grampa Dave
"along with their veggie diets."

Whew! Talk about "Greenhouse Gasses!" Whew!!!

By the way... this "Organic" craze ain't workin out to be anything more than a bunch a crap these days, right? People are dyin for the stuff!!!

194 posted on 10/10/2006 7:50:54 AM PDT by SierraWasp (To be fair, Bill Clinton did more than any other President to protect us from the Branch Davidians!)
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To: tlb

Damn you, Karl Rove!


195 posted on 10/10/2006 7:51:56 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: tlb

End of world in late October?

Be sure to vote absentee or early if you can


196 posted on 10/10/2006 7:54:44 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (BlackwellvStrickland.blogspot.com - The Ohio gov race has tightened.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
So does this mean we don't have to worry about "global warming" anymore?

It figures to be quite warm at the point of impact.

197 posted on 10/10/2006 7:57:16 AM PDT by Protagoras (Billy only tried to kill Bin Laden, he actually succeeded with Ron Brown and Vince Foster.)
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To: Puddleglum

Top speed is the speed of light. So How did this guy see it?


198 posted on 10/10/2006 8:00:13 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Fitzmas Has Been Canceled.)
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199 posted on 10/10/2006 8:01:37 AM PDT by poindexter
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To: reagan_fanatic
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200 posted on 10/10/2006 8:08:23 AM PDT by Doomonyou (Moderate Bumper Sticker: Bush Lied, Terrorists Died!)
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