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To: Strategerist; fivecatsandadog
I’m catching a flight early tomorrow a.m., Detroit to San Diego. All this is making me a little more nervous and uneasy than usual.

Don’t fret. The chances of your plane being hit by a meteor are probably about the same as being attacked by a shark in the Detroit River.

You don’t have much to worry about; these (meaning the West Coast Fireball, not the Russian one) are fairly routine. However they are going to get much more media attention and are much more likely to be posted on FR from now on, which inevitably will lead to the impression that there are suddenly a lot more of them.

Yep. Now every time someone sees a “shooting star” or “fireball” and captures it on video, uploads it to YouTube, it will be “BREAKING NEWS” on Fox, CNN, etc. and even here perhaps. People will say “Why all of a sudden are there all these meteors?” when these actually happen all the time, not the one in Russia per se, but even that type of event, while “rare” in over the course of a human lifetime, is not really all that rare on a cosmic scale.

And speaking of sharks, I am reminded of this:

Summer of the Shark

84 posted on 02/16/2013 6:12:27 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA

Yep. Now every time someone sees a “shooting star” or “fireball” and captures it on video, uploads it to YouTube, it will be “BREAKING NEWS” on Fox, CNN, etc.


Yeah, right. Last night Foxnews gave the Russian meteor maybe 10 seconds, tops. CNN and MSNBC ignored it completely. As for the asteroid that passed so close, all three networks completely ignored it. They had “important” stuff to talk about, like how bad it smelled on that cruise ship. If you had watched those networks last night, you would never have known about the Russian meteor.


89 posted on 02/16/2013 6:31:31 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: MD Expat in PA
Now every time someone sees a “shooting star” or “fireball” and captures it on video, uploads it to YouTube, it will be “BREAKING NEWS” on Fox, CNN, etc. and even here perhaps.

That won't last long. In general, the public's 'popularity' trend is only good for two weeks.

96 posted on 02/16/2013 8:03:11 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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