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Asteroids Want to Destroy the Middle Class- and Women
Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | John Ransom

Posted on 02/27/2013 2:42:59 PM PST by Kaslin

With science today largely funded by government, you knew it wouldn‘t be long before the recent asteroid encounter in Chelyabinsk, Russia would lead to well-meaning, but mostly hysterical cries that we MUST DO SOMETHING about it;  “something” that costs a lot of money; “something” that involves thick scientific studies; and- the best part- “something” that promises no results for the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years of program costs, run by the central and federal  government of the US-of-A.

If we don’t do “something,” NOW they’ll say, we’ll risk plague, locusts, drought and the usual assortment of frogs lets loose by the Apocalyptos- both professional and amateur.

Crowds will soon gather at the foot of one monument or another in DC, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, would lead a rally of chanting, jazz-handed protestors, all equipped with pocket protectors and short pants bought mostly by mom or grandma.

So if we want to spare ourselves THAT eventuality, we must do ”something” now.     

Well, that “something” can take a lot of forms, but Peter Garretson a strategist at with the United States Air Force says gravely in The Space Review that: “IT’S TIME FOR A REAL POLICY ON ASTEROIDS.”

To think that all this time we’ve been putting up with a phony, make-do policy on asteroids. Who do we think we are? A bunch of dinosaurs?

Look what make-shift policy got them after 185 million years of do-nothing.

And they thought that they were SOOOOO cool.  

Garretson then goes on to mention the usual suspects when it’s time to DO SOMETHING: The United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Congress, the US Air Force, NASA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Department of Energy.

I’m reading that list and thinking: It’s almost as if he wants a catastrophic asteroid to hit the earth—which of course he does.

And he’s not alone.

“How stupid if we got hit because we weren’t looking?” former astronaut Ed Lu, who runs a non-profit that cheers for asteroid collisions, told Wired Magazine. “That seems crazy to me.”

Yeah, it will be much better when the government spends lots of money on it, knows about it and does nothing. 

For it’s part Wired Magazine, after admitting that asteroid collisions are rare- “Chelyabinsk-like events tend to occur between once every 10 years to once every century”- concludes with a bitter tear: “Unfortunately, U.S. legislators are preoccupied with other issues for the time being. Budgetary squabbles may lead the country to gut a significant portion of national spending as part of the sequester, including NASA funding.”

GASP!

Not NASA funding!

Even with the whole asteroid problem threatening the fabric of our society, the very meaning of being an American at risk, we have not yet found a member of the US House of Representatives or a United States Senator who will stand up to say: “Fine. My state- or district- will selflessly host a government facility for the next the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years, designed to track these objects that hit the earth once every 100 years, with all of the consequent public service union jobs, the construction contracts and defense budget authorizations and overruns that I can brag about to the folks back home.”

What has this country come to? Talk about dysfunctional government.

We allow people to protect themselves with guns but won’t do a thing about regulating and controlling the crazed, crack-addled asteroids?

It says so much about our priorities.           

Because if the threat of asteroid collision isn’t real, it would mean we just have a government of people who think up things to worry about, spend money on, act goofy over – all to no effect.      

And THAT would just be stupid, right?

Right?


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1 posted on 02/27/2013 2:43:09 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
We already have the defense mechanism in place:


2 posted on 02/27/2013 2:56:22 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: Kaslin
I think we should be looking and we should take action.

So why not a warning system and precautions for asteroids. Until Feb 15th, I thought the likelihood of an asteroid impact was so small that it was basically movie fodder. But suddenly we've got 1500 injured Russians who prove that the risk is real. Together with Tunguska, that's 2 asteroids just a century apart.

3 posted on 02/27/2013 3:02:25 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: freedumb2003

In 1983 I flipped the game on Atari 2600.... I didn’t tell anyone I had turned off the little UFO’s for 95% of that time...

hehehehe


4 posted on 02/27/2013 3:08:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Kaslin

Well, we all know asteroids are caused by global warming...so that would be a good place to start.


5 posted on 02/27/2013 3:09:10 PM PST by moovova
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To: DannyTN
We are in the position of a man stranded on a desert Island under a coconut tree. Either we can wait and eventually get beaned by a falling coconut, or we can go up and get them. Currently there are two private companies, Planetary Resources™ and Deep Space Industries™, neither of which have government contracts, are aiming to seek out and mine these bodies. If we can successfully mine these objects, we would have a limitless supply of raw materials and limitless space in which to use them.
6 posted on 02/27/2013 3:26:48 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: moovova

Well, we all know asteroids are caused by global warming...so that would be a good place to start.

maybe finesteen will write a bill to ban all asteroids. that sure would help keep them away.


7 posted on 02/27/2013 3:32:06 PM PST by 1st Division guy
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To: DannyTN

“Asteroids are just like Hemmeroids except usually more visible.” (Plato) And like politicians they are truly a pain in the A....


8 posted on 02/27/2013 4:26:51 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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