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(Insurance Against) Fire in the Sky
National Review Online, by Andrew Stuttaford

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/16/2013 12:24:10 PM

Writing in the WSJ earlier this week Ed Lu and Martin Rees remind us that our planet is forever traveling through a dangerous neighborhood (not that the people of Chelyabinsk will need reminding of that), and, quite correctly, argue that we should take a few precautions: …The chance in your lifetime of an even bigger asteroid impact on Earth [than Tunguska in 1908]—with explosive energy of 100 megatons of TNT—is about 1%. Such an impact would deliver many times the explosive energy of all the munitions used in World War II, including the atomic bombs.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sulaco, 2/16/2013 2:19:31 PM     (No. 9180330)

Word coming out of Russia now is that the air burst above the city was 3000 or 30,000 times the Japan bombs depending on who you believe. Begging the question, was this a separate event and near disaster for earth totally unseen before hand or a piece of the 17,000 mile fly by and warning to us all?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Alpha91c, 2/16/2013 2:39:42 PM     (No. 9180364)

As CNN has pointed out to us, global warming is causing these meteors and astroids. According to Algore, it is only going to get worse as GW rapidly increases and spreads over the earth. The sky it literally falling on us. s/o

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wsdiego, 2/16/2013 2:52:43 PM     (No. 9180399)

Near earth object base on the far side of the moon would be a great asset to deal with them!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: synchronicity, 2/16/2013 2:57:16 PM     (No. 9180409)

As long as politicians can blame it on God (as in Act of God) and have bunkers they can retreat to as necessary, no significant outlay of money will be appropriated to avert this problem. To them the money is better spent on buying votes. A major strike would also kill a lot of the species they believe is a cancer to Mother Earth - her long past due cosmic mass abortion.

What constitutes the current political realm makes orcs honorable in comparison - gollums all with withered souls and diseased minds possessed by the self´s lust for power.

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