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Asteroids Want to Destroy the Middle Class- and Women

The Texas Eagle Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 12:08 PM
Do you not understand just how big "space" is? We have no idea what is out there and where it is headed.
TommyMaq Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 5:02 PM
Actually, we have plenty of ideas. We track thousands of near-earth asteroids, and amateur astronomers are using large, cheap mirrors to seek new ones all the time, to the tune of approximately 5000 world-wide, 24/7.

That is the _opposite_ of 'no' idea.

What you probably meant is that there might be one we missed. True enough....but that has been true since the Dawn of Man...since the dinosaurs.

What is true now that wasn't before is that we are now better prepared to find and deal with such asteroids than ever before in history.
TommyMaq Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 4:57 PM
Politicians don't solve the people's problems - they solve their own problems. And those problems are:

1) Getting elected

and

2) Getting re-elected.

Whatever is number three is so far down the list it doesn't matter.
dahni Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 1:24 PM
Good post, but I'm not sure that most people, and none of the politicians, are thinking about solving our 'real problems' any more. Seems that if a real wolf is in the yard; and the wolf is a pet of someone influential; the pols start broadcasting about the danger the might occur if somewhere a llama lost it's temper and started spitting at the gorrilas. Takes the mind off the wolf, right?
Colonialgirl Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 12:45 PM
No, Most of us "understand" the problem; More people wanting to dip into the taxpayers pocket for useless projects.
dahni Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 12:28 PM
That makes two of you who should stick with your coloring books, and only 3 colors to keep it simple enough for you to create with.
dahni Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 12:27 PM
No, I think a lot of people think 'space' is getting bigger all the time. How are you proposing to keep that from contining to happen.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 12:23 PM
I'm glad there's at least one other person who reads these columns who understands the problem.

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...