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Guns Gone Mad and Asteroids Gone Crazy

woodie144 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 7:57 AM
The odds of me being robbed (already thrice in 20 years I have had property stolen) are infinitely greater than Earth being hit by an asteroid, let alone myself being hit. I'll take my chances with the asteroid. I won't part with my guns.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 8:02 AM
They are NOT infinite. There is a measurable chance of either one happening. You don't think you will get in a car accident but you have insurance. You don't think your house will burn down but you have home owners insurance, right? Right now the official count of people looking for unknown space objects that might hit the Earth is just slightly larger than the number of people employed at an average McDonalds. I think it's good insurance to find out what is out there with "to whom it may concern" written on it.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 10:43 AM
That's just it. You don't buy a new car and stash it in the garage because you might get into an accident. You invest in insurance at a rate consistent with both the possible severity AND likelihood of the event. And it has nothing to do with the "official count" because there are literally tens of thousands of people who examine the sky every night (and who have historically made most of the discoveries). If you want more spent, spring for a telescope and join the search.
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 1:55 PM
I love my 18" reflector scope!

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...