Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Asteroid Sends UN Into Frenzy


Asteroid collision course sends UN into frenzy
By Alex Zaharov-Reutt

The possibility that an asteroid will strike the Earth on Sunday, April 13 2036 has reverberated across the globe, with the world’s citizens wondering what anyone is doing about it with the UN at least two years away from version 1 of an anti asteroid plan.
Is an asteroid really coming to hit the Earth and cause an ‘extinction level event’, similar to that which wiped out the dinosaurs? Scientists say it just might happen, with an Asteroid called Apophis having a 1 in 45,000 chance of impact.

Given that’s considerably smaller than a 1 in a million chance of happening, the UN is worried enough that it will begin planning on how Earth will deal with an oncoming asteroid.

While conventional wisdom is to blow it up with nuclear weapons, as Bruce Willis did in the movie ‘Armageddon’, scientists say this could backfire by splitting the asteroid up into smaller pieces, most of which are still on a collision course with our small blue planet.

One of the current plans is to send out a spacecraft to intercept the asteroid, and then use the spacecraft’s gravitational pull to shift the asteroid’s course – just as a small tug boat can pull an aircraft carrier.

Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time for us to truly get prepared for the arrival of Apophis, with the potential of plenty of advancement in spaceflight technologies. Were the asteroid arriving next week, our options would be much more limited.

Still, it’s thanks to modern technology that the world’s scientists have been able to scan the sky and look for asteroids that could easily end the world as we know it. Let’s hope this genuine asteroid scare unifies humanity in accelerating spaceflight technologies, not only so we can protect ourselves from cataclysmic asteroids impacts, but colonize the moon, our solar system, our galaxy and beyond as it would seem we were meant to do.

After all, there are so many resources up there that are just waiting for us to use. While we’re in no danger of running out immediately of any of the resources we take for granted, despite the recent oil shocks and rises in commodity prices, our own solar system is a rich treasure trove of all the resources and even living space that we could possibly want for the foreseeable future.

If a possible asteroid impact dramatically speeds up the development of the required technology, turning science fiction into science reality, we’ll all be better off – and who doesn’t want that?


From IT.com
, NASA NEA Site

54 comments:

DEN said...

Once again we are reminded we are mere bit players in the theater known as The Universe, although we would like to think we are more.

Micki said...

WARNING ON WARMING

Worth a read, for certain.

Micki said...

And they said Kerry was a flip-flopper!

John McCain yesterday: "I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history," McCain said to applause.

The comments were in sharp contrast to McCain's statement when Rumsfeld resigned in November, and failed to address the reality that President Bush is the commander in chief.

"While Secretary Rumsfeld and I have had our differences, he deserves Americans' respect and gratitude for his many years of public service," McCain said last year when Rumsfeld stepped down.
+++++

We don't need another dingy old coot in the WH.

Alan said...

Good article on 'warming' Micki. I sent that to a repug friend that still has his head in the sand... I suspect he keeps it there by deleting the articles I send. Thing is, he's a big weather hobbyist too with a web page linking all kinds of weather sites. Still, he's an ex-cop Fox News watcher and is quite comfy in the bubble. *that's why I enjoy sending him the truth while pointing out NOTHING Fox has told him the last 6 years turned out to be true

Alan said...

K, over to FireDogLake for the closing arguments. Looks like the prosecution is done with their first part and the defense's is split by the lunch period. I'm wondering if Fitz's rebuttal closing will even start today or be delayed till tomorrow.

Catching up now.

DEN said...

What will get us first, global warming, asteroids or nukes?

DEN said...

New Iraq Oil Law To Open Iraq's Oil Reserves to Western Companies.

The Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar has obtained a copy of the proposed oil law and has just translated it into English. He discusses the new law with Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time.” [includes rush transcript] In one of the first studies of Iraqi public opinion after the US-led invasion of March 2003, the polling firm Gallup asked Iraqis their thoughts on the Bush administration’s motives for going to war. One percent of Iraqis said they believed the motive was to establish democracy. Slightly more – five percent – said to assist the Iraqi people. But far in the lead was the answer that got 43 percent - “to rob Iraq”s oil.”

Well, with the four-year mark of the Iraq war less than a month away, the answer may come into clearer view. After a long negotiation process involving US officials, the Iraqi government is considering a new oil law that would establish a framework for managing the third-largest oil reserves in the world.

What would this new law mean for Iraq? With me now from Washington DC is Raed Jarrar - He is the Iraq Project Director for Global Exchange. He has obtained a copy of the proposed oil law which he translated from Arabic and posted on his website. And Antonia Juhasz is on the phone with us -- She has written extensively about the economic side of the US occupation of Iraq and is the author of the book, “The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time.” Antonia is a Tarbell Fellow at Oil Change International.

@ Democracy Now

David B. Benson said...

Den --- First some global warming. This helps create tensions...

Guess what happens then?

Hint: Its not asteriods...

Alan said...

puhh-lease! Libby's lawyer ends with a crying plead to "send Libby back to me". Yeah, crying alligator tears.

Alan said...

We're in Fitz' rebuttal closing statements and there must be tons more people following it because the refresh takes a loooong time. I'm not sure how long he has to rebut the defense's closing, so we might finish today afterall.

Alan said...

FDL's server musta burped, cause Marcy said she lost some of her post... and it was the same time it was taking so long to refresh. I'm caught up again and waiting for the next refreshed batch and it's 12 minutes till 5pm, their time.

Alan said...

"...it's 12 minutes till 5pm, their time."

I meant of course, it was the last time a batch was sent, NOT the TIME OF DAY.

DEN said...

Dr. Benson, could it be people getting crazy and nuking the place?

Alan said...

Fitz' last line... "He stole the truth of the judicial system. You return guilty you give truth back."

David B. Benson said...

Den --- You win the prize!

Or rather, come to think of it, we all loose?

Carey said...

I have to catch up still. Micki, your post on McCain is what I wanted to mention. How flexible he is to bend so far over.

What did I tell you? McCain will bring himself down. He never was a maverick.

McCain Pounded by Blog Project

* John McCain decided that Jerry Falwell is just too damn liberal. He needed to take things a step further. So he is now sucking up to the beyond-insane Revererends Richard Land and John Hagee. The former spends much of his day thinking about how to target homosexuals for discrimination in every facet of their lives, and the latter openly wishes for nuclear Armageddon in the Middle East. Ahh, Double-Talk McCain, you "principled maverick," you!

___________________________________

I listened to a news broadcast about how McCain had made a u-turn on the issue of abortion. The pundits surmised that McCain's announcement was geared to the far right wing. The necessary sacrificial gifts they demand of all their candidates and apparently, if you want to be a GOP candidate, you must feed the beast.

I realized that the left wing of the Democratic party never gets little gifts. The pundits figured that the question of where a Democratic candidate stood on abortion doesn't even come up, it's assumed--pro-choice. Abortion is the supposed left wing gift that's demanded of all Democratic candidates.

Since 70% of the people favor the right to choose, how is that one of the left-wing gifts?

Micki said...

Will the world be brought to the edge of anarchy because there won't be enough food, energy and water supplies for the teeming masses?

Will we see widespread rioting, fighting, famine, mega-droughts, nuclear conflict?

Will people be pointing their guns at their neighbors because their neighbor will be seen as an enemy, as defined as a competitor for food, water and energy?

Will there be mass population migrations because of crop failure, disease and famine?

Micki said...

Oops, now I see that Den has already answered and he's CORRECT!

Micki said...

What's that big lump on McCain's cheek?

DEN said...

Dr. Benson, that would be the booby prize, and I don't want it.

It seems that lately, no matter what happens, we ALL lose,
Repugs in the WH= we lose,
Global Warming=we lose,
war in the ME=we lose,
Joe Liebermoon=we lose,
Jon Mcrain=we lose
I could go on but I won't.
You get the idea.

DEN said...

Micki, Copenhagen

DEN said...

Micki, reality bites! Guns and ammo is where it's at!

The return of survival of the fittest, and most well armed.

Micki said...

If the *fittest* are the ones who *solve* things through the barrel of a gun, what's the sense?

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Yes, you get second prize. But as Den points out, it is the second booby prize, so maybe you don't want it?

Why do people always pick on the extinct booby for prizes?

DEN said...

Micki, No sense required, I don't think it will get THAT bad however, but one never is too sure.

Too many variables to tell what exactly would happen, but like all other stuff the 'frog in the frypan rule' applies, slow changes, bit by bit as the planet gives up it's hospitality role.

DEN said...

Dr. Benson should we do the 'Dodo" prize instead? at any rate, keep it!

Micki said...

Sometimes I wonder if John McCain has made a deal with the neocon power structure to f**k up his campaign so that Newt Gingrich or Jeb Bush can come to the "rescue" of the GOP. (Giuliani will be an asterisk very soon, so I don't even count him in the running.)

I mean, jeez, it seems like every day McCain -- the phoney straight talker -- spins another yarn. McCain said in an interview recently: "When I voted to support this war, I knew it was probably going to be long and hard and tough..."

But back in September 2002, he said, "I believe that the operation will be relatively short," and "I believe that the success will be fairly easy."

Does he think people don't remember these comments? Is he nuts? Is he senile? Is he a liar? Doesn't he know that 70% (possibly more) of Americans are against escalation in Iraq? How does he expect to win using the tactics he's using? The answer is, I don't think he expects to win -- he's holding a spot for someone else to come to the rescue.

Carey said...

Well, to join in with the depressing turn this blog has taken, Micki, your anarchy question is intriguing. In the last few years those kind of inquiring thoughts come to mind more often. We've addressed them here. That feeling of futility. Weird, huh.

It's all Cheney's fault.

DEN said...

Micki, McCain is seriously military and war oriented and his statements reflect that consistency.

He will not get the nomination, Mit R is more likely if he quits pissing off the Jewish lobby that is.

DEN said...

Time for me to play in traffic!

Carry on!

Micki said...

Are boobies extinct? Seriously. I think I recall seeing some boobies in Australia.

Gerald said...

micki, you ain't seen nothing yet when it comes to Nazi America's inhumanity to man. God does work in mysterious ways. Cannibalism is a really possibility as our evil country tries to survive and a shortage of food is rampant in Nazi America.

Gerald said...

McCain must have a wad of shit inside his cheek!!!

You can be a flipper if you are a Nazi in Nazi America.

Gerald said...

EVIL AND NAZI AMERICA ARE ONE AND THE SAME!!!!!

Micki said...

I think we have to lighten up a bit!

This is the world's 2nd funniest joke according to some survey:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend.

'Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes," replies Watson.

"And what do you deduce from that?"

Watson ponders for a minute.

"Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.

"Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. What does it tell you, Holmes?"

Holmes is silent for a moment. 'Watson, you idiot!" he says. "Someone has stolen our tent!"

+++++++

Gee, I'll have to go find the #1 funniest joke.

Micki said...

Gerald, what the hell are you smoking?

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- You are right. Boobies are not extinct.

Yet.

Micki said...

Oh...here's the allegedly #1 funniest jokes:

Dick Cheney and a friend are hunting out in the woods when his friend falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head.

Not wanting a repeat of the Harry Whittington fiasco, Dick whips out his cell phone and calls emergency services. He gasps to the operator: "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator, in a calm, soothing voice, says: "Just take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead."

There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Dick's voice comes back on the line. He says: "Okay, now what?"

Micki said...

When boob tubes are extinct, we'll be SAVED!

DEN said...

Micki, You Are the Entertainment Editor now,
feel free to entertain anytime.

It was getting stanky in here huh?

With wisdom comes sorrow.

Should form a group, Control Freaks Anonymouse.

Micki said...

Okay, here's a question. Dr. B poses questions to us occasionally, so I'm taking a turn...

The moral of the story is: Don't count your boobies until they are hatched.

Who wrote that? In what short story?

DEN said...

The Unicorn in the Garden

by James Thurber

I LOOOOOVE GOOGLE!

DEN said...

Hillary in a...uh, compromised pose, here.

DEN said...

BREAKING: CIA "torture pilots" discovered, On Kos

DEN said...

They wouldn't have to look to far to find the nazi bastards that gave those pilots their orders.

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

DEN said...

I like to here what the opposing views are and in this case a high level Iranian,
From: Ayande Nou, Iran

Without Wisdom, the Iranians Will 'Lose the Game'

Is Iran's political leadership acting without wisdom and courting 'catastrophe?' According to this somewhat startling op-ed article from Iran's Persian-language Ayande-Nou newspaper, 'sloganeering' and bravado on the part of Iranian politicians will not turn back the threat of the United States and its allies.

By Jamileh Kadivar*

Translated By Keshavarzi

January 13, 2007

Given the present circumstances, wisdom and expediency require taking steps more reasonably and in a more well-thought-manner. We should neither exaggerate our abilities nor belittle those of the enemy. As a famous proverb says, "there is no little enemy." Over recent months, the trend of developments is noteworthy.

When IAEA Chief Mohammad ElBaradei said that the report on Iran would be referred to the U.N. Security Council, our officials, with respect to the position of some friendly countries, including Russia, China and the non-aligned countries, claimed that such a report would not be referred to the Security Council, yet we saw that the report was referred. In the next stage, our officials said that the issue would not be put on the Security Council agenda, but then it was. In the third phase, our officials said that the U.N. would not be able to pass a resolution headlined "5+1=0," and yet a resolution was passed [5-1 is in reference to the sponsors of the Security Council resolution]. Rather than trying to wisely diminish the threat, reduce hostilities and increase our small number of allies, we chose an easier way: to sloganeer and withstand the consequences. And finally, they [Iranian officials] described the resolution as a piece of mere trash paper.

The London daily, The Times, recently published an article by Anatole Kaletsky entitled An Unholy Alliance Threatening Catastrophe , in which he analyzes the strategy of America, Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Kaletsky believes that these four countries have formed an unholy alliance and predicts a dramatic and alarming future. But in our country, the overwhelming message of Iranian politics is that there's no need to worry. Some people say that no one can do a damned thing and that in a nuclear confrontation, America will suffer a defeat. Interestingly, while all attempts have been made to prove that Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, security and military official talks of nuclear war and the victory of Iran in such a war.

Just like Don Quixote , we continue to appear optimistic and disseminate information based on this vision, trying in vain to keep the morale of the people high. But it's clear that if we fail to inspect the chess board precisely; if we lack a clear understanding of the existing atmosphere; if we entertain this type of optimism that is bound to lead to crises and misunderstanding, we will lose the game.

The prediction of the Times' columnist is noteworthy. He writes: Israel will again attack Hezbullah to settle the case in Lebanon; that the Saudi Arabian army in coordination with America and Israel will enter Iraq in favor of the Sunnis; and finally, that America and Israel will bombard Iran's nuclear facilities.

There is no doubt that we are in a critical situation, and that our words and actions must be chosen extremely wisely. Going ahead as before, based on a deterministic vision that promises the final victory of good over evil shows that we have neither a correct understanding of domestic developments and changes in the views of the people, nor an understanding of regional and international developments.

The latest proof of our lack of understanding were statements by Bush and his secretary of state in regard to America's new strategy in Iraq and Washington's need to do something to confront Iranian interference in Iraq.

In this already tense situation, attempts are being made to add fuel to the sectarian flames between Shiites and Sunnis. The way to turning this problem into a catastrophe is being paved. While public opinion in the Muslim world has been our only strong card, by our misinterpretation and ignorance we are losing even this advantage.

While doubts of senior Sunni clerics like Farzawi [Editor: Unable to identify] are growing, rather than hurling insults and humiliations at evil people, the maraj-e al-taqlid [top rank of Shiite clerics] and the ulema [Muslim scholars] must do something to address misunderstandings. Since it seems that wisdom is being expelled from the realm of politics, the seminaries and senior maraj-e al-taqlid must end their silence and inaction. This is necessary and inevitable.

*Jamileh Kadivar is a former member of the Majlis [Iranian Parliament ].

DEN said...

More Iranian news from Israeli National News;
Iranian-US Tit-For-Tat?

by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com) The beginnings of a United States-Iran war?

Revolutionary Guard Grounds Forces Chief Nur Ali Shushkari claimed that Iranian commandos engraved the Revolutionary Guard’s emblem on the side of the US naval vessel undetected. Shishkari claimed the commandos used a submarine to approach the vessel.

The announcement was intended to be a threat to the US Army, which continues to build up its presence in the region. So reports Iran’s state-controlled IRNA news service.

Shortly after the announcement, a busload of Iranian Revolutionary Guards was blown up by a car bomb in the town of Zahedan, in the southeastern region of the Islamic republic, near the Pakistan and Afghanistan borders. IRNA said that the blast killed 11 people.

An Iranian official was quoted anonymously by IRNA saying the attack was carried out by a US-backed group, “based on evidence gathered.” The report said five suspects have been arrested. “A group which has been on the spotlight of US media propaganda was responsible for the blast,” the official said.

Governor Hassan-Ali Nouri of Zahedan said the attack was perpetrated by "saboteurs" who parked a bomb-laden car on the side of a road. When the bus passed, two armed men on motorcycles sprayed both the bus and the parked car with bullets, setting off the explosion.
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Quite interesting about the submarine commandos, thinking..........

DEN said...

OK gotta go!

Carry on!!!

Gerald said...

micki, I do not smoke. Some of my posts are to shock and awe people. I see many daunting and dire times awaiting our country. I see a country that in time will be brother against brother and sister against sister just like we are now killing our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Iran. micki, you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg of how evil our empire really is. 90% of our population in time will beg for scraps of food from the 10%. I see massive communal graves where our bodies will be dumped. I see our freedoms and rights taken away. I see how glorified we are becoming with the murder of our brothers and sisters. Nazi America for the 90% will be a living hell. Do you honestly believe that the ruling against detainees will only apply non-Americans? That ruling will overlap to Americans. Do you honestly believe that George Hitler and his Nazi cabal are normal people? We are in a fight for our country and we are going to lose!!!

BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!!!!

Gerald said...

Believe It or Not

Dear Posters:

I was asked by one of the posters, “What was I smoking?” My reply was that I do not smoke. Let me share with you my visions of the future as Divine Providence is willing to reveal these visions to me. When I talk about the future, the future is not what will happen the next week. The future is projected years away. Although my concentration will focus on our devil incarnate empire, the world will also experience similar happenings. Nazi America is the trendsetter for man’s inhumanity to man. Other countries will follow our lead.

One of my posts probably shocked a person by my statement that cannibalism may be necessary for the poor. We will have no middle class by 2050. Nazi America will have open borders and our population will increase to about one billion people. We will be packed like sardines in a can and we will be caught in a maze like scurvy rats. There will be a super highway through the middle of Nazi America for immigrants to be left off and they will decide where to be enslaved. The super highway will run from Mexico and Central America to Winnipeg, Canada. This will be the route for slaves and human trafficking.

Frosty Wooldridge who studies and writes about immigration issues in Nazi America says that Nazi America will have 600 million legal residents and about 100 million illegal residents. But, by 2050 all residents will be legal and Nazi America will not have any illegal residents. Nazi America’s population will increase to at least one billion inhabitants. National ID cards will be necessary in order to travel from one place to another place. Our highways will be owned and patrolled by private corporations.

Land will be scarce; resources will be scarce; and jobs will be scarce. There will be no social security, no medicare, and no health insurance or dental insurance. Our DNA will be refined to the point that at birth our devil incarnate empire will be able to know what diseases and problems you will have. If there is no known cure, your life will be terminated in order to try and control the population that will be comprised of cannon fodder and mushrooms.

With scarce food for the poor cannibalism will be made legal. You say it cannot happen here in Nazi America? You need only to look to the past at Downers Pass near Truckee, California. This pass separates Nevada from California. Settlers tried to go through Downers Pass one winter and the winter was so brutal that they resorted to cannibalism in order to survive.

If you have read some of my posts, you will recall that water will be scarce in 75% of the world by 2025. By 2050 water will be scarce in 100% of the world. Only the rich and the elitists will be able to buy the water. The poor will receive their liquid refreshments from their puke.

With the land being scarce massive communal graves will be necessary. Bodies will be dumped at these massive grave sights. As the graves are filled up and the bodies decompose dirt will also be added so that these communal graves can be recycled for farming.

Since jobs will be scarce, people will find work in the military as cannon fodder to fight Nazi America’s endless wars. Dung or body scoopers will be necessary to pick up the dead bodies to be placed in our communal graves. People will work for food without salaries. Women and men who can look and play the part will be prostitutes and studs for the rich and the elitists who will live hedonistic lifestyles.

I have tried to share with you some of my visions of our future as Nazi Americans. You can believe it or not.

Sincerely,

Gerald

Micki said...

The Heat is On


"Standing in our children's shoes, global warming is the biggest threat to our future," LCV Education Fund President Gene Karpinski said.  "We will urge the presidential candidates to express how they will tackle this challenge to reclaim a hopeful and secure future.  Using the voices of American citizens, every 2008 presidential candidate will hear that helping solve global warming is a national priority."
 
Global warming is already occurring at a rapid pace and scientists warn that if we do nothing, we will experience even greater harm.  LCV Education Fund's "The Heat Is On" campaign (www.heatison.org) will help create a new political discourse in the upcoming presidential nomination process by generating a vigorous national debate on global warming.  This campaign will educate citizens on global warming and, during the nomination process, those same citizens will elevate the importance of solving this issue to the candidates.
 

Gerald said...

In the future bushianity will also be Nazi America's religion. Christianity will be prohibited in our devil incarnate empire. We will also have implanted into our bodies tracking devices to monitor where we are. We are presently be programmed and will be progragmmed to accept the garbage that is given to us by the Nazis. Life will be hell for the poor!!!

Micki said...

Gerald, I didn't think you actually smoked anything.

I am aware of the Donner Party. There are other cases of (human) cannibalism on record, too.

Not much surprises me, these days.

Micki said...

cannibalism

In zoology, the eating of any animal by another member of the same species.

Certain ants regularly consume injured immatures and, when food is scarce, eat healthy immatures; this practice allows the adults to survive the food shortage and live to breed again. Male lions taking over a pride may kill and eat the existing young. After losing her cubs the mother will become impregnated by the new dominant male, thereby ensuring his genetic contribution. Aquarium guppies sometimes regulate their population size by eating most of their young.