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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    We're all gonna die!

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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    We're all gonna die!



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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    I can't wait until I can say, "I told you so."

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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    "But seriously, folks".

    The most, er, striking thing about Chelyabinsk is how small the meteorite was. Way too small to be detected even by our, American, current monitoring systems. Of course, composition of the rock is just as important in determining its destructive potential. A big one that burns out in the upper atmosphere is no more than a pretty light show; a smaller one that goes kaboom right over our heads...

    Political implications are clear. In Russia, it took them approximately one day to come up with a number: 58 billion roubles over 10 years, for a national meteorite-watching space-based network. The proposal is supposed to be on the desk of a deputy PM already.

    I am pretty sure that various upgrades to our own existing capacities (perpetually proposed by interested parties) will get a higher chance of funding now.

    The question is, how do we estimate cost-benefits here?

    The system is quite simple, really: a bunch of hard material objects are floating out there, our ability to detect them is proportional to investment - elementary, in comparison with any economic, ecological or "climate change" problem.

    And yet: If, after spending a zillion quadrillion dollars on developing a most excellent fleet of monitoring satellites that successfully detect anything over 20 meters in diameter, we get Manhattan leveled by a Chelyabinsk-sized meteorite (15 m) - what is our next step? Exponentially spending more, until all our resources are dedicated to the one noble passion of meteorite spotting?

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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    Quote Originally Posted by LiberalAvenger View Post
    This is probably the biggest news story of the year but it is being treated as a funny matter by the media. The Harlem Shake is getting more media attention.
    It's the Kardashian Effect.

    Most people don't have the mental capacity to even understand what just happened.

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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    It's the Kardashian Effect.

    Most people don't have the mental capacity to even understand what just happened.
    I wonder why?


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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Fenton made a
    mistake of assuming that because I don't share his Bush III Derangement Syndrome that I don't know what I'm talking about. Fenton thought horribly wrong.

    HAHAH. He even posted his response in the wrong thread. I can't make this **** up.
    I can post in the wrong thread, in the wrong language, in the wrong Country and still dispatch with your insipid rhetoric.

    Or is it because I'm a " incontinent horse face " ?

    I swear to all that is holy that Obvious Child sent me a PM and called me a "incontinent horseface".

    Is he/she a child or what ? I'm guessing English is not he/she's first language.

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    Re: Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'

    Moderator's Warning:
    Meteorite strikes, 'around 100 injured'There's a few people obviously going personal and baiting in this thread. It needs to stop in this thread, and if it continues in a similar fashion in other threads action will be taken. Entire posts dedicated to running down and mocking other posters are not acceptable

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