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If An Asteroid Were About To Hit the Earth, The Government Would Tell Us.

 
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If An Asteroid Were About To Hit the Earth, The Government Would Tell Us.
Why would I imagine something that seemingly silly? Because the government wouldn't be believed by a whole lot of people.

Now, they wouldn't mention it a year in advance, probably just giving a solid hint about a day out instead, so that, if people survive (and we would if the Asteroid wasn't that large...) they'd remember the warning being given.

While they want to prevent panic, that takes time to develop, so it would be fairly safe, all things considered.

The trick is that the information would have to be hidden until the eleventh hour. That way no one would go on looting spree's or anything of that nature. (Or at least far fewer people would.)

It's just enough time for you to realize you might be screwed. It's the perfect plan.
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It is a ridiculously childish and irresponsible policy. The eleventh hour thing.
That's like a kid would do if the wrecked the family car and waited till Monday morning to tell the folks.

While I accepte that a large number of people behave like cattle or primates, I truly hate that governmental policy is always sighted to the dumbest degree.

They completely disrespect and disregard the intelligent people. I guess they have to look out for they're voters.
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It is a ridiculously childish and irresponsible policy. The eleventh hour thing.
That's like a kid would do if the wrecked the family car and waited till Monday morning to tell the folks.

While I accepte that a large number of people behave like cattle or primates, I truly hate that governmental policy is always sighted to the dumbest degree.

They completely disrespect and disregard the intelligent people. I guess they have to look out for they're voters.
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I don't think it's the intelligent people that you have to worry about if were told that we may only have a few hours or days left on this planet.
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They knew the astronauts on the shuttle Columbia were dead when they saw telescope images of the damage on the wing, and they didn't tell them nothing, just let em come in like a Roman candle. They won't tell you either.
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They knew the astronauts on the shuttle Columbia were dead when they saw telescope images of the damage on the wing, and they didn't tell them nothing, just let em come in like a Roman candle. They won't tell you either.
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what do you expect from a president named osama hussein?
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They knew the astronauts on the shuttle Columbia were dead when they saw telescope images of the damage on the wing, and they didn't tell them nothing, just let em come in like a Roman candle. They won't tell you either.
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what do you expect from a president named osama hussein?
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The Columbia exploded on February 1 2003
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Have you seen that movie, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"?
They tell people a few weeks out that the asteroid will hit. People stop going to work, start committing suicide, start riots, and just start doing crazy drugs and having orgies. I assume it would be a bit like that if it really happened.
This is an oubliette. The labyrinth is full of 'em.
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We are the government and we are here to help.

Stay calm and carry on

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You wouldn't hear a peep about it until they had to concoct some lie of an excuse as to why immature astronomers were seeing it. All they know how to do anymore is lie and cover up and they don’t even do that very well.
"God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always, well informed... If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty... Let them take arms... What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. " - Thomas Jefferson in 1787
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So let me see if I've got this figured out...our government leaders use our tax dollars to pay for technology that forewarns them of danger far enough in advance to squander MORE of our tax dollars in building bunkers and provisions for their survival of said danger all the while failing to warn the oblivious masses who paid for their provisions until the last possible second before impact of said danger giving them ample time to get to their bunkers without the hassle of dealing with roving hoards of marauders that might block their escape and entrance to said bunkers. Sound about right?
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So let me see if I've got this figured out...our government leaders use our tax dollars to pay for technology that forewarns them of danger far enough in advance to squander MORE of our tax dollars in building bunkers and provisions for their survival of said danger all the while failing to warn the oblivious masses who paid for their provisions until the last possible second before impact of said danger giving them ample time to get to their bunkers without the hassle of dealing with roving hoards of marauders that might block their escape and entrance to said bunkers. Sound about right?
redface
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Lets super glue their bunker doors shut.
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So let me see if I've got this figured out...our government leaders use our tax dollars to pay for technology that forewarns them of danger far enough in advance to squander MORE of our tax dollars in building bunkers and provisions for their survival of said danger all the while failing to warn the oblivious masses who paid for their provisions until the last possible second before impact of said danger giving them ample time to get to their bunkers without the hassle of dealing with roving hoards of marauders that might block their escape and entrance to said bunkers. Sound about right?
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Lets super glue their bunker doors shut.
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And fart in their vantilation holes!
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They would never say anything until afterwards.

Knowing full well what happened, they would spend 3 days releasing confusing stories about what it was.

Confusion is their power.
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They knew the astronauts on the shuttle Columbia were dead when they saw telescope images of the damage on the wing, and they didn't tell them nothing, just let em come in like a Roman candle. They won't tell you either.
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your so right. They will get to their bunkers and not have to fight the insane hords of people grabbing food off store sheves and burning cities. People will go mad. do you want to know the hour of your death? I really dont
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They knew the astronauts on the shuttle Columbia were dead when they saw telescope images of the damage on the wing, and they didn't tell them nothing, just let em come in like a Roman candle. They won't tell you either.
 Quoting: SSERAL


your so right. They will get to their bunkers and not have to fight the insane hords of people grabbing food off store sheves and burning cities. People will go mad. do you want to know the hour of your death? I really dont
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would I want to know the hour of my death?

Yes, absolutely! I could then use my remaining time much more efficiently and as my last hour approached I could sit in quiet meditative contemplation.
Death is just a moment in eternity.
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Never mind the government.
Private amateurs would tell you.
Remember Elenin guy?
He's a private amateur.
He discovered Comet Elenin.

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2012 Comet Awards Announced
Source: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013


The Minor Planet Center, located at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in Cambridge, Mass., has announced the recipients of the 2012 Edgar Wilson Award for the discovery of comets by amateurs. This is the fourteenth consecutive year that these awards have been given; money for the awards was set aside as part of the will bequeathed by the late businessman Edgar Wilson of Lexington, Kentucky, and administered by the SAO.

The following five discoverers receive plaques and a cash award this year:

* Leonid Elenin of Russia, for his discovery of comet P/2011 N1 on 2011 July 7

* Artyom Novichonok of Russia, for his co-discovery of comet P/2011 R3 on 2011 Sept. 7

* Vladimir Gerke of Russia, for his co-discovery of comet P/2011 R3 on 2011 Sept. 7

* Terry Lovejoy of Australia, for his discovery of comet C/2011 W3 on 2011 Nov. 27

* Fred Bruenjes of Warrenburg, Missouri, for his discovery of comet C/2012 C2 on 2012 Feb. 11

With his latest find, Lovejoy became the first astronomer in over 40 years to discover a Kreutz sungrazing comet from a ground-based observation. The comet dazzled observers in the southern hemisphere and was nicknamed the Great Christmas Comet of 2011. Lovejoy also received a Wilson Award in 2007 for the discovery of two comets.

This is the second Wilson Award, and second comet discovery, for Elenin. Novichonok, Gerke, and Bruenjes are first-time Wilson Award winners.

For most amateur astronomers, the historical naming of the comet for them has more meaning than any award, but the bestowment of the Edgar Wilson Award gives extra prestige and notice to their effort. Amateur comet discoverers usually put in long hours observing, with no financial aid, unlike the professional astronomers who discover most comets nowadays via surveys with large telescopes. Automated CCD searches with large professional telescopes have dominated comet discovery since 1998, so the contributions of amateurs deserve special recognition.

There have been numerous comet awards over the centuries, but the Wilson Award is currently the largest publicly known award.

In years when there are no eligible comet discoverers, the award is made instead to amateur astronomers judged by the Minor Planet Center to have made important contributions toward observing comets or promoting an interest in the study of comets.

Contacts:
David Aguilar
+1 617-495-7462
daguilar@cfa.harvard.edu

Christine Pulliam
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cpulliam@cfa.harvard.edu

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists, organized into six research divisions, study the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the universe.
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People act like dumbasses, yes the asteroid has a high probability of hitting in my opinion.

But it is not a ELE, not even close to one. It'll blow a city to shit and some government will use it as their reichstag to say, look they used a nuclear bomb!

Wake up you dumb ass trolls.
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Have you seen that movie, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"?
They tell people a few weeks out that the asteroid will hit. People stop going to work, start committing suicide, start riots, and just start doing crazy drugs and having orgies. I assume it would be a bit like that if it really happened.
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I'd be at the sex drug orgy camp
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They would never say anything until afterwards.

Knowing full well what happened, they would spend 3 days releasing confusing stories about what it was.

Confusion is their power.
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You got that right!
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The government does not give a damn about any of us. Why do they care if we die or even have time to prepare? They don't.

To them, we are cockroaches. Would you bother to tell a cockroach the end of the world was coming soon? No. Why? Because you don't care if a cockroach lives or dies. The cockroach means nothing to you.

And we mean nothing to them.
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The government does not give a damn about any of us. Why do they care if we die or even have time to prepare? They don't.

To them, we are cockroaches. Would you bother to tell a cockroach the end of the world was coming soon? No. Why? Because you don't care if a cockroach lives or dies. The cockroach means nothing to you.

And we mean nothing to them.
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Only difference being the damn cockroach would actually live.

Go figure, right?

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