Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It's artificial...and it's approaching Earth

Saw this article in The Daily Galaxy and it has since been picked up on other news sites.
Apparently, NASA has spotted an object on a trajectory towards Earth. Based on spectral characteristics, this is no meteor or asteroid and it has been demonstrating none of the other hallmarks of those types of space bodies. In fact, there are astronomers who have noted that it has actually changed direction a few times of its own accord. This lonely traveler has been designated a spacecraft...most likely the booster stage from one of our own deep space probes.
See how I did that?  I stole the motif of the linked article, deliberately bringing every geek reader to a heightened state of arousal, only to toss cold water into the proverbial groin with the more mundane truth.  Still, even if the tracked object is an ASC (Alternative SpaceCraft) as they are said to be called by those "in the know," do you think they'd tell us? I don't.

Which brings me to a related story on inbound astronomical bodies and authorities being less than candid. I've been reading that if an asteroid large enough to cause an Extinction Level Event is found to be headed towards Earth and cannot be stopped, the policy is simply to not tell the world.  This leaves me most ambivalent.
On the one hand, why live out our final days in panic?  And it most certainly would be. I do not relish the thought of wading through madness in the streets, fending off rapists and looters, and my family dying any sooner than they have to.  Why not live out our final days in blissful ignorance before the asteroid leaves nothing left alive except for bacteria?  Aside: I know that's not entirely accurate.  I know there are nearly 7 billion souls on this world and it would be difficult if not impossible to wipe us all out.  There would have to be stragglers.
Then again, would you want to prepare?  Try things you've never done before?  Spend as much time as you can with your loved ones?  Say things you've been meaning to say to people, even if it's just goodbye?  Go to church if you want?  Come to terms with the inevitable?  I even think it might be sickly humorous to watch cultists commit suicide (what, they can't wait?) or Glenn Beck-ers trying to stock their basements with food, gold, guns, and Bibles, thinking they can actually weather out the impact.  Oh what to choose?
So how about it, Strangers?  Is it better to know...or to not know?  For it may be a case where G.I. Joe is wrong and "knowing is not half the battle."

The photo is from NASA's JPL, found on Coast-to-Coast AM's site via George Knapp.


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4 comments:

  1. I say "know it." My reasons why:

    1. Goodbye, student loans.
    2. My copy of "Sniper's Bible" finally worth it.
    3. Finally get permission to Mad-Maxisize the Toyota.
    4. Impervious to meteors...nothing bad ever happens to me.
    5. Can't pass up chance to punch out weirdo with "The End Is Near" sign.

    There are more.

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  2. Comments from Facebook:

    Bernard said: "I'm one of those nutcases you're talking about. I'd definitely want to know."

    Dr. Rich said: "I would want to know, but I woudn't want anyone else to know. It'd be more fun that way."

    Dale said: "I'd want to know."

    Stevetop said: "Time to update my telescope's software and break out the Barlow lens!"

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  3. There are no coincidences...

    ADOLF HITLER – April 20-1889

    The Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. This date coincides with the 121st birthday of Adolf Hitler.

    The number 121 coincides with 1 on the 11th clockface.

    11×11 = 121

    The Cannabis sub-culture around the world celebrates their version of a ‘Holy Day’ on April 20, 2010.

    CANNABIS = MARIJUANA = MARY OANNES = MOTHER MARY and OANNES Babylonian fish god = MOTHER and SON CANNABIS = CANA-BA = Sacrifice at Cana – Turning the WATER into WINE

    Cannabis smokers refer affectionately to themselves as STONERS. STONE = ROCK

    June 23, 2010, will be exactly 121 DAYS since WASHINGTON’S birthday of February 22.

    This leads into June 24, St. Jean Baptiste Day, the 66th day of the Gulf Oil Pour, 122 DAYS since WASHINGTON’S birthday and the day that Michael Jackson consumed his ‘Milk’, and died on June 25, 2009.

    The next multiple of 11, and symbolic in regards to the Gulf Oil Pour and the Flood notion, is July 5, 2010, just one day after the USA birthday of July 4th. - (1776 divided by 2=888).

    July 5th will be the 77th DAY of the Gulf Oil Pour, and 133 days since WASHINGTON’S birthday.

    Then on July 16th, (the number 16 relating to Lincoln, the Great Sphinx and the Lion King, and Obama), it will be the 88th DAY of the Gulf Oil Pour, and the 144 DAYS since WASHINGTON’S birthday.

    Then on July 27th, 2010, the 99th DAY of the GULF OIL POUR (99=9-11′s) coincides with the 155 DAY SINCE WASHINGTON’S birthday. July 27th is exactly 2 years to the day before the 2012 London Olympics begin.

    As you know 11 = DEATH as in 9/11

    9 = fall
    11 = death

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  4. I say that if chances are good that we’ll all be killed, we should take the initiative and nuke ourselves into oblivion. We go out on our terms.

    Universe: You’re fired.
    Earth: You can’t fire me. I quit!

    Now that’s a first class exit.

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