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(NBC News)   Experts say the meteor that crashed into Russia has been stalking us for ages, lurking in the Van Allen belt and singing "Every Breath You Take" to the Earth over the phone at 3 AM   (cosmiclog.nbcnews.com) divider line 47
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2013-03-03 09:07:15 AM
Oh can't you see? You belong to me.
 
2013-03-03 09:13:41 AM
Since you've gone I been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face
I look around but it's you I can't replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace
I keep crying baby, baby please
 
2013-03-03 09:29:17 AM
It's Me Again Margaret could also have been used in the headline.
 
2013-03-03 09:49:45 AM
No sh*t? It took SCIENTISTS to realize that?
 
2013-03-03 09:50:59 AM
It was just pissed off that the asteroid was getting all the attention.
 
2013-03-03 09:58:47 AM
Would have been creepier if it was singing "Time Is On My Side".
 
2013-03-03 10:08:38 AM
...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.
 
2013-03-03 10:13:23 AM
I'd love to own a piece of meteor like the guy at the end of the article. A moon rock would also be fantastic. eBay is probably not a good route for getting one.
 
2013-03-03 10:17:36 AM

Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.


Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.
 
2013-03-03 10:20:17 AM

MindStalker: Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.

Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.


I take that back, I think it was just in the Asteroid belt past Mars. Article incorrectly states the Kepler belt.
 
2013-03-03 10:26:10 AM
Kuiper belt?
 
2013-03-03 10:32:45 AM

MindStalker: Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.

Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.


We could probably map every object in the solar system >50m if we poured one tenth of the talent,  man-hours and dollars into that project compared to the F35s.
 
2013-03-03 10:53:19 AM

Bored Horde: MindStalker: Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.

Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.

We could probably map every object in the solar system >50m if we poured one tenth of the talent,  man-hours and dollars into that project compared to the F35s.


But Asteroids can't be used to blow things up.. Oh wait.... DOD funding coming soon!!
 
2013-03-03 11:15:42 AM

MindStalker: Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.

Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.


I believe the point stands. Perhaps we'd be a lot further along with our mapping of Solar System bodies and their trajectories if we spent more money on Science instead of War.
 
2013-03-03 11:28:00 AM

MithrandirBooga: MindStalker: Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.

Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.

I believe the point stands. Perhaps we'd be a lot further along with our mapping of Solar System bodies and their trajectories if we spent more money on Science instead of War.


Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?
 
2013-03-03 11:38:01 AM

LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?


Not sure if serious, or troll?
 
2013-03-03 11:41:22 AM

MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?


Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.
 
2013-03-03 11:49:06 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen, meteor have now left the Van Allen belt
 
2013-03-03 11:54:13 AM

LargeCanine: Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.


Bullshiat.
 
2013-03-03 11:59:20 AM

LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?

Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.


Welfare is 402B, Defense is 800 billion. Welfare is only bigger if you include Medicare (elderly) 579B, and Medicaid (poor) 370B. Either way, its much easier to redirect someone who was building tanks into producing other things, than it is to stop paying doctors and having poor people dying in the streets.
 
2013-03-03 12:02:59 PM
Posted without comment. Perfect Blue.
 
2013-03-03 12:12:11 PM
?Van Allen belt?

Try again subby.
 
2013-03-03 12:22:40 PM

Kurmudgeon: LargeCanine: Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.

Bullshiat.


Look it up yourself. The problem is with perception. The military is one large hunk of the budget, while welfare programs are spread out amongst several departments, dozens of agencies and hundreds of programs. People look at B2 bombers and can grasp that it cost billions of dollars, but the accumulated expense of numerous, ever increasing, and ongoing welfare programs is mugh higher.

Some people think the Military is over half the budget, or even as high as 80%. I have spoken to liberals, some of whom are friends, and in one case played a trivia game in which we were to guess military expenditures as a percentage of the budget. My liberal friends guessed 4-5 times the actual amount and laughed at my correct answer, only to be shocked shocked when I turned out to be right.
 
2013-03-03 12:31:40 PM

MindStalker: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?

Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.

Welfare is 402B, Defense is 800 billion. Welfare is only bigger if you include Medicare (elderly) 579B, and Medicaid (poor) 370B. Either way, its much easier to redirect someone who was building tanks into producing other things, than it is to stop paying doctors and having poor people dying in the streets.


Don't forget Agriculture which is mostly food stamps. But yes, I would include medicaid and medicare, social security and even corporate welfare. Wealth redistribution is wealth redistribution. Its actually hard to get a grasp on exactly how much is spent on welfare given its spread out and, in my opinion, disguised.

Including veterens affairs and retirement in the military budget is fair, as I am doing the same.
 
2013-03-03 12:51:28 PM

Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.


Yes, we desperately need to protect literally thousands of people from the ravages of tinnitus.
 
2013-03-03 12:52:51 PM
"I hope the Russians love their children tooooo"

C'mon people. This was the obvious one.
 
2013-03-03 12:55:57 PM
Astronomers from Tacoma to Vladivostok have just reported an ionic disturbance in the vicinity of the Van Allen belt. Scientists are recommending that all necessary precautions be taken.
 
2013-03-03 01:23:46 PM
TFA: "Nobody had heard about us, and now all the world knows," the region's governor, Mikhail Yurevich, told Bloomberg News. "We can earn some dividends on that."

The following links are of dubious work-safe-ness.

I can only surmise that Governor Yurevich uses Google with Safe Search in Strict mode, and as such  is unaware of his region's most globally-famous export, produced in a small village south of the city.  Perhaps he doesn't have easy access to American media, which has covered this export extensively over the last half-dozen years, contributing to its more  prominent role in commerce, or even European media, which has uncovered still more about it.
 
2013-03-03 01:43:21 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

It would have been a satellite if it was in the Van Allen Belt which only extends ~60,000 km. The picture in the article is the asteroid belt.
 
2013-03-03 01:49:03 PM

LargeCanine: MithrandirBooga: MindStalker: Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.

Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.

I believe the point stands. Perhaps we'd be a lot further along with our mapping of Solar System bodies and their trajectories if we spent more money on Science instead of War.

Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?


A) Because you're stupid.

B) Because while the need for supermassive military budgets has declined, the need to support the poor and unwell has only increased.
 
2013-03-03 01:54:31 PM

LargeCanine: Don't forget Agriculture which is mostly food stamps. But yes, I would include medicaid and medicare, social security and even corporate welfare. Wealth redistribution is wealth redistribution. Its actually hard to get a grasp on exactly how much is spent on welfare given its spread out and, in my opinion, disguised.


And you can, with a straight face, consider "military spending" and "corporate welfare" as separate categories, with military spending not constituting "wealth redistribution"?
 
2013-03-03 02:55:34 PM

LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?

Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.

Welfare is 402B, Defense is 800 billion. Welfare is only bigger if you include Medicare (elderly) 579B, and Medicaid (poor) 370B. Either way, its much easier to redirect someone who was building tanks into producing other things, than it is to stop paying doctors and having poor people dying in the streets.

Don't forget Agriculture which is mostly food stamps. But yes, I would include medicaid and medicare, social security and even corporate welfare. Wealth redistribution is wealth redistribution. Its actually hard to get a grasp on exactly how much is spent on welfare given its spread out and, in my opinion, disguised.

Including veterens affairs and retirement in the military budget is fair, as I am doing the same.


What part of "insurance programs" do you not understand? People pay premiums into Medicare, Social Security and other programs. They are not "freebies." You ONLY qualify for Social Security if you have been paying into it, for example. Simply because the government has squandered those premiums and redirected them to other things doesn't change the nature of so-called "entitlements." They are pre-purchased benefits plans that happen to not be actuarily sound because of Congress' financial malfeance.  Medicaid could be considered "wealth redistribution" but that's only if you consider it a good idea to let your neighbors and coworkers die of communicable diseases that can spread to you.
 
2013-03-03 03:04:58 PM

Foolkiller: [upload.wikimedia.org image 350x193]

It would have been a satellite if it was in the Van Allen Belt which only extends ~60,000 km. The picture in the article is the asteroid belt.


Well of course the meteor was that close... it was stalking the earth!
 
2013-03-03 04:18:01 PM
Proof that Republicans are like a large meteor crashing into the earth.
 
2013-03-03 05:25:14 PM
I think we could all benefit from a global disaster.
 
2013-03-03 08:42:34 PM

LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?

Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.

Welfare is 402B, Defense is 800 billion. Welfare is only bigger if you include Medicare (elderly) 579B, and Medicaid (poor) 370B. Either way, its much easier to redirect someone who was building tanks into producing other things, than it is to stop paying doctors and having poor people dying in the streets.

Don't forget Agriculture which is mostly food stamps. But yes, I would include medicaid and medicare, social security and even corporate welfare. Wealth redistribution is wealth redistribution. Its actually hard to get a grasp on exactly how much is spent on welfare given its spread out and, in my opinion, disguised.

Including veterens affairs and retirement in the military budget is fair, as I am doing the same.


What an uneducated young republican who has been taught nothing but lies by his parents looks like.
 
2013-03-03 08:58:43 PM

justtray: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?

Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.

Welfare is 402B, Defense is 800 billion. Welfare is only bigger if you include Medicare (elderly) 579B, and Medicaid (poor) 370B. Either way, its much easier to redirect someone who was building tanks into producing other things, than it is to stop paying doctors and having poor people dying in the streets.

Don't forget Agriculture which is mostly food stamps. But yes, I would include medicaid and medicare, social security and even corporate welfare. Wealth redistribution is wealth redistribution. Its actually hard to get a grasp on exactly how much is spent on welfare given its spread out and, in my opinion, disguised.

Including veterens affairs and retirement in the military budget is fair, as I am doing the same.

What an uneducated young republican who has been taught nothing but lies by his parents looks like.


We've managed to turn welfare into a bad word. I think the argument is better versed that we are spending more money keeping people alive than we are at killing people. Welfare simply means helping people, it doesn't mean anything more or less.
 
2013-03-03 09:06:29 PM
i338.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-03 09:22:02 PM

Charles_Nelson_Reilly: I'd love to own a piece of meteor like the guy at the end of the article. A moon rock would also be fantastic. eBay is probably not a good route for getting one.


Almost got a trigger made from meteor metal a few years back, but it was too pricy for me.  It was leftover material from a knife the guy had made.  Would've been cool, but you know, when you get down to it, the Earth itself is in space, and all metal is formed in stars, so my existing trigger is pretty cool, too.
 
2013-03-03 09:34:42 PM

BolloxReader: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?

Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.

Welfare is 402B, Defense is 800 billion. Welfare is only bigger if you include Medicare (elderly) 579B, and Medicaid (poor) 370B. Either way, its much easier to redirect someone who was building tanks into producing other things, than it is to stop paying doctors and having poor people dying in the streets.

Don't forget Agriculture which is mostly food stamps. But yes, I would include medicaid and medicare, social security and even corporate welfare. Wealth redistribution is wealth redistribution. Its actually hard to get a grasp on exactly how much is spent on welfare given its spread out and, in my opinion, disguised.

Including veterens affairs and retirement in the military budget is fair, as I am doing the same.

What part of "insurance programs" do you not understand? People pay premiums into Medicare, Social Security and other programs. They are not "freebies." You ONLY qualify for Social Security if you have been paying into it, for example. Simply because the government has squandered those premiums and redirected them to other things doesn't change the nature of so-called "entitlements." They are pre-purchased benefits plans that happen to not be actuarily sound because of Congress' financial malfeance.  Medicaid could be considered "wealth redistribution" but that's only if you consider it a good idea to let your neighbors and coworkers die of communicable diseases that can spread to you.


Hmmm... I am sorry, that is not really what medicaid does. Social Security and Medicare are not insurance, they are tax and redistribution programs.
 
2013-03-03 09:42:37 PM

MindStalker: justtray: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: MindStalker: LargeCanine: Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

Not sure if serious, or troll?

Welfare is a much higher percentage of the US budget than the military.

Welfare is 402B, Defense is 800 billion. Welfare is only bigger if you include Medicare (elderly) 579B, and Medicaid (poor) 370B. Either way, its much easier to redirect someone who was building tanks into producing other things, than it is to stop paying doctors and having poor people dying in the streets.

Don't forget Agriculture which is mostly food stamps. But yes, I would include medicaid and medicare, social security and even corporate welfare. Wealth redistribution is wealth redistribution. Its actually hard to get a grasp on exactly how much is spent on welfare given its spread out and, in my opinion, disguised.

Including veterens affairs and retirement in the military budget is fair, as I am doing the same.

What an uneducated young republican who has been taught nothing but lies by his parents looks like.

We've managed to turn welfare into a bad word. I think the argument is better versed that we are spending more money keeping people alive than we are at killing people. Welfare simply means helping people, it doesn't mean anything more or less.


Welfare is nice. We should take care of those who cannot help themselves. If that meant only helping the needy, it wouldn't be an issue, nor would it be as expensive as it is now. The multiple, duplicated, overlapping, and ever expanding government programs which do not apply only to the truly needy are what has given gov't welfare programs a bad reputation. As do bailouts for banks, corporations and failed government entities like Fannie  and Freddie.
 
2013-03-03 09:44:22 PM

LavenderWolf: LargeCanine: MithrandirBooga: MindStalker: Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.

Didn't read the article did you? Apparently it was behind the sun, on every approach, we couldn't see it except for when it was far away in the Kepler belt. We are a long long way off from mapping each Kepler object and its trajectory.

I believe the point stands. Perhaps we'd be a lot further along with our mapping of Solar System bodies and their trajectories if we spent more money on Science instead of War.

Military budgets are declining. Why not take the money for this out of welfare?

A) Because you're stupid.

B) Because while the need for supermassive military budgets has declined, the need to support the poor and unwell has only increased.


There there. You don't have to listen to opinions that don't agree with yours. Just use the Ignore button.
 
2013-03-03 11:00:17 PM
I'm just glad the thing didn't hit Pyongyang or Tehran.

My guess is that the defense establishments guarding those cities would have fired back and asked questions later.
 
2013-03-03 11:51:53 PM
I was just listening to this song...

/not a stalker, it's just a good song.
 
2013-03-04 06:29:27 AM

Reverend J: ...scientists are saying that the asteroid behind the blast crossed Earth's orbit regularly for thousands of years.

Man, we should get some sort of program to look out for these things.  Maybe a space program, one with telescopes...nah the government need more F-35 to clog up hangars.

/Kinda hope that comet hits Mars next year, maybe that'll farking wake people up.


Governments are very poor at doing useful things before it's too late. You can help with this yourself by donating to the B612 Foundation. They are building a wide field infrared telescope to be placed near Venus's orbit that will spot rocks that can not be seen from earth due to that bright thing we orbit. It will be better at spotting asteroids than anything built so far.
 
2013-03-04 09:03:55 AM
Gotta love it... a thread about the meteor turns into a political troll-fest. Welcome to Fark!

I must say, I liked the spirit of the people out on the streets taking video.

**** B O O O O M ! ! ****

"Ебать!"

I guess Russians aren't all that different than us, really; I'd be reacting the same way in that situation.

Back to the political troll-fest. Russia wasted no time getting crews out to fix the damage. If this had exploded over, let's say, Dallas, the idiots in Washington would still be squabbling over disaster aid.
 
2013-03-04 12:00:00 PM

Fubegra: Back to the political troll-fest. Russia wasted no time getting crews out to fix the damage. If this had exploded over, let's say, Dallas, the idiots in Washington would still be squabbling over disaster aid.


Local authorities reacted faster than central authorities??
 
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