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How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

For fuck's sake

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NASA is being retarted. "The public thinks NASA should be doing something about killer asteroids"? The fuck you say? Let's take something that's only happened a handful of times in the history of the Earth and make it a matter of some urgency. Since when do we listen to the public? The public watches "Dancing with the Stars", believes in God, and thinks terrorists pose a serious threat to our way of life. This is not exactly a sterling recommendation.
  • Well... There was the Tunguska explosion of 1908. A hit like that could destroy a city. With the way the human population is growing, one hit like that per century is bound to hit somebody. Hmmm... Maybe we should figure out when the next event is, kidnap a bunch of people we don't like and... ;)

    OTOH, this is the kind of thing that requires more eyes on the sky. Somehow I don't think we're very good yet at tracking 30 meter wide celestial objects. So unless some of that money is going towards better telescopes, this is probably another episode of "Space Shuttle, the Search for More Money".
    • Thirty meters is tiny when it comes to spotting that sort of object. I doubt we have the coverage to even detect an object like that until it's in orbit. I'm not even sure we have the technology.

      But the article's talking about planet-buster-dinosaur-killing types of impacts- which we could easily detect, usually years in advance. Given that time, there's a much more reasonable plan- sending probes that orbit the rock, nudging it off course with their own gravity- slow, not terribly dramatic, but cheap and effective.

      What we certainly don't need is to send a manned(!) mission. Waste of money and resources.
      • You're right. Not that I'm surprised after they fubar'd the space shuttle.
        • But manned missions make more interesting documentaries and think of all the "based on a true story" films!
    • BTW I resent the implication that watching dancing on TV disqualifies you from holding civic opinions. That beefy black guy was highly entertaining.
      • I watch loads of TV. Nothing wrong with watching TV- it was just the first stupid show that came to mind.
    • Somewhat, but only because deep down, we'll never believe that any simulation will ever be as good as the human experience, first hand.


      And I really want to go to the moon someday... where is my hover car!!?
      • SRSLY. I have no problem with this justification for manned missions: "Because it's cool! Duh!" 100% acceptable. But to try and say that a manned mission for deflecting an asteroid is a good idea smacks of MST3K quality script writing.
  • "The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter." - Sir Winston Churchill
  • Hey, I'm all for NASA spending our tax dollars to shoot Bruce Willis into space and blow him up with an atomic device. Especially if he takes Ben Affleck with him this time.

    eliazar }()+
  • Dumbass kid should have been throwing flowers, not begging for water. We liberated that country, and this is how they repay us? By begging? Seriously- What. The. Hell. ... [et cetera]

    Were you dissapointed by the response to this? It was so heavy-handed yet I didn't realize who was saying it at first, I was surprised by the few responses.
    • I was a little. I was really shocked that some people thought I was serious- not because of who was posting but what was posted. I know sarcasm is hard to pick up online, but c'mon!
      • I usually pick up on these parodies pretty fast, but this was was so heavy and so expected in that thread that I didn't see it, you have stripped me of my armor until I have none left!! I'm surprised that just one person took it seriously, especially with CCNuggie's comment below being serious (I asked him if replacing the bottle of water with a Twinky would enable him to empathize).
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