Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
By the way... there's a crossword at the bottom of this page
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Sky is Falling!
Everyone knows the story of Chicken Little (aka "Henny Penny") who tried to warn her coop mates when an acorn landed on her head. Well, she was wrong and the usual moral we get from that story is "Don't believe everything you hear" and/or "don't jump to conclusions".
We fret and stress about the economy, the morals of our children, politics, bad movies, blasphemous "art", and Global Warming but none of that is important in the greater context of the world's destruction by an asteroid.
"Earth's geological and biological history is punctuated by evidence of repeated and devastating impacts from space. Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs along with some 70% of Earth's living species. A more typical recent impact was the 1908 Tunguska Event, a 3-5 megaton explosion which destroyed 2,000 square kilometers of Siberian forest. A future asteroid collision could have disastrous effects on our interconnected human society. The blast, fires, and atmospheric dust produced could cause the collapse of regional agriculture, leading to widespread famine. Ocean impacts like the Eltanin event (2.5 million years ago) produce tsunamis which devastate continental coastlines. Asteroid 99942 Apophis, which has a 1-in-45,000 chance of striking Earth in 2036, would generate a 500-megaton (MT) blast and inflict enormous damage." Read more... (warning: you will need Adobe reader)