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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Why I am not so concerned about Climate Change

The other day (Sunday), an asteroid the size of a Canadian League football field (100 meters) zoomed by the planet. While reading about it Sunday morning, I was puzzled by these words:

Indeed, many space rocks are hurtling undetected through Earth's neck of the cosmic woods. Astronomers estimate that the number of near-Earth asteroids tops 1 million, but just 9,700 have been discovered to date.

Undetected objects can strike Earth without warning, as the surprise meteor explosion over Russia last month illustrated. The 55-foot (17 m) asteroid that caused the Feb. 15 Russian fireball detonated in the atmosphere before astronomers even knew it existed.

I read that and I thought... Gee, we've actually discovered about 1% of of near-Earth asteroids but scientists seem to think we're safe... "for now". Even after that one blew up over Russia without being detected in advance. That one was actually larger than the one we did know about.

And what if that 55 foot long (wide?) asteroid had penetrated deeper into the atmosphere and blown up just a little closer than it did?

I think, like I did during the Cold War years, that I hope I am very close to "ground zero" if and when the Big One hits.

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