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Rush Limbaugh, "This is a conspiracy by left wing scientist radicals to increase non military government spending, spread islamofascism, hurt business, and make the US less free."
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Your facepalm didn't render which apparently resulted in a highly localized state akin to brain freeze
lol yeah apparently.

It's just silly to think we could have any effect on anything that large traveling that fast. It would be like trying to stop a freight train with a machine gun. It's just NOT going to happen.
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Odds are it will miss the keyhole. Don't worry too much. Even if it does, there is a plan in place to steer it off course.
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Why does everyone assume we can only send one nuke at it? Christ, we have thousands stockpiled that (hopefully) won't ever be used for anything else.
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post #135 of 144
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lol yeah apparently.

It's just silly to think we could have any effect on anything that large traveling that fast. It would be like trying to stop a freight train with a machine gun. It's just NOT going to happen.
I guess turnabout is fairplay as you apparently missed my "handful of sand thrown in the face of a charging rhino" analogy.
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post #136 of 144
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Why does everyone assume we can only send one nuke at it? Christ, we have thousands stockpiled that (hopefully) won't ever be used for anything else.
Increasing the number of launches also increases the likelihood of disaster at the very least in the public's mind. Look at history. Crisis management is rampant. People tend to wait for "Pearl Harbors" before anyone takes action about gathering threats. Then note such as the Limbaugh quote and see where priorities are. Odds are a strike will happen first before any serious funding occurs (remembering that only a small percentage of possible strikers are mapped at this point - so we haven't even done that) and we are left simply hoping it is not downtown somewhere.

As many, including Stephan Hawking have pointed out, the evolution of our instincts is agonizingly slow, and completely out of sync with fore-brain evolution which has been supercharged, first by language, and a quantum leap with written language. It's gonna be a long haul before Star Trek TNG.
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post #137 of 144
Call Bruce Willis.
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post #138 of 144
One idea would be to get something out there in 2025 that'd chase it for the next 10 years. Applying a gravity pull on Apophis so that it deviates from it's risky path.
10 years probably won't be enough though considering the size of the thing.
Edited by Infrabasse - 2/14/11 at 2:52am
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We accept your challenge, Apophis.
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I'm sure there developing laser turrets in space or something lol
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