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House Lawmakers To Tackle Saving The World From Imminent Doom

March 4, 2013 by  

House Lawmakers To Tackle Saving The World From Imminent Doom
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The Nation’s lawmakers can’t find a way to produce a budget, avert financial crises or help to bring an end to the ongoing conflicts in the Mideast; but that isn’t stopping them from shooting for the stars. A House committee will convene this week to hold a hearing about how the government could stop asteroids and meteors from hitting the Earth.

The Wednesday hearing comes just weeks after a massive asteroid 17,000 miles away buzzed the Earth and a meteorite smashed into the Russian city of Chelyabinsk.

The hearing could have been sparked by a United Nations effort to encourage world governments to be more vigilant about asteroids and other space threats. The efforts are being pushed through the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, whose mission is “promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.”

Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said the importance of holding a hearing on “Threats from Space: A Review of U.S. Government Efforts to Track and Mitigate Asteroids and Meteors” was underscored by the events last month.

“Developing technology and research that enable us to track objects like Asteroid 2012 DA14 is critical to our future,” he told The Hill. “We should continue to invest in systems that identify threatening asteroids and develop contingencies, if needed, to change the course of an asteroid headed toward Earth.

“Fifty years ago, we would have had no way of seeing an asteroid like this coming,” he added. “Now, thanks to the discoveries NASA has made in its short history, we have known about 2012 DA14 for about a year.”

Lawmakers will hear testimony from White House Science and Technology Director John Holdren and Gen. William Shelton, who commands the U.S. Air Force Space Command, during the hearing. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the planned Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment mission last month. The mission, which is scheduled to occur in 2022 when the asteroid Didymos nears Earth, involves crashing a spacecraft into the object in a bid to throw it off course.

Another idea the lawmakers could possibly hear about is that of two University of California scientists who have proposed a massive, solar-powered “orbital defense system” to destroy space rocks long before they came within striking distance of Earth. That system, called DE-STAR, or Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids an exploRation, would involve harnessing sunlight which would then be focused into laser beams and used to obliterate threatening space debris.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://hughesnet James Donahue

    You have got to be kidding. These morons can’t even wipe their own ass let alone stop something from space. Just what in hell is wrong with these fools. The very best I can see is that they all get in a bunch and watch a piece of junk from space hit them right in the center. problem solved. IDIOTS.

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

    It is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. It knows best what we need and what must be done. We must trust in its absolute power, knowledge, and presence in all areas of our lives. For this overseer is the source of justice, truth, wisdom, wrath, and mercy. So it appears big government has become for the American people.

    We used to think of “God, family, and country,” but the significance of the first two has been effectively diminished in this society where self-reliance is the exception rather than the rule. Most Americans would scoff at the assertion they have made the government into a god, but a look at their dependency on the federal government and loyalty to it prove otherwise.

    Americans are a people whose subservience to their “leaders” results in nothing less than a form of worship. Standing ready to receive their adulation are scores of political “saviors” promising much while blatantly abusing the power of the office entrusted them. Nationalism has become like a religion whose followers swear by the state, even to the point of condemning fellow citizens as traitors if they resist, reject, or condemn the aims and actions of the government.

    Consider some properties shared by a number of religious faiths:

    -A benevolent, often patriarchal, entity.
    -Reverence not only for that benevolent force, but also for the symbols representing it.
    -Willingness to sacrifice.
    -Pledging a percentage of one’s income.
    -Cultural tradition of organized worship and desire to help others.

    Even a cursory examination of American society finds all of these aspects of religion common to the “civil religion” of the U.S. government.

    From cradle to the grave, it is to the government that people now look to provide all the things a father should provide for his family or which they previously had prayed for God to provide. These include one’s physical needs of housing, food, medical care, transportation, security, and safety, and a stipend ensuring financial security into retirement.

    In our society, family and God have now been replaced by the all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present big government. Government is viewed as the source to protect you and yours from any invading terrorizing force, be it natural or man-made. Rather than looking to help one another as Americans once did, they look to government to ensure that none is hungry, none is without shelter, and none is without health care.

    Significantly fading is the reliance Americans once had on churches, charity, and family. People even look to government to provide a fundamental building block of one’s moral character, values, and intellectual development by entrusting the education of children to it.

    Big government is more than willing to play the part of societal benefactor. Where Americans once looked to their faith and family for true benevolence in times of need, they now look to the god of government, even for daily existence. It gladly steps in, reaping the benefits of undeserved power and absolute rule over the lives of millions.

    Reverence, a profound respect, is maintained for government even when people are unhappy with what it does. Many believe one must never express disrespect for the government, its politicians (especially its president), or its sacrosanct symbols, such as the flag. Toward God, if one is a believer, such reverence comes naturally as we acknowledge our own fallibilities and shortcomings in understanding the mystery of life. A deep revulsion occurs when another desecrates the symbols and icons of our faith.

    But to give such reverence to government, simply a group of fallible human beings, is to bestow a higher value on “them,” resulting inevitably in the manipulation of one’s deepest emotions. This explains the extreme uncontrollable reactions many have toward other citizens who express their displeasure with government policy through such public demonstrations as burning or otherwise desecrating the flag. To irrationally react with such extreme emotionalism over the desecration of a national symbol (behaving as if the nation itself were being attacked) is a sure sign of misplaced veneration.

    Self-sacrifice and the surrendering of one’s will, or permitting one’s choices and behavior to be governed by a teaching believed to be divinely inspired, is a major decision. Some make it; others reject it. But all agree it’s an enormous decision, since everything in one’s life is predicated on it.

    But why have millions subordinated their own thoughts to the mindset and actions of this government with such fervor? “My country right or wrong” is so pervasive. Regardless of the revelations that the government funds terrorists and evil dictators, uses torture, engages in regime changes worldwide, is responsible for the deaths and suffering of tens of thousands of innocents, and all manner of other despicable and horrendous acts of imperialism, the people’s greatest anger is often expressed against those who criticize and identify the government’s perpetrations of evil and immorality.

    To speak against the president and his administration is considered abominable; worse yet, to speak against the troops terrorizing and killing people worldwide is to commit the ultimate sin, with accusations of treason not far behind. The personal will of such Americans has become adulterated by nationalistic pride. They think not with their own minds, nor feel with their own hearts, but mouth the will of the government that praises
    such red-blooded patriotism.

    http://ca-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=564o3bqdgjhel

  • ToughGuy1

    The last days are coming and political corruption will end?!

  • Howard C

    “The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood” – Revelations 8:8

  • WE are the idiots

    I disagree with James Donahue. Not on the comments, James is 100% correct on them.

    I disagree in calling them Idiots. WE are the idiots as we keep on electing them over and over and expecting different results.
    WE are the Idiots for choosing not voting because “everybody is conscious they are Idiots, everybody will be voting those Idiots out, so I don’t need to vote.”

    No, they aren’t smart, either. They are just not stupid as WE, the Idiots.
    To fool Idiots (aka, WE), one doesn’t need to be pretty smart. Just need to be not so stupid idiot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/slhjimhall Jim Hall

      These politicians need to spend more time cutting out all the garbage spending that is already running this country into Doom.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    WHOA! All kinds of craziness being posted here, including something from JAY that is totally off topic. Did you post that clip on the wrong thread, JAY?

    Not much to be said—-it WILL be hard to detect and deal with an asteroid strike, but I don’t see that it hurts to talk about it. Too bad that the fools will politicize it and cloud the issue and the right wingers will probably starve any proposed projects financially because “government is too big”, but that’s why the idiots have elected so many idiots—-to do just that.

  • http://thearchivest.wordpress.com thearchivest

    This is all weirdly like this book I just read, a novel called THE MYOSHI EFFECT. It’s done as humor, but the way people react to this asteroid headed toward earth and how they try to figure out how to destroy it – all sort of what is happening now. Weird how fiction becomes fact.

    • Chuck S

      I’ve noticed a lot of people assuming their audience knew what they were talking about. Your comment would be more helpful if you described what you’re talking about – like what the book says about people’s reactions and compared them to reality.

  • ibcamn

    Just shoot a couple of geeks into space,let them live in orbit with a joy stick attached to weapon for asteroid defense!ha ha ha ha,let em shoot up the threat,they would have a blast(along with detereating bones and muscle and space demencia etc…)just a thouhgt,funny!what about that billionare guy who wants to go to mars w/couples?have him get in on this instead of his mars project!

    But seriously,i’m not into all the space stuff,but i know it’s a seriouse issue,didn’t the gov’t a while back kinda say”humbug”to all the space programs whinning about this type of threat?they said it was so far in the future we didn’t need to look for any of this stuff?then cut the budget drasticly!kinda like NASA’s budget,took it away!maybe this will wake up the gov’t to the fact that indevidual thinkers can come up with great ideas compaired to a collective thinking!remember,Obama wants these collective think tank camps?!!he want’s the gov’t to take credit for all new technology,well then he better get together with other countries and come up with something or “we”might go to the wayside of exsistance!(ew,not good!)

    • Margaret

      Did you mean use Mr & Mrs. O? Splendid idea!

  • Gary L

    We already know how to do this. Didn’t they watch Armageddon?

  • jopa

    They can’t stop a sequester or even a filibuster now they think they can stop a meteor or asteroid.I think the United States has been overflowing with assteroids already.Lot of big butts out there today.I was sitting in a mall parking lot one day for about a half an hour and the size of some of these folks was really sad.Seeing someone extremely obese would occur maybe once in a given year before but in that half hour I spotted at least six individuals in need of some type of help.What gives or how did this happen what seems like just overnight.

  • cawmun cents

    Yep depend on gubment to procure funds that will be used for billions in grants to find out that placing head between legs and kissing posterior goodbye is the most obvious answer.
    McFly…..are you serious?
    -CC.

  • Chris

    Hmmmm……….another “tax”? Good……….let them send some people up there and maybe they’ll figure out a way to send that asteroid towards Washington.

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