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Live Tracking Asteroid D14 As It Misses The Earth By 17,500 Miles At 2:25pm Eastern

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Update: it missed.

It is only fitting that in the aftermath of the earlier meteor explosion above the Russian Urals, that the world's attention next shifts to yet another historic celestial event, this time of near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14, which will make a historic flyby of the planet, missing Earth by some 17,500 miles. According to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs, the asteroid, which is 150 feet in size, an object of this size makes a close approach like this every 40 years. The likelihood of a strike is every 1,200 years. Of course, the neo Keynesian among us would wish the latter number was much smaller: just think of the untapped GDP potential that would result from the epic destruction. And while a direct impact would not lead to any mass extinctions as was the case 65 million years ago, when the earth was hit by a meteor 6 miles across, this rock could still do immense damage if it struck given its 143,000-ton heft, releasing 2.4 megatons of energy and wiping out 750 square miles. The closest approach will take place at 2:25 pm Eastern, and NASA will be covering the event live below.

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NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.

The half-hour broadcast from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting.

At the time of its closest approach to Earth at approximately 2:25 p.m. EST (11:25 a.m. PST/ 19:25 UTC), the asteroid will be about 17,150 miles (27,600 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

In addition to the commentary, near real-time imagery of the asteroid's flyby before and after closest approach, made available to NASA by astronomers in Australia and Europe, weather permitting, will be streamed beginning at about noon EST (9 a.m. PST) and continuing through the afternoon at the following website:

A Ustream feed of the flyby from a telescope at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be streamed for three hours starting at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST). To view the feed and ask researchers questions about the flyby via Twitter, visit:

The NASA Near Earth Objects (NEO) Program at the agency's headquarters in Washington, manages and funds the search, study, and monitoring of NEOs, or asteroids and comets, whose orbits periodically bring them close to the Earth. NASA's study of NEOs provides important clues to understanding the origin of our solar system. The objects also are a repository of natural resources and could become waystations for future exploration. In collaboration with other external organizations, one of the program's key goals is to search and hopefully mitigate potential NEO impacts on Earth. JPL conducts the NEO program's technical and scientific activities.


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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:04 | 3247206 thismarketisrigged
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asteroid is going to miss us? thats great news, that should be good for 200 dow pts and 50 s&p pts.



Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:05 | 3247209 redpill
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Can we just duct tape our central bankers to it as it goes by?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:07 | 3247214 King_of_simpletons
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. (Place holder for future comment)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:07 | 3247217 redpill
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Too late <3

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:08 | 3247221 King_of_simpletons
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Darn !

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247229 hedgeless_horseman
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It is not an attack.  It is a pick up. 

After destroying the capital markets, Barney Frank has transmogrified back into his brain bug form and is going to hitch a ride home to Klendathu!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:34 | 3247242 redpill
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I'm really hoping that's not what I think it is.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:37 | 3247372 fuu
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"Update: it missed."


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:42 | 3247404 TerminalDebt
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OMFG somebody delete that brainbug picture please, I'll nevr be the same again.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:08 | 3247495 SilverIsKing
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Just use your imagination and make believe you see some whipped cream on it.  Much better, huh?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:37 | 3247632 James_Cole
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I've looked at that picture for far too long and still can't figure out exactly what it is, is it just a photoshop masterpiece or really a human being? 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:43 | 3247650 The Juggernaut
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Special Report Live:


A human was sighted on D14.  The person is described as a man in a suit with a beard.  Also he was seen from the telescope throwing dollars from his money sack across the universe.  If you listen closely the man was yelling, "FUCK helicopters!  I have me a fucking comet!  Wealth for all!"

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:41 | 3248311 TwoShortPlanks
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Nature fires a warning shot across our bow and what, nobody even flinches.

We're doomed!

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 00:08 | 3248753 Spirit Of Truth
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The Russian Meteorite and the Wormwood Connection:

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 04:27 | 3249002 A Nanny Moose
Sat, 02/16/2013 - 01:59 | 3248901 xtop23
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Exactly. Now back to our regularly scheduled demolition of sovereign nations in the name of democracy.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:54 | 3247382 francis_sawyer
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You're all living right now because francis_sawyer pushed


Pause the game and press Up, Down, Left, Right, Circle, Square, X, Triangle.

[which gave you EXTRA LIFE]...

You don't have to thank me... My gift to you...


Edit: @fuu [above]... LOL :-)... It's taken francis_sawyer awhileto appreciate your sly comedy...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:28 | 3247964 fuu
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Everything else that misses is bullish.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:09 | 3248072 francis_sawyer
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It's ALL bullish fuu... [I learned that from u]... By consequence ~ I have achieved TOTAL CONSCIOUSNESS,,, & I have you to thank for that...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:18 | 3248097 fuu
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wtf have I done?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:19 | 3247275 Teamtc321
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Horseman, does Barney Frank and the word Brain belong in the same sentence? Just sayin', that is the nastiest picture I have ever seen. I have to go take a shower now lol. 

Good grief.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:20 | 3247284 edifice
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:21 | 3247289 fuu
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Becky put your mask back on.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:25 | 3247299 CPL
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Throw flour on it and aim for the wet spot.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:41 | 3247337 BLOTTO
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If Jabba the Hut and a Gamorrean Guard had a kid - it would like that.



Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:43 | 3248169 CPL
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Roll that kid around with a stick.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 13:24 | 3249561 fletcherhigh
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CPL you reside in Canada and are working in the engineering sector correct? 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:27 | 3247309 johnconnor
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that's no regular brainbug... that's Behemecoatyl, oh brain of brains!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:44 | 3247312 CaptainSpaulding
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Ummm, Whiteshadowmovement.. Hedgeless horseman sees your man fucking a turkey and raises you a huge ass with teeth. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247322 Yes_Questions
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Is there a cream for this?


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3247403 hedgeless_horseman
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:48 | 3247424 Yes_Questions
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Its like the hamburger helper hand took on crack - meth  and became a Mentat.


It is by will alone...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:38 | 3248153 CPL
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...It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.


God damn it, Herbert was a fine writer.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:41 | 3247398 Shell Game
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Decapitated banksters?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:56 | 3247448 Hulk
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No amount of your dinner plate photos can make up for this...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:40 | 3248159 Hulk
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That works!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:48 | 3248331 Angus McHugepenis
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"Those aren't pillows"!

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:06 | 3247735 klinkerphish
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Thats Napolitano's ass right?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:32 | 3247990 Angus McHugepenis
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Sorry, I left my webcam running while doing crunches.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247241 Divided States ...
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Too fuckin late, I think the Earth has already been financially decimated by the asteroid Qe1234, sent from the planet B3rnank.

(in reference to the bug planet Klendathu in Starship Troopers)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:15 | 3247250 Divided States ...
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hh, Couldnt believe after I posted my message, we had the same idea. That Brain bug surely reminds me of the Bernank.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247283 Manthong
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And dear Jesus, if you just deign to let it hit  at N W, I promise to never watch another porno flick as long as I live

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:07 | 3247216 flacon
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Can somebody please hit the stock market with an asteroid?!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:11 | 3247222 TruthInSunshine
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I want to be careful and preface this as hearsay, but there is a rumor that Krugman has built a shrine to Asteroid D14 in his Princeton office, complete with candles, incense, pagan throw rugs & sculptures of Shiva, destroyer of all worlds, that he's given his students the day off, and that he is "holed up" in his locked office, on bended knee, in a hallucinogenic-induced stupor (psilocybin fungi), praying for a highly stimulative event.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:11 | 3247230 Freddie
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Krugman is praying for a "highly stimulative event?"

Most likely QE 6 and 7.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:12 | 3247232 redpill
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...and with plenty of lube

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247237 TruthInSunshine
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I meant Siva and not Shiva, above.

Sorry, Siva. Sorry everyone.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247330 TruthInSunshine
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It missed?

That must be why FIRE/EMS are on scene trying to extricate Krugman from his office that he's torched.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:00 | 3248049 ersatzteil
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What a guy! Think of all the growth Krugman has spurred as his office is remodeled. Thousands of man hours of skilled laborers and carpenters; the purchase of office furniture; importing Brazilian mahogany produced by poor laborers in the Amazon; the shipping and freight costs involved...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:22 | 3247572 azzhatter
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That wasn't an asteroid, Jamie just flushed his Gulfstream

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:51 | 3247438 disabledvet
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Apparently in a downward direction. And I was told we had are best men on this one...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:05 | 3247207 ParkAveFlasher
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Gold, bitchez!

[final words to my ZH brethren]

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:56 | 3247447 jimmytorpedo
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According to NASA,

"...after the asteroid goes by, we'll have more information about it than before..."

Sounds just like the rocket scientists that run the rest of the .gov

Don't worry folks, nothing can go wrong with these geniuses looking out for us

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:10 | 3247225 Freddie
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This NASA feed and chatting with the Aussies is pathetic.  A bunch of Star Trekkers.  The ****ing country is broke.

Send these people with Krugman to Your-Anus.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:11 | 3247231 WALLST8MY8BALL
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:26 | 3247303 CPL
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All I know the clouds aren't going away and I'm not getting a picture of it leaving orbit.


Damn it.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:11 | 3247226 kralizec
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Hit DC, hit DC, hit DC!


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:14 | 3247243 Freddie
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Hopefully a chunk will break off and head for Krugman's office in Princeton at 30,000 mph. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:17 | 3247267 kralizec
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I'd like more, but I'll take what I can get.  ;)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247325 kralizec
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Shit, we got the "all clear". . .


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:17 | 3247263 waterwitch
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Al Qaeda would take credit.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:12 | 3247227 Dr. Richard Head
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Just think of the erection Krugman would have should this hit earth, with all of the broken window GDP increases we could see.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:32 | 3247345 ParkAveFlasher
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It missed.  Krugman had to throw a paper weight through his office window to blow his load / salvage the session.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:47 | 3247419 jmcadg
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Fortunately for Krugman, he was so excited, he shot his bolt before the asteroid passed, so still got a little thrill.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:55 | 3247445 disabledvet
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Krugman? How 'bout Larry Silverstein. I had all the reporters in place too. "Covering carnage LIVE!" now even worse than the market being down our ratings have taken a hit. I'm not paying for those plane tickets that's fed sure.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247234 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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If I was the PTB, I would pretend like this asteroid hit the stalite that facilitates the NYSE and have all equity go to zero.

But that is because I have no idea how they are getting out of this mess.  Maybe they have a diferent plan up their sleeve.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:15 | 3247248 edifice
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They're going to liquidate the population. That's how they're getting out of it.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247236 ziggy59
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Lets hope they, were awake during physics, and more important they didnt make up BS numbers, i.e. distances, sizes too like some, strike that, ALL appear to be done

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:15 | 3247256 edifice
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It's government numbers... Would you trust them?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247239 Hughing
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if it hit Fresh Kills on SatenIsland, would that be bullish for garbage staocks?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247240 Kirk2NCC1701
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Kirk to Enterprise:  Mr. Spock target and destroy the asteroid 2012 DA14 with phasers.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:17 | 3247269 ziggy59
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Kirk beamed up long ago to the USS Priceline. There was no intelligent life here, remember..

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:22 | 3247291 kralizec
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Belay that phaser order!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:16 | 3247252 IridiumRebel
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here is a little vid you should review if this thing does hit's 9 minuteslong so you should have about 30 seconds to put the plan into motion.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:16 | 3247259 Sturm und Drang
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Hey - that asteriod is transmitting "Triumph of the Will". I wonder - no, it couldn't be.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:07 | 3248069 ersatzteil
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Well, it hit Chelyabinsk, aka "Tankograd", responsible for mass T-34 production in the 1940's.

It seems Hitler's V-3 is 70 years too late and 70 megatons too weak.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:17 | 3247262 machineh
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Perspective: 17,500 miles is more than two earth diameters.

Kind of like two jetliners missing each other by over 600 feet ...

sad day for Kurgman, though. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:09 | 3248221 chindit13
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Actually, it's like a jetliner holding short while a gnat flies by 600 feet up runway.  Its wing-wash really isn't going to affect the take off.

Now if Krugman was a bug on a windshield...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:18 | 3247271 Darth Raider
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"Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral. I want that bankster, not excuses."

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:20 | 3247281 El Hosel
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As long as it misses its bullish! Is Bruce Willis on alert?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:20 | 3247278 edifice
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:20 | 3247287 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You guys should hope if not this one some decent size asteroids make near earth orbits. A few them hitting key satellites and the drones are out of commission.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:22 | 3247292 Freddie
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If it takes out the entire earth - should be good for a 250 point rally on the Dow.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:25 | 3247301 ebworthen
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What a bunch of tools, show the damn picture not the stupid simulation.

We are such a bunch of dumb monkeys, we deserve a big hit from one of these.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:26 | 3247304 Yes_Questions
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:26 | 3247305 Tsar Pointless
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It's now 2:26 pm ET, bitchez!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:27 | 3247311 s2man
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Aaand, its gone.

I thought it was called Apophis...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:28 | 3247313 donsluck
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Whew, that was close! I could feel the breeze!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:28 | 3247315 thismarketisrigged
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market is selling, did it hit the earth in the end? the market never sells

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:45 | 3247333 El Hosel
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45 million share red candle on the 5 min spy started this slide .... Thats a big footprint or a very fat finger. Maybe the astroid knocked out power at the Federal trading table?


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:29 | 3247317 Totentänzerlied
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Kinda wish it had hit DC or London. Anyone else?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247328 ebworthen
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D.C., London has some nice pubs, and fish and chips.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:32 | 3247343 Smegley Wanxalot
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Fcuk, it missed.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3247411 torabora
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Well the neo-Keynsians could just explode a nuke in some city somewhere and SAY it was a meteor.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:05 | 3247484 dark pools of soros
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they did that in Japan recently to mixed results

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:23 | 3247583 NoWayJose
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Giant Asteroid Strikes Earth Killing All Life on the Planet - Trading Algorithms react by driving the markets even higher in anticipation of more Central Bank easing!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:10 | 3247753 papaswamp
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Question is...was this the front end of an old larger comet or meteor or the backend? Possible more Russian sized impacts as smaller pieces drag by....or that could be it.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:21 | 3248252 espirit
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Radiotelemetry is pretty good at picking up and charting the trajectory of rocks this size, but miss the junk traveling with it.  Happened with the last Neo and atmosphere entries were sighted over Austrailia.  I also recall a freak wave off of LA that either damaged or sank an open water racing sail about that same time.

Tic, tock, tick, tock, etc.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:30 | 3247808 The Heart
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Just a warm up of the tracking and sensationalizing apparatus in a live test for the really big show later this fall. Better to play the big hoopla for profit, than too try to hide it? Will many be here to see it, or have they got a population reduction before the destruction planned? Would the elitist trash bags want billions of frightened humans running around, or maybe a lot less to worry about going zombie crazy on them? Hummmm...

Speaking of fall, do you think that something of this nature would take the inspired kick out of the babylonian profiteering plans?


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:32 | 3247810 mogul rider
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gold and silver pumpers that threatened universal cosmic diasaster if you didn't BTFD mysteriously disappear like said asteroid..


hmm... could it be....

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:39 | 3247828 Freewheelin Franklin
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The Mayans were off by a few months. Either that, or the asteroid stopped at the tittie bar to blow off some steam.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:46 | 3247847 rsnoble
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Watch out im still convinced that huge sucking sound in NYC can possible deter D14 CPSO R2D2 and Bloomberg will save the day by bending over and spreading his rancid asshole wide open and attempt to anally swallow the tax destructive rock.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:53 | 3247882 ZeroAvatar
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In the movie WATERWORLD, near the end, Kevin Costner throws a flare down a vent, which goes all the way to the bottom of the ship.  An old bearded guy, wearing nothing but greasy shorts and glasses, standing in a pool of oil, new he was about to die, and said, "Oh Thank GOD!" 


We should be so lucky.

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