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Meteor Travelling At 19 Miles Per Second Explodes Over Russian Urals, 500 Injured - Video

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In perhaps the oddest news of the day, workers in the Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Urals were greeted this morning with a spectacular show: an exploding meteor. Bloomberg reports "A meteor exploded in the skies above Russia’s Urals region and sent shock waves that shattered windows, hurting hundreds of people, hours before an asteroid half the size of a football field hurtles past the Earth. The meteor broke apart above the Chelyabinsk region at about 7:25 a.m. Moscow time, the Emergencies Ministry’s division in the Urals district said today on its website. “A serious meteor fell,” billionaire Sergey Galitskiy, chief executive officer of OAO Magnit, Russia’s biggest food retailer by value, said in a post on his Twitter Inc. account. “At our hypermarket in Emanzhelinsk, windows were blown out, the roof shook, there was a strong shock wave.”  More than 290 people reported injuries, according to the website of Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich. The number may be higher than 500, Interfax reported, citing an unidentified Interior Ministry official."

From Reuters:

People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow.


A fireball blazed across the horizon, leaving a long white trail in its wake which could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away in Yekaterinburg. Car alarms went off, windows shattered and mobile phone networks were interrupted.


"I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day," said Viktor Prokofiev, 36, a resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals Mountains.


"I felt like I was blinded by headlights," he said.


No fatalities were reported but President Vladimir Putin, who was due to host Finance Ministry officials from the Group of 20 nations in Moscow, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were informed.


A local ministry official said such incidents were extremely rare and Friday's events might have been linked to an asteroid the size of an Olympic swimming pool due to pass Earth at a distance of 27,520 km (17,100 miles) but this was not confirmed.


Russia's space agency Roscosmos said the meteorite was travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second and that such events were hard to predict. The Interior Ministry said the meteorite explosion had caused a sonic boom.


Russia's Emergencies Ministry said 514 people had sought medical help, mainly for light injuries caused by flying glass, and that 112 of those were kept in hospital. Search groups were set up to look for the remains of the meteorite.

Unlike the Tunguska meteor of 1908 Siberia fame, there was no actual land collision: "The meteorite may have fallen into a body of water about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the city of Chebarkul, national television channel Rossiya 24 reported. The meteorite may have weighed 1 kilogram, according to the television company’s website. As many as 20,000 emergency staff and three aircraft have been deployed in the Urals region, the ministry said."

Sentiment on the ground that this is nothing but a crashing UFO was promptly squashed by the government, and moments ago the emergency minister denied a report that the meteorite was shot down by Russian military.

And in these days of the ubiquitous video smartphones, there were many video capturing this meteor in teal time.

Follow the live, real-time updates on the site of RT.


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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:42 | 3245825 ZippyBananaPants
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:46 | 3245831 GetZeeGold
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Didn't see it coming. We need a new czar for this crap...and we need one right now!


Global warming will kill you slow.....this crap kills you right now.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:49 | 3245843 AssFire
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Let's just wait to see what our man on the ground, Boris Alatovkrap has to say about this.

He has a way with words...what those words means is quite fucking baffling though.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:59 | 3245860 Badabing
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That’s not the one that’s supposed to pass at 2:23 ET!

Looks like where in for a shower.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:13 | 3245893 CPL
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That meteor was only 10 tonnes and about the size of a small car and caused an 6.8 earth quake that is starting a pacific chain reaction.


DA-15 2013 is about the size of a city block.  It's considered an extinction level event if it does hit.  If it does hit, there is no where on the planet you can hide above or below ground.  SO don't worry.  Enjoy life until 2:38 EST.  If it doesn't hit, continue to enjoy life.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:26 | 3245920 Praetor
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Extinction level event? Maybe in a 30 km radius from the blast.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:28 | 3245929 NoDebt
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Bush's fault.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:37 | 3245956 Badabing
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That one should not hit the earth but the small ones about the size of a car are hard to spot until they’re in the atmosphere.

There was people hurt in Russia.

Good time to ask the pope to pray for us, oh wait……….. Vatican struck by lightning hours after Pope stands down

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:47 | 3245978 onewayticket2
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Hey Krugman, your "space alien" pipe dream may have come true!


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:02 | 3246048 The Juggernaut
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Ban meteors!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:18 | 3246125 TruthInSunshine
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It's a good think I'm not Putin.

Given ObaMao's Imperial Presidency & War Mongering Par Excellence, I would have automatically assumed that this was ObaMao's preemptive strike, in order to conquer Russia so as to divide up her natural resources for JPM-Goldman-Federal Reserve cartel.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:39 | 3246188 hedgeless_horseman
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Fucking bugs and their meteor attacks. 

Remember Buenos Aires!

Invade Klendathu!

Join the Mobile Infantry and save the world.

Service guarantees citizenship.


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:39 | 3246223 BLOTTO
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Maybe instead of a 'trillion dollar coin' - we get a 'billion dollar asteroid' to help out with the debt?


may harbor $65 billion of recoverable water and $130 billion in metals, say officials with celestial mining firm Deep Space Industries.


(im mostly being sarcastic of course)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:45 | 3246246 francis_sawyer
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Wanna know more?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:12 | 3246347 redpill
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That was NOT a meteor, it's just Ben's new fiat delivery device. The helicopters just weren't cutting it anymore.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:24 | 3246389 ParkAveFlasher
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Tunguska, bitchez!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 14:07 | 3247052 OutLookingIn
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We come in peace? Piece?

Pieces! That's it!


Sat, 02/16/2013 - 00:11 | 3248761 Spirit Of Truth
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The Russian Meteorite and the Wormwood Connection:

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:39 | 3246224 SilverRhino
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Here's another article with a lot of the videos.  

That fucking thing is LOUD!! 


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:16 | 3246363 secret_sam
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I liked that one video that showed the meteor is making a noise very much like cheesy techno music.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:13 | 3246578 fourchan
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no boom recorded. just shite music.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:53 | 3246492 13thWarrior
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Sonic boom.


Apparently one can tell how far was it by calculating when it flew by till sonic boom.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:45 | 3246247 Kickaha
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I'd like to, but first you have to promise that I can carry a weapon that actually brings down the enemy without having to hit him with 100 rounds.  Also, you need to assure me that when faced with overwhelming numbers of enemy infantry, command will use its superior air power rather than sending down puny numbers of infantry armed mainly with rifles inadequate to put much of a dent in a bug unless 10 grunts hit one at the same time with automatic fire.

Come to think of it though, will I get to shower with babes?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:18 | 3246367 secret_sam
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    command will use its superior air power rather than sending down puny numbers of infantry

Command has other plans for Klendathu, soldier!  Go do your duty and stop second-guessing the Joint Chiefs!

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 08:34 | 3249134 BorisTheBlade
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It seems you wanna live foreva.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:45 | 3246469 A Nanny Moose
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This is for you new people. Everybody fights. Nobody quits. If you don't your job, I'll shoot you myself.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:42 | 3246455 13thWarrior
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Sodom & Gommarah.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:44 | 3245971 CPL
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Good luck with that..

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:00 | 3246035 CPL
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The projectile begins to breakup at an altitude of 47100 meters = 154000 ft
The projectile bursts into a cloud of fragments at an altitude of 7000 meters = 23000 ft.
The residual velocity of the projectile fragments after the burst is 3.61 km/s = 2.24 miles/s. The energy of the airburst is 1.06 x 10^16 Joules = 2.53 x 10^0 MegaTons.
No crater is formed, although large fragments may strike the surface randomly.


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:46 | 3246052 CPL
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Planetary model tool

Copy and paste what's below in note pad and save it as 2012 DA14.ssc
Now just put this file in the EXTRA folder inside celestia folder and see how close it comes.


# C/2012 DA14
# SSC Provided By Rxxxxxx G. Hxxxxxxxxx Jan 10,2013
# "name of object" "name of primary"
"2012 DA14" "Sol"
Class "asteroid"
Texture "asteroid.jpg"
Mesh "asteroid.cms"
Radius 0.200 # Guess
RotationPeriod 11.34 # Guess
Albedo 0.134 # Guess

# taken from
# OR

Epoch 2456010.5 # 2012-Mar-24.00 (CT)
Period 366.2637955227459 # d
PericenterDistance 0.8933072428190705 # QR - q
Eccentricity 0.1082314886099339 # EC - e
Inclination 10.33947174196036 # IN - Incl.
AscendingNode 147.2878846791715 # OM - Node
ArgOfPericenter 271.0825411253086 # W - Peri.
MeanAnomaly 469.6440238295972 # position at T

InfoURL ""
# =================================================================
# JPL/HORIZONS (2012 DA14) 2013-Jan-10 16:59:01
# Rec #:732119 (+COV) 2013-Jan-10_01:50:17 # obs: 191 (2012-2013)
# FK5/J2000.0 helio. ecliptic osc. elements (AU, DAYS, DEG, period=Julian yrs):
# EPOCH= 2456010.5 ! 2012-Mar-24.00 (CT) Residual RMS= .30241
# EC= .1082314886099339 QR= .8933072428190705 TP= 2455895.354664823
# OM= 147.2878846791715 W= 271.0825411253086 IN= 10.33947174196036
# A= 1.001725483025416 MA= 113.1950248694354 ADIST= 1.110143723231762
# PER= 1.00261 N= .9830621859999999 ANGMOM= .017115796
# DAN= .98797 DDN= .99202 L= 58.3882903
# B= -10.337606 TP= 2011-Nov-29.8546648
# Physical parameters (KM, SEC, rotational period in hours):
# GM= n.a. RAD= n.a. ROTPER= n.a.
# H= 24.366 G= .150 B-V= n.a.
# ALBEDO= n.a. STYP= n.a.
# =================================================================
# ASTEROID comments:
# 1: soln ref.= JPL#35, OCC=4
# 2: source=ORB

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:22 | 3246148 ElvisDog
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Um, extinction level event? That was a bit dramatic. For reference, the Space Shuttle was traveling at about 3 km/s at 47 km altitude when it re-entered the atmosphere. The 2.53 megaton sounds scary, but remember it's without radiation and it occurs 47.1 km above the surface of the Earth. If you're a bird flying near it you would be extinct, but you wouldn't even feel the blast wave on the ground. You could hear it and see it though.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:59 | 3246427 CPL
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It's one of the reasons we believe the earth cooled just enough to cause the dust bowl on a planet populated by only 1.6 billion.

Today we have 7.2 billion , falling crop deliveries because of our own poorly managed resource pool and a supply chain that is spread out across the planet.  We are in a situation that nothing is allowed to fail in a supply chain or it comes down like a house of cards.  That's the modern gambit.

Human systems are like eggs, they maintain their strength as long as pressure is applied in the sweet spot.  Change the direction of force and you end up with a mess.  Fragile.


Anycase, AGAIN, it'll be a hell of a show at 2:38 EST PM.  I doubt it will hit from models given.  If it does hit, or where it hits once it breaks apart, meh.  If you are in the impact area, you won't feel a thing.  Otherwise.  The 6.6-6.8 Earthquake it's started is continuing.  Starts at 13:13.

For those that like pictures.


All I care about is clear skies, I want a picture of it tonight with the Aurora Borealis.


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 14:27 | 3247098 Wile-E-Coyote
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In the film deep impact didn't they get smaller meteorites coming down before the main event?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:52 | 3246490 Overfed
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Maybe a Tunguska 2.0 level event.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:16 | 3246816 ElvisDog
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Tunguska was most likely a comet, in which case it was coming into Earth on a ballistic trajectory entering at 13-14 km/s - twice as fast as this meteor with four times the kinetic energy per kg.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:41 | 3246940 recidivist
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Yes, but comets are much lower in density, only about 1 g/cc versus 8-12 for meteors/meteorites.  Comets give us tektites, meteorites do not (you read it here first).  It has to do with the soft compression in front of the comet as it hits ground.  The higher mass of the meteorite vaporized everything, whereas the 'softer' comet impact preserves a disc of liquified terrestrial matter that spews out and showers the countryside with these cool little rock droplets called tektites...don't get me started!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:53 | 3246745 Axenolith
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You need an object over about 2 miles in diameter to start getting up into "extinction level event" territory.  "City block" size is only going to yield in the neighborhood of 20-100Mt.  Cretaceous event was 200,000,000+Mt

Granted though, in the right place and with relative "surprise" factor, the city block size could get some folks turning keys in silo control facilities...


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:17 | 3245899 Mi Naem
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Gotta love that icon. 


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:39 | 3245964 Badabing
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:18 | 3245904 sunaJ
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We periodically pass through areas of concentrated Near Earth Objects as we hurdle around the sun. We are passing through this region now as we do every year. These two are probably related in that we happen to be passing through the belt at an especially "dusty" spot.

Amazing, the world we live in that such an event can be captured by hundreds of cameras and shared instantaneously around the world. What kind of show will the economic and political collapse of societies bring to our eyes? I dare not guess.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:21 | 3245907 CPL
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It'll be a hell of a show at 2:38 PM EST if things don't go well.   2012 DA14, this 50 meter (160 foot) rock will pass just over 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) from the Earth’s surface and it looks like it brought friends..


Good luck everyone.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:18 | 3246127 francis_sawyer
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So ~ We actually 'hurdle' around the sun?... No wonder my back is so sore...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:21 | 3246141 CPL
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And the earth isn't exactly round or stable.

It's more of a battered jellybean shape.


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:54 | 3246278 Badabing
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(17,000 miles) from the Earth’s surface and it looks like it brought friends..

17,000 is measured from the center of the Earth its about 13,000 from the surface.

Also it will come closer then any meteor on record and its orbit will be altered by Earths gravitational field putting it on a new path!

we’re playing Russian roulette with this thing! (no pun intended)


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:20 | 3246375 Zap Powerz
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I hope one of those space rocks smashes the shit out of Washington DC and NYC leaving nothing but one giant crater.  Let's see them centrally plan their way out of THAT!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:45 | 3246441 CPL
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It'll be on the other side of the world.  India and China are more at risk unless it skips and breaks up all over the Pacific and California/Colorado/Oregon/Washington. 

HOWEVER.  Models are 98% certain it won't do that.

Personally I'm looking for the earth quakes.  The pacific rim has been really weird over the last three years.  Doesn't seem to take much to set it off now.  Interesting stuff.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:13 | 3246576 Zap Powerz
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If I cant have a total destruction of the Eastern Seaboard, I will settle for total destruction of the Western Seaboard, but it will just not be the same.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:23 | 3246856 TPTB_r_TBTF
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It would be a waste of a catalysm to hit a flyover state.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:17 | 3247545 hivekiller
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Good start but let's not forget LA, Sacramento, Detroit, most of New Jersey, and Israhell.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:23 | 3245915 Race Car Driver
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+1 Interesting Times

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:30 | 3245938 Praetor
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Doesnt work that way, NEO's aren't clumped into 'dusty' regions. NEO's will have slightly different orbital periods from Earth thus they will take some time to catch up or pass the Earth. They arent going to pop up on the same day each year.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:10 | 3246338 Frank N. Beans
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hurtle, not hurdle

just sayin'

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:20 | 3246139 Jim in MN
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The question you goofballs should be asking is this:  How much plutonium do we have in orbit?

When we launched the Cassini Saturn probe on the shuttle, for example, there was a small but noticable chance of the launch vehicle failing (say 1-3%) followed by loss of payload and possibly fiery breakup of plutonium power supply in the atmosphere.

That, friends, is something to ponder.  An asteroid blasting a nuclear power source to smithereens in orbit likely today? 


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:29 | 3246178 Jim in MN
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So far, radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) have been the main power source for US space work over nearly 50 years, since 1961. The high decay heat of Plutonium-238 (0.56 W/g) enables its use as an electricity source in the RTGs of spacecraft, satellites, navigation beacons, etc and its alpha decay process calls for minimal shielding.   Heat from the oxide fuel is converted to electricity through static thermoelectric elements (solid-state thermocouples), with no moving parts. RTGs are safe, reliable and maintenance-free and can provide heat or electricity for decades under very harsh conditions, particularly where solar power is not feasible.

So far 45 RTGs have powered 25 US space vehicles including Apollo, Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Galileo, Ulysses and New Horizons space missions as well as many civil and military satellites.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:47 | 3246254 SilverRhino
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>>That, friends, is something to ponder.

Actually no it's not.  We've set off THOUSANDS of nuclear weapons on earth.  We have fukushima to deal with. A subcritical mass of plutonium doesn't even make me worry a bit. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:32 | 3246416 Jim in MN
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So the tens of thousands of nuclear testing victims, and untold number from Fukushima....yeah, what's the big deal.  We can add a few to the pile.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:52 | 3246485 CPL
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110 Million willing medical participants.  Radiation doesn't stay in one place and last check all that radioactive crap was washing up on US and Canadian coastline on the west coast.


Since I'm on the other side of the problem...well it'll only effect a couple thousand kids swimming around in the debris piles over there.  Daily dose of Cesium 133 should...well might...small chance...that their tyroids dont hulk out once they hit puperty and they grow extra bits in their lungs, hearts, brains.


Should be fine.  Everything is perfectly normal.  Read more news.  iPad?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:40 | 3245950 HD
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Boris is no being able to tell you of anything. Vodka silenced the boom yet still brings the shakes.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:45 | 3246245 thisandthat
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Calling Mr. Boris Alatovkrap - Mr. Boris Alatovkrap to the comments section.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:40 | 3246450 TruthInSunshine
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Boris Alatovkrap has only comfort from flask of potently inebriating MIG fuel expropriated by girlfriend & Russian maintenance depot worker, Vyodka Smirnoff, as he clings to underside of bridge in Nizhny Novgorod, with his now-highly enriched government issue underwear.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:04 | 3246785 thisandthat
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Boris probably just run out of vodka and is not in condition to join us.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 14:37 | 3247122 FrankDrakman
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In Soviet Russia, you don't throw rocks at sky; sky throws rocks at you!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:13 | 3246101 Squid Vicious
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Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
Followed by fault lines that cannot sit still.
Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:14 | 3248531 mjcOH1
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And so far we're 1 for 4.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:23 | 3246118 CheapBastard
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But..but...but they told us 'everything is fine....' Yuri GoodEnuff told us so.


BTW, did I tell you the one about Stalin?


When Stalin was in office, he once noted that there were mice in his study and complained to President Kalinin about this. The President thought for a moment and suggested, "Why don't you put up a sign reading 'Collective Farm'? Half the mice will die of hunger and the other half will run away."

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:34 | 3246202 FL_Conservative
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Didn't you hear?  That's what the drones are for.  At least that's what they tell us.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:49 | 3246267 hivekiller
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Moron. There is no such thing as global warming. Just the usual climatic change due to the sun. Go peddle your fish elsewhere.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:54 | 3246500 mirac
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You don't always see them, but EVERYONE SHOULD EXPECT THEM. People might want to visit and have a look around.  Courtney Brown has 'remove viewed' an event for this spring-we shall see.  Others are picking it up like Cliff High at  Part of this story is that we have had a planetary body come into our solar system.  On it's way in it went crashing through the Oort Cloud and sent rocks flying towards us-thus we can see all the comets and meteorite stories increase-there's more but that is enough.  Do some research...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:21 | 3245908 Hobbleknee
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This is the best compilation video I've seen so far.  With sound!


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:51 | 3246272 Kickaha
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We are saved, like Krugman hoped.  All those broken windows mean economic recovery, for cetain.  Bullish!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:58 | 3246296 Matt
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It seems the Russians never taught their people about Bert the Turtle, or hundreds of people wouldn't have had their faces lacerated with glass shards. Remember kids, when you see the flash, get away from the windows, duck, and cover!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:28 | 3245926 rogeliokh
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They think it's a 3t Gold meteorite, that's the excuse this Morning
to take Gold down further. Watch 8:30 action now, Ridiculous..
I'm guessing that's American Office Junkies selling GOLD on the schedule.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:04 | 3246057 toys for tits
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Enjoy the gold buying opportunity created by the manipulators to take advantage of the thin market caused by the week long Chinese New Year holiday.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:10 | 3246341 pupton
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What they witnessed was the Bond Bubble officially ending...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:56 | 3246756 Dingleberry
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I prayed really, really, really hard for God to send a meteor to Wall Street.  Only about a 12 time zone miss.

I need to keep praying.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:34 | 3246909 TPTB_r_TBTF
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You need a god with a better aim.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:43 | 3245826 Zgangsta
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Obviously a coverup for a North Korean missile test gone wrong.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:45 | 3245833 mjorden
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If I was in the NK, I would be offended, a nuclear event gone wrong = a hit building & 500 injured?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:29 | 3246179 CheapBastard
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Chechens playing around with those fireworks labeled, "Hecho in China"...that's all.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:44 | 3245828 Disenchanted
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Don't worry about that asteroid, it's the meteors that will get you...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:38 | 3246921 TPTB_r_TBTF
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DonT worry about the rocks which NASA (the GovT) tells you are out there.  They wonT hit us.  But do worry about the rocks they donT or wonT tell us about.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:46 | 3245832 francis_sawyer
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Crap ~ I was hoping it was Air Force One...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:54 | 3245853 AssFire
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Filled with Jewish bankers... (you are slipping up Francis)

Where has your friend Crockett been anyway?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:31 | 3245916 francis_sawyer
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Don't put words in my mouth [that I didn't say ~ or even think]... You get a free pass on this one because I know you're just kidding around... The problem is ~ with francis_sawyer, some have a hard time distinguishing what's said as a comedy routine, & what has merit...

My more OFFICIAL stance can be read here...


Bottom line is that if Tylers put up pictures & stories featuring Bloomberg, Bernanke, Krugman, Blankfein, Ackman, Ichan [or whomever], it's going to be 'open season' because those dudes are poster boys... As I stated once before... MISSING these people [on a financial oriented website] is like trying to miss the water when you jump out of a boat...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:47 | 3245835 Benedict Farse
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It hit the Russian Mint too - Ruble everywhere. Here all week, try the steak, no best not...stick to the fish. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:26 | 3246395 Ms. Erable
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Are you implying someone has been horsing around with the steak?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:48 | 3245839 PowerzThatB
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Pretty neat to see.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:48 | 3245840 fonzannoon
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I remember saying a meteor would hit us before Sprott would puss out on gold and silver. I was wrong about that too.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:13 | 3245885 Whiteshadowmovement
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Hey fonz,

not bragging or anything, but remember that African Logistics company I was telling you about, well:

same goes for my Myanmar plays:

Between this, gun stocks, mREITs and a few other things, Ive already made my year. I'm taking the next 10 months off so I dont fuck it up

it reminds me of an old quote: "he who seeks beauty, will find it"

Ill tell you the story of my fav. client and how he started with nothing in communist east germany in a bit, I think youll enjoy it because it says a lot about decaying systems

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:25 | 3245919 fonzannoon
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way to go. bank it and walk. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:34 | 3245933 Whiteshadowmovement
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seriously man, youd have to be stupid to walk away from a good thing when you see it. Ill probably be back to mostly cash today for clients. In my personal acct though, I have been buying these shares since 75 eur, and have been "stacking" them ever since, I really love this company. You know, I probably will take the afternoon off and go blaze one on the course as a little reward (life is for living, ya know?), ill tell the story when I get back...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:21 | 3246140 francis_sawyer
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Simon Black said he'd be available for cocktails... In Gstaad... about 6-ish...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:32 | 3246195 Whiteshadowmovement
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Will you be joining us Francis? I heard Simon will be flying in Heston Blumenthal to put a new twist on scorpion...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:51 | 3246271 francis_sawyer
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I'll be serving the cream of mushroom soup from the tureen...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:50 | 3245844 Bobbyrib
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That driver in the second video certainly loved crappy music.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:36 | 3245952 a growing concern
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I'm really surprised at how everyone just kept driving like there wasn't a huge fireball streaking straight at them.  Not that stopping would have done anything, but I think if I saw a huge fireball streaking straight at me, I'd probably slow down and ponder my mortality for a couple of seconds before I was obliterated.  But, I guess in Soviet Russia, car just keeps driving you.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:15 | 3246110 willwork4food
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I was thinking the same thing. It was early in the AM and the poor workerbees were probably just trying to wake up and get to work.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 22:23 | 3248550 mjcOH1
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When your daily commute is filled with fireballs from exploding commuter cars you get jaded to the stuff going on around you.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:20 | 3246135 Sweet Chicken
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LMAO I had similar thoughts +1

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 11:37 | 3249336 Bobbyrib
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Yeah, same here. There is no way I would have kept driving like nothing is happening.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:51 | 3245845 azengrcat
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Welcome to Earth, bitches. Krugman says it will add to GDP while every other economist will blame their forecast blow up on it.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:52 | 3245846 EscapeKey
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Meteor, go home. The party's over. 2012 has passed already.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:42 | 3246235 Catch-22
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Considering the Mayans tools, a few months off is in my opinion within reasonable margin of error and therefore considered a “hit”…


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:59 | 3246303 john39
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agreed...  certainly a chance the mayans were off in their calculations...   and even more likely that those who translate the mayan calendar to our calender are wrong on the timing, either intentionally or otherwise.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:53 | 3245849 goldenbuddha454
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Are they sure that wasn't a wayward N. Korean test missile?  Yes, they are sure because yahoo news says "Experts: North Korea years from a bomb".  I feel so much better!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:53 | 3245851 Monedas
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That's where that North Korean ICBM went .... they were aiming for New York WTC construction site ?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:56 | 3245858 Monedas
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Hey, Buddha, leave the North Korea jokes to me .... I invented the genre ! LOL

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:54 | 3245852 Abraham Snake
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They advertised for a harmless asteroid supper, but we're delivered a rather troubling, 100% horse meat-ior dinner instead.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:01 | 3245870 Monedas
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Horses are cleaner than cows .... their genitalia and plumbing are higher mounted ! Horses are prettier .... ever look at the back of a cow .... no buttocks ?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:35 | 3245945 NoDebt
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Can't say I've spent a lot of time looking at the rear ends of cows.  Maybe they just have really high hip bones?

That reminds me.... what do you call a cow with no legs?  Ground beef, of course.  <Attribution to Billy Myers, 3rd grade Social Studies class>



Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:55 | 3246014 knukles
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Know what you call a cow with 2 legs?


Attributed to Knukles who once was told by an HR person that he was the most immature 50 y/o they'd ever met
Knuks giggled.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:12 | 3246097 SubjectivObject
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Zipster, don't change for anybody.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:34 | 3246203 toys for tits
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Know what you call a cow with 2 legs?



What do you call a cow with no legs?

Ground beef

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:58 | 3246295 Hulk
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Are you still 50 yo?

And what the fuck is going on with Gold?


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:35 | 3246907 Jugdish
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Having sex with horses is known as buggery.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:54 | 3245854 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Hmmmmm.  Myans off by a couple of months?  Where's that asteriod?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:54 | 3245855 youngman
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I wish those videos had sub titles.......

Pretty amazing...wonder how we didn´t see this one coming...and the other one today at 2:23pm was spotted by a Spanish Dentist....and we spend billions here in the USA for stargazers and talkers.....very well paid professionals..white coats and everything.....maybe we can cut back on that spending a little don´t ys think

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:10 | 3245888 toys for tits
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They say this one only weighed 1 kilo.  


Maybe the size of a football?  Imagine how much the 150 ft wide one weighs.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:15 | 3245896 ptoemmes
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I think they said, "Holy shit, what was that"?  WTF?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:38 | 3245958 Shizzmoney
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Asteroids and meteorites are VERY hard to see by those super telescopes - if they are small or not shaped in a favorable object to reflect light, they are usually invisible until they get to around Mars (even the HUGE ones). 

These balls of snow, ice, and rock only give off light when they come closer to the Sun (as it's heat, and not reflection like via the Moon, that omits the light). And unlike comets, they don't have the levels of radiation that gamma ray telescopes can use to track trajectories (including the actual size of the rock - although as comets head towards the Sun, they also tend to disintergrate).  Scietnists *maybe* have the orbits of 500+ asteroids in their systems - and there are literally MILLIONS in our Solar System alone (which for planetary systems, is an anonomoly.....possibly due to a planet that broke apart during its infancy - this is supposedly what the Sumerians were talking about Nibiru).

Hence why an amateur who just points to a random spot in the night sky has the same chance as some professional astronomer of seeing an asteroid.  Plus, the more likely fear isn't the BIG ONE hitting Earth (which would be bad) - but a big asteroid that breaks up into little pieces and starts to pepper the Earth in many spots.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:03 | 3246314 adr
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Venus and Earth were whacked by planetary size objects early in the development of the solar system, Mars was spared. Venus got knocked backwards and the Earth got its moon.

Some think the moon forming eventmay have changed Earth's orbit which in turn pushed Mars just outside the habitable zone. Mars had a billion years of extra time to develop over the Earth. Venus and Earth were reset after the collisions.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:19 | 3247557 dark pools of soros
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we came from Mars.. the Sun got cooler so we just jumped on pappa Noah's spaceark and landed in Fresno first



Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:57 | 3245859 Frastric
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"moments ago the emergency minister denied a report that the meteorite was shot down by Russian military."

Shakes head... There is no technology on this planet capable of hitting a small moving projectile travelling at 30.4 kilometers per second.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:18 | 3246123 SubjectivObject
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Guided laser bombs, ... photon torpedos, maybe?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:02 | 3246308 Acet
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A radar guided laser would be able to do it (some of those around, recent technology, used to take down missiles and artilery shells). However it probably wouldn't have time to actually warm the thing up long enough to do any more damage than it's entry into the athmosphere was already doing.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:58 | 3245861 Doode
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No one is panicking or stopping cars to stare (no screams either)  - Hollywood was wrong when depicting such things.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:06 | 3245874 Bobbyrib
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Citizens of every other country but Russia would have panicked. It's why you don't fuck with them.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:35 | 3245949 francis_sawyer
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In Hollywood, these meteors always run up the exact longitudinal line of Broadway... [unless they hit Los Angeles ~ whereby they never fail to impact directly on the needle on top of the Capitol Records building]... 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:39 | 3245959 a growing concern
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We can dream, right?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:58 | 3246020 knukles
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Vodka calms nerves makes man of steel

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:10 | 3245887 avd
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It's Russia.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:24 | 3245917 Hobbleknee
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I bet when the shockwave hit, the guy sitting on the shitter panicked.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:20 | 3246138 SubjectivObject
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Butt he was in the best position to deal with it.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:29 | 3245931 Doode
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Jokes on twitter about the meteor - residents of a meteor were terrified by the approaching Chelyabinsk. The new Pope paid a visit to the Urals. Some stone cold macho pulled a star from the sky for his Valentine. Lolz 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:04 | 3246058 Alpha Monkey
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No shit, the propaganda machine (aka hollywood) wants us all to think we are frightened children incapable of wiping our own asses... therefore, we welcome the government to come in and wipe our asses for us. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 08:59 | 3245865 LongSoupLine
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I want an immediate fucking investigaton on why that fucker Blankfein didn't warn anyone that this was going to fucking happen.

Fuck you Goldman.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:37 | 3245955 francis_sawyer
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He was too busy advising his clients to buy CALL CONTRACTS that the meteor would impact in Manitoba...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:00 | 3245866 Dr. Engali
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Too bad the thing couldn't have hit Washington.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:00 | 3245867 Being Free
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windows shattered

Economic activity in the region will explode; Krugman tweets "We need one of these."; Senate select committee on "the meteor gap" to hold hearings,

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:04 | 3245872 steveo77
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This research from UCLA. What happened in Russia last night hasn't happened for 100 years on earth. And we have not noticed a close flyby of a 15 story building by 15 story wide cube, ever before.

So is this a coincidence? Well the big asteroid (now call it a meteorite since it hit) odds are 1 day in 100 years or 36500 to 1, or .0027%.

They think that big object get kind of close every 40 years, but some say every 1120 years, lets use 40.

So that is one in 14600 odds, or .0068% chance on any given day.

The odds of both happening on the same day is .0027% * .0068% = .000018%, or about 5.55 million to 1 odds. Hmmm

It is obvious, the powers that be will do anything to not scare the sheeple.

There should have been warnings, not "don't worry". Stay near home, have your emergency supplies prepared.

These warnings extend into tomorrow and the next day, eyes open, no fear.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:21 | 3245910 Praetor
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No doubt there is correlation between this meteor and the trajectory of the meteor to pass Earth at 19:25 UT today, to say this has never happened or objects dont get this close  ever before is simply bullshit on your behalf.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:27 | 3246160 francis_sawyer
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I demand to know why our 'geniuses' in government didn't have Harry Stamper up there to PREVENT this king of thing from happening... Oh yeah ~ that's right, they were all busy chasing down Dorner...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:22 | 3245914 buzzsaw99
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That kind of shit seems to be whizzing by twice a year lately.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:30 | 3245937 Orly
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Not necessarily.  You know those little fish that hang out sucking on the side of a whale?  Prolly the same thing.


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:08 | 3246077 Super Broccoli
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Pundits say the one this morning was coming from north and the one tonight is coming from south ... i've seen the videos of the meteor this morning so i'm ready to believe it, once the pundits explains me how did the sun rise north and not east in russia this morning !!!!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:12 | 3246283 SilverRhino
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That's bullshit.  In 1991 during Desert Storm there was a 17 kiloton (Kinetic energy yield) meteor impact in the SE Pacific that set off all the detectors for a nuke alert.   

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:06 | 3245875 sudzee
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Missed the Vatican by just a smigen.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:20 | 3245909 spankfish
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Damn, the Pope does have a direct line to God.  Yes, I know... going to hell for that one.  Got my oneway ticket years ago.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:06 | 3245876 Dr. Engali
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I like how they say " no impact is possible with 2012 DA14". It's like saying there is no chance that the sub-prime can affect the economy, or no chance that the U.S. can be downgraded. Somehow when they say no chance.... I think they might be hiding something.

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