Too good to check: CNN anchor blames asteroid on global warming

posted at 11:01 am on February 10, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

We’ve seen some pretty incredible things blamed on Global Warming over the years, ranging from hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards to earthquakes and plunging penguin populations. But for your Sunday morning entertainment, one anchor at CNN may have finally set the bar higher than anyone else shall ever manage. Deb Feyerick was caught by the folks at Newsbusters chatting with Bill Nye, “the science guy” and suggesting that an entirely different phenomenon might be pinned on the changing climate.

CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?”

Moments earlier, before an ad break, she segued from the Northeast blizzard to a segment with Bill Nye “the science guy,” by pointing to global warming: “Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame? I’ll talk to Bill Nye, ‘the science guy,’ about devastating storms and climate change.”

As they come back from the break, she pitches the idea which seems to leave even Bill Nye flummoxed. Let’s go to the video, again, courtesy of Newsbusters.

Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?

I’m not exactly sure what a “meteoric occasion” is or what would qualify as one. At first glance it sounds like some sort of theme party in Manhattan, but then you never really can tell what those folks are up to. Would a flood be either something caused by global warming or a precipitationic occasion? I’m almost afraid to ponder how she might describe frogs falling from the skies. Besides, if Ms. Fayerick had done her homework she would have found that Rachel Maddow already did a thorough investigation and discovered the cause of asteroids… the Tea Party.

In any event, I’ll leave you to have fun with this one.


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Yes,and I’m sure she blames global warming for her lack of a satisfactory sex life too.Sheesh!

redware on February 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

They seem to treat global warming in the same way that Medieval peasants treated the Devil. Did the cows milk dry up? Global warming did it!

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Weapons-grade stupid.

flipflop on February 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

We need a Assteroid Free Universe!

Electrongod on February 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I guess Ed Begley was unavailable.

SickofLibs on February 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Well, there’s your proof. An Atlanta liberal in Virginia Highland chatting about global warming can be just as silly as a NYC liberal in Greenwich Village pontificating on the same subject….

radjah shelduck on February 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

You honestly can’t make this stuff up.

BigGator5 on February 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

CNN?

Well, at least they’ve stopped blaming Bush.

coldwarrior on February 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

These liberal Moron’s want to cloak themselves in ” science ” , yet think humans have the ability to control millions- billions of years of Earth Science found in the text books they dismiss.
They true essence of self involved, self important, I can control anything liberal mind(less) set.

FlaMurph on February 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

She obviously needs a good blood letting and a dose of eye of the newt.

cat-scratch on February 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

The real comedy is that these people are serious and expect to be taken seriously. One second of genuine thought might be enough to put them into a coma.

Liam on February 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

CNN Anchor: “That boil on my ass…global warming?…maybe?…”

Rational Thought on February 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Media ignorance about science is nothing new. Ex: The whole “god particle” thing about the Higgs-Boson, which they bastardized a quote for a eye-catching headline.

mythicknight on February 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Where do these people go to school? Is there some degree in Idiocy that I haven’t heard of?

rjh on February 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Is this cow still employed?

I sincerely and deeply apologize to cows.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

With friends of the Global Warming Crowd like Deb Feyerick, who needs skeptics.

Dusty on February 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

If stupidity would hurt the screaming would deafen us all.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

To repeat what I first responded to at pjmedia:

“It used to be that our newscasters/readers were educated. Even though Walter Cronkite at least leaned left he did ask intelligent questions. I’m not asking every newsperson to be at his level, but please have a basic education. That someone on a multibillion dollar network can ask such an ignorant question speaks ill of her and a criminal indictment of the system that miseducated her.”

What’s next, if she floats on water does that mean God rejects her because she’s a witch and we can burn her to death? AGW has stopped being a religion and is now a superstition.

rbj on February 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Feyerick s/b fired!!!

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I think what happened here is a game plan gone horribly wrong.

The liberals reporter invites on a KNOWN global warming person and tries to set up a softball question to lead into an answer about how global warming is causing it. The liberal reporter does not pause in her mission to check the sanity of the softball question and ends up delivering a moronic assumption like this in the softball question.

Its a multi-tasking problem in her head. Her first priority of trying to promote global warming did not multi-task a fact check on an asteroid hitting Earth because of it.

Thus you have this moronic episode and Nye’s reaction as his brain CAN multi-task the global warming/sane scientific idea in HIS head.

What would be fun would be a fly on the wall in the control booth and see how many liberals could break the spell on themselves and hear how dumb this was. Bet it wasn’t 100% of them.

Conan on February 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Next big CNN panel topic: Global warming causes hemorrhoids asteroids.

Liam on February 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

“The Most Trusted Name in News.”

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

She’s a product of public schools.

Our country is doomed.

Dooooooooooooooooomed, I tells ya.

iurockhead on February 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The truly amazing thing is that she said the BLIZZARD might be caused by global warming. There was just so much other stupid in there that this passes unnoticed now.

pehrsson on February 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

She blinded me…
With Science.

Electrongod on February 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

It takes a special kind of stupid to talk about “global warming” while you’re showing video of THREE FEET of snow.

Memo to prompter reader: It’s now “climate change” so we can blame everything on it, year-round.

tastes like chicken on February 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

“meteoric occasion”

When you scald the roof of your mouth with hot pizza?

Bmore on February 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

And these are the people who believe that they should be in charge. That they are so much smarter than the rest of us.

And she didn’t even have the grace to be even a little embarrassed at saying what she did. Amazing!

[Of course, if he could find a way to do it, Nye would blame the asteroid on "globull warming".]

Solaratov on February 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

And to think that millions of Americans are unemployed and this hack has a well paying gig at CNN, unbelievable.

D-fusit on February 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I’m trying to think how this is different than anything that comes out of the mouths of Al Sharpton and Ed Shultz.

HiJack on February 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I guess Ed Begley was unavailable.

SickofLibs on February 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

..of course he wasn’t! Ed Begley is dead. You must mean his nut-job son.

The War Planner on February 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Maybe she had just come from a visit with this guy. Does rhyme a bit with meteoric. Perhaps the blood letting left her confused.

Bmore on February 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Too good to check: CNN anchor blames asteroid on global warming

She’s probably been hit in the head by an asteroid.

rukiddingme on February 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I’m trying to think how this is different than anything that comes out of the mouths of Al Sharpton and Ed Shultz.

HiJack on February 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Don’t do that, it could really hurt.

D-fusit on February 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

This actually makes sense. It was confirmed this past week that the dinosaurs died from a giant meteor that hit the earth. Well…dinosaurs are huge and their smallest crossover SUVs had to fit at least 5 of them. The amount of CO2 those engines must’ve blasted out probably drifted up into space and created the meteor that eventually killed all of them. It’s a cautionary tale to be sure.

Weight of Glory on February 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Per folk wisdom, “money is the root of all evil”.

If you are a progressive Lib, Big Money, Big Oil AND Global Warming are the roots of all evil. (Well Republicans, The TEA Party and Conservatives in general too.)

KW64 on February 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The first time I brought this page up the video wouldn’t load, but now that I’ve watched it I think she’s actually ridiculing the fact that people rush to blaming any event on global warming. Check it out with that thought in mind and see if that may be what’s really happening.

HiJack on February 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

But remember: It’s Global Warming Deniers that are un-scientific.

Socratease on February 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

…global warming is responsible for… “ugly

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Deborah Feyerick is a reporter for CNN. Feyerick earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Barnard College in 1987. While an undergraduate, she wrote for the Columbia Daily Spectator.

And then we have this:

Deborah Feyerick, a reporter for New York 1 News, a cable television program, was married last evening to Mark Kirsch, an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. Rabbi John Schecter officiated at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, N.J.

Mrs. Kirsch graduated from Barnard College. She is the daughter of Ada and Philippe Feyerick of Short Hills, N.J. Her father is an investment counselor in Short Hills. Her mother is a freelance editor and a writer.

Mr. Kirsch graduated from Cornell University and received a law degree from Yale University. He is a son of Dorothy and Donald Kirsch of Manhattan. His mother was the publisher and the editor of The New York Visitor’s Reporter, a former weekly newspaper in New York. His father is the chairman of the Wall Street Group Inc., a financial services and venture management company in New York.

Why does Mr. Kirsch hate the middle class? 2 percenters!!!!

BobMbx on February 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

As I make the thread darker.

Next big CNN panel topic: Global warming causes hemorrhoids asteroids.

Liam on February 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Stupid people or those with poor mental wiring, have a hard time with events or changes they can’t process. I would go on a dissertation about the effect of events on ignorant populations in history but my pedantic reputation is already monumental enough.

I will say that I fear for some if this asteroid event is theatrical enough.

I have sources who think Christians have been getting it in spades and it is not a simple issue. For example, is Assad good for Christians? Did President Bush help or hurt? How about Benghazi?

And there are not Christians out there begging for help or for US mercenaries to come in and kill their neighbors. No. Never. Nobody ever brought anything up like that with me. /sarc

I avoid snake pits and have no idea about the ethics of this since I have Muslim friends. We shouldn’t start terror over there just as OBL was wrong on 9/11.

http://lastdaysnews4christians.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/editorial-why-muslims-persecute-christians-and-why-the-west-ignores-it/

IlikedAUH2O on February 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Ron White said it best, “You can’t fix stupid.”

This is world class stupidity on an interplanetary scale.

simkeith on February 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Sweet Meteor of Anthropogenic Global Warming.

steebo77 on February 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Feyerick s/b fired!!!

[Schadenfreude on February 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM]

Why? Because she can’t hide her stupidity as well as the rest of those in the LSM? I say they should keep her in order to give National Enquirer and Mad Magazine a more competitive edge in delivering news and opinion to the public.

Dusty on February 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?

CNN requires that their personnel be total, flaming idiots, though everyone knows that hot planets attract meteors. Meteors hate the cold.

And it’s “meteorific occasion”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

This is world class stupidity on an interplanetary scale.

simkeith on February 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Doncha know it’s an Assault Asteroid?

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I remember somewhere somebody told me there was no such thing as a stupid question. Ladies and Gentlemen, I can now report we have found a stupid question.

Dave_d on February 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Maybe CNN can arrange an interview between her and the asteroid.

Limerick on February 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

We shouldn’t start terror over there just as OBL was wrong on 9/11.

IlikedAUH2O on February 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The terrorists and their supporters should live in fear. Fighting back doesn’t make us like Al Qaeda.

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Coming soon: Increased solar activity is caused by global warming too.

Curtiss on February 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I truly hate these slugs, but;

I think that was a very (very) poor attempt at humor.

Which, if you think about it, is itself funny!

hobbit on February 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Weapons-grade stupid.

flipflop on February 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

That would be “assault” weapons-grade stupidity.

Corsair on February 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Perhaps AGW has effected her intelligence? AGW – ain’t nothing it can’t do!

GarandFan on February 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

…is that Andrea Mitchell’s daughter?

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Another data point supporting my hypothesis that as a group journalists, with some exceptions, are among the dumbest stupidest people on the planet to have at least a four year college degree.

farsighted on February 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

CNN?

Well, at least they’ve stopped blaming Bush.

coldwarrior on February 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Doubtful. Remember, Bush is the cause of global warming in the first place.

chewmeister on February 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Nice house, nobody home.

Actually, from the look of her its

Major-fixer-upper with a fresh coat of paint, nobody home.

And the Bill Nye guy, where do they get these d-bags?
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and is lab assistant Beaker know more about the physical sciences than this moron.

News flash: The Big Bang root cause of global warming.

Bubba Redneck on February 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Weapons-grade stupid.

flipflop on February 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Thread Winner!

Bubba Redneck on February 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Lol, and the stupid just gets deeper and deeper.

petefrt on February 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I’ve never actually met a newsperson that knew much of anything about anything, but this is stunning.

You’d think if someone ran around asking questions their entire life, they’d learn something.

trigon on February 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Nothing to worry about.

Just declare the Earth a asteroid-free zone…

Easy peasy.

catmman on February 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The first time I brought this page up the video wouldn’t load, but now that I’ve watched it I think she’s actually ridiculing the fact that people rush to blaming any event on global warming. Check it out with that thought in mind and see if that may be what’s really happening.

HiJack on February 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

No, she’s just as dumb as a bag of hammers.
She reads the news on CNN after all.

Bubba Redneck on February 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Feyerick should have talked to CNN colleague Piers Morgan. He could have told her the asteroid threat was really caused by assault rifles.

jon1979 on February 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I remember somewhere somebody told me there was no such thing as a stupid question. Ladies and Gentlemen, I can now report we have found a stupid question.

Dave_d on February 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

…lol…good one…I say that all the time!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

And we were supposed to look at Ron Burgundy as satire, not as a role model…

coldwarrior on February 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The global warming space rocks is gonna get us!!!

Help us Obi-Wan Obammy!

HALP US!!!!!

ButterflyDragon on February 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame?

2000 years ago they blamed people doing “bad” things and angry Gods. The solution was for the peasants to do what their betters and the high priests said they should do.

Even up to the recent past some blamed people doing “bad” things and an angry God. The solution was for the sinners to repent and do what God’s self-appointed representatives say they should do.

Things haven’t changed much. Now its being blamed on people doing “bad” things (using too much energy, burning fossil fuels, etc.) and an angry planet, or Gaia, or Karma, or something. The solution is for the people to do what Left wing politicians and Big Government bureaucrats say they should do.

farsighted on February 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

After I pulled this up at 0500 CST, I snorted an entire slurp of coffee thru my nostrils onto my laptop…it’s cleaned up now. But hey…I’ll cut her a break…she is kinda MILFY!!!

rduke305 on February 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I remember somewhere somebody told me there was no such thing as a stupid question. Ladies and Gentlemen, I can now report we have found a stupid question.

Dave_d on February 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Exception that proves the rule?

Jeff Weimer on February 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Uhhhh…. hey Bevis..was that global warming or did you fart again….

rodguy911 on February 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Asteroid summit?

chewmeister on February 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Ban asteroids, seems pretty simple to me. You people are dolts.

Bishop on February 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Not surprising CNN, MSNBC, NBC, probably CBS, ABC…you know the usual suspects, all do this. They all have a progressive agenda. The progressive agenda is to keep using certain keywords all the time to brainwash or at least push the public into thinking something must be done at once without thinking. “Global Warming” is one of those terms and another example is “Assault Weapons”. They keep using these phrases over and over again on all sorts of things that seem unrelated to the keywords themselves. Always connect the keywords to something negative. Like using “Global Warming” in conjunction with earthquake, storm, violence, poverty, racism, terrorism, war, etc. Same with other keywords like “Assault Weapons”, “White Men”, “Second Amendment”, “Corporation”, “Capitalism”, “Republican”, “Christianity”, etc.

You never here a good story about capitalism or guns or Christianity on CNN, you only hear negative stories. Same goes with the opposite like “Obama” which is always put into conjunction with good and happy stories. See how this works….

William Eaton on February 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Why is Obama pumping billions into college loans? Why have have the trades and trade schools been so dismissed and degraded by the Progressive elite? Why is there a “higher education bubble”? Why is the educational hierarchy so hostile to reform and why did they leap with such concerted rage against the NC governor’s recent critique of the liberal arts college and call for reform?

Because the American liberal college has been producing and continues to produce, with awesome numerical output and factory-like efficiency, wave after wave of shallow, self-righteous, unself-critical, ideologically conformed, illiberal “educated” Progressive cyborgs like this newscaster. It’s just a numbers game — when enough of these people, or orthodoxy machines, flood society, the Progressive hegemony will be perfected.

rrpjr on February 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Carbon emissions from SUVs are so potent and damaging to the environment that they are capable of creating a rift in space-time, thereby allowing them to travel billions of years into the past to create our solar system’s asteroid belt with the express purpose of one day destroying the planet and all life upon it.

steebo77 on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

And the right is supposed to be the party that is ignorant of science!?!? I’m glad she’s so glib about this. Let’s do a little physics, shall we?

Reported speed of asteroid, v = 7.8 km/sec
Estimated entry speed, Ve, 12.7 km/s = 12700 m/s

Estimated mass of asteroid, m, 130,000 metric tons = 130 * 10^6 kg.

Kinetic energy, KE, on atmospheric entry:

KE = 1/2 * m * v^2

= 1/2 * (130 * 10^6 kg) * (12,700 m/s)^2
= 1.05 * 10^16 Joules

= 1.05 * 10^16 Joules * (1 Megaton / 4.184 10^15 Joules)
= 2.5 Megatons

Let’s put this in perspective:

The Hiroshima bomb, Little Boy, released about 63 * 10^12 Joules of energy.

A 50 meter wide rock traveling at nearly 28,400 mph hitting Earth’s upper atmosphere in a air burst will release the equivalent energy of (1.05 * 10^16 Joules)/(63 * 10^12 Joules) = 167 Hiroshima bombs.

There is absolutely nothing we could do technologically to stop such an impact, and sooner or later we will be hit. We have nothing in all of recorded history to prepare us for that eventuality. Meanwhile, we certainly don’t need technologically ignorant media people conflating pseudo-science crap like climate change with horribly real and potentially cataclysmic events.

jcmorris on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

If you don’t start carpooling… Bam. Meteor.

Greek Fire on February 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

That’s right, Debbie! Global warming is caused by asteroids being launched at us from the evil Bug Empire of the planet Klandathu!

I mean, anyone who has read “Starship Troopers” knows that!

pilamaye on February 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Ban asteroids, seems pretty simple to me. You people are dolts.

Bishop on February 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

They should still be legal, but only for hunting.

steebo77 on February 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I’d love to hear Feyerich’s scientific opinion of the Iranian theory that exposed breasts cause earthquakes.

First CNN did propaganda for anti-Western Saddam Hussein, then they did propaganda for anti-Western B Hussein, and now they have a scientific genius working for them who thinks like an anti-Western Iranian mullah.

At least, they’re consistent.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

So what was the science guys answer?

ctmom on February 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Carbon emissions from SUVs are so potent and damaging to the environment that they are capable of creating a rift in space-time, thereby allowing them to travel billions of years into the past to create our solar system’s asteroid belt with the express purpose of one day destroying the planet and all life upon it.

steebo77 on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The Aztecs understood how powerful carbon dioxide is … that’s why they sacrificed carbon based lifeforms to the carbon god Xochaculti.

darwin on February 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM

This from the same geniuses who blamed G.W. Bush for everything. I’m waiting for the revelation that he also caused global warming climate change (formerly known as the weather). As for Bill Nye, the ‘science’ guy – I would rather get my scientific information from Thomas Dolby.

ghostwalker1 on February 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Coming soon from the liberal intellectuals:
Solar System Warming!
Galaxy Warming!
Universe Warming!

And all to be blamed on George Bush!

albill on February 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

…is that Andrea Mitchell’s daughter?

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

… First thought I had, as well.
.

With friends of the Global Warming Crowd like Deb Feyerick, who needs skeptics?

Dusty on February 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Touche, and OUCH.
.

Weapons-grade stupid.
.
flipflop on February 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

.
Thread Winner!

Bubba Redneck on February 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I’d have to add these two, as well:

“The Most Trusted Name in News.”

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Perhaps AGW has effected her intelligence? AGW – ain’t nothing it can’t do!

GarandFan on February 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

.
She left such a “hanging curve-ball” there, there aren’t any non-hilarious responses to it.

This should give Bill Nye an unforgettable lesson in “American journalism.” : )

listens2glenn on February 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

There is absolutely nothing we could do technologically to stop such an impact, and sooner or later we will be hit.

jcmorris on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

A nuke could very marginally alter the course of such a asteroid and if done far enough out that should make the asteroid miss earth. Obviously that would require a warning system that we don’t have at the present time. The bigger the asteroid, the more warning time we would need to have any hope of success.

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Actually Canada is set to launch a satellite to do just that, find and track space objects that could pose a threat to Earth.

Bishop on February 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Media ignorance about science is nothing new. Ex: The whole “god particle” thing about the Higgs-Boson, which they bastardized a quote for a eye-catching headline.

mythickhead on February 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

An ignorant media is not the problem. The problem is the 60+ million people who watch people like her, think this is news and then go out and vote for Obama.

crrr6 on February 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Actually Canada is set to launch a satellite to do just that, find and track space objects that could pose a threat to Earth.

Bishop on February 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Do you know what size they will be looking for? I know the larger ones are of the most interest but the smaller ones are much more numerous.

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Global warming causes male pattern baldness, dingy yellow wax build up on floors, depression, and liberal media bias.

Oxymoron on February 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

..of course he wasn’t! Ed Begley is dead. You must mean his nut-job son.

The War Planner on February 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Statements made by dead people make more sense.

oldleprechaun on February 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

A nuke could very marginally alter the course of such a asteroid and if done far enough out that should make the asteroid miss earth. Obviously that would require a warning system that we don’t have at the present time. The bigger the asteroid, the more warning time we would need to have any hope of success.

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

That’s the thing… with these little ones, we don’t get much warning if any at all. Many of these NEROs (Near Earth Objects) whiz by us undetected until they are virtually on top of us. It’s like a car coming at you (at 28,000 mph) with its lights off at night. Now, a big one (> 1 km wide) we might be able to nudge out of the way in time.

We certainly don’t want to blow it up into pieces, since that would be like getting hit with a cosmic shotgun blast. Many small impacts will do more damage than one big one, just like with nuclear weapons. But, you’re right, we don’t have a warning system. I propose that if and when they build one, they call it the Galactic Tracking & Forecasting Observatory (GTFO). ;-)

jcmorris on February 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Somewhere, a village of bubble headed bleach blondes is missing its idiot.

MichaelGabriel on February 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

That’s the thing… with these little ones, we don’t get much warning if any at all.

Four hours was one quote I heard. Not much time to do more than have a good panic.

We certainly don’t want to blow it up into pieces, since that would be like getting hit with a cosmic shotgun blast. Many small impacts will do more damage than one big one, just like with nuclear weapons.

I think that depends on the size. If the pieces are small enough they won’t make it through the atmosphere. Making a large asteroid shatter into small enough pieces would be the tricky part.

But, you’re right, we don’t have a warning system. I propose that if and when they build one, they call it the Galactic Tracking & Forecasting Observatory (GTFO). ;-)

jcmorris on February 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

lol

That works for me.

This was an interesting site.

http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEffects/

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

and they’re supposed to be the “smart ones” while us deniers are idiots! yeah…

jetch on February 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Here is one proven effect of global warming: the massive stupidification of a large number of media elites.

RebeccaH on February 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Carbon emissions from SUVs are so potent and damaging to the environment that they are capable of creating a rift in space-time, thereby allowing them to travel billions of years into the past to create our solar system’s asteroid belt with the express purpose of one day destroying the planet and all life upon it.

steebo77 on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Haha. Good one. That will end up in our science books.

SparkPlug on February 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

I don’t know who this dope is, but by default, given only two choices, I guess … meteoric occasion.

Jaibones on February 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Meteoric occasion? MSM dumb as dirt

SparkPlug on February 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

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