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So early this morning a ten ton space rock slammed into the atmosphere above Siberia. It streaked across the sky then exploded with the force of an atomic bomb miles above the surface. It was an amazing sight but also somewhat tragic as around 1,000 peopled were injured by shattered glass from the enormous shockwave it created tearing through the air. Now for thousands of people it has become difficult to heat their homes and businesses with no windows in weather that is well below freezing.
But taking away the spectacle and tragedy of the event I found myself appreciating one fact. For once, at long last, here’s an event that no one can point fingers on. This meteoroid had been circling the sun long before humans even walked on the earth. From the moment the universe was created, that ten ton rock was destined to crash down to earth today, whether there were humans here or not. So we can’t blame it on global warming, politicians, corporations or policies. There are certain forces in our continuum that are beyond our ability to control, and this was a shining (literally) example one of them. A tragedy of inescapable fate.
But even I underestimated human arrogance. It didn’t take long for political figures to call for more robust sky searching and a plans to seek and shoot these things out of the sky. Commentors on the stories cried of the injustices of cutting science and exploration program budgets that could have PREVENTED this! I find it hard to believe that some people think so highly of the human race. That we are only a few misplaced intentions away from solving any problem that stands in our path to Utopia. Doesn’t anyone ever reflect on our utter insignificance in the universe?
I think people just don’t fathom the scale involved here. The sky is a big place. The sky is measured in degrees, and the total area of the sky is about 40,000 square degrees. By comparison the moon is only about 0.5 degrees across, which gives an area of approximately 0.2 square degrees. So the moon takes up only 0.0005% of the sky. That’s one-twenty-thousandth of the sky! And you thought the moon was pretty big! And it is. It’s 2,150 miles wide and it’s 239,000 miles away. Let’s compare that to this meteor that is guestimated to be (generously) 60 feet wide. So the moon is 189,000 times larger than this meteor. Therefore if we would have discovered this meteor as it came within the orbit of the moon around earth, it would still only appear in 1/3.8×10^10 of the sky. That’s 1/38 billionth of the sky. In other words… it would have been remarkable to have seen this thing coming.
Now let’s talk about the speed. This thing entered the atmosphere at 19 miles PER SECOND. Let’s say IF you caught sight of this tiny little thing at the same distance of the moon’s orbit, you would have almost exactly 3.5 hours until impact. That’s 3.5 hours to detect it, calculate the trajectory, inform missle command, evaluate the probability of hitting a populated area, program the missile guidance, launch the missle and intercept the meteoriod. Does anything happen that fast at your job?
Let’s face it. Our lives here are insignificant and fragile. We can no more prevent our demise than we can take credit for our existence. That’s not a “God” thing, it’s just a sum of the forces at work in the universe. On most days we can blame each other for most of our problems… but today was not one of those days.
ok i had a request to explain this psycho roommate’s fiancee story so in order to do that i must go back to the begining.
well you know how somtimes it feels as if you have whats called a a$$hole magnet? i found out about two years ago i have what called a psycho magnet i attract the psychos and its not just certain one its all of them and most of the time they are female (im not saying that all females are psychos) just the ones i attract. ok two years ago one night i was one messenger and i received a meassage “hello, josh. you dont know me but i know you” my reply after being freakout abit was “who are you” they would not tell me and they proceeded to tell me alot of personal stuff about me that most ppl didnt know unless they were close friends. turns out i had a stalker she works at wallmart as one of those door greeters :. she wasnt all home upstairs. after awhile she got the hint i wasnt interested and she left me alone after i blocked her email and messenger id.
next we have naomi yeah she was scary, however, i would have never met my friend katrina so one positive thing came out of her. but she was scary we were talking over messenger one night and she was talking about relationships and stuff asking me how to get a guy to like a girl i told here that she was asking the wrong person becasue i enjoyed my single life and i really not interested in a realtionship. After that statement she change her screen name to ” death to the man who cant see his love for me” so yeah a quick block on messenger ive never heard from her since .
ok now to the psycho roommate’s fiancee. this was from my last apartment the one i moved into in febuary. my roommate paul was a good person his psycho fiancee was not. ok for the last 4 months this apartment was my apartment and in may his fiancee was going to move in since they were getting married in may. well one morning i didnt have to work or have classes so i slept in and so on. well i got up and like most ppl when they get up you have to use the rest room so instead of putting a shirt on and shorts i was out in my boxers like normal since i was right next to the bathroom. well surpirse surprise paul’s fiancee was sitting in our living room and paul was no where to be found he was in class. she proceeded to tell me that i needed to aways be dressed because she didnt want to see me half naked and that i never knew when she was going to be around. this was all said to me in my apartment not hers mine .. i told her to shove it and proceeded to put her in her place. then later one paul and his fiancee were wanting to buy a used washer and dyer for the aprtment and she thought this was a good idea: the units were being sold for 200 dollars her idea was since they were going into our apartment that her and paul would pay 150 dollars of it and i pay 50 for it and they would keep them when i move out. yeha thats really going to work.
then it was her idea that paul not pay his half of the cable bill and then somehow instead of him paying i was sppose to somehow justify buying him alcohol ??? how does that work me buying alcohol for them and they dont pay the cable bill? also she still think i somehow owe her 200 dollars not sure why or how but everytime i she her she bring it up. im glad im out of that apartment. it is sad when someone allows themselves to have all their desicions made for them.
How on God’s green earth does ANYBODY buy into this global warming crap? The same people that sit here and tell me how glaciers swept down as far as Chicago to form the Great Lakes in the Ice Age, are now telling me that I am causing global frickin’ warming.
Well then who the hell do we blame the Ice Age on? The mastodons? Yep, that’s it. If the mastodons hadn’t been crapping all over the place, we never would have had the ice age. The sheer volume of feces was enough to throw off the ever so delicate climatic balance and send half the northern hemisphere spiraling into arctic oblivion.
Yeah, freakin, right.
During most of the last 1 billion years the globe had no permanent ice. However, sometimes large areas of the globe were covered with vast ice sheets. These times are known as ice ages.
– Illinois State Museum
OH. MY. GOD. You’re telling me that our current climate is tending more towards a climate that has been the average earth climate of the last billion years!? SAVE ME NOW!
Thank god we’re so smart we invented satellites to see all this. Now we can accurately catolog the last 50 years of polar activity and stack that up against the past billion years and draw solid conclusions as to the mechanisim behind climatic shifts. Afterall, 0.00005% percent of the data is all you need prove that my SUV is killing polar bears 5,000 miles away.
Posted By: Jamie
I’m going to have to get used to posting on this new site. I accidentally posed a comment twice just a little bit ago. OH well! I’ll get it.
Anyway onto the story…
Today Bryan and I ate at KFC during our lunch hour. They have the $1.99 chicken fried steak meal as a Wednesday special so we like to go to that. On our way out, this straggly lady comes up to us, asks us for $5 or $10.
Me with my little pregnant belly sticking out, Bryan says, “Well as you can see, my wife and I are going to be having a baby and we don’t have much money to give away.”
The lady then proceeds to tell us the story of how she has 3 boys, and one just turned 4 today, and she wants to buy them some chicken. Bryan, being nice, told her, “Well, keep trying and I’m sure you’ll find someone to give you some money.”
Now the woman is telling us how she really needs to get the food, and get home, because it’s such a long walk! My husband then blurts out, “Well if your boy just turned 4, I don’t think he should be home alone!”
“OH he’s not, he’s not! There’s an adult there!”
“Who?” Bryan asks.
She then tells us her cousin is watching the boys. Bryan says, “Did you hit him up for money?” Now we hear how he doesn’t have any money either and he’s worse off then she is.
“Do you even have a job?” He asks her.
“I’m on disability.” Bryan, obviously frustrated now, says, “Well maybe you shouldn’t blow all your money on cigarettes!”
She gets all defensive and tells us how she doesn’t smoke and she dosen’t have cigarettes! She opens the purse she is holding to show us that she, in fact, does not have any. Low and behold, there lay a wad of money.
“OH, look. You had money all along. Why don’t you use that to buy your dinner!” he tells her!
“I was! But…”
“NO you weren’t, you were going to use OURS! I am not giving you a damn dime! Get your ass in there and buy your chicken if that’s realy what you’re after!” Bryan shouts at the lady!
Boy, was he pissed! We had a good laugh over it though! :o)
Posted by: Jamie
This old man has been calling the Journal for the last week, wanting to put this ad in our paper. Well, he mailed it in and it got lost from there to here. Of course, that was our fault. He yelled at us, how he was a veteran and that he shouldn’t have to mail a letter more than once. Blah, blah, blah. So we finally got this certified letter from him. His ad is about what a liar President Bush is, and the Martha Stewart thing, and low wheat prices, and just a bunch of bull shit, to be honest. So the management here called him, and said, we’ll put your ad in the paper, but only on the condition that you have your name and phone number in there, so we (High Plains Journal) are in no way responsible for your opinions. Everytime he calls he just goes on and on and on about how he’s a veteran, and wheat prices are so low, and Golden Corral gives free meals to Veterans…. WHAT? What in the hell does Golden Corral have to do with ANYTHING? Sheesh! The more I deal with idiots like this, the more I love my cat!
…I just think about my neighbor. He has an old Buick Century (basically the same as my car) and it’s had a flat tire for I don’t know how long. Well, ever since he moved in really. He used to air it up once a day. But eventually that got to be too much for him. And for at least the last three months, the car hasn’t moved an inch.
SOMEHOW in the process of just sitting there… ANOTHER tire went flat. (With tires you get what you pay for I guess.) So here sits this car, which is otherwise in decent shape, I’ve seen it drive at least, just parked in the parking outside my building.
Now I myself have picked up two used tires from a salvage yard for the bank breaking price of $35 dollars. Does my neighbor take this route? Why no. Instead, he jacks up one of the flat tires, so it’s not sitting on the rim. (Although the other tire still is, so I miss the point.) And two weeks go by. Then I notice he’s put the spare tire on the one flat, and has now jacked up the other flat tire. Another week and a half goes by, which brings us to today.
I notice that he has a whole new rim with what appears to be a fully inflated tire on the rim, propped up against the car, which is still jacked up with the flat tire, still on the car.
It’s my assumption that all this car needs is tires that will hold air. Now either this guy makes $0.25 cents a day and can’t afford even used tires, or he has something against doing more than five minutes of work a day. That or he’s going for the world record longest time to change two tires.
well this is why we have so many problems with virues guys like this.