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NASA Runs Asteroid Strike Simulation, and The Results are Terrifying

Well that’s concerning.

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While mankind has enjoyed a fairly pleasant experience here on earth over these last few thousand years, growing both intellectually in population-wise, we must never forget that we aren’t always going to be safe from the universe at large.

Over the course of the last several decades, our understanding of the cosmos has increased dramatically and, with it, the very real concerns that we have regarding the possibility that our planet is in a bit of a “shooting gallery”, as astrologists like to put it.

Earth is constantly in being pinged by small meteorites and asteroids, most of which burn up in our atmosphere, unbeknownst to the billions of us going about our daily lives on the surface.  Every now and then, some larger or faster space rock will create a spectacle for us to observe, but very rarely do we find modern examples of dangerous, damaging strikes to the planet.

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NASA’s latest simulation seems to put a damper on this statistic, however.

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There is currently no technology on Earth that could stop a massive asteroid from wiping out Europe, according to a simulations carried out by leading space agencies.

The week-long exercise led by Nasa concluded that catastrophe would be unavoidable, even given six months to prepare.

The hypothetical impact scenario, which took place during a planetary defence conference hosted by the United Nations, proved that governments are woefully unprepared for this kind of disaster.

“Each time we participate in exercises of this nature, we learn more about who the key players are in a disaster event, and who needs to know what information and when,” said Lindley Johnson, Nasa’s Planetary Defense Officer.

“These exercises ultimately help the planetary defence community communicate with each other and with our governments to ensure we are all coordinated should a potential impact threat be identified in the future.”

The May 8th host of Saturday Night Live expressed his opinion on the matter:

Responding to the news of the failure, SpaceX boss Elon Musk said the lack of solution was “one of many reasons why we need larger and more advanced rockets”.

NASA is taking a shot at creating such a defense system, even going so far as to launch a craft that will hopefully divert the trajectory of a near-earth object in the fall of 2022.

Let’s hope it works.

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Minnesota ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Films Himself Stealing Vaccines from Health Workers

WOW!

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America is on a path to a grand economic recovery in 2021, with much of the success of this move hinging on whether or not we can convince enough folks to get vaccinated so that herd immunity is declared. Of course, as with anything in the land of the free, there are plenty of us who just aren’t going to go along with the program.  That’s the beauty of liberty:  You are your own unique individual, and you have the inalienable right to live your life however you wish, just so long as you don’t make a victim of someone else in the process. And so our health professionals are now encumbered with the issue of vaccine hesitancy, as more and more Americans find themselves concerned over the speed at which these vaccines were developed. Some have even taken their concern over these inoculations to the extreme, as evidenced by the latest news out of Minnesota. A 32-year-old St. Paul man has posted multiple Facebook videos of himself stealing Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines by pretending he wants to get vaccinated and walking out with the vials. Thomas E. Humphrey said on the videos he’s a member of the sovereign citizen movement, which is an anti-government extremist group that believes they are sovereign from the U.S. He also said on a video that he lost his business and home last year due to pandemic restrictions, and now lives in a van with his dog. He says on another video he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but disagreed with the diagnosis. Humphrey posted videos of himself walking into an Allina Health vaccination site in Oakdale and leaving with a vial of Pfizer vaccine, calling it poison. The following day, he posted a video of himself taking a vial of Johnson &…

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Hackers Win: Colonial Pipeline Dishes Out Enormous Ransom to Resume Operations

This is an unfathomable and unforgivable capitulation to these Russian cyber-terrorists.

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You know what they say about giving an inch to the unscrupulous:  They’re going to take a mile.  It seems as though the Colonial Pipeline folks have never quite understood the lesson that is meant to be taught there. Several days ago, a group of Russian hackers, (who swear they’re not affiliated with the government), shut down the east coast’s most prominent gasoline pipelines with a ransomware attack.  For nearly a week, officials are the Colonial Pipeline tried in vain to get the petrol flowing, all while the hackers were apologizing for creating the disturbance.  It turns out that their code of “ethics” didn’t jibe with large scale societal disruptions; they just wanted the cash. And boy, did they get that. Colonial Pipeline Co. paid hackers nearly $5 million to free their computer network Friday, despite claims they had no intention of doing so. Bloomberg News reported that the company paid the ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency and received a decrypting tool to restore their computer network, according to “two people familiar with the transaction.” Though the company received a decrypting tool, it ran very slowly according to the report. One can only imagine that this sort of capitulation will only embolden future cyber terrorists, and set a horrid example for how American businesses will handle any coming threats of the ransomware variety.

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