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#1    Bizarro

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Posted 15 February 2003 - 03:02 AM

                                                A scientific adviser to the United States government has suggested that secrecy might be the best option if scientists were ever to discover that a giant asteroid was on course to collide with Earth.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/scienc...sp?story=378392                                                

if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

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Posted 15 February 2003 - 04:40 AM

                                                An excerpt from the article:
"If an extinction-type impact is inevitable, then ignorance for the populace is bliss. As a matter of common sense, if you can't intercept it and you can't move people out of the way in time, there's nothing you can do in terms of reducing the costs of the potential impact,"

As I'm sure most would agree, this makes a lot of sense. Secrecy would be the best option. Of course, if it happened in my lifetime, I hope it would be in the early hours of the morning, when my exhausted, spent body is still sleeping beside my valentine, after an all night session of passion tongue.gif

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Posted 15 February 2003 - 04:53 PM

                                                I would want to know. I would start smoking again, even cigarettes then I would also engage and go out in an oblivious passonate stupor.
Damn, almost makes me want that big hunk of rock to slam us rolleyes.gif                                                


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Posted 15 February 2003 - 05:45 PM

                                                

Speaking of my own opinion - I would definitely like to know, be it a day or a week's notice. I mean, you wouldn't want to spend your last day at work, now would ya?


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Posted 15 February 2003 - 06:25 PM

                                                exactly, Loonboy.  this whole thing has a Lord to Serf sort of mentality to it.  i don't like the idea of a group of people deciding that there is nothing i could do about a problem.  what if the solution is out there but these people were too cocky to give humanity a chance?  that's criminal.                                                

if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

- me, 1997

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Posted 16 February 2003 - 03:31 AM

                                                


            You're right Homer,  that would be
            a nice way to go.  wub.gif                                                

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Posted 16 February 2003 - 06:41 AM

                                                Exactly, KC wub.gif

It would show gross irresponsibility for those in the know to make our extinction public knowledge. The world wide panic, along with world wide lawlessness, would make it inexcusable to inform the public. Thats simply common sense. rolleyes.gif                                                

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Posted 16 February 2003 - 07:08 AM

                                                Homer Wrote@
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I hope it would be in the early hours of the morning, when my exhausted, spent body is still sleeping beside my valentine, after an all night session of passion



wub.gif  wub.gif Ah that is so sweet. I agree that would be the best way to go smile.gif                                                

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Posted 16 February 2003 - 06:00 PM

                                                yes it would, or we can ....try to run away...only to be hit on the head by the asteroid and by some stroke of luck still being alive watching the world end the somethng poops on you.                                                

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Posted 17 February 2003 - 01:53 PM

                                                I can understand why they wouldn't like tell us about an extinction type asteroid, imagine the public hysteria, but I would probably want to know so that I could spend it with the people I love.

and definately not at work!!

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Posted 17 February 2003 - 02:26 PM

                                                Better off being anywhere than at work on the last day.

I know who I would spend it with.

The government would possibly have to flip a coin on wether or not to tell people, people would panic if they knew, but people wuld really be pissed off if they had to go to work only for 2 hours later they were to become pancakes.

The again what would people do in two hours, kill someone, and would it matter if they did?                                                

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Posted 17 February 2003 - 03:25 PM

                                                hmmm, what would people do in two hours? well a bloke could have helluva lota sex                                                

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Posted 17 February 2003 - 10:52 PM

                                                Speak for yourself. After two hours, I'm just getting started smile.gif                                                

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Posted 17 February 2003 - 10:59 PM

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if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

- me, 1997

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Posted 18 February 2003 - 09:45 PM

                                                i would spend my last two hours with emmy, or at least trying to get to her.                                                

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