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What, Nobody Told Me About The Asteroid?

OK, I just read that a meteor the size of a 10-story building passed within cataclysm range of the Earth yesterday, and nobody told me about it!

OK, I just read that a meteor the size of a 10-story building passed within cataclysm range of the Earth yesterday, and nobody told me about it!This is totally unacceptable. I am digitally connected to news servers on my desktop, laptop, and handheld computers. I subscribe to blogs about what's current in news and events. I'm particularly interested in the space program, so any time I chance upon something related to it, I look for more. I even endured Armageddon because I though the premise was cool.

Did our planet just dodge the Big One? As a movie-goer, I know that NASA must have been tracking the object since it passed the orbit of Pluto or something. Preparations had to have been set to, say, move everybody living north of the equator to climes below it. The president was probably ready to hit his secret bunker, wherever that is, in case a chunk of space rock was going to play WWII to his New Deal (i.e., maybe the Republicans know more than they let on).

But I knew nothing, so there must have been a breakdown in the web of information in which I, and we all, are supposed to live. There's just no way I missed news that an asteroid was threatening to hit the Earth. Can somebody tell me what's going on, and whether another one is on its way?

Jonathan Salem Baskin writes the Dim Bulb blog and is the author of Branding Only Works On Cattle.

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