Amazing footage coming out of Russia this morning of a meteor scorching it’s way through the atmosphere. Hundreds are reported to have been injured by flying glass – the result of a powerful shockwave generated by the meteor.
(Ugh – I’m not happy with the video on the BBC site. They have edited the audio – dubbing the sonic boom from one clip over top of other clips. – The raw footage shown elsewhere reveals the BBC’s editing. Good grief. As if the other shots weren’t exciting enough…)
Russia Today has raw footage on youtube.com:
Anyway, I’ve posted about this kind of threat before:
There is still a lot of junk up there we don’t know about, that we haven’t detected, that could cause serious damage and loss of life. Improved early detection and development of systems to deflect these threats are needed now.
This meteor came down on on the same day another large asteroid is to make a close flyby - DA14. That one is not supposed to hit, but it’s a bit too close for comfort as it will fly within the orbit of some of our satellites.
We spotted DA14 in advance, but the one that came down in Russia was apparently undetected.
This policy will cause demand to spike while simultaneously reducing supply. Store shelves will be bare. Some stores and their suppliers will close forever. It will not slow inflation. It will discourage investment. It will encourage economic flight from the country. Things will be worse than before.
Well, President Obama won re-election. Not much positive to say about that.
Things I now expect in our future:
The economy will continue to just sputter along or suffer some additional setbacks. – The press will talk up the ”new normal” angle. They will treat 7% to 8% unemployment as doing well as more people slip into poverty.
As ObamaCare goes into effect, more doctors will choose to leave the profession while fewer young people choose to become doctors. Just as other nations have done, we will import a larger and larger number of doctors from overseas in an attempt fill the gap. Will they be just as good?
Health care costs will increase and the Dems/Legacy Media will blame ”greedy” insurance companies and doctors, not their own regulations. Their solution will be to demand even greater government intrusion into the health care market. Repeat until dead.
Wait times will increase.
Fewer new medical devices.
Fewer new medicines.
Overall quality of care will decrease.
Costs will go up.
It saddens me to think of all those around the world that will suffer and die needlessly because new drugs and treatments that could have saved them will not exist.
Update – Additional prediction:
Iran will obtain nuclear weapons unless stopped by Israel. The current sanctions hurt Iran, but the Iranian leaders have concluded that they will gain far more from the possession of nuclear arms than they will lose via those sanctions. I don’t think the Obama administration, nor any of the European powers, will go beyond sanctions to stop Iran. At this point, Israel may be the only nation with the determination to stop them, but it might lack the ability to do so, short of some large-scale attack. Possibly an EMP strike. The consequences of which are terrible to contemplate for both the Iranian people and for Israel.
Iran is already a serious problem. A nuclear Iran would be a nightmare. – Iran might attack Israel at first opportunity, or it might use the nukes to serve as a shield for other aggressive action in the region. If the latter happens, expect a rapid arms race in the middle east to counter the Iranian nuclear threat.
I have zero faith Bob Schieffer will play fair in tonight’s debate. He’s solid left and I expect him to favor, if not try to actively help, President Obama.
Will they give Obama more time to speak again? lol I think they likely will. lol
Update – I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. heh heh But, it sounds like Bob Schieffer actually did a decent job. Color me pleasantly surprised. As for the candidates themselves, based upon what I’ve read so far, it doesn’t sound like the event will move the needle much in either direction. (I will try to actually watch it later today, but I make no promises.)
Some folks think Crowley is in the tank for the Dems, but I’m going to reserve my judgement until after the debate. I’ve heard her on Hugh Hewitt’s program several times and she stuck me as fairly even handed, so I’m hoping she will continue that even handedness though tonight’s debate.
I’m generally not a fan of these “town hall” style debates as they can lend a false sense of authenticity to the event. The guests and their questions can easily be stacked against a particular candidate, but are presented as though they are merely questions from the public.
As for who won? Eh, I didn’t seem all that definitive one way or the other.. I’m obviously sympathetic to Romney and his arguments, but I don’t expect this debate shifted many undecided/uninformed voters.
Sadly, our future just doesn’t seem as bright as it used to, but we can change that. Policies that increase economic freedom and individual rights can expand prosperity while helping to spur innovation.
That statement is true – just as its inverse is true. The smaller the government the bigger the citizen. Big Freedom is what I’m advocating – the freedom to choose you own path in life, to choose what’s best for yourself and your family.
A brighter future can be ours, but only if we do not surrender our rights and freedom to faceless bureaucrats.