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CNN Runs False iReport That Incoming Asteroid May End Life On Planet

cnn.asteroidWhoops. This hoax will likely be an extinction-level event for whatever editor was asleep at the wheel over the long weekend.

The message is clear enough. It’s not a nice thing to contemplate the first day back at work after a three-day holiday weekend, but the good news is that it looks like the only impact story here is the fact that the cable news network has slammed the Earth with an enormous bolide of B.S.

The post is from iReports, which is apparently an experiment in citizen journalism. CNN lets random people with no qualifications post stories under the CNN banner. The asteroid scare illustrates the hazard of this approach.

Apparently ireporters don’t need to reveal their names. The asteroid report’s author has called himself, or herself, Marcus575. The story says the giant asteroid was spotted by a project called the Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), which really exists.

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‘The Only Thing Preventing a City-Killer Size Asteroid is Blind Luck’ – B612 Foundation

The Willamette Meteorite, the largest ever to be found in the United States.

The Willamette Meteorite, the largest ever to be found in the United States.

Via Sacred Geometry International:

NASA experts have found evidence that large-scale asteroids have struck Earth three to ten times more often over the past decade than previously thought.

The evidence, which will presented by three former NASA employees, including two astronauts, will reveal the full extent of the explosions which they claim have shaken countries across the world.

At the event, experts will announce that the only thing ‘preventing a city-killer size asteroid is blind luck’.

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Pat Robertson: Jesus Said An Asteroid Could Destroy Earth Next Week

Pat Robertson uses “scientific explanations” for Biblical prophecies when they suit him. I hope that wherever they film the 700 Club is the pitcher’s mitt when Jesus winds up to throw that big cosmic fastball.

Via RightWingWatch:

In November, scientists predict that a massive asteroid will fly near the earth in one of the planet’s closest encounters with an asteroid since 1976. While most people are focusing on how radar and observers can watch the asteroid pass-by, Pat Robertson is using the occasion to propagate his End Times prophesy.

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf: 2012, Fenrir and Asteroid DA 14

Via SacredGeometryInternational.com

We all remember the well known fable told by the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, about the shepherd boy drafted to keep watch over a flock of sheep, and who, out of boredom, decided it would be great fun to fool the nearby villagers by pretending that a wolf was attacking the sheep. After the villagers rushed out to save the sheep a number of times based upon the boys fabrications they refused to believe him when the wolf actually did show up and began to consume the sheep. The obvious declared moral of the story is generally expressed as “There is no believing a liar, even when he is telling the truth.” However, there is, I submit, a second, unstated moral to the story as well. In spite of the shepherd boys prevarications the wolf was real. And the wolf did, in the end, show up to devour the poor sheep.

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Asteroid Travels Close To Earth Today

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Sometimes asteroids come very close to home, about every six years. The latest asteroid to come closer to Earth than our own satellites appears today. Via Space.com:

An asteroid the size of a tour bus will fly past Earth today (June 27) so closely it will be beneath some of the planet’s satellites.

The rock, named asteroid 2011 MD will zoom by just 7,500 miles (12,000 km) above the planet, making a sharp turn forced by Earth’s gravity before winging off into space again. The flyby will occur at about 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT).

There is no risk of an impact, NASA scientists said. The space rock, estimated to be between 29 to 98 feet (9 to 30 meters) wide, is likely too small to survive a plunge through our atmosphere anyway. An asteroid this size, if it were mostly stony, would break apart and burn up before hitting the surface.

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