Thursday, February 10, 2011

Did I just read that?

Perhaps maybe this is the possibly best headline ever:

"Apophis asteroid will probably almost certainly not smash into Earth, say scientists"

And another source on the same story give us this:

"Still, Russian space officials apparently consider Apophis a significant threat to life on Earth despite the low odds of an impact. "People's lives are at stake. We should pay several hundred million dollars and design a system that would prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people," Perminov said, according to RIA Novosti."
Not very good at hiding their motives behind the science, are they? People's lives are at stake--GIVE ME SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!--to counter the 1 in 250,000 chance of someone getting hurt.

Okay. I'll pay up!

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