September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

asteroid_7Many media sites as well as mystery mongering rubbish sites are hyping the prediction that an asteroid will hit earth in September prompting NASA to issue a statement. What good will that do? None. Crap news reigns on the internet.

NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking widespread devastation.

Source: NASA Denies Asteroid To Strike Earth Next Month

Rumour-mongers have said the cosmic strike would hit near Puerto Rico, destroying parts of the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts and Mexico, as well as Central and South America.

Conspiracy theorists suggested the US authorities were secretly making emergency plans for the impending catastrophe.

But NASA said no known celestial object has any credible chance of hitting Earth over the next century.

Here is a headline from the Express (UK), a tabloid (with my helpful commentary)

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You know, end times predictions are a dime a dozen. They never come true. That major news outlets would print such stuff is irresponsible to say the least. Even just asking this as a form of a question seems innocent but that is not the message that people take away. They see “asteroid destroy Earth” and this will cause some to panic. Sadly, too many people think if it’s printed, it must have some validity.

That NASA has to waste time answering a stupid fictional scenario of doom is sad. But they, and many other governmental agencies DO have to waste YOUR MONEY to debunk total Bullshit promoted by non-credible sources.

NASA scientists provide real science to debunk wild Internet rumors about an alleged September asteroid impact.

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program says there have been no asteroids or comets observed that would impact Earth anytime in the foreseeable future. All known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years.

Source: News | NASA: There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth

Yes, that IS “what they want you to think” because it’s the truth. No one is hiding the possibility of a natural disaster. You are delusional if you seriously think otherwise. But after doing this website for 4 whole years now, I know that the average person doesn’t really want the truth, they want to be entertained, or scared, or outraged by a good story. That is not a wise situation for society to be in.

Tip: Graham Donald

  19 comments for “September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

  1. Cimpy
    August 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    At least this time someone at Nasa answered – it us full of claims, in the whole world, that state Nasa itself states something odd…

    I do not think one or two people answering a bullshit is a bullshit would be all this waste of money – saying nothing at all might be worse.

  2. August 21, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I always worry about NASA putting out something formal. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario, so I often think it’s better for them to keep quiet. Conspiracy people will just continue to say NASA’s covering up. Most people probably didn’t believe it anyway. And knowing a tiny fraction of the NASA bureaucracy, this probably took hours of several civil servants’ time to decide to answer and draft an answer and get it approved at multiple levels, meaning that this response probably cost taxpayers around $1k.

  3. CimPy
    August 21, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    It could be enough a page on Nasa website titled “We never said” and filled with one line sentences like: “we never said we saw Aliens on dark side of Moon” and “we never said Atlantis legends were true”.
    It would not be all that expensive, would it? It could be written even on spare time by a normal employee, it would not require a “chief scientist” to write it.

  4. August 21, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    I think that’s a terrific idea!

  5. CimPy
    August 21, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Yes. For fraudsters.

  6. L. Barth
    August 21, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    They already have that. It’s called Ask an Astrobiologist.

  7. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    August 21, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    It’s not really inaccurate, just 65,000,000 years late.

  8. August 21, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. NASA is a government bureaucracy just like any other government agency. You have to go through several levels to get anything done. Doesn’t matter if it involves a “chief scientist” or not, you have to involve at the very least (in this case) the press office, the website team (perhaps those are the same), and people within there to write the copy, edit, approve, and post it. I got a small taste of this in July with how media releases worked because I am on the New Horizons science team.

  9. David
    August 23, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    NASA is the agency. The person answering the question is a spokesperson.

    The answer given neither confirms nor denies that Earth is in any danger.

    “No known asteroids “. “No detectable asteroids”.

    I seem to recall an asteroid passing very near the Earth in recent years and NASA found out after it had already passed by.

    Everyone should be at least minimally prepaired for a natural disaster anyway. So educate yourselves, take the precautions you deem rational and dont worry about what everyone else is doing.

    The dinosaurs had little choice but to stand and watch. I think we humans can do a little better.

  10. One Eyed Jack
    August 23, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Prepare for an asteroid strike? How would you do that?

    Sorry, but if an asteroid strikes the Earth, you can pretty much kiss your arse good-bye. Stocking up on bottled water and canned beans won’t save you from the global catastrophe that will follow.

    There is also the issue of rational risk. The possibility of an extinction event asteroid strike is so exceedingly small, that it is ludicrous to worry about it. You are more likely to be struck by lighting twice while driving your car off a cliff to escape a swarm of angry killer bees. Planning for that would be a better use of your time than worrying about an asteroid strike.

  11. MikeXeno
    August 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Fortunately, scare-stories like this have a built-in expiration date. When we get to October and find that there’s been a noticeable lack of apocalyptic blasts anywhere on Earth, it’ll join the ever-lengthening list of world-endings that didn’t happen.

    The old story says that if you cry “Wolf!” too often and there’s no wolf there, eventually no one believes you. But apparently, one can cry “Armageddon!” again and again, and people will keep believing it.

  12. Scooby
    August 25, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Everything you ever wanted to know about asteroids and Armageddon:
    link to neo.jpl.nasa.gov
    The animations are especially fun.

  13. Kitty
    August 27, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    It’s not the first time Nasa answered to something like that. I think they did for the 2012 endtimes hysteria, or the Comet Elenin, i don’t remember.

    Besides, we all know how it ends for all of us, endtimes or not : life is hard sometimes, and then, we die.

  14. August 29, 2015 at 5:28 AM

    “You know, end times predictions are a dime a dozen. They never come true.”

    What’s even more ironic is that, if one were to come true, the guy who made it wouldn’t even have the chance to say “See? I told you so.”

  15. Headless Unicorn Guy
    August 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Sorry, but if an asteroid strikes the Earth, you can pretty much kiss your arse good-bye. Stocking up on bottled water and canned beans won’t save you from the global catastrophe that will follow.

    Even if they’re CHRISTIAN canned beans sold by Jim Bakker himself?
    (No shit — Jim of Jim & Tammy is hawking Survival Foodstuffs on Christianese late-night. Though he pitches it for the default Christianese end-of-the-world scenario/checklist — the one of Hal Lindsay and Left Behind. As someone who had their head messed up by Hal Lindsay in the Seventies, all I can say is “WTF?” and “I’m not surprised.”)

    You are more likely to be struck by lighting twice while driving your car off a cliff to escape a swarm of angry killer bees.

    That sounds like how South Park killed off Chef.
    Probably inspired by several Eighties-vintage low-budget horror/disaster movies.

  16. Headless Unicorn Guy
    August 30, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    And be replaced by the next “THIS IS IT!!!!!!!” in the take-a-number line.

  17. Headless Unicorn Guy
    August 30, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Though I remember hearing about one who DID a pretty smooth recovery when It Didn’t Come to Pass:

    “Anyone can make a mistake. Be glad I did.”

  18. Tony
    September 11, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Has it happened yet? I’d hate to have missed it.

  19. Graham
    September 16, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    And now the British tabloids weigh in with deceptive headlines, as the articles contents seem to be dismissing the fears:

    link to msn.com

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