Onion accurately predicts GOP opposition to anti-asteroid initiative


Congressional Republicans are fighting Obama's plan to put a base on the moon and use it to launch an asteroid-capture program which would give NASA some practice in deflecting future asteroid-strikes -- as well as setting the stage for more ambitious missions, such as one to Mars. This whole kerfuffle was predicted by the Onion, two years ago, in a story called "Republicans Vote To Repeal Obama-Backed Bill That Would Destroy Asteroid Headed For Earth."

The Onion, one of America's leading satirical news outlets, has predicted the future before. Al Qaeda squabbling with 9/11 truthers, for instance. Or the Onion's piece on George W. Bush ushering in an era of war and economic recession...published in January 2001.

The Onion Predicts Real Life: Republicans Block NASA's Asteroid Plan [Asawin Suebsaeng/Christian Science Monitor]

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  1. Straw men are like that.

  2. That makes no sense at all. The probability of a deadly asteroid strike approaches 100% over a long enough time frame. It's only been about a century since the Tunguska impact, and an object of similar size could easily take out millions of people if it struck near a populated area. Cost/benefit analysis is fine, but "not a plausible threat" is just silly.

  3. I suspect the real issue here is that the asteroid in question isn't in the district of an important Representative. Also, they have to hurry up and repeal Obamacare, because repealing it 40 times just isn't enough.

  4. snig says:

    I've said this before, but I think Obama should extol the virtues of breathing. I would dearly love to see the more dysfunctional members of congress choking themselves out.

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