[FPSPACE] The George Brown Jr amendment
epgrondine at hotmail.com
Fri May 22 14:12:10 EDT 2009
Hi Jens -
Somehow we find a discussion of the Rio Cuarto impacts under a heading referring to a law and explicit instructions from the Congress which former NASA Administrator Griffin failed to carry out. I suppose there's a certain kind of justice in that.
But anyway, "just 25 times larger than the Tunguska impact area". "Just 25 times" - not including the area set on fire by the infra-red thrown off as these impactors passed very near the surface of the Earth. If you look at the ground data, by which I mean the cultures that "mysteriously" vanished, then the damage estimate changes.
And this damage estimate does not include deaths due to global climate collapse from the debris thrown into the atmosphere by these impacts.
By the way, EVERYONE living on the island of Malta also mysteriously "disappeared" at the same time as the Rio Cuarto impacts. You will probably want to argue that the two are unrelated, but that is not what the Greeks remembered.
And since the Maya remembered the Rio Cuarto impacts as being cometary, I would suggest that your model needs to be changed.
Finally, Jens, you failed to mention Schultz et al.'s refutation of Bland et al., which was published and went unresponded to. Why did you abandon that debate at the point you did, failing to mention Schultz et al.'s rebuttal, and Bland et al.'s lack of one?
I agree with you that Ilturalde needs to be examined. Where is the money to do so? Where is the money to study the recent impact craters on Earth? Running rovers into craters on Mars is fine, but as it sits, we don't know what has hit us here on Earth, whether comet or asteroid. Instead of data we get models, models which always seem to deny cometary impact for some strange reason.
For that matter, we don't even know what caused the crater the rover ran into on Mars. Apparently the rover team thinks this is unimportant.
My bottom line is that both Morrison and Weiler need to be relieved, and someone who will take responsibility for the lives, safety, and prosperity of the public be put in their positions.
When I started reporting on impacts many years ago, most people who had been active in the field told me that action would only be taken after the next impact. I didn't think people were that stupid, but I am beginning to have serious doubts.
Man and Impact in the Americas
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