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    So there's been lots of talk over the past few years, particularly early 2011, about the Apophis asteroid and the likelihood of it hitting the earth in 2029 or 2036. While it appears now to have a very slim chance of hitting (I think like 1 in 250000) it brings up an interesting question.

    If an Asteroid was going to hit earth with 100% certainty and there wasn't anything NASA or the military could do about it, does the government or the government-funded space programs have a responsibility to inform the citizens of the strike or is it in the interest of nations to keep this information secret?

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    Secret.

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    Non secret. Yes chaos might ensue, but people have the right to know. They can make peace with God, tell off their Mother, try that heroin they've always wanted to experience, love on their kids, or do whatever it is they want to do.

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    Golly. I'm stumped.

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    Non secret. Yes chaos might ensue, but people have the right to know. They can make peace with God, tell off their Mother, try that heroin they've always wanted to experience, love on their kids, or do whatever it is they want to do.
    This exactly. We absolutely have a right to know.

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    It's not "might" though. There are a lot of people who would go bat-**** crazy within minutes of hearing that announcement and no one would be able to enjoy their last days on Earth. It would be outrageous and scary and it's not something I'd want to go through. I feel totally different if it was a disease or something that you might be able to protect yourself from, but knowing that the planet isn't going to make it as a whole would take away the thing that holds our society together- wanting to make life better for the future.

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    I can see an argument for both sides....and not to be grim and all, but once you are dead its not going to matter.

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    Some people might go crazy. Others might flock to churches, hold lovely peaceful gatherings etc. Some people might have the opportunity to right wrongs, to ask for forgiveness, to come to terms with religion or what have you. You would deny them that right just because some people might go crazy and....and what? Kill eachother? So what, everyone is about to die anyway, in this scenario where it is a 100% guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    It's not "might" though. There are a lot of people who would go bat-**** crazy within minutes of hearing that announcement and no one would be able to enjoy their last days on Earth. It would be outrageous and scary and it's not something I'd want to go through. I feel totally different if it was a disease or something that you might be able to protect yourself from, but knowing that the planet isn't going to make it as a whole would take away the thing that holds our society together- wanting to make life better for the future.
    Of course that will happen - but I think there will be a vass majority that will also want to say their goodbyes, make peace with God, etc. The rest of 'em can kill each other off if that's what they prefer.

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    I'm in the "we have the right to know" camp. Sure, some people will go crazy, but they're probably the ones who would go crazy over something else anyway, kwim? And to be honest, the thought of dying in whatever manner comes with the planet being blown out of its orbit by an asteroid is horrible, I'd much rather drink some Kool-Aid with my family the day before and be done with it.
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