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“The Bruce Willis Factor”: Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work

The British lefty broadsheet The Guardian loves nothing better than to make Americans look like jackasses. Today we made it easy. Nasa now plans to go where only Bruce Willis has gone before. The US space agency is drawing up … Read More

By / November 17, 2006

The British lefty broadsheet The Guardian loves nothing better than to make Americans look like jackasses. Today we made it easy.

Nasa now plans to go where only Bruce Willis has gone before. The US space agency is drawing up plans to land an astronaut on an asteroid hurtling through space at more than 30,000 mph.

That’s right, in order to prevent a shitty summer blockbuster from becoming prophecy, NASA is going to throw itself into an elaborate emergency asteroid diversion program.

The last planet-killer asteroid to hit earth was the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago (and even the evidence for that one is looking less certain, according to a new Princeton study.) So death by Hollywood asteroid isn't the likeliest of dangers that our tax dollars might mitigate.

So why is NASA doing this?

NASA scientist Chris McKay explains:

There’s the whole, what I call the ‘Bruce Willis factor’ … the star in the movie ‘Armageddon’. The public wants us to have mastered the problem of dealing with asteroids.

If it's not in the constitution that the government can never spend tax payer dollars for the "Bruce Willis factor," it should be.

And yeah, the public wants a lot of things, Chris. Forty-four percent of Americans believe that Jesus Christ will arrive on Earth sometime in the next 50 years (statistic courtesy of Sam Harris). Are they worried the asteroid will beat him to it? I’d bet on Jesus.

 

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