Partly Cloudy With A Chance Of Falling Satellites

Here we go again, this time it’s the German’s turn to randomly drop [expletive deleted] from orbit.

Falling German Satellite Poses 1-in-2,000 Risk of Striking Someone This Month

A big German satellite near the end of life is expected to plunge back to Earth this month, just weeks after a NASA satellite fell from orbit, and where this latest piece of space junk will hit is a mystery.

The 2.4-ton spacecraft, Germany’s Roentgen Satellite (ROSAT), is expected to fall Oct. 22 or 23.

The satellite will break up into fragments, some of which will disintegrate due to intense re-entry heat. But studies predict that about 1.6 tons of satellite leftovers could reach the Earth’s surface. That’s nearly half ROSAT’s entire mass.

There is a 1-in-2,000 chance that debris from the satellite could hit someone on Earth, though the likelihood of an injury is extremely remote, German space officials say. For German citizens, the risk of being struck is much lower, about 1 in 700,000.

All areas under the orbit of ROSAT, which extends to 53 degrees northern and southern latitude, could be in the strike zone of the satellite’s re-entry.

See also:
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Dead German satellite to fall on earth
Massive German satellite will fall to Earth this week
Duck and cover: ROSAT is the next re-entry
Reminder: ROSAT’s coming down soon
ROSAT expected to fall to Earth sometime this week, scientists say
German satellite set to fall to Earth
Not NASA but German Satellite will fall to Earth this weekend
Last chance to see doomed German satellite in night sky
Falling German Satellite Has a 1-in-2,000 Chance of Hitting Somebody
Track Germany’s Falling, 2.4-Ton Satellite in Real-Time
The ROSAT Mission
ROSAT

You’d think that by now, we’d have the technology to orbit powered drones with robotic arms that could guide these massive dead satellites into a controlled deorbit.

/joking about a 1 in 2000 chance of getting hit by tons of space junk moving at terminal velocity is all fun and games until someone actually gets hurt

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Next Time They Shoot To Kill

Isn’t having Obama as President awesome? Because Obama still insists on raising taxes in a slow economy, something everybody knows would never pass the House of Representatives, the United States is in danger of losing its AAA credit rating. No one can say we haven’t had an impossible to miss or misinterpret warning shot fired across our bow.

U.S. Debt Rating Placed on Review for Downgrade by Moody’s as Talks Stall

Moody’s Investors Service raised the pressure on U.S. lawmakers to increase the government’s $14.3 trillion debt limit by placing the nation’s credit rating under review for a downgrade.

The U.S., rated Aaa since 1917, was put on review for the first time since 1996 on concern the debt threshold won’t be raised in time to prevent a missed interest or principal payment on outstanding bonds and notes, even though the risk remains low, Moody’s said in a statement yesterday. The rating may be reduced to the Aa range, and there is no assurance Moody’s would restore its top rating, even if a default is quickly “cured.”

See also:
Moody’s May Downgrade U.S. Debt, If Crisis Isn’t Resolved
Moody’s: If U.S. Misses Debt Payment, Rating Could Be Cut Next Day
Moody’s moves on US credit rating
Moody’s puts debt rating on review
Moody’s downgrade threat adds to US woes
Moody’s considers downgrading U.S. credit rating
Moody’s Puts U.S. AAA Credit Rating at Risk of Downgrade
US debt crunch: A nation taken to the limit
Reports: S&P Says U.S. Rating Could Be Downgraded If It Misses Any Payments
Cost of Protecting U.S. Debt Rises on Moody’s Action

Boy oh boy, you think we have a debt problem now? Just watch what happens if our debt rating gets cut. It will immediately become more expensive to borrow money, thus compounding our already beyond serious debt woes, a self inflicted wound, like tasering ourselves in the neck. Obama needs to drop his, non starter in the House, tax increase obsession and get on with increasing the debt ceiling. You know, if Obama wanted to intentionally destroy the U.S. economy, he couldn’t be doing a better job. Is he the President or an enemy of the United States?

/if you’re ever wondering what Obama might be thinking of regarding U.S. economic policy, just ask yourself, what would Vladimir Putin do (WWVPD)?

Who’s Shutting Down Minnesota?

The Republicans have already passed a budget, but Governor Dayton won’t sign on to the deal unless it includes tax increases, a demand Republicans will not accept. Who will blink first?

State shutdown would be a leap into unknown

In 19 days, Minnesotans could endure the most wide-reaching government shutdown in state history, with little sense of when it might end.

Across the vast enterprise of state government, agency heads are scrambling to come up with closure plans. State leaders have no real playbook for blinking off such an enormous government machine, so they must wade into an array of wrenching decisions and legal scuffles, knowing they risk turning Minnesota into a national spectacle of partisan gridlock.

“We the citizens will lose immeasurably,” said former Gov. Arne Carlson, adding that Minnesota could become a test case for a wave of shutdowns in politically deadlocked states. “It raises serious questions about where America is going and where Minnesota is going.”

See also:
A shutdown looms, questions linger
State layoff notices sent as questions dominate
Minn. workers warned about shutdown layoffs
Minnesota sends layoff notices to prep for shutdown
Government shutdown would mean hiring freeze
OPINION | A shutdown ain’t nothin’ but a shutdown
No good from shutdown
AFSCME Urges Minn. GOP Lawmakers to Compromise, Avoid Shutdown
New lawmakers willing to negotiate, but not on taxes or total spending
A Q & A about Minnesota budget, possible shutdown

If the Minnesota government shuts down, who will be responsible or, to put it another way, who should take the blame? To find the answer, let’s go back to the 2010 election. Minnesota voters, for the first time in four decades, overwhelmingly swept the Republicans into control of both chambers of the legislature. Mark Dayton, on the other hand, was barely elected Governor by the narrowest of margins after a close recount. The message Minnesotans sent was crystal clear, they want lower taxes and less government spending, period. Minnesota is already one of the most highly taxed states, additional taxes would only make the state less economically competitive.

/so take your tax increase fixation and shove it up your ass Governor Dayton, the people have spoken, the Republicans have passed a budget, and if the Minnesota government shuts down, it’s your [expletive deleted] fault!