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    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2013
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    @celan - that's a heck of an article. thanks for pointing it out.
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    Just when you think Catholic sex scandals can't get any worse...

    Dutch Roman Catholic Church 'castrated at least 10 boys'

    The NRC Handelsblad newspaper identified Henk Heithuis who was castrated in 1956, while a minor, after reporting priests to the police for abusing him in a Catholic boarding home.

    I mean fuck. Seriously. Fuck.
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    Fun fact! It's cheaper to buy a plane ticket, fly from Sydney to Los Angeles, buy a copy of Adobe Creative Suite Master 6 Collection, then fly back to Australia than it is to buy exactly the same product from the Adobe website within Australia.

    Here's the Adobe CEO 'discussing' the issue...

    If I say 'Creative Cloud' enough maybe they'll leave me alone...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2013
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    A meteor has exploded over Russia. There are a lot of amazing videos of this filtering in.

    Blazing in:

    Dashboard Cam of meteor overhead

    Shockwave hits a city:
    Shockwave
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      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2013 edited
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    A few more videos here

    Supposed pics of meteorite damage, but I'd take them with a grain of salt.



    Also - According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.
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    With more info coming in it looks like the photos are legit. The building appears to be the Zinc Plant in central Chelyabinsk and it's definitely been hit by something.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2013
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    I'm not going to say it's aliens...


    but it's aliens.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2013
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    Oooolaaaa!
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      CommentAuthorSeantaclaus
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013 edited
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    "Also - According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers."

    If they actually managed to tackle that in that short of a notice, given that this was completely off the radar for all appearances, that would be an extremely impressive (and highly improbable) feat. As pointed out by a friend, our planet is moving at 29-30 km/sec (if someone actually knows a more specific/recent number, feel free to correct), so even if that meteorite was holding still... yeah, I have my doubts about Russian missile-defense units hitting that on the fly.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
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    Um...isn't today the day when that 150ft asteroid is supposed to have a very near-miss, too?

    /me dons tin-foil lined crash helmet
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013 edited
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    BBC reporting that it broke into fragments, the bulk landing in a lake outside town.

    The burning building is a Zinc plant, and apparently the shockwave caused it's roof to cave in.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21468116

    As for it's larger relative, should be able to get a good view of it in the UK tonight given how clear the skies will be:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21442863
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
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    NURSE! I think we have an outbreak of Asteroidal Geekingoutitis on Whitechapel. Prepare sedative maggots for everyone, stat!
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013 edited
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    "The Bad Astronomer analyzes incoming reports about the apparent meteoric fireball over Russia: 'Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. The fireball was incredibly bright, rivaling the Sun! There was a pretty big sonic boom from the fireball, which set off car alarms and shattered windows. I'm seeing some reports of many people injured (by shattered glass blown out by the shock wave). I'm also seeing reports that some pieces have fallen to the ground, but again as I write this those are unconfirmed." This is the best summary I've found so far, and links to lots of videos and images. He also clarifies something I've been wondering about: 'This is almost certainly unrelated to the asteroid 2012 DA14 that will pass on Friday.'"


    Slashdot
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
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    Also, Obligatory.

    ALIENS
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013 edited
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    Russian language site, but great collection of pics and vids

    Link (fixed)
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013 edited
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    Nice little bit of asteroid demystification from Danger Room, here.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
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    Curb: Thanks for that article. It led me to its comments. Which led me to the Daily Mail's article's comments.

    Now I have pieces of brain trickling out of my ears.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
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    Ooh, sorry chap. Now I feel like I've been unwittingly handing out the brown acid ...
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2013
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