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Vladimir Zhirinovsky
He said John Kerry tried to warn Russia

A Russian parliament member has blamed Friday's meteor shower on the United States, saying that it was testing "new weapons."

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a controversial Liberal member of Russian parliament, said Friday that the meteor was caused by a U.S. weapons test, adding that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had attempted to contact Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the test.

“Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons," said Zhirinovsky. "John Kerry wanted to warn Lavrov on Monday, he was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip. He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia."

Zhirinovsky is a figure known for being anti-Western and a nationalist. He was even described as racist, cruel, a "political clown" and a "radical right-wing boogie-man for the West" by newspapers like The New York Times and Der Spiegel.

On Friday, a 10-ton meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere traveling at 33,000 MPH and a sonic boom occurred around 9:20 a.m. local Moscow time before the meteor burned up. The explosion occurred over Russia's Urals region about 18-32 miles above the ground.

According to Chelyabinsk health chief Marina Moskvicheva, about 985 people in the city of Chelyabinsk alone required medical assistance.

Vladimir Stepanov of the National Center for Emergency Situations at the Russian Interior Ministry said about 270 buildings had been damaged due to the meteor, where most of it consisted of broken glass.

Source: The Voice of Russia

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First Strike
By Mitch101 on 2/18/2013 11:06:45 AM , Rating: 5
Why not blame Dr Evil for coming up with a environmental looking disaster situation involving an overly elaborate and exotic meteor.

RE: First Strike
By Snoop on 2/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: First Strike
By JimboK29 on 2/18/2013 11:19:59 AM , Rating: 5
If you recall, a CNN anchor questioned if 'global warming' is to blame for the asteroid the passed Earth on Wednesday.

I'm surprised the progressives are not blaming Bush for the meteor.

On a side note, will DailyTech ignore this story? Facebook paid NO taxes in 2012 and they are getting billions in tax breaks. Will the 'occupy' movement look away? Of course they will.

RE: First Strike
By TSS on 2/18/2013 5:53:04 PM , Rating: 3
No point in covering stories like that.

What are the DT readers going to do? vote differently, all what, 3000 of us half of which aren't even american?

It's not facebook that's the problem, facebook is obeying the law. You can be 100% sure they've got a bunch of lawyers somewhere which are recieving millions to make very sure of just that fact.

The problem is the incompetent idiots in charge that put $1 million in their personal bank account above the common good of the people. They could just as well make tax laws with no loopholes. It's very easy, look i'll show you:

US Tax code, acticle one, section one: Everybody below $20,000 yearly income pays 10% tax, everybody below $40,000 but above $20,000 yearly pays 20% tax, everybody below $100,000 but above $40,000 pays 30% tax and everybody above $100,000 pays 40% tax. Everybody includes all natural persons including corperations, yearly income includes all possible sources of revenue through which money is transferred from any entity or natural person to another natural person or entity.

That's it. No loopholes, no fuss, no muss. Everybody pays their percentage as described, you can even play around with the numbers for the right balance. But no incentives, no earmarks, no loopholes, no taxbreaks, no deductions, no way to exploit the system.

Now it's up to the people to vote somebody who will rewrite the tax code to include those words and only those words. And we all know, that's not going to happen. It would require somebody who is not a democrat or republican to be elected and it'll be a cold day in hell before that happens again.

RE: First Strike
By boobo on 2/18/2013 8:34:27 PM , Rating: 5
Would that be a percentage of their total revenue, or their net income?

If you mean total revenue, someone who makes $100K but spent $500K making them would have to pay thousands that he doesn't have.

If you mean income, then someone who makes $100M just has to open a new company based in some taxless Caribbean nation, put one of their patents on the new company's name and pay them $100M for the right to use that patent. That means they have $0 income. The other company can't be taxed, because it doesn't have offices in the US. That is the big loophole today.

RE: First Strike
By TSS on 2/21/2013 2:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
all sources of revenue in a year combined, then taxed to the percentage, then spread out over a year. The amount of tax owed monthly is updated once a year at the end or beginning of the fiscal year for ease, or at the request of the tax payer, whichever comes first.

In laymen terms all the money you can possibly get from everywhere, added up, taxed to your bracket, divided by 12, that's what you pay in tax per month next year.

If you make 100k a year and you spend 500k you don't have you're an idiot. You loan 500k, then you're able to service 500k worth of debt, then you're definitly able to finance tax over that 500k. If you aren't, you shouldn't have loaned that much and started smaller or find somebody with enough confidence to loan you more.

Because if you spend that 500k, that's 500k worth of materials or personell that needs to be transported around, using public facilities such as roads. Why shouldn't that be taxed?

RE: First Strike
By slunkius on 2/19/2013 3:12:29 AM , Rating: 4
The problem is the incompetent idiots in charge that put $1 million in their personal bank account above the common good of the people

it's difficult to call them idiots. and they are very competent at increasing their own bank accounts. They may be selfish liars, but not idiots.

RE: First Strike
By mi1400 on 2/20/2013 1:11:19 PM , Rating: 2
Its plausable that US did it... they could have de-orbited a rock from asteroid-belt. small thruster with proper calculation can do this with very little effort.

RE: First Strike
By TSS on 2/21/2013 2:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
I think video games is a bigger problem than guns, because video games affect people

It's extremely easy to call them idiots and be right about it. If somebody like that can be elected senator, anybody can be elected senator.

Well, ok, maybe only those willing to abandon all moral and ethics. But still, a big group of people.

RE: First Strike
By kattanna on 2/19/2013 10:41:51 AM , Rating: 2
If you recall, a CNN anchor questioned if 'global warming' is to blame for the asteroid the passed Earth on Wednesday.



RE: First Strike
By ritualm on 2/18/2013 11:23:39 AM , Rating: 3
To hell with US weapons testing over Russian skies, let's ban dihydrogen monoxide!

RE: First Strike
By tng on 2/18/2013 11:50:44 AM , Rating: 4
We can all just drink whiskey!

RE: First Strike
By Lazlo Panaflex on 2/18/2013 1:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
nyet, Comrade...Stoli!

RE: First Strike
By akk31.wolfe on 2/19/2013 11:41:24 AM , Rating: 2
Some whiskeys are as much as 60% DHMO by volume. It's far safer to drink strait everclear as they've managed to reduce DHMO levels to around 5%.

RE: First Strike
By Mint on 2/18/2013 2:02:25 PM , Rating: 5
Saw a great joke on YouTube regarding the meteor:

"In Soviet Russia, space explore you!"

RE: First Strike
By jnemesh on 2/18/2013 2:25:49 PM , Rating: 3
Otherwise known as "Hydric Acid"! No one seems to be concerned about this threat!

RE: First Strike
By marvdmartian on 2/19/2013 3:04:51 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe the good doctor could ask for 16 TRILLION dollars for us, so we could pay off the national debt? Sure seems the idiot politicians are incapable of coming up with any ideas!

Really doesn't surprise me that this clown was a liberal, though....

RE: First Strike
By Jeffk464 on 2/19/2013 5:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
Hey it could very well be a valid concept for a weapon. If you are good enough with your telemetry couldn't you go up and put a booster on on an asteroid and then guide it into a country of your choosing?

By void5 on 2/18/2013 11:29:50 AM , Rating: 5
Please do not take this clown seriously. No one here does for more than 20 years Zhirinovsky plays politics. And he is neither liberal nor nationalist, he is just a populist who always talks trash and supports ruling party.

RE: Zhirinovsky
By Lord 666 on 2/18/2013 2:04:02 PM , Rating: 2
He's just not on the "inside" enough to know what blasted into the meteor breaking it into smaller pieces.

Missile, ufo, or maybe Dr. Manhattan

RE: Zhirinovsky
By Ammohunt on 2/18/2013 3:02:59 PM , Rating: 4
Gotcha Russian Joe Biden.

RE: Zhirinovsky
By Azethoth on 2/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Zhirinovsky
By Jaybus on 2/19/2013 2:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
All three make funny gaffes every time they open their mouths. But Palin is good looking, so this guy is a much closer match to Biden.

He's right
By rpsgc on 2/18/2013 11:22:35 AM , Rating: 4
It wasn't a meteor.

It was a mass accelerator slug fired from far away :P

RE: He's right
By FreiCasull on 2/18/2013 11:35:12 AM , Rating: 2
This is why your suppose to wait for your computer to give you a firing solution :P Some cowboy tried firing the rail gun from the hip and missed their target.

RE: He's right
By Woobagong on 2/19/2013 8:18:48 AM , Rating: 2
It came from Klendathu. Only a dead bug is a good bug!

Do you want to know more?

By CaedenV on 2/18/2013 11:29:05 AM , Rating: 5
Because the US is going to waste it's time inventing weapons that blow out windows. It may be disruptive, and very annoying in the dead of winter, but this is frankly not our style.

The US simply does not care about Russia anymore. Sure, there is a bit of rivalry still there with older generations, but people of my generation and below simply don't care anymore. It is not that Russia could not be a threat to us if they wanted to... the issue is more that there is nothing that we have that they want, and nothing that they have that we want. If we could let old world views die in the past where they belong I bet that the US and Russia could actually be good friends.

Besides, we have all but scrapped our space program (Thanks Obamma!). Why doesn't he blame it on someone with an active space program, what would have more to gain from disruptions in their country, and who live 'across the street' from them?

RE: Riiiiight
By Phoque on 2/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Riiiiight
By Ammohunt on 2/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Riiiiight
By hubb1e on 2/18/2013 3:38:24 PM , Rating: 2
Some Russian politicians use angst against the US as a political tool. It is becoming very popular as a scapegoat.

Russia has confirmed it was a meteor
By scoob134 on 2/18/2013 11:22:18 AM , Rating: 2

Scientists at the Urals Federal University were the first to announce a significant find - 53 small, stony, black objects around Lake Chebarkul, near Chelyabinsk, which tests confirmed were small meteorites.

By maugrimtr on 2/18/2013 11:32:03 AM , Rating: 2
These all came from the one (singular) asteroid. You're forgetting that a 10,000 ton rock hitting the atmosphere is probably going to shatter into big and small pieces on the way down. This was not a metallic object - only 10% iron content by the current estimates.

same old story
By chromal on 2/18/2013 11:32:08 AM , Rating: 2
Incendiary politics really are universal and human. The only thing I don't know is whether the guy is cynically pandering to his base or just batsh1t crazy. Both? Aww, just like US political extremists. The Russian democracy really has grown up!

Just a matter of time
By stimudent on 2/18/2013 1:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
We had to know this was coming.

Lay off the sauce
By zlandar on 2/18/2013 2:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
Too much antifreeze in his vodka.

The jig is up!
By Spookster on 2/18/2013 7:01:17 PM , Rating: 2
They know about our top secret Russian window explodinator.

By delphinus100 on 2/18/2013 8:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
Sure. We'd be stupid enough to shoot at them out of the literal blue, for no particular reason...

...and they'd be stupid enough to not shoot back if they believed it.

So, who does he blame Tunguska on?

(But thank whatever deity you may observe that this didn't happen at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.)

By masamasa on 2/18/2013 10:03:56 PM , Rating: 2
Clearly, he deserves it and throw in a few rocks while you're at it.

go home vladimir
By cokbun on 2/18/2013 10:16:32 PM , Rating: 2
Go home Vladimir, you're drunk.

By StormyKnight on 2/18/2013 11:36:42 PM , Rating: 2
Tovarisch here has over indulged in the spud juice...

As Bugs Bunny would say....
By Jaybus on 2/19/2013 2:38:05 PM , Rating: 2
What a maroon!

It's flattering, really!
By JKflipflop98 on 2/20/2013 9:05:11 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly this kinda makes me feel good as an American that people think we're that advanced. Intercepting asteroids and redirecting them into the Earth is some alien-level stuff.

By p05esto on 2/18/13, Rating: -1
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