We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
An impact event is commonly seen as a scenario that would bring about the end of civilization. In 2000, Discover Magazine published a list of 20 likely end of the world scenarios with impact event listed as the number one most likely to occur. Until the 1980s this idea was not taken seriously, but all that changed after the discovery of the Chicxulub Crater which was further reinforced by witness to the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 event. Since then there has been more interest from the scientific community and greater public awareness of the possibility of impact events.
I have had a recurring nightmare, most of my life, that only pops up every 2 or 3 years... standing in an open field, looking up at an object, and seeing the visible horizon shrink to a sliver of light. Physically impossible of course... but I've always viewed it as an impact event.
Lighten up. I am sure that we can get Bruce Willis or Harrison Ford off their respirators in 2036 to lead our United Earth coaltion and intercept this piece of space junk. Don't you guys go to the movies?
For now, I dread your Lady MacBeth scenario more than what will happen when I am 95.