No media in the USA have mentioned that the broken windows - tens of thousands of them - in the Urals in the dead of winter is going to cause a lot more damage in the weeks to come.
So they knew about the large object for a year and they never knew about the one as big as VW Beetle? The damage caused by the meteor must make us aware that more attention needs to be paid to even small objects in NEO. Had that meteor gone over NY, Rome, Paris, London or any other major metropolitan area built up with skyscrapers and their windows, the toll would have been more like dozens of thousand injuries and many fatalities.
Here is where I armchair quarterback what happened with That Mayan Thing. Before when talk of asteroid response was to blow them up or divert them, I prayed that wiser heads would realize that capturing such objects was the way to handle them. Now there are start up businesses planning just such ventures. That is in the private sector. Our Governments have failed us in this arena miserably. NASA, ESA, China and India, the space capable nations, never banded together to treat the occasion of 2012 DA14. This was a case where we could have tried our 'bomb it to oblivion tactic. No, not when it was headed at us. But after it passed. There should have been a posse of instruments and devices to head it off after the pass. Once we knew it was gone by we should have blown the hell out of it to: 1) make sure it never came back as anything more than a meteor; 2)analyzed the dust remains to determine its composition; and 3) tried to capture and return some of the material for study. A year was plenty of advance notice time to have organized such a mission.
"...Tomorrow's come a long way to help you."
Tim Davis 'Your Saving Grace' Steve Miller Band (1969)
"...Yesterday's at least a mile back."
Dale Peters 'Dreaming in the Country' James Gang (1971)