That would be a-mazing! But unlikely. While making some remarks during a “manufacturing innovation event” this past week at the White House, President Barack Obama joked that the industry innovators gathered there were building Iron Man noting the technological innovation and research into new metal alloys being conducted. After some polite laughter, the President said he was just kidding, or maybe he wasn’t… Watch the clip from CNN embedded below: (more…)
The Galactic Empire has responded to the news that the White House denied a petition requesting the construction of a Death Star. Galactic spokesperson Governor Wilhuff Tarkin (Pictured below) quickly took to the Galactic Communications System to reiterate the Galactic Empire’s overwhelming firepower and dismiss any erroneous thoughts of weakness in the Death Star’s design and construction.
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The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcementby the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”
Representatives on behalf of the nation-state leader from the unimaginatively named planet refused to acknowledge the obvious cowardice of their choice, preferring instead to attribute the decision to fiscal responsibility. “The costs of construction they cited were ridiculously overestimated, though I suppose we must keep in mind that this miniscule planet does not have our massive means of production,” added Admiral Conan Motti of the Imperial Starfleet.
Emissaries of the Emperor also caution any seditious elements within the Galactic Senate not to believe Earth’s exaggerated claims of there being a weakness in the Death Star design. “Any attacks made upon such a station — should one ever be built — would be a useless gesture,” added Motti.
The White House has responded to the petition to construct a Death Star. This Administration promised to investigate and answer any petition to the White House that gathers 25.000 signatures. The Death Star petition gathered over 35,000. You can check out the entire response below, but here are some of the highlights:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
The response, cleverly titled This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For, goes on to trumpet what current space projects are occurring during this Administration and encouraging those interested to pursue a career in science and technology.
This is great stuff. The humor is fantastic and shows a level of understanding that is heartening for nerds everywhere. What do you think?
Via: The MarySue
After the seemingly successful petition for the White House to construct a fully operational Death Star (you read that in his voice didn’t you,) It looks like the other guys want a piece of the action.
Early last year, a website called BuildTheEnterprise.org was launched. The mission? To boldly propose the construction of a full-scale, ion powered, Constitution class starship Enterprise. Now the man with the plan (an engineer simply known as BTE Dan) is working the online angle on We The People, the petition section of the White House website that I am sure President Obama doesn’t regret at all:
Assign NASA to do a feasibility study and conceptual design of the Gen1 USS Enterprise interplanetary spaceship.
We have within our technological reach the ability to build the 1st generation of the USS Enterprise. It ends up that this ship’s inspiring form is quite functional. This will be Earth’s first gigawatt-class interplanetary spaceship with artificial gravity. The ship can serve as a spaceship, space station, and space port all in one. In total, one thousand crew members & visitors can be on board at once. Few things could collectively inspire people on Earth more than seeing the Enterprise being built in space. And the ship could go on amazing missions, like taking the first humans to Mars while taking along a large load of base-building equipment for constructing the first permanent base there. (full petition here)
At the time of this writing the petition is about 21,000 shy of the 25,000 signatures needed by January 21st deadline. What the hell, Trekkies? What is the hold up here? Since we all carefully read online petitions before we decide to sign them or not, I know I don’t have to tell you that he’s not asking Obama to build the damn thing, just to put precious resources from the already financially strapped NASA towards seeing what it would take and if we (they) could build the pride and joy of Star Fleet.
This is a call out to all Star Trek fans everywhere, get out your space pens and start signing! The Star Wars fans hit the magic 25k signatures that will bring their petition to the attention of the Obama Administration and when construction of the moon sized space station begins in 2016 do you really want to be left out? Of course I am also assuming that this will eventually lead to an epic Enterprise vs Death Star space battle that we can all watch from my home built Battlestar Galactica.
(please note: my home built Battlestar Galactica will most likely be a ’78 Chevy Van with Starbuck kissing Starbuck painted on the side)
Back in the 1980s, U.S. President Ronald Reagan initiated a missile defense program and called it “Star Wars” because, you know, you doesn’t love Star Wars even if you’re using it as a thinly veiled reference to America’s safeguard against total nuclear war.
Of course, Reagan lived life, including his presidency, like he was starring in a movie; he told the Soviets to “go ahead, make my day,” and he once told Steven Spielberg that he’d be surprised about how accurate the story behind E.T. is. But hey, that was the 80s! We’ve got real problems to solve, so who in their right mind would petition the government to build something like big and pointless from a movie because if they get enough signatures, the government will have to take it seriously.
Well, his name is John D, and he started a petition on the We the People section of the White House’s website. The point of the section is to increase engagement between people and the government by getting President Barack Obama and his staff to pay attention to the issues that are important to them. And what John D thinks is important is building a Death Star.
“By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense,” writes John D on his petition.
While some of that actually makes sense on the surface, isn’t there going to exorbitant costs of manning and maintaining a Death Star over the long term? Didn’t that thing have like 50,000 officers and men stationed there? Actually, that was the detail I couldn’t find about the Death Star on Wookiepedia.
Anyway, the petition currently has 20,000 signatures. If it gets 25,000 by this Friday, the White House will have to take it under serious consideration. John D’s goal is to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” Maybe if he can’t get Congressional approval he can find some private funding, some guys are trying to get rich folks to pay $1.5 billion a piece for a ticket to the moon.
Source: The Mary Sue
The politically aware among us know that it’s going to be a rough ride to re-election for current U.S. President Barack Obama, but there’s now polling suggesting that if aliens descend on Earth between now and November, the people will gladly follow Obama in defense of the Earth against evil invaders. Or get along with them if they turn out nice.
The poll, conducted by National Geographic in promotion for its new series Chasing UFOs, reports that nearly two-thirds of Americans, 65 per cent, think that Obama would do better dealing with aliens than his opponent, former Massachusetts Governor Miit Romney. The numbers also break down along conventional political lines, 68 percent of women polled choose Obama as alien buster-in-chief over 61 percent of men. Nearly 70 percent of those polled between ages 18-64 think Romney would do worse when dealing with aliens, and 50 percent of those 65 and over think he’d struggle.
Interestingly, National Geographic’s poll further revealed that “More than 80 million Americans are certain that UFOs exist,” and that most of those people “would not mind a minor alien invasion, because they expect these space-age visitors to be friendly — like the lovable character depicted in Steven Spielberg’s popular film E.T.”
So does that mean people trust Obama to deal diplomatically with a friendly E.T., or do they trust him to suit up Independence Day style if the aliens come down here and get all rowdy. Hopefully, this isn’t a question the electorate gets hung up on this election year.
Talk about your television production super-teams! Jon Favreau (Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (co-creators of Fringe, Star Trek screenwriters), Seth Green (co-creator of Robot Chicken) and Michael Dougherty (co-writer of X2, writer/director of Trick ‘R Treat) are teaming up to produce a new series called Ex-Comm, which sounds like an unusual blend of The X-Files and The West Wing with a dash of Eureka.In other words, they’re aiming for a supernatural drama with a sense of humor.
Ex-Comm will focus on a newly elected President of the United States and his or her executive committee (or ex-comm) as they tackle supernatural threats and conspiracy theories affecting the U.S. Obviously there’s no word yet on casting, script details, or a shooting schedule, not to mention where we might eventually see this probable geek masterpiece, but all five names above are signed on as writers and executive producers, while Favreau will direct the pilot.
So any takers for who might play the President? Maybe David Duchovny, with Gillian Anderson playing the First Lady who also has mysterious psychic powers. Better still, maybe a West Wing reunion where Rob Lowe plays the National Security. who’s a veteran of CIA experiments in remote viewing. and Bradley Whitford as the Secretary of Defense who was abducted by aliens. One more question: Is Brad Meltzer involved in this in any way yet, and if not why hasn’t he heard of it yet?